Former Super Eagles’ talisman, Julius Aghahowa, has stated why he spent most of his playing career at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.
Daily Archives: April 14, 2013
I think it was in year 2000 that I decided to change my Mitsubishi Lancer…
Ahead of the 2014 governorship election in Osun State, one of the contenders for the governorship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore, has threatened that his party may shun the election in the state. Reason? The former Chairman of the Senate Committee on
Dr. Chris Ekiyor is the President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC). In 2011, he contested the House of Representatives election, but did not succeed. Recently, he was appointed Transition Committee Chairman for Patani Local Government Area of Delta State by Gosvernor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Even in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq that are in perpetual state of war, last weekend’s harvest of death from road crashes would still have sent some chilly sensations down people’s spines. In saner countries, the staggering fatalities would have been enough to instigate some days of national mourning, and, perhaps, some protests. But in Nigeria, we have become so impervious to blood and death, we have become so used to broken limbs and lives that a casual observer would have inferred that perhaps tragedies are our second nature. Sad. The weekend of death started upper Friday at Ofosu town in Edo State, when an Enugu-bound luxury bus rammed into a petrol tanker, unleashing hell. The tanker, laden with fuel, exploded on impact and became a huge ball of fire that consumed the luxury bus, which originated from Lagos. Eighty people perished on the spot. Most of them, youths, were sent to the land of the spirits before their prime and time. Barring any last minute change, the victims would have been given a mass burial yesterday at Ugbogui, Edo State. Very sad. Terrible as the Ofosu tragedy was, it would be replicated, later that same day, though at a lower scale, at Ihiala, a major town in Anambra State, when two commercial buses smashed into an articulated vehicle that was discharging some consignments of beer. Twenty passengers perished on the spot. Last Monday, the same number was consumed in Potiskum, Yobe State, when an apparently overloaded and over-speeding commercial bus ran into a truck that had broken down by the roadside. One can go on and on reeling out the spiraling statistics emanating from carnage on our roads. Although the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has persistently maintained that it has been able to achieve a 30 percent reduction in road crashes, the fatalities are still unsettling. They are scary. In fact, the situation is now so terrible that hardly a day passes without reports of deaths from road accidents. I’m not contesting the FRSC’s claim please. That is not the focus of this column today. My main worry is that we are now so used to the sight of blood and death in this country that we have become impassive to the statistics even when they climb so sharply, so suddenly, like they did last weekend. Elsewhere, the tragedies at Ofosu and Ihiala, and others, that claimed the lives of 120 Nigerians should be enough to either warrant some days of national mourning or a solemn assembly to beg the Almighty to stave the deadly trend. But what did we see? That bloody weekend passed as if nothing happened. After the initial alarm and immediate sorrowful expressions, occasioned by the gory front-page pictures, we all went back to our businesses; and life continues. Like I said, we are now so unmoved and unaffected by the sight of blood and death that nothing jolts us any more. We don’t give such tragedies any serious thought until the next time. Yet, regular travellers have their hearts in their mouths as they crisscross the country by road. Most of them cannot afford to fly. They cannot commute by rail either because our railway system is still lying comatose. Despite the billions that the federal government votes for roads, year after year, Nigeria has one of the worst road accident records in Africa. Despite the fact that the Federal Ministry of Works guzzles money like kalokalo gaming machines, our country’s road networks remain death traps. They are dilapidated. They are riddled with holes deep enough to swallow cars in whole. They are ever-present tragedies waiting to happen. Aside from the fatalities arising from the terrible state of our roads, the nation also loses many man-hours, daily, as people waste precious time on trips that should normally take one hour or less. Regular travellers on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, or Shagamu-Benin Expressway, or the East-West Road, or similar other highways across the country can bear to the unnecessary sufferings they go through. Reports abound of travellers having to sleep on some these routes owing to their terrible state. As a result of the excruciating hassles people go through on Nigeria’s road networks, many people have suffered needless death while the health of many more has nosedived. Generally, the quality of life diminishes daily as a result of all this avoidable stress. The economy suffers terrible shocks and our country remains the worst for it. And you just wonder what is the worth of life if citizens cannot enjoy something as fundamental as smooth, safe and motorable roads. Today, I’ve come not to confront authority. Rather, I’ve come to appeal to power. I’ve come to plead with the Federal Ministry of Works, and other powers responsible for our roads, to save us from needless tragedies that we see every day. I’ve come to appeal for more commitments to be made for the rehabilitation of Nigeria’s road network, and for the faithful and speedy execution of contracts so we could live and operate like normal humans. This is my prayer.
Even in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq that are in perpetual state of war, last weekend’s harvest of death from road crashes would still have sent some chilly sensations down people’s spines. In saner countries, the staggering fatalities would have been enough to instigate some days of national mourning, and, perhaps, some protests.
When a nation fails to faithfully tackle her pressing problems, the result is that she comes to fight every other day. Today it’s Boko Haram and like the undying Niger Delta problems, Nigerians, especially the political class are politicizing it, throwing mud at one another. Common sense
Following sustained pressure from notable leaders from the Northern part of the country urging the Federal Government to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect, there are strong indications that the amnesty option may
The beautiful girlfriend of Paul Okoye of P-square, Anita, has given birth to the singer’s first son, Andre, at Atlanta in United States of America. Paul flew to Atlanta on Monday to meet Anita, in anticipation of the arrival of their baby.