NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 29 March, 2018.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has disowned senators’ N13.5million monthly running cost. RMFAC is the body responsible for fixing public officials’ wages.

“The payment of running cost is not part of RMAFC mandate. Therefore, only the National Assembly can explain it,” the RMFAC said yesterday.

Spokesman Ibrahim Mohammed, in a statement in Abuja, said the law on Salaries and Allowances of Public Office Holders is very clear.

He said only the management of the National Assembly Service Commission could explain the N13.5 million running cost allegedly being enjoyed by each senator.


 
According to Mohammed, the Remuneration Act only covers salary and allowances.

He said the clarification became imperative in view of the recent revelation by Sen. Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central-APC), who was reported to have disclosed to the public that each senator collects monthly N13.5 million as running cost.

Sani had said that this was in addition to the monthly salary of N750, 000 prescribed by the “Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc.) (Amendments) Act 2008.”

Mohammed said each senators  collects N1.06 million salary and allowances, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The figure consists of the following: Basic-N168,866, motor vehicle fueling and maintenance allowance; and N126,650, Personal Assistant N42,216.

“Domestic Staff-N126,650, Entertainment-N50,660,Utilities-N50,660, Newspapers/Periodicals-N25,330, Wardrobe -N42,216, House Maintenance –N8,443 and Constituency-N422,166.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The plaintiff in the tenure elongation case against the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Wale Ahmed, yesterday hailed  President Muhammadu Buhari for his objection to the “illegal” tenure extension.

He said he had laid a good example of leadership.

He described the President as a courageous and forthright leader who will never endorse the violation of the 1999 Constitution and the APC’s constitution by the party leadership.

Ahmed, a former House of Assembly member and commissioner in Lagos State, recalled that party members were taken aback by the decision to illegally extend the tenure of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Working Committee (NWC) on February 27.


 
The aggrieved chieftain said the decision rattled many who protested the move to exclude them from the intra-party leadership elections, which the congresses and the national convention can only guarantee in accordance with the laid down extant laws.

Ahmed applauded President Buhari, who he described as a performing leader, adding that he also has interest in serving the party as a willing compatriot and ally in good governance.

He said the President had not failed the nation, judging by his achievements in revatalising the critical sectors of the economy in the last three years.

Ahmed said the onus was on the NEC and the NWC to heed Buhari’s advice by putting in motion the machinery for the conduct of the congresses at the wards, local governments and states, and the national convention at the national level.

He said: “I congratulate Mr. President for being unequivocal, courageous and forthright in addressing the issue of tenure elongation. How can a party known as the All Progressives Congress (APC) refuse to hold congresses? The decision makes a lie of the very existence of our party.”

The former legislator said the party leadership might escalate the controversy and crisis over the tenure extension, if it refused to quickly retrace its steps and release the timetable for the congresses and the national convention.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Nigerians will have to pay more for fuel as the National Assembly yesterday passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) with five percent levy on fuel sold across the country.

According to the lawmakers, the five percent levy will be used to fund the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) as reflected in the new bill.

The passage followed the consideration and adoption of the conference committee report on the bill.

Going by Section 36 (1) (a) of the bill, “There shall be established the Petroleum Equalisation Fund into which shall be paid all monies payable to the Equalisation Fund by way of a 5 percent fuel levy in respect of all fuel sold and distributed within the Federation which shall be charged subject to the approval of the Minister (of Petroleum)”.


 
Other sources of financing the PEF, as stated in the bill, include subventions, fees and charges for services rendered, as well as net surplus revenue recovered from petroleum products marketing companies.

The Bill empowered the Equalisation Fund to collect all revenues and levies charged; determine the net surplus revenue recoverable from any oil marketing company and accruing to that company from the sale by it of petroleum products at such uniform prices as may be fixed by the Minister;  determine the amount of reimbursement due to any oil marketing company for purposes of equalisation of price of products among others.

It also seeks to provide for the governance and institutional framework for the petroleum industry.

One of the major highlights of the bill is one seeking to unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), provide for the establishment of Federal Ministry of Petroleum Incorporated, Nigerian Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Nigerian Petroleum Assets Management Company and National Petroleum Company and Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
NSPECTOR-General Ibrahim Idris has ordered the removal of Kogi State Police Commissioner Ali Janga, following yesterday’s escape of six suspects from custody.

Idris asked the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Esa Sunday Ogbu, to proceed and take over as the state’s new police chief.

He also redeployed the Commander, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja and other police officers implicated in the escape for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

The police, in a statement signed yesterday by Force spokesman ACP Jimoh Moshood, said the IG was dissatisfied with the circumstances surrounding the escape of the six suspects, including two principal suspects, Kabiru Seidu (a.k.a Osama) and Nuhu Salisu (Small), who indicted Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu in a case of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearm.


 
The case already filed at the Federal High Court, Lokoja, was expected to come up in court yesterday.

Moshood explained that the policemen on duty when the suspects escaped were facing serious disciplinary action.

The removed Kogi State police commissioner, at a news conference in Lokoja yesterday, said the two suspects named Melaye as their arms supplier.

