NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday,  3rd April, 2018.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop giving Nigerians excuses, adding that the attitude was why he had not achieved results.

The former President advised Buhari to buckle down, saying he was presently a failure.


 
He spoke at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, while playing host to the New Nigeria 2019 Group, led by the convener, Chima Anyaso, in company with Moses Siasia.

As he did in the open letter he wrote about three months ago to the President, Obasanjo accused Buhari and the All Progressives Congress of bringing hardship on Nigerians and running ineffective economic policies which had crippled businesses.

He noted that it was uncharitable for the President and his party to continue to whine about challenges almost three years in office, while they had failed to solve the challenges.


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“As I said, stop giving excuses; we met challenges. If there are no challenges, then we wouldn’t need you to come. You come in because you know there are challenges and then giving us an excuse that you have many challenges; that is why you haven’t achieved results.”

Obasanjo warned Nigerians not to re-elect a failed government who always gave one excuse or another for its failure to meet up with Nigerians’ expectations.

He said it would be foolhardy for Nigerians to reinforce failure by re-electing an ineffective and incompetent government in 2019.

“And then you still want to go. The first lesson I learnt in my military training is never reinforce failure. What we have now is failure. Never you reinforce failure. Let failure be failure,” he added.

The former President also criticized the Peoples Democratic Party, urging Nigerians not to be deceived by its apology, arguing that neither the PDP nor the APC could get Nigeria out of its economic mess.


 
He said all hands must be on deck to mobilise the grassroots and enthrone the kind of government that would take the country to its promised land.

He said, “The truth is this: When you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims. And don’t let anybody deceive you. Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party Caucus at the House of Representatives on Tuesday tackled the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government over the “worsening sufferings” of Nigerians.

The caucus noted that more Nigerians were hungry due to lack of food while many others were unemployed or under-employed.


 
In a statement in Abuja, the caucus stated that the APC government won election in 2015, using propaganda as a weapon of “deception” when in reality the government knew that it lacked the capacity to deliver on its campaign promises.

The statement, which was signed on behalf of the caucus by the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor, observed that after three years of running Nigeria by propaganda, the government had realised that time was against it.

The caucus added that this was the reason the government was opposed to any criticism of its policies that had failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians.


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The lawmakers cited last week’s incident in Lagos, where the city was shut down because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to inaugurate some projects. They said the same Buhari, years back, stalled the $100m Lagos modern metro line project.

It noted, “Over and over, it has been proven that the current APC government in Nigeria beats all preceding administrations, including the colonial ones, in the sinister art of deceitful lies and propaganda.

“With fiendish mercilessness, the APC’s 2015 campaign milked the unfortunate abduction of the Chibok girls for every available ounce of propaganda and disinformation against the preceding administration.

“Its campaign rhetoric and official hoopla from the lying minister had included rescuing of the Chibok girls and achieving total defeat of the Boko Haram insurgents.

“Today, the APC government nurses palpable fear over any scrutiny of its errors in Dapchi or its unusual generosity towards Boko Haram, which it promised to defeat but now almost sees as a partner with which to share deep and befuddling confidence.”

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
It was the end of an era in the history of struggles for political emancipation on Monday when anti-apartheid activist, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed on in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the long years of nasty apartheid rule in the country, she was a thorn in the flesh of the white supremacists to the extent she was a rallying point in the battle to secure freedom for Nelson Mandela, to whom she was married for over 30 years.

Winnie, as she was fondly called, died at the age of 81 at Netcare Milpark Hospital in the South African capital, as confirmed by her personal assistant, Zodwa Zwane.


 
The cause of her death was a ‘long-term illness’, according to her family, with The USA Magazine reporting, “Mandela was admitted to the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg over the weekend after complaining of the flu. Her spokesperson said in a statement to the state broadcaster that the politician — who also suffered from diabetes and recently underwent several major surgeries — had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.”

Although her adventures were later tinged with controversies that brought setbacks to her, she dominated the scene and tended to prove that behind the success of every successful incarcerated man, there must be a woman. While many called her ‘Mother of the Nation’, several artistes and writers across the world, who celebrated Nelson Mandela in their works, also accorded Winnie quality attention.

While a poet, simply called Miss Zee, notes of her, “In a time when few men could carry it/You lifted the cross upon your shoulders/Not alone/ Never without a doubt/ You fought for a freedom our birth rights had ordained/Against men who parted seas to claim/ A land that was never theirs,”  American writer and activist, Alice Walker, salutes Winnie’s beauty, courage and temperament in a poem she titled Winnie Mandela We Love You.

