Barrister Hannatu Musawa A couple of days ago, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while inspecting the Abuja-Kaduna rail stations, dismissed several officials of the Railway Corporation. Among those dismissed were station managers, porters, and ticket officials at both the Idu and Rigasa rail stations in Abuja and Kaduna respectively, over ticket racketeering. It saddens me that they were dismissed since I alluded to ticket racketeering of VIP tickets at the stations in one of my recent articles. Nonetheless, the Minister rightly stated that sacking of the culpable officials would put a stop to workers nonchalant attitude towards work and stop ticket racketeering in the stations. However, it must also be pointed out this is not the only solution to the myriad of problems currently plaguing the Abuja-Kaduna train service. The railway is one of the oldest, effective and efficient means for transporting passengers and cargoes worldwide. The crucial role the railway...
By Emmanuel Onwubiko - Reading through a large volume of political history of Nigeria, a persistent theme present is the disturbing dimension that political corruption has stunted the progress and advancements of Nigeria since over half a century. Nigeria is a laughing stock in the international community because whereas the Country is enormously endowed with natural resources but also endowed with thieving leadership, the mass of the people are deprived, absolutely poor and hungry. The irony of starving in the midst of plenty is like someone who is swimming in the pool of water and yet the soap hurts the eyes of such a swimmer. It is for the colossal mismanagement of resources of the country by political office holders in all administrations that some writers concluded that indeed the massive natural resources that Nigeria are endowed with have become a collective resource curse. Take for example the case of crude oil resources in...
By Anderson Owolabi - I sat transfixed on my chair, as the hall erupted into a rapturous mood, when the recipient of this particular award, bowed his head twice before the cream of dignitaries staring at him. And a voice vibrating in stillness, howled; “I dedicate this award to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to contribute my quota in serving my country and to my team.” The awardee was Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources’ and Chairman Board of Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu. I felt in Kachikwu, the exhibition of the assets of positive leadership traits and inclination, quite rare with our people- Nigerians in such exalted positions of authority. I strayed into The Dorchester, from North of Westminster City that Friday evening, where I am a resident migrant to spend the weekend with an old acquaintance.  That was when...
Nine weeks into her pregnancy, Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, died from a stroke, after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage. The brain-dead pregnant woman was kept alive on a ventilator for 123 days—the longest time ever—delivered healthy set of twins by emergency Caesarean Section before her ventilator was switched off. Muriel and Frankielen were in a 6-year relationship before the incident The twins, Ana Vitoria, 1.4 kg, and Asaph, 1.3 kg, were born as healthy as premature babies. They were only nine-week-old embryos when their mother passed on, but their hearts continued to beat and doctors were able to save them. Her husband and father of the twins, Muriel Padilha, 24, has described their birth as a “miracle” after doctors initially told him there was no hope of them surviving. According to the Head of Neurological, ICU, at the Nosso Senhora do Rocio Hospital, Dr Dalton Rivabem: “We did an ultrasound...