Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 23 February, 2018.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has accused National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun of frustrating reconciliation efforts in the ruling party.

He said the chairman had compounded the challenge of reconciliation by taking “improper unilateral decisions” on issues affecting national and state chapters.

Tinubu added that Odigie- Oyegun had refused to cooperate by delaying the release of information critical to the resolution of crises in state chapters.

The former Lagos State Governor made the observations in a February 21 letter to Odigie-Oyegun, .titled: “Actions and conduct weakening the party from within”, copies of which were sent to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Tinubu was appointed by President Buhari on February 6 to reconcile party leaders and political office holders where there are crises.

On February 14, Tinubu visited Odigie-Oyegun and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) at the National Secretariat to seek support for the assignment.

He has since been meeting with party leaders. He visited Sokoto State where he was received by Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Senator Aliyu Wamakko.

Tinubu said while the chairman had allowed the crises in the chapters to fester by his refusal to take appropriate actions, his decision to take some “inappropriate unilateral decisions” in recent times in the affected chapters had created fresh difficulties for the reconciliation process.

Citing Kogi and Kaduna states, Tinubu said Oyegun’s hasty decision to inaugurate a parallel state executive committee for Kogi State and his indifference to the leadership tussle in the Kaduna chapter led to “demolition of property and threat of violence”.

The former Lagos State governor accused the chairman of “lack of openness and fairness, which have led to internal crisis in some states’, stressing that the principles of internal democracy and the “institutions of the party” have been undermined.

Urging Oyegun to ponder on the imperative of laying a good legacy, Tinubu advised him to change tactics and work within the confines of the party constitution.

He said: “To lessen animosity and return the party to the path of internal democracy and openness, I beg that you refrain from taking any more improper unilateral decisions with regard to the national and state chapters of the party.  As the chairman of the party you must work within the confines of the duties and responsibilities enumerated under the party constitution.”

“If you continue to do so, I fear you may undermine the party in no small degree. You may well cause internal fractures and dissension difficult to repair yet visible to all.  I fear this can undermine our goodwill with the electorate and make the approaching challenges to the party materially more difficult than they need to be.”

Acknowledging the rift between him and Oyegun, the former Lagos State governor said the overriding interest of the party should take precedence over and above personality clashes.

Tinubu said: “Drawing from your behaviour in Kogi, Kaduna and with regard to the state chapter assessment requested, I am led to the inference that you have no intention of actually supporting my assignment.

“Instead, you apparently seek to undermine my mandate by engaging in dilatory tactics for the most part. When forced to act, you do so in an arbitrary and capricious manner, without the counsel of other NWC members and without regard to our internal procedures.

“You may have personal qualms with me. That is your right as a human being. However, you have no such right as the chairman of this party. This party belongs to all of its members. You have no greater claim on it than any of the rest of us. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
A Cloud of uncertainty was hanging yesterday on the fate of the girls reportedly abducted at the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

Parents demanded their return and the true situation of things from Governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

A big search for the missing girls, whose number is also unclear, has been launched.

Gaidam met with the parents and the Dapchi community over  Monday’s  invasion of the town and the school by Boko Haram.

It is believed that some of the girls might have been abducted by the insurgents.

The mood at the meeting with the parents, who gathered at the palace of the emir, turned sour when the governor announced that the missing girls had not been rescued, contrary to a statement the state government issued on Wednesday  night.

Many of them left the palace in anger, tears and sorrow.

Some of the residents of Dapchi threw missiles at some of the vehicles in the governor’s convoy.

One of the parents described the governor’s message as “hopeless”.

“The message of the governor was clearly hopeless and full of lies. How can he tell us that he is not sure whether our children are missing or not, one of the parents said.

It was unclear how many of the girls were receiving treatment either in  hospitals or had fled to neighbouring villages.

Report rated the affected girls as “unaccounted for” since none of the factions of Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for their abduction.

