Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 19 March, 2018.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders have launched a peace move to change the frosty relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly.

Lawmakers are threatening to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the Electoral Act amendment, especially the reordering of the sequence of the 2019 elections.

In a joint statement at the weekend, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara vowed to be “on the same page on what is an appropriate reaction to the President’s withholding of assent on the Electoral Act amendment bill”.

It was learnt that party Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) Chairman Abdulaziz Yari and other leaders of the party had intervened through meetings with Presidency officials and National Assembly’s leaders.

The party is said to be seeking a meeting point for the two arms of government to resolve the feud.

Other senior members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) have also met with the leaders of the National Assembly “to seek their understanding”.

“Yari has held four sessions with the Senate President. This is to underscore the fact that the party leadership and other national leaders of the party have intervened,” a party leader said.

A ranking senator, who pleaded to be anonymous, said: “The party leaders and national leaders have been going forth and back to bring the two arms to the same table for talks. All the shuttles by these leaders actually laid the foundation for Thursday’s session with the President by the National Assembly leaders.

“Apart from the budget and security matters, the President skipped many contentious issues, including the disagreement over amendments to the Electoral Act, especially Order of 2019 Elections.

“So far, the Assembly leaders have made some demands, but the President is yet to give anything in return. No appreciable concessions.

“Democracy is about give and take, but we are yet to get concrete commitments from the President, apart from the directive to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to submit budget details.”

It was learnt that a lot of behind-the-scene shuttles took place between the National Assembly and party leaders and governors in the last one week.

National Publicity Secretary of APC Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi confirmed the intervention of the party’s leadership in the disagreement. He said the party was hopeful of the resolution of the face-off.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
SENATOR Shehu Sani spoke yesterday on why he lifted the lid on  lawmakers’ pay.

He said he did it to burnish the image of senators.

Sani (Kaduna Central) stirred up a hornet’s nest when he unfolded the N750,000 monthly salary and N13.5million monthly running cost received by senators.

The Senate defended the pay as “nothing new”, adding that Sani only revealed what had been in existence.

But many Nigerians and civil society groups have been angry at what they consider to be an outrageous pay.

Speaking in an interview programme aired yesterday on an Ibadan-based radio station, Fresh FM, “Political Circuit”,   Sani, who ran a civil rights group before his election into the senate in 2015, said he saw the need to break the culture of secrecy surrounding the activities of the National Assembly because it had given the parliament a bad name, despite being peopled by by successful professionals and businessmen.

He said: “The National Assembly is made up of distinguished personalities – doctors, lawyers, engineers, academics and all who have made it in life. But because of this culture of secrecy and silence, people who found themselves in the National Assembly are criminalised and stigmatised.

“The dome of the National Assembly is being seen to house people of questionable character and integrity. So, what I did was to rescue the honour and credibility of the parliament by removing the veil of secrecy to bring it once and for all to an end.

“ It has been 19 years of civil administration and it has been 19 years of secrecy, of people not wanting to speak out.

“We have reached a point where people speculate and say so many bad things about the National Assembly. You see all sorts of figures of what senators are collecting. Some say N50 million, some speculate N100 million. But whatever people say, naturally, others will believe because there is no counter information, no truth coming from the other side.

“So, I said, ‘I know it is painful, I know that I will lose friends and colleagues within the very establishment that I serve’. But I need to speak because I was part of those who fought and struggled for the restoration of this democracy.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Despite Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) effort to promote financial inclusion, the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) banking industry statistics shows that the number of customers using financial services reduced in 2017.

The statistics obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from the NIBSS website yesterday, showed that the total number of bank customers dropped from 61 million in 2016 to 59 million in 2017.

Similarly, active bank accounts reduced from 65 million in 2016 to 63.5 million accounts in 2017.

According to NIBSS, the banking sector, however, made great strides in linking customers’ account using the Bank Verification Number (BVN).

