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Nigeria Can Avoid Building Collapse –Attah

By Agbo-Paul AugustineMohammed Attah is the National Coordinator of Standards Awareness Group and member, National Technical Committee on Standards in Nigeria which is in the process of raising five million voices against sub-standard products in Nigeria. He bares his mind to AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE on the crisis of cement grading and building collapse in Nigeria.Can you give us the background to the current cement crisis in the country?Many Nigerians are out of the box largely due to the inability of the regulators and manufacturers to come to terms over a period of time and advised Nigerians adequately on the usage of cement. The issue actually started when Nigeria was recording high number of building collapses. We had the highest number then in Lagos followed by Port Harcourt and Abuja. Stakeholders largely consumers were affected and they rose-up from a meeting with a formal protest to the regulator which is Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) that something need to be done urgent…

EPA meets FERMA on Okene-Lokoja road

WHEN WOMEN STOOD TO BE COUNTED

4000 NYSC fee: House of Reps has betrayed Nigerian youths- ACT

A youth political pressure group,  Advocates for Collective Transformation (ACT) has described the endorsement of 4000 online registration fee for NYSC mobilization by the House of Representative as a misrepresentation and betrayal of Nigerian youths.ACT in a statement signed by its President, Tayo Fashogbon and National Secretary Isaac Ifetoluwa Ajayi describe the endorsement by House Committee on Youth Development Chairman, Hon Kamil Akinlabi despite public outcry against the fee as ‘evil endorsement of oppression’ of young people in the country.The group said the action signals that youths cannot be assured of quality representation from its elected lawmakers. The group said young people in the country are at greater risk with leaders like Hon Akinlabi representing Nigerian youth interests at the legislative chamber."Hon. Akinlabi and his committee has swallowed the NYSC pill to extort fresh Nigerian graduates, we wonder how it taste in their mouths. If Nigerian youths cannot…

2015 Elections: Vote Not Fight

Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War!The Pledge
CONVINCED THAT THE GREATEST RESOURCE FOR THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA IS ITS YOUTHFUL POPULATIONConsidering that active and peaceful participation of marginalized Nigerian youth in electoral and political processes would help them build a credible political voice, expand and occupy more political space, and develop the political influence and relationships needed to demand greater government accountability.I pledge to promote peaceful youth participation in 2015 election and beyond and stand against violence before, during and after elections.I solemnly pledge to participate in all elections peacefully and practice non-violence toward anyone whether they belong to the party I believe in or not or support the candidate I believe in or not.I pledge to serve as an ambassador of the “Vote Not Fight Campaign” and preach the message of peace and the use of peaceful political means for raising youth concerns and promote nonviolence in Nig…

Celebrating Professor Ogirima

Born on January 7th 1962.
After his primary education, he  proceeded to obtain SC/WAEC from St. Augustine College Kabba in 1980 as best over all student.Graduated from ABU Medical School with award of best Pathology graduating doctors' award in 1986.Won the best NYSC in River state in 1988.Became an Orthopaedic Surgeon consultant in 1997.With several awards from both National and international recognised professional/ academic/ community/Clubs and religious bodies.One of the Stake holders in Tao FM Station.Member Board  of Trustee MENTORS CLUB NIGERIA. Currently President general, Nigerian Orthopaedic Association.Distinguish ladies and gentlemen of   PA, kindly  join us and other well wishers to celebrate our brother,
Professor  Ozovehe Mike Ogirima, MB;BS, FMCS (Ortho.), FAOI, FICS, FWACS.Date: 19-10-2014 @ No:8B Kwatto Close, Behind Access bank, Ungwa Rimi GRA Kaduna.Opposite Plateau State Governors' Lodge.

CGC resumes work on the troubled Okene-Lokoja highway amidst gridlock

By Ismail M. KabirFollowing the directives from the Honourable minister of works, Mr. Mike Onomelemen that the Chinese construction company, CGC Nig. Ltd commence rehabilitation work on the badly dilapidated Okene-Lokoja highway, work has since resumed on the worst affected spots around the Federal College of Education, Okene.Although an earth moving machine from CGC has done some clearing to expand the route around the affected areas for improved traffic flow, but the impatience on the part of the commuters have led to fresh traffic build up within the Nagazi axis of the road.It could be recalled that after five days of frustration by hundreds of commuters left stranded on the highway by the unbearable traffic jam, relief came their way yesterday when the partial maintenance by CGC freed the road for the heavy duty trucks.Several officers from the road safety corps are battling the fresh congestion around the construction site where desperate drivers frustrate smooth flow of traffic …

Another soul lost to the congested Okene-Lokoja highway

By Ismail M. KabirWe lost another soul to the terrific traffic on Okene-Lokoja highway today.A youth identified as Ilyas Ajah was crushed to death along Eika road when he fell off the motorcycle he boarded on his return from work.A trailer conveying cattle to Abuja instantly crushed him to death.Until his death, late Ilyas Ajah was a staff of Itakpe Iron Ore Mining Company.His body just arrived his family house at Idoji for burial as at the time of filing this report.May his gentle soul rest in peace.We must rise to collectively clear our roads of this unbearable congestion.

