Opinion

More Questions on Soft Drinks, Benzoic Acid and Nigerian Regulators, By Simbo Olorunfemi

If elevated temperature, as is the case in tropical Nigeria, is a factor that can enhance benzene formation - a well documented carcinogenic substance, how then does it make sense for the prescribed benzoic acid level in Nigerian manufactured soft drinks to be higher than that of a temperate United…
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Opinion

Should We Now Be Worried About Drinking Fanta and Sprite?, By Simbo Olorunfemi

But then, this is even beyond Fanta and Sprite. The more pertinent question brought to the fore by this are – Are there more things we need to be worried about? Can we be sure there is someone out there really looking out for the safety and best interest of…
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Opinion

Where are the Nigerian Stories of Disruptions?, By Simbo Olorunfemi

Where are the real stories not linked to shoddy or non-execution of government contracts, manipulation of government regulation for profit and personal advantage? Where are the successes not linked to misapplication of waivers, abuse of provisions for tax holiday, dodgy payment of customs duties, outright stealing of shareholder funds mopped…
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Opinion

A Tribute to Nigeria’s Unassuming Warrior Generation, By Simbo Olorunfemi

- The late Chima Ubani: one of the icons of the Warrior Generation. A country that forgets its journey and the men and women who sacrificed themselves or were sacrificed in the process of that journey is no It is that generation of Nigerians born between 1963 and 1978 that…
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Guest Columns

Why Big ‘Blunder’ Nigeria’s Relocation to South Africa Matters, By Simbo Olorunfemi

...this is more about jobs for Nigerians, more than anything, especially at a time of recession. Those who were involved in the production of 'Big Brother Nigeria' when it was hosted in Lagos ten years back, claim that about 200 people were engaged in the project, with many more individuals…
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Opinion

Did Minister Babatunde Fashola Get It Wrong?, By Simbo Olorunfemi

We cannot, for the sake of some agreement and a rigid reading of the law, continue to short-change ourselves by not removing the hurdles in the way of off-grid solutions that will enable independent power plants set up, based on potential demand, to generate and distribute directly to customers without…
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Opinion

So Much Fuss About a Governance Code and the Church, By Simbo Olorunfemi

For me, the real issues that should be up for consideration are – Is there anything in us that seems to compel us to personally appropriate institutions? Is there something about our culture that makes us anti-corporate in disposition? Why does everyone seek to personally own rather than pull together…
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Opinion

GTBank’s Faux Pas and the Question of a Customer Service Culture, By Simbo Olorunfemi

Between Marks & Spencer and our GTBank, is this simply a difference in brand culture, customer service orientation or a reflection of how corporates here treat Nigerians as opposed to how people/corporates in other parts of the world treat their customers? Not for the Bank the thought of saving I…
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