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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Sunday, 5th February, 2017.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The federal and state governments have allocated less than eight percent of their N43.5 trillion combined budgets for education in the last three years, Daily Trust investigations have shown. 

The two tiers of government had a cumulative expenditure of N43.5 trillion between 2016 and 2018, but only N3.34 trillion was earmarked for education.


This amount will mainly be spent on salaries, general administration and overheads. Votes were also made for new recruitments and teachers’ verification among others.

Daily Trust investigations have shown that in 2018, the federal and state governments budgeted a total of N17.5 trillion but only N1.32 trillion (7.5 percent) was voted for education. 

Out of the N13.5 trillion total expenditure of the two tiers of government in 2017, only N993 billion (7.3 percent) was meant for education. 

In 2016, the federal and state governments voted N1.03 trillion (8.44 percent) for education out of their combined votes of N12.5 trillion. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman of General Ibrahim Babangida, has insisted that the former military president approved the statement he issued, calling on Nigerians to vote out president Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Afegbua in a telephone conversation with our reporter, maintained that IBB has not denied the statement.
“The statement is in order. IBB did not hold any press conference in Minna. It was overzealous people that issued that statement of his denial. I wouldn’t issue any statement without his approval. Go ahead with the statement. I have spoken with him and he said he has not recanted the statement,” he said.
Babangida in a press statement released on Sunday by Afegbua, urged Buhari to sacrifice his personal ambition for national interest, while calling on Nigerians to vote out Buhari in 2019.
However, hours later another statement was circulated by press release distribution agency, PRNigeria, claiming that IBB has disowned the earlier statement issued by his media aide.
“Let me categorically state that as former President and Statesman, I have unfettered channel of communication with the highest authorities without sensational public correspondence, therefore those views expressed over there are personal views of the writer,” IBB was quoted in the statement.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Department of State Service (DSS) said last week that the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) network operating within North Central and South South zones of Nigeria was behind the recent killings in Benue State. In a report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari, DSS said this discovery was sequel to the arrest of several suspected attackers comprising Fulani herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other miscreants in the state. 
According to the report, ISWA is using foreign terrorists and recruiting young men to fight and kill innocent persons in order to exacerbate tensions along the country’s ethnic, religious and regional fault lines. A presidency source who disclosed this to State House reporters said those in custody include many who spoke none of the languages native to Nigeria, but only French. The source said all the reports submitted to President Buhari indicated that “security officials now fear an influx of other ISIS members into many parts of the country”. The source further added that this is the first time security officials have come out to confirm that members of ISWA are operating as a unit in Nigeria, including an account of their level of penetration.

The source said the arrested ISWA members were not only in Benue valley “but significantly in several towns of Edo state, specifically in Akoko-Edo, Okpella and Benin as well as Okene in Kogi State.” Other details disclosed include an intelligence report which claimed the terrorists had planned several attacks before and during Christmas as well as on New Year’s Day. Their bombing targets were said to include fuel depots, foreign missions, police and military establishments. The network of Islamic State terrorists is reportedly wide. However, the significant member of arrests in the past two months helped DSS operatives to avert those attacks. The source said “we are learning more and more about this complex and sophisticated network. This is the main reason why the secret service is not parading those suspects so far arrested.” Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu confirmed that President Buhari had been receiving reports on the situation in Benue and other states. 
It would be recalled that Nigerians woke up on New Year’s Day to the sad news that over 50 persons had been killed in Logo and Guma LGAs of Benue State. The attack which left many people injured was said to have been perpetrated by herdsmen. Similar attacks were also launched at Agba-Uko and Tse-Aga villages. Days after the New Year’s Day attack, another 15 people were reportedly killed in TseAkombo, TseVii and TseAgule communities of Benue State.
To be frank, many Nigerians received DSS’ claims which link the recent killings in Benue State to Islamic State terrorists with a pinch of salt. Many reasons make us skeptical of this story. It was DSS which in the past said it could not establish a link between ISIS and Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria. This report that ISIS is now recruiting militants for terrorist activities in the country means DSS has completely changed its story. The incidents in Benue State are widely believed to be a conflict that basically revolves around farming and grazing lands, which does not fit into the ISIS terrorist group’s world-wide ideological agenda. ISIS’ ideological stance is basically anti-Western, which it feels has oppressed Muslim nations and people. Except for North Africa, ISIS’ interest in Africa and Nigeria remain marginal and obscure and we cannot see its interest in the Benue type of events.  
If DSS’ claims are to be given the benefit of doubt, Nigerians expect it to, like the army, parade the suspected ISIS members in its custody. The army promptly paraded a group of heavily armed militia reportedly sponsored by Benue State government soon after their arrest on the Benue and Nasarawa states’ border. DSS should parade the captured men and charge them to court. There is no need to internationalize a local problem.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, has called on the Bayelsans to take their destiny into their hands by voting for a leader who will change the fortunes of the state.
Sylva, who made the call in Abuja at the weekend, said he ensured that laudable projects were embarked upon during his era as governor and lamented the abandonment of projects by the present administration.

