Politics

Lagos fights mosquitoes, to inaugurate Community Vector Control Point

An environmentalist, Mr Oluwasegun Benson, on Wednesday said that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State would officially inaugurate the Community Vector Control Point (CVCP) in Lagos on Thursday, Oct. 26. Benson, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phosgard Fumigants Ltd., said this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. He said that the CVCP project was expected to help provoke a rapid decline in diseases caused by mosquitoes and other vectors in the state. He noted that the diseases were posing a threat to the well-being of the state, adding the CVCP would aid efforts to reduce the incidence of malaria and other vector-borne diseases in the state. mosquito “The CVCP houses vector tanks, which will be used to store larvicides that will be used to fumigate drain...

Nigerian male quartermilers and the threat of extinction – Yemi Olus

AT the 2017 World  Championships held in August in London, Nigeria was represented by single athlete in the men’s 400m – Samson Nathaniel, who happens to be the Nigerian Champion in the event. Whereas Nigeria’s quota for the women’s 400m was met (each country fields a maximum of three athletes in the individual events) as four women met the qualifying standard for the World Championships, Nathaniel was the only male Nigerian athlete to hit the entry standard for London 2017. Usain Bolt of Jamaica and James Dasaolu of Great Britain competing in the men’s 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium. Photo: London2012 And so it was not surprising that Nigeria couldn’t present a men’s 4x400m relay team in London, same way the country...

Africapitalism And Amazing Tony Elumelu

By magnus Onyibe. Few Africans have talked about pan Africanism and made it happen. And one of such people is Tony Elumelu, the self appointed champion   of AFRICAPITALISM -Afrocentric entrepreneurship aimed at stimulating economic growth towards the   elimination of poverty in the continent of Africa. The banker turned entrepreneur through his HEIRS holding-a diversified conglomerate, has in the past three years been leveraging on his philanthropic platform, Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF to turn the whole African landscape of 54 countries into a sort of investment tapestry, just like a visual artist paints his vision on canvas. Tony Elumelu His commitment to spend a jaw-dropping sum of $100m in the next 10 years empowering budding entrepreneurs is so strikingly remarka...

Woman survives Cancer, dies after drinking all day

A middle-class mother died from  alcohol  poisoning after drinking wine all day while on a holiday to celebrate a break in her breast  cancer  treatment. Therapist Valerie Jones, 54, was taken to the  Greek  island of Santorini by her company director husband Nigel as a treat to recuperate from her illness. Valerie Jones An inquest heard that on the second day of the holiday, Mrs Jones had been drinking wine during a morning sightseeing trip, at lunch and again over an evening meal. She then had a nightcap with her husband before joining a wedding party at their hotel. Mr Jones, the director of a chartered surveyors in Yeovil, Somerset, went to bed and told his wife to enjoy herself at the party, where she had made new friends. He woke later that night to be told she h...

2018 World Cup Draw Eagles ready for group of death — Rohr

By John Egbokhan Coach Gernot Rohr has warned his Super Eagles players to brace themselves up for a tough adventure when the group stage draw of the  2018 FIFA World Cup is made on December 1, at the State Kremlin Palace, Moscow. Eagle became the first African team to reach next year’s football show-stopper, when they defeated Zambia 1-0 a fortnight ago in Uyo, but were later joined by Egypt, who overpowered Congo 2-1, leaving the rest of the continent contending for the three  slots up for grabs when the final round of matches are played next month. Gernot Rohr With qualification soon to be over, preparations are reaching feverish pitch in Russia for a crucial date in the build-up to next summer’s tournament. And as the zero hour approaches swiftly, Eagles coach has s...

Plateau killings: Security ignored our alerts — Residents

By Marie-Therese Nanlong …Surprised no arrests have been made Whenever curfew, a period when people are not allowed to leave their houses especially in the night, is declared, people generally feel relieved; believing the crisis situation which led to its declaration would be addressed. Curfew, seen in sane society as a tool for addressing negative situations has however, consistently been a period of uncertainty for residents of Plateau State because whenever it was declared, following myriads of violent conflicts which have plagued the State for over a decade, the situation got worse as more crimes were committed at a time when people should be indoors. This was the trend in the Irigwe Chiefdom of Bassa local government area of the State which had witnessed series of...

