NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [2nd March, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 2nd March, 2018.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has urged his colleagues to adopt strategies to forestall all forms of security challenges in the North.

In an address at the meeting of the forum yesterday at the Kashim Ibrahim House (Government House), Kaduna, Shetima regretted the bloody conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in the region, saying it was the responsibility of governors to find lasting solutions to the conflicts.

“As elected leaders, it is our primary responsibility to take a hard and critical look at these conflicts and come up with implementable ways and means of addressing them squarely,” he said.

He said the meeting would discuss the lingering clashes between farmers and herdsmen as well as the outstanding issues concerning the New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDC), jointly owned by the 19 states in the North.

“It is also critically important, as a long term measure, to device viable strategies to forestall all forms of security challenges that may likely erupt in the future.

“I need to emphasise that whatever resolutions we may arrive at, should be without prejudice to the various commendable and comprehensive measures being put in place by the federal government in addressing the security challenges; especially the recent abduction of the Dapchi School Girls.

“We appreciate and commend the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Dapchi crisis by ensuring the deployment of all necessary security personnel and equipment towards the rescue of the abducted girls,” the governor said.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has set machinery in motion to fast-track the completion of its multi-billion naira 13-floor permanent headquarters building at the Eastern By-Pass, Port Harcourt.

The Managing Director of the commission, Mr. Nsima Ekere, gave impetus to the process on Wednesday when he handed over the project to a new contractor at the site of the headquarters complex.

Ekere, who was represented by the NDDC Director of Project Monitoring and Supervision, Mr. Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua, charged the new contractor, Messrs Rodnab Construction Limited, to ensure that the project was completed in the envisaged 52 weeks.

He recalled that contract for the main building was awarded in 2010 to Marshland Projects Nigeria Limited, while that of the four-floor ancillary building was awarded in 2014 in four lots.

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said when the current board of the commission took over in November 2016, it decided to fast-track the project. Hence, he said, the management thought it wise to inject a new lease of life into the project.

According to Ekere, the commission promptly set up a committee headed by the Executive Director, Projects, Dr Samuel Adjogbe, to work out the modalities for the speedy completion of the project. He said that the committee amicably disengaged Marshland Projects Limited and other contractors for the other lots in June 2017.

He said: “We started a new process of getting the contract re-awarded. That took us to the Bureau of Public Procurement for a no-objection certificate. After that, the process went to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in December 2017. The FEC approved the re-award of the project and this paved way for NDDC to engage Rodnab after a bidding process. The company fulfilled all the requirements before a letter of re-award was issued to them.”

Ekere said that the scope of work for the new contract included the completion of the 13-floor main building, the 4-floor ancillary building, as well as the external works.

He assured the company that the NDDC would give it all the support necessary to ensure that the project was completed expeditiously, warning that the commission would not compromise on quality and adherence to the approved designs.
The NDDC boss appealed to the host community to cooperate with the contractor, noting that development was a gradual process.

“If the NDDC headquarters moves to this place, it will open up a lot of business opportunities for the communities around here,” he said.
Ekere also assured the people in the area that they would be engaged in executing the remaining part of the contract.

Speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director of Rodnab Construction Limited, Mr. Piero Allfranchino, said that his company would endeavour to complete the project within the specified time. He pleaded that for cooperation from the host community.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018

Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, will lead a team of observers to Sierra Leone’s general election scheduled to take place on March 7,

Jonathan is scheduled to leave for Freetown on Friday as leader of the Election Observation Mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).
A statement issued by the ex-president’s spokesman Mr. Ikechukwu Eze said Jonathan would be leading the Mission which has observers drawn from civil society organisations and election management bodies from across the continent.

It said the former president is pleased to be part of the process “in support of a peaceful and transparent election in Sierra Leone.”

EISA is a not-for-profit election-focused organization that is working with national, regional, Pan-African and global partners throughout the African continent. It is based in South Africa with field offices across the continent and has supported or observed over 100 electoral and political processes in Africa.

A statement from EISA notes that the mission’s assignment is in line with the organisation’s “vision of an African continent where democratic governance, human rights and citizen participation are
upheld in a peaceful environment.”

In this regard, “EISA gives focus to the crucial role that election observation plays in promoting the transparency of electoral processes and lesson learning among nations. Consequently, EISA believes that international observers play a crucially supportive role in increasing public confidence and enhancing the credibility of the electoral process.”

