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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 1st February, 2018.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday tackled the Senate over its accusation that the Presidency has done nothing about the January 1 killings in Benue State.

President Buhari, in a letter to the Senate, said that it was incorrect to infer that nothing had been done, especially when the police were strenuously working to apprehend the killers.

The President’s letter was in response to the Senate’s which detailed its resolutions on the killings and the way out of the development.

The presidential letter dated 25 January, 2018 and addressed to the Senate President Bukola Saraki is titled  “Re: Report on the review of security infrastructure of Nigeria on the emergency visit to Benue State”.


 
The letter was read to senators by Saraki yesterday.

Herdsmen suspected to be Fulani had, on January 1, swooped on two communities in Benue State, Guma and Logo, killing over 73 residents. Many others were injured.

The President said  that on  January 9, at a session with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, the governor was informed of police arrest of some suspects.

He noted that the governor was told that the police had been instructed to speed up the trial of the suspects and  give wide publicity to their (the police) efforts.

“To infer therefore that nothing has been done is incorrect. The police are strenuously working to apprehend the rest of the culprits of these heartless killings,” Buhari said.

He told the Senate that the Federal Government was initiating measures to address the Benue killings and other security challenges to alleviate the consequence of the attacks and forestall reoccurrence.


 
He said that the Senate resolution itemised in the letter to him, would be considered and “I’m instructing all relevant Ministries Departments Agencies (MDAs) to factor them in their work”.

As part of measures to address the security situation, President Buhari said that on December 19, 2017, while receiving the report of the committee that was set up to review the technical and administrative structure of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), he underscored the need to review the entire national security architecture.

The President said that the measure was in line with his promise in his inaugural address on the 29th May, 2015.

He said action was being initiated to receive maximum cooperation from the Senate in line with paragraph three of the Senate resolutions which sought collaboration in addressing security challenges.

The letter reads: “I thank you for your letter referenced NASS/8S/R/01/33 dated 18th January 2018 and carefully studied the resolutions and comments there in.

“As I briefed you and the RT. Hon. Speaker when we met, several courses of action have been taken prior to the Senate resolution.

“You may recall that I told you of the following steps taken as soon as the information came in to me about the Benue killings.

“One, on Thursday 4th January, I sent the Minister of Interior and the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

“Two, on Friday 5th January, the Inspector-General of Police briefed me verbally on the latest situation, calm had then been restored.

“Three, on Monday 8th, the Minister of Interior met with the following: Governors of Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Benue Taraba and Nasarawa together with the DG of the State Security Services, Inspector-General of Police, CG Civil Defence, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Police Commissioner of the six aforementioned states.

“After the meeting, I instructed the Minister of Interior to brief you on the information gathered so far and steps taken.

“On Tuesday, 9th of January, I had a long session with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State during which I informed him of police arrest of some suspects with Kalashnikovs. In addition, I told him that I have instructed IGP to speed up trial and prosecution of the suspects and give wide publicity of the police efforts.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Senate yesterday invited the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over allegations that the police have failed to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of January 1st killings in Benue State.

The invitation followed a point of order by Senator Joshua Lidani on the alleged failure by the police to arrest the perpetrators of the Benue killings.

Ladani (Gombe South) told his colleagues that the 14-day deadline given to the police to arrest and prosecute those behind the Benue killings had.

He noted that the police did not also show cause why it did not carry out the resolution.


 
Senate President Bukola Saraki asked the joint Senate Committee on Police Affairs and National Intelligence to invite Idris to brief them about how far he has gone in actualise the Senate resolution.

Saraki said that the committee should interact and report back to the Senate on Tuesday next week.

He insisted that Senate resolutions must not be taken for granted especially when human lives were involved.

Saraki had vowed that the Senate would not allow the Benue killings to be swept under the carpet.

On January 1st, gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded two Benue communities and killed no less than 73 people.

The Senate promptly dispatched a fact finding team to Benue State. Part of the findings of the team involved Senate resolution to mandate the IGP to fish out the perpetrators of the heartless killings.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Federal Government will prepare a supplementary budget to ensure the payment of the increased wage bill after the minimum wage review, Director General of the Budget Office Ben Akabueze said yesterday.

He spoke against the background of the ongoing wage review process and its effect on this year’s budget being considered by the National Assembly.

Akabueze said: “When an agreement is reached on the new minimum wage, the financial implications will be worked out and a supplementary budget prepared for its implementation.”

He added: “Right now, the only provision that exists is what we call public service wage adjustment and that is merely over N40 billion that has been made on that line, which means it would not be enough to cater for any adjustments that may be necessary.”


