NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 AUGUST, 2018].

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Uduaghan, Marwa, others join Buhari at APC meeting
Wed, 29 Aug 2018

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The new shape of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national caucus emerged yesterday.

There are new faces, such as former Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and former Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio.

Uduaghan’s membership of the APC was largely unknown until last night when President Muhammadu Buhari met with the party’s national caucus at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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Also at the meeting, which is expected to kickstart the APC’s preparations for next year’s general elections, were former Lagos State Military Administrator Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.) and former Military Governor of Katsina State Gen. Lawrence Onoja (retd.).

Gen. Marwa is from Adamawa, home state of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar who quit the APC to pursue his presidential ambition in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was active in the CPC.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed was at the meeting. He is now the leader of the party in Kwara State, following Senate President Bukola Saraki’s defection to the PDP.

Former Ebonyi State Governor Martins Elechi, formerly of the PDP, was also at the meeting.

The Caucus meeting will prepare the ground for tomorrow’s National ExecutievCouncil (NEC) meeting which will ratify the plans for the party’s congresses and convention to pick its candidates for all the various offices, including the standard bearer in the presidential election.

A decision on whether to adopt direct primaries being advocated by National Chairman Adams Oshiohmole or indirect primaries, through the delegates system was expected to be taken.

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the meeting held at the New Banquet Hall of the State House. Proceedings started around 8.30pm.

