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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 1 November, 2017.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
A move by some governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress to use the platform of the National Executive Council of the party to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term failed on Tuesday.

The APC NEC is the second highest decision-making body of the party after the national convention.

Signs of what was in the offing became apparent early in the day as some governors known to be close allies of the President extended a campaign they began at an event organised by the Buhari Support Organisation in Abuja on Saturday.
 
In separate interviews with reporters at the APC National Secretariat, the venue of Tuesday’s NEC meeting, the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha; his  Plateau and Kebbi counterparts, Simon Lalong and Atiku Bagudu, respectively said only Buhari had what it would take to fly the party’s flag in 2019.

The governors spoke before the commencement of the NEC meeting. Lalong said all the governors had agreed to work towards the President’s re-election in 2019.

He said, “Concerning the issue of sole ticket for Mr. President, I want to say that if Mr. President is performing, well-respected and carrying everybody along, all of us have resolved that we will work for him.”

He then asked a rhetorical question, “Do we have any other person that will challenge the President again? Whatever you call it, as far as we are concerned, we have one President and that is the ticket we will fly.

“I want to assure you that you won’t see a wrangling party after the meeting. From now onwards, it will be focused governance from Mr. President and all the governors from the states. We have all resolved to support Mr. President.”

His Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu, who was also responding to a question on whether the governors had resolved to give the President an automatic ticket, said, “The performance of the President in the last two and half years suggests that if he wants to contest, l will certainly support him and l know that our party members feel the same about him.”

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
As the ex-Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, continues to evade arrest, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is considering placing a bounty on him.

A senior EFCC official disclosed this to one of our correspondents on Tuesday.

The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said no figure had been decided but added that attaching a reward to his arrest might be the best option as the same approach had made the whistle-blower policy successful.


 
He said, “We are seriously considering that (placing a bounty on Maina). We have not yet decided on how much but we may resort to that if he continues to evade arrest.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has said that the leaked memo from the office of the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has further exposed the alleged complicity of President Muhammadu Buhari on the reinstatement of Maina into the civil service.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The Senate on Tuesday backed President Muhammadu Buhari on the sacking of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks on a point of order raised by the Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, at the plenary on Tuesday, hailed Buhari for “doing what is right on this matter.”

A probe by the Senate into the alleged mismanagement of funds under the Presidential Initiative on the North-East supervised by Lawal had indicted the former SGF.


 
Na’Allah, who recalled that the Senate initiated the probe that led to Lawal’s indictment and removal, said the lawmakers were also responsible for the sacking of ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, who was recently reinstated into federal civil service in a controversial circumstance.

Na’Allah said, “We cannot claim not to know that between yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday) there has been official confirmation of the appointment of a new Secretary to the Government of the Federation and, of course, the termination of the appointment of the former occupier of that office.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Second republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, has collapsed and is currently at the Intensive Care Unit of Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery, by Penok petrol station in Trans-Ekulu, Enugu State.

The PUNCH learnt on Tuesday night that Ekwueme collapsed around 2am last Saturday, at his residence in Independence Layout, Enugu.

The development comes barely 10 days (October 10) after he celebrated his 85th birthday.


 
Family members close to our correspondent said that the former vice-president went into coma soon after he collapsed.

“He was trying to get something from the table when he suddenly collapsed and immediately someone raised the alarm, we proceeded to revive him while cautious enough not to attract neighbours,” a relative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.

He added, “When it became obvious that he had lapsed into coma, we rushed him to a hospital (unnamed) in GRA (Government Reserved Area), but we were referred to Memphys Hospital by medical consultants who had critically examined his condition.”

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
An application filed by former President Goodluck Jonathan before the Federal High Court in Abuja has revealed further reasons why he wants to be excused from appearing as a witness in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh.

Metuh is standing trial on charges involving, among others, the N400m he (Metuh) received from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.

The former President in his motion challenging the subpoena issued on him, stated that with “with several attempts by some persons in the current dispensation, to harass, intimidate and rubbish” his reputation and that of his wife, the witness summon issued on him upon Metuh’s request was a ploy to drag his name in the mud.


 
He also argued in the motion filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), on Monday,  that his testimony being sought in Metuh’s trial, would not only amount to an invasion of his right to privacy, it would also expose him to a criminal charge, penalty or forfeiture.

He recalled that there had been attempts to seize the properties and bank accounts of his wife, Patience, her relatives and her pet non-governmental organisation.

These are contained in an affidavit, filed in support of the motion filed on behalf of Jonathan by Ozekhome on Monday, seeking an order to set aside the subpoena ordering him to appear in court as Metuh’s witness.

As an alternative prayer, the motion sought an order directing Metuh to deposit with the court for Jonathan, the sum of N1bn to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke in Bayelsa State, to Abuja.


Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Akeem Lasisi The Society of Family Health has said that Nigerians consume over 400 million condoms annually. Its Managing Director, Bright Ekweremadu, said this in Lagos on Tuesday. He was, however, quoted as saying that the 400 million condom consumption could fall below expectation based on the societys estimation of unprotected sex in the country. [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Judicial Council on Tuesday replaced a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, as the head of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee. A statement by the Director of Information of the NJC, Mr. Soji Oye, stated that Salami was replaced by a retired [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A dinner that was meant to hold at 7pm on Tuesday between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and members of the National Assembly was cancelled by the oil firm abruptly. It was learnt that the meeting, which was scheduled to hold at the Trancorp Hilton in Abuja, was called off following allegations [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Sani Aliyu, says an estimated 200,000 people are living with HIV in Oyo State. He said this on Tuesday in Ibadan during a courtesy call on Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State at the executive council chamber of the governors office. The News Agency [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The dinner, it was learnt, was part of measures to promote cordial relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly. The event was also said to have been organised ahead of the [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Code of Conduct Bureau will on November 7, arraign before the Code of Conduct Tribunal two directors and 31 other civil servants on charges of false asset declaration. The Head of Press Unit of the CCT, Mr. Ibraheem Al-Hassan, said in a statement on Tuesday that the defendants to be arraigned [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Tuesday stopped the consideration of the 2017 budget of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. The budget of N18.9bn had earlier passed first and second readings before the House referred it to the Committee on Healthcare Services for NAFDAC to defend the proposals [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Samson Folarin The newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Felix Salako, has promised to be fair to everyone in the institution, adding that the welfare of members of staff and students will be his priority. Salako spoke while receiving instruments of office as the sixth substantive head of the university [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
John Charles, Makurdi The Benue State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Mrs. Cecilia Ojabo Gboko, said on Tuesday that the state had recorded two suspected cases of monkey pox. Gboko, in Gboko Local Government Area of the state, was thrown into confusion when one Smith Takema, wrote on his facebook page that one Mwuese [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The National Working Committee of the Accord Party has issued a directive that the name of a former Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja, be removed from the party membership list in the state. The position of the NWC was made known in a communiqu signed by the Acting National Secretary of the [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The FBI is treating a truck attack in New York, in which six people died and 15 were injured, as an act of terrorism. According to The Telegraph, an attacker drove a rented truck down a bike path in Manhattan a few blocks from the site of the World Trace Centre memorial. According to witnesses, [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu not to implement the recommendations of the Ondo State 2017 Education Summit, particularly the introduction of tuition. The summit held in Akure, the state capital, last week. The two-day education summit had all the stakeholders submitting their different position [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11, has urged the Kano State government to insure all its vehicles, landed properties and other valuables with Jaiz Takaful Insurance, saying the firms activities are Sharia-compliant. While launching Takaful Insurance scheme in Kano on Tuesday, the royal father, however, warned the public to avoid making [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Pro-Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Prof. Shehu Zuru, has called on Urhobo traditional rulers and leaders to partner the university towards its development. Zuru, who is the chairman of the Governing Council of FUPRE, made the call when he led board members and management of [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Segun Olanrewaju, Umuahia The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has berated the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission over the abandonment of the Ohanku Road project by the NDDC contractor. The governor said this while receiving the management of the commission led by its Chairman, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, during a courtesy visit to [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Tuesday expressed regret over the poor state of the Nigerian prisons. He spoke in Abuja while inaugurating a stakeholders committee to oversee the implementation of the Federal Executive Councils directive to fast-track the decongestion of prisons. The Chief [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi A branch of Access Bank in Ikotun, Lagos State, was gutted by fire on Tuesday, destroying the Automated Teller Machines gallery on the bank premises. It was learnt that the fire sparked off around 4pm from a faulty air conditioner at the gallery and spread to the machines. The fire reportedly raged for [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Queen of the Netherlands, Her Majesty, Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, on Tuesday paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, saying she was impressed with the effort of the government to ensure affordable health care. Maxima, who is in the state as part of efforts to advance the United Nations [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa, has called the attention of the Senate to the national library building project which was awarded 11 years ago. The senator, who sponsored a motion captioned, Preventable Economic Loss and National Embarrassment Arising from the Failure of the Federal Government to Complete the [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Lagos State Command, has faulted the method of the state police commands fight against drug abuse. The NDLEA Commander, Sulyman Aliyu, said the police had not carried along the agency in the clampdown on drug peddlers. Sulyman, during a visit to the state Acting Commissioner of Police, [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Eight people were killed and numerous others wounded in New York on Tuesday when a suspect rammed a pickup truck into pedestrians in Lower Manhattan, and collided with a school bus in an act of terror, officials said. The suspect exited his rental vehicle holding up two fake guns, before being shot by police and [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday when a suspect plowed a vehicle into a bike and pedestrian path in Lower Manhattan, and struck another vehicle on Halloween, police said. A suspect exited the vehicle holding up fake guns, before being shot by police and taken into custody, officers [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The dinner, it was learnt, was part of measures to promote a cordial relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly. The event was also said to have been organised ahead of [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Punch Editorial Board Exactly four years since 11 power distribution and six generating firms were handed over to some private investors, it is a bleak anniversary, rendered gloomier still for Nigerians and businesses by the missteps and disarticulation of the President Muhammadu Buhari government that does not know what to do with the mess it [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The African Development Bank on Tuesday said it could consider Nigeria for an additional $400m loan if such a request was approved by its Board. 