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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 14 March, 2018.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
There was anxiety in the Senate and the House of Representatives yesterday following President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the bill on the reordering of the 2019 election sequence.
The Senate and the House on February 14 adopted the conference report of the Electoral Act amendment.
Unlike what is in the Electoral Act in which elections will hold on two legs: Presidential/ National Assembly and Governorship/ State Assemblies, the amendment is a three-leg process; National Assembly, Governorship /Assemblies and Presidential.
But the President, in a correspondence to the lawmakers – which was read on the floors yesterday – declined assent to the bill.
The presidential letter entitled “Presidential decision to withhold assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018” reads: “Pursuant to Section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate my decision on 3rd March 2018 to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.
“Some of my reasons include the following:
“A.The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;


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“B.The amend to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates, unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;
“C. The amendment to Section 152(3)-(5) of the Principal Act may raise Constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.”
Before Senate President Bukola Saraki read the letter, senators went into an executive session.
He read the letter at the plenary convened after the closed session. Thereafter, there were no comments.
After Speaker Yakubu Dogara read the letter in the House of Representatives, there were also no comments.
This is the second major bill that the President has declined to sign in the last one month, the first being the Peace Corps Bill.
It was learnt that at the executive session, senators resolved to seek advice from the legal department on the issues raised by President Buhari for withholding his assent to the amendment of the Electoral Act Bill.
A source said that the next line of action would largely depend on the advice from the legal department.
The source said: “If the advice turns out that the reasons given by President Buhari to decline assent on the Bill were not cogent enough, we will surely mobilise to override the President.”
Some senators, he said, “are already of the view that we should go ahead and override the president.” The Senate requires 74 members to take that step.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) told reporters that the Senate would do “the needful” because it believed that what the National Assembly did was in the best interest of the country.
But another ranking senator dismissed Abaribe’s claim.
He said: ”The President’s action was expected. Many of us felt it (the sequence) should not be altered.  Many APC members are not for reordering of elections clearly this time around and there are sympathisers in the PDP.
“We felt that it will be money-guzzling and where will the funding come from? The position of the Senate on the development would soon be made known.


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“The issue of veto is not as smooth as the people say it. If there is a stalemate on any matter, it will be put into vote. It is then everyone will answer his father’s name.”

Following the bill’s passage, some senators, led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, stormed out of the chamber to fault the amendment.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018


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The gulf between the Presidency and the National Assembly widened yesterday.
President Muhammadu Buhari may have drawn the battle line with the parliament. The bone of contention is the Election Sequence Adjustment Bill, which the lawmakers passed  despite the criticisms that trailed it.
The President has refused to assent to the bill, making its fate to hang in the balance. But, not for long. According to the constitution, the bill will revert to the National Assembly, following the withholding of the critical presidential assent. Should the National Assembly override the presidential veto, the frosty relationship will continue. It is not in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). It will not be in national interest.
Tempers rose in the chambers when the bill was introduced. The National Assembly began the debate on it after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the time table for next year’s general elections. Whose agenda is the bill serving?
Many critics have insinuated that the motive of those behind the bill is to make the electoral commission to retrace its steps and reorder the election timetable so that the presidential election will come last. It was speculated that after the parliamentary and governorship elections have been completed, forces against President Buhari will swing into action and abort his second term bid. Instructively, the President is yet to unfold any re-election bid. But Senator Abdullahi Adamu from Nasarawa State is adamant that the bill is targeted at the president’s second term ambition.
A few weeks ago, the umpire raised the alarm that the bill came late, stressing that its retroactive implementation might throw spanners in its plans for the elections. Irked by the scenario, former INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, advised his successor, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, to go to court to seek legal interpretation.


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What is worrisome to observers is that the ruling party has majority in the National Assembly.  Why are APC senators, now supported by their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) colleagues, at war with the president under the guise of separation of powers? Is a special reconciliation not necessary now between the APC-Presidency and the APC-dominated National Assembly? Where will the acrimony lead the party to?

