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THE QUEST AND THE TREASURE

  By Onyeka Onyeibor I have a very competitive son. A game of tennis is only good if he wins and always bad when he loses. Against his elder brother, he loses often. Every loss brings him a long tear. Every victory brings him a radiant smile. I watch with little interruption his expression of both extremes of ...

Nigeria: 2014 National Conference and Niger Delta Exit From Bondage

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Professor Godini G. Darah By Godini G. Darah Former President Goodluck Jonathan's initiative in convening the 2014 National Conference has entered the annals of Nigerian and African history as the bravest and most audacious political intervention for the redemption and liberation of Nigeria. As one of the delegates at the conference, I share the popular ...

ON IBORI’S PRISON-RELEASE CELEBRATION – THE NIGER-DELTA PEOPLE SHOULD STOP COMPLAINING OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT

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By Zik Gbemre It is really sad that presently, Chief James Ibori is highly celebrated at Oghara his hometown in Delta State, particularly when he was welcomed from his UK prison release. Though, this is not the first time we have witnessed such celebration of those who stole the public 'collective wealth' meant for the development ...

Of Trump, Hitler and World History

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President Donald Trump Written By Ogbonna Nwuke It wasn't really supposed to be easy either for America or for a world order that has evolved over time. The signs had been there right from the time the new sheriff in town bared his fangs on the campaign trail. Now America and a bewildered world are stuck with a ...

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – THE NEED FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY NOT TO POLITICIZE THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE

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IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris By Zik Gbemre With reports that the National Assembly is still posed on altering the provisions of Section 215 of the 1999 Constitution as amended to create room for State Police in Nigeria, we consider it necessary to reiterate that the lawmakers should desist from such moves for the sustainability of the ...

OKPE LANGUAGE IN PALEOLITHIC EXTINCTION

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Chief Bobson Gbinije 'Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have Jargons; instead of principles, slogans; and instead of genuine Ideas, bright ideas' (Eric Bentley) To lacerate the tentacles of communication blackout, developmental somnambulistic movements and cerebral Erebus every collectivity must have a language as a matrix and vehicle of communication. Hence, the essayist George ...

Nigeria@56: Buhari’s Probe and the Monstrosity of Corruption

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President Muhammadu Buhari. By Bobson Gbinije “There is nothing more touching than the sight of a nation in search of its great men, nothing more beautiful than its readiness to accept a hero on trust”. James Russel Lowell(1819-1891) In this time and age ravenous and solipsistic avarice that will robustly deify the Neanderthal man’s mien still pervades the ...

THE BENEFITS OF CRITICISM

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By Udoka Emmanuel Chika-dibie Looking for seeds of truth in criticism encourages humility. It’s not easy to take an honest look at yourself and your weaknesses, but you can only grow if you’re willing to try. Learning from criticism allows you to improve. Almost every critique gives you a tool to more effectively create the tomorrow you ...

OSARO ONAIWU’s SEVEN PILLARS OF SOLUTION

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By EMEKA NWAGWUNA It is at the level of leadership vision that clear cut policy directives which take into cognizance the developmental needs of a people are developed. Successful governments the world over recognise this all important factor in state craft, little wonder those who show up in positions of political leadership over there are usually ...

EDO ELECTION: THE IGBO FACTOR

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By EMEKA NWAGWUNA As campaigns leading up to the September 28th Edo gubernatorial election reaches feverish pitch, so many factors will definitely determine the outcome. Prominent among them is the number of registered Igbo voters in Edo state. Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State. INEC’s record reveals that the number of registered Igbo voters constitute about 48% ...

THE GHOST WORKERS SYNDROME IN NIGERIA – AN ECONOMIC DRAIN THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED, ESPECIALLY IN THE NIGER DELTA

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By Zik Gbemre Without a doubt, high among the problems bedeviling the Nigeria’s progressive development, especially in the area of its Public Service/Office, is the scourge of ghost workers. Though, the problem is evident across the country and actually a ‘national crisis’ and a huge drain on the national economy, its prevalence and adverse effect in the Niger ...

DELTA STATE AT 25 – MORE OF A TALE OF PUBLIC UNACCOUNTABILITY AND A MISPLACED CELEBRATION OF FAR TOO LITTLE

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By Zik Gbemre We were greatly appalled when it was recently made public that the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has set up an eight-man Organizing Committee towards the celebration of the Delta State’s 25 years of existence. The Governor, according to the statement, advised the Committee to organize a celebration to mark Delta @ 25, “to ...

THE URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS LEVEL OF TRAFFICKING OF NIGERIAN WOMEN INTO PROSTITUTION ABROAD

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By Zik Gbemre We are greatly saddened by the fact that virtually on a daily basis, hundreds and even thousands of Nigerians (men and women), especially our younger generation, are either making plans to migrate to foreign countries or dreaming about it and consumed with the desire to leave their father land at the slightest opportunity; ...

ON THE PREPOSTEROUS PUBLISHED IBORI 58th BIRTHDAY GREETINGS BY OKOWA – A MOVE UNBECOMING OF A SEATING GOVERNOR

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By Zik Gbemre We believe many well-meaning Deltans/Nigerians were greatly appalled, saddened and disturbed with the recent congratulatory message and Birthday Greetings by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to celebrate/mark Chief James Ibori's 58th Birthday anniversary on August 4, 2016, which was glaringly published on Page 6 of The Urhobo Voice of August 15, 2016. We simply lack the words ...

ON DELTA STATE IMMORTALISES EX-GOVERNOR FELIX IBRU – NOT JUSTIFIABLY DONE BY GOVERNOR OKOWA

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By Zik Gbemre Despite our advice that the Delta State Government should immortalize late Olorogun (Senator) Felix Ovuodoroye Ibru, CON, whose funeral rites started on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 and to end on Sunday, August 7, 2016, by naming the Delta State University after him, it is appalling to note that all that the Delta State Government ...
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