Monday December 22nd, 2014
Monday December 22nd, 2014
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The NYSC food project to create one million jobs

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*NYSC members

The diversification of the country’s economy became imperative following the crash of the price of crude oil at the international market. Campaigners for the diversification of the economy are of the opinion that the agricultural sector can ameliorate the pains of the crash of crude oil taking cognizance of the current Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA)

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The Fading funfare of Christmas:Nigerians recall great moments of the past

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Christmas-today

For reasonable minutes, Pa Gabriel Igboanugo reclines on his easy chair, lost in wondering contemplation over which direction the world is gradually drifting.

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From creek warlords to experts in oil & gas: The story of ex-Niger Delta militants

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Nelson Mandela Students in South Africa

THey had a background enmeshed and defined by violence and aggression. They were the arrowheads behind the restiveness that took its toll on the Niger Delta region between 2007 – 2009. Today, however, these “bad boys” who terrorized the creeks of the oil-rich Niger Delta region, have turned a new leaf and are now specialists in several fields of human endeavor, thanks to the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP initiated by Late President Umaru Musa YarÁdu

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From creek warlords to experts in oil & gas: The story of ex-Niger Delta militants

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*Nelson Mandela Students in South Africa

They had a background enmeshed and defined by violence and aggression. They were the arrowheads behind the restiveness that took its toll on the Niger Delta region between 2007 – 2009. Today, however, these “bad boys” who terrorized the creeks of the oil-rich Niger Delta region, have turned a new leaf and are now specialists in several fields of human endeavor, thanks to the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP initiated by Late President Umaru Musa YarÁdua. A foremost Ijaw son, Mr. Kingsley Kuku who was always in and out of the creeks to bring about the needed truce in the course of the arms struggle, was appointed by the government to stand in the gap and join other leaders of the Niger Delta to champion the disarmament programme. He got the youths emotionally involved to appreciate the essence of the amnesty programme and what they stood to gain. They gave him their ears and today, the ex-agitators have a new song to sing. Having undergone proper demobilization, the creek boys who were hitherto seen as never-do-well chaps are today, in large numbers, specialists in different fields of human endeavour.

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2015: Dakuku and the future of Rivers State

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Dakuku Peterside

At last, Dakuku Alor Peterside has been nominated by the APC to step into the really large shoes of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the unfortunately misunderstood father of the NEW and EMERGING Rivers State, an entity that is bound to be the envy and role model to other states in Nigeria.

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The Abuja Rail Mass Transit Revolution

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A moving train on the 68 percent completed railway track of the Abuja - Kaduna fast train project launched by Vice President Namadi Sambo in Abuja on Thursday

Its vantage position as the nation’s capital city has invested it with enormous responsibilities, including harbouring millions of Nigerians. Like nectar that attracts hordes of bees, Abuja has over the years attracted millions of Nigerians, majority of who are like economic refugees fleeing from their states on account of joblessness. This development has stretched the city’s infrastructure to almost breaking point.

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How we became parents of orphans — Adeleye

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Adelaja

Adelaja Adeleye, a banker and President of Ultimate Circle of Nigeria, in this interview, shares his view on why members of the social club adopted orphans and the physically challenged as their children, adding that the welfare of individuals, building a happy home remained the cardinal focus of every member.

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2015: Tearful Mark succumbs to constituents’ pressure

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Senate President David Mark

I am trying very hard to study our Senate President to know what he is using to bring all senators together without rancor so that I will use the same method in my constituency”. These were the words of a senator from the north-western part of Nigeria when he was commenting on a controversial issue pending on the floor of the Senate.

