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Unresolved Issues Trail Kano’s Switch To Private Firm For Waste Management

After March 26 monthly sanitation, the streets of Kano have again witnessed what many had thought was a thing of the past. They were littered with dirt at a proportion quite alarming. This last happened in December, a few months into the take-off of the private firm now saddled with waste management in the city. …

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Severe Acute Malnutrition: Why Children Relapse After Treatment In Nigeria, Yemen

By Ojoma Akor, Nigeria & Haitham Alqaoud, Yemen Severe acute malnutrition has continued to ravage children in conflict settings, such as Borno State in North East, Nigeria, as well as Hajjah and Hodeida governorates in Yemen. In some cases, children under five, who were treated and discharged from outpatient and inpatient outlets relapse and return …

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Tales Of Articulated Trucks On Nigeria’s Highways

The rate at which articulated trucks dominate Nigerian highways, especially at night,  has hit an appalling proportion.  With the absence of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officers, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) and other traffic regulatory agencies at night,  some drivers operate on the roads with arrant recklessness, incautious of the dangers that they constitute to other road users. …

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Life In Shagari Low Cost Estates, Four Decades After

Between 1979 and 1983, the administration of the then president, the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, rolled out a comprehensive housing programmes designated as Shagari Low Cost Housing Estate. Shagari, who won the election on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), had earlier promised to introduce a housing scheme with a view to …

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Declining Glory Of Igbo Apprenticeship System That Bred Billionaire Bizmen

The Igbo apprenticeship system also known as Igba Boyi has produced many billionaires in the Southeast. But the initiative is now on the brinks of extinction because the youth are no longer interested in it due to their crave for white collar jobs and get-rich-quick syndrome and other factors, Daily Trust on Sunday reports. The …

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Terrorism: Niger Bomb Blast Unsettles Residents, Signals New Trend

The February 21 bomb blast that claimed the lives of four officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Galadima-Kogo, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, has heightened fear among communities and security personnel. The incident has forced many locals to flee their homes, causing an overpopulation of displaced persons camps …

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Amid Accidents, Traffic Menaces, Roadside Markets Fester Across States

Roadside markets are regular features, not only in rural areas but also in urban cities. Though some gigantic markets stretch deeper inside their precincts, they sprawl to main roads, some of which are highways. Although they have enough shops, some traders prefer to operate on the roadside where they display their commodities to attract brisk …

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21 Years After Jos Crisis, Displaced Residents Relive Life In New Settlements

During the sad incident over two decades ago, many men, women, and children were killed and thousands dislodged. Some people that went missing at the height of the crisis have not been found to date as their families carried on with life in suspense and agony. The crisis, which had religious and ethnic underpinnings, had …

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Sokoto: Reforming 10,000 Qur’anic Schools Using An Indonesian Model

The Sokoto State Government in a move to halt street begging is reforming its 10,000 Qur’anic/Islamiyya schools. It is doing this by introducing the Indonesian Pondok system of Islamic education. Pondok is a system in which children — while receiving an Islamic education — will be trained and retrained so they will acquire enough skills …

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