NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [13 April, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 13 April, 2018.


Fri, 13 Apr 2018
A cross section of experts and leaders from the healthcare, public and private sectors, the legislature, multilateral development partners, civil society organisations and the media, Thursday converged on Abuja for the second THISDAY healthcare policy dialogue where they all urged governments at all levels in Nigeria to be more committed to the adoption of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), saying the scheme had become a priority goal worldwide.


 
The speakers at the dialogue also agreed that UCH was an important way to expand access to effective healthcare services, reduce financial hardship during illness, and improve health outcomes.

As a follow up to the previous high-level policy dialogue on transforming the Nigeria healthcare sector through appropriate financing held on March 6 by THISDAY with the theme, “Health Financing in Nigeria for Universal Health Coverage Policy Dialogue/Summit,” Thursday’s event was held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, with the theme, “The Journey to Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.”

The dialogue was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health, World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO), UNFPA, USAID/HFG, Private Sector Health Alliance (PSHA) and Sterling Bank.

The dialogue, which extensively discussed Nigeria’s current healthcare financing reforms towards UHC, the progress and impediments to the reform, called for political and technical support to advance the progress towards UHC.

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Experts at the event agreed that the overall objective of the high level forum on UHC was critical to assessing the progress in the march towards universal coverage in Nigeria through a review of the country status on implementation and sharing of global experiences.

The dialogue was attended by eminent personalities including the Director-General, WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed; Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho; wife of the Senate President and Founder/President of the Well Being Foundation, Mrs. Toyin Saraki; Country Director, World Bank, Mr. Rachid Benmassoud; representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Paulin Basinga; representative of Sterling Bank; and CEO, Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufoa, among others.

Exploring the place of health as a driver of economic growth, the experts stressed that the future of Nigeria’s success depends on its ability to transform non-renewable, and often volatile natural capital into productive wealth by investing more in the country’s human capital resources.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Gruesome killing sprees suspected to have been carried out by Fulani herdsmen and unidentified gunmen continued unabated in Taraba, Benue and Zamfara States within a space of 24 hours, leading to the deaths of 53 persons and scores injured in the three states.


 
This was just as the death toll from attacks on villages in Ukum and Logo Local Government Areas in Benue State early in the week rose to 60, according to local sources from the affected communities.

In Zamfara State, no fewer than 26 persons were killed in a fresh attack by bandits in Kuru-Kuru and Jarkuka villages in Anka Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

The two villages are close to Bawar Daji village in the same local government area where bandits had attacked and killed over 60 people two weeks ago.

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THISDAY checks Thursday revealed that the Wednesday attack was initially carried out at a mining site at Kuru-kuru village.

An eyewitness, Sadi Musa, said about four people were initially killed at the mining site on Wednesday evening, which forced the miners to run for cover.
He said when residents from nearby Jarkuka came later to join the Kuru-kuru survivors in burying the dead, the gunmen laid siege and killed more raising the number of those killed to 26.

“The community of Jarkuka was not the initial target, but has been affected and lost over 10 innocent lives for their effort in mobilising their residents and giving support to the Kuru-Kuru neighbouring village,” he explained.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Mohammed Shehu, said the command was aware of the attack on the two villages but declined to give the number of the casualties.

“We are already aware of the attack but I cannot give you details now until my commissioner is fully briefed,” Shehu said.

However, the Chairman of Anka Local Government Area, Alhaji Mustapha Gado Anka, told journalists Thursday that 26 persons were killed in the attack on the two villages.

The bandits had attacked Bawan Daji village in Anka LGA two weeks ago, leading to the deaths of over 60 people.
This led to the deployment of the Nigerian Air Force (NFA) and Army to the area, whose personnel swung into action killing several bandits but lost a captain and a sergeant in the operations.

In Taraba, herdsmen suspected to be Fulani militia on Wednesday evening killed 25 people at Jandeikyula village in Wukari Local Government Area.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The House of Representatives thursday passed a resolution requesting President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the payment of $17 million or any part thereof to some Nigerian lawyers for the recovery of the funds from the late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, from the Swiss Government pending investigation on the matter.


 
The House also said it was yet to receive any communication from the president requesting approval to spend the sum of $1 billion, which he recently approved for the purchase of weapons to fight insurgency in the country from the Excess Crude Account (ECA).

It further okayed the setting up of an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the engagement of some Nigerian lawyers, namely: Oladipo Okpeseyi (SAN) and Temitope Adebayo, for a fee of $16.9 million (about N6 billion), when the actual work had been concluded by Mr. Enrico Monfrini, who was paid by the Nigerian Government for the recovery of the sum of $321 million part of the Abacha loot from Luxembourg.

It said the proposed committee should determine whether due process was followed and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

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The resolution of the House followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue) on the need to investigate the proposed payment of $17 million to lawyers by the Attorney General of the Federation for the recovery of ‘Abacha Loot’.

Essentially, the lawmaker said one Enrico Monfrini, a Swiss lawyer was engaged by the Nigerian Government since 1999 to work on recovering the Abacha loot for which the sum of $321 million was a part of the job and had finished the Luxembourg leg of the job since 2014 when Mohammed Bello Adoke was the Attorney-General of the Federation.
He said: “Mofrini had since been paid by the federal government for his legal services for the recovery of the money which was then domiciled with the Attorney-General of Switzerland pending the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nigeria to avoid the issues of accountability around previous recoveries.”

