Government. People. Business.
On the Road
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Music + Society.
Julius Araba & His Rhythm Blues. (Afro Rhythm Parade) 12:52. From NRC in the 1930s to NBC.
Pam Monday. (Ka Yafe Mana) 9:46. Forgive Us Father.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka (Let Me Be Free) 5:19. A Journey of African Women. .
LOS: Delta Airlines. ABV: Lufthansa; British Airways.
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Eruchalu, C.N. (LLM)
Either no individual of the human species has any true rights, or all have the same. And he who votes against the rights of another, of whatever religion, color, or gender, has thereby abjured his own.
Marquis de Condorcet
Government. People. Business.
The End of Petrol
The clues were all over, not just from the sunlight that strikes one in the face every morning in Africa but from initiatives from elsewhere. Just a year after independence of a few countries like Nigeria, the U.N. had its Conference on New Sources of Energy, and just over a decade after the formation of the International Energy Agency.
More practical efforts like a 65 KW solar power station on Odeillo, France in 1976 and the solar hybrid kitchens in Cameroon, Kenya or Sudan in the 80s were sufficient indicators of the potentials of solar energy or its commercial viability.
It is not quite clear whether it was skepticism or folly that hindered the new leaders, what was certain was that crude oil deposits were sufficient to boost the country’s image for decades to come. The revenue was enough incentive for military men and politicians alike.
58 years after independence, slowly but surely many consumers, nations or corporations have begun setting dates for discontinuation of fossil fuel, with 2030 for France, India and the U.K. The imposition of fossil fuel tax would also sag production of older model engines in many markets and curtail diesel and petrol consumption. It has hardly been ascertained that air pollution is a major health risk in some countries, with tons of tiny particles causing degenerative diseases and reducing life expectancy in urban areas.
There is a bit of absurdity about the Nigerian approach to fossil fuel. It’s not that the social or environmental impact is positive for the economy, it’s that there is a lack of political will to get beyond it. One parallel is the illusion that larger families are better: the more wives and babies the better even if schools can never be built or doctors made available.
Hikes at the pump in Nigeria with attendant consumer protests have not led to major changes in policies but rather a stubborn attachment to the old ways: new and bigger refineries producing the same dirty fuels destroying the environment. Alhajis must make their money or their friends must buy more tankers and trailers, then take their money to Mecca and Dubai shortchanging the very country securing them. By 2030, much of the illusion would have stopped.
Alayande, J. F. (MURP, Pi Sigma Alpha)