Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Leadership Newspaper Headlines [30 September, 2018].

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Food Shortage Imminent As Grains Reserve Depletes
Sun, 30 Sep 2018

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Nigeria’s preparedness to face food supply emergencies is under threat following the shocking revelation of empty grain reserves scattered around the country. LEADERSHIP Sunday reports that the strategic food reserves were designed to accommodate millions of metric tonnes of grains but recent findings by our correspondents have shown that several of the strategic grains reserve in some states of the federation are mere building structures in the midst of bushes.

The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA), a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development located in Sheda-Abuja, Kwali area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), along the Lokoja-Abuja expressway, hosts one of the reserve facilities in the nation’s capital. It was learnt that the construction of the reserve was completed in 2013 and it has the capacity to accommodate about 100,000 metric tonnes of grains. Presently, there are about 20 silos in the complex, with each of the silos having the capacity of accommodating about 164 metric tonnes of grains.

LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered, however, that since the completion of this project about five years ago, not a single grain has been stored in the facility. In effect, the multi-million naira storage facility has been allowed to waste away. Although the facilities at the complex, such as the silos, buildings, network of roads, fence and flowers are wearing new looks, and are being maintained, the area lacks activities.

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When our reporter visited the facility recently, many of the staff members were not on duty. The area was like a ghost town, with no tangible activity in the area. Even the few ones present were not ready to speak on the facility. However, one of the workers offered to speak under the cloak of anonymity. He revealed that the facility lacks constant power supply and that its standby generator has for long been in a state of disrepair.

“Since 2013 when this project was completed, we have not seen a single grain brought in here for storage. The only time we saw some bags of grains was during the completion of the project when it was being test- run, and shortly after testing the grains they were removed from the facility and taken away,” he said. Director-general‎ Food and Strategic Reserve Department, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Haruna Sule Abutu, however revealed that the federal government had a total of 33 silo complexes across the nation and currently their stocks level is less than 20 per cent. He noted that to stock all the silos to full capacity, they ministry need not less than N93 billion annually, which is above its budget allocation.

He‎ added that in view to ensuring maximum utilisation of the facilities, government was considering giving out some of the facilities for concession to the private sector. “The concession of the surplus facilities will enhance the agricultural development in the country, provide more jobs opportunities and income to the government,” Haruna said. Meanwhile, in Kaduna, officials have decried the non completion of some Strategic Grains Reserve Silo projects across the country for which billions of naira were budgeted. It was observed during a visit that the national grain reserve silos located in some parts of Kaduna State looked shabby and moribund.

