NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 2nd April, 2018.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, yesterday debunked report suggesting that he has adopted the Emir title, explaining that he only said he would embrace their attitude. Akanbi told LEADERSHIP that contrary to the media report, what he meant was that henceforth, he will imbibe the attitude of the Northern royal fathers who, he noted, are united and show great respect for hierarchy. The monarch stressed that Northern Emirs’ penchant for respecting each other and having high esteem for hierarchy are part of the things that stand them out in the traditional institution. The Oba said Emirs do not begrudge each other and as such, they always speak with one voice, adding that, “This is the type of attitude I want Yoruba Obas to imbibe”. Also in a statement issued yesterday by his media aide, Mr. Alli Ibraheem, Oba Akanbi described the report that he adopted the Emir title as a product of misconception utilised by the enemies of Yoruba race to demean the revered paramount stool of Oluwo. The royal father said he only disclosed that he could also be called an Emir by his Muslim admirers, especially the Hausas who cannot pronounce Oba correctly. He noted that those condemning him for the report are ignorant of his true position, even as he implored public
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commentators to acquaint themselves with the correct position before launching negative comments. Maintaining that there was never a time the Oluwo dropped Oba title for Emir, Ibraheem challenged those who reported the story to come with the factual evidence of the purported adoption. The statement made available to LEADERSHIP reads in part: “Oluwo never adopt Emir title; he only said he can also be called an Emir by the Hausas and ardent Muslims. Oba Akanbi is an Oba for the nation with special attachment to the Yorubas. He promotes Yoruba culture to the admiration of many youths. Just because of Oluwo dressing codes today, many children are attracted to Yoruba culture by wearing Aso Ofi”. Ibraheem quoted the monarch as saying: “I said so to integrate Nigeria as an indivisible entity. All working tools are available for the integration and unity of our dear country. I`ve visited the North several times. Core Hausas hardly pronounce Yoruba words correctly. They call me Emir when I am with them. Is there anything wrong in answering to such? Even the Hausas in Iwo here call me Emir. Will I stop them from addressing me as such? No, I am a father to the nation being a first class paramount ruler”. He stated that his total conducts are tailored towards the promotion of Yoruba traits as laid by Oduduwa, the founding father of the Yoruba land. “My dress is a respect to Yoruba. Yoruba heritage is the best worldwide. We are the hope of not only Nigeria but also the black race. Our conducts are undeniable. The corruption part of it is what I am checkmating”, the statement further quoted the Oba as saying.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The federal government yesterday released another list containing names of the second batch of those who allegedly looted the nation’s treasury under the Goodluck Jonathan administration. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, noted in a statement that names earlier released was based on verifiable facts and that the names earlier released highlighted the date, the amount in question, who collected the loot and from where it was taken. The minister wondered what the PDP was expecting when it challenged the federal government to name the looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch. He said those complaining that the first list was too short apparently did not understand that it was strategically released as a teaser. “At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or just to shoot down anything coming from the government”, Mohammed said. He noted that the federal government has a large number of alleged looters on its list, just as he slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for daring to challenge the federal government over an issue that the party knows is its weakness. ‘’What was the
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PDP expecting when it challenged the FG to name the looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch? Did the PDP actually believe that the massive looting under its watch was a joke? Did they think it is April Fool?” He queried. In the new batch Mohammed said former NSA Sambo Dasuki, based on Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigations and findings alone aside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment scandal, looted a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million British pounds was embezzled through his office. He noted that a good number of these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any formal contract awards. He lamented that in just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving former Petroleum Resources minister Dieziani Alison-Madukwe, about N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled. Mohammed said she is also involved in the ‘Strategic Alliance Contracts’ of the NNPC where the firms of Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko got oil blocks but never paid government taxes and royalty. He said about $3 billion was involved and the federal government is charging Omokore, Aluko and will use all legal instruments, both local and international, to ensure justice. The minister also said N13.9 billion, including N4.8 billion, was allegedly recovered by EFCC in cash and property from Lt-Gen Kenneth Minimah (rtd).

