Saturday August 23rd, 2014
Saturday August 23rd, 2014
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Nigeria challenges the world with ‘9jaBOLT’ solar car

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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

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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

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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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Boko Haram: Flexing fiscal muscle against an unseen foe

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A picture taken from a video distributed to journalists in recent days through intermediaries and obtained by AFP on March 5, 2013 reportedly shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by six armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place.

”You are no doubt cognisant of the on-going and serious security challenges which the nation is facing, as typified by the Boko Haram terrorist threat. This is an issue that we have discussed at various times. I would like to bring to your attention, the urgent need to upgrade the equipment, training and logistics of our Armed Forces and Security services to enable them more forcefully confront this serious threat

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Our goal is a better life for every abandoned child —Ugonna Mary

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•Oruh Ugonna Mary

Oruh Ugonna Mary is the African Coordinator of The Life Changers Group, a non-governmental organization that gives succor to the less privileged, particularly abandoned children. In this interview, the Abia-born graduate of Economic and Statistics from the University of Benin talks about the organization and her challenges so far as the regional head of the international organization floated in Nigeria in November 2012.

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How we support Oba Akiolu to rule Lagos — Oloto of Oto-Awori

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Oba Josiah Olanrewaju Ilemobade Aina, JPs (Jerusalem Pilgrim/Justice of Peace), is the Oloto of Oto-Awori and the Kuyamiku 1. In this interview, he speaks on the position of Lagos State obas as fathers of politicians, life as a politician, and as ‘son’ of the paramount ruler of Lagos State, Oba Rilwan Akiolu

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Oshodi-Apapa Expressway: How culpable are tank farms?

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Standstill at Mile-2 to Tincan, along Oshodi-Apapa expressway as a result of Fuel tanker Illegal parking on the road, the journey of 5mins torus to 7 hour, yesterday. Photo: Joe Akintola, photo editor.

WHEN Yemi woke up Thursday morning and remembered that he had an appointment at 12 noon with his Shipping company in Apapa, he became apprehensive. Two weeks earlier, he had kept a similar appointment at Apapa and the harrowing experience of that trip to the Port town, is better forgotten than re-lived. He thought of going through Ijora but quickly jettisoned the idea because “if you are trapped in the traffic in that axis, you may stay there throughout that day”

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‘The Omisore edge over Aregbesola’

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Prince Ajao

Prince Bola Ajao, a former chairman of Ifelodun local government, between 2004 and 2007, is the current publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State. He reveals why his party’s standard-bearer in the August 9 governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, will defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Rauf Aregbesola, who is also the incumbent governor, the lapses of the APC government in the state, among other issues.

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Celebrating Anenih’s inspirational life @ 81

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Anenih

It was not until August 4, last year, when he turned 80 that many Nigerians got to know, through publications in the print media, about the humble beginning, indeed, the grass-to-grace narrative of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih, Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) and the Iyasele (Prime Minister) of Esanland

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Tinubu’s contributions to democracy in Nigeria

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Some call him “the Game Changer”.
Others say he is the “Asiwaju of Nigeria’s democracy.” Yet, not a few view him a “master strategist,” as a political titan of no mean measure. These are but a few epaulets that adorn the shoulder of this dogged fighter who, today, stands on a high moral ground to speak on Nigeria’s democratic dispensation – its norms, mores, codes, evolution, development and sustenance. But why, you may ask?

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How Katsina First Lady is lifting women!

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Mr Lawal Charanchi is the coordinator of the Service to Humanity Foundation, a non- governmental organization set up by the First Lady of Katsina State, Dr. Fatima Ibrahim Shema, to empower women and the vulnerable. In this interview, he explains how foundation has done so far in complementing the state government efforts to reduce poverty in the state

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Aregbesola Vs Omisore: Osun State as Sambisa Forest

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SOLDIERS ON GUARD ON POST OFFICE ROAD IN MAIDUGURI

They were 35 pick up trucks in all – 35. The vehicles had no number plates; therefore, there was no way on earth you could identify the owners in the event of a road mishap – even for the good of the occupants.

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OSUN 2014: The Aregbesola testimonial

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Aregbosola

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

  /   in Features 12:23 am   /   Comments

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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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biafra

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

  /   in Features 12:19 am   /   Comments

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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