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Why Lagos port is congested, by Osinbajo
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said the failure of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations to invest in infrastructure resulted in the congestion of the Apapa Port, Lagos.He said the past administrations failed to invest in the other ports and the rail system when Nigeria earned higher revenues from oil.Prof. Osinbajo spoke during a special plenary at the ongoing Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja.The Vice President said: I think one of the ma
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UK ll use aid budget to boost trade in Africa, says May
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Britain will use its international aid budget to boost its interests and deepen trade ties with Africa, Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday.She is due in Nigeria today to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and to visist Lagos before leaving for Kenya on the last leg of her three-nation African tour.Speaking in Cape Town yesterday, Mrs May said she wanted Britain to become the biggest investor in Africa out of the Group of Seven nations, overtaking the united States by using the aid budge
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INEC submits revised 2019 election budget to National Assembly
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday submitted a revised 2019 election budget to the National Assembly for consideration and approvalThe submission of the reviewed budget was in compliance with the directive of the National Assembly joint committee on electoral matters that the electoral body should rework its 2019 election budget based on the N143.5 billion the committee adopted for consideration.The electoral umpire had before the adoption of the N143bn pressed for th
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Oyo, Ayefele feud: Alaafin, others broker peace
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Govtll assist in rebuilding house, says AjimobiThe furore over the partial demolition of Music House owned by popular gospel artiste Yinka Ayefele generated much fury, especially among his admirers. But the dust has settled quickly, thanks to the intervention of the Alaafin of Oyo and other traditional rulers and the governors generosity of spirit. YINKA ADENIRAN reportsWhen the Oyo State government deployed bulldozers to demolish the Music House owned by musician Yinka Ayefele, the action de
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Living wage
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Governors have no excuse stalling introduction of new wage structureOrganised Labour has expressed reservation about the excuse by the Amma Pepple Committee saddled with coming up with a new national minimum wage structure that governors are frustrating efforts to conclude the assignment. The committee, inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in November last year had pledged to submit its proposals in September. Unfortunately, Dr. Chris Ngige who, as Minister of Labour is the committees deput
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Wanted: Paradigm shift to grow tourism
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Major stakeholders in tourism have converged on Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac, Lagos for the third Tourism World International Conference to examine the role of commercial and agro-tourism entrepreneurship, Chinyere Elizabeth Okoroafor reports.For an all-inclusive tourism development and its sustainability, the yearly Tourism World International Commercial/Agro-Tourism conference gathered stakeholders in the industry to chart a new path.The third edition of the conference, which held penultimate Th
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McCain demonstrated commitment to a safer world
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The late United States Senator John McCain demostrated a commitment to a safer world, wife of Senate President Mrs. Toyin Saraki has said.In a condolence letter to Mrs Cindy McCain, widow of the late Senator, Mrs Saraki said: The tributes that have been paid to Senator McCain have come from around the globe and from across the political spectrum. Although your husbands bravery and statesmanship are legendary, each time I read a fresh account it gives me cause to pause and reflect further on his
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Finance minister stops NHIS from investing N25b
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun has stopped the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) from investing about N25billion.Based on what he inherited from his predecessor, Acting Executive Secretary Attahiru Ibrahim, the Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the NHIS Prof. Usman Yusuf, has proposed an investment of N25billion to N30billion from the schemes funds.Yusuf presented the investment plan to the NHIS Governing Council, which is yet to be convinced.But with over N138billion NHIS cas
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Buhari ll sign Electoral Act Bill, says Presidency
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The Presidency yesterday allayed fears over the Electoral Act Bill.Ahead of the expiration of the 30 days constitutional provision for the Presidential to assent. It said: no cause for alarm.The Bill was transmitted to the President for his assent on August 2, after the corrected version was passed by the National Assembly on July 24.The 30 days expires on Sunday.If the President fails to assent the bill or returns it to the parliament at the end of the 30 days, the National Assembly may overrid
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Customs seize N8.8m prohibited items in Kano
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The Kano/Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has impounded smuggled foreign rice and other contraband goods, worth N8.8 million in Kano.Its Comptroller, Nasir Ahmad yesterday displayed the seized items at the Bompai headquarters in Kano.Ahmad said his Anti-smuggling Squad intercepted the rice and consignment of second-hand clothes at different locations.He lamented the nefarious activities of rice smuggling and other contraband into Kano, adding that alarming rate of thesae sabot
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Man remanded for killing, burying Okada rider
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates Court has ordered the remand of a farmer, Toyin Ajakaye, for alleged murder and secret burial of a commercial motorcyclist, Omoniyi Are.Toyin was alleged to have committed the crime on August 22 at Agbado-Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area.Toyin told the court he engaged the Okada rider to take him to the farm where a fight allegedly ensued between them following disagreement on the fare.The fight, according to him, was sparked by his offer to pay the deceased N100 o
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Zeus Polls predicts big APC win in 2019
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
In independent Europe-based pollsters Zeus Polls, has predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may likely win most states in the 2019 gubernatorial elections.The Zeus Polls predicted Anamnra State Governor Willie Obiano and Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemis victories.The latest Zeus Polls findings signed by Polls Chief Operating Officer in Berlin, Germany, Tanko Suleiman, , was made available to reporters in Lagos yesterday.The polls posited that in spite of a seemingly vote
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2019: Sheriff, my former boss, wants to manipulate Buhari, Oshiomhole to anoint next governor
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Alhaji Shettima Dibal, the Wazirin Biu, was deputy to former Governor Ali Modu-Sheriff from 2003 to 2011. In rare comments about his former boss, Dibal spoke to reporters in Abuja on recent political developments in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State. Managing Editor, Northern Operations Yusuf Ali was there. Former Governor Ali Modu-Sheriff whom you served as deputy for eight years has returned to the APC recently. First of all, why didnt you follow him to the PDP ahead of the 20
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Buhari has no respect for rule of law Afenifere
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The pan Yoruba socio cultural organization, Afenifere on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buharis call for the placement of national interest above the rule of law was illogical.It noted that the claim was a proof of the Presidents lack of respect for the rule of law since assumption of office.The group in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting held yesterday at the residence of its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo State capital said Buharis statement undermined h
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Nigerians berate Oritsefemi for Im the best Nigerian artiste comment
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Nigerian fans have shaded singer Oritsefemi for saying he is the best artiste ever to come out of the country.The musician who got national fame with the release of his song, Double Wahala made the declaration on Twitter.I know some people will be waiting for me to buy dem car before dey play my songs that I just drop lately, he tweeted.Later still give all the award to dem people too am still the best artist Nigeria has produced.. from me as a 7yr old boy till date still I sing.In another tweet
