Rage of Abuja pensioners

Pensioners are senior citizens who have spent a greater part of their productive lives serving government. But they are often forgotten as soon as they retire from active service. Some of them took REGINA OTOKPA through their pains and anguish Contrary to the expectation of every civil servant to retire to a peaceful and comfortable life made easy by the provision of their retirement benefits on a monthly basis, after active service to their country, pensioners living within Abuja are not having life easy. Recently, they took to the streets…

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FCTA to revoke land allocation to institutions

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) may soon begin to review land allocations to government institutions and other stakeholders that have held unto land titles without any intention to start any tangible development on the land. The Minister of the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, disclosed this in Abuja when the Commandant, National Defence College visited him. Bello stated that he might be forced to revoke the allocations already made without any effort to develop the space by the allottees.  The Minister also said that there were several international agencies that…

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Thrown out by Bayelsa

The Bayelsa State Government has forcefully evicted about 100 occupants   of  its property located at No. 16 Alexandria Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, a building said to belong to the state government. The property, a two storey building, which has three wings  of  eighteen (18), was allegedly purchased by  the state government, during the administration of the late Chief  DSP Alamieseigha, and had since then been used as temporary guest house  for officials of the State Liaison Office, NYSC members of Bayelsa origin serving  in Abuja as well as other…

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Resident doctors laud FCTA over infrastructure

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Friday expressed satisfaction with the performance of the FCT Administration in the provision of infrastructure. The President of the Association, Dr Michael Olarewaju made this assertion in Abuja, when he visited the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa. Olarewaju also commended the leadership of the FCT administration for opening up Karu General Hospital and Zuba Cottage hospital. He said that the two hospitals would ease the pressure on existing hospitals in the territory. “The association is…

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Police uncover illegal firearm factory, arrest 3 suspects

The Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Mr Sadiq Bello, said the Command has arrested three suspects in connection with an illegal firearm fabricating factory in Shenagu village near Zuba, FCT. The suspects are: Philip John, owner of the factory, Mr Onyegabueze Okpara, supplier of ammunitions and Joseph Bulus, distributor of the arms. Bello made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on arrest by operatives of the command on Friday in Abuja. He said that items recovered from the suspects include: locally fabricated revolver pistol cylinder, four Dane guns, one double…

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Lighting up Abuja with Indian carnival

The premises of the High Commission of India in the Federal Capital Territory was last weekend adorned with beautiful colours, sounds and sights as Indians, Nigerians and other nationals gathered to celebrate the Dandiya and Onam celebrations. Gathered in large numbers under the unrelenting rain, the fun seekers were not disappointed nor deterred by the swampy environment, as women and children took turns to thrill the mixed audience with series of rich cultural and religious displays that had them screaming for more. The India High Commissioner, Mr. Reddy noted that…

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Two honorary citizens of Abuja

Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja,   recently played host to two African leaders during which the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Mohammed Bello, offered them golden keys to have unfettered access to the city. CALEB ONWE reports Abuja,  the capital  city of  Africa’s  most populous  nation,  has not seized to exude a powerful  aura. But it has also become  a melting pot for Africans and all people of African descent across the world.  Apart from being the business destination of choice in the region, it is also a centre…

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Shocked by plight of IDPS

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), living in the Federal Capital Territory, have not been having the best of times since insurgents dislodged them. REGINA OTOKPA reports on a recent experience at the Durumi IDPs’ camp Stepping into the camp in a long convoy, one could see the expectations written all over the faces of the men, women and children who gathered  to welcome the trio of foundations led by Huncho Foundation in Abuja. It was threatening to rain but they did not mind the dark clouds and the possibility of being…

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113 Chibok girls: BBOG vows to resume protest

Chibok girls

The Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy Movement has vowed that it would soon resume its street protests over the non-release of the 113 school girls abducted by the Boko Haram more than two years ago. The group accused the Federal Government of complacency over the rescue of the remaining 113 Chibok girls, staff members of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC), abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents, and the deteriorating plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the country. According to the group, the government has abandoned some of…

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Taking agribusiness to military, paramilitary

The economic recession in Nigeria and the quest by the citizenry to survive the hard times and secure the future, has put everyone,  including  the military, on their toes. CALEB ONWE reports The realisation by the Federal Government  that the   future of our  ‘petrol- driven economy’ was getting  slimmer by the day, and that ‘agro-economy’  is the  most viable options left for the country  has begun to manifest in government programmes. This awakening, though belated, has increased the perspiration of the country’s economic managers, who appear to have been…

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