NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH FEBRUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 7th February, 2017.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
In what can be referred to as acting on self interest and deliberate attempt to preempt the bandwagon effect of holding the presidential election first, the Senate on Tuesday concurred with the House of Representatives and adopted the re-ordered of sequence of elections by the National Assembly Conference Committee on Electoral Act (amendment) Bill. The House of Representatives had earlier approved the recommendation of its Committee on Electoral Act (Amendment) which places the National Assembly election first to be followed by that of governorship and State Assembly election before the Presidential election. There have been apprehension among certain supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari that the reordered sequence of election may affect his chances of running smoothly in the 2019 Presidential election amid possibility that the outcome of the first election may create a bandwagon effect for subsequent ones. Incidentally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would not in any way challenge the position of the National Assembly on the grounds that the lawmakers had exercised their constitutional role of legislating on the timetable for 2019 elections But the position by the Senate and the House of Representatives contradicts an earlier sequence of election timetable released recently by the INEC in which case the Presidential and National Assembly came first followed by that of governorship and states assembly elections. In adopting the re-ordered sequence of election contained in the House of Representatives version of the amended Electoral Act, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC Bauchi North), put it to voice votes of the 12 members, while all chorused in the affirmative “Ayes” ! In his remarks after the adoption of the new sequence of election, Senator Nazif said the bill did not in any way violate any provisions of section 76 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which empowers INEC to fix dates and conduct elections. According to him, the words empowering INEC to that effect were duplicated in the bill just as powers confered on the National Assembly by section 4 sub section 2 of the Constitution were exercised in relation to rescheduling of elections. He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, this bill with the inclusion of section 25 (1) which makes provision for sequence of election different from the one earlier rolled out by INEC has not in any way violated any provisions of the laws governing the operations of the electoral body”. The Chairman the House Committee on INEC, Hon Edward, said what the House did concur to by the Senate was very necessary in giving credibility to the electoral process in the country. He said, “The sequence of election provision in the bill is not targeted at anybody but aimed at further given credibility to the electoral process by way of giving the electorate the opportunity to vote based on individual qualities of candidates vying for National Assembly seat”. He added that if the bill is not assented to by the President, the lawmakers, who based on national interest, adopted it, will surely use constitutional provisions at their disposal to make it see the light of the day. On whether it would be assented to or not by the President, the lawmaker said: “That as far as we are concerned remains in the realm of conjecture for now but if such eventually happens, we’ll know how to cross the bridge”, he said. Also, a member of the Committee, Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West), explained that while date for election is the prerogative right of INEC, extant laws of the land gives schedules for such elections as sole responsibility of the National Assembly. He said, “So contrary to reports and comments by some Nigerians on the reordered sequence of election, National Assembly has not overlapped its boundaries”. The sequence of election now adopted by the 8th National Assembly had earlier been proposed by the 4th National Assembly in the 2002 Electoral bill before it was later amended by merging Presidential and National Assembly election together which has been the practice since then. Meanwhile, President Buhari has refrained from assenting to three Bills passed by the National Assembly into law in 2017 and had communicated his action to the two chambers in a letter. The bills are the “Police Procurement Fund Establishment Bill 2017”, “Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria Bill 2017” and the “Nigerian Council for Social Works Establishment Bill 2017”. The President gave different reasons he withheld assent to the bills in a letter dated January 25, 2018 which he addressed to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and read during plenary by Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.


Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Dr. Abdullahl Bichi Baffa, has taken a swipe at past managements of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) for what he called ‘’historical mismanagement’’ and their lack of taste for world class infrastructure and the culture of deliberate design to ensure the stunted growth of the university. Baffa, who spoke at a town hall/sensitisation meeting organised by the fund for the members of the university’s academic community, also maintained that Uniabuja had remained unlucky since its establishment despite its proximity to the seat of power and the huge amount of money that has been invested into it by government, due to the sense of perversion that characterised the style of the past managements of the university. He said: ’’University of Abuja is perhaps the luckiest for its location to the seat of power, unluckiest however because of the historical mismanagement of resources allocated to it in the past successive years. From the date of its establishment till today, the quantity of money sank into the institution is unbelievable but the result remains very poor because of a culture of deliberate design to thwart the growth of the varsity’’. The TETFUND boss further disclosed that the fund does not discriminate in the disbursement of fund to tertiary institutions and that the agency is carefully guided by the provisions of the mandate establishing it during interventions. He advised the community to hold the management of the school accountable on the utilisation of allocations made to it rather than accusing the fund. He said: “The law requires treatment of institutions on equal bases. If you see lots of projects undertaken by the fund in several other universities more to the ones in your own, it is the result of same equal allocations that was also made to your school, but because the priorities of these institutions and style of management differs’’. On the reasons for lack of Iconic infrastructure in the university’s landscape, the TETFUND boss traced it to misplacement of priorities and the diversion of allocations, which often led to the construction of low profile building projects as classrooms and offices. Earlier in his welcome address at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Michael Adikwu, said the interactive forum offered sterling opportunity for answers to frequently asked questions on the interventionist activities of TETFUND especially in the area of academic training and scholarship programmes. But some members of the academic community at the meeting requested the fund to give the university a facelift by intervening in the building of world class infrastructure especially in class room auditorium, office blocks, and other facilities. A professor in the Faculty of Education, specifically requested the construction of new faculty block in the permanent site to replace what she described ‘’primary school block’’ located in the Mini campus.


