NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9TH FEBRUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 9th February, 2017.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Director General of National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Modibo Ishaq Kawu, has disclosed that all paid DTT operators including DSTV, GOTV and Star Times will be shut down by June 2019 unless they begin discussions with the two signal distributors, ITS and Pinnacle. The regulatory authority has also notified the management of MultiChoice DSTV/GOTV in a White Paper that their operations in Nigeria will come to an end in 2019 as their licence expires June next year. The broadcast giant was also fined $14 million (R180 million) in South Africa for price fixing in Nigeria with the aid of former NBC Director General, Emeka Mbah. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Kawu said that in preparation for full implementation of switch over from analogue to digital signals, all operators in the sector including signal distributors, content aggregator, Set top Box manufacturers ought to be on the same page now, to help in delivering a seamless Digital Switch Over (DSO). The NBC boss also said in line with a Federal Government White paper, Multichoice who are the owners of DSTV and GOTV as well as Star Times owned by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) will no longer be able to operate as both signal distributor and content provider. He said: “NBC has also informed the pay DTT operators, GOTV and NTA/STAR TIMES, to begin discussions with the two signal distributors, ITS and Pinnacle Communications. “This is because, in line with the Government White Paper on the Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting, after June 2019, these pay DTT operators would no longer be licenced to operate as both content providers and signal distributors”. Kawu further explained that DSO has been implemented in two mores states of Kaduna and Kwara at the end of 2017, bringing the number of states on DSO to four with FCT and Plateau topping the list. He informed that NBC has already scheduled Monday, February 12, 2018 to switch on Enugu Atate while February 23 has been affirmed for Osun State just as Delta and Gombe states will be the next. Kawu, who gave a schedule of the planned DSO, stated that the next phase will include one state from each of the six geo-political regions, during this year, 2018. “We envisage that by the end of the third quarter of 2018, we would have switched on in 12 states around Nigeria,” he assured. The NBC boss also commended stakeholders in the implementation process for their resolve to work together. He said that at a retreat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, players in the sector were made to appreciate each others responsibility and a clear role was carved out for each player to guarantee a seamless transition in the DSO eco-system. “We have also consciously delineated revenue streams for all players, an issue which was the basis for some of the rancour that existed before. The broadcasters, signal distributors, content aggregator, Set top Box manufacturers are all on the same page now, to help strengthen the work of delivering the DSO. “Similarly, we are going to also begin a phased Analogue Switch Off (ASO), in Plateau State and the FCT, by the end of the First Quarter of 2018. “And as part of acceleration of the work, we have commenced the digital mapping of Nigeria. It is a process that would help to give clarity to the entire DSO process,” he added. Kawu also stated that NBC has submitted a long list of new radio and television stations to President Muhammadu Buhari for presidential assent. He said, “The President has always been encouraging the NBC to open up accesses for Nigerians to be able to register newer radio and television stations, because of his belief that they help to deepen democratic discourse, while also helping to create new jobs through the broadcasting value chain.” He urged broadcasters to use their medium to promote democratic ethos and discourage hate speeches as election year approaches and to be moderate in their reportage of sensitive national issues. “Broadcasters are reminded that they have a duty to respect all extant laws related to the reportage and coverage of the electoral process. Don’t broadcast campaigns when the period for commencement of campaigns have not commenced. “We are disturbed by the pattern of insensitive and inflammatory broadcasts emanating from some broadcast stations, especially in their coverage of national crises, like the Herdsmen/Farmers crises. “We have observed that some stations deliberately and repeatedly air very inciting contents long after the events break. We have warned stations that they must follow the tenets of the Broadcasting Code. “Having warned broadcasters, we shall follow up with appropriate sanctions should any station continue to violate the Broadcasting Code,” Kawu warned. The Broadcast umpire reported that NBC on Wednesday, published on its website, sanctions profile for Nigerian broadcast stations for the 4th quarter of 2017 containing list of stations fined for hateful and inciting broadcast. He called on presenters and On-Air-Personalities (OAPs) to professionally detach themselves from the stories and reports of crises phenomena. “They are to offer platforms for Nigerians to present all the sides to issues in the news, not become the subjects of these stories, as they are wont to doing on many programs. This is especially true of political programs on broadcast stations”, he added. Meanwhile, the Nigerian authorities have further notified the management of MultiChoice DSTV/GOTV that their operations in Nigeria will come to an end in 2019 as their licence expires June next year. According to a letter sighted by The Daily Times and issued on Tuesday by the NBC on the matter, licence issued to the affected companies in 2014 by NBC will not be renewed because it was not in line with Digital Switch Over (DSO) White Paper.