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June 21, 2018

Kano increases pensioners allowance by 3,000%

Kano State Government has increased the minimum allowance of its pensioners by 3,000 percent.  The government said the least paid pensioner in the state now earn N5,000 as against the previous N135 per month. The State Head of Service, Alhaji Umar Shehu Minjibiri who disclosed this during a press briefing at the 2013 Public Service Day, said the implementation of the improved allowance had already taken effect. He said the state government decided to improve the pensioners’ welfare in view of the fact that their previous allowance was barely enough to attend to their needs. He also said as part…

MEN OF GOD AS DEMIGODS IN NIGERIA (2)

See previous article “MEN OF GOD AS  DEMIGODS IN NIGERIA (1) “ The use of the title “man of God” as passport to wealth, power and stardom partly accounts for the unhealthy proliferation of churches in the country. General unemployment is perhaps a remote factor, but people would not have been so much drawn to church business if it were not seen as a short-cut to wealth, power and stardom. Some of the “men of God” mentioned earlier keep featuring in the list of the richest and most influential men in the world today. Benefiting more from this whole scenario,…

MEN OF GOD AS DEMIGODS IN NIGERIA

Quite instinctively, Nigerians see any person who goes by the name, “man of God” as a demigod. Some of us who are familiar with societal arrangement and power-relations in the Nigerian society and are able to make comparisons with what obtains outside the shores of the country never cease to marvel at the enormous powers the “man of God” wields in Nigeria. Being a “man of God” becomes a veritable privileged position that gives one access to nearly every good thing under heaven. Perhaps this state of affairs is not bad in itself, for what is wrong giving due respect…

Nigerian Physicians and Our Right to Know

Chioma called again! You remember her? The woman her boss was pressing for an affair (See http://theleaderassumpta.com/category/columns/ethics-corner/ or www.csaaeinc.org/blog for full story). I thought she was going to talk about this affair.  No. This time it was about her sick mother. “Could you please pray for her, she is in a hospital at Owerri”, she said. I know her mother, a 65 year old “rural woman”.  I called this woman. “Mama, what’s the matter?” “The Doctor has not told me anything”, she answered. “What medication has he given you?” “He did not tell me, he just said that I will be…

Community Government: Is it viable?

Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has on several occasions enumerated what Imo people stand to gain from embracing his Fourth-Tier System of Government, otherwise called, Community Government.  The novelty of it all, being that the state power base will, as it were, relocate from Douglas House Owerri (Government House) to the various autonomous communities in the 27 local government areas of the state. According to the new structure, the duly recognized traditional ruler of each autonomous community will preside over the Community Government Council (CGC), which will include: a Government Liaison Officer (GLO), a Community Liaison Officer (CLO), a Woman leader,…

ACHEBE AND THE INVENTION OF AFRICAN LITERATURE (1)

came strong on the world stage with the publication of his first novel, Things Fall Apart. It is a work widely considered to have defined African literature and brought balance to world literature. This is despite the fact that there were other pioneering efforts regarding African prose by African indigenous writers. By 1933 Omenụkọ by Pita Nwana had been published, followed by the Onitsha Market Literature through which Cyprian Ekwensi published pamphlet stories like Ikolo the Wrestler and Other Ibo Tales (1947) and When Love Whispers (1948). These were before Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952), which many regard as…