Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sacked Bayelsa council boss reinstated

By SAMUEL OYADONGHA YENAGOA—Reinstated chairman of Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government, Mr. Ebikitin Diongoli, has formally resumed office. Diongoli’s resumption of office, yesterday, which is coming seven months after a Kaiama High Court nullified his ouster by the State House of Assembly, followed the intervention of Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Rear-Admiral John Jonah (rtd).

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Salami’s re-instatement: NJC meeting ends in deadlock

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA — National Judicial Council, NJC, has failed to reach a consensus on the planned re-instatement of suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, just as an emergency meeting it held in Abuja, yesterday, ended in a stalemate. Investigations by Vanguard revealed that the meeting, which was presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, turned rowdy immediately the issue of quashing the suspension handed to the embattled PCA on August 18, was introduced.

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Enyeama: Eagles will get better

•••Amodu hails Eagles Super Eagles first choice keeper Vincent Enyeama, who made stunning saves towards the end of the 0-0 draw against Rwanda on Thursday in Kigali , has said the team will get better in the days ahead as the national team was going through a major rebuilding process. Enyeama, who was reviewing the game with his skipper, Joseph Yobo, gave kudos to the Rwandan side and said Nigeria will show the stuff they are made of in the return leg of the encounter in June.

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Why SMEs should open their doors to us – Odumodu

By Franklin Alli Last week, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) held a one-day capacity building programme for members of the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) in Lagos at the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria House. In this interview, the Director General of SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, says the essence of the exercise was to discuss best practices, new technologies and managerial improvement, geared towards improving the competitiveness of the MSME sector.  Excerpt: What informed the need for this training programme

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Egypt ‘ends’ travel ban in US row

29 February 2012 Last updated at 23:53 GMT Workers from the National Democratic Institute NGO wait as officials raid their office in December Egypt is to lift a travel ban on seven US democracy activists accused of trying to foment unrest in the country, judicial officials in Cairo have said. They are among 16 Americans who have been detained - the other nine have already left the country.

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Rivers drivers allege molestation by TIMA-RIV

By Abdulwahab  Abdulah & Arji Donald Ahead of the March 3, 2012,  hearing of a suit filed against Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority, TIMA-RIV, drivers operating under the aegis of People’s Rights Organisation, PRO, have accused the agency of molesting its members, who are mainly commercial drivers. Speaking through its president, Chris Nwadigo, PRO said the activities of the transport authority had allegedly rendered over 10,000 persons jobless. The group also accused the agency of disobeying judicial pronouncements, which restrained it from arresting their vehicles, pending the determination of the suit they filed before a Federal High Court in Port-harcourt.

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Customs, agents meet over realisation of N1trn target

By GODWIN ORITSE THE management of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  last week met with the leadership of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA)  with a view to realizing the N1trillion target of import duty collection for the year 2012. The meeting Vanguard  gathered, which was said to have been fruitful saw both parties blaming each for whatever shortcoming they would have had before now. At the meeting, Customs’ Comptroller-General Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko said that  as Customs agents and trade facilitator,  both parties are nor being sincere to Nigerians and called on everyone in the cargo delivery chain to wake to his responsibility.

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NDC propaganda machinery ‘sets the record straight’ on Mills’ achievements

The Propaganda machinery of the ruling National Democratic Congress has set for itself a task of telling the story of the Mills– led administration and its achievement so far in government. The task for them is aimed setting the records straight in the build up to the December polls as well as to restore dignity and honour to the NDC. Addressing the press conference, the former Propaganda Secretary of the NDC and now Deputy Minister for Finance, Fifi Kwetey stated that the opposition New Patriotic Party collapsed the Ghanaian economy before they left power in 2008.

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