NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH AUGUST, 2018].

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Supplementary Budget: Saraki Summons NASS Leadership For Emergency Meeting Today
Tue, 07 Aug 2018

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The leadership of the National Assembly will today hold an emergency meeting to consider the supplementary budget for approval, especially the budgets of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the conduct of the 2019 general election. LEADERSHIP gathered that Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday summoned the leadership of both the Senate and the House of Representatives for the emergency meeting.

Ten leaders each from the Senate and the House of Representatives, making 20, will meet by 12:00pm today in the Senate wing of the National Assembly. This is coming just as the presidency yesterday warned that should the National Assembly fail to reconvene and pass the supplementary budget, the government may shutdown in few months. LEADERSHIP gathered that today’s meeting convened by the Senate president is a direct response to the appeal by the presidency for the federal legislature to reconvene and act on the president’s request on the virement and supplementary budget.

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A reliable source in the National Assembly told our correspondent that INEC officials will join the National Assembly leadership by 1:00pm after the meeting of the lawmakers scheduled to begin by 12:00pm. According to the source who did not want his name in print, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu will lead the commission’s officials to appear before the joint leadership of the National Assembly. He said the meeting “may pave way for possible reconvening of sittings of both chambers this month for consideration and approval of the N242billion budgeted for conduct of the elections”.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last month, before the National Assembly went on recess, forwarded for approval N242billion budget estimates for the conduct of the 2019 elections. President Buhari, in a letter seeking virement, explained that out of the proposed N242, 445, 322, 600.00 billion estimated funding of the 2019 general election, N164.104billion should be appropriated for by the National Assembly through virement, while the balance of N78.340billon would be provided for in the 2019 budget provisions. He explained further that the N164billion needed by INEC this year should be expeditiously appropriated for by the legislature for early and effective preparations for the elections. But the National Assembly, a week after receipt of the letter, precisely on the 24th of last month, adjourned for its yearly recess without considering the request.

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Certificate Saga: Senator Adeleke’s Out Of Court Settlement Hits Rock
Tue, 07 Aug 2018

Trouble seems not to be over yet for Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), for the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, as attempts to settle the suit challenging his eligibility to contest the election out of court has hit the rock.

An Osun State high court sitting in Osogbo yesterday entertained preliminary objections and counter affidavits in respect of the suit and adjourned the case till tomorrow, for ruling on the plaintiffs’ prayers before the court. Citing section 177(d) of Nigeria constitution, the plaintiffs, Mr Rasheed Olatunji and Mr. Idowu Oluwaseun had on 23rd of July 2018 approached the court contending that the PDP candidate was not eligible to participate in the primary election of the party because he doesn’t possess minimum required educational qualification, and prayed the court to set the election aside.

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On 26th of July, 2018 at the resumed hearing of the matter, the court adjourned the case till August 1st for definite hearing but the process was stalled following a request by the plaintiffs for out of court settlement, a development that led to further adjournment of the case to 6th of August, 2018. Appearing before the court yesterday, Barrister Olufemi Ayandoku, the lead counsel to the plaintiffs revealed that the parties could not go on with the dialogue and that the parties would have to lock horns since barrister Edmund Biriomoni, the counsel to Ademola Adeleke had filed other preliminary objections and written on the prayers of the plaintiffs. The counsels thereafter put the dialogue behind and expressed readiness to go on with the case. In his argument, Biriomini asked the court to strike out the motion on notice for want of competence and jurisdiction, pointing out that the Federal High Court is in position to decide the case.

The respondent in opposition to the suit, filed three affidavits and written address deposed to by Adeleke. On the motion of the notice, Biriomoni stressed that one need not pass secondary school certificate examination and that only proof of education up to the level is enough to make one eligible for a governorship position.

