Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 9th February, 2018.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari  promised yesterday to review the appointments made by his administration and take a second look where necessary.

He also explained that the proposed cattle colony by the Federal Government in response to the killings and frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers is not meant to colonise any part of the country.

The President spoke when he received the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama.

According to him, the intention of the government is to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, an idea which, he said, has been misconstrued as colonisation.

Buhari met with the Bishops in camera, but presidential spokesman Femi Adesina issued a statement on what the President said.

Besides, the Bishops gave the text of their address to State House reporters.

The President regretted that the well-thought out policy, which he said was conceived after wide consultations with stakeholders had been largely misunderstood by a section of the public.

He, however, assured the bishops that the government would continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to ensure peace and stability in restive areas.

Condemning the 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.

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 the alert,’’ Buhari said.

The President added that he would not be tired of recounting remarkable progress recorded security, economy and the fight against corruption.

‘‘We have done very well on security in the Northeast, 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 said.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
It will be difficult for the rich to avoid paying taxes given the plans by the government to widen the tax net and capture all those who should be paying, Finance Minister  Kemi Adeosun said yesterday in Enugu.

She expressed regret that no fewer than 56 million Nigerians, who should be paying taxes, are not paying.

Mrs Adeosun spoke in Enugu during a sensitisation programme on the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). It was  hosted by the Enugu State Government.

The minister said huge sums of money had been moved out of Nigeria without the owners paying any tax. She said such people would be fished out.

”The good news for government, which is bad news for the tax evaders, is that globally, nations have agreed to share data under the Automatic Exchange of Information. This means that sitting at our desks in Abuja, we are getting information about assets that the owners thought were well hidden from the tax authorities.

“As you know, Nigerians are entitled to keep their wealth anywhere in the world, including under their mattress, but what the law requires is that they pay tax on their income as they earn it,” Mrs Adeosun said.

The event was attended by Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Deputy Governor Cecilia Ezeilo; Speaker. Edward Uchenna Ubosi; Commissioner for Finance Eucharia Uche Offor, members of the State Executive Council, members of the House of Assembly and traditional rulers, among others.

The minister said: “Payment of taxes is a fundamental requirement for our growth story. Nigeria has a very poor scorecard in tax payment. When oil came, we abandoned the old system of tax collection that provided most of our infrastructure since colonial days.

”Currently, we have just 14 million tax payers out of 70 million who are economically active. So, many people who should be paying are not paying anything. It is the development of taxes that will help the states and the Federal Government to achieve their true potentials.”

She explained that payment of taxes had become imperative to avoid the recent collapse in oil prices and the resultant recession.

Mrs. Adeosun recalled that after years of neglect, the Federal Government has revived some road projects, including the 9th Mile – Ngwo – Milken Hill – New Market.

“Indeed, the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration has completely transformed road expenditure. In 2015, the figure was N19 billion for the whole nation; in 2016, we increased it to N220 billion and we plan to do much more.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
ADVOCATES of state police seem to be winning their battle.

The Federal Government believes state police is the way to go in the face of multifaceted security challenges.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made public the government’s new thinking on the security architecture of the country at a summit on national security organised by the Senate.

Osinbajo’s pronouncement on state police received spontaneous applause from participants at the summit, where Senate President Bukola Saraki said the government needed the political will to end the violence in the country.

Osinbajo said: “We cannot realistically police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go.”

He added: “The nature of our security challenges are complex and known. Securing Nigeria’s over 900,000sq km and its 180 million people requires far more men and material than we have at the moment.

“It also requires a continuous reengineering of our security architecture and strategy. This has to be a dynamic process.

“For a country of our size to meet the ‘one policeman to 400 persons’ prescribed by the United Nations would require triple our current police force; far more funding of the police force and far more funding of our military and other security agencies.”

The Vice President added that Nigeria must intensify its collaboration with her neighbours in the Chad Basin by strengthening security, especially at border communities, to prevent the movement of small arms and disarming armed pastoralists and other bandits who go through the borders day after day.

He warned that the country must avoid the danger of allowing the crisis to degenerate into religious or ethnic conflict, which, he said is the responsibility of political, religious and all other facets of the country’s leadership.

On the upsurge of killings, Osinbajo noted that the recent incidents of killings across the country are a reminder that there is no room for complacency in the task of securing Nigeria.

The Vice-President said: “This is against the backdrop of the remarkable improvements we have recorded on the most dreaded security challenge we had at a time – the fight against Boko Haram.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
THE Bill to guarantee 24-hour power supply in line with the vision to attain a non-stop economy and make the Lagos globally competitive was one of the seven bills signed into Law yesterday by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

It is the Lagos State Electric Power Reform Law.

