NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’ THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 JUNE, 2018].

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Deadlock in nPDP over defection plan
Sun, 17 Jun 2018

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Plans by members of the nPDP to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) appears stalled for now, seven days to the crucial national convention of the ruling party.

Leaders of the group have come under pressure from their supporters to let them know their next line of action as early as possible, after suspending peace talks with the APC.

The nPDP, which comprises Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara , Governor Aminu Tambuwwal (Sokoto), Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, among others, wants to exit the APC over alleged marginalisation and harassment of its members by the leadership of the ruling party.

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Nyako said last week that there is no going back on their decision to leave the APC.

He said the group has held talks with the PDP, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) with a view to picking which one to merge with.

The group is also considering forming a new party, he said.

However, The Nation gathered that confusion has gripped the group with members of group unable to reach an agreement on how to go about their exit from the APC.

Some members are even said to be opposed to the idea of defection.

Sources familiar with the development said nPDP members rooting for defection are not happy with the APC leadership for its handling of complaints arising from the conduct of the recent congresses of the party in states like Bauchi, Adamawa and Kano.

The nPDP recently pulled out of talks with the presidency, citing alleged continued persecution of Saraki, withdrawal of security aides of the principal officers of the National Assembly and the decision of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led NWC to go ahead with the ratification of the congresses from wards, local governments and states where some of its members had issues.

A source in Kano State said many members of the group are surprised at what they see as foot-dragging by their leaders in the face of obvious nonchalance towards its complaints by the presidency and the leadership of the APC.

Such members wonder why the APC is busy with preparations for the national convention without first looking into the grievances of the nPDP.
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APC convention: 19 aspirants disqualified
Sun, 17 Jun 2018

THE 19 aspirants have been booted out of the race for various offices at the forthcoming national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the screening Appeal Committee has stated.

The committee, however, said their cases would be reviewed strictly on merit.

It added it has received 16 petitions from party members against disqualification or some of the aspirants the committee screened.

Chairman of the Appeals Subcommittee, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, told newsmen during one of the sittings of the committee yesterday it has not received any petition against any of those aspiring for the offices of the national chairman and national secretary.

He disclosed that the committee hopes to submit its final report to the convention committee tomorrow, adding that aside petitions against some of the aspirants, there was one general petition demanding for justice.

The Imo State governor added, the petitioner wanted to know if members of the National Working Committee can be judged in their own cases having presided over the various congresses.

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According to him: “We have started receiving petitions and appeals. Right now, we have seven aspirants here.

“We have resolved to give everyone a fair hearing so that justice, equity and fairness will prevail so that we prevent crisis in the party.

“We are carefully selected Nigerians from all works of life from different states that constitute membership of this committee.

