Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Alternative bio fuels and oils are fast becoming a choice in the developing and developed world. Nigeria lost its status as a major source of palm oil to Malaysia, Indonesia and Ivory Cost in the early 1970's.
A proposal to plant about 400 million oil palm trees over 10 years will not be a bad idea considering what is to be gained economically and environmentally from such a project.
It would be great if we could mobilize our Youth Corpers and grass roots citizens to plant, protect, nurture these new palms.
Maybe this project could help reduce out reliance on crude oil as the major source of revenue in Nigeria?
The bio-waste generated by these palm trees could also serve as a source of fuel for potential fuel for power generation plants.
What do you think?
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Currently the ports we have at Apapa, Tin Can Island, Warri, Sapele, Port Harcourt and Calabar are either over crowded or under utilized. A lot of government policies are to blame but we are here to put different proposals on the table, and maybe someone might borrow a leaf from it when developing strategic shipping infrastructure for Nigeria.
Firstly, based of the size and population of Nigeria it currently needs about 15 to 20 new shipping terminals located around country at specific strategic locations. Out of these 15 proposed terminals about 10 should be located on the River Niger and Benue respectively. They should be capable of handling the export, import and distribution of various types of goods and have adequate storage storage facilities and support within around the port.
They would be sited on the their importance to trade, production, manufacturing. Their proximity to large cities and finally there location near the two major rivers of the Niger and Benue.
Some of my suggestions for these ports are:
1. Baro - Niger State
2. Lokoja - Kogi State
3. Makurdi - Benue Sate
4. Ida - Benue State
5. Onitsha - Anambra State
6. Asaba -Delta state
7. Bonny - Bayelsa state.
What do you think?