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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday,  22 May, 2018.

Tue, 22 May 2018
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, and his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, met on Monday over the controversial issue of restructuring of the country.
The Bayelsa State helmsman said he was in Kaduna to support the recommendations of the All Progressives Congress’ Committee on True Federalism, that Nigeria should be restructured.
 
Restructuring, he argued, “will never portend danger to the country but will rather enhance the nation’s progress and unity.”
The governor, while speaking with journalists at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, the state capital, commended el-Rufai’s effort on  the far-reaching recommendations of his party’s true federalism committee report on restructuring.
He urged Nigerians to support restructuring for a fairer and more stable and sustainable Nigeria, noting that restructuring must be embraced across party lines to enhance fundamental constitutional reforms.
This, he said, was because “nation-building is a work in progress.”

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Dickson said, “Few minutes ago, I commended Governor el-Rufai’s courage and commitment  to the new Nigerian project. By restructuring, we are talking about fundamental constitutional reforms; restructuring of our country to bring about a fairer and more stable and sustainable Nigeria and all of these within the context of a united and indivisible Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“There is nothing human that is perfect. Nation-building is a work in progress and it is actually not something that will be finished by one leader, one party or one government, or even by one generation.
“It is from one generation to another generation. Our leaders, our founding fathers gave us this country but we cannot claim that the present structure of this country is perfect.
“No nation is perfect, nation-building therefore is continual work in progress and that is great work and contributions of Governor el-Rufai’s committee even though it’s a committee of a political party; its recommendations are far-reaching and a number of us across party lines believe that we need to advance the conversations.”
Dickson, however, noted that the support of the North was indispensable towards the achievement of a truly federal and restructured Nigeria.
He called on political leaders in the South and the North to pull down the barriers of mistrust, misunderstanding and even miscommunication against the unity of the country.
Tue, 22 May 2018
A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday paid a visit to the leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, at the residence of the leader of the group, Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.
During the visit, which lasted for about 30 minutes, the former President sought the cooperation of the group to save Nigeria from collapse.
 
He commended the Afenifere for being in the forefront of the fight for the interest of the Yoruba nation, while he worked towards the interest of the country as a whole, noting that the two parties worked towards the same goals of fostering unity among the people of the country but at different levels.
The former President recalled how he had visited the leadership of the group some 20 years ago, seeking the group’s support for his election but said he was rejected by the group.

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“I remember visiting Pa Abraham Adesanya thrice in Lagos before the 1999 election and I was asked to join Afenifere and the Alliance for Democracy then, but I told them that AD was cul-de-sac.
“Pa Abraham told me if I joined, things would change but I refused to join them. I went back the second time but they refused to work for my emergence.
“I went there again the third time but Afenifere maintained their stand, they refused to vote for me but I secured my votes outside Yoruba land, though they supported me in 2003 for my re-election,” adding, “ Our priority is now one,  if we do not join hands to repair this country now,  it will collapse and this can be disastrous.”
 The Afenifere leader, Fasoranti, in his response, described the visit of the former President as historic and the first in about 20 years, stressing that the Yoruba group was in support of the ex-President’s moves to achieve a peaceful and virile Nigeria.
Tue, 22 May 2018
The Coalition of Northern Groups on Monday in Kaduna asked President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who are above 70 years,  not to contest the presidency of the country  in 2019.
The group said such leaders were responsible for where the country found itself, adding that the country should be led by young  Nigerians that could take it to the Promised Land.
 
The CNG’s position was contained in a communiqué it issued shortly after the end of a two-day summit which was held at the Arewa House, Kaduna on Monday.
The coalition gave the Ndigbo a notice to leave the North last year. It, however, withdrew the notice to quit months later.
Over 30 groups including the Nastura Ashir Sharif ‘s Arewa Citizens Action for Change);   ShettimaYerima’s Arewa  Youth Consultative  Forum; Aminu Adam’s Arewa Youth  Development Foundation; Alfred Solomon’s Arewa Students Forum; Abdul-Azeez Suleiman-led Northern Emancipation  Network and the Northern  Youth Vanguard led by Joshua Viashman, form the coalition.
However, while fielding questions from journalists, a leader of the group and the National President of the AYCF, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, said it was the belief of the coalition, that though it was the right of Buhari and Atiku to contest, it was left for Nigerians to decide their fate.

