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2019: How Buharill battle Atiku, by APC governors
Thu, 11 Oct 2018

All Progressives Congress (APC) governors are taking the 2019 battle to Peoples Democratic Partty (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar.

They are confident that President Muhammadu Buhari will defeat the former vice president in next year’s election.

The governors, after a meeting yesterday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said they would engage in issue-based campaigns to convince Nigerians to vote Buhari.

The Atiku camp, also yesterday, said it was ready for an issue-based campaign and went ahead to raise some questions which it said would dominate the campaign and for which they are demanding answers from the government.

To demonstrate that Buhari also wants to campign based on his performance, the President received a 1042-page achievement compendium from Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, shortly before yesterday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

Mustapha said the compendium was a summary of policies and programmes implemented between 2015 and 2017 as approved by FEC, adding: “It is a valid and vivid proof of the giant strides by this administration.”

According to him, the document will serve as first hand information for the President on projects and programmes implemented.

The document, he said, will also serve as a reference point, lending credence to the fact that the administration has fulfilled its campaign promises.

Governors at the meeting with the President, which was also attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and SGF Mustapha, are: Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Kashim Shettima (Borno) and Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos).

Okorcha told reporters that the APC was not jittery because of Atiku’s emergence as PDP’s candidate.

He said the governors came together “with our followers and supporters to further inform the world of our readiness to deliver Buhari in the 2019 election.

“This is just basically the message we have come and to say that Mr. President is more than ever ready for the entire exercise.

