Nigeria’s N4.6 trillion 2011 budget runs into hitch

By Omodele Adigun, Louis Iba, Adewale Sanyaolu and Chima Nwokoji

The SUN Monday, September 19, 2011

The alarm sounded last week by the Minister of Finance, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the zero-level implementation of the 2011 Budget has again brought to the fore the problem of poor budget implementation in the country.

Japan: INCJ Beyond Ninja

Something is happening in Tokyo. Since the great Tohoku Earthquake of March 11, 2011, life has been back to normal. Students have since resumed classes and the yearly national baseball game has come and gone where high school students played with all the zeal of “never say die.”

Bankole’s Fear of the Unknown. Behind The Figure By Ijeoma Nwogwugwu

At the instance of the Presidential Task Force on Power, a meeting was held two Wednesday’s ago between members of the task force and the leadership of the House of Representatives to brief the latter on the road map for the power sector reform programme. During the course of the meeting, Dimeji Bankole, speaker of the House, breezed in mid-stream, staying all of five minutes.

In those precious few minutes that he gave the task force, he made it clear that he had issues with the road map being implemented by the federal government. According to him, the road map did not have the input of the House of Representatives, nor did the government deem it necessary to consult stakeholders before formulating the roadmap. Using one such stakeholder as the perfect fodder, Bankole stated that no consideration was being given to importers and suppliers of generators, which by his estimate is a billion dollar industry that needs to be protected.

Washington Post: How Africa won the World Cup - By Dayo Olopade

JOHANNESBURG -- The first African World Cup didn't belong to Africa, at least not on the soccer field. Of the six African nations that made it to the quadrennial tournament, five fell early -- to indiscipline, tough competitors and heartbreaking missed opportunities. The plucky and focused Black Stars from Ghana were a bright spot for the continent, but when Sunday's final is over, the new FIFA champion will not be African.

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