NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 7th February, 2018.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari  yesterday  urged victims of herdsmen attacks not to engage in reprisals.

He reassured the people of the Northcentral, who are mostly at the receiving end of the attacks, that his administration would not tolerate such barbaric acts.

The President spoke while commissioning the Comprehensive Special School, Lafia, Nasarawa State.

He plans to visit other states where herdsmen-farmers clashes have led to many deaths. Buhari will be in Taraba, Zamfara and Benue, but no dates have been set for the trips.

Buhari said that the Federal Government was working hard to ensure that peace and stability returned to the region.

According to him, additional resources have been deployed to end the crisis and maintain law and order.

The President said: “I also want to assure the people of the Northcentral and indeed all Nigerians that the Federal Government is working day night to ensure that peace and stability return.

“We have deployed additional resources to all the affected areas to maintain law and order.

“The attacks by suspected herdsmen and other bandits will not be tolerated.

“I appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from reprisal attacks. The security agencies have standing order to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms.

“I will, once again, express my condolences and sympathy to all the affected victims of these barbaric acts.”

He pledge that the change mantra of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would continue to be the basis for solutions to Nigeria’s problems.

He said: “Let me use this opportunity to stress that the Change philosophy which precipitated the APC Government will continue to idealise and identify issues that are critical to our socio-economic development with a view to proffering lasting solutions to them.

“I want to assure Nigerians that we would intensify our commitment towards the realisation of the cardinal objectives of this Administration anchored on securing lives and property, curbing corruption and ensuring economic growth through diversification.”

The President noted that the people of Nasarawa have always been with the Change movement, since the early days of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) through APC.

He said: “In 2011, the people of Nasarawa decided to vote for Change, voted for the CPC in order to have a government for the people, and in 2015 they voted for continuity.

“Today, I am obliged to reiterate Governor Al-Makura’s proclamation that, indeed, Nasarawa State is my political home.

“Since the inauguration of His Excellency Umar Tanko Al-Makura as the Governor of Nasarawa State in May, 2011; the occasion which I attended personally, I have been following the trend of events in the state and the reports I receive are that of execution of many projects.

“Accordingly, during my campaign visit to Nasarawa State in 2015, I noticed the transformation within Lafia metropolis.”

Other projects the President commissioned included the Electronic Library, a Fire Service facility and a township road, a model primary health care centre and the Karu International Market.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts toward improving cohesion within the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, in a statement, said the assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, the party leadership and political office holders in some states.

APC leaders and government officials are at daggers drawn in some states, including Kano where Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, have not seen eye to eye in the last two years. Supporters of both leaders have sustained the war of attrition.


 
In Ondo State, there is a leadership crisis in the party, following the rejection of Hon. Isaac Kekemeke and the elevation of deputy chairman Ade Adetimehin to his position. Also, a section of the party believes that the 2016 governorship poll is inconclusive as an aspirant, Dr. Segun Abraham, is challenging the outcome of the primary that produced Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the standard bearer.

In Ogun, the preparation for next year’s governorship election appears to be tearing the chapter apart. Supporters of Senator Solomon Adeola, a governorship contender, have alleged marginalisation and oppression by the party leadership. The governor is believed to be backing another aspirant.

In Kaduna, there is an ongoing clash between Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Senator Shehu Sani, who represents Kaduna Central. The senator has also become an ardent critic of the Buhari administration.

In Bauchi, there is a deep gulf between Governor Mohamed Abubakar and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara. There have been efforts to resolve their differences.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Former workers and pensioners of liquidated national carrier – Nigeria Airways Limited yesterday staged a protest at the Lagos Airport over the delay by the Ministry of Finance in paying their N45 billion severance benefit.

The protesters numbering over 100 blocked the busy Airport Road disrupting vehicular movement.

They marched from the Skypower Catering Company premises, one of the subsidiaries of the liquidated former carrier opposite the Nigeria Air Force Base to the section of the road leading to the General Aviation Terminal (GAT).

Some families of the ex-workers whose parents have died  joined the protest. They wer clad in black attires and sang solidarity songs twith placards with inscriptions conveying their plight.


 
In the process, three of them collapsed and were immediately revived.

The blockage of the road forced many passengers to get on motor bikes otherwise known as Okada, so avoid missing their flights.

Three of the protesting staff collapsed during the protest and were immediately revived.

The ex-workers said they were disappointed that despite approval by the Federal Executive Council, seven months ago, the Ministry of Finance is yet to release their money.

The ex-staff carried placards with different inscriptions principally targeted at Finance Minister Mrs Kemi Adeosun whom they accused of being insensitive to their plights for refusing to release their entitlements.


Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The traffic of tourists to the famous Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort in Ekiti State has reduced as a result of dilapidation of facilities put in place by the administration of former Governor Kayode Fayemi. But the Ayo Fayose administration has said it was not to blame for the alleged decay and abandonment of the resortRead MoreThe post Ekiti community to Fayose: 'revive Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Agbeja Primary School, a public education facility in Igoba in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State is a town located eight kilometres away from Akure, the Ondo State capital. Allegedly built with N25 million allocations captured in the 2016 Budget, the school is said to be in a state of disrepaire and lacksRead MoreThe post Pupils sit on floor, defecate in open space in Ondo school appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The involvement of states in rice production is boosting the Federal Government's policy on the diversification of economy from oil to solid minerals and agriculture. DANIEL ESSIET writes on how local rice production has not only reduced capital flight but crashed the price of the commodity. After training as an economist in the University ofRead MoreThe post Food security: local rice production to the rescue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
No fewer than 145 suspects have been arrested by the police over the killings in Benue State. Of these suspects, 124 have been charged to court. The rest are under investigation. Sixteen suspects have been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of seven persons believed to be Fulani in Gboko by some Tiv youthsRead MoreThe post Benue: 120 facing trial appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-backed Bankers' Committee yesterday announced the commencement of sanctions against exporters who fail to repatriate foreign exchange (forex) proceeds from their business into the economy. The sanctions will be implemented by the apex bank. Addressing financial journalists at the end of the Bankers' Committee meeting in Lagos, Citibank Nigeria ManagingRead MoreThe post Forex repatriation: CBN to punish non-compliant exporters appeared first on The Nati 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
THE trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki resumed at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday with his lawyers calling a witness. He equally closed his case after the witness, Dr. Ademola Adebo, concluded his evidence. The witness, an ex-commissioner with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), told the court that he was familiar withRead MoreThe post CCT trial: Saraki closes case after calling witness appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Nigerian equities declined for the second consecutive trading session yesterday as investors stepped up profit-taking amidst concerns that global equities slowdown may negatively impact the domestic market. Most advanced and emerging global markets have witnessed contractions in recent days. With nearly three losers for every gainer, the benchmark index at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)Read MoreThe post Nigerian equities down as global stock market plunges appeared first on The Nation Nigeria 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Senator Kashamu Buruji has cautioned those advising President Muhamadu Buhari not to run for re-election to allow the electorate to determine his fate. He said the only way for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to make a headway is for its leaders to ensure that aggrieved members get justice. Kashamu, in an interview, said: EveryRead MoreThe post Let electorate decide Buharis reelection fate, says Kashamu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide, yesterday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that she was holding plea bargain talks with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mrs. Akinjide, Senator Ayo Adeseun, and a People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mrs. Olanrewaju Otiti, were accused of laundering N650 million.Read MoreThe post N650m: Ex-FCT Minister Akinjide in plea bargain talks with EFCC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The leadership of the Students Union of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto has thought it wise to feature its predecessors to discuss trending issues concerning students unionists and unionism in Nigeria. The event, which was held at the university auditorium, was themed: Students Unionism and Life after School. The program according the current union leader ofRead MoreThe post Usmanu Danfodio varsity SUG task students on life after school appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The National Judicial Council ( NJC ) was up in arms against Abia State over the suspension of Chief Judge Theresa Uzokwe.It says the government could not take that decision without its input, citing the Constitution. Yesterday, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu bowed to the NJC. He swore in Justice Onuoha Ogwe as the Acting Chief Judge.TheRead MoreThe post NJC in the eye of the storm appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it generated N299.56 billion last year ' its highest revenue in five years. The agency, in a statement endorsed by its General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Abdullahi Goje, explained that the last time the agency yielded a remarkable income was in 2015 when it recorded revenue of N180.50Read MoreThe post NPA declares N299.56b revenue for 2017 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has called on the Nigeria Insurers Association (NIA) to link its Nigeria Insurance Industry Database (NIID) with the Corps database' to curb crime. The Corps wants insurers to make adequate enquiries about owners of vehicle before settling claims. The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, made this call at a sessionRead MoreThe post 'Link insurance database with FRSC to curb crime' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
