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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 13 November, 2017.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
In a major policy reversal, the Nigerian military is set to end the admission of female cadets into the combatant course of the Nigerian Defence Academy, The PUNCH has learnt.

A set of 20 females, nicknamed Jonathan Queens, were first admitted into the course in Nigeria’s premier military officer training institution during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in 2011.

It was learnt that the recommendation to end the programme was made by the Armed Forces Council which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.


 
Buhari had also last week ratified the National Defence Policy 2017 (Revised); Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2017.

Recommendation 19 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of the Armed Forces of Nigeria was sighted by one of our correspondents on Sunday.

It read, “Phase out the training of female regular combatant cadets.”

A serving general in the Nigerian Army told our correspondent that the military took the decision due to complaints from some unnamed northern Muslim leaders.

The general, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, explained that there were various types of commissions in the Armed Forces namely: Regular Combatant Commission, Short Service Combatant Commission, Direct Regular Commission, Direct Short Service and Executive Commission.

He said, “It is only the Regular Combatant Commission that can give an officer the opportunity to aspire to head any of the services or rise to become the Chief of Defence Staff, while the others have limited career path. If the military is able to scrap this programme, women will never be able to head any of the arms of the Nigerian military.

“The northern Muslim leaders want to prevent a situation where one day, a woman will lead the army and give orders to men.”

Incidentally, it was reported in 2013 that of the first 20 female cadets, only one Muslim, Fatimah Saleh, enlisted. She had also stated that her “Arabic school teacher” had advised her against joining the army.

The general said those pushing for the scrapping of the programme had convince the President that women were not doing well in the programme.

He said, “When we started the training of female cadets in 2011, we never thought it would be successful. When the first set of women cadets graduated from the academy last year, women won three awards, including the best award in the navy category.

“A female cadet, C. Lord-Mallam, won the Navy Gold award which is the highest in the navy category. The Army Silver award, which is the second highest in the army, went to a female cadet, K. O Dayo-Karim. The Air Force Silver award was also won by a female cadet, O. S Ijelu.

“However, some northern conservatives were not happy about it because most of the female cadets are either Christians from the South and northern minority groups or Muslims from the South and Middle Belt.

“Dissatisfied with how things are turning out, the northern Muslim leaders lobbied the military authorities to stop the programme for women.”

The general described the recommendation as an attempt to reverse the gains of the past, adding that it was a setback in the push for gender equality.

He revealed that many of the female cadets were outperforming their male colleagues, adding that their achievements were being suppressed by the military hierarchy.

The general said, “I was informed that the women were trained just like the men were trained. They were not given any preferential treatment. Two of these female cadets beat their male counterparts to win placement at the United States Military Academy in West Point and they are doing well.

“It is unfortunate that while the western world and even other African nations are progressing, Nigeria is going backwards.”

In 2010, the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, had ordered the military to allow females interested in becoming combatant officers of the Nigerian armed forces to be admitted into the NDA for the first time ever.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as the boss of bosses in the Nigerian political space.

Jonathan said any “politician who ignores Obasanjo does so at its own peril,” advising ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to find a way of courting his former boss, if he (Atiku) must realise his presidential ambition.

He maintained that it would be impossible for Atiku to realise his presidential ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.


 
According to Jonathan, Atiku’s chances of becoming President in 2019 would be bright if he contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He, however, stressed that Atiku must do everything to get Obasanjo’s endorsement, who, he said, had the magic wand and remained respected home and abroad.

Jonathan was quoted as saying this in an interview he recently granted the Ovation Magazine, published by Dele Momodu.

“He (Atiku) can’t get the APC ticket. If Atiku gets our party (PDP) ticket, he would compete well,” Jonathan reportedly said.

“He’s always a passionate politician. But he would have to reach out to our boss, Baba OBJ, the boss of all bosses.

“We’ve all learnt at different times that you ignore OBJ at your own peril. OBJ has the magic wand, respected at home and abroad,” Jonathan said.

Atiku, who served as Vice-President during Obasanjo’s eight years administration, fell out with his former boss towards the end of the administration.

