NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 23 March, 2018.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
STATES are to get the cash they spent on federal roads, it was learnt yesterday.

President Muhammadu Buhari dropped the hint during his visit to Zamfara State after Governor AbdulAziz Yari’s request for the refund of the N56 billion being owed the state on federal road projects it executed.

The President said he had directed Power, Works & Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola to compile all outstanding payments of refunds to the states that implemented federal projects to specifications.

He expressed the hope that the refund would go a long way in addressing the security problems facing Zamfara state.


 
Yari, who doubles as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), called for additional deployment of security personnel to the state to check incessant cases of armed banditry across 13 out of the 14 local government areas of the state.

In a presentation, the Secretary to the Zamfara State Government (SSG), Prof. Abdullahi Mohammed, gave an overview of the security challenges in the state in the last eight years, resulting in loss of lives and property.

According to him, the state has been witnessing three types of security crisis, namely cattle rustling, kidnapping for ransom and reprisals attacks.

The SSG explained that Zamfara State had identified eight major flashpoints and made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to deploy more security in the state.

House of Assembly speaker Sanusi Garba said a fact-finding committee inaugurated last year had enumerated the number of causalities recorded as a result of the activities of bandits in the state.

Zamfara has witnessed cases of attacks by armed bandits with hundreds of innocent people killed and property worth billions of naira carted away or destroyed.


 
The recent attack by bandits at Birane village in Zurmi Local Government area of the state left over 50 people dead.

President directed security agencies to improve their strategies of intelligence gathering, surveillance and accuracy in deployments, and ensure that criminal activities were brought to an end across the country.

Speaking during an interactive meeting with political leaders, traditional rulers, elders and victims of criminal attacks in Zamfara State, President Buhari assured all security agencies of improved conditions that will facilitate apprehending criminals that steal, maim and kill innocent Nigerians.

He said: “As far as I am concerned, our security agencies have recorded some successes, but they need to do much more.

“They are not to oppress anyone, but they have to gather and send intelligence and warnings when something is about to happen.’’

The President commended the security agencies for eliminating a dreadful criminal, “Buhari general”, who had for many years initiated killings and destruction of properties.

Before “Buharin-daji”, who calls himself a general, there was a criminal who killed many people and he was killed; “Buharin–daji’’ has followed him and others like them should also follow,’’ he added.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Israelis hacked into President Muhammadu Buhari’s private e-mail and gave the materials to Cambridge Analytica, a firm hired by former President Goodluck Jonathan to provide “advertisement and marketing services” in support of his 2015 re-election campaign.

According to a report by “The Guardian” and “Observer”, claiming to have spoken to seven individuals with knowledge of Cambridge Analytica and its campaign in Nigeria in early 2015, Senior directors of Cambridge Analytica, including its chief executive Alexander Nix, gave staff instructions to handle material provided by computer hackers in election campaigns in Nigeria and St Kitts and Nevis.

They claim there were two episodes in 2015 that alarmed members of staff and led them to refuse to handle the data, which they assumed would have been obtained illegally.


 
SCL Elections, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, denied taking possession of or using hacked or stolen personal information from such individuals for any purpose in either campaign.

The revelations are the latest to focus attention on Cambridge Analytica, whose activities are being investigated in the US by the special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his inquiry into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 US presidential election.

The firm is under pressure to explain how it came to have unauthorised access to millions of Facebook profiles. Politicians in the US and UK have accused it of giving misleading statements about its work, and the information commissioner has demanded access to the company’s databases.

Hired by a Nigerian billionaire to support the re-election of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Cambridge Analytica was paid an estimated £2m to orchestrate a ferocious campaign against his rival, now President Buhari. Jonathan lost out to Buhari in the presidential race. There is no suggestion Jonathan knew of the covert operation.

Staff working on the campaign said in early 2015, they met Israeli cybersecurity contractors in Cambridge Analytica’s offices in Mayfair, London. Employees said they were told the meeting was arranged by Brittany Kaiser, a senior director at the firm.

The Guardian and Observer have been told the Israelis brought a laptop from their office in Tel Aviv and handed employees a USB stick containing what they believed were hacked personal emails.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
parents  of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram  are hopeful that she will return home.

Leah Sharibu, a SS 1 pupil, sent a message to her mother that the family should pray “for the will of God to be done”.

President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that the government would not abandon her.


 
Leah, the only Christian among the 110 girls kidnapped on February 19, was not released along with 104 others on Wednesday.

Five of the girls died on the day they were abducted.

Leah’s mother, Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, fainted when she was told on Wednesday that her daughter was not released.

Mrs Sharibu told our reporter yesterday that her daughter sent a message that the family should pray for God’s will to be done.