Walker writes, “Winnie Mandela/We love you. In a time of war/ We love your ferocity./We love your vigilance/We love your impatience/With killers/With  charlatans./We love your hatred/Of deaths of our people./We love your hatred of despair.”


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Reports quote some politicians and Winnie’s former comrades in struggle as describing her as a heroine.

One of such is  Fikile Mbalula, a senior member of the African National Congress, who noted that she was  a great symbol for the resistance against a brutal government.

In another tribute, South African Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, said, “Mama Winnie Mandela was recognised by the people as the Mother of the Nation. As the ANC we dip our banner.”

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja in which he blamed the incessant killings by armed herdsmen and other militias on Federal Government’s alleged inaction.

In his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/114/2018, which he filed on January 31, 2018, he asked the court to declare the incessant killings of innocent persons by the armed herdsmen across the country as illegal and unconstitutional.


 
The lawyer also asked the court to compel the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to disarm and prosecute suspected herdsmen who had taken part “in the murder of unarmed citizens” across the country.

He stated that the Federal Government “decided in 2016 to disarm all herdsmen but has failed to do so.”

According to the plaintiff, “the Federal Government of Nigeria has failed or refused to establish the ranches thereby further and unwittingly encouraging and stoking farmers/herdsmen clashes across Nigeria.”

He said the House of Representatives recently decided to probe the diversion of the sum of N110bn made available to some state governments for the establishment of ranches but such states refused to establish them.

He stated that “armed herdsmen have killed several people in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Cross River, Enugu, Zamfara, Kaduna, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba, and other states of the federation.”

