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Looming floods: Thousands of Lagosians may be displaced – Femi Giwa

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Recently, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) and the Nigeria Metrological Agency, NIMet, issued warnings that a number of states are likely to experience high flood this year. Weather forecast through the Seasonal Rainfall Predictions indicates that Lagos could be one of the areas prone to the looming floods. Following this prediction, Lagos and seven other states in the South West zone of the country got together to take proactive emergency preparedness response measures. In this interview, Head of Operations and Logistics, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Femi Giwa, warns that up to 5,000 residents of the state may become homeless this year from floods. He opens up on strategies to be employed to tackle the looming disaster. Excerpts:

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Rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali

Amina Ali Nkeki: Rescued but still ‘missing’ Chibok girl

Was she rescued? Was she simply found? Whatever the case, Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the 219 Chibok school girls, is no longer in the terrorists’ den; she has since been ‘recovered’. But, while she is not with her parents, Nkeki is also not with #BringBackOurGirls, a group of individuals who have been advocating the release of the girls and who should know better. She is also not with her ‘Boko Haram husband,’ from whom she was ‘recovered’. Her whereabouts have remained largely unknown. Her Chibok community are at a loss as to her present location and state of being.

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•Oba Adetimehin (4th left), with Gov Mimiko of Ondo State (3rd left), among others during his installation

The 31st Jegun Olu Ekun of Ile-Oluji

It was Gianni Versace (1946-1997), the critically acclaimed Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, who said in one of his perceptive moments that “in the past, people were born royal; nowadays, royalty comes from what you do”. King Sunny Ade also weighed in on this when he sang, “bibi ire o see fowo ra, o ti daju; ki a bi eni, ko to ka tun ara eni bi”. Simply put, it is not just enough to have the royal blood flowing in your vein; you must also develop yourself and “validate” your royal birth through your acts and deeds.

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Nigeria and South Africa: Forging Bonds of Mutual Prosperity in Mining

The recent state visit to Nigeria by President Jacob Zuma marked the beginning of a new chapter in relations between Nigeria and South Africa. Both countries have shared a sometimes turbulent history; we have also at different times reveled in the joy of aligned moral purpose – at some point towards the dismantling of apartheid, at some other point in the struggle to enthrone democracy.

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•Ojukwu’s statue at Nkpor Junction

Nkpor Junction: Sad memories of another blood spill

Days after Igbos, and indeed many Nigerians, continue to lament and condemn the unfortunate killings at the popular Nkpor Junction in Idemili North Local Government Area, near the commercial city of Onitsha in Anambra State on Monday, May 30, 2016 during the remembrance day of Biafran heroes and heroines who died during the 1967 civil war. It has, however, emerged that this was the second of a major blood spill at Nkpor Junction which is an intersection of roads linking Onitsha, Obosi, Umuoji, Ogidi and the expressway leading to Awka and Enugu.

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Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum: Ethel Diete-Spiff’s undying obsession

Despite the passage of time and the change in government, her desire to see the emergence of an imposing architectural masterpiece with the inscription “Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum” remains very strong. The idea of the project, which she conceived in the early 70’s when she was the Chairman of the old Rivers State Tourism Board, rages on her mind like a timeless mirage. As it is, Mrs. Ethel Diete-Spiff, who is now retired from active service, sleeps and wakes up with the mental picture of the multi-purpose centre, which she conceived in her hey days to serve as a reference point for oil and gas production in Nigeria. As a young lady married to a serving military governor, she was bubbling with trail-blazing ideas that could fetch Nigeria a fortune, if they had been harnessed into concrete ventures. One that really hit her on her mid rib like a hurricane was that of developing a World Class Oil and Gas Museum complete with research, recreational, cultural, social and economic empowerment facilities for the teeming population in the country. The idea was so clear on her mind that she wasted no time in reaching out to the then President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and his Vice, Alex Ekweme, one of the country’s best architects to share the vision with the two leaders.

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OGONI CLEAN-UP: At last, it’s goodbye to pollution

Dr Samson Parker served as the Commissioner for Health and helped to reposition Rivers State into the modern focus of Primary Health Care. During his tenure, he led the initiative to contain the spread of the Ebola in Rivers after a diplomat breached quarantine in Lagos. In this interview, Parker explains the public health importance of the Ogoni clean-up launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, last Thursday..

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Fuel price hike: How Nigeria wasted N10trn on subsidy

THE controversy that preceded the recent announcement by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, who doubles as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, of government’s decision to scrap the Petroleum Support Fund, otherwise known as fuel subsidy, raises questions as to the economic value the people derive from the acclaimed payment. Although this came on the heels of prolonged scarcity of the product which sold between N120 and N250 per litre, depending on your location, most people were opposed to the hike in the price of the commodity.

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Femi Adesina

One year after: Buhari has done enough to inspire hope—Adesina

For obvious reasons the talking point in the Nigerian polity as President Muhammadu Buhari marks his first year in office is government’s decision to scrap the contentious Petroleum Support Fund, otherwise known as fuel subsidy, a development culminating in marketers being directed to sell premium motor spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, between N135 and N145 per litre. Not surprisingly the hike in the pump price of petrol elicited mixed reactions, with those against it raising a deafening din of condemnation and demanding that government should immediately revert to status quo: that is, continue to sell the product at N86.50 a litre.

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