NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday 18 May, 2018.


Fri, 18 May 2018
Critics  of the listing of treasury looters got some knocks yesterday.

They are wrong, some stakeholders said in Abuja at the Second Forum of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA).

Activist-lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) said there was nothing wrong with the listing of looters by the Federal Government, contrary to the claim by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some of its leaders.


 
PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus and another top member, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, have sued Minisster of Information Lai Mohammed and others over the inclusion of their names on the list.

Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Chairman Prof Itse Sagay (SAN), one of those who defended the action, said: “I still insist that anyone who has a good reason to include a name should put the name.”

He said a court ordered the government to publish the names of those who looted the nation’s resources and the list was released in accordance with the court’s directive and in public interest.

Sagay added that he would not be surprised if more names surfaced, stressing that “there is a very large number of these people who presided over the looting of the assets of this country.”

On Tuesday, at the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu said the agency had recovered over N500 billion since Nivember 2015 when he was appointed.

Some of the people from whose hands assets and cash were recovered are on the looters lists released in two instalments b y the federal government.


 
Falana said if the police could parade common men for petty crimes, treasury looters should be named.

He said: “Recently, the names of looters were published in the newspapers and I read a lot of publications in the media. Media men and women were challenging the violation of the rights of the looters.  They are saying how can you do that?  How can you publish the names of looters? You have violated their rights to fair hearing. I say ‘wow, beautiful’, but please we must not join such hallelujah people.

Fri, 18 May 2018
A total number of 40 candidates on the platforms of various political parties are to contest for the governorship seat of Ekiti State on July 14.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday published the names of candidates who emerged from the primary conducted by their parties.

Their names were forwarded to the electoral umpire to beat the May 15 deadline for the receipt of candidates’ names.

The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is fielding the incumbent Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola while Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is running on the platform of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).


 
Two women are among the candidates jostling for the Ekiti governorship seat. They are: Mrs. Margaret Ilesanmi of Accord (A) and Olajumoke Saheed of Democratic Alternative (DA).

On the list of candidates are: Comrade Shola Omolola of Action Alliance (AA), Mr. Lawrence Ogundipe of Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Dr. Jide Ayenibiowo of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mr. Olaniyi Agboola of Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Chief Ayodele David Adesua of African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Also on the list are Otunba Segun Adewale of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr. Lucas Arubuloye of AGA, Mr. Stephen Oribamise of All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Rev. Tunde Afe of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Malam Saheed Jimoh of African People’s Alliance (APA), Mr. Tope Adebayo of Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA) and Evangelist Gbenga Adekunle of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Others are: Prince Adegboye Ajayi of Better Nigeria People’s Party (BNPP), Mr. Olalekan Olanrewaju of Democratic People’s Congress (DPC), Pastor Stephen Oladejo of Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Mr. Adewale Akinyele of GPN, Mr. Tosin Ajibare of Independent Democrats (ID) and Temitope Amuda of Kowa Party (KP).

Fri, 18 May 2018
The National Industrial Court yesterday in Abuja ordered striking members of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), to suspend the on-going strike and return to work from today.

Justice Babatunde Adejumo gave the order after listening to the submissions of Mr Okere Nnamdi, in an ex-parte motion filed by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

The NGO – Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International – in the motion, prayed the court to order the workers to resume work and go back to negotiation table.


 
Adejumo, who is also the President of NICN, ordered Minister of Health,  Minister of Labour and Employment, among others, to immediately set up a committee to address issues raised by the helth workers.

The judge ordered that the parties should arrive at an acceptable and amicable solutions in the interest of Nigerians who are bearing the brunt of the strike.

The judge also ordered that the President and Vice President of JOHESU, should attend such negotiations.

He said that the negotiations should take into consideration the provisions of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Act.

Respondents in the suit are the President and Vice President of JOHESU and National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that JOHESU commenced strike on April 17,  to demand for upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale, and  employment of additional health professionals.


 
Other demands are implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years.

The matter was adjourned until June 4 for hearing of motion on notice and originating summons

Also yesterday, the Federal Government and JOHESU officilas were locked in a series of meetings to end the strike.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the union and the Federal Government are making steady progress toward resolving the impasse and end the strike.

