Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 30 March, 2018.
Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Lagos residents yesterday groaned under gridlock caused at different locations in the city by President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state.The state government had announced on Tuesday that movement would be restricted to certain areas during the president’s visit, promising that alternative routes would be created.

Some residents who spoke with The Guardian expressed disappointment over the way security operatives handled the situation, keeping them helpless by blocking most of the routes to their work places.

Many said they left their homes as early as 3:00 a.m. to beat the roadblocks mounted by security operatives, but they were not successful as early as that time.When The Guardian visited Agege motor road, along Oshodi road, a large crowd of people were seen trekking and sweating profusely as only a few commercial vehicles operated. They rained abuses on the state government on the way the Buhari’s visit negatively affected them.

The few commercial buses that operated yesterday increased transportation fare by over 100 per cent. For instance, buses going to ‘Ikeja Along’ from Oshodi charged N200, instead of the usual N100. The commercial drivers defended the fare increase, saying they had to drive through the streets of Ladipo to connect to PWD Bus Stop.

The Guardian’s reporter who boarded a bus to Ikeja noticed that all the passengers spoke angrily on the stress they went through to get to their destinations.A mother cuddling a crying baby described the visit as a huge burden to Lagosians. “Why should the visit to Lagos be different from that of other states? It is we the poor masses that are suffering it because the terminal he is coming to commission, the fare will not be reduced, it is still we the masses that will pay for it.”

Another man who identified himself as Wale Onimu said: “When I heard the announcement that some roads would be blocked, I had to leave home as early as 4:00 a.m. for Victoria Island where my office is located. Buhari’s visit to Lagos caused havoc to the residents.”One of the passengers compared Buhari’s visit to that of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan: “Look at what Buhari’s visit is causing us now. When Jonathan was in power, he visited Lagos regularly and we all went about our regular activities without any stress. I don’t know why Buhari’s visit is different. I don’t know why the stress would be this much, I would have stayed in my house.”

Domestic flight operations were yesterday disrupted nationwide due to the restriction of movement on some major routes in Lagos.The restriction, which began as early as 3:00 a.m., left a lot of the local and international passengers stranded and unable to catch their morning flights.The development forced local carriers to delay all morning flights out of Lagos for hours, causing a ripple effect on connecting flights in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu among other airports across the country.

Apart from the delays, some of the airlines flew at half the load factor to avoid cancellation, which cost them in millions.The Chief Operating Officer of one of the airlines told The Guardian that the “unfortunate twist of event” may cost him in excess of N20 million, having cancelled two of his eight Lagos-Abuja daily flights yesterday.

“It seems some people just forget that Lagos is the hub that feeds all other routes. So, practically shutting down Lagos is like disrupting all flights nationwide. We could have done better as a state,” he said on condition of anonymity.The access road connecting international and local terminals was at a standstill due to traffic spillover and disruption at the Ikeja end of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

As part of the lockdown plan of the state government, the busy Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway had been truncated at both Ile-Zik and PWD axis, blocking traffic flow in and out of the airport area.Aviation security consultant, Group Capt. John Ojikutu (rtd), however, blamed the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for not issuing adequate directives on the situation.

Some residents expressed their view on the visit in their twitter handles:
@biolakazeem: Lagos is shut down because the president is in town to commission a bus station. Not an underground train station or even a monorail. A bus station. A state supposedly led by a lettered man. Nigeria is finished. We can pack and go home now.

@DemolaRewaju: Agents of the state are mobilising 10 people from each ward in Lagos with a promise of N3,000 to come and hail Buhari while the police have caged the NBA Ikeja branch which wished to protest against Ambode’s retrogressive policies. Any crowd you see in Lagos today is rented.

@Chxta: The compulsory exercise that we are participating in in Lagos today isn’t because of the old man… It’s the pot-bellied one that is doing eye service that we should direct our ire at.

@newscantell: Ambode declared tomorrow as work-free because Buhari is coming to commission a bus stop in Lagos. Lagos is the 5th largest economy in Africa. The person that declared tomorrow work-free, the person that will commission the bus stop, and the people that will attend are all not serious.

@akaebube: This new airport terminal in Lagos was built and commissioned by GEJ. No public holiday was declared for its commissioning. No road closures. No fanfare. Buhari is coming to Lagos to commission a “Bus stop” and we have a state of emergency on our hands.

