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Champion C M Y K XX

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014



VOL. 27 NO. 040


... Since 1988

Fuel scarcity: Alison-Madueke threatens fuel hoarders


CONFERENCE … President Goodluck Jonathan(left) being received by Cardinal John Onaiyekan (right) and the President of the 2014 Catholic Bishop Conference, Bishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos (second right), to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria opening session held at Our Lady Pro. Cathedral Garki, Abuja yesterday.

HE Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke over the weekend embarked on intensive monitoring of fuel depots and stations across Lagos in a spirited effort to restore sanity in the nation’s fuel supply and distribution matrix which is currently challenged by the artificially induced fuel scarcity. She threatened that the Federal Government would sanction those hoaring fuel. The exercise which began on Saturday afternoon at the precincts of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Ikeja upon her

Orji is South East Govs’ Forum Chairman P6

•’I’ll move zone forward’

Jonathan flags off construction of Second Niger Bridge today A FTER many years of being on the drawing board, President Goodluck Jonathan will today flag off construction work on

Second Niger Bridge in Anambra State. This is in fulfillment of his promise to a delegation of Anambra people led by Obi of

Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, Governor Peter Obi and the governorelect of the state, Willie Obiano, who paid him a Continues on Pg 6

arrival from a mission to Houston, United States, took Mrs. AlisonMadueke to fuel stations in Mafoloku, Ajao estate, Bariga and Ikoyi . Accompanied by Heads of some agencies Continues on Pg 6


Manifesto: PDP, APC in war of words

MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja


HE All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday continued to trade words over the former’s launching of its manifesto last week. While APC said the PDP’s reference to its (APC’s) Road Map as a product of ‘Janjaweed Ideology’ is a thinly-veiled religious blackmail, which is in furtherance of its (PDP’s) ongoing campaign to portray the APC as an Islamic party, rather than engage in an informed critique of the Road Map, the PDP stated that it stands by its statement, adding that the Road Continues on Pg 6

MONITORING … (L-r) Presidential Spokesman on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, GMD NNPC, Dr. Andrew Yakubu, Senior Technical Assistant to the GMD, Mr. Yusuf Matashi and others during a tour of fuel stations in Abuja yesterday.


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