NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [9th May, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 9th May, 2018.

Wed, 09 May 2018
As the National Assembly commences legislation on the outstanding aspects of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Senate President Bukola Saraki Tuesday warned international oil companies (IOCs) operating in the country and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) not to induce lawmakers during the consideration and passage of the Fiscal and Host Communities Bills – the fiscal and host community components of the omnibus PIB legislation – before the National Assembly.

Saraki, who stated this when the leadership of the IOC/OPTS visited him in the National Assembly, said the leadership of the 8th National Assembly had made it clear to all lawmakers involved in the process to live above board.

His warning was timely given the history of the PIB: Other versions of the bill, which was first presented to the National Assembly in 2007, never saw the light of day, following allegations that operators in the oil and gas sector had colluded with some legislators to stifle the legislation.

It took the current legislature to resuscitate the bill and commence its passage piecemeal.

According to a statement issued Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, the Senate President called on the leadership of the OIC/OPTS to report any lawmaker who attempts to seek personal favours when the process of considering the bills commences this month.

Saraki was quoted to have said: “Let me also use this opportunity to just make some ground rules clear: We as the 8th National Assembly – I told you at the beginning that the two Houses will be on the same page on the remaining bills. I think we have shown that with the first bill (Petroleum Industry Governance Bill) that we passed.

“I am confident that for these other bills too, we will do the same. I want to assure you that it is in our own interest, and the leadership has made it clear to all the members involved, that this must be a transparent process.

“We are doing it in the interest of the country. The National Assembly leadership is not going to tolerate any hanky-panky. No favours, no gifts. Nothing must be given to get this work done.

Wed, 09 May 2018
In a keenly contested primary for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, the deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, Tuesday emerged the candidate of the party for the upcoming governorship election slated for the July 14.

But as the PDP celebrated its successful and peaceful conduct of its governorship primary in Ekiti, its rival All Progressives Congress (APC) directed that a fresh primary be conducted to pick a candidate that will fly its flag in the governorship election in the state.

APC also disqualified all the members it said participated in the disruption of the ill-fated primary on Saturday from acting as agents in the Friday primary election.

This is just as the national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, who has the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile all warring factions in the APC, Tuesday met with aspirants to try and broker peace, while the former governor of the state and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who had previously insisted on the sanctity of the five local council results where elections held on Saturday, has now resolved to toe the party line.

In the PDP contest, even the last minute decision by the Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, to step down and withdraw from the race could not salvage the situation as Olusola polled 1,190 votes to defeat his closest rival and former Minister of Works Dayo Adeyeye who got a total votes of 771.

Governor Ayodele Fayose had on September 6, 2017, endorsed his deputy to succeed him, which led to a fierce battle between him and other contestants, who thought he was tactically trying to preclude them from the race.

But shortly before the commencement of voting at 2.15 p.m., the third contestant in the PDP primary, Olujimi, stepped down for Adeyeye, saying: “I have to make myself the sacrificial lamb to make our party great.”

The chairman of the primary committee and Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, while announcing the results praised the contestants and delegates for displaying maturity, pointing out that this had again confirmed that the PDP was truly a democratic party.

He said: “By the power vested in me as the returning officer, I hereby return Prof. Kolapo Olusola as the duly nominated gubernatorial candidate of the PDP for the Ekiti State governorship election, having scored the highest number of votes cast in this election. 

Wed, 09 May 2018
A multi-billionaire, Kano businessman and Islamic scholar, Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu, is dead.
According to reliable sources who spoke to the News Digest, Sheikh Isiyaku passed away after a brief illness in the United Kingdom.

He was aged 90 years before his death. A business associate who confirmed the news to the News Digest said he would be buried according to Islamic rites as soon as his body arrives Nigeria.

Sheikh Isyaku founded a major family operated holding company with a history of investment in manufacturing, insurance, banking and real estate.
In the 1970s, the group invested in manufacturing with its first investment being the Kano Suit and Packing Cases company, a factory producing suit cases and handbags. The firm was a joint venture with Lebanese investors.

In 1972, he formed the Bagauda Textile Mill, manufacturing woven cloths for uniforms. From then on he established a series of ventures in different segments of the economy including frozen food service, real estate, sugar and a motor vehicle and parts distribution company specialized in Daihatsu products. However, unfavourable exchange rates and economic conditions forced the company to scale back on manufacturing and returning to its trading roots.

He had a large family with many children and grandchildren, including his first son Nafiu Rabiu; influential Nigerian businessmen Abdulsamad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Group; Rabiu Rabiu, owner of IRS Airlines, Naziru Rabiu, Quraish I Rabiu, Makiu Rabiu, Abdullahi Rabiu, Muhammad Rabiu and Daha Rabiu among others.
He lived in the biggest single mansion in Kano. He was widely loved and respected and known for his generosity and Islamic spirituality.

Wed, 09 May 2018
PDP condemns secrecy, says president unfit to continue in office Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the president is the only person who can reveal his ailment or details about his health. He made the remark during a phone-in-interview on the []The post Adesina: Only Buhari Can Talk about His Health appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 09 May 2018
Senators summon security chiefs, lament arms proliferation Damilola Oyedele in Abuja After ignoring the summons of the National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, is expected to appear before the Senate Wednesday to brief the lawmakers on efforts being made by the police to quell the rising insecurity in different []The post Finally, IG to Appear Before Senate Wednesday over Rising Insecurity, Melaye appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 09 May 2018
Emma Okonji Smile Communications, the broadband company which emerged as the reserved bidder in the sale of 9mobile is currently battling with a loan default of $125 million, THISDAY has gathered. According to reliable sources, Smile Communications got the loan from Afrexim Bank, and routed the loan through a local bank, Diamond Bank. The loan, []The post $125m Loan Default Threatens Smile Communications' Operations appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 09 May 2018
Lai Mohammed: December deadline for Lagos- Ibadan railway sacrosanct Olawale Ajimotokan and Sunday Okobi in Lagos The federal government is negotiating with Russian Exim Bank and other investors from India to raise $46 billion to fund railway modernisation across the country. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, revealed yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari had []The post FG Seeks $46bn Russian Exim Bank Funding for Railway Projects appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 09 May 2018
Inaugurates joint c'ttee on incident Damilola Oyedele in Abuja Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has disclosed that the report of an ad hoc committee investigating the April 18, 2018 invasion of the Senate, is ready. Saraki speaking at the plenary yesterday said the report has now been referred to the Senate Committee on Ethics, []The post Saraki: Report on Senate Invasion Ready appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 09 May 2018
House c'ttee queries ENI's inclusion in consortium for refinery rehab ' President approved firms, says NNPC James Emejo in Abuja The Nigerian Nigerian Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday refuted suggestions that it is currently bankrolling the fuel subsidy regime which has been subject of controversy between the executive and legislature. The pricing template made []The post NNPC Denies Bankrolling Fuel Subsidy Regime appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

FG Considers Extra Year of Study for University Graduates
Wed, 09 May 2018
Kuni Tyessi in Abuja The federal government is considering a major policy change to its tertiary education that would see graduates go for an extra year of studies. The Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwukah, disclosed this yesterday at a two-day retreat for governing councils of federal universities in Abuja. The retreat, held under []The post FG Considers Extra Year of Study for University Graduates appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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