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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday,  13 February, 2017.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, on Monday said the creation of state police would help in addressing the spate of insecurity in the country.

Yari, also the Zamfara State Governor said this at the end of a two-day summit organised by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Review of Current Security Infrastructure in Nigeria.

He said that “Today we have reiterated the position of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“And the position of the security summit we held in August, that there is a need for the state police; we can say it is the only answer”

It will be recalled that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had during the opening of the summit last week drummed up support for state police.

He had said, “We cannot realistically police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go”

The governor said that internal security was supposed to be handled and managed by the police and that the police of today were inadequate.

“There are about 4 million people in Zamfara and we have fewer than 5000 policemen.

“We in governance agree that we can find a way through which we can fine tune the issue of state police,” he said.

On the cost implications, Yari explained that “It is not all the states that are supposed to have the state police, those that could, should be able to have it.

“It is something we cannot take off at the same time.  We were created differently,” he said.

He said that the issue of security was not something to play with, adding that the primary responsibility of any government is to ensure that lives and properties of citizens are protected.

“Many challenges of Nigerians for the past ten years ranging from Boko Haram, cattle rustlers, armed banditry, and militancy in the Niger Delta are dwindling the Nigerian economy, and threatening the unity of the nation,” Yari said. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Federal Government on Monday reiterated its commitment to complete the ongoing construction of Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line latest January 2019.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, gave this assurance at the on-the-spot assessment of the progress work at Ologun Eru, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Amaechi, who expressed satisfaction with the project, said that the Federal Government was poised to making Nigerians enjoy the dividends of democracy in good time.

“Why waste time? The target is (to deliver the project) 2018 and not more than January 2019.

“So that Nigerians would begin to enjoy what is referred to as the dividends of democracy,” the minister said.

However, on the certainty of project delivery on schedule, Amaechi said that he was not the contractor, adding that Nigerians were putting the government under huge pressure.

According to him, the contract is three years and the contractor had done a lot in less than one year and two months.
“Everybody must realise that there is a designed time when you (contractor) have to design before going for construction.

“ But now people are asking what have you delivered? What have you done? People are now forcing us to design and work and do everything at the same time.

The minister said that so much work had to be undergone and completed before contractor moved to site for work.

He said that laying of tracks would commence in April.

Amaechi said that the Lagos State Government was working hard to ensure that the project did not affect traffic flow in the state.

According to him, the government has been doing everything possible to address all obstructions to the project.

He said that based on the challenges on the project, a committee has been set up Chaired by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Board, with Nigerian Army, NRC, Lagos State Government, NNPC and CCECC as members of the committee.

“The challenges are huge, from the water pipe, gas pipe, oil pipe to sewage pipe and the committee is to ensure that the problems are resolved, having at the back of their minds that Dec. 2018 is the deadline, at most January 2019, they will give the report at the next meeting.”

The Minister said the government was trying to get a vast land at Abeokuta for the rail stations instead of paying N2.8billion as compensation.

He further said there was no alternative to the Jibowu and Costain bridges that will be demolished, stating that they are working together with Lagos State Government to reduce traffic on that axis when work commences.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all the right of way is cleared from Ibadan to Lagos, with the construction of bridges and converts ongoing.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
THE crisis between Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his counterpart in Plateaus State, Simon Lalong seems to have taken a new dimension as Ortom warned him to stop interfering in Benue affairs.

“Please tell your boss when you see him to stop interfering with affairs in my state, let him mind his business in Plateau and I will mind my own business here,” Ortom tells Lalomg representative in Makurdi.

Governor Ortom gave the warning early hour on Monday at a stakeholders meeting with National Economic Council, NEC, technical committee on herdsman/ farmers crisis resolution led by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.

The meeting which commenced Sunday night at the new banquet hall, government house, Makurdi dragged to an early hour on Monday.

The governor in his remarks at the meeting told the audience that his deputy, Benson Abounu had met Lalong at a function outside the state recently where Lalomg said he still stand by his statement,  warning governor Ortom to desist from the anti-open grazing law.

According to Ortom, ‘my deputy told me that he had a discussion with Lalong recently at a function, where he said that he had to apologize to me over his statement because of pressure on him, saying, he stands by his earlier statement.”

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“He also told people that he introduced this Kenya woman in this committee to me, whereas, this woman was introduced to me by Nasir El Rufai, not him.”

“Am the governor here (Benue), how can he say that he warned me, who is he to warn me, he can only advise me.”

It would be recalled that Governor Lalong at the peak of the herdsmen attacks on Benue State told newsmen in Abuja that he warned governor Ortom against the new law.

Chairman, state traditional council, HRM, Professor, James Ayatse who spoke at the meeting raised serious concern about the credibility of the committee since some of its members had taken a position on the crisis.

“I have a concern here, Governors of Plateau and Kaduna states; Lalong and El Rufai had made serious statements concerning the crisis how do we get justice?