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Four dead, 10 injured in Ogun road accidents
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Four persons, including two women and a little girl, have died in separate car accidents on Ogun State corridor of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway and Lagos Ore expressway respectively.The first accident occurred when a speeding Toyota corolla saloon car skidded of its track atop the Ososa dual carriage bridge along Lagos Ore Expressway and plunged into the river around midnight last Friday.Two persons adult male and a girl-were said to have died in the process while 10 others, including seven c
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SUPER EAGLES WORLD CUP MEMOIRS: The good, the bad, the ugly
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Head Master Mutiu Adepoju is a World Cup veteran of sort, having been to three finals: 1994, 1998 and 2002. He recounts the memories . WHAT are your memories of the USA94 team’Loads of memories. Our camping together brings back a lot of feelings for me; our eating and gisting together. We were like one big family; then you could have about 10 to 15 players together gisting at the same time, you didnt have to go out of the camp to get fun. We had a very good atmosphere around the team and th
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Policy options on political corruption reform
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
THE creation of a functional and balance human system is largely dependent on in-built mechanisms and processes that serve as necessary architectural framework for self regulations. These instilled checks and balances avert exploitations, despotism and totalitarianism while aligning all branches and units with the projections of corporate benefits to all stakeholders as well as the promoters and strengthening institutions value foundation.This was the spirit behind the paper titled ; Constitutio
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And it Rained in Lagos (At the Mercy of National Contradictions)
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
There was always something mystical and metaphysical about June 12, 1993. It makes one to shudder at the fate that awaits those who conspire against the immanent destiny of this potentially greatest conglomeration of Black people. Twenty five years ago, no remarkable rainfall was recorded in any part of the country. But as soon as President Buhari made historic restitution last Tuesday, a rumbling deluge which reminds one of the wailing of a hysterical woman fell on Lagos.In the end, it came aga
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Nigerian sues Canadian govt for $10m over 8-month detention
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
NIGERIA born Olajide Ogunye is suing the Canadian government after he was held by Canada immigration authorities for eight months in a top-security prison.Ogunye who is now a Canadian citizen was mistaken for a refugee with a different name.Now, he wants C$10m ($760,000, 571,000) as damages from government for the illegal detention.The 47-year-old man woke up on the morning of June 1, 2016 to find his home in Toronto surrounded by Canada Border Service agents.It took me five minutes just to get
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2019: Ive not resigned as NIMASA DG, says Peterside
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stated that ahead of the 2019 governorship race in Rivers State, he has not resigned as the helmsman of NIMASA.Peterside, the 2015 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers, described as childish, the insinuations, especially on social media, that he resigned his appointment to pursue a political interest, with the leader of the party in the state and S
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Mother of two retrieved from eight metre python
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
THE lifeless body of a mother of two has been retrieved from the belly of a giant python in Indonesia.Wa Tiba, 54, had been swallowed by the 8.22 metre (27ft) reptile while gardening.Her children raised the alarm when she failed to return home in Southeast Sulawesi on Thursday.Neighbours and relatives immediately launched a search party on Friday morning.The search party soon found her sandals, machete and torch 30 metres from a patch of bushes.A further probe led them to the discovery of an eno
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Moghalu plans N1tr Venture Capital Fund for entrepreneurs
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Takes To Build a Nation Tour to KanoFormer Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deputy Governor and Young Progressives Party (YPP) presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, has promised massive investment in entrepreneurship using his planned N1 trillion Venture Capital Fund to be accessed by entrepreneurs.He disclosed this during his To Build ANation Tour in Kano where he was received by residents of the city who trooped out in large numbers to welcome him.The YPP Presidential candidate was also welco
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Assess competence of INEC boss, not ethnic origin
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State and a youth activist, Nwabueze Onwuneme, has appealed to Middle Belt and southern leaders not to drag Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, to ethnic/partisan politics. He also advised that Mahmood should be assessed strictly on his competence and performance not on ethnic sentiments.Reacting to the call by the leaders to President Muhammadu to relieve the INEC boss of his duties,
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Congresses: Oke Ogun zone declares support for Ajimobi
