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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 JUNE, 2018].

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Buhari apologises to Abiola’s family over June 12
Wed, 13 Jun 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday apologised to the family of the late Chief Moshood Abiola over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.He offered the apology while investing Abiola with the nation’s highest honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) in Abuja, yesterday.“On behalf of the Federal Government, I tender the nation’s apology to the family of the late M.K.O. Abiola, who got the highest votes and to those that lost their loved ones in the cause of June 12 struggle,” the president said.

The election, adjudged the most credible in Nigeria’s history, was widely believed to have been won by the late philanthropist, but was annulled by the then president, Ibrahim Babangida.Buhari noted: “We cannot rewind the past, but we can at least assuage our feelings; recognise that a wrong has been committed and resolve to stand firm now and in the future for the sanctity of free elections. Nigerians would no longer tolerate such perversion of justice. This retrospective and posthumous recognition is only a symbolic token of redress and recompense for the grievous injury done to the peace and unity of our country.”

Calling on all Nigerians to accept the gesture in good faith, he explained: “Our decision to recognise and honour June 12 and its actors is in the national interest. It is aimed at setting national healing process and reconciliation of the 25-year festering wound caused by the annulment of the elections.”

According to him, the move is intended to “bury the negative side of June 12, the side of ill-feelings, hate, frustrations and agony. What we are doing is celebrating and appreciating the positive side of June 12; the June 12, which restates democracy and freedom; the June 12 that overcomes our various divide and the June 12 that produced unity and national cohesion. This is the June 12 we are celebrating today and we will nurture it to our next generation.”

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The president insisted the event was not meant to open old wounds but right a national wrong, adding: “Nigerians of their own free will voted for the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola and Amb. Baba Gana Kingibe, the presidential flag bearer and running mate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 1993 elections. The government of the day inexplicably cancelled the elections when it was clear who were going to be the winners.”

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‘Nigeria has lost fortunes to collapse of national shipping line’
Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Nigeria as a maritime nation has lost fortunes to the collapse of the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) about 13 years ago.The Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this in Onne, Rivers State, during the official christening of the nation’s latest addition to the Nigerian ‘fleet’, the MV OSANYAMO, built by the STARZS Group and delivered by the Damen Ship Yard.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has implored the private sector to take advantage of the enabling environment and invest in the nation’s maritime sector.Obaseki said that with the sad demise of the national shipping line, the country lost and had since continued to forfeit several economic and human development opportunities.

He therefore expressed sincere desire to see the nation’s capacity building institutions synergize, in the bid to boost employment opportunities and consequently improve the citizens’ present economic conditions.He described the shipping terrain in Nigeria, not only as “scary” but also seriously dominated by foreign operators.

Obaseki commended the STARZS Group Chairman, and arrowhead of the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Greg Ogbeifun for his dedication, commitment and resourcefulness, particularly in mobilizing local funds, institutional supports and utilizing same, in a very challenging environment, in a bid to lift Nigeria’s flag as well as boost the employment opportunities for other Nigerians.

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He said: “Apart from the brief spell when we had the NNSL which offered Nigerians sea opportunities, in the maritime industry as we know, just like most other assets, that endeavor failed, and as a country we lost that opportunity to build the human capacity and resources to go ahead to dominate”, the Governor stated.Obaseki was worried that the country’s weak economic position had seriously affected not only the nation’s balance of trade, but devastatingly also, the well-being and the future of the youths.

He enjoined the financial sector, the Local Content Board and other institutional bodies to synergize, create more opportunities and ensure a more assured future for Nigerians, particularly in the maritime sector, in the immediate future.

However, Usman said: “In addition to its contribution to the development of the maritime industry in the country, the introduction of MV OSANYAMO has the capacity for oil exploration and production in Nigeria. Regarded as the largest Damen ASD Tug range till date, the ASD Tug 5114 model vessel is purpose built to assist in tanker lifting operations alongside FPSOs in the Gulf of Guinea”, she added.

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Nigeria, 210 others decide whether Morocco or North America will host 2026 World Cup today
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and the heads of the remaining 210 member associations of the world football ‘governing body, FIFA will today in Moscow decide the host candidate for the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Sustaining and growing your business
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
In the previous article, I stated that entrepreneurs should consciously seek to inspire a sense of ownership of the business in their staff to encourage commitment and performance. Some of the means mentioned include: Sharing your vision for the business with staff, involving them in decision-making…
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Governors, Tinubu, Akande back Oshiomhole for APC chairmanship seat
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
As the national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) draws nearer, the 24 governors have reiterated their support for Adams Oshiomole for the party’s national chairmanship position.
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Nigeria shines at EMEA awards in London, wins in three categories
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Nigeria has won awards in three categories for its securities issuance activities in the domestic and international capital markets.A statement yesterday by the Director-General of Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha, said the awards were Best Sovereign Bond in Africa…
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Sani urges rejection of politics behind declaration by President Buhari
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
The senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has urged Nigerians to reject the political motive behind the June 12 democracy day declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Agbakoba, Sowore say politicians failed Nigerians
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
A former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has stated that pro-democracy activists could have taken ownership of the June 12 struggles rather than leaving it for politicians who he stated messed up the country.
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CBN, FMDQ boost market confidence with fixed income settlement solution
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the Financial Markets Dealers’ Association (FMDA), have established Straight-Through- Processing (STP) for the settlement of fixed income trades.
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Wilder agrees to heavyweight unification bout with Joshua in UK
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Deontay Wilder has agreed to a unification fight against Anthony Joshua to take place in the United Kingdom (U.K), and contract will be sent out this week to the WBC champion to sign, according to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, reports boxingnews.com.
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