Nigerian Newspaper: The Nation Headlines Today , Tuesday 23 October, 2018.

Nigerian Newspaper: The Nation Headlines Today , Tuesday 23 October, 2018.

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Balarabe Musa to Nigerians: dont return PDP to power

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaigners got a bloody nose yesterday.

Nigerians should not return the party to power, an elder statesman said.

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Second Republic Governor of old Kaduna State Alhaji Balarabe Musa believes the country would be worse off if the main opposition party is allowed to come back.

He said PDP’s 16-year administration before 2015 brought misery and underdevelopment to Nigeria, adding that the party almost ruined the economy completely with massive corruption and plunder of resources while in power.

Musa was speaking in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from his Kaduna home.

Musa, a socialist, who was elected in 1979 on the platform of the radical Peoples Redemptio Party (PRP) but impeached in 1981 by the opposition-dominated House of Assembly, said although all was not well with the country under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government, Nigerians should never risk having any hope in the PDP to make things better.

To him, the PDP lacks the moral right to ask for a return to power. A credible alternative is needed to turn things around, he said.

The PDP gained momentum following the election of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate at its Port Harcourt Convention.

But octogenarian Musa, who recently relinquished the leadership of the PRP on account of age and failing health, said: ”I do not understand the hype about PDP returning to power. I just do not understand. Return to do what?

“The party that created many problems for 16 years when they were in power,? No way!

“Things are not too good in the country at the moment, but I think the country would be worse if the PDP is allowed to return. We saw what they did for 16years and they will definitely mess things up further.

“Nigerians should not trust the PDP with power. We will be disappointed.What we need in the country right now is a credible alternative that would deliver good governance and respond to our needs,” he said.

Musa said money had over the years influenced Nigerian politics, resulting in the emergence of unpopular leaders.

The former governor said Nigerians must be prepared to change the narrative by voting according to their conscience in 2019 and beyond.

He said the country was faced with a number of security and economic challenges, among others, which need the government’s creative intervention to address.

Musa suggested the economic restructuring of the country to bring back privatised public corporations under government control for more efficient services.

The former governor said the economy was being controlled by the private sector, which he said was ripping off the people with poor service delivery.

Reacting to Musa’s statement, PDP spokesman Kola Ologbodiyan, said: “Perhaps Alhaji Balarabe Musa is talking about the PDP of old, not today’s rebranded PDP, which majority of Nigerians are rallying behind.

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EFCC arraigns Fayose for alleged N1.2b, $5m theft
Tue, 23 Oct 2018

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose at the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly receiving and keeping N1.2billion and $5million stolen funds.

He was arraigned before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun on an 11-count charge of violating the Money Laundering Act.

He was charged with his company Spotless Limited.

EFCC said Fayose and his associate Abiodun Agbele, who is facing a different charge, allegedly took possession of N1, 219, 000, 000 on June 17, 2014 to fund the former governor’s 2014 governorship campaign.

The commission said Fayose “reasonably ought to have known” that the money “formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”

The alleged offence is contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) and (4).

EFCC said Fayose, on the same day, received cash payment of $5million from then Minister of State for Defence Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, without going through a financial institution, the sum having exceeded the amount authorised by law.

The alleged offence, EFCC said, contravenes Sections 1 and 16 (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.

The commission said Fayose benefited from N4.65billion slush funds allocated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) during the Goodluck Jonathan Administration.

EFCC listed Obanikoro as one of 22 witnesses who will testify in the trial.

