Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 1st March, 2018.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
Any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person shall die by hanging upon conviction, reads a new bill by the Senate.The bill, which reflects the growing concern over the spate of violence in the nation, was sponsored by the spokesman of the upper chamber, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger).

It also seeks the establishment of an ‘Independent National Commission for Hate Speeches’, which shall enforce hate speech laws across the country, ensure the elimination of the menace and advise the Federal Government.For offences such as harassment on the grounds of ethnicity or racial contempt, a culprit shall be sentenced to “not less than a five-year jail term or a fine of not less than N10 million or both.”

The bill notes: “A person who uses, publishes, presents, produces, plays, provides, distributes and/or directs the performance of any material, written and/or visual, which is threatening, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, commits an offence, if such person intends thereby to stir up ethnic hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances, ethnic hatred is likely to be stirred up against any person or person from such an ethnic group in Nigeria.”

It notes that “a person subjects another to harassment on the basis of ethnicity for the purposes of this section where, on ethnic grounds, he unjustifiably engages in a conduct which has the purpose or effect of (a) violating that other person’s dignity or (b) creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the person subjected to the harassment.

“Conduct shall be regarded as having the effect specified in subsection (1) (a) or (b) of this section if, having regard to all the circumstances, including in particular the perception of that other person, it should reasonably be considered as having that effect.”The National Commission for Hate Speeches shall be headed by an executive chairperson who would be appointed by the president on recommendation of the National Council of State, subject to the confirmation of at least two-third majority of the National Assembly.

The commission shall discourage persons, institutions, political parties and associations from advocating or promoting discrimination or discriminatory practices through the use of hate speeches; promote tolerance, understanding and acceptance of diversity in all aspects of national life and encourage full participation by all ethnic communities in the social, economic, cultural and political life of other communities.It shall also plan, supervise, coordinate and promote educational and training programmes to create public awareness, support and advancement of peace and harmony among ethnic communities and racial groups.

It shall furthermore promote respect for religiouss, cultural, linguistic and other forms of diversity in a plural society; promote equal access by persons of all ethnic communities and racial groups to public or other services and facilities provided by the government.

The Senate also disclosed that its bid to pass the 2018 budget was being frustrated by ministers and heads of parastatals who have refused to provide details on allocations to their ministries.Without mentioning names, the upper chamber issued a fresh seven working-day ultimatum to the affected ministries.

Similar ultimatums in the past had done little to facilitate the budget preparation.The Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Sunny Ogbuoji, said: ” The majority of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies are not coming forward to interface with the standing committees. Some of the ministers will tell you they are going outside the country, and because of that, the MDAs are not fully ready.”

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, stressed that the upper chamber wants the process concluded as early as possible, regretting: “The perception is that it is the parliament that delays these things.”He said: “The Senate Majority Leader will communicate and get in touch with the executive arm of government, so that these MDAs can be told to play their part to ensure that this exercise can be completed.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has commenced the audit of the entire operations of the maritime sector in its quest to increase its contribution to the national purse.The review was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, and has been duly approved for a private independent entity – Compliance Professionals Plc, to examine the flow of operations in the sector, and chart a course for better performance in revenue generation.
The maritime industry is currently estimated to be generating over $6billion yearly (about N2.3trillion), making it one of the highest revenue generation sectors in Nigeria.The project, which would be implemented in three phases, is currently at the end of phase one, while phase two, which would deal mostly on the concession agreement with the terminal operators in also in progress.
Managing Partner, Compliance Professionals Plc, Omoigui Okauru, in an exclusive chart with The Guardian, said the project would cover revenue generation process review; level of compliance to financial rules; regulations review; and remittance improvement recommendations.Also included in the review are: manpower audit (efficiency, capacity and competence,) staffing size and duties recommendation; ICT audit; management effectiveness performance audit.

It would also examine the expired port concession agreements; review and compliance verification; financial model for concession agreement negotiation, among others.Okauru described the project as very relevant and timely, and defying the odds to make significant contribution to the Federal Government’s purse, through its agencies, and more importantly, through the taxes collected from private sector operators in the maritime sub-sector.
She said: “We have been able to identify why over the years the maritime sector has not taken its pride of place the same way the oil sector has done as a veritable contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and what the critical issues are. We are not looking for a whole list of things to be done; we are looking for few things that needed to be done, and will really elevate the sector.”
Okauru said the group is expected to complete the project by the end of June, and deliver the recommendations to the Minister of Transportation, adding that it is currently about 50 per cent completed.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the global community to urgently support effort to save Lake Chad from drying up.He lamented that the lake that used to provide livelihood for over 45 million people living in the basin is gradually going into extinction leading to increased migration and insecurity in the region.
Buhari, who stated this in his welcome remarks during the high-level meeting of the International Conference on Lake Chad, solicited for continued collaboration and support to restore Lake Chad.He said the effort would be more productive with international support technically and financially.