The report showed that linked BVN accounts grew from 26 million in 2016, to 41.3 million in 2017.

According to a banking industry source, the reduction in banking customers is not unconnected to the federal government’s anti-graft battle.

“When Buhari assumed office, many people abandoned their accounts, especially civil servants because of fear of investigation.

“While some closed down their accounts outright, others opted for gradual withdrawal so as not to raise the alarm,’’ the source said.

The source, who works at one of the top banks, blamed the BVN for the low patronage of banking products, especially in the rural areas, where awareness was very low.

A bank customer, Olaitan Alagbe told NAN that she closed some of her accounts due to unnecessary and illegal charges by banks.

“First of all, the interest rate is next to nothing, so there is little reason to keep your money at the bank when you can turn it over doing other businesses,” she said.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the three senatorial districts of Oyo State have warned the party’s national secretariat to stay clear of its internal affairs.

They also vowed to resist any form of imposition and impunity from the national secretariat.

The PDP leaders also passed a vote of confidence in the state’s executive of the party – from the wards to state level – under the chairmanship of Alhaji Omokunmi Mustapha.

The party leaders from Oyo Central Senatorial District who passed the vote of confidence include Senator Ayoade Adeseun, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Chief Bisi Ilaka and Olasunkanmi Salami.

Others are: Asiwaju Adeyemi Aderibigbe, D. A. Lawal, Oladepo Oyedokun, Abiola Olaniyan, Matthew Abioye and Moruf Akinwande, among others.

A statement at the weekend in Ibadan, the state capital, by PDP’s State Publicity Secretary Akeem Olatunji, said the party leaders also affirmed former Governor Rashidi Ladoja as the party’s leader in the state.

The statement said the PDP leaders rose from their senatorial district meetings in Oyo South, Oyo North and Oyo Central, declaring that they would leave the party en mass, if PDP’s national leadership tampered with the state executive.

The statement reads: “Consequent upon the meeting of the Oyo Central, Oyo North and Oyo South senatorial districts, the meeting came up with the following resolutions.

“The party members and leadership in the three senatorial districts completely throw their weight behind the leadership of the party in Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, in his fight against imposition and impunity of whatever forms within the party.

“We dissociate ourselves from the sentiments expressed by a politician, as published in Nigerian Tribune with the headline: Ladoja Cannot Intimidate Oyo PDP. The self-acclaimed leader did not speak the minds of teeming PDP members in Oyo Central Senatorial District.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The question remains unanswered, with the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, yesterday explaining why President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to speak on his political future.

According to Adesina, Buhari’s stand is to prevent opponents from sabotaging the country.

If the President speaks too early about his ambition, he said, that it may arm opponents, who may throw everything at him and sabotage the country.

In Adesina’s view, the President cannot speak on his intention to run or not to run with the election still about one year away as he knows the consequences of doing so.

On when the President will declare his intention, he said: “You know the peculiarity of Nigeria, particularly now. If the President speaks too early, it’s a problem. There is a lot of sabotage in the country.

“You have also heard so many have said ‘don’t run’. Because they know that if the President runs, other people should just run a way because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell to beat him. So, they want to discourage him from running.

“Now, if he tells you, ‘I’m going to run’, and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him just to dissuade him from running.”

“So, when you know that, why then do you speak early? I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’ by which time they can do less damage,” he added