Wed, 07 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has designated Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC). Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state is the leader of the party. Buhari took the decision as part of on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the party. The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, announced in Abuja on Tuesday. According to the presidential aide, the assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation. Kano APC crisis involving supporters of the former governor of the state, Alhaji Rabiu Kwakwanso and the serving governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is one of the task of the Tinubu reconciliation committee would handle. The Presidency on Jan. 29 summoned Gov. Ganduje and the Kwakwanso over the aborted Jan. 30 visit of the former governor to Kano to avert breakdown of law and order in the State. Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor Rabiu Kwankwaso, are leaders of the groups The governor, accompanied by two serving senators and two members of the House of Representatives from the state, met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa. Ganduje, however, declined to speak to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting. The Tinubu committee is also expected to reconcile other APC crises in Zamfara, Oyo, Kogi and other states of the federation.(NAN)

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Nigeria police have reacted to the order to arrest Kassim Aregbua, spokesman for the former military president, Ibrahim Babangida over anti- Buhari statement. TheThe post Why IBB spokesman, Aregbua, is declared wanted Police appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Bishop Taiwo Adelakun, PFN Chairman, Oyo State, Pastor Olaolu Adefarasin, Guiding Light Assembly, Dr. Victoria Oke, Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Dr.George Varges, from USAThe post Adelakun, Adefarasin, Oke, George Varges, Tope Alabi for world leadership conference appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force with officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on Tuesday impounded 196 motorcycles with 72The post LASG Taskforce, LAGESC impounds 196 motorcycles, arrests 72 riders appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Senator Shehu Sani,Nigerian lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, has lamented the spate of killings by gunmen and herdsmen in parts of Kaduna State. Sani,The post Armed herdsmen, others criminals control part of Nigeria Shehu Sani appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
.arrests 10 suspects A total of 31 assorted vehicles have been seized and 10 suspects arrested by the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit ZoneThe post Again, Customs intercepts 31 assorted vehicles appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The leadership and family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, wish to raise alarm once again over the continuous and flagrant abuseThe post We wont tolerate any more adjournment IPOB appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Nigerias President, Muhammadu Buhari, has written to the Senate, declining presidential assent to three bills recently passed by the National Assembly. The bills are theThe post Nigerias president Buhari writes Senate, rejects three bills appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Lagos state chairman of the Inter-Party Advisor Council ( IPAC), Kola Ajayi has warned that it would forcefully resist any attempt to rigged theThe post 2019: We ready to resist rigging at all cost- IPAC appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described as barbaric the alleged move by the Minister of Solid Minerals Resources, Dr Kayode FayemiThe post N11 Billion road refund: Ekiti PDP condemn Fayemi, APC appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
As reactions continues to trail the letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo advising President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in the 2019 generalThe post Obasanjo lack intergrty to criticise Buhari, says Lagos APC appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Prof. Isaac Adewole, Nigeriasminister of health, has called on state governments to intensify partnership with the federal government in order to combat Lassa fever outbreakThe post Nigerias FG calls for better partnership with states over lassa fever outbreak appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
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Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday closed his defence over false assets declaration charge at the resume trial before Code of Conduct TribunalThe post False assets declaration: Saraki closes his defence after calling a witness appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
BY Reuben Abati The drama, the controversy, the confusion, the double entendre, attended by seeming cowardice, that grew around a statement, perhaps the statements, purportedlyThe post What exactly is Babangida saying' appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Two major tobacco control groups, the Nigeria Tobacco Control Research Group (NTCRG) and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), have commended the SenateThe post Tobacco campaign: Groups laud Tinubu over move to ban sales around schools appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Bankers committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed commercial banks operating in the country to stop commission charges from Nigerians onThe post Forex: Banks ordered to halt commission charges, harmonise FX rate at N360/$1 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
A renewed commitment by the Republic of Cuba to strengthen economic relations with Nigeria was made known in Abuja by the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria,The post Cuba set to fast-track economic ties with Abuja Chamber of Commerce appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has said that the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) less than one year after its inaugurationThe post ERGP has improved stability in fiscal, monetary market Osinbajo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), has said that both Nigeria and China have mutually benefitted from their economic and diplomatic ties. ItThe post Abuja chamber urges greater economic ties with China appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Investments and Securities Tribunal (IST) sitting in Enugu has delivered its first judgment after the newly re-constituted 10-man tribunal started sitting in the stateThe post Tribunal delivers judgment on capital market transaction in 90 days in Enugu appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has signed into law the 2018 budget, with a promise to complete all ongoingThe post AMAC chairman signs N6.9bn 2018 Budget into law appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Get Certified Management Consultant Practicing Licence Sustainable business engineering expert and the Chief Operating Officer of XLR8, Callistus Okoruwa and Managing Director of PR Redline,The post Sustainable business engineers Callistus Okoruwa, Lekan Ishola bag IMC Fellows appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Access Bank Nigeria Plc has disclosed that Stanbic IBTC Nominees Limited hold substantial interest in the company standing over 15 per cent. According to theThe post Access disclose Stanbic IBTC nominees control 18.395% shares appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
performance measuring indices post decline The Nigerian equities market for the second consecutive day of the week continued its downtrends yesterday, as NSE-ASI shedThe post Market sentiment sustains bearish run as ASI sheds 0.87% appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Worlds leading airline, Emirate Airlines, has said that it is committed to workers welfare pointing out that it holds its Nigerian employees inThe post Why we retained our Abuja workers during flight suspension appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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