Why the NOUN amendment bill should not suffer like others by Gibson Ogbeiniama, Esq

The development of any nation lies on its educational force and as such the NOUN Act was amended among others to improve the country’s educational sector. Presently, concerned individuals are anxiously waiting for the outcome of the NOUN amendment bill being laid before the president for his assent to further improve the school as Africa’s largest institution of learning.

Magu and the Court Judgment by Carl Umegboro, LL.B (Hons)

THE recent judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja by His Lordship, Justice J.T. Tsoho over confirmation of appointment of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu by the Senate doesn’t affect the position of acting chairman. Unfortunately, the senate amplified the obiter dictum (statement by the way) in the judgment, ignoring the most important part which was dismissal of the suit over locus standi, thus, of no effect.

Political Intrigues and the 2019 Presidential Election by Carl Umegboro

PURSUANT to Section 135(2)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, President Muhammadu Buhari would alongside some state governors complete their four-year term on May 29, 2019, paving way for inauguration of new administrations as would be determined and returned by the electorates and returning officers respectively in the forthcoming general election.

Rochas Okorocha and the controversial new ministry by Carl Umegboro

IMO state governor, Rochas Okorocha has unceasingly faced diverse controversies over actions or inactions vis-à-vis stewardship as the chief executive officer of the metropolis. Hitherto were unembellished attacks over the erection of a statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Owerri, the state capital after market-demolition saga, and followed by hosting Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the midst of state’s financial crisis; chiefly arrears of workers’ salaries.

Nigeria’s Budget and fundamental incompatibility By Carl Umegboro

THE 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigbria, as amended, imposed on the people by military juntas preceding the ongoing democracy made general election a quadrennial event similar to that of the United States of America, and specifically pegs inauguration of governments on May 29 every four years too. Incidentally, it prearranged appropriation bill or budget after the civil year calendar; reckoned from January 1 to December 31 according to Gregorian calendar. By this conflicting arrangement, the federal and state governments present budgets to their respective legislative bodies at the end of every year for passage.

Obasanjo’s Second Epistle to the President by Carl Umegboro

FORMER President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo a moment ago released a second ‘special letter’ to the Presidential Villa. The former was directed to the erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013 after their amiable relationship turned sour. The leading episode that closely burlesqued the missive was an open letter from his daughter; Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello with sarcastic accusations.

Between Fawehinmi and Ozekhome by Carl Umegboro

FIRST and foremost, I salute the quintessential social justice crusader, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) for his extraordinary, inimitabile and altruistic life while on earth. The Senior Advocate of the Masses (SAM) as Gani was splendidly christened lives on in the hearts of the people despite his transition to the great beyond in 2009. Almost a decade counting, the vacuum Fawehinmi left is yet to be adequately filled. The masses still mourn.

Buhari’s New Year broadcast and matters arising by Carl Umegboro

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year broadcast on 1st January, 2018 catalogued a new dawn and high hopes to Nigerians unlike the previous year the government squarely battled with economic recession which led to hardship with negative effects on virtually all sectors of the economy alongside the citizenry especially the low class. The presidential broadcast irrefutably echoed statesmanship, responsiveness and commitment especially as the blueprints touched visibly on all segments and regions with litanies of capital projects and articulated action-plans for dividends of democracy, equitably distributed across the country.

The Bar and Hijab Brouhaha by Carl Umegboro

INDEED, what goes around comes around! Criticisms and diverse opinions have continued pouring from the public over the recent quagmire involving a student of the Nigerian Law School, Amasa Firdaus that insisted on wearing Muslims’ hijab contrary to the policy of the Council of Legal Education (CLE), and as a result, was denied entry into the auditorium for the call-to-bar ceremony. The development created factions in the bar; some emotionally backed the student on account of the fundamental human rights especially Sections 38(1) and 42(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended which provides for right to religion among others.

NOUN and Pull-Down Syndrome by Carl Umegboro

NIGERIA, a developing nation conscientiously aligned with the civilized countries across the globe on education strategically to remain a relevant team player; otherwise, it would be left behind. This formed the basis for establishing the first Open and Distance Learning institution in the country in line with MDGs of the United Nations on education. Thus, synchronizing Section 18 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) was birthed by the Act of the National Assembly and its academic programmes accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) accordingly.