“We must treat the issues of the Lake Chad with the urgency they deserve and show the needed political commitment towards reviving the Lake. Together, let us share this mission of rescuing the Lake Chad Basin with a renewed vigour, determination and international collaboration as our inaction or delay will continue to accelerate the deteriorating standard of living of millions of our people with dire consequences on our continent and the world at large.

“The time to act is now. The time to bail out the region is now. The time to show our humanity is now. I thank you for what you have done in the past. I thank you in anticipation of what together you and us can do now and in the future,” he stated.Besides, President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, said his country would contribute to the revitalisation of the Lake through the establishment of a monitoring system for the lake and the surrounding landscape.

Meanwhile, experts have differed from the way and manner the governments of Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Nigeria made their financial obligations for reclamation of Lake Chad.They spoke yesterday at the just-concluded International Conference on Lake Chad in Abuja.Mr. Jerome Mahode of Central African Republic (CAR) said deliberating on intervention on inter-basin water transfer is important, but Heads of government should take into consideration the cause, effects and benefits of the project.

He, therefore, warned that “we must be very careful as far as funding the Lake Chad water transfer because we don’t want to go on spending billions of dollar without getting the best result.”

Another speaker, Prof. Kenneth Iwugo of Nasarawa State University, says Africa has a lot of scientists doing well and we never utilise them for development in the case of drying Lake Chad and other gigantic projects on the continent.

Also, Prof. Diuto Esiobu of University of Florida, expressed disappointment that the lake is drying up to 10 per cent of its original size due to lack of political will to fund the project.She said the situation breeds crisis, crimes, food insecurity, loss of our God’s given heritage such as fish, insects, animals, fauna, adding that the world is in the verge of losing a lot of more living organisms there.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday launched yet another barrage of criticisms against the All Progressives Congress (APC), concluding the ruling party has finally crumbled, wrecked by a “presidency cabal.”

It was reacting to Tuesday’s APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, which extended by a year the tenure of embattled National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the National Working Committee (NWC).

“From the outcome, it is clear that the party has finally collapsed, lost all democratic credentials and can no longer provide level playing ground for its members or even other Nigerians to freely aspire for any position of their choice, particularly, the presidency, governorship and National Assembly positions in the 2019 general elections,” the PDP stated.

It described the resolution of the meeting as the “worst kind of corruption in a political party,” wondering how President Muhammadu Buhari, “the African Union anti-corruption champion,” could have “directly superintended” the session. It accused the APC of “overthrowing its constitution and democratic processes, all in the bid to shut out other contenders in the presidential race, a development which further confirms that the president has lost popularity even in his own party.”

In its statement by National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said: “Whereas, the APC constitution provides for a four-year tenure for officials of its organs and enshrined a re-election or re-appointment at the expiration of the said tenure, the Buhari presidency muzzled the APC NEC and imposed an illegal one year tenure extension for the Oyegun-led NWC, a fiat that is not provided for in the party’s constitution.”

According to the PDP, the APC is “so dysfunctional that under the grip of the presidency cabal, the party in contravention of its own constitution does not have a Board of Trustees (BOT), which explains the reason it lacks conscience and failed completely in delivering good governance to the nation.” It also observed with dismay that while the APC constitution allows for quarterly NEC meetings, the party has only held five since it was formed in 2014.

The PDP said: “It is certain that the APC is no longer a credible platform but an appropriated one, where only those anointed by the presidency cabal can have the opportunity to aspire for any position within its ranks. The APC has been seized and is irredeemably damaged ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
Vice Chancellor, Anchor University (AU), Prof. Joseph Afolayan has joined in the call for government to include private institutions in Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), saying both private and public universities were established to train students. 

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has ordered alleged serial fraudster, Fred Ajudua, to appear for his trial in the suit brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPENG), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with nine oil producing communities in Rivers and Abia states, to boost infrastructural and human capital development. 

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has assured that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration will encourage young Nigerians achieve their potentials through Science and Technology to drive the nation's effort at promoting economic growth. 

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
It was yesterday revealed that the farm produce of the sacked residents of Mbatoho community, a surburb of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, had been fed with cattle. The settle was invaded on Tuesday by herdsmen, resulting in the displacement of 5,000 persons. 

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has promised to restructure Nigeria and return it to true federalism by 2021, as well as reform the police, healthcare, education, and the energy sector if he is elected president in 2019. 

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
When you habitually make a strong impression on people's minds they always want you around them. I believe that this is the reason why I am being invited to speak on this occasion of the 'Fourth Theophilus Oluwasanu Olabayo Colloquium 2018. 

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
Sometimes, both emotional and physical fatigue can get to the very best of us all. Whether you are facing serious financial burden, marital problems, or simply recovering from the common cold, one thing is certain - these issues may contribute to various forms and degrees of exhaustion. 

Thu, 01 Mar 2018
We have considered components of plant food such as minerals and vitamins in the past. These are mostly essential to the body; they are life-saving to the body, but are not produced by the body. They have to be sourced from food that we eat, water we drink and from supplements. 
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