Monday May 25th, 2015
Monday May 25th, 2015
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The madness called bullion van

  /   in Features 2:39 am   /   Comments

bullion-van

The appropriate road sign referred to by the regulations includes the maximum speed limit of 100km/ph reserved only for private cars and 90km/ph for taxis and buses while the speed limit for built up areas could be anything between 30 and 50km/ph or less.

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Emodi @ 60: Give us joy forever

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Emodi: I am propelled by the desire to serve

She is a woman who has lived up to her baptismal name – Joy. She is a joyful delight to many who come her way, and it was no wonder that in her time in the Senate she was popularly referred to as the Joy of the Senate.

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The big task: The implementation of the African Youth Charter – Nwoke

  /   in Youthful Vibes 8:34 pm   /   Comments

Obinna Nwoke

M any leadership experts have said change begins from one’s circle of influence. Obinna began from his circle of influence, after an opportunity to study in the US which changed his life in no small measure. Today, he is the Global President of Independent African Youth Parliament. He is very passionate about changing positively the lives of several young people in Nigeria and beyond. Hence, his strong desire to see the execution of African Youth Charter. He spoke to Vanguard recently on his journey so far.

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Fuel scarcity: When antics, tricks of oil marketers make consumers cry

  /   in Features 12:45 am   /   Comments

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It was meant to be a joke, so Mr Dan Amor naturally expected his friend to have a good laugh on receiving the message he sent across. The message read: “Next time your woman complains you’ve not taken her to somewhere expensive lately, please take her to the nearest filling station!”

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How president-elect Buhari can achieve a fair deal for victims of corruption

  /   in Features 1:23 am   /   Comments

Gen. Muhammadu Buhar

Today the level of confidence in Nigeria is remarkably high, and President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari has been described by many as embodying ‘the promise of change’.

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Tourist attraction: Lagos unveils Africa’s longest canopy walkway

  /   in Features 8:53 pm   /   Comments

•The Canopy walkway

In a bid to harness the economic potentials of tourism, thereby enhancing its contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, the Lagos State Government, LASG, has partnered with the Nigerian Conservative Foundation, NCF to construct the longest canopy walkway on the continent. It is located in the Lekki Conservation Centre, LCC, Ibeju-Lekki council area of the state.

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Reckless: Revenue Commission allocates N14.4billion severance pay to governors

  /   in Features 1:02 pm   /   Comments

File photo: Governors' forum

All Nigerians who have for long been baffled by how public servants including Presidents, Vice Presidents, Governors, Ministers and Special Advisers, Senators and Representatives, have been fleecing us need look no further than the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, which is charged with determining the remuneration packages of public officials. One of the first ruinous measures taken by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 1999, and until now, was to select what in retrospect now appears to be conscienceless people to be in charge of RMAFC. Since any amount recommended by RMAFC becomes legal and binding on the Federal Government and States to pay, everybody can go home with a bundle claiming it was legitimate. On account of the recommendations of RMAFC, since 1999, Nigeria’s public officials have become the highest paid in Africa at least and in most of the world.

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Gunmen kill father, son

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Peace seems to have returned to Iyamu, a remote community in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State, after the feud that left at least four persons dead.

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Appraising the feats of the Jonathan-administration in the power sector

  /   in Features 10:33 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

Unarguably, power remains cardinal to the socio-economic development of any country.

This truism, perhaps, explains why President Goodluck Jonathan has placed considerable emphasis on the development of the country’s power sector.

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My warnings to the nation have come to pass — Primate Ayodele

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Primate-Ayodele

Founder and Head of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, has dismissed a report that listed his name as one of prophets whose prophecies about the 2015 elections particularly the presidential segment that pitted President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari, did not come through

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We are winning day by day – Owolabi

  /   in Youthful Vibes 5:51 pm   /   Comments

Sam-Owolabi

A close interaction with Kunle as he is fondly called by many will leave you with a lasting and pleasant impression because of his humble disposition and creative mind. He combines creative flair and technical skills to design information and communication technology (ICT) base products and services that entertain, educate and inform the users. Kunle is a journalist, creative director, photographer, traveller, and activist. At 30, he has successfully managed Kstunt Media, his creative agency based in South Africa, and this has earned him some international awards.

