Author: David Hundeyin

Breaking: Air Peace allegedly sacks most of its pilots over pay dispute

On  Sunday night, prominent Nigerian airline Air Peace allegedly sacked the vast majority of the pilots on its payroll following a bitter protracted pay dispute occasioned by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 lockdown.  According to information revealed exclusively to NewsWireNGR by one of those affected, the body of pilots[Read More…]

Unpaid NDDC postgraduate scholarships: A tale of 3 Niger Deltans

This is not a story about alleged corruption at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).  This is not a story about water hyacinth removal contracts worth 150 times their actual value. This is not a story about the woman who slapped a former governor, or the man who referenced her[Read More…]

Social Media Bill and Hate Speech Bill – Drop Them Now!

In November 2019, there was a furore in the Nigeria civil society space when two bills were introduced into the House of Representatives. Officially known as the “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019” and the “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches Bill, 2019”, they quickly gained[Read More…]

NBC Code Amendment: The New Frontier in Nigeria’s War on the Economy

On Friday June 26, 2020, an innocuous-looking notice appeared in the day’s edition of THISDAY newspaper. It was a notice from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to the general public inviting stakeholders to submit position papers on a proposed amendment to the 6th edition of Nigeria’s broadcasting code which is[Read More…]

Alleged Fraud, and Disappearing Acts: The Inside Story of Tony Dara

In 2012, a television station widely billed as “Nigeria’s answer to CNN” disappeared abruptly off the face of the earth. There was no explanation offered to anyone or any apology for disrupted services. There was especially no attempt by the station’s management to account for what led to the collapse[Read More…]

The debt could spark a diplomatic row: Inside Indian workers’ 4-Year battle for their entitlements with Globacom

For decades, there has been a mutually beneficial relationship between India and Nigeria in terms of providing highly skilled manpower to build businesses at a significantly reduced cost, relative to what it would take to bring a European or an American to Nigeria. Nigerian FMCGs, building contractors, telecom firms and[Read More…]

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Document Reveals Female Immigration Officers in #DontRushChallenge Video Have Been Punished with “Siberia” Postings

Five female personnel of the Nigeria Immigration Service who were written up for misconduct after appearing in a viral video have been reposted from their current places of assignment in Abuja, Lagos and Enugu and given “graveyard” assignments as far afield as Borno, Kano and Yobe. It will be recalled[Read More…]

How Wike’s Destruction of Property Contradicts His Own Lockdown Order and Matters Arising

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan believes that Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike’s demolition of Prudent Hotel, Eleme and Etemete hotel in Onne are justified in the context of the “fight” against COVID-19. Many observers share his opinion because the perception is that whoever does anything[Read More…]

Also Plagiarised and More Dangerous: Senate National Health Emergency Act is Another Case Study in Copy-and-Paste Governance

Recently, the Federal House of Representatives announced that it would refer the contentious Infectious Diseases Act to a public hearing after the uproar it caused following its expedited movement through the House. It will be recalled that despite up to half of the House members not having actually seen the[Read More…]

Nigeria’s Proposed Infectious Disease Act: Plagarised And Dangerous

Yesterday April 28, 2020, a piece of draft legislation that could permanently change the experience of Nigeria as we know it was quietly transmitted to members of the House of Representatives for consideration. On the surface, it is a somewhat innocuous bill – possibly even praiseworthy and necessary, but as[Read More…]