Tuesday September 30th, 2014
Tuesday September 30th, 2014
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2015: The Lamido challenge and VP Sambo’s uncertain fate

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President Jonathan

THE National Executive Committee, NEC, of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at its 66th meeting, endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election ahead of his formal declaration for his re-election bid and the party’s national convention fixed for December 6.

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The story of the struggle of my life, by Atiku Abubakar

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“Mr. President, let me draw your attention to the simple meaning of your budget: not one kobo of our oil revenue (at a time of oil boom) is being spent on power and infrastructure.

My grandfather, Atiku, came originally from Wurno in Sokoto State. There, he had met and befriended Ardo Usman, a Fulani nobleman from what is now known as Adamawa State. My grandfather decided to accompany his new friend back to his home- town of Adamawa.

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Oil Theft, Vandalism & Piracy: Navy’s surveillance sensors, battle-ships to the rescue

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Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Naval Staff

BEFORE April 2013, when President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the North East states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno because of the escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency, other criminal activities like illegal bunkering, oil thievery, piracy and pipeline vandalism were ignored or received less attention. Consequently, the nation has been the worse for it in terms of poor revenue outlay.

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Jonathan through the transformation lens

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President Jonathan

The nationwide rallies at the behest of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) have continued to showcase different qualities that each of the six geo-political zones see in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan

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Nasarawa University industrial devt goal, by Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma, Vice Chancellor

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Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma

In this part of the world where many people still believe that the best way to achieve result is by cutting corners, Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma may not be accepted by all. But those who still value quality tertiary education will always hold the Acting Vice Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi in high esteem

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Beauty queens are not promiscuous— Nancy-Olive Aisagbonhi, Calabar Carnival Queen

  /   in Entertainment, Features 8:19 pm   /   Comments

Nancy-Olive

Everything works like Harry Potter’s spell when crowns rest on the heads of the likes of passionate, gorgeous and cheerful Nancy-Olive Aisagbonhi. Nancy-Olive is the reigning Queen of Cross River State’s annual Calabar Carnival Pageant.

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Synagogue Church Collapse: Questions over non-compliance with housing laws

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TB Joshua-Synagogue Church

LOCATED in the heart of Ikotun Egbe, a popular suburb in Lagos, this building stands out not only in the area but the entire Africa. Its architectural design and finishing is such that would leave the masters of architecture marvelling.

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Red card for Almajiris in Niger

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Almajiris: Children particularly boys who have never attended school.

Alms are for the poor who are confined in the way of Allah-they cannot go about in the land; the ignorant man thinks them to be rich on account of (their) abstaining (from begging; you cannot recognize them by their mark; they do not beg from men importunately; whatever good thing you spend, surely Allah knows” – Q 2:273.

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Mystery of the Pregnant Pope

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For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has tried to bury her story

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The most dangerous day in a woman’s life

  /   in Features 12:21 am   /   Comments

pregnant woman

Today, in Africa, the most dangerous day in a woman’s life is the birth day!
Almost one third of all maternal deaths globally are concentrated in two countries: India and Nigeria!

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$100,000 couldn’t tempt me — Orphan who found money left in hotel

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Yusuf Umar

His name does not ring a bell and he is not the type that seeks public attention. But Yusuf Umar, 38, and Chief Receptionist with Jigawa Hotels, is now a celebrity and cynosure of all eyes because of what he did in June this year, lifting the name of the hotel and his family from obscurity to limelight.

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Jonathan’s administration has favoured women —Afoma Adigwe

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Afoma

While many condemn President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda and ambition to be re-elected in 2015, some Nigerians have imposed on themselves the task of returning Jonathan to Aso Rock. One of such is Afoma Adigwe, the initiator of Goodluck Initiative(Gi) ’07, who has again launched a Gi ’15 campaign ahead of 2015. Adigwe who is also the founder of Uplifting Women Through Farming, UWTF, recently unveiled her plans and spelt out, in an encounter with Feminista, reasons behind her campaign.

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EBOLA: When fear becomes messenger of death

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AS someone who works in the health sector, getting medical attention should have come easily to Mrs. Dupe Ogunaike (not real name).

