NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 FEBRUARY, 2017].

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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 28 February, 2017.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has raised the alarm over the frustrating attitude of the National Assembly, saying that it is regrettable that the lawmakers have remained a clog in the progress of the administration. He, however, stated that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to improve the relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government. Buhari disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja during the third National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s National Headquarters. The president also asked all the members of APC to support the party’s reconciliation committee led by the party leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. In his opening address at the event, Buhari paid tribute to all the organs of the party for expanding the vision of the party to all frontiers. He recounted how the party has been winning elections in most of the states and the impressive result that it recorded in Anambra State, calling on all members of the party to sustain the tempo. The president further said: “We must acknowledge that the face of government has not met the expectations of many within our party. But few of us know or appreciated the depth of the wrath when we took office and that we spent the last two years bringing the country out of the mess we met it”.

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He was quick to point out that the National Assembly has slowed down governance but assured that the bottleneck will be resolved. He said: “Furthermore, the stand off between the executive and the National Assembly slowed down the process of government. We are working hard to resolve the differences so that the country can move forward.” He called on all organs of the party to cooperate with the reconciliation committee led by Tinubu to put at rest all issues and misunderstandings that are not in tandem with the spirit of the party. “Accordingly, I implore all members of the party to give the Asiwaju committee full cooperation to resolve existing differences among our members in the states affected. It is perhaps inevitable that there will be differences of opinion within the party. “If we resolve them, then we can build a genuinely Democratic Party. But we must not lose sight of our common purpose as a party to break the mule of Nigerian politics and takes the country to new heights. Therefore, we have asked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead this process of restoring order, manage differences and strengthen the party,” Buhari stated. The President added that the present administration has increased the foreign reserve, tackled insecurity and has repositioned the economy to profitability. “I am happy to report that slowly and steadily, we have managed to stabilise the country and redirect the ship of state. We have restored prudence to the management of resources and confidence in Nigeria has been restored. “On February 23, Nigeria floated a 12 year and 20 year Eurobond in the international market which were both over subscribed. The 12 year bond was, within days, over subscribed by 332 percent, while the 20 year bond was oversubscribed by 372 percent. We have stabilised the naira and increased our foreign reserve from $20 billion to &40 billion. Inflation rate is down. With considerably less resources available to the country, we have improved all the indices towards a stronger economy.” Buhari said that the wrath met by the present administration militated against the administration satisfying the aspirations of Nigerians who voted the party into power. The President also called on the National Working Committee (NCW) to begin arrangements for primaries at the wards, local government, and states soon. Buhari said: “I urge all members to take account of the fact that APC has a history of conducting free and fair primaries whenever consensus about any position is not reached. Regardless of the outcome of the primary processes which is imperative, we should all work together to ensure victory for our party. Also in his remarks, National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, told members of the party to work together towards the victory of the party. He pleaded with party members to do everything possible to minimise stress and crisis within the party and to remain in fighting shape ahead of 2019. He re-emphasised the support of the party’s´s leadership to the Tinubu reconciliation team. Some of the Governors present at the meeting were Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina), Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Sani Bello (Niger). Others are Kashim Shettima (Borno). Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) and Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna). Meanwhile, the the National Executive Council (NEC) of the APC has approved one year tenure elongation to the present National and State Working Committees of the party. The party took the decision during the third NEC meeting which took place at the party’s National Secretariat on Tuesday in Abuja. This is in line with the ealier position canvassed on Monday by the Forum of State Chairmen of the ruling party, asking NEC to extend the life span of the present administration

