Wednesday, May 27, 2020

George Kerley

    COVID-19: The outstanding governors in the pandemic season

COVID-19: The outstanding governors in the pandemic season

Douye Diri – Bayelsa State Political Maturity, Diplomacy, Operational Clarity and Transparency Senator Douye Diri was sworn in as Governor of Bayelsa State on February 14, 2020, the day the first Coronavirus index case in Africa was reported in Egypt and two weeks before the First Index case in Nigeria was reported on February 27, 2020. Very few people, including the writer, expected [...]

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    Allen Onyeama: A salute to commitment, resilience, enterprise and excellence

Allen Onyeama: A salute to commitment, resilience, enterprise and excellence

BY GEORGE KERLEY “A man’s gift they say will bring him before Kings.” Last month, Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace Airlines and the Founder and President of Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN) was conferred with the prestigious Zik Prize for Entrepreneurial Leadership by the Public Policy, Research and Analysis Centre, Nigeria. Announcing the award, the Executive Secretary of the Centre, Emeka Obasi and [...]

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    Port Harcourt, the city of soot

Port Harcourt, the city of soot

Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers state, has been completely taken over by soot, an airborne contaminant which is a mass of impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. The increasing level of soot in the air and environment of Port Harcourt is largely due to two factors, the activities of security agencies who burn off illegally [...]

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    Atiku Abubakar and the gathering moss

Atiku Abubakar and the gathering moss

As part of his manifesto for the 2007 presidential elections, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar advocated the creation of a Ministry of Niger Delta to fast-track development in the troubled Niger Delta region. He lost that presidential bid but late President Yar’Adua went on to adopt that idea as a key content of his seven-point agenda in creating the Ministry of [...]

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    Time for a new regional narrative

Time for a new regional narrative

The Nigerian state is struggling to survive the realities of a failing economy. The Niger Delta, Nigeria’s oil hub and the region that accounts for 99% of Nigeria’s crude oil, will continue to be shortchanged. Time has, therefore, come, for Governors and political leaders in the Niger Delta to put aside politics, not just political differences, and begin to work for [...]

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    What Nigeria needs from President Muhammadu Buhari

What Nigeria needs from President Muhammadu Buhari

All Nigeria needs from President Buhari is captured in just one word. Leadership. Leadership in steering the Nigerian state to a better state of being. Leadership in managing the economy. Leadership in ensuring that infrastructure across the country is brought with current reality. Leadership in ensuring that the Nigerian economy grows and remain healthy so that citizens and inhabitants of [...]

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    Wike’s clarion call to the Nigerian media

Wike’s clarion call to the Nigerian media

In a most moving speech to the 12th All Nigeria Editors Conference recently held in Port Harcourt, Governor Nyesom Wike accused the Nigerian media of deliberately turning a blind eye to the challenges of Rivers state and its people in the manner with which they report news items from Rivers State. In what he called ‘a conspiratorial silence over the exclusion of [...]

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My grouse with Simon Kolawole

I read, with keen interest, the opinion of Simon Kolawole published on September 14, 2014, tilted "My Grouse with President Jonathan". I found it very interesting, cheery and at the same time depressing. Those of us who read Kolawole regularly know that he does not join the mob in canvassing his opinions. He is usually even-handed and non-partisan. While this [...]

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