NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday,  16 April, 2018.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo, Eniola Akinkuotu and Olaleye Aluko The Peoples Democratic Party, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and the Campaign for Democracy on Sunday knocked President Muhammadu Buhari for saying he had not done badly, as well as blaming past leaders for the poor state of [] The Peoples Democratic Party, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and the Campaign for Democracy on Sunday knocked President Muhammadu Buhari for saying he had not done badly, as well as blaming past leaders for the poor state of the economy.

The President had on Sunday said considering the condition in which his administration met the country allegedly without savings and the economy vandalised; “we have not done too badly.”



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According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving some members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation, led by Mr. Charles Sylvester.

Buhari noted that Nigeria was gifted with human and natural resources, but regretted that past leaders failed to capitalise on the nation’s resources to improve the lot of Nigerians.

“Failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalise on resources to improve the lot of the people,” the President said.

He added that those he described as wicked people plundered the country “and kept Nigerians poor.”

Buhari said the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive, adding that the government was doing its best to recover some of the loot.

“If they had used 50 per cent of the money made when oil prices were as high as $143 per barrel and stabilised at $100, with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their business.

“The stealing was so much and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country,” the President said.

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He commended members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation for deciding to identify with the country when they could have stayed abroad where they were comfortable.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Sunday announced a ban on grazing in some communities attacked by suspected herdsmen in the state.

The affected communities include Odighi and Odiguete, in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state.


Obaseki also ordered the arrest of any erring herdsman during the period of the ban, which he said would last for 90 days to enable the government to identify those lawfully allowed to graze in the areas so as to prevent further attacks.

The governor’s order came 48 hours after residents of Odighi community protested at the Government House against the killing of a pastor, the late Pius Eromosele, by suspected herdsmen.

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The protesters, who laid the coffin of the deceased at the entrance to the Government House, had called for the arrest and prosecution of the killers.

The remains of the pastor of the Church of God Mission were said to have been found decomposing in a bush during a search by hunters and vigilance group members on April 2.

Speaking during a meeting with members of the Odighi, Owan and Odigwuetue communities at the palace of the Enogie of Odighi, the governor said the ban became necessary to stop further killings as the duty of his administration was to protect the lives and property of the people.

He also stated that a special task force, comprising various security agencies, would go round the affected communities within two weeks to get information that would help dislodge the criminals who posed as herdsmen in the forest.

Obaseki said, “We have set up a special task force made up of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, hunters and vigilance groups to comb bushes and dislodge squatter camps of killer herdsmen and ensure that no grazing takes place in Odighi, Odiguetue communities and their environs.”

He stressed the need to separate herdsmen from cattle rustlers, whom he said stole cattle, invaded farms, raped and killed people, even as he assured that efforts were being made to identify the “real herdsmen” in the state.
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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The All Progressives Congress has constituted a 68-member National Convention Committee.

The list of the committee members was released by the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Sunday.


 

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The list indicated that the Governor of Jigawa State,  Abubakar  Badaru, will chair the committee while the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, will be his deputy.

Senator Ben Uwajomogu was named as member/Secretary.

Also listed as members of the committee are 10 state governors, some members of National Assembly and some chieftains of the APC.

The governors are Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Aminu Masari (Katsina); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe); and Ahmed El-Rufai  (Kaduna).

Others are Simeon Lalong  (Plateau); Bindo Jibrila  (Adamawa); Yahaya Bello  (Kogi); and Godwin Obaseki  (Edo).

A former President  of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani, is also a member.

The senators in the committee are Ahmed Yerima,  Adamu Aliero,  Danjuma Goje,  Abdullahi Adamu,  George Akume,  suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Andrew Uchendu,  Abdullahi Danbaba, Baba Kuka and John Enoh.

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Two ministers, Chris Ngige (Labour and Productivity) and Mr. Uguru Usani (Niger Delta), are also on the list.


Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District in the Senate, Mrs.  Binta Masi Garba, on Sunday narrated how all that she had were set ablaze by her biological father after she gave her life to Jesus Christ.

