The Nation Newspaper Today, Friday 23rd November 2018

The Nation Newspaper Today, Friday 23rd November 2018

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Anger in Senate over troops death in Boko Haram attack
Fri, 23 Nov 2018

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SENATORS yesterday bemoaned the reported killing of 44 soldiers attached to the 157 Task Force Battalion in Melete, Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.

A sombre atmosphere enveloped the plenary as the lawmakers took turns to condemn the “monumental loss”.

The casualty figure and details of the attack remained hazy yesterday. Some sources said the figure was higher than 44; others said it was not up to that. Military spokesmen did not respond to inquiries by our reporters.

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The upper legislative body ordered its committees on Army and Defence to investigate the killings and examine the welfare and wellbeing of troops engaged in counter insurgency operations.

The senators also resolved to visit officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces on the counter insurgency campaign in the Northeast.

Their resolution followed a motion by Deputy Majority Leader Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi South) at the instance of the Senate President.

Na’Allah decried the plight of military personnel fighting insurgency in the Northeast, stressing that one of the officers killed in the attack was his cousin.

After observing a minute’s silence in honour of the fallen soldiers, the lawmakers resolved to pay a condolence visit to the Chief of Army Staff and families of the slain soldiers.

The senators plan to conduct a “thorough” investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killings and the welfare of soldiers. The standing committee on Army was mandated to carry out the investigation.

Other contributors, including Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, bemoaned the hazardous tasks of men and officers of the Armed Forces fighting Boko Haram.

They called on the Federal Government and the military authorities to adequately equip the personnel and address all welfare-related issues.

Senator Andrew Uchendu (APC, Rivers East), suggested that the Senate shut down for the day, instead of just observing a minute’s silence for the slain soldiers.

Uchendu said: “Mr President and dear colleagues, I have no reason to doubt the figure of the 44 dead soldiers. But if that figure is correct, then this Senate must come out and show massive concern, not just one-minute silence.

“We must shut down for one whole day in honour of those fallen heroes.”

The plenary was brought to an abrupt end.

There were reports that about nine farmers in the community were killed in the attack.

