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SELECTIVE SOCIAL ACTIVISM: A first sketch of a sociology of the Naija self-acclaimed “social activist” twitter community

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Reactions to recent events in Nigeria, notably the very tragic loss of lives in the crash of a Dana aircraft and the changing of the name of the former University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University, Lagos bring again to the fore some persisting peculiarities about social media usage in Nigeria. In the former, whilst families and almost the entire nation stood in shock and mourned in a spontaneous outburst of grief and outrage, a group of individuals jumped on the sad event and sought, after a brief interlude of demonstration of solidarity with families affected by the tragedy, to twist it to advance particular agendas. In the latter, rational discussion and review were marred by a combination ethnic undertones in the reactions and comments of a number of Nigerians and again by an “events hijack” by a group of individuals anxious to score political points. The ethnic undertones were…

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Privatisation: Powers behind the new power companies

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Following the handing-over of ownership certificates and legal documents to the 15 new investors of the new power firms drawn out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), electricity consumers are expecting quality service delivery from the firms. It is, hence, pertinent that the public is enlightened on the real owners of the companies to help prepare them for likely expectations.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday September 30 handed over ownership certificates to 15 new investor companies to take over five generation companies (Gencos) and 10 distribution companies (Discos). The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) put the total sale figures of both the gencos and discos at $2.525 billion (about N404 billion). The gencos went for $1.269 while the discos were sold for $1.256bn.

Vice President Namadi Sambo said that with the take-over, the federal government expects the new genco owners to generate additional 5000 megawatts within a…

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