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2m Nigerians Live On Artisanal, Small Scale Mining ‘ Bwari
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPAt least 2 million Nigerians are now directly and indirectly dependent on artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) in Nigeria, Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa-Bwari has said. The minister stated this yesterday in Abuja in a keynote address during a programme on stakeholders’ discourse on the opportunities and challenges of []The post 2m Nigerians Live On Artisanal, Small Scale Mining ‘ Bwari appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Manager Bags 6 Months Imprisonment Over Electricity Supply Diversion
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPA Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Friday sentenced a 36-year-old facility manager, Mohammed Yusuf, to six months imprisonment for diversion of electricity supply from a meter. Yusuf, who resides at River Park Estate, Lugbe, was sentenced on a count charge of theft, an offence he admitted committing. The magistrate, Abdulmajid Oniyangi, however, []The post Manager Bags 6 Months Imprisonment Over Electricity Supply Diversion appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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RoW: NCC Drums Support For N145 p/m
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPNigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has defended telecoms companies over the NGN 145 per square metre right-of-way tax, urging tiers of government to abide by the harmonised rate. Recall that the NCC representing the Federal Government and the 36 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory Administration recently agreed on harmonised right []The post RoW: NCC Drums Support For N145 p/m appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Good Covering Letter As Incentive For Job Placement
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPInability of job seekers to write a proper covering letter while seeking for white collar jobs makes things difficult for young graduates. A cover letter is something someone used to impress potential employers. It’s a chance to show them more than what can be seen on the resume and to show them how someone is []The post Good Covering Letter As Incentive For Job Placement appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Gov Dickson Revalidates PDP Membership Card
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPBayelsa State governor, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson has on Sunday in his community, Toru Orua, revalidated his membership of the PDP. The PDP chairman of Ward 2, Sagbama local government area, Hon Bomieghan Egere registered the Governor in the new party register and issued him with a new membership card. A press statement by his []The post Gov Dickson Revalidates PDP Membership Card appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Gowon Calls For Extension Of Voter Registration
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPFormer head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon has called for the extension of the voters registration in order to enable Nigerian youths collect their PVCs. He made the call in Abuja during a youth concert for PVC awareness, organised by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Connected Development (CODE). The former head of state who was represented []The post Gowon Calls For Extension Of Voter Registration appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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A/Ibom Deputy Gov Debunks Resignation Rumor
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Moses Ekpo has debunked medial report of his resignation following the rumored defection of former Governor Akpabio to the ruling APC. In a release signed by his chief press Secretary Ekikere Umoh and made available to newsmen yesterday in Uyo the deputy governor described the report as []The post A/Ibom Deputy Gov Debunks Resignation Rumor appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PDP Reps Caucus Decries Planned Invasion Of NASS
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe People’s Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives has raised alarm over plot by pro-government senators in collaboration with security agencies to invade the red chamber and reconvene plenary today (Tuesday). The caucus alleged that the planned plenary which will be under the guise of addressing urgent National issues is aimed at changing []The post PDP Reps Caucus Decries Planned Invasion Of NASS appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Can Oshiomhole Halt Looming Implosion In Edo APC
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPNational Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, last week visited Edo State for the first time since his emergence as chairman of the ruling party. His visit however exposes political time bomb over discontentment within party’s hierarchy and stakeholders in the state. PATRICK OCHOGA writes. Thousands of youths, market women, party leaders in []The post Can Oshiomhole Halt Looming Implosion In Edo APC’ appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Expert Advocates Training, Retraining For Lab Scientists
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPChairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria (AMLSN) University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) chapter, Mr. Ochapa Abraham has called for training and retraining of laboratory scientists in the country. In an interview with LEADERSHIP in Abuja yesterday, during a five-day training exercise, organised for it members, Abraham noted that training and retraining of []The post Expert Advocates Training, Retraining For Lab Scientists appeared first on Leadership Newspa
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Approval Period For Building Design Now 3 Months ‘ Galadima
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe director, department of development control, in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Tpl Mukhtar Usman Galadima, has disclosed that the approval period for any building design, submitted to the department is now three months. In an interview with LEADERSHIP in Abuja yesterday, Galadima acknowledged that in the past, giving approval to building designs took []The post Approval Period For Building Design Now 3 Months ‘ Galadima appeared first on Leadership Newspa
