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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 SEPTEMBER, 2018].

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APC elders: no anointed aspirant for Lagos governor
Thu, 13 Sep 2018

No aspirant has been adopted for Lagos State governor, All Progressives Congress (APC) elders said yesterday.

The Chairman of the Elders’ Forum, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said the party would not have resolved to hold a primary if it had adopted an aspirant.

He was reacting to media reports that the chapter had adopted Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, the Managing Director of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC), as its governorship candidate.

Said Olusi: “All these things are speculations. They are not true. How can we plan to hold a primary to elect our candidate and then adopt somebody?

“If we are still going to hold our primary, why then should we adopt, or does the adoption cancel the primary? No.

“This is the political season; many interesting things happen, but I can tell you most of the things that have been reported on the matter are mere speculations and not facts. Nobody has directed any adoption.”

Olusi, referring to a video being circulated, said it was normal for individuals or groups to back or endorse aspirants ahead of any election.

He, however, said such endorsements should not be taken to be the party’s position.

Olusi said the determination of who would become the party’s candidate would be taken at the primary.

He described the APC as a democratic party, saying all aspirants would be allowed a level-playing field.

On the feasibility of holding a direct primary in view of the large number of party members, Olusi said there was no cause for alarm.

He said the right preparations were being done, expressing optimism that everything would go well during the exercise.

Olusi would not comment on the controversies over different modes of primary in some APC state chapters.

“Honestly, I do not want to comment on that. However, we are a growing democracy and we learn every day,’’ he said.