When the legislature, the first and the most important organ of government is at loggerheads with the so-called power-loaded executive, is the eclipse of democracy not imminent?
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari  yesterday said the government had restored stability to the foreign exchange market.
“We have restored stability in foreign exchange market and have recorded improvements in our foreign reserves which have grown from 24 billion US dollars in September 2016 to 42 billion US dollars by mid-February 2018 and now 46 billion US dollars.
“This has been achieved partially because of the recovery of oil prices on the international market.”
The President spoke during the launch of the Focus Labs for the Administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) in Abuja.
He added that his administration had made remarkable strides in creating a conducive business environment for investors, earning the World Bank’s ranking as one of the Top 10 most improved economies in 2017.
“This has encouraged both local and foreign investments in the last few months,” Buhari added.
The ERGP is a medium-term plan, 2017-2020, launched by the President in April 2017.


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ERGP sets out the direction of government policy for the economy to put it on the path of a strong, diversified, inclusive and sustainable growth.

According to Buhari, the focus labs are part of the strategies being put in place to ensure implementation of the ERGP.
He also pointed out that focus labs had been successfully used in other countries to boost their economies.
The President said: “Many will recall that almost a year ago, I made a promise that this Administration will be committed to its full implementation.
“The Labs we are flagging off today constitute one of the many strategies this Administration is taking to ensure that the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan is effectively implemented.”
The President listed the key goals in the ERGP to include achieving sustainable, diversified and inclusive growth, becoming self-sufficient in basic commodities to curtail our food imports, diversifying economic base from crude oil dependence, empowering local businesses to create thousands of jobs and, improving the general wellbeing of the people.
“In the past ten months, we have achieved several noteworthy milestones. As you are aware, economic growth returned in second quarter of 2017 due to a clear follow-through of some of the economic initiatives we set out to implement. Since then, we have consolidated on the recovery path reaching a Real GDP growth of 1.92% by the fourth quarter of 2017.
Significant progress, he said, has also been made in the Agricultural sector with the expansion of the Anchor Borrower’s programme to more beneficiaries to boost local production.
“We plan to build upon the success of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative to double the 500,000 metric tons of fertilizer delivered to States, agro-dealers and farmers in 2017, by achieving production output of 1 million metric tons in 2018.
“Today, our local food production, particularly rice, has witnessed a remarkable growth and has saved the nation millions of dollars of foreign exchange.
“However, we are not relenting on our efforts until these improvements in economic indices translate to visible improvements in the lives of our citizens.”
Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said the Government had so far screened 240 projects for the ERGP focus laboratories.
He said the government’s target was to mobilise at least 25 billion dollars or its Naira equivalent in private investments through the labs.
“Many have asked whether we are not being too ambitious in targeting 25 billion dollars. My answer is that we have no choice.
“We actually need multiples of 25 billion dollars, or its equivalent in Naira of new investments to create enough jobs to address the high unemployment rate in the country.
“So, we will not stop after the first set of labs. After this first set of labs, we will hold more labs and more labs.
“We shall keep on addressing all the constraints to investments until we achieve the goals we have set for ourselves,” he said.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
No fewer than 25 people were killed in an attack by gunmen in Bassa local government of Plateau state on Monday night.
The gunmen attacked Kimakpa, Zirshe and Dundun villages in Kwall district of the local government.