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Yerima said on behalf of the CNG, “We advise him (Buhari) that we still have people within our generation who have integrity who are very competent and also have the capacity to lead. We are advising him not to contest but if he chooses to go ahead to contest, Nigerians will go ahead to decide.  This is our own opinion and advice to somebody whom we feel is a father to us. Anybody above 70 years should not contest.”
When asked whether the advice had been extended to Atiku, he said, “ it extends to anybody above that age (70).”
But the Presidency has challenged the Coalition of Northern Groups to cite the section of the nation’s constitution that stipulates that those above 70 years cannot contest the presidential seat.
Tue, 22 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari will be marking his third anniversary later this month with a lecture, dinner/gala night and national broadcast. Buhari was inaugurated President on May 29, 2015. Details of events outlined to mark this years Democracy Day were published on the website of the Office of the Secretary to the Government [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Police Service Commission has shortlisted 37,062 candidates for examination in the ongoing police recruitment out of a total of 133,324 applicants who were earlier screened. The examination which would be conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, is scheduled for May 25, 2018, at Computer-Based Test centres in the 36 [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on Tuesday arraign the immediate past Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Mukhtar Shehu-Shagari, on an alleged fraud, The PUNCH can report. Shagari, who is a nephew of former President Shehu Shagari, allegedly took part in the sharing of N23bn ($115m) disbursed by a former Minister [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja In a last-ditch effort to prevent members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party bloc of the All Progressives Congress from defecting from the party, the leadership of the APC has met with the Kawu Baraje-led nPDP. The two-hour meeting at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, on Monday, was chaired by the [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon, Alexander Okere and John Charles There is tension in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, as the two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners slain by suspected herdsmen are scheduled for burial today (Tuesday). Already, Governor Samuel Ortom has declared Tuesday a work-free day to honour the departed. This was just as the Catholic Bishops [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A non-governmental organisation, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, has written President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to invoke his power under Section 1 of the Trade Dispute (Essential Services) Act to declare the striking Joint Health Sector Unions an illegal society. KHRFI, in its May 21, 2018 letter to Buhari, said there was a [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The May 19, 2018 state congress of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State has become a subject of litigation as two members of the Kwara State chapter of the APC have dragged the party before the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin. The plaintiffs, Rev. Bunmi Olusona and Alhaji Toyin Ayinla, are [] 