Also signed were: Amended Land Use Charge Law, School of Nursing Law, Cooperative College Law, Cancer Research Institute Law, Amended Customary Court Law and the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law.

Speaking on the import of the new laws, the Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, said the laws would further take the dividends of democracy to the people.

He said: “This is a great day; the governor has just signed these bills into law and this shows that the House of Assembly is working in tandem with the executive. It also shows that Lagos is working. These laws are going to benefit the people of Lagos State and this is what the people are looking for in terms of the dividends of democracy.”

Giving details on the benefits of the Power Sector Reform Law, the Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Olawale Oluwo, said the law would allow the government to intervene in major areas of the power value chain to the overall benefit of Lagosians.

Oluwo said: “One, the law puts the government in a position to be able to extend our guarantee to private sector participants who will come and generate power for us and by this guarantee, we are putting the balance sheet of our State on the table and assuring investors that as they generate power, they will get paid.

“Second, it is to help the distribution companies to upgrade their infrastructure because if they generate the power and their infrastructure is still where it is today, clearly, they will not have the capacity to carry the incremental power.

“The third area of intervention is that it empowers us to be able to open up the gas market in Lagos so that we can have gas on a consistent basis and that is how we can attain the 24-hour power supply.”

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
We, the representatives of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, bring you our cordial greetings and blessings. We desired this meeting, in order to continue the dialogue we initiated with you even before your election as President. We therefore thank you for granting us this audience, which affords us the opportunity to share with you, once again, our thoughts and concerns on some issues affecting our dear country, Nigeria.

First, we thank God for bringing you back to us after a period of ill health. We hope and pray that you continue to make progress on the way to full recovery, in order to be able to face the enormous challenges emanating from your exalted office.

Your Excellency, needless to say that, as President, you are the father of our dear country Nigeria. It is therefore pertinent that as loyal citizens as well as informed members of the society, we come to you from time to time to express not only our willing cooperation with the government in working for the progress of our country, but also to share with you the feelings of the multitude of Nigerians at this moment. We work with the people at the grassroots and therefore, have first-hand information about what they are going through.

There is no doubt that when you came into office, you had an enormous amount of the goodwill of Nigerians, since many saw you as a person of integrity who would be able to bring sanity into a system that was nearly crippled by endemic corruption.

Nearly three years later, however, one has the feeling that this good will is being fast depleted by some glaring failures of government which we have the moral responsibility to bring to your notice. Else, we would be failing in our duty as spiritual fathers and leaders.


Our concerns


Your Excellency, there is too much suffering in the country: poverty, hunger, insecurity, violence, fear… the list is endless. Our beloved country appears to be under siege. Many negative forces seem to be keeping a stranglehold on the population, especially the weaker and defenceless ones.

There is a feeling of hopelessness across the country. Our youths are restive and many of them have taken to hard drugs, cultism and other forms of violent crime, while many have become victims of human trafficking. The nation is nervous.

Just as we seem to be gradually emerging from the dark tunnel of an economic recession that caused untold hardship to families and individuals, violent attacks by unscrupulous persons, among whom are terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, have led to a near civil war situation in many parts of the country.

We are saddened that, repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of livelihood mindlessly destroyed. Lives are wasted and property, worth billions of Naira, including places of worship, schools, hospitals and business enterprises are torched and turned to ashes.

We are still more saddened by the recent massacre of unarmed citizens by these terrorists in some communities in Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna and Taraba states which has caused national shock, grief and outcry.

The silence of the Federal Government in the wake of these horrifying attacks is, to say the least, shocking. There is a feeling of helplessness among the people and the danger that some people may begin to take laws into their hands.

