Opinion

Emmanuel Macron Did Not Emerge By Accident, By Simbo Olorunfemi

Perhaps of the mind that political leadership should be entrusted to the care of philosopher-kings as Plato prescribed, political leaders are well prepared and groomed in France. Leaders don't just happen there. They have rarely happened by accident, if ever, since the onset of the fifth Republic. Leaders emerge through…
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Opinion

Can We Rouse Healthcare In Nigeria from Its State of Coma?, By Simbo Olorunfemi

There is no future to a healthcare system where uncertainty governs access and the system is largely powered by out-of-pocket payments in the private sector and an over-burdened public sector. The answer does not even lie in government simply putting more money in the health sector. "No nation can succeed…
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Opinion

Are We Doing Enough to Contain This Annual Outbreak of Meningitis?, By Simbo Olorunfemi

Can we not do better in preventing this annual harvest of deaths? There is the matter of inadequate attention being paid to matters of healthcare, with a public health insurance system that barely scratches the surface, a primary health care that is hardly primary and a national immunisation programme that…
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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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