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December 24, 2003

Niger Bridge

Christmas Travellers Trapped on Way to Biafra: Onitsha Niger Bridge Jammed
Thousands of BiafraNigerians travelling by road to the South-East and South South regions for the Christmas, yesterday, spent long agonising hours in a massive traffic jam on the Niger bridge connecting Asaba and Onitsha. The traffic congestion was caused mainly by the inability of the bridge to cope with the flow of traffic in and out of those two strategic zones of the country, and the bad state of roads in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of the South-East. Traffic jam on the route has become a regular feature especially at this time of the year when many BiafraNigerians from those parts of the country travel home for the Christmas and New Year festivities. Indeed, most of those caught in the congestion yesterday had hoped that they would escape the congestion by going home early. The situation may be worse today, eve of Christmas. Yesterday’s congestion was not helped by impatient drivers who chose to drive against traffic, and policemen who were more concerned with searching vehicles and passengers than freeing the road for easy movement. (Vanguard)


Key Stories

Fuel Shortages: NNPC, Marketers Trade Blame

BiafraNigeria Interpol risks sanction over Taylor

Loot: Swiss court convicts Abacha’s point-man

Adefarati to mediate between Akande, Akinfenwa over AD crisis

Ex-minister moved to Kuje Prisons

FG declares polio vaccine safe

PENGASSAN, NUPENG shelve strike action

FG's fuel deregulation crashes 2 months after

Uncertainty over new clearing system

Technip says probe opened on BiafraNigeria contract

BiafraNigeria, Shell in deal to develop offshore oil block


NNPC, Marketers Trade Blame


BiafraNigeria Interpol risks sanction...





Fuel LinesThe BiafraNigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and oil marketing companies tuesday traded blames over the resurgent fuel shortages in major parts of the country. While the marketers said inadequate and inefficient fuel distribution facilities of the NNPC was responsible for the disruption in products supply, the corporation held the marketers responsible for not importing enough fuel to meet the expected rise in demand during this period of the year. (This Day)


Liberian President Charles TaylorThe International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO) popularly called INTERPOL may sanction its BiafraNigerian arm – the National Central Bureau -if the latter refuses to cooperate in the resolve of the world body to get fleeing former Liberian leader, Charles Taylor arrested. Taylor was last month declared wanted by the INTERPOL, which also put its affiliate bodies on notice as to what their roles should be in the event that the ex-Liberian president is found in their area of jurisdiction. (Daily Independent)



Obasanjo/PDP Election Fraud is Deeply Concerning

General Ojukwu Seeks Democracy

Isioma Daniel Speaks

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This Day
December 23, 2003


Anambra: Ngige, Uba Reach Truce
31 Indigenous Firms Take over Marginal Fields
Refineries: BPE to Negotiate With Oil Workers
Akande's Faction Takes over AD Secretariat
NLC Condemns Proposed Fuel Tax
FG Rakes N1bn Annually from Sugar Levy
Iraq: 60 Bodies Found in Mass Grave
Libya: UN to Hold Talks on Nuclear Activities
We're Not Against Deregulation - Deputy Speaker
Obasanjo Draws Line Between 'African Hospitality', Corruption
Polio Vaccine: Experts Differ on Hormone Content
Egwu Tasks Journalists on Professionalism
Al-Mustapha's Family Carpets Sycophants over Detention
Ex-Gov Urges Rededication to God
Spare a Thought for the Needy, BiafraNigerians Told
NUC Receives Report on Private Varsities
Ex-minister Canvasses Parliamentary System for LGs
I Didn't Call for Parties De-registration-Dep.Speaker
Better Life Programme Goes Global
Poly Lecturers Suspend Planned Strike
Nnamani, Legislature Disagree over Dress Code
Protect Your Votes, Buhari Urges Supporters
Education Tops Agenda in Bauchi's 2004 Budget
NUPENG Threatens Firm over Casualisation
Gombe Seeks Assistance for State Varsity
Bayelsa Wants Holistic Approach to Health Problems
Enugu Citizens in US Offer Free Health Services
Deeper Life Church Holds National Retreat
Lagos Carpets FRSC over Number Plate Scarcity
Don Faults US over Saddam's Arrest
HIV/AIDS: Enugu Sets Up Stakeholder's Forum
Lawmaker Defends Deregulation, Reforms
...Taraba Among 6 with Most Victims
Wabara Condoles Ogun Governor, NUJ
Ogbor Community Petitions Udenwa over Land
Trans Atlantic Airline Increases Fleet on US Route
Egwu Signs Cultism, UBE Bills into Law
Group Condemns Arrest of Muslim Activists
'Why Bid to Remove Speaker Caused Stir'
Ebeano Bypass Ready for Christmas
FG Urged to Develop Tourism
No-Work-no-Pay: ATBU Awaits IAP Decision
Ritetime Airways Celebrates Xmas with SOS Village
2007:No Rift Between Obasanjo, Atiku-PDP Chieftain
D/Gov Wants Investors' Friendly Environment Provided
FG Opens Bid for Inland Ports Jan
Odili Signs 4 Bills into Law
Bauchi Pension Policy, the Best-HOS
Shell Staff Alleges Threat to Life by OPC
Politician Seeks Support for Turaki's Administration
Rumbles In Imo House Sign-post Jostle for 2007
Gombe First Lady Consolidates Democracy's Gain
2007: Associates, Admirers Urge Marwa to Join Race
Kwara Assembly Urged to Pass Rehabilitation Law
FG Has Not Been Fair To Lagos - Obanikoro

