The Lagos State Government on Wednesday described the article published in the latest edition of the Economist Magazine as reckless and slanderous noting that the issues were ill-conceived.
Reacting on behalf of the State Government, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the government deemed it fit to write a rebuttal to the article titled “Paralysed: Why Nigeria’s largest city is even less navigable than usual”, as it contained series of bias judgment in it.
Ayorinde wondered why the article, published just about the time the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode read the riot act to traffic offenders on the readiness of his government to carry out comprehensive enforcement effort on traffic management, was latched on by traditional and social media.
Attributing it to the handiwork of fifth columnists, he said the article failed to take into account the bigger picture of an emerging reform policy, designed to address the larger concerns in the management of security, traffic and the environment.
“If we were to conclude hastily, like the article did, we would have described the magazine’s effort in the same words it once famously used as “an unpleasant nose-to-stranger’s-armpit experience.”
Explaining further, Ayorinde said it was inaccurate and preposterous for the article to suggest that Governor Ambode cut the powers of traffic controllers by banning them from impounding cars which it concluded that it had made officers reluctant to enforce the rules.
He said what the Governor did instead was to enjoin the officers to look at other options to apprehend traffic offenders by adopting the ticketing system backed by the same type of technology used in licensing and tracking vehicles instead of impounding the vehicles as first option. Read More →
Posted By: Olusegun Koiki
One of the British airlines flying into Nigeria from London, Virgin Atlantic Airways, yesterday denied alleged plan to quit the Lagos-London route.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Mrs. Kudirat Scott-Igbene, while confirming the sack of about 20 Nigeria-based crew of the airline, said the step was necessary in order to sustain its flight operations on the route.
Scott-Igbene, in a terse e-mail to our correspondent, however, assured that the airline was not planning to quit the route it commenced about 14 years ago.
Sunday Mirror had yesterday reported that the giant British carrier was planning to stop flight operations following the sack of its Nigerian crew about three weeks ago without any severance package regardless of their length of service with the airline. Read More →
Stakeholders in the Maritime sector have urged the Federal Government to proffer lasting solution to the moribund Warri port in Delta.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Warri that the prolonged inactivity of the port was counter-productive to the nation’s economy.
They said that underdevelopment had consequently affected their financial viability.
Mr Austin Egbegbadia, a Warri-based importer, identified dredging as a major constraint in the port. Read More →
Twenty nine ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected to arrive Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos from Sept. 8 to Sept. 20.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stated this in its daily publication – `Shipping Position’ – made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
The document indicated that the expected ships contained general cargo, crude palm olein, bulk malt, base oil, bulk sugar and bulk rice. Read More →
The Incorporated Trustees of Christ Embassy Church International a.k.a “CHRIST EMBASSY, led by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has dragged the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) and its registrar before a Federal High Court in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
In a statement of claim filed by a Lagos lawyer, Mr Adekunle Adebisi Sogunle, Christ Embassy Church stated that they have established churches all over Nigeria and are internationally well known to casino the general public as Christ Embassy and that the church has grown over the years with large number of followers in Nigeria and abroad, reports thenewsnigeria.com.ng. Read More →
(Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, DAILY SUN)
The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari as at May 29th when he was sworn-in had less than N30 million to his name, had no foreign account, no registered company and no oil wells.
It also said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a successful lawyer before his foray into politics, had a bank balance of about N94 million and $900,000 in his bank accounts.
The Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement quoted documents submitted by President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
According to Shehu, the documents show that Buhari, a retired General, “has indeed been living an austere and Spartan lifestyle, contrary to what many might expect of a former Head of State of Nigeria and one who has held a number of top government positions, such as governor, Minister of petroleum and the head of the Petroleum Development Trust Fund (PTDF)”.
The Presidential Media aide said the documents which CCB officials say were still being vetted and to be made public soon, “show that prior to being sworn in on May 29, President Buhari had less than N30 million to his name. He also had only one bank account, with the Union Bank. President Buhari had no foreign account, no factory and no enterprises. He also had no registered company and no oil wells.” Read More →
CHUX OHAI writes on the sad tale of celebrated scholar, writer and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Theo Vincent, now facing hard times
The Ilaje area of Lagos is usually associated with social misfits of all kinds. Even the adjoining area like Bariga has a notoriety that makes many people think that it takes special courage to live there.
As a result, many members of the elite and other privileged people prefer to look elsewhere to establish their homes.
But currently, this is where foremost literary scholar and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Theo Vincent, lives. It is one of the sore points that our correspondent’s long search for the great teacher has revealed.
As a quick reminder, many people who studied Literature in secondary school and beyond must remember A Selection of African Poems, which introduced students to early generations of African poets. The book was edited by Vincent and K. E. Senanu, a Ghanaian scholar. After decades of his devotion to scholarship, however, things are definitely no longer at ease with him.
Life in isolation
After the winding search, our correspondent finally traced Vincent to a dilapidated two-storey residential building in Ilaje quarters in Bariga. The veteran scholar lives on the ground floor. The moment the journalist knocked on the door of his apartment, a voice barked and demanded to know his mission and identity. It was clearly Vincent’s voice. Read More →