Tuesday September 2nd, 2014
Tuesday September 2nd, 2014
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Every soul is on trial

  /   in Tonye Princewill 1:00 am   /   Comments

Nigerian-Footbal-Fan

It’s not often that I extol the virtues of other people’s heroes. I think we do too much of that in contemporary Nigerian discourse already.

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Olympics 2016: Talent + resources = Medals

  /   in Tonye Princewill 3:49 am   /   Comments

File Photo: Nigeria’s Ajoke Odumosu (R) hands the baton to Regina George as they compete in the women’s 4X400 relay final of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. PHOTO - AFP.

AS an adjective satellite, “Olympian” means, among other things, “great” or “majestic” in bearing—which makes it perfectly applicable to the national psychology, our self-deception as the Giant of Africa prior to Nigeria’s dismal performance at the recent London Olympics.

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Edo State: A case of evolution over magic (2)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:43 am   /   Comments

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan vowed that never again shall Nigeria witness elections that would be characterized by fraud.

UP to this point, I have focused most of my attention on extremist ideologues and the instigators of violence and social discord. That’s because these happen to be the most urgent challenges we are facing at this time—and the perpetrators are very visible.

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Edo State: A case of evolution over magic (1)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 7:48 am   /   Comments

The outcome of the gubernatorial elections in Edo State, where more than 70 percent of the voters underwrote a second term in office for Governor Adams Oshiomohle, is both portentous and evocative.

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Avarice + ignorance + indiscipline = Tragedy

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:22 am   /   Comments

Tanker-fuel

DESPITE the fiery death, in recent years, of more than a thousand Nigerians, many of our people still refuse to obey a simple rule of survival: Keep away from unconstrained and unsecured petrol.

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Power line executions (2)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:00 am   /   Comments

poles

MUCH of what it takes is common knowledge, particularly to power sector personnel, political leaders and affected public officials at various levels of government.

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Power line executions (1)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:16 am   /   Comments

poles

A FEW days ago, several persons reportedly lost their lives in the Apata area ofIbadan, when a live power line snapped and fell in a vegetable market, at early morning.

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Passion as a political resource (2)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:00 am   /   Comments

Rehearsal , callisthenic flag bearers  during the rehearsal ahead of Presidential Inauguration at Eagle Square Abuja Wednesday . Photo : Gbemiga Olamikan

IF I had the “leaders” in one room, I would also try to make them understand and appreciate the importance of symbols—subtle but powerful communication media, to which we pay little attention in this country.

Symbols represent beliefs. They are, therefore, clues to what goes on in the psyche. They are abstract indicators that cue us into what course of action we ought to take in a given situation.

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Passion as a political resource (1)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:07 am   /   Comments

Another view of party supporters.

SOMEHOW, in the course of our short but eventful history as a nation, we’ve lost sight of a fundamental reality: Passion is an invaluable and inexhaustible national resource.

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Dana: Counting the dead and conning the damned (3)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:42 am   /   Comments

HEADS definitely need to roll in the Nigerian aviation industry, in the wake of the Dana airline disaster – the deadliest in our entire aviation history.

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DANA – Counting the dead and conning the damned (2)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:06 am   /   Comments

*Charred carcase of the aircraft after the crash

THE purchase of old, and possibly defective, Alaskan Airline stock is not the only Dana anomaly to surface in the wake of the crash. “The ownership structure of Dana Airlines Limited and its registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) are fraught with gross irregularities,” The Will reported.

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DANA – Counting the dead and conning the damned (1)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:05 am   /   Comments

Some of the victims of Dana Plane crash: Fatokun and daughter, Olusola Arokoya, Ajuonuma, Onita, Ike Abugu and Kunbi

IF it were possible, I’d really like to avoid using the word “tragedy”- not only because it’s trite and over-worked, but also because, in this instance, the term is woefully inadequate.

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Mangroves: A vanishing resource (2)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:39 am   /   Comments

Fishermen in the Niger Delta

THE prevailing theory among scientists, reports the Mangrove Action Project, is that the plant originated in the Indonesia-Malaysia (Indo-Malaysia) area. Between 66 and 23 million years ago, it apparently migrated, via ocean currents, westward to India and east to South and Central America

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Mangroves: A vanishing resource (1)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:38 am   /   Comments

Fishermen in the Niger Delta

ANYONE who has flown low over Nigeria’s coastline, or plied the creeks and rivers of the Niger Delta in a boat, must surely have been struck by ubiquitous stilted-root trees, with slim trunks and evergreen crests, thickly lining the waterways.

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Land lines: We must return to basics

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:19 am   /   Comments

land-phone

WE often do not fully appreciate the water a stream provides, until the rains have subsided and the streambed is drying.

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Let’s eradicate rickets

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:50 am   /   Comments

A DOCTOR I know once opined that persons who grow into adulthood with excessively bowed legs ought to sue their parents.

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Get ready for the trains o!

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:16 am   /   Comments

*File photo

THE train, more than any other mode of modern transport, is an agent of social change. It not only moves masses of people and tonnes of cargo over great distances, but also ideas, attitudes, habits, traditions and values.

