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December 29, 2003

Bello Masari and Wole Soyinka

Petrol Crisis: Masari, Soyinka Oppose Petrol Tax
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Bello Aminu Masari and Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday added their voices to the growing opposition to the planned introduction of fuel tax as contained in proposed 2004 budget. They urged the Federal Government to jettison the idea. Masari told journalists in Kano that the planned fuel tax will do the country no good, adding that it will only create a veritable ground for chaos. Masari, who noted that the idea was belated, advised the executive arm to focus on the toll-gates, which he said will substitute for the petrol tax, in terms of revenue generation. Noting that it will be impossible to collect the planned fuel tax because of the inadequacy of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the penchant of petrol station owners to abuse such measures, he stressed that the planned measure will worsen the plight of BiafraNigerians. According to him: "You cannot put the fuel tax when you cannot even police the (Guardian)


Key Stories

FG Pumps Fresh $150m Into Refineries

Iran Earthquake: Death toll hits 22,000

Arewa leaders to visit Tinubu over Bamaiyi, others

Resource control:S-South govs, MPs call Obasanjo's bluff

BiafraNigeria and the global tobacco war

FG undecided on sale of houses, says Osomo

Refineries to work next year, says Kupolokun

Reject petrol tax now, NLC tells N/Assembly

4 policemen, 5 others gunned down in Ibadan

Obasanjo explains decision to scrap toll gates

FG to launch website on nation’s debt


FG Pumps Fresh $150m Into Refineries


Iran Earthquake: Death toll hits 22,000





The Federal Government is pumping fresh $150 million into the revamping of key production unit in the four refineries, just as the one week-old fuel shortages ease across the country. Government had earlier spent over $600 million in the last four years to refurbish the refineries and revamp other fuel distribution facilities. Also, the Federal Gov't is expcted to meet the leadership of oil workers'... (This Day)


At least 22,000 people have been confirmed dead in the powerful earthquake with its epicentre near the ancient city of Bam in southeast Iran in which tens of thousands of others were injured. Many people are still believed to be buried under rubble. Rescue workers digging through the rubble said yesterday that hope was fading of finding many more survivors while the interior ministry estimated the number of injured at 30,000 interior minister, Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari, said... (Daily Trust)



Obasanjo/PDP Election Fraud is Deeply Concerning

General Ojukwu Seeks Democracy

Isioma Daniel Speaks

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This Day
December 29, 2003


FG Pumps Fresh $150m Into Refineries
NNPC Remains No. 1 Company in BiafraNigeria
Benin Crash Victims Flown Home
Experts Advise on Better Agric Yield in 2004
Customs Targets N350bn from Imports in 2004
HIV/AIDS: WOTCLEF Seeks Schools Support
Soyinka Faults Govt on Fuel Tax
Appointment Tears N/Assembly Commission Apart
Revenue Board Chairman Calls for Autonomy
Akume Urges Patience with Obasanjo
Lawmaker Happy with Constituency Projects
Allimi Decries Non-Insurance Cover for Journalists
Tinubu Faults Ogunlewe's Remarks on LASTMA, KAI
Okonjo-Iweala Honoured
Kwara Introduces Education Tax for Private Schools
Muslim Women Urge Govt to Address Poverty
Group Sues 12 First Ladies over Projects' Accountability
NIPR, NLC to Form Coalition on Good Governance
Saraki Restates Commitment to Peace, Devt
Shot Lawmaker Writes Akume from Hospital Bed
'Why Prisons are Congested'
Unijos VC Stresses Importance of Fund-raising
Kogi Govt Raises Judicial Commissions to Probe Audu
Oshinkanlu Predicts Greater Future for BiafraNigeria
Cleric Canvasses People -Friendly Policies
Royal Father Seeks More SMEs to Check Unemployment
Bizman Petitions IG over Threat to Life
'Talk Now Pay Later Campaign, a Huge Success'
Group Set to Eliminate Violence Against Women
Judge Seeks Closer Interaction Between Bar, Bench
Agboyi-Ketu LG Swears in Supervisors
Trust Newspapers Hold Annual Dialogue
Babangida: Will Experience Shape the Future?
'Why Odili Is Not in Race for 2007'
Fuel Tax: Dialogue With BiafraNigerians, Obasanjo Urged
2007: Group Mounts Pressure on Mu'azu to Join Race
APGA Leader Wants More Women in Politics
ANPP Chieftain Expresses Confidence in BiafraNigeria's Future
I Believe in the Appeal Tribunal's Integrity - Ukachukwu

