NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4 JULY, 2018].

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Seven policemen die in battle with bandits
Wed, 04 Jul 2018

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The police have launched a manhunt for gunmen who shot dead seven policemen on Monday night at a checkpoint in Galadimawa, Abuja.

Galadimawa is on the way to Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The “dare devil men of the underworld” outgunned a police patrol team at a spot close to the gate of the Africa Science and Technology University, it was learnt yesterday.

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The policemen were there on a stop-and-search duty.

The police did not state the number of the policemen in the patrol team but said not all of them were killed.

A policeman and some members of the public were said to have been injured.

Commissioner of Police Sadiq Bello vowed that the police would bring the killers to justice.

Bello visited the scene yesterday.

He said the FCT Command’s Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CCIID) was investigating the incident.

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Bello commiserated with the families of the deceased officers. He said the Command had deployed proactive security measures to protect lives and property, according to a statement by spokesman Anjuguri Manzah.

The statement said: “The FCT Commissioner of Police has reassured members of the public that the Command has deployed proactive security measures to protect lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory.”

Force spokesman Jimoh Moshood said: “The attack on police personnel and killing of seven policemen in Abuja on Monday is an indication that those who are calling for the disbandment or end to SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) are not doing the nation any good.

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Police name Plateau, Benue killings suspects
Wed, 04 Jul 2018

The Police have named suspects in the Plateau and Benue killings.

No fewer than 84 people were killed when suspected herdsmen attacked villages in three local government areas of Plateau State.

There has been consistent killings in parts of Benue State, also by gunmen believed to be herdsmen.

Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood named some of the suspects in custody over the Plateau killings as: Biliaminu Abdullahi, Samaila Saleh, Muhammadu Kabiru, Aminu Mohammed, Alhassan Saidu, Abubakar Adam, Gazali Isah, Hamza Inusa Yahuza Yau, Dahiru Ahmed and Friday Musa.

The police said they were withholding names of two suspects.

The exhibits allegedly recovered from them include five AK47 rifles and two live cartridges.

Speaking in Abuja yesterday, Moshood said the relocation of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of operations and others had yielded results.

The police said security had improved in the Plateau communities.

Moshood said: “The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, visited Plateau State on June 26 to assess the security situation and police deployment.

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“Since his visit, the security situation has improved, peace and normalcy has been restored in the affected areas in the state.

“The Police Special Investigation Team, comprising the Intelligence Response Team ( IRT), Special Tactical Squad (STS) and Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), led by Commissioner of Police, IGP Monitoring Unit, deployed to Plateau State have commenced investigation and have recorded significant progress in getting to the root of the killings of innocent people.”

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Olubadan to govt: respect chieftaincy law
Wed, 04 Jul 2018

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, has urged the public to perish the thought that the controversial approval of beaded crowns by the Oyo State government to Ibadan high chiefs and baales is irreversible.

The frontline monarch stressed that “our case against the state government is alive”.

In a statement yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Public Affairs, the Olubadan urged Governor Abiola Ajimobi to be mindful of the court on the controversial chieftaincy review and respect the rule of law.

Apparently reacting to a statement credited to Ajimobi while distributing cars to 36 traditional rulers, Oba Adetunji recalled that a judgment delivered by Justice Aiki of the Oyo State High Court had declared the chieftaincy reform illegal, null and void.

He said: “Afterwards, the Oyo State government decided to file an appeal at the Court of Appeal. My position is that if a case is in court, it is no longer open for discussion, as this statement is automatically subjudice. If it is not reversible, why did the two parties have to go to court?”

Oba Adetunji also faulted the statement that the controversy which followed the crowning of Ibadan traditional rulers was political, saying the issue raised is customary and traditional.

He said: “My humble opinion is that the procedure for approval of beaded crowns for any chief or baale in Ibadan was not discussed at the Olubadan-in-Council level. If it was discussed, how would any of the high chiefs bear two titles at the same time? Oba and high chief! An abomination!”

