NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND APRIL, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Monday,  2nd April, 2017.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Many were surprised when you dumped your police uniforms and joined politics straightaway. How would you describe the difference between the uniform and being a member of the House of Representatives?

The journey has been good in terms of legislation. We have been able to formulate some laws, motions and bills. It is left for the President to sign the bills as required by the provisions of the law. Of course, there have been issues of the assent of the President and the legislators too have been able to stand their ground, relying on the provisions of Section 58 that if the President refuses to assent to any bill, it can be vetoed by the decisions of the National Assembly. If we feel that these laws are good for Nigeria and the President declines assent, the best thing is to override the President.
Are there no other ways of politically resolving this issue of override and veto which some people believe create sharp divisions and tension?

There are ways of resolving those issues that are not necessarily in the Constitution. But in situations where the executive and legislature is at loggerhead over the provisions of the Constitution, it is not the best. Who initiates that kind of succour to settle such quarrels? Like a case where the presidency declines assent to the Peace Corps bill, it is very reasonable. Did you see legislators arguing about it? There was no argument about it because we know that the establishment of Peace Corps means that it would be funded by the government. There are security organisations that have been established before now and the Federal Government is providing for their needs. They have been established for a very long time and have been serving Nigeria. If, by now, the activities of those security agencies are not enough then it is left for the Federal Government to reactivate them. That goes a long way to justify the need for the establishment of the Police Trust Fund that has gone through the
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third reading in the National Assembly here. For example, we can push the number of people going into Peace Corps to other security agencies, push them into the Army and the Police. Let them provide security for this nation. There was rumour all over the country that people were paying money to join Peace Corps. They said the money was for kit. Have you ever heard of the military paying money for kit before they are recruited? Have you ever heard of the police paying for kit before they are recruited? It is not so. The police laws came on stream in 1861 and it has gone from strength to strength. It was from the police force that the fire brigade was carved out, customs and immigration came out, etc. Even during the civil war, the police went and took action and when the police was overwhelmed by the presence of artillery, soldiers came in.

 

Recently a video in which the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, was addressing a traditional ruler on the need to demolish some structures went viral. Would you say the traditional ruler went beyond his bound by asking the governor to reconsider his decision?

If a government is going to establish anything in any place, something that would make people lose their land, property, the government must embark on enumeration. You enumerate people, their property with the view of compensating them. I think the traditional ruler was right in asking that the people should not be intimidated even as their houses are going to be demolished because of road or any government project. The traditional ruler is very reasonable in his quest to make the government see reasons. The people deserve some level of information before any action is taken. People cannot just leave their homes and return to find their houses demolished. Here, we know how frustrating it could be to take the government to court. When will the case be heard? The government will be the ones telling the judges the judgment to deliver and the poor man continues to suffer in the hands of government.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
WHAT sort of economic utopia generates the practice of demanding two years’ rent in advance? You may be shocked to know that in some private companies wages are owed for up to ten months. I had to resign from a job where I didn’t know when I would be paid and worse where upper management never broached the topic as to when they would pay nor apologise for defaulting. I have to ask again, how many Nigerians are paid wages two years in advance?

There are no rental protection boards in Nigeria and people suffer from uncontrolled abrasive increases by landlords. Painfully, these same landlords who do not pay state taxes flout state laws to build homes on green areas. They build unsafe houses, ignoring building codes, close to high-tension power lines that, by law, should be 10 meters away

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Then they take their pound of flesh from rent seekers and leaseholders. The level of entitlement by landlords is abysmal. Lola was desperately in need of a house, an agent showed her one, a two bedroom bungalow, in a serene environment which she liked. Then came the caveat, “pay two years rent.” She barely managed to save the money for one year’s rent now she was asked to pay two years’ rent in advance.

I cannot believe the discrimination against the rent-seeking community and against hard working, responsible individuals in particular, that still exists in this modern day and age. It makes no sense to me whatever.

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Many landlords remain unfazed by arguments for commonsense based on love and humanity. They give you that look of askance, suggesting that there will always be those who prefer to subjugate people. Their reasons to justify sky-rocketing rentals and demands for two years’ rent in advance fly in the face of the harsh economic reality. While arguments may flow politically correctly, the route they travel leads towards “ugly degeneracy.”

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
God is in the details,' architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe liked to say, paraphrasing a sentiment first broached in the Old Testament. As Moses found out, God is also into details. His specifications for building the Tent of Meeting cover all sorts of minutiae, down to the altar utensils and the design of Aaron's []The post Give talented people room to shine appeared first on Tribune. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Happy Easter to all Christian readers of this column. May the significance of Christ's death and resurrection be a reality of our contemporary conduct. As a Christian, one of the most fascinating verses of scripture for me is found in the Gospel of John, the very first chapter, verses eleven and twelve. It describes the []The post Dealing with the elephant in the room (2) appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
When the pressure heats up at work, so might your stress levels. While some stress can be motivating, large amounts ' especially long term ' can be detrimental to your health. Reducing your stress levels is key to managing the pressure at work as well as in your home life. Taking steps to lower your []The post 7 ways leaders can reduce stress appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has specified a minimum paid-up capital requirement of N10 billion for a licensing private asset management company (PAMC) in Nigeria. In its exposure draft containing guidelines for establishing PAMC, the bank said part of the requirements for granting of license is that there must be evidence of deposit of []The post CBN sets N10bn capital base for private asset management companies appeared first on Tribune. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), in conjuction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Licensed Mobile Money Operators and super agents announced last week that they have reached an agreement to fund the expansion of a Shared Agent Network. This initiative involves aggressive rollout of a 500,000 agent network to offer basic financial services. The DMBs []The post Commercial banks to engage 500,000 agents for shared network appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
A free trade area is a group of countries that have few or no price controls in the form of tariffs or quotas between each other. Free trade areas allow the agreeing nations to focus on their competitive advantage and to freely trade for the goods they lack the experience at making, thus increasing the []The post Why Buhari demurred on AfFTA treaty appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
THEY are coming again, inviting us with the same aroma we're used to; aroma of sweet smelling baked bread that will soon fade as usual. We shouldn't be fooled again. Come on! Don't deny; we were once fooled, We just shouldn't be again. They will come for your votes like they use to, let us []The post We shouldn't allow politicians fool us again appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Chini Productions, the official Cannes Lions festival representatives for Nigeria, recently had a successful Creativity Week, which climaxed in its maiden Pitcher Awards, designed to inspire excellence in Africa's creative and communications industry, in Lagos. The Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Mr Nnamdi Ndu, in this interview, speaks about the awards, the nation's marketing communications industry and other sundry issues. Excerpts:The post Our plan is to take African creativity 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has thrown its weight behind a N1 billion investment note introduced to investors by the Board and Management of Crownrise Finance Company Plc, describing it as a laudable achievement. While congratulating the board, management and staff of the company, the Director, Other Financial Institutions Department (OFISD), Central Bank of []The post CBN backs Crownrise Finance's N1bn bond appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) spent N577.46 billion to stem the tide of spiralling inflation in the first six months of 2017. Also, the apex bank spent another $7.6 billion to reign in free falling naira, which exchanged for over N500 per one American dollar early the year under review. It equally came to light []The post CBN spends N577.46bn battling inflation in H1 2017 appeared first on Tribune. 
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