But the AGF had, in his response, asked the court to dismiss the suit, contending that the killings were not due to the Federal Government’s negligence, adding that the human rights lawyer had no evidence to show that the alleged killings were by herdsmen.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo with agency report The ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is dead. In a statement released on Monday by her family, she died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Commissioner for Information in Abia State, Mr. John Okiyi, has confirmed the outbreak of the deadly lassa fever at the Federal Medical Centre, in Umuahia. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Okiyi made the disclosure in a statement in Umuahia on Monday, saying that the government and the hospital management had swung into [] 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The Borno State Police Command has revealed that 25 persons died in the Easter Sunday suicide attack on Maiduguri, the state capital. The Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, who briefed journalists on the incident on Monday, said the high number of casualties happened because the insurgents attacked a wedding ceremony, on [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Success Nwogu and Olaleye Aluko A former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, and the lawmaker representing Delta North Senatorial District, Peter Nwaboshi, have faulted the fresh looters list released by the Federal Government on Sunday. Aliyu, in a statement on Monday by his media aide, Israel Abije, said his inclusion in the list [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The Federal Government has identified smuggling of rice mainly from Thailand and India as the biggest challenge facing rice production in the country. According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, smuggled rice from the two countries comes into Nigeria through the countrys borders with Benin, Niger and Cameroon. He [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja, Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A violent clash between some Fulani herdsmen and residents of Paikon-Kore, a Gbagyi settlement, was averted on Sunday, following the invasion of the community by a truckload of herdsmen who wanted to settle in the area. The herdsmen were said to have arrived in the agrarian community in Gwagwalada [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
A fire incident has razed the First ECWA Church Complex in Gusau, Zamfara, the Associate Pastor of the Church, Mr. Micah Liti, said on Monday. Liti, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau, said that the fire started around 1a.m. on Monday, when electricity supply was restored. According to him, the Church [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Welcome back from the elastic Easter holiday. I hope we all had a great time. Well, for those of us who could not join the luxury bus (luxury bus, not luxurious bus), that is, who, for one reason or the other, could not be part of the break, we welcome others back to work. As [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday inaugurated 21 roads and two bridges in the Alimosho Local Government Area, with a pledge to open up communities in the state. The roads, totalling 27.4 kilometres, which connect Lagos with Ogun State from the Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, were fitted with walkways, [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, has called on universities in the country to show more commitment to education rather than criticise the government. Rasheed expressed the need for the universities to review their dedication to the growth of education in the country. He spoke in [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa There are strong indications that Konga, the e-commerce recently acquired by Zinox Group, will merge with Yudala this month. Our correspondent gathered from reliable sources in the company that the move was part of the ongoing restructuring of the company aimed at building a strong brand and attaining market leadership in the e-commerce [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The National Identity Management Commission has refuted some media reports (not PUNCH) that the commission has suspended the issuance of cards to successful enrollees. The commission, through the Head of Corporate Communications Unit, Loveday Ogbonna, expressed disappointment at the report, describing it as false and misleading. She said all individuals, upon completion of [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi The police have advised parents to live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that their children do not take to crime. The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said it was worrisome that children involved in stealing as a result of poor parenting. Ibrahim, who spoke on Monday during the donation of food items [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
LAGOS is groaning under an uncommon assault. With the government reluctant to apply its weight, tankers and articulated vehicles heading in and out of the Apapa seaports have laid siege to the countrys commercial capital. They could be seen on roads and bridges, putting the state in perpetual gridlock. This radiates a total breakdown of [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Feyisayo Popoola How best Nigeria can tap into the golden opportunity in the 4th industrial revolution for digital economy will top discussions at the 2018 Presidents Dinner of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, scheduled to hold in Lagos this week. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, the President, ISPON, Olorogun Emadoye, described [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
OLX, a classified ads platform, is launching a new overhauled app that will replace its website and mobile site. The web app was part of a global move to solidify the OLXs number one position, a statement by the company said on Monday. According to the company, the new platform will provide new and existing [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Chux Ohai The African Youths International Development Foundation last Wednesday unveiled the Lagos State Education Initiative, an intervention project aimed at addressing some of the major challenges facing the education sector in the state. The AYIDEF, in its mission statement, said that through the project it would build an egalitarian society where there would be [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
African leaders and celebrities have led tributes to South African anti-apartheid campaignerWinnieMandelawho has died aged 81. The former wife of South Africas first black president NelsonMandelawas, along with her husband,an international symbol of resistance against white-minority rule. Here are some of the reactions to her death: Anti-oppression symbol Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate archbishop: [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former deputy to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Mr. Bisi Omoyeni; a senator representing Ekiti Central, Mrs. Fatima Raji-Rasaki, and a former Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Dare Bejide, have defected to the Social Democratic Party. They joined the SDP from the Peoples Democratic Party over Fayose's imposition [] 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, says the South-East people are at a disadvantaged position ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Okorocha said that the ongoing voters' registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission which showed that the South-East had the least number of registered voters 'makes him weep every night.' [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja About four power generation plants that are capable of adding 1,262MW of electricity to the power grid are primed to commence operations in the next two months, operators of the facilities have disclosed. It was gathered that three of the plants, under the National Integrated Power Projects currently being managed by the [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Deontay Wilder is ready to travel across the Atlantic to face Britains Anthony Joshua in a bout to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, the Americans co-manager said Monday. Joshua called out Wilder immediately after a 12-round points win over New Zealands Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday that saw him add the [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola Married partners, who have Retirement Savings Accounts with Pension Fund Administrators, will be allowed to use their savings to apply for joint