Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Thursday, 15 February, 2017.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday passed an amendment that altered the sequence of elections in the country. The amendment has now upturned the order of elections approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last year. 
INEC’s time table puts presidential and National Assembly elections first before the governorship and state assembly elections.

With the amendment, the National Assembly election is to hold first, followed by gubernatorial and state assembly polls. The presidential election which usually comes first will now hold last. 
 The Senate passed the amendment following the adoption of the report of the conference committee chaired by Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC, Bauchi).
 Immediately after the vote on the amendment, senators including Abdullahi Adamu, Kabiru Gaya and Ovie Omo-Agege raised a point of order, faulting the procedures adopted for the passage. 
 However, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, ruled them out of order. 
“No matter what the subject matter is, for conference report it has been the procedure and as such with all due respect I have to rule out of order,” he said.
 Angered by the development, Senator Abdullahi Adamu led nine of his colleagues to address newsmen on the passage of the amendment. Present at the briefing were Senator Omo-Agege, Malam Ali Wakili, Abu Ibrahim, Abdullahi Gumel, Binta Masi, Yahaya Abdullahi, Andrew Uchendu and Benjamin Uwajumogu. 
 The protesting senators said 59 of them are against the passage of the amendment. Our correspondent reports that at the moment, the APC has 60  senators, PDP 48 and APGA one. All those who were against the passage are APC members. 
Abdullahi Adamu queries the rush 
 At the briefing, Senator Abdullahi Adamu said they were totally against the change of election sequence, describing the passage as rushed.
 “We are part of the whole of the senators who oppose the process by which the so-called conference report was laid and considered. I had the opportunity, I was heard but the Senate president said my observation was being noted.
“The reliance upon the relevant statutes, some of which have actually not been signed to the best of our knowledge, and we did challenge that, anybody who had the signed copy should have produced it there so as to check doubting Thomases. 
“We believe the process was rushed. There is no need for the rush. Give everybody the opportunity. There is no reason for just two people to speak on the issue. It’s not the tradition of the Senate. And then the question is put and that’s it, just because it’s a conference report.
“We are against what has happened. We are not the only ones. If you take note of the report that was circulated, the chairman and co-chair did not sign it. We don’t know why they didn’t sign.
“Why do we want to make a law that addresses one particular issue targeted at a person. This is very partisan. You could see from the body language, from the utterances that it is a pre-determined thing by a political party that is threatened by the APC government. Whatever incumbency gives to anyone we are denying that one. We are not part of this endorsement,” he said. 
59 of us are against it - Omo-Agege 
Also speaking, Omo-Agege said 59 of them are against the passage of the amendment.
“For some of you who are familiar with what transpired in the House of Reps, only 36 members were on the floor when this so-called amendment to Section 25 of the Electoral Act was introduced. The position we took is that 36 people cannot determine the destiny of 360 people in the house which is now being carried over to 109 in the Senate. 
“The least we are owed is for this so-called amendment to be deliberated upon and our rule is clear. We have 59 senators who are opposed to the inclusion of Section 25 of the Electoral Act. If that division was allowed today, 59 senators would have voted to delete that purported amendment to Section 25.
“You don’t make a law to target one person. The perception is that the law is targeted at the president. I will continue to protest it. I can tell you it will not become a law,” he said.
Amendment not economical -  Binta Masi
On her part, Senator Binta Garba Masi (APC, Adamawa) said the reordering was not economical.
“Now we are having economic crisis in our hands and instead of us to look at the welfare and wellbeing of our people, we are looking at selfish interest in the long-run. 
It’s self serving -  Wakili
 Also speaking, Senator Malam Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi) said the amendment was self serving.
“Why did they wait until after the INEC has come out with the timetable? If we look at the cost-benefit to the economy, four elections in one month! It is not well for the economy, politics and security.
“We had, inside this chamber, considered conference reports and we dissolved into house, looked at them clause by clause, raised observations and returned them back to the House of Reps. Why must it be different in this case?” he said.
It’s illegal -Uchendu
Senator Andrew Uchendu (APC, Rivers ) said the amendment was illegal.
Citing Section 132(1), he said the change of the sequence was in conflict with the law, saying the constitution overrides any other law.
Section 132(1) reads: “An election to the office of President shall be held on a date to be appointed by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita has said over 290 deputy directors sat for the 2015-2017 batches of Directors Examination with 140 being successful.
She said this yesterday in Abuja at the 2nd edition of the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office Quarterly Meeting with Labour.