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Corruption blocking investments inflow
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The Federal Government has reiterated the need to tackle corruption, which, it said, has been discouraging the inflow of investments.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said corruption must be taken as an unacceptable practice that should be exposed by all.He spoke for President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening of the 24th National Economic Summit (NES) organised in Abuja by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).In a paper titled: Corruption and rule of law, the vice president said: Systemic corrupt
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Fayose is being persecuted, says Fani-Kayode
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode yesterday accused the Federal Government of persecuting former Governor Ayodele Fayose.Fani-Kayode was at the Federal High Court in Lagos in solidarity with Fayose during his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged money laundering.The former minister, who is also on trial for alleged money laundering in the same court, said Fayose was being oppressed.Speaking with reporters after the court session, Fan
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Fayose is being persecuted, says Fani-Kayode
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode yesterday accused the Federal Government of persecuting former Governor Ayodele Fayose.Fani-Kayode was at the Federal High Court in Lagos in solidarity with Fayose during his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged money laundering.The former minister, who is also on trial for alleged money laundering in the same court, said Fayose was being oppressed.Speaking with reporters after the court session, Fan
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Fed Govt extends 2016 N-Power beneficiaries stipends beyond two years
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
WITH two-year tenure of the 2016 N-power beneficiaries ending in December, the Federal Government has decided to extend payment of the stipends of the Batch 1 beneficiaries.A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said the funds for the continued payments have already been provided for in the 2018 budget.He said beyond the payments of stipends, the Federal Government is also exploring further options to seamlessly transition the beneficiaries from the gov
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Fed Govt extends 2016 N-Power beneficiaries stipends beyond two years
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
WITH two-year tenure of the 2016 N-power beneficiaries ending in December, the Federal Government has decided to extend payment of the stipends of the Batch 1 beneficiaries.A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said the funds for the continued payments have already been provided for in the 2018 budget.He said beyond the payments of stipends, the Federal Government is also exploring further options to seamlessly transition the beneficiaries from the gov
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Most APC members happy with me, says Oshiomhole
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole yesterday said there is no cause for alarm on the speculated moves to remove him from office.He told State House reporters after a delegation of APC politicians from Kwara State met with President Muhammadu Buhari.Oshiomhole said apart from one or two out of the 23 APC governors, 90 per cent of APC members are happy with his leadership.He said that those not happy with him were aggrieved because he insisted on following t
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Most APC members happy with me, says Oshiomhole
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole yesterday said there is no cause for alarm on the speculated moves to remove him from office.He told State House reporters after a delegation of APC politicians from Kwara State met with President Muhammadu Buhari.Oshiomhole said apart from one or two out of the 23 APC governors, 90 per cent of APC members are happy with his leadership.He said that those not happy with him were aggrieved because he insisted on following t
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Niger APC senator quits
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Senator Sani Mustapha Mohammed (Niger South) has resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to protest the removal of his name from the list of candidates.The Senator, through his campaign committee Chairman at the weekend queried the APC for reneging on the previous agreement of giving automatic tickets to all sitting senators.
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Niger APC senator quits
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Senator Sani Mustapha Mohammed (Niger South) has resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to protest the removal of his name from the list of candidates.The Senator, through his campaign committee Chairman at the weekend queried the APC for reneging on the previous agreement of giving automatic tickets to all sitting senators.
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Buhari: why anti-graft war is tough
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Though tough, we are not relenting, President Muhammadu Buhari has said of his administrations anti-corruption battle. In his remarks at the 24th edition of the National Economic Summit (NES) in Abuja, the President says some powerful individuals are frustrating the efforts, Assistant Editor NDUKA CHIEJINA and MOSES EMORINKEN report. SOME corrupt individuals have built financial war chests to frustrate the battle against systemic corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday at the openi
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Buhari: why anti-graft war is tough
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Though tough, we are not relenting, President Muhammadu Buhari has said of his administrations anti-corruption battle. In his remarks at the 24th edition of the National Economic Summit (NES) in Abuja, the President says some powerful individuals are frustrating the efforts, Assistant Editor NDUKA CHIEJINA and MOSES EMORINKEN report. SOME corrupt individuals have built financial war chests to frustrate the battle against systemic corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday at the openi
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Just gassing around
