FRSC’s feeble attempt at road safety

Weak road safety policies, implementation Many initiatives by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) are, most of the times, not well thought out or implemented, which makes it difficult to achieve their set objectives, reports CALEB ONWE   Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) recently launched “Operation Cobra” and like many of its initiatives, it came with so much hype and unprecedented apprehension for motorists. When it was kicked off by the Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi on Friday, June 30, 2017, with the usual media publicity, non-discerning minds clapped their lives…

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NIROWI: A wood firm’s story of waste

Many companies fully or partially owned by Ondo State government are either collapsing or on the verge of collapse. BABATOPE OKEOWO reports that the death of Nigerian-Romanian Wood Industry Limited (NIROWI) partially owned by the state government reinforces this sad development.   For residents of Ondo town in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, the collapse of the Nigerian-Romanian Wood Industry Limited (NIROWI) is a pain they have to live with. Apart from rendering about 6,000 workers jobless, the site of the once flourishing company has become house…

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Indebtedness: Hospitals as detention camps

Indigent patients, relations become prisoners   The heavy financial burden of maintaining services and remaining afloat has forced many hospitals to adopt inhuman measures, including turning their facilities into detention camps to force patients to settle their medical bills after treatment. Many doctors/hospitals are now being arrested and are under prosecution for taking laws into their hands, KENNETH OFOMA reports   The National Health Act, the doctor’s Hippocratic Oath, the nation’s constitutional provisions on human rights and medical ethics are being breached by physicians/medical institutions to keep functioning. Historically, the…

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Slaves in Dubai, kings in Nigeria (II)

TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, who recently visited the United Arab Emirates, in this concluding part of his report, presents the different views of Nigerians in Dubai Another Nigerian who spoke to New Telegraph in Deira said they enjoy their wealth in Nigeria because they cannot afford the luxurious lifestyle in the city of Dubai. His words: “If you want to go home with good money, you must work very hard here. We don’t usually enjoy here, but anytime we go to Nigeria, we enjoy ourselves. The reason is that in Nigeria, you…

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Nigerians not suffering here – Akinyooye

Damilola Akinyooye, in this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, speaks about his experience in Dubai   What are you doing in Dubai? I am working with a construction company in Dubai. As a Nigerian, anywhere we are in the world, we thrive to survive to make a daily means. But some believe Nigerians are suffering here? Nigerians are not suffering here. The little thing we need to adapt to here is patience. Let endurance be our way. A lot of people come here, make mistakes and go back home with nothing….

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Living on the streets very dangerous – Kizito

Nweke Kizito speaks about his travail in foreign land in this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, who was in Dubai   How long have you been in Dubai? One year and two months. What kind of job are you doing in Dubai? Actually, I don’t have any job now. I am managing with street business. What type of street business? I sell drinks and other stuffs. How much do you normally make per day? I make like 100 Dirham, which is about N10, 000 in Nigeria currency. How do you cope…

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Slaves in Dubai, kings in Nigeria (1)

TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, who was in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), examines the dual life of Nigerians in the UAE, how they live out there and back home   When Nweke Kizito was leaving Nigeria in 2016 to play professional football in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), he was enthusiastic and very confident that he was on the right path that would lead to a prosperous football career. His thinking was that with hard work and determination, one day he would become a fantastic world-class player like Victor Moses, Austin…

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