The Nation Newspaper Today, Monday 12th November 2018

The Nation Newspaper Today, Monday 12th November 2018

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Obaseki backs Oshiomhole against Amosun, Okorocha
Mon, 12 Nov 2018

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki spoke yesterday on All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole’s quarrel with some governors.

He said some governors were opposed to Oshiomhole because of the change the chairman was introducing to the party.

“What Oshiomhole is doing is to institute a regime of change where nobody is above the law,” he said.

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Obaseki, who spoke in Benin City at the Church of God Mission during a thanksgiving service to mark his second year in office, did not name any governor, but Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha have been locked in a bitter row with Oshiomhole over the party’s primaries.

Many Nigerians under the Buhari-led administration are now afraid to commit crimes because of the repercussion, Obaseki said.

The governor said Nigerians would soon begin to feel the impact of “the fundamental changes” President Buhari was making.

“Some of the fundamental changes started by Buhari/ Osinbajo will manifest shortly. For the first time people are now afraid to do wrong,” he said.

Speaking on his style, Obaseki said intaed of dashing people money he would rather invest massively in infrastructure. The governor said he would also support people to grow their businesses.

He said his administration had commenced the training of 4,000 youths to boost security in the state, adding that a new security architecture would soon be unveiled.

He said: “One key element is that whatever we do must affect the people. We are stretching our limited resources to work for the people. We will spend money to work for the people.”

Oshiomhole has been at loggerheads with Okorocha, who is pushing for his son in-law to be the party’s governorship candidate.

Amosun is also not pleased that his candidate for the party’s ticket did not get the prize.

Oshiomhole said he would not help Okorocha to build a political dynasty. He pdescribed Amosun as an “emperor” for initially choosing candidates for various offices in disrespect to the primaries supervised by the National Working Committee (NWC).