Janga said the two suspects escaped at 3.21a.m. from the ‘A’ Police Division in Lokoja, where they were kept.

According to the commissioner, both Seidu and Salisu escaped when they were supposed to be arraigned before a Lokoja Federal High Court, alongside Melaye and Alhaji Mohammed Audu, who was also named by the suspects as one of their sponsors.

Janga identified Aliyu Isa, Adams Suleiman, Emmanuel Audu and Musa Mohammed as four other suspects that escaped from the custody.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed April 16, to hear a suit challenging the tenure elongation of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC), headed by Mr. John Oyegun.The plaintiff, Mr Ademorin Kioye, led some other members of the party to file the suit after the party extended the tenure of the NWC by one year.The defendants are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC and its National Chairman and the National Organising Secretary, Sen. Os 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Theme: Investing in PeopleStage play titled iOpen EyeMultimedia presentation on the history of the colloquium (since 2008)Governor Ambodes welcome addressPresident Buharis opening remarks.Presentation on Federal Governments Social Investment Programme (Mrs Abimbola Adesanmi National coordinator National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) and Rosemary John Ignatius (food vendor)A Poem in honour of Tinubu by a school pupil and beneficiary of the NHGSFP, Muhammad Anaslshaq,Presentation on 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
RENOWNED lawyer and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) has argued that without an active and deliberate commitment by Nigerian governments to actively invest in all levels of education to promote availability, affordability and accessibility of quality education systems, education security may remain an illusory concept.The former Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of University of Lagos, UNILAG spoke yesterday on the topic: The state of educational 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted two bills seeking to prevent the concession of Ajaokuta steel company and to ensure its completion.The bills, each sponsored by 301 lawmakers, were introduced for first reading on Wednesday, March 21.The bills are: An act to provide for the Ajaokuta Steel Company completion fund and a bill for an act to amend the public enterprise privatisation and commercialisation Act.It was then passed for second reading on Thursday, March 22 and subsequently 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is 66 today. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the struggles, battles and exploits of the pro-democracy crusader, seasoned administrator and statesman, which culminated into the enthronement of a progressive administration at the federal level, and his calculations for 2019 elections.The greatest achievement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is the installation of a progressive governm 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
As President Muhammadu Buhari visits Lagos State today, there is a nostalgic feeling. Unlike 33 years ago when the tall, dignified, fierce-looking General called the shots from Dodan Barracks, Ikoyi, he is now the symbol Democracy visiting his old base and the former Federal Capital City. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU captures the expectations of the people of the Centre of Excellence that has suffered much neglect, following the re-location of the capital to Abuja in 1976.Lagosians wi 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Big Brother housemate, Tobi Bakre has today reaffirmed his commitment to winning the 45 million naira Big Brother Naija prize money.In a heart-to-heart session with Alex, he said: I am here for the money.Tobi who expressed his love for Alex, hinted that he liked her so much but his love for the money was stronger.I like you a lot, Alex. But I am here for the money and I will compete against you for the money. However, I will not kill you or do anything that will hurt you for the money.Tobi encou 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
In recognition of his administrations giant strides in sports development, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has been conferred with the prestigious AIPS Africa Power of Sports Award.In a letter signed by Mitchel Obi, president of International Sports Press Association-Africa, Wike received huge commendation for raising the bar of Sports matters and using sports as a veritable vehicle and catalyst in the development of the state and the country as well as effectively engaging the youth popula 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The technical committee set up by the Edo state Athletics Association for the sixth IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe international 10km road race and the man who facilitated the setting up of the committee, Brown Ebewele have inspected the IAAF/AIMS measured Okpekpe race course ahead of the May 12,2018 race in Okpekpe, near Auchi.Spokesman for the race, Dare Esan revealed that the committee and the route and participation coordinator for the race, Ebewele undertook the inspection of the course with a v 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Gernot Rohr has said the Super Eagles have picked up lessons from the 2-0 loss to Serbia and will bounce back in time for the World Cup.The Eagles lost to fellow World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday night in London courtesy of two second-half goals by Aleksandar Metrovic. It was a dress rehearsal for their opening Group D match against Croatia, which plays a similar style of football with the Serbs.Rohr commended the boys and urged them not to drop their heads because no football team in the world wi 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has sent a message of encouragement to Super Eagles players in the wake of their 2-0 loss to Serbia in a pre-World Cup friendly on Tuesday inside the Hive Stadium in Barnet.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said that the Tianjin Teda player pulled out of the squad owing to his inability to renew his work permit in China.Mikel has promised to attend the remaining preparatory games against Democratic Republic of Congo, England and Czech Republic at the end of 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
DTigress point and shooting guard, Sarah Ogoke Ejiogu has said she will use the Spanish League Division two play off to prepare herself for the FIBA World coming in Spain from September 22 to 30.Ogoke-Ejiogu, who is in her second year with Celta, stated that the play offs, which will take place at the end of next month, would aid her performance at the World Cup. She also noted that the Sam Vincent-led technical crew has the wherewithal to lead the team to glory.The 2017 Afrobasket winner, who i 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Nigerian international and Madura United forward Osaze Odemwingie has condoled with families of the fire disaster in the Russian city of Kemerovo.The former Stoke and West Brom ace, took to the social media to express his heart felt pity for the victims of the inferno describing the incident as very sad and regrettable.Odemwingie who was born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union to a Nigerian father (Peter Odemwingie Sr.) and a Russian mother (Raisa), both of whom were medical students, grew up 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Grandfather of debutant England international Lewis Cook, Trevor Burlingham smiled to the bank Tuesday after a bet he placed four years ago yielded a whooping N8.7million about 17,000.Burlingham had in 2014 placed a 500 bet that his grandson Lewis Cook will earn a senior Three Lions cap before turning 26. Many had forgotten the bet but it came to pass as 21 year old Cook made earned his debut as England took on Italy in an international friendly that ended in a 1-1 draw.Cooks made it happen just 

