PERSPECTIVE – Holding the centre in Accra

PERSPECTIVE – Holding the centre in Accra

Comrade Owei Lakemfa. By Owei Lakemfa Chukwuemeka Nnaji, the President of the Nigeria Union of Traders in Ghana was a pitiful sight last week as he made a passionate appeal to the Nigerian government to evacuate his members. Many Nigerian traders seemed to have come to the end of the road in Ghana after their shops had been shut down and businesses collapsed following attacks by Ghanaian authorities and traders. Nnaji’s distress call was the…

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BUSINESS/SPECIAL REPORT – Ikeja Computer Village: A glowing tribute

BUSINESS/SPECIAL REPORT – Ikeja Computer Village: A glowing tribute

A part view of Ikeja Computer Village, Lagos, Nigeria. Hon. Adebowale Olasoji, former Member, Lagos State House of Assembly. By Hon Adebowale Olasoji The establishment of a modern market like the New Tejuoso or the Ikeja City Mall is often capital intensive as millions or billions of Naira are usually injected either from the government coffers or from within the banking system. Yet, the impact and benefits derivable from such market are often localized and…

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TIMES 100 Most Influential People: Reps congratulate UBA Chair, Elumelu for making list

TIMES 100 Most Influential People: Reps congratulate UBA Chair, Elumelu for making list

Dr. Tony Elumelu. The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has congratulated the Chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) group, foremost African entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr. Tony Elumelu, for making the list of top 100 most influential people in the 2020 Time magazine award . The lawmakers described the naming as “well-deserving, given Dr. Elumelu’s selfless contribution towards human capital development, industry as well as empowerment of young entrepreneurs not only in…

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DTSG holds entrepreneurship training for 3rd batch of STEP graduates

DTSG holds entrepreneurship training for 3rd batch of STEP graduates

Prof. Eric Eboh speaking to STEP participants. A one-day Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) has been organized for the third batch of the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) beneficiaries of the 2019/2020 cycle. The training which took place in Asaba was attended by 68 beneficiaries who have successfully completed their vocational training in their choice skills and have also successfully passed the Post-Training Proficiency Test (PTPT.) Addressing the beneficiaries, the…

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Delta Online Publishers’ Forum elects first Executive Committee

Delta Online Publishers’ Forum elects first Executive Committee

New Executive members of Delta Online Publishers’ Forum during inauguration. Following the review of the interim leadership constituted for the Delta Online Publishers’ Forum (DOPF) in 2017, an elected leadership to steer the affairs of the body has been elected. The new Executive Committee (Exco) inaugurated on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the forum’s office in Asaba, is to run for 2 years which is the constitutional tenure of the executive. Messrs Emmanuel Enebeli, Editor-in-Chief,…

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Government can owe you, but you can’t owe government

Government can owe you, but you can’t owe government

VIOs at work. Comrade Owei Lakemfa. By Owei Lakemfa. The Berger Roundabout in Abuja is a usual route for me. On this Thursday, July 9, 2020, as usual, an army of Vehicle Inspection Officers, VIOs, had mounted a roadblock. A major cause of traffic jam on Abuja roads are these officers who sometimes can be found in five-minute intervals. On this morning near the Berger Roundabout where they have seized the public park and dumped…

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PERSPECTIVE – Nigeria and Ghana: Big boys disturbing the peace

PERSPECTIVE – Nigeria and Ghana: Big boys disturbing the peace

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, left with Gana’s Parliamentery leader in Ghana. Comrade Owei Lakemfa. By Owei Lakemfa. NIGERIA and Ghana, the two neo-colonial Anglophone ‘neighbours’ who are also two of the three largest economies in the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, are at each other’s throats, fighting like kindergartens. Both countries, like sibling rivals, have squabbled for decades, the latest being last Friday, August 28, 2020 when Nigeria catalogued the sins of Ghana…

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Reps Minority Caucus decries, rejects, demands halt of N151 fuel price hike; says raise insensitive, inimical

Reps Minority Caucus decries, rejects, demands halt of N151 fuel price hike; says raise insensitive, inimical

Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, during plenary. The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has rejected the increase in pump price of fuel from N148 to N151. 56 announced by the Petroleum Product Marketing Company (PPMC) on Wednesday. The lawmakers, in a statement by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndidu Elumelu, on Wednesday, described the announced increase as unacceptable as it will result in increase in the already high cost of consumer…

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Delta Exco approves N4 billion for construction of floating market

Delta Exco approves N4 billion for construction of floating market

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu (middle), Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika (left), and Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Mr. Nduka Omodon, during the a post EXCO press briefing in Asaba. Wednesday 2/9/20 .PHOTO: BRIPIN ENARUSAI The Delta State Executive Council (Exco) has approved the sum of N4 billion for the construction of Ogheye Ultra Modern Concrete Floating Market project. Commissioner for Information in the…

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AfDB President: Reps Minority Caucus congratulates Adesina on re-election

AfDB President: Reps Minority Caucus congratulates Adesina on re-election

Mr. Akinwunmi Adesina. The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has congratulated former minister of agriculture, Dr. Akinwumni Adesina, on his reelection as the President of African Development Bank (AfDB) The lawmakers, in a statement by the Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, on Thursday 27th August, 2020, described Adesina’s reelection as well-deserved, given his commitment and track record of performance as the President of the AfDB. “Indeed, as lawmakers, we are…

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