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NIGERIA BEYOND 2014: Prospects International Conference

Thu. 16 – Fri. 17 October 2014
University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Confirmed speakers:

  • HARRY GARUBA Former Director, Centre of African Studies, University of Cape Town
  • BABATUNDE OMILOLA Chief Economist, UNDP, Pretoria
  • STEVEN FRIEDMAN Director, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Johannesburg/Rhodes University
  • STEVEN AZAIKI Coordinator, National Think Tank, Nigeria
  • MIKE IGINI Resident Electoral Commissioner, Cross River State, Nigeria


ISCEST Conference, Nigeria – Call For Paper

The International Society of Comparative Education Science and Technology of Nigeria
Inaugural Conference
Yenagoa, Bayelsa, 7-11 December 2014
Dear Colleagues,  
It gives me a great pleasure to invite you to the inaugural conference of the International Society of Comparative Education, Science and Technology of Nigeria, to be held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, from December 7 – 11, 2014.
The ISCEST is a scholarly association dedicated to promoting comparative education, science and technology, as well as enhancing the academic status of these fields. One major goal of the ISCEST is to strengthen the theoretical basis of comparative studies in education, science and technology and applied those understandings to policy and implementation issues in Nigeria, Africa and other comparable settings.
So, your participation in this conference will give you the opportunity to listen to our distinguished keynote speaker, to present the results of your own research, and to discuss and network with scholars from all over Nigeria and beyond.
The conference has five themes – education sciences, management sciences, environmental & agricultural sciences, applied science and technology. I’m very sure that your teaching or research interest fits into any of these themes.
The deadline for registration and paper submission for publication in the iscest publication is 7 October 2014.
Further details:  please see and the attached newsletter.
I look forward to welcoming you to the first ISCEST Conference in Yenagoa on 7 December 2014.
Sincerely yours,
Prof. Steve Azaiki
Chairman ISCEST 2014

Nigeria And The Immigration Of Death

GUARDIAN April 5, 2014

How can Nigeria, a country so blessed, live in abject-poverty of the soul and of the body? We cannot solve the paradox of want in the midst of plenty by doing away with plenty.

The confusion, the killings, the hatred, the war in the land is caused by poverty. When I heard of the tragedy of the immigration recruitment exercise, three things came to my mind: The employment young Nigerians, who have gone to the university with neither education nor skill; the Nigeria government that does not participate in the preparation of our education and poverty of understanding the depth and danger of unemployment with its attendant security problem; and the youths who have completely refused to invest in themselves ,refocus their attention and energy and examine their values and mindset. Continue reading Nigeria And The Immigration Of Death

Nothing is Conclusive yet on the Bayelsa Race

Former Secretary To The Bayelsa State Government, Steve Azaiki spoke with Abuja deputy bureau chief, MADU ONUORAH on the national awards.



WHAT: do you make of the crititsms that have trailed the calibre and number of people who were bestowed with national awards?

The awards are becoming too easy to get. Although I am a beneficiary, I believe that but for people like Alhaji Shehu Shagari who recognised me, I have not done enough to merit a national honour from my country. I am aware the Bayelsa State Government has nominated me twice. In 2005 my name was published but I was not in the final list. Continue reading Nothing is Conclusive yet on the Bayelsa Race

Nigeria At War: The Case For State Of Emergency

Nigeria At War: The Case For State Of Emergency


Today I and my fellow country men and women must decide if we will choose peace or war. It is time for us to show patriotism and love for our brothers and sisters in the North. Calvin Coolidge in a speech, in October 6, 1925 said “No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace or insure it victory in time of war”. Dwight D. Eisenhower was right when he said “Men acquainted with the battlefield will not be found among the numbers that glibly talk of another war.” Those who fought the civil war and those of us who were children, and those of us who lost our fathers, brothers, uncles and loved ones will agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson (“War”, Miscellanies, 1884) when he said “War, to sane men at the present day, begins to look like an epidemic insanity, breaking out here and there like the cholera or influenza, infecting men’s brains instead of their bowels”. Continue reading Nigeria At War: The Case For State Of Emergency

Political Conference of Hope!


Now that Nigerians are talking let us give hope a chance. “When hope is taken away from a people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after,” Henry Wadsworth Long-Fellow (Tales of wayside inn, 1886) said.

Let us remember Edgar Waston Howe when he said, “there is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing — but we all do and call it Hope.” Continue reading Political Conference of Hope!