Hinting of his intention to run in 2019, the President had in November, last year while speaking with some members of the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire said that he came to the meeting with two governors so that  their people may vote for him in future
While apologising for turning up late at the occasion, he said: “First, I want to apologise for keeping you for too long sitting. This is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godsday Orubebe, has urged the party to embrace urgent reforms to prevent its demise.He lamented that the PDP is still lost in depression and suffering from a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), adding that the platform had crossed the bridge from pride to shame.Orubebe noted that imposition, impunity, arrogance and greed were responsible for the partys electoral defeat in 2015, stressing that the crisis roc 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The misunderstanding between the Power ministry and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) may have compounded the process of recouping the N701 billion subsidy provided by the Federal Government to stabilise the power sector. Managing Editor, Northern Operation YUSUF ALLI reports the power tussle between the permanent secretary in the Power ministry and NBETs managing director.THE Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc has been urged to exert its energies on how to recover the N701 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
unilever Nigeria Plc, producer of top toothpaste brand, Pepsodent, has partnered the Nigeria Dental Association and other stakeholders for the Oral Health Walk in Lagos at the weekend.The event was meant to commemorate the World Oral Health Day and advocate for good oral hygiene among Nigerians.The health walk started at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, the state capital, and ended at Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park at Alausa, also in Ikeja.Notable celebrities, a 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Federal Governments National Housing Programme (NHP) in Oyo State has created 4,090 jobs within a year, the Director of Architectural Services in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Mosunmade Odusanya, has said.The ministrys official spoke yesterday during an inspection of a project site at Onidundun village in Kilometre 17 on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Akinyele Local Government Area.Those engaged include 13 contractors, 110 professionals, 3,832 skilled and unskilled labo 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The combination of the experience of political elders and the creative and innovative ideas of young people is crucial to achieving good governance and sustainable development in the country, Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has said.He said while delivering goodwill message at the second edition of the Bola Tinubu Youths Summit, held at the weekend at MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.The summit was parts of the activities lined up for the 66th birthday of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
It is curious that six months after the appointment of a new board for the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, is in no hurry to inaugurate the board. President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Chief Frank Kokori as Chairman of NSITF.About four months after Ngiges odd delay, Kokori, a trade unionist and former secretary-general of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), protested during the 14th edition of the Ga 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said that rigging of election is impossible, if the youths are vigilant and ready to defend the sanctity of the ballot box.He also said that the National Assembly Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will resist intimidation as it holds the government accountable for its actions. .Ekweremadu said the PDP will always be alive to its responsibility as an opposition party.He spoke in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) while receiving nation 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
There is anxiety in the Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The supporters of two chieftains, former Governor Rashidi Ladoja and Seyi Makinde, who are struggling for the control of the party, are locked in a battle of mutual suspicion and distrust. Ladoja has threatened to defect from the platform. Can the troubled chapter survive the crisis' BISI OLADELE examines the implications of the disunity on the party as it prepares for next years elections.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) i 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Former Commissioner for Health in Kwara State Dr. Tajudeen Olaosebikan is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke with ADEKUNLE JIMOH in Ilorin, the state capital, on why he wants to suceed Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.What informed your decision to delve into Kwara politics' My participation in Kwara politics did not just start today. I have been involved for many years. I have been playing positive roles in building character, setting good exa 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nollywood movie, The Eve is set to premiere in cinemas nationwide on Easter Day. The romantic comedy features sets out to tackle homophobia as part of its subplot.The Lagos premiere of the movie has been scheduled for March 24, 2018 at the Day Dream Pool Club, Landmark Towers, Victoria Island.In a statement, Cut24 Productions, producers of the flick, said the movie feature the likes of Beverly Naya, Meg Otanwa, Ronke Oshodi and Hauwa Allahbura.Beverly Naya continues her streak of stellar perform 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The late Fela Anikulapo-Kutis youngest son, Seun Kuti, has debuted at number eight on the BillBoard World Music Chart with his latest album Black Times.The Billboard chart tabulates the relative weekly popularity of singles or albums across the world, which is published in the Billboard magazine.Seun shared the news on his Instagram page @shotsdboss, posting a picture of the chart.He wrote: Debut No 8 in the billboard world music chart. My first ever album to get in the charts.Fehinlola and Fela 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
