By: on January 11, 2021
In their antagonistic and fierce competition and struggle for the domination of the world, the so-called developed countries deploy their economic wealth and their science and technology against one another. The upper crust or stratum of the elites in the same developed countries provides support for their states in the competition and struggle, because ultimately the rich elites are the major beneficiaries of the ‘victory’ of their states. But beyond the competition among the developed countrie...
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By: on December 31, 2020
It is no news that many economies including Nigeria are currently in recession. In reality, the year 2020 has been eventful, chiefly with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Its impact has continued to have a severe impact on businesses, households, and economies globally and one of its consequences is inflation. Even though inflation is a concept that affects all of us; but most importantly high inflation could be hostile to economy and business especially the micro, small and medium enterprises ...
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By: on December 23, 2020
Sir: Year 2020 is a year that will definitely remain engraved in the mind of every creature in Nigeria and across the globe, as the year came along with so many shocking and tragic events. The year featured a string of wildfire, airplane crashes in Iran and Pakistan, the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, social unrest over the killing of George Floyd, the deadly explosion in Beirut, and various natural disasters –all under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic. The beginning of this...
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By: on November 29, 2020
For several months now, coronavirus has enveloped the world and like a cocoon to a larva, it has continued to rage, gnaw towards the west and other parts of the world. When you expect it to subside, cases of infected persons continue to rise. The coronavirus pandemic has revealed that most countries around the world have paid mammoth attention to their efforts to develop and build a large weapon while paying scarce attention towards improving infrastructure for health care and the delivery of...
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By: on September 30, 2020
Nigeria’s economy today owes its feeble strength and stability to the crude oil. The first oil well drill in 1956 at Oloibiri and the subsequent oil boom in the 1970s did not only change Nigeria’s destiny but set the ‘black gold’ on the path that led Nigeria to economic limelight and a flamboyant lifestyle. Oil wealth fuelled the nation’s political leaders negligence towards agriculture which was until then, the country’s economic power. Before the crude oil’s discovery, every region in the coun...
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By: on September 24, 2020
Prolonged wearing of face masks like we have had to do during this pandemic would also have some yet-to-be-discovered psychological effects. It would take years before we can tell what the long-term psychological effects of mask-wearing will have had on us especially on very young children that have just started secondary socialization. These are the children who recently started school. Masks should be changed daily even if they do not appear to be dirty and must never be shared. Fabric mask...
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By: on August 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is reordering society and accelerating changes in many dramatic ways, for better and for worse. This global, novel virus has also exposed deadly flaws in the governance and health care systems around the world, and it is particularly awakening us to the need for the advancement of education and the extent to which excessive centralisation and concentration in today’s world is causing the inequality that has plunged a lot of families into poverty and slowed down human capita...
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By: on August 17, 2020
2020 is a watershed in many ways, COVID-19, mayhem on a global scale in health, economies, widespread protests and geo-political shifts. These disturbing trends play out within a background of a plethora of ironies verging on the perverse. Dysfunctions in major powers and global institutions have been highlighted and indeed have exacerbated the problems. Post 2020 in many ways heralds some distressing trends. COVID-19 has spread around the world like wildfire, reaching all corners, because of th...
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By: on August 14, 2020
I TAKE my topic today from my late professor, Marcus G. Singer. It was the title of his review of an ethics book, Freedom and Reason (Oxford, 1963), by R. M. Hare. In the book, Hare had argued that “one of the most important constituents of our freedom, as moral agents, is the freedom to form our own opinions about moral questions, even if that involves changing our language.” Moral philosophers have been at logger heads regarding the status of moral questions and moral judgments. Are they st...
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By: on August 11, 2020
Long after they recover, they are shunned, further driving those with the disease underground and increasing the clandestine spread of the disease. Stigma is a social construction that disenfranchises the stigmatized person or group of persons. The stigmatized persons are socially excluded. They are discriminated against. Their personhood is devalued. Stigmatization of those with disease or that have had the disease and recovered is a wrongful adaptation of the society to avoid the disease pa...
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By: on August 7, 2020
My wife and I are very fond of this young white boy in our neighbourhood. He was born about two years after we moved to the city 20 years ago. We have been neighbours for that long. I love the boy. His biological father, whom I learnt was a member of a street gang and shuttling in-and-out-of-jail, has been out of his life since he was born. His step-father is not forthcoming raising his stepson; and I still wonder why. With no father-figure in his life, the young man’s struggles seem to have dou...
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By: on August 4, 2020
The announcement follows an earlier directive from the ministry to school owners offering COVID-19 guidelines towards the resumption of schools. The new date is a consensus reached with relevant stakeholders. The Federal Ministry of Education recently issued a press release directing all schools to reopen for exit classes on August 4. At once, it struck me, ‘ they will need help,’ I said, quickly posting a screenshot of the document to my WhatsApp status. The news comes as a surprise bearing ...
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