Mrs Sharibu has not lost hope that her daughter would return. She vowed to continue to pray for her to be released.

She said:  ”The released girls told us that the insurgents insisted that my daughter must renounce her religion. But she told them she had no single knowledge of Islam and could not be a Muslim.   She was then left out of the Dapchi trip. They told her that any day she accepts Islam, she will be released.


 
”Leah, we were told was left behind with three Boko Haram women but she sent the message through her mates that we should pray for the will of God to  be done in her life”.

She urged the Federal Government to negotiate for her daughter’s freedom, saying:

”So I plead that the government and the negotiation team should revisit the terms of the agreement to ensure the release of my daughter. Everybody has his religion and no one should be compelled to practice a religion he or she never wishes to”.

Leah’s father Nathan Sharibu thanked the Dapchi community for standing by him and his family.

He described his relationship with the people of the community over the years as excellent,  adding: “For all the years I have stayed in this community, the people have accepted me as their son. I feel very much at home here with my family. I will forever be grateful to this community”.

Yesterday, the community prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead girls.

They called on the government to ensure Leah’s unconditional return.

Buhari said his administration would not relent in its efforts to bring Leah back.


Fri, 23 Mar 2018
There was steep decline in oil revenue between 2011 and 2015, Nigerian Extractive Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Executive Secretary Waziri Adio said yesterday.Nigeria, he said, earned about $68.4billion from oil in 2011, and a paltry $24.7billion in 2015.He said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was yet to remit into the Federation Account the $16, 898,725, 000 dividends which accrued to the government from its share in the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) between 2000 an 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Respect for freedom and equality recommends liberal democracy as a system of government. Freedom here means the absence of constraint. However, this notion of freedom in the context of multiple individuals has its constraints, requiring a mode of reconciling multiple freedoms. Majoritarian rule presents a viable option. If policies and practices are not imposed by the fiat of a dictator, if everyone has a direct or indirect input, and if there is an objective process for deciding which policy pa 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
We speak in several pitiful tongues. Every tongue reels a different story of identical loss and misery. Hence one comes to callousness, a savage culture of protest that drives us to ruin our world: dateline Boko Haram, Big Brother Naija, MEND, Ombatse and the complex bigotry, avarice, decadence and bloodlust characteristic of all.We blame the older generation for everything. We claim they created a tough world for us to live in; a world that is rigged to against us. We also accuse the ruling cla 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Fifteen kidnap suspects have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command.They allegedly abducted officials of West African Exam Council (WAEC).The suspects, who may be herdsmen, are teenagers. They spoke in Hausa.They confessed that they worked for a man, simply identified as Kire, a notorious robber from Zamfara State.Four locally-made single barrel guns, three cutlasses, seven phones, N67,000 and a Bajaj motorcycle: 607 WZ, were recovered from them.Leader of the kidnappers, Mohammed Kote, 25 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Court dismisses kidnap kingpins application to quash chargesA LAGOS High Court in Igbosere yesterday adjourned till May 7 for the arraignment of suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, on two fresh charges.Justice Adedayo Akintoye set the date after dismissing Evans two applications challenging the validity of the proposed charges filed by the Lagos State Government.Evans argued through his counsel Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje that both charges were defective and an 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
ACF chief under fire over commentArewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Chair Ibrahim Coomassies statement that the country can never survive without the North has drawn the ire of some Nigerians. Former Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Afenifere Secretary-General Sehinde Arogbofa and United Peoples Party (UPP) chieftain, among others, have cautioned elder statesmen against provocative remarks. Leke Salaudeen, Raymond Mordi and Musa Odoshimokhe report.The debate on the unity of Nigeria has been on for a very lo 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Jesus Christ informed His disciples of their transition to the other side, a journey that was obviously targeted at freeing a great man destined for greatness but bound by powers of darkness (Mk. 5:1-20). On their way, a great storm arose to hinder them from getting there and possibly, terminate their lives in the process but His presence surmounted the raging storm. The disciples drew the attention of the Ancient of Days to their dilemma and with a word, He rebuked the wind and the wind ceased 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Six governors in the north met in Sokoto State on Wednesday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dangote Foundation and USAID to extend the routine polio immunization programme.Nasiru El-Rufai (Kaduna), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Muhammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and representative of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State were present at the signing.Also present was Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi, has condemned the demolition of houses in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by Governor Ayodele Fayose.Mrs Olujimi, who is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, said physical development is a welcome development but should be done with a human face.The Deputy Senate Minority Whip expressed misgivings yesterday in a statement by the Director General of her campaign organisation, Chief Bunmi Olugbade.Although the senator hail 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Hon. Julies