Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 8th May, 2018.

Tue, 08 May 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will today begin a four-day trip to the United Kingdom. In the course of a technical stopover for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington, last week, the president had had a meeting with his doctor and had been requested to return. A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, last night, said Buhari would be back in Nigeria Saturday, May 12.

The President, meanwhile, has expressed displeasure over the recent invasion of the National Assembly by armed persons, vowing to investigate the matter.Senate President Bukola Saraki disclosed this to State House correspondents, yesterday, after a closed-door meeting ‎with Buhari. ‎Buhari had been out of the country during the April 19, 2018 incident when thugs stormed the Senate chamber and made away with the mace.

‎Saraki, who was with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, said issues on Senator Dino Melaye’s arrest by the police were also discussed at the meeting. ‎He said he and the speaker were in Aso Rock at the instance of the president, who briefed them on his trip to the United States, and on the budget.

“We talked about the invasion of the National Assembly. He (Buhari) showed great concern and said action will be taken to investigate it. ‎Of course, he sees it as an embarrassment to the country. And there will be a proper investigation, because it is something that is not just about the National Assembly; it is about the country,” Saraki said.

The Senate president also fielded questions on the appropriation bill before the National Assembly, saying: “If there should be any delay, the passage would not exceed next week.”
Dogara ‎condemned the police arraignment of Melaye on a wheelchair. “Anything that happens to one of our members or any member of the National Assembly is of concern to us. And there is no way we can have this kind of meeting without raising that. This is a civilian administration. It is a democracy and it is imperative and very, very important that all institutions of democracy operate within the ambit of the rule of law,” he said.

According to the speaker, “There is nowhere, I have said it before, that police will behave in a democracy like a clan of tribesmen, like upgraded barbarians. So, there is need for us to act with civility. We are not saying that anybody should be protected and defended. Once you have committed an offence, our law says you should answer for it. But you just have to utilise the provision of the constitution; the rule of law, as this administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has overemphasised, in order to bring people to book.

“But a situation where people are wheeled to court, that doesn’t give a good image of our democracy. I have not seen a democracy where people are wheeled to court. They are not in the proper frame of mind and they are forced to undergo trial. Whatever it is, even if Dino is pretending, as some have said in some section of the media, he cannot pretend forever.

“He is there. He will not run away. He is a senator, and he can be tried any time he is in a proper frame of mind. As a lawyer, I can tell you, any judge that assesses an accused person (that is) not in a proper frame of mind, even if the accused person pleads guilty, he is duty bound by law not to record a plea of guilty, if he is not satisfied about the soundness of the mind of the accused. So, the emphasis is there. And I believe the president, being a listening president, will definitely take steps and do something about it.”

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Federal Government could ignite a crisis, if its planned resumption of oil exploration in Ogoniland goes ahead without the resolution of key issues.The warning by stakeholders in the Niger Delta is coming on the heels of last weekend’s meeting between the leadership of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. The meeting had sought to find solutions to the crisis in Ogoniland.

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) was forced to stop exploration and leave Ogoniland in 1993, following an upheaval that caused the death of several Ogoni persons.The President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Eric Omare, told The Guardian that the meeting proves the Federal Government cares nothing about the tragic experiences the Ogoni people have gone through, including the murder of Ken Saro- Wiwa and other prominent Ogoni activists.

“Government has not learnt anything. What this means is that it values oil more than the Ogoni people and their lives. They are yet to clean the environment and they are talking about the resumption of oil production. I don’t think they will have an environment conducive to oil exploration in Ogoni,” said Omare.

South-South Zonal Director, Civil Liberty Organisation, Steven Obodoekwe, said since government and the oil companies have not shown commitment to cleaning up the devastated Ogoni environment, their desperation to resume oil production therefore amounts to callousness and “fresh corporate terrorism.”

