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|Politics / 2012… Air Crashes Too Many In Nigeria by papas: 10:47pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Aircraft mishap in Nigeria can be prevented. President Jonathan's government must be proactive in ensuring that 2013 is not another year of rampant, avoidable aircraft mishaps.
SIX years after a Nigerian 18-seater Dornier 228 Air Force transport plane, carrying 15 senior army officers and three crewmembers crashed leaving only three survivors that sustained serious injuries on September 17, 2006, 2012 will go down in history as the year that recorded the most recurrence of plane crashes in the country since the first recorded incident, which happened on January 22, 1973, when Royal Jordanian Airlines flight 707, carrying 171 Nigerian Muslims returning from Mecca crashed in Kano, killing five crewmen.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=107842:2012-air-crashes-too-many-in-nigeria&catid=1:national&Itemid=559
|Crime / Re: Pics - 400 Level Medical Female Student Raped And Shot Dead by papas: 11:10pm On Dec 01, 2012|
Johndoe100: She chose her puzzy over her life. Was that wise?
How do reprobates like Johndoe100 find their way to social sites like this!!!
|Politics / Nigeria Ranked Worst Place To Be Born In 2013 by papas: 11:10pm On Nov 21, 2012|
"America, where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place. Despite their economic dynamism, none of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) scores impressively. Among the 80 countries covered, Nigeria comes last: it is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013."
Countries where a new born child in, 2013, have a better chance of leading a decent life than one born in Nigeria include the likes of Sri Lanka, Ecuador, India, Morocco, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Kenya.
Which way forward Nigeria!!!
|Politics / Nigeria: Looking Forward To 100yrs (amalgamation) by papas: 12:05pm On Oct 01, 2012|
If Nigeria were a ninety eight and a half year old man who is looking forward to his 100th birthday in 15 months' time, will you complain that he is frail, stooped, ponderous and absent-minded when he should be vigorous, strong, matured and well-ordered?
Since, somehow, the expectations of a human being's progression with age are inverted when it comes to a nation state, people expect a 100 year old country to be robust, steady, powerful, well-fed and well-led, hence the general disappointment with the state of Nigeria as it rapidly approaches its Centenary.
On January 1, 2014 we will be celebrating 100 years since Lord Lugard, a man who was many things in Britain, picked up his quilt pen and applied an eraser across a map of Nigeria. He erased the boundaries of kingdoms, caliphates, chieftaincies and autonomous communities, amalgamated all of them into one entity and launched them into a new life as one country. His wife Flora Shaw helpfully supplied the name "Nigeria" to aid his effort.
Did the experiment succeed? It depends on what the intention was. To be founded by a man who at one point in his eventful career was a British mercenary in Nyasaland may not look like good omen for a country. Old man Lugard probably was not thinking of a strong, united, harmonious political entity with an evolved national identity, a strong economy and an on-going political concern when he sat down to do his Amalgamation work. Uppermost in his mind was the desire to institute an outpost for the supply of cheap raw materials to the British Empire. He also saw the natives in the amalgamated land as potential consumers of British textiles, cutlery, earthenware, Raleigh bicycles, Rothmans cigarettes, Austin, Morris, Comer and Land Rover jeeps and trucks. That intention paid off handsomely and is still paying off, though some bigger imperial powers have supplanted the Brits over the years in reaping from Nigerian sweat.
Yet, as human enterprises so often turn out, Lord Lugard's creation made much progress in an unintended direction. That Nigeria became such a prominent demographic power in Africa and the dominant economic power in West Africa was probably not intended by Lugard. That Nigeria sometimes refused to dance when the imperial powers pulled some puppet strings must have annoyed Oga Lugard.
That millions of Nigerians relocated out of their tribal areas and resettled in other areas, leading to a thorough mixture of ethnic groups, the spread of languages and the evolution of some common national passions [football being the chief one] was hardly outlined by the Colonial Office.