We therefore earnestly urge the government to take very seriously its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of its citizens and ensure that such mindless killings do not reoccur.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
All is set for the relaunch of popular Abuja Club, 'Switch Nightlife' and the unveiling of its new partner at a glamorous ceremony. Currently located inside Dabras Hotels, Wuse 2, the club has been test-running since October last year. Described as a Rebirth and unveiling ceremony, showbiz empresario and Chairman of the club, Kehinde Adegbite,Read MoreThe post Kiss Daniel, Falz to grace Switch Nightlifes opening appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Lagos State government yesterday began the registration of artisans and tradesmen to enhance their productivity. The exercise is aimed at transforming and developing tradesmen, artisans, small and medium scale entrepreneurs in the state. Speaking at its launch at Ovation Event Centre in Iyana-Ipaja, Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said the dataRead MoreThe post Govt registers artisans, tradesmen appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Two herdsmen were yesterday arrested in Benue State after they exchanged fire with troops 707 Special Forces Brigade troops on a routine patrol along Gbajimba ' Iyiodeh road in Guma Local Government Area. They were arrested close to a fish farm owned by Governor Samuel Ortom. The spokesman of 707 Special Forces Brigade Makurdi, MajorRead MoreThe post Herdsmen arrested after exchanging fire with soldiers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Police Force Headquarters has launched an investigation into its personnels attitude to work. The probe it was gathered was aimed at solving the problems of lazy, unprofessional and mischievous policemen in the system. The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Mr. Rasheed Akintunde, who dropped the hint in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, yesterday, when heRead MoreThe post Only 20% of policemen actively working, says AIG appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Party (APC) has said only eight aspirants have shown interest in next year's governorship race. Over 15 APC aspirants are currently jostling to succeed Governor Abiola Ajimobi. The Nation gathered that only eight of the aspirants had visited the party's secretariat in Ibadan, the state capital, toRead MoreThe post Oyo APC: eight aspirants for governor appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
THE Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) yesterday read the out riot act to broadcast stations on political campaigns and hate speeches. Its Director General, Mallam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, said liable stations will soon face the law. He noted that it was wrong and against the ethics of the profession to broadcast campaign messages or programmes whenRead MoreThe post 2019: NBC warns broadcasting stations over political campaigns, hate speeches appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has solicited support of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in addressing 'open votes buying'' and monitoring political parties' campaign funds. Its Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made the request yesterday when he received the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, at INEC headquarters in Abuja. Yakubu said INEC requiredRead MoreThe post INEC seeks EFCC's collaboration on vote buying, campaign funds appeared 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
I was going through Instagram this morning, when I stumbled upon this post on a relationship platform .The story reads:Some of you might think I am mental, but I am very normal. Bom I love my husband beating me, I enjoy seeing him angry. Dont call me crazy it is just my person .He use to beat the living day light out of me and sometimes I bleed but I still survive it . We have lived like that for 2 years and he has killed 3 of my unborn kids outof that but I dont mind, God will give us more . Bu 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Cardiothoracic practice in Nigeria is developing but faces multiple challenges that need to be overcome to enable sustainable practice. That was the consensus of thoracic surgeons, who gathered at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba for their inaugural meeting and scientific conference the first of its kind. Some of the identified challenges toRead MoreThe post Cardiothoracic surgeons meet on better practice appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Cancer has become the world's most expensive and deadliest disease. According to doctors and consultants in oncology at the Lagos University teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, prevention, early medical intervention and treatment remain the best ways to handle the disease. Seizing the opportunity of this year's World Cancer Day, the experts in cancer care and management,Read MoreThe post Doctors: cancer treatable appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Africa's richest man and Chairman of Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the immediate past President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, who is also the Chairman of Coronation Capital and co-chair of Global Business Coalition on Health, GBCHealth, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede have advised that public-private sector collaboration will improve the health sector across Africa. At theRead MoreThe post Dangote, Aig-Imoukhuede seek African Union-Private sector collaboration on health appeared fir 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Tragedy occurred at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma when two students died while 16 others suffered injuries in an accident that occurred within the campus. The accident was said to have occurred when one of schools shuttle buses lost control due to alleged brake failure and somersaulted several times. One of the deceased was identifiedRead MoreThe post Two AAU students die in campus accident appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Though there are other gynaecological emergencies, few can be as life-threatening to the woman and the family as any condition that causes bleeding. Not long ago, a woman was referred to me because of heart problem. She had been to several cardiologists. However, it turned out that this unfortunate woman was having heavy menstrual bleeding.Read MoreThe post Common gynaecological emergencies (3) Bleeding appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency ( NAMA) is set to achieve industrial harmony as its management has held an engagement forum with the Joint Aviation Trade Unions. The unions include National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), National AssociationRead MoreThe post NAMA eyes industrial harmony appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Nigeria dropped five places to be ranked 158 in a new report released by KPMG, audit and financial advisory firm. The report, titled: Growth Promise 2018, ranked countries based on macroeconomic stability, institutional strength, openness and human capital. Nigeria ranked 158 of the 181 countries. Mauritius, Botswana and Rwanda were the highest ranked African countriesRead MoreThe post Nigeria is 158th in KPMG's ranking appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Ojokoro Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Chairman Hammed Idowu Tijani is set to partner the Lagos State Employment Trust Funds (LSETF) to create wealth and jobs for residents