NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 MARCH, 2018].


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


Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Senate and the House of Representatives have asked ministers and heads of agencies to heed President Muhammadu Buhari’s sack warning by appearing for the defence of the 2018 budget this week.

The PUNCH’s investigations showed that after Thursday’s late-night meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, relayed the outcome to key committee chairmen working on the budget.
 
It was gathered on Sunday that chairmen of the committees of both chambers had started sending reminders to ministers to come for budget defence this week.

A senior parliamentary source in the House said, “The chairmen were told to issue fresh reminders to heads of ministries, departments and agencies, who had been uncooperative in their attitude to the budget defence.

“They are expected to improve on their appearances, this week, before the committees to defend their estimates.

“The President seemed not to know the cause of the delay of the budget prior to the meeting.

“However, from the meeting he had with the leadership of the National Assembly, where the Senate President and Dogara were in attendance, Buhari realised that he had to caution his cabinet members.”

He stated that the committees had started sending reminders through their respective clerks.


Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested 18 herdsmen in the Kwata Sule, Mbayer, Yandev and Kaambee areas of Benue State, who were caught grazing their cows on farmlands, an act which is against the state’s anti-open grazing law.

Our correspondent learnt that the troops attached to the 707 Special Forces Brigade, Makurdi, while on patrol on Saturday in the area, nabbed six herdsmen in Kwata Sule, while 12 others were arrested in Mbayer, Yandev and Kaambee areas for “destructive activities.”


 
The herdsmen were reportedly handed over to the police for prosecution.

According to the army, the troops, also in Chembe, Tse-Gundu, Tse-Iordye and Sbaor areas of the state, recovered two motorcycles, and 7.62mm special ammunition from two fleeing herdsmen.

Meanwhile, in Bauchi State, troops of the 33 Artillery Brigade, in the ongoing Operation Lafiya Dole on Saturday also encountered some members of a militia group at the Burra Junction in the Ningi Local Government Area of the state.

The militiamen reportedly opened fire on the troops and at the end of the gun battle, four militiamen were killed, while the troops recovered five dane guns, 38 motorcycles and nine bicycles.

Also, nine militiamen were arrested, while a soldier, who sustained gunshot injuries, had been evacuated to a hospital and receiving treatment.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, who confirmed the arrest of the herdsmen, said the troops were in pursuit of the fleeing herdsmen and militiamen.

Chukwu said, “Troops have arrested six herdsmen in Kwata Sule, caught in the act of farmland destruction. Also, the troops apprehended 12 herdsmen in Mbayer and Yandev areas during the Presidential Assessment Team’s visit to the area. Two motorcycles were recovered from the herdsmen.

“After the initial interrogation, the suspects were handed over to the police for further action. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said it will release no fewer than 1.3 million results of candidates that sat for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination on Monday (today) after they had gone through security checks and found to be without malpractice.

The JAMB Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, who stated this on Sunday in an interview with our correspondent, added that the UTME results of Computer-Based Test centres where the CCTV showed malpractices had been cancelled.


 
The board said the CCTV showed “strange things” such as CBT centre owners collecting money from candidates to engage in malpractices and also threatening JAMB officials at the centres.

The JAMB spokesman said, “We are presently viewing the CCTV to ensure that results are not released in several batches. On Monday, we will release over 1.3 million results. These are the results of the CBT centres that have been screened. We cannot say how many cases of malpractice we have yet, because we are still viewing the CCTV to discover more cases.

“Some strange findings that the CCTV has showed us include a situation where the CBT owners were collecting money from UTME candidates and seeing to how they could assist them. Our officials at the centres raised the alarm but they were also afraid so that their lives would not be endangered.

“What the JAMB officials did was to silently play along with them, but we were watching everything on the CCTV. We later sent operatives to the centres and caught them. Such UTME results were completely cancelled. We knew that there were some innocent candidates in such centres and we have asked them to go to other CBT centres and rewrite immediately.”

Benjamin said candidates whose fingers could not be captured during the biometric verification before the examination, would not be allowed to retake the examination, as the biometric verification had already disqualified them.

