Constant Electricity in Nigeria is Very Risky Business

There is a lot of chit-chat that one of the ”ministerless” wonders of the Buhari administration’s electricity supply to Nigerians across the nation have “improved”. The question is have the blackouts and brown outs stopped? Or has the kilowatt-hour per capita consumption measurably improved? This is an indictment of successive governments that have for decades underdeveloped the power sector then privatised it expecting magic. Electricity is now an “avoided cost” for the government; is not willing to invest in the power sector, so it has been privatised. The cost of power project development many  Nigerians expect the government to shoulder is no longer the its problem but it continues to use electricity as a potent political tool. (more…)

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Niger Delta Clean-Up for Profiteers?

Niger Delta Clean-Up for Profiteers?

It has been announced by the Buhari Administration that the heinous cumulative oil pollution in the Niger Delta will be cleaned-up; this is very good news. The clean-up is a recommendation by the 2011 UNEP report (i.e. four years ago). Why it took so long to get to this stage?  Perhaps, a result of a confluence of sheer misgovernance, inordinate oil wealth greed, political insensitivity. As you might have known already, the delay is due to corruption. So what is the predictable scenario of the clean-up in practice? Are Niger Deltan going to have clean water resources and decontaminated lands? (more…)

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Wole Soyinka and Traditional Forgiveness?

Wole Soyinka and Traditional Forgiveness?

After innumerable citizens indigenous to Lagos and the South-West region in Nigeria roundly criticised traditional ruler Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos. For his unfortunate ‘warning to the Igbos.’ One should be impressed that there is hope in Nigeria even though not immediately convincing. The warning the Oba meted bordered on vicious tribalism and tribal cleansing. It provided an opportunity to witness social and political maturity and sensibility in the entire South West that is alive, sensitive and robust. Wole Soyinka, a South Westerner himself. He is Nigeria’s most influential intellectual cum human rights activist. He did not say a word.

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Wole Soyinka and Democratic Forgiveness?

Wole Soyinka and Democratic Forgiveness?

In a very revealing and dramatic recent Guardian interview conducted by correspondent David Smith http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/29/wole-soyinka-interview-nigeria-corruption-goodluck-jonathan. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka lamented the process of the ongoing Nigerian general elections. Has Nigerian politics ever been with nefarious taints? He says desperation, violence and corruption taints it bad. He even tried to personify Mandela in his forgiveness of Buhari.

And yes, it’s Official! Soyinka claims to have forgiven General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) who he for decades characterised as being the former “head” of a crapious, inhumane, punitive, abusive, oppressive and repressive military regime.

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Wole Soyinka and Military Forgiveness? 2

Wole Soyinka and Military Forgiveness? 2

I must confess I have been keenly waiting for the next Wole Soyinka “moment.” Well, no matter how long it would take. Somehow, it has arrived much earlier than expected under terms that most would not have easily imagined. No one said, “the Man” was not a genuine enigma. Soyinka has clearly stated that he will not vote for President Goodluck Jonathan (of the People’s Democratic Party) in the 2015 elections. The timing?  Elections are just around the corner. The man advocates that no right-thinking Nigerian should vote the incumbent in for another term.

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Nuclear Power in Nigeria: Another Crazy ‘Pole Vault’

For many years the Government of Nigeria seems to be managed by a class of “capability pole vaulters”. Government officials tend ‘pole vault’ the nation into many projects they lack the capability, will or wherewithal to execute or sustain effectively. The latest pole vault project is the establishment of nuclear reactors as power plants to provide conatsnt electricity in Nigeria. This is a nation that cannot independently manage its uncomplicated thermal and hydroelectric power plants with any efficacy or credibility. (more…)

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Change: Nigeria After the 2015 Elections by Grimot Nane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckXNSkohmTg Two Lectures - Master of Ceremony - Jide Lanlehin; at the Feast of Barracuda held by the National Association of Seadogs, Zero Meridian Chapter, London, England on the 16th…

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