In a rare move aimed at improving the quality of his art, Nigerian saxophone player, Olu Jazz, recently hosted music critics to a listening session of his yet-to-be released 5th studio album.Welcoming guests to the session, which held at The Shelter, Gbagada, Lagos, the artiste explained that the idea is to perform some of his anticipated music while they share their two cents on it.According to Olu Jazz, the move became necessary because it is time for gospel acts to step up their game in order 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Trains 80 youths in JosThe Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has said it will soon roll out a film training programme schedule that will cover 2018 to the first quarter of 2019 in the first instance, intended to enhance the capacity and professional competence of filmmakers in the country.Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFCs Managing Director revealed this at the certificate presentation and closing ceremony of the Special Film Training Workshop held at the National Film Institute, Jos, Plateau State for 80 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has celebrated her mother for Mothers Day by posting an Instagram picture of herself and her mother.Posting the picture over the weekend, she captioned it: Every day is Mothers Day. 61 years vs 32 years.March is internationally recognised as the month of the woman as many celebrations including Mothers Day take place during the month.The post Yvonne Nelson fetes mum with Instagram photo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
A total of 200 top disc jockeys in Nigeria will attempt to bring glory and honour to the country by setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest and longest club Deejay relay session come March 31.The event, billed to hold at the Beach Front of Hard Rock Caf, Oniru, Lagos will see DJs of various skills and ages such as DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Neptune, DJ Consequence, DJ Cwitch, DJ Mase, DJ Tempo etc under the umbrella body of all of Deejays Association of Nigeria (DJAN), perform from 3:00pm for 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Obviously not pleased with the trends in the Nigerian entertainment industry especially the Yoruba genre, living legend and Fuji Icon, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall has called for concerted effort to save Yoruba Music from going into extinction.According to K1 De Ultimate, 61-year old, who is known for introducing Fuji genre to the sounds of keyboards, saxophones and guitars with special vocal talent warned that if genuine and deliberate hand-down training are not structured in the industry, the pr 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Evicted housemate, Anto who said she had a premonition she would be out of the house on Sunday has said she cant promise she and fellow housemate, Lolu, would date after the show.Anto disclosed this when she spoke with Ebuka, host of the live eviction party after she left the house.Describing her experience in the house, Anto said: The house is weird. I thought it would definitely be a bit easier. I was dealing with personalities I probably wouldnt be dealing with in my own regularlife. But it w 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAWSo heres the draw in full for the semi-finals of the 2017/18 Emirates FA Cup. Ties to be played on April 21/22Man Utd v TottenhamChelsea v SouthamptonCHELSEAThe seven-time FA Cup winners booked their place in the last four with an extra-time victory over Leicester in the quarter-finals, having seen off Norwich, Newcastle and Hull in the previous rounds.SOUTHAMPTONThe 1796 winners are in the semi-finals for the first time in 15 years after putting their relegation fears to o 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
After seven weeks in the Big Brother Naija House, Anto was on Sunday evicted from the 2018 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality tv contest tagged Double Wahala.This leaves nine housemates in contention for the grand prize of N45m and a brand new SUV. However, two of the 11 evicted housemates will stand the chance to be recalled by viewers to compete for the prize.As customary, a Nigerian artiste was on ground to perform at the party and on Sunday, it was Simis turn to serenade attendees of t 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Lagos State Government has begun pilot operations at its Ferry Terminal at Ipakodo, Ikorodu in line with its commitment to facilitate an effective and efficient integrated transportation system.The Ikorodu terminal has been upgraded to a world-class, robust and accessible hub for the water transportation and other ancillary services.This is to engender convenience and safety water transportation experience for both the commuters and operators in the state.The terminal, when fully operational 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Legal luminaries in insurance are set to deliberate on obsolete insurance laws in the industry.The lawyers will be discussing the way forward for the industry at the 2018 Insurance Lawyers Seminar under the theme: Current Legal Developments