The ideal thing would have been for the government to ensure the environment is completely restored before contemplating renewed exploration in the area, stressed Obodoekwe.A Shell spokesman, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian that though the company’s lease for Oil Mining Leases (OML11) has been renewed, it does not cover the over 30 Ogoni oilfields.He explained that contrary to the allegation that Shell wants to return to Ogoni through the backdoor, the company which was forced out of Ogoni in 1993 following an uprising does not intend to resume oil production. Shell’s leases for OML 11 was expected to expire by June 2019.

There has been growing tension in Ogoni since the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) wrote to Shell last year that it had given preliminary approval to a RoboMichael Limited which had expressed interest in obtaining licensing rights of Ogoni oilfields. It was learnt that Shell had already given its approval to RoboMichael.

The endorsement of RoboMichael Limited by NAPIMS and Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers respectively had caused MOSOP and other groups to allege that RoboMichael was Shell’s proxy, an allegation which the oil major has denied.

Amnesty International’s Business and Human Rights Researcher, Mark Dummett, regretted failure by the government and Shell to implement recommendations by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Tue, 08 May 2018
Nigeria’s electricity generation capacity dropped from the 5,222.3 megawatts (MW) attained earlier this year to 2,329.9 MW on May 6.This meant that e country lost about 3,710.8MW due to gas, line and frequency constraints, which is the equivalent of N1.870billion, according to the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

On this same day, the country’s national peak demand was 19,100MW, with installed capacity of 11,165.40MW, but only 7,139.60MW available due to inadequate gas as well as transmission, and issues, which have not been resolved over the years.

For instance, Omotosho NIPP Gas Turbine (GT 1 and 4); Alaoji NIPP GT1, 2, & 4; Geregu NIPP GT21 -23; Olorunsogo NIPP GT 3; Geregu Gas GT 12 & 13, and Odukpani NIPP GT4 & 5 could not generate electricity due to gas constraints.

Also, Trans Amadi GT1 &2, Ibom GT3, and Olorunsogo NIPP GT1 were out due to line constraints. A total of 14 power plants generation plants were handicapped due to frequency management occasioned by Discos load demand.

Speaking on the Federal Government’s efforts to ensure reliable electricity, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had argued that increasing generation to 7,000MW, transmission to over 7,000MW, and distribution from 2,690MW to an average of 4,900MW, and 5,000MW, respectively, is clearly a sign of progress, and should be continued.

The Minister however acknowledged that there were challenges that came with the privatisation of the industry such as metering and governance issues.These, he said, are among the reasons government came up with the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP), as a component of its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to solve the challenges and put the sector on the path of sustainable growth. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The nation was thrown into another round of mourning with recent killings in Benue State. Critical questions that many people are asking are: What is really happening in this country' Are the herdsmen more equipped, trained and skillful than our security forces' What makes it extremely difficult to apprehend.... 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The President, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) perceives Nigerian youths as lazy people who can neither rule nor fight for their rights. It is up to the youths to justify GMB or prove him wrong. There can be no better way of proving GMB wrong than for the youths to unite behind a capable and reliable person. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Hope for Senator Dino Melaye to be granted bail was dashed yesterday when the prosecution through a counter affidavit alleged that the senator has capacity to jump bail having jumped out of a moving vehicle earlier. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Women who regularly tuck into takeaways and junk food take longer to get pregnant than those who eat lots of fruit, says a study.Those who ate fast food four times a week or more took nearly a month longer to conceive and were twice as likely to be infertile than those who rarely ate it. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Yakubu Umar, may be charged for contempt of court today.This followed a 'notice of consequence of disobedience to order of court' filed against him by one Francis Ogar, over his wrongful dismissal from the CCT. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has implored the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to disclose how much has been spent so far in privatising the power sector. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
A lawyer, Chiji Tony Lebechi, has said Nigerian artistes/authors experience intellectual property theft as a result of ignorance of extant laws.Lebechi, who spoke at an event in Lagos to mark the 2018 United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Book and Copyright Day.... 
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