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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 30 January, 2018.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
This time, the location was not the Senate building or premises but Wuse Zone 3, Customs Headquarters in Abuja. The verbal exchanges took place during the visit of the Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West)-led Senate Ad- hoc Committee on Economic Waste in the Nigeria Customs Service to the NCS office. The fight between the Senate and the Customs boss was triggered by remarks made by Senator Melaye that the Customs C-G, by way of protocol, ought to have come down from his office to welcome and usher the committee members into the premises and not just meeting them at the conference room. Senator Melaye, who noted that the protocol and practice had been that statutory bodies such as Customs, Immigration, Prisons etc over the years come down to welcome them, wondered why such etiquette was not accorded them by the incumbent Customs boss. Melaye to Hameed Ali Melaye said:  “Before reading the prepared speech of the committee, let me make this small remarks on what we have just observed here in form of breach of protocols. “Mr C-G, rather than meeting us here at the conference room by way of courtesy, you were supposed to have met us at the ground floor on arrival into the premises. “That had been the practice of statutory bodies headed by chief executive officers like you. Relevant Senate committees have over the years been accorded this by bosses of Immigration Service, Prison Service etc, making us to wonder why it is not so here today under your leadership. “Therefore, before proceeding further, on account of this observation, we want the Customs management to know that the presence of this committee before it implies that the Senate itself is before it to put things in order as regards the economic waste taking place in the Customs Service, requiring the seriousness it deserves from you and the entire management. If this thing happens next time, we will take a walk out.” Following his comments, the atmosphere was already charged, just as Senator Melaye further harassed the Customs top management officers by declaring that the committee’s meeting with them was more or less that of the Senate by hitting the gavel on the table before him to declare the meeting open. After hitting the gavel on the table, Melaye then read a prepared speech where he marshalled out how the committee would carry out its investigation on economic waste in Customs Service . But after the speech, the senators who may have invited trouble, got more than they bargained for. Ali replies, shocks senators Responding to Melaye’s earlier remarks, the Customs boss told the committee that Customs has its own protocols which are quite different from other public establishments, insisting that the agency would not allow itself to be dictated to on matters of etiquette or protocol. Col. Ali said:  “We have our own protocol as regards receiving visitors like you. I don’t need to come downstairs to receive you just as nobody in the Senate or House of Representatives has ever come out to receive us anytime we visit the National Assembly. “So, there is no breach of protocol for not coming down to welcome you since appropriate officers have been assigned to do so. Our protocol is our protocol and should be allowed to be. “In fact, by way of etiquette, it is the committee that is supposed to come to my office first on arrival and not just coming straight to the conference room.  Let me state clearly that we in the Nigeria Customs Service are servants of the people. We believe in Nigeria and working with others to make it great without being railroaded in anyway . “Personally, I took this job because of my commitment to serve this country selflessly, having earlier done so in the military. So, nobody can tell me that am not a committed Nigerian. On your assignment you called economic waste, we shall cooperate with you to unearth whatever you want to unearth and effect any correction if there is any.’’ Ali shuns group photograph, walks out on senators With this development, the usual group photograph which is a tradition was, however, jettisoned as the Senate Committee members refused having the photograph with the top management of Customs, a development that further got the committee members bruised by the Customs C-G who apparently out of annoyance, walked out of the visitors from the premises by using his convoy to block them from leaving the place before him. While the Customs C-G left the Customs Headquarters at about 2:15pm with his siren-blaring convoy, humiliated members of the Senate committee left at about 2:20pm after being held up in their bus for about 15 minutes by the Customs C-G’s convoy stationed at the exit gate immediately after the unpalatable encounter at the conference room. Senators, who suffered the humiliation along with Senator Melaye were Samuel Anyanwu (PDP Imo  East); Gilbert Nnaji (PDP, Enugu East); Hamman Isah Misau (APC Bauchi Central)  and Babajide Omoworare (APC, Osun East). It would be recalled that the Customs C-G, prior to yesterday’s encounter with the Committee, had had a running battle with the entire Senate between 2016 and early 2017 over his mode of dressing. It would also be recalled that while the Customs boss has been carrying out his duties in mufti since 2015 after appointment, the Senate had asked him  to appear in uniform by ordering him to do so last year in plenary, but Ali stood his ground by appearing in mufti.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
ANAMBRA State government has declared Thursday this week a work free day in honour of the late second republic vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Professor Solo Chukwudebelu said it was to enable Anambra people to participate effectively in the programme planned for the day by the state government in honour of the late vice president at the famous Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka. According to the statement, all markets and businesses in the state would be closed on that day to enable Ndi Anambra, friends, associates and well wishers to pay their last respects to the late Ekwueme. He said those expected to attend the commendation ceremony include various social, cultural, religious, political, professional, educational, market men and women and other groups, adding that the ceremony would commence at 10am that day. Meanwhile, renovation work had already begun at the Ekwueme Square preparatory to the ceremony as canopies and stands were being mounted at various points.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari remains electorally unbeatable with his attachment to the people unwavering, despite recriminations by the elite class on social and conventional media, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said.