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The killing were carried out as people were preparing to burry 18 of their people killed last weekend who bodies were deposited at the morgue of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
Plateau State Police Spokesman Terna Tyopev, said policemen had been deployed in the communities to prevent further attack.
He said: “The gunmen stormed the village at about 11pm and took residents unaware. Some residents were able to escape, but the gunmen killed 25 people before the information got to us”
However, the special military task force code named operation safe haven (OPSH) said 21 people were killed and two injured
Some of the villagers who escaped the Bassa attack said the gunmen that came were more than 200 and they were heavily armed.
Many of the residents were reported missing after the attack; a rescue team put up by the villagers have been combing the nearby bush in search of the missing ones.
Media officer of OPSH Major Adam Umar said the task force had launched a manhunt for the killers. “With the deployment of men of the OPSH to the affected villages, residents can be assured of safety”
Spokesman of the Irigwe Development Association Ivy Gulu, said 23 persons were killed at Dundu, another village in Kwall District of Bassa.
“Twenty-three persons were killed in an attack on Dundu village last night. We are already preparing for a mass burial,” Gulu said.
He said that many others were missing and were feared killed.
Gulu said that many houses were burnt down by the invaders.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
President Mohammodu Buhari on Tuesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to answer query as to why he breached a Presidential order to relocate to Benue following reported killings in the state.It would be recalled that President Buhari had on Jan. 9 directed the Inspector-General to move to Benue with a view to check the reported cases of attacks on innocent citizens in the state.However, President Buhari who was on official visit to Benue on Monday in continuation of his 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Five out of eight persons tested positiveA fresh outbreak of Lassa fever has reportedly killed three persons in Ekiti State, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rotimi Ojo, has said.Ojo, who addressed reporters yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said five of the eight suspected cases tested negative while one was uncertain and the last one pending at press time last night.The commissioner said the government was taking proactive steps in its surveillance involving the residents because some 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The House of Representatives has lifted the suspension placed on the former Chairman of its Committee on Appropriation, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin (Kano-APC).This followed a letter of apology sent to the House by Jibrin, which was presented by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, at plenary on Tuesday.The lawmaker was suspended in 2017 for 180 legislative days for allegedly exposing budget padding scandal in the legislative arm of government.Presenting the letter, Dogara said that the suspended legislator 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Says transparent, credible, fair, peaceful elections expected next yearRex Tillerson, until yesterday the United States Secretary of State had to cut short his trip to Africa because of developments at home. He had been fired by President Donald Trump. Tillerson, whose replacement has been named, will bow out of office on March 31. Below is excerpts of what Tillerson said in Abuja, Nigerias political capital on Monday before his sack.Well, good afternoon, and I am so pleased to be back in Niger 


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Wed, 14 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari wil today meet with parents of the 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on February 19 in Dapchi, Yobe State.They will be among the stakeholders at the parley in the Yobe State Government House in Damaturu during a one-day presidential visit.Buhari has visited Taraba, Plateau and Benue states, where killings by herdsmen took place. He is also due to visit Niger State tomorrow.Yobe government officials said yesterday that the President is not likely to visit Dapchi, u 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The International Womens Day is marked globally in honour of the womenfolk. Abisola Nwoboshi, Assistant General Manager & Head, Corporate Business Group, Axa Mansard Insurance Plc, in this interview with Charles Okonji, speaks on issues affecting women and her engagement at her work place.Please introduce yourself, what your role entails and what do you love most about your job’My name is Abisola Nwoboshi. Basically my role entails supervision of the activities of the Relationship Manag 