So when she took ill earlier this month, Ogunaike was not troubled by the prospects of being admitted into any hospital, especially as the 55-year-old healthcare worker was only suffering from ‘mere feverish condition.

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GM food: Technology plagued by controversy

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LIKE most countries in Africa, Nigeria is experiencing low productivity in agriculture. The largely subsistence agriculture has not kept up with the rapid population growth of mostly young people who are not being absorbed into the sector. Sadly government policies have failed to address numerous challenges faced by farmers. The implication is that the country which was once reputed as a large net exporter of food now imports large quantity of its food products even as the entire sector accounts for only 40 percent of the gross domestic products, GDP.

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How GIS gave us jobs — Graduates

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The most crucial period in the life of a Nigerian graduate begins with the completion of national service. The dreams of endless possibilities, either come true or pop like balloons. A few graduates secure lucrative jobs, others start small businesses, while the bulk remain disconnected and roam the streets in search of direction for years unend. This often leads disillusionment, anger, and in extreme cases, negative payback.

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Akunyili: ‘Eulogies enough to curb corruption in Nigeria’

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MANY Nigerians who followed events leading to the burial of the late Professor Dora Akunyili on Thursday at her home town, Agulu, Anambra State were unanimous in declaring that the tributes poured on her were enough to change corrupt Nigerians to become better citizens.

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The Benue lockdown over pay cut

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Suswam

Few weeks after resolving its differences with teachers after the closure of primary schools for eight months, Benue State is in trouble again.

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APC: Finally, the implosion?

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APC-toon

By now, the All Progressives Congress, APC, would have been rattled to the reality of the fact that all is indeed not well with the party especially with the recent decampment of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. This defection from the All Progressives Congress, APC, despite being the 2011 presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN ,was upon his conviction that the 2015 presidential ticket of the APC was out of his reach. It was reported that Ribadu was few weeks ago told to forget about running for the 2015 presidency and concentrate on running for Adamawa governorship.

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2015: North VS South (1): INEC gives North fresh advantage

  /   in Features, For the record 12:52 am   /   Comments

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In what many are describing as a gambit with the potential for dangerous and unimaginable consequences, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, led by Professor Attahiru Jega, may have set itself up for opprobrium from a section of the Nigerian nation. Its recently announced 30,000 new Polling Units, PUs, has been distributed across the country. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the cleaning of the Voter Register, VR, which has seen many states in the northern part of Nigeria lose ‘GHOST VOTERS’ in their millions, have been allocated a whopping 21,615 (twenty one thousand, six hundred and fifteen) PUs, as against a meagrely 8,412 (eight thousand, four hundred and twelve).

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Nigeria challenges the world with ‘9jaBOLT’ solar car

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Solar-car-Naija

NIGERIA is set to take on the rest of the world with the “9jaBOLT” Eaglemobile, a state-of-the-art prototype, and solar-powered racing automobile that is designed and built in Nigeria by Nigerians. History was made recently when Nigeria secured Africa’s sole entry to compete with its revolutionary prototype in the next edition of the prestigious World Solar Challenge, coming up in October 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.

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Ebola: The rumours, fear and comic relief of a deadly scourge

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EBOLA ALERT  AT MMIA—A woman, wears protective face masks and hand gloves upon arrival at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos , yesterday. Inset: Security personnel with masks on duty at the airport. Photos: AFP.

IT came like a thief in the night, unannounced but deadly. And since its stealthy arrival, death has been stalking the land, leaving tears, sorrow and fear in its wake.
At the last check, the death toll has hit the 1,145 mark, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO. Indeed the world has known no peace but fear since an outbreak of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, went out of control, ravaging West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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New auto policy: Coming to terms with Innoson’s car ownership option

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File photo: ...Students receiving practical instructions at Innoson car plant

WHAT was supposed to have elicited enthusiasm across Nigeria, only produced mixed feelings, as many doubted if it held any promise for the country. Indeed it was confounding that a Nigerian company venturing into vehicle manufacturing business with the prospects of redefining car ownership in the country, was not enough to inspire excitement

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Boko Haram: Flexing fiscal muscle against an unseen foe

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A picture taken from a video distributed to journalists in recent days through intermediaries and obtained by AFP on March 5, 2013 reportedly shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by six armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place.

