Abuja Airport: At the risk of minister’s job

The move to rehabilitate the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was greeted with a lot of protests from various interest groups. The critics were not convinced it was feasible. CLEM KHENA-OGBENA, who followed the trend of events, reports that the risk has been worth the while When the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was announced by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika on March 6, 2017, the news was received with mixed feelings by a cross section of Nigerians and the…

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Strange life in Monkey Village

There are numerous slums  existing side-by-side with modern communities in Abuja. CALEB ONWE recently stumbled into one called Monkey Village. He reports on the strange community   On its face value, the name, Monkey Village may suggest a fictional community of animal kingdom but not at all. It is a human settlement and home to some downtrodden and economically disadvantaged members of the society. It is one of the numerous slums you find in the suburbs of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Its inhabitants have been forced by the circumstance…

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AMSLN tasks FG on local vaccines

Following the series of disease outbreaks in the country in the last few years, the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, AMLSN, has called on the Federal Government to pay more attention to production of local vaccines. The National President of AMLSN, Toyosi Raheem, made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja, at a conference organised to mark the commemoration of the 2017 World Biomedical Science Day with the theme, ‘Antibiotic Resistance: Biomedical Laboratory Scientists Respond to the Global Threat.’ Lamenting the collapse of the Local Vaccine Production, LVP,…

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Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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Remembering Chibok girls, three years after

The unfortunate tragedy exhumed the rustic rural community of Chibok, Borno State out from a corner of Nigeria and placed it in a prominent spot on the world map. Three years later, the whole country stood still as some of the victims told their stories. CALEB ONWE reports     Three years ago, some predators swooped on the community in the middle of the night when most souls were deep asleep, with intention to steal the joy and hope of many families. It was a heinous crime against humanity to…

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Recession: Indigenous technology to the rescue

The just-concluded National Fabricators’ Workshop, organised by the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), in conjunction with other bodies, is not only an attestation of the I-can-do spirit of Nigerians, but a revelation of innate capabilities and uncommon ingenuity of Nigerians. CALEB ONWE was at the event A glance at the array of indigenous technology and the locally fabricated machines on display, made it obvious that the problem of most talented people in Nigeria, is not the unfounded superstition of ” witchcraft manipulation” but lack of encouragement and financial…

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Paying light bills, living in darkness

For so many years, Nigerians have borne the burden of epileptic power supply and when the power sector was privatised, they thought the trouble was over. DEBORAH OCHENI reports that many communities remain in darkness It is a sad tale for residents of Kurudu, a community in the suburb of the Federal Capital Territory. They live in a near total darkness situation, owing to the non supply of electricity in the area. Inside Abuja’s investigation at the area gathered that the residents are in such “black out” due to non…

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