Sustaining a critical legacy in Nigeria’s resurgent agric sector
THE June 20th edition of the Economist Magazine has an article on Nigeria titled: “After Oil”. The article stated among other things that falling oil prices have left a deep hole in the government’s finances, but the economy is beginning to diversify. Furthermore, the magazine argues that investment in agriculture carries more promise compared to…
Prosperity and poverty of nations: Using global models to explain and mitigate underdevelopment in Nigeria
CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY Inaugural lecture by Prof. Benedict Bernard Benapena Naanen, BA (Nigeria), MA, PHD (Dalhousie), Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, University of Port Harcourt. The development structures and institutions that had been put in place in the late 1940s and 1950s continued till the outbreak of the civil war in 1967. The war…
How Africa’s most important failure can at last come right
FIVE-and-a-half decades ago, when Nigeria elected its first government at the end of colonial rule, many expected the country to rise quickly to become Africa’s leading power. It had people in abundance, the region’s best universities and vast natural resources. It exported great pyramids of peanuts, was one of the world’s leading sources of cotton…
Renewed filip on revamping agriculture
FOUR decades ago, Nigeria’s agricultural sector was the backbone of the country’s economy, contributing significantly to domestic production and employment. Besides, it was the principal foreign exchange earner for the nation.
Repositioning ITF for enhanced industrialisation
The Industrial Training Fund Act (ITFA) came into existence on the 8th of October 8, 1971 to establish a fund that would cater for the promotion of and encouragement of skills acquisition in Nigeria with a view to having enough indigenous trained manpower to meet the needs of industries for the growth of the economy while providing jobs and creating wealth.
Demystifying insurance myths through informal sector involvement
WHEN the Nigeria Insurance Commission (NAICOM) came up with restructuring mandate in the insurance sector some years ago, using the Market Development and Restructuring Initiative (MDRI), little did the regulatory body know that the multiplier effect would transcend the initial objectives. The MDRI project focused essentially on the compulsory insurance products; sanitization and modernization of…
Viability of PPP option in digital transition
TODAY is June 17, the date set aside by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for member nations to transit from analogue to digital broadcasting globally.
Cushioning electricity shortage with embedded generation
DESPITE the huge investments by government over the last years, it is an open secret that the nation is unable to boast of reasonable power supply to is citizens.
Encouraging blood donors to save lives
AS part of efforts to mark the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) 2015, the Abuja centre of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), yesterday, called for increased regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors in order to save millions of lives globally each year. The theme of this year’s…
Gbagada Hospital: Fresh, healthy breath for Lagosians
The revolution may be silent and slow, but it is gathering the desired momentum. Across the states of the federation, the war against dollar guzzling, foreign exchange drain pipe is gradually losing battle.
Towards strenghtening Nigeria’s rice value chain
The signals from Nigerian farmers, rice processors and some investors in the rice sector are disturbing. Some lament that large imports of finished packaged rice imported largely by Indian merchants and traders from India and Thailand, have been dumped on the Nigerian rice market. This, they say, has led to a major glut in the…
Fresh vista for war against gender-based violence
On daily basis, violence occur with little or no legal restrain within our communities. Wives are beaten by their spouses; jealous suitors bath their girlfriends with acid; little girls are raped by men old enough to be their grandfathers and they continue to walk the streets without any consequence, while their victims sulk and live…