NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 19 January, 2018.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is chairing a committee comprising nine state governors to end the killings by herdsmen in parts of the country.

This was one of the decisions reached at a meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.
 
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, stated this at the end of the meeting presided over by Osinbajo.

Ganduje named members of the committee to include governors of Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Edo, Plateau, Oyo, and Ebonyi states.

The governor said, “The committee will work with the Federal Government to address the violence.

“Also, the committee will work to ensure that all the perpetrators of the violence are brought to book.”

APC govs, ministers are hypocrites –PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has criticized the All Progressives Congress governors and some serving federal ministers following their silence on the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to visit Benue State over the killings of scores of citizens in the state by herdsmen.

The party said it was a tragic failure of character and an act of hypocrisy that the same APC governors, who in 2013 “unleashed insults on the PDP and its Federal Government for delaying in visiting the fronts of Borno at the heat of insurgency attacks, had lost their voices now that Buhari had refused to visit Benue, Taraba or Kadnuna states” to condole with the people.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, asked Nigerians to note that neither the APC governors nor any federal delegation had visited Benue, Taraba or Kaduna state since the killings and the traumatising mass burial of victims.

He said, “Today, Nigerians are heartbroken to realise that those they thought were patriots and messiahs never had any iota of goodwill towards them.

“The questions are: Why have the APC governors and ministers suddenly lost their voices now that President Buhari has refused to visit Benue or show any form of empathy to the plight of Nigerians? Have Benue and Taraba now become ‘no-go areas’ for President Buhari? Indeed, this indifference calls for deeper reflection by Nigerians.”

Senate postpones summit till February

The Senate on Thursday postponed its planned national security summit on the spate of killings in Nigeria by two weeks.

The summit, which was scheduled to hold on Wednesday and Thursday next week, was shifted till February.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly had on Tuesday and Wednesday debated killings by herdsmen and other armed groups across Nigeria.

The lawmakers had resolve that plenary be suspended for two days to allow for a conference of stakeholders on insecurity in the country.

But at the plenary on Thursday, the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who is the Chairman of the Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of Security Infrastructure of Nigeria, moved a motion to seek the postponement of the event.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Some indigenes of Benue State on Thursday besieged the main gate to the National Assembly Complex in Abuja to protest against the killings of their people by herdsmen.

The protesters, who were made up of Igede, Tiv, Idoma and other ethnic groups in Benue, got to the gate at about 10am. They were said to have moved from Makurdi, the state capital, to the Federal Capital Territory in the morning for the protest.


 
They first assembled at the Unity Fountain, from where they proceeded to the National Assembly and other parts of the nation’s capital.

Security personnel manning the gate prevented them from gaining entrance into the premises.

They had on their placards inscriptions that read, ‘Atomic weapons in Benue,’ ‘Where are the soldiers,?’ ‘Wake up,!’ ‘Where is UN,?’ ‘We want peace,’ ‘Genocide in Benue,’ ‘Tiv women mourn their husbands, wives, daughters and sons murdered by Fulani terrorists on Tuesday 2/1/2018’ and ‘No land or cattle colony in Benue.’

Leading the protest, a former member of the Benue State House of Assembly and ex-commissioner in the state, Mrs. Rebecca Apezan, alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari had abandoned the Benue people, while condoning criminal activities by the herdsmen.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday described the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, as the enemy of the state for writing a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari against Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

While also reacting to the minister’s petition, the chairmen of 10 local governments and Local Council Development Authorities in the Oke-Ogun area of the state, said Shittu’s action could be ‘injurious’ to the success of the party in the state.


 
In the petition, which Shittu submitted to Buhari, the APC national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, and the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, the minister said he ran into trouble with Ajimobi because he frustrated the governor’s attempt to remove unjustly the APC Chairman in the Ido Local Government Area of the state, who he simply identified as Pastor Akintokun.

He also claimed that the governor was not happy that he accepted the chieftaincy title of Agba-Akin Afiwagboye from the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

The minister added that his problem with Ajimobi might also be connected with his ambition to succeed the governor in 2019.

While reacting to the minister’s claims, the state’s chapter of the APC, in a statement signed by its Director, Media and Strategy, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olatunde, said that Shittu’s claims were ‘baseless and fallacious.’

