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Reviving the Steel Industry for Economic Development

By Frederick Owonka Thanks to corruption, poor management, sponsored sabotage and  fake news/barriers created by competitors/importers afraid of competition, professional litigants, many Nigeria’s industrial initiatives have either collapsed or were abandoned. Nigeria’s steel industry is one of the key economic sectors abandoned by the past administrations in the country, and no reasonable government can afford to see such huge investments go into waste. Since the Buhari administration was elected into office in 2015, the country has witnessed a rigorous and well-focused commitment to revive the country’s abandoned industrial projects. The steel industry is one of the major pillars of Nigeria’s economic diversification efforts. Undoubtedly, the Buhari administration ha...

Offa’s day of horror: It is unthinkable that, at 72, I am burying my daughter – Oyeyemi

BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI, Ilorin Offa, Kwara State is not new to bank robbery. On December 23, 2013, some armed robbers, in a commando style, attacked a bank in the town and killed two members of staff, about five police officers and some residents. Grace Makinde In a similar fashion, armed robbers, numbering over 30, in a coordinated attack, penultimate Thursday, stormed Offa. Over N50million was said to have been carted away from five banks by the robbers. On arrival in the town, the hoodlums, according to reports, divided themselves into groups and simultaneously attacked the banks and nearby police station, causing the banks’ customers and residents to run helter-skelter. Police confirmed 17 people, including nine policemen, dead although early reports put casualty figur...

Irate workers nearly killed me during a strike — Funmi Komolafe

By Yetunde Arebi …Says Nigeria left her flanks too open She bestrode the world of labour journalism like a colossus. For three decades, Funmi Komolafe’s professional career won her awards from the labour movement. However, the Zenith came recently when, in a ceremony to mark its 40th anniversary, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) recognised Komolafe’s distinguished contributions to union activism. •Funmi Komolafe’ Sunday Vanguard spoke to the former labour editor on the award and the state of the labour movement in Nigeria You have been recognised by the Nigerian Labour Congress alongside other people. What was the award for? Funmi Komolafe: The award was in recognition of one’s contributions to the emancipation of workers’ rights, working women’s rights, child and mat...

OYEGUN: Fresh concerns over proposed waiver

By Charles Kumolu INDICATIONS have emerged, revealing that the plan to grant waiver to the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other National Working Committee, NWC, members, is in conflict with some sections of the party’s constitution. The   proposal, which is at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari, was found by Sunday Vanguard to be unsettling   party members, who argued that NWC members are not constitutionally entitled to any waiver whatsoever. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) It was explained that Article 31 (2) of the party’s constitution,   specified that the intention of the framers of the constitution in creating waiver is to remove the obstacle that may ...

Vigils, marches, prayers for fourth anniversary of Chibok kidnap

Parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls on Saturday marked the fourth anniversary of their daughters’ kidnapping by Boko Haram, renewing calls for their release and thousands of others seized in the bloody conflict in northeast Nigeria. Woman raise their fists as they chant slogans calling for the release of the remaining 112 out of 219 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls ahead of the fourth anniversary of their snatching during a vigil in Lagos on April 13, 2018.Nigeria will mark on April 14, the fourth anniversary of the mass abduction of 219 schoolgirls by Boko Haram jihadists who raided their secondary school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria. / AFP PHOTO Mothers and fathers were among several thousand people who marched to the Government Girls Secondary School, where 276 gi...

AAUA students reject government’s standpoint on fees

Akure – The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Saturday rejected 50 per cent tuition fee slash on returning students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, (AAUA) in Ondo State by the state government. Adekunle Ajasin University students protesting Mr Idowu Odebunmi, the National Public Relations Officer of the association, said by telephone on Saturday that the purported slash would only have little effects on the students. NAN recalls that the state government met with the AAUA representatives on April 12 after a protest against 500 per cent increase on their tuition and reduced the new tuition fees by 50 per cent. The students kicked against the tuition fees that were be between N25, 000 and N35,000 before it was increased to between N120,000...

