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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10 JANUARY, 2018].


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

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The World Bank forecasts that Nigeria’s economic growth will edge up to at least 2.5 per cent this year, as the country benefits from improved commodity prices, investments and trade.

According to the World Bank’s January 2018 Global Economic Prospect report launched yesterday  in Washington DC, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow by 2.8 per cent in 2019 and 2020.

The World Bank forecast that global economic growth will go up to 3.1 per cent in the year 2018.

According to the bank, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to continue to rise to 3.2 per cent in 2018 and to 3.5 per cent in 2019, on the back of firming commodity prices and gradually strengthening domestic demand.

However, the report showed that growth would remain below pre-crisis averages, partly reflecting a struggle in larger economies to boost private investment.

“South Africa is forecast to tick up to 1.1 per cent growth in 2018 from 0.8 per cent in 2017. The recovery is expected to solidify, as improving business sentiment supports a modest rise in investment.

“However, policy uncertainty was likely to remain and could slow needed structural reforms.

“Nigeria is anticipated to accelerate to a 2.5 per cent rate this year from one per cent growth in the year just ended. An upward revision to Nigeria’s forecast is based on expectation that oil production will continue to recover and that reforms will lift non-oil sector growth.

“Growth in Angola is expected to increase to 1.6 per cent in 2018, as a successful political transition improves the possibility of reforms that ameliorate the business environment,” it stated.

According to the report, Côte d’Ivoire is forecast to expand by 7.2 per cent in 2018, Senegal by 6.9 per cent; Ethiopia by 8.2 per cent, Tanzania by 6.8 per cent, and Kenya by 5.5 per cent as inflation eases.

The World Bank said that the regional outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa was subject to external and domestic risks. It showed that any unexpected activity in the United States and Euro Zone could have a negative impact on the region.

Also, an abrupt slowdown in China could generate adverse spillovers to the region through lower-than-expected commodity prices.

“On the domestic front, excessive external borrowing without forward-looking budget management could worsen debt dynamics and hurt growth in many countries.
Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Despite killing no fewer than 71 persons in Benue State and provoking a big outrage, herdsmen have continued their bloody campaign.

Two mobile policemen drafted to the trouble spot were reported to have been killed yesterday.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom alleged that the herdsmen launched attacks from the neighbouring Nasarawa State —a claim Governor Tanko Al-Makura rejected.

Ortom yesterday rejected the Federal Government’s plan to establish colonies for cattle herders.

According to him, the only option to solve the farmers / herdsmen clashes is the establishment of ranches as it is being done globally.

Ortom spoke with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari that lasted for about two hours at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, he said, should also be arrested and prosecuted for alleged genocide. The organisation insists the killings, which have caused over 70 deaths, were not done by herdsmen.

The governor explained that he had been briefing President Buhari on the activities of the herdsmen right from when they started their onslaught on the state’s people.

He also disclosed that the militia  opposing the state’s anti-open grazing law, operates from Tonga in Awe Local Government Area of Nassarawa State.

Due to the sophistication of the herdsmen’s weapons, Ortom said, two Mobile policemen drafted to maintain peace were killed on Monday.

The governor said: “I am waiting to be briefed about what ‘colonies’ means; I don’t understand it and until I understand it…but like I keep saying, for us, the way forward is ranching and uptill this time, I am talking to you, the way forward is ranching because it’s global best practice.
Wed, 10 Jan 2018

Omu Aleku, an agrarian community in Ofada/Mokoloki Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, has pleaded with the government to liberate them from economic hardship and sufferings owing to lack of electricity.

According to the residents, although the fast-growing community has over 8,000 inhabitants, comprising entrepreneurs and farmers, among others, it has been in total darkness since its over 150 years of existence,.

They called on Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun to come to their aid by providing a 500KVA electricity transformer to liberate the community from the hardship and unpleasant condition they are currently experiencing.

Lamenting that the community has  remained under-developed over the years, the Baale of the community, Chief Soyetan Olanrewaju, also decried lack of development in the area, while observing that the community has played major role in ensuring that its people live up to their civic responsibilities.