Pretending to love it, in recent decades, the British and other Westerners have insisted that Nigeria must democratise, hold free and fair elections, respect human rights, eliminate corruption and generally institute 'good governance.' There are reasons to doubt their sincerity in this matter because in the 60 years in which the Secretary of State for the Colonies used to appoint rulers for Nigeria and its regions, they were not elected by any Nigerian. The Governor General, Regional Governors, Residents, District Officers and Assistant District Officers were not democratically elected, though they believed they were good and effective rulers.
Today, even though many people think poorly of us, Nigerians certainly have a very high rating of themselves and most Nigerians believe we should have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, casting a veto as regularly as the Russians say "nyet." Old man Lugard will not believe this.
The surprise there is, even as so many Nigerians overrate our standing in the international arena, they are full on complaints about our own worth and efficacy right here at home. Nigerians bitterly complain about what they call today's state of insecurity, even though life is more secure in the country today than it was 100 years ago, when slave raiders still lurked outside city gates. Most Nigerians will tell you that today's infrastructure is dilapidated, when in 1914 there was hardly an asphalt road anywhere in this country. So, on the day that Nigeria clocks 100 years, expect to see screaming newspaper headlines with vox pops saying "Nigerians lament state of the nation."
Who created the imaginary lamentable situation? Everyone thinks "they" did, not him. Nigeria's youth, who are demographically dominant today, are approaching the centennial with a collective feeling of betrayal.
They feel that they have not been given enough educational, recreational, inspirational and job opportunities.
The elders too feel betrayed, that their years of hard work as civil servants, rail labourers, postmen, police sergeants and Army corporals who fought in the Civil War were not rewarded. They accuse the youth of throwing away the good values inculcated in them in favour of foreign cultural values, including a passion for foreign football and foreign films, 419, wild parties, cultism and beige drinking.
Almost any Nigerian you ask will blame the leaders for problems, saying they are corrupt, inept, nepotistic etc. Listening to Nigerians talk, you often get the feeling that the leaders are aliens who fell from the sky.
The leaders themselves, if you manage to find them, would say the problem is that the followers are not following. Traditional rulers often say that their subjects are now off into many bad things and are not doing what they are told to do, as was the case in the olden days. Clerics, for their part, feel that today's flocks are no longer listening to preaching. Some upstart young priests often come up and upstage the Old Guard clergymen, rewriting the Divine message in the process. The Muslim clerical establishment, for example, is having serious trouble having its message of "Islam means peace" to be heard above the click, clank and boom of Boko Haram rifles and IEDs.
So, when it comes time on January 1, 2014 to mark 100 years since the Amalgamation of Nigeria, don't expect Nigerians to sit down in quiet contemplation and chart a course forward for the next 100 years. Expect to see instead a pan-Nigerian congress meeting marked by endless finger-pointing, multi-directional name calling, mutual recriminations, equal opportunity blame-apportioning, and collective self pity.
|Politics / Re: Did Anyone See Sanusi & Aganga On Tv Answering Furious Senators? by papas: 6:58pm On Dec 01, 2010|
By the time the senators have sucked the nation's coffers dry, they will find cause to sit down and reason with true economists.
Sanusi and Aganga, you have the full support of progressive Nigerians on this one.
|Politics / Re: Atiku Promises To Reduce Company Income Tax To 10%, by papas: 6:25pm On Dec 01, 2010|
Visionaries are proposing to tackle issues that are the real curses to Nigeria's economic growth (epileptic electricity, ridiculous national assembly pay, rampant corruption), Atiku on the other hand sees the boon of Nigeria and proposes to attack it. Na wa for this country.
Is the 10% tax to attract new businesses? What prudent coorporation will want to do business in a climate where it has to contend with epileptic electricity, a lack of good roads, rampant corruption, and ever worsening restiveness across the country. These are the challenges to doing business in Nigeria and not the current tax rate.
