NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 15 February, 2018.


Thu, 15 Feb 2018
THE relative  peace that the 8th Senate has been enjoying in the last one year was threatened yesterday, following a rowdy session that erupted at the chamber as senators were sharply divided over a new amendment to the Electoral Act regarding election sequence in the 2019 general elections.
Indeed, 10 All Progressives Congress, APC, senators, who opposed the amendment, which they said was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari, walked out of the chamber to address the press, while the plenary presided by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was still on. Led by the Chairman of Northern Senators Caucus and former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the 10 senators were peeved that their argument against the bill was truncated at the plenary by Senate President Saraki and vowed that the amendment would not stand. The  aggrieved APC senators included Binta Garba (Adamawa); Ali Wakili (Bauchi); Kurfi Umaru (Katsina); Andrew Uchendu (Rivers); Abdullahi Danbaba (Sokoto); Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi); Abu Ibrahim (Katsina); and Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo). They described the amendment and process of passage as ‘illegal’, vowing that it would not stand, with the leader of the dissenting group, Abdullahi Adamu, questioning the conduct of the Senate President in the process of passage. This happened on a day the Senate confirmed seven people for appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The amended bill places the Presidential election as the last to be conducted, while that of the National Assembly will hold first, followed by governorship and state houses of assembly polls. The bill has been passed and concurred with by the two chambers of the National Assembly and is in the process of being forwarded to President Buhari for assent. With this arrangement, it is feared in some quarters that President Buhari and other presidential candidates in the 2019 general election may be made to sweat for their election. How the rumpus started At yesterday’s plenary, the division occurred soon after the adoption of the Conference Committee Report on the amendment to the Electoral Act. This followed the consideration of the report on a Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 and Electoral Act (Amendment) Act 2015 to provide for a time line for submission of list of candidates, sequence of elections and political party primaries, use of technological devices among others. Chairman of the Joint Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC, Bauchi North), who presented the conference report on behalf of the 12 senators and House of Representatives members, said “the Conference Committee recommends that the Senate and the House of Representatives do consider and approve the conference committee report on a bill for an act to amend the electoral Act No. 6, 2010 and electoral (Amendment) Act 2015.” Other members of Conference Committee are Senators Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central); Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West); Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North); Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) and Hope Uzodinma (PDP, Imo West). Members from the House of Representatives are Pwajok Edward Gyang as co-chairman; Onyenwife Gabriel; Bassey Eko Ewa; Mohammed Tahie Monguno; Mohammed Soba and Ajayi Adeyinka. Speaking further, Nazif said the Electoral Act No 6, 2010 amendment bill 2017 was passed by the Senate on Thursday, March 30, 2017 and in the House of Representatives it was passed on Thursday, February 1, 2018, adding, “however, some differences were noticed in the two versions of the bill as passed by both chambers. “Consequently, a conference committee was constituted in the Senate on Wednesday, January 4, 2018 and the House of Representatives also on Wednesday January 24, 2018 to reconcile areas of difference that appeared in the two versions. “The committee met and deliberated on the two versions of the bill. After exhaustive deliberations, the committee noticed seven areas of differences in section 36 (3), 49(2), 53(2), 63(4), 78(4).” The Senator explained that in considering the House version in sections 25(1) and 8 (9A, a and b) dealing with sequence of elections and political parties primaries, the committee “unanimously adopted the provisions in its entirety to ensure orderliness.” APC senators kick Opposing the amendment, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South) said: “Mr President, we appreciate your concern on the opinion of both sides. I will like to raise this issue on point of order 87(c) which stipulates that the conference committee shall deliberate only between the Senate and the House of Representatives.


Thu, 15 Feb 2018
THE Federal Government, yesterday, said it has set a target of $25 billion in foreign and domestic investments from the launch of its economic ‘Focused Laboratories’ in March this year.
Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. The minister said he briefed the FEC on the activities of his ministry in the past two years and that much work had gone into getting the labs off the ground by March. According to him, the policy has received considerable interest from stakeholders. He explained that the focused labs were part of measures to drive the Economic Recovery and Growth Programme, ERGP, of the administration, which was intended to bring together private and public sector officials necessary to achieve the specific policy or project objectives, in order to achieve the objective of over seven per cent growth plus exponential job creation by 2020. He said the initiative was planned to include 100 relevant stakeholders, drawn from the public and private sectors, who would sit together for many weeks, intensively working and brainstorming on practical steps to get the ERGP active and working for the good of Nigeria. The laboratories will run for about three months in three separate phases of pre-laboratory, laboratory, and post-laboratory. Also briefing journalists, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said FEC approved an upward variation of the contract sum for the building of a trailer park at Tin Can Island Port in Lagos from N8.66 billion to N9.55 billion. Fashola said the augmentation of the contract sum by about N892.17 million was due to the need for increased scope of work, especially shoreline protection of the park, which is almost finished. On his part, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said he presented to FEC a review of the activities of his ministry and that FEC approved similar action for the contracts earlier awarded for ongoing Ekiti and Katsina dam projects. Meanwhile, the FEC members observed a minute silence in honour of late former Minister of Internal Affairs, Brigadier-General John Shagaya (retd), who died in a road crash a few days ago.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. The minister said he briefed the FEC on the activities of his ministry in the past two years and that much work had gone into getting the labs off the ground by March. According to him, the policy has received considerable interest from stakeholders. He explained that the focused labs were part of measures to drive the Economic Recovery and Growth Programme, ERGP, of the administration, which was intended to bring together private and public sector officials necessary to achieve the specific policy or project objectives, in order to achieve the objective of over seven per cent growth plus exponential job creation by 2020. He said the initiative was planned to include 100 relevant stakeholders, drawn from the public and private sectors, who would sit together for many weeks, intensively working and brainstorming on practical steps to get the ERGP active and working for the good of Nigeria. The laboratories will run for about three months in three separate phases of pre-laboratory, laboratory, and post-laboratory. Also briefing journalists, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said FEC approved an upward variation of the contract sum for the building of a trailer park at Tin Can Island Port in Lagos from N8.66 billion to N9.55 billion. Fashola said the augmentation of the contract sum by about N892.17 million was due to the need for increased scope of work, especially shoreline protection of the park, which is almost finished. On his part, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said he presented to FEC a review of the activities of his ministry and that FEC approved similar action for the contracts earlier awarded for ongoing Ekiti and Katsina dam projects. Meanwhile, the FEC members observed a minute silence in honour of late former Minister of Internal Affairs, Brigadier-General John Shagaya (retd), who died in a road crash a few days ago.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Let me be honest with you, I'm not happy with the judiciary todayThe post Nigeria needs return to 1963 parliamentary constitution-Clarke, SAN appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Worried by the plight of internally displaced persons in different parts of Benue State, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, South South zone, under the leadership of Archbishop God-Dowell Avwomakpa, yesterday, visited the IDP camp at Gbajimbato in Benue State.The post South-South CAN visits displaced persons in Benue appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
THE administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has awarded contracts for the construction of six major roads across the state at the sum of N2.4 billion, covering the Eha-Amufu-Nkalagu federal road at Isi-Uzo Local Government Area, which has been in a deplorable condition.The post Ugwuanyi awards N2.4bn road projects appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Hundreds of irate youths in Niger State, yesterday, embarked on a protest over the resolution of the state House of Assembly that urged the governor to dissolve all the 25 local government councils.The post Protest in Niger over moves to dissolve all 25 LGAs appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Cyril Ramaphosa's long and eventful career has taken him from trade union activist to multi-millionaire -- and is now likely to become president of South Africa.The post Ramaphosa: Trade unionist, tycoon and S.Africas likely next leader appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation has given kudos to Team Nigeria at the recently concluded African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt Sunday after they finished tops at the championships.The post African Wrestling Championship: Igali overwhelmed by wrestlers performance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, scratch cards worth N23 million, which Nassarawa State JAMB Coordinator, Labaran Tanko, said got burnt in a car accident, have been discovered used by students to register for examinations in the state.The post Another JAMB wonder: N23m scratch card 'burnt' in car accident, used by students in Nasarawa appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
