LASSA Fever epidermic, blessing to us–Rat poison sellers

The incessant outbreak of Lassa fever, which has somewhat become a recurring decimal in Nigeria, appears to have opened new vistas of business opportunities for fumigators, hawkers and other pest control providers in the country. Yet, those selling garri are complaining. But how are the caregivers and family members of the sick reacting to the epidemic? ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, attempts to find answer to this       The incidence of Lassa fever cases in Nigeria has continued to increase despite ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to…

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2.5MILLION CHILDREN RISK DEATH FROM MALNUTRITION

   A lack of clean water and proper nutrition weaken immune systems and invite infectious diseases, especially in children. This often leads to threats that can last a lifetime and into the next generation. In Nigeria many under age five suffer stunted growth as a result of malnutrition. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, looks at undernourishment as a problem that affects more than 80 per cent of the country’s child population, in spite of huge spending, particularly in the northern part of the country       …inspite of huge funding on…

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KUJE PRISON INMATE: His operations, connections and lifestyle

Victims: How Kuje prison inmate defrauded us millions of naira   When, on June 30, 2017, Mr Dalhatu Yahaya, a 43-year old, walked into Elizade Motors Nigeria Limited in Abuja, explaining that he came to collect quotation for three Toyota vehicles, everyone around was on ground was happy that fortune was smiling on the company as regards sales that day.   Mr Ige Olaleye, one of the members of staff of Elizade Motors who attended to Yahaya, said the man requested for quotation concerning a Toyota Hilux Pick-up, a Toyota…

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NURTW deaths in motor parks

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) appears to function as a mixture of transport workers union and street gang. They are the lords of the motor parks, popularly known by many as “agberos”. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, highlights the influence of the union, power tussle, romance with the powers that be and how it became synonymous with violence     The orgy of violence and needless killings in Lagos State a few months back only brought to the fore what the National Union of Road Transport Workers…

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AGRIC-ISAWO ROAD CONSTRUCTION: ANGUISH AS LIVELIHOODS DISAPPEAR IN RUBBLE

For most Lagos residents, demolition has somewhat become a way of life. If it is not as a result of paving new roads, it is just about tractors knocking down “illegal” shops or markets. However the continuous changing face of the mega city comes with some consequences for the masses. In this report, MOSUNMOLA ADEYINKA and EMMANUELLA LEKWAUWA, highlight the sacrifice of those who bear the brunt of the efforts to lift the “Centre of Excellence”     Since assumption of office in May 2015, Governor AKinwunmi Ambode, has preoccupied…

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HERDSMEN FROM HELL: The story of wanton massacre across the country

They came with a bang, killing, maiming and living behind memories of the dead, butchered like animals, while the lucky survivors live in agonising pains. The fresh attacks on some Benue State villages have become one too many. Across the country, according to this report by ISIOMA MADIKE, the herdsmen have touched almost every tribe in their seeming ‘madness’   On New Year’s Day, Benue State, and indeed, the whole country were thrown into deep mourning following fresh attacks linked to the suspected blood thirsty herdsmen, who were believed to…

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How Nigerians cut cost in 2017

Retrenchment One-way school run Salary cut Reduction in overhead Changing of children’s schools Stopping of school feeding allowance     The economic recession in the country seems far from being ebbed. Companies, like individuals, are still groaning. Despite government’s assurances that Nigeria has technically exited it, many of these establishments such as multinationals, banks, insurance firms, and media houses, have had to downsize their staff strength, while others simply sliced their workers’ salaries to remain in business. ISIOMA MADIKE, who has been tracking this trend, reports     Nigerians, just…

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ADURA OJOKORO: A COMMUNITY AT THE MERCY OF EIYE CONFRATERNITY

Cult members

Lagos may have unknowingly carved a notorious niche as Nigeria’s epicentre of cult wars in recent years. Many may want to argue over this, but none will fail to admit that it has had a torrid history in this regard. Flattened, rebuilt, and crudely stitched back together, the city erupts frequently on its bustling streets, which often leaves a stream of tears and sorrows on its trail. ISIOMA MADIKE in this report looks at the reasons for what has now become a recurring phenomenon and why it has become difficult…

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LAGOS: RETURN OF FILTH IN THE MEGA CITY

The Lagos State’s effort at re-engineering waste to make the city clean in the face of rapid urbanisation appears to have backfired as garbage heaps now take over the metropolis, reports ISIOMA MADIKE   Grace Ogwuche lives in Alapere, Ketu. He told Saturday Telegraph that the heaps of refuse and stench that engulf the air every morning as residents of the area wake up on a daily basis is terrible. She kept wondering the people that generate the wastes overnight. She pleaded that the state government should do something about…

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NIGERIA: ONE HUGE FIELD WHERE PEOPLE DEFECATE WITHOUT SHAME

Most Lagos outskirts are known to be dangerous slums. Across Nigerian urban communities, the story is no different. But, beneath the relentlessly slummy surfaces of these communities lie a kind of moral discomfort. The drainage ditches are frequently blocked with faeces, which often overflow during the rainy season into houses and streets, such that most paths are wholly composed of human waste. This, according to this report by ISIOMA MADIKE, is now global attention   When news broke recently that Nigeria is ranked third among the countries of the world…

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