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The World Bank aftermath: Power matters

  /   in Tonye Princewill 1:30 am   /   Comments

kim-Okonjo-Iweala

I WOULD have been pleasantly surprised if Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had emerged as President of the World Bank—but still surprised.

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Port-Harcourt centenary: Celebrating the intangibles

  /   in Tonye Princewill 1:15 am   /   Comments

Garden City Games  .... The stage of the opening ceremony for the 17th National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt yesterday. Photo: Henry Unini

ONE hundred years is a lot longer than most humans can expect to live. But it’s a short time in the life of a city.

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Facing our nuclear future (2)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:15 am   /   Comments

South Korea's President Lee Myung-Bak (L) greets Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan as he arrives for the welcoming ceremony for the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit at the Coex Center in Seoul on March 26, 2012.  The two-day meeting in South Korea is a follow-up to an inaugural summit in Washington in 2010 hosted by US President Barack Obama, which kick-started efforts to lock up fissile material around the globe that could make thousands of bombs.   AFP PHOTO

AS for South Africa, it not only operates two nuclear power reactors, but the African-American Environmentalist Association’s website says the energy company, Eskom, has also “been working on a 110-megawatt nuclear power plant design since 1993”.

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‘Princewill and regional politics’: A case of friendly fire

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:01 am   /   Comments

Another view of party supporters.

IN her Leadership’s column of Wednesday March 14, Hannatu Musawa took issue with remarks I was supposed to have made during a recent interview–and let loose a barrage of criticisms. Authors of rejoinders often use phrases like: “ordinarily I would not have responded but…”. That, I am afraid, is not true in this instance. So I will spare you the cliché.

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Facing our nuclear future (1)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:05 am   /   Comments

nuclear-power

WE have plans to generate power from atomic energy and we must pursue it seriously”.

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Towards a national maritime emergency

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:49 am   /   Comments

File Photo: Nigerian Navy

IN my previous article on trawler fishermen, I suggested alternative revenue sources for trawler owners. But, in the final analysis, it is fishing done properly that must sustain the industry.

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Lamentations for the Police (2)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:38 am   /   Comments

police4

CAPTURING a criminal in 1987 is one thing. Dealing with what we have now, is quite another. While Lawrence Anini, the infamous armed robber, fell to the rules which Osayande had reformed, learned and mastered, reforming the entire Police and preparing it for 21st century realities will prove trickier and more tasking.

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Lamentations for the Police (1)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:16 am   /   Comments

Police

HOLD am!” I’m sure you know what that means. You may also have heard children at play, spoofing police officers at checkpoints: “Park well, my friend. Show me your particulars!”

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Trawler fishermen: Emerging from the mist

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:07 am   /   Comments

Warship

IF you ever need to conceal anyone from public view, and render them socially inconspicuous, there could hardly be a better hiding place than among the nation’s trawler fishermen. They are the senior, just as hidden brother of their sole trader brothers. My father and even the President were once fishermen.

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Lassa fever…and the “Joker” was death (3)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:10 am   /   Comments

Doctors in the theatre

FOR give my interest in this field. I am the son of a professor of Medical Microbiology so it must be in my genes. So aside from petroleum engineering, project management and information technology where I can mix it with the best, politics and medicine with a tilt towards microbiology also hold a place in my heart.

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Lassa fever…and the ‘joker’ was death (2)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:41 am   /   Comments

Doctor and patient

SO Laura Wine died. So too did Shaw, after an 11-day illness. This was early 1969. But the scenario was just starting to unfurl. These were merely the opening sequences in a medical drama, whose spiralling plot spun a web of desperation – a web that would soon span the Atlantic and ensnare both the Nigerian and U.S. governments. This is what my research revealed:

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Lassa fever…and the ‘Joker’ was death (1)

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:21 am   /   Comments

Patients at the LASUTH as doctors called off strike

THERE is no “good” time for a disease epidemic—certainly not a deadly hemorrhagic fever, such as Lassa. But the worst possible period is now, when we are so deeply mired in a social crisis.

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National security: Time to give Jonathan a break!

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:06 am   /   Comments

MY original intention was to digress from political issues, in this week’s column, and focus on the current outbreak of Lassa fever–which has already claimed two lives in Rivers State and is currently on the loose in six others.

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Nationhood or an association of tribes?

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:01 am   /   Comments

Day 3 of protest in Kano. Photo : Citizen Usman Mujittaba

In 1978 the Nigerian Government decided to review the original national anthem drafted into our psyche by departing British expatriates in 1960. As a result of the review a “Nigerian” version emerged. It was the product of an exhaustive nationwide competition which produced 5 winning entries that were ultimately amalgamated into 1, a bit like the Nigerian story.

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Strike post-mortem: Another ring in our tree

  /   in Tonye Princewill 12:06 am   /   Comments

By Tonye Princewill DENDROCHRONOLOGY is a specialised–and little known–branch of science. Among other things, it measures the seasons or years a tree has experienced, using growth rings as indicators. Give a tree trunk to a dendrochronologist, and he’ll tell you, not only the age of the plant but also a, great deal about the climatic

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