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The Effect of Exchange Rate Volatility on the Imports of ECOWAS Countries
Godwin Akpokodje,Benson U. Omojimite
The Social Sciences , 2013,
Abstract: The volatile nature of exchange rates especially since the demise of the Bretton Woods system of exchange rates and the consequent adoption of a flexible one was a major source of concern to developing countries. The anxiety principally was that exchange rates are more volatile in a floating regime, thereby constituting a source of risk to trade and can therefore, negatively affect imports which are critical to the growth of developing countries. The study investigates the effect of exchange rate volatility on the imports of ECOWAS countries over the 1986-2006 period during, which the countries operated a flexible exchange rate system. An import model was estimated with exchange rate volatility as one of the independent variables. But as a prelude to this, the exchange rate volatility series were generated utilizing the GARCH model. Exchange rate volatility was found to negatively affect the imports of the panel of all ECOWAS countries. However, the effect on the sub-groups was mixed. While exchange rate volatility negatively affects the imports of the group of non-CFA countries, its effect on the group of the CFA countries is positive.
The Effect of Aid Flows on Nigeria s Agricultural Growth
Godwin Akpokodje,Ben U. Omojimite
Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences , 2012,
Abstract: The study investigates the effect of foreign aid on agricultural growth during 1970-2007. Employing a simultaneous equation system with agricultural growth, savings, aid and agricultural imports as endogenous variables, it finds that foreign aid has a significant positive effect on agricultural growth in Nigeria. However, the results do not support the view that foreign aid flows more to countries with low savings. Moreover, the view that aid flows generate increased imports by recipient countries is not supported by the findings of this study.
A Philosophical Evaluation of the Concept of African Freedom  [PDF]
Godwin Okaneme
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.31A027

Freedom is a key concept in universal affairs. It is so important in human affairs that individuals, countries and even continents cannot do without it. The term freedom is highly subjective as its meaning may differ from one individual to another. It equally applies to countries and continents. This factor however does not in any way reduce the philosophical importance of the concept of freedom and its critical role in human affairs. This work evaluates the concept of African freedom based on Maduabuchi Dukor’s incisive work on African freedom titled “African freedom: The freedom of philosophy”. The paper takes the strong but painful position that Africa in not really free and gives reasons for this unfortunate scenario. It further discusses the way out of the continent’s quagmire.

Philosophy of Education: A Tool for National Development?  [PDF]
Godwin Abiogu
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2014.43040

This paper is an exposition on the theoretical and practical relevance of educational philosophy to national development. It postulated that philosophical ideas have been responsible for shaping the development of societies through the channels of education. Contextually, the concepts of “education”, “philosophy”, and the nexus between philosophy and philosophy of education were articulated. The term “development” was analyzed. The paper examined philosophy of education as a tool in the development of the nation from the perspective of men’s capacity to think more critically and reflectively. Seen also from men’s pursuit for wisdom, the good life, educational policy formulation and the intellectual development of the teacher and the learner in their educational practice, relevant implications and recommendations were proffered based at the end of the paper.