It was learnt that more teams had been deployed in the state to comb access routes to Sambisa Forest, Niger Republic and Chad for the girls.

A source, who pleaded not to be named said: “The military, the security agencies and the police are still searching for the missing girls. We have not been able to rescue them. The number of missing girls is fluid because of the nature of the raid. But out of 926 girls, 815 have returned. We are talking of between 94 and 111 girls unaccounted for.

“In view of the terrain of the area, it is difficult to assume that the unaccounted girls had been abducted.

“In view of a similar incident in Chibok in 2014, certainly we are looking at the likelihood of a Boko Haram invasion. Since they have broken into two factions, we are unsure whether it is the camp loyal to Abubakar Shekau or Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi.

“We are collaborating with member-states of the Multi-nation Joint Task Force (MNJTF) access routes to Sambisa Forest in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad.

“So far, you can depend on official statement by either the Federal Government or Yobe State Government.”

The presidential delegation led by Defence Minister Manir Dan Ali is  in Yobe.

Minister of  Information Lai Mohamed, a member of the team,  met with Gaidam at Dapchi.

He told reporters at the school premises that Boko Haram was looking for oxygen to breathe having been pushed out of Sambisa and other fringes.

On the number of girls missing, the minister said: “What we know as at today (Thursday) is that some of the girls are still unaccounted for. That is because some of them are still trickling back to the school,” the minister told journalists without giving the number of girls rescued or seen.

“What we know for a fact now is we cannot account for some students but since two days ago students have been reporting back to school. We also have it on record that some of them have phone from their hiding place, some from Damaturu, some from other locations. But, as things develop we will let you know.

But, we cannot categorically say ‘X’  number of students has been abducted but we can say not all students have returned,”  the minister said..

He said the responses from the military and state government was commendable. “Since this thing happened, I’ve been in touch with the governor, the theatre commander and the GOC (General Officer Commanding).

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Banks and other financial institutions must settle customers’ complaints on overcharge, unauthorised deductions and other matters within two weeks, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed.

Mr Tajudeen Ahmed, the CBN Head of Complaints Management Division, broke the news yesterday.

Ahmed reiterated the apex bank’s commitment to eradicating excess and arbitrary charges.

According to him, the CBN has issued a circular which could be found on its website showing all legitimate bank charges.

Any charge outside what is contained in the circular is not allowed and should not be charged.

“The Consumer Protection Department issued guidelines to banks dated August 16, 2011, directing all banks and other financial institutions to resolve all customer complaints within two weeks of receipt of that complaint.

“Before the expiration of that complaint, the financial institution is expected to be engaging the customer on a continuous basis to update him or her on the status of the complaint.

“If it is not resolved within the deadline given, then such a person is encouraged to draw the attention of Central Bank of Nigeria to find solution to that complaint,” he said.

Ahmed advised customers with unresolved complaints to contact the CBN by writing to the Director Consumer Protection Department or send an email to

He also advised disgruntled bank customers to visit any branch of the CBN closest to them to lay their complaints.

“The CBN continually engages the banks to find out if their conducts and practices are fair to their customers in order to stimulate people’s confidence in the banking system.

“Non-adherence to that normally results to regulatory sanctions as the case may be,” he said.

Ahmed faulted banks for setting a limit on ATM withdrawals to get customers to make several withdrawals to cash large sums.

“I have also observed and noted this. Don’t forget that at the beginning, it wasn’t like this. Over time, we started having this problem.

“One of the reasons is that the quantum of N500 denomination is much more than that of N1,000 denomination.

“When we approached the banks about these problems, they said that the machines become easily faulty when they are set to dispense up to N30, 000 to N40, 000 units.

“However, CBN has directed that the machines that allow payment of up to N30,000 to N50,000 should be installed.”

Also, the Head of Consumer Protection Division, Mrs Hadija Kasim, said bank customers could also avoid some of these issues by inculcating the habit of cashless policy.