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Dont return undertakers to power, says Buhari
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The President yesterday urged Nigerians not to allow those who plundered the nations commonwealth between 1999 and 2015 return to power.There was a mild drama at the NEC Hall of the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, where he submitted his nomination form.The drama was created by the insistence of APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole that President Muhammadu Buhari should pay N100 before collecting his partys digital membership card.Oshiomhole also told the President that the party now has over
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NCC intervenes in CBNs cash refund order to MTN
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
There is hope for a truce in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-MTN Nigeria face-off.Telecoms sector regulator Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is to broker peace between the two.The CBN has ordered the mobile giant to refund $8.1billion allegedly repatriated from the country.Besides, the Attorney General of the Federation has demanded the payment of $2billion alleged to be unpaid taxes over a 10-year period, allegations the telco has consistently rejected.MTN Nigeria claimed that due pro
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New Minimum Wage: Labour issues two weeks ultimatum as Fed Govt gives assurance
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Labour leaders in Nigeria yesterday cautioned the Federal Government to stop foot dragging on the New Minimum Wage and allow the tripartite committeeconclude its job to avoid industrial crisis.The ultimatum coincided with an assurance from the Federal Government on the new minimum wage.The labour leaders, who are members of the Minimum Wage Committee at a joint news conference addressed in Lagos, gave the federal government 14 days to ensure that the committee conclude its work or be ready to fa
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Whistleblowing: EFCC recovers N527b, Magu pledges political neutrality
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu yesterday said whistleblowing has led to the recovery of N527, 463, 500, $53, 222, 747, 122, 890 and 547,730.He said the EFCC will continue to be politically neutral in its operations and will go after anybody or institution with sufficient case to answer.He said the commission will never shield anyone from investigation and prosecution in accordance with law.Magu, who made the disclosures at an interactive ses
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Fayemi warns against Fayoses N10b supplementary budget fraud
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi has said there will be consequences for those who participate in illegal appropriation of public funds to defraud the state.Fayemi was reacting yesterday to a report of a N10 billion supplementary budget allegedly sent by Governor Ayodele Fayose to the House of Assembly in cahoots with officials of the Ministry of Budget.The governor-elect warned ministry officials and lawmakers against being used for illegal appropriation of public funds.He stressed t
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Olubadan to Olakulehin: youre rude, reckless
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, has said a statement credited to High Chief Owowlabi Olakulehin that the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja, was misleading him is rude and reckless.The monarch said someone who will make him recognise illegal crowns and cheap royalties had not been born.Oba Adetunji spoke yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, while welcoming to his palace members of Mesiogo Movement, a socio-cultural club of Ibadan indigenes who com
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PACAC chief, Falana: Africa must set agenda on loot recovery
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Africa must set the agenda on discussions around curbing illicit financial flow and enhancing the recovery of assets stolen from the continent, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Executive Secretary Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said yesterday.According to him, letting the international community set agenda for such discussions may not always be in the continents best interests.Owasanoye said it was for that reason that PACAC organised the second International Conference on Comba
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No rift between Tinubu and I, says Ambode
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday said reports of a rift between him and All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were untrue.A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Habib Aruna, in Lagos, faulted reports of a major rift between Tinubu and Ambode over the governors second term bid.Aruna quoted Ambode as telling party faithful in Epe during the election of delegates for the presidential primary election and national convention that the reports i
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Obasa denies plot to impeach Ambode
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Lagos State House of Assembly has denied any plot to impeach Governor Akimwunmi Ambode. Speaker Mudashiru Obasa said the House has a cordial relationship with the governor.Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Musibau Razak , Obasa said there is no iota of truth in the rumour.Report had appeared on some social media platform on Tuesday that the Speaker wrote the Governor not to go ahead with the plans to buy the nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to re-contest his s
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PDP cautions INEC over alleged plot to shift 2019 elections
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against alleged plots to shift the dates for the 2019 general elections.The opposition party also advised the chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu not to allow the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari Presidency to use him to execute their plots to frustrate the conduct of credible elections in 2019.Saying that the plot was meant to push for illegal tenure elongation for
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Edo hosts stakeholders for Industrial Policy validation
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
To set a definite course for its industrialisation drive, the Edo State government will be hosting stakeholders in the industrial sector, comprising trade unions, chambers of commerce and manufacturers, to a validation session for the newly drafted Edo Industrial Development Policy on Thursday.The Focal Person for the Edo Industrial Policy and Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Investment Promotion, Mr. Kelvin Uwaibi, in a statement, said the session would serve to engage sta
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I didnt start vote-buying in Nigeria Jonathan
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Former President Goodluck Jonathanon Wednesdaydenied the claims that he started massive vote-buying in the country.The Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, was quoted to of said that the unfortunate trend of vote buying started under former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.A statement by Ikechukwu Eze, who is the Media Adviser to Jonathan, entitled Oshiomhole: The burden of blame game and tumultuous leadership, said that the allegations were false and misleading.He said
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Fake drug dealer apprehended in Ondo
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
A suspected quack drug dealer, Olowolayemo Ifetayo is now in security operatives custody in Ondo state.To this end, the State Government has vowed to deal decisively with quarks, fake and counterfeit drug dealers in the state.Commissioner for health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro said government holds the lives of residents seriously and would not allow anybody toil with it in the name of making money.Adegbenro said government would not hesitate to prosecute those operating hospitals under the guise of Pat
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DisCos: we must speak for our $1.4b investment
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) yesterday told the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC ), that it has the legal backing to speak for the Electricity Distrubution Companies (DisCos) that invested $1.4 billion in the power assets.The association in its reaction to the Communique that barred them from denigrating the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said it the legal backing that the other associations in the sector rely on to air thie
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MSMEs engage 64% of employees
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) has hailed the activities of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as the engine of growth for any economy.LCCI president, Babatunde Paul Ruwase said the sector drives 64 per cent of employment in the country including providing everyday products and services to both large corporate and final consumers.He said though government has demonstrated a good level of sensitivity to the plight of this critical sector there is need to do more. He
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Relocation: Ateke Tom, DSS stave off invasion of Shell Base by Rivers youth group
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The intervention of former Niger Delta warlord and the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, His Royal Majesty, King Ateke Tom and the Director, Department of State Security Services (DSS) in the state, staved off a massive protest against Shell supply base yesterday.The protesting youth had gathered in their hundreds in Onne and were about marching on the supply base of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) in the Oil and Gas Free Z
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Communities send SOS to Ambode on road
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
It was a long and tortuous drive to the community, such that on arrival at the palace of the Olumopo of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, Chief Lamoriyu Isiaka, the visitors car bumper had fallen off.Such is the deplorable state of Okun-Mopo/Okun-Aja/Lafiaji/Mopo 1, Mopo 2 and Iwerekun Road in Eti-Osa and Ibeju-Lekki Local Government areas of Lagos State.The road, which links the three communities up to the Eleko Beach, also serves as an alternative route to the Lekki-Epe Expressway when there is heavy traffi
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Group to clean market
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
THE Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), the ProducerResponsibility Organisation (PRO) for the food and beverage sector, will on Saturday hold a clean up as part of its activities to mark the World Clean-up Day.The body, along with its partner, Recycle Points, will tomorrow embark on a clean-up of the Arena market in Oshodi, Lagos. During the exercise, which is also aimed at intensifying awareness on environmental pollution, Alliance volunters would engage in the cleaning of refuse sites
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Oil demand may peak by 2023
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Within 20 years, oil use will have long since peaked, renewables and natural gas will account for about half of energy supply and the cost of keeping the lights on will plummet. But that still wont be enough to meet climate goals, according to a forecast from energy and maritime services company DNV GL Group AS.According to Bloomberg, even with crude oil demand expected to fall from 2023 and total energy consumption over the globe to peak 12 years after that, the world will probably warm 2.6 deg
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EkoDisCo to add 20Mw to VI, Lekki, others
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) is to add 20 megawatts (Mw) of electricity to boost supply to residents of Oniru, Maroko and Lekki environs. its General Manager, Communications, Mr Godwin Idemudia, has said.He said the company has started a power project development within its network aimed at improving power supply. He said with the introduction of new power cables at the Maroko injection substation and construction of a new power line, customers in that area would enjoy uninterrup
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PENGASSAN, NUPENG to collaborate with NCDMB on local content
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The national executives of the Petroleum and the Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and their counterparts Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on local content development in the oil and gas industry.The unions made the commitment during a visit to the NCDMB headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.PENGASSAN National Chairman Comrade Francis
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Kachikwu for Nairobi summit
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, will join operators to address energy infrastructure deficiency in sub-Saharan Africa at the Africa Oil and Gas Summit in Nairobi, Kenya from October 10-12.The summits co-convener, Mr Oladeji Olawale, told reporters in Lagos that going by the United Nations projection, Africas population would hit 2.3 billion by 2050 while International Monetary Funds (IMFs) projects that the continent will average 6.5 per cent Gross Domestic Produc
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