“With pains, a  delegation from Benue visited president Buhari and the only consolation he could give us was to say, in the name of God, accommodate your fellow countrymen, with this statement, how will my people get justice?  This is my concern”

Other speakers who spoke at the meeting include; Catholic Bishop, Makudi diocese, Bishop Wilfred Anagbe, former attorney general and minister of justice, Hon. Mike Aondoaka, SAN, a former commissioner in the state, Mrs Rebecca Akpedzan.

Others include; president general Mdzough U Tiv, Cheif Edward Ujege, Benard Hon, SAN, State chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev Akpen Negua and a second class traditional ruler, Chief Abomtse.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
BARELY 48 hours after the release of three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri and 10 police officers' wives by the Boko Haram, President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned an emergency security meeting at the Presidential [...]The post President Buhari summons emergency security meeting appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Policemen have been drafted to the office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Abuja following workers' protest over the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary, Prof Usman Yusuf. Yusuf was reinstated by the Federal [...]The post Police storm NHIS office over Executive Secretary appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Once the place to be for everyone, regardless of class or background, AKIN ADEWAKUN and SEGUN QUDUS chronicle the changes that have taken place so far as the Lagos Bar Beach transforms into the an [...]The post Eko Atlantic City: The making of a different Lagos appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
In this interview with AKIN ADEWAKUN, the Onimeiran of Meiran kingdom, Oba (Dr) Samuel Awoyemi Adisa, believes traditional rulers still have bigger roles to play, in addition to being custodians of their people's traditional beliefs [...]The post Why it's an abomination in Yorubaland to hold wakes for dead traditional rulers ' Oba Adisa appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
THE recent letter written by Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, ostensibly to instill sanity in the polity, has been described variously as 'explosive, sensational, letter bomb' etc, by different [...]The post OBJ playing Awo' appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The state of the main building, housing archival items retrieved from the German Ulli Bier, is enough to tell the recent story of the Centre For Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Osogbo, the Osun [...]The post Stakeholders call for more utilisation of CBCIU in promoting Yoruba culture appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
To the people of Kajorepo-Irepodun community of Akinyele South Local Council Development Area of Oyo state with headquarters at Igbo Oloyin, the commissioning and commencement of official activities at what is named the Kajorepo health [...]The post Ibadan community gets health centre after 12 years appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
LAST week, President Muhammadu Buhari provoked public ire when he recalled the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, who was suspended over alleged corruption by the Minister of Health, [...]The post The recall of NHIS Executive Secretary appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
THE value of bitcoin (along with some lesser-known cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum and Ripple) recently slumped, leading to some predictions that the 'bubble' of its inflated value is beginning to pop, that cryptocurrency, in general, [...]The post UK, US govt sites hacked by crypto miners appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
A mental disorder or illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behaviour, resulting in an inability to cope with life's ordinary demands and routines. Most people consider mental disorders [...]The post Mental disorders you dont know appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
THE Federal Government (FG)on Monday, defended the meter service provider regulations draft saying this will unlock investment in meter. It said the investments are needed to build consumer trust and also boost collection of a [...]The post FG defends regulations on metering appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn condemnation from human rights watchdogs and womens groups after he said that female communist rebels in the country should be shot in their private parts as punishment for fighting [...]The post Duterte: Shoot female rebels in their genitals appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
US President Donald Trump has reiterated that the issue of Jerusalem is off the negotiating table after his decision to declare the city as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy to the [...]The post Donald Trump: Jerusalem is off negotiating table appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Emergency workers have found around 200 body parts strewn across a snowy field near Moscow at the site of a Russian plane crash that killed all 71 people onboard. The body parts found among and [...]The post Russia plane crash responders find 200 body parts appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday won the rarely-awarded Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the worlds biggest individual prize. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who has demonstrated [...]The post Sirleaf wins prestigious Ibrahim Prize for African leadership appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
NIGERIA exported 126.96 million barrels of crude oil and condensates worth N2,374,564,896,000 or $7,760,016,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 according to official documents available to Nigerian Tribune. However, total foreign exchange inflow and outflow [...]The post Nigeria exported N2.3 trn crude oil between Oct and Dec 2017 appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
THE Federal Government's capital budget would be strictly deployed to fund infrastructural projects across the country, Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun has said. In a statement by her Special Adviser, Media and Communications, Mr [...]The post FG's capital budget will be strictly used for infrastructural projects ' Adeosun appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
THE Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) says it will continue to give necessary support and assistance to the revival of Multi-Trex, a cocoa processing plant in the country. Its Managing Director, Mr Abba Bello, made the [...]The post NEXIM restates commitment to revival of Multi 'Trex appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
A total of N2,040.59 billion accrued into the Federation Account from various traditional sources between October and December 2017 according to new data released at the weekend by Central Bank of Nigeria. The figure was [...]The post N2.04 trn accrued into Federation Account by Q4 2017 ' CBN appeared first on Tribune. 

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