To resolve the crisis in the power sector once and for all, President Tinubu should levy a one-off windfall tax on general overseers to generate $10bn for investment in infrastructural upgrades as part of a National Electricity Plan that looks like this

Ayo Akinfe

[1] As from October 1 2024, no building in Nigeria will be granted a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) unless it has solar panels installed on its roof

[2] As from 2026, all buildings in Nigeria must have solar panels installed on their roofs. Not having one will attract prosecution with the risk of the property being forfeited to the federal government

[3] By the end of 2027, all public buildings in Nigeria must be fitted with solar panels

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Electricity distributors justify hike in power tariffs saying only the rich will pay more

ASSOCIATION of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (Aned) officials justified the recent increase in power tariffs across the country saying a lot of consumers receive at least 20 hours of supply daily so should be expected to pay more.

 

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If we can sort out a national flag carrier we can also sort out our healthcare problems if we set our minds to it. President Tinubu should come up with the following guidelines for public officials

Ayo Akinfe

[1] Elected officials and the members of their immediate families are barred from going overseas for medical treatment

[2] Exceptions may be made in the cases of rare specialist care. In such cases, affected officials need to write to the National Assembly seeking permission for such trips

[3] Any public official who needs specialist overseas care more than once during a four year tenure must vacate their office

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New Nigerian national identity card to be introduced with payment capabilities by NIMC

NIGERIA'S federal government is planning to introduce a new national identity card layered with payment capabilities and social service features that will be issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

 

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If we can break the monopolistic practices of BA and Virgin, we can also manufacture industrial goods. Here are 10 items I believe we should pledge to start manufacturing in 2024

Ayo Akinfe

Until my people get the message that our main problem is that we are not productive enough, we are going nowhere as a nation. By 2050, we are going to be the world’s third largest country behind India and China and this brings with it enormous responsibilities.

Even with the greatest will in the world, you cannot cater for the needs of 200m people via imports. Nigeria has to start manufacturing fast or she will just perish!

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Kano State government files criminal charges against former governor Abdullahi Ganduje

KANO State government has filed criminal charges against the immediate past governor Dr Abdullahi Ganduje over alleged $413,000, N1.38bn bribery case in which his wife and son are named as co-defendants.

 

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Brighton look to bring Nigerian winger Philip Otele to the English Premier League

ENGLISH Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion are looking to sign Nigerian winger Philip Otele from Romanian side CFR Cluj during the forthcoming summer transfer window for a fee said to be around £3m.

 

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UK universities start laying off staff as anti-foreign student policies begin to bite hard

ABOUT 15 UK universities have announced plans to lay off staff  and even stop running some courses because of the sharp decline in enrolment by foreign students including Nigerians as a result of the government's anti-immigrant policies.

 

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Nigeria appears to be cobbling together aviation and railway programmes but to be successful they need to be part of a coherent transport policy that looks like this

Ayo Akinfe

[1] A high speed rail network to be constructed across the country over the next 20 years linking all 36 states

[2] Road maintenance will to be given to the states. The Federal Ministry of Works will ensure funds are disbursed to state governments to cater for stretches that fall within their domains

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To turn Air Peace’s recent success into a long term sustainable cash cow, Nigeria’s government needs to back it up with a robust aviation policy

Ayo Akinfe

[1] When you have a population of 200m, are located bang in the middle of your continent and your populace love travelling, you should have a one of the most lucrative aviation industries in the world. Indeed, Nigeria should be an African aviation hub

[2] Nigeria is a currently a mono-economy. When 95% of government revenue comes from crude oil sales, we have no choice other then to look for alternative sources of income if we do not want to perish as a people

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