She reminded the public that there were various methods to make payments rather than carrying cash.

“Let’s not forget that ATM cards can also be used on Point of Sale (POS) terminals.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Determined to succeed in the mandate given to him by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, to give a status report on local chapters. In a letter to the APC chair, Tinubu reminded Chief Odigie-Oyegun of the need to live up to his promise and be the bulwark of support to ensure the success of the presidential mandate rather than engage in acts that could subvert it.

I trust that this letter finds you in good health and may that never change.  I also hope that you are in an apt frame of mind to read this letter according to the spirit in which it is written and to derive apt counsel from it.

Our party has travelled far in a brief time.  To pull and mend the disparate legacy parties into one, we surmounted high obstacles that would have daunted others.  To win the election, the then candidate Muhammadu Buhari had to campaign as never before and we, as a party, had to stare down great odds to win.

We held firm to our principles and did not cast our eyes away from the progressive objectives that led us to form this party in the first instance. We kept faith with the best of our ideals and we matched noble ideals to strong effort. We won. Nigeria won.

Sadly, some, who were entrusted with positions of high responsibility within the party seemed unable to handle the success given them. Little attention was tendered the principles upon which this party was formed and pursuant to which it was presented to the public as an alternative to the cynical politics of the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party).

We were born as a party of internal democracy; but our internal institutions have been actively undermined or allowed to atrophy.  The spirit of a new and better Nigeria that guided us to unprecedented electoral success has been steadily replaced by the bankrupt and rule-less ways that brought the PDP low.

Since the election, there have been several reports of lack of openness and fairness which have led to internal crisis in some of our states. There have been allegations of self-induced crisis resulting from merchandising of internal processes. We all must agree that the party was bound to suffer growing pains but not to the extent of losing part of the substantial goodwill that brought us to power.

However, that which concerns me has little to do with the manner by which the party is growing. What concerns me is the manner in which the crisis is developing that can lead to serious erosion of party cohesion and confidence. Were I alone in this concern, I would discount my observations as a sign of my own misperceptions or infirmity. However, I stand not alone in this worry. My grief is shared by so many party members that I would not be accused of exaggeration if I said substantial party leaders are worried about the course of our vessel.

I believe it was from this sober concern that President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed me to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence-building efforts in our party. Upon the appointment, I gave the President my word that I would work diligently and objectively to achieve the goal set before me.

In this vein, my first port of call after receiving this assignment was our party’s National Secretariat to present myself before the National Working Committee (NWC), with you as one of its members by virtue of your position as Chairman of the party. During my interaction with the NWC, I enjoined its members to freely express their views concerning the state of the party at the national, state and local levels. I listened attentively to the views of every member of the NWC present.

On your part, you promised unalloyed support for my mission. Consonant with that vow, you said you would provide all information at your disposal and you vowed to act as a liaison between me and the state party chapters.  At that very meeting, I announced I had formally started the assignment handed me by President Buhari. I offered to keep you abreast of my work. I said that I wanted the NWC to be like an informal advisory council and sounding board to me in the discharge of this presidential mandate.

Unfortunately, the spirit of understanding and of cooperative undertaking to revive the party seems not to have lived beyond the temporal confines of that meeting. I assure anyone who cares to know that this positive spirit of cooperation did not meet its demise at my hands.

My position was and is that we can only restore the party by resolving its current deficiencies in an unbiased, neutral manner that allows us to strengthen our internal democracy by annealing those internal institutions and processes vital to such internal fairness. I stated this position then and still hold to it with all sincerity.

Yet, disappointment greeted me when I discovered that you had swiftly acted in contravention of the spirit of our discussions. Instead of being a bulwark of support as promised, you positioned yourself in active opposition to the goal of resuscitating the progressive and democratic nature of the APC. As a party, we have strived to be the best, present hope for the nation. Yet, your goal appears to be something of a lesser pedigree.