”You are no doubt cognisant of the on-going and serious security challenges which the nation is facing, as typified by the Boko Haram terrorist threat. This is an issue that we have discussed at various times. I would like to bring to your attention, the urgent need to upgrade the equipment, training and logistics of our Armed Forces and Security services to enable them more forcefully confront this serious threat

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Our goal is a better life for every abandoned child —Ugonna Mary

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•Oruh Ugonna Mary

Oruh Ugonna Mary is the African Coordinator of The Life Changers Group, a non-governmental organization that gives succor to the less privileged, particularly abandoned children. In this interview, the Abia-born graduate of Economic and Statistics from the University of Benin talks about the organization and her challenges so far as the regional head of the international organization floated in Nigeria in November 2012.

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How we support Oba Akiolu to rule Lagos — Oloto of Oto-Awori

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Oba Josiah Olanrewaju Ilemobade Aina, JPs (Jerusalem Pilgrim/Justice of Peace), is the Oloto of Oto-Awori and the Kuyamiku 1. In this interview, he speaks on the position of Lagos State obas as fathers of politicians, life as a politician, and as ‘son’ of the paramount ruler of Lagos State, Oba Rilwan Akiolu

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Oshodi-Apapa Expressway: How culpable are tank farms?

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Standstill at Mile-2 to Tincan, along Oshodi-Apapa expressway as a result of Fuel tanker Illegal parking on the road, the journey of 5mins torus to 7 hour, yesterday. Photo: Joe Akintola, photo editor.

WHEN Yemi woke up Thursday morning and remembered that he had an appointment at 12 noon with his Shipping company in Apapa, he became apprehensive. Two weeks earlier, he had kept a similar appointment at Apapa and the harrowing experience of that trip to the Port town, is better forgotten than re-lived. He thought of going through Ijora but quickly jettisoned the idea because “if you are trapped in the traffic in that axis, you may stay there throughout that day”

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‘The Omisore edge over Aregbesola’

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Prince Ajao

Prince Bola Ajao, a former chairman of Ifelodun local government, between 2004 and 2007, is the current publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State. He reveals why his party’s standard-bearer in the August 9 governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, will defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Rauf Aregbesola, who is also the incumbent governor, the lapses of the APC government in the state, among other issues.

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Celebrating Anenih’s inspirational life @ 81

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Anenih

It was not until August 4, last year, when he turned 80 that many Nigerians got to know, through publications in the print media, about the humble beginning, indeed, the grass-to-grace narrative of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih, Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) and the Iyasele (Prime Minister) of Esanland

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Tinubu’s contributions to democracy in Nigeria

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Some call him “the Game Changer”.
Others say he is the “Asiwaju of Nigeria’s democracy.” Yet, not a few view him a “master strategist,” as a political titan of no mean measure. These are but a few epaulets that adorn the shoulder of this dogged fighter who, today, stands on a high moral ground to speak on Nigeria’s democratic dispensation – its norms, mores, codes, evolution, development and sustenance. But why, you may ask?

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How Katsina First Lady is lifting women!

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Mr Lawal Charanchi is the coordinator of the Service to Humanity Foundation, a non- governmental organization set up by the First Lady of Katsina State, Dr. Fatima Ibrahim Shema, to empower women and the vulnerable. In this interview, he explains how foundation has done so far in complementing the state government efforts to reduce poverty in the state

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Aregbesola Vs Omisore: Osun State as Sambisa Forest

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SOLDIERS ON GUARD ON POST OFFICE ROAD IN MAIDUGURI

They were 35 pick up trucks in all – 35. The vehicles had no number plates; therefore, there was no way on earth you could identify the owners in the event of a road mishap – even for the good of the occupants.

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OSUN 2014: The Aregbesola testimonial

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Aregbosola

The day started on a queer note. Bomb scare at the state secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC). This happened at a time stalwarts had gathered at the secretariat preparatory to the Obokun-Oriade federal constituency mega rally at Ibokun, the headquarters of Obokun local government area, some 30 kilometres away.

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