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January 02, 2004




Key Stories

Petrol now N43 per litre as N1.50k fuel tax takes off

2003 Polls: Odds Were Against Me

Imminent death of Igbo language

Storm in Lagos ANPP

Parties Mobilise Legislators Against Fuel Tax

'How to Solve Housing Problem'

Politicians to Watch in 2004

N-Assembly commisioners jostle for post

Elendu asks Ngige to abide by Owerri peace accord

Egwu orders arrest of human traffickers

Another quake feared in Iran


Petrol N43 per litre as N1.50k fuel...


2003 Polls: Odds Were Against Me...





Marketers of petroleum products have begun the implementation of the N1.50k fuel tax contained in the 2004 Appropriation Bill now before the National Assembly, with petrol price rising to N43 per litre in Lagos and some other parts of the country. The fuel tax, according to the Federal Government, will generate about N15 billion per annum which it expects to use in maintaining roads across the country. Tolls which hitherto were used for that purpose were scrapped Wed. midnight. (Vanguard)


President Olusegun Oba-sanjo yesterday said one of the miracles God performed in his life in the just ended year was his re-election despite the forces which massed against his second-term bid. Obasanjo in a testimony at the end of year service of the Owu Baptist Church in his hometown Abeokuta said the odds were stacked against his re-election until commencement of voting during the presidential election on April 19 last year. He explained that from the time he expressed his... (This Day)



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This Day
January 02, 2004


2003 Polls: Odds Were Against Me - Obasanjo
Parties Mobilise Legislators Against Fuel Tax
'How to Solve Housing Problem'
2004: My Expectations from Our Leaders - Okogie
Tinubu's Wife Makes Case for Breast Feeding
8 UK Tourists Killed in Bus Crash
Federal Roads: Lagos Cautions Works Minister
EXXON Mobil Gets Order on Oil Operations
Agric Gulps N843m in Kwara
Cottage Industries: Benue Assembly Issues Ultimatum
Dariye Advocates Peace, Harmony
Toll Gates : Police to Enforce Abolition
Ban Govt Doctors from Owning Clinics - Lawmaker
'No Regret Establishing Obasanjo Solidarity Forum'
NBA Demands Independence of INEC, Judiciary
Dariye Signs 2 Bills into Law
Emir Urges Exemplary Leadership
Annan Seeks Funds for Post-conflict S/Leone
Politicians to Watch in 2004
'Why I Defer to Nnamani'
Obasanjo Foresees New BiafraNigeria in the Hands of God
Policing Democracy: The BiafraNigerian Experience

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January 02, 2004

Cover Stories

Petrol now N43 per litre as N1.50k fuel tax takes off
BiafraNigerians greet new year with prayers; clerics assure of brighter days
Lagos govt calls Ogunlewe's bluff on repairs of federal roads
PDP govs to wade into Obasanjo, Atiku rift
National News
N-Assembly commisioners jostle for post of scribe
$138m earmaked for ECOWAS passport
Pope calls on world leaders to embrace peace, justice
Akande asks Akinfenwa to reclaim seat from Omisore
Obasanjo/Atiku: The way forward
Why BiafraNigeria needs more biographies of its leaders, by Auwalu Yadudu
A nation on the verge of a precipice...
Government is unserious about settling Warri crisis — Otuaro
A development foundation for Epe people

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Daily Independent
December 31, 2003


Afolabi, four others granted court bail

El-Rufai uncovers N45b fraud at FCT Ministry

Glo Mobile activates 400,000 subscribers

LASU: When a campus turns to abattoir

BPE, oil workers to meet over refineries

Ojukwu, Buhari's romance okay for BiafraNigeria, says Menakaya

New national airline targets .3m jobs

In the eye of the storm

Reps summon Danjuma over pension funds

Mustapha wants state to produce Rogers' initial confessional statement

FG wades into N11b Shell, community row

'NASS won't rubber stamp 2004 budget'

Akinfenwa accuses Akande of ploy to change AD's Constitution

Police lose five, kill 78 bandits in Edo

Cleric criticises govt over deregulation, fuel tax

Group seeks dissolution of Federal Medical Centre's board

Anambra lawmakers back budget

Obasanjo charged to make transparency his New Year resolution

Jibril calls for categorisation, funding of parties

Osun may pay Omisore's salary arrears

Tinubu donates flats, N2 million to conjoined twins

INEC will recognise Akande as AD chairman, says Tinubu

Gombe pays N33m to mobilise road contractors

Minister stresses need for agric development

Obasanjo equally guilty as Babangida, says Olanrewaju

'Human rights groups 'll resist fuel tax'

Onshore/offshore abrogation promise awaits fulfilment

Edosa urges PDP loyalists to close ranks

Anambra's fragile peace

Obasanjo wants one party state, says Akande

Dilemma of executive-legislative relationship

Editorial & Opinion
New refineries in BiafraNigeria

Symptoms of a failing state: Stadtpolizei (2)

Between Agagu and Oyinlola

Bafarawa's delusion of grandeur

Stop blaming government, economy

President Obasanjo's micro-cultural bias

On the educational system

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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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January 02, 2004