@gossyomega: People booked their flights many weeks ago, so many people are flying out of Lagos for Easter. Yet you block roads leading to the Airport with 24hour notice.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s request to secure a $350 million World Bank loan for Kaduna State was yesterday rejected by the Senate.It said the state government already has an existing backlog of $231 million debt with a low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) status.The upper chamber added that if the new loan request was granted, Kaduna would be the most indebted state across the country.

It further cautioned the presidency and other relevant agencies and ministries not to circumvent the provisions of the extant debt management act.Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Shehu Sani, reading the report at plenary also affirmed that the state government has not even convincingly shown how the loan will be judiciously used and beneficial to the people of the state.

Suffice it to say that none of the three senators from the state supported the loan request as they took turns in expressing their disapproval.Sani, who represents Kaduna central, said if the request is granted, the state’s debt stock will rise to $582.1 million.

Supporting the resolution, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi representing Kaduna North said the loan should not be approved because it would increase the financial burden of state and that the reasons for the request sent to the World Bank were not in tandem with the purpose for which the loan was sought.He further emphasised that the loan request for the Kaduna Development Policy Operation (DPO) was a misplacement of priorities.

Senator Danjuma La’ah representing Kaduna South also said the loan request lacks the mandate of his constituents.But deputy Senate Leader, Bala Na’Allah, averred that it was a lesson for democracy, particularly with governors who refuse to consult with their people and representatives before seeking such massive loan approval.

Presiding Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in affirmation said, “a loan application for infrastructural development is not bad in itself but the failure to consult with representatives of the people before application was clearly undemocratic.”debt with a low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) status. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Not less than six people have been reportedly killed in separate fresh attacks in Bakin Kogi, Kaninkon chiefdom, Jama’a local government area of Southern Kaduna in Kaduna State.The killings occurred barely a day after the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai held a meeting with Fulani leaders on lasting peace in the state. 

The two attacks were said to have been carried out around 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen. A member of the security committee in the community, Auta Maurice, who confirmed the attacks on telephone, said the gunmen, numbering about 10, were wearing army and mobile police uniforms.Maurice said three people were killed in the bush when they went to cut wood for the roofing of their houses while three others were killed at a local mining site on the hills.

He said four people were injured and were taken to the hospital in Kafanchan.The police confirmed the incident as ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, spokesman of the state of police command later responded on telephone calls that two of those killed were women and four men. 

Besides, the Nigerian Army yesterday buried the 11 soldiers killed by bandits at Kampanin Doka Village in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.The soldiers, killed on March 20, were operatives of a special force executing the army’s Exercise Aya Akpatuma (Rat Race).

Among them were Privates Olabode Hammed, Bamidele Adekunle Emmanuel, Owhochukwu Christian Chigoziri, Adamu Muhammed, Lamara Ahmed and Mubarack Suleiman. Others were Privates Bashir Dani, Usman Abubakar Halo, Nafiyi Iliyasu, Sefiyanu Ahmed and Alhassan Ibrahim.At the burial, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the death of the soldiers would not deter the army from protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

According to him, the bandits that perpetrated the dastardly act won’t be spared as the Nigerian Army would do all within its powers to arrest and bring them to book. Buratai told the families of the deceased to accept the death of the gallant officers as an act of God, saying “from God we came, and to God we will return.”

The General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Mohammed stood in for the Chief of Army Staff.“In the morning of 20th March 2018, able- bodied men who came into this job barely a year ago to serve the country paid the supreme sacrifice defending their country.

“Could they have sacrificed their lives to aid those who killed them? All of us will join them, it is only a matter of time. To have been trained for six months and to have received additional training, and now to be cut short is really painful.“We assure that we will not relent in our efforts at arresting those who killed them. Their blood was not shed in vain. Their memories remain with us.

“We assure Nigerians that we would continue to do our duties, regardless of this. We assure that every part of this country, every part under one division would be secured,” he said.Buratai assured the families of the slain soldiers of continuous support.“If any other member of the family wants to join the army, do not discourage them. We condole you on the loss of your people, but we assure you, their death is not in vain.

The deceased were honoured with 21 gun salutes.Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, during the burial, announced N500,000 as support to each of the bereaved families.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, Mr. Gbenga Ashafa has commended the Federal Government over the approval of N20 billion for the rehabilitation and construction of the Ikorodu, Ogiji, Mosinmi-Sagamu Expressway.