 
He said: “We have over 8,000 population and more than 1,000 acres in our boundary survey but since its existence over 150 years ago till date, there is no electricity. We have five registered community development associations (CDA) namely Ifesowapo, Mr Biggs Estate, Royal Crown, Araromi and Shorin that joined hands towards the progress of the community. In the past and presently, we mobilise people to vote for leaders both at the state and local government levels. Despite all these, we have not benefitted anything from government since the existence of the community.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has declared 32 cultists wanted in a state broadcast and asked the security agencies to go after them, putting a bounty of N20m each for information that could lead to their arrest. The total reward is N640million, N440million more than what the governor offered for the arrest of Don Wani,Read MoreThe post Wike offers N640m bounty for the arrest of 32 cultists appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Presidency yesterday gave the road map of how President Muhammadu Buhari will end violent conflicts across the country. A conference of stakeholders on infrastructural and agricultural development to put in place a plan for immediate relief and long-term plan for the expansion of agriculture is in the offing. The conference, according to a statementRead MoreThe post How Buhari'll end violent conflicts, by Presidency appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Political parties have been given an October 7 deadline to produce their presidential candidates for the February 16, 2019 presidential election. Governorship, National/State Assemblies candidates are also to have been picked on the same date. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu released the time table and schedule of activities for the 2019Read MoreThe post INEC gives parties Oct 7 deadline to pick presidential candidates appeared first on The Nation N 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has fixed February 6, as deadline for the sale of registration form for this years unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME). JAMB Registrar Prof. Is-haq Oloyede spoke at a meeting on strategic planning, supervision and evaluation of the conduct of 2018 unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) in Abuja yesterday. HeRead MoreThe post JAMB fixes Feb 6 as deadline for UTME registration appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
If they have another chance, they will certainly not venture to go to Libya or Europe again having been lucky to survive their unanticipated ordeal. Many had fallen to baits of likely Eldorado in Libya, Spain, Italy and other European nations. A few others attributed their desperation to the desire to end poverty in theirRead MoreThe post Returnees: we saw hell in Libya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
2018 is here. It is important to take stock of tourism last year and then have an idea of the expectations from the industry this year.The ultimate aim of industry practitioners is for the country to get to a level where its tourism assets would be developed to the level of attracting both local and in-bound tourists to a reasonable degree that tourism numbers will significantly have effect on the countrys GDP.The success and failure of the industry are predicated on the activities of both the p 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The 373 Edo indigenes, who were among the 481 Nigerians returned from Libya on Sunday, are protesting the non-payment of stipend for their transportation back home. Among them are 73 women, some of who are expectant mothers. They arrived Benin City about 1:30a.m. and were lodged at the Motel Benin Plaza by the Edo StateRead MoreThe post Libya returnees protest non-payment of stipend appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
On January 7, the Federal Government's fact-finding delegation began the evacuation of over 5,000 trapped Nigerians in Libya. NORTHERN OPERATION MANAGING EDITOR YUSUF ALLI, who was in Tripoli, reports the details of the exercise and the countenances of the returnees before their departure. For five days, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama was in Libya. HeRead MoreThe post Evacuation of Nigerians from Libya: The facts, challenges, realities appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura yesterday denied that killer-herdsmen causing havoc in Benue State are in the state. Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, whose state has lost 71 persons to the rampaging gunmen said they were residing in Nasarawa State. After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa yesterday, Ortom spoke about theRead MoreThe post Al-Makura to Ortom: killer herdsmen not in Nasarawa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
254 firms bid for crude lifting Nigeria's crude production now stands 1.8 million barrel per day without condensate, and 2.5million per day with condensate, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) , Dr. Maikanti Baru, has said. He spoke yesterday after chairing the opening ceremony of the 2018-2019 crude oil term contractRead MoreThe post Nigeria's oil production hits 2.5mb/d appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has raised around $260 million via three sharia-compliant facilities to support small- and medium-sized businesses in the region, as African markets gradually open to Islamic finance. Cairo-based Afreximbank, which was founded by African governments and other investors in 1993 and focuses on trade finance, obtained a $100 million financing fromRead MoreThe post Afreximbank taps Islamic finance to support Africa trade appeared first on The Nation Niger 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Time for reassurance, not pontification President Muhammadu Buhari's New Year message to Nigerians is a mixed-bag. But for all its veiled self-congratulation on the efforts of his administration to deal with the country's failing infrastructure, the government's score remains moderate, though significant. This is because the devil, as the saying goes, is in the detail.Read MoreThe post Buhari's New Year message appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Sterling Bank will be organising a one-day public lecture on non-interest banking with theme: 'Reducing Poverty and unemployment through Non-Interest Banking'. The event, which holds on January 15th, in Kano is in line with the lender's continuous bid to sensitize the public about non-interest banking, The event which is slated for the. It is alsoRead MoreThe post Sterling Bank to host non-interest banking forum appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
