OPINION: How Covid-19 Might Activate Government Responsibility To Nigerian Citizens

A Hurriedly Built facility Because of Covid-19 in Delta State By Emeka Nwokocha The world over, palpable fear and anxiety is high over Coronavirus pandemic. The fears are no more a joke as countries heavily infected with the dreaded virus are licking their wounds. This is true, as the deaths resulting from coronavirus attack have reached over 60,000 and over 1,000,000 people have been infected worldwide at the time of writing this treatise. No doubts, the entire world is very troubled by this murderous plague that made its first appearance…

OPINION: The Pandemic Is No Time for Fiscal Distancing

Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of African Development Bank Group By Akinwumi A. Adesina These are very difficult days, as the world faces one of its worst challenges ever: the novel coronavirus pandemic. And it seems almost no nation is spared. As infection rates rise, so does panic across financial markets, as economies drastically slow down and supply chains are severely disrupted. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. As such, it can no longer be business as usual. Each day, the situation evolves and requires constant reviews of precautionary measures and…

OPINION: Social Media, NGOs and the Niger Delta Struggle

By Jerome-Mario Utomi When Oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1956 at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta after half a century of exploration by Shell-BP, and the nation joined the ranks of oil producers in 1958 when its first oil field came on stream producing 5,100 bpd., it was, however, not the first victory in the discovery of natural resources in Nigeria. Prior to this development, there were documented evidence of discoveries of; coal in Enugu, South Eastern Nigeria, and Tin in Jos, the present day Plateau state. Yet, the discovery of…

OPINION: The Coquettish Politics

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Coquettes, according to Robert Green, the author of; The 48 Laws of Power, are experts at arousing desire through a provocative appearance or an alluring attitude. Their strength lies in their ability to trap people emotionally, and to keep their victims in their clutches long after that titillation of desire. This is the skill that puts them in the ranks of the most effective seducers. All of the tactics of the coquettes, he submitted, have been adapted by political leaders to make the public fall in love.…

OPINION: COVID-19 Scourge; From Socioeconomic Wars to ‘Global Peace’

By Jerome-Mario Utomi There is no event in recent history of the world that did so well to demonstrate how united and peaceful the world could be than the current outbreak of, and effort by the global community to find lasting solution to the pandemic Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The infectious disease according to the World Health Organization (WHO), causes respiratory illnesses (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty in breathing. The virus is spread primarily through contact with an infected person…

OPINION: IOCs Relocation Order and Okowa’s Politics of Development

By Jerome-Mario Utomi What’s crucial about a vision is not its originality but how well it serves the interests of important constituencies-and how easily it can be translated into a realistic competitive strategy.-John P kotter, Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School By contrast, if a visit is presently made to the coastal areas of Delta state, and analysis/report of such visit placed side by side with documented accounts of deprivation, degradation and abandonment that formerly characterized the region, it will, however, reveal something fundamentally new and different about the crisis in…

OPINION: ASUU Strike, Keyamo’s Argument and Testimony of the Patriots

Festus Keyamo By Jerome-Mario Utomi Talking about national development, a glance at the news headlines across the world points to the fact that getting the children off the streets and making quality and affordable education available for them is one of the cardinal steps that must be taken by government to achieve such a programme.. Separate from the consideration that education is the bedrock of development of any nation, there is an accompanying belief that the streets are known for breeding all sorts of criminals and other social misfits who…

OPINION: Civil Society Movements in a Nation of Contradictions

President Mohammadu Buhari of Nigeria By Jerome-Mario Utomi “We need people who are activists with good judgement and interpersonal skills to move nations forward”-Anonymous. In recent weeks, I have followed with real curiosity the efforts Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, a Havard trained lawyer and Executive Director, Spaces for Change, is making to document factors that propelled political activism in the country way back in the 80s and 90s. As part of that observation, I have read with interest various commentaries, opinion and reactions by those she interviewed-largely made up of former staff/volunteers…

OPINION: Dealing with the Productive Collaboration Challenge in Africa

By Jerome-Mario Utomi The government played a very key role in attracting foreign investments. We built the infrastructures and provided well-planned industrial estates, equity participation in industries, fiscal incentives and export promotion. Most important, we established good labour relations and sound macroeconomic policies-the fundamental that enable private enterprises to operate successfully- Lee Kuen Yew, Former Prime Minister of Singapore The leadership challenge is clear. It will be impossible, in the words of JANE NELSON to; achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without accelerating and scaling private sector engagement and collective action…

OPINION: Amnesty Boss Appointment; Tasks Ahead Of FG

By Jerome-Mario Utomi It is general knowledge that President Muhammadu Buhari, precisely on Friday 30th February, 2020 approved the suspension of the Cordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, and Professor Charles Dokubo, with a promise to set up a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the agency. As expected, this development has elicited reactions from stakeholders and the public at large, While some hsils the action of the president others view it with scepticism. The boundaries between these two spheres has been shifted back and forth for some days and in…