NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9 JULY, 2018].

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How ministers, bureaucrats, lawmakers hijack federal jobs
Mon, 09 Jul 2018

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Ordinary Nigerians are finding it difficult to get jobs into federal agencies because top bureaucrats, public officials and lawmakers are hijacking the opportunities, Daily Trust reports.
Vacancies in federal ministries, departments and agencies, which are seldom publicly advertised, end up being filled up by candidates handpicked by ministers, senior civil servants, traditional and religious leaders, and National Assembly members, according to Daily Trust investigations covering more than one year.

In the last three years, very few federal agencies advertised job opportunities, while others filled them up secretly in the name of “replacement.”
Secret recruitments continue despite pronouncements by various agencies such as the National Assembly and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate them.
Daily Trust reports that the Federal Character Commission (FCC), an executive body established to ensure fairness and equity in the distribution of public posts and socio-economic infrastructures among the various federating units of Nigeria, has been accused of being complicit.

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An insider told Daily Trust that officials of the character commission “allow heads of the agencies to secretly recruit once job slots are allocated to them. Through this, they claim the federal character is achieved since the FCC members are from the six geopolitical zones.”
Some of the federal agencies at the forefront of this illegal hiring include Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
Insiders told Daily Trust that the job racketeering is being done by the agencies in conjunction with National Assembly members.
“The National Assembly members are given huge slots. The officials in the Presidency are also given. Officials of the supervising ministries such as the minister, permanent secretary, some directors are all given slots,” the source said.
The source said sometimes when an agency was planning to recruit 200 people, it would end up hiring 1000 or even more because the lawmakers must be given their slots.
FCC officials told this reporter that the agencies shy away from advertising vacancies to avoid stampede.
183 agencies in illegal hiring
A report by the Federal Ministry of Finance revealed that 183 out of 185 federal agencies had recruited 13,780 staff in two years.
Out of this number, 6,917 were recruited without any formal approval; 2,314 were employed by seven universities with governing council approval; while 4,549 had correctly obtained approval from the Office of the Head of Service and FCC.
The ministry’s review revealed that out of the 185 agencies, only the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army sought approval for their recruitment.

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Reps from Plateau clash over ‘300 persons trained in Israel’
Mon, 09 Jul 2018

Federal lawmakers from Plateau State have clashed over the allegations by one of them that 300 people from the state were trained on how to kill people in faraway Israel.
Rep Ahmed Idris Wase last Tuesday told the House during a debate on the recent killings of over 200 people in some parts of the state that some politicians were behind the killings.

The lawmaker had said that: “I was opportuned to be a member of the transition committee when this government came to power in Plateau State. I want to say this, that the security are not doing their work. They’re the causes of this matter, whether we like it or not.
“Mr Speaker, I want to inform this House and Nigerians that about 300 people were trained in Israel, I say 300 people. It’s there in our report; we gave it to government to work on it, to find out who were sent for that training. I can tell you Mr Speaker, to date, nobody has been traced.

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“I want to tell you sir. There’s a company in Nigeria, today in Plateau State, that’s working. They did importation of about four trailers, but four containers were missing. When we traced as a committee on what were in those containers, to God who made me sir, we were told they were taken to a person’s house, a high politician. I’ll give you the name of the company; it’s a security firm in Israel,” he said.
However, other lawmakers from the state including Senators Jonah Jang and Jerry Husseini as well as Reps Gyang Pwajok, Johnbull Shekarau, Timothy Golu, Solomon Maren, among others said Wase was economical with the truth.
They wondered why he kept the information to himself for the past three years, saying he was only trying to add more salt to injury.
They said during a press conference in Abuja that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris should not waste time to investigate Wase over the state.
Our correspondent gathered that the differing positions taken by both Wase and the other lawmakers were already causing bad blood among the Plateau lawmakers.

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APC: Well prosecute Galadima-led rAPC
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The APC has promised to sue Engr.
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2019: Ohanaeze denies endorsing Atiku
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Bayelsa State, yesterday, denied the rumoured endorsement of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidential election during his visit to the state last month to canvass for support.
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2019: Atiku unveils agenda for Nigeria
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has unveiled his agenda for Nigeria in the areas of power, private sector, security, education, economy, job creation, ICT and the nation’s currency.
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UPP backs Buhari on Executive Order
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The United Progressives Party (UPP) has declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari issuing the Executive Order No.
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30,000 police deployed for Ekiti polls
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has deployed 30,000 police personnel for Ekiti State July 14 gubernatorial election.
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Precarious peace in South Sudan
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
South Sudans President Sylva Kiir last week signed a peace deal to end nearly two years of conflict with rebels, but he only did so after the United Nations threatened to impose sanctions on his regime.
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Acting CEOs in 50 agencies
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Daily Trust reported last week that about 50 federal agencies are presently being run by acting Chief Executive Officers [CEOs] months or years after their substantive heads either retired or were sacked.
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Dan Filinge: Myth, legend of most famous racehorse in Nigeria, by man who rode it
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Hausa singer Ibrahim Narambada immortalised the famed racehorse, Dan Filinge in a famous 26-minute long song, Dokin Iska Dan Filinge, which is still being studied today.
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Dead or Alive: The enforced disappearance of Jones Abiri
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
In tears, 80-year-old Mama Abiri undressed.
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SON bemoans influx of adulterated pesticides in agro-chemical stores
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The Director General, Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Osita Anthony Aboloma has raised an alarm over the influx of adulterated and substandard pesticides in the agro-chemical stores across the country, saying most of the pesticides in the market are counterproductive to the countrys drive to revitalizing agricultural sector of the economy.
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Olam, Ceva Sant Animale partner to develop Nigerias poultry industry
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Olam Hatcheries Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olam International Limited and Ceva Sant Animale S.
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Tips for young farmers on farm finances
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
As a young farmer, there are certain things you must equip yourself with in order to run a fruitful and successful farm business.
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How to access quality rice seeds as planting begins
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The wet season rice cultivation has begun.
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We started late this year Katsina farmers
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Majority of farmers in Katsina State are planting their farms late this year due to delayed rainfall compared to previous years.
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Cristiano Ronaldo will not leave Real Madrid
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Luka Modric does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid this summer despite mounting speculation to the contrary.
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Real Madrid raise Cristiano Ronaldo’s valuation ahead Juventus move
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Real Madrid have reportedly raised their valuation of Cristiano Ronaldo as they attempt to get more cash out of Juventus.
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Lionel Messi to stop Willian’s move to Manchester United
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Lionel Messi could put a stop to Chelsea winger Willian moving to Manchester United according to reports.
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Chelsea coach Antonio Conte returns for pre-season training
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte returned to pre-season training on Saturday, despite speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge.
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Wimbledon 2018: Top seed Simona Halep beaten in third round
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Top seed Simona Halep described her attitude as “unprofessional” as she was knocked out of Wimbledon in the third round after an epic three-set battle with Hsieh Su-wei.
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Lewis Hamilton takes British Grand Prix pole
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling battle for pole position at the British Grand Prix, snatching top spot from title rival Sebastian Vettel on his last lap.
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Russia 2018: Winners trophy on display at exhibition Sunday in Moscow
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The FIFA World Football Museum exhibition will present the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners trophy for the entire day of Sunday in Moscow.
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