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Politics, technology marketing, in One Planet Summit

The Eiffel Tower was illuminated in blue and green to greet the One Planet Summit in Paris, France, last Tuesday as the world’s political leaders and representatives of key international organizations met to discuss global climate change. When the G20 met in last June in Hamburg, Germany, French President, Emmanuel Macron offered to host the summit on climate change on December 12, 2017.

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Government policy and fuel refining challenges

It is yet another Yuletide and petroleum products scarcity resurfaced in parts of the country during the week.  Was it really a supply gap rectified by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. It is always harrowing and horrifying the sight of fuel queues and motorists on vigil; like the eve of some festivals and holy days, spent in prayer.  The management of the corporation promptly responded; it did not degenerate to similar situations previously where community search parties were conducted by petrol consumers to find benevolent marketers that may sell the elusive commodity.

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American intervention in the Gulf rift – Sonny Atumah

A frosty relationship is tearing bond friendly nations in the Arabian Peninsula apart. The Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC; a political, economic and security alliance is facing a crisis of confidence, with treats of dissolution. Who stokes the fire is a rhetorical question that may not be answered in the near future. It is clear that a factionalised GCC is emerging and would not create a welcoming ambience for peace in the Middle East. The GCC is comprised of the monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, UAE, Kuwait and Oman.

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The Iran nuclear deal collapse – Sonny Atumah

The United States President Donald Trump a fortnight ago decertified the Iranian Nuclear Accord entered into in Vienna, Austria in July 2015. The deal limited Iran’s capacity to civilian nuclear programme for power and medical purposes. The United States was empowered to watch over Iran with the US President required to certify that Iran complied with the agreement every 90 days. It was to be subjected to regular checks by international inspectors to ensure no perverse activities took place.

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Kachileaks: Matters arising – Sonny Atumah

Last week the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu had a furious diatribe against the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru. Kachikwu’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on alleged matters of insubordination and lack of adherence to due process perpetuated by Baru was confidential information released unofficially.  Like a hurricane it  made a landfall in the media in the mold of what may be named Kachileaks. 

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Disinfecting and disinfesting Nigeria at 57

Nigeria turned 57 last Sunday. Nigeria’s journey is worth congratulating irrespective of the sociopolitical and economic vicissitudes. The appointment of Transport Minister and Deputy leader of the Northern People’s Congress, NPC, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, as Prime Minister on   September 2, 1957 by the second and last British Governor General that ruled Nigeria from June 15, 1955 to November 16, 1960, Sir James Wilson Robertson set the stage for independence in 1960.

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Plugging the fiscal hole in Angola’s oil

A momentous change in political leadership would be heralded next Thursday September 21, 2017 in Angola when the former Defence Minister, retired general João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço would be sworn in as its third President. Lourenço takes over from Africa’s second longest serving President, José Eduardo dos Santos who grabbed power on September 10, 1979. Dos Santos, a Soviet-trained petroleum engineer had a firm grip of Angola with iron fist for 38 years after the death of the first President Antonio Agostinho Neto.

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Hurricane Harvey: Counting America’s energy cost

For over one week from August 25, residents of two Gulf of Mexico states of Texas and Louisiana were greeted with another hurricane named Harvey. Although the Gulf States are not strange to tropical storms, Harvey turned out to be one of the worst natural disasters in the United States. One’s heart goes to the victims as well as the people of America in the disaster that claimed 30 lives with millions displaced in sorrows and tears.

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