NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4 JULY, 2018].

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2019 polls’ll determine Igbo presidency in 2023 ‘ Buhari
Wed, 04 Jul 2018

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, has said the only way the South East can realise its age-long desire of occupying the presidency is for people of the zone to massively vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

He said the South East people should not repeat the mistake of 2015 presidential election in which they voted for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), adding that majority of those who have been parading as presidential aspirants cannot win their constituencies in 2019.

The SGF, who represented President Buhari at the APC South East mega rally for Buhari, held in Owerri, the Imo State capital, yesterday, said the support of the people of the region for President Buhari will be the determining factor if the zone will occupy the presidency in 2023.

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“2019 will make or mar the chances of the South East zone in occupying the presidency in 2023. I call on South East sons and daughters to have a paradigm shift in 2019 and support Buhari’s re-election.

“The presidency of this nation is always negotiated and you cannot negotiate from the point of weakness. It will be determined by the votes Buhari gets from the South East, and you have to bring the same expertise you have always employed in trade and commerce into politics, to take over in 2023. It is now the choice for the South East to make,” he said.

Mustapha equally noted that President Buhari appointed five ministers from the South East, four of whom are cabinet ministers and a minister of state even when he got the least votes from the area.

“President Buhari does not hate the Igbo and he has included the zone in all the infrastructure projects and gave the zone five ministers, four of who are cabinet ministers and a minister of state. I am assuring you people that the president will do more for the zone in his second term.”
Earlier in his speech, National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said with such crowd, the mistake made by the people of the zone will now be corrected if they replicate the turnout in favour of President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

Oshiomhole, who admitted he had doubted the possibility of pulling such a crowd in his first rally as the national chairman of the party, gave kudos to the host, Governor Rochas Okorocha, who he said only hinted him of the rally four days ago.

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2019: APC govt’ll make education free in Abia ‘ Kalu
Wed, 04 Jul 2018

Former Abia governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has said an elected APC government in the state, in 2019, will ensure free and compulsory education for all children.

Speaking at his country home at Igbere, in Bende Local Government Area of the state, yesterday, while addressing party faithful, Kalu said dividends of modern democracy start from primary, secondary and tertiary education, which he says is the fulcrum on which other development indices are based.

He said as governor, he never joked with the Education sector which informed why his administration was able to pay teachers and other workers salaries promptly.

“I was governor for eight years; we paid teachers, we paid local government workers, we paid civil servants and students had almost free education.

“So, why should today be different? The attitude of modern democracy is to build social enclaves that make modern democracy operative.

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“Today, modern democracy is no longer operative in our state. We are committed to free education. We are committed to free and sound healthcare. We have done it in the past and we are ready to do it again under APC.

“We are committed to paying pensioners what is due to them. We are committed to paying retirees their gratuity. Because those are the symbols that make democracy beautiful, those are architect of good democracy.

“When a government can no longer pay salary, when a government cannot longer pay gratuity, when a government cannot longer pay our teachers, then, where are the bases of modern democracy?”

Kalu regretted that it is only in Abia that federal lawmakers do any attract anything from the Federal Government to complement efforts of the state government.

“Go to Anambra; it is not just about the governor of the state, in Imo, it is the same and Ebonyi also. Ask any House of Representatives member in Abia, ask any Senator to show one road he attracted to the state.”

Asked why Abians should embrace APC, Kalu replied: “Abia belongs to APC; we can’t be where the president of Nigeria is not. People who said that they are our brothers and sisters ruled for years, but, you can see that there is a difference in Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway.

The second Niger Bridge is on. All our roads are being reconstructed because President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to poor people’s welfare. When you focus your attention on poor people, some unstable rich men will fight you. They did it to me when I was governor.”

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Wike, promise keeper ‘ Tambuwal
Wed, 04 Jul 2018

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has described Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as a promise keeper, who is committed to the development of the state.

Tambuwal spoke yesterday, when he commissioned the College of Medical Sciences building, at the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, initiated and constructed by the Wike administration.

Tambuwal said: “I am tempted to recommend Wike so highly. He is the ‘Ekwueme of Rivers State’. It only takes a leader with a vision, passion and commitment to come up with this idea and implement it.”

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The Sokoto State governor said no investment is greater than those in the area of education, pointing out that Wike deserves praises. He lauded the governor for projects that were tailored

to the needs of Rivers people and said such projects would enhance the development of the state.

“The projects are tailored along the needs of the people of Rivers State. It is a trend in governance to deliver projects based on the needs of the people.”

He said posterity would vindicate Wike and urged leaders to focus on development and de-emphasise issues which generate disunity.

On his part, Wike berated the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, for failing to attract a project to the state and accused him of resorting to falsehood on the execution of projects.

In his address, Governor Wike said: “There are several projects initiated, constructed and commissioned by my administration. Amaechi didn’t have meaningful projects, that is why he had no projects to commission. We have meaningful projects and we will continue to commission them.

“Projects like Sakpenwa-Bori Road, National Industrial Court, Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, Rivers State Ecumenical Centre, Federal High Court Complex, Court of Appeal, Igwuruta-Chokocho, College of Medical Sciences building, Elelenwo-Akpajo, Traditional Rulers Secretariat, Rumuokoro Market and Park, Bonny-Bille-Nembe Jetty, Government Secondary School, Onne, Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta and several others were the brainchild of this administration.

“Our projects have overwhelmed them, everyday they are worried. We are here to contribute our efforts to the development of Rivers State.”

He said instead of complaining about the high level performance of the present administration, the Minister of Transportation should focus his energy on the completion of the Port Harcourt

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NNPC to raise capital from stock market to fund new projects
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Adewale Sanyaolu The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed plans to raise fresh funds from the nation’s capital market to fund some new oil and gas projects. Managing Director of NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, stated this in his keynote address at the Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) Conference 2018, which entered its second day…The post NNPC to raise capital from stock market to fund new projects appeared first on The Sun News.
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IPOB charges army to produce Kanu
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on the United Nations,The post IPOB charges army to produce Kanu appeared first on The Sun News.
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Protesters overrun NASS
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
They were sponsored by gov, minister ‘ Saraki Fred Itua, Abuja Armed policemen, yesterday, fired teargasThe post Protesters overrun NASS appeared first on The Sun News.
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Robbers kill 7 policemen in Abuja
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Molly Kilete, Abuja Seven policemen on security patrol duty have been killed in the Federal Capital TerritoryThe post Robbers kill 7 policemen in Abuja appeared first on The Sun News.
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30 convicted, 400 others facing trial for violating anti-grazing laws ‘ Ortom
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
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General election, not elections
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
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Media and development challenge in Nigeria at a time of crisis (1)
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
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Umahi’s unnecessary fuss about street name
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Humphrey C. Nsofor The people of Ebonyi and Anambra states have always enjoyed a wonderful relationship.The post Umahi’s unnecessary fuss about street name appeared first on The Sun News.
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When a president says ‘Let us pray
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
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