She spoke during a thanksgiving service organised to mark her 50th birthday at the Chapel of Praise International Church, Yola on Sunday.



Binta, who broke down in tears during the service, said God made it possible for her to become a cornerstone after the deprivation and rejection she suffered after accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour.

She said, “I gave my life to Christ when I was in primary school. My father was infuriated and he burnt everything I had because of my decision to follow Christ. I suffered so much because of the name of Jesus. I would have been nothing if not for His grace. The rejected child, because of my faith, has become a cornerstone. I give glory to His name.”


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In his remark, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, called for prayers for leaders, particularly Christians holding various positions in the highest level of government in the country.

He specifically called for prayers for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  Boss Mustapha, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita and other Christian appointees in the administration of President Muhammed Buhari so that they could make the desired impact in government.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Methodist Church of Nigeria, Metropolitan Diocese of Ikeja, has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to consider a downward review of the new Land Use Charge. According to the church, the state needed to reduce the Land Use Charge because the increase will have negative impact on the citizens. The [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it remains committed to workers welfare, adding that it has remitted N35.92bn into the Retirement Savings Accounts of 8,731 state retirees. The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke, stated this in Ikeja on Friday at a ministerial press briefing to mark Governor Akinwunmi Ambodes third [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The lawmaker representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa, says there is no better way to appreciate the electorate than to give them projects that they demand. The lawmaker stated this on Friday during an inspection tour of intervention projects within Lagos East Senatorial District, which he sponsored. Ashafa said, The projects [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State Government has redeployed the Chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Mrs. Motunrayo Ayegbayo and the chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Adeyemi Aboderin, to schools. Our correspondent gathered that the two journalists, who were working with the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation were redeployed to [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has called for concerted efforts by the government, security agencies, religious and community leaders to rescue the remaining 112 Chibok schoolgirls and the last Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, from Boko Harams captivity. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday said he was betrayed by many of those he appointed to serve the state after losing his re-election bid in 2014. Fayemi said though he had forgiven the betrayers, he apologised to those he offended while in office. Fayemi spoke [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A former governor of Kaduna State in the Second Republic, Balarabe Musa, says nobody can become the President of Nigeria without first being a thief or supported by thieves. According to him, there is hardly how anyone can legitimately raise the kind of money required for presidential campaign in the country. He blamed [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said that it is only the Almighty God that will determine the next governor of the state in 2020. Dickson said that God would raise a leader with a heart for the people to pilot the affairs of the state and to build on the [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The #BringBackOurGirls coalition on Sunday demanded more information from the Federal Government on the reported death of 97 Chibok schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity, noting that the revelation raised weighty issues the government could not brush aside. The group stated that the government reaction to revelation by a journalist, Ahmed Salkida, that [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
John Ameh, Abuja A desperate search by members of the House of Representatives for a return ticket in 2019 has begun, The PUNCH learnt on Sunday. The elections are about 10 months away, but many members are said to be unsure of the road ahead, with the primaries of the political parties not too far [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Eniola AKinkuotu and Peter Dada Exactly 19 years after contesting against each other in Nigerias first Presidential election of the 4th Republic, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, will on Tuesday meet at Obasanjos Abeokuta residence with one agenda: how to unseat President Muhammadu [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele, has appealed to delegates not to allow money to influence their choice of candidate in the partys primary. The former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State said the larger interest of party in defeating the Peoples [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Explosives Ordnance Device unit of the police says it is closely monitoring the distribution of explosives devices by the producers in the country. The Commissioner of Police EOD Command in Ikeja, Lagos, DCP Gabriel Oguntuase, said there was proper documentation of explosives sold to firms that deal in blasting of raw materials [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A charity, Oando Foundation, says its goal of re-enrolling and retaining 60,000 out-of-school children across the country in school