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Nigeria has lost $50 billion worth of investment in the oil and gas industry as a result of the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). According to a report obtained by LEADERSHIP recently, the investment, which was lost in the last 16 years, would have culminated in additional crude oil production of 1.5 million barrels per day for the country. The report revealed that the loss has significantly affected the growth of the nation’s shipping sector. The report, which is the latest maritime forecast by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), stated that the PIGB would allow for more oil production, which means more crude oil tankers for export. “Nigeria exports 100 per cent of its crude oil by sea, so, an additional 500bpd of crude oil production in the next one or two yeas will amount to 182,500,000 barrels per year or 25,347,222 MTS of cargo per annum. This volume of cargo will require a minimum of 91voyagies of a very large Crude carrier (VLCC) vessel to lift, which will generate a lot of activities in the maritime industry”, the report noted. The report stated further that the Nigerian oil industry relies heavily on the maritime industry for its smooth operations and whatever happens in the oil and gas industry affects the
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shipping industry. It continued: “It is estimated that Nigeria has lost over $50 billion worth of investment in the oil and gas industry since the last 16 years which could have culminated in additional 1.5 million barrels per day crude oil production for the country, which has continued to heighten the agitation for the passage of the PIB. “Also, shipping has always been of strategic importance to the oil and gas industry. Not only is over 70 per cent of all crude oil production transported by ships, more and more oil productions activities are now being carried out offshore. This shows that the oil industry relies heavily on the maritime industry for its smooth operations. Whatever happens in the oil and gas industry is likely to affect the shipping industry and vice versa”, the report said, adding that the passage of the PIGB would lead to increased Cabotage Activities and demand for crude oil tankers. “The likely impacts of the PIGB include increased cabotage activities and increase in investment in the industry. This means more production activities and more production activities mean more shipping logistics requirement. The Cabotage trade in Nigeria is 95 per cent within the industry. So, we are likely to see an increase in investment if the act meets the expectations of industry practitioners.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday said that his administration will make the right investment in the coastline asset of the state to make it cleaner and safer to boost water transportation and tourism. Ambode, who said this at the 2018 edition of the annual Lagos Boat Regatta held at the Lagoon Waterfront in Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, said though there had been significant investment in waterways, the State Government nonetheless would continue to make further investments and partnerships in the channelisation of the water routes, as well as provision of more standard jetties and ferries. The governor, who was represented by the deputy governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, recalled the last time a boat regatta was organised simultaneously in four locations across the state as part of activities to mark the Lagos at 50 celebration last year, saying that the success of the event again brought the treasure of the waterways in the state to the fore, and the need to invest more in the sector. He said, “We have expanded the scope of this wonderful fanfare last year when we held the boat Regatta parade simultaneously at four different venues to celebrate the golden jubilee anniversary of the creation of our state. The success of that experience reassured us of the treasure that our waterways represent and why we must nurture this God-given asset as a major tourist attraction. “We have made a modest investment in a few luxury boats that are meant to target tourism promotion. The Lagos lagoon boasts of perhaps the busiest water route in West Africa. There is a vibrant boat club with members’ boat collection that is astonishing; there is a growing interest in surfing and our waterways are acknowledged as one of the best for scuba diving in the world. “This is why our determination will not waver in making our waterways cleaner and safer with further investments and partnerships in the channelisation of the water routes, in the provision of more standard jetties and ferries.” The event, which held amidst glitz and glamour, featured traditional Boat Regatta parade and display competition by 20 qualified boats from Badagry, Ikorodu, Epe and Lagos Island, out of which five boats were eventually selected, while Agbowa Ikosi emerged overall winner. It also featured search and rescue demonstration, water 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Kebbi State deputy governor, Alhaji Samaila Yombe Dabai , has condemned Gen TY Danjuma for chastising the military and urging Nigerians to defend themselves in the face of herder attacks across the country. Dabai described the the speech by Gen Danjuma at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University (TSU) in Jalingo as []The post Kebbi Deputy Gov Knocks TY Danjuma Over Self-defence Call appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
As Christians in the world celebrate this year's Easter, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has said Nigeria is on the path of resurrection and progress. Osinbajo made the remark in a chat with the State House Correspondents shortly after the Easter Service at the Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja. He said that the resurrection of Jesus Christ []The post Easter: Nigeria On The Path Of Resurrection, Progress ' Osinbajo appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah yesterday lamented that, Nigeria and Nigerians are poor because a good percentage of her elites invest outside the shores of the country to the detriment of Nigerian people. Kukak, who insisted that Nigerian elites were making other nations' economy blossom, however appealed that they should have []The post 99% Of Our Elites Don't Invest In Nigeria ' Bishop Kukah appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Chairman/chief executive officer of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema has described LEADERSHIP Group Limited as a very credible newspaper, stressing that it is the credibility of the newspaper that made him embrace the LEADERSHIP Award extended to the airline. The Nigeria's most influential newspaper had recently announced Air Peace as the 'Company of the []The post LEADERSHIP Credible Media Outfit, Says Air Peace Boss appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday raised the alarm over an alleged plot by what it called certain agents of the federal government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to clamp down on key members of the opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections. According to the party,part of this heinous plot is also []The post 2019: PDP Alleges Clampdown Plot On Opposition, CSOs, Others appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Indications have emerged that Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi will soon declare his intention to contest the July 24, Ekiti state governorship election. Fayemi who was the governor of the state between 2010-2014 in an interview with newsmen at his Isan Ekiti country home yesterday hinted that his formal notification of []The post Ekiti Guber: Fayemi Set To Declare Interest appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The House of Representatives Committee on