The Olubadan, who said though he did not oppose the government’s presentation of cars to traditional rulers, urged Ajimobi to prevail on the kings to release the 11-month salaries of palace workers they have allegedly been withholding with Olubadan’s salary cheques, when the allocations to traditional councils had been released.

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Boko Haram boy: I made explosives for bombers
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
A 15-year-old former Boko Haram bomb maker, Ali Goni, has confessed how he made over 500 underwear Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for insurgents in the last five years.Goni was 10 and in primary six when he was kidnapped in Bama.The military authorities described the teenager as the most deadly Boko Haram member who had mastered various techniques to destroy lives.Army intelligence described him as the most innovative bomb maker to emerge in recent years.Goni, who is being rehabilitated at
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The killings on the Plateau
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
In the recent past, Nigeria has been in international news for a bad reason mass murder everywhere. But none could be compared to the one that happened on Saturday, June 23. That day, there was a very deliberate attack by some armed men in Barkin Ladi and surrounding areas in Plateau State. The men are believed to be herdsmen or their militant associates, and the attack went on uninterrupted for hours, with buildings razed to the ground and over 100 people killed.The mindless bloodshed again op
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Flesh traderand the Idia spirit
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
With the nation half immersed in soccer opium and half yoked with another mass slaughter by the genocidal herders on the Plateau this past fortnight, two otherwise profound morality tales would appear to have completely evaded the national orbit, denied the public attention deserved.Indeed, they contrast in circumstances, time and space. The protagonist in one is wide-lipped, the other chubby-faced.Again, one isthe quitenssence of victimhood, the other the goddess of greed.But in-between the dis
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Confidence, ideology lacking in most politicians, says Sen. Sani
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
National Assembly member, Sen. Shehu Sani, has said that most Nigerian politicians lacked confidence and ideology.Sani said this in Abuja on Tuesday, in an interview with newsmen on the sideline of the launch of a book titled Balarabe Musa, the Voice of the Masses.He said, When you go to countries like Brazil, South Africa and other advanced countries of the world, parties are identified by the ideology they preach, but in Nigeria, it is about the alphabet.Many parties in Nigeria are changing na
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Mace theft committee indicts Omo-Agege
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
THE National Assembly ad hoc joint committee probing the theft of the Senate mace has concluded its sitting and may likely lay its report in both chambers today.The Nation learnt that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was indicted by the report, with the committee headed by Senator Bala Ibn NaAllah and Betty Apiafi rooting for a suspension and possible prosecution.A source close to the committee revealed that the panel may be basing its recommendation on relevant potions of the Legislative Houses (Powers a
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Nigeria, France sign pact on $475m projects
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Nigeria and France yesterday signed a number of agreement s on projects worth $475 million.The agreements were signed in Abuja after a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Fremch President Emmanuel Macron at the Presidential Villa.The meeting also took far-reaching decisions on security and the economy.The agreements centre on French assistance to the tune of $475 million for some projects in Lagos, Kano and Ogun states.The Lagos deal is a letter of intent for the financing of urban mo
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Social security: Fed Govt takes interest-free microcredit loans to grassroots
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) MarketMoni is a Social Intervention Programme (SIP) that provides loans of up to N300, 000 to rural dwellers. The scheme, anchored by the Bank of Industry (BoI), directly impacts traders, market women, artisans, and farmers across the country. COLLINS NWEZE captures experiences of some beneficiaries of the scheme.Grassroots dwellers, petty traders, artisans, traders and cooperative societies are among the most neglected segments of the s
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Kano/Jigawa Customs generates N8b in six months
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The Kano/Jigawa Area command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated over N8,070,570,235.37 between January and June as against the projected N7,389,024,423.42.The command has surpassed its revenue target of 681,545, 811.95k given by the Comptroller-General Col. Hameed Ali (rtd).Area Comptroller Yusuf Abba Kasim, who addressed reporters yesterday at the commands headquarters, said over 74 seizures were made during anti-smuggling raids.According to him, 266,944,264.00 was realised as Duty
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Edgal: landlords of drug peddlers to face prosecution
