Nigeria can become Africa’s auto hub, says Innocent Chukwuma

While the dust raised by the supply of over N1billion Prado Jeeps to Anambra lawmakers rages, the Chief Executive Officer of INNOSON MOTOR Limited, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, took time out to explain his own side, he also tells of the importance of local patronage, how former governor Peter Obi keyed into that arrangement and his relationship with Governor Willie Obiano. MADUFORO OKECHUKWU reports   Your company has been in the news in last few days over the alleged demand by Anambra lawmakers for your product instead of Prado. What is…

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‘Night journey, a life style which has come to stay in Nigeria’

Many years ago, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) made frantic efforts to discourage travelling by road at night due to risks associated with it, yet its usefulness appeared stronger than the reasons given for its discontinuation. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports that Nigerian commuters’ high demand for night journeys has turned these moves to chasing shadows   •We can’t do without night journey –Passengers     •Night journey not safe –FRSC     R evd.  Charles Okoro may have never seen a situation as terrifying and horrifying as his last encounter in…

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High fever in infancy cooks brain, kills optimal potential –Investigation

•52 million children under 5 years are wasted – WHO   •17 million severely wasted, says Prof. Ojengbede   •155 million are stunted – Dr. Tosin Ajayi   •‘Child’s nutrition increases world’s intelligence quotient by 10 points’     •200 million children in developing countries fail to meet their   developmental potential –CDC     A total of 200 million children in developing countries, Sunday Telegraph learnt, fail to meet their developmental potential. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA writes that while all nutrients are important for brain development and function, optimal overall brain…

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ASOPADEC: Bringing developments to Abia oil producing communities

A bia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ASOPADEC) has to a large extent assuaged the pervading feeling of discontent and marginalization among the oil producing communities of Abia State, namely Ukwa East and Ukwa West. The communities are relatively peaceful, devoid of restiveness common in other oil producing states.     The years of neglect and degradation of the environment has left many oil producing communities with tales of anguish and frustration which ultimately led in many instances to altercations which disrupted the activities of the oil companies. Abia…

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Nigeria now like Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, says AVM Ararile, (rtd)

His Royal Majesty, Lucky Ararile, the Ovie of Umiaghwa in Abraka Kingdom, is a retired Air Vice Marshal and a first class royal father in Delta State. In this interview with OLA JAMES, the monarch takes a critical look at the state of the Nigerian nation, especially the Fulani herdsmen menace and other issues   Your Majesty, what is your assessment of the state of the nation, Nigeria, today?     Let me give you the opinion of some international organisations first before mine. We are now ranked number 14…

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Xenophobia, testimony to leadership failure in Africa –Gen IBM Haruna

There was outrage across Africa and the global community recently when xenophobic attacks were unleashed on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa. In this interview, a former Federal Commissioner for Information, Adjutant General of the Nigeria Army and later General Officer Commanding (GOC) of One Mechanised Infantry Division, Kaduna,  Major General Ibrahim Bata Malgwi (IBM) Haruna (rtd) tells ONWUKA NZESHI that the attacks were indications of leadership challenges in Africa       What’s your opinion to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants in South…

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Police on vigilance against illegal blood donors, thieves in Lagos hospitals

Issue of overcrowding medical facilities in Nigeria can be one of the reasons for poor health care delivery in the country, which consequently upon leads to avoidable deaths. JOSEPH ENYIM writes that patients will receive better services if the country’s medical facilities are decongested   M rs. Aighbedion Janet had gone to the Mother and Child Hospital, Festac Town, in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, where she registered for antenatal to be delivered of a baby which has been sought for many years, but was turned back…

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National Ordinance Day: Promoting the symbols that unite us

N o doubt Nigeria is going through one of the most trying moments in its history.   The nation is experiencing unprecedented security challenges, unemployment, infrastructure decay, among others. The country which was once the destination of choice has become, especially in the last few years, a despised desert of dejection, of ethnic agitations and separatist movements. At no time in the history of Nigeria has the divisive issues been more highlighted. Nigeria appears to be sitting precariously on the edge.   Nigeria can ill afford to march blindly, stubbornly…

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Toothpaste reagents, household chemicals fueling infertility among Nigerians –Experts

•‘Nigeria ranks 8 in global fertility rate with 5.4 children per woman’ •A reduction from previous 6.35 –UN report •Male responsible for over 50% couples’ infertility –Nordica Lagos   It’s expected that 50. per cent of women would conceive within three months of regular unprotected intercourse, 75 per cent in six months, and 80.0 to 85.0 per cent within a year, but this is no longer happening in the country due to continuous nose diving of ‘Total Fertility Rate’ which has been put to at 5.4 per woman in 2019…

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Buhari’s successor should come from South East –Gen Williams

Major – General Isola Williams (rtd) is a one – time Head, Training and Doctoring Command (TRADOC), Nigerian Army. In this interview with JOHNSON AYANTUNJI, he speaks on President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term, who succeeds the Daura- born retired general in 2023 among others. Excerpts     President Muhammadu Buhari has just inaugurated his cabinet for the second term, which he dubbed the Next Level Agenda executors. What do you make of the composition of the cabinet?     First of all, I do not understand which level we are…

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