“We have also concluded all arrangements to do the UTME for blind candidates. The examination is taking place in five centres. These are Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Benin and Enugu. The candidates are writing on Monday (today),” he added.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The All Progressives Congress has appealed to Nigerians to support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its efforts to solve the nation’s security challenges.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday.


 
He said what the Buhari-led APC deserved at this point in Nigeria’s history was the support of all to end the senseless killings of Nigerians by those who did not wish the nation well.

Abdullahi also advised the opposition Peoples Democratic Party against seeking to make political gains out of the unfortunate incidents of attacks on communities by suspected herdsmen.

The APC spokesperson noted that it was unfortunate that the opposition PDP had developed a penchant for making wild allegations against the governing APC each time there was an incident bordering on security breach.

He described allegations levelled against the APC by the PDP over the killings in Kogi State as preposterous.

The PDP had in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, accused the APC at the state and federal levels of complicity in the killing of over 20 persons by suspected armed herdsmen in Kogi State.

But Abdullahi said, “The sad incident in Kogi State like in some states in the North-Central geopolitical zone is a security problem that this administration is doing everything to solve.

“For the PDP to begin to insinuate that it has something to do with our party is preposterous.


Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System has disclosed that Points of Sale transactions increased by 54.3 per cent to N1.41tn in 2017 as more retail merchants embraced PoS as a means of transactions. It stated in a report that PoS transactions in 2016 were worth N0.76tn, while in 2015, they were N0.45tn from N0.31tn [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System has disclosed that Points of Sale transactions increased by 54.3 per cent to N1.41tn in 2017 as more retail merchants embraced PoS as a means of transactions. It stated in a report that PoS transactions in 2016 were worth N0.76tn, while in 2015, they were N0.45tn from N0.31tn [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The World Bank has commenced preparations for the $500m Nigerian Electricity Distribution Improvement Project. It was learnt that the bank had conducted a fact-finding mission in the distribution sub-sector of the industry in order to ascertain how it could help boost service delivery by the power distributors. Documents made available to our [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Oyetunji Abioye Over 1,423 key players in the industrial, agricultural and technological sectors of the Nigerian economy will gather in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Tuesday and Wednesday for the fourth edition of the Ogun State Investors Forum 2018. The Vice-President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is expected to declare the forum open under the theme, [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Oyetunji Abioye Over 1,423 key players in the industrial, agricultural and technological sectors of the Nigerian economy will gather in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Tuesday and Wednesday for the fourth edition of the Ogun State Investors' Forum 2018. The Vice-President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is expected to declare the forum open under the theme, [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Femi Asu The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited has said it remains committed to swift response to oil spill incidents as much as access and security conditions permit teams to mobilise and deploy to spill sites to investigate, clean up and remediate such areas. This is in addition to deploying technology and best [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Femi Asu The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited has said it remains committed to swift response to oil spill incidents as much as access and security conditions permit teams to mobilise and deploy to spill sites to investigate, clean up and remediate such areas. 'This is in addition to deploying technology and best [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara The Federal Government of Nigeria bond that will be auctioned on March 21, 2018 through the Debt Management Office, will see huge buying pressure from investors given current local market realities, some analysts have said. A new seven-year instrument, FGN March 2025, valued within the range of N35bn and N45bn will be auctioned. [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara The Federal Government of Nigeria bond that will be auctioned on March 21, 2018 through the Debt Management Office, will see huge buying pressure from investors given current local market realities, some analysts have said. A new seven-year instrument, FGN March 2025, valued within the range of N35bn and N45bn will be auctioned. [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, has said that the oil firm is currently searching for the best funding options to adopt for the overhaul of the nations refineries. He said the NNPC would not relent in its quest to get the refineries back to their optimal nameplate [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Eighteen persons reportedly died on Sunday in a multiple accident at the Alapako/Ogunmakin, Ogun State end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The victims were travelling to Lagos from Ibadan, Oyo State, in a Mazda commercial bus, with the number plate, KJA 278 DS, when the vehicle had a head-on collision with a Ford [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, has said that the oil firm is currently searching for the best funding options to adopt for the overhaul of the nation's refineries. He said the NNPC would not relent in its quest to get the refineries back to their optimal nameplate [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Ifeanyi Onuba Indications emerged on Sunday that President Muhamamdu Buhari cancelled his scheduled trip to Kigali, Rwanda, because enough consultation was not made before the Federal Executive Council approved the signing of the framework agreement for establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area. However, experts have cautioned the government against rushing to [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
When you end up with more cash than you can spend, its best to deposit that money into a bank account. The funds are safe, and your cash cant get stolen or burn in a fire, according to www.thebalance.com. But whats the best way to deposit cash, and what are your options if you use []

