Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 1 November, 2017.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, said yesterday that he was being hunted for stopping N5.32 billion allegedly being stolen monthly in the office of the Head of Service (HoS) and Police Pension office.

Maina said his media trial and allegations against him were part of efforts by ‘pension thieves’ to stop him from exposing them. He said it was the reason he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate pending pension petitions, especially as Senator Kabiru Gaya said in an interview that the N195 billion he (Maina) was accused of stealing was in the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

Speaking through his aide, Olajide Fashikun in Kaduna yesterday, Maina who has been on the run, said the presidential investigation was imperative to expose the real pension thieves, some of whom he alleged, were highly placed public office holders.

Maina, who said his task team saved the country about N282 billion from June 2010 when it was constituted, added that the presidential investigation would also expose the £6 million (about N3.3 billion) stashed in accounts in London and the top government functionaries in different offices who were drawing the interest on the accounts.

According to him, “between the Head of Service and the Police Pension office, the two places PRTT worked, a leakage of N5.32 billion was stopped per month. This is what civil servants steal monthly in the two offices out of the 99 pension offices in the country. About 43 persons were arrested and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute while 222 houses were seized from them.”

The aide said: “In the current media trial where all manner of stories have been published, there has been a lot of distortion of facts and sometimes outright blackmail, all in an attempt to paint the PRTT boss black.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the long-awaited rejig of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will be in no distant time from now.

Buhari, who spoke during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the measure was aimed at injecting “news ideas” into the governance of the country.

He further stated that the measure was aimed at calming frayed nerves among supporters of the party who felt excluded from the scheme of things in the country.

The President, who lamented the delay in reconstituting boards of federal parastatals, said he was aware of the eagerness by the supporters of the party to get the appointments as soon as possible.

According to him: “I am keenly aware that our supporters are very eager for these appointments to be announced. By the grace of God, these appointments will be announced soon especially now that the economy is improving. We will have the resources to cater for the appointees.”

Buhari, who applauded the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, also expressed gratitude to the chieftains of the party who prayed fervently for his recovery while he was on health vacation in the United Kingdom (UK).

Meanwhile, a section of the APC governors maintained that President Buhari was in good stead to run on the platform of the party in the 2019 poll.

Some of the governors, who spoke separately with newsmen in an interview yesterday at the APC national secretariat before the party’s NEC meeting, made reference to President Buhari’s integrity, couple with his performance since 2015 to justify their position.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The Queen of the Netherlands, Her Majesty, Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, yesterday visited the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The visit was part of efforts to advance the United Nation’s (UN) financial inclusion advocacy to alleviate poverty and foster equitable economic growth in Nigeria.

Maxima’s visit was the first in the country as the Special Advocate to the UN’s Secretary General, after her earlier visit in 2012 to lay the foundation for the scheme.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
After several investments worth over $1 billion (N306 billion), the nation’s submarine cable system is still hampered by gross underutilisation.

The cost of NITEL’s South Atlantic 3 (SAT3) fibre optic cable, which now belongs to ntel, for instance is put at over $600 million. MTN’s West African Cable System (WACS) costs $650 million. ACE cable, by Dolphin Telecoms, is worth about $700 million. While MainOne gulped about $300 million, the cost of Globacom’s Glo1 cable is estimated at $800 million.

Going by the capacity of the system with bandwidth potential in excess of 19.2 terabytes and over 340 gigabytes, a revolution, as witnessed in the mobile phone segment, should have been replicated in e-governance, e-health, e-banking, e-education, telemedicine and e-security, especially at a time the country is hoping to deepen broadband penetration by 30 per cent.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Despite the fact that Algeria has nothing to gain from their last Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria, Coach Rabah Madjer is still bent on assembling the best of the country’s players for the last qualifying game against the Super Eagles.

Nigeria has already picked the only ticket from Group B of the African qualifying series, which means that the November 10 game is inconsequential as far as qualifying for the competition is concerned.

Yesterday, Madjer, who assumed leadership of the team following Milovan Rajevac’s resignation as manager of the Fennecs, announced a 23-man roster for the match scheduled for the Mohamed-Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine next week.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Four persons, suspected to be soldiers, were reportedly feared dead while six others seriously injured when troops of the 152 Battalion, 21 Brigade of the Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole engaged some suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

The terrorists also suffered heavy casualties as they lost some of their members during exchange of gunfire that ensued.

A source told The Guardian that the troops suffered the unexpected loss when they went on a clearance operation at Banki-Bula-Yobe Road in Bama Local Council of Borno State.

The soldiers, it was gathered, died when their vehicle stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried by the terrorists on the road.

The Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, who confirmed the development in a statement yesterday in Abuja, did not link the dead casualties to soldiers.

He said the troops were on escort duties of some civilians from Banki to Maiduguri when they encountered suspected Boko Haram terrorists who were laying ambush on the route.

“Although the troops successfully cleared the ambush after a heavy fire fight, regrettably, four persons lost their lives when their vehicle stepped on a buried Improvised Explosive Device on the road,” Usman said.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Apapa Branch, Babatunde Odunayo has insisted that a viable export strategy is an indispensable tool for the nation's economic recovery. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Lagos Business School (LBS), and Total Nigeria has signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on Educational Partnership Agreement tooptimally harness... 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS), which is set to in Abuja, between February 19th and 23rd 2018, has been positioned to tackle major technology gaps in the country's oil and gas sector. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Enugu Rangers will soon be floated on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), an official of the Administrative Commission of Inquiry on Rangers confirmed yesterday. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Following the dissolution of all standing committees, including the technical organ by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), soccer fans have called for the return of Felix Anyansi-Agwu as head of the Technical Committee. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the International Standard Organization have concluded plans to deploy Standard 3,700 technology for better take-off of emerging smart cities in Nigeria. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is in line to face Borussia Dortmund in their top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash this weekend, after he watched his side clinch their place in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Online shopping platform, Konga has said that it is committed to customer satisfaction. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
After two successful editions, Simply Nigerian Fair (SNF) is gearing up for a third outing scheduled for Sunday, November 19th, holding at the Garden Fusion Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will today chair the first economic summit on real estate organised by Bstan Homes to unveil investment opportunities in the sector. 
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