NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 MARCH, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Sunday,  18 March, 2017.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Less than a week after the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) restored power to a section of oil and gas-rich Warri and its environs, commercial activities have, again, come to a standstill.


 
It will be recalled that for the better part of January and February, residents of the town reported faulty 1,3,6 PTI Transformer which feeds Warri and environs.

Checks at the weekend revealed that lack of electricity was taking its  toll on commercial activities, as well as the well-being of residents.

Residents, who eke a living from micro businesses such as iced-block making/sale, business centres, cold rooms, sachet water, among others, are worst hit.

Residents also complained of rashes and other heat-related infections.

A secondary school student, Great Tejiro, expressed dissatisfaction with the situation, while Mrs Portia Atubi, a business woman, said her children had developed rashes all over their bodies and feared graver health hazards might erupt.

Miss Bukky Atubi, a trader, who lives in Agbassa also lamented the situation, while Mrs Ese Okotie, another trader, averred that the light issue was affecting her soft drinks business.

A civil servant, Mr Sunny Chigonti, threatened to protest if nothing was done urgently.


 
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of BEDC in Warri, simply identified as Mrs Ogaga, speaking via telephone, said: “we’re trying our best to resolve the fault. The problem is transmission. The 1,3,6 PTI Transformer that is feeding Warri and environs is having problem. They’re working on it.”

For Mrs Happy Jonathan, a rice vendor, the heat at night in homes could be likened to a furnace.

“The light issue don’t tire me ooo; inside house dey hot like say we dey hellfire. Hope government dey hear me oooo WE NEED LIGHT OOOO,” she pleaded.

Even dry cleaners have gradually gone out of business as Mr Ighoyohwo Odjegba, a dry cleaner, who suggested a revolution as the only solution, disclosed that “The light issue is not a two-week occurrence, it has been a repeated decimal.

“Left for me, I would like a revolution to take place in this country. I’m angry because I spend money to buy fuel to do my laundry work and by the end of the day I don’t even see my profit.

“The thing that pains me most is that BEDC will still come to your door post to ask for light bill at the end of the month when we don’t even see the light not to talk of using it.

“The government is not even doing anything about it. If I have the opportunity to park out of this country, I will do it cause I’m so fed up with this country, WE NEED LIGHT!!!!!!!!!” he reiterated.

A businessman, Mr. Onoriode Igbigbi, expressed displeasure on the perennial blackout in Warri and environs.

Speaking in pidgin, Igbigbi said: “There’s nothing to say about this light issue if you look at it all businesses  are zero.

“Like my friend who is doing dry cleaning work, there’s no way he can iron clothes  that he has washed except with generator and fuel is very cost: so, tell me how can such a person make profit from what he is doing? In fact, I am tired of this country.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
THERE was drama in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Saturday, as beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-Power scheme, in the state, simultaneously held rallies for President Muhammadu Buhari. The rally for Fayose was used to proclaim the Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Kolapo Olubunmi Olusola, as their choice in the coming election.

The beneficiaries had followed party lines in their rallies and had called for support for their preferred individuals.

While a section of the rallying N-Power beneficiaries had called for support for Professor Olusola, who is Governor Ayodele Fayose’s choice as his successor and as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, another section of the group called for support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Governor Fayose had recently invited all the beneficiaries of n-Power in Ekiti State and had promised many of them permanent jobs.

By 8:30 a:m on Saturday, about 3,000 beneficiaries had gathered at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital for the march, carring various placards to drive home their messages.

While some displayed placards advertising President Buhari and expressing appreciation for the n-Power scheme, others carried placards campaigning for Fayose and Professor Olusola’s governorship ambition.

Security agents had ensured there was no clash of the two parties as each team campaigned for their respective benefactors.

The beneficiaries marched from the Teaching Hospital to the AB Event Centre in Mojere area of Adebayo, where accreditation exercise for the state’s n-Power beneficiaries took place.
 
Another drama occurred at the accreditation centre when officials of n-Power wanted to prevent those loyal to Governor Fayose from entering the venue.

They were, however, overwhelmed by the huge crowd in support of Fayose, who eventually gained entry to the hall, while security personnel on hand were on top of their game.

Explaining why the beneficiaries loyal to Fayose joined in the rally, Ajibade Segun, a Fayose and Olusola loyalist, said: “A few months ago, Governor Fayose invited us to the government house and promised those of us who are n-Power beneficiaries in Ekiti permanent employment from the state government.”

“This is why we are happy and we are now coming out to campaign for the Deputy governor Olusola Kolapo. We are are here supporting the continuity agenda of his Excellency Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose and supporting Olusola Eleka for governor in July 14.