In our discussion, you personally mentioned Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and Adamawa States as places afflicted by serious party issues. Given your assessment, these were states where I believed cooperation between you and I should have been intense and detailed. Instead, you have taken it as your personal mission to thwart my presidential assignment in these key states.

In Kogi, you rushed to the state to unilaterally inaugurate a new slate of state officials, parallel to the officials already heading the state chapter of the party.  While this may place you in significant affinity with those parallel officials you handpicked, this machination suggests no improvement in the welfare of the party in Kogi or at the national level.  This usurpation of authority exacerbates conflict and confusion; it does not resolve them.

It is my understanding that your dissolution of the duly- constituted state executives and the hurried naming of the above-mentioned caretaker group was not approved by the NWC. This arrogation of power sets you at variance with members of the NWC as evidenced by National Publicity Secretary Malam Bolaji Abdullahi’s statement, condemning your improper and unusual action.

You had let this situation fester for months on end. Only when I was appointed to help resolve internal disputes and when you realised I might focus early on Kogi, did you stir from your indifference and inaction. You could have wisely and prudently treated this matter beforehand. By waiting to the last moment, your unilateral action was implemented in haste and unbalanced in thought.  By creating a parallel body, you not only acted improperly, you grew a second problem from the stem where previously there had sprouted but one.

The Kaduna State chapter apparently has been troubled by disputes over who the party recognises as acting chairman for the state.  The dispute has at times degenerated to the point where there purportedly has been demolition of property and the threat of violence. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Controversy over the reordering of next year’s general elections by the National Assembly was on the front-burner yesterday.

Those opposed amendment by the upper and lower chambers should go to court, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, counselled yesterday.

Jega urged the Federal Government, INEC and other interested parties to challenge the action in a court of law.

He corrected the notion that the National Assembly fixed a date for the elections; saying that the lawmakers merely reordered the sequence.

Jega spoke in Abuja at an event organised by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Development.

Speaking on the theme: “Is Nigeria’s democracy under threat?” the former INEC chair said it has become imperative for the parties to seek judicial interpretation on the matter.

He said: “Both INEC and the interested parties have been reluctant to go to court for interpretation of constitutional provisions and this is significant because this has to do with the independence of electoral bodies.

“Frankly, a lot of the arguments on this cannot be wished away and I think it is necessary for the independence of the electoral commission because that is key to the integrity of the electoral process because if we allow people to jettison and undermine that independence for whatever reason, then we are in serious problem. I think there is serious justification to test this matter in court.”

He stated that the organisation and scheduling of elections remained INEC’s exclusive preserve.

Jega said: “I am struggling to see where the National Assembly found the constitutional justification for what they have done. I will mention two specific provisions. First of all, in the Schedule of the Constitution, Part 15 Section 1 of the said schedule, INEC has the constitutional power to organise, undertake and supervise elections.

“But that is not enough. In Section 76 (1), Section 111 (1) and Section 178 (1), it is categorically stated that elections shall be held on a date to be appointed by INEC. So, if elections are to be held on a date set by INEC, where does the National Assembly get the power?

“As far as I am concerned, the dates and the sequence for elections are together.”

The former INEC chief however argued that the action of the National Assembly would add to the cost of electoral process as it will now hold on three days instead of two.

Arguing that politicians remained the biggest threat to democracy, he said politicians continued to undermine INEC’s independence, making the commission’s job more difficult.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected an offer for an out-of-court settlement by a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, who was accused of money laundering.

Akinjide was charged with former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke (who is said to be at large), a former Senator Ayo Adeseun and a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, Chief Olarenwaju Otiti.

They were accused of conspiring to directly take possession of N650 million, which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and without going through a financial institution.

Justice Muslim Hassan had adjourned to enable parties conclude the settlement talks after Akinjide’s lawyer Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) reported that the N650 million had been returned.