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Lagos State Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal yesterday warned landlords and vehicle owners to shun renting their property to drug peddlers or face arrest.Edgal spoke during an interactive session with security stakeholders in Area E Command, Festac Town.According to him, property owners who accommodate drug peddlers will be prosecuted as collaborators.The police chief said he was bent on flushing drug peddlers out of Lagos State.Edgal said his drive to eradicate the use of illicit drugs was pre
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Why I want to go to Senate, by Abiru
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Former Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly Otunba Ganiyu Abiru is a senatorial aspirant in Lagos East District. The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain spoke with reporters on his ambition and other partisan issues. EMMANUEL OLADESU was there.Since you retired in 2016, almost two years now. How have you been coping, having been a civil servant for a very long time’First and foremost, I want to give thanks to God Almighty who has given me that strength and the opportunity to ser
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My plan for Ekiti, by Olusola
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Prof. Kolapo Olusola has unfolded his six-point agenda to reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA was there.What is your six-point agenda all about’The SHIELD Agenda is continuity agenda. I am part of the Fayose administration and I have inputs into some of the policies. By the grace of God, the coming one (government) we are looking forward to, we will improve on the existing one and do better by the grace of God.The
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I ll make difference as president, says aspirant
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) presidential aspirant Dr. Elishama Ideh has called for power shift in next years general elections, saying that Nigeria is yearning for a dynamic leadership.He said that the country may become more fragile, if the current leadership is sustained in power beyond next year.The 54-year old Mass Communication graduate from Ishan, Edo State will compete for the ANN ticket with other aspirants, including Fela Durotoye, a motivational speaker.The aspirant said the executi
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Buhari asks Senate to confirm Sonubi as CBN Deputy Gov
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Folashodun Sonubi as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).This is contained Buharis letter read by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday in Abuja.Read Also:Buhari commends Nigeria-Kuwait relationsIn accordance with the provisions of Section 81 sub-section 2 of the CBN Establishment Act 2017, I have the pleasure to present Folashodun Adebisi Sonubi for confirmation as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank o
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Edgal: Rent your homes, vehicles to drug peddlers, face prosecution
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Says drugs, arms proliferation behind insecurity in NigeriaLagos Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal on Tuesday warned landlords and vehicle owners to shun renting their properties to drug peddlers or face arrest.Edgal spoke during an interactive session with stakeholder within Area E Command, Festac Town.According to the police boss, property owners where drugs are found would be prosecuted as collaborators, adding that he was bent on flushing peddlers out of the state.Edgal said his drive to era
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French Govt helping Nigeria fight Boko Haram, says Ambassador
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
As Minister confers Macron honorary citizenship of AbujaFrench Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, on Tuesday said French President Emmanuel Macrons government has been partnering with Nigerian government in the fight against Boko Haram sect.Gauer said this in Abuja during the first visit of Macron to Nigeria since his election in May 2017.Presenting the Key to the City of Abuja to President Macron, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Bello stated that it demonstr
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Italy bans advert on betting
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Italy has become the first country in Europe to ban advertising on betting, its government announced on Tuesday, amid criticism from football clubs which benefit from the ads.The countrys Deputy Premier, Luigi Di Maio, said at a news conference that I think this is an industry that has become a bit too big, at the expense of peoples health and dignity: we are going to cut it down in size.Di Maio, who serves as industry and welfare minister, said gambling was ruining families and weighing on the
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Plateau killings: Reps to fast track constitution amendment on state police
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Declare herdsmen killings as genocideThe House of Representatives has declared its determination to fast track the process of constitution amendment on the creation of state police.The lawmakers opined that state police is capable of putting an end to killings in the country.The House however resisted attempt to lure it into the controversy of declaring Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist group.Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama (PDP, Edo) had during an amendment to a motion on Plateau killings, proposed that Fu
