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Deregulating Nigeria’s downstream sector

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*Gas pipelines

This subject matter has been on the policy agenda since the General Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, and is still a major decision point for the new General Mohammadu Buhari’s administration. I have noticed that some commentators on this issue mistake deregulation of fuels prices with the deregulation of the entire downstream petroleum sector (which comprises of refining, supply and distribution, supply and distribution infrastructure such as pipelines, depots, terminals, etc, and finally retail fuel stations).

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Onokerhoraye: Celebrating an icon @ 70

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ON July 24, 2015, our indomitable and revered Emeritus Professor Andrew G.Onokerhoraye, internationally acclaimed professor of geography and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin will be 70 years old.

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IGR: Ugwuanyi rings a bell on investment drive

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Just recently, Gov. Ugwuanyi of Enugu State in keeping faith with his campaign promises on investment promotion, agricultural development and social housing delivery etc, embarked on an investment assessment visit to the proposed East-Gate Enugu Airport City Development project being anchored by a private sector investor, NECI Land Development Corporation Limited.

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How not to reform DESOPADEC

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A variety of reactions have continued to attend the present attempt on the part of Delta State Government to amend the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, law, ranging from tacit support to outright rejection.

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Spirit Husband, Spirit Wife

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Dear readers, thanks for your interest in Joyful Homes. In due course, we’ll publish the issues raised by you. This week, I am addressing an issue that has been of concern to many. It is the issue of spirit husband and spirit wife.

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Ekweremadu is a blessing to APC, Nigerian Democracy

  /   in Afcon 2015, Viewpoint 10:29 am   /   Comments

The anti-democratic posture of the ruling APC to enforce party supremacy, and the recent call for the removal of Barr Ike Ekweremadu from the office of the Deputy Senate President, have posed a worry to political analysts and scholars who know, as it should be, that party supremacy is not constitutionally a thing for the floor of the Senate and that for there to be separation of powers of government for the independence of the legislative arm, the legislature must be left alone to choose her leaders.

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Buhari goes to America

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President Muhammed Buhari will go to Washington, DC 19 – 24 July, on a visit that is sure to positively reset the button of Nigeria – United States relationship.

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Challenges before Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, Commander of the Faithful

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The Sultan of Sokoto,His Eminence, Shaykh Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar is leader of over 70 million Muslims in Nigeria, the world’s largest black nation.

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The Greece Dilemma: The Failure of Ethical Leadership

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Google provided a definition of ethical leadership: “Ethical leadership is leadership that is directed by respect for ethical beliefs and values and for the dignity and rights of others. It is thus related to concepts such as trust, honesty, consideration, charisma and fairness.”

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The economy:What Nigeria needs

  /   in Viewpoint 12:04 pm   /   Comments

IN the quest to improve the material well-being and welfare of the citizens, various governments in Nigeria have over time embarked upon numerous developmental policies, plans, programmes and projects. Looking back, it is clear that the economy has not actually performed to its fullest potential, particularly in the face of rising population, and enormous resource endowment.

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Spreading Boko Haram like a virus

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BOKO HARAM seem to be gathering the confidence of a thing that has come to stay in Nigeria. They have grown from a small cell of violent persons,to a big international terror group within the last six years, and even more with their allegiance or affiliation to ISIS. They have won and lost caliphates within Nigeria, and are very committed to wasting the blood of more people in this country.

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Greece & Nigeria: A tale of two bailouts

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Two women look at the display window of a shop in Thessaloniki on July 13, 2015. Greece reached a desperately-needed bailout deal with the eurozone after marathon overnight talks, in a historic agreement to prevent the country crashing out of the European single currency. AFP PHOTO

AS it so often happens, the best hope for answers to thorny issues is by relying on history. To that effect, I would like to turn to the Greece financial quagmire, her negotiation for a bailout by the eurozone authorities which has been very intense, if not controversial,and incidentally has a parallel to the recent situation where some financially insolvent states in Nigeria have requested for and received approval by president Buhari for a similar financial bailout.

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Buhari’s frugality and owambe politicians

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President Muhammadu Buhari attending to some files in his office as he resumed duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

She was one of the beneficiaries of Amosun’s Ogun state gender policy, having served as the first female Attorney General the state has ever had

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Pope Francis on climate change and Nigeria

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BEING a non-Catholic, I have not always followed nor even read papal encyclical until now. And was it an enormous surprise? The 184 page Pope Francis encyclical was a very powerful piece: extremely well written and with the authority of a great leader. It has great wisdom; it is sensitive, insightful, and lucid even when discussing very scientific and technical subjects.

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Still on can evil triumph over good?

  /   in Viewpoint 12:24 pm   /   Comments

THE tragedy of our socio-political reality is that clowns and pretenders now see themselves as the new agents of history. This sad commentary is further exacerbated by our convoluted socio economic quagmire which affords these persons and visionless lackeys the opportunity to pontificate and perhaps enjoy a joke or two at our expense.

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INEC:Gambling with integrity

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THE seeming insensitivity being shown by the President Muhammadu Buhari over the unconstitutional appointment of Amina Zakari is too early an indication of impunity, for a popularly elected government that promised to stop impunity in the conduct of the affairs of state.

