Opinion

G.B. Leton: How the Federal Government Cheated the Niger Delta (2), By Eric Teniola

"Equity and fair play dictate that you cannot take out without putting something back, otherwise you create a vacuum which Nature abhors. Looking at the issue purely from the point of view of equity, therefore, there is no defensible justification for the distinction between on—and off-shore mining in the application…
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G.B. Leton: How the Federal Government Cheated the Niger Delta (1), By Eric Teniola

What then are the arguments against derivation? Perhaps the most often and readily advanced is that oil is a gift of Mother Nature (what on earth isn’t). It was not put there by anybody and therefore nobody should have any claim to it. It belongs to everybody. If we want…
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Opinion

How Nigerian Airways and Other Federal Concerns Were Killed, By Eric Teniola

The story of the Nigerian Airways is a sad one. Yet those who killed the airline are smiling to the banks today, while the workers of the airline are still roaming the streets in perpetual penury. Till today they have not been paid their entitlements, including pensions. Thousands of them…
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Opinion

How Balewa Declared State of Emergency In the West In 1962, By Eric Teniola

On May 29, 1962, the then prime minister, the right honourable Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912-1966) summoned an emergency meeting of the Federal House of Representatives which was then the federal parliament in Lagos, during which he moved a motion on the Action Group crisis. Just like play, the crisis…
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Opinion

A Highly Imperative Transportation Policy, By Eric Teniola

When Chief Rotimi Amaechi told the nation in 2015 that he would reform the transport system, I suggested that he should take a look at the comprehensive seventy-eight page report of the Musa Adede committee. To me that report is a major guide in solving our transportation problems. On resumption…
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Opinion

Obasanjo’s Grand Strategy for National Security, By Eric Teniola

Except for the Odi massacre of December 1999, the religious crisis in Zamfara and in Jos, there was less national security crises during President Obasanjo’s tenure, than those of his successors. Such a security strategy is missing these days. Mindful of the need for national security and with a military…
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