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Presidency knocks Jonathans view on corruption
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The Presidency yesterday rejected former President Goodluck Jonathans claims that there is more corruption in the country than when he left office in 2015.A statement by the Presidents Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the claim was absolutely untrue.He said: The facts on the ground today run contrary to his outlandish claim.President Muhammadu Buhari, in pursuit of the war against corruption, has set a number of local and international records, one of which
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CBN probes bank customers enrolment in BVN
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
MPC keeps interest rate at 14%The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is probing banks enrollment of their customers in the Bank Verification (BVN) platform to ensure the integrity of the process, The Nation learnt yesterday.The BVN gives a unique identity across the banking industry to each customer of Nigerian banks. But many banks are breaching the BVN enrolment process.In some cases, customers BVNs are attached to wrong accounts due to improper validation. The practice, if not addressed, could pre
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EFCC seals properties linked to Fayose
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Houses, radio station, event centre traced to ex-governorBARELY weeks after the Ekiti State Ministry of Urban & Physical Planning sealed two houses allegedly traced to immediate past Governor Ayodele Fayose within the Government Reservation Area (GRA) in Ado-Ekiti, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were in the state capital yesterday to seal some buildings allegedly linked to the former governor.Some of the sealed properties include a hotel and event centre at
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Customs seizes Tramadol worth N7.3b
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Two helicopters impoundedOfficers reject N150m bribeThe Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) said yesterday that it had intercepted 40 by 40 feet containers laden with Tramadol and other dangerous pharmaceutical products worth over N7.3billion.A large number of the dangerous drugs, NCS said, were imported into the country by some scrupulous importers from India to endanger the health of the nation.Attempt by the importers to bribe Customs officers with over $400,000 (about N150million), to effect the
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FUNAAB urges Buhari to restore management courses
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) yesterday graduated 3,548 students amid fresh calls on the Visitor to the institution, President Muhammadu Buhari, to restore Management sciences courses that were delisted from universities of agriculture three years ago.Its Chancellor and Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon, Abasi Otu V and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Dr. Aboki Zhawa, called for the restoration of the courses.The Vice Chancellor, Pr
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Is the N30,000 proposed by the tripartite committee
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Though President Muhammadu Buhari is still considering the tripartite committees report on minimum wage, governors have said they cannot pay the N30,000 proposed salary. They gave conditions under which they can pay. Labour has rejected their conditions, warning against testing workers patience. How will states owing salaries fare if the proposed wage is ratified’ TOBA AGBOOLA asks. When the minimum wage was increased to N18,000 in 2011, it was hailed in labour circles as a feat for the adm
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Offa robbery: Reps to investigate death of key suspect
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The House of Representatives is to investigative the circumstances surrounding the death of Michael Adikwu, a key suspect in the Offa, Kwara State, bank robbery.The incident, which occurred seven months ago, claimed many lives.The Committee on Police Affairs, Human Rights and Justice mandated to carry out the investigation, is expected to uncover the issues and answer questions as to when the suspect died, how he died, why the police denied the facts of his death, at what point the police leader
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Buharis Next levellest we fade in the chorus
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Muhammadu Buhari is perhaps one of the most misunderstood Presidents of Nigeria. Cynics project a rigid moralism upon him but that is because he has affected such; politically expedient Buhari, however, seeks to dispel notions of his perceived intolerance and disregard for rule of law by adopting an administrative tenderness alien to him.That tenderness, mutates atrociously, thus making him pander to expediences that sometimes, portray him as insensitive as occasioned by the herdsmen killings, t
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Righting the rice narrative
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Nigerias rice industry needs time and sweat to growNigeria seems in a great hurry to achieve sufficiency in rice production and wisely so we might add. Her current demand as at May this year stood at 6.7 million tons according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Thiscomes to humongous number if we reckon with the $5 million per day rice import bill incurred by Nigeria according toAuduOgbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.Considering the huge foreign exchange loss, self-suf
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Malaria!
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Whitemans grave turned Blackmans plague’ The malaria challenge needs prompt local scientific responseThe West coast of Africa was once tagged the Whitemans grave, no thanks to its buzzing mosquitoes. The vector is the female species of Anopheles mosquito, which sucks human blood and deposits the malaria parasite in the blood stream. Malaria has been a serial killer, even of the Blackman, since then, turning into a contemporary health plague.Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) just r
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Boroffice to Nigerians: dont allow destroyers to return to power
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The senator representing Ondo North, Prof Ajayi Boroffice, has warned Nigerians not be distracted by the antics of those who destroyed the economy and are still seeking to return to power.He stressed that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock.Speaking at the inauguration of various support groups under the Presidential Support Committee (PSC) for the Buhari/Osinbajo re-election bid, Boroffice urged Nigerians to queue behind President Muhammadu Buhari to continue the building of a nation that all Niger
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Calisthenics: Weve bequeathed worthy legacy in education, says Aregbesola
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said his administration had bequeathed a worthy legacy of sound learning and character to pupils across the state.He attributed the achievements his administration recorded in the Education sector as a direct indication of its commitment to revamp, revive, transform and change the face of education across the state.Aregbesola spoke at this years Osun State-wide school calisthenics competition grand finale organised by the Department of Social and Grassroot
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Abaribe, Nkwonta, Wabara and battle for Abia South
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Three candidates-Enyinnaya Abaribe (Peoples Democratic Party) (PDP), Chris Nkwonta (All Progressives Grand Alliance) (APGA) and Marc Wabara (All Proressives Congress) (APC) are contesting for the Senate in Abia South District. Who wins’ Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines their chances at the poll and issues that will shape the exercisse.THREE politicians are contesting for the Senate in Abia South District. They are popular in the zone. They have made their marks in their cho
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Sanwo-Olu: I will focus on the poor
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that he is prepared for the huge task ahead, if elected in next years election.He promised to preside over creative and productive government, which will attach value to technological advancement for the promotion of good governance.He promised a government of inclusion, adding that his administration will give succour to the poorest of the poor.Sanwo-Olu told reporters that his experience as a private
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Aregbesola: Exit in blaze of glory
