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Building peace with the World Cup in Jos

“It is a goal!” the excited crowd shouted in unison following Nigeria’s goal against Greece in the on-going World Cup in South Africa. There was back-slapping, shaking of hands and holding of shoulders as the patriotic spirit in the crowd gathered at one of the Peace Football Viewing Centres established by the Military Special Task Force maintaining security in the troubled Plateau State capital took over. Like the typical setting in a stadium people momentarily forgot the tension and suspicion that had polarized the city along religious and ethnic lines for some time now to watch and enjoy football.

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Relief for Rivers road users as govt responds with operation fix potholes

For long motorists and commuters complained bitterly, albeit impotently, about the many pot-holes that dotted almost every stretch of some roads in Port Harcourt metropolis and environs. Observers attributed the development to the upsurge in the number of cars plying the roads following a sharp rise in population then. With this, road congestion suddenly became a regular feature leading, in experts’ estimation, to the sudden collapse of road infrastructure.

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Stiff penalty for traffic offenders …As Lagos moves to check excesses of motorcyclists

Shalaman was a popular commercial motorcyclist at Obalende who took pleasure in flouting traffic rules until nemesis caught up with him. He was coming from the Bar Beach side of the road one day when the traffic light at Ajose Adeogun junction turned red. Rather than obeying the light by stopping, he continued moving It was a terrible mistake as he rammed his bike into an incoming vehicle, seriously injuring himself and his passengers, and damaging his bike beyond repair.

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A story of survival : My battle with Cancer, Prof Omo Omoruyi (2)

In this concluding part of the interview with Professor Omo Omoruyi of the then Centre for Democratic Studies, CDS, you would read about what General Ibrahim Babangida told Olu Falae and Papa Adekunle Ajasin when they met. You would also read about how Prof. Omo Omoruyi escaped assassination. But who were those behind the attempt on his life? Why is Omoruyi still carrying eight pellets of bullets in his body since 1994? How did Omoruyi survive cancer? He is a survivor and you only need to read his story and then understand and, perhaps, convince yourself about values and virtues of being a public office holder in a country where anything can happen.

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With road construction contractors, it’s mere sighs, hisses as NDDC comes calling

The nine states that make up the interventionist constituency of the Niger Delta Development Commission has since last month been taking turns to play host to top officials of the Commission on projects inspection tours of these states. Recently, it was the turn of Imo State that prides itself as the Eastern Heartland. But after a tour that took the NDDC delegation round some project sites, the unequivocal verdict was: Poor job all the way.

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At last, a ray of hope for the disabled

In Nigeria, people with physical disabilities are no strangers to challenges bordering on discrimination, loneliness, dependence on people for assistance and victimization. Because they have to depend on the good will of members of the society; they are more often than not viewed as individuals who cannot contribute to national development.

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Bini monarch, chiefs curse kidnappers, robbers

THE Bini monarch, Oba Erediauwa, yesterday, rained curses on kidnappers, armed robbers and people involved in other violent crime in the state, with his chiefs, led by the Iyase (Prime Minister) of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, the Isekhure of Benin Kingdom (Chief Priest of the Kingdom), Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, going round the streets of Benin, proclaiming and laying curses on evil doers in the society.

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