NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 MARCH , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 29 March, 2018.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
THE House of Representatives adhoc committee investigating operations of Treasury Single Account, TSA, yesterday, ordered the management of a bank (names withheld) to produce a presidential approval authorising it to hold $4.9 million and N1.1 billion belonging to Ministry of Environment.

The committee, chaired by Nuhu Danburam (APC, Kano), had raised observation as to why the said amounts would be held by the bank, despite government’s TSA policy. The Reps in session asked to know the status of N5.9 billion said to be held by the bank on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for its Joint Venture operations. In his response, Chief Executive Officer of the bank said the ministry’s account had N1.1 billion and $4.9 million respectively. He told the panel that the status of the account remained the same and that the bank had authorisation to operate the account, which was why the money was not in the TSA. Probed further on the approval, he said the bank got letters from Ministry of Environment, stating the President’s approval to open an account with a commercial bank for RPEB. He quoted the letter’s serial number as: “Sh/A/1460, signed by Chief of Staff to the President and another letter from the Ministry of Environment to the President asking for approval for the operation of the account by the bank. He said in total, the bank had four different letters dealing with the issue of authorisation on the account. The lawmakers asked for the second time if there was any attachment dealing with the President’s approval, saying it had no business with what the ministry wrote to the President and what the Chief of Staff wrote to the ministry.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
THE Senate has summoned the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to appear before the Senator Aliyu Wamakko, APC, Sokoto North-led Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) to explain why Nigeria as a country has been experiencing mass failure in West African School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE.
 
The Minister is expected to explain the causes of WAEC recurring mass failure rate and recommend appropriate measures to overcome the challenge.
The Committee will at the end of the session, submit a comprehensive report to the Senate at plenary within one month. Also to appear before the Senate Committee are the Head, National Office of WAEC and any relevant stakeholder connected with the problem. Resolutions of the Senate yesterday were sequel to a motion by Senator Umaru Kurfi, APC, Katsina Central and entitled, “Need to address recurring mass failure in West African Examination School Certificate Examinations.” Presenting the motion, Senator Kurfi noted that “There are established recurring cases of mass failure in West African School Certificate Examinations  in the country since 2009 or thereabout which is embarrassing to the nation and prejudicial to the interest of Nigeria secondary school students and parents. WASSCE failure rates continues to increase each year as evidence of failure of measures taken, if any, by the education authorities over the years.” He, however expressed worry that “in both 2009 and 2010 WASSCE only 25.99 and 24.94 per cent respectively passed with five credits including Mathematics and English, while the remaining others constituting 70 per cent failed.” According to Senator Kurfi, ‘’In 2011 May/June WASSCE, only 649, 159 out of 1, 672, 224 candidates that wrote the examinations which represents just 38.81 per cent got five credits and above including in the core subjects of Mathematics and English Language.  In 2013 WASSCE, only 29.17 per cent candidates actually passed the November/December WAEC examinations while 70 per cent failed. “In both 2017 and January/February 2018 private examinations, only 17.13 per cent candidates have passed with five credits including Mathematics and English Language, respectively, while the remaining over 70 per cent candidates have failed.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
HOUSE of Representatives, yesterday, mandated the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources to henceforth cede two percent of its budget starting with the current year to the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State to boost research development in the Oil and Gas Industry.The post R&D: Reps mandate petroleum ministry, PTDF, NCDMB to give 2% budget to FUP appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Abuja'President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has dismissed report claiming that Labour leaders, including him attended a political meeting and endorsed 'Grand National Coalition, GNC, of the National Intervention Movement.'The post NLC, LP, not part of National Intervention Movement, declares Wabba appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
UGHELLI'SECRETARY of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Alfred Mulade, has lashed out at the immediate past President of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Udengs Eradiri, over his comment against the forum, describing Udengs as 'ignorant and arrogant' of the group's objectives.The post PANDEF is not an Ijaw matter, Mulade tells Udengs appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
KATSINA'Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in Katsina State have arrested a 19-year-old girl, Zakiya Abdukarim, with illicit drugs stocked in her brassiere and other parts of her body.The post 19-yr-old girl fills her bra with illicit drugs in Katsina appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
ANAMBRA State House of Assembly has passed a resolution, urging the state Commissioner of Police and the Inspector- General of Police to fish out the kidnappers of an expatriate worker of A construction firm handling the newly awarded Otuocha/ Ibaji federal road.The post Fish out kidnappers of expatriate worker, Anambra lawmakers tell CP, IGP appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Blood Bath: 1,351 killed in 10 weeksThe post Blood Bath: 1,351 killed in 10 weeks appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
lagos'Men of Lagos State Police Command yesterday laid siege to the premises of the state chapter of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, to arrest the chairman, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, over plans by the group to embark on protests against the state government's Land Use Charge, LUC.The post LUC: Police lay siege to NBA office appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the immediate past governor of Edo State, has been tipped to emerged as the leading candidate to replace chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.The post APC Chair: Oshiomhole tipped to replace Odigie-Oyegun appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
