Sit-tight African leaders must do a rethink, or… Joe Keshi

Ambassador Joe Keshi is a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE, speaks about Nigeria’s growing debt profile, uprising against sit-tight African leaders and the need to effectively monitor state governments   What do we make of the recent execution of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia and arrest of others in Dubai for various criminal offenses? It adds to the sad narratives of Nigeria today, when you take into consideration the state of insecurity in this country like in Zamfara State, the…

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Oshodi-Apapa traffic gridlock: Residents face daily Okada rides of death

•Offices, businesses, residents relocating to safe places •We face death everyday living in Apapa –Traders, residents •We are making more money now –Okada riders   Residents of Apapa area of Lagos State are currently relocating and scampering to safe places, owing to the traffic gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, especially around the Apapa axis, caused by fuel tankers and articulated trailers queuing to load at the port. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports that the Federal Government and authorities involved have deliberately refused to fix this problem by making other ports outside Lagos…

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Nigeria’s current political system cannot produce good leaders –Ango Abdullahi

Professor Ango Abdullahi is the leader of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and a prominent voice in the quest for the socioeconomic development of the north. In this interview BABA NEGEDU, the former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria said President Muhammau Buhari’s performance in office so far has been below expectations. He believes that those who said former President Goodluck Jonathan did not perform but supported Buhari in 2015 did that purely based on sentiments   What is your take on the emerging calls for North to…

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Why we prefer to exchange waste for our children’s school fees –Parents

•It will enhance environmental cleanliness –Environmentalist   Respite is fast coming to students schooling in Ajegunle, a slum in Ajeromi – Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State whose parents struggle to pay their school fees as RecyclesPay Education Project now collects waste plastic bottles in place of school fees. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports     In two parts of Lagos, many parents are now breathing a sigh of relief following a novel solution to the age-old struggle of paying their children’s school fees – their ability to now meet the…

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‘Bishop’ of Ozubulu church not dead

•As court frees suspects of church massacre •Three corpses expected home   Against speculations that Chief Aloysius Ikegwuonu (aka) Bishop of Ozubulu has been assassinated by a business rival in South Africa, Sunday Telegraph has confirmed that he is hale and hearty and is not currently in South Africa. Reports had it last week through the social media that he was gunned down along with a certain girl friend by a rival group that allegedly executed the massacre at the Ozubulu Catholic Church which led to the death of his…

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Ajegunle, ‘where riches dwell’ yet residents live in squalor

‘A place where riches dwell’ is the Yoruba meaning of Ajegunle, a slum in Ajeromi – Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State, but the physical condition of this community, do not depict this connotation. This goads many to wonder if this nuance is a true reflection of the community’s reputation or a case of a misplaced conclusion. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports   A lot have been written about the popular Ajegunle slum in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State but a lot more still need to be scripted and…

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Anthony Village Diamond Lions Club donates public toilet to community

  Open Defecation (OD) has been a serious environmental problem in Nigeria with over 39 million people practicing the act even as another 68 million Nigerians are homeless and others without decent toilet facilities. This gave Nigeria the third place position among countries of the world with high rate of OD. As a way of solving this problem which is provision of more public toilets in the areas where they are needed, the Anthony Village Diamond Lions Club, District 404 1A Nigeria, Lagos, has constructed and donated a four-unit public…

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My victory is not a surprise, says Ubah

Senator-elect for Anambra South District on the platform of the Young Peoples’ Party, (YPP), Chief Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, who was rumored to have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), speaks with OKEY MADUFORO on the allegation and the challenges he will face at the National Assembly   Are you not surprised that from an unknown party you defeated candidates of the APC, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) perceived to be gladiators in Anambra politics? I am surprised and at the same time I…

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Nigerian political elite, responsible for violence in elections –Nwadishi

The 2019 General Elections exposed a lot of the lapses in our electoral process. In this interview with ONWUKA NZESHI, the Acting Executive Director of the Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) , Faith Nwadishi, blames the political class for the rising cases of electoral malpractices and violence during the last general elections in Nigeria   As an election observation group, what is your general assessment of the Governorship Election?   In comparison to the excitement and voters showed during the Presidential Elections, the Governorship Election of March 9 was marred…

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Politicians must stop undermining electoral process, says Namdas

Hon. Abdulrazak Sa’ad Namdas represents Ganye/Mayo Belwa/Toungo Federal Constituency of Adamawa State on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) and wants to be Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives. In this interview with PHILIP NYAM, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs; and Deputy Chairperson of the West African Caucus, Pan-African Parliament speaks on his ambition and other issues   You are the representative of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the House. How were you able to win re-election under…

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