NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday,  14  May, 2018.

Mon, 14 May 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party has begun plans to meet aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress otherwise known as the New PDP.

Though the party has been meeting with individuals to form a coalition against the ruling All Progressives Congress in the past,  it was however gathered that the main opposition party had stepped up  consultations following the open declaration by the members of the nPDP, who are in the APC, that the ruling party and President Muhammadu Buhari last week were marginalising them.

Some members of the nPDP being led by a former National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and a former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, had written a letter to President Buhari, demanding an urgent meeting with him.

In the letter, which was also sent to the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Baraje and Oyinlola said that the meeting with Buhari must hold within seven days.

Though Oyinlola had left the APC for the ADC, the national leadership of the PDP was said to have scheduled secret meetings with the aggrieved APC members.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, confirmed the desire of the party to meet the aggrieved APC members to one of our correspondents on Sunday.

Apart from the aggrieved APC members,  Secondus told one of our correspondents in an interview in Abuja that the main opposition party would do everything legitimate with other opposition political parties,  to wrest power from the ruling party .

He said, “Don’t forget that majority of those in the ruling party came from the PDP. They left us due to one disagreement or the other. These are eminent Nigerians who went to the APC, thinking that the APC would be a vibrant alternative and that those behind it meant well for everyone and the nation.

“However, events of the past years have shown otherwise. So, we are meeting with everyone soon. We have met some and we will also meet others.  The meetings don’t need to be formal. We have known ourselves before and these people know that we won’t deceive them. Whatever we promise to do, we will do.

“Our former governors that left with their supporters are going to return to us. We will all come together to rebuild this damaged country.”

Mon, 14 May 2018
A human rights advocacy group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called on the United Nations to prevail upon President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to wilful disobedience of court judgments by his government.  The organisation, in a petition dated May 11, 2018 to the UN, lamented the Federal Government’s habit of picking and choosing court judgments to obey.

It expressed concern that if not checked, a situation where the Federal Government wilfully disobeyed court judgments would ultimately “put the rule of law in Nigeria under siege.”


 
The letter, signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, was addressed to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr. Diego García-Sayán.

SERAP urged García-Sayán to use his good offices to prevail upon President Buhari to ensure the sanctity of the country’s constitution as well as respect for the country’s international obligations.

Among others, SERAP noted that the Federal Government had so far refused to obey the court judgment ordering the release of the leader of the Shi’ite movement, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenatu, who have been in military detention since December 2015.

It noted also that despite a court judgment, a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), was still being detained in prison custody.

Besides these, SERAP noted that it had got two different judgments against the Federal Government, which the Buhari administration had continued to disobey.

It said, “Other court orders that the government continue to disobey include: the ECOWAS court judgment ordering the Nigerian authorities to provide free and quality education to all Nigerian children without discrimination; the rulings by the Nigerian courts ordering the authorities to establish education banks to assist poor students to obtain loans to pursue tertiary education and the restoration of people’s bank to give loans without collateral to underprivileged citizens.

Mon, 14 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has announced the suspension of the Air Operators Certificate of FirstNation Airways indefinitely. The NCAA said on Sunday that the suspension was conveyed to the airline via a letter with reference no. NCAA/DG/CSLA/RM/1-06/18/2304 dated May 11, 2018, and signed by the Director-General, Capt. Muhtar Usman. According to the [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Akeem Lasisi, France Reactions have been greeting a protest staged by female producers at Cannes on Saturday. About 82 women had alleged marginalisation against women in terms of the number of awards and feasibility that men have enjoyed at the festival over the years. The protest also came against the background of sexual harassment said [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
minister resigns this week Olusola Fabiyi and Olalekan Adetayo President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday expressed the belief that the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemis track record in Ekiti State would bolster his chances at the forthcoming governorship election. Buhari said this while congratulating the former governor for winning the All Progressives [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has called for equity and justice to unite Nigeria and put the country on the path of speedy development. Ekweremadu, however, stated that justice is not something to be done by the government alone; stressing that it is an important virtue that Nigerians must show to [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Femi Asu The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said more than N1.5tn was spent on capital infrastructure in 2017. Adeosun, who stated this on Sunday on her Twitter handle, said the Federal Governments debt management strategy was yielding the desired result. Im pleased to note that were going to close the 2017 budget [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, the University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), says it will take the intervention of the intelligentsia to change the fortune of the nation. Babalakin, who said this during the UNILAG 49th Convocation Ceremony, urged the graduating students not to shy away from public affairs but to [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Women and Youth Support Group says it believes that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has what it takes to turn the countrys economy around and create jobs for the teeming youths. The National President, WAYS, Kemi Adesanya-Eboda, said in a statement on Sunday that it was for this reason that the group decided [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba with agency report The Sudanese authorities have announced the arrest of a woman accused of killing an Immigration Attach at the Nigerian embassy in Khartoum. Habibu Almu, Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, was found stabbed to death at his home in the Sudanese capital city of Khartoum on Thursday last week. In a very [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday deployed 150 personnel of its special forces to its newly established 23 Quick Response Wing in Nguroje, Sarduana Local Government Council in Taraba, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who addressed the troops in Jalingo before their departure, urged [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Kamorudeen Ogundele and Dayo Ojerinde Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has called on Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress not to rejoice yet over his victory at the APC primary, saying that will be the closest he will get in the Ekiti gubernatorial race. Tweeting @GovAyoFayose, the governor wrote: I thank the APC [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said despite the appeal filed by the Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki, against the Federal High Courts judgment nullifying his suspension, he will still resume legislative duties. According to him, the Senate and Saraki have only applied for a stay [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The parents of Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi girl still being held by Boko Haram terrorists have called on Nigerians to pray for her safe return as she marks her 16th birthday on Monday (today). Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday said they (parents) would fast [] 


