Opening up new districts

As the ever growing population of Abuja continues to put pressure on existing infrastructure, the managers of the city are working hard to raise the bar in the provision of basic infrastructure in the city. CALEB ONWE reports The passage of the 2017 budget of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) by the National Assembly may not have come as early as expected. But the administration appears to have hit the ground running. In its wisdom, opening up some new districts and providing basic infrastructure would get a great chunk…

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Overcoming Kubwa Hospital’s new technology challenge

As Nigeria makes effort to be on the same page with other developed and developing economies of the world in deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools in the delivery of social services, some unforeseen challenges have emerged in the process. Migrating from the analogue to digital system is not just a global trend, but have become the most acceptable measure of  enhancing productivity, as certain human limitations are presumably  eliminated by deploying the right digital tools. The e-health system,  which entails the use of information and communications technologies in…

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Alimosho LG: Dawn of a new era

The current administration of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, under the leadership of Hon. Jelili Sulaimon, had a three-day empowerment programme last week in commemoration of the administration’s first 100 days in office at the LG secretariat in Akowonjo. Elizabeth Ogunbamowo reports on the significance of the event as well as efforts by the  administration to make the area a cynosure of all eyes The era of change has begun in Alimosho Local Government. Since the inception of the current administration, conscious efforts geared towards fulfilment of the…

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NSA probes N15bn recovery

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Mohammed Monguno (rtd), has begun an investigation into the recovery of about N15 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is as President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to submit a report on the recovery. The EFCC had, last week Wednesday, recovered $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million totalling about N15 billion from a private apartment at the Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. New Telegraph was informed…

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Malabu probe: Reps backpedal on Jonathan’s invitation

Barely a week after the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption, malpractices, and breach of due process in the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL 245) better known as Malabu oil scandal, said it planned to invite former President Goodluck Jonathan, there are indications that the committee will no longer insist on the appearance of the former leader. New Telegraph reliably gathered that the ad hoc committee, led by Hon. Razaq Atunwa (APC, Kwara) may have considered the implications of the invitation of the former president…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Obiano to unveil new book on Anambra light bearers

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will today unveil a book titled, ‘Icons of Anambra State’. The publication, sponsored by three leading banks, traces the resilience and enterprise that made the state to produce the highest number of achievers in Nigeria since the 20th century. The 317-page book written by a researcher and biographer, Mr. Uchechukwu Elugu, details the lives and times of some remarkable men and women, who made the difference to make Anambra the leading state in the South East. Anambra, which prides itself as “The Light of…

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Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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