Fri, 18 May 2018
Experts have commended the decison to raise the oil benchmark from $45 to $51 per barrel for the 2018 budget passed on Wednesday by the National Assembly, more than six months after it was presented.The National Assembly passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N9.12 trillion, raised from the N8.61 trillion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 7, 2017.The budget expenditure was premised on oil price benchmark of 51 dollars per barrel as against 45 dollars proposed by the President.Cru 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Cowards with columns pass as men of valour. I am a columnist and perhaps a coward. But you would never know. You could never tell if I am true to the calling or just another character pushing pen and idle rant to make ends meet.It is never my intent to arrogate to myself some blundering heroism or self-abnegating priesthood, there is too many of my ilk doing that. I write to vex your ego and caress it, as your prejudices dictate. I write to contend and affirm those defining moments in which you 

Fri, 18 May 2018
It is not supposed to be this complex, Opalaba thundered, bypassing courtesies as he began a half-hour phone tirade. Democracy rests on some foundational principles, principal among which is the acknowledgement of the people as the repository of power. From this are derived several others.The people are to determine the rules, procedures, and practices that will govern them directly or indirectly though their representatives. Where direct decision making is impossible, as in all modern democraci 

Fri, 18 May 2018
A philanthropist and respected Islamic scholar departsKnown for his prosperity and piety, Sheik Isyaku Rabiu, who died in London on May 8 at the age of 92, showed that it is possible to be wealthy and godly.At the age of 14, Rabiu had famously memorised the Koran. This feat prepared him for life as a respected Islamic scholar. It was a predictable path, considering that his father led a Quranic school in Kano, which Rabiu attended between 1936 and 1942.He learnt Arabic in the course of his Islam 


Fri, 18 May 2018
The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday directed the recovery of N526 billion and $21 billion under-remittance to the Federation Account by revenue generating agencies.Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo briefed State House correspondents at the end of the NEC chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.He was with Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Osun State Governor Rauf Aragbesola and Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma.He said: 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has cautioned against being linked with the suspected cult-killers in the state, some of who have been arrested and transferred to the Police Headquarters in Abuja.The governor described as false and misleading, the insinuations linking him and Senate President Bukola Saraki with the suspected cultists.On Wednesday, the police moved six suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin to Abuja.Saraki said the move was intended to implicate him and the Kwara governor by 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Nigerias chances of achieving food self-sufficiency is brightening by the day as farmers now have improved access to timely, affordable and high-quality fertiliser in commercial quantity. This is courtesy of the implementation of the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative and other strategic policies on the revitalisation of fertiliser blending plants. But, stakeholders in the agricultural sector believe the sustainability of policy is key to the restoration of Nigeria as West Africas food basket. A 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Party cautions against unilateral postponement of congressesTHE All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated five-member committees to conduct state congresses in different states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Saturday.Three-member committees were also inaugurated to entertain appeals that may arise from the State Congresses.Some state congress chairmen are H.E. Pius Odubu (Adamawa); Gen. Danjuma Danbazzau (Taraba); Prince Austin Eweka (Kano); Senator Domingo Obende (Niger); Sena 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Nigeria has been projected to add no fewer than 189 million people to its present population between 2018 and 2050, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has said.UN, in a new report: 2018 Revision of World Urbanisation Prospects, projected that around 2.5 billion more people would be living in cities by 2050.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that DESA in earlier report said: By 2050, the third most populous country will be Nigeria, which currently ranks seve 

Fri, 18 May 2018
NGO to monitor scheme to prevent malpracticesThe Ogun State government has said over 270,000 pupils in 1,510 schools across the state have been placed on the school free meals project of the Federal Government.The state government also said 2,948 food vendors were employed to serve the free meals to the pupils during school hours.The free meals scheme is being implemented in 40 schools across four local government areas of Abeokuta North, Ikenne, Imeko-Afon and Odeda.The Commissioner for Special 

Fri, 18 May 2018
The Social Democratic Partys governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Mr. Akin Ayegbusi, says he remains confident that he would emerge victorious in the July election.Ayegbusi, who spoke in Abuja on Thursday, said projections from his interactions with the grassroots shows he has a better chance of winning in spite of the presumed popularity of the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Kplawole Eleka and that of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.The 44-year-old Investme 

Fri, 18 May 2018
The Nigerian Army saidon Thursdaythat it arrested 40 suspected vandals, cultists and impersonators and recovered over 400 jerry cans filled with petroleum products.The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, Maj. Gen. Enobong Udoh, said in a statement that the suspects were arrested at different places between Lagos and Ogun states.According to the GOC, the arrests were made following reliable information received from well-meaning Nigerians during anti-illegal bunkering and anti-pipeline 
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