Economy: Why Nigeria is in Debt

By Sunny Awhefeada       I must begin with a confession that I am not an economist! My dabbling into a topic with its moorings in economics is the consequence of provocation by those who rule, run and ruin Nigeria. The ruling class too often feels that the rest of us do not think and are therefore bound to swallow opinions hook line and sinker without asking questions. This tendency to undermine the people is also traceable to our docility and inability to follow through clamours for accountability and…

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News Feature: Crude Oil Theft And The Ogo Onovworo Syndrome

By Sunny Awhefeada   The Urhobo people, like other peoples of Africa and Nigeria, have a rich repertoire of expressions manifesting as proverbs, aphorisms, idioms and variegated figures of speech. The linguistic virtuosity of Africans attests to their high innovative, imaginative and creative aptitude. The African genius asserts itself in a number of ways and the verbal arts remain a forte for the manifestation of the validity of a rich cultural ethos that is not inferior to any other culture. The remarkable achievements of Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, J. P.…

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NDDC: GROUP URGES BUHARI TO INAUGURATE SUBSTANTIVE BOARD CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE SINCE 2019

A Niger Delta pressure group, has called on president Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission board confirmed by the senate for equity sake and in compliance with the Act of the National Assembly 2000. The group, Niger Delta Integrity, had in a statement signed by its president and secretary, Mr Akpoebide Okotiene, and Edet Ekpenyong described the delay as an affront on the long-deprived people of the region who have had to endure three years of the foremost agency being arbitrarily run in breach of the law…

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Education: With ASUU For Nigeria

By Sunny Awhefeada The lad clad in a neat sky blue school uniform could not have been more than eleven years of age. But his conviction, innocent as it was, rang true and it was enough to tug at the heart of a Hitler, Mussolini. Idi-Amin or Abacha. Together with his school mates, this unknown school boy, yes the cognomen unknown is the buzz word in today’s Nigeria, joined other people of goodwill to protest against the Federal Government’s insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians in the provocatively shoddy manner…

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EARLY MARRIAGE, EFFECTS, EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPLICATION ON THE URHOBO NATION

BY MR. EGBAGBARA BLESSING     I thank the Chairman and members of the Warri Diocese, especially Elite Social Club, Delta State for searching me out to present this paper in their annual event. I also thank them for given me this opportunity to write on a topic of my choice, which is a very big crankier worm, eating very deep presently in this our Nation Nigeria, especially among the Urhobo, Isoko, Ijaw, Itsekiri Nations of the Niger Delta. Though this placed a great burden on me. I shall take…

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News Features: Nigeria’s PVC Revolution

By Sunny Awhefeada It is no longer news that a revolution is sweeping across Nigeria. Driven by Nigerian youths, it is sweeping many in its wake. It is called the PVC revolution. One is confronted by the clamour and necessity of owning the item called PVC everywhere and anywhere one turns. The phenomenon is depicting the tenacity of a people genuinely fed up with an order and desirous of change. What began as a mere whim and wish is gathering huge and unprecedented momentum. The PVC, which is the acronym…

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News Features: Atiku/Okowa Ticket And The Future Of Urhobo In Nigeria

By Annabel Ogheneganre On Thursday June 16, 2022, at the Wadada Plaza, Headquarters of the Peoples Democratic in Nigeria, Presidential candidate of the party unveiled Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate ahead of the 2023 general election to set the stage for a North-East/South-south Presidential joint ticket. The announcement has been greeted with wild jubilations from supporters of the governor who have rolled out the drums in their numbers to celebrate the elevation of their hero to National limelight. For Atiku and his backers, the choice of Okowa was a…

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News Features: For Ejiro Otarigho The Uncommon Hero

By Sunny Awhefeada   A few days ago, the town of Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State witnessed an incident that would have ended up as a tragedy of unimaginable destructive proportions, but for the extraordinary bravery of one man. A truck fully loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popular known as petrol burst into flames on the East-West Road axis of Agbarho. For those familiar with that location, it is always a busy zone as it links the busy cities of Warri and Port-Harcourt. Sandwiched…

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News Features: If To Say I Be Delegate And Matters Arising

By Sunny Ahwefeada     Nigeria has become a coun­try where each week throws up an oddity. Simply put, we have become a country of one week one trouble, apologies to Anezi Okoro who wrote the 1972 novel One Week One Trouble. Nigeria is a country of many troubles, trou­bles that seem to defy solutions. Each trouble is overcome by another trou­ble and the previous one pales into nothingness as another trouble roars into our sight and consciousness. The last three weeks have remained phenomenal in a negative way.  …

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Ongoing Illegality In NDDC –President Buhari And The APC Need To Act Now

By Tonye Ogbogbula   Amity between the President Muhammadu Buhari government and the people of Nigeria who he governs is based on trust which is earned from promises made and promises kept. One of such promises by President Buhari to the nation was made on June 24, 2021 when, receiving the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), he unequivocally committed to inaugurate the NDDC Board upon the receipt of the Commission’s Forensic Audit report, which report has been submitted to him since September 2, 2021. The President said: ‘‘Based…

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