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Tue, 22 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate delegation will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday (today) over an allegation by Senator Bukola Saraki against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The Senate President, Saraki, had on Wednesday alleged that Idris planned to implicate him in the trial of some suspected cult members arrested in Kwara State. [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar lll-led Jamaatu Nasril Islam, has called on the Federal Government to embark on a short-term economic measure that will cushion the current hardship on Nigerians. The religious body noted that the current economic policy of the government, considered long-term, was inflicting more hardship on the generality [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The Joint Health Sector Unions says it is not aware of a court order asking it to call off its over one-month old strike. It, therefore, called on its members to ignore the Federal Ministry of Healths order that the strike be called off. JOHESU said this in a statement by its National [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday urged traditional rulers to ensure peace in their communities, adding that peaceful atmosphere remained the necessary ingredient for development. The governor spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja, while inaugurating the newly constituted Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs. He said, Our government has immense regard [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Umar Muhammed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday urged the National Boundary Commission to make deliberate efforts towards ending the various security challenges at the nations borders. He listed the challenges to include smuggling, bunkering and communal clashes. Osinbajo made the call at a retreat on border management organised by the NBC in [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi A member of the House of Representatives representing the Shomolu Federal Constituency, Wole Diya, has said N-Power volunteers across the country have been catalysts for growth in agriculture and other sectors since inauguration of the programme. He added that the volunteers deserved employment or empowerment. Speaking at an interactive session with N-Power volunteers [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it is currently making an average monthly Internally Generated Revenue of N34bn from an average of 30bn in 2017. The Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, said this on Monday in Ikeja at the briefing of the ministry to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambodes administration. [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The lawmaker representing the Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has dragged the National Assembly to court over its investigation into the invasion and mace snatching at the Senate chamber on April 18, 2018. The senator made this known to our correspondent on Monday. He said the Clerk to the National [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on Monday said 35 armed herdsmen were shot dead in Gwer, Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of Benue State during an encounter with troops on Saturday. The military said the armed herdsmen were killed by the air forces Mi-35 attack helicopter in the clash. The herdsmen were [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado-Ekiti Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Military Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd.), have commended the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State, for its part in bringing honour to the country through academic excellence. They lauded ABUAD for helping to restore Nigerias pride internationally, especially in the area of improved [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
The Chairman of the Governing Council, University of Ilorin, Dr. Abdullah Oyekan, has commended the Federal Government on the release of the long-awaited earned allowance for the academic staff of the university. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Oyekan, in a statement issued on Monday, also applauded the institutions branch of the Academic Staff [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, who has repeatedly complained of a spinal cord injury, collapsed as he was making his way to the dock for the resumption of his criminal trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday. The incident, which occurred [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
K The Founder and Chancellor of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Dr Ramon Adedoyin, has faulted moves by the Federal Government to stop the payment of tuition in government-owned higher institutions. He argued on Monday that public universities deserved to be given full autonomy to enable them to operate more efficiently. He said this while reacting to [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Europa League champions Atletico Madrid have confirmed that their star players will be in Uyo for their GOtv MAX Cup clash against the Super Eagles on Tuesday. Fernando Torres, who scored both Atleticos goals in their La Liga 2-2 draw against Eibar on Sunday, has been named for the Uyo game along with first choice [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that his administration will not allow the judiciary to be shut down at will by politicians. Wike, who spoke on Monday during a special appearance on Channels Sunrise Daily, explained that as a governor, it was his duty to ensure that the state [] 

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Tue, 22 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress has raised the alarm over an alleged plan by northern governors to sack teachers and other workers in their states, warning that the oppressed workers would vote out hostile political leaders in 2019. It warned the governors against retrenching workers, and flayed Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The newly opened Atiba University, Oyo, has started its first academic session with 36 students in four faculties. At the maiden matriculation ceremony held on the school premises, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sola Ehindero, said that the vision of the institution was to provide education, training and build character that [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola The newly inaugurated President of the American University of Nigeria, Ms. Dawn Dekle, has said that graduates of the institution will assist in addressing Nigerians Unemployment challenge in the nearest future. Dekle stated this during the 10th convocation ceremony for 158 undergraduates and postgraduate students of the institution held last Friday. Dekle, [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Governmental Affairs said on Monday that about N1.493tn revenue due to the Federal Government was not remitted by lottery operators in the country in the last 11 years. The committee made the disclosure at the National Assembly in Abuja as it began a public hearing on [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, on Monday inaugurated what he described as the upgraded website of his office, www.osgf.gov.ng. Speaking at an event in his office in Abuja, Mustapha put the cost of the upgraded website at N64m. The Federal Government had allocated N65m for the [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Mrs. Eunice Lemo, the mother of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Tunde Lemo, is dead. Lemo, in a statementon Monday, said his mother passed on at exactly8.35pmon Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the age of 85. He described her as a devout Christian and staunch community leader, adding that she [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
WHEN President Muhammadu Buhari met with his party leaders earlier this month, high on the agenda was how to close ranks for the imminent electoral cycle after rancorous party congresses and primaries had ended in violence. So violent were the All Progressives Congress state congresses and party governorship primaries in Ekiti State that independent reports [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Femi Asu The International Monetary Fund on Monday expressed concern over Nigeria’s capacity to repay its debts and stressed the need for the Federal Government to mobilise more revenues domestically. The Washington-based fund, at the public presentation of the Spring 2018 Issue of the Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, said the public debt in [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Med-View Airline has denied knowledge of any law suit by some of its passengers over flight cancellation. The airline said in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Obuke Oyibotha, on Tuesday that it had yet to be served any court papers. The PUNCH had reported exclusively on Monday that passengers on Med-View [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Do you have a talent for the logistics of event planning’ Do you have a heart that beats to arrange every perfect detail to make the special day come off as a dream come true for brides and grooms’ If so, you just might have what it takes to start a wedding planning [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Niyi Odebode, Abuja The President, African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has advised governments on the continent to create the right environment for an industrial revolution. Adesina, according to a statement by the AfDB, gave the advice at the 53rd meeting of the bank in Busan, Korea, on Monday. The AfDB president said African governments [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A United States-based investor, Ameri Metro Incorporation, on Monday declared its readiness to provide $10bn for the construction of speed rails in Nigeria. The firm told the Federal Government that it had the capacity to fund rail projects across the country while making a presentation at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Government has commenced the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Sagamu Road. The 30.4 kilometre road linking Lagos State to Sagamu town in Ogun State is a major access road for trucks and tankers evacuating petroleum products from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s depot in Mosimi. The project was awarded to Arab Contractors and [] 

