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Awolowo in the 70s said that the children you failed to train will never let you have peace, True or False?
Emmanuel Joshua Oluwabankole
We Nigerians are physically and spiritually defeated by our beliefs about our government’s ability to protect us, and sincerely speaking, the youths nowadays care less about the government’s matter, the country is getting worse and is about to collapse.
Just take a look at those strikes that keep students at home for months, corruption in all levels and the terrifying insecurity of the nation, now am sure even the rich have no safe place to stay. This nation has sinned a lot, we should either rise to greatness or the nation might be cleaved asunder. The truth is always bitter.
Abubakar Abul Amina
That’s the bitter truth sir! Long may you reign with good health and gestures worth emulating.
The children you failed to train will never let you have peace. The truth of the matter is that everybody who is privileged in Nigeria will not care about other people’s problems. May God continue to bless our youths.
Maiwada Tukura Makurna Prince
The children that you left untrained will never let you have peace.
The truth is bitter. Correct sir.
All hope is not lost, don’t despair. The government has been trying to be on top of the matter, what you need to do is appreciate and motivate them.
Bulama Bukar Buttu
You’ve said it all Sir. We choose to remain silent instead of condemning the systematic attacks and assaults upon individuals and places in Yobe and Borno. Now that the incessant insurgency has spilled over to almost the entire country, we are paying the price for our failures. May God increase you in knowledge and wisdom, and strengthen you to speak the truth that matters the most.
It occurred due to the “I don’t care attitude” shown by the politicians.
Isma’il Isyaku Gachi
You did well sir, it is now our turn to call back home anybody who misuse his position and those behind all these mayhem
Comrade Abubakar Lawan Kiru
The high level of “I don’t care attitude” and hypocrisy led the north to where it is today. It would not have gotten to this level, if they had not played 10 10 with the whole situation from day one.
My mentor, I would like to add more pieces to the security challenges that we are currently facing, especially in northern Nigeria, but you have said it all.
Nigeria is bleeding, sir. In Nigeria today nowhere is safe. Insecurity has overtaken the country, fuelled by bad governance and corruption.
Ali Tijjani Hassan
Succinctly captured. God save Nigeria!
Your submissions are valid sir, and like you mentioned in one of the paragraphs how our intelligence collapsed, scores of marauders will ride into communities, abduct their target and run into the bushes unchallenged.
Ibrahim Baba Saleh
They don’t run into the bushes, Malam Ibrahim, they walk.
We are where we are simply because we were less concerned over what mattererd to some of us.
As usual, this is an excellent piece, Dr Hassan, an articulation of all you have said on the subject in the last five years. It is my hope that the people responsible for safeguarding lives and properties in this country will read the article and use the lessons to do their jobs efficiently. If we fail, the calamity would come to us and there would be nobody to speak for us, may Allah prevent such things from happening. I wish you more wisdom to continue your selfless service to humanity.
Professor Mohammed Khalid Othman
We have heard enough condemnations, now we want to see actions upon actions.
Elbash S Umar
Practical condemnation is what we needed. More Ink to your pen sir.
Jibril Alhaji Yunusa Suse
Thank you Mr. Gimba for this important piece. We are being consumed by our own creation, Allah yabamu mafita.
The corrosive insecurity caused by poverty is getting worse. We need a private security.
Abdussamad Yahya Sufi
My Gombe is safe.
One bad thing about Nigerian leadership for years is nonchalant attitude. They’ll intentionally ignore a thorn until it grows out of control. Terrorism, banditry, corruption and other social vices can be halted at the infant stage, but the corruption in us cannot allow authorities in charge to act swiftly until it goes beyond control. The sorry state of our collective irresponsibility plunge us into where we are today. But it is never too late to fix. If we can all be responsible, we can overcome our predicaments.
Ahmad M. Salihu
This stanza was in Nigeria first used by Senator Kashim Shettima in recent time when he was governor of Borno state and as chairman of Northern Governors forum when he was explaining the carefree attitude of some of his colleague on the menace of Boko Haram at their meeting. Hassan Gimba did a nice job too. He is a wonderful columnist.
