NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 JUNE, 2018].

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Nigerians Are Intellectually Aggressive, Ambitious – PMB

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, said Nigeria’s strongest selling point remains an “intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious populace” that always seeks self-improvement and self-actualization in any part of the world. According to him, Nigeria’s “visionary and resilient population’’ that works hard to always position the country for more growth is fuelled by a largely youthful group that continually wants to contribute to development. The president spoke during a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani, at the Royal Guest Palace in Rabat. A statement by his senior special assistant media, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying: “Nigerians are intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious. I received some of our students here yesterday and I am really impressed with the zeal and fearlessness they exuded. “In Nigeria we have a very young and aggressive population and we are working very hard to create the enabling and inclusive environment for their contributions to be better appreciated,’’ the President told the Prime Minister”. The Nigerian leader said his government is harnessing the human

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and material resources available in the country, especially in the educational and agricultural sectors, while seeking partnerships with countries that can explore the huge potentials in Nigeria. The president noted that Nigeria is already on the verge of an agricultural revolution as the importation of rice had been cut down by 90 per cent in 18 months. “We need to do more to improve our statistics on food production and graciously, the weather has been auspicious in the last couple of years for agricultural growth. We are happy that through partnership with you and hard work the price of fertilizer is already down by 50 per cent,” he said.

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Abiola’s Kinsmen Want June 12 As Inauguration Day

Tue, 12 Jun 2018

Kinsmen of the late MKO Abiola yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put in place necessary constitutional provisions that would make June 12 the official inauguration and swearing in date of Nigerian president.

Since May 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic governance, with the swearing-in of the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, May 29 has been observed as the day to inaugurate a new administration after a general election, following a four-year tenure.

Although the Senate had last week agreed with President Muhammadu Buhari that June 12 every year will now be celebrated as Democracy Day, it insisted however that May 29 should retain its status as the inauguration date for president and state governors.

But speaking on behalf of Abiola kinsmen at a press conference, the traditional ruler of Gbagura in Ogun State, Halidu Laloko, said even though inauguration day in Nigeria had been May 29 since 1999, the recent proclamation by President Buhari will not be accepted by the generality of Nigerians if the government retains May 29 as the handover date.

According to them, it has become necessary to shift the handover date forward by two weeks “to properly actualise the June 12, 1993 annulment date and immortalise MKO Abiola who sacrificed his life because of Nigerian Democracy.”
The Gbagura monarch represented at the briefing by Adio Baiyewun, the Balogun of Ojoo-Gbagura, commended Buhari and the National Assembly for their decision, saying his people are happy that truth has triumphed over injustice in the protracted June 12 saga.