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
When you end up with more cash than you can spend, it's best to deposit that money into a bank account. The funds are safe, and your cash can't get stolen or burn in a fire, according to www.thebalance.com. But what's the best way to deposit cash, and what are your options if you use [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A political party, the Action Peoples Party, has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to be joined as a defendant in the suit filed by the Accord Party to challenge the constitutionality of the ongoing amendment to the Electoral Act by the National Assembly. The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
it doesn't meet our expectations, says OPS Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Rather than the succour that the review of the Land Use Charge by the Lagos State Government is expected to bring to taxpayers, stakeholders have expressed divergent views about the development. While some applaud the government for considering a review of the rates, others have said [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
it doesnt meet our expectations, says OPS Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Rather than the succour that the review of the Land Use Charge by the Lagos State Government is expected to bring to taxpayers, stakeholders have expressed divergent views about the development. While some applaud the government for considering a review of the rates, others have said [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding is set to build a mausoleum for the iconic thespian, the late Chief Duro Ladipo, and rehabilitate his Mbari Mbayo Club with a view to turning it into a tourist centre. The Chairman of the CBCIU, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said the rehabilitation of the [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola Four years after the Pension Reform Act was amended, workers have been unable to use part of the savings in their Retirement Savings Accounts for mortgage loans. Findings by our correspondent revealed that the guidelines for the withdrawal of 25 per cent of the RSA balance by any contributor towards securing a mortgage [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola Four years after the Pension Reform Act was amended, workers have been unable to use part of the savings in their Retirement Savings Accounts for mortgage loans. Findings by our correspondent revealed that the guidelines for the withdrawal of 25 per cent of the RSA balance by any contributor towards securing a mortgage [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja A group of prominent sons of Rivers State, under the aegis of Free Rivers Development Initiative, has asked the Inspector-General of Police, to stop the planned inauguration of the Rivers Neighbourhood Safety Corps. The group alleged that the state-owned security outfit which the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is planning to inaugurate, [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Irked by the alleged looting of funds at the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund, some members of the organised labour want the Federal Government to bring the perpetrators to book to prevent a nationwide strike, OZIOMA UBABUKOH writes Nigerians should brace for a nationwide strike as workers have bemoaned the Federal Government's attitude over the [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Irked by the alleged looting of funds at the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund, some members of the organised labour want the Federal Government to bring the perpetrators to book to prevent a nationwide strike, OZIOMA UBABUKOH writes Nigerians should brace for a nationwide strike as workers have bemoaned the Federal Governments attitude over the [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Despite Central Bank of Nigerias effort to promote financial inclusion, the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System banking industry statistics shows that the number of customers using financial services reduced in 2017. The statistics obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the NIBSS website on Sunday, showed that the total number of bank customers dropped from [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed the Anchor Loss of Employment Insurance Scheme, one of the products of Anchor Insurance Company Limited. According to a statement obtained on Sunday from the Head, Brand & Corporate Communications of the firm; Mr. Jamiu Osoba, the former President gave the endorsement when the companys management paid [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed the Anchor Loss of Employment Insurance Scheme, one of the products of Anchor Insurance Company Limited. According to a statement obtained on Sunday from the Head, Brand & Corporate Communications of the firm; Mr. Jamiu Osoba, the former President gave the endorsement when the company's management paid [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The political tension in the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Sunday heightened as the national organising secretary of the party, Osita Izunaso; senators Ifeanyi Araraume and Benjamin Uwajiumogu stormed out midway into the meeting. The meeting, which held at Concorde Hotel in Owerri, behind closed door and amidst [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institute of Architects has been advised to develop training and mentoring programmes for females wishing to become architects. An architect and retired Rear Admiral with the Nigerian Navy, Itunu Hotonu, made the appeal while speaking on The role of women in decision-making, at a public lecture organised by the NIA in [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institute of Architects has been advised to develop training and mentoring programmes for females wishing to become architects. An architect and retired Rear Admiral with the Nigerian Navy, Itunu Hotonu, made the appeal while speaking on 'The role of women in decision-making', at a public lecture organised by the NIA in [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has charged elder statesmen in the country to keep public officers on their toes by demanding good governance and accountability from them. He noted that history and posterity would not be kind to them if they fold their arms and watch situations deteriorate to a [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
