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Seven-Point Agenda: As public silence becomes noisy

NOBODY can write off the optimism that trailed Yar’Adua’s inaugural speech. It was inspirational, even as it raised the expectations of a people, used to mis- governance. Since then, promises made, are yet to translate to overwhelming prosperity. Not even the pledged generational shift, has been noticed in federal appointments-a reason why many have blamed
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Lagos mega city: We are increasing our capacity to respond to people’s needs — Fashola

On Wednesday, July 8, the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) held an interactive session with print and electronic media executives in Lagos. The forum afforded the governor an opportunity to respond to a wide range of issues raised by the journalists on the mega city challenges confronting the State. Below are excerpts: OKADA
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Yar’Adua means well for all Nigerians, especially people of the Niger Delta — Elder Orubebe

Elder Godsday Orubebe is Minister of   State in the Ministry of  Niger Delta  Development. In this chat with Abayomi Adeshida he speaks  the mandate of the Ministry and how its objectives  are being realized . Orubebe swears that the Yar’Adua administration believes strongly  that “the renewal we are expecting, will take place.” Excerpts: What are
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The Yar‘Adua approach to Niger Delta: Is it fiscal discipline or contempt?

By EMMANUEL AZIKEN ABUJA-The disappointment on the faces of the Niger Delta Senators was not hidden after their first meeting with President Umaru Yar‘Adua in January 2008. Their expectation that the former university teacher turned President would quickly resolve the Niger Delta question as he promised during his electioneering campaign had turned into a vapour.
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The forgotten Four

BY DONU KOGBARA Last week, relatives and supporters of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Ogoni activist and writer, secured a historic $15.5 million settlement from Shell, the international oil company they have persistently blamed for Ken’s November l995 execution. Given that Ken has, for nearly twocades, been regarded as an iconic environmental and human rights champion by
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