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Oke-Ogun zone of Oyo State on Saturday held a mega solidarity rally to declare support for Governor Abiola Ajimobi. The rally, which was attended by all the local government and LCDA chairmen in the zone, the state party executive, government functionaries, political appointees from the region, women groups and thousands of party members, drawn from each of the ten local governments of Oke Ogun, held at Saki, the headquarters of Saki West loc
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Bayelsa to complete Cargo Airport by August
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The Bayelsa Government wants to complete the ongoing multi-billion naira Cargo Airport Project in Amassoma within the next two months.Mrs. Josphine Akpama, the Director of the State Airlines, said during an inspection tour of facilities at the airport by the elders from Amassoma Community in Southern-Ijaw local government area of the state that the project was part of the state governments efforts to reposition it for a stronger economy.She said that the contractors were working hard to ensure t
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On yet another fathers day
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Have you noticed that June is the month of confrontation’ It is the time of the year when the heavens and the earth meet in one long conversation that ends in downpours the likes you havent seen since the year began. It is also the time in the year when the earths plants and the skys sun begin their hide and seek game to bring out varied colours of flower sprigs so bright and fair Othellos Desdemona would be green with envy. Above all, it is the month fathers and children look at each other
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Delta South: Between Uduaghan, Manager and Diden
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
With the tempo of political activities revving up a notch in Delta State as the 2019 election looms, Senior Correspondent, Okungbowa Aiwerie, examines the prospects of some aspirants and the issues that may shape the electionPOLITICIANS in Delta State are leaving nothing to chance in their bid to claim the sole tickets of their respective parties, as the 2019 General Election inches closer. To this end, many have begun consultative visits to sell their candidacy to the electorate.In the Delta So
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Okorocha does not determine what happens in Imo APC
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Imo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been engulfed in crisis after the state congress. While the partys National Working Committee, led by the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, inaugurated Dr. Hillary Eke as the State Chairman, a faction in the state dismissed the National Working Committees action as null and void and elected the former Vice Chairman of Owerri Zone, Mr. Chris Oguoma, as the Acting Chairman. In this interview with Correspondent Okodili Ndidi, Oguama
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Nwosu and Option A4 legacy
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Nigerians agree that June 12, 1993 Presidential Election remains the countrys freest and fairest though it was annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida-led military government. Following President Muhammadu Buharis decision to honour Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the election, Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, recalls the roles played by the chief electoral umpire, Professor Humphrey Nwosu, and the innovative system he employed that distinguished the electionMOST of the informed monitors
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No House of Representatives has done better, Reps boast
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The 8th House of Representatives celebrated its third year anniversary a fortnight ago boasting of unprecedented feats in the performance of its legislative duties. Dele Anofi examines the veracity of the claim against some shortcomings that threaten to overshadow the modest achievements since its inception in June 2015.CELEBRATING its third year anniversary, the House of Representatives has said it achieved a feat hitherto unknown in the history of the lower chamber of the National Assembly. Th
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2019: Mixed fortunes for Southwest PDP
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
As the Peoples Democratic Party prepares for 2019 General Elections the state chapters in the Southwest zone have recorded mixed fortunes, Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, reports AS the race towards the 2019 General Election continues to garner momentum in the southwestern part of Nigeria, certain developments of the past few weeks within the ranks of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the states of the region are eliciting mixed feelings from the chieftains and members of the oppositi
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APC DISMISSES EX-GOVERNOR SYLVAS BETRAYAL CLAIM
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has dismissed claims by for the former governor of the state, Chief Timiprieye Silva that the party betrayed him during the governorship election in the state, saying the claim was a ploy to save his face and launder his image.The party said it is uncharitable and unacceptable for the former governor to describe leaders of the party as betrayals and rats when he did not physically contribute to building the party from the foundation in the sta
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APC National Convention : 19 aspirants disqualified
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The Screening Appeals Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention has said that 19 aspirants for various party offices were screened out of the race and will have their cases reviewed by the appeals based on the merit of their case.The committee also said that the appeals committee received 18 petitions from party members, either against their disqualification or against some of the aspirants who were screened by the committee.Chairman of the Appeals Sub-committee and Im