Governor El-Rufai, who is also Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Committee on Restructuring, also affirmed President Buhari’s endorsement of the committee’s recommendations on restructuring, saying the President was ready to give up his powers if it would help to move the country forward. Governor El-Rufai’s claim of Buhari’s endorsement of the report was immediately pooh-poohed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which challenged the governor and the APC to forward the committee report to the National Assembly. The PDP in its response said Nigerians, having been once deceived by the lies and propaganda of the APC, would not be taken in for a second time. Affirming the president’s electoral invincibility, El-Rufai in an interview on Channels Television said: “I do not have any doubt in my mind that we are going to win the next elections; not only in the centre but we are going to preserve our 24 states, and even more,” he said. APC’ll win in 2019 Insisting that the president remained popular despite insinuations to the contrary in conventional and social media platforms, the governor said: “We are not saying this foolishly; this is scientific. We are monitoring the pulse of Nigerians, not the pulse of a section of Nigerians and I am confident that we are going to win the 2019 elections. “We know the pulse of the nation, we know where we are losing support, we know where we are gaining support; I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to win the 2019 elections. “There are two pulses of Nigerians – there is the pulse of the Nigerian elites which is the noise that you hear in the media, the social media and so on; then there is the pulse of the people. “If you remember how many people came out to welcome President Buhari in Kano, then you will know that there are two Nigerias.” Affirming the President’s endorsement of the APC Committee report on restructuring, El-Rufai said the President will sacrifice any of his powers if  necessary, to move the country forward. The committee report The El-Rufai-led committee on restructuring had, among others recommended the devolution of powers from the Federal Government to the states, the establishment of state police, resource control among others. The committee in its 10-point recommendation had specifically called for the movement of the following items from the exclusive list to the concurrent list. The items so recommended to be moved are Foods, Drugs, Poison, Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances; Fingerprints and Identification of Criminal Records; Registration of Business names; Labour; Mines and Minerals, including oil fields, oil mining, geological surveys and natural gas; Police; Prisons; Public Holidays (to be classified as National Public Holidays and State Public Holidays); Railways and Stamp Duties. Still on the President’s endorsement of the proposals, El-Rufai said:  “He was excited. He was very pleased, and he said he fully supports what we have done and that he is looking forward to the party officially transmitting it to him for his necessary action. “President Buhari is not concerned about his personal power; he is concerned about Nigeria making progress. Buhari ready to give up power, if... “If giving up power will make Nigeria progress, he will give all of it up. Not just part of it, but all of it. This is the real Buhari that many people don’t know. It is the most comprehensive review of this subject matter ever in Nigeria’s history. “APC’s true federalism committee differs from other confabs in at least two ways; first, previous confabs were conclaves of the elite. The government picks who goes there, they decide who participates, and it is mostly old people with a sprinkle of a few women. Our committee opened the space for everyone. “More than one-third of the membership of our committee were women. More than a quarter of the membership were young people, below the age of 40. It was a very broad range of consultation. Many opposition figures have expressed support for the report. We have proposed more than 20 alterations to the constitution. Everything we did is in the best interest of Nigeria. “So, this is the first time that a platform has been given to young people and women and those that are vulnerable to give their voices to what shape of the federation they want to see. Because old people like me, 50, 60, 70 cannot define the future for Nigerian youth below the age of 40. What young women and our people see is completely different from what old people see.”

