Waterways’ security: Worry as ‘Tompolo’s’ warships, NIMASA chopper rot away

As the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), awaits release of funds to acquire the 12 fast intervention vessels and three helicopters approved for it by the Federal Government for the protection of Nigeria’s maritime environment; PAUL OGBUOKIRI reports that the six battleships and other platforms acquired for the agency by Global West Vessel Specialists Limited (GWVSL), including its helicopter are currently rotting away If the recent announcement by the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside is anything to go by,…

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DON WANEY: The Rise and fall of a KINGPIN

•He had magical charms –Ex-aide •Why residents celebrated his killing •Singer, 2Shine, plagiarises song to praise him •We’re sad to be linked to a criminal –Humblesmith     Years before he met his waterloo in Enugu State, Johnson Igwedibia, “Don Waney” had become a hate figure in Omoku in Ogba/ Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, not just because he didn’t hide the fact that he lived off crime, and always had a way of evading arrest. It was mainly because he saw Omoku, and its environs, including Aligwu…

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Aare Ona Kakanfo Gani Adams: A new era begins in Yorubaland

Today’s formal inauguration of the National Coordinator of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo, by His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, begins a new chapter in the annals of Yoruba narration. In this report, WALE ELEGBEDE writes about what makes the new Generalissimo of the Yoruba warriors tick and the arduous task ahead of him.   The Aare Ona Kakanfo is a position that epitomises the warfare and strength of the Yoruba race. He is the generalissimo of the…

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Nigeria’s rice revolution: Facts, fables

  Though the 2017 UN Food and Agricultural (FAO) statistic is yet to be released, in contradiction to reports that Nigeria has achieved self-sufficiency in rice production and is set to commence export of the produce, it on its website still rates Nigeria the second largest importer of rice globally. In the UN agency’s rice market monitor report released in July, 2017, it expects Nigeria’s rice imports to drop by 100,000 metric tonnes (mt) in the out-gone year. This would be a direct consequence of the Federal Government’s import substitution…

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Fuel scarcity: Return of old bad times

  Oil prices, which have been rising for three straight weeks on Wednesday, touched two-and-a-half year highs of $67 per barrel boosted by an explosion on a crude pipeline in Libya and voluntary OPEC-led supply cuts. According to weekly data from Baker Hughes Inc. Dr Diran Fawibe, chairman and chief executive officer of International Energy Services Limited, the rising price of crude oil was as a result of the strategy of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) not to cut output so as not to lose market share to…

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Kaduna centenary celebration: Keeping the North together

Kaduna State Government recently celebrated the centenary of Kaduna city as the capital of Northern Nigeria, Correspondent BABA NEGEDU takes a look at the thrills, glamour of the once in a life time event.   Even the atmosphere of the day gave an indication of what was about to take place, the cloudy morning which latter gave rise to the sunny afternoon provided the enabling environment for the cultural and historical display that took place at the centenary celebration of Kaduna as a city. It was Mallam Muhammed Ibrahim in…

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RABITAH @55: Imams, scholars celebrate Al-Ilory’s legacy

Install ex-minister as Baba Adinni of Yorubaland     No fewer than 700 prominent Muslim leaders and distinguished Islamic scholars gathered in Abeokuta, last week, for a historic two-day conference. It was in commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the League of Imams and Alfas of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, which also featured the installation of a former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Isola, as the new Baba Adinni of Yorubaland. Inside the expansive auditorium of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the group…

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