The statement said, “Contrary to the reckless insinuations made by the minister, the APC is doing extremely well in the state.  Rather than lose any member to the opposition, the state APC under the leadership of Governor Ajimobi has been moving from strength to strength.  Barely one month ago, the rank and file of the party membership, which has continued to experience unprecedented growth and development, witnessed a bumper harvest when notable political stakeholders from major opposition parties in the state defected to the APC in an open rally and submitted themselves to the leadership of the governor.

“It is quite saddening, highly disheartening and a monumental disservice to our party that a serving minister of Oyo State origin will close his eyes to the reality of the rising political profile of not only our party but also of our leader.  The fact is that his petition is rooted in falsehood and premised on cheap blackmail.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Ebonyi State Government on Thursday ordered the closure of  all public and private schools in the state to check the spread of Lassa fever that broke out in the state recently.

The Commissioner for Education, Prof. John Eke, in a statement in Abakaliki, stated that the closure was part of proactive steps taken to contain the spread of the disease in the state.


 
According to him, government embarked on the measure to effectively control and contain the spread of the dreaded Lassa virus which had claimed some lives including two medical doctors and a nurse.

The commissioner, however, said that the Lassa outbreak in the state was not alarming, but noted that the closure of schools was done to check the disease spreading into schools.

“First of all, I want to inform you that the issue of the outbreak of the Lassa disease is not at an alarming rate, and what we have done is to ensure that we effectively put the spread under control.

“Again, a woman yesterday (Wednesday), tested positive for the virus and this patient has her children in schools.

“We believe that one of the best ways to handle the situation is to shut down our schools until we are sure that our pupils and students are safe.

“The schools will remain shut for seven school days to enable us to monitor the situation and we appeal to parents, guardians and school authorities to comply with the directive,” Eke said
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The final funeral rites for former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme will begin in Lagos on Friday (today).

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who chairs the National Burial Committee, said this during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.


 
Mustapha, who was represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chief Chris Ngige, spoke with journalists at the end of the last meeting of the committee.

He said the about one month-long burial programme would start on Friday with a memorial service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos at 2pm and an evening of tribute and music slated for 5pm.

Activities will also hold in London, Abuja, Enugu and Awka. The high point will be the funeral service at the St. John the Divine Church, Oko, Anambra State on February 2.

He said the outing service, which would be the last item in the programme, would hold in the same church on February 11.

Ngige said, “The death of Alex Ekwueme is indeed a painful loss, not only to his family but to our great nation, Nigeria.

“His life was dedicated to the service of our beloved country, Nigeria. And as the military tribunal panel stated after he and other leaders were detained as a result of the Nigerian military coup d’etat that sacked the civilian government of December 31, 1983, ‘Dr Ekwueme had left politics much poorer than he was when he entered it.”

