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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday,  14 February, 2017.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as someone “in a trance,” urging him to wake up to challenges bedevilling the nation.

Soyinka said this while reacting to a question on the three things he would tell the President if he meets him, after he addressed a press conference on the state of the nation in Lagos, on Tuesday.

In a simple answer to the question, Soyinka said: “I will say Mr. President you are in a trance,” adding that the sooner the President got out of the trance, the better for the nation.

Asked to explain what form of trance the President was in, Soyinka said, “I don’t know. So many unforced errors. Take for instance the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf,  reinstated by the President.”

He queried: “What is that about? What is going on?”

Soyinka spoke elaborately in his press conference entitled “Nomads and Nation: Valentine card or valedictory rites.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
MEMBERS of the Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the 2018 Budget bill of N103.6 billion into law as against N98.5 billion presented by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in December, last year.


 
The passage of the appropriation bill was a sequel to the presentation of the report on the budget in a motion by the Leader of the Assembly, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, and seconded by his deputy, Onyinye Ugwu.

Honourable Ezeugwu said the budget christened “Budget of Sustainable Economic Growth” had an increase of N5 billion as a result of a slight increase in the price of crude oil.
The Lawmaker explained that the extra N5 billion went to the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure increasing its allocation to N15 billion as against N10 billion earlier proposed.

The leader said that increase in the allocation was to accommodate the development of more rural roads in the state.

Honourable Ezeugwu noted that the overall reflections in the budget evidently showed that the state government had the interest and welfare of its people in mind.

According to him, “Our governor has sustained regular payment of salaries and on time. This apparent interest by the governor in paying his workers is happily reflected in this year’s budget alongside the other numerous projects.

Ezeugwu said that N60.7 billion was earmarked for recurrent expenditure which indicated 62 per cent of the budget size while N42.8 billion was set aside for capital expenditure indicating 39 per cent of the total budget.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Edward Ubosi, commended his deputy, the Leader and the Chairman Assembly Committee on Appropriation for the good job they did in making sure the budget was passed into law.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
OVER 100 acres of ripe mangoes and pineapple plantations have been set ablaze in Esa Oke of Obokun East Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Osun State, Nigerian Tribune authoritatively gathered.


 
Some of the farmers, who spoke to our correspondent said they have lost millions of naira due to the destruction of economic crops, occasioned by the incessant invasion of their farmlands by nomadic herders.

They subsequently called on the state government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola that leased the farmlands to them at Esa Oke Farm Settlement to come to their rescue in checkmating the destruction of their crops, which they claimed serves as their sources of livelihood.

One of the farmers affected in Esa Oke farm settlement, Mr Sola Obembe said “on the 26th of January, our farms were set ablaze by herdsmen and over 100 acres of farmland was damaged with an economic value of hundreds of millions.

“It is not only me that was affected, there are several farms located in Esa Oke Farm Settlement. My allotment there is five acres.

“This is a threat to Yoruba economy and enough is enough” saying there was a critical need for the government and relevant security agencies to explore pro-active measures in putting an end to the worrisome activities Fulani herdsmen.

According to him, “Also in Ikoyi town, we had a trial farm of tomato and cucumber of about 200 plants which was also set ablaze. The fire started around 5.30 pm and spread quickly as we have plastic mulch and drop lines all over. Fortunately, some of our farms’ workers who live close were still around and they tackled the blaze”,

“Our issue now is clearing, and fixing our irrigation infrastructure. On another note, we know they harvest our cucumbers to feed their cattle, but that is a different story,” Obembe lamented.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Twenty-one students and their three teachers of Government Day Junior Secondary School, Misau, Bauchi State, on Tuesday, were involved in an auto crash which claimed their lives.


 
As gathered, the students and their teachers were returning from an excursion trip on Tuesday when their bus collided head-on with a trailer vehicle along Kano to Gaya road in Kano state, resulting in the death of 11 male and 10 female students, as well as their teachers.

Meanwhile, funeral prayer for the students and their teachers, who died in the ghastly automobile accident, was held in Misau, amidst sobs by parents and relations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prayer, held at the palace of the First Class Emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman, was lead by the Chief Imam of Misau Central Mosque, Alhaji Usman Baba.

NAN reports that immediately residents of the town received the report of the tragic incident, they started mourning, suspending socio-economic activities.

Alhaji Nasiru Darazo, an elder brother to one of the deceased students, Ibrahim Girema, described their death as a ‘colossal loss’.

“These are young men whom we are looking up to as leaders of tomorrow; today, they are no more.