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Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The governorship aspirations of many senators have pitched them against governors and other party leaders in their states. As the polity prepares for next years general elections, RAYMOND MORDI and MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE examine the crises generated by the matter and the chances of the aspirants.Governors and senators are at loggerheads in many states. The bone of contention is next years governorship polls. Many senators want to succeed the governors in their states. But, the governors have their ano 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
In this piece, octogenarian and All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in Lagos State Pa Remi Williams examines the implication of carpet crossing for the polity.Carpet crossing as a phenomenon has eaten deep into Nigerias political system. That is why it deserves special attention to root it out. But it is not new in Nigeria. The only dimension is that it is now done with ulterior motive and impunity.For example, one can loot the governments treasury and take refuge by crossing to the party i 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been endorsed a second term by Igbos living in the state.The Igbo Vision in All Progressives Congress (APC) has started mobilising to ensure victory for the governor in 2019, according to Lagos APC Publicity Secretary Mr. Joe Igbokwe.He said stakeholders have resolved to support the governor for a second term, because of his excellent performance.Igbokwe said outcome of the 2019 election would convince the ethnic group the APC is the most reliable party. 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The prevalent unfriendly banking practices are responsible for the stunted entrepreneurship and by implication the slow growth of the nations economy in Nigeria, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said.He also identified lack of political will to effect necesaary reforms as a major stumbling block to a conducive entrepreneurial growth in the country.According to him, the seemingly intractable adverse effect of the harsh business environment requires a concerted action by 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Kano/Jigawa Customs Command, impounded over 300 bags ofsmuggled foreign rice and macaroni,valued at N7 million.The Comptroller of the Command, Yusuf Abba-Kassim, who spoke to reporters over the seizure, said the two suspects were arrested in connection with the smuggled items.According to him, 10 vehicles which conveyed the smuggled items were also impounded by his men at Babura village, a border town between Kano and Jigawa.Read Also:Kano Fire Service saved 126 livesAlso, Abba Kassim saidth 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Monday reiterated the need for devolution of power from the centre to various states and local governments so as to achieve good governance.Ganduje stated this in Kano Government House while receiving the Kano 30-member Committee on True Federalism set up by the state government to project the views of Kano in the on-going debate for true federalism and restructuring.According to him, there was need to take the issue of true federalism to be deb 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Celebrated cake maker, Tosan Jemide, reputed for making the iconic Tallest Cake in Africa, has announced that he will officially be retiring from active cake-making to focus on new projects including mentoring and setting up a cake school. This is coming after more than two decades in the business.Jemide of the Cakes by Tosan fame is known for designing some of Nigerias most iconic cakes and winning several awards.The baker who is turning 50 this month will also be launching a book, Sugar Icing, 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
After weeks of intense planning, the organisers of the second edition of Ojaja II Talent Hunt show have announced dates for the auditions of this years edition of the competition.According to a statement from the organisers, while sale of forms commences March 12 and runs till April 5, auditions come up in Lagos at Silver Cafe Lounge, Ozone Cinema, Yaba from April 9 to 10. In Ibadan, it will hold at Mauve 21 from 12 to 14, while the Ilorin and Akure auditions come up at Princess Luxury Hotel fro 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Another ground breaking television show, Borokini, from the stable of Rare Edge Media is in the works.According to information, the production features Nollywood veterans including the likes of Taiwo Ibikunle, Tunde Oladimeji, Jaiye Kuti, Bimbo Oshin, Akin Lewis, Antar Laniyan, Alex Osifo, Ebun Oloyede (Olaiya Igwe) and Yemi Solade who recently turned 58 while on set of Borokini The Telenovela.Producers of the sitcom reveal that Borokini captures the story of three elite friends and business par 


