Category: Columns

Aniebonam @ 60

In 1999, I was a young reporter, fresh from the university and bubbling with new ideas. I was saddled with the responsibility of producing and anchoring a 30-minute...

Proudly Nigerian

I am beginning to think that our country is not at a dead end after all. I have always been a die-hard optiminst and I know that Nigeria will be great, someday. I...

Stowaway tragedy in Tilbury

The Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, 1965, as amended, (The FAL Convention), define stowaway as “A person who is secreted on a ship,...

Patrick Sawyer’s undiplomatic behaviour

The Latin phrases De mortuis nihil nisi bonum (Of the dead, nothing unless good) and De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] (Of the dead, nothing {spoken} unless good)...

Minister behaving badly

Nigerian government officials have no respect for the laws of the land. They not only flout the laws with impunity, they flaunt their lawlessness before all to see....

Celebrating Sarumi at 70

The rise of public administration and the discovery of petroleum and natural gas are two major events seen to have led to a litany of ignoble corrupt practices in...

When Ijora bridge collapses…

The Ijora bridge leading to Apapa in Lagos is under the threat of collapse. The bridge, like the Carter bridge and the Eko bridge, was originally constructed by the...

Nigerian seafarers deserve much more

Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the Day of the Seafarer on Wednesday last week. Seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts, gadgets or even...

Adamu Aliero Committee goofed over NPA N540bn unremitted fund claim

The Public Accounts Committee of the National Conference misled Nigerians by claiming that the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) was unable to account for N540 billion. The...

Those who value their maritime potentials shall be great and do exploit

Greece understands the economic and military power derivable from shipping. Little wonder Greek vessels are all over our waters and all we can do is complain and whine....

Government’s smuggler-friendly policies

Countries ban importation of certain items mostly to protect their local industries but in Nigeria, the resultant effect is more often than not, the opposite of that...

Repugnant

The Customs Area Controller, Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Willy Egbudin is a gentleman officer but the same cannot be said of some...