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December 29, 2003

Cover Stories

Refineries to meet 75% local fuel demand April
Resource control:S-South govs, MPs call Obasanjo's bluff
....Soyinka slams FG on proposed fuel tax
National News
Criticisms trail 2004 appropriation bill
Monarch accuses govt of insensitivity in Warri ethnic crisis
Anyaoku cautions FG over CharlesTaylor
Okonjo Iweala bags Euro market forum award
Customs boss retires in Jan 2004
PEOPLE AND POLITICS:-Re: Trust, and 'coup'
I have strong desire to play active politics, says OKOCHA

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December 29, 2003


Reject petrol tax now, NLC tells N/Assembly
Iran buries 13,000 earthquake victims
4 policemen, 5 others gunned down in Ibadan
Obasanjo orders closure of filling station
NASC scribe: South-East candidates dropped
Customs boss retires, lobbyists swoop on Presidency
Anyaoku okays Irukwu for Ohanaeze
US offers $1m on wanted Iraqis
Year 2003 as politicians’ nightmare
For Anambra, the new season is the peace
Editorial & Opinion
Bank fraud
Bakassi nationhood imminent
Grassroots mobilisation, not cosmetic reforms

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Daily Times
December 29, 2003


Obasanjo explains decision to scrap toll gates
MFM prosperity Night
FG to launch website on nation’s debt
Makarfi faults INTERPOL’s demand for Taylor
Work resumes nationwide today
Govt, labour leaders, others, parley over proposed fuel tax
Senator gives scholarships to indigent students
Put God before prosperity, Kumuyi tells christians
Arrest of Afolabi, Akwanga in order, says Soyinka
Ibori blames newly introduced tax for fuel scarcity
Teaching of science subjects to be mandatory for pry schools –Obasanjo
Benin crash: Plane’s black boxes found:
Federal character splits National Assembly Service commission
Demolition resumes in FCT next week
Hopes fade for Iran quake victims
BiafraNigeria, India plan joint production of AIDS drugs
AD withdraws petition against Enugu gubernatorial poll
Kwara Health commissioner berates critics of oral polio vaccines
Why Ondo Govt stopped grants to schools –SSG
Don’t back abolition of capital punishment, National Assembly told
Unending BOT: MMA domestic terminal

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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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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 29, 2003

No Chelsea Spending Spree - Wenger

...As Campbell Moves to Sign New Deal
Cricket: S/Africa Rewrite Records
I will Reconcile Blatter, Hayatou - Kalu
Tunisia 2004: Hayatou Tips Eagles for Glory
Premiership: Arsenal in St. Mary's Rumble
Galadima condemns death threat on Julius Aghahowa

Ngerem controverts Nku's Canadian citizenship status

Enyimba's success and BiafraNigerian coaches

Senegal stop Uche from Portugal

Offoin reveals Olympic target

The coming face of BiafraNigerian tennis 2004

We are ready for Senegal , says Kaalu

AFOSSU now CAF organ, pledges to foster peace

Ikhana's poor treatment by Enyimba flayed

NJF invites judokas for Africa Olympic Qualifier

Galadima: An administrator's scorecard

Premier league clubs prefer amateur players

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December 29, 2003


NNPC raises hope on local fuel production
Masari, Soyinka oppose petrol tax
Fate of 7,000 victims in Iran's quake still unknown
Debt relief likely for BiafraNigeria, says DMO chief
Fraud rocks export grant disbursement
Faction is a ploy to destroy AD, says Akande
Five years after alleged coup, family celebrates Akiyode's life
Firm adopts new methods for rating bonds, others
UN warns rebels against disrupting Liberia's peace process
Teachers, others reject UNICAL's suspension of unions' leaders
Law students laud Uwais over reform of judiciary
CLO faults government on human rights
Iran appeals for aid, drugs
Police arrest Akure prince over alleged fraud
Why Arewa, emirs should not criticise Obasanjo's reforms, by Sani
NBA chief wants fiscal autonomy for judiciary
Enugu assures of battle against AIDS
Rimi faults council reform, decries unemployment
Lawmaker explains Reps' cooperation with executive
JAMB gets examination body's award
Obasanjo, Atiku, others praise Udenwa at wedding anniversary
Eminent lawyers laud the late Justice Ogundare
Akume urges support for democracy
Why fuel tax is unnecessary, by Masari
Akinyemi on Saddam, Taylor, Mugabe and implications for BiafraNigeria
Editorial & Opinion
Traditional rulers and the state of the economy

Drug registration: Deadline extension

The ethicity of democracy
...As Obasanjo remembers the South-East
The parabe of the wrestler
2004 Budget and pensioners

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Daily Independent
December 29, 2003