How on earth will a decrease in corporation tax rate translate into job creation when the appropriate climate to do business just doesn't exist in the first place! Even if the climate exists, what warrants the current crop of multinational companies to reinvest the savings they realize into business expansions to create jobs, boost growth of the economy - instead of just repatriating their profits overseas? China for instance ensures that multinational/non-indigenous companies establish a long-term base and expand in their country, instead of just repatriating their profits overseas.
The coorporate tax rate Nigeria employs is not the problem. Any leader that means well for Nigeria, would be looking at tackling the epileptic power supply, corruption, electoral reforms, excessive pay for members of the NAss., and other real impediments to Nigeria's economic growth.
|Business / China And Russia Quit Dollar For Bilateral Trade by papas: 4:18pm On Nov 24, 2010|
China, Russia quit dollar
By Su Qiang and Li Xiaokun (China Daily)
With all the talk about America gradually being overtaken by countries like China and India, this might be the biggest blow yet to America's global super-power status.
A development like this could seriously exacerbate America's struggling economy, affect Nigeria's own economy (not like we have plenty dollars at the moment anyway) and accelerate the shift of global super power to China or Russia. Especially devastating would be if Japan or South Korea adopt either the rouble or the remnibi for bilateral trade.
Is any other person concerned about a development like this? This could cause some turmoil in the markets.
|Health / Re: Pfizer Starts Work On $30m Hospital In Kano by papas: 11:40am On Nov 24, 2010|
We were lucky to detect this covert testing, unfortunately after the loss of many innocent children's lives.
One just wonders how many more drugs Pfizer, and other drug companies, are covertly testing.
|Business / Re: Russia To Construct Nigeria’s Nuclear Power Plants by papas: 11:11am On Nov 24, 2010|
So Israel has such an advanced solar-power industry!
By the time the whole world adopts alternative energy sources like these, and move away from reliance on oil, people will be amazed at how Nigeria will start to get her act together.
The solar technology from Israel looks like a better option than nuclear but you can always bank on our leaders to devise creative ways to chop money.
I mean, in some Niger-delta states, the gas bursting out of wells is just flared, but in keeping with the Nigerian federal character, the mandate to convert the million cubic meters of gas to electricity (in turbines) must come from Abuja.
We can only wait and see what comes out of these nuclear intentions, hopefully we don't end up with one massive, radioactivity-emitting, white elephant after a decade or two like we now have many abandoned power stations (hydro and gas).
|Politics / Re: Your Votes Aren't Counted. Don't Waste Your Time. by papas: 10:42pm On Nov 20, 2010|
Abi oh! Tell me about it. Person done tire no be small.
The parties present, Obasanjo selects, Nigerians elect.
The elections just don't matter because whoever the godfathers select is the person that emerges as the winner of any election.
Wetin man go do!
|Politics / Re: Another Undetonated Car Bomb Discovered by papas: 1:06pm On Nov 19, 2010|
Looks like the Nigerian govt is learning to become more strategic in their handling of security affairs.
Certain security measuress that should have long been in place are gradually being implemented.
|Politics / Re: Mods Please Ban The Use Of The Word ''Tribe'' On This Forum by papas: 8:54am On Nov 19, 2010|
Lol. People are entitled to their own opinions after all is said.
|Politics / Re: Mods Please Ban The Use Of The Word ''Tribe'' On This Forum by papas: 2:07pm On Nov 17, 2010|
“tribe” and it’s derivatives are words that should be censored from Nairaland. “Tribe” basically means a pack of monkeys or baboons. And it is rarely and is unlikely to be used in this context on Nairaland i.e. to refer to a group of monkeys in the bush or in Yankari National Park, Bauchi.
One only gets “tribes” of humans in Asia, and Africa but never in Europe where there are small communities (countries as they are called in Europe) of several thousand peoples like Montenegro, Malta, and Andorra (Andorra is a country with a population of 80 000).
In Africa and Asia, the word colonial settlers selected to describe small communities of people, of which there was and still are many in Europe, was “Tribe”.
You now hear people say they are from so and so tribe many of whom don’t know the self disparagement that comes with addressing oneself or others as belonging to a “tribe”.