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has queried the competence of the security agencies and their inability to stop the attacks and killings by herdsmen in Benue State. He stated that everything must be done to stop the ongoing loss of lives, warning religious and political leaders to avoid inflammatory utterances that [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon with Agency Report The Leicester Crown Court, United Kingdom, on Thursday convicted a Nigerian businessman, Walter Wagbatsoma, of money laundering. The English court sentenced him to a jail term of three and a half years. A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja had last year convicted him in absentia alongside his company of [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has described Nigeria as a nation in crisis. The governor spoke when a group of women visited the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday to ask him to run for a second term in office. Wike said Nigerians, irrespective of gender, had the [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri A Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State, has ordered oil giant, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, to pay the people of Odimodi Federated Communities and the Forcados Community in Burutu Council Area of the state N1.430bn over the 1998 oil spill which destroyed the communities means of livelihood. In a judgment [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Federal Government, through the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, on Thursday inaugurated a technical committee for the review of the National Code of Corporate Governance. This came approximately 15 months after the Federal Government suspended a controversial National Code of Corporate Governance that specified a term limit for leaders of religious bodies, [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishop John Ibenu, on Thursday told newsmen in Lokoja he escaped death by a whisker when gunmen riddled his car with bullets on Sunday. Similarly, the former Minister of Health, Chief Gabriel Aduku, reportedly survived an attack by six gunmen, who invaded [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Benue State Government has accused the Nigeria Police of speaking for the herdsmen whom it accused of perpetrating the killings in various communities across the state. The Chief Press Secretary to Benue State Governor, Terver Akase, also accused the force of playing down the killings in the state. Speaking on Channels [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The apex regulator of the Nigerian capital market, the Securities and Exchange Commission has announced an extension of the period for the free e-Dividend registration exercise till February 28, 2018. This move is aimed at encouraging more shareholders to mandate their bank accounts. The SEC said on Thursday that in reviewing the progress [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the application by the Indigenous People of Biafra asking for an order reversing the order proscribing the group and designating it a terrorist organisation. Delivering his ruling on IPOBs application, the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High, Justice Abdu Kafarati, resolved all [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The Federal Government has filed a claim against a United States lender, JP Morgan Chase, for more than $875m, accusing the bank of negligence in transferring funds from a disputed 2011 oilfield deal to a company controlled by a former Nigerian minister of petroleum resources. According to a Reuters' report, [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The trial of a businessman, Jide Omokore, and others for alleged diversion of $1.6bn proceeds of the sale of the Federal Governments crude oil, was stalled before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday due to the absence of the prosecution witnesses. The lead counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), who is [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged operators in the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises sector of the economy to study the various government policies regarding their business and acquaint themselves with their benefits. The President, LCCI, Mr. Babatunde Ruwase, said the move would help the SMEs to remain profitable and break [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin A former General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church Nationwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has asked Nigerians to shun prophecies of doom in 2018. He urged people to work hard and pray to God for a better tomorrow for themselves and the country. The cleric spoke in a New Year message he delivered at [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Thursday swore in Chief Victor Umeh of the All Progressive Grand Alliance as a member representing the Anambra Central Senatorial District. The swearing-in, which was supervised by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, began at 10.50am and lasted 10 minutes. Umeh was accompanied by his wife and a large crowd [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Femi Asu The world's biggest oil trading firm, Vitol Group, had reached a $530m deal with a Nigerian oil and gas producer, Shoreline Group, to finance an oilfield in exchange for access to some of the oil it produces, the Nigerian firm said on Thursday. The agreement with Shoreline, finalised on Thursday, will provide the [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The restructuring and modernisation of the Nigerian Postal Service will not lead to job losses, the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alex Okoh, has said. According to a statement issued by Head of Public Communication, BPE, Mr. Chukwuma Nwokoh, in Abuja on Thursday, Okoh gave the assurance at a [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State Government has rejected the cattle colony being proposed by the Federal Government to address the continuous killing of farmers by Fulani herdsmen across the country. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Osun State, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, said this in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on Thursday. [] 


Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday called for collaboration among stakeholders in the economy to address the challenges facing the social protection schemes being implemented across the federation. The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, said this at the opening session of a dialogue with social protection practitioners. The [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Whether one counts the dates or not, 2018 is rolling in fast which would eventually turn days to months hence the implementation of ones plans can be accelerated based on ones network and how one communicates plans with the right people this year. As the world becomes smaller due to our extensive use of technology, [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in the November 20, 2017 governorship election in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke (SAN) and his running mate, Mr. Gani Dauda, with their supporters have returned to the ruling All Progressives Congress in Ondo State. Oke, a former National Adviser of the Peoples Democratic [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government, in conjunction with the European Union and Germany, has announced the construction of solar-powered mini grids in five states of the federation under the Nigerian Energy Support Programme. According to the NESP, six solar mini-grids are currently being supported by the programme to provide electricity to residents of Ogun, [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Tunde Odesola This is Reality Radio Corporation, 66.6FM, Abuja. My name is Moore Paine. Here are the news highlights: Herdsmen killed 756 in two years under Jonathan Presidency; Taraba death toll rises to 60; FG has not done enough for herdsmen Audu Ogbe; Soyinka blasts Buhari over Benue killings; Ill protect Ekiti from [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission says it battled 1, 134 legal cases arising from election disputes in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this during a meeting with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, in Abuja on Wednesday. Yakubu told the CJN that no Federal [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index shed 0.08 per cent at the close of trading on Thursday as equity investors embarked on profit taking on counters that had recorded gains. This follows a three-day rally, causing the ASI to close at 44,848.74 basis points from 44,885.24. A total of 1.344 million shares valued [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Fola Ojo willieojo@yahoo.com I am always enthralled by the science of Reggae musicology. My favourite craftsman was Bob Marley. Each time I listen to his songs, the flow of its lyrics seizes my soul in awe, and moves my heart like a yo-yo in a gyrating gratification. Under the weight of the words of wisdom [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has impounded 120 motorcycles at the Second Rainbow end of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, and in the Ijesha area. The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit also arrested 10 of the motorcycle riders for allegedly violating the state traffic rules. The Chairman [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara with agency report The Board of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions says the offering of Bitcoin and other coins in some markets around the world, is not standardised, of which their legal and regulatory status is likely to depend on the circumstances of the individual coin. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs, also known [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Less than three weeks into the new year, Nigerians remain very much in the wake of the sad and disempowering events which punctured optimistic hopes and wishes for happier, or at least less woeful year than 2017. The picturesque queues for fuel have reduced in size in most cities, although they linger in Abuja and [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Positive sentiments prevailed in the Treasury bonds space on Thursday as the average yield on bonds declined by 0.03 per cent to close at 13.34 per cent. The yield on all the tenors trended downwards except for the February-2020, January-2026, March-2024, and the May-2018, which advanced by 0.03 per cent, 0.02 per cent, [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos About 500 workers of the Jos University Teaching Hospital, under the aegis of Joint Heath Sector Unions, on Thursday took to the streets in protest against the administrative style of the hospitals Chief Medical Director, Prof. Edmund Banwat. During the protest, which threw the hospital into confusion, the workers announced the JUTH [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Two things happened in the last few weeks that made me think of the prevailing mood across the nation. One, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians on January 1, 2018, and he made some comments worth noting. Two, before then, some elders visited him and had a private discussion. Asked what they discussed with the President, [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigeria will be getting $400m from the African Development Bank soon as sector loans, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of AfDB's Nigeria Country Department Building in Abuja on Thursday, said the bank's President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, had assured him that the money [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Ahead of the March 3 local government election in Edo State, the Peoples Democratic Party has rejected the composition of the state independent electoral commission. The party alleged that the commission comprised individuals who were members of political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Rising from an expanded state council [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Bank drafts and cheques are deposited in much the same way, but are issued differently. A bank draft is prepaid and issued by the bank. A cheque, on the other hand, is not prepaid. Both can be useful in different situations. According to www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk, you can use a cheque to pay someone, or get paid [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Rauf Aregbesola We are gathered here to honour our fallen soldiers, the wounded and infirm and to put into national consciousness their families and dependants who lost their loved ones to the defence of our fatherland. Of course, the history of soldering, for us, started long before colonialism. Much more in our consciousness was the [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Mr. Adeyemo Ademola (Kwara State Coordinator, National Directorate of Employment) The Federal Governments job creation strategies have really been yielding positive results. In fact, every time we go out to create jobs, we always look at our previous strategies to see if they are making positive impact on the people. If the impact is not [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Babatunde Fajimi Entrepreneurship is in vogue today but the process of starting small businesses will be easier done than said when potential entrepreneurs create a game plan to give wings to their dreams and desire to become self-employed. A game changer Game plan sharpens focus and generates a failsafe approach to making small businesses succeed [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give his assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill once harmonised with the Senates version earlier passed in 2017.The House had joined the Senate in considering and adopting the report of the PIGB on [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The multi-million naira standards laboratory being currently constructed by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria is 95 per cent completed. The Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, stated this when the House of Representatives Committee on Industry came on a facility tour of the laboratory located in Ogba, Lagos. Aboloma said that the agency was deeply [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government and operators of Private Sector Participation (PSP) in the waste management sector on Wednesday asked a Lagos High Court in Igbosere for more time to resolve the dispute leading to a suit on the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative. The CLI is a new waste management policy of [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Femi Asu The Nigerian Economic Summit Group has highlighted the need for private capital to boost infrastructure development and achieve inclusive economic growth in the country. The NESG on Thursday launched the second edition of its annual macroeconomic outlook report in Lagos in which it reviewed the country's economic performance in 2017 and gave its [] 


Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Coordinator of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Ogun State, Sagamu Office, Achema Alewu, has maintained that the quality assurance agency will in the New Year spare no efforts to ensure both imported and locally produced goods conform to the requirements of the Nigerian industrial standards. Alewu, therefore, warned all the criminal elements behind the [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Thursday dissolved the state executive council. The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, in a statement said the dissolution would take immediate effect. He stated that 19 commissioners, 16 Special Advisers, seven Senior Special Assistants and eight Special Assistants were affected by [] 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Canon has pledged to support filmmakers in Africa and Middle East with its latest broadcast and media innovations. The company made this known while showcasing its seamless workflow solutions that enable more efficient and cost-effective production for broadcasters and filmmakers at the three-day CABSAT 2018 conference and exhibition. The Managing Director, Canon Central [] 


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