'An additional $400m in support could be considered, if requested and approved by the Board, as part of a larger coordinated effort with other development partners, including the [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule and Olalekan Adetayo The World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Report for 2018 has placed Nigeria in the 145th position. This is 24 positions better than the 169th position the nation was ranked in the 2017 report. According the report released by the World Bank on Tuesday, Nigeria is among the 10 top [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Femi Asu with agency report An Italian judge is expected to decide on December 20 whether to send two oil majors, Eni and Shell, to trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria, two legal sources said on Tuesday. Reuters reported that Milan prosecutors had asked for the two companies and some past and present managers, including [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federation Account recorded a revenue inflow of N797.51bn from Value Added Tax between January and October this year, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said. Adeosun, who released the details on Tuesday in Abuja, noted that the highest VAT collection of N86.71bn was achieved in September. She added that [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim and Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The new terminal being constructed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is 80 per cent complete, the National Assembly, as well as the contractor handling the project announced on Tuesday. However, it was gathered that poor supply of water and electricity to the facility had delayed its inauguration, as [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, on Tuesday announced that the aggressive exploration of the inland basins would soon yield result with hydrocarbon finds in commercial quantities. Baru stated this when he received a delegation from the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, led by its President, Mr. Abiodun [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Disciplinary Committee of the National Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange has summoned Mr. Victor Ogiemwonyi, Mr. Mathew Ojo, Mr. Alex Adeusi, Mr. Fisayo Jassey-Jabarr and Partnership Securities Limited, a dealing member of the NSE, to appear before it to answer for allegations of fraud. The appearance of the aforementioned persons is [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Femi Asu with agency report Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, rose above $61 per barrels on Tuesday after a week of gains as the prospect of increasing United States exports dampened bullish sentiment that has driven Brent crude to more than two-year highs above $60 per barrel. Brent, against which half of the world's oil [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola When a spender marries a saver, financial fireworks can ensue, and not the good kind. Should the duo combine accounts to minimise stress and create a new life together or keep separate accounts to maximise options and retain financial autonomy' Or, maybe try a mix of the two' We spoke with financial counsellors, [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu A foremost industrialist and automobile business legend, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, is set to be honoured as an icon of the Nigeria's auto industry. Ade-Ojo, who is the founder of Elizade Nigeria Limited and Chairman of Toyota Nigeria Limited, will be bestowed with the honour at the 2017 edition of Naja Awards holding in [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association has said that the attack on enterprise rights by various committees and ad hoc committees of the House of Representatives is to blame for the death of many business outfits. The Director-General, NECA, Olusegun Oshinowo, said that there had been an increase in unwarranted investigations by the lawmakers [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Heads of state within the Economic Communities of West African States have called for more investment in air transport to boost regional growth, as Med-View Airline begins flight services to Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire; Conakry, Guinea; and Dakar, Senegal. Med-view commenced flight services into Francophone West Africa with its Boeing 737-500 as part [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh KPMG Nigeria has said that the KPMG Digital Summit 2017, which begins today (Wednesday), is intended to shed light on the future of digital finance and take stock of the country's digital evolution. It said that the summit would also engage on emerging trends and market opportunities, and provide perspectives and insights to [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive, National Bureau of Statistics, Yemi Kale, and his counterparts in the Institute of Directors, Nigeria, have urged Nigerians to be optimistic in the Federal Government's Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, saying that the economy has begun to show signs of recovery. Speaking at a forum [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants will today (Wednesday) make available a new Ethics and Professional Skills Module to equip its members against ethical violations. The ACCA said that its students must pass the course to qualify as chartered accountants. The Head, Education and Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, ACCA, Jonathan Mbewe, said in a [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Corporate governance is the major way to fast-track stakeholders' confidence in an organisation, the Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, has said. He stated this at the 41st annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria. The conference had as its theme: 'Corporate governance as a tool [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu and 'Femi Asu Stakeholders in the haulage and logistics industry have said the rehabilitation of the Nigerian rail network will usher in a new era of multi-modal transportation of goods, reduce the cost of living and boost the economy. They spoke at the 2017 edition of Haulage and Logistics Magazine Annual Conference and [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Legal practitioners and stakeholders in the aviation industry have said there is a need for the involvement of more lawyers in the industry, to improve the framework needed to grow the sector. The Chairman, Aviation Committee, Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Ajibola Dalley, said on Tuesday that it [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
It was George F. Will writing for the Newsweek magazine some decades back who wrote, What people learn from History is that people do not learn from History. Circa 1984, during the military administration of Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari and Brig. Tunde Idiagbon, doctors were disgraced, humiliated and maligned. They were accused of stealing hospital [] 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Lekan Sote Justice Ayo Salami reportedly rejected the appointment given to him by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to chair the Anti-Corruption Cases Tribunal Monitoring Committee. Reports indicate that Justice Salami had insinuated that the National Judicial Council abandoned him when President Goodluck Jonathan refused to reinstate him as the President of the [] 
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