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Frequent tragedies on Nigerian waterways

It was an unlikely tale of boat-related tragedies on the waterways of Nigeria in the past months. The immediate past year was particularly eventful with several such tragedies recorded. The tragic tale of mishaps continued in 2016 as last month, a boat conveying 17 passengers capsized, killing seven persons in Badore area of Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

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Advent of Mobile traffic courts: Fear grips motorists as many traffic offenders convicted, fined

FOR a long time Jide Atanda, a Lagos commercial vehicle driver, delighted in terrorising other road users through his unbridled reckless driving. A self-styled James Bond, Jide, who plies the Isolo/Mushin route, was particularly notorious for driving against the traffic and negotiating treacherous bends at hair-raising speed

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Ideologies don’t deliver results for the poor, By Oby Ezekwesili

In this first of a three-part article, my aim is to get President Muhammadu Buhari to re-evaluate his obvious discomfort with the workings of a market economy and change; so that he can effectively lead the CHANGE agenda that he promised Nigerians. To the extent that the engine of wealth creation and poverty reduction is the private sector when enabled and not when crippled, this intervention is necessary to lend my voice to that of other concerned Nigerians.

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Over-pricing, under-dispensing: The many antics of fuel marketing companies

CALL it a game of cat and mouse you will not be wrong. But it is a game where the mouse surprisingly appears to be having the upper hand, using a combination of guile and subterfuge to outsmart the bewildered cat. This is the story playing out between the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and petroleum products marketing companies in Nigeria.

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Heart-rending stories of IDPs sacked from Lagos settlement

Trauma of losing loved ones, homes and means of livelihood to the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East of Nigeria, drove them to Lagos and now, they are going through a second round of trauma. They have been sent packing from their settlement in the Kirikiri industrial area of Lagos, close to Monkey Village. Recently, Vanguard Features, VF met one of the leaders of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mr. Peter, and upon enquiring how they were faring, heard the most heart-rending response.

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The Sultan’s message of peace!

Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, no doubt, is a uniting force, not only in Nigeria but also in the world. As a revered monarch, the retired Army General-turned king’s many contributions to national, continental and global peace must have been responsible for the loud ovation that rented the air at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria,recently, where he was installed Chancellor of the prestigious university.

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On Atiku’s day of honour, a case for free, universal education

FORMER Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is certainly no stranger to the honours podium. In fact, it can be said that he is one of the most decorated Nigerians alive, having been so often honoured within and outside the country that he probably may have lost count of the number of awards he had garnered. A man of many parts, his wide range of awards were given as special recognition for his significant achievements in political, business and humanitarian causes.

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Amazing stories from Yola that defy Boko Haram bombs

DUE to intermittent attacks, including suicide bombings, from Boko Haram insurgents, major parts of Nigeria’s North East states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are generally perceived as often haunted by the spectre of death and destruction, and therefore, no-go-areas. This is why Yola, the Adamawa State capital, which until lately was largely a haven of refuge for residents and the internally displaced or those fleeing the horrors of terrorists attacks, is now regarded as highly endangered on account of some suicide bombings recorded there.

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A misguided engagement of the Biafra issue

He may have taken more than three months but President Muhammadu Buhari would need to deal with the growing discontent coming from the South-East. His direct silence or, better put, seeming indifference, or both, has, one way or the other, contributed, in no small measure, to the spark that has happened on members and leaders of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB – and the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, riddled by in-fighting, is playing catch up with relevance.

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