Taming the walking time-bomb
Nigeria, together with over 120 countries in 2006 made an historic commitment to scale-up the national response towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. But while HIV prevalence and new infections are declining, cries of stigma and donor fatigue are threatening hard earned development gains, writes BEN UKWUOMA.THE cries of discrimination…
Amnesty deal on trial
Main "freedom fighters" in the Niger Delta, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), and stakeholders dispute veracity of warning strike in Rivers State CONTROVERSY is brewing if indeed, the self-styled freedom fighters in the Niger Delta, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), actually attacked a Shell/Chevron crude oil pipeline in River State at the weekend, which could put to test the amnesty and it's peace.
What will it take to achieve Vision 2020? (2)
Being the concluding part of the inaugural lecture delivered by Prof. Omololu Soyombo, professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Nigeria, at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium on Wednesday, June 10, 2009.. Corruption as an Impediment The time-honoured core values of Nigerians are now in short supply. Nigeria shares the company of the most corrupt countries in the world today. The country is 157 among 170 countries in contrast to Ghana which is number 70 in ascending order among the most corrupt countries in the world4. Our country has earned a despicable reputation for all manners of fraudulent practices. A recent report suggests that N4.6 billion naira was lost to robbery and fraud in the banking sector alone in 20065. Nigerians are suspects anywhere around the world unless they prove that they virtuous travellers due to 419 and the atrocities of the Yahoo boys and may be girls!!
Race to save mothers during childbirth
Health professionals, concerned about the high mortality rate of mothers in the labour ward from preventable causes, last week brainstormed on how to reduce the incidence, at least, in the three-catchment states bordering Kwara State.
The bitter they return
Virtually every country seems fed up with illegal Nigerian immigrants and are deporting them in droves. At the last count, no fewer than 15,000 have been deported to Nigeria in the last one year. And the number is growing daily. TOBOR, 20, was asked by the father to relocate to Italy through Libya last year for which the agent charged N300,000. He and other ZmigrZs spent over three weeks traveling through the desert until they arrived the border of Libya.
Urhobo State viable, overdue for creation, says Felix Ibru
Being text of the Submission by Olorogun Senator Felix O. Ibru, the President-General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) at the public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Top 10 fashion mistakes to avoid
When it comes to fashion and trends, we all want the same thing: To look great! Unfortunately, there are some fashion errors that we might not be aware of, but that we might practice. These fashion faux pas are visible and can completely ruin a perfectly good outfit. Listed here are some of the top 10 fashion mistakes women often make.
Swine flu jab...the new visa weapon
NIGERIAN travellers are about to feel the impact and politics of the emerging worldwide new health threat, the swine flu. The Saudi Arabia authorities have decreed that without a vaccination certificate against the disease, entry even for pilgrimage would be denied. BEN UKWUOMA and CHUKWUMA MUANYA write on why and how Nigerians would be affected.