Tonye Princewill

Every soul is on trial

Every soul is on trial

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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Facing our nuclear future (2)

Facing our nuclear future (2)

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”.

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

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

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.

Towards a national maritime emergency

Towards a national maritime emergency

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.

Lamentations for the  Police (2)

Lamentations for the Police (2)

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.

Lamentations for the  Police (1)

Lamentations for the Police (1)

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!”

Trawler fishermen: Emerging from the mist

Trawler fishermen: Emerging from the mist

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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:

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

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

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.

National  security: Time to give Jonathan a break!

National security: Time to give Jonathan a break!

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.

Nationhood or an association of tribes?

Nationhood or an association of tribes?

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.

Strike post-mortem: Another ring in our tree

Strike post-mortem: Another ring in our tree

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 […]

Unemployment: The devil is in the details(2)

Unemployment: The devil is in the details(2)

IMPLICITLY, the policy initiatives enunciated in the President’s 2012 Budget address reflect similar reasoning. Instead of simply funding pre-existing programmes, the Jonathan administration appears to be formulating its own distinctive approach to the unemployment problem.