From all indications, there is every reason to hope that at last the river port facility at Onitsha will soon be completed and put to use. The Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, while inspecting the level of work at the site recently, disclosed to newsmen that President Goodluck Jonathan is likely to cut the tape to activate the port in October this year.
Work on this port was resumed in earnest on December 12, 2009 under the President Umaru Yar’ Adua regime with an award of… Continue
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By Femi Adesina (firstname.lastname@example.org, 08055001928) Friday September 30, 2011
For some months, particularly since the general elections ended in April, I’ve not written directly about President Goodluck Jonathan. I may mention him tangentially, but I’ve deliberately not interrogated his actions, inactions, policies and utterances. Why? Because I see that he has enough on his hands trying to stabilize the polity, and chart a proper direction for his administration. As the saying goes,… Continue
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PUBLIC SPHERE By Onuoha Ukeh [email@example.com]
Friday, September 30, 2011
Why northern leaders won’t join
I never liked Obasanjo, even for a moment, but the step he has taken, to mediate between Boko Haram and the government, is really commendable and kudos must be given to whom it’s due. All those who think OBJ’s peace mission was an abomination or mark of cowardice, are the cowards. Nigeria don’t need them. What better choice do they have to… Continue
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By Duro Onabule (firstname.lastname@example.org) Friday September 30, 2011
“Boko Haram agitators have beleaguered not only Nigeria as a nation and the people, but have also resultantly, even if inadvertently, beleaguered themselves. Are they free to move about without being picked up or put down by the security forces in the present situation of kill or be killed?”
Surely not unexpectedly, the violent agitators of the Boko Haram group have dismissed any idea of dialogue with the Federal… Continue
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By Jide Ojo Thursday, September 29, 2011
October 1 is here again and it is another season of ‘celebration’ of Nigeria’s independence anniversary. There will be speeches, parades, exhibitions, religious services, dinners and all manner of pageantry.
Unfortunately, it will be another vacuous celebration with the president, governors and other political as well as religious leaders issuing press statements appreciating God for keeping Nigeria together and enjoining Nigerians… Continue
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The Turf Game (Jimanze Ego-Alowes, email@example.com) 08033009539
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I had written this piece some while ago and was plotting to mail it to the new speaker before I remembered what my guru, Sri Gupta, once told me. Jimanz as he fondly called me, avoid the rich and the powerful and never let them infest you with their greatness. In this great world the rich and the powerful are an infestation and the cause of much misfortune for the poor and the… Continue
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ByAlvan Ewuzie firstname.lastname@example.org, 07082020392 Thursday, September 29, 2011
Senator Hope Uzodinma believed I was hasty in my conclusions during a recent interaction. I took the distinguished senator up on revelations from the Senate probe on privitised firms and told him there were clear indications that the Senate committee, to which he belongs, might unearth more than had been seen at the week-long public hearing at the Senate chambers. The Senator said I was hasty given that his… Continue
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By Femi Adeoti Thursday, September 29, 2011
Mallam Nasir el-Rufai was in his best of forms last Thursday. He was resolute and determined as usual. He was bent on making meaningful impact. And he did, to some reasonable extent. The venue was in Comrade-Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s Benin, Edo State. The event was the seventh biennial conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE). It was a perfect setting. Trust el-Rufai. He did not allow that golden opportunity to slip away… Continue
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The Sun Publishing Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The problem of corruption in the judiciary took centre stage again, last week, as the president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), raised an alarm that court judgments are given on cash-and-carry basis in the nation’s courts.
Daudu, in a speech at a special session of the Supreme Court to mark the commencement of the 2011/2012 Legal Year, said there was empirical evidence of purchase of justice on… Continue
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By Jude Udegbe Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I was saddened after reading the article on Ifeanyi Uba in This Day newspaper of September 11, 2011. The writer decided to wage a war of hatred and character assassination on this young and amiable achiever and patriot and decided to ignore his achievements and contributions to the society.
