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Oshiomhole: no losers
Mon, 25 Jun 2018

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole promised yesterday to unite party members.

In a speech after he was sworn in by Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, the former Edo State Governor, said: “ We have the capacity to face the challenges and the instruments required do not need to be rocket science, but basic commitment to the provisions of our constitution, commitment to internal democracy, mutual respect for each and every one of us— purge ourselves of any arrogance— and a commitment to honesty; listen, discuss, persuade and find a common ground so that in the end, we can have a win-win solution in any state we have challenges and even on issues affecting various arms of government elected on the platform of our party.”

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Oshiomhole added: “We are ready and tomorrow (today), we will resume work because there is no time to waste. That is why we promptly swore in members of the National Working Committee.

“By 8.00am tomorrow, I am ready to take my seat and I know that my brother’s handing over notes are ready.”

He praised his predecessor Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for making history as the first chairman of a ruling party to spend a full term in office.

He said: It is important that you realize that you made history because the other party, in 17 years had 14 national chairmen which gives an average of about 1.3 years per tenure for a national chairman.

“So, since 1999, no chairman of a ruling party has accomplished what my elder brother has accomplished.”

To President Buhari, the APC chairman said he “has taught us valuable lessons.”

He gave the lessons as including perseverance “that those who seek to contribute to the affairs of their nation in a democracy must appreciate that this process is a not a 100-metre dash.”

He alluded to Buhari trying unsuccessfully three times to become President without giving up hope unti he got it the fourth time, adding “Only people with capacity, energy and tenacity can go as far as you have gone”

He commended the founding fathers of the APC, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

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Curfew in Plateau as herdsmen kill 86
Mon, 25 Jun 2018

Attacks by gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen on revenge mission at the weekend led to the death of many people in two Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

But the police said 11 people died.

Governor Simon Lalong, who was attending the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention in Abuja, cut short his stay to return home to slam curfew on three councils as tension continued to rise.

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The villages were attacked between 11pm on Saturday and 3am on Sunday, it was leant.

The Special Military Taskforce in charge of security in Plateau State, Operation Safe Haven, failed to prevent the attack.

The villages attacked are Xland, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nghar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk, all in Gashish District, as well as Rakok, Kok and Razat in Ropp District.

Villages around Shonong in Bachit District of Riyom Local Government Area were also attacked.

A resident of Xland, Bulus Dung, who escaped the attack, said: “The gunmen were Fulani; there is no doubt about that, because we have been seeing mass movement of armed Fulani at night. We reported the strange movement to the military task force a week ago but they failed to prevent it.”

The Nation learnt that Berom villages – Xland, Gindin Akwati, Kura Falls, Nghar and Ruku – were completely sacked.
In Nghar, many bodies were recovered as the entire village was razed. Many have been declared wanted after the attacks while survivors were believed to be hiding in bushes.

The task force office in Barkin Ladi, known as “Sector 7”, is currently hosting more than 200 victims who escaped the attacks, mostly women and children.

The lawmaker representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom in the House of Representatives, Istifanus Gyang, described the attack as “a senseless bloodbath”.

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Tinubu to Buhari: ignore Obasanjo
Mon, 25 Jun 2018

All Progressives Congress( APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore any letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo and seek re-election.

Obasanjo, in an open statement, urged Buhari to stay off the race next year and become a statesman. But, to Tinubu, the former President is a busybody and not a democrat whose letter to Buhari had been marked as “not delivered”.

He said the successful hosting of the party’s national convention had proven wrong those who predicted its explosion.

He insisted that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) was a party of the past which had been deserted.

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Tinubu, who spoke shortly after the inauguration of the new National Working Committee of APC, led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said Obasanjo had no democratic credentials to ask Buhari not to run.

He said: “If anybody must blame you at all; it’s over-democratisation. Those who asked me not to follow and support a General should better look at their house; it has been deserted; it is a house of frustration and migration to other parties.

“I remember one Uncle backdoor, who has been a General himself and who has been elected President; I call him election rigger.

“ Let us compare the two of you. The man had the temerity to write a letter, not to the post office. We said, ‘no; we are not using the post office like that anymore, we are now using email. Your letter is not delivered, you are analogue’.