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SDP Queries Conferment Of National Honour On Kingibe
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPFollowing the recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day and the posthumous conferment of national honour on the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, the late MKO Abiola, by the Federal Government the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has queried the conferment of national honour on his running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe. The party, during []The post SDP Queries Conferment Of National Honour On Kingibe appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Redeemed Pastors, Others Grace Thanksgiving Service Over Osinbajo’s Helicopter Incident
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPSenior pastors drawn from the Redeemed Christian Church of God, including leaders from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN) assembled in Abuja yesterday ,to offer praises and thanksgiving to God for sparing the life of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. The Vice President narrowly escaped death on June 7th, 2018, following []The post Redeemed Pastors, Others Grace Thanksgiving Service Over Osinbajo’s Helicopter Incident appeared first
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Kukah, Adesina, Others For Launch Of The New Narrative Newspaper
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPVocal and highly revered Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop (Dr.) Mathew Hassan Kukah, Senate Minority Leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina are among key dignitaries who will on Friday June 15, at the Banquet Hall of the Sheraton []The post Kukah, Adesina, Others For Launch Of The New Narrative Newspaper appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Offa Robbery Too Serious To Be Politicised ‘ Gov Ahmed
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPKwara state governor, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on the Nigerian Police Force to carry out a thorough investigation into the Offa robbery incident of April 5, this year and ensure all criminals involved in the dastardly act are brought to justice. The governor made the call in Ilorin when he received members of the []The post Offa Robbery Too Serious To Be Politicised ‘ Gov Ahmed appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Celebrities Pay Tribute To Late Ras Kimono
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPReactions have continued to trail the untimely death of iconic Nigerian reggae musician, Ekeleke Elumelu, aka Ras Kimono known for his debut album ‘Under Pressure,’ which was a big hit in the music scene in 1989. Veteran musicians and others have poured encomiums eulogizing the reggae music artiste, Ras Kimomo who passed away on Sunday. []The post Celebrities Pay Tribute To Late Ras Kimono appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Obanikoro, Police, DSS, Others Seek Support For VGN
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPA former Minister of State for Defence ,Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Nigeria Police, Directorate of State Security Service, (DSS) and other stakeholders have drummed support for the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, (VGN), describing it as an outstanding security outfit for community policing. They stated this in Lagos during the VGN inauguration held in Ishashi area []The post Obanikoro, Police, DSS, Others Seek Support For VGN appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Gov Bello To Babangida Aliyu: Your Projects Were Inflated, Misplaced
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPNiger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has stated that he never accused his predecessor, former Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyuof not investing in the state, but that majority of the projects were not only inflated but misplaced. He said the projects have no direct impact on the immediate communities, as they were white elephant projects. []The post Gov Bello To Babangida Aliyu: Your Projects Were Inflated, Misplaced appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Confusion As Army Invades Police Station
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThere was confusion yesterday in Agege area of Lagos when military men besieged the Abattoir Police Station in the area after a task force officer from the station allegedly shot an army officer during rush hour traffic. An eyewitnesses who spoke with LEADERSHIP said the army officer in trying to avoid the Monday morning rush []The post Confusion As Army Invades Police Station appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Wike Planning To Pay Salary For Ekiti Workers ‘ APC
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has accused Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, of planning to pay six months’ salary arrears of civil servants in Ekiti State ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in that state. The party also accused Wike of ordering reduction in the number of civil servants in the state when []The post Wike Planning To Pay Salary For Ekiti Workers ‘ APC appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Oil, Gas Infrastructure: Osinbajo Urges African Countries To Collaborate
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPVice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has urged African countries to collaborate in efforts to develop infrastructure in the oil and gas sector for the growth of the region. Osinbajo made the call at the opening ceremony of the Extraordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation(APPO) Abuja, on Monday. He bemoaned []The post Oil, Gas Infrastructure: Osinbajo Urges African Countries To Collaborate appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Supreme Court Verdict: Blame Yourself, Dalung Tells Pinnick, Others
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPMinister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung believes the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and his board members should blame themselves for their current predicament over the Supreme Court verdicts of April 27, 2018. Speaking on radio program in Abuja at the weekend, Dalung explained his efforts to avert []The post Supreme Court Verdict: Blame Yourself, Dalung Tells Pinnick, Others appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ghana, Others To Import Petroleum Products From Dangote Refinery
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPAhead of the completion of the Dangote Oil Refinery, petroleum importing African nations and Bulk Oil Distributors based in Ghana have expressed eagerness to patronize the Nigerian Refinery when production starts. The oil buyers said arrangements have been put in place to import petroleum products from the world’s largest single-train refinery, situated, Lekki, Lagos state []The post Ghana, Others To Import Petroleum Products From Dangote Refinery appeared first on Leadership News