“To the president we are saying that we don’t want just a temporary relief in the name of N-Power from massive unemployment in Nigeria, we want permanent employment. We also want the number of beneficiaries of the N-Power in Ekiti to be more than what we have presently. But most importantly, we want a permanent job like the governor has promised to give a good number of us, “ he said.

Speaking for President Buhari on behalf of his colleagues loyal to the president, another beneficiary, Adeosun Tayo Peter, said: “I want the people of Nigeria to know that we are not campaigning for Fayose or Eleka. It is Buhari that we know because he is the one who is feeding us. We have the banners bearing the image of Buhari and we are thanking him for this gesture.

“ N30,000 for each of the beneficiaries every month is not a small money. In twelve months , we know what that money amounts to. The beneficiaries of N-power in Ekiti in  this first tranche are 3,400, and 8,337 will benefit in the second tranche, those of us here now are more than 3,000 that have come for accreditation today.

“Buhari is our benefactor. We are standing for Buhari. We are thanking Buhari for what he has done and we also want him to make the job permanent.”

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
THERE is no disagreement between the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.


 
Special Advisers (Media) to the leaders of both chambers, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Turaki Hassan, made this known on Saturday, in a jointly signed statement against the backdrop of a story in a national daily that Saraki and Dogara disagreed on how the Senate and the House of Representatives would react to Buhari’s action.

“The Senate President and the Speaker, as heads of the two chambers of the National Assembly and representing the views of their colleagues, will want everybody to know that they are on the same page on what is the appropriate reaction to the President’s withholding of assent on the Electoral Amendment Bill

“There is no disagreement between the two chambers as well as their presiding officers. The leadership of the two chambers constantly hold discussions and are in agreement on what to do, how to do it, when to do it and why it must be done.

“The issue at stake is not personal. It is about deepening democracy. It is about improving our democracy and the National Assembly is on firm constitutional and legal grounds to amend the law as well as take decision in the manner they have been responding.

“We see that story and the insinuations contained in it as mere distraction and unnecessary misrepresentation aimed at the creating division in the federal legislature. The Senate President, Speaker and their colleagues urge members of the public to discountenance the report,” they said.

