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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH FEBRUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 4th February, 2017.


Sun, 04 Feb 2018
In fulfilment of its promise to develop sports in Nigeria, Dana Air has signed another sponsorship deal worth millions of naira with the current NPFL league leaders Akwa United FC of Akwa Ibom state. Under this deal in making the Nigerian Professional Football League more glamorous, Dana Air will get branding opportunities for the duration of the season and fly the team to all its away matches in the 2018 NPFL season. Also as part of the deal, the club’s player of the month initiative will be sponsored by Dana Air with a very good largess from the airline. Speaking at the press conference to announce the deal, the Accountable Manager of Dana Air said, ‘let me first congratulate Akwa United for winning the league cup last year and for starting this season on a very impressive note.’’ “Just like I said when we also unveiled our sponsorship for Heartland FC of Owerri, it’s not all about the branding opportunities or commercials, but our commitment to developing football in Nigeria and supporting the Nigerian league. “It about making our league glamorous and encouraging the players to be the best. If we bring the passion with which we follow the teams in the EPL our league will be better for it. We have taken the lead, and we hope other corporate bodies will look in that direction.’’ Also speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of Akwa United, Elder Paul Bassey said, ‘this is surely a turning point in the development of football in Nigeria. This partnership will definitely ease our travels and we commend Dana Air, Nigeria’s foremost airline for this.’’ Air travel is the safest in the world and with this, Dana Air has taken a lot of burden off the club. He added, “The other day, we heard of a team that was involved in a road mishap, thank God the players came out unhurt. We thank Dana Air for giving back to the society and supporting Akwa Ibom state. Dana Air will surely get the value for this sponsorship.’’ Only recently, Dana Air unveiled a mouth-watering sponsorship deal to support the 2018 NPFL campaign of Heartland FC of Owerri. The airline is the first and only domestic airline to have taken such initiative just as other global carriers like Emirate, Ethiad and Qatar airways. Dana Air, a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), operates over 27 daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo, and Owerri. The airline is reputed for its innovative online products, World-class in-flight service and unrivaled on-time performance.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
A youth group under the aegis of Berom Youth Moulders Association (BYM), in Plateau, yesterday said Fulani herdsmen graze on the grave sites of their lost ones and on their place of worship. Speaking at a news conference in Jos, President of the Association, Mr. Choji Dalyop Chuwang, said Fulani herdsmen are rampaging on their ancestral land which they have forcefully taken away from them. He said over 50 communities have been vehemently taken away from them by herdsmen since the invasion of their ancestral land began. “This is evident in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGA: this we can affirm because the current herdsmen in those areas are not the ones that had lived among us previously. “Our people have been traumatized, several killed and properties destroyed to make them flee their ancestral homes which are now being occupied by the same terrorists herdsmen. “It is on record that 54 communities such as Dankum (now renamed as Mahanga by Fulani), Fass (renamed as Tafawa by Fulani), Janda, Hywa, Rotchun, Rakweng, Shong I and II, Diyan Hei, Pwabeduk, Sharu, Dashugu, Tagabos, Shonong, Maseh, Kampwas, She, Kak, Dajak,Rarin, Kufang, Rantis, Jong, Zim, Lukfine, Lobiring, Angio, and Kachin, among many, were completely sacked and their inhabitants displaced in Riyom and Barkin Ladi LGA. “It is also confirmed that 93 communities have experienced one form of attack or the other across Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Jos South and Jos North LGAs”, Chuwang said. The President of the Association also said Plateau does not have land for cattle colonies, adding that the rearing of cattle is a private and personal business which should be left in the hands of the herdsmen to ranch. “For us as citizens of Plateau State and especially the Northern Senatorial zone, we wish to state in unequivocal terms that we do not have land for cattle colonies: the Governor of Plateau State Barr. Simon Bako Lalong had also stated during an interview with Journalists in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja that he has land that had been voluntarily donated to him by some communities for cattle ranching or colonies: we are very optimistic that he was being frank and since no community has willingly donated land in the Northern zone, we wish to caution that our already overstretched land should not be considered for these business meant to settle foreigners as stated by Federal authorities”. The Association however sort to know if cattle rearing business is quoted in any stock exchange market in Nigeria or anywhere to warrant so much government interest, it added.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Nigeria and the Niger Republic, will in 60 days time sign binding bilateral and technical agreements that will enable both countries develop and build a new petroleum refinery in a Katsina State town which borders both countries, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has disclosed. The ministry in a short statement, explained that the refinery project would also include a crude oil pipeline that is expected to come from Niger Republic, indicating the plant would be fed crude oil from Niger. To actualise this, the ministry stated that both countries would within 60 days sign bilateral and technical agreements, while a high level technical committee between them would be set up to develop a strategy that would be used to undertake the project. “Thursday, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, met with the President of the Republic of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, and the Energy Minister of the Republic of Niger, Mr. Foumakoye Gado. “A mutually beneficial agreement was reached for the construction of a refinery in the border town between the Republic of Niger and Katsina State, Nigeria, and a crude oil pipeline from the Republic of Niger to the new refinery. Definitive bilateral and technical agreements to be signed in coming days,” the note said. According to a copy of the outcome of the meeting Kachikwu had with Issoufou and Gado, he expressed hope that the project which President Muhammadu Buhari conceived two years ago with Issoufou would now proceed for completion. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has in a related development, renewed its call on the National Assembly to use the relevant findings in its various audit reports on Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, to push for wider reforms in the industry. NEITI’s Executive Secretary, Mr. Waziri Adio, made this appeal when he received members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Petroleum Upstream who were on monitoring and oversight visit to the NEITI Secretariat in Abuja. Adio explained in a statement from the Director of Communications in NEITI that its reports contain detailed information and data on company payments and government receipts as well as the process lapses and remedial actions required in the industry. He said: “We see the National Assembly as important partners not just because we are answerable to you and we need you to approve our budget but because our reports can and should be inputs to your important work.” Adio also expressed concerns that several reports with far-reaching recommendations have been placed in the public domain with clear challenges of implementation, and urged the National Assembly to study the reports as important documents that would aid their law-making responsibilities. He commended the National Assembly for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), noting that the development was in support of the mandate of NEITI to strengthen reforms in the industry and promote investments and better revenue generation. The Chairman of the committee, Victor Nwokolo, expressed in the statement the satisfaction of th committee over the impact of NEITI’s intervention in pushing for reforms in the extractive industries