Works, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Federal Roads Authority, (FRA) bill into law, so as to ensure rapid transformation of the Nigerian roads sector. Chairman of the committee, Hon Toby Okechukwu gave the advice in a chat with journalists, weekend in Abuja. He noted that the []The post Reps Urge PMB To Sign Roads Reform Bill appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The current move by the insurance industry regulator, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to create a special licencing regime for microinsurance is expected to increase insurance penetration and adoption, especially, in the grassroots of the country, in the near future. ZAKA KHALIQ writes. The federal government through the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) recently launched a []The post Expanding Insurance Adoption Through New Microinsurance Licencing Regime appeared first on Leade 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Traders of perishable farm produce especially vegetables are counting losses as farmers now flood markets across the country with their harvests which has significantly brought down prices. LEADERSHIP conducted a survey of markets ahead of Easter celebration and it observed that major receiving points in Lagos like the Mile 12 market are now flooded with []The post Prices Of Foodstuffs Crash As Nigerians Celebrate Easter appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has announced that it will soon hold its annual general meeting (AGM), election of new office holders and other elective positions in its Governing Council, who will run the affairs of the Institute for a period of two years. According to CIBN, the AGM and election of []The post CIBN Holds AGM, Elects New Office Holders appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Heritage Bank Plc, has partnered with Yibo Koko in association with Bolanle Austen ' Peters Productions to showcase some of Nigerian cultures to the world through presentation of a dance drama known as Seki in Lagos. The event which held at the popular Terra Kulture Arena was graced by members of the diplomatic corps, bank []The post Heritage Bank Showcases Nigerian Culture At Terra Kulture appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Telecommunications companies in the country have sued the national assembly (NASS) over incessant and overlapping oversight functions being carried out by various committees of the two legislative chambers. The suit which was filed at the Federal High Court Abuja, is seeking the court's interpretation of the provisions of the constitution on the extent of the []The post Telcos Drag NASS To Court Over Incessant Oversight Functions appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The chief executive officer, 9mobile, Boye Olusanya, has restated the telecom company's unwavering commitment to integrity and best practices as gold standards across its operations. According to Olusanya, 9mobile will continuously review its internal control and processes to protect the business as well as the interests of other stakeholders by ensuring it checkmate fraudulent activities []The post 9mobile Debunks Claims Of Unethical Practices, Indolence appeared first on Leadership Nigeri 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
As the grace period for tax evaders to get on the right side of the law under the Voluntary Assets and Incomes Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) ended, Fidelity Bank Plc, in partnership with Andersen Tax Nigeria has embarked on a sensitisation programme aimed at enlightening the bank's customers, including its High Net worth Individual (HNIs) clientele []The post VAIDS: Fidelity Sensitises Customers On Tax appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Dangote Sugar Plc has posted a profit before tax of N53.599 billion in its full year ended December 31, 2017. The company's result released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange at the weekend revealed that profit before tax for the period increased by 173 per cent to N53.599 billion from N19.614 billion recorded in the corresponding []The post Dangote Sugar Posts N54bn Profit Before Tax In 2017 appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Nigerian stocks market last week rebounded by 0.08 per cent amid bargain hunting activity, especially on heavyweights in the consumer goods sector. The holiday-shortened week closed on a positive note, halting two consecutive weeks of losses, as the All-Share Index inched higher by 0.08 per cent to 41,504.51 points, while the Year-to-Date gain increased []The post Stocks Market Rebounds By 0.08% On Consumer Goods Stocks appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Amidst calls and anticipation of a rate cut by the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), director of Other Financial Institutions Department, OFID, CBN, Mrs Tokunbo Martins has disclosed that the apex bank is working on a gradual lowering of interest rate. The MPC meeting is scheduled for this week after []The post Interest Rate Will Come Down Gradually ' Martins appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Forgotten Super Eagles Forward Obafemi Martins fired a hattrick for his Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua Greenland to help them to a 4-2 1in over Hebei 'CFFC. The 33 year old former Inter-Milan forward was listed among five players who can add bite to the attack of the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the forthcoming FIFA []The post Martins Make Case For Eagles' Recall appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Anthony Joshua called for a heavyweight unification fight with Deontay Wilder, saying it was 'not time to sit back and enjoy the ride', after beating Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday. Joshua added Parker's World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title to his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association belts with a unanimous points decision over []The post Joshua Calls Out Wilder After Parker Win appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr is panic over Croatia's midfield ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals which will be hosted by Russia between June and July. The German tactician believes that the European side has one of the strongest midfield in the world. Croatia are in Group D alongside Nigeria, Argentia and []The post World Cup: Eagles' Gaffer Jittery Over Croatia appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Yes, Nigeria's banking sector was embroiled in bad debt or their more fashionable name of nonperforming loans (NPLs) back in the calamitous period of 2008-2009. Then, not only this nation but other nations of the world were submerged in the deluge of the infamous financial tsunami called meltdown, with the epicenter traced to []The post AMCON: Attitudinal Change As Antidote To Bad Debts appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Penultimate week, Aliko Dangote, the African business mogul and his American counterpart, Bill Gates embarked on troubleshooting trips across and beyond Nigeria in their quest to ensure Nigeria becomes polio free. For the Africa's riches man, 'It is quite embarrassing that Nigeria is one of the only three countries in the world that are yet []The post Dangote Intensifies Effort In Making Nigeria Polio Free appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Lagos State is managing waste generated by over 20 million residents. It is not news that Lagos is Africa's most populated city. Any individual or body managing a project involving this magnitude of people should be commended for even having the courage to dare, as the prospective challenges are bound to be numerous and unavoidable. []The post 10 Things To Know About Lagos State's Waste Struggles appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
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