This word because of its roots ranks alongside (and is possibly worse than) other derogatory terms used as ethnic slurs. To help enlighten unwitting Nairalanders that this word is just wrong, the word should be filtered out.
If person want some serious wahala, ask Kenyan person "Which tribe him from". Those who know the origins and true meaning of the word just don't use it.
Please filter "tribe" and it's derivatives off nairaland.
|Politics / Re: Flying Car Debuts by papas: 7:37pm On Nov 15, 2010|
We are going to need progressive and visionary leaders to introduce life changing tech like these into Nigeria.
|Politics / Re: Flying Car Debuts by papas: 7:33pm On Nov 15, 2010|
|Jokes Etc / Re: . by papas: 7:27pm On Nov 15, 2010|
|Politics / Re: Flying Car Debuts by papas: 7:16pm On Nov 15, 2010|
Work those biceps while you drive.
Introducing the 100 percent human powered car
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwrXdsFUmRQ&feature=related (Crude form)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXUJjFvgOdk (Polished and complete car)
Tried embedding videos but haven't figured out how to do it yet.
|Nairaland / General / Re: Ezeuche the Ochi Agha - Returns by papas: 9:40pm On Nov 12, 2010|
Mekuszxy, mekusxyz, mekusyxz e.t.c., e.t.c. . he he. . . What moniker is Mekus currently assuming?
|Jokes Etc / Re: . by papas: 9:35pm On Nov 12, 2010|
|Politics / Re: Enugu To Provide Free Wireless Internet by papas: 9:22pm On Nov 12, 2010|
It is for threads like these that we need a development subsection. . . Seun you dey there?
We can easily have a record for and track the progress of projects like these and others.
You know, keep a watchful eye on our leaders when they set out on projects. . . Make them aware that Nairalanders, and the whole world (via twitter and facebook) are watching them.
|Politics / Re: The Nigerian Millionaires- Time Magazine 1965 Article by papas: 11:32pm On Oct 18, 2010|
The period after independence was opportune for prosperity but which kind aphrodisiac we dey consume for this country! ! !
Population of 55 million in 1965, and a population today of at least 150 million. Some other nations, like the U.K. for example, with roughly the same population as Nigeria in 1965 have not experienced the same level of population growth Nigeria has experienced (UK current population is under 65 million see quote and link below).
In 1965, the UK population of 54,349,500 was being augmented by a much higher total fertility rate [live births per woman] than now. In England and Wales, the rate in 1965 was 2.85. In 2006 the rate, despite recent increases, was only 1.87.
Like I said, which kind aphrodisiac we dey consume! Despite the many scourges that Nigeria has been beset with, the one thing that has thrived is the population growth.
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria So, So Blessed? by papas: 11:14am On Oct 14, 2010|
It is generally well known that Nigeria's resource wealth far exceeds that of the countries I previously highlighted (South Africa, South Korea, Malaysia), and most of the countries you have listed (I stress resource wealth).
Have a look at this recent CIA table on the ranks of countries based on proven oil reserves.
1 Saudi Arabia 266,700,000,000
You are right that when we look at current revenues being realised from resources, such as oil for instance, Nigeria is doing badly. This doesn't, however, mean Nigeria cannot get her act together in the future.
A lot of things just need to be put right first, which will happen eventually.
Nigeria has a lot of resource wealth my friend.