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by two years. The tenure extension was not only for the National Working Committee but also for State Working Committees and Local government executives. According to a source present at the meeting, which lasted for about three hours, the motion for the tenure elongation was moved by a member of the NWC and 104 members of NEC voted in its favour while only four including Governor Rochas Okorocha voted against. The source disclosed that the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai had advised President Buhari to work closely with the governors if he is interested in being re-election. Part of the governors agenda was to pass vote of confidence on Oyegun and also move for the extension of the tenure of all elected executives, a move that will position the governors to take hold of the party structure at the grassroot. Briefing journalists after the meeting, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello said that the NEC took the decision to avoid further crises in the party. He said that the tenure elongation will come to an end by the end of June, 2019. Bello, who was flanked by the Chairmen of state chapters of Plateau, Rivers, Anambra, Ondo and Nasarawa states as well as National Vice Chairman, North East, said: “At the end of the NEC meeting today (Tuesday), a major decision was taken, in line with the Constitution of the party. We are all aware that the tenure of the current NWC and the executive members of this party, both elected and appointed comes to an end June this year.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, summoned all the service chiefs to appear before the House to brief it on the prevailing security situation in the country, following the kidnapping of about 110 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram insurgents from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State. The House also urged the Federal Government to utilise every security apparatus, including the armed forces, Department of State Services (DSS) to rescue the abducted female students. The House resolution is sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon Goni Bukar Lawan, who informed the House that in the evening of February 19, 2018, members of the dreaded terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, in an attempt to escape the military onslaught against them, invaded Dapchi in Busari Local Government Area in Yobe State and abducted 110 students of the school. Hon Lawan also informed his colleagues that the attack is only one out of many executed by Boko Haram insurgents against the people of the state. He recalled that in 2014, 58 male students of the College of Agriculture, Buni Yadi were mowed down in cold blood while in their sleep by agents of the terrorist group. The lawmaker stated that the abduction of school children, many of which have gone unreported had been

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carried out by the same dreaded organisation, which is opposed to Western education. He expressed concerns that such attacks have been going on not only in Yobe State but in various parts of the North East, especially Adamawa and Borno states without any proactive measures in place to forestall further occurrences. He said, “A week to the attack in Dapchi, there was no presence of any military operatives in any of the checkpoints leading to Dapchi Town and the school in particular, in spite of the volatile situation in Yobe as one of the hot-bed of Boko Haram operation.” The lawmaker argued that despite various pronouncements from the Federal Government that Boko Haram has been decimated, their terrorist activities have continued unabated. Supporting the motion, Hon Daniel Reyneiju, urged the House to inaugurate a delegation to visit the state and commiserate with the relations of the abducted girls and the state government. The Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara, while urging House members to address the issue and proffer solutions, added that “the truth is we should address the matter; what have we done to thwart the efforts of the insurgents should they plan to abduct another set of students again?” Unanimously adopting the motion, the House also resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to visit the area to have an on the spot assessment and sympathise with grieving parents of the abducted students, as well as Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Geidam. It further called on the Federal Government to increase the presence of security operatives in the entire North- East region to prevent a recurrence of the abduction of any kind. Meanwhile, Dogara has asked security agencies to take responsibility for failing to stop the abduction of the schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, adding that the buck passing between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force is unacceptable. In a press statement, Dogara said rather than trading blames, the various security agencies should strengthen inter-agency collaboration and intensify efforts towards rescuing the girls.

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The Speaker said, “The statements credited to the Army and the Police in which they tried to exonerate themselves from any culpability in the unfortunate and embarrassing abduction of innocent girls from their school in Dapchi , Yobe State, is highly condemnable. “This is unacceptable and the House of Representatives, and indeed Nigerians, will hold the security agencies responsible. They all bear responsibility for this unfortunate incident. “The traumatic experience of the Chibok abduction which is still fresh in our minds should have served as a warning signal to security agencies to provide adequate security protection to all schools in the North East. “I want to use this medium to console the parents of the abducted girls and the entire Dapchi community over this unfortunate incident. “I also urge all Nigerians and people of goodwill from all over to pray for the safe return of the girls”.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that PDP squandered the sum of $500bn oil proceeds within 16 years, describing it as baseless, unfounded, and unsubstantiated. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Tuesday, in Abuja said the figures alluded to by the President does not even tally or reflect the actual oil related profile of the nation during the said period and urged the President not to allow his handlers set him up for public ridicule. The party said, “The entire country is aware that the Presidency is on a feverish mode over their bound-to-fail 2019 re-election bid for which they have resorted to making spurious claims against the PDP even when it is clear to Nigerians that the PDP has since rebranded while preponderance of those who mismanaged the nation’s resources have now found a safe haven in the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC).” The party however challenged President Buhari to name one