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A retired military officer, Major Afisatu Ajuya, was, Sunday, murdered by her security guard and her body set ablaze in her apartment in Ugbor area, GRA Benin, Edo State capital.The post Retired Military officer murdered, set ablaze by her security guard in Benin appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reassured Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA, of the continued support, assistance and collaboration of his administration for sustenance of the existing business- friendly environment towards the enhancement of economic and commercial potentials of the state.The post Ugwuanyi seeks ties with private sector for economic growth appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
EDO State House of Assembly has lifted the suspension order on the former Deputy Speaker of the House, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, the member representing APC Uhumwode constituency.The post Edo Assembly lifts suspension on Ex-Deputy Speaker appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
CHAIRMAN, Warri-Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group, WIPMG, Delta State, Chief Patrick Bigha, has called on agitating groups in the Niger Delta region to explore non-violent means to engage government at all levels and International Oil Companies, IOCs, rather than resorting to destruction of oil facilities.The post Ijaw group to militants: Stop damaging oil facilities, engage govt appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has said it was in discussions with a Chinese firm, SINOTEC Company Limited, to build a power pool in the region, adding that there was need to balance power supply among the many electricity users in the region.The post NDDC to build power pool in Niger Delta appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A commercial driver, Victor Ajisafe was reportedly stabbed to death by a suspected Fulani herdsman in Akure, Ondo State over a minor disagreement.The post Fulani herdsman stabs NURTW member to death in Ondo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A human rights activist, Mr. Kanmi Ajibola has filed a fresh motion asking an Osun State High Court in Ilesa to nullify the Local Government election conducted last Saturday in Osun State.The post Activist files suit to nullify Osun LG poll appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
FOLLOWING a bloody clash that erupted at Oke Ado area of Ibadan between two rival groups within the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, which reportedly resulted in the death of one person, the Oyo State Police Command has arrested 46 suspects in connection with the clash.The post 46 arrested as OPC rival groups clash in Ibadan appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers in Nigeria, CIS, has warned the Edo State Government against using unqualified and inexperienced engineering firms for the rehabilitation of the Gelegele port.The post Dont use unqualified engineers for Gelegele port rehabilitation 'CIS appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has felicitated with Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State who turned 52 on Sunday.The post Jonathan greets Dickson at 52 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE leadership crisis rocking Delta State chapter of Labour Party has taken a different dimension, following a suit filed at a Delta State High Court by Chief Tony Ezeagwu against the caretaker committee chairman, Mr Emeka Nkwoala.The post Delta Labour Party leadership crisis deepens appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, on Monday rallied support for his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the countdown to the July 14 governorship election in the state gathers momentum.The post Ekiti 2018: APC promised much, delivered less says Fayose appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE scarcity of petrol is expected to be eased up in Lagos and its environs, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC said it has resumed loading at Ejigbo.The post Fuel Scarcity: Loading resumes in Ejigbo satelite depot appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The National Insurance Commission, NAICOM, has said that only five companies have so far applied for bancassurance license after the release of the revised guidelines on bancassurance partnership in the sector.The post Five companies already applied for bancassurance ' NAICOM appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
SEVEN persons standing trial over the murder of late former state chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Chief Omolafe Aderiye were discharged and acquitted yesterday by an Ado-Ekiti High Court.The post NURTW boss' murder: Court acquits, discharges seven accused persons appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
BHS international, the concessionaire of the Tafawa Balewa, TBS, the Bureau for Public Enterprise, BPE and the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, ICRC yesterday commenced moves to re-negotiate the concession agreement of the square.The post ICRC, others to re-negotiate concession agreement of TBS appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Nigeria has severally enjoyed the sweetness and bitterness of Hot Money.The post Nigeria's romance with Hot Money appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