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Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Neconde Energy Limited, the operator of oil mining lease (OML) 42, has denied any kickback deal with a former Vice President for sub-Saharan Africa, Shell, Peter Robinson, during the acquisition of the oil field divested by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).In a statement denying the allegation, Neconde management accused Shell of malicious intention. It said: Local and international media have published some news articles on the current investigation of a former Vice-President of Shell 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBNs) new Deputy Governors, Edward Lametek Adamu and Mrs. Aisha Ahmad have formally assumed duty following their confirmation by the Senate.Also, three members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the apex bank, Prof Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Robert Asogwa and Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi were also at the CBNs headquarters to formally commence their tenure.While welcoming the new Deputy Governors and MPC members, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele, just before they 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The federal, state and local governments shared the sum of N647.39 billion from the Federation Account.This raises hope that workers at this three tiers of government would receive this months salaries before Easter break.The money was the revenue collection for the month of February 2018 which was approved at the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting of yesterday.The meeting, which was presided over by Finance Minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, was attended by a representative of the 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has said the protracted delays in the passage into laws of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) and other relevant bills including the fiscal petroleum and the host community bills were responsible for the uncertainties and stagnation of investment opportunities in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, urging the Presidency to assent to it to make it become law.NEITI stated this after a symposium held in Abuja to set the agend 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Senate Committee on Local Content has said there is a need to amend the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act to clarify some vague and ambiguous expressions, revisit the waiver provisions and rephrase the section on penalty for effectiveness. The committee also expressed the need to undertake a holistic review of the Act to cover other sectors of the economy to meet current realities.There is also the need, according to the committee, to resuscitate technical and vo 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The year is poised to be full of important milestones where more detailed policy is to be put in place that can unleash higher ambition and stronger action now and in the future.These relate to catalysing increased climate action before 2020, coordinating an important international conversation to check progress and negotiations to unlock the full potential of the Paris Agreement.Given the importance of reaching these milestones, UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) began assisting countries and chairs of 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Visionscape Sanitation Solutions (VSS) has restated its commitment to the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) policy.The firm expressed its willingness to work with PSP operators.Visionscapes Head of Corporate Communication Motunrayo Elias said this during a chat with The Nation in Lagos.She said over 100 PSP operators had joined Visionscape to assist in waste collection.Our plan is to serve the residential areas of Lagos. We have a lot of black spots or illegal dump sites in the state. We want t 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
LAGOS State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Commissioner Rotimi Ogunleye has charged residents to obey town planning laws.He spoke at a stakeholders meeting organised by the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authourity (LASPPPA) for Amuwo-Odofin Local Government and Oriade Local Council Development Areas.He urged Lagos residents to obtain building permits to enable them have safe properties, adding that this could also serve as a collateral for loans.Ogunleye explained tha 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
NO address pollution and safeguard the environment, the Ogun State government has ordered over 15 industries to install effluent treatment plants (ETPs) for their waste water.Its Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, gave the order in Abeokuta, the state capital during the World Water Day.He said the government had become more aggressive in enforcing the obligatory duty of industrial facilities to install ETPs to protect the states ground and surface water bodies.Oyeleye said the release 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Organised Private Sector (OPS) and oil marketers have faulted the provision of a single regulator, the Nigerian Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NPRC), in the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) by the National Assembly.They spoke at a briefing in Lagos.While the OPS was represented by the Chairman, Economic Policy Committee, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Odiah Reginald Odiah, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) was represented by its Executive Secr 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
That his sentiments resonate well with many Nigerians shows something is wrong somewhereOrdinarily he should not be one to indict an organisation in which he had a lifelong career that saw him rising to the apex of his martial profession. But speaking at the maiden convocation of Taraba State University, Jalingo, on Saturday, a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (retd), offered a searing and scathing verdict on the role of the Nigerian Armed Forces in handling the 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
What to do to revive the industryThings must be extremely bad for some people to say they feel dead and buried even while they are still alive. But that is the situation with the sacked textile workers in the country. A detailed report on the once prosperous textile sector by this paper titled: We feel dead and buried sad tales from sacked textile workers published on March 18 vividly tells the story of the textile worker, from the inception of the first modern textile firm, Kaduna Textile Ltd 
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