Newspapers Review




Ohaneze Ndigbo





Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 29 December, 2017.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Some bridges in Lagos are at a risk of buckling under the weight of parked heavy-duty trucks.

The Ijora, Eko and Carter Bridges are under great strains from immobile articulated vehicles, a situation worsened by recurring gridlocks and the deplorable state of roads leading to ports and tank farms.

Other bridges affected by similar stress are those at Abati Barracks, Ojuelegba and Stadium.

The Guardian recently counted 85 articulated vehicles conveying containers of various sizes parked between the Ijora and Jibowu Bridges.

An empty 20-feet container weighs 2,000 kilogrammes. A 40-feet container doubles the kilogrammes. With an average truck weighing about 14,000 kilogrammes, the total weight of 25 stationary trucks on the Ojuelegba Bridge could be around 450,000 kilogrammes. This is besides the weight of other vehicles. The implication is that the four bridges on the Western Avenue area of the city – Ijora, Stadium, Ojuelegba and Abati Barracks – pack a massive 1.53 million kilogrammes on an average day.

The load on these bridges, not originally designed to host heavy static vehicles, and a lack of consistent and thorough maintenance could spell tragedy.

Structural engineer and immediate past President of NIStructE, Oreoluwa Fadayomi, said: “When these vehicles are stationary on the bridges for a long time, they have negative impacts. These include deterioration, bridge-fatigue, damage or even collapse. Moreover, there is no money anywhere now to build these kinds of solid structures again. Bridges are made so that vehicles keep moving.”

He warned: “There is also the risk of a fire. If any of the articulated vehicles catch fire, there would be a chain reaction, which can cause severe damage to the bridge. We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder because the bridges are weakening daily, as tankers, trucks and articulated vehicles park on them due to traffic congestion.”
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
The Senate yesterday summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, and other industry stakeholders over the ongoing fuel scarcity.

They are to appear before its committee on petroleum resources (downstream) on January 4, 2018 in a meeting that would be aired live on national television.

This is not the first time the chamber has invited Baru on the issue. He failed to show up for a December 5 meeting. “We decided to invite the GMD to come and brief on the development and enable Nigerians know the situation of things. Unfortunately, Baru informed us of his inability to honour the invitation,” committee chairman, Kabiru Marafa, had said.

The latest summons means the Senate would cut short its recess to deliberate on the challenge. The National Assembly is currently observing the Christmas and New Year break and is billed to resume committee work for budget defence on January 9, while plenary commences January 16.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Nigeria’s electricity sector lost more than N540 billion to series of constraints that beset its operations in 2017, which made it difficult for the operators to supply the needed power to consumers.

According to the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry Statistics (NESI), the sector lost more than N1.5 billion daily to gas, water and transmission lines.

It disclosed that the sector generated 99,000mega watt/hour (MWh/day) a day on the same day, but lost about 59,424MWh per day to the constraints, which have lingered for several years.

Speaking on the issue, Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Deputy Dean, School of Applied Engineering, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Ota, Claudius Awosope, stated that the recent history of NESI has painted a very pathetic picture of the maintenance culture in Nigeria.

According to him, this has hampered the industry from meeting the statutory obligations of providing cheap, clean and efficient source of energy to the electrical loads.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
President of Nigeria Bobsled Federation, Chief Solomon Ogba, believes the team will be the focus of many sports fans across the globe at the fast approaching 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

A group of three Nigerian former sprinters, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga qualified for the Winter Olympics earlier in the year, the first by an African team. The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will run from February 9 to 25, 2018.

Ogba, the immediate past president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), is optimistic the team has what it takes to surprise the world when hostilities begin in February.

Bobsleighing is a winter sport in which teams of two to four competitors make timed runs down a narrow, twisted, banked, iced track in a gravity-powered sled, competing to reach the finish line.

The 2018 Winter Games will be spectacular for Nigerians because no African team had ever qualified for this sport.

“What will make our appearance interesting is the fact that Nigeria is not a winter country but we have been able to produce a bobsled team,” Ogba told The Guardian.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Antonio Conte has urged Chelsea to take a significant step towards a top four finish in the Premier League by beating Stoke on Saturday. 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Nigeria's High Commissioner to Ghana, Femi Abikoye, has applauded Nasrul-Lahi-l Fatih Society (NASFAT) for promoting the religious, socio-economic... 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Northern Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev.Yakubu Pam has urged Christian community in the region and the Federal Capital Territory to show... 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
To address the national's infrastructure challenge, civil engineers have urged the Federal Government to spend six per cent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on Infrastructure. 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Rising from a two-day Africa Conference on Business and Human Rights, the third in the series, stakeholders and experts on corporate social responsibility... 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has presented a budget of N234 billion for the 2018 fiscal year. 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Following price gains recorded by most bluechip stocks, transactions on the equity sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange ( NSE) closed in an upbeat yesterday, causing market capitalisation to appreciate by N36 billion. 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital has sacked 255 of its workers and redeployed 299 to the state service. 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
As regards the economic situation in the country and the quest for solution, Islamic Finance is believed could redeem it due to the ethical and moral values within the Islamic banking system. 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Mr. Ajay Awasthi, Chief Executive Officer, said, Spectranet believes in delivering more value to customers.