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Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 28 May, 2017.

Mon, 28 May 2018
A technical committee set up by the Northern Elders forum and their counterparts from the Southern part of the country met at the weekend to discuss modalities of addressing some challenges confronting the nation. At the closed-door meeting that lasted for about three and half hours, the Northern and Southern elders agreed to establish Nigerian Elders Forum (NEF). When established, the forum is expected to be meeting frequently to study the Nigerian situation, provide solutions and make sure that the decisions they take impact positively on the lives of the people. Addressing journalists after the meeting in Abuja, Prof Banji Akintoye, said the country’s elders are worried “that things are not well with our country,” adding that a lot is happening that ordinarily should not happen. Present at the meeting were Dr Yime Sen, Yinka Odumakin, Dr Afred Mulade, Senator Kofo Bucknor-Akerele, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Francis Doukpola, Dr Chike Dike, Engr Bello Suleiman, Sen Ibrahim Lame and Ambassador Bala Sani. Others are Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, Sheik Idris Hayatudeen, Senator Saidu Dansadau, Alhaji Falalu Bello, Dr Doyin Okupe, Yerima Shettima, Dr Charles Nwekeaku, G G Darah, Barr Abdullahi Usman Toro, Prof Rahila P Gowon and Abdulrazaq Adamu, among others. Akintoye noted that there are big problems of governance and the economy, which needed urgent attention of the elders. He said, “We are elders; we are not active politicians. Most of us are not active politicians. We have come together because we are worried about the condition of our country. Things are not well with our country. A lot of things are happening in our country that ordinarily should not happen. “Ours is a land of promise, a land well-endowed by nature with a lot of wealth but we are not using the wealth to enrich our people. Instead, we are going down, down and down in terms of prosperity and progress.

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“So, we have decided to work together. That is the most important thing because the problems are many. There is a general problem like the problems of ecology. The desert is moving South upon us, upon our country and we are not doing anything about it. The ocean is moving in from the South, parts of Lagos are already under sea level and we are not doing anything about it. “Parts of the South-south too are already under the sea and we are not doing anything about it, and in the East, there is serious strange problem of gully erosion. Nobody seems to know what to do about it. On the economy, he said, “And then economy itself, we have become a country that is no longer productive because lack of productivity is the big problem now of our country, and we have to do something about it. We also have this huge problem of poor governance. It is no longer a question of a party, it is no longer a question of one party is doing better than the other. You can see now clearly, even though our political parties are rarely no longer political parties. “They are just neighbours or combination of people who want to gather together and win elections and control the wealth of the country, which has come to me, as making yourself rich. That is what it has become, and the quality of leadership has fallen so drastically that it is not possible to have any progress in the hands of such poor leadership. “Now we have reached a point where we are actually killing one another- people going around killing their countrymen and destroying their livelihoods. So, we cannot go on like this. We, elders of the country, have decided that we cannot go on like this. We must change actions to change these things”. On the resolutions of the closed-door meeting, Akintoye said the height of the decisions taken was that the elders resolved to set up a Nigerian Elders Forum.

Mon, 28 May 2018
In a bid to avoid a repeat of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls’ abduction, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of his administration to provide adequate measures of safety and security in schools.  In his Children’s Day message to Nigerian children, President Buhari noted that as a responsible government, his administration was committed to ensuring that children are protected from violence and exploitation. He pointed out that since its inception in May, 2015, his administration has also focused attention on addressing issues of child protection, participation and survival. Buhari recalled that the campaign to end violence against children was launched in 2015 and commemorated in 2016, adding that in November 2016, the Campaign to End Child Marriage was also launched to ensure that as many children as possible are able to fully enjoy their childhood and be protected from all the challenges associated with early family life. These campaigns, according to him, have been reinforced with sensitisation campaigns in some states of the federation. He said, “The theme for this year’s celebration “Creating Safe Spaces for Children: Our Collective Responsibility” is an opportunity to promote the safety and security of our children. “As a responsible government, we are committed to ensuring that children are protected from violence and exploitation against them, and that their environments are safe enough for

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them to pursue their educational attainments, discover their full potential to grow into responsible citizens. “This Administration has made giant strides in the protection of the rights of the Nigerian child, and as a result of such efforts, Nigeria has been declared a Pathfinding Country on Ending Violence Against Children. “This I believe is a collective achievement and I urge us to continue to build on the present momentum to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” He added that in the efforts to protect children from abuse, exploitation and trafficking as well as provide safe, non-violent inclusive and effective learning environment in schools, the administration had directed the management of all Federal Government Colleges and advised all state-owned and private schools across the country to provide adequate measures of safety and security for their students.  President Buhari  called on the families, security agencies, traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society organisations, human rights activists, and the society in general to rise up and take urgent and decisive actions to stem the unacceptable rising cases of violence against  children. He emphasised that  we must ensure safety of our children in homes, schools, markets, worship centres, on the streets and everywhere at all times. Furthermore, Buhari  appealed to parents not to relent in their efforts to send their wards to school, especially the girl-child as her education reduces infant and maternal mortality, prevents early marriages, and reduce poverty.

Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPCrisis is brewing in the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as some members have accused the national leadership of plan to use the electoral committee to disqualify candidates perceived to be popular and not in its good books. They alleged that to achieve this goal, the NBA Electoral Committee has gone ahead to insert clauses in []The post Crisis Brews In NBA Over Electoral Guidelines appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPAs a follow-up to his mediation between Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the federal government, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is set to meet with the leadership of JOHESU today at 3pm at his office in the Senate. A press statement from the Senate President’s media office, noted that Saraki began intervening in []The post Strike:Saraki Meets With Health Workers Today appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki at the weekend assured Nigerians that the long awaited PIB law will be ready before the end of this legislative season. While giving the status of the bill which has passed through various reading at the National Assembly, the Senate President declared that ‘this 8th National Assembly has taken []The post Future World Film Warns Of Dangers In Oil Producing Areas appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

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Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPIn complementing the federal government’s economic recovery and growth plan, president of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said the Group has engaged in strategic investments in the country. Dangote made this known at the flagship of the conglomerate, the Dangote Cement Plc, which commenced the training of its newly engaged managers in order to sustain its []The post Dangote Commends FG’s Economic Recovery, Growth Plan appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has written to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), asking it to have nothing to do with the Foundation for A Smoke-Free World created by multi-national tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) that is currently actively seeking partners around the world. ERA/FoEN in the letter dated []The post ERA/FoEN Writes UNN Over PMI Foundation Funds appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has stated that the Nigeria Army is committed to the reduction of infant mortality in the country. Buratai, who stated this during an event to commemorate the 2018 Children’s Day celebration organised by a Non-governmental organisation, the Yellow Jerrycan Save A Child Foundation, added that the []The post Military Committed To Infant Mortality Reduction ‘ Buratai appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPLagos State government has shut its schools for the celebration of childrens day and midterm break. Our correspondent gathered that though the 2018 childrens day celebration fell on Sunday 27th of May, 2018 , Monday was declared for school children to celebrate with their parents. This decision is coming on the heel of federal government []The post Lagos Shuts Schools For Childrens Day, Midterm Break appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPBayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, will serve as chief host of the Bayelsa Heroes Award for Academic Excellence which would hold on May 29, 2018 in the state. Former President Goodluck Jonathan will be the special guest of honour, alongside other notable personalities. A statement by the executive secretary of Future Leaders Project (FLP), []The post Dickson To Host Bayelsa Heroes Award Dinner On Democracy Day appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe director general of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has assured that President Muhammadu Buhari and by extension, APC would get more than one million votes in the South-East in the 2019 presidential election. He said the votes would balance whichever tendency they would miss in []The post 2019: PMB ‘ll Get Over Im Votes In S/East ‘ Okechukwu appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPInvestigations have revealed that 28 oil workers were still trapped on the ConOil platform in Koluama 1 community of Southern Ijaw in Bayelsa State, after it was engulfed by fire on Saturday morning. No less than 100 oil workers were confirmed rescued yesterday. The fire, which was confirmed by the Joint Military Task Force in []The post Bayelsa: 28 Oil Workers Trapped, 100 Rescued In ConOil Fire Accident appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe United Nations Industrial Development Organisation(UNIDO) has urged financial institutions in the country to support small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) with more funding . The agency said entrepreneurship is a necessary ingredient for stimulating economic growth and employment opportunities. UNIDO representative to ECOWAS & regional director, Nigeria regional office hub,Jean Bakole , made []The post UNIDO Urges Banks To Support SMEs appeared first on Leadership Newspape 

