NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 20 November, 2017.


Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Opposition political parties yesterday praised the re-election of Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, saying it held hopes for the country’s democracy.

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) said: “We commend INEC for maintaining proven fairness and impartiality all through the process and the declaration of Chief Willie Obiano as the duly elected governor of the state.”

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The Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, also hailed the conduct of the election and the performance of INEC and security agencies, saying it was a sign the electoral umpire was listening to the cries of Nigerians for credible polls.


He congratulated Obiano, stressing that the results showed that connection with the people was key to winning.

His spokesman, Lere Olayinka, said: “Even though there were reports of malfunctioning of card readers, number of votes exceeding number of accredited voters, and pockets of violence, as well as buying of votes, the election was better than others conducted by INEC under the present government of the APC.”

He however added: “By now, INEC ought to have resolved all issues on card readers. It does not augur well for the electoral process and INEC if we are still being faced with failure of card readers on election day.”

A statement by CNPP secretary general, Chief Willy Ezugwu, urged INEC to sustain the “level-playing field it ensured in Anambra State up till 2019 and beyond”.

Ezugwu said: “For us, the people have spoken and the voice of the people is loud and clear in Anambra State. We urge the candidates to continue to embrace themselves, even now that the election is over.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Failure by some state governors to access the Universal Basic Education Commission’s (UBEC) intervention fund is threatening the future of millions of Nigerian school children.

The Guardian found that, of the N35.2b earmarked for the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, this year, 17 states have not picked their share of N16.2b.

The states are Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, Edo, Kwara, Kebbi, Imo, Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Plateau, Gombe, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara.


UBEC had earmarked N953.7m to each of the states as grant for the year 2017. Data seen by The Guardian showed that other states, including the FCT had accessed N26.5b including outstanding intervention funds for previous years.


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An official of the commission, on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the matching grant stipulated as prerequisite might have compelled the affected states to stay away.

In 2014, the governors unsuccessfully made spirited efforts to amend Sections 9 (b) and 11 (2) of the UBEC Act that spelt out criteria for the fund. The governors had hoped to collect the money without counterpart funding needed to demonstrate their seriousness, a move that was resisted by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The Guardian learnt that the governors had again begun moves surreptitiously to prevail on the commission to relax its conditions.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule appeared at an end Sunday after a source confirmed he had agreed to resign and was preparing to address the nation.

Mugabe’s grip on power was broken last week when the military took over, angered at his wife Grace’s emergence as the leading candidate to succeed the 93-year-old president.

“Yes he has agreed to resign,” a source close to the presidency told AFP after Mugabe’s expected television address to the nation was delayed.

At a ruling ZANU-PF party meeting earlier in the day, delegates cheered wildly as a party official announced that Mugabe had been ousted as party chief.


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He was replaced by former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been Grace Mugabe’s chief rival.

In a stunning reversal of allegiances, the party added that it would impeach Mugabe if he did not resign by Monday, Mnangagwa would be its candidate in 2018 elections, and that Grace was expelled from the ZANU-PF ranks.

Robert Mugabe — the world’s oldest head of state — remained national president until his official announcement but was overwhelmed by opposition from the generals, much of the Zimbabwean public and from his own party.

“(Mugabe’s) wife and close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition to usurp power and loot state resources,” party official Obert Mpofu told the ZANU-PF meeting.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Smog might raise a woman's risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a new study suggests. 

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
The executive secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Dr. Abulahi Baffa Bichi, has commanded Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, (COOU), Anambra State... 
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Afrinvest Asset Management Limited has launched Afrinvest Plutus Fund- a simple and affordable savings solution, designed for all classes of income earners with a minimum subscription of N5,000. 
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
The Committee of e-Business Industry Heads (CeBIH) has said it will focus more and critically re-examine the progress, current status and what needs to be done for the country to achieve the national financial inclusion target. 
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) has said it will strengthen its relationship and commitment to the country and the business community, as Nigeria emerged a vital destination in achieving its goal. 

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Despite making substantial progress in developing policies for water supply and sanitation service delivery, Nigeria has faced major challenges in translating these into action. 
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Gbenle Similoluwa and Ibukun Agbede at the weekend won the maiden Lagos Kiddies mini-marathon put together by MTN Nigeria in conjunction with St Saviour's School Endowment Fund. 
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Leading Pan African reinsurance firm, Continental Reinsurance Plc has announced the opening of its third Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards. 
Mon, 20 Nov 2017

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Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung says hosting of the forthcoming African Wrestling Championship billed for Port Harcourt from February 7 to 11, 2018 will help unite the people of the Rivers State and Nigeria. 
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
The 2017 Dala Hard Court Tennis Championships, which served off in Kano at the weekend, enters the main draw today with the qualifiers joining the 30 ranked players in the business end of the competition. 

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