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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9TH FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 9th February, 2018.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria on Thursday told President Muhammadu Buhari that the enormous goodwill with which he assumed office in 2015 was being fast depleted by some glaring failures of his government.

The bishops said this when they paid a courtesy visit to Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Their address at the visit, copies of which were made available to journalists, was jointly signed by the CBCN President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama; and the Secretary who is also the Bishop of Gboko,  Most Rev. William Avenya.

The address read in part, “There is no doubt that when you came into office, you had an enormous amount of the goodwill of Nigerians, since many saw you as a person of integrity who would be able to bring sanity into a system that was nearly crippled by endemic corruption.

“Nearly three years later, however, one has the feeling that this goodwill is being fast depleted by some glaring failures of government which we have the moral responsibility to bring to your notice, else we would be failing in our duty as spiritual fathers and leaders.”

The bishops regretted that there  was too much suffering in the country with poverty, hunger, insecurity, violence and fear, among others, pervading the land.

They said, “Our beloved country appears to be under siege. Many negative forces seem to be keeping a stranglehold on the population, especially the weaker and defenceless ones.


 
“There is a feeling of hopelessness across the country. Our youths are restive and many of them have taken to hard drugs, cultism and other forms of violent crime, while many have become victims of human trafficking. The nation is nervous.

“Just as we seem to be gradually emerging from the dark tunnel of an economic recession that caused untold hardship to families and individuals, violent attacks by unscrupulous persons, among whom are terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, have led to a near civil war situation in many parts of the country.

“We are saddened that, repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of livelihood mindlessly destroyed. Lives are wasted and property, worth billions of naira, including places of worship schools, hospitals and business enterprises are torched and turned to ashes.”

The Catholic Bishops said they were still saddened by the recent massacre of unarmed citizens by these terrorists in some communities in Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna and Taraba states which has caused national shock, grief and outcry.

They said the Federal Government’s silence in the wake of the attacks was shocking.

They warned that with a feeling of helplessness among the people, there was the danger that some people might begin to take the law into their own hands.

The clergymen therefore called on the government to take seriously its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of its citizens and ensure that such mindless killings did not recur.

According to them, although herdsmen may be under pressure to save their livestock and economy, this should not be done at the expense of other people’s lives and means of livelihood.

They also kicked against the proposed establishment of cattle colonies as solution to herdsmen and farmers’ clashes.

“We would like to add our voice to those of other well-meaning Nigerians who insist that a better alternative to open grazing should be sought rather than introducing cattle colonies in the country.
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday stated that the Federal Government lacked the powers to seize land from states for the establishment of grazing reserves or livestock production centres.

Osinbajo also announced that herdsmen would pay for the services to be rendered by the proposed ranches or grazing reserves by the government.


 
He stated these at the opening ceremony of a two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate in Abuja.

Also in attendance are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.); the service chiefs and senators.

Osinbajo said, “Let me reiterate that on no account will any land be seized or forcefully taken to create ranches or grazing areas. All insinuations to that effect should be disregarded. No one is giving land to herdsmen, as is being falsely alleged.

“Instead, it is in our view that states that are willing and have set aside land for development should cooperate with willing investors in commercially-viable, government-supported ranches or livestock production centres for commercial use.”

The VP however pointed out that some states, especially in the North, had duly gazetted grazing reserves.

According to him, a majority of these grazing reserves are degraded and without pasture or water, especially during the dry season.

He added, “There is also a clear sense which I think must be appreciated, that the Federal Government cannot dictate to states what to do with their land. This is so because the Land Use Act of 1978 puts land under the control of governors on behalf of their states.

“Also, the Supreme Court in the case of the Attorney General of Lagos State versus the Attorney General of the Federation in 2004, held that the use of land resources and permits for such use lie firmly in the hands of state governments. Even for use of federal lands in the states according to the Supreme Court, building or development control permit must be sought from the governors of the states.”


 
Osinbajo noted that grazing routes leading to these reserves must also be secured.