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria So, So Blessed? by papas: 10:35am On Oct 14, 2010|
Most of these countries do not stack up against Nigeria when resources are taken into account. A few of them like (Russia) just narrowly might but most of them you have listed do not have the diverse array of resources Nigeria is fortunate to have.
|Politics / Re: Bank Of Oduduwa Introduce New Currency Certificate by papas: 9:48am On Oct 14, 2010|
ha ha! Becommrich also thinks the poster of this belongs to the list. And in fact, everyone that has replied to this thread. Apart from me of course.
|Politics / Re: Goldman’s Mboweni - Nigeria To Be Africa’s New Economic ‘gold Rush’ by papas: 11:31am On Oct 12, 2010|
It will be great if Goldman Sach's offers the country the advise (as they have proposed), wishes the country well, bids Nigeria farewell and just hopes for the best for her (Nigeria). Question is, will they and other multinationals do as they initially propose?! ! !
|Politics / Re: Nigeria: Third Fastest Growing Economy In The World - Imf by papas: 1:03pm On Oct 11, 2010|
"33 untapped solid minerals, steady increase in the oil revenue (submaximal crude oil output). . . . . This could be our decade."
Brash as Aganga might sound, with facts/stats like those highlighted, hmmmm. . . . Nigeria's economy might be in for a fine decade.
|Politics / Re: Nigeria To Maintain 7.4% Growth Rate Till Next Year – Imf by papas: 4:31pm On Oct 08, 2010|
NIGERIA TO MAINTAIN 7.4% GROWTH RATE TILL NEXT YEAR – IMF
7.4% growth after just over 10 years of a rather fickle democratic dispensation is great news indeed, It can and will only get better.
|Politics / Re: Nigeria To Maintain 7.4% Growth Rate Till Next Year – Imf by papas: 4:21pm On Oct 08, 2010|
|Politics / Re: Where Was The South South In 1914, 1945, 1960? by papas: 7:04pm On Sep 27, 2010|
Isn't this meant to be a divisive article?
Welcome to nairaland.
|Politics / Re: Where Was The South South In 1914, 1945, 1960? by papas: 6:51pm On Sep 27, 2010|
fact, when the crude oil was struck in Southern Protectorate or more correctly Eastern Region, there was noting called Nigeria.
Exactly Dede1, there was nothing like Nigeria in 1914, 1945 or 1960 let alone the "South-South". The professor may as well have "asked where was Akwa Ibom State, or Edo State or even Bayelsa State in 1914". No one should be lashed at for trying to present a case for the South-south because the question the professor asked is in itself ludicrous.
There is one fact that cannot be denied regardless of people's likes. . . I quote below. . .
Nigeria was incorporated in 1914 when Frederick Lugard who became its first Governor-General amalgamated the two British protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria and the Crown Colony of Lagos into a single entity. The primary reason for amalgamation was economic rather than political. The Northern Protectorate which became the Northern Province had annual budget deficits, while the Southern Protectorate which became the Southern Province had surpluses.
|Politics / Re: Where Was The South South In 1914, 1945, 1960? by papas: 11:34am On Sep 26, 2010|
Here's a quote from a fairly comprehensive article (and a rather authoritative source - world bank).
Nigeria was incorporated in 1914 when Frederick Lugard who became its first Governor-General amalgamated the two British protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria and the Crown Colony of Lagos into a single entity. The primary reason for amalgamation was economic rather than political. The Northern Protectorate which became the Northern Province had annual budget deficits, while the Southern Protectorate which became the Southern Province had surpluses. To eliminate the subventions from the British treasury, the budgets of the two components were integrated. In addition, some central institutions were established to anchor the evolving unified structure. The Governor-General organized a Central Secretariat at Lagos, which was the seat of government, and established the Nigerian Council (later the Legislative Council) to provide a forum for representatives drawn from the provinces. Certain services were integrated across the Northern and Southern Provinces because of their national significance—military, treasury, audit, posts and telegraphs, railways, survey, medical services, judicial and legal departments—and brought under the control of the Central Secretariat in Lagos.
Here's the link to the whole article http://info.worldbank.org/etools/docs/library/5783/State_and_Governance_Nigeria.htm
|Travel / Re: Query re: endorsement of new ePassport with details of an old expired passport by papas: 8:57pm On Aug 05, 2010|
If you don't mind me asking though (@coolier), do you have a link or source to your highly esteemed info? I wonder why the ePassport is not also stamped with the inscription, you have mentioned, as was the case with the old machine readable passports. . .
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