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Abuja Airport shutdown, a shame

IN spite of other available options being proffered by the Senate, aviation experts and critical stakeholders, the Federal Government has expressed its determination to shut down the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIAA) for a period of six weeks to rebuild its runway. Meanwhile, it has also stuck to its decision to use the Kaduna Airport to service air travellers to Abuja during the period.

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Mistaken bombing of Rann IDP camp

January 17, 2017 has gone down as a dark day, not just in the history of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) but also in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, following the tragic, mistaken bombing of an Internally-Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camp in Rann, headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.

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Combating the menace of Lassa fever

This week, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed nine deaths and 20 cases arising from fresh outbreaks of Lassa fever in seven states of the Federation. A breakdown shows that there were three deaths out of six confirmed cases in Plateau State while Nasarawa also recorded three deaths. Two persons died in Ogun State, one death was recorded in Taraba out of the six confirmed cases even as Edo, Ondo and Rivers States recorded one confirmed case each.

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What Nnamani Electoral Reforms Committee should do

The recently inaugurated Senator Ken Nnamani led Committee on Electoral Reforms is about to kick start a round of public hearings in the six geo-political zones of the country where members hope to receive inputs from the general public towards reinforcing the bedrocks that define Nigeria’s Constitution and Electoral Laws in particular. These, of course, would ordinarily have been very laudable strides, but for the fact that the exercise is a journey that Nigeria had undergone several times in the past.

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Making LAKE Rice available

A novelty was introduced to the nation’s drive towards self sufficiency in food production on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 when Lagos and Kebbi States launched the much-awaited LAKE Rice.The initiative is a partnership between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and his Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, not only to ensure food security but to showcase Nigeria’s potentials in rice production.

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FG’s N5,000 stipends to the poorest

THE Federal Government on Friday, December 30, 2016, began the first phase disbursement of its promised N5,000 monthly stipends to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians. The pilot scheme which took off in nine States across the country is being paid to one million Nigerians out of the 25 million expected beneficiaries.

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Making the whistleblower policy work

In a bid to recover looted funds from alleged corrupt individuals and organisations, the Federal Government recently announced through the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun the approval of the payment of not more than five per cent to any person who exposes corruption by providing relevant information leading to the recovery of public funds.

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