Abubakar Ali Abdallah
This version of “Now Nowhere is Safe” does not only analyze the problem of insecurity across many fronts in Nigeria, but also encompasses well fashioned and workable solutions to combat them. A lot of workable solutions to the problem at hand were being outlined. Only if they have ears/eyes to hear/read. But they decided to pay deaf ear and discarded them, perhaps because they were safe. Now, nobody and nowhere is safe. Thank you, Dr., for this masterpiece.
Dr Ukasha Ismail
Let me wear my reading glasses.
Taha Mamman Shamaki
Now, nowhere is safe (2) (11/04/2022)
This is nice. Keep up telling the truth. May you leave long, sir.
Comrade Usman Abubakar DSchedule
The heat is on. Revolution is loading up for all evil politicians in Nigeria…
Keep looting and making people grow poorer than their thoughts.
I love this in-depth journalism.
Thank you for revealing the facts.
Perfectly said! Dear sir, indeed you are absolutely right about what you have spoken.
Comrade Idris Salisu Ahmed
Including where you are writing from? Stop exaggerating our situation.
Abubakar Sarki Umar
Abubakar Sarki Umar, sad that you people still don’t see things for what they really are. The situation is worse than anyone can ever put in writing.
One day, una go get SENSE. Even in Ukraine where war ranges, people stole write. Must you or your loved one be a victim before you believe the security situation in the country at the moment is terrible? Really sad how you guys reason.
Abubakar Sarki Umar, even where you are commenting from is not safe just that it hasn’t reached you.
Sanda Yakubu Nehemiah
Exactly Nigeria is bleeding!!!
Now, nowhere is safe (3) (25/04/2022)
Nigeria is in the battle field while the elite are gearing to be re-elected or elected instead of them to stop the campaign and focus on the situation but they are all busy on their selfish interest while fellow Nigerians are suffering from different calamities.
Ibrahim Rayyahi Alfulaty
We should just stop blame game and save humanity. We have been calling for unity to liberate Nigeria and the black race, northern and southern Nigeria must all wake up and face the truth; we must unite.
Ibrahim Unity Adam
I’m highly impressed with Hassan Gimba’s expository write-up; it’s an in-depth analysis of the ugly situations in Nigeria today. Who will salvage Nigeria?
Elder Victor Onyemairo Chukwudi
More ink to your golden pen, our veteran columnist, Dr. Hassan Gimba.
May Almighty Allah protect you.
The concluding paragraph carries huge message and says it all. Thanks Dr for taking such a bold step.
Dr Ukasha Ismail
As usual, the question as to how this could be addressed came to mind as I was reading the article but as I continued reading my question was answered in the last paragraph. You have spoken for the people once more. Ride on Dr.
Voilá! After reading ‘Now, nowhere is safe’ I have found 2 safe places: “Its leaders must urgently embrace justice and fairness and the laws of the land must equally apply to king and serf. Then the leaders must truly see leadership as service to the fatherland and not a means for them and their families to aim at owning the land.”
2. “As a matter of urgency, the government must brace up to fight this war and do all it must to cut off the terrorists’ recruitment base and stop allowing them to prove how strong they are.” Thanks Sir.
Awesome piece, sir! I have stopped receiving your updates on Whatsapp. Hope you’re doing well.
Why Tinubu must show interest in E-Customs Project
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently thumbed down the practice of servicing Nigeria’s humongous loans with huge national revenue.
The President’s description of that practice as destructive is indeed apt considering Nigeria’s rising population and comparable resources needed to cater for the citizens.
Available records indicate that Nigeria’s foreign and domestic liabilities were in excess of US$100 billion as of 2022; a burden which experts have blamed on successive governments, especially the immediate past administration.
“Can we continue to service external debts with 90% of our revenue? It is a path to destruction. It is not sustainable. We must make the very difficult changes that are necessary for our country to get up from slumber and be respected among the great nations of the world,” the President told lawyers while declaring open the annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja.
Although the president is under pressure to allow massive food importation as a short- term measure to arrest rising cost of living, the porous nature of Nigeria’s borders dictates otherwise. Taking such route will amount to reversing the gains made in curbing insurgency and cross-border banditry especially along Nigeria’s border up North.
