Joe Effiong, Uyo Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has banned Pirates Confraternity, AMOC and other secret cult groups in the state. The ban, which took effect from March 12, was sequel to the signing of a “Cultism and Other Violent Behaviour (Prohibition) Order, 2018,” an offshoot of Criminal Code Law Cap. 38, Laws of…
Hundreds of stranded commuters on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Wednesday in Lagos appealed to the Federal Government to end petrol scarcity which affected transport cost.
The commuters told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in interviews that scarcity of petrol caused an increase in transport cost and reduced the number of commercial vehicles in operation.
A NAN investigation has confirmed hundreds of commuters stranded at various bus stops, including Ilepo, Iyana Ipaja, Dopemu, Cement and Ikeja Along.
They scampered for spaces in the few available commercial vehicles.
Transporters increased fares at Iyana Ipaja, Dopemu and Cement bus stop by 100 per cent or more.
Commercial buses charged from N400 to N500 from the bus stops to Yaba instead of N200, and demanded from N200 to N400 for transport from the bus stops to Oshodi as a against N100 or N150.
A food vendor in Ikeja, Mrs Husna Shehu, appealed to the Federal Government to intensify efforts to end fuel scarcity to alleviate the suffering of road users and other Nigerians.
“The government should make petrol available in large quantities so that it will be a bad business for anyone to hoard it,” she advised.
A technician in the Aluminum Village, Mr Tayo Sijuanu, told NAN that he spent up to N1,000 from Sango Ota to Dopemu.
“Before, I was not spending more than N200 to get to this place, but today the situation is different; we want government to help us,” he said.
An engineer, Mr Tomi Adekanbi, however, blamed the increase in transport fares on greed among transporters.
Adekanbi said that queues of vehicles had reduced in many filling stations, implying availability of petrol.
“All these big buses called ‘Parker’ use diesel, and diesel is not scarce; so, why are they charging N300 for a trip to Oshodi,” he asked.
Mr Solomon Onyekwere, a civil servant, who told NAN that the government was committed to ending fuel scarcity, called for sanctions against greedy transporters.
“The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) collected N200 for transport to Oshodi this morning instead of N100 because people are desperate and tired standing on the road,’’ he told NAN.
In interviews, some transporters told NAN that fuel had yet to be available.
A bus driver, Mr Wasiu Ifalana, who plies the Sango-Oshodi Route, told NAN that he queued for hours to buy fuel at an exorbitant price on Tuesday and had to transfer the cost to passengers.
“I have a fixed amount I must deliver to the owner of this bus daily, after spending hours at the filling station. How can I meet up?” he asked.
Another bus driver who simply identified himself as Sunny also said that fuel had yet to be available.
He appealed to the government to end the scarcity fast.
— 14th March 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate alleged illegal withdrawal of N10 billion from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Consequently, the House mandated its committees on Health Services, Finance and Anti-Corruption to undertake the assignment and…
— 14th March 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari would first hear from the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on the allegation of disobeying a presidential order to relocate to Benue State, before taking any action on the matter. Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this when he spoke during…
— 14th March 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tell Nigerians what he did to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, when he found out the police boss flouted his order to relocate to Benue State, in the aftermath of New Year day killings by herdsmen. The PDP…
— 14th March 2018
Moshood Adebayo Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday said he has not authorised any increment in motor vehicle registrations in the state. Rumours have been milling round the state that the government was planning to increase the cost of processing motor vehicle particulars and application for number plates. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan,…
Entertainment— 11th March 2018
Tony Ogaga IK Ogbonna is one act that’s taking the Nigerian movie space by storm. Known for his ability to interpret very diverse roles, the thespian emerges as one of the most sought after in the industry. His role in Agatha Amata’s new flick, Disguise, where he plays a woman with polished fingernails, long brown…
South-West Report— 7th March 2018
