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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Nigeria’s prisons breeding hardened criminals –Psychologists, others

Nigerian Prisons Reforms which came alive three weeks ago, following the Presidential accent to the 2018 Prisons Bill, may have reluctantly ended the country’s capital punishment for offenders and turned the service into Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS). CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports   …say facilities must be correctional centres     •Inmates  should be better when leaving –Dr. Obioha   I t is anticipatory that Nigeria will gain a lot from the latest reforms that has taken place in the country’s offenders’ management, which efficiently changed the Nigerian Prisons Service to Nigerian…

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Wild reactions across continent will force South Africa to its senses, says Keshi

Ambassador Joe Keshi is a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at various times Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Nigeria in The Hague, Netherlands and Nigeria’s Consul-General in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. In this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE,  he weighs in on the recurrent xenophobic attacks in South Africa and the retaliatory reactions of many African countries in their disappointment by the complacency of the South African government and the people’s ignorance of history   What is your general overview of the xenophobic attacks on…

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JAKIN NGO distributes free school kits to 500 orphans to mark World Literacy Day

    T he International Literacy Day is celebrated all over the world every September 8 and to commemorate the day, JAKIN, a non-government organisation gave out free school kits to 500 orphans and vulnerable children.     The children are drawn from 86 government schools including 39 primary schools and 47 secondary schools across nine LGAs in Lagos State.     For the past 10 years, JAKIN NGO has been at the forefront to help eradicate illiteracy and promote education, especially for orphans and vulnerable children through their annual…

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Demolition: Community where displaced residents live in wooden kiosks

Occupants of the demolished Pako stalls, shanties and kiosks along Lagos-Badagry Expressway in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, are currently living with their wives, children and relatives in wooden kiosks like poultry birds in search of daily bread. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA spoke with some of them     It was an unbelievable reality at Pako area along Lagos – Badagry Expressway where families and friends live in wooden kiosks as would poultry birds among other domestic pets. Such strange reality drew our correspondent’s attention to these physical features…

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Ologbondiyan: Yahaya Bello should be ready to vacate govt House

National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Ologbondiyan is confident the party will win the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states. Ologbondiyan who spoke in an interview, advised Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello to begin to prepare his handover note, reports ONYEKACHI EZE   Recently, a group known as PDP South Youth Vanguard, accused PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus of interference in Bayelsa governorship primary. What do you have to say about this?     The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is very procedural…

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Eulogies as Madam Ngochindo is laid to rest in Rivers

Eulogies and tears flowed freely recently as residents of Ogale, in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, mourned the demise of Madam Evelyn A-ye Ngochindo at age 86.   The sympathizers and mourners said her death touched them because Madam Evelyn Ngochindo was like a benefactor by her motherly attentiveness and readiness to offer her counsel whenever the need arose. The Dean Emeritus, Archbishop Niger Delta Province, His Grace, Most Rev. I. C. O. Kattey, who spoke at the funeral, described Madam Ngochindo as a woman who dedicated her…

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Tension as cerebrospinal meningitis hits Lagos

•Outbreak kills 489 in Nigeria –Reports •My son learning how to walk at 15 –Victim’s father •Meningitis should always be viewed as medical, emergency, says WHO •‘Isolation of the patient not necessary’   The recent outbreak of deadly cerebrospinal meningitis in Lagos, a rare disease in the West, is currently sending shivers down the spines of Lagosians. This potents great danger to the state even as medical experts wonder the possibility of such sickness in temperate Lagos climate. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports   T hat Saturday morning started like a normal…

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