Umahi promises more dividend of democracy for Edda people

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has promised the people of Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the stateof more dividends of democracy even as he said that the people will not be left behind in his developmental strides. The governor while speaking on Easter Sunday at the country home of his friend and chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Julius Amah Orji at Nguzu Edda, said the people were dear to his heart. He said it was the special love he has for his friend in…

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Rivers: Defections drive APC to the edge

EMMANUEL MASHA reports on the gale of defections among chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since after the National Assembly rerun elections in the state in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious   A few months before the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the camp of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was bubbling as party leaders expressed optimism about the party’s chances in the election. But, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result, it…

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Bida Poly students bemoan hike in hostel rent

Given the current economic recession facing the country, students of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida have lamented the hike in rent of houses within the polytechnic communities. The students, who expressed their dismay over the increment in house rent, said that the unexpected increase in the house rents in the polytechnic community was arbitrary. While saying that it had made life more difficult for students living in rented apartments off campus, a National Diploma (ND) II student of the Department of Mass Communication, Abdullateef Akanbi complained that “most landlords or house…

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LASU student wins Rotary DEWEF scholarship

A sophomore at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University (LASU), Edet Polycarp Daniel has emerged as one of the winners of the Rotary Inter national, District Education Welfare Fund (DEWEF) Scholarship. The scholarship is designed for suitably qualified indigent, but brilliant students in federal and state tertiary institutions in Lagos and Ogun States, who have completed their100-Level and are cur rently in their 200-Level, under the District 9110 Education and Welfare Endowment Fund (DEWEF). To qualify for the scholarship, Edet, a 200-Level under graduate, competed with…

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FG shifts Forcados, Bonga’s re-opening date to June, July

The Federal Government has announced new dates for re-opening of two major oil and gas installations in Nigeria-Bonga Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) and Forcados line. Minister of State for Petroleum resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who said this in a report, stated that Forcados would reopen in June and Bonga in July. Shell, operator of Bonga, had earlier said that the facility would re-open by April. The shutdown of these facilities have impacted the crude production in Nigeria as over 225, 000 barrels of oil is shut-in on Bonga…

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Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

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When a federal minister overreaches

People who do not know me erroneously think that it’s possible for any hirelings or whosoever to stop me by any means – whether through abuse or attack or howsoever – from talking or writing about my state and community of birth. No, it’s not possible. The more they abuse and attack me, the more I know that I’m making a valid point. Today, I’ll talk about an arrogant and despotic brother, his Hobbesian disposition, unlawful trespass to land, and illegal arrests and detention of innocent youths from our town…

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Ethiopian Airways, first plane to land in Abuja, as airport reopens

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) will today begin the calibration of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja in readiness for resumption of flight operations, according to its Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu. The resumption of flights today would come ahead of tomorrow’s deadline. T his is coming as Ethiopian Airways flight would be the first airline to land on the rehabilitated N5.5billion runway. The airline’s is slated to arrive at 11am today. The carrier was the only one that operated to Kaduna airport in its brand new B787, otherwise known…

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Ohio police hunt Facebook Live killer

Police in Cleveland are searching for a man who fatally shot a “random” victim and posted the footage on Facebook. The suspect, Steve Stephens, later said in a separate video post that he had killed 13 people and was looking to kill more. Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams confirmed one killing but said they did not know of any other victims. Williams said that “multiple forces” were looking for Stephens, who “needs to turn himself in”. The victim has been identified by Cleveland police as 74-year-old Robert Godwin. “There is…

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