The South Africa Example

Today’s offering in this column is a potpourri. I choose to share my thoughts on a number of issues that have engaged my attention in the last week or so. The first concerns the South African debacle, the sudden ouster of President Jacob Zuma from power. Of course it is no longer news that last…

‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records With $218m

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for a super-heroic $218 million debut over the four-day President’s Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Sunday. That number means that “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler, has doubled its original tracking in less than a month. The film, which carries an estimated…

Nigeria Will Be Net Exporter Of Fuel Next Year – Kachikwu

Lagos – Nigeria would become a net exporter of petroleum products by next year, Dr.Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, has said. He spoke in Abuja at an event ahead of the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS), which is designed to attract new investments and showcase the latest technologies that could be adopted for…

AU Deploys Election Observers To Djibouti

The African Union (AU) has deployed its election observers to Djibouti, for the legislative elections scheduled to take place on Friday in the Horn of African nation. The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Mahamat, has deployed the AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) led by Anicet-Georges Dologuele, former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic…

MOSOP To Resist Shell’s Re-Entry Into Ogoniland

P/Harcourt – The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), over the weekend, expressed displeasure over an attempt by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria Limited to forcefully resume oil production in Ogoniland. In a statement signed and released by its spokesman, Fegalo Nsuke, MOSOP vowed that it would resist any attempt…

PHED Blames Community For Power Outage In Port Harcourt

Following the lingering blackout experienced in major parts of Rivers State, particularly Port Harcourt since Monday, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has attributed the incident to one of the host communities, the Ogbumuabali community. The distribution company in a statement said the community people in their large number last week stormed the 132/33kv…

Angst Over Lingering Fuel Scarcity In Nigeria

Lagos – Fuel scarcity and queues still dot most filling stations in the country despite repeated assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to nip the development in the bud. From Lagos to Kano, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Yenagoa  and other cities, the scarcity fuel keeps recurring like an ‘Abiku’  staring the authorities in the face  inspite …

Ogoni Monarchs Okay Oil Exploration By Indigenous Company

Against all odds, traditional rulers in Ogoniland have reversed their stance against indigenous oil firm by endorsing RoboMicheal Limited to commence operation in the Ogoni oilfield. The Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers and the Conference of Ogoni Traditional Rulers jointly gave the endorsement at a resolution reached at the end of a meeting of…