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Newspapers Review: Stories that made the headline this Sunday morning – Sun, 01 Jul 2018

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Otedola Crash Inferno: Death toll rises as residents cry out over explosion trauma – Punch
One of the injured victims of the tanker fire accident at the Otedola Bridge, Lagos end of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway died on Friday.

SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the victim, who sustained 90 per cent burns, died late Friday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Annex, Gbagada.
It had been reported that no fewer than nine people lost their lives as 54 vehicles were consumed by the inferno on Thursday after the tanker had a crash and emptied its content on the road.

Vehicles trailing the tanker were reportedly trapped and burnt by the fire, which raged for a few hours before it was put out by firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service.

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PLATEAU CARNAGE: My father, mother, wife, our four children were shot, killed and burnt ‘ Ezekiel Del, survivor – Vanguard
When Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State came into office three years ago, he brought a template of how he wanted his style of administration, termed “Rescue”, to look like and, to ensure he is focused on implementing it, he adopted a five-pillar policy thrust, the first of them being peace, security and good governance.
The others are human capital development and social welfare; agriculture and rural development; entrepreneurship and industrialization as well as physical infrastructure and environment.

Lalong went to work immediately seeking to stem the tide of the perennial crisis which had plagued the state, having series of meetings stakeholders in search of elusive peace.

Students grief as states abandon bursary
Time was when bursary was a social intervention used to alleviate circumstances of indigent students. In fact, in the 1980s 1990s and early 2000s, many states of the federation were actively involved in bursary payment.Now, the economic downturn, lack of political will, misplaced priorities, as well as, widespread corrupt practices have joined forces to deny students this critical intervention scheme.

The few states that have not abolished the initiative are struggling with backlog of arrears, which runs into a number of years. Abia State is one of the states where bursary payment has become history. And in the absence of a formal bursary payment system to students, what now obtains is the state government giving support to indigent or needy students, who apply and get the state governor’s approval.

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US Accuses FG of Condoning Human Trafficking, Says Nigerians Travel to Togo for Child Sex – Thisday
For the second consecutive year, Nigeria has been placed on Tier-2 Watchlist by the United States government for failing to meet minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The latest report accused the Nigerian government of turning a blind eye to allegations of trafficking levelled against senior government officials and soldiers as revealed in the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report.

The newest human trafficking report obtained by THISDAY on Saturday from the US Department of State also accused Nigerian judges of corruption and not being conversant with the 2015 amended anti-trafficking act.

States, NNPC Trade Words Over Remittance To Federation Account – Leadership
The controversy over the discrepancy in the amount remitted to the federation account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has pitched the corporation against the 36 state governments in the country. The forum of state finance commissioners and the corporation have been embroiled in a war of words over what should be the correct remittance to the federation account by the latter. Yesterday, the Forum of Nigerian Finance Commissioners accused the corporation of falsehood for claiming to have paid N147 billion to the federation account as revenue generated in the month of May 2018. The chairman of the Finance Commissioners, Mallam Mahmoud Yunusa, said the NNPC actually remitted only N127 billion to the federation account to be shared as statutory transfer to the three tiers of government by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

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