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the fight against corruption in the country, saying that government will be guided by the law in the investigation and prosecution of all graft-related cases. Buhari also disclosed that ‘‘people are being prosecuted systematically with evidence.” Receiving Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, Buhari also said that “the intention of government is to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, which has now been misconstrued as another form of colonisation.” He explained that the policy proposed by Federal Government in response to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country is not meant to colonise any part of the country. Buhari regretted that the well-thought out policy of the Federal Government, which was conceived after wide consultations with stakeholders, had been largely misunderstood by a section of the public. He said, ‘‘If a permanent secretary has five houses in Abuja, two in Kaduna and one in Borno and Sokoto and he can’t account for the properties and there are bank transactions linking him to the properties, the prosecuting agencies will not have difficulties to make progress on the case.” He, however, assured the Catholic Bishops that the Federal Government will continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to ensure peace and stability in restive areas. Condemning recent spate of killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states, the President said security operatives would ensure prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms in the affected areas. He said, ‘‘The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest. ‘‘At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian army, in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos. ‘‘I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert.” The President told the Catholic Bishops that he would not be tired of recounting remarkable progress recorded in the areas of security, economy and the fight against corruption. ‘‘We have done very well on security in the North East, when you compare what the condition was before we came in and what it is now. ‘‘On the economy, particularly agriculture, I am very pleased that God answered the prayers of Nigerians who prayed for bountiful harvest. ‘‘People have taken advantage of Federal Government policies and programmes to return to the farm and they have not regretted,’’ he added. On the question of Federal character, the President declared that no ethnic group or political zone has been deliberately marginalised in the appointments made so far. He, however, added that he would take a second look at areas on which issues have been raised, when a compendium of all government appointments is submitted to him. In his remarks, Archbishop Kaigama pledged that the Catholic Church in Nigeria would continue to support the Buhari administration and make its contribution to nation-building through prayers, admonitions and assistance to needy Nigerians.


Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has proposed to inject in two cargoes of petrol per day for the rest of February 2018 to boost supply, just as fuel situation in the nations capital bites harder with motorists go on physical scuffle in an attempt to buy a dint. The NNPC Thursday, in a press statement said that each of the two cargoes is 50 million litres making a total of 100 million litres that will be brought in per day for the rest of February to increase supply and replenish strategic reserves. Also, it said that to enhance supply, 45 million litres of petrol was discharged from ships into jetties across the country yesterday. According to the NNPC. prior to the fresh 45 million litres discharge, there was 324 million litres of petrol on land and 432 million litres in marine storage making a total of 756 million litres, enough to last for 22 days at 35 million daily consumption rate. The statement read in part “jetties that received the 45 million litres shipments include Nacj, Apapa; Bop, Apapa; Techo Jetty, Lagos; Dutchess, Oghara; Vine Jetty, Calabar; Chipet Jetty, Lagos; and ECM Jetty, Calabar. To ensure efficient distribution of the product to depots in the hinterland, the Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company (NPSC), a midstream subsidiary of the NNPC, has been mandated to fix relevant pipelines to facilitate seamless pumping, in addition to massive trucking arrangement that is in place”. The corporation however, assures that with the measures in place, the fuel queues being experienced in some cities would soon be a thing of the past. Meanwhile fuel queue in Abuja has turn a new twist as motorists and buyers engage in exchange of blows at several fuel stations to have access to the scarce commodity. Ahmed Babaganaru, a bus driver, was taken to near bye clinic Wednesday morning for medications after being stabbed twice by a fellow commercial bus driver at a fuel station (name withheld) , owing to the struggle to have access to the commodity. An eye witness had it that Babaganaru, whose vehicle, breached the cue protocol, had to bribe himself through to get fuel before other which led to the scuffle. Our source, stated that there has been a repeat of similar incident across the petrol stations , despite a clamp down on marketers by DPR and NNPC. In similar incident, the resurfacing of the fuel queue across the FCT, as well as other neighbouring states, has become increasingly unbearable as passengers are stranded along to road on the efforts to get to their work places and getting back home. As a result of the development, commuters has increased transport fares from the Abuja suburb to the city centre from 100 naira to 200 naira as a against. While a litter of fuel at the available black market is sold at 300.00 per litre. Passengers moving from one point of Abuja, has berated the ruling party for not keeping its campaign promises as it has failed to bring under control the perennial case of fuel scarcity.


Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Social Investment Programme (SIP), otherwise known as N-Power, powered by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, has currently placed 2,900 persons in Plateau on salary of N30,000 monthly, which translates to N87 million monthly received by the State from the federal government to execute this task. In her remarks yesterday, during a Media Interactive Session With N-Power Beneficiaries, held in Jos, the Focal Person and the Executive Assistant to the Governor on SIP, Dr. Sumaye Hamza, said “2,900 persons are currently receiving their monthly allowance of N30,000 making money pumped into Plateau to be N87 million per month”. Hamza said some beneficiaries have invested in farming, poultry, rearing and cosmetology among others, adding that 8,970 candidates were pre-selected in the second batch of the programme and additional beneficiaries of 454 N-Build beneficiaries pre-selected and training materials delivered to the designated centers. In his address, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong said over 3,000 youths have been engaged in various skills across the 17 Local Government Area and have received take-off materials. According to Lalong, “As a way of reinforcing the Economic Empowerment efforts by the federal government, my administration has given high priority to youth empowerment and we have embarked on a large scale youth empowerment in the 17 LGAs where over 3,000 youths have been trained in various skills and have received take-off materials; more are yet to come”, Lalong said. Represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, the Governor described the beneficiaries as ambassadors whose role include to educate others about the benefits of the programme adding that the state government has keyed into all four components which include the N-Power, the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, the Government Enterprise/Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, he said.


Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, on Tuesday call on security agencies to checkmate the influx of herdsmen from other States into Plateau. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting tagged, Religious And Ethnic/Community Leaders In Conjunction With Security Agencies, Political Party Leadership And Local Government Candidates held in Jos, Kaigama also called on the people of Plateau to cultivate the spirit of oneness aimed at halting the worrisome mentality of revenge which is always the trigger for reprisal attacks. On his part, the Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang, while delivering his remark, said the whole essence of holding stakeholders meeting is to continue to build bridges of reconciliation and peace amongst the various communities in the State, which has helped in no small ways in dousing tensions which would have ordinarily thrown the State into another round of needles crisis. Lengmang said although people have criticized the peace being enjoyed as ‘grave yard’ peace, but emphasised that a ‘grave yard’ peace is better than blood shade hence the continuous need to dialogue with stakeholders. “Let’s continue to build bridges that will mitigate against violence act among our people and more importantly, learn to forgive one another and stop talking revenge. “For those who say we are only experiencing ‘grave yard’ peace in the State, I say to them, is it not better than blood shade?”, he said. However, in a communique signed at the end of the forum, the stakeholders which comprises of both religious and community leaders, security agencies and some party chairmen representatives, agreed among other nine points highlighted that “the mass influx of herdsmen from other States into Plateau, posses danger capable of sparking conflicts with natives”. It appeal to Fulani herdsmen residing in the State to help in fishing out the invaders who are causing trouble in various communities.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Group Managing Director of Honeywell Group Plc, Dr Oba Otudeko, on Thursday, appeared before a Federal High Court Lagos, to give evidence, in relation toThe post Alleged N5.5bn debt: Otudeko appears in court in obedience to summons appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Nigerian authorities have notified the management of MultiChoice DSTV/GOTV that their operations in Nigeria will come to an end in 2019 as their license expiresThe post BREAKING: MULTI CHOICE, DSTV/GOTV TO SHUT DOWN appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Berate Kila, Galadima, Oyewole for anti-Oyegun statement Northern leaders on Wednesday raised their voice in protest against critics of the All Progressives Congress (APC) NationalThe post APC chairmanship: Northern leaders back Oyegun for second term appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Urges Buhari to forestall mass defection A cry of marginalisation by former members of the Edo State chapter of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC),The post Group decries marginalisation in Edo APC appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Some political stakeholders in Oyo State have kicked against the recent announcement of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), questioning their sincerity in conductingThe post Oyo LG poll: Knocks, kudos as parties express divergent views appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC), has assured that all those perpetrating acts of illegality and gross indiscipline within the party will henceforth be investigated andThe post APC vows to deal with those perpetrating illegalities in Cross River appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The first modern Briton had dark to black skin, groundbreaking research has revealed. Britains oldest complete skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, was unearthed more thanThe post First Brit who died 10,000 years ago had dark to black skin, research reveals appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Somaliland has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, banning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), paving the way for the breakaway region to pass legislation against theThe post Somaliland bans female genital mutilation, offenders to face punishment, victims eligible for compensation appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says it has arrested one Mr. Pius Ochigbo for sale and distribution of fakeThe post NAFDAC nabs distributor of fake tramadol, cough syrup with codeine appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