This is where the e-Customs Project conceived but later stalemated under the former President Muhammadu Buhari should be re-examined to help boost the operations of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, for improved efficiency, block loopholes and increase revenue accruing to government.
The NCS Modernization Project, otherwise called e-Customs Project was given anticipatory approval by President Buhari on September 17, 2019 and subsequently stamped by the Federal Executive Council as a Public Private Partnership model in September 2020.
The project was conceived in 2015 to address the challenges of dysfunctional scanners and other gadgets, tax evasion, lack of monitoring system, smuggling of goods across the borders, inflow of banned items, lack of transparency and cumbersome functions of the Customs Service.
It is untidy and smacks of high handedness that the Buhari Administration will override its first approval without cancelling a previous approval by the President-in-Council.
It is on record that Messrs E-customs HC Project Limited and Bionica Technologies (West Africa) Limited, the original concessionaires, have jointly challenged the alleged unlawful and fraudulent replacement of their names in the concession agreement earlier approval by President Buhari and ratified by FEC on 2 September, 2020.
The firm had raised the alarm of “a sinister plot” to scheme it out as the approved concessionaire and replace it will an unknown entity registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission on 5 April, 2022, almost two years when the project was first ratified by the Federal Executive Council!
It is inconceivable that the nation’s highest decision-making body which in September 2020 approved a 20-year Public Private Partnership – PPP concession, valued at $3.1billion to Messrs E. Customs HC Project Limited as initial concessionaire, will allow a few selfish government officials to convince it in approving an illegal concession. How does a company benefit from a process in which it didn’t participate?
It is disconcerting that less than five weeks to the end of the Buhari Administration, the Federal Executive Counting did close its eyes to a valid court order and allowed itself to be misguided.
The willingness to side-track due process and best practice methods by top officials of the Buhari administration on the e-Customs project through a second and hurried FEC approval was nothing but a desperate bid to empower cronies of retiring President Buhari before the end of his administration. With the recourse to litigation by the parties involved in the project, it is now coming to light that President Buhari may have been misled to override an earlier approval granted by the FEC, where he presided on 2 September, 2020.
While government officials can be parochial in their actions, majority of Nigerians are waiting to reap the benefits promised by the project, especially full automation of Nigeria Custom’s business processes and procedures through the development and implementation of a robust and secure ICT platform, implementation of modern customs border stations, airports and marine posts as well as revenue enhancement.
President Tinubu, now wooing international investments from across the globe, must show more than a passing interest in the e-Customs Project where Nigeria stands to reap huge revenue. More importantly, Nigeria cannot be a laughing stock among international investors!
*Adebayo is ED, Accountable Leadership for Better Nigeria Initiative.
THE PROMISE OF PROSPERITY IN THE FACE OF CHANGE: A BOLD LEAP FOR NIGERIA
By Otega Ogra
Change is never easy. It is often met with resistance, fear, and uncertainty. But it is through change that progress is made.
The recent quick-fix economic reforms initiated by President Bola Tinubu’s administration, including the removal of fuel subsidies and the consolidation of multiple foreign exchange regimes, are a testament to this truth.
These reforms, though challenging in the short term, hold the promise of a more prosperous and stable Nigeria.
They represent a bold step towards economic self-sufficiency, a move away from unsustainable subsidies, and a commitment to a more transparent and efficient foreign exchange market. But President Tinubu understands that these changes, while necessary, will have immediate impact on the Nigerian economy.
That’s why his administration has put in place a series of measures to cushion these effects and ensure that no Nigerian is left behind. From the establishment of the Infrastructure Support Fund (ISF) to the planned distribution of grains and fertilizers to 50 million Nigerians starting this week in collaboration with the states, from the activation of land banks to the creation of a National Commodity Board to the various taxes suspended or deferred to help Nigerians, and the half a billion dollars mobilized at the Food conference in Rome yesterday, these measures are designed to provide immediate relief and pave the way for long-term prosperity.
These are not mere palliatives; they are strategic investments in our future. They are a testament to President Tinubu’s commitment to creating a Nigeria that is not only self-sufficient but also prosperous and resilient.
So, as we navigate these challenging times, let us remember that we are not alone. We have a leader who is not only aware of our struggles but is also committed to ensuring our prosperity.