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AMAA announces package for destination show
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Coming off their announcement of a shift in date, organisers of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) are on a promotion of the destination show which is billed to hold on October 20, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.With a series of other activities built around the awards ceremony, Founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe has called on film enthusiasts and tourists alike to be part of the show in a publication tagged Dine with African Super stars in Kigali.Join us in Kigali, Rwanda. Date is 20th October, 2018:
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Actress Uduak Akrah dies after slipping in bathroom
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Nollywood actress Uduak Akrah is dead.Her colleagues confirmed this on the social media, saying she died on Saturday, following injuries sustained from a fatal fall in the bathroom.I just heard from someone close to her and her family in Abuja. She suffered complications in the past few months from a nasty fall in the bathroom, said filmmaker Charles Novia.The actress who is based in Abuja was said to have been ill from the accident for some time, and was eventually brought to the Lagos Universi
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Jim Iyke: assault story false
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Since the report of his purported assault of a Dana Air staff emerged online, colleagues of Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke and filmmakers alike have been divided on a segment of the social media on the issue. While some were quick to castigate the actor for being in the news again for his bad boy personae, others pleaded caution, saying it is necessary to hear the actors side of the story.Thus, when the actor refuted the story, claiming it was concocted because he was merely being accompanied by a po
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20 selected for MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The first set of intakes in the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy has been released.The list of students includes 20 candidates who were chosen after a two months process of shortlisting from over 3,000 entries from Nigeria and Ghana.The lucky 20 were said to have also undergone rigorous interview and adjudication process by a group of film and television industry experts and MultiChoice regional Academy Director, Femi Odugbemi.They were said to have been selected based on their industry-relate
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AMVCAs to air live on DStv, GOtv
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
As preparations reach final stage for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs), holding at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, this Saturday, organisers have revealed that the event will bebroadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv from 4pm West African Time (WAT).According to promoters, the awards show which made debut in 2013, promises to be bigger with top contenders from across the continent vying for honors in the voting and non-voting categories.According to Channel
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Fed Govt: No plans to sell NLNG
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The Federal Government has no plans to sell the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), it was learnt yesterday.Speaking in Abuja during an investigative hearing on three motions by the Fred Agbedi- led House Committee on Gas Resources and Allied Matters, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu said there was no plan to sell the NLNG.We are not aware of any plans to sell LNLG by the federal government, Kachikwu said at the forum which was addressing the Need to stop the Sale
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SystemSpecs: MSMEs need technology to thrive
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) need to explore opportunities in technology to grow and meet customers needs, Managing Director of SystemSpecs, John Obaro, has said.He spoke yesterday at the Vanguard Economic Forum on MSMEs, in Lagos. Represented by the firms Head of Strategy, Seun Adesanya, he spoke on : The Role of Technology Adoption for Driving Growth and Innovation for MSMEs.According to Obaro, SystemSpecs is not a financial institution but a facilitator. What we do throug
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Pension complaints and solutions
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
OZEGBE: My name is Ozegbe. I am from Delta State. I retired on October 15, 2006 as a senior foreman (carpenter) on grade level 7 Step 8. I did my capturing in 2016. My problem is the non-payment of my federal share since 2006 till date. Thanks.THE NATION: The newspaper will intervene by getting PTAD to respond to your complaint. Watch out for the newspaper every Wednesday for your response.ORSHIO: My complaint is the non-payment of my late fathers pension entitlement by the Nigeria Police Pensio
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Lack of foreign index bond impeding pension growth
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Calls for enlistment of blue chip firms at capital marketThe non-availability of foreign index bond is impeding the desired growth of pension fund assets, the Acting Director-General, National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs Aisha Dahir-Umar, has said.The Acting DG, who was represented by the Head, Corporate Strategy and Research Department, Dr. Farouk Aminu, spoke at the just- concluded Insurance and Pension 2018 Conference held in Lagos, saying the fund has grown to over N8.2 trillion.She bel
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STACO invigorates e-portal
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
TO bring insurance closer to consumers, STACO insurance Plc has invigorated her e-portal platform, having secured the nod of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM).This was made known in a statement made available by the company Head of Corporate Affairs, Tunde Odeyemi, in Lagos.According to the statement, the Commission has confirmed a No Objection endorsement for the company to introduce e-payment portal into the market.The statement read: The companys e-payment portal is a web based trans
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Grooming future business leaders
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Globally, 70 per cent of start-ups fail yearly. Experts attribute the high mortality rate to owners lack of strategic thinking, inspirational qualities and interpersonal skills. But, a forum organised by a Lagos-based media organisation, Young and Cerebral, explored strategies to help budding entrepreneurs avoid the pitfalls and transit to leadership roles. DANIEL ESSIET reports.THEY are qualities that define successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. But such qualities namely, strategic thi
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Standard Alliance rebounds with N65.6m profit
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Standard Alliance Insurance Plc has witnessed a strong recovery in the immediate past business year, pulling away from a net loss of N1.34 billion to close the year with a pre-tax profit of N65.56 million.Key extracts of the audited report and accounts of Standard Alliance Insurance for the year ended December 31, 2017 released at the weekend at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed considerable growths in the top-line and the bottom-line.Gross premium rose from N4.38 billion in 2016 to N4.84
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LafargeHolcim to convert N7b debt to equities in N90b rights issue
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
LafargeHolcim, the world leader in building materials and majority foreign core investor in Lafarge Africa Plc, plans to convert about N6.8 billion of its outstanding loan to Lafarge Africa to additional shareholdings in its Nigerian subsidiary.The conversion of some $22.2 million from the total outstanding intercompany loan of $315.2 million due to LafargeHolcim is part of a proposed rights issue of N90 billion, scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.Lafarge Africa shareholders are sched
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Ambode urges LASPEC officers on pensioners
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has challenged officers of the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) on effective communication with retirees and pensioners.The governor, represented by the Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson, spoke during the workshop tagged: Top skills for public-facing officers of LASPEC in Lagos.He said the training was designed for officers of LASPEC who interact with pensioners, retirees and the public.Ac
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Govt to harness maritime assets
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured stakeholders that his administration will harness the huge maritime assets across the country to diversify the economy, eradicate poverty and massive create jobs.He said the sector would also be given the necessary attention and adequate support because it has vital role to play in transforming the nations economy.Addressing over 2,000 dignitaries and stakeholders at the launch of a book titled: Harnessing Nigerias Maritime Assets Past, Present and F
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