Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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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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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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Firm gets GMD, acting DMD, ED

As part of its restructuring, Japaul Oil and Maritime Services (JOMS) Plc has appointed Mr. Kayode Olusegun-Ojo as its group managing director. Also, Mr. Akinloye Oladapo, according to a statement, has been appointed as acting deputy managing director, while Mr. Olubunmi Falua took over as executive director, finance and planning. Olusegun-Ojo started his career with Lafenwa Osiberu & Company as an audit trainee before he joined Aba Ogunsola & Associates. He joined JOMS as the deputy group managing director in November 23, 2015 and was promoted to acting group managing…

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Tackling boat mishap with infrastructure

For many years, residents of Okonudun Erekun, Irewe, Itongbesa and other riverine communities in Ojo Local Government have been living a rustic life. They are geographically located in Lagos State, the nation’s commercial nerve centre, but they do not enjoy many social amenities. They lack good medical facilities, good drinking water, schools and other amenities that make a 21st century community. MURITALA AYINLA writes Waste disposal in these largely riverine communities is primitive and not in conformity with any ideal society as open defecation, urination into the lagoon and the…

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How Reps rejected proposal to sack govs

A controversial bill seeking to amend the 1999 constitution to empower the National Assembly to remove state governors was kicked out by members of the House of Representatives a week ago. PHILIP NYAM reviews the debate on the rejected proposed legislation Members of the House of Representatives were last week engaged in a heated debate reminiscent of the tenure elongation agenda otherwise called third term, during the 5th Assembly. Apparently aware of the mood of the nation and the impression the public have about the legislature, the lawmakers were unanimous…

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A blind man’s crusade against blindness

He is a medical doctor who is visually impaired. Based on his own experience, he is now working to ensure that others do not suffer his fate. STEVE UZOECHI reports from Owerri     The story of Dr. Chibueze Anugwom, a blind medical practitioner, popularly known as Buski, is as strange as it is touching. He has not resigned himself to the squalid life of the defeated or lost that spark of ambition inherent in every man; but has consistently maintained that his visual impairment cannot deter him from contributing…

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Builders asked to upgrade skills on housing mgt

Professionals under the auspices of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) have been advised to hone their skills in core area of housing management. Besides, members of the public and private clients were also enjoined to embrace use of construction methodology document duly prepared by registered builders for their construction works. Speaking at a two-day Mandatory Continuous Professional Development Programme (MCPDP 2017) of the institute, President of NIOB, Tijjani Shuaib, noted that the use of construction methodology on building projects in Nigeria with its attendant advantages was not yet broad,…

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Lawyers: Special tribunal for electoral offences unnecessary

Should special tribunal be created to remedy electoral offences as being touted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)? Lawyers say yes, no. FOLUSO OGUNMODEDE reports     Worried by unending cases of ballot snatching, stuffing of ballot papers into ballot boxes and multiple thumb-printing which had characterized successive general elections in the country, the nation’s electoral umpire— the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is pushing for a special tribunal. The special tribunal, if granted would remedy cases of electoral violence which had become the hallmark of Nigeria’s electoral process.…

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