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Revealing The Book Of Revelations (Part 1)
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPIntroduction The leading key to understanding the Book of Revelation is found in its first sentence (Revelation 1:1): ‘THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST’. This statement is also the basic to understanding every letter in the Bible. Actually the Book of Revelation was not meant to be a mystery, but to be understood. Its name means []The post Revealing The Book Of Revelations (Part 1) appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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EU Hails Nigeria’s Ability To Curb Effects Of Climate Change
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe European Union, EU, has commended Nigeria for its efforts at combating climate change. The EU Head of Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Kertil Karlsen made this disclosure, Monday, at the opening of the EU Climate Change Diplomatic Week at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. According to Karsen, ‘In the sense of trying to combat []The post EU Hails Nigeria’s Ability To Curb Effects Of Climate Change appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Nigeria Took N280bn Sovereign Loan In 10 Years
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Agence Francaise De Developpment, AFD, Wednesday, said it has supported the Federal Government of Nigeria with over 280 Billion Naira in sovereign loan. The ADF said the figure represented 44 percent of 1.5 Billion expended over the period of ten years in the country. Addressing a press briefing in Abuja,as part of plans to []The post Nigeria Took N280bn Sovereign Loan In 10 Years appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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China Commemorates 69th Anniversary Of Founding
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPWith pomp and glitz, the People’s Republic Of China celebrated the 69th Anniversary of its founding on the 27th of this month at its embassy in Abuja. The Charge d’Affaires, Mr Lin Jing, in his keynote address expressed delight at hosting guests comprising of top government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and friends of []The post China Commemorates 69th Anniversary Of Founding appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Imo Guber: The Pretenders And Contenders
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPEMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE, spotlights the aspirants seeking to emerge candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the governorship election in Imo State. Count down to the forthcoming general elections has set political stakeholders on edge. This is as a result of intensified overt and covert activities by the various political parties to secure victory []The post Imo Guber: The Pretenders And Contenders appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Dankwambo’s Call For Reward Of PDP Loyalists And Matters Arising
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPAs the campaign for the ticket of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thickens, the party is set on the edge ahead of the 2019 general elections as the test over its ability to reward loyalty will be brought to fore, writes Emameh Gabriel. Those who celebrated the denouncement of the colossal leadership crisis that rocked the []The post Dankwambo’s Call For Reward Of PDP Loyalists And Matters Arising appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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How Nigeria Can Stop Smuggling Of Rice ‘ Bagudu
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPIn this interview with YUSUF BABALOLA, the Kebbi State governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu explained how Nigeria can stop smuggling of foreign parboiled rice from Benin Republic and how rice production has increased in the state under his administration. As a rice producing state, how do you contain smuggling from Benin Republic’ It is affecting us []The post How Nigeria Can Stop Smuggling Of Rice ‘ Bagudu appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ekweremadu And The 5th Tenure Burden
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPNNAMDI MBAWIKE dissects the hurdles before the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as he seeks a return to the red chambers for a record fifth time. Although Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had a smooth ride back to the Senate in 2015, political pundits who have been following political happenings in Enugu State, are of the []The post Ekweremadu And The 5th Tenure Burden appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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58 Years After, Political Parties Still In The Woods
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPCHIBUZO UKAIBE and TOPE FAYEHUN write on how political parties have evolved in Nigeria since Independence. Political party system in Nigeria is as old as country. But, how well they have helped to entrench robust political culture, and by extension socio-economic prosperity in the country, has remained topical, if not worrisome, over the years. In []The post 58 Years After, Political Parties Still In The Woods’ appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Saxtee Takes Band To Ankara Nite In US
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPSensational saxophonist, Mr Tunde Balogun, otherwise known as Saxtee has been announced as one of the headliners for the 2018 Festival of Culture in USA. Saxtee and his musical band has been headline for events Ankara Nite, Jazz Night, Miliki Nite which will hold on December 28, 2018 at D Ranch Restaurant, Maryland in United []The post Saxtee Takes Band To Ankara Nite In US appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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ASUU Laments FG Failure To Implement MoU
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe zonal coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU ), Professor Lawan Abubakar has decried what he termed lack of commitment displayed by the federal government towards the implementation of the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding aimed at persuading the union then to suspend the 2017 industrial action. Addressing newsmen in Jos []The post ASUU Laments FG Failure To Implement MoU appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Communication Policing: NIPPS Seeks Role For Monarchs
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, Plateau state in collaboration with department for international development ,DFID UKaid, has organised a one day roundtable on the role of traditional rulers in community policing in Nigeria: Models, policy option and strategies. The one day roundtable discussion had in attendance traditional ruler from []The post Communication Policing: NIPPS Seeks Role For Monarchs appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Governor Ahmed Flags Off Osi- Obbo Aiyegunle Road