by the end of 2018 is on course. It said 33,639 out of that number had been achieved across 23 states in the country since it began the campaign in 2015. The Head, Oando [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Punch Editorial Board The global outpouring of outrage and the social media interest spawned by the audacious abduction of 276 schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School in the rustic town of Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014 have all but petered out. But the depth of grief and bitterness, from the sense of loss [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja No fewer than five persons have been killed in Aloko-Oguma in the Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State following a communal clash in the community on Friday morning. The crisis also saw no fewer than 50 houses razed in what was described as a reprisal in a conflict between the Bassa [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
A new cross-party campaign for a referendum on Britains EU departure deal launched on Sunday, insisting the British public and not just politicians should be given a say. The Peoples Vote campaign wants a referendum so the public can ratify or reject the final Brexit agreement, due to be concluded between London and [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, the leave to commence a suit seeking the removal of the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar. Justice Binta Nyako, after granting leave to the group to commence the suit, fixed May [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The defective networks of power distribution companies led to the untimely death of 22 people within a space of three months. Between January and March this year, six employees of five distribution companies and 16 other people were electrocuted as a result of one or more defective systems in the distribution arm [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The All Progressives Congress on Sunday announced the constitution of its National Convention Committee, with Jigawa Governor, Abubakar Badaru, as chairman. According to APC's Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso, in the party's new social media handle, the 68-member committee has governors of Imo, Borno, Katsina, Oyo, Yobe, Kaduna, Plateau, Adamawa, Kogi and Edo states as [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
This year, Nigeria's wheat production has seen an increase from less than 200,000 metric tonnes to close to one million metric tonnes, and farmers and other stakeholders are making moves to increase the production to two million metric tonnes. ANNA OKON takes a look at the revenue prospects and impact on the wheat import bill [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who has been battling congestive heart failure, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and go home from a hospital to be surrounded by a family she adores, according to a statement released Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush. Mrs. Bush, 92, has been hospitalized [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Med-View Airline will resume its London and Dubai fight services in May, the Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, has said. Bankole explained that the services were suspended when the airline returned the leased Boeing 777 and 737-800 aircraft used on the routes, while two out of its four aircraft were also taken [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Crownrise Finance Plc, Mr. Babatunde Rufai-Lariba, says financial institutions must provide more funds for the small business segment to enhance economic growth in this interview with Oyetunji Abioye How would you assess the finance company subsector of the financial services industry' The finance company subsector is different from commercial [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has reiterated the need for private sector operators to commit one per cent of their annual profits to funding health care services in the country. A statement on Sunday quoted Dangote as suggesting to members of the expanded National Economic Council meeting recently the need to have [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Syngenta Agrochemical Company to deepen access to technology for smallholder farmers. NIRSAL is a risk-sharing system created by the Central Bank of Nigeria with a mandate to enhance the flow of affordable finance and investments into [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye If you notice any strange or unusual activity on your bank statement, notify your bank immediately. Cyberattacks on banks happen every day but not to worry, most banks are well protected against hackers. A threat of a cyberattack should not deter you from using a financial institution. But in the case your account [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Author of Practical Steps to Financial Independence, and business and finance coach, Mr. Usiere Uko, writes about how some habits can lead to financial woes Avoiding responsibility is a trait associated with children. They don't allow you to finish asking the question before you get the answer, 'It's not me'. They won't own up unless [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola Operators of the Contributory Pension Scheme have identified the percentage of lump sum taken by retirees as one of the reasons why some retirees could not benefit from the recent increase in pension payment. This, they said, was also why there were discrepancies in the amount added to the pensions of different retirees [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has asked the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria to blacklist any quantity surveyor who flouts the ethics of the profession. According to Fashola, many practitioners find it tough to uphold their professional ethics, a development that is impacting negatively on the nation's [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Femi