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Ondo deaths: Conflict between traditional beliefs and science

  /   in Features, News 4:12 am   /   Comments

Appeasing the god with water

WHAT happened in Irele, a remote and agrarian community in Ondo State, last week can best be described as a conflict between traditional beliefs and science.

Over 20 persons died mysteriously in the two communities of Ayadi and Irele within a period of five days but the state government claimed that 18 casualties were recorded.

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The Oxford and Cambridge Club Debate: Nigerian Democracy and the Economy

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Dr Dele-Cole

The Oxford and Cambridge Unions were the training ground for speakers who intended to climb the political ladder. Both universities were the recruitment centres – de rigour – for British political leadership. Both have produced more Prime Ministers and cabinet members than any other university. Each of the Unions was where orators horned their skills, and still do.

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Developing passion for make-up – Rahmatu Umar

  /   in Youthful Vibes 7:43 pm   /   Comments

By Victor Gotevbe B orn and raised in Bida, Niger State, Rahmatu who initially wanted to study law but eventually ended up bagging a degree in Political Science. What is most fascinating about her story is that her passion to beautify people became stronger than any other ambition. Her artistry skill is making a fortune

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Gov/State Assembly Elections of Violence: When death, destruction stalk the land

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FOUR days after, the swirling dust of discontent is gradually settling following the crises generated by last Saturday’s governorship and states assembly elections in Nigeria. At some point while the elections lasted, the confusion engendered by disagreements between major contenders for elective positions threatened to spin out of control and sometimes climaxed into violence and bloodshed in some states.

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Venezuela envoy calls Obama to order, says both countries have cut diplomatic ties

  /   in Consular Advisory 8:27 pm   /   Comments

The Head of Mission, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Nigeria, Mr. MiguelancelVecchia, has askedthe United States President, Barrack Obama, to make efforts toward retracting the executive order against his country, stressing that both countries have already severed the diplomatic relationship shared.

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Ireland assisting Nigeria fight terrorism through EU – Irish Ambassador

  /   in Consular Advisory 10:10 pm   /   Comments

Sean Hoy

The Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, His Excellency, Sean Hoy has described Ireland Nigeria relationship as cordial and prosperous.
Ambassador Sean who disclosed his country’s strong commitment to ensuring a most cordial bi-national relationship with Nigeria also expressed the need for Nigeria to look further within for increased economic growth.

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There is more appreciation for photography – Shola Animashaun

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Shola Animashaun

Shola Animashaun is one of Nigeria’s leading photographers with exploits dotting the lines in and outside the country. An Accounting graduate turned photographer who specializes in editorial, wedding, event, commercial concert, model and sport photography. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) who has five awards to his credit. Shola teaches photography in his photography Academy.

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Rampaging Fulani herdsmen: The looming tragedy

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There is no love lost between farmers and herdsmen in many parts of the country. For quite some time now, the media have been inundated with reports of conflict after conflict between farmers and herdsmen in different parts of the country and at the end of the day, several innocent lives are lost, farms and cattle destroyed. Farmers in Benue State, the food basket of the nation, are worst hit, causing many to believe that if nothing is done urgently to stem the tide, widespread hunger may be staring Nigeria in the face. In this report, Vanguard Features, VF, takes looks at the recent attacks in Oyo, Benue and Enugu states and the best way forward.

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US supports Nigerian women entrepreneurs to boost economy

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The US government has declared strong commitment to ensuring that Nigerian women are supported in their efforts to growing and maintaining entrepreneurship principles.

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Presidential polls: Western diplomats call for caution

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Edo-polls

AS Nigerians count days to the country’s general elections come March 28, 2015, many foreigners appear to be leaving the country in droves as witnessed by Vanguard Consular Advisory at both Lagos and Abuja international airports.