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPAs part of deliberate efforts to improve the socio- economic development of every part of Kwara state, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has flagged off the construction of Osi- Obo Aiyegunle road in Ekiti local government area of the state. OLADIPO MAGAJI reports. Despite its lean purse and few months to the end of his eight- year []The post Governor Ahmed Flags Off Osi- Obbo Aiyegunle Road appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Again, 2 Suspected Traffickers Arrested In Edo
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPEdo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking in collaboration with the Nigerian Immigration Service, Edo State Command, yesterday, arrested two suspected traffickers who specialise in trafficking teenage girls to Russia for sexual exploitation. The suspects were arrested at Ekae axis of Sapele, Benin City following a tip off by relatives of the trafficked girls. The []The post Again, 2 Suspected Traffickers Arrested In Edo appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Yobe Philanthropist Leads 50,000 Supporters To APC
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPProminent Nguru indigene, philanthropist, successful businessman cum long-time ally of the late Senator Usman Albishir, Alhaji Abdullahi Balarabe, is set to lead about 50,000 Albishir supporters and Nguru politicians back to the mainstream All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State. This is just as Albishir Youth Organisation in Nguru, Yobe State, has warned a one-time []The post Yobe Philanthropist Leads 50,000 Supporters To APC appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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262 Journalists Jailed In 2017 ‘ CPJ
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says no fewer than 262 journalists were jailed in 2017 for ‘doing their work’. The group said at an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Friday that journalists were regularly threatened, attacked and killed, and were also being imprisoned in record numbers around the world. []The post 262 Journalists Jailed In 2017 ‘ CPJ appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PMB Congratulates China On 69th Anniversary
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated His Excellency Xi Jinping, the president of the People’s Republic of China, on its 69th anniversary. In a congratulatory letter personally signed by him, President Buhari, in a statement by his special adviser, Media, Femi Adesina said, ‘On this auspicious occasion of the 69th anniversary of the People’s Republic of []The post PMB Congratulates China On 69th Anniversary appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PDP Aspirants Protest Disqualification In Kogi
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPSome aspirants under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have protested against their disqualification in the Kogi West Senatorial District of the state ahead of the yesterday’s primaries of the party. The aspirants, in a joint statement in Abuja accused the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki of being the architect of their last []The post PDP Aspirants Protest Disqualification In Kogi appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Shippers’ Council Reports Over N200bn Investment By Port Concessionaires In 10 Years
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, said on Wednesday that terminal operators at ports made significant investments estimated at N200bn in the last 10 years. Bello made this known in Abuja at a sub-regional workshop and joint standing committee meeting. An event that was organised by the Union of African Shippers’ Council []The post Shippers’ Council Reports Over N200bn Investment By Port Concessionaires In 10 Years appeared first on
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Bello Pledges To Pay New Minimum Wage In Kogi
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPIn keeping faith with the demand of labour union to avoid frosty relationship in the present dispensation, the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has pledged to pay the minimum wage that is agreed upon by the tripartite committee set up by the federal government. The chairman of the concerned Kogi State Workers’ Forum, an []The post Bello Pledges To Pay New Minimum Wage In Kogi appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Oil Marketers Demand Payment Debt From FG
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPOil marketers have appealed to the federal government to hasten the payment of over N650bn subsidy arrears to save their assets from being taken over by banks. The marketers, under the aegis of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN include members of other associations like Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN); Depot and []The post Oil Marketers Demand Payment Debt From FG appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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2019: Alhassan, Former Women Affairs Minister, Picks UDP Governorship Nomination Form
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPSen. Aisha Alhassan, who resigned her appointment as women affairs minister and also dumped the APC on Saturday, has picked the United Democratic Party (UDP), nomination form to contest for the Taraba governorship seat. Alhassan, at a press conference shortly after joining UDP and picking its nomination form, claimed that the APC had become ‘the []The post 2019: Alhassan, Former Women Affairs Minister, Picks UDP Governorship Nomination Form appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Avoid Another Slide Into Economic Recession, Experts Tell FG
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPFinancial analysts have said the federal government should avoid sliding into another economic recession and take to recent advice by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on how to go about preventing it writes MARK ITSIBOR. The negative fundamentals that raised the red flag of recession over the Nigerian economy never left with the celebrated []The post Avoid Another Slide Into Economic Recession, Experts Tell FG appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Saraki Condemns Plateau Killings, Mourns Rep Member, Pilot
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPPresident of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the government and affected communities in Plateau State, over the recent attack in the state that has reportedly left no fewer than 15 people dead while calling on the security agencies to intensify efforts to protect the people and nab criminals perpetrating violence across []The post Saraki Condemns Plateau Killings, Mourns Rep Member, Pilot appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Adherence To Standards Will Aid SMEs’ Access To Global Markets ‘ NACC
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), have harped on the need for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to adhere strictly to international standards to be competitive at the global market. The director general, SMEDAN, Dikko Radda, said the ability of SMEs to []The post Adherence To Standards Will Aid SMEs’ Access To Global Markets ‘ NACC appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Berger Paints Mulls Growth Of Profit Via Innovation, New Investment
