NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 DECEMBER, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 16 April, 2017.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Exactly one week after throwing his hat in the ring to run for a second term in office, President Muhammadu Buhari has begun strategic moves ahead of the 2019 presidential election. LEADERSHIP gathered that the president who is currently in London for an official working visit ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting has been consulting widely and holding talks with interest groups and powerful individuals. The idea, it was learnt, is to enable him gain how much ground he needs to cover politically in garnering support for his re-election bid, both locally and internationally. Buhari had last Wednesday met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who visited him in the Abuja House in London. During the meeting, the president explained why he declared his intention to run for another term in office, saying he bowed to pressure from Nigerians who had over flogged the issue of his re-election bid. Yesterday, President Buhari also met behind closed doors with leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in London. Although details of the meeting were not disclosed, it was learnt that the meeting may not be unconnected with the party’s chances in the forthcoming general election. Confirming Buhari’s meeting with Tinubu, the president’s personal assistant on Social Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, tweeted on his tweeter handle, @BashirAhmad:  “President Muhammadu Buhari receives National leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Jagaba) today in London.’’
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According to political analysts, the president, in recent weeks, had unleashed a full-scale charm offensive in wooing key political actors, including Tinubu who they believe Buhari needs to win Southwest votes in 2019. They also averred that Buhari’s stance on the recent tenure extension of the Chief John Odigie­­­‑Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) was seen as a strategy to placate Tinubu who has never concealed the fact that he wants Oyegun out as national chairman of the party. Also, President Buhari yesterday in London met with the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization led by Mr Charles Efe Sylvester. At the meeting, the president assured Nigerians that his administration will do its best to justify the trust in him, just as he stated categorically that the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians will not be abused. “I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused, we will do our best to justify it,” Buhari said. He told the support group that, while the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive and his government was doing its best to recover some of the loot, it is impossible to identify and recover all. He noted that Nigeria is gifted with tremendous human and natural resources, even as he regretted that failure of some of the country’s leaders in the past who were unable to capitalise on resources to improve the lot of the people. Buhari declared that his administration has not done too badly considering the condition in which the administration met the country.


Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCO) has disclosed that the government of Ghana has a standing arrangement with N-Gas of Nigeria to clear an outstanding debt of about $100 million. The assurances followed media reports revealing that the government of Ghana owes N-Gas some $160 million. In times past, the debt owed N-Gas resulted in a cut in supply of gas to that country, which affected power generation. The general manager, corporate affairs of WAGPCO, Harriet Wereko Brobbey, is quoted as saying that the current government had instituted an arrangement for paying the debt, which has largely been followed. She explained that the agreement was reached when the NPP government came into office. She said, “There is an arrangement in place now which is that the debt will be paid in tranches and we are happy…We know that this arrangement
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is actually for the money to be paid to N-Gas. “There was a promise to pay, which was arrived at by this government. There is an arrangement in place for the debt to be paid in tranches. We are happy that the payment of the first tranche has been largely made. We are expecting the remainder to be paid within the next week. The second tranche is around a $100 million, and we are expecting that it will be paid”. N-Gas Limited, a company owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Chevron and Shell, buys gas from oil companies in Nigeria and transports to Ghana through the $1 billion WAGP. The pipeline, which is operated by the West Africa Pipeline Company Limited, was built to supply natural gas from Nigeria to customers in Benin, Togo and Ghana. N-Gas has an off-take agreement with Ghana to supply 120 million standard cubic feet of gas per day to the VRA, but supply to the country has fallen short of the contractual volume in recent years.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Following the suspension of the senator Ovie Omo-Agege from the National Assembly, the people of Delta Central Senatorial District that he represents have condemned the action of the lawmakers, even as they passed a vote of confidence on him. They however said his suspension was a violation of their right to quality representation in the Upper legislative chamber. The chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC) in Delta Central, Olorogun Adelabu Bodjor, made this disclosure weekend while addressing party supporters and the people of the area following the Senate’s action that suspended Omo-Agege for 90 legislative days. The politician in his address also condemned the action of APC senators who took part in the action, calling on the party at the national level to sanction them. “The incidence that took place in the National Assembly and the suspension of the Distinguished Senator representing the Urhobo people in the National Assembly, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has again called to question the affairs of the Nigerian Senate. Our Distinguished Senator has been providing quality representation to the people of
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Delta Central and we are proud of him. “By suspending him, if the Senate leadership thinks that it will deter him, then they are wrong. The Urhobo nation is solidly behind him, we believe in him and we will give him all our support at any time and any day in this whole process. We therefore pass a vote of confidence on the distinguished Senator, Senator Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege. We still believe that he will bounce back better and stronger than his distractors in the National Assembly. “But we want to say here and very emphatically, that Urhobo nation would never tolerate any act of political intimidation and threat to our Senator whom we overwhelmingly voted for to represent us in the National Assembly. The primary responsibility of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege in the National Assembly is to provide quality representation to the people of Delta Central and attract the dividends of democracy to the Urhobo people and that he has been doing excellently well since we cast our votes for him to the Senate.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Former Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, yesterday, disclosed that many of his political allies betrayed him after lost his re-election bid in 2014 election. Fayemi, who is the current minister of Mines of Steel Development, said though he had forgiven them, he regretted that the same set of people allegedly sponsored campaigns of calumny []The post My Political Allies Betrayed Me After 2014 Ekiti Poll ' Fayemi appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
