HOW TO FIX THIS ROAD...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lagos State is Nigeria's financial center. Over the last few years, its residents have worked in conjunction with their governor to improve many things about the State. Many roads are also being improved and areas like Oshodi, which were previously congested and unmanageable are now unrecognizable. Street lights that previously failed to work are functional, trees have been planted for beautification and CCTV security cameras are up and running to increase security with more cameras on the way.



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NIGERIA'S OIL REVENUE CUT IN HALF

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nothing brings home the impact of MEND militancy that the reality that Nigeria's oil revenue was cut in half within the first quarter of 2009. MEND stepped up its attacks on oil installations this year and has steadily interrupted oil production. Government officials believe that the nation losses an average of 1 million barrels per day to militant activity. As a result, Nigeria has once again lost its position as Africa's King of Crude to Angola.

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MILITANTS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA?

Monday, July 27, 2009

At least 39 people were killed on August 26th in Bauchi State as a result of clashes between armed men and police officers. According to the BBC website, "clashes erupted when 60 Islamist militants armed with guns and explosives attacked a police station." All roads leading to the area have been closed, an indefinite curfew has been placed on the state by its governor and the mortuary where victim's bodies are being kept is now guarded by the military.

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NIGERIAN INGENUITY - THE ELECTRICITY ISSUE

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The footage below shows how many Nigerians have found an alternative solution to the nation's epileptic electricity situation. I wonder how this product can be taken a step further - expanded to produce more light, for a longer period of time.




Remember the gentleman who created his own helicopter from car parts and other items? Read up on his ingenuity in Nigerian Ingenuity.


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MEND ATTACK IN LAGOS

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Despite the overtures of amnesty granted by the Nigerian government, the oil war that was sparked earlier this years has taken on a whole new dimension.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) blew up the Atlas Cove Jetty, a loading dock for oil tankers, in Lagos State on Sunday, July 12th. The attack lasted over 3 hours and has effectively crippled the capacity of the facility to receive petroleum products. It happened just as MEND leader, Henry Okay, was granted amnesty and released by the Federal Government.

Destroyed Receptor pipeline for refined petroleum products at the Atlas Cove Jetty which is responsible for 35% of the nations daily consumption of petroleum products. 
Actual images of the destruction; Source: Vanguard Newspaper (NG) Online

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THE GLARING OMISSION (UPDATED)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Barack Obama was well received in his first visit as president of the United States to sub-Saharan Africa. In less than 24 hours, he met with Ghanaian dignitaries and traveled to a Cape Coast Castle, the location from which thousands or maybe millions of slaves were forcibly transported to the Americas. Overall, his speech in Accra, Ghana was poignant and congratulatory of Ghana's democratic successes, using it as an example of the possibilities for other African governments. Obama's speech was very good and reinforced much of the beliefs many Africans have of what is necessary to create a better continent for Africa's people. But, despite the positive message to Africa, Obama omitted much of the reality of America's historical relationship with the African continent.

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OBAMA'S SPEECH IN GHANA (FULL VIDEO & TEXT)

Sunday, July 12, 2009



Please read the full text of President Barack Obama’s speech Saturday in Accra, Ghana. Also, read my thoughts on the speech in The Glaring Omission.

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OBAMA'S THOUGHTS ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

Friday, July 10, 2009

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NIGERIA'S SENATE SLASHES KEY FUNDING

Monday, July 6, 2009

Although Nigeria's Senators blatantly violated their Constitutional obligation to 'sit' for at least 181 days last year, they are working overtime to ensure that their presence is felt in 2009. On July 1st, the Senate cut N6.2 billion in budgetary allocations for education and healthcare spending in the capital city of Abuja also known as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). That money was instead funneled to finance the N25 billion Abuja Road project. N250 million was also slashed from a N350 allocation  in the FCT budget to buy "horses and stables" of the FCT for the road construction project. While it is understandable that Nigeria faces a budgetary deficit, and has been racking up more international debt, some of the Senate's budgetary changes are questionable.

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NIGERIA'S PDP ACCUSES OBAMA?

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Nigerian president's political party, the People's Democractic Party (PDP), has publicly accused the Obama administration of seeking to destabilize Yar'Adua's rule. According to the PDP, the US Embassy plans to meet with pro-democracy groups and that those groups will seek to convince Obama that Yar'Adua's presidency is "illegitimate". The party warned the United States not to,
"promote the evil plans of these unpatriotic politicians against a democratically elected government as such would raise questions about its respect for the sovereignty of other countries and the international doctrine of non-interference in the internal affairs of other sovereign nations."

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