Oyo and its ‘harvest’ of abandoned, failed projects

    Ajimobi has taken us back to primitive era –Residents   Oyo prides itself as the Pacesetter State. But a recent tour of its neighbourhoods by Head, Special Investigation, Isioma Madike, uncovered a stream of abandoned projects that are rotting away, awful roads and collapsed bridges that have continued to wreak havoc and cause sleepless nights for the inhabitants     One of the major prerequisites of efficient functioning of a place is said to be the facility for movement of people, goods and services. But the deplorable state of…

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No woman enticed me to leave Catholic church –Rev Patrick Edet

The Catholic community and indeed the entire Akwa Ibom State and beyond were shocked beyond words, when one of the finest and best known priests in the state, Rev. Fr. Patrick Edet, renounced his stewardship as a priest of the Catholic church. He remains a priest however, albeit, not in the definition professed by the Catholic church. Dropping the bombshell, Edet said, he should be addressed as, Reverend Patrick Edet. He added that, he could also be addressed as Father. He said:”From today henceforth, I cease to be a Catholic…

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Kudos, knocks trail floating latrines built by Bayelsa lawmaker

Kate Owoko, a relatively wellknown figure in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, is in the news for the wrong reasons for building a floating latrine for some women in her constituency. Owoko, who represents the Southern Ijaw Constituency 2 at the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, must have thought it would be a good thing to provide floating latrines for the women of Okori-Ama and Oweidei-Ama in Amassoma but she is now receiving knocks on different fronts for that. A trip to the community, which takes up to one hour and half…

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Tapping into Africa’s trillion dollar blue economy

Paul Ogbuokiri   Before now, Africa was regarded as ‘ocean blind’, oblivious of the ‘Blue Economy’, and that was on for centuries until in the last one decade. Blue economy includes fishing, agriculture, tourism, ocean energy etc. that contributes to human well-being in an economically sustainable way. Africa in 2015 at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Heads of States and Governments of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia opened a new chapter that experts say could unlock the continent’s trillion dollar potentials in her seas and oceans. At…

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COLLAPSED BUILDING: Trapped man made calls for days under rubbles –Residents

Building collapse around Nigeria has become a recurring decimal of late. More worrisome is the apparent unprepared nature of the country’s emergency response in this regard. The incident on Massey Street, Lagos Island, on Tuesday appears to have confirmed this fact. 48 hours after the sad occurrence, one of those trapped in the debris was still calling with his cell phone for help that never came. There are also worries over nearby buildings that are wobbling and waiting to collapse if nothing urgent is done to avert a second calamity…

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A riverine camp rescued by a floating school

Ogor is a camp in the creeks of Bayelsa State. The pupils of the neighbourhood never had the opportunity to attain a formal education because there was none within their reach. The children of migrant fishermen, whose literacy rate is put at over 2.0 per cent, according to the authorities, are denied education through no fault of theirs. They are difficult to educate as they do not have a permanent place of their own. In this report, PAULINE ONYIBE tells the story of Soul Winners Evangelical World Outreach (SWEWO), which…

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OUR PAINS, OUR AGONIES BY PARENTS OF CHILDREN LIVING WITH HIV

Nigeria has the highest rate of cases of HIV-positive children in the world. In this report, APPOLONIA ADEYEMI recounts the ordeal parents and the affected children living with the virus face     Ahousewife, Madam Oluchi Nwokomma, was well aware that her one-year-old daughter, Ogechi, had some health challenges except that she could not tell what the problem was. She summoned the courage and took her daughter to the HIV/AIDS Clinic at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Lagos, to ascertain her status not long after. The choice of…

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Inside Aba clothes making industry

Emmanuel Ifeanyi ABA Clothing is one of the basic needs of man. Just as food nourishes the body, so does clothing add flair and glamour to the physical look of man. As you imbibe the advice of your nutritionist to stay healthy and in shape, clothes make you express yourself without saying a word. To make that happen, don’t look across the oceans. Just allow the rising sun to guide you to Eastern Nigeria so that you could locate Kent, the melting pot of clothes making in Aba, Nigeria’s hub…

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KILLER TRUCKS EVERYWHERE!

Truck owners blame govt for accidents on Lagos roads         …lose 400 trucks on port access roads     On a daily basis, many people lose their lives as a result of the recklessness exhibited by many truck drivers, who are believed to be the root causes of many accidents due to the disobedience of traffic rules and regulations. While some of these drivers look very deadly and quite fearful, others act like the lords of the manor of the roads. In fact, some of these drivers who are seen…

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Mother of 4 recounts ordeal: Badoo threatened to return after surviving their attack

I woke at 3am to see Badoo member in my room –Survivor Think Twice was ‘arrested’ at 10pm not 2am –Family   He was a young comedian trying to make a name while studying along with the hustle. Focused on God and always available in church, according to those close to him, Chinedu Paul adopted Think Twice as his stage name. If only his killers had afforded themselves the luxury of second thoughts, he, along with two Automobile repair technicians he invited to Odogunyan all the way from Festac Town,…

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