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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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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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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Amaechi demands N750m, N500m from Fayose, Fani-Kayode

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has threatened to sue the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, and a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, if they did not retract the allegation that the $43 million recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ikoyi last week belonged to him within seven days. Amaechi is also demanding the sum of N750 million from Fayose and N500 million from Fani- Kayode as compensation for the malicious and defamatory claim. Fayose had, through his spokesman, Lere Olayinka, on his…

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N’Korea threatens new missile tests

North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth. He said that an “all-out war” would result if the US took military action. Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the US. He said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea was over. Pence…

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La Liga: Granada suffer home loss, Valencia draw

    Granada’s slim hopes of launching a bid for La Liga survival under Tony Adams were further diminished as an under-strength Celta Vigo ran out 3-0 away winners on Sunday. Former Arsenal and England captain Adams took temporary charge until the end of the season earlier this week having previously worked at Granada as an adviser to Chinese owner Jiang Lizhang. Granada remain seven points off safety with just six games remaining. Adams named a side of 11 different nationalities and without a single Spaniard in his starting line-up…

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Bundesliga: Reus nets as Dortmund bounce back

    Borussia Dortmund players paid tribute to injured defender Marc Bartra as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the bomb attack on their team bus. Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out on an emotional afternoon for the club. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a home victory which let Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale at the end of a traumatic week.…

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Debt threatens FG’s economic recovery plan

Nigeria’s recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP2017-2020) appears to have been generally well received by industry experts. However, the country’s already high debt service ratio in proportion to income, is raising concerns in some quarters about government’s ability to fund the scheme. TONY CHUKWUNYEM writes   Nearly two years after he assumed office, President Muhammadu Buhari last Wednesday, launched what his administration has tagged the Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (NERGP2017-2020). Although the event came about a month after the Ministry of Budget and National Planning posted…

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