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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 FEBRUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 15 February, 2017.


Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Senate on Wednesday witnessed a rowdy session as senators loyal to President Mumammadu Buhari staged a walk out in protest against the adoption of a Conference Committee Report on a Bill to amend the Electoral Act of 2010 on re-ordering of sequence of election in 2019. The amendment also provides a timeline for submission of list of Candidates, Political Party Primaries, Use of Technological devices for the next election, Limit of Campaign Expenses and the Omission of names of candidates or logos of political parties. The Senators numbering 10, led by Senator Adamu Abdulahi (APC, Nasarawa) addressed the media complaining against the manner the Committee Report was adopted, vowing to ensure the reversal. The development indicated a crack in the Senate in which case majority of Senators have been providing the bulwark of support for the leadership. Earlier, the chairman, Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC, Bauchi North) had presented the report at the plenary while the process of adoption caused ripples among Senators. Trouble started when the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, put the adoption of the report to voice vote, and did not allow full vote by Senators while he ruled for the report to be adopted. Saraki said there was no need for debate on the report since, according to him, it was from a conference committee, which had harmonised the versions of the two chambers. The Senate President also ruled against senators who raised points of order to protest against the adoption. Against this background, the Senator Abdulahi group picked hole in the Senate President’s decision to overrule a point of order raised by Senators Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) and Abdulahi on the Conference Committee report presented by Senator Suleiman Nazif, the chairman of the Joint Committee on INEC. Addressing the media, Abdulahi alleged that the amendment of the Electoral Act which places Presidential election last for 2019 was aimed towards subverting the chances of President Buhari during the 2019 presidential election. Senator Adamu said the decision by the Senate on the amendment would not stand since, according to him, 59 senators were never in support of the amendment of Section 25 of the Amendment Act. The group also berated Saraki for foisting the bill on his colleagues. They argued that only 36 members were in attendance when the House of Representatives passed the bill, which was not in accordance with legislative procedures. The aggrieved Senators argued that reordering of the election timetable was a clandestine move targeted at the re-election bid of President Buhari. Abdulahi said the group was not particular about Buhari or protecting his interest, but was rather obliged to protect the Office of the President as an institution. He added that Section 132 of the Act gives INEC power to fix date for the election into the office of the President. On Abdullahi’s team were senators Yahaya Abdulahi (Kebbi), Gumel (Jigawa), Ali Wakili (Bauchi), Ovie Omo- Agege (Delta), Binta Mashi Garba (Adamawa), Abu Ibrahim (Katsina), Andrew Uchendu (Rivers), and Ben Uwajumobia (Imo). In his reaction, the spokesman of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdulahi, said the Senate was bound to adopt the resolution of the House of Representatives on the issue without further deliberation if it is from conference committee. When asked on the number of representatives that passed the bill, Sabi said the Senate as national institution will not cast aspersions or denigrate the other chamber. He said: “I can only speak for the Senate. Constitutionally, they, the House of Representatives have done their own and passed it down to us. “I can’t as well talk on the number of senators, I can only talk on what transpired on the floor of the Senate and how did it happened.” Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, adopted the report of the conference committee on electoral and political party matters that is expected to regulate the conduct of the 2019 general election. At Wednesday’s consideration of the report of the conference committee on a bill for an Act to amend the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 and Electoral Amendment Act, 2015, the House at the committee of the whole which was chaired by Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara in the absence of the deputy speaker, approved the harmonised report with the Senate. Chairman of the House conference committee, Hon Edward Pwajok, disclosed that both chambers of the National Assembly agreed on seven grey areas that were earlier contentious. But while briefing the session, Pwajok said that it was erroneous for some section of the public to believe that the powers to determine election sequence was not vested in the National Assembly. He explained that during the first alteration of the 1999 Constitution in 2010, “in giving the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) first line charge, it was also stipulated that powers to fix election timetable shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, which obviously is in the jurisdiction of the National Assembly members who review the Act periodically.” According to him, the election sequence as adopted subsists in the following order- National Assembly, States Houses of Assembly and Governorship, and lastly, the presidential poll. He added that the order official party primaries, the National Assembly is first, followed by the States assemblies, governorship and the Presidential. The lawmakers took cognizance of the Kogi State unfortunate election case sequel to the death of a lead governorship aspirant who died when the poll was inconclusive and approved therefore, that in the event of the death of a candidate before the declaration of election result, INEC shall suspend the election not exceeding 21 days to allow for a new primary within 14 days by the party to replace the dead before continuing the polls. On new political parties formation, both houses agreed that if after 60 days an association applies to INEC for registration, unless INEC communicates to the contrary, it is deemed that the association is registered. INEC also got the express power to overrule political parties in the country in case of party primaries. Both houses agreed on a new election spending benchmark. In the new approval, for presidential campaigns, the expenditure must not be above N5billion from N1billion. Governors are to spend N1billion as against N200million. National Assembly members, the Senators can spend N100million from N40million previously while their counterparts in the House of Representatives have their campaign budget increased to N70million from N20million. State House of Assembly members N30m from N10million the same goes for Local Government chairmanship candidates while councilors can now spend N5million from N1million previously.


Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Court of Appeal in London on Wednesday held that Ogale and Bille communities could not pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills caused by the multinationals subsidiary in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. In a split decision, the appellate court upheld a High Court ruling last year that British multinationals were not liable at home for their subsidiaries’ actions abroad. But the verdict was a setback to attempts to hold British multinationals liable at home for their subsidiaries’ actions abroad. The UK Appeal Court further rejected the appeal from law firm Leigh Day on behalf of Nigeria’s Bille and Ogale communities and upheld a ruling that English courts lack jurisdiction over claims against Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company. The SPDC is jointly operated with the federal government of Nigeria. Shell also stated that the court “rightly upheld” the earlier ruling, and said Nigeria’s “well-developed justice system” was the correct place for the claims. Leigh Day said the two Nigerian communities intended to bring the case to Britain’s Supreme Court. “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will grant permission to appeal and will come to a different view,” Leigh Day partner, Daniel Leader, said. The European Court of Justice in 2012 ruled that Shell parent companies “…in fact exercised decisive influence over their joint subsidiary’s conduct” (Shell Petroleum NV v. European Commission [2012] at para 51.) Further, in 2015, the Dutch Court of Appeal ruled that, “Considering the foreseeable serious consequences of oil spills to the local environment from a potential spill source, it cannot be ruled out from the outset that the parent company may be expected in such a case to take an interest in preventing spills. The communities have appealed the ruling. Leigh Day is representing over 40,000 Nigerians from two communities (the Ogale Community and the Bille Community) in claims against Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. Both communities allege that they have suffered systematic and ongoing oil pollution for years because of Shell’s operations. Shell does not dispute that both communities have been severely polluted by its oil, or that it has yet to clean up the oil. But in November 2016, Shell sought to block the claims in London on the grounds that the London-based parent company (Royal Dutch Shell) was not legally responsible for the pollution caused by its Nigerian subsidiary and that it was open to the communities to seek redress through the Nigerian courts. Responding to the Court of Appeal’s verdict on Wednesday, Joe Westby, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Business and Human Rights, described the ruling as a dangerous precedent. He said, “With this verdict, the court has struck a blow not only to the Ogale and Bille communities, who live everyday with the devastating consequences of Shell oil spills, but with victims of corporate human rights abuses all over the world. This ruling sets a dangerous precedent and will make it more difficult to hold UK companies to account. “The idea that powerful multinationals are not responsible for the conduct of their subsidiaries overseas has allowed Shell to evade accountability for a raft of shocking human rights abuses spanning decades. This is a textbook example of the almost insurmountable obstacles to justice faced by people who take on powerful multinationals. “Internal Shell documents show that the company’s headquarters have known full well for decades about the massive oil pollution caused by their operations in Nigeria, and have chosen not to stop it. If Shell cannot be held to account for such well-documented abuses, what hope is there of bringing other companies to justice? He affirmed the communities’ intention to “take their fight for justice to the Supreme Court – this could be their last chance to see their environment restored.”
Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the advice by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that former Presidents of the country should quit politics and join the ‘retirees club’ will soon be applicable to President Muhammadu Buhari. The party said Tinubu’s stance has vindicated the positions of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Military Presdent, Gen Ibrahim Babangida, the PDP as well as majority of Nigerians, who hold that President Buhari should not seek re-election in 2019, having woefully failed in governance and nation building. The party further said that President Buhari ought to step aside largely due to his inability to connect with the social and economic realities and speed of the current generation. In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday, the PDP said Tinubu is proverbially passing a message to President Buhari and his supporters on the fact that their candidate no longer enjoy mass acceptance among Nigerians ahead of the 2019 general elections. Ologbondiyan saiid, ” Every discerning Nigerian has discovered the fact that Asiwaju Tinubu is subtly passing a critical message to President Buhari and his supporters that he should not contest the 2019 election and that Nigerians have already moved on even without them. “Even Asiwaju Tinubu knows that President Buhari, for obvious reasons, is the most qualified of all our elder statesmen to join the retirees club and save the nation the agony of more years of misrule characterized by untold economic hardship, heavy bloodletting and general indignation. “The supporters of President Buhari should therefore accept the reality by reading the handwriting on the wall and heed wise counsel from well-meaning Nigerians. “In any case, the APC is already on a death throe, having led the worst government in the history of our nation and will end up as the first party in government at the centre that will be rejected by Nigerians at a second attempt. “It is to this end that the repositioned PDP has opened its doors to all in the patriotic quest to end the APC misrule by ensuring a new engagement among Nigerians from all walks of life.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
As Christians faithful on Wednesday commenced the Lenten period, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Christians in the country to pray for Nigeria’s unity and progress. Buhari made the appeal in a statement made available on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, as he felicitated with Christians over the beginning of the Lenten period. The statement reads in part, “As they join their counterparts worldwide to emulate the worthy example of Jesus Christ who fasted 40 days at the beginning of His earthly ministry, the President urges Christian brothers and sisters to pray fervently for the country’s unity and progress.” According to Adesina, Buhari believes that Nigeria’s existence as one united country is a divine arrangement and nothing should be done to put it asunder. The President further called on all Nigerians to intensify love, brotherliness and concern for the less privileged members of their communities in order to strengthen the bond of togetherness. The President also wished Christians and all Nigerians well during the period of increased prayers, piety, sacrifice and selfless services.#

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) has said that total volume of cheque transacted in 2017 fell to 10.16 million. NIBSS latest cheque report indicatedThe post Cheque transactions drop to 10.2m in 2017, says NIBSS appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Nigerias annual inflation has slowed for the 12th consecutive month in a row in January to 15.13 per cent, compared to 15.37 per cent inThe post Inflation rate now 15.13%, slows for 12th consecutive month appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Federal Government has assured that the Lagos-Ibadan Rail line would be put into use come January 2019 and by this, Nigerians are expected to enjoyThe post Lagos, Ibadan railway ready in January- FG appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
EFCC wades in, bars accused persons from contesting election As the general election of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Federal Capital DevelopmentThe post FCTA/ FCA staff cooperatives accuses EXCO of misappropriating N1.6bn appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
.. To rebuke passengers Thursday Delta Airline in Lagos on Wednesday confirmed that its flight Delta flight 55 from the Murtala Muahmmed International Airport, Lagos,The post Delta airline confirms five injured in engine fire outbreak appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has expressed displeasure at the state of rancor in the ruling party, sayingThe post APC crises: Buhari wants me to unify aggrieved party members- Tinubu appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
On Wednesday, seven out of the nine Resident Electoral Commissioners nominated by the Presidency had their appointment confirmed by the the Senate. The confirmed nomineesThe post Senate confirms 7 more INEC RECs appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Sterling Bank Plc, has appointed Mr. Emmanuel Emefienim as Executive Director, Institutional Banking. His appointment has been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)The post Sterling Bank appoints Emefienim ED appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Sterling Bank Plc, has appointed Mr. Emmanuel Emefienim as Executive Director, Institutional Banking. His appointment has been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)The post Sterling Bank appoints Emefienim ED appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Watch the 41st Miss Nigeria, Mildred Ehiguese as she talks about her experience during the auditions and boot camp sessions. Such a delight. Please dropThe post Part 2: Get to Know the 41st #MissNigeria My boot camp experience appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
lauds$3.3bn achievement The Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu on Tuesday, made a case for the encouragement and greater involvementThe post Kachikwu pledges FGs support for local content in oil sector appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The bearish run of the Nigerian equities market reversed on Wednesday as investors take new position for dividend payments in expectation of release of 2017The post Market reverses as NSE ASI gains 1.11% appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
President Donald Trumps personal lawyer told the New York Times Tuesday he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who once saidThe post Trumps lawyer confirms paying porn girl Daniels appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Second division Dutch club Fortuna Sittard have sacked former Super Eagles head coach Sunday Oliseh over actions not related to on-field performance. The club managementThe post Club Sack Sunday Oliseh Over Culpable Actions appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Following series of pressure and public outcry from the parliament, the opposition parties and even the ruling African Nations Congress (ANC) bothering in corruption chargesThe post Zuma resigns as South African President appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Despite volumes that have been written and voices loud enough on the importance of the creative sectors ability to drive tourism economy, government still appearsThe post Nigerias new textile museum to drive growth of tourism appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
FIFA president, Gianni Infantino and his CAF counterpart, Ahmad Ahmad, are expected to be in Nigeria next week, when the FIFA Executive Football Summit takesThe post FIFA, CAF presidents to visit Nigeria next week appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Ecobank Securities, Wealth & Asset Management (SWAM), an arm of Ecobank Transnational incorporated has reaffirmed the banks determination to help its customers create, preserve andThe post Ecobank provides wealth planning, management services to customers appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

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