Thursday July 31st, 2014
Thursday July 31st, 2014
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OSUN 2014: The Aregbesola testimonial

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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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Hephzibah: Punished with blindness for two years

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Jeremiah Hephzibah

The General Overseer of Christ Anointed Church Peculiar Ministry, Lagos, Prophet Jeremiah Hephzibah, in this interview, reveals how he was blind for two years for not complying with God’s call

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Osun: Profiling ‘governance unusual’

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*Aregbesola arriving for the Iwo campaign

The governor of the imaginary and illegal State of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, is arguably Nigeria s most controversial governor since the return to civil rule in 1999. To date, he remains the only governor whose religious inclinations no one can be sure about.

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Collapse of buildings in Anambra: Engineers, contractors trade blames

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* Gov Obiano and Bishop Owen Nwokolo at the site of a collapsed building belonging to the St Christopher Anglican Church Onitsha

Building engineers, under the umbrella of Nigeria Society of Engineers, NSE, are heatedly trading blames with building contractors over the incessant collapse of buildings in the commercial city of Onitsha in particular and Anambra State in general.

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Cement: Unending furore over standardisation

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The recent recommendation by the House of Representatives concerning cement standardisation which tallied with a recent recommendation by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has generated a huge controversy among cement manufacturers and key industry stakeholders. This dust is not unexpected, given the pivotal role played by cement in the nation’s construction industry.

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The forces against Gov. Almakura; the pact he breached

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Gov. Al-Makura

Alhaji Umaru Tanko Almakura came to power under the umbrella of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011 as the third governor of Nasarawa State after beating the incumbent, Aliu Akwe Doma of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in that year’s general elections.

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Malaysian Flight M17: Making the skies the choice spot for terror strikes

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Site of  Malaysian jet crash

The vulnerability of the aviation industry to acts of terrorism and armed conflict became manifest once again on Thursday when a Malaysian passenger plane MH17 on a direct flight from Malaysia to the Netherlands, was brought down in the Ukrainian airspace.

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Ombatse: Almakura’s Impeachment is the end of our problem

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Zachary Zamani Allumaga

As protests by supporters of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura continued to spread in Nasarawa State following the impeachment letter served on him on Monday, the outlawed Ombatse group is challenging the governor to appear before the state House of Assembly to defend the allegations levelled against him if he is clean.

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Outdoor advertising: Demand for expanded capacity deepens

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FOLLOWING the identification of some challenges which have hindered the out-of home advertising in Nigeria from achieving its full potentials, stakeholders in the industry took their destinies into their hands by gathering recently to redirect the future of the sector.

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For doctors in Nigeria, it’s one strike too many

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An empty ward in a Lagos owned hospital due to the strike by the medical doctors

Thirty five-year-old Mrs Gladys Agbo would have been alive with her children if doctors were available at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH to attend to her when she was rushed to the foremost teaching hospital.

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Lower Naira Notes: No ‘change’ threatens the informal sector

  /   in Business, Features 12:08 am   /   Comments

Emefiele

DESPITE being born and bred in Malumfashi, Katsina State, Iliyasu Danhassan is so much in love with Lagos that he professes this affection for the city to whoever cares to listen.

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Bomb attack: Survivors’ tales of pain

  /   in Features, Just Human 8:06 pm   /   Comments

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Residents of Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital are still in shock over the horror of last Friday’s bomb attack which claimed 13 lives and left 34 others injured. This is even as some of the survivors have been recounting their ordeal and painful experiences

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The Warri university and Delta’s triangle of development

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A COMBINATION of two occurrences, one natural and the other human, almost marred the much advertised groundbreaking ceremony of the Eagle Heights University scheduled for last Tuesday in the sleepy town of Omadino in Warri South local government area of Delta State

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The grand plan to celebrate Soyinka at 80, by the Thespian Family

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Thespian Family Theatre and Productions Is celebrating one of Africa’s literary icons, Professor Wole Soyinka, as he turns 80 in July.

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Why the Biafran spirit’ll hover for long

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WHEN then Head of State Gen Yakubu Gowon, rtd proclaimed the “No Victor No Vanquished”, slogan at the end of the Nigerian Civil War on January 15, 1970, the general assumption was that the Biafran question would be resolved with the post- war programmes that were expected to come with that proclamation. Although the Igbos were obviously vanquished , the declaration created some level of confidence amid overwhelming doubts and despair.

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From ATM point to Ritualists’s Den: My miraculous escape, by union leader

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Malam-Rafiu

The Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Shao Park, Ilorin, in Ilorin East Local Government Area of Kwara State,Mallam Salman Rafiu, was unaware of what fate had for him as he went to withdraw money from the Automated Teller Machine, ATM, in one of the new generation banks(names wiitheld) along Taiwo, Ilorin penultimate Wednesday morning.