“We sited the international airport project along the East West Road with the runway getting close to Onitsha, which was meant to make the state benefit economically. But regretfully, the project was shifted by this administration to Amassoma,” he added.
He said the N50bn spent on the runway so far appeared to make it the most expensive runway in the world.
The ex-governor also questioned the rationale for establishing the University of Africa in the governor’s village, Toru Orua, in Sagbama Local Government Area instead of using the funds to develop the Niger Delta University, which is owned by the state.
He said what Bayelsans needed presently was human capital development, which he said he took as his main focus during his tenure as governor. 
The ex-governor said he signed a deal with Hyundai motor Company for a skills acquisition centre, where graduates would be sent to South Korea to work, adding that the deal was stalled.
He said Lagos appeared to be progressing because each succeeding administration continued with the projects left by its predecessor instead of destroying such projects. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Society for Credible Leadership in Nigeria (SCLN) has indicated interest to bring an end to the political crisis of supremacy between a former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and his successor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The national Secretary SCLN, Alhaji Mohammed Attahiru Baba, said the principal leaders of the two factions to the crisis would soon be engaged in an open dialogue with a view to bringing lasting solution to the internal crisis that engulfed the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.

Baba, who said this during the inauguration ceremony for the SCLN coordinators for the 44 local government areas of the state, expressed doubt if supporters of the two leaders actually understood them.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has warned that the party will not condone imposition of candidates as it plans ahead of the general elections in 2019.
The PDP national chairman who led the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) Sunday on its first meeting in Delta state noted that imposition of candidates has been the old order of impunity in the PDP that must not be allowed to exist in party.
"We need the PVC to effect a change in 2019. Power will no longer reside at Wadata, but with the people; let the people come together and make their choice. The other party may have the security apparatus and INEC but the people's power is greater.
"We are here to engage consultation with the governors and members of the NASS and State Assemblies...As for those of you who are seeking to return, if you are still viable, let your people return you", Secondus advised.

He continued: "We are getting ready to take over and we will touch everywhere; the states, LGAs and Wards to mobilise our people.
The PDP chairman took swipe at the APC Federal government and said: "They came on board and things are fallen apart, the Villa is torn apart, the security chiefs are fighting themselves... Nigeria has never seen such sheer nepotism that is happening today. What we need to do now is put our acts together and take over the reins of power". 
Prince Second us waved off former President Obasanjo's Coalition for Nigeria Movement saying, "Don't mind the so-called Coalition they are coming up with, they are dead on arrival. We are not worried about them. APC is but for us we are waiting to harvest them". 
He declared PDP's support for the proposed restructuring as it affects devolution of power to states from the Fdedral and from states to the LGAs and to the Wards, adding that politicians should sink differences and rescue Nigeria.
He adjudged Governor Okowa's performance in the Council election as very commendable but tasked himvto improve on it and ensure that in the next election, Delta annexes Edo state, stressing "Edo should fall to PDP in the next election. Your Excellency that is the assignment we are giving to you. 
On his part, Governor Nyesom Wike said "For me I have no fear over Delta State. If Nigeria is indeed a true democracy, so many people won't dare to contest election. The corruption that is worrying Nigeria is stealing people's mandate. This time around they must do election well in Nigeria".
In his welcome, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state said Delta state is firmly in the grip of the PDP but admitted there are pockets of opposition that still require to be dealt with in forthcoming elections.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The National Chairman of Democratic Youth Congress (DYC), Kassim Muhammad Kassim, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up for political activism to avoid defeat in 2019. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The attempt by the factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State to welcome the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, back to the party is undemocratic and self-serving, a party stalwart Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has said. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Increasing criticism and gang up will not force President Muhammadu Buhari out of the contest in the event he decides to go for a second term, a member of the APC campaign team in 2015 said yesterday. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, has said that the All Progressive Congress (APC) remains the best party that Nigerians will give their votes in 2019, considering its laudable achievements in the last two and a half years.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Federal Government of Nigeria and some foreign countries, including the United Kingdom Government, have commenced the Automatic Exchange of Tax Information (AETI), particularly on overseas assets held by Nigerians. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) have called off its threat to shut down the nations seaports over an alleged refusal by the federal governmen to repair the failed portions of the roads leading to the ports in Apapa and Tin-Can, both in Lagos. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
What are the major mandates of your Council'The major mandates of the Council are to promote the development and optimal utilisation of locally available raw materials by the manufacturing sector of the economy. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The gigantic old Daily Times building located on the popular Ikwerre Road in Port Harcourt offers temporary accommodation to hundreds of Hausa youths who exhibit talents in footwear manufacturing. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The senator representing Bayelsa West, Chief Foster Ogola, has trained over 500 rural farmers in the state on the cultivation of plantain. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The gradual disappearance of sugarcane juicing machines, occasioned by the decline in jaggery production across the country, has been identified as the major constraint of the local sugar industry in Katsina State.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Neymars behaviour during his switch to Paris St-Germain is the reason for footballs inflated transfer fees, according to Barcelonas vice-president. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Swansea City midfielder Leroy Fer and striker Wilfried Bony have both been ruled out for the rest of the season. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Olivier Giroud says Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Roma were keen to secure his signature before his Deadline Day move to Chelsea. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Marco Asensio has told Real Madrid hell leave if hes not selected for Spains World Cup squad and Zinedine Zidane remains in charge next term. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The quarter-final pairings of the last eight teams in the Delta State Principals Cup for all secondary schools have been released with slight changes in dates. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Dr Daniel Igali, says that no fewer than 90 wresters would be representing the country in the forthcoming Africa Wrestling Championships to be held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Winner of the Nigeria women prize money at the inaugural edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, held in 2016, Oluwaseun Olamide, has vowed not only to reclaim the title on Saturday, February 10, 2018 but also challenge East Africans and other elite runners for the ultimate prize.

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