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The Plight Of Dei-Dei Land Owners
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPOne of the challenges facing Abuja residents is how to develop their land to become house owners in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). IGHO OYOYO writes on the plight of residents of Dei-Dei community in their efforts to own their own houses. The desire of every Nigerian, residing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is []The post The Plight Of Dei-Dei Land Owners appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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FG Mulls Establishment Of Two New Agencies
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Federal Government may soon establish two new agencies, namely the National Agency for Desertification and Erosion Research (NADER) and the National Agency for Research in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (NARRAI). Speaking at the inter-ministerial committee for their establishment in Abuja, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said the decision to establish []The post FG Mulls Establishment Of Two New Agencies appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Space Technology As Tool For Enhanced National Security
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPAs Nigeria continues to battle insecurity, major stakeholders in the space technology sector are harping on the importance of utilizing space technology to enhance national security. At the maiden edition of the Nigerian Institution of Space Engineers (NISE), a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers’ interactive seminar in Abuja with the theme ‘Application of []The post Space Technology As Tool For Enhanced National Security appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Couple Stabs Neighbour Over Dream In Adamawa
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPA couple, Malam Hussaini, 50 and his wife, Habiba, 40, has allegedly stabbed their 40-year old neighbour, Mrs Zainab Dan’Azumi with knives, after attacking her with sticks in the early hours of Thursday, August 2, at Unguwan Gangare, in Numan local government area of Adamawa State. According to information made available to LEADERSHIP by one []The post Couple Stabs Neighbour Over Dream In Adamawa appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NYSC Declares 3-day Mourning For Drowned Corps Members
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has declared three days of mourning for the corps members who drowned at the Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka local government area of Taraba State. Mrs Adeyemi Adenike, the NYSC director, Press and Public Relations said this in a statement, day in Abuja. Adenike said that []The post NYSC Declares 3-day Mourning For Drowned Corps Members appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Wife In Police Net For Faking Her Kidnap
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Hadijat Kabir for allegedly faking her kidnap with her 18-year-old daughter to defraud her husband of N15m. The Lagos State commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi who disclosed this to journalists in Lagos said the suspect’s husband, Kabir Muraino had reported the case at Ikotun Police Station before []The post Wife In Police Net For Faking Her Kidnap appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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OAU Faults NUC For Non-Accreditation Of Law, Dentistry, Others
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has blamed non- accreditation of some courses in the institution on the National University Commission’s (NUC) existing regulation that does not allow for what it called back to back interim status. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had announced that OAU candidates who applied to study []The post OAU Faults NUC For Non-Accreditation Of Law, Dentistry, Others appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ekiti Poll: Tribunal Grants Fayemi Leave To Obtain, Inspect Election Materials
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPEkiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Sitting in Ado Ekiti has ordered that the governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi be granted access to the electoral materials used for the recently concluded July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State. The leave was granted to Dr Fayemi to inspect and obtain Certified True Copies (CTCs) of polling documents, []The post Ekiti Poll: Tribunal Grants Fayemi Leave To Obtain, Inspect Election Materials appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Oil Prices Rise Amidst US-China Trade War
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPStocks across Asia advanced yesterday as China’s efforts to stop sharp declines in its currency and capital flight gained wider sentiment in the region. The escalating Sino-U.S. trade conflict capped gains. Meanwhile, Brent crude futures rose to $73.62, while U.S. crude oil futures was 68.82 dollars a barrel. Analyst rued blatant oil pricing manipulation. Brent []The post Oil Prices Rise Amidst US-China Trade War appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PenCom Enrolls 2,700 Retiring Federal Government Workers
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPAt least 2,700 federal civil servants from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Niger State have commenced their verification and enrolment exercise with the National Pension Commission (PenCom). PenCom’s head of communications, Mr Peter Aghahowa said the exercise was part of the phase two of the nationwide programme which was also taking place in Lagos []The post PenCom Enrolls 2,700 Retiring Federal Government Workers appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NNPC Seeks Action On Economic Diversification
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, yesterday called for proactive action to reduce the country’s dependence on oil and gas. Baru, who spoke at the 2018 Nigerian Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) in Lagos, identified the reliance on oil and gas, as responsible for the economic recession experienced []The post NNPC Seeks Action On Economic Diversification appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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MTN, Banks Support NIBSS For Relaunch Of mCash
