BOOK REVIEW: ANEEJ expands the oil subsidy debate with new book

Title: Fatality of Nigerian Oil Subsidy Politics. ISBN 978-978-959-255-8
Authors: The Rev David Ugolor & Comrade Leo Atakpu.
Publisher: The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ)
Number of Pages: 76.
Reviewer: Erhisohwode Assurance Ovie.

A book is a work of art requiring a lot of discipline and painstaking dedication and commitment in all the segments associated with the process – writing, post writing, proofing, editing, graphic illustration and the initial dummy.

Fatality of Nigerian Oil Subsidy Politics passed through that blast furnace and came out as a 76-page monument chronicling the scam associated with oil subsidy in Nigeria. A cursory glance at the first instance at the book reveals a predilection for perfection as there are no tell-tale incidences of shoddy editing and packaging, unpardonable grammatical errors ascribable to the printer’s devil usually very common with most publications.

Fatality of Nigerian Oil Subsidy Politics, a third volume in the bookshelves of ANEEJ, is therefore a bold attempt at documenting the high-level impunity and large scale corruption that characterized the oil subsidy regime in Nigeria and the last-minute effort by the Nigerian government to address the situation.

It comes off as an ANEEJ attempt to sustain the resolve of the Nigerian people to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the sordid era.

Written in lucid prose by the Rev David Ugolor & Leo Atakpu, Fatality of Nigerian Oil Subsidy Politics is an analysis that would be hard to put down. First, there are very few books in the open which have chronicled the fuel subsidy scam of 2012 just the way it has been done with this book. Second, the book itself is glazed with charts, multimedia informatics which readily lend credence to the fact that this is a document in tune with modern methods of storytelling.

The book has 12 chapters analyzing issues related to the power of the streets, specific best practices related to oil subsidy in other parts of the world, which culminated in a series of recommendations that can lead to ending oil subsidy in Nigeria.

Although stakeholders are upbeat about the publication of this book, critics have raised issues. There are concerns that the book is not regular ‘book size’, making it a bit of a handful. Second even though all sections of the book have no legibility challenges, the font used does not do credit to the overall aesthetic quality of the work.

On the whole however, Fatality of Nigerian Oil Subsidy Politics, makes a bold stand in documenting for posterity an example of the consistency which an NGO can muster to keep the real issues our Nigeria’s democracy at the front burner.