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Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Nigerian Film Corporation, last Monday commenced training of about 80 entrepreneurs from the six geopolitical zones of the country in film and television in Jos, Plateau State.At the opening ceremony which took place at the National Film Institute, Jos, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFCs Managing Director said that the weeklong workshop will help participants appraise existing and new developments within the context of broad range of traditional filmmaking techniques and applications in film and televisi 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Presently a mother of two, a boy and a girl, Marvin signee, Aphro Dija has shared a touching story with her fans, revealing how she did not know she was in labour while having a photo shoot on March 8, a day before she had her second child.She however expressed a heartfelt appreciation to all who helped her achieve a success delivery.To think I was in labour on the 8th of March while doing a photoshoot with @michaeltubescreations and didnt know. Women are truly amazing. I cannot wait for what is 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Having won the case against his former record label, Kiss Daniel has hit the news again with the purchase of a second house from the Haven Homes located on the island.The thriving artiste shared the picture of the new home with a friend in front of the new house.He wrote, All thanks to God, bought my second house in Lagos from @thehavenhomes just 4 years into the business, I want to say a huge thank you to my fans. I pray we all succeed just the right way.Anidugbe Oluwatobiloba Daniel, known as 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
New Nollywood blockbuster The Eve would premiere in cinemas nationwide on Easter Day.The romantic and comedy as been named among top screen show during the holiday season.It is the first modern era Nollywood movie on homophobia as subplot.The Lagos premiere of the star studded movie has been scheduled for March 24th at the Day Dream Pool Club, Landmark Towers, Victoria Island as also gathered.In a statement, Cut24 productions said the Nollywood cast which feature includes Beverly Naya, Meg Otanw 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Nigerians celebrated life and had reasons to bond at an evening of games, foods, good musics and an all-round fun in Abuja, Uyo, Asaba and Lagos at the 2018 Friendship Experience Party organised by 33 Export Lager Beer.The brand friendship campaign is targeted to bond Nigerians by creating an atmosphere that breeds nothing but true friendship.The 2018 edition of the nationwide friendship party commenced in the four states on Sunday 4th March, 2018 and the train is moving round the country.The Uy 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Ondo State Government on Tuesday sacked the Head Coach of Sunshine Stars, Duke Udi with immediate effect and asked the former Coach of the team, Henry Abiodun to take over.The state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, made this known on Tuesday in Akure.Abiodun was the Technical Director of the team before his appointment .Yusuf-Ogunleye said his ministry took the decision following letters received from the Ondo State Football Agency over the act of insubordi 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Ondo State Government on Tuesday sacked the Head Coach of Sunshine Stars, Duke Udi with immediate effect and asked the former Coach of the team, Henry Abiodun to take over.The state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, made this known on Tuesday in Akure.Abiodun was the Technical Director of the team before his appointment .Yusuf-Ogunleye said his ministry took the decision following letters received from the Ondo State Football Agency over the act of insubordi 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
She walked away from her marriage with golfing legend Tiger Woods with a whopping $100m settlement.And Elin Nordegren has put her custom-built Florida mansion which she bought with the settlement on the market for a whopping $49.5m.The Swedish former model, 38, who divorced the adulterous golfer in 2010, following a six year marriage, purchased the sprawling 25,878-square foot oceanfront home in Seminole Landing, North Palm Beach in 2014.The palatial home comes complete with 11 bedrooms, 15 bath 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Bayern Munich jetted off to Turkey in style on Tuesday after decked in blacked-out suits ahead of their Champions League clash with Besiktas.The Bundesliga side take a commanding 5-0 lead from the first leg into Wednesdays game against the Super Lig team.A brace from both Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski gave the Barvarians a comfortable advantage going into the second leg.And it showed as the reigning German champions looked cool and relaxed as they waited for their flight at Munich interna 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Serena Williams has said it is still a long way to go to find her top form after the birth of her child following defeat by sister Venus in round three at Indian Wells.Venus got the better of her younger sister to make it through to the fourth round with a 6-3 6-4 win in Carlifornia.It wasnt easy, obviously, said Serena, who was in her first event since beating Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final.Venus moves on to the round of 16 where she will face Anastasija Sevastova.Latvian Sevastova bea 


