Who owns the monies?

The late Sonny Okosun it was who crooned: “Who owns the land? I want to know who owns the land. Papa’s land; Papa’s land” Of course, Okosun’s was a rhetorical question because everyone knew who owns the land in question, that is, southern Africa, which at that time, was under colonial rule.The land belongs to the Black race but was taken over by the White colonial masters. The last of those countries, South Africa, got its Independence in 1994 and the whole of the region is now ruled by Black…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Health Minister warns against cholera, other diseases

The unpleasant forecast of the outbreak of cholera in the country in the coming months is the focus of the Easter message from the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole. Adewole said that Nigerians should put up a collective responsibility through conscious sensitisation and awareness on the impact of the future. Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. An estimated three to five million cases and over 100,000 deaths occur each year around the world. The infection is often mild…

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Obiano to unveil new book on Anambra light bearers

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will today unveil a book titled, ‘Icons of Anambra State’. The publication, sponsored by three leading banks, traces the resilience and enterprise that made the state to produce the highest number of achievers in Nigeria since the 20th century. The 317-page book written by a researcher and biographer, Mr. Uchechukwu Elugu, details the lives and times of some remarkable men and women, who made the difference to make Anambra the leading state in the South East. Anambra, which prides itself as “The Light of…

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Economic recession: PDP asked to apologise to Nigerians, Buhari

An political group, Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Enugu State chapter, has demanded an apology from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over what it described as the damage inflicted on the Nigerian economy by the immediate past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan. BSO made the request while reacting to statement issued by the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message. Speaking through its Publicity Secretary, Mr Eze Chibueze, the group said the PDP should rather apologise to Nigerians, instead of ‘insulting our collective intelligence with their…

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Dickson signs 2017 budget, education bill into law

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the 2017 Appropriation Budget of N243.2 billion and the Educational Development Trust Fund Amendment bills into law. It will be recalled that the governor proposed an educational trust fund bill to help the less privileged in the state acquire education. Assenting to the bills at the Government House, Yenagoa, the governor said the budget, christened “Budget of Repositioning for Consolidation,” was aimed at completing various ongoing projects in the state. Dickson, who noted that the government appropriated N111 billion for capital projects alone,…

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Sustained development for Etche

As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities. They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government. Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing communities. Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC…

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