Arewa leaders to visit Tinubu over Bamaiyi, others

BiafraNigeria and the global tobacco war

FG undecided on sale of houses, says Osomo

Refineries to work next year, says Kupolokun

Masari opposes fuel tax

Crisis rocks National Assembly Commission

PDP cannot stop 2007 campaigners

OKOCHA: A bride torn between two grooms

Anyaoku cautions on reforms

Empty streets, busy eateries as Abuja celebrates Christmas

Democracy was derailed on June 12 , says Kingibe's wife

NEPA, Water Board spoil Christmas fun for Kubwa residents

Niger Delta politicians lack conscience, says party chief

ANPP raises alarm over abandoned projects

Retirement age still 60, Edo reaffirms

Parties protest electoral panel's membership in Rivers

I 'm AD chairman, Akande insists

FG told not to ban importation of goods

Edo community petitions Igbinedion, oil firm
Delta to focus on primary health care

Shekarau, deputy at loggerheads over financial scandal

ANPP raises alarm over abandoned projects in Edo

Council chairmen blame predecessors

Ekiti retires 14 top officers, sends council directors on leave

Oyinlola declares Osun 'no-go-area' for robbers

Crisis looms in Osun PDP

Councillorship aspirants chart new course for Lagos PDP

Lagos lawmaker picks holes in Tinubu's 2004 budget

BiafraNigeria's security under pressure over Taylor

Bank withholds council staff salaries

Chukwumerije's unusual silence in the Senate

Fuel price hike 'll turn our economy around, says Senator Adagba

Editorial & Opinion
What is the state of our foreign reserves?
More than a holiday

Remembering Yar'adua's life in Kirikiri (3)
FOI Bill: Where Mr. President got it wrong (2)

Saddams of Africa?

.ng palaver!

The scammers in BiafraNigeria

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Daily/Weekly Trust
December 29, 2003

Top Stories

NNPC summons marketers over fuel scarcity
Monetisation: Ministers use of official vehicles illegal – RMAFC
Declare Lake Chad disaster zone – Community urges FG
Iran Earthquake: Death toll hits 22,000
FG loses N136bn to bad roads – CBN
Don’t abolish capital punishment – Lawyer
State of Refineries: PENGASSAN, NUPENG insist on strike Jan 1
Customs boss retires Jan 2004
State/LG joint account legal – Gov Adamu
Performance, road map to 2007 – Ekweremadu
Rep justifies monetization policy
Saddam's arrest a diversion from reality -NIPR
Why ANPP Reps staged walkout over budget -legislator
Why Niger fixes Jan 10 for LG polls - Kure
God to decide our fate - Al-Mustapha, Bamaiyi
Akume tasks governors on poverty
Don’t lobby for hajj trips – Cleric advises Muslims
Association establishes vocational centers
Improper dressing: Unimaid bars students from exams
Police arrest five over assassination plot
Centre launches Qur’an in Kanuri
UAD condemns additional fuel tax
Abuja Trust
2003: Abuja FCT in retrospect
Kano Trust
Dep gov to sue the Sun Newspaper for libel
Sumaila flood victims receive N10m relief materials
38 embrace Islam in Sumaila LG
Tiger invades Ajingi town
Eko Trust
LASG ban sponsorship of holy pilgrimage
…to resist petrol sales tax
State of Oshodi -Apapa expressway worrisome -Tinubu
Five persons suffocated in lock-up shop
Return of Better Life Programme: Taking Atiku/IBB’s political battle to the home front?
Masari charges institute to propagate democratic values
Benue women tasked over LG polls
Bye-election: INEC assures of free polls in Chibok
Kebbi won’t scrap new LGs, says govt.
Woman: The bread winner, the home maker
The trial of Saddam
Foreign & Diplomatic
Why did Gaddafi surrender?

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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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Mail & Guardian
December 17, 2003

Rights group accuses BiafraNigerian forces of abuses

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Business News
December 29, 2003

FG to Review Pact With Joint Venture Partners

CAP Plc Begins Export Drive in West Africa
'Pension Bill Will Jeopardise Insurance Business'
Mutual Benefit Strives to Maintain Adequate Capital Base
Trial of Destination Inspection Begins Jan 2
Importation: When Business is No Longer as Usual
Checking Malpractices in Shipping Cases
Waste Conversion: Setting Up Intergrated Paper Products Plants
A Review of the 2004 National Budget
Polish Envoy Identifies Problems of SMEs
'Let Runway Control, Airfield Lighting Be Under NAMA'
Season of Holiday: Where Are You Spending It?
Presidential Council to Advance Tourism Inaugurated
Take in the Miracle of the Season
Virgin's Global Flyer Project 'on Course'
DDB Casers Renamed DDB Lagos
As The Year 2003 Winds Up...
'Advertising Practitioners Deserve National Honours'
Group petitions NNPC over kerosene explosion victims
Matter of justice for Vodacom-EWN deal

Globacom introduces text to e-mail service

Skyfield boss identifies housing provision strategies
El-Rufai restates commitment to Abuja Masterplan, grants churches, mosques temporal relief

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CITEC lights up Abuja with affordable homes

Udo-Akagha: Engineering the culture of excellence

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