NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [30 March, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 30 March, 2018.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The political romance between President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which has been rekindled by the 2019 presidential election, waxed stronger yesterday when both men in separate speeches assured Nigerians that the country was being rescued from the wreckage of past administrations.

Buhari, who is in Lagos for a two-day official visit, spoke at the 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium held in Nigeria’s commercial capital to mark the APC leader’s 66th birthday.


 
Buhari at the event, restated his commitment to implementing people-oriented programmes, saying: “Our goal is to bring everybody together for mutually beneficial ethnic, economic, social, religion, political and cultural relationships.

“We are determined to invest in people because we depend on people to govern.”

Buhari, who also commissioned the Ikeja Bus Terminal in Lagos designed to handle 200,000 passengers daily, said his administration would continue to invest in social programmes, including school feeding and agriculture.

He said: “We have set Nigeria on an irreversible path of growth and development. We are resolute to uplift our people and make Nigeria a better place.”

The president described Tinubu as his friend saying, he was happy to be in Lagos “to celebrate the birthday of my friend and political partner”.

According to him, Tinubu is a well-known political strategist who has elevated politics above self.

He said: “I have come to see him as a man who cares about people, who is a fountain of ideas, for the common good of the common man and woman. He has played an appreciative contribution to Nigeria and Africa’s progress.

“We seek a change in the ways and means of our collective existence. We seek to construct a nation where people are no longer ruled by whims, but according to the law and for the betterment of the people.

“We seek to replace corruption with correctness, insecurity with safety, and poverty with prosperity.”

The president called on Nigerians to join him to celebrate “Asiwaju”, a man whom he said was widely known as a political strategist, a caregiver and a man with a vision.

Also speaking at the colloquium attended by several APC governors, party stalwarts, officials from the federal and Lagos State governments and captains of industry, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said the administration would not stop talking about the corruption perpetrated by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wondering why the party does not want people to “talk about the monumental corruption it inflicted on Nigeria”.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari thursday in Lagos tactically responded to an allegation made recently by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was plotting to rig the forthcoming 2019 polls, saying the days of election rigging and manipulation by corrupt politicians were over.

The president, who made this remark in his Easter message to the nation in commemoration of this year’s crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which he personally signed, thanked God for another Easter season, stating that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ signified the triumph of good over evil and life over death.


 
Pointing out that this Easter season was a moment to show love, forgiveness, compassion and renewed faith in God’s grace, the president was also quick to warn that as the period of electioneering draws nearer, politicians and stakeholders should resist any temptation to malign the credibility of the nation’s electoral process.

He said he was optimistic that the days of violence, manipulation and election rigging by some unscrupulous politicians who hitherto thrived on the corruption of the nation’s electoral process had been consigned to the dustbin of history, pledging to entrench a legacy of free and fair polls.

“As we approach the period of campaigns, I appeal to our political actors and other stakeholders to resist any act that could mar the integrity of our electoral process.

“I am optimistic that with God on our side, the dark days of Nigeria’s elections being manipulated by violence and rigging by corrupt politicians and their agents are over. They are confined to the dustbin of history where they rightly belong. I remain committed to bequeathing a legacy of the supremacy of the people’s will through the ballot box,” he promised.

The president who also implored Nigerians to exhibit the tenets of the teachings of Jesus Christ through deep reflections, made reference to the Holy Bible which he said stipulated that the life of a man was not in his riches and prosperity but in the sound and profound relationship with his Maker.

He enjoined Nigerians to prioritise the comfort and happiness of others above theirs, observing that doing so would go a long way in helping the nation to overcome bigotry, corruption, hate speech, terrorism and other forms of violence.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Newton Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, a leading Nigerian independent oil and gas company listed on both the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges, has reached a settlement with a Canadian firm, Crestar Natural Resources Limited, following a protracted dispute over the acquisition of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 25 from Anglo-Dutch multinational, Shell.

This is just as Oslo-listed international production and exploration company, Panoro Energy, was said to have entered discussions with third parties on selling its 16 per cent stake in the Aje oil, gas and condensate field offshore Lagos, Nigeria.


 
Crestar, which is owned by James Bay Resources Limited, together with its Nigerian partners, was the winning bidder in May 2014 for Shell’s 45 per cent participating interest in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 25.

The settlement between Crestar and Newton relates to proceedings in the English High Court over the deposit of $20.5 million currently held in an escrow account.