 
Speaking during a dialogue with the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Abuja yesterday, Akabueze added that an arrangement was being worked on in respect of government departments generating revenue but not remitting to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).

He said:  ”Going forward, we are working to design and implement a new performance management framework for these MDAs and state owned enterprises that will see them contributing, we have refused to take the path of reducing the revenue projection from them.”

According to him: “in the 2016 budget, we projected a very ambitious N1.5 trillion naira for these agencies, by the time the year was over, we recorded less than 400 billion. In 2017 we took a hard look and realised that we are being overly ambitious and we reduced the projection to N807 billion, the full year fiscal numbers are not out and I know that there’s still a significant under performance.”

“For 2017 we put N847 billion and a number of people have questioned the rationale for that decision, but we think that it’s important to answer the question fundamentally whether N847 billion naira revenue projections from these agencies in which cumulatively government has invested about N40 trillion over the years and therefore a budget of N847 billion is simply asking for a two per cent return of investment, is not unreasonable. We chose to hold back on the target and to engage with these agencies to drive the performance and say this is not acceptable.”

He added that the N4.9 billion the federal government spends annually to maintain mechanical and electrical equipment in the Villa is not excessive.


Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has said the Federal Government is winning foreign investors' confidence through the fight against corruption and the Ease of Doing Business policy. He added that the success of the Federal Government's foreign policy is dependent on the quality of content being aired to the world by the media. TheRead MoreThe post Onyeama: Fed Govt winning foreign investors' confidence appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
ALLIES of former President Olusegun Obasanjo converged yesterday on the Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja for the launch a movement ' the Coalition for Nigeria (CN). Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo had in a special press statement, pushed for the formation of the movement as a 'third force' to complete the political space with the ruling All ProgressivesRead MoreThe post Ex-President's 'third force' takes off appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has assured commuters that it would not increase transport fare in spite of the tolls review by Lekki Concession Company (LCC). Alhaji Taofeek Oluwa, its Chairman in Jakande, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lagos. The News Agency of NigeriaRead MoreThe post Lekki Toll review: No increase in transport fares, NURTW assures commuters appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Five persons have been confirmeddead as suicide bombers suspected to be Boko Haram members attacked the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Dalori, Borno state on Wednesday. The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) chairman, Satomi Ahmad confirming the incident tonewsmen in Maiduguri said five IDPs members and39 others sustained various degrees of injuries inRead MoreThe post Update: 5 dead, 39 injured in Maiduguri multiple explosions appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Senators and governors are locked in a bitter row over the 2019 elections. The development sparked an uproar on the floor of the Senate yesterday. Zamfara Central Senator Kabiru Marafa accused Governor Abdulaziz Yari of plotting to eliminate him. Both are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Marafa asked his colleagues to hold theRead MoreThe post Governors, senators clash over 2019 polls appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
A three-year-old boy and three others were killed yesterday when a containerised trailer lost its truckhead on Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Express way. The truckhead plunged into the nearby river, while the container fell on a motorcycle on which the boy and her mother were riding. The woman and the motorcyclist are lying criticallyRead MoreThe post Boy, three others killed as container falls on Okada appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) has initiated a collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure electronic transfer of election results beginning with the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states this year. Both agencies agreed on this position at a meeting on Thursday in Abuja when INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmud Yakubu visitedRead MoreThe post 2019: INEC, NCC collaborate on electronic results transfer appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday heard that former former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has a heart-related ailment. His lawyer Mr Norrison Quakers (SAN) told Justice Rilwan Aikawa that the former minister complained about heart-related pain and could not make it to court for his trial. His absence stalled his trial forRead MoreThe post Fani-Kayode to court: I've heart-related ailment appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Billionaire industrialist and Chairman of Eleganza Group of Companies, Chief Razak Akanni Okoya, clocked 78 a few weeks ago. In this interview with GBENGA ADERANTI, he talks about his business strides, why he veered into real estate and the business climate in Nigeria, among other things.What is your assessment of the business climate in Nigeria compared to when you started'THERE were lots of business opportunities in Nigeria at the time we started, unlike what we have today. Currently, the 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The journey started from Lagos. The objective was to understand the current status of primary health care (PHC) in respect of ante natal, child delivery and post-natal services for pregnant women in Ohunbe, a community in Ketu Local Council Development Area, Ogun State.Ordinarily, the 102-kilometre journey from Lagos to Ohunbe should take less than four hours by road. But it took more hours because of the appalling conditions of the roads.Ohunbe is essentially an agrarian community made up large 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
