Monday, 27 June 2016

How much land does a man need?

Business school launches you into a new realm. It opens you up to fresh ideas and new thinking. So it was that I gained a lot through the various facilitators during my MBA study at the prestigious Lagos Business School. By the way, LBS is among the top business schools in the world. It is certainly one of the best in Africa.
I particularly enjoyed a course titled Business Law facilitated by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Fabian Ajogwu. In 2002 when I attended an entrepreneurship training programme at Fate Foundation, I had been privileged to learn under Ajogwu. Meeting him again a few years after at LBS was a double blessing.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Taming the monster created by Jonathan

When in 2011 the administration of then President Goodluck Jonathan awarded a maritime security contract to Global West Vessel Specialist Nigeria Limited (GWVSNL), a company controlled by an ex-militant, Government Ekpemukpolo a.k.a Tompolo, many of us raised eyebrows to the danger of such arrangement.
My argument at the time was that it was insane to have conceded our waterways security to a former warlord.
We all remember how Tompolo and his cohorts under the auspices of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) held this country to ransom for several years before a truce was reached with the administration of late President Umar Yar’Adua. Granted that by embracing Yar’Adua’s amnesty programme in 2007/2008, the militants got blanket pardon for bearing arms against the Nigerian nation, it was nonetheless foolhardy to hand over the nation’s security system to any of them but that was exactly what Jonathan did when he became President.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Raymond Temisan Omatseye: Saint, villain or victim?

Shortly before we got down to our tennis doubles friendly match at the Club last week, some folk started the discussion on the conviction of Raymond Temisan Omatseye by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Except one, all of us were maritime industry stakeholders with deep knowledge of the issues at stake. I tried as much as possible to minimize my contribution to the debate because I became a bit close to Omatseye after he left NIMASA. All I felt for Temi after his conviction was pity.

Monday, 6 June 2016

The difference between Amaechi and Idris Umar

Since his assumption of office as Transportation Minister about eight months ago, Rotimi Amaechi has attended up to 10 maritime industry events, mostly seminars and conferences. I had the opportunity of being at some of those events with the most recent being the two-day stakeholders conference on repositioning the maritime industry for sustainable growth organized by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Lagos.

One thing stands Amaechi out at every one of the events – he always arrived on time. Indeed ahead of time!