Okowa’s debt burden in Delta

Dominic Adewole chronicles the series of strikes by retirees, majorly from Delta State civil service, over the N50 billion allegedly being owed by the state government.   What language shall we use to describe the incessant match by workers, pensioners and interest groups against the Government of Delta State? Since last month, retirees and aggrieved civil servants been taking toll in staging protests to drive home their demands and reject poor working conditions. Two weeks ago, pensioners, under the aegis of the Association of Contributory Retirees, Delta State Chapter, trooped…

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Enugu coal industry: From good, bad, to extinction

Nigeria is gradually becoming a mono-structural economy. This has clearly made the country to ignore other solid mineral resources which, if properly harnessed, could help to diversify the economy. In this report, KENNETH OFOMA examines issues arising from the abandoned coal mines in Enugu State For many years, the coal industry, one solid mineral with the potential to boost power supply, which has seemingly defied every solution, was allowed to rot and possibly die. Enugu, nick named the ‘Coal City’ state because of large coal deposits that used to be…

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Nigerian prison where children die like flies

…..For children, it’s a cry for help Hundreds of minors are kept in inhuman conditions in Badagry, Ikoyi and Kirikiri prisons in Lagos writes JOHN  CHIKEZIE Amental description of a Nigerian prison is not pleasant; you would probably create images describing a den of thieves, murderers, rapists, armed robbers, kidnappers and all sort of unimaginable hardened criminals. But never would those images or pictures include a photo of a child or a teenager among the incarcerated outlaws. It is, however, bizarre that in the 21st Century there exists a prison…

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Men’s unrestricted access to female inmates is fallacy – PRO

In this concluding part of the report on plight of pregnant female awaiting trial, JULIANA FRANCIS highlights the challenges of prison authorities in caring for pregnant/nursing mothers and their babies without budgetary provisions   The human rights activist, Pastor Darlington Ajimisetan, noted that in Lagos female prison, before, women and children used to go through a lot of ordeal until the present DCP, Ekpendu, came on board. He added: “Before, a mother and her new born baby are kept in the same cell, but Lizzy (Ekpendu) stopped it. Cases of…

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Plight of pregnant female awaiting trials

Born prisoners: Inmates’ children and stigma   Several innocent people spend years in prison custody while awaiting trial. Most pregnant inmates literally go through hell before being delivered of their babies, writes JULIANA FRANCIS   A glance at Rita, in her body hugging, black and white striped gown, leaves one with an impression of a beautiful lady. Rita is fair in complexion, slim and of average height. Her long hair, falling straight down her back, caresses her shoulders. She is shy and finds it difficult to make eye contact. But…

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For widows, sex attracts wrath of the gods

Ebonyi: Different rules for different communities It is a taboo when a woman has sex with another man in her husband’s house in some communities in Ebonyi State. But it is tolerated and celebrated in many communities when a woman conceives for another man in her husband’s house before his burial. UCHENNA INYA reports agonies of women who commit sexual immorality Ebonyi State is a heterogeneous society; it has rich cultural values which distinguish it from every other part of the country. Some of the traditions, though differ, are very…

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Agonies, pains of violent Lagos’ flood

Our $1trn real estate investments under threat – Ikoyi residents The July 8 devastating flood that wreaked havoc in Lagos’ exclusive neighbourhoods of Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki , Ajah and other locations left residents in low spirits as they recount their pains, with a call to the state authority to safeguard their lives and properties. DAYO AYEYEMI reports This is not the first time that the high-brow Ikoyi, Lekki , Victoria Island and Ajah neighborhoods of Lagos State would be shut down by flood, the first being on July 10,…

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