A group of traders in Lagoshas called on the governmenttoprovide them an enabling environment to operate. They are not just problem solvers, but also job creators and drivers of growth. Mrs. Joy Oriowo said the tough business condition was affecting them. She said traders and small business owners were unhappy with the insecurity in theRead MoreThe post Tradersseekbetter deal from govt appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN) is 40. To mark the anniversary, the society will tomorrow hold a symposium with the theme: Restoring an enduring value system for our nation at the Muson Centre, Lagos. Expected at the event are Minister of State, Budget and Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, Chief Folake Solanke (SAN)Read MoreThe post Women accountants mark 40 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Producing and inspiring entrepreneurs is not seen as a priorityfor most universities. Several organisations have introduced promising initiatives. One of such is Techpoint Build whoseTechpoint Build 2018 was held in Lagosto expose younginnovators to investors. Toexperts, entrepreneurship is a boom to a country in a fix on how to employ its growing youth population. OverRead MoreThe post Boosting youth entrepreneurship appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Ecobank Nigeria Limited is taking strategic steps to unlock investment opportunities in the insurance sector, Managing Director, Ecobank Development Company (EDC) Fund Management, Ibukun Oyedeji, said yesterday. Speaking yesterday at the 'Insurance Roundtable' organised by Ecobank Nigeria/Securities, Wealth & Asset Management (SWAM), Ecobank Capital, she said the lender woudcontinue to take steps that promote insuranceRead MoreThe post Ecobank unlocks investment opportunities in in 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has witnessed a considerable improvements in its margins and operating efficiency in the first quarter of its business year. Net profit rose by 94 per cent to N162 million in three months. The interim report and accounts for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017 showed that pre-tax profit rose by 71.4Read MoreThe post Vitafoam Nigeria grows Q1 net profit by 94% appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc and Access Bank Plc have the upside potential and valuation for the highest returns in the banking sector, Renaissance Capital (RenCap) has said. In an investment research report titled: 'Nigerian Banks: Path to Recovery', RenCap noted that improving macro indicators points to a recovery in the Nigerian banking sector,Read MoreThe post RenCap picks UBA, Access Bank as top stocks for banking sector appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
NIgerian equities declined for the second consecutive trading session yesterday as investors stepped up profit-taking transactions amidst concerns that global equities slowdown may negatively impact the domestic equities market. Most advanced and emerging global markets have witnessed contractions in recent days. With nearly three losers for every gainer, the benchmark index at the Nigerian StockRead MoreThe post Equities slip further with N138b loss appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The trope of failure in the education sector has driven the country to look in the direction of theatrics. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare emergency in the education sector in April: 'I appeal to the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to declare aRead MoreThe post Education emergency appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga endeared himself to those committed to the democratic process in his country and the world when, citing irregularities, he successfully moved the courts to void the August 2017 presidential election declared won by the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenya's judiciary, like many others in Africa long regarded as an appendageRead MoreThe post A troubling turn appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
SIR: You came into office popular and loved by an overwhelming majority of the Imo people which is obviously the reason you defeated a sitting governor, a no mean feat in our country. You made so many promises all of which you have kept but none of which have been fulfilled. Disregard all the sycophancy;Read MoreThe post Open letter to Okorocha appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
I read The Nation's beautiful editorial of Sunday, February 4, titled 'A conundrum' followed by the rider 'Good for federalism. Bad for anti-corruption. That is the import of the court judgment on EFCC and states' finances'. While I agree with you that the judgment of the Ado-Ekiti Federal High Court judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, deliveredRead MoreThe post In defence of Justice Taiwo's judgment appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
For over two decades, an acrimonious relationship has lingered between the leaderships of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN). While Chief Tony Okoroji shepherds COSON, Mayo Ayilaran is the CEO of MCSN. At the heart of their hostility is who should be the rightful manager of the wealthRead MoreThe post COSON-MCSN feud: matters arising appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
It is interesting that Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha was quoted as saying to reporters on February 5: 'If I show them my successor now, they will kill him. The politicians here are very wicked, but at the right time, when I disclose the identity of my successor, I will stand behind him to protectRead MoreThe post Contrived continuity appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The cold war between Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the Minister of Communications has polarised the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN examines the implication of the feud on the party's fortune ahead of 2019. The supremacy contest between Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and theRead MoreThe post When will Ajimobi, Shittu sheathe their swords' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Adeniyi Adekunle is a public affairs analyst. He is also the President of Achievers Archive, a non-governmental organisation involved in youth empowerment, training and entrepreneurship. Adekunle fielded questions from reporters recently on the sidelines of a conference in Lagos. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI was there. How would you assess Lagos State in the lastRead MoreThe post 'Ambode has surpassed expectations of Lagosians' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
No fewer than 3,000 members from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party (AP), Labour Party (LP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) have defected to the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) in Olorunsogo Local Government Area of Oyo State. Leading the defectors, a Medical Practitioner and PDP chieftain, Dr. Usman Bolaji Abdulfatai, said that theyRead MoreThe post LP, SDP members defect to APC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Minority Chief Whip of the Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Shuiabu Liman Iya, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Iya, who represents Suleja Constituency, announced his defection during the Plenary. Speaking to reporters after the Plenary, the Minority Whip explained that he and his constituency cannot continue to remain in theRead MoreThe post Niger Assembly Minority Whip defects to APC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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