He said for the grazing reserves to be effective and operate effectively, they should be operated as ranches or livestock production centres on a commercial basis.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
John Charles, Makurdi The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday called on the Federal Government to stop ruling the country with double standard. Fayose made the call during his visit to Benue State to commiserate with the people of the state over the loss of 73 people to herdsmen attacks. He said, Those who [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has signed the Lagos State Electric Power Reform Bill into law in an attempt to ensuring 24-hour power supply in the state. The law would enable investors to generate electricity for the state and afford the state government to upgrade power infrastructure, as well as tapped into [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The leader of the Shiite sect in Sokoto State, Malam Kasim Rinintawaye, who died in Kano on Monday, has been buried in Sokoto. The deceased was said to have travelled to Abuja from Sokoto to participate in a protest for the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has banned night grazing and armed herdsmen in the state just as he set up a seven-man committee in each of the 18 local government areas to check herdsmen, farmers clashes. The seven-man committee will include the chairmen or heads of the LGAs, the Divisional Police Officers, [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia No fewer than eight persons were reportedly killed on Tuesday by persons believed to be Fulani herdsmen in Baaki village area of Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. It was learnt that the suspected herdsmen carried out serial attacks on communities in Obi Local Government Area dominated by people of Tiv [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The organised labour has submitted a fresh demand for higher minimum wage to the tripartite committee on minimum wage. The Nigeria Labour Congress stated that it had demanded above N56,000 to the committee to reflect inflation and other economic realities in the country. The acting NLC President, Kiri Mohammed, disclosed this at [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Otunba Gani Adams, has lamented the increasing attacks by herdsmen in the country. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the immediate arrest of the attackers. Adams spoke in the wake of the assassination of a Special Anti-Robbery Squad chief by suspected Fulani herdsmen [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Wednesday called for prayers to stop killings by herdsmen. The Chairman of the chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, said the intervention of God was needed to bring an end to the attacks. Bamgbola said this in Lagos on Thursday during a press conference organised by [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned a federal civil servant, Mr. Ibrahim Tumsah, and his brother, Mr. Tijani Tumsah, before the Federal High Court in Abuja. They were charged with the failure to declare their assets to the Chief Okoi Obono-Obla-led Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property. Ibrahim [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Chairman of Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, on Thursday appeared before the Federal High Court in Lagos to testify in an alleged N5.5bn debt recovery suit between his companies and Ecobank Nigeria Limited. The business mogul appeared in court in response to a subpoena issued on him by Justice Mohammed Idris at the [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Kashim Afegbua, the spokesman for the former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd. ), will meet with the Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr. Lawan Daura, in Abuja on Friday (today). Afegbua was at the national headquarters of the organisation which is located at the Asokoro District of Abuja [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Thursday accused the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of alleged manipulation of judiciary by reopening the corruption case against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar. The House noted [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Government says it has presented a letter of appointment to the Olota-elect, Dr. Adeyemi Obalanlege, of the Ijemo Isolosi Ruling House in Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state. The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, who presented the letter on behalf of the [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Executive Order signed by the President to improve local content in public procurement in the area of science, engineering and technology, is a good order that will have a positive effect on the Nigerian economy. I commend the President for signing Executive Order 5, this is the type of a comprehensive economic development order [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday sacked the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, and his Culture and Tourism counterpart, Chief Dan Okenyi, in a cabinet reshuffle. Four other commissioners affected by the development were however reassigned to different ministries. The governor in a statement signed by the [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has fixed April 30, 2018 to deliver judgment in the case of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Nwobike, who was accused of offering gratification of N1.05m to judges. Justice Raliat Adebiyi fixed the judgment date on Thursday after both the prosecution and the defence [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Thursday dissolved his cabinet with immediate effect. He gave no reason for the action. But our correspondent learnt that the decision was to weed out the bad eggs and inject fresh blood that would pave the way for his planned re-election in 2019. The sacking of Lalongs cabinet [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it has developed an online portal to serve as the marketplace for facilitating interactions among artisans, Micro Small Medium Enterprises, end users and other people in need of quality service. The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, stated this on Thursday during a sensitisation to [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina No fewer than 13 filling stations were sealed off by the Department of Petroleum Resources in Katsina last month, the agency has revealed. It was learnt that the facilities were shut down for various offences, including alleged hoarding and diversion of fuel as well as selling petroleum products above the official pump [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
John Alechenu and Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has crticised the Presidency for allegedly abandoning its responsibility of governance but now concerned itself with the running of a political party. It said that the Presidency was more concerned on how to return an obviously unpopular presidential candidate in 2019. It said that the [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to monitor the sources of funding of politicial parities'campaigns as the 2019 general elections approach. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this when the acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, paid him a courtesy visit in [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja Barring any last minute change, the national caucus and the National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress will hold on February 26 and 27, 2018 respectively. The party's National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdulllahi, confirmed this development in an interview with The PUNCH, in Abuja, on Thursday. In response to [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
UNWIELDY, disorganised and vulnerable to security breaches, Nigerias data landscape needs to be streamlined. Thankfully, it seems the government has finally realised the dangers of proliferation of data. For some time, public and private organisations have been coercing the citizens into registering on their databases. Realising the noxious trend, the Federal Government has established an [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The planned borrowing of $2.5bn from foreign sources will not increase the nation's total debt commitment, the Debt Management Office has assured Nigerians. The DMO, which gave the assurance in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, said the debt would rather save the country N64bn per annum [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday announced that it had programmed to bring in two cargoes of petrol per day for the rest of this month in order to boost supply and eradicate the fuel queues that had resurfaced in many cities across the country. It said each of the cargoes [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