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Federal Government should get serious on harnessing our gas potential The enormous potential held down and indeed trampled upon in every sector of Nigeria would make any serious country green with envy. In fact, the magnitude of Nigerias latent energies is like a huge volcano seeking to erupt.Consider the huge, quality human resource capacity a few of whom are excelling across the world at the slightest opportunity; consider that over a dozen agricultural export commodities like cocoa, cashew, p
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National Assembly urged to pass bills
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) Chairman Asue Ighodalo has urged the National Assembly to expeditiously pass some of its National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) bills before it.Ighodalo said that the NESG was partnering the National Assembly to provide content, promote, amend and prepare for passage, bills that encourage and support private-sector investments and improve the overall business environment.He said the engagement of NESG with the National Assembly had been s
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Offa bank robbery: Kwara accuses police of blackmail
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Kwara State government said yesterday that the Police was being economical with the truth as regard the April robbery suspects in Offa.The police had reportedly blamed attorney-general and commissioner for Justice for delaying arraignment of the suspects.They said they had concluded investigations and sent the case file to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who directed that the file be sent to the state attorney-general.Reacting to the police statem
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Offa bank robbery: Kwara accuses police of blackmail
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Kwara State government said yesterday that the Police was being economical with the truth as regard the April robbery suspects in Offa.The police had reportedly blamed attorney-general and commissioner for Justice for delaying arraignment of the suspects.They said they had concluded investigations and sent the case file to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who directed that the file be sent to the state attorney-general.Reacting to the police statem
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I wont play politics with Akwa Iboms development
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Despite the criticisms of foes, Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel is committed to the implementation of his five-point agenda of infrastructural consolidation and expansion, job creation, poverty alleviation, economic and political inclusion, and wealth creation. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU reports.Udom Emmanuel, banker-turned politician and governor of Akwa Ibom State, may not be good in self-advertisement. But, observers believe that he has many achievements to show for his al
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Why I jettisoned my ambition for Ogah
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Chamberlin Adiaso was a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State. In this interview with SUNNY NWANKWO, Adiaso who hails from Isiala Ngwa South Local Government spoke about the zoning arrangement in Abia State, why he stepped down for Dr. Uche Ogah and other partisan issues.Why did you jettison your governorship ambition, after many stakeholders had backed your aspiration’You are right. To be sincere with you, everything was calm and quiet w
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Breaking: Fayemi approves permanent secretarys retirement
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has approved the immediate retirement of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Training, Olusesan Alabi.A statement conveying the governors approval of Alabis retirement was signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode.The governor ordered Alabi to hand over to the most senior officer in the office.No reason was given for his retirement in the statement.He was among the permanent secretaries appointed by Fayemi in 2013 during his fi
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PDP queries Buharis protection of suspended NHIS boss
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to come out clear on why he has been protective of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Prof. Usman Yusuf.Yusuf, who was on Friday suspended by the Board of the NHIS, has been fingered in various alleged corrupt practices, including the alleged siphoning of over N25 billion from the coffers of the agency.Despite the suspension order, Yusuf reported for work on Monday and was escorted into h
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EdoJobs, UNESCO, Google train 200 Edo children
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
..47 teachers on digital literacyover 500 others to benefit from digital training programmeEdoJobs, in collaboration with Google, Cape Town Science Centre, and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)s Youth Mobile, has completed training for over 200 Edo youth on computer coding, to advance Governor Godwin Obasekis tech revolution in the state.Senior Special Assistant to the Edo StateGovernor on Skills Development and Job Creation, Mrs.Ukinebo Dare, in a chat wi
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PSC, NPF clears air on promotion of DIGs
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The Police Service Commission and Nigeria Police Force on Monday clarified the air on the recent promotion of senior Police officers.The promotion exercise recently carried out affected three Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) who were promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) and four Commissioners of Police (CPs) to the rank of AIG.Following the promotion, there was a report which claimed that there was tension in the Force but the PSC and the NPF described
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Fayemi will fulfill all electoral promises APC
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured the people of Ekiti State that Governor Kayode Fayemi will fulfill all promises made during electioneering campaign.The party hailed Fayemi for what it described as populist and welfarist actions taken in the first week of his inauguration.Describing Fayemi as a good and dependable ambassador, the party urged the people of the state to continue to support Fayemi to bring his blueprint to reality.The party said Fayemi needs the prayers of Ekiti peop
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2019: 200,000 Atiku supporters declare support for Buhari