President Tinubu is confident in the resilience of the Nigerian People and the strength of the Nation’s economy. Let us embrace these changes, not with fear, but with hope and confidence in the promise of a brighter future.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, and with these reforms, Nigeria is taking a bold step toward that light.
As Fidelity Bank Remains Investors’ Toast
In an increasingly uncertain macroeconomic environment, Fidelity Bank Plc has remained appealing in the banking sector.
This is evident in its full year 2022 financial results which showed a better-than-expected performance amid the headwinds in the economy.
Specifically, in the full year 2022 results, Fidelity Bank’s gross earnings increased to N337,050 billion as of December 31, 2022, significantly higher than the N250,776 billion recorded at the end of 2021.
Also, Fidelity Bank’s Net Interest Income climbed to N152 billion in the year under review, up from N94.879 billion the previous year.
Also, its profit before income tax stood at N53.677 billion in the year under review, higher than N25.215 billion the previous year.
Fidelity Bank’s profit after tax for the year under review stood at N46.724 billion, higher than the N23.104 billion it realised in 2021. Additionally, its total assets increased to N3.989 trillion in 2022, up from N3.278 trillion in 2021.
While its loans and advances to customers in the year under review stood at N2.116 trillion in the year under review, up from N1.658 trillion the previous year, customers’ deposits grew to N2.580 trillion, higher than N2.024 trillion the previous year.
Owing to this, the Board of Directors of the bank have proposed a final dividend of 40 kobo per share which in addition to the 10 kobo per share earlier declared as interim dividend amounts to N0.50 per Ordinary Share of 50 kobo (2021: Dividend of N0.35 per Ordinary Share of 50 kobo each amounting to N10,136,904,992.20) from the retained earnings account as of 31 December 2022.
On the back of an impressive first half 2022 results, Fidelity Bank had declared an interim dividend payment of 10 Kobo per 50 Kobo ordinary share, subject to appropriate withholding tax, to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on September 12, 2022.
The interim dividend payment was the first in the bank’s 34 years history. Fidelity Bank had reported a remarkable 21.6 per cent growth in its half-year 2022 profit to N25.1 billion.
Since she assumed the position of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc in 2021, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe has made it clear that her target is to deliver a financial institution that meets all stakeholders’ expectations, even as she continues to push the bank to rise to be among the tier-one banks in the country.
In August 2022, Fidelity Bank intimated the public of its proposed acquisition of Union Bank United Kingdom as part of its expansion plans and in line with regulatory stipulations.
The bank’s plans to acquire a 100 per cent stake in Union Bank UK marked its first foray into the international market.
Commenting on the transaction, Onyeali-Ikpe stated, “This transaction aligns with our strategic plan of expanding our service touchpoints beyond the Nigerian market and providing straight-through services that meet and exceed the needs of our growing clients.”
Indeed, the Nigerian banking sector is evolving, with the changes being driven by competition, accelerated adoption of technology and the move by banks to meet the banking lifestyle of an evolving demography.
This has seen a lot of banks, including Fidelity, embrace innovative means to satisfy their customers.
It also organised the Fidelity International Trade and Creative Connect (FITCC), which is the largest trade exhibition by Nigerian-based businesses in the United Kingdom in recent times.
It was a major move in increasing Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings.
At the end of the maiden edition which held in London, it recorded pipeline deals of over $200 million, more than 100 exhibitors from Nigeria with product offerings ranging from processed food to fashion, fintech and the arts and over 2,000 attendees over two days.
“In collaboration with our strategic partners, we have created this platform to connect Nigerian exporters with UK buyers.
This inaugural edition of the FITCC hosts more than 100 exhibitors from Nigeria with product offerings ranging from processed food to fashion, fintech and the arts.
“Fidelity Bank is a leading financial institution in Nigeria and a market leader in supporting small and medium scale enterprises and export-oriented businesses.
This event is therefore an extension of the support that we provide to the business ecosystem in Nigeria as work to help them compete favourably on the global stage,” Onyeali-Ikpe said in her welcome remarks at the event.
It is expected that the impressive financial would continue to attract investors to the bank even as it continues to meet the expectations of its customers.
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