There's nothing that makes you feel worse than applying for a much needed loan and having it rejected. If applying for a mortgage to buy a property, and you are rejected for the loan, it can be a heartbreaking experience. At some point in our lives, many of us are going to need to borrow [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Anna Okon A report by Agro Nigeria has alleged that there is a conspiracy against Nigeria's palm oil sector. The report specifically fingered the Malaysian government's decision to suspend export taxes on crude palm oil for three months from January this year. The move, according to government sources in Kuala Lumpur, is aimed at reducing [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on multinational companies to create more job opportunities for Nigerians through sufficient investments in the country. The Vice President made the call on Thursday in Agbara, Ogun State, while inaugurating Nestle Nigeria's Milo Ready-to-Drink beverage production plant, which costs N4.1bn. The new plant is part of the [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria's economy cannot grow without effective collaboration between the private and public sectors. He said this on Wednesday in Abeokuta when the National Executive Council and some members of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture paid him a courtesy visit at the [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Director-General/Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund, Mr. Joseph Ari, and the Ilorin Office Manager, ITF, Mr. Simeon Ogbonna, have said that the ITF has empowered 11,000 Small and Medium Enterprises across the nation. This, they said, was achieved during the just concluded National Industrial Skills Development Programme. According to them, [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The European Union on Thursday insisted that Nigeria must implement appropriate risk management measures and provide required guarantees before it could export dried beans to Europe. According to the EU, Nigeria must meet specified conditions before the ban will be lifted, but stated that it was supporting the country in the process [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Anna Okon Members of the Organised Private Sector have faulted the property valuation/assessment being undertaken by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, describing it as double taxation. The OPS comprises the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association, the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
As part of the effort aimed at improving the accounting profession, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Caleb University under the Mutual Cooperation Agreement with Tertiary Institutions. The President, ICAN, Mallam Isma'lla Zakari, in his speech, said the agreement would allow 200 level undergraduates of the institution [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara with agency report The Federal Government is planning to redeem N762.5bn ($2.5bn) worth of Treasury bills from the proceeds of its planned $2.5bn Eurobond, to lower borrowing costs for the government, Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, has said. The country was expecting to save N64bn each year after it refinances the local bills with [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja A Nigerian firm, Thor Exploration Limited (also known as Segilola), a gold mining company operating in Osun State, has emerged winner of the 2018 Investment Battlefield in South Africa. A statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, on Thursday, said [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Anna Okon The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, on Wednesday inaugurated the first export of manganese, a solid mineral, from the Ikorodu lighter terminal, Lagos. She said during the occasion that the management of the NPA was keen on provisional intermodal transport as part of efforts to further decongest the Apapa Port [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Akinpelu Dada The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday declared that regular payment of taxes by Nigerians was fundamental to the growth and development of the country. Adeosun stated that predictable tax revenue inflow would lead to more investments in infrastructure and job and wealth creation across the nation by the federal and [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Anna Okon Construction work will soon commence on the Akim Akim Model Rice Farm Settlement in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State. The Managing Director, Cross River Basin Development Authority, Bassey Nkposong, was quoted in a report by Agro Nigeria as saying that the survey plan and technical details for the project had [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said the Federal Government is close to unveiling a new national carrier. Sirika, who spoke with journalists at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Thursday, said the carrier would take off before 2019. 'I will say that we are very close to having the [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Femi Asu The Managing Director, Fortis Mobile Money Limited, Mr. Samuel Oladimeji, has said the company is empowering smallholder farmers through its initiative, Digital Finance for Rural Agricultural Development. Oladimeji said the product, DiFRAD, was developed last year for smallholder farmers, especially the ones in the rural and peri-urban communities. He was quoted in a [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
South Africa's stocks fell on Thursday as the continuing stalemate over President Jacob Zuma's future prevailed. The rand edged firmer but remained above the crucial 12.00 mark against the dollar future as demand capped, Reuters reported. The fall in stocks was led by mining firm Gold Fields after the firm flagged lower earnings. At 1440 [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara The disposition in the secondary market for Treasury bills was marginally bearish on Thursday as the average yield on the short-term debt instruments settled higher by 0.04 per cent at 15.33 per cent. Selling pressure prevailed on all the tenors, except the three-month and six-month tenors, which recorded respective drops in yields of [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara The bearish sentiment of the equities market from the start of the week persisted on Thursday as the All-Share Index declined by 0.49 per cent to close at 43,326.89 basis points from 43,538.16 basis points. The Nigerian Stock Exchange year-to-date return contracted to 13.3 per cent as 26 stocks slumped against 17 that [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Anna Okon The Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, has enjoined all stakeholders to work together towards achieving the vision of transforming Lagos State from the fifth largest economy in Africa to the third largest. According to a statement from the ministry on Thursday, Oladunjoye who noted that Lagos was [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Anna Okon A Health Management Organisation, Avon Healthcare Limited, has announced the commencement of its #Avonwiththelove Valentine promo. The promo aimed at empowering couples to love more and live healthier, fuller lives would run throughout the month of February, a statement from the firm indicated on Wednesday. The Head, Marketing, Avon HMO, Chimaobi Eluigwe, was [] 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has inaugurated an anti-corruption and transparency unit at the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation to check corrupt practices at the corporation. The move is part of measures aimed at strengthening institutions of government to enable them to reduce the level of corrupt practices in [] 

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