Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Saturday,  17 March, 2017.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
SOME hotel associations in Kwara have called on the State Government to reverse its law prohibiting the sales, production and consumption of alcohol in the state.

They said the enforcement of such a law would have a drastic effect on the nation’s economy and the hospitality industry.

They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Friday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Kwara State Government had  on March 13 banned the public sales,  consumption and production of alcohol in the state.

Mr Adeniyi Ologun, the Executive Secretary of the Hotel and Personnel Services Employers’ Association of Nigeria (HOPESEA) said that such a decision would cause restrictions on freedom to invest.

Ologun said that the development was a minus for investors in the hospitality industry.

He said that  hoteliers had tried to make huge gains from the sales of alcohol to be able to pay the various  taxes levied on them over the years.

”Implementing the new law will force several of our members  out of job and it  will be compounding our problems,” he said.

Also, Mr Ayo Olumoko, the Deputy President, Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN), Southwest zone said that considerations should be given to Christians and hospitality players in the state.

He said the state government banning sales, consumption and production of alcohol  would have adverse effect on them.

Olumoko said that the development was an indication that the state was trying to be counted as a Sharia state.

He said that since  the state comprised of both Christians and Muslims, both religions’ interests  must be considered by the government while enacting any law.

”Not now that there  is an economic downturn when people are looking for things to recreate with  and make themselves happy that the state should enforce its ban on alcohol.

”This will also affect our cultural and traditional activities.

“Some of those alcohol that had been banned are used by the elders to perform cultural rites during traditional ceremonies.

”I think the Kwara State Government  needs to  reflect on the effect of such a decision on Christians, our traditional activities and the hospitality firms,” he said.

Also, Mr Lanre Awoseyin, the President of the Nigeria Hotel Association (NHA) said that the ban would not be adhered to because Nigerians generally were fun lovers.

He said that this decision would give room to trade restrictions and reduce internally generated revenue for the state government.

According to him, the taxes they generate from each hospitality firm will no longer be and people will continue to consume it in secrecy.

“I  am speaking from experience; you see, even in the north where a law like this was made in the past, it never worked.”

Awoseyin said that people were still transporting alcohol there only that they would not expose them to the public while in transit.

They would cover them inside  truck, he said.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
IN continuation of the ongoing voters registration exercise across the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in conjunction with Nigeria intervention Movement (NIM), has organised a one-day sensitisation workshop for persons with Disability (PWD), staffs of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Inter party Advisory Council (IPAC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Women Leaders and State chairmen of all the Political Parties in Anambra.

The workshop is first in the series of activities the Commission drew up to enhance capacities within the Political Parties and other relevant stakeholders towards the 2019 general elections in the state.

The workshop which aimed at educating the electorate between the ages of 18 and above and the political leaders on the continuous voters registration exercise was expected to improve their internal organisational processes and understanding.

Delivering the opening remarks at opening of the workshop and inauguration of NIM Officials in Akwa, the Anambra State Capital the INEC Resident electoral commissioner, in Anambra, Dr Orji Nkwachukwu represented by the

Director of information and voter education in the State, Mr Leo Ekedife, described the sensitization workshop as indicative of the Commissions’ readiness towards effective and constructive engagement with political party executives, Civil Society Organisation market men and women towards building the institutional capacities of all political parties ahead of 2019 election.

“This sensitisation is therefore an opportunity for Political Party Executives to exchange ideas and learn international best practices in political party governance and operations, the REC said.

Dr. Nkwachukwu urged the political parties to contribute to the strengthening of democracy in the State by implementing lessons learnt at the sensitisation workshop as organized by the duo, INEC and NIM.

While outlining the objectives of the workshop, the NIM State coordinator, Prince Chris Azor, on his speech, said the workshop was designed to educate the voters and enhance the administrative and organizational processes of the political parties as well as to enhance their capacities to take interest in the marginalized groups such as women, people living with disabilities, and to promote transparency in the management of the affairs of the political parties

Another objective for the sensitisation, he continues was to enhance the capacities of the political parties to address their internal grievance and resolve these grievances without necessarily resulting to the formal court processes and to enhance the capacities of the political parties to comply with the broad electoral legal framework, he added.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
THE Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye on Friday lost in his bid the to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from proceeding with his recall process.

In a unanimous judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered by Justice T.O. Awotoye, the appellant court dismissed Dino’s appeal for lacking in merit as it disclosed no cause of action.

Meanwhile, Senator Melaye who spoke through his lawyer, Nkem Okoro has vowed to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court.

The court which resolved all the issues contained in favour of INEC, affirmed the judgment of Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court, who held that Melaye’s suit was “hasty, premature and presumptuous.”

However, Dino who was dissatisfied with the judgment, approached the Court of Appeal to set it aside and stop the electoral body from embarking on the recall process.