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPBerger Paints Nigeria Plc said product and distribution innovation and new investment will grow sales and profitability of the company going forward. Managing director of Berger Paints, Mr. Peter Folikwe made this known at the company fact behind the figure held on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos. Folikwe said the company would focus []The post Berger Paints Mulls Growth Of Profit Via Innovation, New Investment appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Niger PDP Endorses Mark As Aspirant
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPNiger State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithfully and unanimously endorsed presidential aspirant, Senator David Mark for the 2019 polls. Senator Mark was military governor of Niger State between 1984 and 1986. The party said when David Mark’s Campaign team visited the state, that the aspirant has demonstrated his leadership qualities, competence and uncommon patriotism to []The post Niger PDP Endorses Mark As Aspirant appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NEPC Calls For Partnership With NACCIMA, Exporters
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe executive director/CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Segun Awolowo, has emphasised the need for exporters with Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) to register and work with the Council to enable them link up with the global supply chain. Awolowo stated this in Lagos at an export promotion conference []The post NEPC Calls For Partnership With NACCIMA, Exporters appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Air Peace Loses Over N6 Billion On West Coast Routes
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPLargest domestic carrier, Air Peace has lost more than N6 Billion on its West Coast route over what the airline described as Aero politics. Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema who disclosed this at the weekend, therefore, called on government to support Nigerian airlines by helping them play the international aero politics, stating that []The post Air Peace Loses Over N6 Billion On West Coast Routes appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Aiteo’s Benedict Peters Wins Forbes Oil & Gas Leader Award
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPInternational business leader and founder of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters was awarded Africa’s Oil and Gas Leader of the Year at the Forbes Best of Africa Gala which held at Forbes Headquarters, New York City on September 27, 2018. The award is an acknowledgement of Peters’ significant contribution to oil and gas development in Africa []The post Aiteo’s Benedict Peters Wins Forbes Oil & Gas Leader Award appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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2019: As Nigerians Await Pmb’s Landslide Victory
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPAs the differing political parties gather momentum for the 2019 general elections, there is but one defining and pivotal common denominator in all their calculations and prediction and that is the unassailable and unchallenged popularity, grassroots appeal and all around acceptability of the personality and candidature of the President and Commander in Chief of the []The post 2019: As Nigerians Await Pmb’s Landslide Victory appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Of Adamawa And The Desperation For Power
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThese are sure interesting times in my state, Adamawa, we are witnessing a big display of desperation from aspirants of political offices. The desperation was again an evident when some politicians visited Numan for campaigns, in their overzealous will to condemn the incumbent, Senator Muhammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow, they ended up embarrassing themselves and the []The post Of Adamawa And The Desperation For Power appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Why NASS Budget Should Be Reduced ‘ Fajemirokun
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPThe 33-year old Simi Fajemirokun is a consultant and researcher. In this interview with KINGSLEY OPURUM, she explains the reason why Nigerian lawmakers should not earn as high as they are earning now, and other sundry issues. Excerpts. One of the issues of contention at the National Assembly is the call by Nigerians that Constituency []The post Why NASS Budget Should Be Reduced ‘ Fajemirokun appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Nigerian Youths Can Be Trusted With Leadership ‘ Mohammed
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPComrade Murtala Mohammed in this interview with TARKAA DAVID stressed the need for youths to aspire for leadership position. Can Nigerian youths be trusted with leadership positions’ Of course yes, you know leadership is not based on age, region, tribe or religion. It is something that deals with integrity and personality. That is why we []The post Nigerian Youths Can Be Trusted With Leadership ‘ Mohammed appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ruma’s Zeal For Excellence
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPAfter a lifetime of service in education processes in Nigeria, Dr Abba Ruma, retired from public service to continue in the same line in a different way. The only Nigerian who has had the opportunity of serving as minister three times under different administrations is today, charting a way for the mostly neglected group in []The post Ruma’s Zeal For Excellence appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Plateau Community Organises Food Carnival To Preserve Custom
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPACHOR ABIMAJE reports that the people of Quampan local government area of Plateau state, in a bid to preserve their custom and local dialect from going into extinction, organised a food carnival in Jos to showcase their customs and traditions. For a long time to come, the food carnival organised by Doemak Youth Development Association []The post Plateau Community Organises Food Carnival To Preserve Custom appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Rampant Smuggling Afflicts Nigerian Borders, Creeks
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPSmuggling of contraband at Nigerian border posts and creeks is a thriving business despite ban on importation of the products by the federal government. YUSUF BABALOLA writes. Nigeria is a country in West Africa. It shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the West, Chad and Cameroon in the East, and Niger Republic []The post Rampant Smuggling Afflicts Nigerian Borders, Creeks appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Military, Security And Nigeria’s Sovereignty At 58
Sun, 30 Sep 2018
LEADERSHIPIn this report, GEORGE AGBA, attempts and assessment of the Nigerian Military and the effort to contain security challenges in the country, with a view to maintaining the country’s sovereignty since independence. There is a consensus that Nigeria, warts and all, is a work in progress and therefore Nigerians should see themselves as part of []The post Military, Security And Nigeria’s Sovereignty At 58 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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