NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 MARCH, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Thursday,  22 March, 2017.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
THE Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun on Wednesday presented her ministry’s scorecard since 2015 to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), revealing that the ministry released a total of N1.248 trillion in 2017 budget for capital projects.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, she expressed the government’s commitment to infrastructure development.

Explaining her presentation to FEC, she said: “The final update I gave was the level of capital releases till date from 2017 and l gave details of the big four areas and then others.

“So, Power, Works and Housing got N301.89 billion, Defence 151.2 billion, Agriculture N119.9 billion, Transport N127.9 billion and other areas combined is N545.6 billion.

“So, the total capital budget release for 2017 so far is N1.248 trillion.

“We haven’t closed yet. We are confident we will close the year roughly around where we closed last year. We will close around N1.3 trillion mark.

“So, our commitment to infrastructure spending remains very strong. That is what is going to drive the growth of the economy. That is what is going to drive jobs.”

The minister also revealed that the sums of N7.8 billion, $378 million, and £27,800 pounds were recovered through whistleblower policy of the federal government whose implementation began last year.


According to her, the federal government intends to institutionalise the policy in order to properly handle its increasing magnitude.

She said there were many reports but very few personnel to deal with the issues.

Adeosun added: “I gave an update on whistleblowing policy which was another memorandum approved by FEC ― the number of tips we have had, the number of investigations we have dealt with, the types of monies that have been recovered through the whistleblower policy.

“I also reported that the whistleblower team has recently come back from a trip to the UK. The United Kingdom government was giving us pieces of training on whistleblowing, how we should institutionalise it. The team spent some time with revenue office in UK. They spent some time in customs office and they took them through what they have been able to do.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
THE Federal Government said a total of 106 abducted persons, comprising 104 Daphi schoolgirls, one other girl and a boy were freed by insurgents in the early hours of Wednesday.

Briefing journalists in Maiduguri, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said all the 106 persons were freed unconditionally, contrary to reports in a section of the media that ransom was paid and that some insurgents were swapped for the freed persons.
 
”It is not true that we paid ransom for the release of the Dapchi girls, neither was there a prisoner swap to secure their release.

”What happened was that the abduction itself was a breach of the ceasefire talks between the insurgents and the government, hence it became a moral burden on the abductors. Any report that we paid ransom or engaged in prisoner swap is false,” he said.

Meanwhile, the freed persons have been formally handed over to the Federal Government.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas handed over the girls and one boy to the four-member Federal Government Delegation at the Nigerian Air Force base in Maiduguri on Wednesday evening.

The delegation comprised the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Minister of Interior, Gen Abdulrahman Danbazau (retired); the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim and Goni Lawan Bukar, a member of House of Representatives from Dapchi.

The girls were immediately airlifted to Abuja aboard a military transport plane.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of the female students abducted from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State.

In a statement made available to newsmen by Mr Turaki Hassan, his Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs), Dogara said that the President’s efforts to ensure that the girls were freed from captivity had yielded results with the hope of ending years of violent insurgency in the North East.
 
He, however, called for proactive steps to be taken to forestall a reoccurrence of the incident by security agencies.
According to him, “we must remind all those concerned that mass abduction of innocent schoolgirls should never have been allowed to happen in the first place. While we await the outcome of the investigation by the House ad hoc Committee, the House of Representatives will not accept any further excuses or buck-passing between the various security agencies.”