South African President Jacob Zuma announced his immediate resignation on Wednesday after the ruling ANC party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence. Scandal-tainted Zuma said in a 30-minute national television address that he had come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.Read MoreThe post S.Africas Zuma resigns with immediate effect appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Nigerian factor refers simply to those indices of life which are by far, peculiar to the conduct of our affairs in our local environment. The post The Thrills and Frills of Christmas III appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has appointed Olawale Anifowose as Managing Director of GEN Nigeria.The post Global Entrepreneurship Network appoints MD for Nigerian affiliate appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, Jonah Jang, has dismissed reports claiming that he said Hausa/Fulani would never rule the country again.The post I never said Northll not rule Nigeria again' Jang appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Benin Republic has pulled out their women from the WAFU Women's Nations Cup. They were meant to play against the Super Falcons today.The post WAFU Women Cup: Benin Republic pulls out appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Lumos Nigeria said its innovative mobile solar energy device is best suited to provide electricity to meet the basic energy needs of Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) in Nigeria, where epileptic power supply has been the bane of small business development.The post Lumos unveils solar energy system for SMEs appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
A coalition of Yoruba group has called on the Oyo State Government to stop the incessant killings carried out by herdsmen in the state.The post OPC, Agbekoya, others tell Oyo govt to stop rampage, killings appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Mr Uche Secondus, the National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the party is repositioning to clinch power in the 2019 general elections for a better Nigerian.The post 2019 elections: PDP repositioning to take over power from APC Secondus appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Idon't know how many Nigerians are abreast of the political developments in South Africa.The post Zuma: Leadership tutorials from South Africa appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid came from behind to stun Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their heavyweight Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.The post Difficult night for Neymar as Real Madrid take control against PSG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Diamond Bank Plc rewarded a set of youth corps members for fifth consecutive time through its National Youth Service Corps Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (NYSC SAED).The post Diamond Bank supports young entrepreneurs with SAED initiative appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Infinix Zero 5, one of the latest phones in the market, launched November, 2017, is now available at Microstation stores.The post Trending in the mobile market this Valentine appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Wife of Nigeria's Transportation Minister and founder of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), Dame Judith Amaechi has said that entrepreneurial, vocational and leadership value enhancement is the key to completely unlock the potentials and possibilities available to the youth in a sustainable manner.The post ESI graduates 100 on entrepreneurial devt, skills acquisition appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
In the absence of other marked days in 2018 calendar year, there is something unique about this one, February 14. Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine's Day celebration on this fateful day. Both celebrations are Christian ideology but celebrated beyond its significance.The post Does 2018 February 14 reflects harvest of Love' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
THE Senate, Wednesday, urged the Federal Government to immortalize former Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group, ECOMOG, Commander and ex- Senator who represented Plateau South, General John Shagaya, by naming a national monument in his honour.The post Immortalize John Shagaya, Senate tells FG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Senegalese hitman Sadio Mane scored three times as Liverpool humiliated Porto 5-0 in a Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie in Portugal.The post Champions League: Liverpool humiliate Porto 5-0 in Portugal appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Naira Wednesday depreciated for the second time this week to N360.37 per dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange market.The post Naira depreciates to N360.37/$ in I&E appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Barring any last minute intervention, the hammer of the telecom regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, would drop on some interconnect clearing houses this week.The post Call masking: Hammer may fall on interconnect clearing houses this week appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
