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    Fashola: One Year On The Saddle

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    On assuming duty as Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babantunde Fashola did something remarkable in the Ministry of Power. As reported in the media, he called a meeting of the Directors in the ministry and sought their opinion on how the running of the ministry could be improved and the many issues that plague…

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  • Power, PHCN And Labour Union

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    On April 25, 2016, I was a guest of Kaakaki, the breakfast programme of the Africa Independent Television. My interlocutor, who took part via telephone, was Mr. Joe Ajaero, Secretary General of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and head of a faction of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). The segment of the programme…

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    2016 And A Budget Of ‘Padding’

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    President Muhammadu Buhari placed a box wrapped in Nigerian colours before a joint section of the National Assembly on December 22, 2015. He took a bow, smiled with what seemed a deep sense of accomplishment, and the plaudits clattered about him as he took his leave. When the box was opened afterwards, out flew all…

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    If NITEL Rebounds

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    There are several reasons why the news of the possible rebound of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) should cheer every Nigerian. One is plain patriotism. Or shouldn’t we be happy that our “national carrier,” if one may use a phrase usually applied in aviation to refer a telecom concern, could be revived after many years…

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    Dissecting A Senate Power Hearing

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    But for a few slips in the proceedings, the Senate committee on power conducted its hearing of November 11 and 12 November, 2105, with high seriousness. The hearing, which took place in Senate Conference Room 231, was attended by heads of agencies in the power sector and other stakeholders including members of the public and…

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    Fashola: Succeeding As Power Minister

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    At his inaugural meeting with staff of the Ministry of Power, the new minister of Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, reportedly inquired if the problems with the Nigerian power sector are man-made or systemic. For the former governor of Lagos State, whom Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka fondly described as a “mechanic” for his methodical approach…

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  • Of Power Probes and National Interest

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    As revealed by some recent newspaper reports, Nigerians are to expect yet another probe of the power sector by one of the two tiers of the National Assembly, this time the House of Representatives. This new probe, if and when it happens, would be coming at the heels of the probe of the same sector…

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  • A Ministerial List And The Politics Of Attrition

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    Largely, the criticism of the first ministerial list released by President Muhmmadu Buhari, containing 21 nominees, reflects a lack of sobriety on the part of the critics. In other words, the critics have hardly been dispassionate in their reactions, which reflect the censorious politics of attrition that is prominent in our country. This is the…

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    Buhari’s One Hundred Days Of Solitude

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    By “Buhari’s one hundred days of solitude” I mean solitude in a different sense from the usual. I mean the solitude, as it were, of President Buhari having run his government as president for a hundred days without appointing ministers. For this development – unprecedented in our democracy, if not our entire history – he…

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    The Poet In President Buhari

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    “Now at seventy- two, there is a limit to what I can do”. When I first read the news report in which President Muhammadu Buhari, speaking to his Nigerian audience in South Africa following the most recent meeting of the African Union (AU), said, “Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can…

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