Gbillah said: “All that was left was the signing of the MoU which is a government-to- government communication for the money to be repatriated to Nigeria.

“The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), had curiously engaged the services of another set of Nigerian lawyers in 2016, namely: Oladipo Okpeseyi(SAN) and Temitope Adebayo, for a fee of $16.9 million (about N6 billion), without due process.”

According to him, “Both lawyers had worked for President Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a legacy party of the All Progressives Congress (APC) when Malami was the legal adviser of CPC.
“The terms of the agreement reached with Mofrini for the recovery clearly spelt out that no other lawyer would be engaged for the return of the money to Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the House yesterday said it was yet to receive any communication from President Buhari requesting approval to spend the sum $1 billion, which he recently approved for the purchase of weapons to fight insurgency in the country.

The spokesman of the House, Hon. Abdulrasaq Namdas, told journalists at the weekly briefing that the money must be appropriated by the National Assembly before it is spent.

He said the fund would be accommodated in the 2018 budget if parliamentary approval is sought on good time before the budget is passed, else it could be captured in next year’s budget.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the National Assembly to invoke the relevant sections of the constitution to address the power vacuum caused by President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence from the country.

The party accused the president of shrouding his private visit to London as official.


 
It said Buhari left the country on April 9, 2018 for London without officially transmitting power to the vice president.

In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said: “We therefore charge the National Assembly to immediately come to the rescue and invoke relevant sections of our constitution and laws to address this power vacuum that is capable of derailing our democracy.

PDP said it was instructive to note that Mr. President has not conducted a single business of government 72 hours after his arrival in the UK.

“More astonishing is the fact that President Buhari did not transmit a letter to the National Assembly indicating that he was going on a week’s vacation ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM).

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“PDP demands that the National Assembly save the nation from an imminent constitutional crisis by immediately commencing processes to address the current power vacuum in the country, following President Buhari’s decision to embark on a private trip abroad without officially transmitting power to the vice president.
“The intervention of the federal legislature has become a national imperative, as the president’s action has put the nation in clear danger.

“Nigeria is at the moment bereft of statutory leadership, including the apparatus of security command, particularly as President Buhari had not indicated a date of return to the country.
“The PDP and of course, Nigerians at large, are particularly worried that in the event of any national emergency, there is no sitting commander-in-chief to take charge.

“It is incontrovertible that President Buhari is on a private trip to the UK as he was not received on arrival, by the government of that country; has not had any contact with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May or any high officials of the UK government and has not conducted any official business since his arrival to the country on Monday.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Damilola Oyedele in Abuja As a fall out of his actions since he publicly criticised his colleagues for changing the order of elections during the amendment to the Electoral Act bill 2018, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was yesterday, slammed with a 90-day suspension from the Senate. The upper legislative chamber accused the senator of malice, and []The post Senate Suspends Omo-Agege, Disbands Buhari Support Group appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Confirms three NDDC nominees Damilola Oyedele in Abuja The Senate thursday accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Service (DSS) of undermining national security by engaging in the avoidable clash which occurred in November 2017. The upper legislative chamber also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and quell []The post Senate: EFCC, DSS Undermining National Security appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Says Buhari yet to seek appropriation for $1bn withdrawal for security equipment James Emejo in Abuja The House of Representatives thursday passed a resolution requesting President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the payment of $17 million or any part thereof to some Nigerian lawyers for the recovery of the funds from the late military Head []The post House to Probe $17m Payment to Abacha Loot Recovery Lawyers appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welbly, last Wednesday posted a statement on his Facebook page on his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom. In the post, Welby said he was honoured to meet the Nigerian president, adding that he discussed the complexities of the security situation in Nigeria and the government's efforts []The post Archbishop of Canterbury's Facebook Post on Meeting with Buhari appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The rate of inflation recorded its sharpest decline of 0.99 percentage points in 11 months, dropping from 14.33 per cent in February 2018 to 13.34 per cent in March, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. According to the NBS, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, stood at []The post Inflation Records Sharp Decline to 13.34% in March appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Alex Enumah in Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja will on April 30 decide whether it will grant the request of the federal government for temporary forfeiture of two properties belonging to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, gave the date on Wednesday in Abuja, after counsel to []The post Court to Decide April 30 on FG's Request to Seize Patience Jonathan's Properties appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Court documents filed by United States banking giant, JP Morgan Chase Bank, have revealed the Nigerian officials who authorised payments of $875 million to accounts linked to a former Nigerian oil minister in the fraudulent Malabu deal, Dan Etete. The details are contained in a fresh claim filed by the bank to counter the massive []The post Court Papers Expose Officials Who Authorised Malabu Deal Payments appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
James Emejo in Abuja The Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Hon. Ali Isa (APC, Gombe), Thursday invited Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to appear before it and explain the circumstances that lead to the suspension of six senior officers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The vice president is []The post House C'ttee Invites Osinbajo, Magu, HoS, over Alleged Wrongful Suspension of NEMA Staff appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Alex Enumah in Abuja The Supreme Court thursday fixed July 6 for judgment in the appeal of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, against the ruling of the Court of Appeal in his alleged false declaration of his assets trial. Presiding judge of a five-man panel of the apex court, Justice Musa Mohammed Dattijo, fixed July []The post S'Court to Rule on Saraki's Suit July 6 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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