A city overwhelmed by unusual means of transportion

They were supposed to relief pains for commuters pains on the roads. but in Lagos, the introduction of motorcycles, tricycles and small buses on the roads as means of transportation has become a source of pain to Lagosians. Not only are they reckless, they are also a threat to lives of other road users as OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI writes     W hen a former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, was in office, his dream was that Lagos State would live up to its status as a Mega City. He planned…

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Betting: A new alternative job for youths

Betting has, no doubt, come to stay. It has especially become a lifestyle for most youths in Lagos State, with its enticing reward of quick and easy money. AUGUSTA OTTI and CHEKWUBE CHUKWUMA write       B oth young and older ones have come to embrace betting business as a normal routine way of getting income for sustenance, while others spend the little they have on bets.     In the areas of Lagos populated with low income earners such as Orile, Ijora, Ajegunle and its environs, New Telegraph…

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Coronation revocation: 21 Obas return to trenches

  W hen a former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, constituted a panel of inquiry to review the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Law and create room for installation of more lesser Obas to be accompanying the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, little did he know that he was about to stir an hornet’s nest.     Although the decision of Justice Boade Akintunde-led review panel was not wholly implemented as recommended, Ajimobi, who many observers felt merely wanted to diminish the status of the Olubadan as…

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Restoring Tafawa Balewa LG to its status

F ollowing incessant crisis that rocked Tafawa Balewa Headquarters in Bauchi State in the past four years, the National President of Zaar Development Association (ZDA), Engineer Isuwa Galla, has disclosed that normalcy has returned to the area and they were now living peaceful with all the tribes in their various communities.   He explained that despite efforts by some outsiders to frustrate the peaceful coexistence amongst different ethno-religious groups of the area, the local government is now enjoying peace amongst diverse groups in the area. The ZDA President, who stated…

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O’Pay battling against disgruntled riders

This may not be the best of times for owners of O’pay Motorcycle Company, the new alternative commercial motorcycle transport in Lagos- in place of the ubiquitous Okada. The difference between O’pay and the conventional Okada is that there are guiding rules and regulations for O’pay. While O’pay riders are careful and operate a corporate system, the conventional Okada is its usual rough and dirty form.   However, the company is facing some storm with its employees-the riders. The motorcycle riders, who embarked on a warning strike action, October 28,…

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Eyesores called Lagos public cemeteries

P ublic cemeteries in Lagos State are in deplorable, despicable and nauseating conditions, underscoring a total lack of respect for both the living and the dead in Nigeria’s chaotic economic capital. A detailed investigation on the state of Lagos cemeteries, undertaken by correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) showed that Local Government authorities have failed woefully to maintain cemeteries, despite huge revenues generated from the burial grounds by the councils.     The poor shapes of cemeteries at Lagos Mainland, Ikoyi, Epe and Badagry show that people buried…

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60 years after: A new head for Oshodi lineage

O shodi is a popular name among the Yorubas, considering the spread in almost all the states in the South West. It was gathered that Oshodi family exists in almost all the states in the South West-Ondo, Osun, Ogun, to be precise coupled  with the firm existence of Oshodi community in Lagos.     To the people of Egboro land, in Ijebujesa, Oriade local government area of Osun state, Oshodi lineage is the home of warriors whose roles and efforts at ensuring peaceful and conducive atmosphere for the people of…

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Burden of living in Ijora Badia

  W hile some people  pray and rejoice for the rainy season, the residents of Ijora Badia dread the season as it means temporary eviction notice from their homes. The living condition of the residents on streets like Olodan, Olojowun, Makojunola, Mosadolorun, Ayedetola, Oladihun amongst others in Ijora Badia are actually subhuman. There are no motorable roads leading to these streets, hence the impossibility of conveying basic needs such as portable water and waste disposal trucks.     Walking through the streets, it is a sorry sight to see fellow…

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A day out with Orphanage children

T he children did not even know that they were playing host to their non biological parents. The occasion was the birthday ceremony organised by inmates of the orphanage home at the Onitsha Red Cross Society Centre GRA Onitsha for their father and the  Anambra State chairman of the Nigerian Red cross society Prof. Peter Kachi.        The climax of the first ever event East of Niger of the humanitarian service was witnessed by a cross section of people from all works of life. Many people in South…

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11 years after: Ibadan’s house of horror resurface

Another house of horror resurfaces in Ibadan W hen on Friday, February 22, 2008 the Oyo Police Command under Mr. Udom Ekpoudom as Commissioner uncovered an illegal detention camp in Ojoo area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, where at least 60 inmates were said to have been tortured to death and buried secretly in the preceding two years, it was believed that an end had come to the nefarious operation.     Eleven years after, unfortunately, the same centre which was being run by late Sheik Abdulrasheed Akangbe Olore but…

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