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
There is palpable anger in the political circles in Plateau, especially in the two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress over a statement by former Governor and senator representing Plateau North senatorial zone that the Senate is not meant for young people. Jang was said to have made the comments in a radio programme in Jos on Friday. But his followers are seeing it as a mark of betrayal and attempt to shut them out from realising their political aspirations. A number of youths who spoke after the programme, said that by saying the Senate is not for young people, the senator has ruled out the chance of handing over to a younger person. Protégés of Jang who owe their political fortunes to the former governor like Messrs. Istifanus Gyang and Edward Pwajok who are both in the House of Representatives for Jos South/Riyom and Jos North/Bassa federal constituencies respectively are believed to be interested in contesting for the Senate seat. Gyang is with the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, while Pwajok, who won his election under PDP later defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Posters indicating their interest have many times flooded the city of Jos They are said to be perceiving the as directed at them as they are warming up to contest for the Senate seat in the next general elections in the hope that Jang who is over 70 might not re-contest. In the event that he (Jang) re-contest, there are also indications that some of them are ready to slug it out with the senator as they believe his political weight has diminished since he left the Plateau Government House as governor and that he can be defeated giving the new realignments in the state. A former member of the 6th and 7th National Assembly, Mr. Bitrus Kaze, he would not believe that Jang actually said so as the constitution of the Federal Republic had outlined qualifications for any elective office. He added that the statement could be the senator’s personal opinion, which he was entitled to. He said, “Since I did not listen to the radio programme during which Sen Jonah Jang is reported to have stated that “the Senate is not for the youth”, I have deliberately chosen not to believe that he actually said so. This is because the statement sharply contradicts a position he has publicly adumbrated over the years and at different forums.” According to him, “During a lecture in Jos mid-March 2014 to mark his 70th birthday for example, Gov Jang (as he then was) expressed his determination “to weed the old brigades from contesting future polls” and “to mentor young politicians to take over the mantle of leadership” Assuming that he made the statement, it simply remains within the confines of his personal views. Age, exposure and maturity surely matter as far as aspiring to public office is concerned; this is why age is unambiguously determined by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended). To my mind however, in addition to fulfilling all the requirements of the laws, credibility, strength of character and integrity matter much more than anything else. Legislative aide to Pwajok, Mr. Ayuba Pam, is of the view that it was Jang’s opinion, which he was free to express. He said that if Jang seriously holds that view, he would not have allowed a younger person to aspire to succeed him. . Pam said, “Late GNS Pwajok was in the senate through that mindset and was later to succeed him as governor but for the defeat by APC. If he says senate is not for the youths then ask him to define which bracket of youths he’s talking of? Our extant laws allows youths participation in governance and thankfully too, Jang was in chamber last year when the senate passed ‘the young shall rule’ bill. Ask him further on this if there was any age limit as to who contests for the seat of the senate?

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman has assured relevant stakeholders in the maritime sub sector and beyond of the determinationThe post Bala-Usman vows to maximise Nigerias Seaports potential appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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