Refugees at Peace Time: Mosquito Nets and why Malaria is still an issue

There is a malaria TV advertisement starring David Beckham. The great footballer soliloquizes about how he never misses a free kick when he is in the 'zone'. Placing the ball outside the 18 yard, he fires a shot which curves and hits a hapless stadium worker crossing the goal area. At the end of the advert, the words, 'we need nets appear boldly'. The ball obviously signifies mosquito or malaria and the hapless stadium worker the victim. Or the African.

Lessons to Learn from the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

 by Ide Owodiong-Idemeko, NAS Cap'n, National Association of Seadogs

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world's one billion Catholics and the entire world on 11 February, 2013 with news of his resignation! He had only been Pope for less than eight years; and here he was, giving up an office that he had the right to hold onto from the date of his election until his death!

Time to Adopt the American Model on Indigenisation


wazobiaNation building is not a trivial issue. It is an enterprise that demands serious efforts borne out of deep reflection and reasoned approach by those entrusted with the onerous task of fashioning and designing a working and fully functional polity. Most of the mature democracies whose societies and political systems we attempt to copy brought out the best among them to structure a polity and governance mechanics that has stood the test of time.

How Soyinka took Awo Leadership Prize


The Sun, January 7, 2013

Recently, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, scored another 'first' by being the recipient of the maiden Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership, instituted by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation for people, who have imbibed the core values that the late sage represented.

Diminishing Expectation – Nigerians as Victims of a Neglected Health Sector

Nigeria's health sector and its appalling inadequacies continue to make perverse headline news. Depending on which of the various public media sources is patronised, it is no longer news that Nigeria's First Lady has had to pay an urgent, unscheduled visit abroad to treat a condition ranging between a bad case of food poisoning to a ruptured appendix. The nation wishes her speedy recovery from her ailment and a correspondingly speedy return to her home in Nigeria.

Darfur Crisis

— The role of Regional Powers, the United Nations and the ICC

By ‘Gbenga Adenuga, London Metropolitan University, Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations

Fuel Subsidy Removal: Fraud, Deception, Corruption or Good-intentioned?

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I will be very frank with you; despite the raging debates over the past six months or so, I had not the slightest intention of writing on this contentious and controversial issue of fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria until the Federal Government actually did it on 1st January 2012. One reason I did not want to is because I feel that deregulation of the petroleum sector is something that should happen, if only we have a responsible, accountable government and an efficient and less corrupt system with devoted, selfless, efficient, effective and honest government officials. But nay! Sadly we don’t have any of those.

The Great Debate: Removal of Subsidy is good for Nigeria

By: Ben Oguntuase

There are three levels of high fraud that the removal of subsidy will tackle. The first is fraudulent payment on phoney import of PMS. The product is fraudulently certified as imported into Nigeria but is actually diverted to other countries in West Africa. Meanwhile, the documentation is perfected by criminal elements in Customs, Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) and Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA). They not only collect the subsidy (which actually is outright theft), they also connive to collect demurrage on product that really never entered the Nigerian market. The reality is that what we actually consume in Nigeria may not be up to half of what the records or statistics say we consume.

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