lagos'THE Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, has described the planned two -day working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos as ill-timed.The post Buhari's Lagos visit ill-timed, says Archbishop Martins appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Lagos'Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Hakeem Dickson has said appropriate legislation and regulations with adequate means of enforcement are key policy instruments for the protection of workers in a city fast developing into a Mega City.The post Lagos Safety Commission boss, AG advocates egislation for protection of workers appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
PORT HARCOURT'Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has stated that no rational person in the state will fail to acknowledge the major transformationtaking place across the state.The post Major transformation ongoing in Rivers'Wike appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
THE Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo and the Middle Belt Forum has set up a movement known as the Mass Alliance for Inclusive Nigeria, MAIN Front to deepen the clamour for the country's restructuring.The post State of the nation : Clark, Adebanjo, Nwodo, Takaya float movement for Nigeria's restructuring appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
GOVERNORS of the South West region, under the auspices of the Western Nigerian Governors Forum, yesterday, resolved to forge regional integration among the states even as it formally admitted Lagos State into the O'dua Investment Group.The post S'West govs harp on regional integration appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Governor, Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele yesterday charged newly appointed Deputy Governors and Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) members to leverage on the wealth of experience in the discharge of their new responsibilities.The post Emefiele charges new CBN DGs, MPC members appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
By Emmanuel Elebeke The Federal Government says it is developing an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) to automate the entire government processes. The Minister of Communication, Barr. Adebayo Shittu said that the EDMS would automate the entire processes in the entire governance system by making the government to be more transparent, effective and efficient inRead MoreThe post FG commences automation of governance processes appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Federal Government and the other two tiers of government have shared N647. 390 billion as federation revenue and proceeds of the Value Added Tax, VAT for the month of FebruaryThe post FG, states, LGs share N647bn as February statutory allocation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is hopeful that Argentina win their group D games against Iceland and Croatia so that they wouldn't play under pressure when the Lionel Messi-inspired side meet the Eagles on June 26.The post 2018 FIFA World Cup: Rohr banks on Argentina to beat Iceland, Croatia appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Super Eagles came short of expectation in their pre-World Cup friendly against Serbia in London and Gernot Rohr has said valuable lessons have been learnt.The post Serbia defeat: We've learnt our lessons ' Rohr appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
How does Gowon sleep at night after watching videos of mass slaughters and mass burials in his native Middle Belt' The man dies in him who keeps silent in the face of tyranny!The post General Gowon, say something anything! appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Oluwatobiloba Sewoniku, also known as SoaDa'best is a fine artist that has a passion for photo-realism art. According to the graduate of Archaeology and Anthropology, 'I'm an enthusiast of Art, with more passion for hyper-realism drawings and paintings. I also take interest in reading inspirational books, travelling and making new friends. When asked about his []The post Photo-realism Art by Soas World appeared first on The Spark. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Jephthah Ifedayo Aletan, also known as Jeph, is a dentist, brand identity developer and graphic artist. On how he started, he says, 'Graphic design started out as a hobby in the university, however, a friend of mine started bringing paid jobs for me and this pushed me into exploring the prospects of design. I started []The post Meet Jephthah The Dentist and Graphic Artist appeared first on The Spark. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
MANY candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, are crying foul, demanding reasons why their earlier released results were removed from the website of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. They are asking JAMB to explain why it displayed 'You do not have any result yet' or "you did not write the examination," after such results were earlier published and removed from their website..The post 2018 UTME: We saw our results before J 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
AFRICAN youths have been told to create solutions to the leadership problems confronting African countries to improve governance, raise accountability, efficiency and enhance citizen-government collaboration throughout Africa.The post Youths must create solutions to Africa's leadership problems 'Bangwell appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
lagos'The newly- inaugurated Governing Council of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, said the agency is stepping up the clampdown on sales and importation of Tramadol with a launch of a National Sensitisation Programme aimed at educating young people on the dangers inherent in abusing Tramadol.The post Tramadol: NAFDAC expands fight against drug abuse appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
QC is fully back on track to the glory of His Holy Name; we are now concentrating on protecting our daughters against immorality and lazy attitudesThe post Queen's College is back, we've a brand new treatment plant, sewage system ' PQC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
BENIN'THE Edo State Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Anslem Ojezua, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari has saved the party from an impending constitutional crisis, which would have destroyed the party if he had allowed the one year extension granted members of the National Working Committee, NWC of the party to stay.The post Buhari saved our party from destruction'Edo APC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
