Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 10 January, 2018.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed political parties to conclude all primary elections by October in readiness for the 2019 general elections.
Hundreds of aspirants from 67 political parties are expected to vie in the presidential, governorship, national and state assemblies primaries.
 The presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February16 while governorship and State Assembly elections will be conducted on Saturday, March, 2. 
The electoral umpire announced the time table and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections yesterday.
It said the conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from primaries for national and state elections should be conducted between August 18 and October 7.
Primaries for the he FCT Area Councils had been slated for between September 4 and October 27.  
INEC National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this while addressing pressmen in Abuja yesterday. 
He said the Publication of Notice of Election for National and State Elections would be on August 17 while that of the FCT Area Council Elections would be done on September 3. 
Prof Yakubu said collection of nomination forms by political parties for national and state elections begins from August 11 to 24 while that of the FCT Area Council elections would be between November 3 and 10. 
He said commencement of campaign by political parties would be from November 18 for presidential and National Assembly elections.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Benue State Governor Sam Ortom on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and rejected the Federal Government's plan to establish cattle colonies in the state.
The governor visited the president at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja over the killings by herdsmen in communities in the state.
Agriculture Minister Audi Ogbeh had Monday said the Federal Government was establishing cattle colonies as a solution to the recent surge of hostilities in rural communities across the country.
Addressing State House correspondents later, Ortom said he could not agree to the creation of cattle colonies proposed by the Federal Government until he understands what it means.
He insisted that ranching remained the way forward, saying: “I’m waiting to be briefed about what colonies mean, I don’t understand it and until I understand it...but like I keep saying, for us the way forward is ranching and up till this time, I am talking to you, the way forward is ranching because is global best practice.
"And it is not just practice in other parts of the world, on African soil in Swaziland, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique almost all African countries that rear cattle, they ranch. so why can’t we do the same thing here?" For the colony thing  I don’t know what colony is."
On suggestion that full blown military operations be set up in Benue like other places, he said he would support anything that could stop killings. 
"Any policy or any directive, anything that will helped stop the killing of  these innocent people who are not armed because this can not continue. We know that the continuity of this will create greater challenges. I don’t want it to continue. We are struggling with economic issues, we are struggling with political issues and we are struggling with several other issues in this country, security issues and all that, Benue State should not be part of this there is no need for it."
He said the law on prohibition of open grazing and establishment of ranching was made out of the necessity to ensure peace for herdsmen and farmers.
"The law seeks to protect all and as I talk to you, except this Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, who are instigating people to fight and to kill us, there are Fulani men in Benue State as I talk to you doing their business."
The governor insisted the the leaders of the Maiyetti Allah be arrested for having threatened attacks.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The federal government is owing road contractors N2.8 trillion accumulated over the years, Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said yesterday.
Fashola said the large chunk of the amount was inherited from previous administrations, adding the debt could not be paid over the years because of poor budgetary allocations.

He said while the present administration had been budgeting over N300 billion for roads since its inception, the previous administration budgeted only about N18 billion for roads in 2015 with only about N9 billion released.
Fashola spoke when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Works, chaired by Rep Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu) paid him an oversight visit in Abuja.
This is even as members of the panel queried the minister of the slow pace of road constructions and rehabilitation in various parts of the country.
The lawmakers were not happy that most of the road projects in the country are yet to be completed and inquired to know why it is so.
Besides, the lawmakers said there are many contracts that have contractual issues, which must be resolved immediately.
The minister said in 2017 budget, there is an outstanding of about N265.5 billion for works done and that the ministry was in the process of settling part of that based on an N120 billion second-quarter release it received in December.
Asked why some of the road contracts awarded were yet to take off, the minister said it was due to the cumbersome procurement process as contained in the Public Procurement Act.
“All the award processes are held up by the procurement processes. The process is too long. It’s truly not helping the matter. It’s important to shorten those processes to really salvage the situation,” he said.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has ordered vendors of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to display their Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) on their invoices before payments are effected by the MDAs. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) members will be holding an emergency meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2017 to discuss challenges facing the industry. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Yobe Desert Stars reliable defender Moses Yanmar has expressed confidence that his side wont suffer the fate of relegated Remo Stars, Gombe United and ABS of Ilorin. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Despite the end of the yuletide season, transport fares to and from the major cities of the country are still on the high side, Daily Trust learnt. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Team Nigeria made a flying start in their quest to defend the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championship Qualifiers title in Lome, Togo with no fewer than eight of its 12 players advancing to the next stage of the event. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Fluctuating number of trucks that supply fuel into Plateau State is said to be responsible for the persistent scarcity of fuel and long queues experienced in some fuel stations, the Department of Petroleum Resources said yesterday. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Nigeria, His Excellency Moha Ou Ali Tagma has rated the Super Eagles as good enough to overhaul the opposition at every stage and emerge champions of the 5th African Nations Championship starting in Casablanca on Sunday. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Dana Air, a subsidiary of the Dana Group of companies has made the list of top 50 brands in 2017 for the third consecutive time at the Brands Nigeria Leadership Forum held in Lagos. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
As the India Pro Wrestling League begins yesterday, Purity Akuh, the coach of Africas No. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Nigerias U20 National women's football team (Falconets), will on Saturday take on their South African counterparts in the first leg of the final round of African qualifying race for this years FIFA U20 Womens World Cup finals. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Leading Marketing Communications organisations have reached an amicable resolution of long-standing dispute, as a Lagos High Court enters the Settlement Agreement of the parties as Consent Judgment and effectively brings the matter to a closure. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Midfielder, Alex Iwobi in video was filmed partying into the early hours of Saturday, a day before Arsenals FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
A financial research firm in Nigeria, FSDH, on Monday predicted an unprecedented business profit and consumer income growth in the country this year than in the last three years.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Manchester City are set to make a fresh bid for Alexis Snchez, with the club believing the Chilean can be prised from Arsenal this month.
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