in the Nigerian Insurance Industry. The workshop being organised by Adegboyega Adepegba and Co.will hold on March 29,at the Green Legacy Resort, Abeokuta, Ogun State.Professor of Insurance and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Joe Irukwu said there was need to 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Commercial Vehicles department of Weststar Associates Limited (Authorised General Distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria) has introduced Atego 1725 fire fighting truck into the market.This, the firm said, is in line with its philosophy to support firefighting operations.The Mercedes-Benz Atego Fire fighting truck comes with a double cabin laid-out for six people-driver plus one person in front and four others behind. It features Autonomous Respirators built into the seat backrests. The Pum 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Quoted companies and capital market operators are anxious about the modus operandi and implications of the compliance tax audit for the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).SEC had in a circular indicated that it would audit public limited liability companies (Plcs) and capital market operators to ascertain their level of compliance with relevant tax laws.In the circular, the regulator stated that all public limited liability comp 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
To seal refineries deal in AprilThe Federal Government is expecting investments worth $40 billion in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry in the next five years, The Nation has learnt.Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, who spoke with reporters in Abuja at the weekend, said the investments would come through three major deepwater oil fields Totals Egina field located in oil mining lease (OML) 130, which will give the country 200,000 barrels per day (b 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The increasing rate of road accidents resulting from distraction is becoming more worrisome in Nigeria thereby calling for more intensive driver education and traffic law enforcement to prevent further loss of lives on Nigeria roads.Distraction is any act that takes a drivers or riders attention away from the path of travel for more than one or two seconds depending on the condition of the road, traffic and speed.The agents or causes of distraction include the following:The use of mobile phone:- 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
mSurvey, a global mobile- first consumer experience and feedback platform leveraging SMS and mobile messaging technology to simplify access to credible on -demand data from Africa and other emerging regions, has entered into the countrys telecoms landscape.The firm, launched in 2012, ensures that with the growing reach of mobile phones, mSurveys robust platform enables users to engage in real time conversations at scale, connecting them directly to people anywhere and on any topic. This quenches 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Nigerian equities market was dominated by considerable sell-offs last week as major corporate earnings failed to stimulate the market.Benchmark indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed average week-on-week decline of 2.85 per cent while aggregate market value of all quoted equities dropped by N506 billion.The decline in overall market capitalisation was partly due to the delisting of Seven-Up Bottling Company during the week. Adjusted for the delisting, net capital depreciation la 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Caution is required as alcohol and tobacco taxes go up in new revenue driveTAX authorities seem to be firing on all cylinders around here recently. Various revenues collecting regimes and schemes are being churned out by the day. It is, of course, a response to the shrinking revenue base of the government as well as the urgent need for more infrastructure funds.It is also symptomatic of the enhanced paradigms that have been brought about in revenue collection which are not unconnected with the f 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Award winning Hip Hop sensation and Brand Ambassador of PLAY, Olamide (aka Baddosneh) at the weekend in Lagos, launched his much-anticipated music and lifestyle channel,Voice of the Streets (VOTS) on PLAY TV.The event coincided with the birthday of the musical star at which he gave out 100 Play decoders with 12 months free subscription to reward his fans for their loyalty to him and his music over the years.VOTS is expected to deliver the best in showbiz bringing in the best street music, lifest 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Proposed ring road in the South East is a huge step towards a productive federal NigeriaSTATES, in the South East geo-political zone are planning a 430-kilometre ring road, to link all five states, thus giving the region closer economic integration and swifter movement of people and goods.This is a very good idea, and these five governments, with their governors, deserve commendation.The swifter this intent morphs into reality, the better.Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi State and chair of the S 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nigerias failure to improve infrastructure is hurting its quest to achieve growth through agro commodities, the National President, Federation of Agricultural Commodities Associations of Nigeria (FACAN), Dr. Victor Iyama, has said.Iyama said the agric sector has suffered from tremendous underinvestment in infrastructure which is discouraging organisations to seize opportunities in electronically driven agricultural trading.He said the agric value-chain is at a critical point where infrastructure 
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