This means that 150 of the deputy directors failed the examination.
“I am particularly delighted to inform you that the issue of promotions for the 2014 batch of Directors in the Administration Cadre has been finally resolved. The lifting of the court injunction on this issue also led to the conduct of examinations for 2015-2017 batches of directors in the same cadre.
“Over 290 deputy directors sat for the exams, out of which about 140 were successful.  With this achievement, I am certain, that going forward, the Civil Service will ventilate itself and officers will be rewarded for hard-work. With this, we now have a solution to the issue of dearth of Directors of Admin in MDAs,” she said.
Oyo-Ita who acknowledged the direct support of President Muhammadu Buhari in resolving the issues said departments, which were hitherto manned by officers in acting capacity, would now have substantive directors.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.
In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma nonetheless said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him toward an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December.  Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, who had been elected leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is expected to take over power. Ramaphosa may be sworn in as President of South Africa today, the Sowetan reported last night. ANC Treasurer general Paul Mashatile confirmed that Ramaphosa could be sworn in as President as soon as today.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Tinubu tackles Saraki over Valentine dressing
By Ismail Mudashir | Publish Date: Feb 15 2018 2:00AM
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Tinubu tackles Saraki over Valentine dressing
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos), yesterday, tackled Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over Valentine dressing remark.
Sen. Tinubu kicked during yesterday’s plenary when a mild drama played out over Valentine celebration.

The scene for the drama was set when the Chief Whip of the Senate, Olusola Adeyeye (APC, Osun), observed that the trio of Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Dino Melaye and Monsuratu Sunmonu wore red in line with yesterday’s Valentine celebration.
Adeyeye had at the beginning of the sitting asked Melaye to “tone down” the spirit of Valentine and return to his seat.
Saraki then thanked Adeyeye for the observation and asked Melaye to move for the adoption of Votes and Proceedings of Tuesday.
In moving the motion, Melaye who wore a red jacket, said, “On my behalf and Oluremi Tinubu I move for the adoption of the Votes and Proceedings.”
Saraki then asked Tinubu to second the adoption of the Votes and Proceedings.
Seconding it, Tinubu tackled Saraki for asking Melaye to move for the adoption, saying it negated the ranking rule of the senate.
She said: “I should be the one to move for the adoption because I’m senior to your beloved son: this is partiality.”
She also said Saraki was wrong for calling Melaye the best dressed person, saying, “He is not the best dressed. I have roses on my cloth and he has none.”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
A coalition of university lecturers under the auspices of Intellectuals for Good Governance and Environmental Justice (IGG and EJ) has endorsed President Muhammad Buhari for re-election in 2019. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
A coalition of 37 youth groups under the aegis of National Association of Kogi State Youths (NAKSY) has called on Dr. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the change of name of Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP) to Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN). 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Coalition of Benue Youths has called on a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, to consider contesting for the presidential ticket of the PDP ahead of the 2019 general polls. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
A mother of five, Tawakalitu Kareem, yesterday told a customary court in Mapo, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, that the only things her husband, Bolaji Kareem, liked about her were her money and sex. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said evolving true change in the country as promised by the party is not an easy task. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Girls and Youth Re-integration Network (GYRIN), an NGO, has expressed concern over rising cases of domestic violence against men in the country. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The leadership of the Coalition of APC Youth Support Groups, South-south zone, has passed a vote of confidence on Brig.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Abuja Chapter, has inaugurated its recently elected Chairman, Engineer Peter Ityavger Ingbiankobo and other executive members to run its affairs for the next two years. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The FCT Area Council Election Petitions Tribunal sitting at Wuse Zone 6 Magistrate Court, yesterday, again upheld the election of the chairman of Gwagwalada area council, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), as the duly elected chairman of the council in the April, 9 2016 election. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Alhaji Abdullahi D. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
A police patrol team from the Wuse police division, FCT command, Abuja, has arrested three scavengers attempting to steal a generator. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, has expressed concern over shortage of science and Mathematics teachers in government secondary schools in the area.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Bank of Agriculture (BOA) has trained 300 goat and sheep farmers in Oyo with the view to improving livestock farming, the zonal manager of the bank, Mrs. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Mr Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says the service has generated more than N285 million through its ongoing 20th e-auction. 

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