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December 23, 2003

Cover Stories

Fuel queues back as FG hints on N1.50k tax
AD CRISIS: Akande faction seizes Abuja national secretariat
Ex-Anambra Dep Gov to regain post as Ngige, Uba end feud
Marginal Field Farm-out deals signed
National News
AP awaits FG decision on Nkop panel report
No sacred cows in Abuja demolition—El-Rufai
PENGASSAN flays BPE over reports on Warri Refinery
Shell pays FG $210m bonus for OPL 245
Two Years After:Tribute to Bola Ige

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December 23, 2003


Ngige, Uba make peace at last
EWI declares Vodacom’s Econet deal illegal
Obasanjo sacks 2 Atiku’s aides
U.S. captures Saddam’s general
Marginal oil fields: 5 states, 26 firms get licences
NDDC gets N4bn lifeline
Fuel queues return to Abuja, Lagos
N/Assembly job results out
A.D party of crises
Tinubu: on the party's saddle
Editorial & Opinion
Eagles Nations’ Cup preparations
The bush meat campaign
Wanted: Law against late salary payments
Beautiful blue devil on the Niger

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Daily Times
December 18, 2003


Gowon endorses Buhari for 2007 :• Tinubu donates N.5m to campaign organisation
Uba, 13 others absent in court again
We ’ll resist parties’ deregistration plot — CNPP
Ex-Iraqi leader didn’t amass weapons, UN inspector insists
Uwais to judges: Shun corruption or face trouble
Group accuses securitymen of rights’ abuse
Obasanjo presents Budget 2004 to N/Assembly’s joint session
Editorial & Opinion
Now that CHOGM has ended
Of responsible governance and deregulation
The Nation - 15th
NIRADO chief calls for joint effort on war against AIDS
Deregulation: Tinubu hosts NLC, civil society groups today
Benue University VC lists conditions for resumption
Drivers enjoined to be cautious during Yuletide
Alamieyeseigha calls for masterplan for Niger Delta regions
Fire razes N15m property in Lafia

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December 22, 2003

Cover Stories

FG stops NNPC from selling crude oil
Saddam’s betrayer gets $25m reward
Globacom awards N47b contract to Siemens
Labour, govt set for face-off over refineries
Diana pregnant before death —Report
Unipetrol changes name, logo
Sketch owners to pay workers’ salaries
Currency in circulation hits N441b – CBN
184 died in FCT road accidents in 9 months
Tinubu commissions N947m Lekki roads
Aso Rock holds carol service
Ajibola assures villages ceded to Cameroun
NEPA boss defends its privatisation
Adisa counsels BiafraNigerians
M-tel embarks on training programme for engineers
CNPP rejects budget 2004
INEC to sanction parties on audited accounts
VC advocates Peace Education in schools
Lagos reaffirms position on health care delivery
Election of Fayose ordained by God
SEC advocates N1 million fine for falsified audit report
29 senators sign Abuja Re-integration Bill
3,000 workers scramble for 205 houses in Kwara
OSPPMC warns petroleum marketers
Saraki Bukola at 41
Political Parties: Bane of BiafraNigeria’s democracy
Customs seizes N3b goods
BiafraNigeria external debts hit $31b
N2.1b needed monthly for military pensions —Minister