Yesterday, EFCC’s lawyer Nnaemeka Omenwa, who stood in for Rotimi Oyedepo, said he was instructed to turn down the proposal.

“I have instruction to reject the proposal as it’s not in line with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). Based on that, we’re ready to go on with the trial, subject to your Lordship’s overriding convenience,” he said.

But defence counsel Ayorinde and Michael Lana (for second defendant) accused Oyedepo of a breach of agreement.

Ayorinde said the defendants made a proposal to the prosecution in line with Section 14 of the EFCC Act.

“For the purposes of your Lordship’s record and because of the public interest that this case seems to unnecessarily attract, our proposal was made in accordance with established laws and there is no fixation on Section 270 of the ACJA.

“We’re very confident that this case is a sham and we’ll defend it vigorously. It’s political and we’ll show that it’s unnecessary and a waste of time and resources of the court,” Ayorinde said.

Lana accused EFCC of breaching an agreement reached by parties with regards to the settlement, saying it amounted to a “betrayal”.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
What was going on in the minds of President Muhammadu Buhari and Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, yesterday?

Definitely, the two politicians are not the best of friends. Many have described them as perceived political foes. They belong to different political parties. But, occasional meetings may be inevitable while discharging their constitutional duties.

Thus, both met at the Council of State meeting in Abuja, the seat of power. They exchanged pleasantries and shook hands. Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, who was looking at the two leaders from a distance, could not confirm whether it was a warm handshake or not. May be, the president and the governor merely fulfilled protocols.

The president and governor were seen in the picture, apparently beaming mechanical smiles. Fayose, who was decked in an Igbo attire, with a red cap to match, greeted the president with full respect. The president, in his blue babaringa and shagari cap, was the first to extend his hand to the governor before he replied the courtesy.

Since 2015, the Ekiti governor has made himself the opposition leader. He is an ardent critic of the president. When President Buhari was on medical vacation abroad, Fayose raised the alarm, saying that his time was up. He said the Commander-In-Chief was on a life support machine. He threatened to release some pictures as proof. The pictures were never released to the media.

