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NGO storms Ebonyi with jobs, vocational skills, welfare packages

ABAKALIKI—A Non- Governmental Organization, Chinedu Ogah Foundation, COF weekend, said it has empowered 128 youths across the 13 local government areas of the state, as well as given 520 jobs to Ebonyi youths at the federal level as well as trained 620 on Skill Acquisition in different spheres of human endeavour. The NGO also distributed welfare packages such as wrappers to widows in the 20 wards of Ikwo LGA of the State even as it gave an undisclosed amount of cash and gift items to hospitals, nursing mothers and the less privileged in the State.

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*File: Pensioners queuing for verification

We work like elephants, retire with nothing- Pensioners

THE motto of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP, is “Rest is sweet after labour.” However, this is far from reality. The Nigerian pensioners are treated like outcasts instead of like the senior citizens they are. In most of the five states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo which make up the South East zone especially, retired civil servants and primary school teachers are now literally eating their own vomit as they have not been paid their gratuities and pensions in the last 16 years. A survey by the South East Voice showed that some of the pensioners received sums as low as N450 a month as pensions after 35 years of meritorious service to their fatherland.

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Agony of boy with a‘strange’ swollen jaw

FOR about three years, Wisdom Gbofoeyin, who is 12 years old, has been carrying a cross of pain, the pain of a swollen jaw which has caused him sleepless nights and somehow defied initial attempts at treatment. In fact, while some attribute his ailment to natural causes, many others, including his parents, are convinced his agony is a consequence of witchcraft attack and therefore requires spiritual intervention.

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File Photo: Aged Pensioners waiting for their entitlement

How pensioners slumped during verification exercise in Lagos

Tragedy was averted weekend as three unidentified aged pensioners slumped during the verification exercise organised by the Lagos State Local Government Pension Board, for pensioners. The incident which temporarily halted the verification exercise occurred when the pensioners were struggling to submit their forms to government officials for verification. The exercise which took place at the old Lagos Secretariat, adjacent the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja, attracted hundreds of elderly persons in their 70s and 80s.

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Cultists take over communities in Rivers

In 2000, some youths in Rivers state formed two cult groups; Deygbam and Deywell and operated in Port Harcourt where they terrorized the residents of the city. Their activities were limited to the state capital while other communities in the state enjoyed relative peace under the watch of local vigilante groups. In 2007 however, when Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi became governor of the state, he chased away all the cultists from Port Harcourt and the residents heaved a sigh of relief.

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DISPLACED— People move out of their submerged houses in parts of Makurdi, yesterday, as the River Benue overflowed its banks. Photos: Peter Duru.

One-year in office: Delta govt’s neglected riverine communities – Ijaw leader

WARRI- IJAW leader, Mr. Piniki Azaiye, weekend, expressed dismay that the Delta state government allegedly neglected riverside communities in the state in the first one year in office of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and urged him to correct the absurdity. Azaiye, in a statement, in Warri, said: “Looking at what the governor did in the hinterland, one is forced to ask if riverine communities are not part of the state or is it that he forgot the riverine local government areas or he purposefully ignored them. It is as if he has forgotten his campaign promises to the riverine local government areas of the state.

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24- Hours @ LASUTH Accident & Emergency

Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, is a facility that records over 200 emergencies in two of its Accident & Emergency, A&E, units on a daily basis. Situated few kilometres away from the domestic terminal and Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, LASUTH, is open to patients from all parts of the country and neighbouring African countries and is prone to unavoidable emergency cases at all times.

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The effect of alcohol on unborn babies

IMAGINE when your pregnancy is scanned for the first time so you could see your precious baby growing in the womb, suddenly its whole body gives a shudder and the foetus appears to jump. Such a movement is known as the startle reflex; and the scan described above are from photographs from scans that were taken by Peter Hepper, a professor of psychology at Queens University, Belfast, an expert on the effects of alcohol on unborn babies.

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Alaba Rago: Where aboki turns waste to wealth

At Alaba Rago in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State, nothing goes to waste. Every discarded object –pieces of iron, paper, plastic, wood, bottle, just name it – comes into use. There is no recycling bank there, but all kinds of condemned objects find a role to play in the economic life of not only the people (especially Hausas generally referred to as Aboki, an Housa word for friend) who run the place, but also outsiders who throw away those objects in the first place.

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How 14-year-old $36 million Amuro Water scheme was vandalised

ONITSHA — When General Ibrahim Babangida’s military regime flagged off a contract for the construction of a gigantic water scheme at Amuro Community in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo state, at the cost of $36 million US Dollars, under the control of Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority, Naze, Owerri, both indigenes and non indigenes of the area shedded tears of joy that they would soon fetch water from the facility at their door steps.

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*Lawal Bello displaying his certificate of honour while Hajiya Fatima Madugu(c)and some NECO officials look on

Paralysed by injection: I will never beg to earn a living, JSS student vows

This was the moving and indeed hope-stirring statement of Lawal Bello, 19, a JSS 3 student of Day Secondary School, Gbada, Gidan Mangoro in Minna, Niger State. Bello who is crippled was not born paralysed, but was afflicted with this problem at the age of eight when he fell ill and was rushed to the hospital for medication. Sadly, instead of being healed, he was left with a permanent deformation.

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