Oloro, has called on the leadership of other political parties to endorse Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term.He thanked party leaders in Ikeja Local Government Area for supporting continuity.Oloro addressed a crowd of party faithful at Ojodu APC secretariat, who urged the governor to seek a fresh term.The Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development A rea said Ambode deserved a second term,adding that he has l 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosuns media aide Soyombo Opeyemi spoke with EMMANUEL OLADESU on the succession battle in the Gateway State.What is the assurance that Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his team will not be distracted by the 2019 succession battle'That is a loaded question, with some slant to it. I agree 2019 is around the corner and there are lawful political activities here and there, not campaigns. But in my own state, governance has not come to a halt. As a matter of 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The battle line is drawn between Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. The governor has anointed a successor. But, the senator, who is eyeing the seat, is kicking against the endorsement. Who blinks first' Correspondent Okodili Ndidi writes on the succeession battle in the Southeast state.Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume have resumed their hostilities, ahead of the governorship primary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).Th 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
A GROUP, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Younger Stakeholders has called for reforms in the ruling party.It urged the party to amend the its constitution to allow for greater participation of youths.The groups spokesman, Comrade Dominic Alancha, warned about the consequence of sidelining the youths in party affairs.He said the alleged move to to remove the position of zonal youth leaders from the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) was worrisome.Alancha described the proposed amendment of 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Minister of Communications, Dr Adebayo Shittu, on Thursday relieved two of his aides of their appointments.They are: Mr Victor Oluwadamilare, Special Assistant (Media) and Sheik Imam Tajudeen, Special Assistant (Special Duties).This was made known in a statement by Mr Henshaw Ogubike, the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry.The statement reads: The Honourable Minister of Communications, (Dr) Adebayo Shittu, has approved the disengagement of two of his aides; namely Mr. Victor Oluwadamil 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Newly established record label, Cloud Nine Records has unveiled its first artiste, Yommy.CEO of the label, Collins Animashaun expressed confidence that the newborn record label would compete favorably with its counterpart in the industry assuring Nigerians and the world at large of great and meaningful music that would be churned out by talents of the label.He further stressed that Cloud Nine Records will collaborate with great talents in the future.Yes, there will be more signings in the future 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Nigerian song producer, director, vocal coach and a songwriter, Tim Godfrey, has announced the launch of his record label Rox Nation.According to the songwriter who boasts of over a decades experience, Rox is an acronym for Republic of Xtreme, and the label already has on its roster four talented artists; Okey Sokay, IBK, Blessyn, and SMJ who is also a producer.ROX Nation is not your typical music record label as we go beyond producing music and promoting artists; there is also an arm involved i 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Malt drink brand, Maltina, from the stable of Nigerian Breweries, on Tuesday celebrated the International Day of Happiness by sharing happiness with commuters in Lagos.In line with the essence of Sharing Happiness, Maltinas happiness ambassador; Happy the Mascot, made appearances across Lagos on the Happiness Bus ride to delight commuters and share the true meaning of happiness. The commuters also got a chance to be refreshed and revitalized with ice cold Maltina.The Happiness Bus rides happened 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Burna boy has been one of the most consistent and prominent artistes in recent times on the Nigerian cum African music scene. His third studio album titled OUTSIDEis an attestation to the above fact. Although personally, Id rate the body of work 8/10, the diversity of sounds is impressive. Im most impressed by the music production and its not surprising because Burna Boy has always been a connoisseur of picking great beats. Burna Boys lyrical prowess arent dimmed on this project either.This albu 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
While people have been wondering about the sudden disappearance of Rudeboy Records signees, Muna and Lucy, the label owner and singer, Paul Okoye has come out to reveal reasons the artistes left his outfit.Paul told The Nation that education caused Lucys decision to leave while Muno left willingly early this year.I am going to be honest with you, let me be the first person that owns a record label that will make such decision. I have two artistes Lucy and Muno. Lucy was in school for a long time 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Wales midfielder Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick to become the countrys top goalscorer in a 6-0 victory over hosts China on Thursday in Nanning.The result gave Ryan Giggs a winning start to life as an international manager.Bale, who took his international tally to 29 goals and ahead of former striker Ian Rush, struck in the second minute of the China Cup opening match.He added a second on 21 minutes, and sealed his hat-trick after the hour mark.The Real Madrid players maiden international hat-tri 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Manchester United and will be confirmed as a LA Galaxy player on Friday.The move to the Galaxy, worth a relatively modest 1million-a-year, is expected to be officially announced in a full-page advert in the Los Angeles Times and Ibrahimovic will travel to California for his unveiling next week.The 36-year-old Swedish star has signed a contract for the rest of this season and could make his debut against new rivals LAFC on March 31.United confirmed on Thursday that the 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Edo