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Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has perfected strategies to ensure its prosperity in the face of the changing dynamics of the global oil and gas industry. This even as the group managing director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, admitted that the tremendous changes at play in the petroleum []The post NNPC Strategises Towards Long-Term Survival appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe executive secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Bar. Hassan Bello has said about 90 percent of the cargo coming into Nigeria are under-declared at the Nigerian ports thus rubbing the country of billions of Naira in revenue. He also said the importers connive with certain government officials to undervalue their goods to rob the federal []The post 90 Percent Of Cargo Are Under-Declared At Nigerian Ports ‘ Shippers’ Council appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Association of Bureau de Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), has described the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) directive for Bureau de Change operators to buy $20,000 three times a week as unreasonable and unachievable. The CBN had, at the weekend, directed banks to sell and buy foreign exchange to travellers and made it compulsory []The post ABCON Condemns CBN’s New Directive On Forex appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Institute for Tourism Professionals, organisers of the National Tourism Transport Summit and Expo 2018 (NTTS) has named Heritage Bank the best ‘Financial Institution for Outstanding Support in Tourism.’ The award, according to the organisers, was in recognition of the contribution of the bank to the growth and development of the tourism industry over the []The post Heritage Bank Named Most Supportive Bank In Tourism appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPForeign investors’ inflow on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) grew to N270.63 billion in the first four months of the year. LEADERSHIP gathered that foreign investors’ participation specifically rose to N270.63 billion in April 2018 from N91.75 billion in January 2018. Latest figure on domestic and foreign portfolio participation in equities trading from the Exchange []The post Capital Market: Foreign Investors’ Inflow Grows To N271bn In 4 Months appeared first on Leade 

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Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPUnited Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has joined the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s Africa Day. The celebration which went on concurrently across all of its subsidiaries in Africa as well as in London, Paris and new York, had the underlying theme: ‘The Colours of Africa: Celebrating our Diversity.’ Staff members were []The post UBA Highlights Cultural Heritage, Celebrates Africa Day In Style appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPAs Nigeria strives to achieve 80 per cent financial inclusion over the next two years, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has accused commercial banks in the country of sabotaging efforts at bringing in more people into the financial system. According to the Deputy Governor of the CBN, Adebayo Adelabu, the lack of collaboration amongst []The post Banks Sabotaging Financial Inclusion ‘ CBN appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThere is tension among Customs clearing agents operating at the western port of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as Customs’ new automation platform, Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NCIS 11) at all the port locations has broken down. This development has made clearance of cargoes at the ports impossible for the past two weeks. The []The post Ports: Customs’ Automation Platform Breaks Down Hinders Cargo Clearance appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPArgentina ex-international, Hernn Jorge Crespo, on Saturday in Lagos said that he was delighted to be in Nigeria for the first time as a guest of the Heineken Group. Crespo along with Nigeria’s ex-internationals ‘ Taribo West, Augustine Eguavon, Mutiu Adepoju and Samson Siasia ‘ were invited by Heineken for an interactive session with journalists []The post I’m Happy To Be In Nigeria ‘ Crespo appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPMohamed Salah is confident of playing for Egypt in the World Cup next month, despite being forced off through injury asLiverpool lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League finalon Saturday. Salah departed in the first half after injuring his shoulder in a duel with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, but he is confident of representing []The post Salah ‘Confident’ Of Playing In World Cup appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPDespite reports of an Ebola Virus out-break in Democratic Republic of Congo, Super Eagles players are fully focused on today’s friendly match against the Leopards at the at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, River State. There were recent fears that the match, which is the last opportunity for Nigerian fans to cheer the []The post Friendly: Eagles Damn Ebola Threat, Focus On Congo Clash appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPAmerican-based sportswear manufacturers, Nike, has dismissed claims by Nigeria Football Federation higher-ups that it has received up to three million pre-orders for Super Eagles World Cup jerseys. As each jersey costs 85 dollars, it means Nike woulad have made a revenue of US$255 million (approximately N91.8 billion) from the sale of the jerseys if the []The post Eagles Jerseys: Nike Dismisses NFF’s 3m Pre-order Claims appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPAs we inch closer to the much talked about 2019 elections, the governorship seat in Nasarawa State is drawing more and more aspirants from across all the registered political parties. As at the last count, no fewer than 30 persons have indicated interest to occupy the coveted seat of governor of Nasarawa State. This includes []The post Nasarawa 2019: Admonishing Those Jostling To Succeed Al-Makura appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPWhen he was touted as the man to take the reins of power in Edo State, many gave him little chance at the polls, and even many more argued that he would be boggled by the skirmishes of atavistic politics that characterise Nigeria’s experiment with democracy. But since Governor Godwin Obaseki assumed office, he has []The post Benefits Of Obaseki’s Reforms In Edo (1) appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Mon, 28 May 2018
LEADERSHIPIt is interesting how the issue of tithing all of a sudden has become the main topic in the Christian community, its no more about prayer, salvation, evangelism or even issues of doctrinal believes. I guess its understandable seeing that it affects the most important aspect of man on earth Economy. You wouldnt blame anyone []The post Settling The Tithing Conundrum: A Treatise To Lay The Matter To Rest appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

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