NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 MARCH, 2017].

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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 20 March, 2017.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Though the Senate usually speaks with one voice on national issues, a showdown is imminent in the Red Chamber as senators loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari are putting in place certain strategies to neutralise plans by senators loyal to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to override the President on reordering of elections sequence for the 2019 general elections, The Daily Times reports. Indications to this development emerged as a new Group- Parliament Support Group, emerged to checkmate their colleagues said to be bent on overriding the President’s veto on the repeal of Electoral Act, which re-ordered the sequence of the next elections. It is apparent that the Senators who are in support of the amendment of the Electoral Act for the reordering of elections and their opposing parties are neck deep in the game of survival ahead of 2019. The Senate started attracting controversy lately on its resolve to re-order the sequence of election in which case it placed the National Assembly elections, State governors and state Houses of Assembly in front order, while that of the Presidential election comes last. But some senators opposed the amendment by the Senate led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa) had voiced out their displeasure, stressing that the amendment was targeted at the President. Adamu is to face the Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition Committee of the Senate on allegation that he and his supporters had subverted the institution of the Senate and may be suspended if found guilty. Findings by The Daily Times has revealed that already, the Parliamentary Support Group boasts of 46 members, while also mobilising more of their colleagues to gain the strength to neutralise the plot to override the President. A top ranking senator, who disclosed the formation of the new group to our correspondents , stressed that 20 governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had thrown their weight behind the Parliamentary Support Group on the basis that the plot to override the President on the Electoral Amendment Bill may have an adverse effect on democracy. Senators, who are in support of the plot to override Buhari on the new Electoral law in the making, requires a two-thirds majority and equal strength of concurrence from the House of Representatives for the plan to sail through. The anti-Buhari Senators, in this regard need 72 votes from the 108 Senators to stamp their authority on the New Amendment Bill on Electoral Act to override the President, while the Pro-Buhari Senators require only 56 votes to put the plan on hold. The senator, who sought anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, disclosed that the arrowheads of the pro-Buhari 20 governors are Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Jibrila Bindow (Adamawa), Solomon Lalong (Plateau) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo). The senator further disclosed that the group has the support of about 260 members in the House of Representatives. The Daily Times learnt that senators from the new group had scheduled a special meeting for today to consider the next line of action after President Buhari had withheld his assent on the Electoral Amendment Bill passed to him, two weeks ago. The Senate, almost from the start of the ongoing session of democracy, has been taking adversarial stance against President Buhari, and had at a point suspended the confirmation of political appointees from the President for screening. Meanwhile, in a suave manner to brake the impasse between the Presidency and the Senate on confirmation of government nominees, the Presidency on Monday pleaded with the Senate to reconsider its earlier stance on confirmation of nominees.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
There is an uneasy calm at the headquarters of the Presidential Amnesty Programme following the appointment of Prof Charles Dokubo as the new Presidential Adviser and Coordinator of the programme for former Niger Delta militants. This is coming on the heels of the tension and ripples generated by the removal of the former Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd). Sources close to the Amnesty office told our correspondent that Head of Departments under probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are now jittery since the sacking of Boroh over alleged corrupt activities. Some the officials, who expressed uncertainty over what to expect from the new boss, said that they are no longer sure of their jobs security. The Daily Times also gathered the Presidential Amnesty Programme under Boroh was tantamount to ‘an avenue for political aides and staff of the office to amass wealth at the expense of peace in the region as well as the welfare of staff.’ The National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), reportedly constituted a panel to investigate the activities of the Amnesty office under Boroh. The panel was said to have uncovered some fraudulent activities by some of the Heads of Departments who are currently under probe by the EFCC. Another source also confided in The Daily Times that one of the top ranking official in charge of Education desk and a close confidant of the NSA, was allegedly instrumental to the removal of Boroh. The source said, “The top ranking official was the one reporting the activities of Boroh to the NSA. In fact, he is his right-hand man. “He has already been listed as the next person to work closely with Prof Dokubo.” Several allegations has bedevilled the official at the education desk where he heads. It was further alleged that he allocated a huge percentage to students admitted into 2016/2017 who were not beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme. The source also alleged that an NTA official on secondment at the Communications Department of the Amnesty office was alleged to have pocketed huge amount of money through various memos with neither consent nor approval of the Head of Department. It was alleged that she used her influence to raise the memos signed by herself and approved by Boroh without the consent of the head of her department to collect various sums of money. When contacted on the allegations, the NTA official said: “I don’t know what you are talking about.” The Daily Times recalls that President Buhari had last week approved the appointment of Prof Charles Quaker Dokubo as the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants. He replaced Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd). The President had directed the NSA to carry out a full investigation into the activities of the Amnesty Programme from 2015 to date, especially allegations of financial impropriety and other acts that are allegedly detrimental to the objectives of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Boroh had been alleged to be deceiving the people and allegedly amassing wealth from the PAP. Boroh had informed some elders of the Niger Delta that 70 ex-militants, who, as part of the PAP, had been trained in underwater welding at the CDA Technical Institute of the West Indies in St. Kitts and Nevis, recently graduated and returned to Nigeria. However, it was revealed that Boroh did not tell the whole truth, as none of the ex-militants have returned from St. Kitts and Nevis. Furthermore, 50, not 70 ex-militants were discovered to have participated in the vocational training programme sponsored by the PAP. Some of the stranded ex-militants at St. Kitts and Nevis disclosed that for about three months, they have been stranded, saying that they were “all shocked a few days ago when they read an article from media in which the Amnesty Coordinator had told some elders of the region that 70 of them who went for the training had all returned to Nigeria fully equipped”.