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COVID-19: How transporters, POS money traders rip off interstate, local passengers

Operators of different sectors of the Nigerian economy take advantage of the outbreak of coronavirus to exploit Nigerian masses, especially in the transport sector. JULIANA FRANCIS examines these practices and the weak regulatory system that enables such fraud   A photojournalist, Mohammed Abdullahi, residing at Ajah and working at Ikeja, said before COVID- 19, he […]

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COVID-19: How transporters, POS money traders rip off interstate, local passengers (1)

COVID-19: When commuters’ pains become transporters’ joy   The outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria has brought about many sharp practices, especially in the transport sector. JULIANA FRANCIS examines these practices and the weak regulatory system that enables such fraud Miss Anurika Onyemelam was determined her elder sister and sister-in-law would join the first bus heading […]

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Nigeria’s 94% sugar deficit despite huge incentives

Despite the implementation of the Backward Integration Programme (BIP) Nigeria has failed to achieve self-sufficiency in local sugar production, BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports Moves by the Federal Government to attain self-sufficiency in sugar production in 2020 have crashed by 1.62 million tonnes as the price of sugar at the global market soared to $365.70 per tonne. […]

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Ezza: Ebonyi community united by Okeaku festival (2)

Ezza Ezekuna and Ikwo clans of Ebonyi State have continued to use Okeaku and Nnesweoha new yam festivals as a unifying force to promote their cultures and traditions, writes UCHENNA INYA Uniting families A Dubai-based businessman and son of the clan, Paschal Oluchukwu Omaka, explained that Okeaku brings together all members of every family in […]

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Ezza: Ebonyi community united by Okeaku Festival (1)

Bonded by a rich cultural heritage Okeaku and Nnesweoha new yam festivals of Ezza Ezekuna and Ikwo clans in Ebonyi State have continued to be a unifying force for the people, promoting their cultures and traditions, writes UCHENNA INYA The people of Ezza Ezekuna are the descendants of Ezekuna, the first son of Ekumenyi. They […]

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Lockdown: Pushing the informal sector to the precipice

The informal sector of the Nigerian economy, which has been at the receiving end since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, is still facing some challenges despite the Federal Government’s promise of low interest loans as a stimulus to ease hardship, reports TAIWO HASSAN Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian business environment […]

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Ezzagu: Punished for wasted opportunities (2)

…CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK For not utilising its opportunities, Ezzagu community in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State is gripped by so many needs – good roads, hospitals, and other amenities, reports UCHENNA INYA lost three of my parishioners to lack of amenities -Cleric A cleric, who is presently the Parish Priest of St. […]

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Ezzagu: Punished for wasted opportunities

Ezzagu community in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State had some opportunities to change its narrative. But it does appear the opportunities were not utilised, leaving the area in deplorable state and dearth of amenities, reports UCHENNA INYA The people, roads to Ezzagu Ezzagu, which is part of Ezza clan in Ebonyi State, is […]

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Real estate: Feeding fat on buyers, accommodation seekers’ agony

Activities of fraudulent estate agents and property developers have reached the peak in the Lagos property market, leaving accommodation seekers, the major victims, with tales of woes. However, government is bracing to the challenge of regulating activities of practitioners in the state, reports DAYO AYEYEMI Real estate business is one of the legal and profitable […]

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Patients, pawns on Nigeria’s COVID-19 chessboard (ii)

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK In this concluding, JULIANA FRANCIS writes that cases of coronavirus have continued to create serious challenges in Nigeria’s public health sector On June 24, our reporter visited the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital. He got there by 10a.m l. and by 11a.m., a doctor had attended to him, after asking him if […]