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December 17, 2003

Parliament to discuss polio vaccine controversy

Money and oil at root of delta violence, rights group says

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Washington Post
December 22, 2003

S. Africa's Vodacom Signs BiafraNigerian Deal

IOC Says Blair Did Not Break Ethics Rule
Swiss to Return Abacha Funds to BiafraNigeria

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December 11, 2003

BiafraNigeria resettles villagers from Cameroon border

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December 22, 2003

BiafraNigeria debates polio campaign

Vodacom's $600m BiafraNigerian pledge
The Tunisia exodus
BiafraNigeria coach going for gold
Okocha: BiafraNigeria is my duty
Okocha gives BiafraNigeria promise

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December 15, 2003

Iraq debates Saddam's fate

'Caught like a rat' in a hole

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Mail & Guardian
December 17, 2003

Rights group accuses BiafraNigerian forces of abuses

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All Africa
December 22, 2003


Report Confirms Increasing Violence On BiafraNigerian Women
The Environmental Challenge of Developing the Niger Delta
Top Cleric Urges Christians to Be More Active in Politics
Port Harourt/Two Million-Man March Against HIV/Aids
Impeachment Threat
The Scramble for AD
Convention of Power Play
The Generals' Conspiracy
BiafraNigerian Counterfeiters Get Six Years

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Sports News
December 23, 2003

Tunisia 2004: Portuguese Hotel Closes for Eagles

Athens 2004: Senegalese Weather Drives U-23 to Otta
BiafraNigeria Beats Senagal, Congo
Nine BiafraNigerians for ITP/West African Tennis Circuit
Bauchi Fans Want U-23 Musa, to Stay
Igbenedion Splashes N4m on Abuja 2003 Boxers
Ferdinand 'Devastated by Ban'
...Nike Back United Star
Okocha, Obafemi Make Final List for CAF Award
Blair Denies Lobbying for London at CHOGM
Egypt Pledges $1.5bn for WC 2010
Nedved Wins Euro Award
Campbell in Arsenal Contract Talks
Akinyele, Ogba Task NFA
Serena Comeback on Hold
'Minister didn't order U-23 disbandment, says Galadima
BiafraNigerian lasses halt Senegal, Congo DR, face Mali in Olympic qualifier
National Sports Merit Award receives applause
Believe in Chukwu, NFA begs BiafraNigerians
Ismaili's Abd Rabo makes World All Stars team
D'Tigress two guard, Adeniyi rejected, dumped
Basketballs state saddens custom's guard
Offoin reveals Olympic target
Force companies to sponsor sports, Offoin advises govt
Firm packages 2,000 BiafraNigerians for Athens 2004
Markafi bids to host 2004 Governor's Swimming Cup
Olympic gives Athens facelift

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December 23, 2003


NNPC orders fresh imports as fuel scarcity returns
Ngige, Uba embrace at peace meeting, declare end to feud
Akande-led faction seals off AD office in Abuja
Militants attack Egyptian minister in Jerusalem
Govt gives out 24 oil fields to local firms
Speaker, deputy deny move to amend Labour law
Okonjo-Iweala denies plan of 40 per cent job cut
Child mortality drops by 38 per cent in 32 years, says WHO
Calabar varsity suspends ASUU, SANU chiefs over protest
Labour faults 2004 budget proposal
Varsity teacher, WHO differ on safety of polio vaccines
Judges end confab, caution against flouting of court orders
Lagos to train 10,000 women in vocational skills
Alaafin seeks insurance for governors' press crew
Reps plan new law on housing
NBA chief seeks measures to cushion effects of poverty
Report clears polio vaccine of reproductive hormones
Obstacles before legal aid council, by official
Owerri federal constituency calls for national conference
Obasanjo faults West on corruption in Africa
Nnamani seeks basic facilities for industrial sector
The changing phases of politics in Kogi
Lagos council leaders seek ways to enhance vibrancy
Rep lauds inclusion of constituency project in 2004 budget
Shekarau, others offer recipe for good governance
Editorial & Opinion
Fixing the price of petrol