Mon, 14 May 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has faulted the refusal by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to honour the invitation of the Senate over the unabated killings particularly in the North-Central geopolitical zone by suspected herdsmen. In a statement issued by its National Vice-President (South-South), Bishop Simeon Okah, PFN observed that Idris [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Counsel for Mr. Buruji Kashamu, Ajibola Oluyede, has condemned the Federal Government for prompting the United States of America to send a fresh request for Kashamus extradition to the US to stand trial for alleged drug offences before Judge Norgle. Oluyede, in a statement on Sunday, described the alleged invitation sent by the [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has vowed to take over Anambra State on May 21 to stop a conference of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo scheduled to take place at the Ekwueme Square, Awka on that day. In a statement made available to our correspondent on Sunday in Awka by IPOBs Media and [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
as PDP flays ruling party over violence John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, and Gibson Achonu The All Progressives Congress will this week receive reports from its various appeal panels in order to take a position on states where parallel congresses were held. On Saturday, the APC in Kogi, Kwara, Zamfara, Ondo, Enugu, Bayelsa, and Abia held [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Chief Imam of Yoruba in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, Sheik Abdulraheem Aduranigba, has said it will be discriminatory, unjust and unfair not to accord him due regard and perquisites as other Chief Imams. He stated that since the Chief Imams of Fulani, Gambari, and Imale are all duly accorded their [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Human Rights Commission has issued a new directive to law enforcement agencies and their officers warning them against maltreatment and torturing of suspects in their custody. The NHRC, in a statement by its Head, Media Relations, Mrs. Fatimah Mohammad, on Sunday, said an act of disobedience of its directive could [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has said it planned to generate 3,000 megawatts of electricity through its embedded power project. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Benjamin Olabinjo, stated this on Friday at a sensitisation programme on the Lagos State Power Sector Reform Law, 2018, in Ikeja. The governments decision to [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, on Sunday said the Saturdays All Progressives LG Congress in the state was a success despite reports of violence. She said the success recorded on Saturday was due to quality leadership in the state, as well as insistence on equality of all members. Adebule, who also commended [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
A non-governmental organisation, Lagos Development Initiative (LDI), has urged residents of the state to get their Permanent Voter Cards and use same to elect who governs them in 2019. The Deputy State Chairman of LDI, Samuel Adesanya, stated this at the inauguration of the Alimosho Federal Constituency chapter of the group. He urged Lagosians to [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Dipo, the first son of a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, who died last Thursday will be buried on May 17. Dipo died at a Lagos hospital after a brief illness. A wake will be organised in his honour at the Lugard Office of Chief Bode George in [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The African Local Government Economic Development is set to hold its maiden summit at the Emperors Palace, Ekhuruleni, Gauteng, South Africa from June 26 to 28. According to the organisers, local government councils across Africa will gather to network and strategise on the development of councils in Africa. The promoter of the summit, [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it has paid about N1bn to owners of Computer-Based Test centres nationwide for their services for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. The boards Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos that the payment was in line with [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
THE Federal Governments extension of its tax grace period by further two months is a clear signal that it has not mustered the strong political will to clamp down on high profile tax dodgers. An Executive Order from the Presidency extending the original March 31 deadline of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme till [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
The All Progressives Congress has won all the chairmanship seats in the 33 local government councils and the 35 Local Council Development Areas in Oyo State. The party also won the councillorship seats in the 610 wards in the state in the local government election held on Saturday. Announcing the results in Ibadan on Sunday, [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has assured all stakeholders that the crisis currently rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress will be resolved soon. Osinbajo gave the assurance while speaking with journalists after the inauguration of President Julius Bio of Sierra Leone in Freetown on Saturday. The transcript of the interview was made available [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has described the local government election held on Saturday in Oyo State as a charade. Shittu told newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan that two suits against the election would soon decide if the exercise was valid. 'The council poll is a travesty of justice and a violation of [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