“If he had the temerity to say Buhari must not run again, in which party? Thank God he is not a member of our party, we hold our future in our hands. What is your business, busybody? Unfortunately, he has torn the card of his previous party, his own legacy. So, he has none anymore.

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Banks get units to probe earnings
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Banks are examining their earnings through their Revenue Quality Assurance Departments, it was learnt at the weekend.The departments are helping them to determine if such revenue was genuinely earned or not to protect their brand identity, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) President Uche Olowu said.Banks earnings have been a subject of controversy, with customers complaining of illegal charges on their accounts. They also accuse the lenders of not adhering to the Guide to Bank Cha
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Time will tell on my position in APC, says Saraki
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday declared that time will determine his position in the affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Saraki noted that although he does not want to dwell on the issue of whether he is still wanted in APC or not, time will tell what happens.The Senate President made the declaration at a farewell dinner for delegates of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress which he hosted in Abuja.The Senate President was responding to a comme
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Osinbajo: Technology start-ups to get tax holidays
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government is including technology start-ups and businesses in the list of businesses eligible for tax holidays.Osinbajo spoke in Lagos while inaugurating Vibranium Valley, a hub for technology and innovation start-ups described as the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.The Vice President said Vibranium Valley, established by Venture Garden Group, could become Nigerias next innovation cluster housing tech firms devoted to talent, data and entrepreneur
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Challenges before Oshiomhole as APC chairman
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has succeeded Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the challenges that will confront the new leadership.ADAMS Oshiomhole, veteran unionist and two-time governor of Edo State is basking in the euphoria of his victory as the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He is assuming the reins at a time of great expectations. As he
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Cholera kills three pupils in Gombe
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
27 hospitalisedThree pupils of Tsangaya Islamic School, Madaki, Gombe State, have died of cholera. Twenty-seven others are hospitalised.Commissioner for Health Dr Kennedy Ishaya confirmed this yesterday during an inspection visit to Madaki Primary Healthcare facility where the victims are hospitalised.He said within three days, 30 children from the school had contracted the disease of which three had died.Ishaya added that 15 were treated and discharged while 12 were still receiving treatment at
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Ganduje should reduce N17,000 fee imposed on students
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to reduce the N17,000 damages imposed on students of Kano State University Of Science And Technology (KUST), Wudil.The students were mandated to pay the money to cover damages incurred when they protested the demise of their colleague who drowned in River Wudil on May 2.NANS national spokesman, Bestman Okereafor, in a statement yesterday Sunday, said many students were still struggling to pay the
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Lawyers and limits
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
It is intriguing that self-confessed big-time kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has got a new lawyer. Noel Brown, who announced appearance for Evans at the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on June 22, sought an adjournment to allow him prepare for the trial. He was quoted as saying: The learned counsel who was handling the matter before did not do a proper handing over and we have written to the prosecution to give us a copy of the proof of evidence. The sensational trial will cont
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With Buhari, its no longer business as usual
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Chief Marc Wabara is a former chief executive officer of the defunct Hallmark Bank and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State. In this interview with SUNNY NWANKWO, the senatorial aspirant from Ohambele Ndoki in Ukwa East Local Government Area talks about his aspiration, the progress of the APC in Abia and President Muhammadu Buharis achievements so far, among other things. You have aspired twice to govern Abia. What informed this aspiration’I spent over three decades
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Dbanjs only child dies
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
One month after celebrating his first birthday, son of music star, Dapo Oyebanjo, aka Dbanj, has reportedly passed.The son, Daniel, was said to have drowned at the singers home in Ikoyi, Lagos.Trying Times. But my God is Always and Forever Faithful, said Dbanj, who used a dark image as D.P on the social media.His wife, Lineo, was said to be at home when the incident occurred.The post Dbanjs only child dies appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.
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How Eedris made me, says Laura Ikeji
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Social media Influencer and fashion blogger Laura Ikeji has praised Eedris Abdulkareem, describing him as one of the good men still in existence. Narrating how the rapper nurtured and mentored her till she was able to find her feet in the entertainment industry, she stated that despite her obsession with Abdulkarim back in the days, he never took advantage of her.If you see this man, help me thank him.Tell him Laura said thank you. Let me tell you a not so short story. A few years ago, when I wa