THE National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has faulted plans by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) chapter of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) to disrupt activities as part of an ongoing national strike. Last Tuesday, NASU allegedly stopped electricity and water supply to the campus, fuelling the students'anger. Normalcy returned after intervention by NANSRead MoreThe post NANS faults NASU's disruption of activities at UNN appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
An Educationist Mrs Oluwakemi Waniko, has advised parents to assist their children in developing proficiency in spelling. Waniko gave the advice at the 5th Scholars Quiz Primary Spelling Competition in Ota, Ogun State, an event the educationist said was born to reduce the rate of failure in English Language in Nigeria. She said the motiveRead MoreThe post Educationist advises parents to assist children in developing spelling skill appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Dr Cecilia Ibekwe has been appointed the Acting Provost of the Federal College of Education, Technical (FCET) in Umunze, Anambra State. She took over from Prof Josephat Ogbuagu, whose tenure ended last month. Ibekwe, a former Dean of School of Education, was appointed by the Governing Council, headed by Mr Ibrahim Abdu Radda. She joinedRead MoreThe post College gets Acting Provost appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Minister of Agriculture, and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has praised the Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA), Dr. Samson Odedina, for infrastructural development, academic growth and better staff and students welfare. Ogbeh commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his contribution towards the development of agriculture in the institution and the state. TheRead MoreThe post Agric minister pledges support for college appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
How can teachers improve their lot' By using information and communication technology (ICT), they can become better and make it big, say some experts, who argue that teaching should not be synonymous with poverty When will teachers begin to live much comfortably like other professionals' While teachers in public schools have improved, the lot ofRead MoreThe post How ICT can change teachers' fortune, by experts appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
THE management of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Otto/Ijanikin, Lagos State, has reduced fees for its full-time Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) students. A statement made available to The Nation stated that the reduction was arrived at a meeting the institution's management held with the Students Union (SU) executives. The statement, signed by theRead MoreThe post College reduces fees appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Aspirants have been gearing up for the forthcoming National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) election. A student of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa (OFFA POLY), Lukman Salaudeen, who is gunning for president, said he would change the status quo in NANS, if elected. TEMITOPE YAKUBU writes. ElECTIONeering is in the air at the Federal Polytechnic, OffaRead MoreThe post How I'll restore NANS' glory, by presidential aspirant appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Members of the Unilorin contingent that won the maiden Genesis Debate Tournament and the Tedder Hall Literacy Debate in Ghana have presented the trophy, cash prizes and plaque they won to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem. Presenting the team and the awards to the Vice-Chancellor in his office last Tuesday (January 16), the DeanRead MoreThe post Victorious UNILORIN debate team presents laurels to VC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Efon Alaaye Community in Ekiti State, has donated relief materials to students of Federal Government Girls' College whose hostel was gutted by fire last month. The relief materials included 110 mattresses and 110 cupboards which were made available by funds donated by Efon Alaaye indigenes within and outside the country. Speaking while presenting the materialsRead MoreThe post Hostel fire: Ekiti community gives relief materials to students appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE) has denied news that it had fixed its resumption for Monday, January 22. A statement signed by its Registrar, E.M. Ichendu, noted that the news being shared on the social media, which also detailed the release of a new curriculum, was false. It reads: 'The attention ofRead MoreThe post FUPRE denies fake resumption date appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
In 1947, Dwight Macdonald, a social critic and philosopher, published a series of articles on the responsibility of peoples and, specifically,the responsibility of intellectuals. Macdonald was concerned with the question of war guilt after the end of WW2. He asks the question: To what extent were the German or Japanese people responsible for the atrocitiesRead MoreThe post Intellectuals and social awakening (I) appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
It was all tears at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) following the death of two students. Bilyaminu Adamu, a 200-Level Mathematics student, and Aliyu Muhammad, a 300-Level Agricultural Science student, in a road crash on their way back to school after three months break. MAHMUD ABDULSALAM and IBRAHIM ADEYEMI report. THE 2017/18 academic sessionRead MoreThe post Sokoto varsity mourns two students appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Eighty per cent of teachers in Nasarawa State are not qualified and would fail an aptitude test if it was administered on them, Governor Tanko Al-Makura said in Akwanga on Monday. In a speech at the opening ceremony of a conference to review the minimum standards of the National Certificate of Education (NCE), Al-makura saidRead MoreThe post '80 per cent of teachers in Nasarawa unqualified' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Students aiming to study abroad will have the opportunity to meet representatives of 40 world-class tertiary institutions at the maiden education fair and road show organised by TG Marchnata Education ' an international education support agency. The fair, which will be held across the country from February 22 to March 3, will host interested studentsRead MoreThe post Career agency hosts international education fair appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Economists yesterday listed ways the Federal Government can raise up to $500 billion from liberalisation and privatisation of assets and sectors within five years. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Economic Associates, Dr Ayo Teriba, made the recommendations in his lead paper presented at the first 2018 monthly seminar of the Ibadan School of Government andRead MoreThe post Nigeria can raise $500b from asset privatisation, says economists appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
