NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 21 March, 2018.


Wed, 21 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has given agencies, parastatals and government-owned companies up until Friday to submit the details of their budgets to the National Assembly for consideration in accordance with the law.

He also directed heads of the agencies to honour invitation from the National Assembly to defend their budgets without further delay.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, conveyed the President’s directive in a circular dated March 19, 2018, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mustapha said it had come to the government’s attention that the agencies had not fully complied with the provisions of Section 21 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.

He reminded the agencies that “the FRA 2007 provides that consequent upon laying of  summary of  budget estimates of agencies listed on the schedule to the FRA alongside the National Budget by the President, it is required that details of such  budgets are made available to the National Assembly for consideration and passage.”

Mustapha added, “Mr. President has directed that agencies, corporations and government-owned companies on the schedule of the FRA 2007 to comply with the provisions of the law.

“All submissions (109 copies to the Senate and 360 copies to the House) should be made available to the appropriate committees of the National Assembly.

“Copies should also be made available to the SSAP on National Assembly Matters (Senate and House of Representatives), not later than Friday, March 23, 2018.

“All agencies, corporations and government-owned companies should honour invitation to defend their estimates.

“Supervising ministers are enjoined to ensure timely compliance with the content of this circular.”


Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Afenifere, the Middle Belt Forum and other groups have told President Muhammadu Buhari to end attacks by herdsmen, killings, kidnappings and other vices in the country.

The groups, which decried the level of insecurity in the country, told the President to act promptly to save the country.


 
The ACF told Buhari to “do everything to stop all these killings, kidnappings and other vices.”

The group spoke through its chairman, who is also a former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, in Kaduna on Tuesday.

Coomasie said the killings, as well as kidnappings, particularly of the 110 pupils of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, and other vices had portrayed the North and the country in a bad light.

The former IG spoke when the ACF played host to a northern women socio-cultural group, Jam’iyya Matan Arewa at the national headquarters of the group in Kaduna. He said the ACF was gravely concerned about killings in the region.

He said, “Enough to the killings of our women, children and the kidnapping of our daughters, as well as the wanton destruction of property in the North. We appeal to northern leaders to put their heads together to save the region from activities that cast negative narratives on it (north).”

Coomasie, who noted that Nigeria could not survive without the North, added that the region could no longer afford to be in the negative footage at all times “as it is the case since the return of democracy in 1999.”

The former IG called on the Buhari administration to do all within its powers to end the killings and kidnappings of Nigerians, particularly women and children.

He said, “We all know that without the North, Nigeria can never survive. But now is the time to walk the talk in the interest of our people.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Tuesday said the results of 111,981 candidates who sat for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination had been withheld for “further screening” while it had released 1,502,978 results.

The JAMB’s Head of Public Affairs, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, who stated this in a release, noted that the results of the 350 blind candidates, who took the 2018 UTME, had yet to be released.


 
The PUNCH had exclusively reported on Monday that the board would release the results of 1.3 million candidates on Monday nationwide, after they had gone through all security checks and found to be without malpractice.

The JAMB spokesperson said on Tuesday that 1.5 million results had been released while 111,981 were withheld for further screening.

Benjamin said, “After viewing all CCTV footages during the conduct of the 2018 UTME and considering reports from our supervisors, monitors and other independent Nigerians, JAMB has released the results of 1,502,978 candidates.

“1,652,825 candidates had indicated interest in the examination by registering for the 2018 UTME. Also, 112,331 results are yet to be released out of which 350 are the results of the blind candidates which would be released soon and 111,981 results withheld for further screening.

“The figures above exclude foreign candidates whose examination will be conducted in April.”