AN Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa, yesterday, barred the state government and its agents from arresting or prosecuting the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Chairman, Ilesa branch, Mr. Kanmi Ajibola.The post Court bars Osun govt from arresting NBA Chairman appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
NO fewer than 211 youths in three local government areas of Plateau central zone, trained in various skills have been tasked to engage in productive ventures rather than be willing tools for agents of destruction not only in the zone, but the entire state.The post IGSR, YARAC, CEPAN train Plateau youths appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
LESS than 72 hours to the end of Exercise Ayem A' Kpatuma, or Cat Race, in Benue State, the tribal leaders of the state have described the exercise as a monumental failure.The post 'Operation Cat Race a failure' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
KEBBI State government, with support from US Presidential Malaria Initiative, US-PMI, will distribute 2,600 free bed nets to households in the state during a distribution campaign.The post Kebbi, US govt to distribute 2,600 mosquito nets appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
A pan-Igbo organisation, Aligbo Development Foundation, ADF, has enjoined all stakeholders in the development of Igboland to mount pressure on governors and state lawmakers of the seven Igbo-speaking states to pass into law, it's recently submitted anti- open grazing bill.The post Group solicits support for anti-grazing laws in SEast appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has called on the Fulani community to embrace peace and ensure that their children are educated, which he said is the surest way to development.The post El-Rufai to Fulani: Peace, education only way to devt appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
group, Searchlight Initiative for Community Peace Advocacy and Rural Development in Nigeria, in collaboration with Abia State Police Command, has mapped out strategies aimed at tackling insecurity in the state.The post Group partners Police to tackle insecurity in Abia appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
FORMER Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has hinged his decision to run for the presidency once again on the need to rescue Nigeria from the destructive path the All Progressives Congress, APC, has set it.The post Why I want to rule Nigeria Atiku appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
-Adhoc committee investigating allegations of corruption and harassment against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris on Wednesday insisted it must go ahead with its mission with or without the coming of the police boss.The post N2.4bn: Reps insist on probing IGP appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, said, yesterday, that only the management of National Assembly Service Commission, NASC, could explain how salaries and allowances of senators jumped to N13.5 million.The post No idea how senators pay jumped to N13.5m ' RMAFC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday lauded his counterpart in Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for his innovative projects across the landscape of the State but urged him to replicate same in terms of leading the economic growth and development of the south west.The post Ambode should lead growth, development of South West ' Fayose appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
FOLLOWING the political imbroglio between governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West, the Senate, Wednesday urged politicians, those in government, and Nigerians to protect the nation's democracy.The post Kogi: We must all protect the nations democracy Senate appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday, challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Abuja to hear the suit seeking to nullify the one-year tenure extension that was granted to its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of its National Working Committee, NWC. The post Oyeguns Tenure: Buhari is ordinary member like others, APC tells court appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
THE Federal Government through the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has granted the Lagos Deep Off Logistics, LADOL base a full port status with a view to generating more revenue.The post FG grants LADOL port status appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
In a bid to deepen financing of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, in Nigeria, the Bank of Industry, BoI said it has set up mechanism to improve relationship with its over 200 Business Development Support Providers, BDSPs across the country.The post MSMEs financing: BoI deepens relationship with BDSPs appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday begin a two-day official visit to Lagos State, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan said on Wednesday.The post Buhari pays 2-day visit to Lagos appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Last week, we started discussion on Skye Bank loan offers to SME customers, and like other banks we discussed for several editions, the discussions on Skye Bank will address their various products and services in several weeks from now.The post Getting business loans from banks Skye Bank (2) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The naira yesterday depreciated for the third time this week by 77 kobo to N361 per dollar, in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange market.The post Naira depreciates further to N361/$ in I&E appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has said he didn't shun the meeting of Sourh-West governors in spite of political differences because that would be a great disservice to the people of the regionThe post Why I didnt shun S/West governors meeting Fayose appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Wema Bank Plc said it has secured $35 million facilities from two international lenders to grow financial support to small and medium-scale enterprises, SMEs in Nigeria.The post Wema Bank secures $35m facilities to fund SMEs appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed disappointment over President Muhammadu Buhari's refusal to sign Africa Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, agreementThe post Sign Africa free trade agreement before its too late, OBJ tells Buhari appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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