On the hot afternoon of January 24, 2018, the billows of smoke that emanated from a fire outbreak at Ijegun, Lagos, was a rude reminder that if immediate action is not taken, Nigeria could face a more devastating consequence of siting tank-farms in residential areas.The post Tank farms in residential areas: Disasters waiting to happen appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it will impose the maximum possible penalties on any of its licencees implicated in masking of international telephone calls.The post Call masking: NCC says 6 companies may loose operating licences in February appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Super Eagles striker, Sunday Faleye has disclosed that he will not play in the rest of the CAF African Nations Championship after falling awkwardly and dislocating his elbow in the quarter-final clash against Angola on Sunday night.The post CHAN: Injury knocks out Faleye appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for the semi finals of the African Nations Championship, CHAN. The Super Eagles came from behind to defeat Angola 2-1 in a hard fought for victory in Tangiers last night.The post Dalung hails Super Eagles appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Football Federation and Nigerian Breweries PLC have consummated a remarkable sponsorship agreement. The official public presentation of the partnership will take place in a fortnight in Lagos on Friday, 9th February 2018.The post NFF, NB PLC to exchange signed contracts in Lagos appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Season 2 of the Delta State Principals' Cup sponsored by Zenith Bank has entered the home stretch this term as eight schools have qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition.The post Q/finalists emerge in Zenith/Delta Principals' Cup appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
OLIVIER GIROUD is up for a move from Arsenal to Chelsea.The post Giroud open to 30m Chelsea move appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
I am deeply honoured this morning on behalf of the President, Commander- In- Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari to receive the body of the first elected civilian Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.The post Ekwueme's memory should encourage Nigeria's different nationalities to remain one ' Osinbajo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Of course, at the beginning there was no Nigeria; but when was this beginning' Was it 37,000 years ago, when we have the earliest evidence of human activity in the Nigerian area...The post A look at Bala Usman's analysis of communal conflicts in Nigeria (3) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
It would appear that the "something worse" than Boko Haram is here as killings by Fulani herdsmen are getting backhand support from officialdom as evident by Dan-Alli' s comments on Benue and Taraba killings as against the killings by Boko Haram The post Alli must go! appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE dominance of the West in communications cannot be over-emphasised. As we read what the West says about Russia, we all need to do so with a large dose of salt. The United States has been gripped by Russo phobia for a very long time.The post Sports and politics:Nigeria, Russia, US and North Korea (1) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Zahrau mustapha, also known as Zara, is a Zaria based baker who specializes in a variety of pastries. When asked about how she started her business, she talked about her passion for food clearing the path for her. I have always had a passion for food and so my family encouraged me to drive my []The post Meet Zahrau The Pastry Baker appeared first on The Spark. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, NRHJN, has objected to the expanded Global Gag Rule (GGR) also known as the Mexico City Policy, reinstated by US President, Donald Trump in 2017.The post Family planning advocates task FG on Global Gag Rule appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE African Leaders Malaria Alliance, ALMA has included Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in its annual scorecard on disease progress.The post African leaders endorse progress on Neglected Tropical Diseases appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
AS Emeka Umeh and his two-year-old triplets walked into one of the popular supermarkets in Ago area of Lagos, everyone turned to his direction, beaming with smile and admiration for the children. The post Childless marriage: I was on the verge of committing suicide ' Frustrated lawyer appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE African Leaders Malaria Alliance, ALMA, today presents the 2018 Awards for Excellence to six countries that have shown strong leadership in decreasing malaria cases, even as global progress risks losing momentum.The post ALMA announces 2018 Awards for excellence appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
With an estimated 186 trillion standard cubic feet (SCF) of natural gas reserves, Nigeria is by far the biggest reserve holder on the continentThe post Nigeria is a natural gas nation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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