Monday July 28th, 2014
Monday July 28th, 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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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 !

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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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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!

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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

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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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Two months in abeyance: The story of judiciary crippled by crisis

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It is about six weeks the Rivers State Judiciary complex has been under lock and key because of the strike embarked upon by the state chapter of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN. State Chairman of JUSUN, Comrade George Sokari, who announced the decision of the union to proceed on an indefinite strike on June 10 last month hinged their action on threat to lives around and within courts premises in the state.

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Truck owners appeal to LASG for packing bay

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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.

The Chairman, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Chief Remi Ogungbemi,has appealed to the Lagos State Government, LASG, to provide a packing bay for trucks.

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Land Reclamation: Safety concerns of a sand-filled Lagos

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LOCATED in between Obalende and Third Mainland Bridge. On its right is the popular Isale Eko, an area believed to be the aboriginal home of Lagos indigines.

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When ‘1000’ tricycle operators marched against police extortion

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File photo: Okada riders

Commercial activities were grounded in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State, following a peaceful demonstration embarked upon by members of Keke NAPEP drivers association, in collaboration with members of the Campaign for Democracy, CD, a human rights group.

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Fashola opens Mile 2 corridor

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FASHOLA VISITS WHARF: Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State (left), listening to Mr. Aloga Ogbogo, General Manager (Admin) of Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO (right); as Chief Remi Ogungbemi, President, Association of Maritime Truck Owners, AMATO, (2nd right) and others watch during Governor Fashola's visit to Apapa/Oshodi Expressway and Wharf to check compliance of Truck, Tankers Drivers and Owners, at Wharf  Gate, Apapa, Lagos yesterday. Photo by Bunmi Azeez.

For several months, motorists have been going through harrowing experiences along the Apapa/Oshodi expressway, especially at Mile 2, no thanks to the unending traffic gridlock caused by tanker drivers who queue endlessly for petroleum products, as well as the ongoing construction work being executed by construction giant – Julius Berger Plc.

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How Lagos de-congests prisons through community service

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In addressing prison congestion, Lagos state government says its judicial system has sentenced 789 offenders to various terms of community service across the 12 magisterial districts of the state, in the last 100 days.

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Abuja’s stinking streets!

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Abuja, the nation’s capital city, may pride itself as one of the fast growing cities in the world with architectural master piece and magnificent edifices but, in terms of environmental sanitation, there is nothing to write home about

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‘People, animals drink from same stream in Abuja suburb’

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Miss FCT Tourism with Zhipe children

The living condition of about three million people living in Zhipe community in Karu Local Area Council of Nasarawa State is pathetic.

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Apapa traffic horror: Govt set for showdown with tanker drivers, others

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Oshodi-Apapa traffic gridlock

Worried by the continued traffic gridlock in and around Apapa area due to the activities of tanker drivers and operators of articulated vehicles, Lagos State Government has announced plans to enforce the necessary measures towards ensuring compliance with the state Road Traffic Law.2014.

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Black weekend in Lagos community: Pregnant woman, three others found dead

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By Bose Adelaja On Saturday, June 28. Superior Evangelist Isaiah Adebola and his wife Deborah had already gone to bed after the day’s itinerary when suddenly they heard a knock at the door of their makeshift apartment located within their temporary church premises. The cleric who was just recovering from an undisclosed ailment managed to

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LCC trains drivers on road safety

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As part of the on-going campaign by Lekki Concession Company, LCC to promote road safety and positively influence road user habits, the company recently completed the second edition of training and re-certification for 100 drivers in Lagos State.

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Who owns the land? Ex-lawmaker, state govt at daggers-drawn over land

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THE law maker who represented Ohaukwu North constituency at the Ebonyi State House of Assembly between 2007 and 2011, Pastor Vincent Awoke, weekend raised alarm that the state government had encroached on his plots of land situated at Egu-Effium NSF Ezzamgbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the State.