Asu Shareholders of Oando Plc have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, for what they describe as 'her unwholesome interference' in the nation's capital market. The National President of Trusted Shareholders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Mukhtar Mukhtar; the National Coordinator, Proactive Shareholders Association, Mr. Taiwo Oderinde, [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh How many times have you been told that saving money is a good thing' Financial specialists recommend that you save a bit of money every month, but that's easier said than done. After all, it's not uncommon for people to live on pay cheque. However, if you want to start a company, you'll [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Society of Engineers has disclosed plans to take the profession to rural communities under an initiative known as Community Engineering Project. The NSE President, Mr. Adekunle Mokuolu, said the CEP, expected to be done at an estimated cost of N2bn, involved massive deployment of professional manpower in rural communities across the [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Konga, Nigeria's online mall, and Yudala, Africa's pioneer composite e-commerce company, have officially announced a merger of their operations effective May 1, 2018. The merger will see both companies operate under the Konga brand name. At an event to announce the merger on Sunday, the management of the two companies stated that the [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Anna Okon Six Chinese firms, under the auspices of China Chamber of Commerce, have donated computers, printers, projectors and projector screens to the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations. A statement from the chamber noted that the donation was in furtherance of its commitment to the economic development of Nigeria. The statement quoted the chamber's President, [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Abia State Government is set to improve housing provision in the state using the Lagos State Government's model. Based on this, the Abia State Ministry Commissioner for Housing, Mr. James Okpara, paid his Lagos counterpart, Gbolahan Lawal, a courtesy visit recently. Okpara said his team came to learn from the housing projects [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Facility management firm, Eliezer Workplace Management, has unveiled a concept to improve maintenance culture in the country. The initiative tagged: 'My Lagos, Our Lagos', is derived from finding a balance between government policies and how residents embrace them in their attitude towards infrastructure and the environment. This, according to the firm, can be [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Coronation Merchant Bank Limited, a leading merchant banking, has recorded a 66 per cent growth in its gross earnings for the 2017 financial year. The bank also announced a N5.1bn profit before tax during its Annual General Meeting held in Lagos on Friday. The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Coronation Merchant Bank, Abu Jimoh said, [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Academy of Engineering has said that it has commenced moves to create a suitable platform for investors and inventors to meet for economic benefits. The President, NAE, Mrs. Joanna Maduka, said this at the induction of the Founder/Group Managing Director of Arco Group Plc, Alfred Okoigun, as an honorary fellow of [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The USAID Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Project has inaugurated Nigeria's first learning platform to facilitate knowledge exchange on urban water, sanitation and hygiene. The platform, known as Community of Practice, is to ensure that WASH in Nigeria is as informative and useful as possible. The WCP Team said in a statement that [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Abdulsalam Ajetunmobi The Federal Government recently released lists of individuals suspected of looting public treasury. While some have applauded the Federal Government for these lists, others have expressed concerns over the lists on the basis that public disclosures by the Federal Government of names of corruption suspects who have not been charged to court could [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Oludayo Tade In the light of many eyesore and ear-sore episodes which have characterised contemporary every day lived experiences of Nigerians, it is practically impossible to allow our dead leaders of thought to rest in peace; I need to invoke the spirit of the unusual being, (Abami eda), Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, for a perspective on Authority [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Tunde Odesola (Chanting of anthem) Great Ife! Great Ife! Africas most beautiful campus Conscious, vigilant, progressive Aluta against all oppression Another great Ife is a counterfeit Student leader: Ever articulate gbagba! Ever militant gbogbo! Greatest gbagba gbogbo (Bursts into an office, panting) Professor Ajanlekoko: Ha! Professor Dick, Theres fire on the mountain! I drove past [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Eze Onyekpere The human being and the human society have been in a constant state of evolution. Evolution in the sense of drawing lessons from previous activities, using precedents to guide future action and charting new pathways for action. The society has evolved by refusing to stagnate; it has always opened up to new ideas. [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Henry Boyo The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, noted at an in-house LPG workshop in this month that the proliferation of illegal petrol stations and tank farms, in close proximity to Nigerias ECOWAS neighbours, is primarily responsible for pushing fuel subsidy expenditure beyond N1, 400bn, i.e. almost 20 per cent of the [] 
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