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Wed, 14 Mar 2018
A Thessaloniki prosecutor has ordered a judicial investigation after the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki Ivan Savvidis marched onto the field following a disputed goal in a Greek league match.Savvidis apologised Tuesday for what he called an emotional reaction to the referees decision and the general negative condition in Greek soccer.The incident prompted condemnation from FIFA and an indefinite suspension of league play.The probe will also investigate why police allegedly ignored instruc 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Southamptons refusal to sell defender Virgil van Dijk in the close season disrupted their English Premier League campaign, former club captain Matt Le Tissier has said.The forer England player said the refusal had ultimately led to manager Mauricio Pellegrino being sacked.Southampton dismissed Pellegrino on Monday after just one victory in 17 league games under the manager.Saturdays 3-0 defeat by Newcastle United had left them a place and a point above the relegation zone and sealed the Argentin 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Pensions, Hon. Hassan Adamu Shekarau has said part of the loan approved for President Muhammadu Buhari by the National Assembly was meant for the payment of pensions, saying the delay in clearing outstanding pension liabilities was unfortunate.Shekarau who spoke at the commissioning of the national secretariat complex of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Abuja said he has directed the Acting Director-General, National Pension Commi 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
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Wed, 14 Mar 2018
For proper administration of Lagos State, there is need for top quality service from workers to both government and residents of the state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said.Ambode who spoke during a workshop tagged: Building Values and Sound Human Relations Skills in Lagos State Civil Service was represented by Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry Of Establishments, Training, and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson in Lagos.He said the workers must work without negative traits, practices and mindsets 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Danbatta yesterday urged African countries participating in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai later this year to present common proposals that would deepen investment in the telecom sector and reduce digital divide in the continent.He said this has become imperative considering the over-riding benefits especially as African countries would move from being a ma 
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The Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) is eyeing over N200billion investments over the next three years from the implementation of the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) Regulation.Presenting the regulation at the 25th monthly Ministerial Power Sector Stakeholders meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Commissioner, Legal, Licensing and Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, said the regulation would create jobs as it is compulsory to comply with 30 per cent lo 


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Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Federal Government plans to raise N70 billion ($222 million) via a sovereign bond sale next week, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said yesterday, less than it has sold at previous auctions.The DMO said it would issue a five-year bond to raise N10 billion, and sell 10-year paper to fetch N30 billion, using the Dutch auction system on March 21.It plans to introduce a new seven-year note to raise another N30 billion, it said in a bond notice. The result of the auction is expected on March 23, 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
THE International Oragnisa- tion of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the global securities regulator, has launched a new report that seeks to protect ageing investors from financial fraud, unsuitable investment and other risks as part of efforts to safeguard senior investors from losing their hard-earned nest eggs.Its board on Monday published the report that examined the growing vulnerability of ageing investors to financial fraud and other risks and identified sound practices for enhancing thei 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Nigeria needs $8 billion annually to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) by 2030, the Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), UNICEF, Zaid Jurgi, has said.Jurji noted that currently, over 60 million Nigerians still lacking access to potable water.In Nigeria, half of its over 170 million citizens lack access to potable water. While many of the residents of the urban areas provide water for themselves by either constructing boreholes or buying water from those who construct, m 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Senate has resolved to screen President Muhammadu Buharis nominees for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).The resolution of the Senate followed a motion sponsored by Rafiu Ibrahim, senator representing Kwara south.If confirmed, the all-important Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will hold its first meeting in 2018.The committee was not able to meet in January because it could not form quorum as a result of the Senates refusal to confirm nominees for the 12-man committee.The review of economic a 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Helping women gain access to economic opportunities can change the future for them and their families. This was the position of an International Womens Day Celebration forum organised by I-startup Hub in collaboration with partners in Lagos. DANIEL ESSIET reports.Women are improving their livelihoods and playing active roles in economic development.This is a reflection of the significant changes taking place in Nigeria.With their own businesses, they have been able to contribute to family income 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Lassa fever and yellow fever take their toll on NigeriaThe spread of Lassa fever and yellow fever across the country in recent months is a grim reminder of the urgent need for federal and state governments to step up their efforts to improve healthcare.The current Lassa fever outbreak has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be the worst ever reported in Nigeria. Between January 1 and February 25, 2018, 1,081 suspected cases and 90 deaths have been recorded, and the fatalitie 
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Ezimako should seek redress in courtThe Department of State Services (DSS) acted ultra vires the constitution when it arrested and detained the Abuja Bureau Chief of The Independent Newspaper, Mr Tony Ezimako, for exercising his constitutional rights in the discharge of his professional duties. They forgot that Nigeria is not under a military autocracy, but a democracy. Perhaps because President Muhammadu Buhari is a retired army general who promulgated the hated Decree 4 of 1984, they relapsed 


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