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Don’t expect miracles, Buhari support group tells Nigerians

Don’t expect miracles, Buhari support group tells Nigerians

The Buhari Support Group Centre (BSGC) has told those Nigerians who expect dramatic change in the country when President elect, General Muhamadu Buhari takes over, to first have a change of attitude, mentality and behaviour. At a media briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, Director General of the group, Umaru Dembo, emphasised that rather than expect

Unsafe food kills 2m people annually – WHO

Statistics made available by the World Health Organisation(WHO) on its official website indicates that an estimated 2 million people die annually from consuming unsafe food. WHO released the statement on Monday, ahead of the celebration of the 2015 World Health Day slated for April 7. According to the United Nations health agency, World Health Day

2015 elections: UN launches Women’s Situation Room in Nigeria

Ahead of the coming general elections, the Women Situation Room, in collaboration with the United Nations Women on Wednesday launched the Women Situation Room (WSR) in Nigeria. The initiative, called the Nigerian Women’s Platform for Peaceful Elections, which aims at intervening in the security situation in Nigeria, to encourage women’s participation in politics, particularly in

Abuja’s many garbage heaps: Implications for public safety

Gone are the days when residents of the Federal Capital Territory would go about their normal activities without terror related fear and apprehension. This is especially true for those residing in the Kugbo-Nyanya axis, an area that has experienced severe Boko Haram terror attacks. The two bomb explosions of April and May 2014, which claimed

FCTA unveils its 3rd Abuja Business Plan Competition

As part of efforts to support the development, growth of businesses and encourage healthy competition among entrepreneurs in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), the FCT Administration (FCTA), Tuesday unveiled its 3rd Abuja Business Plan Competition (ABPC). The competition, according to Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, who did the unveiling, presents an exciting opportunity for

FCTA to launch fixed taxi fares in 2015

Barring any change in plan, the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) will next year, before the end of the present administration, introduce fixed taxi fares in the FCT. While fielding questions from journalists on Wednesday during its end of year press briefing, the Secretary, FCT Transport Secretariat, Jonathan Achara Ivoke, said the essence of the fixing

New residences for House Speaker and Senate President: Contractor gets May 2015 deadline

The construction firm handling the construction of new residences for presiding officers of the National Assembly, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, has been given May 2015 deadline to complete the houses. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) Bala Mohammed, who gave the ultimatum during the inspection tour of the national houses, said that the completion would

World AIDS Day: Special report on the plight of Nigeria’s infected population

As the world marks the 2014 World HIV Day today, one crucial question that strikes the mind is: How have those living with the HIV virus in Nigeria been faring since they were diagnosed with the disease? Another question is: How far have the relevant government bodies championing the campaign against the spread of the

FCTA arrests 172 beggars, prosecute 177 street hawkers, traders

No fewer than 172 beggars and destitutes were arrested by the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) between the months of September and October 2014. This is as the administration also prosecuted 177 street traders/hawkers, who were convicted of contravening the ban on street hawking and trading within the city. The FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed revealed that

Suspected Okada thief set ablaze by angry mob in Nasarawa

An unidentified man alleged to have stolen a motorcycle(Okada), was set ablaze by angry youths at about noon in the Masaka area of Nasarawa state on Sunday. The incident occurred after the Masaka U-Turn in the neighbouring Nasarawa state by the roadside near Pantaker market at about 12:20pm. An eyewitness, who witnessed how the incident

FCTA partners NLC, TUC on 9,560 workers housing units

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is collaborating with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress(TUC) and GoodHomes Development Company Limited to deliver 9,650 quality and affordable housing units to Nigerian workers in the FCT under the Federal Goverment’s Nationwide Workers’ Housing Scheme. The Nigerian Times gathered that beneficiaries of the scheme cut

As commuters suffer, bureaucratic bottleneck stalls resuscitation of failed Abuja BRT

No doubt, the Bus Rapid Transportation(BRT) system ventured into by the Federal Capital Territory Administration two years ago, would have ameliorated the never ending harrowing experiences of commuters along the Abuja-Keffi Expressway if the project had succeeded. Commuters are left with no option but to continue to wallow in hardship in the absence of this.

FCTA moves to tackle menace of fake layouts in Area Councils

An interdepartmental Ministerial Technical Committee on the Harmonization of Operations of Accelerated Area Councils and Sectional Title Reissuance Scheme (AACSTRIS) has moved to tackle the menace of fake layouts in the area councils of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT). Fake layouts defined by the Committee as layouts without ministerial approval, overlapping designs and double allocations, have

Ebola: U.S doctor tests positive in New York as outbreak hits Mali

A New York doctor, Craig Spencer has tested positive for the deadly Ebola Virus Disease. New York officials said on Thursday that the doctor, who recently returned from Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa, came down with a fever on Thursday. The BBC reports that Dr Spencer is the fourth Ebola case diagnosed in the United