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Paul Okolo

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About Paul
Paul Okolo is a journalist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He has many years of experience reporting general news, business and financial news for Bloomberg, Reuters, and Inter Press Service, among others. He also worked as a freelance reporter for Voice of America, covering health, politics, environment and general news. 

As a Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, he covered several sports events such as the FIFA World Cup in Mexico in 1986, and the World Universities Games in Zagreb, former Yugoslavia, in 1987. 

He has served as a communications consultant for many international organizations including the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He has worked in many African countries including Ethiopia and South Africa.

He contributes opinion pieces to print and online publications including ******, ******, ****** and ******.
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To curb excessive speeding that is responsible for half of road mishaps, the FRSC has asked all commercial vehicles to install a speed limiting device by April 1.

04 Apr 2024  |  naija247news.com
The article discusses the efforts of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Nigeria to reduce road mishaps by enforcing the installation of speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles by April 1. It highlights the mixed performance of the FRSC since its formation in 1988, citing issues such as the prevalence of unqualified drivers and the lack of strict enforcement of traffic laws. The article also references recent tragic road accidents, including the deaths of Minister of State for Labour James Ocholi and an army general. The author criticizes the disparity in penalties for traffic offenses and the inability of the FRSC to control the reckless behavior of certain drivers, including those of military vehicles and commercial trucks. The article calls for stricter compliance and enforcement to improve road safety in Nigeria.

Africa: Nigeria's voice against racism has gone missing

04 Apr 2024  |  ips-journal.eu
The article discusses the reactions in Africa to the death of George Floyd, particularly focusing on the responses from Ghana and Nigeria. Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo condemned the systemic racism in the US and honored Floyd by including his name in the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre in Accra. In contrast, Nigeria's response was criticized for being muted and not reflective of its historical role as a champion for black people and African affairs. The article suggests that Nigeria's current internal security challenges and questionable human rights record may have prevented it from taking a strong public stance against racism in the US. It also touches on Nigeria's need to address its internal political dynamics and improve its human rights situation to regain its influential voice in African and global affairs.

Nigeria's Struggle for Change: A Year After Buhari's Election

04 Apr 2024  |  naija247news.com
The article discusses the challenges and progress in Nigeria following the election of President Muhammadu Buhari. It acknowledges the initial optimism with improvements in power supply and the fight against Boko Haram, but notes the return of power outages and the persistence of corruption. The author argues that change takes time and criticizes those who quickly dismiss the new government's efforts. The article highlights the increased freedom of expression and more balanced reporting by federal government-owned media. It also emphasizes the need for collective effort in fighting corruption and improving public services, suggesting the use of technology to enhance transparency. The author, Paul Okolo, calls for proactive measures from government officials and the importance of setting examples to enforce accountability.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wins the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

13 Feb 2023  |  independent.ng
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, was awarded the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Prize for her leadership, which was instrumental in the country's recovery from civil war and transition to democracy. The prize, which includes a $5 million award, is not given annually but only to deserving African leaders. Sirleaf's tenure saw challenges like the Ebola epidemic and accusations of nepotism, but her leadership was ultimately recognized for maintaining stability and overseeing a peaceful transition of power to President George Weah. The article also reflects on the potential for future laureates from other African nations and the current political climate across the continent.

Nigeria Finally Throws its Weight Behind African Continental Free Trade Area

25 Jul 2019  |  ipsnews.net
Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and largest economy, officially endorsed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on July 7, 2019, when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the treaty. This move was significant as Nigeria had previously withheld approval, causing surprise given its initial role in promoting the idea of a single African market. AfCFTA aims to increase intra-African trade by reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers and is expected to create the world's largest trading bloc. While there are potential benefits for Nigeria's industries, such as banking, cement, Nollywood, and music, there are concerns from Nigerian stakeholders about the impact on local industries and jobs. The Nigerian textile industry, for example, has suffered due to cheap imports. The article emphasizes the need for proper implementation of AfCFTA and the importance of democratic processes and consultations in decision-making.

Protests and Responses on Removal of Fuel Subsidy in Nigeria

07 Feb 2016  |  Daily Independent Nigeria
The article discusses the widespread protests and the various responses following the Nigerian government's decision to remove fuel subsidies. The beginning of the article is not provided, but it likely details the events that have unfolded since the government's announcement. The removal of fuel subsidies is a contentious issue that has led to public outcry and demonstrations, reflecting the citizens' concerns over rising fuel prices and the cost of living. The journalist may cover the government's rationale for the subsidy removal, the impact on the economy, and the public's reaction, including any statements from officials or protest leaders.

Amid falling commodity prices which are negatively impacting African countries' ability to mobilize funds for developing their economies, this piece suggests ways of generating revenue internally.

This opinion piece examined the behavior of companies operating in the Nigeria.

This is an analysis of the precarious political situation in Nigeria as former President Goodluck Jonathan was considering whether to run in the presidential elections.

I broke the story of the first Nigerian foreign bond sale that attracted interests from investors from Europe and the US.

Report of the sale of state-owned telecoms company Nitel to a Dubai-based investor for $2.5 billion which analysts considered to be too high a price at the time. The investors were unable to pay even after being granted extra time by the government privatization agency.

This opinion piece looks at the economic policy thrust of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari


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