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IMF urges Nigeria to increase non-oil revenue
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised Nigeria to explore ways of increasing its revenue outside its traditional base of oil proceeds.The IMFs Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, Paulo Mauro, who made the call at a press briefing at the on-going 2018 IMF/World Bank Meetings in Bali, Indonesia, admitted that there is an issue of how to increase Nigerias revenue base, pointing out that the matter was not only crucial, but of utmost priority.Mauro, who was responding to a questio
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Court voids Rivers APCs list of candidates
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
A Port Harcourt court yesterday voided the election of officers and candidates of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).But the party said it had appealed the judgment and requested a stay of execution.The ruling is a culmination of the crisis between Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe over the leadership of the party.Abe, ran a parallel congress which picked him as the governorship candidate. The Ameachi group, with the endorsement of the
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Farmers, herders crisis: What Tinubu said
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has faulted the response of Afenifere chieftain, Yinka Odumakin, to his (Tinubus) suggestions for peaceful resolution of clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country.At a national summit on conflict resolution in Abuja, organised by The Nation and TV Continental, with the theme: Towards an Enduring Peace, Asiwaju Tinubu said: The government must help herders gradually shift from their traditional nomadic existence to a mor
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Associates seek role for ex-DSS boss Daura
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
After about 64 days of debriefing, former Department of State Services (DSS) Director-General Lawal Daura has been released from custody and his security aides restored.President Muhammadu Buhari has the final say on Dauras fate.One of the allegations against Daura is unauthorised deployment of hooded security operatives to the National Assembly.It was learnt that some Daura associates are pushing for a key role for him in the Presidents re-election campaign.Although he was in charge of security
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Rome was built by men and women
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Nigerians acknowledge October 11 for girl child who is deeply in pains and agony. However, we need to act and not acknowledge alone this day. Girl child right is the equal right and privilege a young female child should have as the male. The female child is subjected to cases of sexual abuses, less health care, less educational support from the parent and government, more house chores compared to the male child.Scientifically, there is no report that genetic makeup of boys is stronger than girls
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Cancer scare
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
The Rivers soot issue deserves more attentionSometime in 2017, a medical specialist and consultant surgeon, Dr. Furo Green of the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital raised the alarm about cancer risk staring about six million residents of Rivers State and environs in the face, literally due to the presence of some black soot in the environment. This soot is a black, carbonaceous substance that results from complete combustion of coal, biomass, oil (crude or refined) tyres, polymer-based ma
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Spray and be jailed
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
A good attempt to preserve the NairaIf the Bankers Committee succeeds in banning spraying of money at parties, then it would have gone a long way in reducing the abuses to which the Naira, the countrys currency, has been subjected over the years. The committee warned after its meeting in Lagos on October 4 that those in the habit of spraying at parties should desist or risk N50,000 fine or six months imprisonment straight from the scene of the offence, the parties; or both. Those hawking the cur
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Whither Primary Six
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Children are supposed to spend six years in primary school before gaining entrance to secondary school. This, for sometime now, is no longer the practice. Many private schools skip Primary Six, resulting in under-age children moving to secondary school from Primary Five or even Primary Four. Should the trend continue’ KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE sought answers from educationists.The National Policy on Education, which dictates what should obtain in the education system, states that Nigeria runs
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Battle against illicit financial flows gets more bite in Nigeria
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
No fewer than 114 companies are on the verge of losing choice properties in highbrow areas, including Abuja, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Chairman Tunde Fowler says in a renewed battle against illicit financial flow. The real estate is believed to have become a haven to invest funds siphoned from developing countries. Assistant Editor NDUKA CHIEJINA reviews the measures being taking by the Federal Government curb and possibly to eliminate illicit financial flow in Nigeria. Africa and Ni
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Dokubo: I wont bow to pressure to share Amnesty cash
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has said he would not bow to pressure to share funds meant for ex-militants.He advised Niger Deltans to shun unnecessary criticism and fully support Presidential Amnesty Programme.He spoke at a meeting with the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors Association in Abuja yesterday.Dokubo added that he would ensure that Amnesty Programme funds were prudently managed in spite of pressure from individu
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Abducted oil workers regain freedom
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Four abducted members of a Joint Investigation Team probing the cause of an oil spill at Agips facility in Azuzuama, Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State, have regained freedom.Spokesman for the Joint Task Force in Niger Delta Major Ibrahim Abdullah said yesterday in Yenagoa that they were freed following pressure from the troops in search of the kidnappers.Suspected kidnappers abducted the four persons, including two employees of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), in Azuzuama, alo
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UNICEF holds education conference for north leaders
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) has begun a Northern Nigeria Traditional Leaders Conference on out of school children.This follows data released by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) that over 13 million children are out of school.UBEC noted that 80 per cent of out of school children in Nigeria are in the north, just as UNICEF said the children are not faceless but live in the communities.UBECs Executive Secretary Dr. Hamid Bobboyi,whowas represented by Deputy Executive S
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Court voids PDPs expulsion of Kashamu, Ogun Chairman
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
A HIGH Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja has set aside the Peoples Democratic Partys (PDP) expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu (Ogun East) and the partys Ogun State Chairman, Adebayo Dayo, an engineer.Justice Valentine Ashi, in a ruling yesterday, held that the purported expulsion was unlawful because it was done in flagrant disobedience of a subsisting order of the court made on December 7, 2017, which was restated on January 9, 2018.It directed parties not to do anythi
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My only agreement with Okorocha is make Imo better
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Uche Nwosu won the Imo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket after a fierce contest with some gladiators. In this interview with reporters in Owerri, the state capital, the former Chief of Staff unfolded his plan to reconcile aggrieved members of the party and his covenant with Governor Rochas Okorocha. NDIDI OKODILI was there.The primary where you emerged APC candidate was boycotted by six of nine aspirants. Are you not disturbed about that’Let me first of all commend t
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Adebanjo: Devolution is the answer
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Youth Party of Nigeria (YPN) presidential aspirant Rex Adebanjo, a lawyer, highlights the elements of change that will meet Nigerians expectations about popular rule and good governance.Restructuring to devolve power to regions, states and local governments for optimum accountability- key to maximise development local governments and states should be where the action is political labs to engender and try out/give free to diversity of ideas and various solutions and mostly bring government close
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PDP cant retain power in Gombe, says Gwamna
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Gombe State, Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna, has promised to work for the victory of President Muhammad Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya in next years elections.Speaking to reporters in Gombe Tuesday, Dr. Jamil said: We are going to work tirelessly and assiduously to ensure that president Muhammad Buhari wins the 2019 elections and the candidate of the APC in Gombe State, Inuwa Y
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Garba advocates more women in NASS
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Senator Binta Masi Garba, who represents Adamawa North Zone in the National Assembly (NASS) has advocated for more the election of women into the National Assembly to promote gender equity and give teeth to the implementation of the Beijing Declaration on rights of women.Binta, who is the only sitting woman senator from the spoke after her endorsement by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Senate. She expressed joy over the emergence of Hon. Aishatu Dahiru (Binani) and Hon. Binta Bello a
