Monday September 15th, 2014
Monday September 15th, 2014
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2 Yrs Later: Okada riders return as govt relaxes enforcement

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File photo: Okada riders

There is an increase in the activities of commercial motorcycle operators (Okada riders) on major roads in Lagos.
Their presence could be felt on most restricted routes across the state.

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Omole residents sue Lagos govt over housing project

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*From left, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fasholas, SAN; Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adesina, during the commissioning of  the Trauma and Burns Centre, at Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada, yesterday. Photo By Bunmi Azeez

On August 4th, 2014, last Monday to be precise, residents of Omole Phase II Estate, in Ojodu area of the state, staged a peaceful protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly, alleging that the state government was breaking its own laws by erecting high rise structures in the area they had ruled would only be for low density buildings.

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Greenland Estate residents raise alarm over police harassment

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*The ongoing road rehabilitation at Jakande Estate, Isolo. Photo: Sylva Eleanya

Some residents of Greenland Estate located on kilometer 42 along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Agbodi, have protested the continued harassment of Police officers from Ibafo Police Division.

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Fashola approves solar power for Lagos schools

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*PSC Solar generator

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has approved the provision of solar power to all public schools in the state even as 134 junior and senior secondary schools won a total sum of N268 million in this year’s Governor’s Award under the Lagos Eko Project.

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Harassed by AEPB officials: The ordeal of an Abuja motorist

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A suspected offender being forcefully arrested  by policemen attached to a task force team.

Officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, are more commonly known for running after street hawkers, seizing their wares and sometimes arresting them. But they recently upped the ante by harassing one hapless fellow and vandalising his car. The middle aged man had stopped briefly to answer a phone call along the ever- busy Wuse under bridge

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Nigeria records over 10,000 deaths through ‘generator’ fumes

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Generator-set

Alarmed by the increasing death of Nigerians through inhalation of fumes from electricity generating sets popularly known as generators, the President, Good Governance Initiative, GGI, Mr. Festus Mbisiogu, has called on the Federal Government to urgently take steps to halt the trend. He said at the last count no fewer than 10,000 Nigerians have over the years died from poisonous ‘generator’ fumes, especially in the years between 2008 and 2014

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Varsity scholarship for 102-yr-old monarch

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Recently as rural Emevor rolled out its drums to celebrate the opening of a Study Centre of the National Open University of Nigerian, NOUN, Paramount Ruler of the Isoko North Local Government Area community; HRM Francis Onovughakpor Ekhama got a surprise favour.

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Ikorodu monarch’s demise: A widow reflects

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The death on Saturday August 2 of the paramount ruler of Ikorodu, the Ayangburen, Oba Salaudeen Oyefusi, expectedly threw the entire town into mourning. Also not surprisingly the ancient town has been playing host to several eminent personalities, community leaders and concerned citizens coming to mourn the traditional ruler who died at the age of 83 after reigning for a period of 43 years.

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Escape from ritual killers: The story of two students

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Even as he ponders the mystery behind his recent near-death experience, 13-year-old JSS two student of Government Secondary School Gboko, Dooyum Moar, strongly feels that his escape from the den of ritual killers in Gboko, Benue State calls for celebration.

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Road Traffic Law: 2 years after, Lagos APC faults police misapplication

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File: Traffic gridlock on Apapa/Oshodi express road, due to slow construction job of the road by Julius Berger and commuter spent sever hours on the road. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos has come out with a damning verdict that policemen of the Lagos command have defeated the intention for which the state’s traffic law was promulgated.

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Lagos govt, rainstorm victims tango over relief fun

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Some victims of April 13, 2014, rainstorm and occupants of defective buildings in Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, are currently at crossroads as the Lagos State Government is yet to disburse relief fund earlier promised the affected people.

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Apapa regeneration plan remains in limbo, 2 years after

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Standstill at Mile-2 to Tincan, along Oshodi-Apapa expressway yesterday. Photo: Joe Akintola, Photo editor.

TWO years after the technical committee set up by the Federal and Lagos State governments to address issues affecting businesses in Apapa, the regeneration plan is yet to be fully implemented.

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Imo: Contractors flee with mobilisation fees

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Imo-Road

When Chief Rochas Okorocha came on board as Governor of Imo State, he told the world that he was in a haste to develop the state.

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NSCDC to job seekers: Beware of fraudsters on the prowl

  /   in Metro 12:21 am   /   Comments

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The operated like the Biblical thief in the night. But since he was not Jesus Christ, the Messiah, he was promptly arrested by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.

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For eight challenged Deltans, it’s time to walk

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In the Bible, Jesus Christ was portrayed as the miracle worker. Among His many miracles was making the lame to walk. It is a miracle many who believe in Him also claim to have performed merely by invoking His name.

