COMMENTARY

Issues Behind Nigeria’s Rising Debt Profile

Issues Behind Nigeria’s Rising Debt Profile

According to the Debt Management Office (DMO), Nigeria’s total debt as of June 30, 2015 stood at N12.12 trillion. So, when Muhammadu Buhari took over as President, this country’s debt portfolio was N12.12 trillion. By December 31, 2020, the country’s …

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Abaribe On Biafra, Kanu And Nigeria

Abaribe On Biafra, Kanu and Nigeria

Enyinnaya Abaribe, the brilliant and brave senator who signed the bail for Nnamdi Kanu’s release delivered perhaps the most perceptive and wisest speech on Igbos and Nigeria last week in Mississippi, US. Every Igbo who cares about the present and …

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Nigeria’s Dilemma Over Grazing Laws

Nigeria’s Dilemma Over Grazing Laws

President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has often referred to the gazette which published the grazing laws in Nigeria. In his television interview to mark his 6th anniversary in power, he made reference to the so-called gazette.  The President was echoing what his Chief of …

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PIB: A backward-looking law in a rapidly evolving world

PIB: A backward-looking law in a rapidly evolving world

Since the Obasanjo-led era more than two decades ago, there have been attempts to revamp Nigeria’s petroleum sector through the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). A 21-year old process, any child who was born at the time the preparatory work for …

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Facts And Fallacies Of Channel Management

Facts And Fallacies Of Channel Management

The Administrative panel set up to probe the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on the watch of its suspended Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, has begun sitting. One of the issues that will be raised at the hearing …

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Little Role For Space Tech In Nation’s Security Architecture

Little Role For Space Tech In Nation’s Security Architecture

As the security challenges in the country grow more complex, usually some questions come to mind. For instance, what is the role of the National Space and Research Development Agency, NASRDA, and NIGCOMSAT in assisting and strengthening the nation’s security …

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Marine protection and Nigeria’s blue economy

Marine protection and Nigeria’s blue economy

My attention was recently drawn to a statement credited to the Minister of State for Environment, Barr Sharon Ikeazor, and published in the Leadership Newspaper of 17 Sep 20, p.14, captioned “Nigeria Lacks Marine Protected Areas Despite 11,600 sqkm Coastline …

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Post Concession: Port Performance Evaluation

Post Concession: Port Performance Evaluation

By Eugene Nweke Maritime stakeholders can recall that in 2005 the World Bank Maritime study groups diagnosed the missing gaps and factors responsible for the deterioration of quality port services to include: a. Government control port sector, thrived on a …

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AMCON New Airline: New Wine In Old Wineskins?

AMCON New Airline: New Wine In Old Wineskins?

Following the revelation by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) of plans to float a new airline, NG Eagle, deploying some of the assets of distressed Arik Air, industry observers have wondered if this is akin to the putting …

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Apapa Gridlock: Why Everyone Should Support ‘Eto’

Apapa Gridlock: Why Everyone Should Support ‘Eto’

By Niran Adedokun Four weeks after the take off of Etó, the electronic truck call-up system introduced by the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), it could be tempting to dismiss it as one of those futile governmental initiatives. Two weeks into the …

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CTN: A Tool To Boost Security And Revenue Collection

Shippers’ Council Urges Govt Agencies To Support Joint Vessels Inspection

By Kenneth Jukpor Nigeria has been besieged by the outbreak of violence conflicts which has over the years claimed thousands of lives and property. This is owing to the activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, sea pirates, political thugs, arms traffickers …

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Cargo Tracking Note: Building A Security-Conscious Nation In Revenue Gloom

Maritime Terms You Must Know

Nigeria has been besieged by the outbreak of violence and conflicts which have over the years claimed thousands of lives and property. This is owing to the activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, sea pirates, political thugs, arms traffickers and the …

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How Customs, Immigration, Others Aid Smuggling At Idiroko Border

Smuggling: Idiroko Joint-Border Security Business

By Kenneth Jukpor Recently, our correspondent visited the Idiroko Border community to observe firsthand the modus-operandi of smuggling and other illicit activities in the area as well as the unique role of security operatives. Idiroko is a town in Ipokia …

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How Customs Beat Up A Journalist On Corruption Investigation

Customs command increases Q1 revenue collection to N7.97bn

When Isaac Asimov said that violence is the last refuge of the incompetent, he may not have had the unpalatable conduct of armed security personnel in Nigeria, but his apt saying epitomizes the folly of overzealous officers who feel comfortable …

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A Dangerous Politics of Security

Deep Blue Project: Benchmark For Maritime Security In GoG - Buhari

It might have been a mere coincidence that at last PresidentMuhammadu Buhari “accepted” yesterday the “resignations of service and theirretirement” at a time the political consequences of rising insecurity aredangerously becoming manifest. However, not a few would draw a link …

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Apapa Customs’  Revenue  And Patriotism Test  In 2020

Apapa Customs’  Revenue  And Patriotism Test  In 2020

In a world where there are so many voices, especially those loud and popular ones which endorse corruption and all manner of societal ills, it has become uncommon to find individuals who prioritize dexterity, diligence, transparency and patriotism. Corruption has …

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Why Nigeria’s Economy Can’t Make Rapid Progress

Why Nigeria’s Economy Can’t Make Rapid Progress

No one solves a problem s/he does not understand. Putting this statement in another perspective, we say, once our conception of a problem is wrong, we cannot find a solution to it. Nigeria is not making rapid progress because those …

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AfCFTA 2021: Nigeria’s Transport Sector Optimisms And Deceptions

AfCFTA 2021: Nigeria's Transport Sector Optimisms And Deceptions

By Kenneth Jukpor As the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is set to take off in January 2021, several Chief Executives of government agencies in Nigeria’s transportation sector have sold an ambience of optimism that the …

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Lagos COVID-19 Figures: Myths Or Reality?

BULLS: Dial A Plumber

Lagos State needs help, the state is literally convulsing and in the worst state of disrepair. It has never been this bad, our roads are in a deplorable state, a journey from Maryland to Ikorodu which ordinarily would take less …

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GRIDLOCK: The Changing Lifestyles Of Apapa Night Crawlers

GRIDLOCK: The Changing Lifestyles Of Apapa Night Crawlers

Apapa seaport and wharf environment, normally wears a different outlook in the nights. The sharp difference between the nightlife and daylight is of great significance. In the day, the ever busy port activities cum commercial operations notable of every entreport …

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