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Okorocha: no nepotism in Imo
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday defended himself against allegation of nepotism. He also denied planning to build a political dynasty in Imo State, by insisting on his son-in-law Uche Nwosu as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Imo State.The governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Sam Onwuemeodo explained how Nwosu won the primaries. Chief Hope Uzodinma has been listed as the candidate.He said: Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC) s
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Wisecracks as Sanwo-Olu, Agbaje party in Lagos
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
It was like any other meeting of good old buddies dramatic.They laughed heartily. They shook hands with vigour unlike some political foes of old.Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate and Jimi Agbaje, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, were joined in the exchange of banters by Obafemi Hamzat Sanwo-Olus running mate.Aides looked on with admiration as the men battling to succeed Goveror Akinwunmi Ambode held hands in a long-time-good-to-see
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Talks on for Access Bank to acquire DiamondBank
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Access Bank is set to add Diamond Banks portfolio to its assets in the next few months, The Nation has learnt.Talks on the acquisition are on, according to sources, who said the fusion is set for the first quarter of next year.It was gathered that both financial institutions have reached an agreement in broad terms on the acquisition. What is left is the valuation of assets, with a view to determining the level of compensation and systems integration, the sources said, pleading not to be named b
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PDP kicks as security searches Atikus jet on return from Dubai
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) kicked yesterday against the search of its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakars plane in Abuja.Atiku, who spent the last two weeks meeting with PDP leaders in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on election strategies, returned to the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Securitymen searched his jet.In a tweet, Atiku said the search was to intimidate him.He tweeted: I arrived to Abuja this morning (yesterday) to a search by agents of the s
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Search of Atikus plane routine, says Fed Govt
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika has explained why airport officials searched Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar.In a statement, Sirika said: This is a mischievous attempt to grab the headlines. Nigerians need to know that one of the resolutions of the Atiku team at their recently-concluded, opulently-held Dubai retreat was to embark on scaremongering. This is one of such.For the records, all incoming passengers on international flights go through Customs, Immgratio
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2019: Battle for Agodi House
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Three Ibadan indigenes-Adebayo Adelabu (All Progressives Congress) (APC), Seyi Makinde (Peoples Democratic Party) (PDP) and Olufemi Lanlehin (African Democratic Congress) (ADC)-are contesting for governor of Oyo State. Who wins’ Correspondent Oseheye Okwuofu writes on the battle for the Agodi House.The three major political parties in the Pacesetter State- the All Progressive Congress(APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC)-have elected their gover
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I dont like party without ideology
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Adewale Omoniyi, a data analyst, is the governorship candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) in Ogun State. In this interview, the flagbearer speaks on his aspiration, his chances at the poll and other issues.Why are you in the race for the Ogun governorship’Well, firstly, I am in the race for the governorship of our beloved Ogun state because I know I have the wherewithal to be the next governor of Ogun West. Secondly, I believe that in terms of my exposure, experience, acad
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PDP has no candidate for Borno governorship, Central senatorial poll
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Borno State has no valid candidates for next years governorship and Borno Central senatorial election, a group, Yerwa-Oodua PDP Support Group, said yesterday.The group, with headquarters in Ijora, Lagos is made up of PDP members from Borno State who live in Southwestern states of Lagos, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo.Its Chairman, Bakura Goni- Makinta, and secretary, Mustapha Mustapha, who spoke in English and Hausa, said unless the Independent National Elec
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Lagos will promote technology growth, says Sanwo-Olu
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has promised to provide institutional and infrastructural support for the growth of technology, if elected in next years.Sanwo-Olu made the pledge during the Digital Lagos, an event hosted by Vabranium Valley, where he addressed developers and innovators.The candidate said technology is changing the way people live, work and socialise adding that social and governance problems are also solved with t
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Vivian Anani clinches Bollywood contract
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Nollywood actress Vivan Anani is currently working with some international actors. The actress who is more popular in soaps shared the news on her Facebook account stating: Bollywood/Nollywood/Zeeworld Tinz. God i give you all the glory. shooting here with host of actors from other African contries. Abasi Sosong o!Speaking with The Nation, she said: It is a beautiful experience for me as an actress and I am loving every bit of it. It is my first experience with people from different African coun
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KSA, Falz, Ara, others for AIM Festival 2018
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Preparations for this years edition of Africa International Music (AIM) Festival has gathered momentum with the mega musical concert attracting the attention of some leading African musical artistes across the continent and The Diaspora. According to the organisers of the event, which made its first entry last year, the event this year has gained a box office status and promises to be exciting and colourful with A listed artistes on the bill.Headlining the roll call of artistes at the event, wh
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Banky W to battle Obanikoros son for Eti-Osa Reps seat
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Singer/actor Banky Wellington, has joined the rising number of entertainers going for elective offices in the oncoming 2019 election.The singer who, on Sunday, unveiled his campaign poster to run for House Of Representatives in Eti Osa, Lagos, noted that victory is not all about money, but strength and number.Coming under the Modern Democratic Party, the singer stated, They said we dont have the money to run. We say our strength lies in our numbers. They said we dont have the structure, we say w
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Gospel act, Anthony Adoki set for album release
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Award-winning gospel music artiste, Anthony Adoki has scheduled next year for the release of his next album, to kick start his tour of Nigeria, Europe and United States of America.Anthony Adoki and his Expression bands latest single titled, Pair with Me is still enjoying air play in Nigeria and across African countries. The track, an Afro/ high life love song is written in Igbo and Yoruba with a blend of African traditional instruments.Adoki and his band has been privileged to grace both interna
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Testworld wows fans with Tonight
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
After the still-rocking track Funmilayo that swung across radio stations, Taiwo Adepoju, with stage name Testworld, marveled his fans with another track Tonight, pending the long-anticipated track. 99 problems for next year.When asked about the new song, Testworld who is the Chief Executive Officer and first artiste of Gold Monkey Entertainment, said its a unique dance-all track for social functions regardless of social-cultural background.Tonight is dance-hall track for every mood dedicated to
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Cook: I stabbed my boss twice inthe chest
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