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Government has partnered the World Health Organisation to give free vaccination to children between nine months and five years across the healthcare centres in the state. The Medical Director, Alimosho General Hospital, Igando, Dr. Adebajo Madewa, said the partnership would further increase the fight against the infection across the country [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governments Operation Clear Lagos, an initiative inaugurated to address the menace of street begging and other challenges in the metropolis, said on Tuesday that it had rescued 51 persons consisting of children, mentally-challenged persons and the destitute. A statement by the Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday warned civil servants against excessive workloads. The governor, who spoke at a two-day training workshop for civil servants in Ikeja, said heavy workloads would lead to stress. Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke, said excessive workloads, [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The British Government says Nigerias population growth poses a security risk if it remains unchecked. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, said this in Abuja at an event organised by Wilton Park in collaboration with the African Peace Building Network of the Social Science Research Council and African Leadership Centre [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Youths from the six states of the Niger Delta have decried the alleged perennial leadership failure in the region, saying the menace has unleashed poverty, sorrow, under-development on their people. The youth, under the aegis of the Pan-Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum, said the situation was curious, unthinkable, unfortunate and worrisome considering [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A member of House of Representatives, Mr. Mohammed Sani-Abdu, on Tuesday gave the first vivid account of how Senator Ali Wakil died. Wakil, who died on Saturday morning at the age of 58 years in his Abuja residence, represented Bauchi-South Senatorial District of Bauchi State. Sani-Abdu, who is also [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Adelani Adepegba and Olaleye Aluko The Peoples Democratic Party, civil rights groups and the #BringBackOurGirls coalition have condemned the Federal Government over the Amnesty Internationals report on the abduction of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State. The international organisation had in the report alleged that the security forces got advance warning but failed to [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the $3bn allegedly embezzled during the last administration through the Strategic Alliance Contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company could have been used to construct seven major roads and the Second Niger Bridge. He said the present administration had reversed [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday re-arraigned four co-defendants of the missing leader of the indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, for treasonable felony and other related charges. This followed the order of the court made on February 20, 2018 directing the separation of Kanus trial from that of the rest of [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday warned those who were recently appointed as chairmen and members of the boards of government agencies to eschew corrupt practices. He warned that the present administration would not hesitate to deal with anybody found on the wrong side of the law. Osinbajo handed down the warning at [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Sunday Aborisade Former Presidential Spokesman, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has challenged the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, to carry out his threat to reveal details of the running cost of the principal officers of the National Assembly. He, however, said Sagay should also include that of President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice- [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has said its 400-bed ABUAD Multi System Hospital, will begin operation on Wednesday (today). To commemorate the event, the hospital which is managed by ABUAD and Aster DM Healthcare of Dubai, is offering four-day procedures at discounted rates and free consultation. According to a [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The Continental Free Trade Area is aimed at creating a single continental market for goods and services. It will also enhance free movement of business persons, investments and investors. It is also aimed at expanding intra-African trade through trade liberalisation policies. It removes business and import restrictions within the continent. My opinion is that as [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ten members of Gambias former spy agency have been detained on suspicion of murdering a political activist who led a protest during ousted strongman Yahya Jammehs rule, police said Tuesday. Solo Sandeng, organising secretary of the United Democratic Party, was arrested in April 2016 for fronting a street protest demanding electoral reform. He died in [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Sunday Aborisade A former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, has warned that the internal crisis within the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State can affect the party's chances in the governorship poll slated for July 14, this year in the state. Bamidele, in a statement on Tuesday, said the desire of [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
350 results of blind candidates to be released later Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it has released the results of 1,502,978 candidates who sat for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. The board disclosed this in a statement signed by its Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjaminin Abuja on Tuesday. According to the [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Punch Editorial Board Being a journalist in Nigeria is becoming too risky, no thanks to the rising onslaught against media practitioners by overzealous security agents. In a crackdown reminiscent of the brutal era of military dictatorship, the Nigeria Police Force and State Security Service agents have resorted to the harassment of journalists on flimsy grounds. [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The Military has said it is determined to end the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in spite of accusation by the Amnesty International to distract it. The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen John Agim, said this in a statement on Tuesday in reaction to the AIs allegation against security forces on kidnap of 110 [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
With the growing power of Internet today, online transactions are done like a piece of cake. From transferring money to ordering pizzas, everything is done online. With the help of online transactions, we don't have to stand in a queue to make payments or buy tickets. You just need three things: a computer, working Internet [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has told the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that Ekiti is a no-go area for the APC. The PDP asked Odigie-Oyegun to perish the thought that the APC would make any appreciable impact in the July 14, 2018 governorship [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa and Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government on Tuesday explained why it did not bow to pressure to sack workers during the last recession despite the drop in its revenue. It said sacking workers at a time of economic downturn would have made it difficult for the country to come out of recession. The [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a motion by the Action Peoples Party seeking 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, [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government is considering securing fresh loans to finance some of the country's rail projects. The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Amaechi said the President had approved that [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja A former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has urged those he called myopic opponents of restructuring