US President Donald Trump will not succeed in dividing European nations against one another over trade, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier warned Sunday ahead of a visit to Washington. In the European Union we are a customs union and act collectively. It cannot be in the interest of the US government to divide Europe, nor [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
MASSOB hails Sani for disclosing senators pay Eniola Akinkuotu and Tony Okafor The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says the N13m allowances being received by senators is only a tip of the iceberg as Nigerians will be shocked when he releases details of the allowances of the principal [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria's professional examinations have been upgraded from traditional paper-based to computer-based testing platform for its students. In a statement, the CIBN said the pilot phase of the CBT, which takes effect from April 2018, was carried out in October 2017 with the Certified Risk Managers Certification Examinations held in [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigerias professional examinations have been upgraded from traditional paper-based to computer-based testing platform for its students. In a statement, the CIBN said the pilot phase of the CBT, which takes effect from April 2018, was carried out in October 2017 with the Certified Risk Managers Certification Examinations held in [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday sent a Federal Government delegation to Bauchi State to commiserate with the people of the state and the family of the late senator representing Bauchi South, Ali Wakili, who died on Saturday. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola An employee of Leadway Assurance Limited, Miss Oyewole Abigail, has won the 2018 Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria's Miss Insurance Pageant. She emerged winner after contesting with eight others and won a Toyota Corolla car at the Miss Insurance contest organised by the CIIN in Lagos. Miss Chukwuedo Awele of Zenith General Insurance [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola An employee of Leadway Assurance Limited, Miss Oyewole Abigail, has won the 2018 Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigerias Miss Insurance Pageant. She emerged winner after contesting with eight others and won a Toyota Corolla car at the Miss Insurance contest organised by the CIIN in Lagos. Miss Chukwuedo Awele of Zenith General Insurance [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Tunde Odesola It is not the red piece of cloth waved by the matador in a bullfight that enrages the bull. Bulls are colourblind. The red piece of cloth is to mask the blood of the gored bull. Sheer animalistic instinct propels the bull to charge at one of the three matadors, who rides a [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The ruling All Progressives Congress in Edo State and the Peoples Democratic Party have traded words over the states foreign external debt burden. The Debt Management Office had in its latest statistics ranked Edo as the third highest debtor to foreign creditors among sub-national governments in Nigeria. According to the data, Edo [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi own planners have called on government at all levels to update their planning and urban development laws. The President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Luka Achi, at the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the Abia State chapter of the NITP, stated that the laws should be made to address issues such as climate change. [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi own planners have called on government at all levels to update their planning and urban development laws. The President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Luka Achi, at the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the Abia State chapter of the NITP, stated that the laws should be made to address issues such as climate change. [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The National Bureau of Statistics reported, in March this year, that Nigerias annual Gross Domestic output had grown by 0.82 per cent by December 2017. This marginal growth rate has nonetheless, been commended generally, as a welcome reversal from the negative -1.58 per cent contraction which was recorded by December 2016. Notably, however, the related [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, a former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili; the Co-Chairman of the Nigerian Intervention Movement, Dr. Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, are among the personalities expected to attend a summit in Abuja on Wednesday. Spokesman for the NIM, Mallam Naseer Kura, said in a statement on Sunday that like-minded persons [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has revealed plans to improve on communications, navigation and surveillance infrastructure in the next one year to boost the safety of air travel in the country. The agency said that in line with this, it had put in place arrangements for the installation of Category III Instrument Landing [] 
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