This is a man, who has impacted positively on the lives of so many Nigerians with his God-given wealth. For example in the South-east, this… Continue
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Written by Maureen Chigbo Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Nigerians must know that the nine members of the committee are to be held responsible should the UNEP report for the remediation of Ogoniland be derailed in anyway no matter whether they are in or out of office
More than one month has passed since the federal government set up the committee to review the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP, report on the environmental degradation of Ogoniland. The plank of the… Continue
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Written by Modupe Ogunbayo Wednesday, 28 September 2011
The Nigerian athletic contingent to the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, finishes third in circumstances that its members blame on the host country
Nigeria could have done better than its third-place finish at the All Africa Games held in Maputo, Mozambique, recently but failed. Its inability to have a bigger medal haul was due to the host nation’s unexpected exclusion of some sports such as wrestling and… Continue
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Written by Dike Onwuamaeze Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Central Bank of Nigeria says from now on, environmental sustainability will determine accessibility to credit facilities in Nigerian banks by multinational companies operating in the country
Environmental sustainability will henceforth be a key determinant of which business will have access to credit facilities from Nigerian banks. This is the decision taken at the end of a three-day conference on Nigeria’s Sustainable… Continue
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Written by Sebastine Obasi Wednesday, 28 September 2011
In spite of the harsh operating environment in Nigeria, Julius Berger PLC managed to increase its turnover rate in 2010 although its margin of profit went down
A positive financial report is always a source of excitement for shareholders at a company’s annual general meeting. That was the case with the shareholders of Julius Berger PLC when they met recently at Abuja. Despite the harsh economic environment of 2010 which… Continue
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Lagos, September 2011 – MasterCard Worldwide in Nigeria has made two new appointments as part of its business development strategy to grow MasterCard’s operations and presence in Nigeria and across West Africa.
Omokehinde Ojomuyide has been appointed Vice President of Business development for the West African business, based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ojomuyide joins MasterCard from Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), where she was based for five years, four of… Continue
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By Nduka Chiejina
THE Pan Igbo cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, has explained why Igbo are predominantly traders.
Addressing reporters in Abuja yesterday, President of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Abuja chapter, Nwabueze Obi said they are mainly traders because they are not fully absorbed into the civil service and main stream public service life in Nigeria.
He appealed to the government and those in authority to stop the intimidation of Igbo traders, saying they have a… Continue
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By Chioma Ugbechie Tuesday, September 27, 2011
British politician, John Bright, now late, once wrote of Abraham Lincoln in the Cincinnati Gazette: “He was like a waiter in a large eating house where all the bells are ringing at once; he cannot serve them all at once and so some grumblers are to be expected”. Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States .
His ascendancy to the Presidency provoked a civil war era and it took his tact, emotional intelligence and… Continue
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By Godson Nwa Offoaro Monday, September 26, 2011
Old eastern Nigeria’s economic growth index of the 1960s at a little over 4 per cent annually and considered an economic miracle ranked amongst the fastest growing in the early sixties’ world. Not so any more. We do not want to use this forum to rehash what had happened.
Was it the region’s dislocation occasioned by the civil war? Was it the federal economic policies that followed including the twenty pound, pound of flesh… Continue
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By DICKSON OKAFOR Monday, September 26, 2011
There is evident leadership tussle tearing apart various commercial centres dominated by Ndigbo. Such places include Ojo Alaba International Market, ASPAMDA, Onitsha main market, Ariara Aba and the recent one Balogun Business Association (BBA) just to mention but few.
This scenario only shows why in Nigeria Ndigbo are yet to find their bearing in the Nigeria project, as we have been unable to chat a common course. Nobody wants… Continue
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By Emma Agu Monday, September 26, 2011
Continued from last week
First, electricity licensees are being made more responsible. So, the eleven electricity distribution companies must now honour their license terms and conditions and focus strongly on improving metering, billing, payment and customer care practices.
In addition, all licensees must disclose details of their allowed capex plans on projects so that we all ensure they are transparently and… Continue
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