Yankius: Stingy & Generous Politics Penny Wise: O Yank! How come we don’t hear from you anymore? Don’t you have a candidate you support? I support Obi. Yankius: I am…
Economic Sectors – Not Complementary
No agreement today, no agreement tomorrow – Fela Kuti
Capable societies are those that have enforceable institutions of public value, while incapable societies lack them at national and local levels. Such nations are mainly in the Global North. It is easy to identify nations in the Global South as incapable of such enforcement. Public value can be economic or social. Accordingly, incapable societies cannot create public value by themselves. They can only extract it and thus live on dependency. If they have mineral riches, they become rentier states. Otherwise, they stand as highly indebted nations ever seeking technical help. Surviving on begging bowl economics. (more…)
ASUU Demands Are So Simple
How can a sapiocidal (killers of the most intelligent) government have credibility? The industrial action of the ASUU of 2022 is an unlikely revelation of how much incapacity and insensitivity the Government of Nigeria (GON) hides behind. A government refuses to pay the salaries and benefits of academic staff and other civil servants. And cannot invest in universities and other institutions across the civil service. What happens? The GON cannot win. (more…)
Pauperising Professors: Pay Them!
What is the Adamu Adamu Syndrome? National disgrace is something the Buhari government neither understands nor cares about. The world is looking with laughter, though. A nation that claims to have the brainiest people on the planet. The latest national disgrace is Nigeria’s professors, lecturers, and researchers working in Nigerian universities now live like paupers and work like slaves. ASUU Strike 2022 is showing the world that professors in Nigeria suffer. In fact, starvation, pennilessness, and resorting to begging or handouts to survive are professors lots. Well, those who are academics full-time at universities. And many with doctorates from the world’s best universities. Five years at the University of Lagos. Two years at Stanford University. Four and a half years at the University of Benin. All with great final grades, then poverty and slavery. If Nigerian universities die, Nigeria will die too. Nigeria will die too. (more…)
Does National Security Expire?
The anarchy brewing in Nigeria is near complete. Noting the security problem in Nigeria is dire is not news. It has become a daily and worsening fact. Wear is Nigeria’s national security? No one is safe from violence in the country any longer. Not even the military academies and barracks, high security prisons, nor police stations. And not the Presidential Guard or the President himself. What does the President, Buhari care? Moreover, the Government of Nigeria (GON) has no effective response to the failing state of security in the country. None. None from above and none from below. Video clips of bandits, terrorists, and criminals hold one key reason for this sorry state in plain sight.
Accordingly, the fabric of Nigerian society and culture is today determined by the insecurity. Both rural and urban areas are just as unsafe as each other. The roads are now highways to hell. It is that bad. (more…)
Nigeria Youth Storm Rebellion Abuja 8 a.m. The Assistant Inspector General of Police assures six senators in confidence, “It won’t happen, it won’t happen, Wallahi!” The doubt with which he…
The ASUU Strike of 2022 is raising important questions and responses we must not dodge. Market reforms now demand Vice Chancellors should raise tens of billions of naira annually to fund their universities. Otherwise they are not fit for purpose. Really? Are Vice Chancellors to blame for the government’s ancient failures in education policy and practice? Thus, it is a question worth examining.