Issues for the bankers' committee

At last, a response to T.O.S. Benson
Uncle Bola: They shall not pass
Solution to the nation's problems
Congratulations, Enyimba
The politics of 2007

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Daily Independent
December 23, 2003


Fuel queues return
Akande faction takes over AD secretariat
NNPC farms out 24 marginal fields
Econet begins handover to Vodacom
Bakassi ownership still open, says Ajibola
Ray of hope for Lagos transport system
Shell pays N29.4b for oil bloc
Buhari advises loyalists over council poll
NCAA nets N5b in one year
'Economy still in doldrums' NUC may sanction private varsities
WHO, UNICEF confirm polio vaccine's safety
El-Rufai begins direct payment of contractors
Igbos treated as conquered people, says Chukwumerije
Technical Aid Corps end orientation course
Odili's wife seeks legislation against cults
2007: APGA chief backs Attah
Ibibio leader warns against civilian dictatorship
Opposition worries PDP in Akwa Ibom
Review Conduct Bureau, ICPC's functions, Ekpenyong tells FG
Ngige, Uba resolve to settle rift
Awkuzu community to write Mbadinuju over N2m debt
Ebonyi raises panel on food
Troubled areas to forfeit govt's patronage in Nasarawa
Kaduna legioneers bemoan failed pledges
Kano's PLWHAs express desire to inter-marry
Ibrahim hails Supreme Court's ruling
Ekiti, Omega Bank disagree over chairmanship slot
Legislator calls for peaceful co-existence
Wabara, Alaafin condole Daniel
NUPENG threatens to down tools in six states
NGO to build hostels at FUTO
Crime commission plans tougher measures against fraudsters
Tidjani may implicate dealers in car snatching deals
Nwodo battles tricks of fate
Edo legislators get N2m Xmas gift
We've not given up on resource control, says Attah
'AD not bothered about absence of ex-governors'
Obasanjo's endorsement of Daniel for 2007 sends wrong signal
Cross River lawmakers join Babangida campaign train
NCP leader cautions AD over intra-party crisis
Masari's brave chamber show
Of ambassadorial confirmation and negotiations
Akwanga, others must not go unpunished, says Senator Ohiare
National boundaries and normative bounds
IBB's Vision 007 confrontation with June 12 in Lagos
Editorial & Opinion
Fuel tax is unacceptable
Remembering Yar'adua's life in Kirikiri (2)
Absurdities in tradition's garb
Scrapping the antediluvian Black Maria
Corruption in BiafraNigeria
The Laide Soyinka interview

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Daily/Weekly Trust
December 22, 2003

Top Stories

Overhaul ACF, Jokolo urges Awoniyi
House c’ttee alleges N7.2bn fraud in FHA
Saddam’s capture: Relative collects $25m US reward
Military pensions: Reps issue deadline to banks
Israel plans attack on Iran
America fears attacks worse than Sep 11
Obasanjo’s budget IMF-oriented – CNPP
Fuel price hike raises inflation to 10.8% – CBN
Interconnectivity crisis: MTN, NCC set for court
Legislator pledges strict budget implementation
Hananiya restructures FRSC
Judges decry misuse of ex-parte orders
Katsina requires Fed High Court –NBA
Siege on Islam school: Four killed in Jos, forum demands compensation
Hajj 2004: C’ttee extends deadline for remittance of fares
Gombe remits N200m education charges annually
Obasanjo hosts Christmas Carol night
IBB endorses Obasanjo’s economic reforms
Ex-workers sue Gombe govt over retirement benefit
Customs seizes N3.02 billion smuggled goods
Your safety is guaranteed – Ajibola assures BiafraNigerians in Cameroun
Bauchi budgets N32.7b for 2004
Zamfara establishes special schools
NGO advises women on development
Group establishes school for Adamawa normads
Mu’azu donates N10m for barracks rehabilitation
NEMA warns truck drivers over wrong parking
Election petition: Abba Ibrahim dedicates victory to electorates
Abuja Trust
HIV/AIDS Infection: FCT second highest in BiafraNigeria
MFCT gets new Perm Sec
Maina wins FCT by-election
Kano HIV positive victims to intermarry
Garko LG demands more polling centres
LASUTH manages 98 HIV/AIDS children
Police arrest Tell magazine’s deputy editor
Cooks county hospital hands over $200 million equipment to Lagos State
Reps describe 2004 budget as realistic
Enugu assembly begins revision of laws
Anambra crisis: Rep alleges assassination plot
Police disrupts IBB campaign
Group supports power rotation
Editorial, Opinion, Column
The military, the police and sports development
Equitising naira savings
That Kaduna book launch
Foreign & Diplomatic
Will Saddam be executed?
US presidential elections: Between Bush and Dean