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost over 200,000 members of his Atiku Care Foundation as seven coordinators of the group from the North-West states defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC), declaring loyalty to President Muhammadu Buharis 2019 re-election bid.The group which officially joined one of President Muhammadu Buharis campaign organizations, the Arewa Network Group led by Abdulmajid Danbiliki Kwamanda said they
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NIMASA goes tough on dangerous imports
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has vowed to deal with those involved in the shipment of dangerous goods to the country.The agency, sources said, is to implement safety codes on dangerous goods to enhance safety in the marine environment.Its Director of Operations, Mr Rotimi Fashakin, said the indiscriminate dumping of dangerous goods in the marine environment has been a growing concern and a threat to human health and the environment.He said the IMDG Code was a c
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Report: Govts revenue generation performance down 40%
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
A Banking Sector Report launched yesterday in Abuja said the governments rvenue generation performance dipped by 40 per cent.The report which was prepared by Afri-Invest West Africa, urged the Federal Government to adopt a pragmatic approach to shore up its independent revenue.Presenting the report, the Managing Director, Afri-Invest West Africa, Ike Chioke, said it focussed on seven critical areas of the economy namely: oil and gas sector; power sector reform; boosting competitiveness; transpor
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LCCI: Dangotes $2b refinery projectll boost downstream
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The Organised Private Sector (OPS) under the auspices of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said Dangote Oil Refining and Petrochemicals will transform the downstream oil sector of the petroleum industry.Beyond that, the group said the economic benefits of the oil refinery, when completed would have far reaching positive effects on the lives of Nigeria and her people.Speaking after leading members of the group on a tour of Dangote Jetty, Refinery and Fertilizer plants in Lagos, LCCI P
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Wanted : A code of corporate governance
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Nigerian carriers are weighed down by lack of corporate governance a factor stakeholders claim is responsible for the poor state of airline business in the country. Experts warn that unless urgent steps are taken by theindustry regulator to curtail this lingering malaise, more domestic airlines will close shop soon, KELVIN OSA OKUNBOR reports.Despite its many attractions, investment in the domestic aviation sector parades ugly statistics indicating low returns.The statistics from the Nigerian C
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Govt to add 4.2 gigawatts to national grid
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
The Federal Government has commenced moves to deploy underutilised power assets to deliver incremental power to industrial centres and needy communities in the country by generating additional 4.2 gigawatts of power to the national grid in the next 12-18months.A statement by the Strategy and Communications Adviser to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Bisi Daniels, said the measure is to ensure optimal use of resources.The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enalem
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Lagos unveils ANPR to track traffic violators
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Lagos State Government has rolled out an e-inspection technology application to tackle traffic and vehicle documentation violations. The new effort, which takes fines to violators doorstep, will eventually ensure that only healthy vehicles are on the roads, writes ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBEImagine a return of the banned Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) to all roads in Lagos State. Also, imagine that your location is not only captured by Google map, but that you are actually being monitored by VIO rig
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Firm acquires N5b trucks to clear ship waste
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
TO fulfill its mandate as contained in the agreement it signed with the Federal Government, the African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML) has acquired 16 new trucks to evacuate waste generated by shipscalling at the sea ports.The trucks are valued at over N5 billion.The trucks, fitted with latest technology features, were manufactured by Mercedes Benz.The trucks are to enhance the operations of the company at seaports in Lagos, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Warri and Onne.The procurement of
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MDXI attains Microsoft Gold Data Centre competency, SAP recertification
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
West Africas largest full-scale data centre provider MDXI has attained the Gold Data Centre certification from Microsoft, thus strengthening its position as one of the leading Cloud Services providers in Africa demonstrating best-in-class capability to meet Microsofts customers needs. The Gold Data Centre is the highest partnership level with Microsoft in Data Centre Competencies and is the pinnacle for Cloud Productivity in Microsofts Partner Network program.Attaining Gold Partner status is an
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Govt should audit terminal operators
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to constitute a committee that will take an inventory of the number of cargo equipment at the ports to eradicate redundancy, boost efficiency and make the ports competitive in the sub-region.The exercise has become necessary because of the unattractiveness of the nations sea ports.Stakeholders are convinced that for Buhari to succeed in repositioning the sea ports for greater efficiency, there is a need for him to mandate the Ministry of Transport,Nigeri
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Technologyll restore trust in accounting profession
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Technology can be a vital tool to help rebuild trust in the accounting profession, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has said.Its Regional Director in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Michael Armstrong, who spoke at the 48th Annual Accountants Conference in Abuja, said the role of technology in assuring transparency cannot be ignored.Armstrong, who made a presentation at one of the workshops titled: Accounting Firms of the Future: Challenges and Opportuni
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