The Libyan Revolution: Philosophical Interpretations  [PDF]
Godwin Okaneme
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2015.51004
Abstract: Libya, one of the notable African countries was engulfed in political crisis in February 2011. The protests were targeted towards the draconian rule of one of Africa’s longest reigning despots, Muammar Gaddafi who ruled Libya for forty two years without showing any sign of relinquishing power until the avoidable bloody uprisings eventually claimed his life. This paper chronicles the Libyan revolution and X-rays its philosophical importance. It is of the strong view that the greatest political challenge facing many African countries today (including Libya) is the inability of its political leaders to see politics as an opportunity to render selfless service to the masses through political governance. This singularly accounts for the reason behind so many unfortunate dictatorial tendencies in governance in some of these African countries. The issue of sit-tightism in office as aptly exemplified by Gaddafi is indeed a worrisome development not only to Libya but also to some other African countries that share the same unfortunate and better forgotten political experience with her. The paper strongly believes that the Libyan revolution should indeed serve as a serious warning signal to other African leaders who share Gaddafi’s retrogressive leadership philosophy of holding tenaciously to power to the detriment of their countries and their helpless citizens whom they hold in brazen perpetual political captivity.
Towards a New Philosophy of Language, Culture and Literacy in Nigeria for National Development  [PDF]
Godwin Okaneme
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2015.57052
Abstract: Language, culture and literacy are three major components that are necessary for the national development of any country. It is difficult if not impossible to see adequately the functions of language because it is so deeply rooted in the whole of human behavior that it may be suspected that there is little in the functional side of human conscious behaviour in which language does not play a vital part either directly or indirectly. Culture on its part is the sum of the attainments and activities of any specific period, race or people including their implements, handicrafts, agriculture, economics, music, art, religious beliefs, traditions, language and story. Culture is indeed an indispensable part of human conscious existence. Literacy on its part is the ability to read and write. It encompasses a complex set of abilities to understand and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture for personal and community development. This paper critically affirms that the three aforementioned components of language, culture and literacy could be harnessed to ensure national development in the country. It suggests a critical and paradigm shift in the practical use and application of these three major components towards enhanced national development.
Assessment of Hydrocarbon Potential in Owem Field in Niger Delta, Nigeria  [PDF]
Godwin Omokenu Emujakporue
International Journal of Geosciences (IJG) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ijg.2016.73026
Abstract: Seismic data were integrated with well log to define the subsurface geometry and hydrocarbon trapping potential of Owem field, onshore Niger Delta. The research methodology involved horizon and fault interpretation to produce subsurface structural map. Wireline logs signatures were employed to identify hydrocarbon bearing sand and compute reservoir petrophysical parameters for hydrocarbon reservoir analysis. Two horizons HA and HB were identified and mapped and a time structural map was produced. Two reservoirs R1 and R2 were delineated in the wells A and B. The computed petrophysical parameters for well A showed that the thickness of Reservoir R1 and R2 are 11.5 and 12.5 meters respectively while the porosity and hydrocarbon saturation varies between 0.16 - 0.24 and 0.6 - 0.8 respectively. Similarly the average thickness and porosity of R1 and R2 for well B is about 18.0 meters and 0.12 while the hydrocarbon saturation varies between 0.7 - 0.8. The integration of seismic and well logs data has proved to be a useful tool in the reservoir analysis of hydrocarbon.
Urban Violence in Kenya's Transition to Pluralist Politics, 1982-1992
Godwin Godwin Rapando Murunga
Africa Development , 1999,
Abstract: Dans plusieurs parties de l'Afrique on note une escalade de la violence urbaine. Les études théoriques à ce sujet n'abordent principalement que les manifestations de violence dans les quartiers pauvres, et la criminalité urbaine avec ses actes de violence. Il y a un besoin urgent de focaliser l'attention sur les causes historiques de la violence urbaine en rapport avec la gestion des affaires publiques. Ce document examine les causes et la manifestation de la violence urbaine dans le cadre de la transition vers une politique pluraliste au Kenya entre 1982 et 1992. La violence survient entre deux réalités liées: l'évolution de la nature de l'état et les dures réalités économiques nées de la mauvaise gestion économique interne et des conditions économiques externes liées aux Programme d'ajustement structurel. Ce processus a entra né une répression qui a provoqué un mécontentement au sein des masses urbaines. Selon toute vraisemblance, la détérioration de la situation économique des citadins a jeté de l'huile sur le feu. Au cours de cette période, les manifestations d'une violence urbaine se lisaient déjà dans la demande accrue de pluralisme politique au Kenya. Africa Development 1999, Vol. XXIV, Nos 1 & 2, 165-198
Predicting Soil Corrosivity along a Pipeline Route in the Niger Delta Basin Using Geoelectrical Method: Implications for Corrosion Control  [PDF]
Kenneth S. Okiongbo, Godwin Ogobiri
Engineering (ENG) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/eng.2013.53034

The corrosivity of the top three metres of the soil along a pipeline route was determined using soil electrical resistivity for the emplacement of a conduit intended to serve as a gas pipeline. Fifty-six Schlumberger vertical electrical soundings (VES) were carried using a maximum current electrode separation ranging between 24 - 100 m at 2.0 km interval. The data was interpreted using a 1D inversion technique software (1X1D, Interpex, USA). Model resistivity values were classified in terms of the degree of corrosivity. Generally, the sub-soil condition along the pipeline route is non-aggressive but being slightly or moderately aggressive in certain areas due to local conditions prevailing at the measuring stations. Based on the corrosivity along the pipeline route, appropriate cathodic protection methods are prescribed.

The Implementation of the Creative Arts Curriculum in Secondary Schools in Nigeria
OI Godwin
African Research Review , 2009,
Abstract: This paper focuses on the status of the implementation of the creative arts curriculum at the secondary school level. The New National Policy on Education recognized the creative Arts as core subjects at the junior secondary school level, but at the senior secondary school level, they are optional. With very good laid down objectives, one had expected that the curriculum would be able to produce creative, patriotic and productive Nigerians who will contribute optimally to national development, rather what we have on ground is a far cry from expectation, due to the poor implementation of the programme. Creative Art practices in our secondary schools presently is relegated to subordinate position to other subjects. Parents, sort of encourage their children/wards to paying more attention to science based discipline. Creative art teachers on their own part are not able to perform to the optimum, due to extraneous factors militating against the full realization of the laid down objectives. It is hoped that the result of this study will redirect educational planners to effect positive changes in the implementation of the creative arts curriculum. Through survey of a number of schools, interview and questionnaires administered to both teachers and students, a number of problems of implementation were identified and possible solutions were proffered.
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