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Makarfi congratulates Atiku
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Senator Ahmed Makarfi has described former Vive President Atiku Abubakars victory in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary as the will of Allah.In a statement by Makarfis spokesman, Alhaji Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, Makarfi also thanked his supporters and urged them to join other members of the PDP ensure Atikus victory in the 2019 elections.Makarfi said: I wishes to convey his most sincere appreciation and gratitude to Almighty Allah for the peaceful and successful conclusion of
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Two Ekiti senatorial aspirants sue apc
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Two All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants, Mr. Kayode Otitoju and Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu, have rejected the results of the primary conducted in Ekiti North District.The aggrieved aspirants said they may be left with no other option than to head to the court to challenge the result which they said was neither free nor fair.According to the result released by the Dr. Ibrahim Sule-led Electoral Committee, Mr. Olubunmi Adetunmbi polled 21,763 to grab the ticket.Osinkolu garnered 5,312 votes while
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APC will definitely field governorship candidate in Zamfara Okorocha
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would definitely field a governorship candidate for Zamfara in 2019 election.Okorocha, who is also the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, stated this while speaking with newsmen after a closed door meeting with some APC Governors on Tuesday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC in an earlier letter to the APC, had said that the party was not eligible to field candidates for Governorship
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Adefowora Olaide emerges most beautiful girl in Iba 2018
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Miss Adefowora Olaide has been crowned most beautiful girl in Iba community 2018 pageantry which held on September 30, at the Event Gallery, Lasu Isheri Road IIpaye , Lagos state.The event which was organized by Vive Koncept kicked off with a red carpet session that was flooded with top models and judges. The red carpet was covered by IC Media and Entertainment who were also part of the sponsors of the event.The pageantry which was hosted by Hafesesto Nova and Hope Odabi Ceo Dabigirl media also
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Okey Bakassi to host catholic dinner
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
As part of measures to raise funds for its 2018 Harvest, the Catholic Church of The Ascension, Murtala Muhammed International, Airport, Ikeja, Lagos is set to organise a fund raising dinner.The event which is themed Giving back to our society lifting our youth will hold on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Legend Lagos Hotel, Quis Aviation Free Services Trade Zone, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.It will be hosted by frontline comedian Okey Bakassi.Recently, the comedian fr
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Ema Edosio speaks, as Kasala comes to cinema
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Having toured some film festivals in and outside Nigeria, Kasala, a ghetto sensation film by Ema Edosio, will take its chance at the Nigerian cinema, as a flick that balances art appreciation with commercial edge when it opens to the big screen on October 12, 2018.Deploying the odds to touch all aspects of cinema success, Edosios use of the camera to tell a simple story is phenomenal, and she is more optimistic than ever that neither low budget nor lack of artistic understanding by some audience
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NCI Fund: Firm acquires security vessel
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Executive Secretary Simbi Wabote has commissioned a new security vessel, MV Tamuno-Dein II, acquired by BGAM Services Limited, the first oil and gas company to access the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund).The ceremony was performed at the Naval Shipyard, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. MV Tamuno-Dein II is a multi-role ballistic security vessel, with protective machine gun panels, electronic fuel monitoring system and deck comma
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Odua hits N4 billion in earnings
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Odua Investments Company Ltd. has declared N4.068 billion and a profit before tax of N698 million as its earnings for the 2017 fiscal year.The Chairman, Board of Directors of the conglomerate, Olusola Akinwumi and its Group Managing Director (GMD), Mr Adewale Raji, disclosed this while addressing reporters after the companys 36th Annual General Meeting at its Cocoa House, Ibadan headquarters, yesterday.Consequently, following the approval at the AGM, the company declared N277.78 million dividend
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SPDC appeals court ruling on MD, others
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has appealed a Rivers State High Court order sentencing its Managing Director and two others to three months inprisonment for contempt of court.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Port Harcourt High Court on Tuesday sentenced the companys managing director, Mr Osagie Okunbor, and two others to prison with hard labour.Reacting to the sentence, Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, who is the Manager, Corporate Communications and External Relations of Shell
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Group decries excessive taxation at Sand park
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
A GROUP, HURMA has urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to stop the illegal collection of taxes and harassment by officials of Apapa Iganmu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) at Ifesowapo White Sand Trailer Park.In a petition to the governor, the groups Executive Director (ED) Buna Isiak, said the park is owned by the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), adding: They came together to use their acquired land as a parking space as well as repair their faulty vehicles to avoid constituting n
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Innovation in energy storage wins NLNGs $100,000 Prize
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
The Advisory Board of the Nigeria Prize for Science has announced Nanostructured metal hydrides for the storage of electric power from renewable energy sources and explosion prevention in high voltage power transformers as the winning work for this years Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limiteds (NLNG) Prize for Science worth a $100,000.The work done by Dr. Peter Ngene was announcement by the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Science Prize and a science prize laureate, Prof. Akpoveta Susu, at
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Fed Govt releases N460b for capital expenditure
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
The Federal Government says it has released N460 billion of the N2.1 trillion capital expenditure for 2018 budget implementation.Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma made this disclosure in Bali, Indonesia yesterday after meeting with a delegation of Afreximbank officials on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.Udoma told journalists that more money will be released if the National Assembly approves the executiv
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MAPs will achieve 30% local content input in metering
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Only genuine electricity consumers will get meters when the Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) start operation in January 2019, Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company (MEMCOL) Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kola Balogun, has said.By so doing, MAPs will comply with the 30 per cent local content directive given by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).In an telephone interview with The Nation, Balogun said meter asset providers have agreed to meet 30 per cent local content requirem
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NIPCO increases investment in capacity building
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
NIPCO Plc said its investment in capacity building has surged despite the challenging business environment. The huge investment in capacity building is a part of our growth strategy, the Managing Director of the company, Sanjay Teotia, has said.Teotia, who declared this at the performance management workshop for NIPCO workers in Lagos, added that the surge in capacity investment was to awaken and cultivate new learning culture in the workers not only to enable the company survive in the challeng
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Lagos to adopt holistic approach to waste management
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
LAGOS State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has said effective Solid Waste Management (SWM) requires a paradigm shift.Besides, he argued that in the quest for environmental sustainability, a new mindset, which would revolve around responsibility,partnership and stewardship has to be in place.Ambode stated this at the World Habitat Day (WHD) held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja on Monday.The governor described the theme: Municipal solid waste management, as very apt and timely, especi
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FirstBank to host FinTech summit
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
In line with its corporate strategy to drive transformation through its products, processes and services, FirstBank has announced a three-day Financial Technology (FinTech) summit.The event comes with the theme: The Future of Banking the Role of AI and Big Data. The event is convened to increase technological support and collaboration with the tech community whilst deepening the Banks technological inclusion framework to improve its product offerings and services delivery experience.The FirstBa
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