Release my five-year-old twins, Lekan Balogun begs kidnappers

Ibadan – The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, has pleaded with the kidnappers of his twin children to release them. Kidnap-syndicate He made the plea while speaking on Saturday in Ibadan. He appealed to the kidnappers to bear with him as he does not have the money being requested. The kidnappers initially demanded N100 million ransom and later reduced it to N40 million. Oba Balogun said he was able to offer them N5 million which was rejected. “The kidnappers should please bear with me and return my kids, I am ready to do anything that will make them happy. “I don’t want to endanger the life of my kids and I am not out to fight them because there is no reason for that,’’ Balogun said. The gunmen on Thursday, kidnapped the five-year-old twins of Balogun fr...

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria gets silver,bronze in women 4X400m,4X100m relays

Nigeria registered its name at the podium of XXI Commonwealth Games by winning silver and bronze in women’s 4X100m and 4X400m relays at Carrara Stadium on Saturday. Nigeria’s (silver) Patience Okon George, Glory Onome Nathaniel, Praise Idamadudu, Yinka Ajaki pose with their medals after the athletics women’s 4x400m relay final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO In the 4×400 metres, Nigeria finished second with a time of 3:25.29 behind Jamaica’s 3:24.00 while Botswana came third finishing with 3:26.86. In the keenly contested final, England came fourth finishing 3:27.21 while the host, Australia came fifth finishing 3:27.43. Nigeria’s Patience Okon-George, Glory Nathaniel, Praise Idamadud...

What Okowa should do for 2nd term —Mulade

A Niger Delta activist and  House of Assembly  hopeful for Warri South-West constituency, Mr Sheriff Mulade, has urged  Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to adopt proactive measures  for the riverine communities for Deltans to  have confidence in his administration, saying that doing so will give the governor  total winning votes  in 2019 general election. While endorsing the governor for a second term, he urged him to commence construction work on Omadino- Okerenkoko-Kokodiagbene road, Ogidigben-Ubefan road, Ayakoromo-Burutu and  Koko-Oghoye roads •Okowa Mulade, an environmentalist called on Deltans to give maximum support and cooperation to Okowa and his Deputy, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, to enable them complete on-going projects and bring the desired peace and development to all part...

Game on

By Ochereome Nnanna HERE  is how the New York Times reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement on Monday that he would run for a second term: “Nigeria’s 75 year-old president, who spent four months out of the country while getting medical treatment, says he will run for a second term”. The newspaper, which used to write very nice articles and flattering editorials about President Buhari, could not hide derision in this tweet. Firstly, in saner and more civilised societies, a leader who gets sick gets treated in his country’s hospitals and probably by his country’s doctors. But ours spent over a hundred days in London, and it took megaphone-wielding protesters heckling him to “resume or resign” before he hustled himself back to Nigeria in August 2017. Buhari S...

Oil marketers using NNPC to defraud Nigerians — DPR

By Michael Eboh abuja—The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, yesterday, raised the alarm that some unscrupulous marketers were using some NNPC retail outlets to defraud unsuspecting motorists through under-dispensing of petrol. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, DPR’s    Zonal Operations Controller in charge of Abuja Zone, Mr. Abdu Misau Abba, said the agency was aware of efforts by the NNPC to ensure products availability at the right prices, but noted that some unscrupulous marketers were sabotaging the efforts of the NNPC. He called on the corporation to check the activities of its marketers and ensure that those found wanting were called to order. Abba was speaking on the backdrop of an NNPC Retail station in Wuse II, Abuja, operated by Iluobe Petroleum Limited, whi...

2018 FIFA WC: Finidi sees Eagles in Semi-final but…

Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George has challenged coach Gernot Rohr and his wards, to do better than qualify from the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament starting June in Russia. Super Eagles Finidi who provided the assist for late Rashidi Yekini to score Super Eagles’ first World Cup goal, when Nigeria made its maiden appearance at the USA’ 1994 tournament, argued that in previous tournaments the Eagles have reached the knock out stage, and it was about time the present crop of Eagles raised the bar. “We have done well with the qualifiers in Africa. However, the Eagles need to take us to another level. “Will this happen? I honestly don’t know. Everything depends on the players and not the coach,” said Finidi who was regarded as the best crosser o...