In a statement yesterday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos East lawmaker commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on behalf of members of his senatorial zone on the attention by the government to address the deplorable state of the road.

He also commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his interface with the Federal Government in ensuring the approval for the funding of the project, saying that the rate of accidents and deaths along the corridor due to the deplorable would reduced immediately the project is executed.Ashafa also commended all the legislators from Ogun and Lagos East over their inputs in securing the approval.

According to him, “The efforts and the role that the lawmakers of the Eastern district, ably led by myself also helped in speeding up the approval. Having observed the perennial strain and discomfort that the above stated road project has caused our teeming constituents, I led the clamour of other legislators from the zone via my letter dated July 24 2017 demanding for the urgent attention on the road, which the minister graciously approved through a directives to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry to respond vide a letter dated October 18 last year. He said the completion of the project would improve the quality of life of his constituents.

In similar manner, THE Senator representing Ogun East on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Buruji Kashamu, applauded the Federal Government. He said the road was a petroleum distribution route and hosts several high value installations and industrial plants such as the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC). There are lots of huge man-hour and economic losses due to the deplorable condition of this road; including the unfortunate loss of lives on several occasions.”

Kashamu added that the fact that the road has now been awarded based on the provision made for it in the 2017 Appropriation Act shows that if the various arms of government work together the people would be better for it.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Dr Emmanuel Nwokorie, Chief Radiographer in Garki Hospital, has said that telecommunication masts do not emit radiations capable of causing harmful health challenges.Nwokorie, who is also a Nuclear and Radiation Physicist, said this in Abuja. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The House of Representatives has approved N204,800,719,000. as budget for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the period ending June 30, 2018. The decision followed the adoption of the report of the Mr. Saheed Akinade-Fijabi-led Committee on Communication at the plenary presided by Speaker Yakubu Dogara. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The new policy directive by the Central Bank of Nigeria on dividend payment by banks is a proactive measure to strengthen and protect the banking industry, consumers and financial system, for a more efficient economy. The policy is in tandem with the Consumer Protection Framework for Banks and Other Financial Institutions regulated by CBN which [] 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
An industry expert, who served as Deputy Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, (SPDC) Egbert Ulogo Imomoh, in Abuja on Wednesday, said continuous bid rounds were needed to enable Nigeria wet the shocks in the oil and gas industry. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Visionscape Sanitation Solutions has restated its commitment to fulfilling its part in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).The company also expressed its willingness to work with with PSP operators in Lagos. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, United States (U.S.), researcher has compiled evidence from more than 100 publications to show how obesity increases risk of 13 different cancers in young adults. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Auditor General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine, has said good governance was necessary for any country, even as one could not divorce suchgovernance from public accountability and integrity. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that agitations for a sovereign state of Biafra affected the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the southeast. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Super Eagles' forward, Ahmed Musa has confessed that Nigeria had a bad game in Tuesday's international friendly against Serbia, which it lost by 0-2. But he is adamant that the Super Eagles have learnt from the loss, reports 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Management of DAAR Communications, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM, has conferred on Mr. Biodun Shobanjo, Chairman of Troyka Group, a Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable contributions to the development of the Integrated Marketing Communications industry in Africa. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has appointed transaction advisers, comprising 16 firms, for the establishment of a national carrier and concession of major airports in the country.The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika... 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Ekiti Police Command has warned the political class to conduct itself appropriately as this year's governorship election in the state approaches.While warning politicians against the use of firearms during the electioneering period, the force, however, disclosed that it had arrested 12 suspects ... 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
MY teachers taught me this, and may the Almighty minister to their penitence: all eyes shall shed hot tears of lamentations on the day of resurrection except three eyes: the eye that remembers the Almighty, His wonderful ways and His awesomeness and therefore shed tears in admiration; the eye that sees the forbidden.... 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
After six weeks of intense competition, a team of four students from the University of Lagos has emerged winner of the maiden edition of the Coca-Cola Global Management Challenge. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Hyundai has officially launched the fifth generation of its popular Accent small car in Africa and Middle East markets. With the launch, the vehicle is building on the strengths of previous models with Hyundai's latest design and engineering innovations while also maintaining Accent's unbeatable value proposition for buyers. 
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