Man jumps into Lagoon

…Rescue team in search of his body A yet-to-be identified man, yesterday, plunged into the Lagos Lagoon in a suicide mission.  The man reportedly jumped into the lagoon on the Ikoyi/Lekki axis of the bridge yesterday. Rescue team on Third Mainland bridge, yesterday. He did not leave any suicide note to know his reasons for embarking on suicide mission. As at the time of writing this report, emergency responders are busy on the lagoon on a search and rescue operation.

Celebrating women in global petroleum and energy – Sonny Atumah

Recently there was an altercation between the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and his successor in office at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,Dr. Maikanti Baru. Oil The undercurrents that played out in the fore were the boardroom issues swept up in the whirlwind of media war.   As they simmer down we try to proffer suggestions on how best Nigeria can utilize petroleum which can be distilled for various products. Many investments in petroleum numbering about 6000 products and derivatives made in the industry are of boardroom politics and the products thereof are utilized to advance the frontiers of development. Many industry decisions in the petroleum and energy are variously not gender sensitive.  Many women have vied into a...

The Ochiagha Zuma brouhaha: A hullabaloo about nothing – Dr. Ugoji Egbujo

We all know Rochas Okorocha.  I like him. He believes he is an orator. He believes he is on a political rescue mission. We know he is expansive, talks, and takes, on big things. We know he thinks Imo State is too small a stage for him. We know he is burdened by a  perhaps  oversized ambition.  We know he has built  many roads  and structures. We know he pays more attention to quantity than quality. We know he likes  the limelight. We know how he milked the opportunity of a handshake with Obama. We know he is always busy, and  works a bit too hard.  We know he wants to play on the world stage. We know why he clings on to the title, ‘Owelle.’ President Jacob Zuma of South-Africa, Governor Rochas Okorocha (1st right), Mrs Jacob Zuma (1st left), and chairman Jacob Zuma fou...

Buhari, a sectional leader, N’Delta leaders, stakeholders insist

…Ambakederemo, Ekariko, Amaechi, others disagree By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South, Sam Oyadongha, Festus Ahon, Egufe Yafugborhi, Emmanuel Una, Chioma Onuegbu, Ikechukwu Uche, Davies Iheamnachor, Emem Idio, Godwin Oghre and Sunday Bomadi THE  fury over President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the nation’s diversity and sharing of wealth has not abated with leaders and stakeholders of the Niger Delta region who painted him as a sectional leader, fingering his government for the mounting agitations in the country. However, there were those who rejected the clannish label, saying the President has prudently applied funds for the development of the country. They spoke on the backdrop of the recent revelation by the President of the World Bank, Jim Kim, that Pres...

Anambra election and the future of Nigerian democracy

By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu The dream of nationwide credible elections in Nigeria will get its acid test through the November 18 Anambra State gubernatorial election. It is as though the future of Nigerian democracy rests on the showcasing of a free and fair election in Anambra State. Well over 30 gubernatorial candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in the keen contest to try their luck against incumbent Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). It is the prescient duty of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to provide a level playing field for all parties. Incidentally, Governor Obiano has met with President Muhammad Buhari in the drive to ensure free and fair polls on November 18. N...

Two men land in prison for stabbing woman to death

An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has ordered the remand of two men; Nduka Okafor and James Aikhionbare in prison custody for allegedly stabbing a woman to death. A Prison in Nigeria The Magistrate, Mrs A.S. Okubule, ordered the remand of Okafor, 62, and Aikhionbare, 38, who were brought before her court on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder. Okubule said that the accused should be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons, pending an advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions. Earlier, Mr Goddey Osuyi, a counsel from the Panti Police Station told court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 17, 2016 at House J68B, Close 9, Victoria Garden City, Lekki, Lagos. Osuyi told the court that the accused conspired to stab one Mrs Mabel Okaf...