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Foreigners leave in droves for fear of post-election violence

  /   in Consular Advisory, Elections 2015 8:00 pm   /   Comments

Electioncartoon

As Nigerians count days to the country’s general elections come March 28 2015, many foreigners appear to be leaving the country in droves as witnessed by Vanguard Consular Advisory at both Lagos and Abuja international airports.

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Sule Lamido and the Jigawa Narrative

  /   in Features 12:32 am   /   Comments

Gov Sule Lamido

Come May 29, Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido will bow out of office after eight years of stewardship. Navigating with an old school discipline and the panache of a 21st century diplomat, this Bamaina-born visionary from Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of the state has simply proven that when human resolve is wedded to genuine vision, critical transformation of the human condition occurs. For Jigawa, this is what Lamido has done.

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Why Nigerian visa applicants are denied Chinese entry – Liu Khan

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Liu Kan

THE Chinese Consul General Liu Kan has advised Nigerian visa applicants to endeavour in efforts towards planning ahead of travel dates to avoid visa processing delays.

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Environmental pollution: Fear, crisis threaten peace of Ogun community

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Hazardous smoke from the company

UNTIL recently, Madam Aminat Egunjobi lived in Ogunrun-Ori, a community in Pakuro Town, Mowe along the ever-busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

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Street cultism in Lagos: When Police action is limited by law

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Mr. Kenneth Nwosu, Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command

Vanguard Features report, on Monday, underlines the alarming reality that cultism has become so widespread in Lagos that it is threatening to spin out of control. But the question remains: What are law-enforcement agencies, especially the Police, doing to contain threat that it poses to the society?

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We’ve not found love in Nigeria — Otunba Osokoya

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Otunba Osokoya

Otunba Albertson Babatunde Osokoya, born in 1945, served virtually in every segment of the Ogun State Civil Service, became a Permanent Secretary at the age of 35 and Secretary to the State Government at 49. In this interview, the septuagenarian who still plays local football says the bane of Nigeria’s challenges is absence of love

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How Nigeria can help to end the war in Ukraine – Russian envoy

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Nikolay Udovichenko

I think the question sounds a bit strange, since never had Russia questioned the integrity of Ukraine. Quite the opposite, we consistently advocated and supported the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Our position did not change even after we saw a constitutionally elected government overthrown by a US-backed coup d’etat in Kiev, in February 2014.

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From the blood-soaked battlefields of Lagos: The chilling story of street cultism

  /   in Features, Metro 1:23 am   /   Comments

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Who goes there?!’’ they hollered. Those seated at the same relaxation spot with him were taken aback by this. Indeed, many could not help but wonder aloud what could have prompted a group of powerfully dressed young men to erupt into such a reckless outburst. It was at this point that a slim, dark complexioned man walked in.

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Disturbing tales of rape, child trafficking in IDPs camps

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Displaced Chibok people in a camp in Kuje

Call it a case of double tragedy, you will not be wrong. If disturbing reports from the camps of internally displaced persons located in parts of Northern Nigeria are anything to go by, then there is every reason to believe that these unfortunate Nigerians are in for more troubling times. Until situation and circumstance turned them to refugees in their own country, most of these people were living peacefully in their various communities and engaged in sundry means of survival. That was before the terrorist group, the Boko Haram, struck in their determined bid to overrun the North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, ostensibly to impose extremist Islamic-style hegemony in these parts.

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A governor, pastors and the N6bn bribe

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*Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

OUR desire as humans, lead us to aspire, and propels our actions to reach or attain a goal or set of goals. Most goals in life are genuine and good, but the problem often lies in the choice of the route to reach the goal.

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2015 elections and the infrastructure of gullibility

  /   in Features 12:43 am   /   Comments

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IT will go down as one of the puzzling peculiarities of Nigerian politics that performance in terms of delivery of the dividends of democracy is not the determining factor in election success. It has been dubbed politics of “stomach infrastructure” by pundits, borrowing from Ayo Fayose’s imaginative reference to the effectiveness of dishing out food and clothing items instead of roads and hospitals in his marvellous defeat of Governor Fayemi.

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