After 14 years of discovery, the Egina oil field located offshore Nigeria in oil mining lease (OML) 130 and operated by Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI), is set for first oil in the last quarter of this year. The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel berthed at the SHI-MCI, LADOL shipyard for integration ofRead MoreThe post More oil, revenue for Nigeria as Egina nears production appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has canvassed the need to sustain the expansionary policy stance of the current administration while ensuring sufficient synthesis of monetary and fiscal policies. The association asked that lending rates should be moderated through development banks, financial windows while taxes and levies should either drop or remain unchanged, and appropriateRead MoreThe post MAN advocates synthesis of monetary, fiscal policies appeared first on The Nation Niger 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to reach 29.3 million people in African with electricity by 2020. The President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, spoke at the High Level Event on 'New Way of Working: From Vision to Action-National, Regional and Global Dimensions' at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,Read MoreThe post AfDB plans electricity for 29.3m Africans by 2020 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is relying on members of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) to distribute fuel nationwide due to their reliable and administrative qualities, the Corporation's spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, has said. Others, he said, are their financial strengths, ability to undertake big ticket transactions and forthrightness. MOMAN members include Conoil,Read MoreThe post Why NNPC relies on marketers for fuel supply appeared first on The Nation 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Think First Technologies has unveiled Ogaranya, an e-payment platform that enables banks complete orders for customers. Its Founder, Akinyele Olubodun, said the product was developed after years of careful research. 'After a careful research, we have cracked the solution to commerce and seamless payment. We have bridged the gap of internet, commerce and payment inRead MoreThe post Think First Technologies unveils e-payment platform appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Diamond Bank Plc yesterday unveiled season 10 of the DiamondXtra promo in which over N433 million will be won by customers. Its Head of Mass Market Segment, Osita Ede, said the bank is excited because it has successfully run the DiamondXtra promo for nine seasons, and this is the 10thseason for the promo. 'And forRead MoreThe post Diamond Bank to give out N433m to promo winners appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
To improve earnings and operational efficiency, power distribution companies (DisCos) are deploying Maximum Demand Meters (MDMs) in manufacturing, steel and fabrication, maritime and other companies in the high-end bracket of the metering industry, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Peter Ewesor, has said. Maximum Demand Meters are used by industries because ofRead MoreThe post DisCos deploy more meters appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Infrastructure is crucial to achieving Africa's sustainable development goal of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity. A recent World Bank study found that the poor state of infrastructure in many parts of Africa reduced national economic growth by two percentage points every year and cut business productivity by as much as 40 per cent,Read MoreThe post Oando supports infrastructure development in Africa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Nova Merchant Limited will today begin operations in Lagos. Its Chairman, Phillips Oduoza, said the lender, which will be officially opened today, will be coming into the market with products, ideas and knowledge that are suited to dealing with the challenges faced by Nigeria businesses. 'This means as the economy normalises, we scale up withRead MoreThe post Nova Merchant Bank begins operation today appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
FG's plan to return them is good, but Toll gates will soon be back on federal highways in the county; about 14 years after the Federal Government abolished them. President Olusegun Obasanjo had ordered the demolition of the toll gates and banned collection of tolls on them with effect from January 1, 2004. HeRead MoreThe post Toll gates appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Fingers point again to Fulani herdsmen for the fire What caused the recent fire at the farm of Chief Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation' Falae blamed Fulani herdsmen for the destruction caused by the fire at his farm located at Ilado, near Akure, the Ondo State capital. FalaeRead MoreThe post Farm burning appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, probably thought it was a good opportunity to play politics, but he has found out that political opportunism can bring problems. When he visited the hometown of the late former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, on January 28 'to inspect the facilities in preparation for his burial,' NgigeRead MoreThe post Talking too much appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Sokoto State 2018 proposed bill of over N220.5 billion presented by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was today passed by the State House of Assembly. ' The passage followed a motion moved by the Assembly Deputy leader, Alhaji Ibrahim Arzika (APC- Sokoto North II), after the consideration of a report by the House Committee onRead MoreThe post Sokoto Assembly passes N220.5 bn 2018 appropriation bill appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Independent National Commission ( INEC ) has solicited the collaboration of Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC ) and telecommunications operators for deployment of electronic devices in the conduct of 2019 general elections. Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the appeal when he led management of the commission on a visit to NCC ExecutiveRead MoreThe post 2019: INEC seeks NCC, telecom operators collaboration appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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