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CHILD LABOUR: Travails of children who, like adults, must work in order to survive!

In Nigeria, findings have linked child labour to widespread poverty, rapid urbanisation and a breakdown in extended family affiliations

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State Police to the rescue? (2)

In this concluding part of the report which was first published yesterday, popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, continues his enumeration of the legal grounds for effective policing of each state of the  federation, while Ahmed Joda, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, Dr Junaid Mohammed and Monday Ubani also had their say on the introduction of state police in Nigeria.

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The political economy of restructuring the Nigerian federation (1)

No issue commands a greater, broader consensus in Nigeria today than the need for restructuring the Nigerian federation.

Almost the entire Nigerian socio-cultural-political groups (South West /Yoruba Nation; South-South; South-East /Ndigbo; Middle Belt, and the former Northern Region) have either produced or are working to announce their template for restructuring. Even some political parties, led by the All Progressives Congress (APC), have either announced details of their position on restructuring or made “true federalism” the centre piece of their manifestos for a better Nigeria. It is fair to admit however that there is still reasonable disagreement regarding the consistency of the case for restructuring and the nature and content of restructuring.

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Lingering traffic chaos from Lagos ports: Ambode’s case for revival of other ports

LAGOS State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, recently added his voice to the call for ailing ports in other parts of the country to be revived to enable them take some of the load off Lagos which is presently choking on account of unabating traffic gridlock caused by tankers heading to or leaving the ports at Apapa. According to him: “As it is now, other ports in Nigeria must begin to work immediately to decongest gridlock in Lagos”.  

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Lingering traffic gridlock: Emergency interventions, short term solutions

INTERMITTENT interventions by the Federal Government, the Lagos State government and some private stakeholders have always provided a ray of hope for an end to the lingering traffic gridlock in Apapa and environs. Unfortunately such interventions only bring short term solutions, thus failing to achieve the much-desired long term objective. But this has not stopped those concerned from continuing to make promises on how to contain the problem.

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Aftermath of unabating Apapa gridlock: Illness, sudden death lurk on emerging waste dumps

THERE is distress of huge proportions for motorists along Oshodi-Apapa expressway in Lagos. The entire stretch of the road from Second Rainbow Bus-stop and beyond is completely taken over by hundreds of flat-bed trailers and fuel trucks that regularly ply the route, but are often permanently parked right on the expressway causing a gridlock.

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