NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines [24 May, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 24 May, 2018.

Thu, 24 May 2018
A civil society organisations Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to refer the allegations of mismanagement of $16 billion meant for power projects between 1999 and 2007 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for further investigation.
They said if there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, anyone suspected to be involved should face prosecution.

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SERAP also urged Buhari to refer to the EFCC and ICPC not just allegations regarding the $16 billion power projects but also the alleged squandering of over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply covering the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.”
Buhari had on Tuesday accused Obasanjo of spending $16bn on power projects during his tenure as the president without corresponding power supply to Nigerians.
But responding, Obasanjo said the president’s allegation was rooted in ignorance, claiming he was already cleared of any wrongdoing concerning the power sector by the National Assembly, and referring Buhari to his autobiography, My Watch, which he said reproduced various reports on the matter.
But SERAP in a statement by its Executive Director Adetokunbo Mumuni, said: “We welcome the focus by President Buhari on the massive allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the power sector and urge him to expand his searchlight beyond the Obasanjo government by ensuring accountability and full recovery of the over N11 trillion squandered by the three administrations. It is only by pursuing all the allegations and taking the evidence before the court that the truth will be revealed and justice best served. This is the only way to conclusively address the systemic corruption in the power sector and an entrenched culture of impunity of perpetrators.”
The organisation said, “Addressing impunity in the power sector should be total. This would help improve the integrity of government and public confidence and trust in their government. It would also serve as a vehicle to further the public’s perception of fairness and thoroughness, and to avert any appearance of political considerations in the whole exercise.”
Thu, 24 May 2018
Gidado tendered his resignation on Thursday citing “dampened spirit and waning zeal” as it relates to his official engagements.
In his resignation letter dated May 16, which he submitted to Governor Mohammed Abubakar, Gidado said he should have remained to the end of his tenure but his continued stay would not be fair and truthful to the governor.

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He thanked the governor and people of the state for the opportunity to serve.
Thu, 24 May 2018
The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) experienced the warmth of the music and culture industry of Ghana last Monday when the calendar of events for the fifth edition of the biggest music awards in Africa was unveiled by the African Union following a meeting and courtesy visit to he President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Welcoming the visiting delegation led by the Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Mrs. Angela Martins, at the Presidential Office, Jubilee House in Accra, Akufo-Addo lauded the initiative of AFRIMA in conceiving a platform that showcases Africa positively to the world through the creativity of the music talents and the distinctive African cultural heritage.
According to him, “The people of Ghana are proud to host the 2018 AFRIMA world media calendar unveiling event and to receive the delegation of officials of AU and AFRIMA as well as the talented artistes and the media.
“I’m excited to hear AFRIMA is engaging the rest of the world on an intellectual platform with conferences and the music awards. We hope you have had a remarkable experience of Ghanaian hospitality. Our hope is that we will host the main awards ceremony.”
 
Other officials of the government of Ghana who received the AU-AFRIMA delegation included the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku; Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo; Principal Personal Assistant to the President, Saratu Atta; Chief Director, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Joel Sonne; Director, Tourism Council of Ghana, Chief Nana Anim, and celebrated Ghanaian music artistes such as veteran Nana Kwame Ampadu who joined artistes from other African countries for the courtesy visit.
The president further prompted the Minister of Tourism, Catherine Afeku, to see to the completion of the formalities required to enable Ghana ratify the charter on African Culture Renaissance.
Earlier, while delivering the AU’s remarks to President Akufo-Addo, Mrs. Angela Martins expressed gratitude to the government and people of Ghana for the commitment and support displayed towards hosting the 2018 AFRIMA Calendar Unveiling.
Thu, 24 May 2018
Chineme Okafor in Abuja The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, wednesday indicated that but for the timely interventions of the government, first through backchannel consultations and then open dialogues with militants who resumed bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta in 2015, the country could have been crippled. Speaking through []The post Kachikwu: Niger Delta Militants Almost Crippled Nigeria in 2015 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Thu, 24 May 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The first quarter (Q1) 2018 road transport data has shown that 2,482 road crashes occurred in the first quarter of 2018, with speed violation reported as the major cause. A total of 8,466 Nigerians also got injured in the road traffic crashes recorded, with 7,773 of the 8,466 people injured, representing []The post NBS: 2,482 Road Crashes Claimed 1,292 Lives in Q1 2018 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Thu, 24 May 2018
Over 80,000 cooks engaged in 45,394 schools Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The federal government now feeds 8,260,984 pupils in 45,394 public primary schools in 24 states under its National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, the presidency disclosed wednesday. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said []The post FG Now Feeds over 8.2m Pupils in 24 States appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Thu, 24 May 2018
Chineme Okafor in Abuja The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) wednesday disclosed that it had approved the applications of 22 private firms and consortia that applied to become meter providers in its new meter regulatory framework, the Meter Asset Provider (MAP). It stated in a statement from its Head of Public Affairs, Usman Arabi, in []The post NERC Gives 22 Firms Nod to Provide Pre-paid Meters appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Thu, 24 May 2018
Obinna Chima Fidelity Bank Plc has concluded plan to organise a fair that is expected to provide an opportunity for operators of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) to meet with viable financing organisations. The bank estimated that the initiative would provide SMEs in the country an opportunity to access financing of about N500 million []The post Fidelity Bank Unveils Initiative to Unlock N500m Funding for SMEs appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Thu, 24 May 2018
Skye Bank has introduced a priority account named the’Skye Select Account.’ A statement from the bank quoted its Group Head, Product and Innovation Group, Mr. Ndubisi Osakwe, while describing the features and benefits of the product to have said: ‘With a minimum opening and operating balance of N200,000, you are entitled to a free priority []The post Skye Bank Offers Customers ‘Select Account’ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Thu, 24 May 2018
Union Bank Plc has announced the deployment of the innovative Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology in its operations. The bank explained that the move would set it apart from its counterparts in the industry. The new technology was launched at an event which took place at the bank’s head office in Lagos. The RPA technology []The post Union Bank Introduces Robotics into Banking appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Thu, 24 May 2018
The year-to-date(YTD) growth of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index (ASI) dropped to 4.9 per cent yesterday as the bears consolidated their hold on the stock market. The bearish trading entered its third consecutive day this week, dragging the ASI further down by 0.25 per cent to close at 40,150.55. In similar vein, market []The post NSE Year-to-date Returns Fall to 4.9% as Bears Consolidate Hold on Market appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Thu, 24 May 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The Managing Director/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo has advised the relevant ministries and agencies of government at the federal and state levels to spearhead the marketing of the tourism sector in Nigeria, saying doing so would help in leapfrogging the sector into a major revenue earner. Ozigbo, who []The post Spearhead Tourism Marketing in Nigeria, Transcorp MD Tells Govt appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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