Sunday February 1st, 2015
Sunday February 1st, 2015
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Panic in the Senate over the workability of the 2015 budget

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The Senate

Budget estimate is an annual ritual encapsulating expected income generation and expenditure within a specified time.

It is an essential ingredient for planning and allocation of resources for the overall development of a country or an organization.

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Fall in Oil Prices: What alternatives for state governments?

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File: Okonjo-Iweala

THE fall in the revenue accruable to state governments in Nigeria, occasioned by the falling crude oil price, has raised questions about the capacity of state governments at handling the multiplier effects of the fall

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Islam and the threat to peace, the second coming

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Dr-Dele-Cole

I have read the Quran over seven times, page by page. As I have been at pains to point out education is universal and every culture, religion, group contributes to its gigantic trough. Islam, the Arabs, shintos, Confucius have done their bit by contributing their wisdom into this pot. I do not claim to be an Islamic scholar and my piece was not about the doctrines of Islam.

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Father Mbaka Saga: I’ll close Adoration Ground if…. —Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie

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Cardinal Okogie

Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, explains why the clergy should not mix religion with politics. He speaks against the backdrop of the statement by the Enugu-based Catholic priest and founder of Adoration Ground, Father Ejike Mbaka, that members of his congregation should reject President Goodluck Jonathan in the general elections.

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Baga: We can’t bury our dead —District Head

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Atleast 100 people including security operatives were feared killed when suspected members of Boko Haram launched coordinated attacks on Baga, a border town with Chad Republic, last weekend, even as the District Head of Baga, Alhaji Baba Abba Hassan, debunked the report of a second attack on the town which said that over 2,000 people were killed, describing the report as outrageous.

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The change we need in the Senate, by Ernest Ndukwe, ex-NCC boss

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Ndukwe, Former NCC Boss

Dr Ernest Ndukwe, a former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), speaks on his ambition to represent Anambra South in the Senate.

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Prisons now at the mercy of armed attacks

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Koton Karfi jailbreak

Hananiya Abasiya (not real name) is not a conventional prison officer. Although he was posted to Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons, he was forbidden from entering the prison yard.

It may sound unbelievable but that is the true story. He is not statutorily permitted to enter the prison yard.
Abasiya is a Prisons Arms Guard, who unlike the typical warder is armed and trained on arms usage to guard the prisons and suppress violent uprisings within the system.

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New Year: Funfare as Lagos countdown heralds 2015

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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, members of the state executive council and the sponsors of the Lagos Countdown 2014 at the Lagos Countdown Festival of Light held on Monday at the Bar Beach, Lagos.

IN line with its primary focus of offering the best crossover platform to Nigerians, the 2014 Lagos Countdown, did not fall short of pre-event expectations. of a mind-blowing show.

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Honours for Adadevoh, others for containing spread of Ebola virus

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Mr. Simon Tachie, Director, Hospital Administration, First Consultant Medical Centre, and other staff of the hospital receiving the Leadership Watch, 13th Annual Leadership Role Model Awards 2014, on behalf of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh

As 2014 goes into the archives today, corporate and non-governmental organisations, NGOs have begun to honour those whose activities stood them out as heroes and heroines. It was against this backdrop that Leadership Watch, an NGO, recently honoured the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh whose timely intervention saved millions of Nigerians from contracting the deadly Ebola virus disease, EVD.

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Epidemic looms as refuse takes over Aba

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Mountain of refuse in one of the affected areas.

There is apprehension in Aba, Abia State over possible outbreak of an epidemic following heaps of refuse at Emelogu Street, Ogbor Hill.

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I cried like a baby when Boko Haram attacked Kano college – Lecturer

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*Chief Ojimba... recuperating following deadly attack.

Chief Christian Ojimba, fondly called Chief Jab, is a lecturer at the Federal College of Education, FCE, Kabuga, Kano. But for mother luck, the doctorate student at the Bayero University, Kano, would have been dead when Boko Haram terrorists attacked the college on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The attack lasted 45 minutes.

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Why the EU is interested in Nigeria’s 2015 polls — Ambassador Arrior

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•Ambassador Michel Arrion...We need double track to tackle Boko Haram

Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel Arrion, speaks on the interest of his employers in Nigeria’s 2015 polls.

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Questions as strange fire kills Akure doctor

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•The charred remains of the hospital

IF the mysterious fire that razed a private hospital, Universal Specialist Medical Clinic, situated at Araromi area of Akure, Ondo State capital, and snuffed life out of the owner, a former Acting Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, Dr David Oguntuase, is called a horrifying Christmas gift to his family, it is definitely not an understatement.

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2015: A word for Osinbajo

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FEMI FANI KAYODE

I am glad that the APC eventually took my advice and saw the wisdom in not fielding a Muslim/Muslim ticket for the 2015 presidential election even though I hear that, right up till the last minute, they almost did.

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CHRISTMAS: Nigerians groan under pains of dwindling economy

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Lagosians  making last minute Chrismas shopping  at Oshodi Market.

‘’Before I traveled to India to buy goods, people were complaining about poor sales. We thought that things would get better during the Christmas season but the situation has remained the same. I have so many unsold goods now in my warehouse. Even those I supplied goods to, have not been able to clear their debts,’’ he lamented.

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Frustrations of Diaspora Nigerians

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AS issues concerning the maltreatment of Nigerians in various countries of abode abroad continue as subject of utmost concern, many Nigerians are of the view that the Federal Government, including the responsible authorities are not living up to their responsibilities, especially as it concerns providing an enabling environment for Nigerian in diasporas to thrive.

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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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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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