Fayose has also criticised the president for not fulfilling his campaign promises. On the economy, security, job creation, and security, he said there is nothing to cheer. When Fayose was celebrating his birthday a few months ago, he also frowned at the president’s refusal to send a congratulatory letter to him as the leader of opposition. The kernel of Fayose’s criticisms is that President Buhari should not run in next year’s poll. If he runs, Fayose said he will be defeated by the PDP candidate.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari told All progressives Congress (APC) governors last night he had not decided on whether to recontest.He asked them to give him more time to decide, during a late meeting at the First Ladys Conference Room at the Presidential Villa, according to Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, who spoke to reporters.He said: We discussed so many issues that affect the nation, our party and Me. Presidents ambition to run for 2019 elections.It is the desire of the governors that Mr. P 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari told All progressives Congress (APC) governors last night he had not decided on whether to recontest.He asked them to give him more time to decide, during a late meeting at the First Ladys Conference Room at the Presidential Villa, according to Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, who spoke to reporters.He said: We discussed so many issues that affect the nation, our party and Me. Presidents ambition to run for 2019 elections.It is the desire of the governors that Mr. P 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
For the second day running, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday interrogated a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, over alleged N13 billion arms cash traced to him and relations.He will also be relocated to Lagos to face another panel of the EFCC on the $2.1billion arms deals through the Office of National Security Adviser(ONSA).It was unclear when Ihejirika will appear before the team in Lagos.But one of his nephews, who also operates as a Personal 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
For the second day running, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday interrogated a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, over alleged N13 billion arms cash traced to him and relations.He will also be relocated to Lagos to face another panel of the EFCC on the $2.1billion arms deals through the Office of National Security Adviser(ONSA).It was unclear when Ihejirika will appear before the team in Lagos.But one of his nephews, who also operates as a Personal 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Says 2,000 jobs lost in two yearsThe Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB) has urged the Federal Government to re-evaluate the recommendation to raise tariff on alcohol and tobacco to prevent job losses.FOBTOB General Secretary Mr Iji Solomon made the call when he spoke to reporters.Finance Minister Mrs Kemi Adeosun had recommended an increased tariff on alcohol and tobacco because of their health implications and to raise revenue.According to Solomon, the recommendation 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) chairman Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) yesterday described the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI) as erroneous.The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.While Nigeria scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th in 2016, the latest CPI scores Nigeria 28/100.It ranks 14 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) chairman Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) yesterday described the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI) as erroneous.The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.While Nigeria scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th in 2016, the latest CPI scores Nigeria 28/100.It ranks 14 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
An Ogun State High Court in Ipokia Division has fined former labour leader Peter Asamba N200,000. He has an option of a six-month jail. Asamba was convicted on a two-count charge of conspiracy and assault against some staffers of the National Union of Chemical Footwear, Rubber and Non Metallic Products Employees (NUCFRLANMPE).He was a leader of the footwear, rubber and leather workers before the merger in 1996 and was at logger heads with NUCFRLANMPE, trying on several occasions to forcefully ta 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Sir: The news that some 7,000 students were unable to pay their school fees over at the Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi was depressing, very depressing indeed. As a result of the angst resulting from this state of affair, this university is shut till further notice. What is plaguing the BSU is a small-scale manifestation of what plagues the larger Benue society where the office of the governor has been a cheap getaway to the billionaires club.George Akume was someone who spent Benue State m 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Lagos State government and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM), HP, have collaborated to protect shoppers from the menace of counterfeiters.Lagos State Police Command, under Commissioner of Police I.O Edgal and HP officials swooped on a large-scale international counterfeiting operation in the state. As part of the raid, there were several seizures in the Lagos and and also Abuja, in shops, warehouses and at manufacturing sites. The Nigerian officials were seized 142,000 illegal 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
FRSC should move into regulatory functions, and leave the brick-and-mortar road safety works to state agenciesIf the Nigerian federal polity were well structured, there would have been no need for a Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), established in February 1988, vide Decree No. 45 of 1988, as amended by Decree No. 35 of 1992, both warehoused by the National Assembly as FRSC (Establishment) Act 2007.FRSC was an answer to the decay in the old central police, which vehicle registration traffic 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
In this piece, Senator Bunmi Adetunmbi, who represented Ekiti North District between 2011 and 2015 in the Senate, urges the National Assembly to consider the imperative of e-voting, instead of using the voice vote to arrive at decisions.Some of the decision-making methods generally employed by parliaments all over the world include voice voting, rising voting, show of hands, roll call, e-voting. All except for voice voting, provides a means to directly measure the voting pattern of individual me 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