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Lagos generates 12,000 tonnes of garbage daily

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New LAWMA trucks...women drive some of them

As Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, battles to rid Lagos of garbage and other unwanted materials in spite of daunting challenges, refuse generation in the megacity has risen from 10,000 to 12,000 metric tonnes per day.

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2014: OPD handles 4,036 cases, N8.3m compensation paid

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The Office of the Public Defender, OPD, has disclosed that it treated a total number of 4,036 cases and ensured that N8,332,598.00 compensation was paid to deserving people between January and July 2014.

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Ifa day in Yorubaland

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Otunba Gani Adams with guests at the event

Members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) across the nation recently had a wonderful moment .It was a day the members of the Yoruba socio-cultural group gathered at the Government Technical College, Abule- Ado, Lagos, to celebrate their annual Ifa festival

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‘Collapsing wall killed my only two sons… and my world came to a halt’

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building-Benin

The tragedy that befell the Edo State Chairman of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Mr Osamudiamen Osagiede, penultimate Saturday, in Benin City, is something that he will not even wish for his enemy. On that day, Osagiede lost two sons and 12-year-old niece in a collapsed building in Urora community, Benin-City.

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Help, Aba residents cry out to FG, Gov Orji

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Aba is one of the two commercial and industrial nerve centres of the South East geo-political zone. The other one is Nnewi in Anambra State. Apart from this truism, Aba remains one town that will remain evergreen in my memory.

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Plateau: Group tasks residents on tolerance

  /   in Metro 12:28 am   /   Comments

Stakeholders working on the permanent restoration of peace in Plateau State have been urged to redouble efforts at preaching and promoting tolerance and peaceful coexistence as no development can take place in a state of continuous rancour.

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Succour at last for Bauchi flood, insurgency victims

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Victims of flood disaster and insurgency in Bauchi State presently have cause to smile and temporarily forget their pains and distress.

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Commercial vehicle drivers besiege training centres

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*Danfo buses in Lagos...can they be phased out?

Unlike what obtained in the recent past, the Oshodi headquarters of the Lagos State Drivers Institute, LASDRI, is presently a beehive of activities.

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205 Roads: Residents disagree with LASG’s claims

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Failed portion of Ajegunle link road to Oshodi-Apapa Expressway

Following recent claims by the Lagos State Government, LASG, that it is currently executing across the state at least 205 road projects, residents who spoke to Vanguard disagree with governor Babatunde Fashola.

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How Lagos Water Corporation short-changes its workers

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*Fashola

There is currently a brewing acrimony between the management of the Lagos Water Corporation, LWC and staffs of the corporation, over the handling of the Retirement Savings Account, RSA under the new pension scheme, introduced in 2007.

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2 years after Lagos ban Okada: Public outcry against Police continues

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A Policeman seizing a motorcycle from the owner, in Lagos.

In less than 11 days, it will be two years that the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, signed the Lagos Traffic Bill into law, banning commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada riders, from plying 475 major routes within the state metropolis.

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Why pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, illegal refinery thrive in Niger Delta

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File photo: Pipeline fire

Crude oil related crimes have continued to rise in the Niger Delta despite efforts by the nation’s security agencies, including the Joint Task Force,. codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, to curb the menace.

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When people die for land !

  /   in Metro 12:08 am   /   Comments

Abuja-land

ABUJA is fast becoming a conundrum wrapped in mystery over land. This is the reason individuals, developers and public officers stake their lives for land in Abuja. Land in the FCT is an asset as valuable as diamond.

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Nyanya: Another tragedy averted!

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Nyanya-bomb

What would have been a black day was averted in Nyanya, the scene of April 14 bomb explosion where over 100 lives were lost, while scores sustained various degree of injuries. Another blast ripped through the area on May 1, killing several people.

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Abuja no longer the same!

  /   in Metro 2:13 am   /   Comments

A survivor of  a blast

The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory Command, Joseph Mbu gave a bizarre order last week: henceforth, any resident of Abuja who wishes to refill his gas cylinder would have to obtain a permit from the police as movement of gas cylinders from one place to another in the Federal Capital Territory has been banned!

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Warri turns filthy again

  /   in Metro 9:00 pm   /   Comments

Warri and  filthy

EPIDEMIC looms in Warri Metropolis as residents have defied government efforts at making the oil rich city clean by deliberately embarking on indiscriminate dumping of refuse in all nooks and crannies of the city.

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Day of joy at LASU as students get tuition relief

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LASU Students

IT came as a pleasant surprise to most of them. Indeed many students of the Lagos State University, LASU, still have cause to cherish the event of Thursday July 10, 2014, which took place in the school campus.

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