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Ambode will win convincingly
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Alhaji Lanre Razak, has been drumming up support for Governor Akinwunmi Ambodes second term. In this interview with MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE, the former commissioner explains how the APC has been sustaining unity within the rank and file of the party.Can Governor Ambode sustain the tempo of development, if he gets another term’There is no reason to doubt what he will do when he gets another term. He is a performing governor and would k
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Justice Minister inaugurates new APC National executives
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, has inaugurated the Adams Oshiomhole-led newly elected All Progressives Congress ( APC ) National Working Committee (NWC) members.Malami first administered the oath of office and allegiance on Oshiomhole and the partys newly elected National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, on Sunday in Abuja.Oshiomhole, who emerged as the unopposed National Chairman of the party through affirmative vote, consequently administered t
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Bovi, Joselyn Dumas to announce AMVCA nominees June 30
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Come Saturday, June 30, Ghanaian actress and TV host, Joselyn Dumas and Nigerian comedian and actor, Bovi will announce nominees for the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs). The live broadcast holds by 7pm (WAT) on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv.Speaking on the milestone telecast, Channel Director, Africa Magic, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, revealed that close to 3000 entries were received across the continent. She also said that the judging panel spearheaded by veteran filmmaker,
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New APC National Working Committee members
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
New National Working Committee members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) membersAdams Oshiomhole National ChairmanMai Mala Buni National SecretaryNiyi Adebayo Deputy National ChairmanBabatunde Ogala National Legal AdviserBankole Oluwajana National Vice Chairman (South West)Mohammed Sani Deputy National Organizing SecretaryTunde Bello National Financial SecretaryIbrahim Masari National Welfare SecretaryJock Alamba Deputy National Welfare Secretary*North Central: Nelson Alapa
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Harrysong, MI, others champion zero maltreatment for widows
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Some Nigerian artistes led by Felix King of the 90s music group, Fellyx & Mozzyx, have urged the United Nations (UN) to declare June 23 Zero Maltreatment Day for widows.They made the call last Saturday at Moremi Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State, against the backdrop of culture-backed inhuman practices widows are known to suffer in this part of the world.King, who is the founder of the Felix King Foundation, was joined by pop star Harrison Tare Okiri, aka Harrysong, rapper MI Aba
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Anita Baker to get BET Lifetime Achievement Award
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
BET Networks has announced that R&B music legend, and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Anita Baker will be honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards 2018. In addition, for the first time, BET has selected six individuals James Shaw Jr., Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King and Anthony Borges to be honoured as Humanitarian Heroes.Anita Baker is undeniably one of the greatest living legends in the music industry and BET will honor her a
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Cartoon Network searches for animation talents in Africa
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Cartoon Network Africa has launched a new initiative, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab, designed to bring innovative, local short form content to the channel and its digital platforms.Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab was conceived to address the gap in locally relevant content and offer a viewing experience that resonates with its African audience. The initiative will encourage African talents, creators, writers, graphic artists, animation students and lovers of kids content to explore the
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NAPTIP renews fight against human trafficking
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Effective implementation of Child Right Act by key stakeholders would help tame child labour across the country, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said at the weekend in Lagos.The agency said it had started intensive advocacy with stakeholders to enhance nationwide domestication and the effective implementation of the Act.Its Director-General, Julie OkahDonli, said the advocacy include interface with the National Assembly, governors, state Houses of Assem
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Lotus Capital lists N1.49b fixed income fund on NSE
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Lotus Capital Halal Investments Limited has listed its N1.49 billion fixed income fund on the memorandum board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), paving the way for the trading of the units on the Exchange.A total of 1.487 million units of Lotus Capital Fixed Income Fund of N1, 000 each were listed by way of introduction on the memorandum board of the Exchange on June 21. The NSE Quotation Committee had earlier approved the listing of the Lotus Capital Fixed Income Fund. The Lotus Capital Fix
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Capitulation!
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