A former class room teacher, Mr Abanitus Dangir, has picked the 2019 presidential nomination form of the Freedom and Justice Party, vowing to make standard of education and uninterrupted power supply, the focus of his presidency, if he wins. Dangir, who secured the presidential form at the party's headquarters in Abuja over []The post Former Teacher Picks Presidential Form Of Freedom and Justice Party appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Immediate past president of the Senate, Senator David Mark, at the weekend took stock of his 70 years sojourn on earth and renewed his covenant with God to serve him and humanity faithfully. Senator Mark told a crowded gathering in Abuja to commemorate his birthday that 'I have resolved to serve God and humanity ceaselessly []The post Mark Clocks 70, Pledges To Serve God, Humanity appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama has pledged to collaborate with NAPTIP to eradicate Human Trafficking in the country. Onyeama made the pledge when the DG NAPTIP led a delegation to visit him in Abuja. The DG was in the ministry to present the Minister with a report on human trafficking highlighting challenges []The post Human Trafficking: Minister Pledges Support For NAPTIP appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Benue State police in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers have arrested a J-5 truck with cartons of tramadol drugs. The commissioner of police,Fatai Owoseni who paraded the suspects alongside the substance disclosed that the substance which was packed in different boxes with different names upon checking turned out to []The post Truckload Of Tramadol Impounded In Benue appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Nasarawa State government has been applauded for putting in place community conflict resolution and peace for building mechanism as a pro-active intervention for security issues. The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 4, Hilda Ibifuro gave the commendation in her address during a courtesy visit to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in his office, in []The post Police Commend Al-Makura For Initiating Conflict Resolution Mechanism appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ), Alh AbdulWaheed Odusile has cautioned journalists against allowing the political class, traditional institutions or spiritual leaders to use their platform or their medium to publish, broadcast or propagate hate speech. Odusile gave the advice in Ilorin,the Kwara state capital while answering questions on a radio personality []The post NUJ Cautions Journalists Against Promoting Hate Speech appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government has completed the training of 253 teachers, who will be deployed to teach Benin culture, language and history in secondary schools and selected primary schools across the state. Obaseki disclosed this at the weekend during the presentation of a book titled: 'Ogiamien and The []The post 253 Teachers To Teach Benin Language, History Obaseki appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Muhammad Musa Bello, has said the FCTA is working on arrangement to partner with Chams Plc, a leading provider of identity management and intelligent business solutions on the Abuja Smart City project. Speaking during a presentation by Chams Plc in Abuja recently, the chief of staff, []The post FCTA To Partner Chams On Abuja ICT Smart City Project appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to host the First Capital Market Committee (CMC) meeting for 2018. The meeting is scheduled to hold in Lagos from Thursday April 19 to Friday April 20, 2018. The meeting is scheduled to hold at the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. Top on the agenda []The post SEC Holds First Capital Market Committee Meeting appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
A total of 530 packages of expired energy drink imported from Europe and banned spaghetti from Turkey were smuggled out of the Lagos Port Complex without necessary Customs clearance, last week, LEADERSHIP has learnt. At the time of filling this report, it was not clear whether the containers illegally exited through the Apapa Port or []The post Anxiety As Importers Smuggled 530 Expired Energy Drink, Spagetti Out Of Lagos Ports appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
AIICO Insurance Plc grew its premium income to N32.1 billion in its 2017 financial year end, up from N27.06 billion it posted in its 2016 financial year, representing an increase of N5.03 billion or 19 per cent. Diluted earnings per share for the year were 13 kobo per share, down from 105 kobo per share []The post AIICO Insurance Grows Premium Income To N32.1bn appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
In this piece, CHIKA IZUORA examines regulatory bottlenecks that has frustrated genuine efforts towards the development of Nigeria's Oil Prospecting Lease, OPL 310 in contrast to federal government's desire to facilitate ease of doing business in the oil and gas industry. Protracted delays and other bottlenecks in regulatory approvals can negatively impact indigenous capacity for []The post 'Bureaucratic Bottlenecks Frustrating OPL 310 Field Devt' appeared first on Leadership 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Lagos International Trade Fair complex management board have come together to find ways to revive the complex and put it in good shape. In an interview with journalists, the Board Chairman, Mela Audu Nunghe described the complex as a monument of wealth lying fallow which needs urgent attention. According to him, we came for inaugural []The post Lagos Int'l Trade Fair Board Meet To Revive Complex appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Shareholders of Oando Plc have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for what they described as her 'unwholesome interference' in the nation's capital market. The shareholders also accused the minister of 'unnecessarily meddling' with the functions of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The national president of []The post Capital Market: Oando Shareholders Accuse Adeosun Of Interference appeared first o 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Commercial activities at the Kaduna Inland Container Dryport (ICD) has suffered massive setback as the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has failed to move cargoes from the Apapa seaports to the dryport, LEADERSHIP investigation has shown. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on January 2, 2018 officially flagged-off the Kaduna ICD for activities. The Kaduna ICD is []The post 4 Months After Flag-off, NRC Yet To Move Cargoes From Kaduna Dryport appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Africa's foremost philanthropist and president of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote has bagged ABU's top Corporate Award. The Award was conferred on him by the Ahmadu Bello University Alumni Association. The 2018 Corporate Award was presented to the top industrialist in view of the numerous contributions of his conglomerate to the development of the educational []The post Dangote Bags ABU Top Corporate Award appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru said the corporation will encourage initiatives targeted at enhancing Nigerian investors in the oil and gas sector. Baru, who made the pledge while speaking at the induction ceremony of the GMD of ARCO Group, Alfred Irabor Okoigun, who was honoured with Honourary Fellowship of the []The post NNPC To Support Investments In Oil, Gas Sector ' Baru appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The crypto market momentum remained bullish, closing the market on Friday at $8,000 per coin just as the cryptocurrency market surpassed $320 billion. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies made sharp reversal from their lows a day earlier. According to the data on CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin trading at $8028.12 levels as at the press time. The gains resulted []The post Bitcoin Rebounds To $8,000 As Cryptocurrency Market Surpasses $320bn appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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