Aniebo Nwamu

    Restore cargo tracking note, enable dry ports

Restore cargo tracking note, enable dry ports

Comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) stirred the hornet’s nest, last week, by directing customs area controllers at Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, to ensure that containers intended for dry ports are first unsealed and examined in Lagos. Non-examination of foreign cargoes destined for inland container terminals, Ali said in the circular dated October [...]

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    A model for grassroots development

A model for grassroots development

Good governance is not rocket science but common sense. It is also about having the political will to do the right thing with honesty, checks and balances. For state governments – and local governments where they truly exist – now overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges facing them, this is a time to make their impacts felt by the [...]

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    Idoko-Akoh and the unseen hands behind labour

Idoko-Akoh and the unseen hands behind labour

Six months after President Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law, “organised labour” has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike next week if the government “fails to reconvene the meeting of the committee negotiating the consequential adjustment on the new minimum wage”. So, the contest is not yet about payment of a new wage but about meetings! [...]

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    When a government goes bankrupt…

When a government goes bankrupt…

The warning signs have been there for at least 10 years, and we’ve not left Nigerians uninformed. Now, even the blind can see that any further hiccup in oil prices would send the nation’s economy crashing finally. The string that has held the economy is oil alone.One of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu’s predictions has just come to pass: “A time [...]

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    Here comes a ministry for everyone

Here comes a ministry for everyone

By its nomenclature alone, newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development should be appealing to almost every Nigerian. Who doesn’t need one form of humanitarian assistance or the other these days? At least 75% of the country’s population does. And they’re not just those displaced by insurgency and natural disasters; they include the poor, the destitute, [...]

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    Why Oshiomhole should resign

Why Oshiomhole should resign

Any good student of Nigerian politics can see the looming expulsion of the All Progressives Congress from the south-east and south-south geopolitical zones. Although it currently boasts one elected governor and a few lawmakers from the two zones, APC as a force may be smothered in both zones by 2023. And, no matter the judgement of the courts on the [...]

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    Bridges over phantom lakes

Bridges over phantom lakes

Once again, unscrupulous politicians are beating the drums of secession. It’s not new. Whenever the political atmosphere seems charged, one potent way of extracting concessions from the other side is to play the ethnic or religious card. Reputable academics, professionals and politicians have been implicated in this crime of creating phantom lakes and rivers.  While it may be true that the [...]

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    Next Level: The last struggle

Next Level: The last struggle

A new Nigeria will emerge within the next four years.  That’s my prediction. Shall we have a better country or not? All I know is that the situation will not be pleasant, just as it isn’t now. Between 2019 and 2023, the majority of Nigerians will, finally, begin to face reality and return to where they should have been much [...]

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    For the health of distressed Nigerians

For the health of distressed Nigerians

Every health-conscious person must have benefitted from association with health workers – doctors, lab scientists, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, radiologists and dentists.  In several health conferences and programmes, the advice we get from these physicians is uniform: always go for a check-up to determine the state of your health, whether you’re sick or not. Those near age 40 and older, in [...]

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    Nigeria still owes them

Nigeria still owes them

At this time 23 years ago, the greatest Nigerian that has ever lived (and, I believe, will ever live) lay dying at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. As the end approached, Zik the Great must have seen life in its stark nakedness. I learned the last words he uttered on his deathbed were like this: “Oh God, I’ve [...]

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    Census by imagination

Census by imagination

Nobody knows the actual population of Nigeria today.  Not even the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which intermittently releases figures knows. The foreigners, it seems, conduct censuses from their air-conditioned offices in New York.[...]

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    Towards the Igbo renaissance

Towards the Igbo renaissance

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    The road to industrialisation

The road to industrialisation

In the recent past, I’ve joined the chorus lamenting the state of the nation’s economy and calling for reforms. Now, the task of rescuing the economy has become an emergency! All indicators point to a failed economy (and subsequently a failed nation) within the next two years. But let me sound optimistic for once.  An imminent devaluation of the naira will [...]

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    Basic education for Nigeria’s poor

Basic education for Nigeria’s poor

Suddenly, attention is shifting to Okotie-Eboh Primary School in Delta State. A video that has gone viral on social media shows little Miss Success Adebor protesting that her school sent her home because her parents failed to pay her exam fees. “Oh poor girl! Even the school is dilapidated!” And emergency “philanthropists” are sending in cash to enable her pay [...]

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    From Facebook to Frontline

From Facebook to Frontline

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    The root of all crimes

The root of all crimes

The evil things people do ostensibly to make money have continued to multiply in this country. Everyone should be worried about young people, especially those from the south-east and south-south of Nigeria. Criminals of all kinds will forever stand condemned:  cybercriminals who steal women’s pants or turn ritual murderers at the prompting of an evil spiritualist, boys who rape grandmothers and great-grandmothers [...]

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