FGs intention to shut border because of rice smuggling is admission of failureIT must be stated upfront that there is no official directive or statement yet by the Federal government concerning the shutting of Nigerias border with any neighbour. The statement which elicited front page lead stories last week was accredited to Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.Mr. Ogbeh was indeed addressing youths at a leadership clinic in Abuja. Further clarifications: the minister did no
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Zamfara security mess
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Crisis of Nigerias grotesque federalismABDULAZIZ Abubakar Yari, Zamfara State governor, just made a sensational announcement: he was resigning as his states chief security officer (CSO) but not necessarily stepping down as governor.As many things Nigerian, when sobriety ought to rule the roost, jocularity took over. Not a few snidely queried: if he indeed quits as Zamfara CSO, would he also surrender the Zamfara security vote’Yet, if there was any case that called for sober introspection on
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About N1.6tr pension fund underutilised
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
About N1.6 trillion pension fund, representing 20 per cent of the total N7.94trillion available for investment in infrastructure and instruments has remained untapped, The Nation has learnt.It was gathered that out of the N1.6 trillion earmarked for investment, less than 5 per cent is being utilised, amounting to over N1 billion.The fund has remained underutilised owing to lack of bankable infrastructure projects and instrument in the country.PenCom Acting Director-General, Mrs. Aisha Dahiru-Uma
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Pollution: Lagos clamps down on filling station
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
THE Lagos State government, at the weekend, wielded the big stick on Total Filling Station in Akoka for alleged pollution of water resources.Environment Commissioner Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti said the governments attention was drawn to the issue after the filling station reported the leakage of its underground tank to the authorities. This, he explained, caused anxiety in some quarters about the pollution of water sources in the community.He said the government promptly intervened through the Lag
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NCC okays N50m for R&D in varsities
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Telecoms industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said as a demonstration of its desire to encourage the development of innovation, it has given N50 million to members of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) and various universities to promote Research and Development (R&D).Its Executive Vice-Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke in Lagos at the weekend on the sideline of a dinner organised by NAE, explained that the N50 million was in fulfilment of part of N
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Oil has failed to address Africas grinding poverty
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
THE oil and gas industry in Africa has failed to address grinding poverty on the continent, despite operating for between 50 and 60 years, it was learnt at the weekend in Lagos.Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Managing Director Mr. Austin Avuru, who chaired a panel session at an oil and gas forum in the United States where Oil and gas industry in Africa: Prospects, challenges and opportunities for regional collaborationwas discussed, stated that the African petroleum industry has not be
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Cordros outlines benefits of N1b target mutual funds
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Discerning investors, who subscribed to the ongoing offers for target-date mutual funds by Cordros Asset Management Limited will be able to use their investments to achieve their lifetime goals while securing their funds and earning above-average returns over the medium to long-term period.At an investors forum at the weekend in Lagos, Cordros Asset Management Limited outlined the benefits of its two target-date mutual funds. Cordros Asset Management last week opened application lists for two mu
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Why our ports are not competitive
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
The maritime sector is meant to be a cash cow for the government, but the dearth of infrastructure and uncompetitive tariffs have abridged its potential to take its pride of place. The Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, ENL, Princess Vickky Haastrup, in this interview with Group Business Editor SIMEON EBULU, says if given attention, the maritime sector can upstage oil in revenue generation.What is the maritime sectors contribution to revenue and job creation in relation to the economy
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Banks face tough margins as yields dip
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Profit rises to N256b ABOUT two-thirds of banks witnessed a contraction in their profitability in the first quarter (Q1) of this year, struggling between relatively steady income lines and declining yields on transactions.The Nations Market Intelligence showed that increase in actual earnings in Q1 ended March 31, 2018 masked varied declines in underlying profitability. The report underlined the ability of top-tier banks to withstand shocks compared with less-capitalised banks, most of which sh
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Shareholders laud Dangote Flour Mills return to profitability
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Shareholders of Dangote Flour Mills (DFM) Plc at the weekend commended the board and management of the flour-milling company for the strategic initiatives that restored profitability and dividend payment to shareholders.Shareholders who spoke at the annual general meeting at the weekend in Lagos said the performance of DFM in recent period represents a new dawn, after many years of losses and no dividend to shareholders.President, Pragmatic Shareholders Association of Nigeria, Mrs Bisi Bakare, c
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