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World Trade Center Association Club: Harnessing gains of becoming a member

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As Nigeria’s economy continues to grow and diversify, lucrative investment opportunities for property investors are arising, not just in the luxury segment, but also in mass housing and commercial developments. Investor’s confidence in the Nigerian economy has also attracted significant foreign direct investments (FDIs) in the real estate sector.

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Governors: Separating shaft from wheat

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WITH the new found power of the electorate to determine the outcome of elections in Nigeria, the race for the 2019 elections have effectively begun – that is, if the perception of Prof. Attahiru Jega’s election is truly free and fair.

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APC and Akande’s entreaty

  /   in Viewpoint 12:49 pm   /   Comments

I WILL start this response using the Yoruba adage; agba kii wa loja ki ori omo tuntun wo, which pre supposes that elders are stabilising forces for the peace of society. It gives pre eminence to the role of elders in guaranteeing stability and peaceful co-existence of various components of the society.

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Bamidele Aturu’s one sojourn

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IT was one year last week since the demise of activist, lawyer and politician Bamdele Aturu at the young age of 49. Whilst it was easy for me those days to yearly write about one of my godfathers, late Air Commodore Anthony Ikazoboh when he was murdered in 1999, it has not been easy for me to write any tribute about late Bamidele Aturu for the singular reason that has to do with Yoruba tradition on the age difference between the living and the dead, vis-a vis tribute, eulogy or dirge.

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Open letter to President Buhari

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I HAVE watched carefully, with high expectation, but also with a tinge of regret, certain national developments since you were sworn-in as the democratically elected President of Nigeria on May 29, 2015. People have accused your government of lethargy.

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Celebrating Soyinka in a recession

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There is intellectual recession in Nigeria. It is high time we conducted an intellectual audit of tutors in our higher institutions of learning. Is it refutable, as someone recently argued, that ‘half-baked’ graduates are produced by ‘half-baked’ lecturers; that a mango seed can only produce a mango fruit, certainly not an orange? When you have a system where a lecturer appears at the beginning of a semester, dumps the scheme of work or course outline on the class and reappears about a week or two to the semester examination to give ‘areas of concentration’ to the students or allow cash and sex to determine their grades, then you are bound to have ‘half-baked’ graduates.

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Joyful Homes: Share the problem; get solution

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“A problem shared is half solved”. This is a popular statement, but does it bring immediate solution?

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The Okpella demand from Edo people

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VOTERS

The receipt and recognition of popular participation in governance, being elective or on the basis of appointment is the hallmark of true democracy and anything short of that could be best described as an attempt to dent the principle of natural justice in a democratic setting.

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Okowa: A Pragmatic Leader at 56

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With an unalloyed and total commitment to serving his people spanning over decades through his highly esteem position of honour and responsibility without blemish, as well as maintaining high record of integrity, and untainted rectitude, the Delta State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, a trained medical Doctor and astute politician, no doubt, has demonstrated true spirit of leadership to the people of Delta State.

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The governor Delta has been waiting for

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•Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (right) and Monday Igbuya, Speaker, Delta House of Assembly

It was President Barrack Obama while campaigning for his first term, who told his supporters: “We are the ones we have been waiting for; we are the change we seek!” In many ways, Delta State Governo Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa can be validly situated within the context of a long awaited leader of pan-Deltan credentials and trans-generational appeal; in other words, the sort of chief executive the state yearned for.

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IGR, a war against Nigerians

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THE states in Nigeria have become used to collecting monthly allocations from the Federation Account, squander it and return for more since the past years. From 1999, the Governors spend more time and energy plotting how to be more creative in collecting allocations, than growing their states’ economies. Agriculture, mining, use of solid minerals, and manufacturing were relegated , for quick money from the centre, so much so, that today, a state governor, like in Edo State, can stand on a podium and start accusing the Finance Minister of spending money without approvals , while the beam in the eyes of his administration remain un- attended to.

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Keshi go, it’s well

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THE philosophical principles of Tempus Fugit (time flies), buttressed by the English playwright William Shakespeare that “there is a tide in the affairs of men, which when taken at the floods, leads on to fortune, omitted all the voyages in their lives are bound in tempestuous waves.”

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How Buhari can take the profit out of corruption, by Kolawole Olaniyan

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has rather wisely turned the spotlight on recovering stolen funds. The President recently confirmed that his government has “received firm assurances of cooperation from the U.S. and other countries on the recovery and repatriation of funds stolen from Nigeria. According to the President, “the government in the next three months will be busy getting facts and figures needed to help us recover our stolen funds in foreign countries.”

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Baba Gana Kingibe @ 70

  /   in Viewpoint 11:38 pm   /   Comments

FOR some inexplicable reasons, I am more fascinated by the baritone voice of Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe than his personality, he seems to have a voice more reassuring than really making things happen. The very first time he spoke to me, his eloquence and oratory left me more reassured before finally meeting him. A very colourful politician and diplomat, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe turned 70 recently.

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Stop this borrowing madness

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THE way our state governors are clamouring for bailout from President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) shows that some of our political leaders are yet to come to terms with the emerging global oil economy.

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Seaports monopoly: The imminent economic crisis

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A cascade of directives in the dying days of former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s administration created eerie feelings in many a department of the country’s life.

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