EFCC, Judges purported immunity and separation of powers by Carl Umegboro

UNAMBIGUOUSLY, Section 98 of the Criminal Code, CAP C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, provides for ‘official corruption’ by public officials including inviting or receiving bribes, property or benefits for a favour in the discharge of official duties, and pegged the punishment to 7 years imprisonment if found guilty of the felony. The classification clearly includes judicial officers and condition precedent is commission or omission of deeds that are listed therein.

CARL UMEGBORO: the one man-battalion by Ari-Ajia Olanrewaju

It was in one of the tributes to Professor Wole Soyinka that someone was once reported to have eulogized the Nobel laureate as a tree that makes a forest. This is contrary to the Yoruba proverb that goes 'Igi kan o le da Igbo se’.  It is, of course, an indisputable fact that a tree does not make a forest. However, what we imagine informed the reinvention of that age long proverb, a la, inversion, is not unlikely as a result of Kongi's indomitable energy at fighting injustice.
There are not many people in our clime with this kind of selflessness: late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN; the legal luminary is another name that readily comes to our mind. The one-quality that runs through the minds of people with this selfless zeal is for them not to believe in a course. They dispense as much energy and time to their conviction as they can deny same of anything that does not catch their fancy. When they are at work, they get intoxicated in their belief, such that their own spirit cannot even stop them. A critical look at their zeal shows that they are controlled by a higher force; a force that starts and ends in illumination. It is for this reason that they cannot stand injustice and anything that has to do with darkness.

Suitability in Marriage by Tobi Jude

Marriage, be as it may, is a blessing and not a curse, and it can never be a curse, unless, you turn it so. It is the best institution to enter, and once entered into, the blessings that are attached to it pours on it.
This article will outline the various ways at which suitability in marriage occurs and the pragmatic nature to marriage.

Professor Amuda-Kannike (SAN) receives PhD in International Law and Jurisprudence

Congratulations to a highly esteemed Professor Abiodun Amuda-Kannike (SAN) as he receives a PhD in International Law and Jurisprudence from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka on successful completion of his academic works, in addition to earlier PhD in Commercial Law. 
Congratulations and more exploits to the distinguished S.A.N. and professor of law.

From all of us at the

UNN 47th Convocation: Legal luminary, Professor Amuda-Kannike (SAN) bags second PhD

ERUDITE professor of law, Prof Abiodun Amuda-Kannike (SAN) will on December 2 having successfully completed his academic works and met all requirements, be awarded PhD degree in International Law and Jurisprudence by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) at its 47th convocation ceremony in addition to PhD degree in Commercial Law he bagged earlier.

APC: Buhari addresses NEC, unveils government's new blueprints

May I warmly welcome everybody to this important meeting of our party’s executive body.
Let me on a personal note thank you all for your prayers and good wishes, which the Almighty Allah answered in the restoration of my health.
I wish to thank you all Party leaders for helping to keep the government running smoothly during my prolonged absence.

Pastor Deola Phillips: A legend; a trailblazer; a beacon of excellence

Pastor Deola Phillips
Happy birthday to highly esteemed Pastor Deola Phillips; Chief Executive Officer, Believers LoveWorld Inc.; Director, Healing School; Christ Embassy, Lagos Zone 5, among others.
You’re incontestably a role model, record-breaker and a pacesetter!
You’re manifestly a burning and shining light, above all, persistently replete of God’s Spirit by the word!
You’re a leader par excellence; a leader to leaders, exemplary, ardent, cultured and endowed with virtue and elegance. Indeed, you are complete in Him. 
As you celebrate another year of exploits and service to God and humanity, we join millions of people around the world in wishing you a more glorious, super-flourishing and fabulous new level.