to have a rethink. He also said those opposed to restructuring were laying the foundation for Nigeria's disintegration. Ezeife said this in his presentation at the ongoing 3rd Annual Political Summit organised by Save [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigeria's federally collected revenues for 2016 amounted to N5.04tn, the Fiscal Responsibility Commission has said. The FRC, which stated this in its analysis of the 2016 budget performance, also indicated that a total of N242.72bn was paid into the Excess Crude Account within the year, while a total of N85.17bn was withdrawn [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday charged crude oil-producing companies operating in Nigeria to either cut down the cost of producing the commodity or allow it to remain in the ground. The government stated that while the country's target was to grow its crude reserves and production to 40 billion barrels and four [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Femi Asu with agency report Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, rose to its highest level so far this month on Tuesday, as tension in the Middle East and the possibility of further falls in Venezuelan output helped offset the negative impact of growing United States' crude production. Brent, against which Nigeria's crude oil is priced, [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday said it planned to drill four oil wells each in Chad and Gongola Basins. Speaking on the oil firm's Chad Basin exploration activities, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said the corporation planned to drill four wells in areas that it had acquired 1,961 [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure on Tuesday inaugurated its technology orientation centre, which was built at a cost of N354,346,921. It will serve as a resource centre for the promotion of science, technology and innovation development in the country. Speaking at the inauguration, the Minister of Science and Technology, [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara Dangote Cement Plc has posted a group net profit of N204.25bn for the year ended December 31, 2017, representing a growth of 43 per cent compared to the previous year's figure of N142.86bn. The group revenue also grew by 31 per cent from N615.1bn in 2016 to N805.6bn while earnings per share rose [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Sparklight Property Development Company Limited, on Tuesday, launched a N1bn debenture issuance as part of its expansion plans. The fixed rate debenture, which is being handled by Anchoria Investment and Securities Limited, has a unit value and offer of N1,000 and one million units, respectively with 16 per cent interest and a tenor [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Japaul Oil 7 Maritime Plc and Multitrex Plc emerged as the worst-performing stocks on Tuesday after the Nigerian Stock Exchange equities capitalisation sustained a free fall for the fifth consecutive day. Cadbury, Japaul and Multitrex shares slumped respectively by 9.4 per cent, 9.4 per cent and 9.1 per cent. The [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara The average bond yield advanced marginally by 0.01 per cent on Tuesday, to close at 13.54 per cent. The yields on the June-2019, October-2019, and the March-2036 instruments dropped by 0.03 per cent, 0.02 per cent, and 0.05 per cent, respectively. However, yields on the May-2018 and March-2024 instruments inched upwards, appreciating respectively [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Human resources and talent experts have called on young people to leverage on the benefits that digital technology provides to position themselves for job opportunities. They stated this as panellists during a session of the just-concluded Social Media Week with the theme, 'The Freelance Economy: Technology and the Future of Jobs'. The Managing [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Federal Government has commenced the certification of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport and Port Harcourt airport in order to meet the safety standard of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The Director of Operations, Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria, Capitan Rabiu Yadudu, said on Tuesday that already, representatives of the Airport Council [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A pioneering local study on contamination of aviation fuel and its handling system in the country has called for increased quality control by regulatory agencies. The study was carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State and sponsored by an aviation fuelling company, CITA Petroleum Nigeria Limited, [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Airline Operators of Nigeria has commended the Federal Government for listening to the concerns raised by airlines, manufacturers and the economic community over the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement. The AfCFTA is one of the flagship projects of the African Union Agenda 2063, aimed at creating a single [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A professor of Law at the Bowen University, Iwo in Osun State, Mosunmola Imasogie, has frowned on some civil service rules, government policies and cultural practices, which she said have limited the growth of women in the civil service and other places of work, including the Nigeria Police. Imasogie said these [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Managing Director of Afri Jet Airlines, Mohammed Tukur, has said the recent call by the Federal Government for a comprehensive safety audit of Dana Air operations will create fears among air travellers in the country. Tukur, who is also a former Deputy Secretary General of the Airline Operators of Nigeria, said this [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh International ride-hailing company, Taxify, has kicked off an initiative to empower more Nigerian women to begin Small and Medium-scale Enterprises. The company's Brand Manager in Nigeria, Terver Bendega, told correspondent on Tuesday that the decision was borne out of the need to create a more conducive environment for driven women to own and [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Human resources managers have said that talent management is key to the success of any business, organisation or company. According to them, when talents are effectively managed, they are able to provide superior value for all stakeholders. They spoke at the 2018 Senior Human Resources Executives Conference in Lagos, which was organised by [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu Automakers, new vehicle assemblers and dealers are gearing up for the 2018 edition of Lagos motor show, where they hope to strike new business deals through the exhibition of the best of their products. The nation may be out of economic recession going by the latest figures from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara The AIESEC Alumni Africa and Middle East has restated its resolve to leverage more partnerships to drive projects on the African continent. The body, which is a proponent of thought leadership in the globe, is looking at capitalising on the right partnerships to increase its brand equity and boost social capital. This position [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Federal Road Safety Corps has warned officers and men of the corps in the country against the act of extortion while performing their duties. The corps declared that any road marshal arrested for corruption would be prosecuted, and if found guilty, would be dismissed from the service. It also advised road [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Cars45 says it has extended its used car and car trade-in partnership with Kia Motors to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It said in a statement that the expansion would enable Kia owners to drive into the Kia Motors Nigeria's office at Utako, Abuja to trade in their used car for a new [] 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh One of Nigeria's leading web development companies, Broadshift, has made a commitment to train over 150 Nigerians in Information and Communications Technology and related skills over the next five years. The company said that it planned to do this through its Learn2code initiative on www.broadshift.com, a yearly programme where young people are taught [] 
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