The rift was believed to have stemmed from Atiku’s antagonism to Obasanjo’s alleged third-term bid.

Atiku had recently said given the chance to lead the country, he would fight corruption even better than President Muhammadu Buhari, who enjoys public opinion as a man of integrity and hater of corruption.

Atiku lashed out at those he said were regurgitating corruption allegations against him, without bringing any proof forward.

He said, “It is sickening to continue to regurgitate allegations of corruption against me by people who have failed to come forward with a single shred of evidence of my misconduct while in office.

“Despite previous desperate efforts to link me with corruption, the William Jefferson trial in the United States ended in 2009 without indicting me or linking me to corrupt activities,” Atiku added.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, says his administration has spent N208m on the empowerment of  5,200 Masu Shayi (tea sellers) in the state.

Ganduje stated this on Saturday while distributing empowerment items to the 5,200 tea sellers from the 44 local government areas of Kano State.

The distributed items included cartons of noodles, cocoa beverage, liquid and powdered milk, tea, crates of eggs, nylon and cups, baskets, brown and white sugar, spaghetti and bread.


 
At an elaborate ceremony held at the Open Theatre,  Government House, Kano, Ganduje said each of the beneficiaries would also receive N40,000 cash as take-off capital.

He described the distribution of the materials as a significant milestone and the first of its kind in the history of Kano, adding that it would also boost the economic potential of the tea sellers and their families.

He said, “We are empowering 5,200 tea sellers. We are empowering them because we want to increase their economic well-being. We are empowering you to improve the economy of Kano.

“We are empowering you to improve sanitation in your services; we are empowering you to improve the nutritional value of your services; we are empowering you because of the multiplying effects of this kind of programme.”

Ganduje, who said that the tea sellers would be registered, urged them to take hygiene seriously, while rendering their services by constantly washing their hands, as well as wearing hand gloves.