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DSTV celebrates Mandela at 100 with pop-up channel
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Were he to still be alive, global icon and father of modern Souh Africa, Nelson Mandela, would have be 100 years old on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.However, in recognition of the statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner, DSTV will launch a special five-day long pop-up channel available to all customers to celebrate and honour the life and legacy of Tata Madiba on the 18th of July.Starting on Madibas birthday, July 18, at 6 pm, the channel will feature a mix of films, documentaries and archive footage
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Veteran Nollywood actor, Ignis Ekwe, passes on
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
veteran Nollywood Actor, Ignis Ekwe, who was well known for his role in the popular Soap Opera veryday People, has passed on, his family member confirms.The thespian, who played iconic roles in Cockcrow at Dawn, Igodo and other epic movies, reportedly died in Benin, Edo State after a brief illness.Actress Yvonne Jegede, who is a niece to the late thespian took to her Instagram page, @yvonnejegedefawole on Tuesday to mourn him.She wrote: My heart is bleeding, my heart is heavy. Who do i blame&#03
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Kigali to host AMAA 2018
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
In line with its pan-African and Africa integration agenda, the Rwandan government through the Rwanda Convention Bureau and Rwanda Tourism Bureau has accepted to host the 2018 edition of the African Movie Academy Awards in Kigali in September.According to a statement issued in Lagos by the organisers, the event will hold at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre on Saturday, September 22, 2018.The 2018 nominees for the awards will be unveiled on July 21 at a media and industry event. Ger
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StarTimes signs deal with Discovery and Fox
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
In a bid to continue delivering quality to its customers, cable TV operator, StarTimes, on June 29, signed deals with both Discovery and Fox to bring high quality entertainment to viewers across Africa through TV and OTT platform.Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and General Manager for Discovery in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), and StarTimes Head of Content Operation Center, Janet Liu, agreed on the broadcast rights of three general entertainment and lifestyle channels in addition to Discover
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Count your blessings, says Burna Boy at 27
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Afrofusion singer Damini Ogulu whose is more popular as Burna Boy who celebrated was a year older on Monday has urged people to count their blessings. The award-winning musician whose songs, Outside and also celebrated the day with the release of a new song titled Outside.Sharing pictures on Instagram, Burna Boy shared his appreciation for his birthday and for the release of the song.New year, new vibes, he wrote.26 was interesting, now I feel my joints creaking already.Its a blessing to wake up
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How Port Harcourt fans booed Argentina out of World Cup
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That was the slogan of the day at the This Is Naija fan park in Port Harcourt on June 30, 2018.Bearing deep grudges from the Nigerian teams loss to Argentina on Tuesday, June 26, Port Harcourt fans understandably in their thirst for vengeance supported the French team. However, the Messi faithful refused to be intimidated, for despite being outnumbered, they showed up to support their legend.The seating arrangement at the fan park was designed such that the Fr
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NNPC to raise fund from capital market for projects
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Maikanti Baru, said the corporation would raise funds from the capital market to finance seven new oil and gas projects in the country.In his keynote address at the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, titled: Driving Nigerias Oil & Gas Industry Towards Sustained Economic Development and Growth, Baru listed the projects to inlcude NNPC/Nigeria Agip Oil Company Joint Venture Idu-Re-dev
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TEF hosts Macron, 2,000 entrepreneurs
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, who is in Nigeria on a working visit, will today, be interacting with more than 2,000 budding entrepreneurs from Africa.The entrepreneurs are alumni of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Programme.The session, which is the highlight of Macrons visit to the country, will be chaired by the UBA Chairman, and Founder TEF, Tony Elumelu, and will give African entrepreneurs a platform to closely engage with President Macron, and gar
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BEDC gets only 325Mw
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) says it needs 1400Mw to guarantee steady power supply for its 13 million customers.Its spokesperson, Tayo Adekunle, disclosed this in a media chat with reporters yesterday in Benin.He said only 325.34Mw has been supplied to the company to distribute to the customers in its area of coverage. This comprises 750,000 households and 13 million people in Edo, Delta, Ekiti and Ondo states.Adekunle said BEDC had embarked on network expansion and provided
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CBN lifts forex market with $210m injection
