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Looming earthquake: Measures to avert devastating impacts in Nigeria — Experts

Nigerian seismologists are all agreed that Nigeria is no longer an earthquake-free zone (aseismic) as previously believed following the series of earth tremors in different parts of the country in recent times. This development requires that measures be put in place to mitigate the devastating effects when a major earthquake occurs in Nigeria. In this report, Vanguard Features presents the solutions as proffered by experts.

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Looming floods: Thousands of Lagosians may be displaced – Femi Giwa

Recently, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) and the Nigeria Metrological Agency, NIMet, issued warnings that a number of states are likely to experience high flood this year. Weather forecast through the Seasonal Rainfall Predictions indicates that Lagos could be one of the areas prone to the looming floods. Following this prediction, Lagos and seven other states in the South West zone of the country got together to take proactive emergency preparedness response measures. In this interview, Head of Operations and Logistics, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Femi Giwa, warns that up to 5,000 residents of the state may become homeless this year from floods. He opens up on strategies to be employed to tackle the looming disaster. Excerpts:

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Amina Ali Nkeki: Rescued but still ‘missing’ Chibok girl

Was she rescued? Was she simply found? Whatever the case, Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the 219 Chibok school girls, is no longer in the terrorists’ den; she has since been ‘recovered’. But, while she is not with her parents, Nkeki is also not with #BringBackOurGirls, a group of individuals who have been advocating the release of the girls and who should know better. She is also not with her ‘Boko Haram husband,’ from whom she was ‘recovered’. Her whereabouts have remained largely unknown. Her Chibok community are at a loss as to her present location and state of being.

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The 31st Jegun Olu Ekun of Ile-Oluji

It was Gianni Versace (1946-1997), the critically acclaimed Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, who said in one of his perceptive moments that “in the past, people were born royal; nowadays, royalty comes from what you do”. King Sunny Ade also weighed in on this when he sang, “bibi ire o see fowo ra, o ti daju; ki a bi eni, ko to ka tun ara eni bi”. Simply put, it is not just enough to have the royal blood flowing in your vein; you must also develop yourself and “validate” your royal birth through your acts and deeds.

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Nigeria and South Africa: Forging Bonds of Mutual Prosperity in Mining

The recent state visit to Nigeria by President Jacob Zuma marked the beginning of a new chapter in relations between Nigeria and South Africa. Both countries have shared a sometimes turbulent history; we have also at different times reveled in the joy of aligned moral purpose – at some point towards the dismantling of apartheid, at some other point in the struggle to enthrone democracy.

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Nkpor Junction: Sad memories of another blood spill

Days after Igbos, and indeed many Nigerians, continue to lament and condemn the unfortunate killings at the popular Nkpor Junction in Idemili North Local Government Area, near the commercial city of Onitsha in Anambra State on Monday, May 30, 2016 during the remembrance day of Biafran heroes and heroines who died during the 1967 civil war. It has, however, emerged that this was the second of a major blood spill at Nkpor Junction which is an intersection of roads linking Onitsha, Obosi, Umuoji, Ogidi and the expressway leading to Awka and Enugu.

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