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State Houses of Assembly

PoliticsPosted by Alban Fri, May 15, 2009 19:00:55

State Houses of Assembly have failed the masses.

In a democratic system of government, the legislative arm are created to check and balance the excess of the executive arm of government. In Nigeria, the same cannot be said to be going on. The various states houses of assembly has not lived up to their expectations of checking the excess of the state governors. The same can be said of the local government counsellors in checking the excesses of the local government chairmen.

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OBAMA AND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

PoliticsPosted by Alban Sun, March 22, 2009 22:28:43
Obama, during his campaign said that US will explore alternative energy sources than depending on oil, he mention wind, solar and coal. Even president Bush had the same view but ended his 8 year tenure without doing anything. it is not so easy as it might sound since it is very capital intensive and requires a lot of research.
Obama has successfully manage to use this to bring down the the price of Oil in the international market by intensively talking about wind and solar energy and how much money the US will spend on these projects.

Don´t believe the hype.

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Legislative Measures to fight Corruption (Nigeria)

PoliticsPosted by Alban Wed, March 18, 2009 13:43:12
1). A bill on yearly Assets & Tax declaration of all political office holders.
2). A bill on the removal of the immunity
3). A bill on the freedom and passage of information
4). A bill on the publication of yearly income and expenditure of all ministries on widely read newspapers or online


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What are you rebranding? Fight Corruption instead (Nigeria).

PoliticsPosted by Alban Wed, March 18, 2009 13:12:02
I was sitting at home in Stockholm, Sweden when I saw a program "Lunching of "Rebranding" of Nigeria" on AIT. What I do not understand is what the present government of Nigeria want to "rebrand". You cannot "rebrand" Nigeria when what made Nigeria what it is today is still there - Corruption. Why are we leaving the substance and chasing shadow. What Nigeria is known for both home and abroad is CORRUPTION and lack of RULE of LAW. So is it possible to rebrand corruption? or to fight it? If we have to rebrand Nigeria, we have to fight corruption and maintain rule of law. After watching the entire program, I did not see anything that tells me that the government is fighting or willing to fight corruption.

Under the government of Obasanjo and Ribadu, though not total but we saw corruption was to some extent been addressed. Critics had it that they were being selective but did they ever brought to book anybody that was not corrupt? Whoever is corrupt is corrupt, it is irrelevant if they were selective or not.

FACTS: Under Obansanjo´s tenure the two anti-Graft bodies was founded (EFCC & ICPC). A big step in war against corruption
Three Ministers were sacked and were taking to court.
IGP was sacked and was jailed.
The then Senate President lost his job and was also taking to court.

How can a Nigerian believe in his or her country and this particular rebranding when they see people embazzle public funds and yet get a way with it everyday. Foreigners are asking the same question of what are you rebranding when the obvious problem is corruption and Nigeria government is not fighting it. Why wasting tax payers money on issues that will be dealt with, with little or not much effort once corruption is properly addressed.

To have Nigerians believe in themselves, you have to make sure that the act of governance is not business as usual. It should be the act of providing necessities for the citizenry.

I travel weekly performing in different countries trying to portray the good image of Nigeria, sometimes I sincerely have difficulties doing this especially when they ask me "what are you Nigerians doing about corruption"?

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Deregulation of Petroleum products (Nigeria)

PoliticsPosted by Alban Sun, March 01, 2009 22:16:36
This could be a good policy for western world but for NIGERIA, NO.
You are only shifting corruption from one sector of the economy to another sector. I understand why the Federal Govt. want to deregulate and thereby take away the subsidy. They now want to invest this money in infrastructure. It sounds good to me for Sweden YES but for Nigeria, NO.
After 48 years of independence we have been investing on infrastructures, we cannot boost of reliable electricity, clean water, good roads , functional hospitals etc. This is because corruption has made it almost near impossible to realize any of purported investments in infrastructure. This is what is going to happen again. The Govt. should disregard the idea of implementing any of these purported investment on infrastructure until it has implemented what I will call One point agenda - FIGHT CORRUPTION.

If I may ask, if the price of petroleum products will go down due to deregulation then its Ok, but if it goes above 70 Naira then the govt should review its policy.

I am sure you know quiet alright that when the crude oil price starts going up, that will result in increase in pump price. Of what benefit will this be to the common man your Govt. is claiming to be working for?


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One point Agenda for Nigeria

PoliticsPosted by Alban Sun, March 01, 2009 19:08:27
I think that the president should suspend his 7 point agenda and focus all his energy on One point agenda, that is reducing Corruption to its barest minimum. If he succeeds in fighting corruption then we will be sure that his 7 point agenda would be realized. The problem with Nigeria is not the formulated policies, it is "CORRUPTION" and nothing else.

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