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Nigerian artiste Freke Umoh gets Sauti Award nomination
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
NIGERIAN gospel artist, Freke Umoh, alongside the Kenyan Choir, has been nominated for the US based Sauti Awards, billed to hold in July, in Atlanta, United States.The Gospel singer has his song Mungu Wangu which featured Voices of Purpose, Kenya, nominated under the category Worship Song of the year (South/East/West Africa).Mungu Wangu, which translates as My God in Swahili, was written and performed by Freke Umoh featuring the Kenyan Gospel choir. It was produced and mixed in Port Harcourt, Ni
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Seven and a Half Date gets cinema release date
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
THE anticipated movie, Seven and a Half Date, is set to be released in cinemas nationwide from August 3, 2018.Starring actors like Jim Iyke, Mercy Johnson, Sola Sobowale, Toyin Abraham, Ken Erics, Frank Donga, Ali Nuhu, Bayray McNwizu and others, the romantic comedy follows the life of a young hard working lady, Bisola who is engrossed in passion for her career and finds herself in a seemingly unending quest for love. Her father, Mr. Gomez, takes it upon himself to help his girl find love and ha
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BET Awards names Kevin Hart, LL Cool J, Bobby Brown, others as guest presenters
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
THE first group of presenters to take the stage at the BET Awards 2018 include Kevin Hart, T.I, Bobby Brown, Chloe x Halle, LL Cool J, Yvonne Orji, Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Mike Colter, Woody McClain, Jacob Latimore and Gabrielle Dennis.Announcing these presenters, BET in Africa, part of Viacom International Media Networks Africa multimedia portfolio, added that the iconic annual show will be hosted by Jamie Foxx and feature performances by Nicki Minaj, Migos, Janelle Mone, H.E.R., and El
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NKIRU SLYVANUS: Ive never been married
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Nollywood actress, Nkiru Sylvanus, is popularly referred to as Nollywood Cry Girl because of the proficiency and ease with which she sheds tears in her roles. Sylvanus who is the former Imo State Government Liaison Officer recently delved into music with a new album titled Im Not Afraid. She tells DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI that she is set to take her musical career as serious as she does her acting. She also talks on other sundry issuesYOU recently released an album, Im not Afraid. What is the ide
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AFRIMA adds four categories
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
THE All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, has included four new categories, as a way of expanding the reward scope.In its 5th edition, AFRIMA had opened for online submission on Friday, May 25 to commemorate the 2018 Africa Day.The newly introduced award categories are, African DJ of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora (Female & Male).According to AFRIMA secretariat, the need to expand the reward table, followed consultat
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The Passport of Mallam Ilias animation movie underway Producer
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
THE Passport of Malliam Ilia, the classic novel of the late Nigerian literary legend, Cyprian Ekwensi, will soon be made into an animated feature film by Magic Carpet Studios.Executive producer and CEO of the Studios, Mr Ferdinand Adimefe told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that they had acquired full rights of the book from HEBN PLC Publishers.Magic Carpet Studios, one of Nigerias most prominent animation studios, received wide acclaim in May for winning the Innovative category at the fi
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Wizkid and Naomi Campbell walk Dolce and Gabbana runway
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Musician Ayo Wizkid Balogun walked the runway for international fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana, alongside super model Naomi Campbell and Nigerian international artist Tinie Tempah.The Soco crooner was seen in now viral videos and pictures, shared on his instagram page @wizkidayo, strutting for the brands latest mens fashion collection in Milan on Saturday.The additional behind the scenes footage was shared by Campbell who took over Dolce and Gabbanas instagram page.Campbell is a British model,
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Services sector key to Nigerias unemployment challenge
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The service sector has the potential to address the rising unemployment situation in the country.This is the submission made in a new report released by leading professional services firm, PwC Nigeria recently in Lagos.The report tagged: Structural transformation and jobless growth in Nigeria notes that while Nigeria has recorded considerable growth in major sectors, such as agriculture and manufacturing, employment generation by these sectors has been poor. The services sector, which has the hi
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Multilevel marketing has empowered lots of Nigerians
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Mr. Daniel Ikechukwu is the Country Sales Manager, Forever Living Products Nigeria. The company joined the rest of the chapters across the world to mark the 40 anniversary of its parent company. In this interview withIbrahim Apekhade Yusufhe speaks on the giant strides recorded by the multilevel marketing company thus far. Excerpts:Forever Nigeria had multiple events from the Global Rally to your celebrations in Lagos. What is the story’We want to sincerely thank all our Forever Business Ow