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corrupt person in the repositioned and rebranded PDP and it will hand him a list of an army of corrupt persons who are hiding in his APC including those who funded his 2015 presidential campaigns with stolen money in addition to his many cronies who are now frittering away billion of naira under his watch. PDP claimed that President Buhari did not source the figures himself, otherwise the party would have directly taken him to task on the veracity of his claims and detestable image of his party. The party wondered if the President and his handlers are not aware of the homogenous corruption going on under the Buhari Presidency, the Transparency International (TI) report which shows that corruption has worsened under the Buhari administration, the official memo detailing shady oil deals to the tune of N9 trillion ($25 billion) at the NNPC which is directly under the purview of the President as minister of Petroleum resources. The party accused the Presidency of being accomplice to the heavy sleaze in the National Health Insurance Scheme where billions of naira have allegedly been siphoned by their agents, in spite of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), the alleged diversion of N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil and the frittering of billions of naira meant for rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons in the northeast. The party faulted the President’s claim that Buhari’s administration inherited a collapsing economy adding that it is common knowledge that he actually inherited a thriving economy, ranked the third largest in Africa and one of the fastest growing in the world. The party reminded the President that when he assumed office in 2015, the value of the naira was N185 to 1USD while it is went as low as N510 to 1USD under the present administration. PDP urge President Buhari and his dysfunctional APC to come to terms with the fact that Nigerians now know the truth and can no longer be swayed by propaganda and false claims with which the APC hoodwinked the nation in 2015.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Apparently attacking the party that brought him to power, Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District has come down heavily on his party- the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), accusing it of failure and bad leadership.. According to Melaye, ” 2019 is around the corner again. Many of us are lackadaisical about the future.” Melaye took a swipe at the ruling party for failing to meet the expectations of Nigerians, many of whom he said, defied the odds to vote for Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s President in the 2015 general elections. Melaye said this on Tuesday after he was conferred with the Legislator of the Year 2017 at the Daily Asset Newspaper maiden annual awards and lecture in Abuja. He charged Nigerians to conquer fear by rising up to ask critical questions on governance and service delivery. Melaye said, , “The APC government has become Public Complaint Commission. I say this without fear or favour. We have more complains in the APC and even in the Presidency than service rendered. We cannot as a people continue like this. “The President said two days ago we should all embrace peace but I want to say without fear or favour that there can be no peace without justice. “There is hunger in the land, there is poverty in the land, and there is unemployment in the land. A lot of decision has not been taken; yet we say we want peace. The primary objective of government is the security and welfare of

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the people. There is no security, there is no welfare.” According to Melaye, “Nigeria is not only sick presently but equally suffers from regretful congenital abnormality. There is therefore a serious need for amelioration, palliation and correction. The question is: are you going to be part of that correction? I want to say that in an unjust society, silence is a crime, and every one of us here today, “is the reason Nigeria is sick.” He added “It is not about the leadership, it is the inability of the followership to check the leadership.” “Today Nigerians have become indolent, we are suffering and smiling. We are not reactionary. We are not asking questions and that is why we are where we are. Democracy will continue to be government of the people by the people for the people but what we have today is greedocracy which is government of the greedy by the greedy and for the greedy,” he added. Melaye also warned those in positions of authority not to forget that their failure to make the most of their offices in the interest of the people could turn out to hurt them, arguing that not even the rich would be immune from the disaster that looms in the horizon. “A time will come when it will be difficult to drive your expensive jeeps and cars on the streets. A time will come when it would be difficult to switch on your generator because everywhere around you is dark. Will you be the only one having light? There was no kidnapping before, and kidnapping is seen as the redistribution of both ill-gotten and legitimate wealth. People now take from the rich and they now appropriate to themselves,” he noted even as he urged the masses to be wary of the elites whom he accused of polarizing the rest of the populace. “The elite have divided us using tribal sentiments. When you go to the hospital, there is a column for religion on your call card, a column for tribe and local government as if this will in any way facilitate your recovery. We have become too ethnic conscious. I sponsored a bill that is about to go for a second reading. The bill is saying that we should abolish state of origin and in its place; we should have state of residence. This is when we will have a true Nigeria when you will not need a Senator’s note to get job with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN or the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,” he added.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
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Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Alex Okoh, said the bureau privatised 142 enterprises from inception in 1993 to date. A statement by BPEsThe post BPE privatises 142 enterprises appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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Wed, 28 Feb 2018
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The Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has warned the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration against laying claim to the ongoing feeding programmeThe post APC faults Abia government on school feeding programme appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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Buharis name wont save him Melaye Most of the serving Senators, members of House of Representatives, political leaders and activists from Kogi State ledThe post Kogi Senators, Reps, others plot Yahaya Bellos removal appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has released the names and full details of the 110 girls who are yet to be accounted for, following the attack onThe post FG Releases Names Of Abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls (FULL LIST) appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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Full year report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has showed that the Nigerias Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.92 while the economyThe post Nigerias economy grew by 0.83 per cent in 2017- NBS appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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