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Exploring The Benefits Of Railway Concession

Exploring The Benefits Of Railway Concession

By Oyeniyi Iwakun Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.—Ban Ki-Moon Sustainable development as enunciated by Ban-Ki-Moon has ...

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Managing The Brand ‘NIMASA’: It Needs Your Help! Somebody Help!

Managing The Brand 'NIMASA': It Needs Your Help! Somebody Help!

 Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do it beautifully- Anonymous Integrity is everything. Any organization operated on deceit is capable of falling abruptly as it is often said “you cannot put something on nothing and expect ...

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Reducing Accidents On Nigerian Roads

Reducing Accidents On Nigerian Roads

By Oyeniyi Iwakun “Accidents happen. Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. We burn, we drown, we stay alive” –Moïra Fowley-Doyle. Only those hit by the tragedy of an accident can understand the pains Moïra Fowley-Doyle illustrates in the ...

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Curbing Infernos In Nigeria’s Oil And Gas Industries

Curbing Infernos In Nigeria's Oil And Gas Industries

 “Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”—Cassius in Julius Caesar The complexities of life have consistently been altered by men either by ...

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Recognizing The Welfare of Maritime Workers

NPA, African Circle clear refuse dump at Apapa ports

“You take my life when you take the means whereby I live” – Williams Shakespeare Shakespeare may likely have experienced joblessness or encountered a wandering African before asserting the above statement similar to the popular saying “a hungry man is an ...

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Unemployment: The Sad Reality Facing Nigerian Pilots

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates This apt saying by Socrates seems to explain our national life in Nigeria where we often engage in activities without reviewing or possibly examining the consequences ahead. For a man to achieve the goals defining a meaningful life which is the basic essence of living, our lives must be subjected to regular examination. The alarming rate of joblessness in the Nigerian state has become an issue of public discuss. First is the perpetual pressure on state and consequent destabilization of state activities. Nigeria on daily basis experiences the influx of wandering jobless youths on the streets which has exposed them to vulnerability in various illicit and illegal deals for survival sake. Morality which ought to be at the nexus of national life has been found wanting due to this pervasive malaise that has bred ruthlessly into every facets of life and has rendered the entire political and administrative systems dangerously precarious, shaky and wobbly. Overtime, the Nigerian society has been programmed in such a manner that citizens are constrained to rely on government for every basic necessity for survival via an educational system that lacks feasible practicability and necessary skills acquisition for productivity. Overrating of education, ethnicity, religion among others have been identified as the causative agents of institutional breakdown and disfunctionality of the political and administrative structures of the country thereby paving way for division and laziness among potential engineers of development. Ordinarily, one would have believed that when a child is educated, job opportunities and an enabling environment for talent display awaits him after graduation from school but reverse is the in our plity where education has become a crime and mediocrity placed over meritocracy and intellectual uprightness. A glimpse at the aviation sector shockingly reveals the untold hardship and trivializes ones aspiration of becoming an Aeronautic Expert including, engineering and designing, piloting and other aviation professional fields of endeavor with the proliferating rate of joblessness among graduates and certified expatriates in this sector. Not quite long, it was reported that ‘’Over five hundred (500) unemployed pilots and aviation engineers have taken to menial jobs and taxi driving in Nigerian’’ according to an online media report. It is also said that if you have three unemployed pilots in a place, you may be having five or more Aero Engineers meaning there may be more unemployed Aero Engineers than Pilots. Should we blame it on the country for not providing a national career? The parents? The industries? Should we scrap the course from Nigerian universities? Although experts have claimed that unemployment is an international phenomenon as report has it that there are over ten thousand (10,000) unemployed pilots in India. It is a global issue that needs urgent attention. Howbeit, the deteriorating rate of Nigerian aviation industry really calls for expedient rehabilitation especially when one realizes that employment into few vacant positions is based on tribalism, nepotism, and religious sentiments resulting to recruitment of unprofessional and unqualified persons of unrelated academic field of endeavor. Of course, you cannot put something on nothing and expect something good, it will rather crumble. The end point will surely be low output and decay of the system. In curbing these challenges, unfavourable policies should also be withdrawn while investor-friendly ones should be made to open a favourable atmosphere for investors to operate. Privatization with strategic partnership of some sub-sectors will also be of advantage while government should also encourage a national career and innovations. Nigeria must also stop overrating education, religion and ethnicity.