mortgage loans under the Contributory Pension Scheme. According to a report obtained by our correspondent from the National Pension Commission titled: 'Accessing RSA via residential mortgage option', the spouses must meet [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Commissioner for Information in Abia, Mr John Okiyi, has confirmed the outbreak of the deadly Lassa Fever at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Umuahia. Okiyi, who made the disclosure in a statement in Umuahia on Monday, said that the government and the hospital management had swung into action to check the spread of [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government has made a total of N1.27tn from the payment of operating surpluses by its agencies in the 10 years of operation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, investigation has shown. A table prepared by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, entitled: 'List of Schedule Corporations and Operating Surplus Remittance to FGN Consolidated [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Group Chief Finance Officer of the United Bank for Africa, Mr. Ugo Nwaghodoh, has linked the pan-African lender's improved performance in the 2017 financial year to prudent balance sheet management, among other things. The group recorded gross earnings of N462bn, a 20 per cent growth in overall revenue for the year. The [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The President and Chairman of Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Prof. Segun Ajibola, says there is a need for financial institutions to return to the basic canons of lending in order to mitigate rising bad loan crisis in the banking industry. He spoke in Lagos during the launch of [] 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Export of electricity to two neighbouring countries, Niger and Benin Republics, from Nigeria is expected to increase to 1,540 megawatts by 2025 from 387MW in 2020, according to a document seen by our correspondent. The document, entitled: 'Transmission Expansion Plan', which was obtained from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, revealed that 780MW and [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Anna Okon The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has described the recent call by the International Monetary Fund for a further tightening of Nigeria's monetary conditions as inappropriate. The chamber's reaction was contained in a statement signed by the Director-General, LCCI, Mr. Muda Yusuf, on Monday. He said, 'In the light of the operating [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Stanley Opara As the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria is set to hold this week, for the first time this year, stockbrokers in the country have assessed the negative impacts of its delay on activities in the Nigerian capital market. The President, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, Mr. Oluwaseyi [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Director, Other Financial Institutions, Central Bank of Nigeria, Martins Olatokunbo, has lauded the management of Crownrise Finance Plc for its N1bn bond issue to prospective investors. She said the funds, if judiciously used, could boost the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises subsector of the economy. Martins spoke as the keynote speaker at the stakeholders' luncheon [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Federal Government to sign the African Continent Free Trade Agreement to enable the country to+ reap the benefits of the pact. The President, ACCI, Adetokunbo Kayode, who said this, noted that by opting out of the deal, businesses operating in Nigeria would [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja State governments have raised concerns over what they described as the lack of proper mechanism for the sustainability of the National Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government. This was one of the decisions reached at the first quarter 2018 edition of the Forum of Secretary to the Government of the Federation [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Stanley Opara The financial services industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart of the Nigerian Stock Exchange last week with 1.024 billion shares valued at N10.946bn traded in 11,019 deals. The industry contributed 66.44 per cent and 65.75 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively. The consumer goods industry followed [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola SCIB Nigeria & Company Limited and its foreign partner, Aon Benfield, a global reinsurance broker with subsidiary in South Africa, have reaffirmed their commitment to creating more value for their clients in the Nigerian market. They made the pledged during a cocktail organised to host their clients and other business associates in Lagos. [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola Glanvill Ethoven Insurance Brokers Limited and Clearline International Limited HMO have jointly introduced a medical insurance policy that will also cover accident issues. The firms said the new product, which they called Flexi-Care, was introduced to bridge the gap in the medical insurance cover as most conventional insurance policies did not cover accidents. [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola Old Mutual says it has continued its initiative of teaching financial education through its financial education workshop as part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility. The firm said in a statement that with greater financial knowledge, individuals would be better equipped to make sound financial decisions that would impact positively on their [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola A member of the board of NEM Insurance Plc, Mr. Alani Olojede, has retired from the company. He was an executive director of the company before his retirement. During a send off party that was organised for him by NEM, the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Tope Smart, said the firm appreciated [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Four weeks ago, on a quiet Sunday in one of Britains most beautiful cathedral cities, home to people of many different nationalities, including Nigerians, a father and daughter were struck down by the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War. Sergei and Yulia Skripal are still lying stricken [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Niyi Akinnaso Keen observers of English language usage in Nigeria would have noticed persistent errors in the spoken or written output of most Nigerians, regardless of status or occupation. Such errors are particularly rampant on social media and newspaper online platforms, where unguarded thoughts are expressed on a daily basis, especially by the teeming population [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Tayo Oke drtayooke@gmail.com Imagine a continent-wide free trade zone, comprising of over 50 countries, being able to buy and sell consumer goods in any of the member states without let or hindrance' And without incurring the expense of tariffs and other constraints on the export or import of their merchandise' Imagine the whole of Africa [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Continued from Monday Barraged on all sides, Babangida had no choice but to step aside after installing Chief Ernest Sonekan, straight from the cushioned boardroom with which he was very familiar. Predictably, Chief Sonekan soon ran into the stormy waters of Nigerias uncharted political seas and was overthrown by Gen. Sani Abacha, who was waiting [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
There was confusion on Monday following the discovering of the head of an unidentified man without his body parts at Uzere, in the Isoko South area of Delta State. PUNCH Metro learnt that the head was discovered in a bush close to Uzere community junction by travellers, who drew the attention of residents to it [] 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi Policemen attached to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Imo State Police Command, have been accused of collecting a N10,000 bribe from some journalists. The operatives, led by one Inspector Uche, reportedly collected the money under duress, threatening to frame the journalists if they failed to give the bribe. A photo of [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit have arrested a man allegedly notorious for robbing motorists held in traffic in the Oshodi area of Lagos State. The suspect, Kayode Oluwole, 27, allegedly disguised as a drink seller and attacked unsuspecting motorists who wanted to patronise him. [] 
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