Friday October 24th, 2014
Friday October 24th, 2014
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Nigeria needs to scale through consideration of CLCS – Prof Awosika

  /   in Consular Advisory 7:09 pm   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 12:58 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features, News 12:23 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 7:21 pm   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 7:00 am   /   Comments

*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

  /   in Features 12:30 am   /   Comments

*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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Road Accidents: The fake Abuja insurers!

  /   in Features 10:20 pm   /   Comments

The scene of accident...more than one year ago

An estimated 600,000 vehicles from Abuja suburbs and neighbouring states enter the Federal Capital City every working day of the week excluding the number of vehicles domiciled in Abuja.

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2015: The Lamido challenge and VP Sambo’s uncertain fate

  /   in Features 12:46 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 12:17 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 12:25 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Education, Features   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 11:05 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 12:12 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 7:00 pm   /   Comments

Pregnant-pope1

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

  /   in Features 12:26 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 1:56 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 12:21 am   /   Comments

surep

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’

  /   in Features 9:47 pm   /   Comments

Akunyili-burial3

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

Jega-cartoon-2015

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

  /   in Features 8:58 pm   /   Comments

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

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, Features, Metro   /   Comments

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

  /   in Features 12:10 am   /   Comments

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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