A Togolese cook, Sunday Adefonou Anani, arrested for allegedly killing his boss, Chief Opeyemi Bademosi, has confessed how he committed the murder.Police quoted him as saying that he stabbed the late Bademosi, 67, the chief executive officer of Credit Switch Ltd, twice in the chest.A statement yesterday bypolicespokesman Chike Oti said the 22-year-old suspect allegedly killed his master at their 3B, Onikoyi Lane, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos home.Recalling the incident that led to the death of
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Four arrested as Customs reads riot act on smuggling
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Four persons have been arrested for smuggling contraband items, including cars, banned drugs and foreign rice, by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).NCS, in its clampdown on the importation of prohibited items, warned smugglers that it is up to the task to prevent smuggling of goods as the Yuletide approaches.The Area Customs Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit (FOU),Zone C, Kayode Olusemire, warned smugglers that the Customs would prevent smuggling of goods, especially rice and cars through la
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ASUU: negotiating team okays student loan
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
THE Federal Government/Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) 2009 Agreement Renegotiation Committee has said that a student loan scheme through an education bank can solve the sectors funding challenges.Its chairman, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), said a N1 million per annum students loan scheme and, by extension, an education bank, will avail students of loans for their education and other immediate needs.According to him, the Federal Government could not afford to satisfy university education
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Traders plan Dec. 6 one million-man march for Buhari
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The Grassroots Mobilisers for Buhari (GMB) and the Abuja chapter of the Arewa Traders Association plans a one-million man march in support of President Muhammadu Buharis reelection on December 6.GMB is a political association saddled with the task of ensuring electoral victory for the President in the February 2019 election.National Chairperson of GMB Dr Fatima Goni said the agreement was reached at a meeting between the leaderships of the two associations in Abuja.The Chairman Arewa Traders Ass
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West Africa inches closer to single payment system
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
West African countries have joined forces to interlink their payment system to make trading among member-countries easier.The Director-General, West African Monetary Institute (WAMI), Mrs Ngozi Egbuna, broke the news at the weekend.She said with funding from the African Export-Import Bank, (Afreximbank) the Institute is working to link the payment systems of Nigeria, The Gambia, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia and all English speaking West African countries.She said once the linkage is achieved, West Afr
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BUA begins testing at Okpella plant
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
BUA Cement has started testing its three million Obu Cement plant, Okpella in Edo State. This will bring the total capacity of BUA Obu cement operations to six million tons and move the entire Groups installed capacity to 8million metric tons per annum (MTPA).A date for commissioning is to be announced soon according to the statement from BUA Group.Speaking at a business forum, Founder & Executive Chairman of BUA Group owners of BUA Cement, Abdul Samad Rabiu, said the completion of BUAs Obu
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Wall Street gains after US mid-terms
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Wall Street saw broad gains on Wednesday, as uncertainty about the outcome of the 2018 US congressional elections cleared.Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, while Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives.The divided outcome, which dims chances of major new laws, offered a boon to investors wary of uncertainty.The Dow and S&P 500 jumped 2.1 per cent, while the Nasdaq climbed 2.6 per cent.Health care and technology companies led the gains, which occurred across
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Africa needs about $170b yearly to fund devt
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Nigeria and other African countries need between $130 billion and $170 billion a year to fund their critical development needs, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said at the weekend.The bank said due to tightening budgets, traditional funding sources such as national governments and development institutions such as the bank alone are unable to meet Africas capital needs.Its President, Akinwumi Adesina, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Afri
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Dangote Foundation okays N10b for 774,000 women
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The Aliko Dangote Foundation has okayed N10billion for the empowerment of 1000 vulnerable women in the 774 local government areas of the country.The Foundation is a multi-purpose grant-making vehicle driving interventions in critical sectors including education, health, population and community have started a scheme targeted at vulnerable women in select states of the federation.Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing Nutritious Food Fair(NFF) organised by HarvestPlus Nigeria in Lagos, its Dire
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Wartsila wins contract to build two Kenyan solar-power farms
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Wartsila Oyjs East African unit won two engineering, procurement and construction contracts to develop grid-connected solar farms in Kenya, each with a capacity of 40 megawatts.Construction is expected to begin next year, according to George Oywer, a business development manager at Wartsila Eastern Africa Ltd.The East African nation, which has an electricity supply deficit, is boosting production from renewable sources including wind and geothermal as it cuts reliance on expensive diesel-powered
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Walmart promises Black Friday deals
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Walmart Inc (WMT.N) at the weekend, said it would start offering holiday deals earlier as it prepares to compete with Amazon Inc AMZ.N, Target Corp (TGT.N) and other rivals for shoppers on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.The company will offer Black Friday deals online on Thanksgiving eve two hours earlier than in previous years in order to give shoppers on the East Coast more shopping time earlier, executives said, and at its stores on Thanksgiving Day.The Bentonville, Arkansas-b
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Emirates braces for Bahrain Airshow
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Emirates is set for its largest participation yet at the 2018 edition of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIA) taking place from November 14 to 16.This is the first time the airline will showcase its 100th A380, which is emblazoned with the HH Sheikh Zayed decal as a tribute to the late founding father of the United Arab Emirates.The aircraft on display will allow both trade visitors and the general public to explore all the features on this latest generation double-decker, including Emirates
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How digitalisation is changing banking
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Banking has become a one- stop shop, providing services for the growing needs of its customers. In this interview with TOBA AGBOOLAand AKINOLA AJIBADE , Wema Bank Managing Director Mr. Ademola Adebise speaks on how the banks innovativeness is transforming the sector.Why did Wema change from being a regional to a national bank’The change in the strategies and the focus of the bank did not just happen. It was a product of extensive research and search for competitive edge in the industry. Thi
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Toshibas UK withdrawal puts Cumbria nuclear plant in doubt
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Toshiba plans to wind up its United Kingdom (UK)s nuclear business after failing to find a buyer, dealing a potentially fatal blow to plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria.Its NuGen division was behind the development of the Moorside project.Toshibas decision will dent the UKs plans to develop new nuclear power stations.Unions have criticised the government for failing to intervene and ensure the project went ahead.The Japanese firm said it would start the wind-up process in January.A
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