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A bond for Niger Bridge II

AFTER years of playing sick politics with the Second Niger Bridge, the Federal Government seems to have decided to get serious with it. The new Minister of Works, Senator Sanusi Daggash, has spent quite some time touring the dilapidated federal roads in the South East zone and giving ultimatums for the contractors handling the repairs to expedite action.

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Sixteen years of June 12

This was even more profound given the fact that the rival National Republican Convention (NRC) had a more balanced ticket of Alhaji Bashir Tofa as presidential candidate and Dr Sylvester Ugoh as his running mate. Abiola won in all parts of the country, which indicated that Nigerians also eschewed ethnic, tribal and religious sentiments in making their choice.

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INEC Grants To Political Parties

IN recent times, there have been calls for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to scrap the grants it gives to registered political parties. The National Assembly appears to be moving in the direction of amending the constitution to remove the clauses that enjoin the Commission to give out these grants.

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ECOWAS suspension of Guinea, Niger

Explaining the suspension of the two French speaking countries, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Idi Hong, declared: “ Niger and Guinea remain suspended from ECOWAS in line with relevant provisions of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the African Union Constitutive Act of 2000 until constitutional order is restored in the two countries”.

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Rig Election, Go To Jail

ON each of the occasions he has had an opportunity to make important speeches and pronouncements since he emerged as the nation’s chief helmsman, President Goodluck Jonathan has harped on his desire to ensure that the general elections of 2011 conform to universal best practices. He has made more pledges on this issue than on any other, which implies that free, fair and acceptable elections in 2011 is his major priority.

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Children’s Day 2010: what now?

Since the world’s tiniest country – The Vatican – pioneered the celebration of Children’s Day, it soon assumed a worldwide dimension when the first International Children’s Day was held in Turkey on April 23rd 1920 in Turkey . The first Children’s Day organised by the International Union for Child Welfare was held in Geneva in 1955. From the 1970’s, it was adopted as an annual ritual in Nigeria .

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