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Boko Haram: Why they are on a killing spree

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boko-abducted-girls

Nigeria seems to be ‘going to hell in a hand basket’, as Americans say, no thanks to the activities of the terrorist Boko Haram group and others. Many people are of the view that the Boko Haram insurgency currently ravaging North East Nigeria, is as a result of poverty and illiteracy but some experts have begged to differ, saying that poverty alone is not enough to cause insurgency

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The dividend of de-emphasising stereotyping of Nigerians

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A GOOD number of well meaning Diaspora nigerians have contributed enormously towards de-emphasising stereotyping of Nigerians in various countries of resident abroad.
Although, there are many thorny issues and challenges Nigerians in the Diaspora face while fighting for survival, it is not enough for some host countries to stereotype Nigerians.
Stories are not short of relating how Diaspora Nigerians have to pull and push on a daily basis to counter stereotyping in different countries of abode abroad, which often leads to several sad experiences.

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Seven years after, Nigeria’s politics without Sunday Awoniyi

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awoniyi

Seven years ago, precisely on November 28, 2007, Chief Sunday Bolorunduro Awoniyi, CON, a man of strong moral standard, passed on. Until his demise, Awoniyi was the Chairman of the National Executive Council of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).

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Child Sexual Abuse: Protect your Minor

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rape-victim

Veteran comedian Bill Cosby, star of the 80s Cosby show is in the news for the wrong reasons: sexual abuse.

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Jonathan at 57: His name, luck and rise

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Jona57

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Nigeria’s first president from the southern Niger Delta oil region, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to power largely through being in the right place at the right time.

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Recapture of Mubi, Chibok: How military/vigilante alliance worked magic to flush out Boko Haram

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DEPLOYED— File pictures of military patrol and checkpoint in Maiduguri, Borno State. An estimated 3,000 troops have been deployed to embattled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, following the proclamation of State of Emergency in the states on Tuesday. Photos: AFP.

THEY realised that they had become endangered species in their own fatherland and if nothing was done urgently to flush out the insurgents, their huge investments would be destroyed, political ambitions thwarted and their relevance called to question. That was the quagmire some concerned elites and business tycoons from the Boko Haram- ravaged Adamawa State and other parts of the North East found themselves in.

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Ekiti Parapo College marks 60th anniversary; future under focus

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EKITI PARAPO COLLEGE @ 60 (L – R): Member, Ekiti Parapo College, Ido Ekiti Old Students Association, Chief Michael Olorunfemi; President, Ogbeni Lanre Adesuyi and Treasurer, Comrade Sola Ogunsina, at the press conference on the  college’s 60th anniversary held in Lagos.

Old students of Ekiti Parapo College, Ido Ekiti (EPCOSA) have inaugurated a four-point developmental road map for their alma mater, which will focus on the need to promote, sustain and preserve the socio-cultural legacies of the 60-year historic institution.

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Storm on River Niger

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Dredgers on the river

The clouds are gathering and the storms threatening as what started as a minor dispute between two hitherto friendly unions trying to eke out a living by dredging and selling sand at the bank of the River Niger, may soon snowball into a major crisis that could cripple economic and social activities in the commercial city of Onitsha and Asaba, the Delta State capital.

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Brief History of Present PU Disposition

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1993 – 1997 – Muhammed Alli (northerner) was in the saddle as DG, NEC, and created PUs; another northerner; Jega, another Northerner wants to add more in the most lopsided manner.

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Women shut down Benue to preach peace!

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For seven years, Benue State First Lady, Mrs. Yemisi Suswam, spotlighted women through the ‘Celebrate the Benue Women’ annual fiesta.

Through the programme, which includes cooking competition and display of farm produce and yields from across the state, attracted visitors from far and wide

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Dichotomy between degree and HND is ungodly — Sen. Marafa

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By Johnbosco Agbakwuru Senator Kabir Marafa is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resouces (Upstream). He represents Zamfara Central on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. He is one of the most vocal opposition senators. In this interview, Senator Marafa said it is ungodly and hypocritical to discriminate between degree and Higher National

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Mubi: The confusion, trauma of an invasion

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Mubi-escapees

Apart from the traffic jam stretching from Airport road and the presence of heavily armed soldiers primed for any eventuality, a first time visitor cannot but feel the sombre mood in the town presently threatened by Boko Haram insurgents. Yola and indeed other parts of Adamawa State are facing some perilous times. The roads, busy with people leaving the stricken town, tell the story.