Hon Dogara noted that intelligence gathering must be strengthened to prevent attacks before they occur.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The 2018 Appropriation Bill will now be passed into law by the National Assembly onApril 24. The Speaker of the House Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who announced this at the plenary on Wednesday, said that a harmonised committee of both chambers of the National Assembly had proposed to lay the budget onApril 19, 2018,to pave []The post National Assembly to pass 2018 Budget April 24 'Dogara appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Leader of the Senate, Sen. Ahmed Lawan says the rescue of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls is a huge and massive relief to Nigerians. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on Feb. 21, over 100 school girls from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Busari Local Government Area of Yobe, were abducted by []The post Release of Dapchis schoolgirls: Senate Leader, Saraki, APC react appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has congratulated parents of the abducted Dapchi Girls that were released on Wednesday morning. He also sympathised with parents of five of the girls who reportedly died, describing the abduction of the girls as an indictment on the Federal Government and their release as 'drama scripted by the government []The post Fayose congratulates parents of released Dapchi schoolgirls, accuses FG of conspiracy appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to freeze undeclared assets said to have been traced to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. In an ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/284/2018, the FG filed on Wednesday by its lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo, SAN, applied for an order for the forfeiture of the []The post Freeze Ekweremadus undeclared assets, FG tells court appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday formally handed 106 released girls from Boko Haram captivity to Federal Government. Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, presented the released girls to the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the 105 Air Force Composite Command, Maiduguri. Nicholas explained that 104 of the girls were from []The post Army hands over 106 released Dapchi schoolgirls to FG appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The rescued Dapchi school girls have been taken to the General Hospital in Dapchi for profiling by the military, the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. A parent of one of the girls, Malam Ali Abdullahi, told NAN that all the girls were in their various homes now. Immediately the insurgents dropped them from the []The post Updated: Rescued Dapchi girls in hospital for check-up, profiling appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
THE federal government on Wednesday explained how about 101 Dapchi school girls and a boy were, on Wednesday morning, returned by the Boko Haram abductors after one month in captivity. Minster of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and his Defence counterpart, Mansur Dan-Ali, who briefed the State House correspondents on the matter, said it followed []The post UPDATE: How 101 Dapchi schoolgirls were freed 'FG appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
After the Presidency confirmed the release of 76 out of the 110 kidnapped female students in Dapchi, Yobe State, on Wednesday morning, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered four ministers to proceed to Dapchi community for an update on the schoolgirls' release.The post Buhari dispatches 4 ministers to Dapchi appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A total of 76 of the 110 schoolgirls abducted in Dapchi, Yobe State have so far been released by their Boko Haram abductors. This is according to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abujaon Wednesday. Signed by Segun Adeyemi, his Special Assistant, he said the girls' freedom was []The post FG confirms release of 76 of 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Some of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from the town of Dapchi,Yobe State, have returned to their homes, a report has said. The BBC quoting eye witnesses reported that people said that many of the 110 schoolgirls were brought back in a vehicle convoy this morning. The circumstances of their return is still []The post BREAKING: Boko Haram frees some of 110 kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Dr Ezekiel Oyemomi from Orile Owu in Osun West Senatorial District is a chartered accountant. He speaks with DAPO FALADE on his ambition to become the next governor of Osun State.The post Osun 2018: Why Aregbesola should hand over to me 'Ezekiel Oyemomi, APC governorship aspirant appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The battle for who represents Lagos State in the Senate from the three senatorial districts of the state has since commenced, especially within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), writes BOLA BADMUS.The post Lagos senatorial race and the ding-dong on APC platform appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The chancellor and chairman of the Board of Regents, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Bishop David Oyedepo, has approved free tuition for all agricultural programmes in the university beginning from the 2018/2019 academic session. This was contained in a special announcement made by the vice-chancellor, Professor Adeniyi Olayanju, towards the 7th Founder's Day Celebration at []The post Landmark University announces tuition-free agricultural programmes appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A Professor of Guidance and Counselling in the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Adepeju Omoteso, says for the community to be free from chaos, corruption and all forms of insecurity, marriages and families need to be sustained. To achieve this, she said, 'the continuous effort of professional counsellors is []The post Don stresses role of family in sustenance of society appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A review of Kachi Ogbonna's book, How They Started by Apeh Omede.The post Reducing youth unemployment through entrepreneurship appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A Professor of International Relations, Professor Alade Fawole, has described the indiscriminate use of academic robes and the award of honorary degrees by universities as a bastardisation of the university culture. Fawole, a former member of the governing council of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Osun State, made the comments recently while delivering the first []The post At Tech-U lecture, don bemoans 'bastardisation of university traditions' appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA) Akoko, Dr Tunji Abayomi, has vowed to work assiduously for the promotion and advancement of academics and research in the award-winning institution. Dr Abayomi also pledged to mobilise the individual and collective strengths of council members to add value to the university. []The post AAUA pro-chancellor pledges to raise standard of academics, research appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The vice chancellor of KolaDaisi University (KDU), Ibadan, Professor Kolade Luke Ayorinde, has said that the vision of the university is to be world class institution for the production of graduates who are able to respond to the socioeconomic needs of a knowledge-driven economy. He made the remarks last week Wednesday at the institution's first []The post KolaDaisi University matriculates pioneer students appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A review of OlayemiOlanipekun's book, Twins, but not the same.The post Tackling drug abuse through literature appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
THE Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation in Minna, Niger State, has, over time, sought to make an intentional departure from writing literature for children to produce literature written by children themselves. The Hill-Top Arts Centre, situated at the Hilltop Model School, Minna, Niger State, serves as a haven for mentoring prospecting teen authors on their selective []The post How Niger is producing teenage authors appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
TRADING on the Nigerian Stock Exchange maintained the previous outlook as the bear pull persists with the All-Share Index shedding 46 basis points, leaving the Year-to-Date (YtD) returns at 8.50 percent. Similarly, Market capitalisation declined to N14.89 billion at the close of trading session on Wednesday, just as market breadth closed negative with 19 gainers []The post Equities market goes 0.46% lower, records 8.50% YtD appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has revealed plans to embark on aggressive deployment of communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) infrastructure in the next one year to further boost the safety of air travel in the country. In line with the above, the agency has put in place arrangements for the installation of Category 3A []The post Airspace safety: NAMA to deploy communication gadgets appeared first on Tribune. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
IN view of the ongoing controversy the recent air incidents recorded in the country's aviation sector is generating, the Managing Director of Afrijet Airlines, Alhaji Muhammed Tukur has cautioned against using the incidents to create unnecessary panic around air travels in the country. In a press conference held in Lagos, Tukur who was a former []The post Air incidents: Expert cautions lawmakers against politicisation of aviation sector appeared first on Tribune. 
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