To be ranked 4th in tuberculosis in the world is an emergency A distressing trend has emerged in Nigeria over one of the world's most dreaded diseases. According to the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCPO), Nigeria occupies the dubiously elite position of fourth in the highest cases of infected persons in theRead MoreThe post Too many deaths appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Premium Pension Limited has appointed Umar Mairami as the new Managing Director. In a statement by an official of the Corporate Communication Department and signed by Aliyu Ali, the company said Mairami succeeds Wilson Ideva who formally retired from the company. The statement read: 'Mairami is a seasoned banker of repute, a distinguished member ofRead MoreThe post Premium Pension gets new MD appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
SIR: Men of letters wield tremendous influence in the society. They are in the classroom as teachers, lecturers and professors teaching the younger generation. They are in the media as writers, journalists, producers, presenters and anchors setting public agenda. They stand on the pulpit and the mimbars as imams, sheikhs, bishops, pastors and general overseersRead MoreThe post Letter to the intelligentsia appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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. The Government's directive was handed down on yesterday in Abuja by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun to the Accountant General of the Federation, AlhajiRead MoreThe post N100b leakage: Fed Govt orders contractors to show TIN before payment appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Recently I was a witness to a heated debate on the report by the authoritative New York Times, which quoted President Donald Trump of USA as making disparaging remarks about Nigerian immigrants living in USA. The debate took place at the popular Staff Club of the University of Ibadan, that redoubtable intellectual citadel of theRead MoreThe post Trump and Nigerian migrants appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Companies will make higher profit and consumers will earn more money in 2018, leading investment banker-FSDH Merchant Bank Limited, has said. In its latest preview and research report, FSDH Merchant Bank stated that business profit and consumer income will grow higher in 2018 than in the last three years. The wholesale banker stated that itsRead MoreThe post FSDH Merchant Bank predicts robust income appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Nigeria of today is certainly not the Nigeria of 1960. Nigeria in 1960, had 15,703 primary schools with 2,912618 enrolled; 883 secondary schools with 135,364 enrolled; 29 vocational/technical educational institutions with 5037 enrolled; 315 teachers' training with 27,908 enrolled; and three colleges of technology, one University College. In the 1997/98 academic year, Nigeria hadRead MoreThe post Why APC, PDP cannot fix economy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The registration of 21 new political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shot up the number of registered parties to 67. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN examines the implication of such an unwieldy number of parties on the conduct of next year's general elections. THE political landscape is saturated with many parties; thoughRead MoreThe post 2019: How relevant are smaller parties' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved the bank's third sovereign lending instrument called the Results-Based Financing (RBF) policy. The RBF will be the bank's third financing instrument to complement the two existing instruments, namely investment lending and programme-based operations (PBOs). The RBF is an additional, innovative, financing instrumentRead MoreThe post AfDB board approves third sovereign lending instrument appeared first on Th 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Senate Minority Whip Biodun Olujimi represents Ekiti South District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). She spoke with reporters in Omuo-Ekiti on her governorship ambition and other issues. ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA was there. Is your ambition to govern Ekiti State still intact or you are going back to the Senate' Of course, myRead MoreThe post 'Ekiti PDP should reconcile' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Who built the Abuja-Kaduna railway' Does this sound like a simple question' Well, from the look of things, the answer is not simple. President Muhammadu Buhari recently rode in a train on the railway when he launched 10 new coaches and two locomotives. The following blow-by-blow sequence shows that the question is problematic, although itRead MoreThe post A factual disagreement appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Nigerian equities continued on the uptrend yesterday as bargain-hunters drove the benchmark index above the 40,000 points, pushing the year-to-date return to 5.54 per cent. With nearly seven gainers against every loser, the momentum of activities at the stock market improved considerably. The All Share Index (ASI)-the main index that tracks share prices at theRead MoreThe post Equities sustain rally with N183b gain appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Cracks have appeared in the camp of Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, barely six months to the governorship election, following the resignation of one of his aides, Chief Segun Akinwumi. Akinwumi has resigned his appointment from the Fayose administration after over three years in office following the adoption of the deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola,Read MoreThe post Ekiti 2018: Fayose is playing God appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
An exciting time lies ahead for young Nigerian innovators and entrepreneurs with big and bold business ideas this year. DANIEL ESSIET reports. Nigeria is set to celebrate entrepreneurship, innovation and disruption across the small and medium enterprises and technical space. This is because the nation is going to witness enterprising entrepreneurs, technologists, company builders andRead MoreThe post Entrepreneurs and innovators to watch out for appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Four Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Ekiti State have called on the national leadership of the party to disqualify Governor Ayo Fayose from playing any role in the primary election scheduled for April. They said the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Prince Uche Secondus should disqualify Fayose having adopted his deputy, Prof.Read MoreThe post Ekiti: Four PDP guber aspirants rise against Fayose appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Foreign portfolio inflows reached an all-time high of $3.32 billion during the third quarter of 2017, a report by FBN Capital, has shown. The report, titled 'An easing of Balance of Payment Pressures in Q3', said the direct portfolio and other investment flows were positive in the quarter. FBN Capital said portfolio inflows of $3.32Read MoreThe post Foreign portfolio inflows rise to $3.32b appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.