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Outrageous electricity bills: Consumers groan as DISCOs smile to banks

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Dr Sam Amadi, CEO, NERC

WHY would you disconnect my light when I have already paid? Do you know what it means to pay N10,000 for light that I did not even consume? And you have the guts to ask me to pay another money. You even billed us for the pumping machine when you know that we have not had water in this part of Coker Village for almost one year now. If you are in my shoes, will you pay?” a middle-aged woman yelled at the marketing officer attached to the area by Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC.

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I influenced ex-Chief of the Army Staff, Ihejirika, to join the military — Ogbonna, former DHQ chief

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Jerry-Ogbonna

A former Director of Research and Development in the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, who proposed to make a prototype Armored Personnel Carrier and production armaments locally, Jerry Obike Ogbonna, is a retired navy captain seeking to represent Abia North in the Senate through the 2015 polls. Four years ago, he contested against Senator Uche Chukwumerije in the PDP, but lost. Ogbonna, now in All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), believes that the incumbent senator has stayed too long after 12 years.

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Child Dedication: Men from hell killed my wife — Igbo man in Bauchi

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*Bereaved husband Leonard Onunkwo

Preparations for the dedication of the two months old son of Mrs Loricia Onunkwo, a Bauchi-based Igbo business woman, scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 9 at the Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, Fadama Mada Parish, Bauchi, turned to a nightmare for the Onunkwo family when the nursing mother was brutally killed by gunmen .

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Nigeria needs to scale through consideration of CLCS – Prof Awosika

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AS Nigeria awaits consideration from the United Nation’s Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shell (CLCS), the need to make available funds to the National Boundary Commission and the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) office in New Yoke is said to be essentially imperative.

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War on terror: Disturbing tales of conspiracy, sabotage

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Dasuki Sambo

NIGERIA and South Africa have in the past three weeks been embroiled in a serious diplomatic and economic dispute over the twin arms purchase deals that would have seen South African Concerns playing the role of third party in the arms purchase transactions.

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Jonathan’s centenary, independence speeches: The missing point

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President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the 54th Independence
Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian  Center, Abuja On Sunday (29/9/14)

President Goodluck Jonathan, in the last ten months, has made two major speeches that got Nigerians glued to television and radio sets hoping to be told new things. Speeches of Presidents and Heads of State, in the past, had one of such that either put smiles on the faces of the people or did otherwise.

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Pre-Amnesty Era in N-Delta: People drank from the river they defecated in – Peter Omoh Dania

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Dunia

Life is not essentially about the wealth an individual has acquired. It does not matter at what age you were able to make it to the top. But what matters to most people with the heart of Christ is how many faces you were able to put smiles on their faces. One of such Nigerians with large heart is Peter Omoh Dunia, who recently clocked 42.

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Condemned 12 Soldiers: When plea for mercy challenges military law

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*Some suspected culprits at the inauguration of a general court martial to try erring army personnel, in Jos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN.

IF Oliver Okwara had joined the Nigerian Army now, many would have attributed it to the biting unemployment in the country.

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Tears flow freely after fresh onslaught by Fulani herdsmen

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A survivor from the early morning attack

FOR more than a decade, Plateau State, the “Home of Peace and Tourism”, has been plagued by series of violent attacks and bomb blasts which have left thousands dead, property worth billions of Naira destroyed and relationships among people severed.

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Controversy as NYSC moves from analogue to digital

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*Corps members

FOR the past 41 years of its existence, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has handled the mobilization of graduates across the country for the mandatory one year national youth service through analogue method, which is replete with all sorts of irregularities.

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In Kaduna, half nude women confront Gov. Yero

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Yero-women

Around 10am penultimate Monday, armed men followed Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State in a convoy of vehicles. The wailing convoy snaked its way from Kaduna metropolis towards southern Kaduna.

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The forgotten people of Abuja

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*Medical facilities are lacking

Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, is one of Africa’s respected cities and acclaimed to be one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It has since become a haven for tourists, investors and sellers

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