*** Says his reinstatement is a mockery Buharis anti-corruption war ***Demands for his immediate removal Scores of workers union of the National Health Insurance Scheme,The post Workers protest reinstatement of NHIS boss appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
..says Nigeria ll reap bountifully Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika yesterday defended the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) which Nigeria recentlyThe post Sirika defends single African Air Transport Market appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force has impounded 55 vehicles around Adekunle Fadeyi Road, Ikeja for driving against up coming vehicles (One-way) therebyThe post One-Way Drive : Lagos Mobile Court to Forfeits 55 Vehicles to Government appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has said a change of perspective on the part of the state workforce has the potential to radically transformThe post Perspective change, vital transformation tool in civil service, says Ambode appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sterling Banks Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of B- and National Long-Term Rating of BBB-(nga) with a stable outlook for reasonsThe post Fitch affirms Sterling Banks ratings, outlook stable appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said that Nigeria has a poor scorecard on tax payment, disclosing that about 56 million economically activeThe post 56 million viable Nigerians dont pay tax Finance Minister appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Executive Secretary of the Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) Mrs. Iwalola Akin-Jimoh has said that its GOAL project will continue to reach out to moreThe post Foundation to empower 11,270 youths appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
MultiChoices DStv has been fined $14 million (R180 million) in South Africa for price fixing. The satellite televisions Media Sales division was found by SouthThe post After $14 million dollar fine, DSTV Nigeria Boss in Collusion Scandal with Former NBC DG appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
African prudential Plc and United capitals Plc , offshoot companies of the UBA group have commenced their closed period during which no employee , directorThe post Africa Prudential, United capital commence closed period appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Investment one international limited has called don investors t take advantage of the ongoing federal government of Nigeria savings bond (FGNSB) 12t series offer andThe post Investment one urged investors to key into FGNSB 12th offer appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
as Zenith bank leads gainers, Mobil oil leads losers Bearish sentiment which ushered in the weeks trading in the equities market was sustained or theThe post Bearish sentiment prevails as NSE ASI declines by 0.77% appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
One of the most anticipated event Social Media Week Lagos will once again converge the biggest names and players in the Tech Space. With attendanceThe post Social Media Week Lagos 2018 debuts Africanxt appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
As her way of helping her fans fulfill their dreams of getting an education, singer, song writer, model and entrepreneur, John Angela Chioma, better knownThe post Singer, Annjay gives out free JAMB forms appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Top Media Personality, Stephanie Coker has land herself a new TV host deal with Arise TV where she is expected to handle a segment taggedThe post Stephanie Coker lands new TV host deal appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Touted as the Next Big Thing in the African music-sphere; Zahzah hits a masterpiece note in his new single titled Feelings. The talented and promisingThe post Zahzah drops brand new song Feelings appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Top entertainers that includes Mavin superstar, Reekado Banks, Mayorkun, Simi, Humblesmith, LAX, Mr. Real among others were some of the personalities at the grand finaleThe post LAX, Simi, Reekado Banks, Mayorkun others ignite at Close-up Cool Breeze Party finale in Lagos appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Nigerias hip-hop star and indigenous rapper, Olamide Adedeji better known as Baddosneh has inked a mouth-watering deal and endorsement with cable TV network, PlayTV. PlayTVThe post Olamide clinch new deal with PlayTV appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Our country, Nigeria, like many other African countries, is a morality-preaching and decency-teaching ecosystem. The decline in the instillation of the culture of modesty andThe post Nigeria female entertainers and nudity appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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