An influential populariser of Yoruba language and culture departsAfter Prof. Akinwunmi Isola died on February 17, aged 78, a striking account by his widow provided further insight into his life as an influential populariser of Yoruba culture. Isola promoted Yoruba culture through his work as a scholar and writer, and also by his lifestyle.Mrs. Adebola Isola said in an interview: We got married on September 28, 1969When we were about to get married, he boughtaso okefor both of us as wedding dress 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Lagos Business School (LBS) alumni has emerged finalists at the 2018 Association of MBA (AMBA) Awards in London, the United Kingdom.The alumni, Glory Eyinnaya (EMBA 21) and Aidenehi Okosun (MBA 14), are finalists in the (AMBA) Student of the Year and the Entrepreneurial Venture of the Year.The AMBA Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Wall Street Journal, is for high-performing student, who demonstrate outstanding skills and motivation towards becoming tomorrows business leaders while the MBA 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in River State Hon. Jonathan Vatsa has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the cabals in his cabinet to complete his fight against corruption.He said the president should use his appointment as the continental anti-corruption crusader to clean the system, adding that charity begins at home.Vatsa said Nigerians will never believe in the presidents fight against corruption, if corruption people are still holding positions in his cabinet.He said: I 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Was the February 20 demolition of a building in Kaduna owned by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi politically motivated' The demolished property at 11B Sambo Road was used as the secretariat of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai is at the centre of the drama.A February 21 report said: The APCs Restoration group promoted by the senator last Thursday queried El-Rufai and suspended three of his aides, including Special Adviser on Political Matters Uba 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Zinox Group has acquired Konga to create jobs for over 750 youths and deepen the e-commerce space in the country. Many workers of the company laid off in the restructuring process may be recalled.Zinox Head of Corporate Communications Gideon Ayogu, who made the clarification to The Nation said the decision to invest in Konga was an easy one for the Zinox Group.We have always had an interest in Konga and another big one you know very well but our priority was Konga first because of her integr 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Other stakeholders must cooperate with INEC to check the trendAlthough the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) initially absolved itself of blame in the alleged underage voting in the recently concluded local government election in Kano State, it is heartwarming that the commission has decided to investigate the allegation despite the fact that it was conducted by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC). The investigation should unearth whether the state SIEC indee 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Chairman of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Senator Saidu Dansadau, has called on the electorate to shun corrupt politicians in 2019.Dansadau, who made the call, while addressing supporters of the party in Kano capital of Kano State said: What I want to urge you Nigerians is never to make another mistake of voting corrupt politicians in the forthcoming General elections, as most of them, who have stolen public funds are currently warming up to buy you over with peanuts for their selfish 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
In Yoruba language, literature and culture, it is kudos to the dead; and challenge to the living both incidentally, symbolised by two Akinwunmis.Akinwunmi Isola, professor of Linguistics, actor, playwright, immense man of culture and icon in the deeper realm of Yoruba contemporary film industry, perhaps did as much as anyone to mainstream the Yoruba cosmos, in a hostile contemporary world of cultural imperialism and actual capture.His collabo with ace film maker, Tunde Kelani of Main Frame (Opo 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Africa still has great business and investment opportunities that are largely untapped, Goldmine Global Services, a Nigerian firm which facilitates inter-nations trade fairs, has said.The company said the trade volume between Indonesia and Africa as at 2016 was $7.6 billion, of which trade with Nigeria stood at $2.5 billion.Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ismael Balogun, who spoke with reporters during the briefing on the inaugural edition of the Indonesia-African Forum tagged Sustainable trade 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Government should save the disappearing lower denominations of the NairaThe elite in Nigeria have their way of doing things. They want to be noted and distinguished in every gathering. This has been taken to the point of the currency notes they spend at social functions. Being a country where even adversity is turned into celebration, the rich and powerful want to be celebrated, too, and, as such, the Naira notes they give out must be crisp. As the musicians mount the stage to sing their praise 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State Chief Dele Okeya has promised to restore the lost glory of the state, if elected at the poll.Okeya, who accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration of impoverishing the people, promised to promote public welfare.He spoke in Emure-Ekiti during the inauguration of his campaign coordinators for the 16 local government areas.Okeya said he has the capacity and experience to lead the state, charging the coordinators to 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency yesterday applauded the intervention project of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the Administrative Staff College (ASCON), Topo, Badagry Lagos.Speaking during the oversight visit of the Committee to CBN intervention projects in the South West geo-political zone, the Committee Chairman, Hon. Jones Onyereri, who led other members of the