But in a unanimous judgment yesterday, the Court of Appeal, while agreeing with the decision of the trial court, held that the court ought to have struck out the suit for not disclosing any cause of action.

On the issue of lack of fair hearing canvassed by the embattled senator, the court dismissed the claim on the grounds that INEC is neither a tribunal or a court of law.

The appellate court said there is no limitation to the counting of the 90 days for the recall process, as it can be extended.

The court further held that the powers of the electoral empire is a statutory one given by the constitution and not even the court can take away the powers of INEC to conduct a referendum.

The court held that, “the powers of INEC is a statutory one given by the constitution and not even the court can take away the powers of INEC to conduct a referendum.

“Such statutory bodies like the INEC should be allowed to exercise their statutory powers without interference by the court.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
THE invasion of some communities in Dekina and Omala local government areas of Kogi state left no fewer than 50 houses raised with many neighbouring communities deserted for fear of renewed attack.

Residents of Oganenigu, which was mostly affected were relocating to neighbouring areas like Anyigba, Egume and other areas for their safety.

This is coming as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has blamed the state government for the attack on the communities which had left over 30 peoples dead.

The party in a statement said the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello’s open invitation to the rampaging herdsmen and the setting up of cattle colonies without adequate security measures put in place, has necessitated the killings.

However, findings on Friday showed that some of the affected communities have become ghost communities as people have fled for safety.

The Oganenigwu Community Development Association, said on Friday that over 200 people had been displaced because of the attacks.

The association added that over 50 houses were burnt by the suspected Fulani herdsmen while people living in villages surrounding Oganenigwu have deserted the community as they move to places like Anyigba, Ologba, Etulutekpe, Iyale and others.

“As at present no body can say the exact number of dead people on both sides because many families are yet to locate their relatives,” the source said.

The source also disclosed that the presence of the security agents drafted to the trouble areas was yet to check mate the situation.

However, the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello who was expected to visit the trouble communities on Friday could not make it due to circumstances beyond his control.

But the governor said the violence had been contained and brought under control as police and military operatives had been deployed in the affected areas.

Bello in statement by his director general media and publicity to the governor, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said “The Kogi State Government ensured that the military, the police and other relevant security agencies, including members of the Kogi State Vigilante Services were immediately mobilised to the affected areas following the initial reports.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the membership of the National Food Security Council which he recently hinted would be established. According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the president [...]The post Buhari approves establishment of National Food Security Council appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
SPEAKING after the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Bukola Saraki said the meeting discussion was on budget, security and other issues, saying that the NASS leadership also gave the president their opinion during [...]The post Discussion of NASS leadership with Buhari in Aso Rock appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in this interview by LEON USIGBE speaks on the speculated second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari, declaring that the president will determine the direction of the All Progressives Congress [...]The post 2019: Buhari holds the ace in APC 'Presidency appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Delectable actress, Paschaline Alex Okoli is one of the known faces in the Nigerian movie space. She started her career in 2010 and is known for her roles in College Girls and the sitcom, Jenifa's [...]The post Celebrities are the loneliest people in the world ' Actress Paschaline Alex appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Facing different but equally harrowing crises, parents and educators in the United States and northeast Nigeria are debating similarly drastic measures to improve school safety as a painful public reckoning plays out in both countries. [...]The post Boko Haram: Don't give guns to teachers appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
On Monday, March 19, it will be exactly a year after a kidnap gang abducted an elderly couple, Mr Sunday Aremu Oladapo and his wife, Elizabeth Funmilayo, at Jakata area of Ibadan, Oyo State, on [...]The post I became a kidnapper, hemp smoker through bad influence of friends 'Suspect whose gang allegedly kidnapped couple, family of 5, others appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The story of Kehinde Caleb and Tayelolu Joshua Ayansola is one that comes with mixed feelings. They both graduated with First Class Honours from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, won Commonwealth Scholarships and proceeded to [...]The post How we made First Class, got Commonwealth scholarships appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A man, Raphael Olorode, has prayed Ile Tuntun Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State, to separate him and his wife, Biola Olorode whom he described as troublesome, a sly character and wicked. According to the [...]The post She maltreated my children, drank poison to put me in trouble 'Man appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
FOOD vendors are currently making brisk businesses at the opening of the 29thEnugu International Trade Fair, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN correspondent, who is covering the fair in Enugu on Friday reports [...]The post Food vendors make brisk businesses in Enugu International Trade Fair appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
THE President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said the bank planned to help raise Africa's industrial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 130 percent by 2025 and drive the overall GDP from 2.3 trillion [...]The post AfDB to raise Africa's industrial GDP by 130% by 2025 appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
THE Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria is making efforts to establish conventional and standard locally-built refineries in Niger Delta to boost local oil production. Prof. Ibrahim Mohammed-Dabo, the Team Leader, ABU Refinery Project, made the [...]The post ABU Zaria to establish locally-built refineries in Niger Delta appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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