• Day Ooni led Ife indigenes to seek god’s nod for riches, prosperity Clement Adeyi, Osogbo ile-ife, Osun State, the cradle of Yoruba civilization, was agog recently for Aje Festival celebration. The celebration was in honour of Aje, the Yoruba deity of wealth and prosperity. The annual event was held at the Afewonro Park in…
Abuja Metro— 14th March 2018
Nkechi Chima Onyele Women in Nigeria joined their counterparts across the globe to celebrate womanhood on the occasion of the 2018 International Women’s Day. This year’s occasion was, however, celebrated with a difference compared to what obtained in the past. There was visible presence of cream of women groups drafted from the six geopolitical zones…
Oriental News— 14th March 2018
…As natives hold parallel festivals The ancient Nri town in Anaocha Local Government of Anambra State prides itself as the ancestral home of the Igbo and had continued to earn that respect for a long time. The town which holds its traditional throne in high esteem observes strictly the culture and traditions of the Igbo…
Features— 13th March 2018
Lawrence Enyoghasu Mabong Ladipo-Sanusi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. She is a child rights advocate and a BBC-trained journalist. She is currently the head of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF). As the Abuja co-ordinator for the African Network for the Prevention and Protection…
Literary Review— 3rd March 2018
Leslie Nneka Arimah is the author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, a collection of 12 short stories published in 2017. The stories, set in Nigeria and the US, move from realism to fantasy connected by the thread of humanity. The writer, who was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Etisalat…
Lifeline— 14th March 2018
•We won’t rest until all gangsters are dislodged, police boss vows Job Osazuwa In Lagos, members of different cult groups are on the loose. Everywhere you look, they are on the rampage, spreading death, distress and panic. And residents are worried. Although they have been in existence for long, members of the clandestine groups are…
Education Review— 13th March 2018
• It’s reflection of rot in education sector Gabriel Dike; Jet Stanly Madu, Fred Ezeh; Lukman Olabiyi One of the major concerns about the nation’s education is the issue of anomalies at all levels of the sector under the watch of the Federal Ministry of Education. Over the last decades, stakeholders have expressed worries over…
TSWeekend— 9th March 2018
Damilola Fatunmise; Fatimah Muhammad-Omolaja After 16 years in the United States of America where he studied filmmaking, Martin Gbados returned home to pursue his passion. And by dint of sheer grace, all his works have received national and international acclaims. In this chat, the producer of award winning movie, A Soldier’s Story, opens up…
Opinion— 14th March 2018
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As stated in this column two weeks ago, the salaries and allowances of the members of the National Assembly and the 36 States’ Houses of Assembly, I gave were obtained from documents on the internet released by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC). The commission says a senator in a year earns N2.02million…
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One thing is certain as Governor Willie Obiano gets ready for the second inauguration on Saturday, March 17: A number of the prominent faces at the swearing-in ceremony will be members of opposition parties, including the candidates who ran against him and their greatest supporters in the November 18, 2017, gubernatorial election. William Shakespeare would…
I was confronted last week by a student who has shown a significant interest in Africa and other developing regions. The student asked me in a sombre tone: Why is Nigeria a country in which nothing works? Why do so many citizens of your country endure economic hardships when the country celebrates yearly federal and…
After a needless display of vulnerable arrogance President Muhammadu Buhari has allowed his presidential feet to step on the blood-stained soil of Benue State. At the time of writing this piece on Sunday the government and people of Benue were making arrangements to welcome the President. Schoolchildren may line the streets to welcome the President….
There is no doubt that when the political history of Oyo State is being written, the name of the incumbent governor, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, will feature prominently. There are many reasons for this. In the modern democratic history of Oyo state, Governor Ajimobi is the first civilian governor to enjoy two terms in office….
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Where the pendulum swings for the Igbo nation has been a burning issue of discourse across the land, as we approach another electoral exercise next year. This issue recently engaged our platform, Nsu Economic Council, NEC, the think tank of Nsu community in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. It comprises the elite…