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been alleged to have “essentially shared” N150billion two weeks to the 2015 general elections. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this on Monday during the 7th presidential quarterly business forum for private sector stakeholders at the old banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The forum provides a platform for private sector, business leaders and groups to engage with top government officials such as ministers, advisers and heads of agencies. Osinbajo said while the current administration with less revenue has increased capital funding by 400 per cent in power, works and housing, defence, transportation, agricultural sectors, the Jonathan administration with surplus funds spent N14billion on agriculture in 2014, N15billion on transportation, and a total of N153billion on infrastructure in three years. He said that while the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has not completely dealt with corruption, it has demonstrated enough political will to reverse the trend. The Vice president said: “In one single transaction, a few weeks to the 2015 elections, sums of N100 billion and $295 million were just frittered away by a few. “Nobody should talk about the economy when you have this kind of huge leakages and huge corruption. Corruption that completely makes nonsense of even what you are allocating to capital projects. “We saw from the presentation of the Minister of Finance that N14billion was spent on agriculture in 2014, transportation N15billion, so the total spent on infrastructure in those three years were N153 billion and in two weeks before the elections, N150 billion was essentially shared. “So, if your total infrastructure spending is N150 billion and you can share N153 billion, that is completely incredible. That sort of thing doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. And when we are talking about the economy, we must simply understand that that is the problem.” The vice-president added that most Nigerians, for some reasons, do not discuss the role of corruption in crippling the nation’s economy. He said though corruption is not easy to stamp out, if the country sticks to the policy of ensuring that there is no impunity as far as public finance is concerned and people are held to account, the economy will “soar in no time”. Osinbajo added: “I must ask again what is wrong with the Nigerian economy and what do we need to do to correct the flaws. There are several issues many of which have already been articulated but I want to talk about what I think is the biggest problem which for some reason we hardly talk about when discussing our national economy. “This is grand corruption in the public finance space. Sometimes the way we talk about the Nigerian economy it does appear as if it is the economy of say Norway or somewhere where all things are equal. Even when we refer to what has taken place in our economy, we almost sound as if this is in every sense a very normal business environment, a very normal public finance environment but that is not the case.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, of Lagos state, said at the weekend that good governance and sustainable development in the country will be achieved through the combinationThe post Youths creativity, elders experience, panacea for good governance Ambode appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Scoring Cheap Political points The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as iniquitous, the attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari to use the heartbreaking abduction ofThe post President Buharis politicizing Dapchi abduction-PDP appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has rejected the judgement of an Appeal Court on his recall process by theThe post Recall: Melaye rejects Appeal Court judgment, heads for Supreme Court appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State last Saturday in Awka, the State capital promised the people of the State that the huge confidence reposed onThe post I wont let you down, Obiano tells Anambra, takes oath of office appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Anglican Bishop on the Niger, the Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Owen Nwokolo, has lent his support to the recent judgement of the Supreme Court ofThe post Bishop Nwokolo backs Supreme Court Judgement on female inheritance appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that prepaid meters will soon flood the market with the licensing of 87 meter asset providers (MAPs).The post Nigerians to pay more as NERC hikes electricity tariff appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
International Hotel and Hospitality Management Group, Bon Hotels, which owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added Bon Hotel Sunshine Enugu to their NigerianThe post BON Sunshine: Enugu gets 5 star hotel appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Hon Waliu Taiwo, former Commissioner for works in Ogun State is the Director General of Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation. Taiwo is confident that Adebutu whoThe post Why Adebutu is most qualified to be next governor of Ogun State -Taiwo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The resurgence of the protracted land dispute between the people of Inyimagu and Ekpomaka in Ikwo Local Government area of Ebonyi State recently worsened. DailyThe post 5,000 displaced, 105 houses razed in Ebonyi communal clash appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
A former Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, on Domestic Affairs, Warapamo Dudafa, currently facing trial over alleged N5.1 billion fraud, has informed aThe post N5.1bn Fraud: EFCC closes case against ex- Jonathans aide, Dudafa, Others appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Days after he announced the intention of the Federal Government to establish a National Food Security Council, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution ofThe post Buhari approves establishment of National Food Security Council appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has uncovered an illegal Voter registration center in Offa, Kwara State. INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr. Paul Atser made thisThe post INEC discovers illegal registration center in Kwara appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
As part of efforts of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to protect subscribers from unsolicited messages, the NCC has launched a television commercial that willThe post Unsolicited SMS: NCC launches TV commercial to aid campaign appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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