He disclosed that the items provided for the tea sellers were all purchased from local traders.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Sunday described a former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, as intellectually and morally bankrupt for daring to criticise President Muhammadu Buharis ongoing anti-corruption war in recent media interviews. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement in Abuja. [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja An ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on Sunday accused the Department of Petroleum Resources and the Central Bank of Nigeria of keeping $950m in a secret domiciliary account from 2011 and 2014 as against remitting the money into the Federation Account. The committee, which is chaired by a member [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, says it has submitted a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission against the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha. The group said it wanted Okorocha probed for abuse of office on account of his erection of statues for [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo Pensioners in Osun State under the aegis of the Forum of 2011/2012 Retired Public Servants of Osun State have written to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him not to release the new tranche of Paris Club loan refund meant for the payment of retirees and workers to Governor Rauf Aregbesola. The pensioners made [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri, says she is glad in retrospect that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan kicked her out of office. She said had she not been sacked, she would have been traumatised by now, given the ongoing revelation of alleged grand corruption that took place [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Second Republic vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was on Sunday morning flown abroad for medical treatment. Ekwueme was hospitalised for about three weeks at Memphys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu, and it was learnt that doctors advised that he should not be moved abroad until his condition improved. A white air ambulance, with [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government says it does not have an accessible, comprehensive and updated register of treaties and conventions to which Nigeria is a signatory. The government stated that the nation lacked a list of both multilateral and bilateral treaties, not to talk of published compendium. This, according to the new National Policy [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Sunday disclosed that the Federal Government received 35 applications for the establishment of modular refineries in the Niger Delta as part of the present administrations efforts aimed at repositioning the region. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has concluded plans to publish the names of companies found culpable in the first phase of its investigation into the alleged N30tn revenue scam in Nigerias import and export value chain. The Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, and Marine Transport, Senator Hope Uzodinma, made [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, says his administration is more determined than ever to develop the state in spite of the massive infrastructural development that dotted the state. Amosun has also approved $2m for the purchase of robotic fire-fighting equipment for the states fire service unit. The governor described the initiative as a major [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it will shut down head offices of companies that have failed to remit statutory taxes to the government from Monday, November 20. The Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, in a statement on Sunday lamented that firms, especially banks, had failed to remit statutory taxes and withheld taxes [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed; the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo; the Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Garba Abari; and a former Nigerias Ambassador to Cote DIvoire, Abdulganiyu Razaq, have said that the unity of the country will enhance accelerated national development and economic [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos The Fulbe Christian Association of Nigeria, an association of Fulani Christians, has distanced itself from the killings in Plateau State allegedly perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen. The organisation called on the herdsmen to embrace peace, harmony and shun all acts of violence. The National Chairman FCAN, Rev. Buba Aliyu, stated the groups position [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A former governor of Oyo State, the late Lam Adesina, has been described as a courageous politician who did not compromise his position as a true progressive in taking critical decisions that affected the people. Speaking at a memorial lecture to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of the politician in [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto A delegation from Niger Republic, led by the Governor of Tahoua Region, Mallam Abdulrahman Musa, has held a high-level meeting with the top officials of the Sokoto State Government to discuss security and economic ties between the two neighbouring states. Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Government of Lagos State has told its workers to shun unhealthy habits and embrace healthy living, saying such will aid productivity. The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr Benson Oke, stated this on Friday at the annual Participants Day of the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre in Magodo. Oke [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN) Lagos State chapter has warned members of the public against the proliferation of fake survey plans in the society. The warning came on the heels of two suspects, identified as Ayodele and Ononuga, who were arraigned at a Lagos Magistrates Court sitting in Ogudu for [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Slovenias internet-savvy President Borut Pahor on Sunday won a second term in a runoff vote that was marred by an abysmally low turnout. Centre-left ex-premier Pahor, 54, had been touted to win in October, but a record low 44-percent turnout triggered a repeat vote, with 1.7 million people called back to the ballot box. On [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Federal Government said on Sunday that it had stocked enough food to address possible shortages in some states in 2018. Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the disclosure in Katsina. The minister spoke at the Joint International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)/Federal Government 2nd Supervision Mission for Climate Change, [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
THE Nigerian Telecommunications Commission has advertised once more why institutions dont work well in Nigeria. By setting up a 12-member task force in response to a renewed proliferation of unregistered and pre-registered Subscriber Identification Module Cards, the regulator was not only admitting its weak enforcement, but also the complacency of the countrys security agencies. President [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Sunday described a former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, as intellectually and morally bankrupt for daring to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari's ongoing anti-corruption war in recent media interviews. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement in Abuja. [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Peoples Democratic Party governors on Sunday met in Enugu, the Enugu State capital. The meeting, which commenced around 7pm at the Enugu State Government House, had most of the PDP governors in attendance, as well as the members of the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Working Committee. The PDP governors include Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, (Enugu); [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in South-West are currently in dilemma over the fear that the geopolitical zone can lose out in the race of who becomes the next national chairman of the PDP, The PUNCH has learnt. Already, leaders of the party in the zone are said to be meeting [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Sodiq Oyeleke The Minority Leader in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Akeem Bello, has said that the defection of the Peoples Democratic Party's lawmakers to the All Progressives Congress in the state is influenced by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa. Bello, who is representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 2 in the LSHA, [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka, on Sunday knocked Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State for allegedly threatening workers in the state with sanction should they fail to vote for him(Obiano) in the November 18 governorship poll. Chidoka, who said he had documentary evidence in that respect, described the alleged [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Prison Fellowship of Nigeria has described a plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission to create polling units in the naiton's prisons ahead of the 2019 general elections as commendable, noting that inmates deserve to be given a voting right. The PFN Director, Benson Iwuagwu, stated this in Abuja at a [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A group, Concerned Peoples Democratic Party Leaders Nationwide, has advised the Peoples Democratic Party against electing anyone facing criminal charges as its national chairman. The group, in a statement on Sunday, warned that such would not be good for the image of the former ruling party, which is now being reorganised ahead of [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Sunday said that the whistle-blower who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the N13bn recovered from an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos would be paid this month. Adeosun said this in a statement issued by her Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Mr. [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Pressure is mounting on banks in the country to bolster their capital base as a result of developments in the economy, OYETUNJI ABIOYE writes Commercial banks, especially mid-sized and small lenders in the country, are considering new options to raise additional capital as pressure continues to mount on them from various fronts. The deadline given [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara Analysts in the country's financial market are expecting equities to start the week on a positive note given the events of the immediate past week. The Nigerian bourse had closed on a positive stance following buy pressures which dominated counters that had previously shed value. 'Given the slightly positive market breadth and strong [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Anna Okon Operators in the organised private sector and government agencies are anticipating a better future for industries and greater prospect for the economy with the successful conclusion of the 2017 Lagos International Trade Fair. The 10-day event ended on Sunday with discussions on the theme: 'Promoting Industrialisation for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth'. In [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The past presidents of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers have identified crumbling businesses of the members arising from the global market crash of 2008 and 2009, disunity among members and investor apathy to the market over the years as major challenges bedeviling the institute. The stockbrokers disclosed this as the CIS prepares for [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has denied spending N700m on the acquisition of a web portal. In a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Mohammed Abbas, in Abuja on Sunday, the ministry said that what it acquired with N700m was an integrated IT infrastructure rather than just a website. [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Managing Director, Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, says the lender is committed to Nigeria's economic diversification plan, which is expected to enhance recovery and growth. The managing director said this in his address at the bank's special day at the 2017 Lagos International Trade Fair. The trade fair, which had the theme, 'Promoting [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending and Union Bank Plc have launched a N10bn financing partnership that will see the lender providing funds for the agricultural sector. The move is part of measures to support the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the Federal Government and specifically to achieve [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Stanbic IBTC has restated its commitment to providing right support, solutions and capacity development to the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises. The Head, Enterprise Banking, Stanbic IBTC, Mr. Babatunde Akindele, said the lender had realised that the SMEs remained the lifeblood of the economy providing employment opportunities and contributing to economic growth. He spoke at the [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea has urged African financial institutions to focus on assisting African countries to address the disadvantages arising from the underdevelopment of the continent's economy. The Eritrean president said this when he received a delegation of the African Export-Import Bank led by the President of the bank, Dr. Benedict Oramah. Afwerki said [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has written a letter to the Deposit Money Banks in the country, asking them to submit list of customers and bank accounts without bank verification number. The letter came after a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the CBN and 19 banks to freeze accounts without the BVN [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The executive members of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, South West Region, have called on the Federal Government to create laws that will govern the activities of developers in the country. The association says it wants the government to enact a law that will regulate the affairs of developers in the [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
If you have a large balance on a high interest rate credit card, paying off the balance can be difficult. That is because the monthly finance charges eat up your minimum payment and the balance only goes down a small amount every month. Though paying off higher interest rate debts first is the way to [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola As part of efforts to enhance the acceptance of insurance in Nigeria, the President, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Mr. Shola Tinubu, has stressed the need for government to make agriculture insurance compulsory in the country. A statement obtained on Saturday from the firm said the quest by government to reflate the [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has issued a weather alert to all airline operators in the country. The NCAA said on Sunday that harmattan dust haze associated with the dry season was imminent, and hazardous to flight operations. In a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, the NCAA [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola Leadway Assurance Company Limited said it had introduced a franchise branch ownership opportunity scheme designed to empower 1,000 entrepreneurs. According to a statement from the firm, it is a third-party opportunity scheme for enthusiastic entrepreneurs who desire to build their businesses and profit from the growth of the insurance sector. 'The Leadway franchise [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola The Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari, has said that the insurance bill will boost insurance business and regulation when passed into law. He said this during a conference with the theme, 'Legislation of insurance: Intrigues, interest, governance and the people,' in Lagos. Kari said, 'The proposed insurance bill when passed will ensure [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Lagos Chapter, has called on the state government to urgently address the high growth of slums in the state. The institute said some of the problems that the state must tackle as quickly as possible as a mega city included infrastructural decay, urban crime and insecurity, flooding, [] 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Real estate development firm, Realty Point Limited, has inaugurated a cooperative society for real estate investment known as Bersama Real Estate Cooperative Multipurpose Society. The Managing Director, Realty Point, Mr. Debo Adejana, said the cooperative society was conceived to help members put resources together and invest in real estate asset classes He added [] 

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