of the community. The opportunities, according to him, will come under a scheme tagged: Matching , where the local government will enter into a deal with LSETFRead MoreThe post LSETF, LCDA to partner on jobs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Kaduna State chapter has raised the alarm over the non-supply of farm input for dry season farming. Speaking in Zaria, its Chairman, Alhaji Nuhu Aminu appealed to the Federal Government to intervene. He said the call became imperative because dry season farming under the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES)Read MoreThe post AFAN decries non-supply of farm input appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sterling Bank's Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of 'B-' and National Long-Term Rating of 'BBB-(nga)' with a stable outlook for reasons that include its coherent strategy and ability to attract more stable deposits in challenging operating conditions. Cutting through the industry's jaded product offerings through innovation, the leading Tier Two lender'sRead MoreThe post Fitch affirms Sterling Bank's ratings appeared first o 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Following on the heels of her successful launch of its Ikeja Mall, indigenous retail outlet Hubmart stores limited, will today inaugurate a new outlet in the Lennox Mall, beside The Place, Lekki. The Mall is purposefully designed to create an environment guaranteed to give customers a comprehensive shopping experience and further enhance the brand'sRead MoreThe post Hubmart inaugurates Lennox Mall appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
ANigerian firm, Thor Exploration Limited (also known as Segilola), a gold mining company operating in Osun State, has emerged winner of the 2018 Investment Battlefield for their gold exploration project in the Southwest state. The company was selected as the most promising of the 22 junior mining companies that participated in the battlefield, after beatingRead MoreThe post Nigerian firm emerges top at African mining contest appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
All is set for Valentine's Day sales as stores prepare for the final push of Valentine items this weekend. TONIA 'DIYAN writes. Valentine's Day is nextWednesday. Store owners in the Lagos metropolis and other parts of the country are expecting more sales from shoppers wishing to buy gifts to express their love to their partnersRead MoreThe post Stores gear up for Val sales appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Nigerian cables are said to be among the best in the world. But some unscrupulous manufacturers, in an attempt to make fast bucks, are cloning known brands and faking others. The Cable Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CAMAN) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) are ` battling to arrest the situation. OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE reports. CablesRead MoreThe post Tackling the cloned cables menace appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
INDUSTRIAL Training Fund (ITF) Director-General Sir Joseph Ari has urged stakeholders, especially governors and members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS), to support trainees with adequate funding. He added that training without corresponding support would not yield expected outcome. At the closing ceremony of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), Ari said the decisionRead MoreThe post 'Training without support will not give desired outcome' appeared first o 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
It is good news that a Nigerian anti-rape activist, Mrs Itoro Eze-Anaba, was on February 6 honoured by the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, for her exemplary activism. Eze-Anaba received the Commonwealth Points of Light award at a ceremony hosted by the UK High Commissioner in Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, in Abuja. The award 'recognises outstandingRead MoreThe post Exemplary activism appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Sir: Taxation is a platform for sustainable revenue generation for the government. The proceeds from taxation are used by the government to provide essential goods and services for its citizenry. The reality of the tax system in Nigeria is that poorer individuals and companies pay a higher rate of taxes than richer individuals and companies.Read MoreThe post Taxation and inequality appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
THE news that filing of documents and communications within the Supreme Court will henceforth be done electronically is a welcome development. According to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, at the launch of the project recently:'A major component of the policy being implemented is the unique legal e-mail system, which will serve as aRead MoreThe post Welcome transition appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
It looks like Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has been thinking about the death penalty and the legal requirement that a governor must sign the relevant death warrant before a condemned prisoner can be executed. He gave the public an idea of his thoughts on the issues when members of the Presidential Committee on PrisonRead MoreThe post Congestion and decongestion appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has described the launched coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) as a political gimmick by old politicians to gain relevance. The coalition is the brainchild of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The party urged patriotic Nigerians not to embrace it, adding that the old politicians want to use it to come toRead MoreThe post Coalition is ploy to gain relevance, says PRP appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that those perpetrating acts of illegality and gross indiscipline in the Cross Rivers State chapter will be investigated and prosecuted in line with the party's constitution. The party said it has voided the sack of the party chairman, Sir James Ochalla, warning against any attempt to cause disunityRead MoreThe post Apc Cross River chair back appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has warned aspirants jostling for the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket against perceiving the primary as a do-or-die contest. He said he is contesting for governor, because of his passion for his people, adding he has the requisite political experience for the position.Read MoreThe post Bamidele: don't see Ekiti APC primary as warfare appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on Restructuring has recommended state police. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE examines the prospects and constraints of a 'federalised police structure.' THE agitation for state police is not new. It was one of the issues that received prominent attention during the 2014 National Conference. So, when the All Progressives Congress (APC) panelRead MoreThe post Prospects and constraints of state police appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Ten eventful years have passed since I met my mentor and benefactor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in Accra, Ghana during the African Business Leaders Forum. The ABLF was the brain child of Mr. Everest Ekong, now of blessed memory, designed to be the premier annual gathering of African business and policy leaders to advance the peaceRead MoreThe post Fayemi at 53: A life of service appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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