NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THISDAY NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 JULY, 2018].

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Ekiti: Police Say Teargassing of Crowd, a Mistake, Assure it Won’t Happen Again
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Apparently responding to the growing condemnation of its forceful dispersal of supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that gathered in front of Government House, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State for an address by the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, the police Thursday said the action was a mistake that would not be allowed to happen again.

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“I want to assure the good people of Ekiti State that such mistake will never repeat itself,” Habilal Joshak, a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), said on the state-owned Ekiti State Broadcasting Corporation, Television Service in Ado-Ekiti.

A crowd of PDP supporters awaiting the address of Fayose, prelude to a victory rally slated for the campaign headquarters of the PDP governorship candidate, Prof. Olusola Eleka, around Fajuyi area of the capital city, was dispersed by the police, using teargas.

The state governor had eventually shown up at the rally in neck brace, weeping, claiming that he had been teargassed and rough-handled by policemen who slapped and hit him with their guns.

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He said he had been to the hospital for treatment and that in spite of that, was in pains, warning that if anything happened to him, the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris should be held responsible.

Fayose’s claim attracted instant rebuke from the public, leading to a nationwide protest Thursday by the PDP, which leadership marched on the National Assembly and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja, as well as all state commands of the Nigeria Police Force.

The police, however, stood down Thursday, lifting its siege to the Government House, Ado-Ekiti in an obvious remorse for its action a day earlier.

Police chief, Joshak, told the state-owned television that contrary to widespread belief, he did not order his men and officers to use teargas on the crowd.

He explained: “What I said was that those massing for the rally should be asked to leave because it is not good going by the mood of the state now to hold rally or street procession. I didn’t say they should use force.

“This is an election, and electioneering is a civil matter anywhere across the globe. So, police as security agents can’t use force on the people.

“But I want to assure the good people of Ekiti State that such mistake will never repeat itself.”

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said Fayose had been discharged from the hospital and was stabilising.

“The governor is now better and stabilising fast. He is out of the hospital and I believe he will get well soon,” he said.

PDP in Protest March to N’Assembly, INEC

The PDP, which had on Wednesday asked its members to embark on protest marches to the state commands of the police to deliver protest letters to the IG through the commands’ commissioners, carried out its plan Thursday, protesting nationwide against the Ekiti incidence.

At the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, led all the National Working Committee (NWC) members and party supporters to march to the National Assembly and the headquarters of INEC.

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Secondus, who handed over a petition to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said the police brutalised Fayose and locked down the Government House without any justifiable reason.

Secondus said: “Under the APC-led administration, a governor was brutalised and pushed to the ground. We are here to alert Nigerians that the APC government is a threat to democracy. Not only in Nigeria, but throughout the world. Security agencies are not above the law.”

The party members registered their presence with inscripted placards: “Enough of political tyranny; Nigeria is sliding into one party system; and Buhari stop the killings,” among others.

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NIMASA Engages CBN on Special Interest Rate for Maritime Asset Acquisition
Fri, 13 Jul 2018

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has disclosed that the agency is discussing with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to create a special interest rate for maritime assets acquisition in Nigeria.

Peterside, who made this known during the Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive forum in Calabar, Cross Rivers State recently, said NIMASA was committed to opening new frontiers for potential investors in the sector.
He noted that other industries such as the textile and manufacturing industry are already enjoying same arrangement with the CBN and that it would be beneficial for maritime to also enjoy same opportunity in order to grow Nigeria’s economy.

“We are committed to providing opportunities for investors through public and private partnership. This applies especially to investments in maritime infrastructure, shipping and ancillary services, offshore services, ship building repairs as well as marine and bunkering services. In this regard, we are engaging the Central Bank of Nigeria to create a special interest rate for maritime infrastructure development and maritime assets acquisition in Nigeria this is aside looking at the early disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Funds,” he said.
Speaking further, he said there are enormous potential that remain untapped in the country’s maritime sector.
He noted that the ports located in the Eastern flank of the country comprising Calabar, Port-Harcourt and Onne, are key to Nigeria’s economic development and that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the Ports function optimally.