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There’s conspiracy of silence against Niger Delta women –EVELYN URHOBO

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Dr. Evelyn Omawumi Urhobo is the Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Smart Development Foundation (MSDF), a Non-Governmental Organisation with headquarters in Warri. In this chat with Vanguard, Dr Urhobo speaks on what she sees as conspiracy of silence against the women of the Niger-Delta, noting that if the women are empowered as most of them

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Welcome to Arepo where vandals are kings

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Arepo pipeline vandals...now in police net

Hundreds of lives, including those of security men and vandals, have been lost to pipelines explosions at Arepo, a community in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State. The community is host to several oil pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC .

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Frequent buildings collapse: Fear grips Onitsha residents

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Rubbles of a four-storey building that collapsed at Obanye Street, Onitsha, Anambra State, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN.

For residents of Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of the South Eastern part of the country, these are not the best of times. Reason: The rising occurrence of collapsed buildings in the city has unsettled many residents who are not sure of which building will cave in the next time.

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There is God ooo…..and then

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Tim Owhefere

This vexatious phrase was first brought to my knowledge in London. I had gone there combining job and pleasure when a friend from the South West of Nigeria, asked me with scorn and fun what the hell is gone wrong with our dear country Nigeria, why a First Lady cannot speak the expected good English(whatever that meant).

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Women as pawns of armed conflicts

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IF they were not used to being killed and seeing people murdered, the fear of death would have been the least thing in their teenage minds when they set out for school from their various homes on April 17, 2011.

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Jos Blasts: Still searching for missing pregnant wives!

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The fragile peace in Jos, the Plateau State capital was on Tuesday shattered when two suicide bombers detonated bombs in two separate vehicles at the central business district of Jos known by residents as Terminus.

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ET 2014: Going the way of the rest

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Okonjo-Iweala-budget

Fujimori, Peruvian President of Japanese descent, not only was removed from office, but ended up being prosecuted for, among other crimes, not implementing the nation’s annual budget.

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South East: Drum beats of hope as Federal roads get face-lift

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Enugu-Port Harcourt road

AS the hand of the clock ticks towards the 2015 general elections, Emeka Mamah and Francis Igata, write on Federal Government’s avowed commitment to complete the rehabilitation of all Federal roads in the country, especially those in the South-East before 2015.

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How we traced stolen Benin artefacts to Britain — Prince Akenzua

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Edun-Akenzua

Kidnapping those children in that circumstance is bad enough. Unfortunately in our country, we don’t appear to care about human life. It is a pathetic situation that more than 200 students sleeping in their dormitory were abducted by terrorists. But what is worse is that after that our leaders began to talk rubbish. Some were even talking as if it did not happen and no body made any move to do anything until the Americans and others came.

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Whence cometh the Nigerian spring?

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Perhaps it is not an idle talk again to engage in wishful thinking or indulge in gymnastic pastimes as to whether or not the state of the nation is imminently close to explosion or that the current state of the nation is unsustainable.

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Young mothers must get priorities right—Yinka Ogunde, CEO , Goals & Ideas

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Mrs. Yinka Ogunde is one personality worthy of emulation. An enviable career-woman who prefers keeping a low profile due to her ever busy schedule, she is the pioneer of EDUMARK Consult, an educational guild for students and parent alike. She is also the CEO of Goals & Ideas, an integrated marketing communications agency.

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Nyanya Blast: Doctors ask for better protection

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Representatives of doctors briefing the press on security challenges

The insecurity challenges in Nigeria have recently assumed an alarming dimension. Apart from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States which Boko Haram insurgents have turned into a war theatre, other parts of the country have witnessed one form of insecurity or the other. This recurring blood spilling has become a major source of concern to Nigerian medical doctors

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Beyond the pass marks, the story of MDGs in Nigeria

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EVEN the meeting of world leaders in France at the end of the Second World War WW2, specifically on December 10, 1948, did not have the large number of world leaders in attendance

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$16bn Ogidigben Gas City’ll revolutionize Nigeria—Gov Uduaghan

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the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, visited the riverside community of Ogidigben, approximately 220 km, southeast of Lagos and 60 km west of Warri, to inspect the project sites of the $16 billion Gas Revolution Industrial City and proposed Marine University, Okerenkoko, both in Warri South-West Local Government Area, preparatory to the ground-breaking ceremony by President Goodluck Jonathan, evidently, this month (May).

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Buhari, Tinubu and critics

  /   in Columns, Features 12:21 am   /   Comments

File photo; Tinubu and Buhari - leaders of ACN and CPC

These are interesting times in Nigeria’s political landscape. And it is not surprising. The 2015 general elections are around the corner and politicians are at liberty to dig into their bag of tricks to sway potential voters to their side even if some of them have to demonize their opponents.

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The marriage that survived two affairs

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Affairs used to sound the death-knell to an otherwise stable marriage – especially if it was the wife that was the culprit. Kelechi met her husband. Sunny, over 20 years ago at university and they eventually fell in love.

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