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Sokoto Oil Venture: Epitome Of Misplaced Priority

Sokoto Oil Venture: Epitome Of Misplaced Priority

 “Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge”- H.G Wells Like H.G Wells rightly posit “futility” is nothing far from a mission without direction. A journey without definite destination is nothing but a waste of time and ...

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Recognizing Citizens’ Welfare For  Smuggling Suppression.

Recognizing Citizens' Welfare For  Smuggling Suppression.

By Oyeniyi Iwakun “Injustice arises when equals are treated unequally and unequals treated equally.” Government introduces harsh tax and tariff policies on daily basis, they claim the nation is in recession, hence the shortage of funds and necessary resources to ...

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Managing Railways For Seaport Development

By Oyeniyi Iwakun “The developments process that took place in the Nigerian ports did not put rail connections into consideration as an integral part of port infrastructure from the onset. This is in contrast with the global perspective and thus ...

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Tank Farms And The Apapa Traffic Menace

BEARS: BEWARE! Apapa Fire!!!

The issue of traffic jams at the Apapa road has become endemic and it seems it has come to stay. Tanker drivers feel they own the road and usually defy all attempts by the Lagos State Government to force them ...

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Arms Smuggling: Issues Beyond The Seizures

Arms Smuggling: Issues Beyond The Seizures

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within” – Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur concern can be related to the Nigeria situation ...

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The Journey On A Train

The Journey On A Train

It was a bright Tuesday morning at exactly 8:00 am, on 30th, August 2017. The streets of Lagos were busy as people were already set for work. While so many were battling with the traffic congestions on the roads, probably ...

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Oshodi-Apapa Road Conundrum

Apapa gridlock: Export cargoes rot away in warehouses

“Politics is not an end, but a means. It is not a product, but a process. It is the art of government. Like other values it has its counterfeits. So much emphasis has been placed upon the false that the ...

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Adhering To Safety Measures On Nigerian Waterways

Adhering To Safety Measures On Nigerian Waterways

By Oyeniyi Iwakun Last week Sunday was another black day for Nigeria as some residents  of Lagos were thrown into mourning. A boat which reportedly took off from an illegal Jetty conveying  worshippers  (mainly children) capsized around Ilashe area  as ...

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Revitalizing The Nigerian Railway Industry

Revitalizing The Nigerian Railway Industry

 By Oyeniyi Iwakun States get to improve transportation infrastructure; that creates economic development, puts people back at work and, most important, enhances safety and improves local communities –Corrine Brown Transportation infrastructure improvement as advanced by Corrine Brown is crucial to ...

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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 Board Approves New Structure

“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

Scammers Create Facebook Accounts Faking NPA MD

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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