Its work extends beyond electoral support to include other democracy
and governance fields such as political party support, legislative strengthening and civil society engagement of the African Peer Review Mechanism. EISA has current and past field offices in countries like Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Côte d’Ivoire,

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This reflects its broader geographical mandate and coverage.


Thu, 01 Mar 2018
Customs personnel at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos have been accused of conniving with cargo agents to deprive the federal government of revenues that accrue from imported commodities.

Reports indicated that almost half of the goods imported are not declared by cargo agents because they allegedly collude with customs personnel to deny government of the tariffs that ought to be generated from the imported goods.

This was disclosed thurday by the new Customs Area Comptroller, Lagos Airport Command, Mrs. Jayne Shoboiki during a meeting with major stakeholders at the Lagos airport.

Shoboiki who was redeployed to the command about one week ago, insisted that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) would no longer tolerate diversion of government revenues by some unscrupulous elements in the system, especially among the cargo agents.

She explained that within a week of her redeployment to the command, she had noticed some loopholes in the system, which she intended to plug, stressing that the command would no longer tolerate any act of indiscipline by any of the agents and other stakeholders in the system.

She also alleged that some of the ground handling staff at the tarmac were not only conniving with the agents to shortchange government of deserving revenues, but also actively participate in stealing cargo at the tarmac.
She vowed that henceforth, such dastardly attitude would be checkmated by the system already put in place by the organisation.

She explained that the attitude of some of the staff had been a major challenge to the command in the past, but insisted that those manifesting that attitude would be made to stop it or face dire consequences.

“We seem to have a lot of challenges with the ground handling staff at this airport especially at the tarmac. They are not only conniving with the agents, but are also aiding and abetting in stealing of cargo at the tarmac. One of the ground handling agents visited me yesterday (Wednesday) and when I came out with a lot of evidences, they didn’t know what to say.

“I see no reason why we should steal cargo at the shed. The importer has given the agent the appropriate money for the clearance of the cargo, but some of the agents in connivance with some of the ground handling staff still go ahead to steal cargo. All that will stop. Any agent that is caught stealing cargo, his license would be seized. Also, agents should not collect contraband products from importers.

“I am not here to blame anyone, but to ensure that we make adjustments. I am here for revenue collection at the command. We need to have attitudinal change in whatever we do. I am not going to compromise my revenue collection or allow anyone to constitute an impediment to that change. I will adopt carrot and stick approach and I will not hesitate to use the stick when the need arises.”

Reacting to cargo stealing at the tarmac, Mr. Ahmed Bashir Gulmah, Head, Corporate Services, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc, expressed surprise at the allegation.

Gulmah said NAHCO as an organisation had put in systems to checkmate any nefarious activities by its clients and staff.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement has strongly condemned the abduction of female students of the Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State by alleged Boko Haram insurgents.

The coalition expressed surprise that this abduction could happen when the military was already celebrating the supposed total defeat and extinction of the Boko Haram sect.

Aside the issue of insecurity, the xoalition stated that the solution to the issues that bedevil the country lie in the entrenchment of good leadership, governance, development and values across all levels of government and we shall not relent until this is achieved.

The spokesperson for the coalition, Omoruyi O. Edoigiawerie, revealed in a report made available to THISDAY that: “This dastardly act is not only an attack on the country but also an attack on our collective future and the development of our educational institutions especially as it relates to girl-child education. As a country, we deserve to live in a country where every Nigerian, no matter who they are, where they live, their tribe or religion has the ability to live a secure, safe and healthy life.”

The coalition described the attack as an affront on the country’s common humanity and the right to a future.
“Our youths are no longer the leaders of tomorrow but the drivers of their future and they deserve the freedom and opportunity to shape their future in an enabling environment

“While we empathise with the parents of our dear daughters and we pray that they are rescued and reunited with their families, we call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to intensify its fight against terrorism and all forms of extremism and criminality. This cannot become a norm.

“Our resolve to push for a Nigeria that typifies socio-economic development, social justice, equity, equality of opportunity, human security, human rights and most importantly good governance and the general well-being of all its citizens and inhabitants remains unshaken.

“We realise that the solution to the issues that bedevil our Nation lie in the entrenchment of good leadership, governance, development and values across all levels of government and we shall not relent until this is achieved,” it added.

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