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.Read More
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
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.Read More
HAPPILY, “Unemployment” was a major theme in President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s Budget address, which he recently delivered to a Joint Session of both houses of the National Assembly.Read More
A STRIKING feature of the Nigerian political landscape is the low visibility of ideas and principles in the conduct of party activity—particularly in the selection of candidates for public office.Read More
COLLABORATION between private industry and the various levels of Government has, therefore, wrought substantial reductions in gas flaring—although how much is open to question.Read More
GAS flaring is an act ofecoside and everyone should join us to demand that Shell stops this madness”.
….Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Friends of the Earth Nigeria; Chairman, Friends of the Earth International.
NATURAL gas is in the news again—ushered in on a new wave-crest of conflict and controversy, arising from the Federal Government’s extension of the deadline for extracting firms to end gas flaring to December, 2013.Read More
THE way this story ended, is well known and also controversial. That’s because the Supreme Court didn’t just declare Amaechi the authentic flag-bearer of PDP. It removed Omehia, who had been sworn in since May 29, 2007, and replaced him with Amaechi.Read More
A CEREMONY is a formal occasion, on which an important occurrence is celebrated or solemnized. Its purpose is to underscore experiences that have survival value and store them in our collective memory.Read More
THAT’S not all the LNG boys have done – not by a long shot. If you have doubts, ask the people of Abua, Ekpeye, Ogba, Ikwere, Okrika and Kalabari towns, here in Rivers State, where the company has built schools and supplied educational materials, including desks or the hospitals and equipment they have been running.Read More
I AM taking time off from the subsidy debate to discuss lighter matters. Lighter in as far as they do not evoke the same passions, but by no means are these matters less important. You see, I don’t understand why the removal of “subsidy” must equate to increase in fuel prices.Read More
WE will return to the government’s need to remove the subsidy later and the alternate ways it can spend the funds so people will see results rather than pepper. But first, let’s consider the issue from the vantage point of “the people”-or at least from the perspective of those who purport to speak for them.Read More
‘RED HERRING” is a variety of smoked fish (“kipper”) that is eaten for breakfast or as a snack, in Britain and parts of the United States. But in public discourse, the term carries negative connotations. It refers to a diversionary argument or issue that distracts attention from matters of much greater substance.Read More
DURING courtroom sessions, the magistrate is addressed as “Your Honour” or “the Bench”—not by his or her name. Other court functionaries are the “counsel for the defendant,” “the plaintiff,” “the prosecutor,” etc., instead of “Chuks,” “Boma” or “Musa”.Read More