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March 2021

Muiz Banire > 2021 > March

Retooling Port Harcourt refinery, another avoidable waste

This plea is now compelling and timely in view of the latest development around the refurbishment of the Port Harcourt refinery. In the recent past, several issues have been bedevilling the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), these include lack of accountability in terms of the crude produced and the sums accruable from the sale. This is a recurring decimal in the life of the NNPC. Till date, nobody can assertively inform us of the volume of crude produced nor the accurate volume sold. Again, not until of recent were we treated to a celebrated audit report in the life of...

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Oil industry deregulation and Nigerian economy

One area of the economy in Nigeria that has been worrisome for ages now is the petroleum industry. Like any other Nigerian, one is worried about the state of our petroleum products pricing. For years, the petroleum sector became the barometer to guage how much an average Nigeria was suffering as there was perennial shortage of supply of petroleum products to local consumers, thereby necessitating long queues at petrol stations. This was often the case any time there were agitations that there would be increase in the pump price of petroleum products. In some of my write ups in the...

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Public office and dilemma of transparency

A high level of service to the public is carried out in occupation of public office. This, therefore, makes requirements for occupying public office to be high public-spiritedness, consuming passion to serve and absolute dedication to high moral standard. Certain practices in Nigeria have made it imperative for us to consider two aspects of practices in public office, both of which relate to accessibility and transparency issues. The first relates to barring members of the public from accessing public office and, by extension, public officials, in the course of the discharge of their official responsibilities. This vice, in my view, predates...

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Nigeria: Sad Tale of Insecurity

Prior to and up till 2015, a disturbing development terrifying the unity and wholeness of Nigeria was the Boko Haram insurgency to which thousands of lives had been lost in the northeastern part of Nigeria. The challenging speed at which several crimes associated with insurgency were being perpetrated, leading to destruction and displacement of thousands of people from their ancestral lands, led many Nigerians to detest the style of governance of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) under the presidency of Dr. Jonathan Goodluck, GCFR. The zenith of it all was the confounding abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Chibok, which...

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