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Outcry, rampage over rising accidents involving BRT buses

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Some of  BRT Buses put on fire by  army of the killing one of them by BRT Driver at Palmgrove,  bus-stop on Friday 4-7-2014, PHOTO; Kehinde Gbadamosi

Barely six years, after the Lagos State Government, through its regulatory agency, the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, introduced the Bus Rapid Transit System, BRT, in collaboration with some operators, public outcry has continued to greet the rising catalog of accidents involving the BRT buses, which have claimed several lives, leaving most victims and passengers on board with various degrees of injuries.

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For Abuja pupils, it’s one child, one book

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THE belief in some quarters is that the failure of government at all levels at providing the basic needs of Nigerians has engendered a wide gap between leadership and followership in Nigeria.

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From Europe with tales of woe

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Travellers at the arrival wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport II Ikeja in Lagos.

From available information, life has become a tale of hopelessness, indeed one big hell, for many Nigerians who left their country to seek for greener pastures abroad.

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Bodija International market: One fire too many

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OLA AJAYI, IBADAN The fire that gutted some parts of Bodija International market in Ibadan understandably left most traders in the big market very devastated. For them, it was a fire disaster too many. They were done with the day’s sales and had gone home only to have an emergency call that their shops were

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Mixed reactions trail new railway coaches in Lagos

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*File photo

THE commissioning of two Diesel Multiple Units, DMUs and six 68-seater passenger coaches, all air-conditioned, acquired by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) from China, last month has generated mixed reactions from stakeholders. The coaches targeted at the elites and middle class were commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan
The commissioning apparently caused the NRC to increase fares payable for train rides from N150 to N230 for general ride, while First Class ride was increased from N500 to N750. This decision caused travelers to disrupt activities of the NRC on the day the new fares were to become effective as passengers at Itoki, Opo Suuru, Ijoko, Alagbado train stations protested against the hike by burning tyres on the rail tracks.
While the protesters applauded the upgrade of the new passenger coaches they were totally against any increment.
Globally, rail transportation is considered the cheapest and arguably the safest means of transport.
Also, it’s convenience explains why it enjoys patronage from different classes of people.
NRC’s Managing Director, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, said the new railway vehicles meant to be deployed for mass transit train services, are expected to increase the number of passengers moved by railway in Lagos from the current 16,000 to 22,000 daily.
Sijuwade added that the six air-conditioned coaches, each with 68 passengers capacity would be deployed as first class coaches on long distance intercity train services, starting with Lagos to Kano service.

Heavy locomotives

“These DMUs will free up a number of our heavy locomotives currently being used for passenger services, which can then be redeployed to pull freight wagons. This configuration eliminates shunting at terminal stations, thereby reducing delays and journey time,’’ he stated.
For Olanrewaju Abisoye who resides in Alagbado, Lagos ; “When the government wants more patronage, it has to take note of the lower class. There is no need for us to deceive ourselves, poverty in this country is alarming.
“Majority of the people are poor. We cannot hide it. If the price of boarding a train is exorbitant, the few rich people being targeted will never increase general patronage.’’
Okwudili Nzube lives in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, on Lagos Island. According to him; “Even if you have not traveled outside Nigeria, we all watch the television and we are connected through the internet to know that there is always a price tag on goods and services.
“The NRC has brought those state-of-the-art coaches for the middle class and the elites so that all of us could use the train. Why then are people protesting? I will pay for what is good whenever I see it.
Uzezi Samuelson lives it Sululere. He said of the development; “The major problem facing Nigeria is maintenance. Right from independence till now. How can you expect us to pay such a high amount for train which is suppose to be at the reach of the common man? This government does not consider several factors which is sad.
Ibrahim Mumuni lives at Mile 2. He said; “I will pay any amount for good services. Why do Nigerians expect government to provide everything for them? Some people feel that the government should even marry wives for them, cloth and breast feed their babies! For any thing to thrive, there has to be financial implications.’’

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