For the first time since the 2015 general elections, national leader of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has met with the party's national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in a move widely seen as the beginning of his new task as presidential negotiator into the crises bedeviling the party.The post 2019: APC has lost goodwill since 2015 -Tinubu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The US may drastically reduce its import of crude oil from Nigeria by 2022, according to the US Energy Information Administration, EIA, in its report.The post By 2022, US may cut back crude oil import from Nigeria appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals for the same club.The post Ronaldo sets record with 100th CL goal appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Managing Director, LG Electronics West Africa Operations, Mr. Taeick Son has declared that LG has in stock innovative user-friendly products designed to cater for their individual and collective needs during the winter season and thereafter.The post What LG Twinwash does for consumers during winter appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Bank of Industry (BoI) has disbursed N18 billion to boost the expansion of small and medium-scale industries (SMIs) in Oyo State, out of a total amount of N20 billion intervention fund approved for the state.The post BoI disburses N18bn to boost small industries in Oyo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Sunday Oliseh said he was sacked from his job at Fortuna Sittard, Holland due to his refusal to participate in illegal activities at the club.The post Why Fortuna Sittard sacked me ' Oliseh appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The leadership of the Coalition of APC Youth Support Groups, South-south zone, has passed a vote of confidence on the coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Boro, urging him to sustain the various peace initiatives in the region.The post S/South APC Youth pass Vote of Confidence on Gen. Boro appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, on Monday,received the first Nigerian male and female marathoners to reach the finish line at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which took place in Lagos at the weekend.The post Dalung redeems pledge to Nigerian marathon winners appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) yesterday in Lagos announced that the maiden NWFL Champions Shield will hold on Sunday, March 04, 2018 at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.The post NWFL Champions shield gets March date appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
THE relative peace in the 8th Senate appears to be eroding as the there was rowdy session Wednesday at Plenary over change of Election time table which places the election of the President last on the time table.The post Rowdy session in Senate as Senators loyal to Buhari walk out of chamber appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State will tomorrow kick off its campaigns ahead of the March 3, 2018 local government elections.The post Edo APC to commence LG campaigns weekend appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Argentina international Lucas Biglia believes his national team is 'ordinary' without Lionel Messi, yet he admits the South American giants must learn how to get the best out of the Barcelona superstar without wearing him out.The post 2018 FIFA WC: Argentina's ordinary without Messi, says team-mate appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Chairman of oil-rich Benikrukru community, Gbararmatu Kingdom, in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr Godwin Olufemi, has dismissed allegation that some members of Ugborodo community were being harboured in the community to shield them from arrest.The post We're not shielding Ugborodo indigines from arrest 'Benikrukru chair appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Ganluigi Buffon says he'll meet Juventus for 'a definitive choice' on his future at the end of the season, but 'I would never want to become a burden'.The post Buffon, Juve to discuss future appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has reiterated his country's aim of doing well at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with a good result against Nigeria's Super Eagles.The post Beating Eagles key to our progress, says Croatia coach appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
THE Industrial Training Fund, ITF, yesterday in Awka empowered 300 youths trained under the organization's National Industrial Skills Development Programme, NISDP, with starter packs as part of the implementation of the federal government's job creation and poverty reduction.The post ITF empowers 300 youths in Anambra appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Keep the pressure on President Buhari until he does the right thing or risks turning the Nigerian populace against his tribe in a massive counter reactionThe post A puerile and futile 'ban' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Even these aides choose to be allergic to research; research remains the crux of the matter. We asserted that the Obaseki-led Administration is selling or transferring our assets without regard to due process and the enabling lawsThe post Wake and see what' (2): Matters Arising appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
There is need for fertility research in reproductive health issuesThe post Experts move to stop quackery in fertility treatment appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Her Excellency Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has admonished Nigerians to step up awareness and public enlightenment on cancer, says that the disease can be effectively prevented if some simple dietary and medical instructions are followed.The post Cancer awareness remains collective responsibility' Bolanle Ambode appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday handed over a Mobile Cancer Centre for the diagnosis and treatment of residents afflicted with cancer-related diseases as well as increase advocacy to prevent the spread of the scourge. The post Lagos donates N365m mobile clinic for cancer treatment appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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