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“For us to harness our maritime potential the ports in the Eastern flank must be fully utilised. The eastern zone is the most critical because out of the seven functional seaports in Nigeria three are domiciled in the eastern zone and it also harbours over 70 per cent of the 275 terminals that are in the country but unfortunately in terms of cargo reception there is no corresponding relationship between the facilities available and the reception of cargoes because the eastern zone accounted for less than 20 per cent of the vessels that visited the Nigerian ports in 2016 and 2017,” he said.

He added, “Available statistics shows that there is need for serious collaboration with stakeholders in the sector to ensure that the environment is made conducive enough for continuous growth that is premised on sustainable development devoid of threats such as piracy and other maritime crimes.”

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Report: Despite N299.6bn Revenue, Maritime Sector Operates Inefficiently
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Eromosele Abiodun Experts at Afrinvest Research Limited have called on the federal government to maximise the huge economic potential of the maritime sector, to diversify the nation’s economy. They argued that the Nigerian seaports have been underutilised and operated in a grossly inefficient manner despite its significant contribution to government’s revenue of N299.6 billion in []The post Report: Despite N299.6bn Revenue, Maritime Sector Operates Inefficiently appeared first on THISD
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Why Nigerian Airlines Cannot Fly International Routes
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Chinedu Eze Aviation experts have identified reasons why it would be very difficult for Nigerian airlines to successfully operate international routes, which typically is a major foreign exchange earner and reduces capital flight by foreign airlines, put at $1.4 billion in 2017. Since the demise of the national carrier, Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL), it has []The post Why Nigerian Airlines Cannot Fly International Routes appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Expert Calls for Agro-industralised Nigerian Economy
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Nosa Alekhuogie A senior lawyer, Mr Paul Usoro has called on the government at all levels and individuals to embark on deliberate measures to migrate from dependency on crude oil production to full scale agricultural practice as a way out of economic depression. Presenting a paper titled,’Migrating from Crude Oil Dependency to an Agro/Industralised Economy []The post Expert Calls for Agro-industralised Nigerian Economy appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Soyinka on a Suspicious Path
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Fellow Nigerians, our Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka is at it again, treading a familiar path. Only that this time, he is not openly endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari but is helping him on the road to 2019 by undermining and distracting from the common and altruistic objective to get Buhari out of power in 2019. []The post Soyinka on a Suspicious Path appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Dangote Cement Bags SON Quality Certification
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has certified Dangote Cement as having passed the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP). The government agency said the new certification places Dangote above its competitors in the among its peers in industry. The Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, who made the disclosure, also said a new revised standard for cement []The post Dangote Cement Bags SON Quality Certification appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Imbibing a Culture of Saving, Investing
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Simpa Adaba In theory, we were taught that getting richer is simple; to have more, you would simply need to spend less. But in reality, it goes far beyond that. A large number of people are not equipped with the basic financial education which teaches us about the importance of saving and how it can []The post Imbibing a Culture of Saving, Investing appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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As InfraCredit Joins League of Harvard Business School Cases
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Obiora Tabansi Onyeaso Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company (InfraCredit) has joined an elite circle of African companies by having a case study about its mission and operations published by the Harvard Business School. It would now form part of the curriculum at the renowned business school. The case which is titled, ‘Infrastructure in Nigeria: Unlocking Pension []The post As InfraCredit Joins League of Harvard Business School Cases appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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GSMA Supports NCC’s Spectrum Trading Policy
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Emma Okonji The GSMA, a global telecommunications body has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) over its position on spectrum trading and sharing policies. The GSMA said the initiative will allow for a telecoms environment that would ensure efficient use of scarce spectrum resources. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, had []The post GSMA Supports NCC’s Spectrum Trading Policy appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Zero-oil Plan an Export Revolution, Says Awolowo
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Oluchi Chibuzor The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, has described the zero-oil plan as an export revolution that involves every state playing a significant role. According to him, major oil producing countries are planning their economies beyond oil export and Nigeria must not be left behind. ‘In line with []The post Zero-oil Plan an Export Revolution, Says Awolowo appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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