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UPPER CHAMBER AND LAGOS’ SPECIAL STATUS

Tayo Ogunbiyi According to reports, senators were recently engaged in fierce debates over a bill seeking for an Act to make special provision for Federal grants to Lagos State in recognition of its strategic socio-economic significance and other connected purposes. The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), purportedly sparked huge uproars at the upper chamber that …

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FOSTERING INTER-STATE SOCIO-ECONOMIC UNION IN NIGERIA: THE LAGOS STATE EXAMPLE

Ayo Afuwape The bedrock of a strategy that can productively engage the world’s population in assuming responsibility for its collective destiny must be the consciousness of the oneness of humankind. This can come in the form of the adversarial structure of civil government or in a non-antagonistic competitive spirit for economic prosperity, being the mainspring of human interaction. Currently, Israel …

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ADDRESSING MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE IN NIGERIA: LAGOS TBAs IN FOCUS

Ayo Afuwape In Year 2000, WHO ranked 187th in overall performance in health among 191 member states. This unhealthy ranking has since made stakeholders in the health sector devised several means to reverse the trend. This includes strengthening the operations of Traditional Birth Attendants, TBAs, for safer delivery of newborns and as a strategy to reverse the country’s maternal mortality …

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Global Livability Ranking: Lagos Chooses to be Resilient

On Thursday August 18, the Economist’s Intelligent Unit (EIU) released its Global Livability Ranking for this year, in which only 140 important cities of the world are rated along five criteria – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. It is one of the three notable ranking exercises that attempt to gauge the standard and quality of living in …

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LAGOS, PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

Michael Oputeh In his book, ‘The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe’, James Van Hom Melton examines the rise of the public in the eighteenth century Europe. During the period, the public assumed a new significance as government came to recognize the power of public opinion in political life. Of course, by then, the expansion of print culture had …

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Lagos New Approach to Food Security

Tayo Ogunbiyi According to a United Nations statistics, over 1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat ( more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union) while the number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million in 2007 and 40 million in 2008 (largely due to high cost of food). In the third …

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LAGOS AND THE HEALTH STATUS OF PUBLIC SERVANTS

Remi Oladeinde Universally, it is believed that health is wealth. Indeed, there is actually nothing in life that could be more valuable than good health. Without good health there is no happiness, no peace and no productivity. To be in good health connotes a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. When health is lost, almost everything is lost. …

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LAGOS AND THE BENEFITS OF COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES

Lolade Alexis Ogunbiyi According to the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), a cooperative society is an association of people that come together to pool resources together to engage in business or economic activities for the purpose of improving their welfare. The cooperative movement began in Europe in the 19th century, primarily in Britain and France. Robert Owen (1771–1858), a Welshman who …

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STREET HAWKING AND CHILD EDUCATION

Bilikis Bakare- Ogunnubi Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, once re-emphasised the power of education when he described it as the greatest engine of personal development through which the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, while the son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine and a child of a farm-worker can become the president …

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LAGOS AND THE NUISANCE OF LAND GRABBERS

Temilade Aruya Buying a piece of land in Lagos state and putting up a structure on same is usually a tall order, no thanks to the belligerent activities of land grabbers and land speculators popularly known as “Omo-Onile” who make life unbearable for intending house owners through their voracious frivolous demands. There have been many instances where unsuspecting buyers paid …

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