Committee, said that the Committee was impressed with the progress made in delivering on the pro 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Senate and its younger cousin, The House of Representatives, have a fashion of summoning ministers, heads of agencies and chief executives of sensitive companies. The chambers committees then assume the toga of a monarch, tossing questions at the invitees as though addressing a school boy.They act as though they are the arbiters of the peoples will. They pose for the press, speak with grandiose morality and dramatise an ownership of protocol. For instance, in the last visit of members of the 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Sir: The call for Nigerians to focus more on improving the agricultural sector may seem like an overly pummelled issue, but with the current state of the economy, the persistent echoing of the importance of agriculture may be the only way to make it resonate in the minds of people and perhaps lead them to take decisive action. The current administrations seemingly obsessive attention on the sector is an indication of how essential agriculture is to the developmental process of our dear country.N 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
As Enugu State prepares for next years governorship poll, Uchenna Nwobodo highlights the achievements of Governor Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi, which may qualify him for a second term in office.The Gburugburu narration is one that brings smiles to the faces of the of people of Enugu State. His name is Ifeanyichukwu, which translates to Nothing is insurmountable to God. Close associates however, said Gburugburu is actually his chieftaincy title, but has now almost subsumed his name. Gburugburu means Ev 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Have you heard'Heard what'Baba wants to commit suicide!Which Baba'There are no two Babas now! The Ebora Owu!Whaaaat! But why'He says for him its self-guillotine, anytime he feels Nigeria is hopeless.O, that!Is that all youll say o that'What else' Thats a very safe threat now!But how'Well, who gauges what is hopeful and what is hopeless'Seriously' Are you real right now' You dont expect Baba to put his neck on the block and not have a say as to w 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The World Bank is to support Nigeria and other members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the uptake of climate-smart technologies.The bank has introduced a new initiative, West Africa Agricultural Transformation Programme (WAATP), which it will solely fund to this effect. The funding will run into millions of dollars.Beneficiary countries of the initiative, such as Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote dIvoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Africa leadership prize has not lifted the standard of governanceWhen the indices fall and the people mourn, the underlying factor is failure of leadership. In Africa, this has been a constant motif, a marker of continent almost in a manic romance with decadence.Even when news cheers the heart, it hardly points to a transformational experience, but more to relief, a sigh that things are not worse. Africans are compelled to see the cup half full than half-empty because the f 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Senator Sheu Sani, who is representing Kaduna Central District in the Senate, spoke with Tony Akowe in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the challenge of reconciliation in the All Progressives Congress (APC). Excerpts:What is your view on the committee recently set up by the President to reconcile members of the party'First, let me say that I am here at the national secretariat of the APC for two reasons. First is to personally express my support and solidarity to the effort of 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
It is soul-lifting that manufacturers have indicated interest in the stranded electricityManufacturers in the country have every reason to jump at the 2,000MW stranded power produced by the generation companies (Gencos) but which the distribution companies (Discos) lack the capacity to distribute. This is not palatable to the Discos, which threatened force majeure, in November, last year, when the Federal Government came up with the idea of making eligible customers buy power directly from the G 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
ACommittee has been formed for ease of goods movement within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).In the committee are the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC),Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and regulatory agencies in the export sector, such as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).At the committees inauguration tagged: Nigeria ECOWAS Export Development, it was noted that the West Afri 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Dr. Wole Oluyede, has said that the ambition of former Governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi will divide the party, ahead of the July 14 poll.He advised the two politicians to emulate their senior colleague, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, by playing the roles of leaders and statesmen.Oluyede said the unity of the party and its success at the poll should be paramount to Oni and Fayemi, warning that joining the race would reduce the 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The NYSC 90 must get the scholarships they were promisedJust as Nigeria has become notorious for rewarding the undeserving, so is it infamous for not honouring those who are truly worthy of recompense. This is the predicament of 90 young citizens who won the Presidents Honours Award of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.They are part of the 164 corps members whose exceptional work during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 NYSC service years won them the award, which included the offer of fully- 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
State chief executives make what may be a first restructuring moveGovernors across geopolitical and party lines have accepted establishment of state police. Speaking at the end of a National Security Summit organised by the Senate, chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, announced on behalf of his colleagues, the forums acceptance of the recommendation of the APC Committee on True Federalism that there is need for establishment of state police i 
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