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World Cup: Kogi Government Sets Up 25 Viewing Centres
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Kogi State Government has concluded arrangements to set up 25 centres where interested citizens can watch every match played in Russia 2018 World Cup for free. The viewing centres, one in each federal constituency in the state, will be set up in easily accessible and secure locations fully equipped with cable TV subscription, projector []The post World Cup: Kogi Government Sets Up 25 Viewing Centres appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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GTB Faults Report On S’Court Judgement Over Innoson Case
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPGuaranty Trust Bank (GTB) has responded to media reports that the Supreme Court awarded N14 billion against it in its case against Innoson Motors and its Chairman, Innocent Chukwuma. In a statement signed by the Company Secretary, Erhi Obebeduo, the bank described the reports as a ‘false, mischievous and malicious’ account of what transpired at []The post GTB Faults Report On S’Court Judgement Over Innoson Case appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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FG Tackles Estimated Billings, Provides N37bn Grant To DisCos
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe federal government said it has taken advantage of the new Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulations to give a grant of N37billion to a private sector operator to supply meters to interested Distribution Companies (DisCos). Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this at the 28th monthly meeting of power stakeholders in []The post FG Tackles Estimated Billings, Provides N37bn Grant To DisCos appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Court Slams 2-year Jail Term On Cable Vandals
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPEfforts by Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) at curbing the menace of vandalism on its network has again received a boost with the sentencing of one Abdullahi Abubakar to two years imprisonment by an Ondo Chief Magistrate court. The convict along with two others, Abdullahi Nahalla and Mohammed Umoru were arraigned before the magistrate court []The post Court Slams 2-year Jail Term On Cable Vandals appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Phase 3, Main One, 2 Others To Build 18,000km Cable Infrastructure
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPNigeria’s target of reaching 30 per cent broadband penetration as enshrined in the National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 may soon be realised going by a new initiative led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to build additional 18,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable to the national backbone powered through []The post Phase 3, Main One, 2 Others To Build 18,000km Cable Infrastructure appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PenCom To Begin Verification Of 2019 FG Retirees
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe National Pension Commission (PenCom) is finalising arrangements to commence verification process for prospective federal government retirees who would be retiring in year 2019 from the public service, LEADERSHIP learnt. The verification exercise, which is expected to commence from 25th June and 17th of August, 2018, is scheduled to hold in 15 centres across the []The post PenCom To Begin Verification Of 2019 FG Retirees appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Equities Market Begins Week With N63bn Gain
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Nigerian equities market began a new week bullish yesterday with a gain of N63 billion. In summary, the All Share Index (ASI) gained 175.09 absolute points, representing a growth of 0.45 per cent to close at 38,844.32 points. Similarly, the market capitalization gained N63 billion to close at N14.071 trillion. The upturn was impacted []The post Equities Market Begins Week With N63bn Gain appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NSIA Restructures Portfolio To Focus On Infrastructure
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), manager of Nigeria’s sovereign wealth funds has announced that it is restructuring portfolios to focus on key infrastructure areas like roads in its 2018 financial year and beyond. It said the aim is to help Nigeria reduce infrastructure deficit in health, roads among others. This was as the Authority []The post NSIA Restructures Portfolio To Focus On Infrastructure appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Manufacturers Save N15bn On Alternative Energy
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPManufacturers’ expenditure on alternative energy utilisation in the second half of 2017 declined to N51.35 billion from N66.96 billion expended in the corresponding period of 2016, thus, indicating N15.61 billion savings over the period, according to Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) 2017 economic review report. The report signed by the president of MAN, Dr. Frank []The post Manufacturers Save N15bn On Alternative Energy appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Still On The Nigerian Air Force A- 29 Super Tucano Aircraft
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has acquitted itself very well in the current counter insurgency (COIN ) operation in the north east against Boko Haram. However, when the campaign started, the NAF was facing a capability gap of fighting COIN without a dedicated COIN aircraft. Its aging Alpha Jets (no longer in production since early []The post Still On The Nigerian Air Force A- 29 Super Tucano Aircraft appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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June 12 As National Holiday: A Triumph Of Natural Justice
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe best thing to have happened to Nigeria in her 19 years of democratic dispensation is the proclamation of ‘June 12’ as a public holiday by President Muhammadu Buhari, to commemorate Chief MKO Abiola for the supreme price he and many other Nigerians paid in the struggle to entrench democracy and civil rule as a []The post June 12 As National Holiday: A Triumph Of Natural Justice appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Dangote Group: Epitome Of Good Corporate Governance
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPCompanies under Dangote Groups have shown their high standards of corporate governance and global best practice in Nigeria and in countries where they have business operations and in the international community generally. Corporate governance is the system of rules, practices and processes by which a firm is directed and controlled. Corporate governance essentially involves balancing []The post Dangote Group: Epitome Of Good Corporate Governance appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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