The President and the portfolio of Minister of Petroleum Resources

President Muhammadu Buhari
(Published by DAILY TRUST Newspapers on 20 October, 2017 at page 43)
(Published by THE AUTHORITY Newspapers on 20 October, 2017 at page 18)
(Published by THE GUARDIAN Newspapers on 23 October, 2017)
By Carl Umegboro
WITHOUT a doubt, Section 138 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, bars the President of Nigeria from taking any paid employment or holding executive office in any capacity. In similar vein, Section 147(2) supra emphatically provides that ‘any appointment to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President’.

Celebrating The Teflon Pastor

Highly Esteemed Pastor Uyi Idugboe
Happy birthday to highly esteemed Pastor Uyi Idugboe (TheTeflonPastor)
You’re indeed answers to the cry of many. Put it in another way …like father, like son.
Incontrovertibly, God’s infallible, dependable and unfailing words, and teachings and messages of the renowned man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, DD, DSc, PhD; President, Believers LoveWorld Inc. have indeed produced results through you. 

You're indeed a trailblazer, record breaker, superstar and above all, an effective  product of the Word amongst many others around the world.

In Defense of New School Curriculum

(Published by NIGERIAN TIDE on 21 August, 2017)
By Carl Umegboro
With the National Council on Education’s communique after its 62nd meeting on July 28 which deflated the rumours on exclusion of Christian Religious Studies originally known as CRK in the Basic Education Curriculum, noxious fears over religious crisis is supposedly laid to rest. The buzz as impishly created sumptuously aired that CRK which teaches Christian faith was expunged from basic education curriculum by the present administration.

Buhari’s Speech and the Rodents’ Invasion

(Published by Daily SUN on 28 August, 2017 / Daily TRUST on 26 august, 2017 / ORIENT Daily on 31 August, 2017/ Vanguard Newspapers on 1 Sept, 2017)
By Carl Umegboro
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja House in London on 19 August for Nigeria after a 103-day medical vacation. On arrival, all nooks and crannies of the country were lighted up in euphoria, pirouetting and funfair particularly the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and All Progressives Congress, APC-controlled states. His arrival irrefutably changed the moods and created unusual cavalcades right from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to the Presidential Villa akin to where Nigeria successfully dared Argentina or Brazil in a World-Cup competition. Indeed, it was a heroic welcome to the President.

NOUN, FHC and the new Judgment date

(Published by NIGERIAN Tide on 25 September, 2017)
Published by PUNCH on 26 September, 2017 at pg  20) 
By Carl Umegboro
EVERYTHING with a beginning also has an end. The law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN were shut out since 2013 from the Nigerian Law School for vocational training by the Council of Legal Education, CLE despite National Universities Commission’s accreditation. The graduates had futilely approached all relevant authorities for succor, and lastly perched at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, inter alia, for writ of mandamus.

GSM and a myriad of tricking, unsolicited Value-Added Services

By Carl Umegboro
(Published by AUTHORITY on 25 September, 2017)
(Published by Nigerian TRIBUNE on 29 Sept, 2017) 
THE operators of global system for mobile (GSM) in the country especially the South African telecommunication giant, MTN-Nigeria, are either bent on compelling its value added services on their customers, or determined to be enriching themselves by them through calculated countless flash messages with subscriptions, not minding that every valid contract follows a laid down procedures. Or perhaps, the service-providers know better than their customers and therefore take decisions for them as the ultimate boss.

The implications of the lingering tussle between NOUN and CLE

By Gibson Ogbeiniama
The continued tussle between the duo may present Nigeria as a stagnant and resistant nation to new educational innovations (ICT based studies) globally practiced with huge benefits.
Since the 4th October, 2017 judgement of the Federal High Court Port-Harcourt, no progressive step has been taken by the government to address the issue to a logical conclusion. The only prominent comments on the viral and dailies have been commendations and negative criticism about the judgement which cannot proffer solution to the problem at hand.

Pandemonium over Zuma Statue in Owerri

By Sylvester Ikechukwu Onyema
GOVERNOR of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha recently unveiled one of the seven statues standing alongside each other in Owerri, and the uproar is deafening. My guess is that he unveiled the least controversial of them, which happens to be a statue of our own dear Jacob Zuma, the world renowned saint president of Imo country, who ruled the country between 1905 and 1961. It was he who brought free education..erh..emm..ehh..