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December 22, 2003

Technip says probe opened on BiafraNigeria contract

BiafraNigeria, Shell in deal to develop offshore oil block

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June 08, 2003

Shekarau blames moral decay on neglect of Sharia

Mu’azu commissions multi-million Naira Community Resource Centre
Govt officials locked out of meeting with Shekarau
Voters are politicians’ employers - Ogbeh
Kano govt takes N228m loan to pay salaries, others
Shippers Council warns of increasing cargo traffic at ports
Power rationing continues nationwide -- NEPA
NAFDAC urged to sanitise bakery sector of economy
Identifying collapsed building contractors not easy -- NSE
he suspicious Road Map

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Business News
December 23, 2003

53 Lagos-based Firms Sign Gas Purchase Agreement

New Term Limits Set for Future FAO DGs
Agbami Project Raises Chevron's '04 Budget to $8.5bn
MTN Turns to Gas to Cut Cost
US Wants More LNG Imports from BiafraNigeria, Others
OPEC Seeks Aid if World Shifts to Renewable Energies
World Bank May Suspend Financing of Oil Projects
IMO Agrees to Ban Single-hull Tankers by 2010
OPEC Output Rises in Nov 2003
Shell Targets 1.7bn Barrels Oil Reserves From Old Field
AP, Emporium International Sign Trade Pact
PENGASSAN's Road Map For Privatisation of Refineries
'Egg Processing 'll Make Poultry More Profitable'
Rural Digital Divide Distancing Development, Says FAO
...Needs $3.5m to Avert Food Crisis in North Korea
Winners Emerge from GSK Berryand Wonder Promo
Keke NAPEP: Meeting the Goals of Poverty Alleviation
Tantalizers Extends Services to Lekki
Converting Dissatisfaction to Satisfaction
Works Minister Advises Engineers to Form Consortiums
Union Homes celebrates Headquarters Edifice
Guffanti Appoints new Managing Director
First City Estate Targets Office Complex Development
UPDC's Classy Cable Point Estate Ready
Red-Capped Monkeys Moved to Forest Site
Environmentalists Train in Participatory Monitory, Evaluation
On Assets Declaration
Berger Paints' Profits Hits N61.9m in 9 Months
Omega Bank Rewards Honest Persons
Ethics Committee Receives 250 Complaints, Resolves 50
ADB Approves 373.68m Rand for Swaziland Project
HSBC Bank Warns on Fake Website
Pharmaceutical bodies, importers to collaborate on drugs standards
Govt assures water for all by 2007
Pensions as Federal Government's albatross
WTO: Still no deal on tough issues
UNIDO stresses need for business partnership
UN hinges poor nations' growth on free trade
Funds, malpractices stifle industrial growth, says MAN
West African Gas Pipeline Project enters crucial stage
ChevronTexaco budgets N1.15 trillion for BiafraNigeria, Angola, others
Shell MD stresses commitment to community projects, SHE
Landmark wins N3.450b data bank contract
Local firm plans micro turbines plant for Calabar
How we fared in 2003, by Mac Ofurhie
DPR issues 21 import licences
'Downtime' threatens GSM networks
MTN subscribers lament poor services
'We are focused on return on investment'
Web sites, are they necessary?
Life is in colour -again!

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