‎“I have never seen such a tragedy; their remains were all smashed; you would not like to look at their bodies twice,” he told NAN, with emotions covering his face.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
BOKO Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is said to be on the run now for his life, followingconcerted efforts of troops of Operation Lafia Doles activities in the ongoing clearance of the Sambisa forest through Operation [...]The post Boko Haram: Look out for Shekau in women clothes, Army alerts Borno, Yobe residents appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Governor Ayodele Fayoseof Ekiti State has visited Ipao Ekiti, the community where herdsmen allegedly killed a farmer, Tunde Olayemi, 32,on Sundayin Ikole Local Government Area of the state. Hundreds of people who welcomed the governor [...]The post Herdsmen attack: Fayose visits Ipao Ekiti, as police secure troubled spots appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed door with former Head of State, Retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting took place immediately after President Buhari received letters of Credence [...]The post VIDEO: Buhari meets Abdulsalami Abubakar in Aso Rock appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Former Chief Judge of Kwara state, Justice Saka Yusuf, has reportedly died on Monday evening. The Justice Yusuf, who retired after two years on the seat died at the age of 85. The burial of [...]The post Kwara ex-chief Judge dies appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE Federal Government says it is developing narratives and communication strategies to completely dismantle and neutralise the Boko Haram violent ideology and messages. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in [...]The post FG developing strategies to completely dismantle Boko Haram ideology 'Lai Mohammed appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE absence of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday stalled EFCCs suit seeking the final forfeiture of two penthouse structures, allegedly linked to a former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs [...]The post Absence of Judge stalls final forfeiture of judgement of Allison Maduekes penthouses appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari says the era of Boko Haram terrorism is gradually drawing to end, with the narrowing of the recruitment base of the insurgents, and renewed onslaught by the Nigerian Army. The President stated [...]The post Boko Haram membership thinning out 'President Buhari appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Fulani herdsmen have reportedly invaded premises of Akure South Local Government Secretariat, sacking their workers in the process. Details laterThe post BREAKING: Fulani herdsmen invade Akure South LG secretariat, sack workers appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Kwara state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has gone through crisis in recent years. Despite its successful congress in November 2017, the party still appears to be in the throes of crisis [...]The post Kwara PDP: The fear of Saraki's political structure appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi is a veterinary doctor and Assistant Secretary-General of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), he speaks with MUHAMMAD SABIU on the herdsmen and farmers conflicts and what he feels are [...]The post Government should gazette all grazing reserves in existence 'Miyetti Allah's Assistant Secretary-General appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Management of NIPCO Plc has explained why the workforce of the downstream giant has remained the major asset of the company since its inception in 2004. Managing Director of the company, Mr Sanjay Teotia, [...]The post Why workers remain our major asset 'NIPCO appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
What hits you first as you are ushered into the Hi-Impact Arena after being frisked by the men of Nigerian anti-bomb squad is the massive stage. Said to be about 44 metres in length with [...]The post Hi-Impact Planet 2017 Praise Blast: A night of God's awesomeness appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The arrival of the Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel at Ladol Free Trade Zone (FTZ) has boosted local content drive of Federal Government, according to industry's stakeholders. The Egina FPSO is a [...]The post How $16bn Egina project boosts FG's local content drive appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
While protest against the last week hiking of fares at the Lekki-Epe expressway toll gate and the Ikoyi Link bridges is yet to subside, the Nigerian Tribune gathered that some influential groups close to government [...]The post Residents beg Ambode to shelve proposed toll gate on Lekki alternative routes appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, holds the belief that he had stepped on toes following his determination to end the menace of herdsmen who allegedly slaughtered some of his people. In this interview with select [...]The post Nigeria must stop promoting sycophancy, mediocrity 'Governor Ortom appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
(Continued from yesterday) However, going by some reports, I think President Buhari did well by warning his aides not to join issues with Obasanjo on the letter. But he should go beyond that. The points [...]The post OBJ playing Awo' appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
SINCE February 4 when former military President Ibrahim Babangida released a statement through his spokesman, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, essentially calling for a new leadership breed in the 2019 general election, it has been one travail [...]The post Between the police/DSS and Kassim Afegbua appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
OVERTURNING the order of the 2019 general elections schedule by Nigeria's National Assembly (NASS) truly generated the expected reactions and furore that any keen observer of the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government knew it would. Quite [...]The post Nigeria's political 'axis of fear' appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Chief John Otairu Omale, the Onuh and Omachi Ata Igala Lokoja, Kogi state capital, who, by his title, is the leader of all Igala living in Lokoja, in this interview with YINKA OLADOYINBO, bares his [...]The post Igala youths should return to farm ' Omachi Ata Igala appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
South Africas ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign after he refused to do so earlier, reports say. The reported decision to recall him followed marathon talks by senior [...]The post South Africa: ANC decides Zuma must go appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE Copyright Society of Nigeria, (COSON), on Tuesday, lost the bid to stop the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, (MCSN), from collecting music royalties on behalf of artistes. Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High [...]The post COSON loses bid to stop MCSN from collecting music royalties appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
MINSTER of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has been invited by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to speak at the Platform for Collaboration on Tax Conference on Thursday at the United Nations in New [...]The post Adeosun to address OECD's tax, revenue conference in New York appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market has received the sum of $210million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to meet customers' requests in various segments of the market. In its determination to meet the customers' [...]The post Forex Market gets CBN's $210 million boost appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr Okechukwu Enelamah on Monday disclosed that the resuscitation of the Export Expansion Grant programme of the ministry would gulp about N9.75billion in its proposed 2018 budget. The [...]The post Ministry budgets N9.7bn for export expansion grant programme in 2018 appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
DR Aminu Gusau, Director of Administration and Human Resources, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has identified vibrant and efficient rail system as a path to maximum economic growth and development. He made the remark in an [...]The post Efficient rail system will ensure maximum economic growth'NRC Director appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday said that it was yet to be notified by the MTN Group on plans to raise about 500 million dollars from Nigeria's capital market. A source who [...]The post SEC yet to receive application from MTN on Initial Public Offering appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
STANBIC IBTC Asset Management Limited, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, has listed on the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange three of the mutual funds under its management. These are Stanbic IBTC Money Market Fund [...]The post Stanbic IBTC lists Dollar, money market, bond funds on FMDQ OTC appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
UNION BANK, in collaboration with Connect Nigeria, has announced the launch of the Top 100 Emerging SMEs campaign at the just concluded eBusiness fair for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) held recently in Lagos. The [...]The post Union Bank, Connect Nigeria to honour 100 top Emerging SMEs appeared first on Tribune. 

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