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPMTN Nigeria alongside other telecommunications companies and banks supported Nigeria Interbank Settlement Systems Ltd (NIBSS) to relaunch mCash last week in Lagos. mCASH is an innovative solution created to facilitate low-value retail payments and grow e-payments by providing accessible electronic channels to a wider range of users to enhance financial inclusion in Nigeria. Managing director/CEO, []The post MTN, Banks Support NIBSS For Relaunch Of mCash appeared first on Leadership New
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Telecom To Contribute $150bn To SSA Economy In 5yrs
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe economic contribution of the mobile ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) would increase in both relative and absolute terms, contributing $150 billion to the Sub-Saharan Africa economy by 2022, up from $110 billion in 2017. According to The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan 2018 report just released by the intelligence unit of GSM Association (GSMA), mobile would []The post Telecom To Contribute $150bn To SSA Economy In 5yrs appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Forte Oil Declares N7.9bn PAT For H1
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPForte Oil Plc has declared a profit- after- tax of N7.9 billion in its unaudited results for the half year (H1) ended June 30, 2018. The company in a release said that profit -after tax from continuing and discontinued operations increased by 93 per cent to N 7.9 billion compared to N4.11 billion recorded []The post Forte Oil Declares N7.9bn PAT For H1 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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DMO Opens Sale Of August Savings Bond
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Debt Management Office (DMO) released the offer circular for the August auction of the Federal Government Savings Bond with the two and three year bonds offered at higher interest rates than what was offered in July. In the offer circular, the DMO said it would be raising the 2-Year bond at 10.668 per cent, []The post DMO Opens Sale Of August Savings Bond appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Insurance Firm Raises N2bn Through Rights Issue
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPMutual Benefits Assurance Plc said it was raising N2 billion from its existing shareholders, by way of right issues, which is to be used to fund its five-year strategy plan, its recapitalisation plan as well as expansion of its operations. The company has gotten approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go ahead []The post Insurance Firm Raises N2bn Through Rights Issue appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Nigeria Loses N3trn On Agro Export Commodities
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPNigeria is losing the sum of $10 billion, totaling about N3 trillion in local currency to export opportunities from agricultural commodities due to lack of operational and investment drives in the agro perishable industry and the aviation sector. This observation was part of the report obtained from a recent workshop on Agro Air Logistics with []The post Nigeria Loses N3trn On Agro Export Commodities appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Mobile Insurance: Underwriters Lose N20bn Annually
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPPlayers in insurance industry are losing about N20 billion expected premium from mobile insurance products as a result of non-approval of these products by the concerned regulatory authorities, LEADERSHIP can exclusively reveal. In the last two years, the industry may have lost expected income of about N40 billion, it was learnt. Investigation by LEADERSHIP has []The post Mobile Insurance: Underwriters Lose N20bn Annually appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NSE Promotes Cashless Economy With X-Pay
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPIn promoting cashless economy, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has launched X-Pay to enable investors make payments for products and services offered by the Exchange. X-Pay, the e-payment platform for the Exchange, will enable users to conveniently make payments for products, services, events and trainings offered by the bourse. With features like invoice payments, intuitive []The post NSE Promotes Cashless Economy With X-Pay appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Baro Inland Water Port To Create 2 Million Jobs
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Education, Safety and Administration, Hon. Umar Bago, yesterday expressed optimism that the Baro Inland Water Port in Niger statewould create two million jobs. ‘If Baro inland water port is completed, it will create over two million jobs to the teeming youths,” Bago told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) []The post Baro Inland Water Port To Create 2 Million Jobs appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Nigerians Flay MultiChoice Over Subscription Rates Increment
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPSubscribers have condemned the recent price increment by MultiChoice Nigeria on subscription rates on its DStv platform, saying Nigerians deserve better treatment from the pay-television service provider. Recall that MultiChoice’s new price regime which took effect from August 1, 2018, saw upward review of all five DStv bouquets. Premium subscribers now pay N15,800 instead of []The post Nigerians Flay MultiChoice Over Subscription Rates Increment appeared first on Leadership Newsp
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Discordant Tunes Over Property Taxation On Unoccupied Houses
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPCHIKA OKEKE writes that the rising number of completed and unoccupied houses across major commercial cities in Nigeria have posed pertinent questions on the source of wealth of the home owners. It’s estimated that over 5, 000 properties in Lagos are unoccupied due to over-pricing and high agency fee. In Abuja, the number of completed []The post Discordant Tunes Over Property Taxation On Unoccupied Houses appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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