 “The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates   This apt saying by Socrates seems to explain our national life in Nigeria where we often engage in activities without reviewing or possibly examining the consequences ahead. For a man ...

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Festac Police Yahoos IGP

Festac Police Yahoos IGP

“The life of man (in a state of nature) is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” – Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes the great philosopher, seems to be referring to Nigeria when he listed the basic attributes of the ‘’state of nature’’.  ...

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APAPA ROAD CLOSURE: Beyond Reconstruction

APAPA ROAD CLOSURE: Beyond Reconstruction

“When the hunted has truly learnt to hunt his hunter, then the hunting game is over” Chinua Achebe Nigerians have always been the hunted by the government’s (hunter) in the hunting game of politics and governance characterized with fake and ...

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SCANNERS: Bane Of Physical Examination At The Nigeria Ports

SCANNERS: Bane Of Physical Examination At The Nigeria Ports

By Oyeniyi Iwakun “The is no wrong time to do the right thing”- Charles M. Blow As Charles Blow’s apt saying puts it, there is no wrong time for the Nigeria Customs Service to correct the multifarious challenges at the ...

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INDIGENIZATION: Managing Fiscal And Security Benefits Of Ports

NPA cargo throughput increased in Q1

“A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal”- Mahatma Gandhi Nigerian seaports are very significant as they play crucial roles to the development of ...

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Managing Port Workforce For 24 Hours Operations

NPA MD Identifies With Women Professional Groups

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman identified the attitude of government agencies operating at the nation’s seaports as a major drawback to the implementation of an Executive Order signed recently by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. “There ...

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National Security Vs Foreign Relations

National Security Vs Foreign Relations

“You don’t need a foreign policy expert to tell you empty threats and hollow promises don’t work. Ask any parent of a rebellious teenager. If you don’t make good on the threats, you’re asking for worse behavior next time.”- Kathleen ...

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Managing ICDs With Functional Railways

Managing ICDs With Functional Railways

As the Federal Government explores the opportunities in developing Inland Container Depots (ICDs), the need for transformation of the rail transport has become paramount. The success of the ICDs would demand on the functionality of the nation’s rail system. However, ...

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CRFFN: The Dilemma Of ANLCA, NAGAFF

How Ministry, Freight Agents, Others Rendered CRFFN “Impotent”

 When the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) joined forces with the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) as they threatened to withdraw their services from the ports, they stated that the major problem was the massive ...

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Managing Overzealous Military And Paramilitary Officers

Managing Overzealous Military And Paramilitary Officers

Military and Para-military personnel in other parts of the world are doing their possible best to save the lives and properties of their host citizens. There are many instances where certain army and security officers sacrifice their lives to save ...

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Money Management Amid Reccession

Money Management Amid Reccession

“As we celebrate Labor Day, we honor the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers’ rights, which are so critical to our strong and successful labor force.” – Elizabeth Esty Labour unions are considered an important actor in the process ...

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Managing Tin Can And Apapa Roads

Managing Tin Can And Apapa Roads

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week- George S. Patton George Saton’s apt saying makes a mockery of the access roads to Nigerian seaports considering the nation’s plans to become the port hub ...

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Bottlenecks Affecting Fishing In Nigeria

Bottlenecks Affecting Fishing In Nigeria

As a result of Nigeria’s extensive coastline and tropical climate, the nation has the potential to develop a diversified ecology for a range of commercially viable varieties of fish. The economic appeal behind fishing is tremendous, considering the secondary and ...

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Perils Of Multiple Freight Forwarding Groups In Nigeria

Incessant Changes In Leadership: Stifling The Growth Nigeria’s Maritime Sector

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved”-Mattie Stepanek The multiplicity of associations sharing the same trade skills and purposes has become a major impediment to the growth of several industries. This has seen ...

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How to take a walk from an investor

Money Management Amid Reccession

The start-up world isn’t exactly hurting for funding. According to a MoneyTree report, nearly $60bn was invested in new businesses this past year. With so much money available, it’s no wonder we’re seeing more and more new ventures coming from ...

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