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Tue, 22 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday announced that about N1.7tn would be invested by various stakeholders in the Niger Delta between this year and 2021. It said the fund would be spent on the development of the region, adding that about N50bn had been spent on the payment of stipends to ex-militants from [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Nimi Akinkugbe What a wonderful weekend I have had watching every detail of The Royal Wedding. The dress, the music, the pipe organ, the choir and orchestra, the flowers, the pomp and pageantry! If you grew up on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, you were conditioned to dream of a fairy tale wedding perhaps to a real [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday received the Outline Business Case certificates for the proposed aviation leasing company and the maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. Both certificates were received on behalf of the government by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, from the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission at the headquarters [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday charged state governments to declare a state of emergency in the water sector in their various jurisdictions. According to the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, the Federal Government will henceforth only work with states that declare emergency in their water sectors. He said the new resolution [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Many banks offer investments services to their customers. These services are generally targeted at very specific customers who have large amounts of money at the bank. If you are just beginning to invest, your bank may not contact you to offer these services, but they may be available to you. The services offered are similar [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Femi Asu Union Bank of Nigeria Plc has been certified for its compliance with the International Business Continuity Management Systems Standard, ISO 22301:2012. The bank was certified by the British Standards Institution in partnership with local capacity-building firm, Digital Jewels, following its successful fulfilment of the requirements for the internationally recognised standard on Business Continuity [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Femi Asu Trading in the shares of Ikeja Hotel Plc resumed on Monday following the lifting of the suspension placed on it by the Nigerian Stock Exchange in November 2016. The NSE said in a statement that the Securities and Exchange Commission had been notified of the development. The bourse’s Head, Listings Regulation Department, Godstime [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Public endorsement of candidates for election is a cherished tradition in civilised democracies, where the freedoms of choice, expression, and association thrive and are cherished. In the United States, for example, notable columnists and major newspapers typically endorse particular candidates for specific political offices. It is a tradition our fledgling democracy has to imbibe as [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Tayo Oke drtayooke@gmail.com The All Progressives Congress is an amalgam of disparate coalition of interests hurriedly put together in 2014 as a (to use a financial jargon), Special Purpose Vehicle, for the singular aim of wresting power from the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party, which had been in power for 16 unbroken years, and had [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Bukola Adenubi The recent sealing off of three major pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, brings to the fore, the epidemic presently ravaging Nigerian youths (aged 18-35 years). This follows a BBC documentary, which brought codeine addiction to limelight. The former Director-General of the National Drug [] 
Tue, 22 May 2018
says Nigerian banks not secure Deji Lambo A hacker, Michael Williams, 28, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defrauding a car dealer, Abiogun Adewale, of N28m. He was said to have paid the sum for a Porsche car through a fake electronic transfer. The suspect, who was arrested in [] 

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