Man attempted to steal a three week old baby in Adavi LGA

By Ismail M. KabirThere was confusion in Enyinomo community of Adavi LGA today when a man attempted to forcefully steal a three week old baby from her grandmother's arm.The suspect, a man of about 30 years old who claimed to be on facilitation visit to the family over the newborn was said to have appeared from nowhere and dashed into the living room and tried to grab the baby from the arms of the grandmother.The woman who felt he was one of their church member was about handing over the baby to the intruder when Mrs. Princess stopped her and raised alarm."My wife quickly stopped my mother from releasing her baby to a stranger as the man was neither from our church, nor from this community", Mr. Job Sule, the baby's father said while speaking with EbiraView in their home this evening.He noted that the strange man who claimed that he received the news  of the newborn from his church suddenly took to his heels as soon as the women raised alarm.The incidence which happen…

Update on Traffic gridlock on Okene-Lokoja highway

Following concerted efforts by our elected political office holders including members of house of representatives, the speaker KGHA and others, EbiraView can authoritatively report that the federal ministry of works has directed Chinese construction company, CGC to resume work on the affected parts of the highway tomorrow, Monday 13th October 2014.We are particularly grateful to Hon. Ahmed Tijani Yusuf, Hon. AbdulRahman Badamasuiy and every other elected officials who have gone extra mile to ensure speedy response from the appropriate quarters towards restoring free traffic flow on the congested Okene-Lokoja highway where hundreds of travellers, commuters and haulages have been stranded for over 72 hours.We will keep our readers posted with the development.Thank you for staying tuned to EbiraView.Signed:
Ismail M. Kabir

Okene-Lokoja highway: Mixed feelings as Community witness worst traffic congestion ever

By Ismail M. KabirThere are mixed feelings from various quarters as Ebira people experience the worst traffic congestion on the highways running through Okene and Adavi local government areas of the towns.The heavy traffic jam that started since the early hours of Friday 10th October has escalated to what is now considered the worst traffic Jam on Ebira roads.The sorry state of the roads especially between Nagazi and FCE Okene is largely blamed for the traffic.While hundreds of travelers are stranded on the stretching traffic, Okada riders and traffic hawkers are making quick money.Cost of fast foods, related wares and transport fares have skyrocketed.A commercial motorcycle rider who rode me from the popular Total filling station junction in Okene to Kaba junction in Adavi LGA charged N300, 100 percent hike above the normal N150 charge.The unbearable gridlock has ushered windfall for the Okada men who are exploiting passengers who throw caution to the winds in their bid to maximise t…

Okene-Lokoja Highway: Standstill as bad road, accident paralyse movement

By Ismail M. Kabir
Our highways have been blocked since morning leaving the entire stretch of the road from Idakoyivo to FCE Okene in a standstill.
While many people blamed the gridlock on the large potholes around Nagazi axis of the Okene-Lokoja highway, others placed it squarely on the horrible accident involving a Dangote truck that crushed an unidentified woman to death at Okunchi area.
The woman whose mutilated body remains on the road as at the time of filing this report appeared to be heading to a church service when she met her untimely death.
Attempts by the youths in the area to vandalise the Dangote Cement truck was quickly contained by men of the Nigerian army deployed to the area.
Also, men from the Okene Unit of the Federal Road safety corps who were battling the exhausting traffic jam around FCE immediately re-deployed to the accident scene where the traffic jam has escalated beyond control.
People heading for various social events have resorted to trekking the distanc…

In defense of Ebira territory

Report of the Convocation of Ebira Associations and Groups on the incursion into Ebira Territory by People from our  Neighbouring States conveyed by the Ohinoyi of Ebira land at the prestigious Azad Palace, Okene on Wednesday, October 8th 2014.By Ismail M. KabirI arrived the Azad palace about 90 minutes behind schedule due to my primary assignment with EbiraView.The crux of the matter is the excesses of the people Okpella who molest and abduct Ebira farmers and settlers in Oguda in their bid to forcefully annex the territory as part of Edo state.Though the matter has since been charged to court with petitions submitted to Kogi state government and the national boundary commission, the okpella people and the Ososos are forcefully allocating the lands; planting trees and erecting signpost right within Ebira settlements which they have since uprooted.One of the Oguda farmers delegation narrated their ordeals in the hands of the usurpers.He said there were occasions when unknown gunmen re…