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Day over 1,000 destitute persons cried for joy in Lagos

Last weekend, when most young professionals resident in Lagos were resting from the usual hustling and bustling of the city, some benevolent others placed premium on having a sacrificial weekend. These were members of the Rotary Club of Victoria Island, and their choice venue was the Okobaba Destitute Home at Ebute-Metta in Lagos— a community of lepers, visually-impaired and physically-challenged persons.

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Post 2015 DG: Moves to end poverty by 2030 will be realised if — Group

Abuja – Moves to eradicate poverty by 2030 with the Post 2015 Development Goals (DG), set to be unveiled at the United Nations in September this year, will be realize if issues of girls and women is prioritize, the ONE Campaign group has said. Speaking at the launch of ‘Poverty is Sexist Campaign’ in Abuja, the Executive Director of ONE Africa, Dr.Sipho Moyo stressed that efforts should be directed where the need is greatest, in both the poorest countries, to boost the prospects of girls and women, who are disproportionately affected.

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Archbishop Okeke visits Onitsha prisons, makes case for awaiting trial inmates

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace, Dr. Valerian Okeke has called on the Judiciary, to give priority to cases concerning the awaiting trials inmates, ATMs, in Onitsha prisons by giving the cases accelerated hearings as justice delayed is justice denied. Okeke said that it was unacceptable for the ATMs to remain in the custody much longer than their prison terms if they were eventually convicted for the offences for which they were remanded in custody.

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INEC official attacked by thugs leaves hospital

Aba—An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Sunday Chigozie who had been in hospital following injuries he sustained after being attacked by some hoodlums believed to be political thugs, has been discharged. Narrating his ordeal to South East Voice, Chigozie said he was attacked during the Saturday, April 11, 2015, governorship/ state assembly elections, while travelling to Umuahia to see his boss, who had asked him to bring some items for her at the INEC state headquarters.

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Anambra pensioners groan under unpaid entitlements

AWKA—PENSIONERS in Anambra State have been groaning under unpaid pension arrears owed them for years by the Federal Government, with many of them complaining that they have become tired of being tossed about by federal civil servants in charge of pensions in Abuja. Though they have been getting their state pension regularly, they alleged that those responsible for the federal pension frustrated them so much so that they had resigned to fate. In Anambra State, it had become a common feature for the pensioners in the state to be meeting regularly to discuss their plight.

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Reduce bride price, Akonobi, ex-military governor of Anambra, pleads with Igbo parents

ONITSHA — Former Military governor of old Anambra State, Col. Robert Akonobi (rtd), has pleaded with Igbo parents to reduce the bride price of their daughters so that ‘’our young boys can marry them.” ‘’To me, this topic (bride price) has been dealth with in the past by Ndigbo, who came out with a reduced bride price, to enable our young boys marry our young girls,” Akonobi said.

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Pupils in Umunachi community rejoice over donation of band by alumnus

“You know that when a foundation of a house is faulty you can hardly rectify such faulty foundation. What you do is to pull down the entire building, but if the foundation is solid and there is an error subsequently you can always rectify that error. “Therefore, if the foundation was not properly laid, probably it would have been very difficult for that person to rise up to secondary school or university level, but where the foundation is properly laid you will appreciate that the sky would be the limit of that child.

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Foundation moves to sustain the legacies of Fr. Stan Anih

ENUGU—A non-profit making organisation, Prof. Stan Chinedu Anih, PROFSCA,Foundation, has held a one-week memorial activities to mark the first anniversary of its benefactor, Rev. Fr. Stan Anih, who was renowned for his ecumenical activities in communities in Enugu State and beyond. Anih was until his death on April last year, founder, Ecumenical Secondary School, Thinkers Corner, in Enugu as well as the African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, ATCOICOE, Enugu and the Coal City University, among others.

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Several months after fire tragedy, traders still count losses

SUNDAY June 9, 2013, is a day that traders at the Speedwell Plaza, Trinity Spare parts market in Olodi Apapa, now remember with pain and regret. It was a day their shops at the plaza were razed by fire that left them suffering huge losses and being heart-broken. Two years after, they are yet to recover from that disaster as they are still lamenting their losses. This is after several Save- Our-Soul, SOS, letters and appeals to the Lagos State Government have failed to yield any comforting response.

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