The All Progressives Congress has cleared councillorship seats in a bye-election conducted in three wards in Niger State, the State Independent Electoral Commission disclosed. The Secretary of the commission, Mr. Abdullahi Habibu, said at a news conference in Minna on Sunday that the APC candidate for Barwa Ward in Wushishi Local Government Area, Malam Umar [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The World Bank has reiterated its commitment to development projects aimed at creating meaningful impact in developing countries. The Executive Director, Angola, Nigeria and South Africa sub-group, World Bank, Ms. Bongi Kunene, stated this during the visit of some officials of the bank to the Azura-Edo Independent Power Project in Ihovbor, Uhunmwonde [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Femi Asu The $2.5bn bilateral currency swap deal between Nigeria and China is likely to reduce further the strong demand for the United States dollar and support the naira, analysts at Ecobank Capital have said. The Central Bank of Nigeria early this month signed the deal with the People's Bank of China, making Nigeria, the [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Safety and fire management experts have blamed the high rate of fire incidences in domestic and commercial buildings on low safety standards and use of poor quality electrical products. At a safety roundtable organised by power management company, Eaton, on 'Enhancing electrical safety in buildings', experts noted that the statistics of fire incidences [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
The Federal Government has warned that massive indebtedness by power distributors to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company may lead to the death of the firm, OKECHUKWU NNODIM writes The Federal Government is pleading with power distribution companies to make appropriate remittances for the electricity supplied to them in order to avoid the collapse of [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Femi Asu Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company on Sunday said it had delivered a total of 763 million barrels of oil from the Bonga field between first production in 2005 and 2017. SNEPCo, according to a statement, is also expanding the field with further drilling of wells in Bonga phases 2 and 3 and [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has announced that it has increased the supply of gas to the power sector by 88.89 per cent. According to the oil firm, the increase was recorded between January 2017 and January 2018. The NNPC disclosed this in its monthly financial and operations report for January 2018, [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Nimi Akinkugbe International Workers' Day, also known as 'Labour Day' or 'May Day', is 'a celebration of labourers and the working class; it is promoted by the international labour movement.' Entrepreneurship is so widely promoted and there is much focus on the independent business, that the very concept of working in an office for a [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Opening your first current account, no matter how old you are, is a sign of financial independence. In fact, it's almost a necessity to function financially. Before you open your first account, make sure you shop around to find the account that offers the best benefits. There is no one perfect account for everyone, so [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Development Bank of Nigeria has shortlisted nine financial institutions through which its intervention fund will be disbursed to entrepreneurs in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector. They are five commercial banks, Wema Bank, Ecobank, Sterling Bank, Diamond Bank and Fidelity Bank; and four microfinance banks made up of MicroCredit, Infinity, [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Fidelity Bank Plc has presented a N10m cheque to a trader, Mr. Ekechukwu Enelue, who emerged as the star winner in the bank's 'Get Alert in Millions' savings promo. The presentation of the cheque to Enelue was done at the bank's regional office in Abuja on Friday. At the event, which was [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Heritage Bank Plc has hosted the May 2018 edition of the banking technique and practice meeting of the International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria. The lender said in a statement on Sunday that the meeting attracted representatives of the ICC Nigeria as well as the experts on the trade desks of different banks operating in Nigeria [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Femi Asu First Bank of Nigeria Limited has said the addition of contactless naira MasterCard to its array of debit cards will promote convenience, ease of transactions and the security of funds. FirstBank debit cards, according to a statement, are acceptable nationwide and globally, and can be used to withdraw cash and access value-added services [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Nike Popoola Nigerian insurers and other African counterparts are planning to build a pool to underwrite catastrophic risks on the continent. This was disclosed during the 45th annual general meeting of the African Insurers Organisation in Accra, Ghana. In the report presented to the members on the creation of the African pool for catastrophe, the [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Commissioner for Housing, Lagos State, Gbolahan Lawal, says the government has made it mandatory for facility managers to be engaged for the management of all existing and new state-owned housing estates. Lawal made this known at a ceremony to hand over keys to 150 allottees under the Lagos State Government Rent-to-Own initiative. [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Law Union & Insurance Plc has said it will continue to ensure it adds value to its shareholders through dividend payment. The Chairman of the company, Mr. Remi Babalola, said this during its 49th annual general meeting in Lagos on Thursday. He said, 'The company also recorded a giant feat in its general reserves with [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Residents of the NITEL/MTel Estate in Ikorodu, Lagos, have cried out for help following an alleged threat to their lives and properties by land grabbers, popularly known as omooniles. The residents alleged that in the last two years, armed omooniles had taken over the estate, selling off plots of land yet to be [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday reiterated the Federal Ggovernment's position that the nation's future lies in the non-oil sector. Osinbajo spoke at the inauguration of a recreational and entertainment facility, The Dome, in Abuja. He said the facility, which recently re-capitalised its assets and expanded its recreational outlets to include bowling [] 

Mon, 14 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The 1st Vice President of the Nigerian Institute of Building, Mr.KunleAwobodu, says acquiring new skills remains the solutions to the problem of workmanship in the real estate industry. Awobodu, who spoke at the inauguration of the new executive members of the Lagos State Bricklayers Association, stressed the importance of skills upgrade in the [] 
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