Meanwhile, as the election reorder carried out by the National Assembly continue to generate reactions, the chairman of the Elders Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  in Ondo State,  Professor Olu Agbi, has cautioned the judiciary against being dragged into the controversial issue.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
THE Senator representing Kaduna Central District, Shehu Sani, has said despite the reconciliation undertaken by a leader in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, there is still a 'civil and cold war' within [...]The post There is civil, cold war in APC 'Shehu Sani appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
RESIDENTS of Igboho, Igbeti and Kisi communities of Oyo State now live in fear as a result of what they described as the incessant attacks and kidnapping by bandits operating along the Igboho-Ilorin axis of [...]The post Kidnappers lay siege to Oyo communities appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
RETIRED General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) worldwide, Prophet Samuel Kayode , has revealed his plans to remarry. He disclosed this at his retirement service held at All Saints' Chapel, CAC General Secretariat, [...]The post Why I want to remarry 'Prophet Abiara appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly appear to have struck a deal on the possible passage of the 2018 budget, sources close to the administration have said. The Senate President Bukola [...]The post Buhari, NASS leaders strike deal on 2018 budget appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State has revealed that he could not continue to weep over the killings of his people by suspected herdsmen who have laid siege to some parts of the state. He [...]The post Herdsmen attacks: I cannot continue to weep everyday 'Ortom appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is coming under pressure to stop the continuous Voters Registration Exercise currently ongoing across the country, sources close to the commission have said. Sources told Sunday Tribune in Abuja [...]The post Plot to stop continuous voter registration thickens appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The people of Ojuwo-Ajomaigbi in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State attacked by rampaging Fulani herdsmen, on Saturday, painted gory pictures of how the assailants slaughtered their people. Apart from slaughtering those that could [...]The post How Fulani herdsmen slaughtered, butchered our people 'Victims of Kogi attacks appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
A taxi driver suffering from epilepsy reportedly rammed his cab into an oncoming trailer, which ran over the taxi and instantly killed all five occupants, including the driver in Ilorin, Kwara State on Saturday. It [...]The post 4 Kwara Poly students killed as epileptic driver crashes into trailer after seizure appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of Senator Ali Wakil from Bauchi State as 'an incalculable loss to Nigeria's democracy,'' as his whose dedication to duty was remarkable and worthy of emulation.' According to [...]The post Buhari, Saraki, Dogara extol late Senator Wakil's dedication appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
THE Anambra State capital, Awka, stood still on Saturday, as Governor Willie Obiano was sworn in by the Chief Justice, Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi for another term of four years. It was a day [...]The post 5 govs, Ooni of Ife, others grace Obiano's second term inauguration appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
SENATOR Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Constituency, Kaduna State, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) must put its house in order to emerge victorious in the 2019 elections. He disclosed this while speaking on Saturday [...]The post APC must put its house in order before 2019 'Sen Sani appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
THE Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, has called on hunters and others in the state to surrender all illegal weapons in their possession to avoid prosecution. He stated this during a meeting with [...]The post Surrender weapons in your possession Kaduna CP tells hunters, others appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has apparently canceled his planned trip to Kigali, Rwanda, to participate in Wednesday's Extraordinary Meeting of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government. While in attendance, he would have signed the [...]The post Buhari cancels trip to Rwanda appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
FOR first timers visiting the deputy governor of Kebbi State's lodge, what will definitely arrest their attention are the various fabricated vehicles that adorn his car park. In it are various types of indigenously designed [...]The post Exposed: Secret passion of a Deputy governor appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
In this piece, MUHAMMAD SABIU reports how community efforts with security officers culminated in the brutal end of political thug-turned criminal to the joy of residents. IT was celebration galore as soldiers entered Gusau, Zamfara [...]The post End of the road for Buharin, Zamfara's notorious criminal appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
DARE ADEKANMBI looks at the issues tearing acclaimed resurgent opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, including the undercurrent of the guber ticket for 2019 elections. SINCE 2010 when a big political fight broke [...]The post Oyo PDP and its coat of many crises appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
WHEN, on February 20, 2018, the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos and Diocesan Bishop of Remo, Most Reverend Dr Olusina Fape, before a host of witnesses at Our Saviour's Anglican Church, Ikenne Remo, Ogun State, [...]The post At Awo Conversations, youths told to rescue Nigeria appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Several decades ago when the great Tai Solarin wanted to establish the nexus between painful sacrifice and breakthroughs, he reached for a famous saying he credited to Jawaharlal Nehru, India's illustrious first Prime Minister. 'You [...]The post Lagos Land Use Charge: Breaking the eggs to make an omelette appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
An Abia State-based prophet, Ezekiel Acha, has said God revealed to him that He would shake Nigeria and destroy all occult powers that were planning evil during the 2019 elections. Acha, who made the revelation [...]The post Those perpetrating evil in Nigeria will not go unpunished 'Prophet appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
There seems to be more to the recent moves being made by the daughter of a popular Ibadan politician, Bola Sarumi-Aliyu, whose name has been popping up in the last few months. While some people [...]The post Bola Sarumi-Aliyu's latest moves appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Nigerian-born actress Sope Aluko who can presently be seen in the billion-dollar movie, Black Panther has inked a deal to join the cast of Marvel's Venom, Sony's Spiderman Spinoff starring Tom Hardy in the title [...]The post Black Panther star, Aluko joins Marvel's Venom appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
President Muhammad Buhari on Monday paid a condolence visit to Benue, a state which has been witnessing gruesome killings since the New Year. JOHNSON BABAJIDE writes on why the killings have continued despite military presence. [...]The post Benue: Why herdsmen may continue to kill' appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Stephanie Adamu is the founder of Stefi PR and branding agency, a company that is based in the UK and throws its weight behind the Afro beat industry. With over five years in the job, [...]The post UK has embraced Nigeria's Afro beat 'Stephanie Adamu appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
AS part of its efforts to mark this year's World International Women Day in a unique way, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Shade of Women Foundation (TSWF), launched a book entitled: She Said So, and [...]The post 'She said So, and other stories' a right step to fight against the exploitation of the girl-child 'Don appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
A few days ago, President Muhammadu Buhari, speaking in Yobe State, scored his administration high on the fight against insecurity, noting that he had done better than the previous administration. He said: 'Nigerians will readily [...]The post You are not doing enough 'Clerics tell Buhari appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The presidency and the National Assembly are at loggerheads over the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 passed by both chambers of the National Assembly. Where is the 'war' headed and who blinks at last' These [...]The post Raging battle over 2018 Electoral Act appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has expressed dismay at the poor infrastructure at the Enugu International Trade Fair complex describing it as `unbefitting' of events of such magnitude. The governor, who was represented by [...]The post Infrastructure at Enugu Trade Fair complex not befitting 'Gov Ugwuanyi appeared first on Tribune. 
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