Seplat had in January 2017, in a filing at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, announced that proceedings had commenced at the English High Court against its wholly-owned subsidiary, Newton Energy, by Crestar relating to the deposit of $20.5 million.

The escrowed money was for the purpose acquiring an interest in OML 25 by Crestar, which Newton had an option to invest in, but put in escrow in July 2015, pursuant to the agreement reached with Crestar and the vendor on the final terms of the potential transaction.

The potential acquisition of an interest in OML 25 was initially identified in 2014 at which time the group placed the sum of $453 million as a deposit towards the potential investment.

However, after material delays, $368 million was returned to the group in July 2015.

According to Seplat, certain events then led to renewed efforts by the consortium to secure the asset and to the group providing the escrowed funds.

Seplat had added that the group paid $11 million to Crestar for past costs while a $45 million deposit remained with the potential vendor of the asset.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Lagosians were irate thursday and did not hesitate to show their anger over the decision by the state government to lockdown Nigeria’s largest commercial city of over 20 million people due to President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day visit to the state.

The Lagos State Government also spared no thought for air passengers who were travelling for the Easter holidays, forcing domestic airlines to either delay or cancel their flights thursday.


 
THISDAY investigations revealed that many passengers missed their flights because the roads leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, were blocked for the presidential visit, compelling airlines to adjust their flight schedules, cancel some of their morning flights and hoping to add additional flights today in order to accommodate those who were not airlifted thursday.

Dana Air spokesman, Kingsley Ezenwa who spoke to THISDAY said passengers who could not fly thursday would be accommodated in other flights without payment for not turning up and missing their flights due to the closure of the roads to the airport.

“The airspace is not closed but scheduled operations were cancelled because the roads to the airport were closed. The roads were opened at some point, which enabled us to operate our first flight, although the flight was delayed.

“We are in constant communication with our passengers, so we have been sending them messages and some of them said that with the delays they cannot make it again today (yesterday).

“We informed them we can accommodate them in friday’s  flights for free,” Ezenwa said.

The Executive Director, Technical, Medview Airline, Lukeman Animaseun also said there were flight disruptions due to the blockage of roads to the airports, which forced their 7 a.m. flight to leave at well after 8 a.m. but by midday the situation had normalised.

“The road blockage affected our flight operations in the morning but we had to wait for passengers to get to the Lagos airport. But by afternoon the situation had normalised,” Animaseun said.

THISDAY also learnt that airlines were hopeful that today’s flights would not be affected, saying if the lockdown continued for a second day it would adversely affect their operations and leave a lot of their passengers who want to celebrate the Easter season with their loved ones stranded.


Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Sunday Ehigiator The Chairman of the management Board of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Olorogun Otega Emerhor, has stated that President Muhammadu Buharis marching order to the Ministry of Health and by derivation, the UITH is to work committedly to transform the [] 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Jonathan Eze likens the arts and culture sector to rough diamonds and urged government and the private sector to consider its economic imperatives with increased allocation and investments Many see arts and culture as simply nice-to-haves. They myopically consider the aesthetic values rather than looking beyond the pleasure and satisfactions that the sector provides. But [] 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Chinenye Ezeah On March 20, 1964, there was a birth of a bouncing baby boy in Ugwuanyis family in Orba in the present Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State. He was named Lawrence Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi. The name Ifeanyichukwu, which simply means Nothing Pass God started manifesting in his life early enough. He grew up [] 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Olawale Ajimotokan The cultural heritage of China and African nations were displayed at a colourful event organised by the China Cultural Centre, Abuja, in commemoration of the 2018 International Women Day Celebration. The vibrant gathering to showcase fashion, culture, creativity, gourmet and diversity was tagged 'Women in Culture 2018'. It was hosted by the Deputy [] 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Okon Bassey writes on the recent reception organised by the Abak 5 for Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State We saw it coming, but if anyone would claim he envisaged the carnival-like rally put up by the Abak 5 last Friday at the Abak Township Stadium to welcome their son- in-law and number one [] 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Hometruths By Adeola Akinremi: adeola.akinremi@thisdaylive.com If the message this week about the illegitimacy of the tenure elongation for the All Progressives Congress chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, isn't quite the end of Oyegun's politics in APC, it is undoubtedly the beginning of the end. President Muhammadu Buhari, asserting his authority over the party this week, technically ended [] 

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