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (cbn) yesterday injected $210 million into the interbank foreign exchange market.The forex injection is in line with cbns desire to ensure liquidity in the foreign exchange market in order to meet customers requests in various segments of the market.CBNs figures showed that the the apex bank offered $100 million to authorised dealers in the wholesale segment of the market, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment received the sum of $55 million. Customers
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N43.5m cash for 121 inventors
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The Federal Government has given N43,500,000 as grant to 121 technological inventors in the country.The grant was awarded yesterday in Abuja to beneficiaries of the 2017 Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovations (PSCII).Selected inventors/innovators were grouped into three categories, category one with 24 awardees were handed grants of N500,000 each, category two with 54 awardees received N400,000-N300,000 each, while category three with 43 awardees received between N200,000
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Equities continue downtrend with N124b loss
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The downtrend at the Nigerian equities market worsened yesterday as investors continued a selling spree that had seen the market opening the second half with a loss of N120 billion. Altogether, Nigerian equities have lost N244 billion in the first two trading session in the second half.With more than two losers for every gainer, average benchmark indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange declined by 0.9 per cent, representing a net capital depreciation of N124 billion. This further depressed the ne
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Tacklingauto artisans shortage in Lagos
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The auto industry has seen major changes in designs and special features. Maintaining cars requires highly-skilled technicians, who are not so many. To address the shortage of technicians, the Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment is partnering Automedics to raise graduate technicians to meet the challenges of modern car repairs. DANIEL ESSIET reports.Many global automotive companies are choosing Nigeria as a launch market for their cars. They include Hyundai, Toyota, KIA, BMW a
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Old Mutual partners Ecobank on insurance penetration
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Old Mutual General Insurance Company and Old Mutual Nigeria Life Assurance Company have announced a Bancassurance partnership with Ecobank Nigeria, a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, to offer insurance products and services to existing and prospective customers in Nigeria.Old Mutual General and Old Mutual Nigeria Life are subsidiaries of the Pan-African Insurance giant and leading global financial services group, Old Mutual Limited,Old Mutual Nigeria Managing Director, Keith Alf
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University Press doubles profit to N354.63m
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
University Press Plc witnessed, improved performance in the immediate past year with 115 per cent growth in pre-tax profit.Key extracts of the 12-month audited report for the period ended March 31, 2018 showed remarkable improvements in the top-line and bottom-line of the publishing company. Turnover rose to N1.80 billion in 2018 as against N1.61 billion in 2017. Profit before tax doubled by 115 per cent from N164.94 million in 2017 to N354.63 million in 2018. Profit after tax also jumped from N
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NSE demands govt framework on housing delivery
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) President, Mr Kunle Mokuolu, has called on the Federal Government to provide proper framework that would ensure better housing delivery for Nigerians.To achieve this, Mokuolu wants the Federal Government to create the enabling environment for private sector initiative and to engage more private sector participants in its mass housing drive. He noted that housing delivery in developed countries fared better because they are run by the private sector.The NSE
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Solution centres
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Universities should initiate measures to solve local problemsThe urgent need for Nigerias tertiary institutions to become more involved in developing solutions to local challenges was once again demonstrated inthe aftermath of the windstorm and heavy rainfall which recently hit Bauchi metropolis.Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), which is Bauchi States premier tertiary institution, must begin to play a major role in windstorm-mitigation research.It is, after all, one of the nations top un
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Land grabbing
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
It is the duty of governments to think out of the box in resolving land issuesGovernor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has asked the Federal Government to resolve land grabbing. In the same breath, he vowed to revoke all lands forcibly or illegally acquired: If you think you can chase people out and grab their land, we as a government would not allow you to own the land. He added that, to discourage land grabbing, his government was already working out modalities to prosecute land grabbers.In colo
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