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INSIGHT: NNPC and the Akara Company Story

In discussions surrounding the transitioning of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), misunderstandings persist about its ownership and mode of operations.   One of the major misconceptions is whether or not the NNPC is a commercial or private company. Confused about what these terms mean? There is a story about the Akara for 4 the People Company that can help us understand what is important here. In case...

BODIJA BLAST: Illegal mining undermining the economy, environment and now the safety of our communities

What is the significance or value of having abundant solid mineral resources if Nigeria continues to be ravaged by illegal mining activities, resulting in substantial economic revenue losses, environmental degradation, and the endangerment of lives and property security? In August 2023, four illegal miners were killed following the collapse of a mining site in Kogo Kadage village in the Yadagungume area of Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State. Less than 6 months following that...

National Assembly postpones plenary resumption by one week

The National Assembly had initially fixed 23rd January 2024 for its resumption after adjourning following approval of the 2024 Budget in December The National Assembly has postponed the resumption of its plenary session, originally scheduled for January 23, 2024 to the 30th of January, 2024. This was contained in a statement addressed to members of the House of Representatives by the Clerk to the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzaria. Recall that the National Assembly had...

NCC boss advocates healthy competition in telecoms

The telecoms regulator says healthy competition is vital for the growth of the industry but noted that it will continue to engage all players  The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigeria Communications Commission, Dr. Aminu Maida, has advocated for healthy competition to promote the growth of the telecommunication sector in Nigeria. Maida said this during the week when he received the management of Airtel Networks Limited in Abuja. According to a statement by Reuben Muoka, director of...

Tunji-Ojo calls for more funds to secure Nigeria’s borders

  The interior minister says the poor release of funds constrained the efforts of hardworking personnel of the immigration service to secure the country’s borders The Minister of interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has called for an urgent need to secure Nigeria’s borders in order to reduce the risks of insecurity in the country. This is as he stressed that further delays in securing the border will amount to continuous threat to the country’s internal security. He...

ANALYSIS: Implementation, domestication challenges impede disability law

About five years after the enactment of the discrimination against disability law challenges around implementation and domestication by sub-nationals continue to hamper the gains of the legislation Oftentimes, a person with disability is described as someone with a physical or mental impairment. However, disabilities can vary widely and can be either visible, invisible, natural or acquired. Therefore, it is crucial to remember that when we discuss disabilities, we could be referring to a variety of...

Climate Change: A ‘Perpetual Pandemic’ in Disguise

This oped by Olaogun Michael Sunkanmi calls for concerted action to combat the onslaught of climate change in Nigeria Amidst unprecedented global challenges ranging from economic hardship to military takeover in some parts of Africa to the Russian-Ukraine and Israel-Gaza wars, the conversation continues on the “war” of nature against man—climate change. This is a result of the intended and unintended actions of man against the environment. Climate change has not only posed threats to...

Nigeria must borrow to move forward – Delta Rep

The legislator believes that Nigeria must borrow its way out of the economic abyss the country has found itself A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Ukodhiko Jonathan (PDP, Delta State), has said that for Nigeria to be able to achieve the purpose of the 2024 budget and fund projects, it has to continue borrowing. Rep. Jonathan made this statement while speaking to journalists shortly after the presentation of the 2024 budget estimates by President...

Governance: 7 steps of how bills become laws

Have you ever wondered how governance works? How do we get ruled by politicians? Why are we obliged to obey laws made by the government? Read along as we dive into “how bills become laws.” Every law out there, from civil to criminal laws, you name it, has gone through different processes before becoming a ‘law.’ First of all, what’s a bill? A bill is a proposed law that is before the legislature for approval....

Energy transition: Biofuel as viable alternative to fossil fuel

Biofuel is a goldmine for Nigeria to harness in the quest for energy transition but the government must get its act right while industry players should live up to the billing Nigeria, often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”, is grappling with the dual challenge of energy sustainability and environmental responsibility. With a population of over 200 million people and an economy heavily reliant on fossil fuels, the nation faces increasing energy insecurity and...

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