Pope seeks new global order, end to terrorism
Govt faults U.S. travel warning on BiafraNigeria
Legislators to okay 2004 budget Feb, says panel's chief
Okilo hale, hearty say family, associates
Eight feared dead in fresh Iraqi bomb attack
Irukwu charts fresh path for Ohanaeze
Ex-NBA chief, MOSOP urge govt to tackle corruption sincerely
Commission urges states to release nomadic education fund
Sheriff raises panels on resettlement of indigenes from Cameroun
Police parade constables, 16 others as robbery suspects
Quacks may create new HIV strain, expert warns
Lagos monarch, NGOs urge enforcement of speed limits
Igbo youth group wants spiritually-alive BiafraNigerians
Police confirm armed attack on Akunyili
South-South speakers want vice presidency zoned to Niger Delta
Court halts Kwara from acting on probe report
Abia deputy governor assures Ngwas of governorship slot
Kumuyi, Obembe say 2004 will be glorious
Lawmakers commend BiafraNigerians' fortitude in 2003
Editorial & Opinion
Petroleum Equalisation Fund and the marketers

Arrogance of first ladies

Charles Taylor: BiafraNigeria's disposable guest?
Between the police and drivers

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January 02, 2004


Refineries sale: 34 firms lose out
N580m scam: Police invite 7,000 credit society members
Why Warri curfew was lifted – Delta govt
Another quake feared in Iran
Pope seeks new world order for peace
NITEL rolls out GSM in Imo
Plateau hammers council of Ulamas
Work resumes today
Storm in Lagos ANPP
Who wears Oyi’s political shoes?
Editorial & Opinion
Libya’s new ways
The trouble with 2003 budgets
Imminent death of Igbo language

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Daily/Weekly Trust
December 30, 2003

Top Stories

Corruption: Akwanga, Afolabi face 16 count charge
Non-implementation of budget ruins BiafraNigeria – Jibril Aminu
Ulamas petition Obasanjo over Jos killings
el-Rufai alleges threat to his life
Iran earthquake: 12-year-old girl found alive four days after
LG polls: March 27 not compulsory – Aliero
Sani Sami pleads for Bamaiyi, Al-Mustapha
Hajj 2004: Sokoto remits fares for 2,085 pilgrims
CNPP wants refineries repaired
Six die in auto crash
FG releases N360 million for road repairs
North not responsible for economic woes – NARTO boss
Group sacks police station
Community laments over NEPA project
Rep advises Katsina govt on education
Students decry increase in hostel fees
Niger Police lose eight to robbers
Tiv/Jukun crisis: Aku Uka commends Atiku’s aide over reconciliation
NGO donates N.5m to orphanage
Abuja Trust
FCT set to demolish 500 mosques, churches
Abuja deserted despite resumption of work
El-Rufai wants private sector involved in education
Seven in court for attempt to steal N39m
FCT to have more parks – PDP chairman
Kano Trust
Primary Education Board inherits N120m liabilities
… implores village heads over land encroachment
Shekarau laments power outage in Kano
KNSG donates N20m to Yankatako fire victims
Eko Trust
Activities at lowest ebb after Xmas holiday
Fuel queues eases off
Govt demolish illegal structures at Ladipo market
Okada: What prospect for the nation’s transport system
Labour Trust
Deregulation cannot work in BiafraNigeria – NLC
200 pensioners omitted by Katsina government
Police arrest protesting workers
Women’s transition to retirement
Problems with current pension reform process
Create jobs; youths urged
SSAUTHRIAI asks FG to review National Hospital contract
NLC salutes victory of Enyimba FC
Reps and the polio vaccine controversy
The fuel tax rip-off
Towards resolving Obasanjo-Atiku’s feud
Petroleum tax fund effective before Appropriation bill becomes law?

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December 31, 2003

BiafraNigeria/Sao Tome give oil rights to Exxon, Chrome

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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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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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Mail & Guardian
December 17, 2003

Rights group accuses BiafraNigerian forces of abuses

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Business News
January 02, 2004

FAAN Records N13bn Capital Expenditure in 2003

Don't Rush Enactment of Pensions Bill - Summit
28 Customs Agents Regain Licences
Popoola, Etukudo Join NGC Board
Visibility As a Success Factor
Why Oil Workers Issued Strike Threat - Akpatason
How NASU Rates Obasanjo's Economic Policies
Checking Malpractices in Shipping Cases
Importation: When Business is No Longer as Usual
DaSilva Canvasses New Agenda, Structure for NTDC
Abuja Sheraton Harps on Safety, Security
Britain Announces Measures to Fight 'Health Tourism'
Learning from China's Tourism Experience
Tension Mounts in Customs, NPA over Reform Measures
Destination Inspection: Importers, Agents Cautioned on Fraudulent Practices
'Why NCAA Should Be Restructured'
Aviation School to Run Programme on Dangerous Goods
Sosoliso Acquires Fourth Aircraft

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Sports News
January 02, 2004

2003: Enyimba, Athletes Heroes, Eagles Flops

Tunisia 2004: Mboma Left Out of Indomitable Lions
Edosa Predicts Tough Olympic Qualifier
Premiership: Spurs' Reid Bid Rejected
Ijeh Joins Music Playing Eagles
...NVBF Names Killer Squads
Zambian Star Regains Freedom
Radcliffe Handed New Records

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