State government have reaffirmed commitment to work together to improve access to telecoms infrastructure and provide citizens of the state with telecoms and information communications technology (ICT) facilities.This commitment was made during a meeting between the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the NCC, led by its Executive Commissioner for Stakeholder Management, Mr Sunday Dare at NCC headquarters, Abuja.Mr. Dare commended the forwa 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Federal Governments efforts at eliminating child labour has received a boost. The Ministry of Labour and Employment has taken the campaign on National Reporting Template on Child Labour to the Southsouth geo-political zone.Declaring open a two-day capacity building workshop on the National Reporting Template on Child Labour for stakeholders in Port-Harcourt, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Bolaji Adebiyi, said child labour posed a great threat to global peace.He said: 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
A group, African Farmers and Cultural Organisation (AFCO), has mapped out strategies to reduce unemployment among youths through agriculture.AFCO, which has members across the country, aims at using agriculture to correct social vices due to unemployment, and to redirect the governments policies towards agro-based economy.At its programme tagged: Job creation/empowerment for the unemployed in Lagos, its founder, Prince Chukwunwike Moses Esiole, said the group was striving to create jobs through 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Oil service companies are worried by incessant picketing by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) members over internal labour issues.Nestoil oil subsidiary, Neconde Energy and Ciscon Limited, among others, have had conflicts with PENGASSAN over labour issues, which included not allowing their workers to unionise.Leaders of Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), the umbrella body of the oil service firms, met in Lagos over the continuous pick 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Sunti Golden Sugar Estate in Mokwa, Niger State is poised to change the narrative in sugarcane farming.The estate comprises 17,000 hectares of arable farmland and a mill capable of processing 100,000 tonnes of raw sugar yearly, DANIEL ESSIET reports.Nigeria is one of the major producers of sugarcane in Africa, with about 500,000 hectares of land which can produce about five million metric tonnes (mt) of sugarcane.According to the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), the five million metric 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) yesterday held a workshop for Human Resources (HR) managers. The training was to enlighten them on the gains of promoting diversity in the workplace.Speaking at the event held in Lagos, FITC Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Lucy Newman, said the 2018 FITC Focus Group Discussion with the Heads of Human Resources and Heads of Learning in the FITC was to deepen the knowledge of human resource managers on workplace diversity.It was also meant to create en 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Aviana Nigeria International Expo 2018, an exhibition on business agriculture, will hold between April 25 and 26 at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.Over 200 exhibitors from more than 25 countries will be participating, while about 10,000 visitors are expected .Its Assistant Country Project Manager Segun Makanjuola said the expo was designed to bring together various stakeholders in poultry, diary, aquaculture, livestock companies and farmers, anim 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Aleader in Wasinmi, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, Bolaji Akinola, has commended the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for compensating land owners in the areas earmarked for the proposed Ogun Cargo Airport.Speaking yesterday in Wasinmi, Akinola said the proposed airport will make significant contribution to the economic development of the state and Nigeria as several businesses will spring up from it.Akinola, who is a maritime expert, said: There are different modes of trans 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The new owners and preferred bidder for 9mobile, Teleology Holdings Limited, said their focus will be defined by optimal value delivery, value to its employees, customers, as well as to the local communities and stakeholders.The Director and pioneers Managing Director of MTN Nigeria, Adrian Wood, said the new organisation would be engineering- led and brand-driven.He said in delivering service, it would strive to ensure that 9Mobile operations delivered fulfillment to the customers, empowerment 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
THE Special Adviser on Security and Intelligence to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Kunle Ajanaku, has advised manufacturers of security equipment to ensure that they do not sell their products to suspected criminals.He gave the advice during the opening of the Securex West Africa exhibition at Victoria Island, Lagos.Ajanaku scored the government high on crime prevention, saying it was because of governments efforts that the rate of crime fell in the state. The government, he said, made its security p 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Mauritius President puts her country first; steps down over a minor infractionIN most of mainland African countries, her offence would pass as a minor infraction, if not an irritant no one would pay any heed to. After all, it was an error as she claimed and the necessary restitution had been promptly made.But Mauritius, the tiny island nation on the Indian Ocean has evolved in its 50 years of independence as an exemplar of good governance, strong national ethos and best practice.These virtues we 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The future is bright if other health institutions could emulate this leading hospitalAT 50, St. Nicholas Hospital has every cause to roll out the drums to mark its achievements. However, there are many lessons for other private medical establishments, as well as the governments, federal and state, with regard to establishing and running clinics and curbing the exodus to other lands in search of cure for chronic diseases. Although originally established as a small clinic located in a bungalow in 
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