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Experts proffer solution to unemployment crisis
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Worried by the rising youth unemployment in the country, experts have suggested proven solution to tackle the menace.Firing the first salvo, the Managing Director/CEO of Gr8jobsng Mrs. Omomene Odike said the number of unemployable youths will continue to rise if the right skills are not acquired.She said the scourge of unemployment had become endemic in the country.Odike spoke at the official unveiling of Learning Management System (LSM), a product of Gr8jobsng, which provides online skills to m
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Experts score LSUBEB high on action plan implementation
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The management and board of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB) has been commended for making concerted efforts towards the implementation of the 2015 Action Plan.Giving this commendation recently was a cross-section of experts drawn from the respective local education districts (LED) across the state.The occasion was the public dialogue to discuss the outcomes of comparative analysis of the LSUBEB 2015 Action Plan and Project Implementation exercise for the period under rev
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Ex-bankers insist CBN, others must pay N9.8bn entitlements
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Over 10, 000 ex-staff of banks have reiterated their determination to get their over N9.8billion entitlements from their former employers.The former bankers who hitherto filed a class action suit through the Registered Trustees of the Association of Ex-Staff of Non-Consolidated Banks of Nigeria and all ex-staff of eight banks not consolidated in the banks consolidation exercise at the National Industrial Court, Lagos Judicial Division, had last week undertaken to appear in court as individuals t
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Eunisell restates commitment to lubricants industry development
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
A chemicals company, Eunisell Limited, has restated its commitment to develop the lubricants arm of Nigerias downstream sector, to bring it up to par with world-class standards. The Group Managing Director of the company, Mr. Chika Ikenga, who disclosed this recently at an industry event, said that the company will continue to partner with top-flight foreign companies in ensuring that its customers enjoy the best of manpower and technological support in lubricants and allied fluids production.Co
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DAWN, firm partner to boost agribusiness in Southwest
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
In its quest to an end to harvest losses and avoidable clashes between farmers and herdsmen Orbital Solutions Global Services Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South West Farmers Association and Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission (DAWN).Orbital Solutions Global Services Limited is a data gathering firm operating on the platform of AgroXchange while the DAWN Commission is the dedicated technocratic institution for the sustainable development of the Southwe
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NB unveils Phyno as brand ambassador
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Nigerian Breweries Plc. (NB Plc.), a Heineken company and Nigerias largest brewer, has announced the signing of award-winning Nigerian rapper and entertainer, Phyno, as the new brand ambassador for the leading South-east premium beer brand, Life Continental Lager Beer.Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the Marketing Director of NB Plc., Mr Maria Franco Maggi, said: Working with a great act like Flavour and this new collaboration with Phyno one of Nigerias most successful artistes and a proud s
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How new executive orders will impact businesses
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The two new Executive Orders and five Amendment Bills approved by the federal government to reduce tax burden on Nigerians has elicited mixed reactions from different stakeholders. Expectedly, some have applauded the move while others think the changes are best cosmetic and may not necessarily address the contending issues, reports Ibrahim Apekhade YusufDespite the different palliative measures put in place by the federal government to ameliorate the recurring challenges of businesses, the latte
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Anxiety over N37b grant for meter supply to DisCos
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
The federal governments plan to extend N37billion grant to a private sector operator to supply meters to interested Distribution Companies (DisCos) has drew the suspicion of local meters manufacturers.The Nation was reliably informed that the gesture has attracted a lot of mixed feelings from stakeholders with some suggesting that the federal government was anything but clear.Confirming this development, Muyideen Ibrahim, Executive Secretary, Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Niger
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Welcome philosophy
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buharis apology over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election that Bashorun MKO Abiola won, came as a shock: not because it was the wrong thing to do, but because the right thing is seldom done.It was on June 12, 2018, during the conferment of Nigerias highest national award, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), on the late Abiola, and the second highest, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), on Abiolas running mate, Ambassador Baba Gana
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