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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Monday1st January, 2018.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that the call for the restructuring of the country arises from the impatience of Nigerians who, he has now urged to give time for the present system of government to mature.

In his New Year national broadcast on Monday, he observed that Nigeria had already tried without much success the Parliamentary system which some agitators are now calling for.

He said: “In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about ‘Restructuring.’ No human law or edifice is perfect.

“Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments.

“We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.

“We tried the Parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the Parliamentary structure. In older democracies, these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes.

“We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.”

He, however, stressed the need to reduce the cost of governance and urged those with ideas to make available their own contribution.

Buhari stated: “However, there is a strong case for a closer look at the cost of government and for the public services long used to extravagance, waste, and corruption to change for the better.

“I assure you that government is ever receptive to ideas which will improve governance and contribute to the country’s peace and stability.”
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
THE Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, was the first stadium to be built in Nigeria nay Africa and was commissioned in September 1960.

The 25,000 capacity stadium was originally named the Liberty Stadium until November 10, 2010 when it was renamed after the man whose administration as the Premier of the Western Region then, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, planned and executed the project.

On the day it was commissioned in 1960, some of the foreigners in attendance in their comments described the stadium as another ‘Wembley’. It was also the first stadium in Nigeria where a football match was played under floodlights. The match between West Rovers and Portuguese Guinea which kicked off at 7:00pm had Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the special guest who also commissioned the floodlights.

On the day it was commissioned, the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Chief (Mrs) HID Awolowo also presented the Akinwunmi Cup to the late soccer legend, Dejo Fayemi, as Footballer of the Year.

A competition known as ‘Floodlit Festival Cup’ was later introduced in 1961 by the West Nigerian Football Association for teams in Lagos, north east and western parts of the country. The trophy was donated by the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC).

The stadium, at inception, aside football pitch in the main bowl with floodlights, also boasted the indoor sports halls, swimming pool, courts for tennis, volleyball, handball, basketball, hockey, etc.

thestadium has hosted a number of international matches, notably some group matches of the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), including the semi-final tie between Algeria and Egypt. It also hosted the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship (WYC) group C matches. Two years earlier, thestadium had hosted the African Junior Athletics Championship where Nigeria emerged victorious.

The last international game at thestadium was on April 18, 1999 when Japan beat Mexico 2-0 in the quarter-final of the FIFA U20 World Cup.

In the 2013 Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) played some of their home games at thestadium with a playable pitch then before the then National Sports Commission (NSC) resorted to give thestadium a facelift.

The Director-General of NSC then, Honourable Gbenga Elegbeleye visited thestadium, also in 2013 where he approved the regrassing of the pitch as well as the replacement of the tartan track in the main bowl, in order to bring thestadium back to life.
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
THE deadline for customers of Microfinance Banks (MfBs) and Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) without  Bank Verification Number (BVN) linked to  their accounts has elapsed today, January 1,2018.

If the directive by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) earlier in the year is anything to go by, such customers will be unable to make withdrawals from their accounts henceforth.

The BVN enrolment is a brainchild of the apex bank and the Bankers’ Committee, a body of banks’ managing directors and the CBN.

This is coming as the initial deadline set for July 31, this year was  extended. The new directive indicated that by December 31, 2017, all customers of financial institutions operating in the country are expected to have had their BVN.

The CBN, again, assured Nigerians that the BVN is geared towards financial system stability, while ensuring Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) customers are identified and known, so as to prevent those that will use the banking system as a platform to carryout illegal activities.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
THE deadline for customers of Microfinance Banks (MfBs) and Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) without Bank Verification Number (BVN) linked to their accounts has elapsed today, January 1,2018. If the directive by the Central Bank of [...]The post Deadline for bank accounts without BVN elapses today appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
INDICATIONS emerged at the close of last week trading that low activities in the market led to under-subscription at the last auctioning of treasury bills for 2017, at the Open Market Operations (OMO) conducted by [...]The post Government securities under-subscribed by 49.61% at last auction appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Every manager strives to become a good leader. Reaching this role takes a shift in thought, as well as in the way that you lead. Becoming a good leader doesn't happen overnight as it takes [...]The post Key differences between management and leadership appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The year 2017 was indeed a good one for equities investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) given the record of lift in the indices as against year 2016 which was rather a challenging year [...]The post 2017: Equities rebounds but not yet uhuru appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
W HILE working as a doctor in a remote part of the country, in addition to seeing patients, I was given the responsibility of teaching students at an institute for basic medical attendants owned and [...]The post Nigerians, big fishes in a small pond appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
IT is now a public knowledge that Mr. Yusuf Buhari, the son of President Muhammadu Buhari, was involved in a power bike road traffic accident in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja a couple of days [...]The post The power bikers and public perception appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The fact that most Nigerian workers were not paid their salaries before the Christmas and New Year celebrations is most saddening. Many families could not even celebrate Christmas. It is doubtful that workers are smiling [...]The post The plight of workers appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
ON 20th December, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the queues in filling stations across the country would disappear by the weekend. That deadline has passed. We are waiting. At first, we believed that [...]The post Still on fuel scarcity appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
With 2017 technically out and the much- talked about 2018 finally here, just like in all other sectors of the nation's economy, it is time for stakeholders in the nation's integrated marketing communications (IMC) space [...]The post Events, factors that will shape the nation's IMC industry in 2018 appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Many Nigerians will readily agree that the economy experienced some turbulence in 2017. Sanya Adejokun looks at business and economic events that shaped Nigeria in the year. In terms of the economy, the most [...]The post 2017: Events that shaped the economy appeared first on Tribune. 

Aregbesola's N173bn budget waste of time, weakened by poor IGR 'Omisore
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
THE former deputy governor of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore,on Sundayin Osogbo, capital of Osun State took a swipe at Governor Rauf Aregbesolas 2018 fiscalbudget of over N173 billion, saying the financial documents were weakened by [...]The post Aregbesolas N173bn budget waste of time, weakened by poor IGR 'Omisore appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
FORMER Vice President and a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),Atiku Abubakar has said that his hope in the new year was for Nigeria to all her citizenry to be united for the Nation [...]The post 2018: 'My hope is for Nigerians to unite 'Atiku appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment and redeployment of nine Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service. Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who made this known in a statement [...]The post FG redeploys 9 permanent secretaries appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is to makea national broadcast onMonday, January 1, 2018, onthe occasion of the 2018 New Year. A terse statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba [...]The post Buhari to make broadcast Monday appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Army has reacted to an allegation by saying it would investigate and bring to book according to its laws any of its personnel involved in extortion along the Maiduguri Gamboru Ngala road in [...]The post Army to investigate extortion allegation against personnel appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
IRANIAN authorities, scrambling to contain the biggest nationwide protests since 2009, have blocked social media apps and said anyone who disrupts public order will pay the price, after a turbulent night of growing anti-establishment demonstrations [...]The post Iran blocks Instagram, messaging app after third night protests appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo's government on Saturday ordered telecommunications providers to cut internet and SMS services across the country ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations. Grassroots Catholic activists have called for marches in major cities on [...]The post Congo orders internet and SMS cut ahead of anti-government demonstrations appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
THE Federal Government has approved the establishment of a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG ) extraction plant at Ikuru Town in Rivers state for Green Energy International Ltd, the Operator of the Otakikpo marginal field in [...]The post FG approves LPG plant for Green Energy appeared first on Tribune.