From Tony Osauzo, Benin The Edo State government announced at the weekend that it recognises only two unions in the transport sector — the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN). The Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shuaibu, who disclosed this following a peace move by…
Hurricane Nate has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.
The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h), is moving north, and a second landfall is expected on the Mississippi coast later.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida earlier issued warnings and evacuation orders.
Nate killed at least 25 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.
The tropical storm has since strengthened and is now a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Although not as strong as last month’s Maria and Irma, Nate is expected to bring strong winds and storm surges.
US President Donald Trump earlier issued an emergency declaration for Louisiana, allowing the state to seek federal help with preparation and possible relief efforts.
In Alabama, Republican Governor Kay Ivey has urged residents in areas facing heavy winds and storm surges to take precautions.
Five ports along the Gulf Coast have also been closed to shipping as a precaution.
Most oil and gas platforms in the US Gulf of Mexico have evacuated their staff and stopped production ahead of the storm.
In its latest update at 03:00 GMT, the NHC said a hurricane warning was in effect for the “mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border”.
Evacuation orders have been put in place for some low-lying areas.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of the hurricane.
He said more than 1,000 National Guard troops had been mobilised with a number sent to New Orleans to monitor the drainage pumps there. “Anyone in low-lying areas… we are urging them to prepare now,” he said.
A mandatory curfew from 18:00 (23:00 GMT) is in place in New Orleans, where residents from areas outside the city’s levee system have been evacuated.
A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for New Orleans.
The NHC said that Nate “is expected to weaken quickly after landfall, and it is likely to become a tropical storm Sunday morning.
“It should degenerate into a remnant low late Monday.”
Nate went past Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – home to the popular beach resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen – on Friday night as it headed north, the NHC said.
Nate caused heavy rains, landslides and floods which blocked roads, destroyed bridges and damaged houses as it tore through central America.
At least 13 people died in Nicaragua, eight in Costa Rica, three in Honduras and one in El Salvador.
The tail of the storm is still causing problems in the region, where thousands have been forced to sleep in shelters and some 400,000 people in Costa Rica were reported to be without running water.
— 8th October 2017
From Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti FORMER governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja has urged the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to stop Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, from contesting for presidency in 2019, saying it is the governor’s fundamental human right to contest for the nation’s number one seat. Ladoja, who…
— 8th October 2017
From Tony John, Port Harcourt THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State chapter, has debunked the claim by All Progressives Congress (APC) that the state government sponsored last Friday’s protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Port Harcourt. PDP’s reaction followed a press statement released yesterday by the Publicity Secretary of APC, Chris Finebone,…
— 8th October 2017
From Paul Osuyi, Asaba LOCAL government chairmanship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State are to cough out a non-refundable fee of N1 million to obtain the party’s nomination forms. Councillorship aspirants across the 25 Local Government Areas (LGA) will also pay the sum of N200, 000 for the…
— 8th October 2017
From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim has advised the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to do everything within his powers to provide decent and affordable shelter for personnel of the force . He counseled that the ongoing housing projects for policemen in different parts of the country…
Entertainment— 8th October 2017
By Tony Ogaga & Amarachi Amachukwu Enuanwa Blessing has the winner of the 11th edition of The Beauty of Africa International pageant. Currently in its 11th edition, the pageant seeks to promote African unity by redefining the African narrative trough initiatives geared towards empowering the youths. She beats 35 other contestants to emerge winner Miracle…
South-West Report— 5th October 2017
By Moshood Adebayo Centenary Hall in Abeokuta, Ogun State, is a major historical hall. It was built in 1930 to mark the 100th anniversary of the settlement of Egba in Abeokuta in 1830 from their homestead, called Egba Forest, now in present Oyo State. The hall did not only serve as an avenue for interaction,…
Abuja Metro— 4th October 2017
How robbers attack motorists, Lokogoma residents From Okwe Obi For motorists plying Lokogoma road, it has not been rosy for them and their passengers especially at nights. Robbers have made movements difficult for them. “We are constantly in fear whenever anybody is returning in the night. They like to lurk in a dark corner and…
Oriental News— 4th October 2017
Owerri residents count losses following ravaging flood From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Owerri, the Imo State capital was in the news again last week, as most parts of the metropolis were submerged following a downpour that lasted for over 12 hours. It was, indeed, the worst flooding that has been witnessed in the state capital in…
Features— 8th October 2017
By Chidi Obineche In the 33 Strategies Of War, a 2006 book written by American author Robert Greene that is distinctly described as a “ guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the military principles in war, a glimpse into the spiraling web of intrigues in Nigeria’s Ministry of Petroleum Resources…
Literary Review— 2nd October 2017
Nigerians now have cause to smile with the launch of Artyrama, an online African art gallery which gives people across the world access to a variety of artworks, leveraging cutting-edge technology to provide a seamless, carefully curated online experience. Artyrama’s digital catalogue will host a wealth of contemporary art collections; including paintings, photographs, sculptures and…
Lifeline— 6th October 2017
•Residents, commuters beg Ambode, FG to intervene By Job Osazuwa A reporter with The Leadership, Mr. Babalola Yusuf looked shattered. He had earnestly looked forward to beginning the first working day of the week without much hassles, but an early morning auto-crash caused by a pothole dented his enthusiasm and punctured his to-do list. The…
Education Review— 3rd October 2017
By Gabriel Dike Nigeria’s higher education recorded landmark feat as a draft National Policy on Open Education Resources (OER) was recently validated. This document is to address the dearth of learning resources in quality, quantity and currency in tertiary education. A statement signed by the Director, Directorate of Executive Secretary’s office, National Universities Commission, Mr….
Marketing Matters— 30th November 2016
It was a unique gathering of major stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing industry when the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) rolled out the red carpet to celebrate outstanding achievers at the 2016 ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, last weekend. The event threw up new champions who would bask in the…
TSWeekend— 6th October 2017
By Remi Oluwoye and Ifunanya Duru For Oluwafunmilayo Ibukunoluwa Ajayi, popularly known as Funmi Sax, blowing the saxophone is more than a passion, it’s life. In fact, Funmi comes across as one of the few female saxophonists Nigeria has produced. Inspired by legendary Kenny G, Funmi has to her credit an album entitled, Grace. In…
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The problem with Nigeria is much more a leadership deficit than it is a followership disorder. It’s only in Nigeria that you see an engineer assigned to teach history while a history graduate is assigned the portfolio of superintending the building of bridges. Such dysfunctional work delineation has been of old but it seems to…
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