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Former American President, Barrack Obamas valedictory speech remains one of the greatest in the annal of political speech-making. I lifted the lines below from that speech finding them significantly relevant to this piece.Obama had said to his audience with tear-laden eyes on his exit from power: If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our historyif I had told you that we would op
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Adelekes passion for selfless service
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
If efficiency, effectiveness and uniqueness are the factors, that make a thorough legislator and well-bred politician, Senator Ademola Adeleke, representing Osun West Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber has them in abundance.Since his debut in the political arena about one and half years ago, he has given a good account of himself as far as delivery of democratic dividends and passions for service to the electorates are concerned. A cheerful giver and silent philanthropist, Sena
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PDP to sanction three over Adelekes certificate, blackmail
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The Southwest Zonal office of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday said three members of the party in Osun state including, Olalekan Awosiyan, Thomas Ojetade and Sina Awodire would be recommended for sanctions in accordance with the partys constitution for dragging the Peoples Democratic Party and its gubernatorial candidate in the last Osun election, Senator Ademola Adeleke to court over issues that bothers on alleged fake certificate.The zonal Secretary of the party, Reverend Bunmi Jenyo w
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Aisha Buhari tasks Radiographers on diagnostic computers
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Association seeks review of medical equipment import taxThe Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday charged Radiographers in the country to periodically update their knowledge on the use of complex diagnostic procedures for the benefit of Nigerians.She made the call during the opening ceremony of the 50th annual conference/scientific workshop of the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria, in Abuja.According to her, the importance of Radiographers in healthcare delivery e
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No room for fresh voter registration until after 2019 general elections, says INEC
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked the news making the rounds that the commission has commenced fresh voter registration.In debunking the news which has gone viral in the social media, INEC noted that the news is not true.Besides, the commission said voter registration will only continue after the 2019 general elections.In a tweet @inecnigeria, the electoral body shared by INEC Director, Information and Voter Education, Mr.Oluwole Osaze UzzisaidNigerians should dis
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Offa robbery: Reps launch investigation into death of key suspect
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The House of Representatives is to investigative circumstances of the death Michael Adikwu, a key suspect in the Offa, Kwara State robbery attack that claimed scores of lives seven months ago.The Committee on Police Affairs, Human Rights and Justice that was mandated to carry out the investigation is expected to uncover the Issues and questions as to when the suspect died, how he died, why the Police denied the facts of his death, at what point the Policeleadership discovered the death of the su
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33 Export: deepening friendship through consumer engagement
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
A premium beer, 33 Export Lager Beer, was launched into the market in 1979.It has since evolved beyond being a brand with the customer- brand exchanges into a brand that cares about deepening the bonds of friendship between its consumers, thereby creating opportunities for them and changing their lives.33 Export lager beer initiated the Friendship Experience party and City of Friends events in an effort to provide unique friendship experiences while also creating opportunities for consumers to b
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Invest in real estate
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
NIgerians have been urged to invest in real estate as it guarantees good returns.A Nollywood actor, Mr. Jide Kosoko, spoke at the unveiling of Rachel Oniga as the new brand ambassador of Merit Abode Nigeria Limited.He explained that investment in real estate yields more profits than any other business, including oil.Kosoko, though admitted there could be phony real estate dealers, urged Nigerians to key into the opportunity the firm is making available to the public to empower them to have their
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NDIC: Mgt, directors of failed Skye Bank under probe
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are monitoring the investigations of law enforcement agencies instituted against the directors and management of the failed Skye Bank Plc to determine their culpability in the failure of the bank.The Managing Director and Chief Executive of the NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim, announced this at the opening ceremony of the Corporations, 2018 Sensitisation seminar for Federal High Court Judges in Abuja.He said the Corporati
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Business Without Tears key to success
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Anew book, Business Without Tears, authored by Evang Sunday Okpoh, managing directorchief executive of Sunniz International Agencies Ltd, has as a central theme, how to engage in a progressive business as a Christian believer. It is recommended to all new beginners in business who need to survive in a competitive environment of business transactions in contemporary world.The 210-page book with a cover design depicting a village setting, is a chronicle of the authors journey from the backwoods o
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Jaiz Bank deepens financial inclusion at Kano fair
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Jaiz Bank Plc, the first non-interest bank in Nigeria, plans to deepen financial inclusion at 39th Kano International Trade Fair with its bespoke products and services.The bank promised to delight visitors as well as existing customers with value adding products such as agriculture financing, MSMEs financing, home finance in an ethically conforming standard.The bank will also present to the public the JaizMobile and also its unique USSD Code (*389*301#) for SMS banking that enables customers do
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Give consumers value for money
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Director-General (DG) Osita Aboloma has urged Guinness Nigeria Plc to ensure that consumers get value for money while also ensuring their safety.He spoke after a facility tour of Guinness Breweries factory in Ogba, Lagos.Aboloma reminded the company of SONs presence at all times to ensure diligent implementation and enforcement of standards in the collective interest of consumers, manufacturers and the nations economic development.He acknowledged the compa
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JP Morgan cuts oil price outlook
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
JP Morgan yesterday revised its outlook on Brent crude to $73 per barrel on average. The banks earlier forecast was for an average Brent crude price of $83.50 a barrel. It said increase in supply in North America that will occur in the second half of 2019 and will eventually pressure prices even lower in 2020, to an average $64.Meanwhile, oil prices wobbled but clawed back losses from earlier in the session on jitters over U.S. supply data.Global benchmark January Brent LCOF9, -0.96 per cent tur
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Experts proffer ways to achieve economic growth
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Nigeria can grow its economy by embracing technology, promoting local content and industrialisation, some experts have said.They spoke at the celebration of this years African Industrialisation Day, with the theme: Promoting regional value chains in Africa: A pathway for accelerating Africas structural transformation, industrialisation and pharmaceutical production.The day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989 to enable African governments to examine ways to stimulate indust
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Fed Govt mulls two additional satellites
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
The Federal Government is set to establish two additional satellites to support the Nigeria Communication Satellite System (NigComSat) to complement the existing NigComSat- 2.Minister for Communication, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, who spoke yesterday at the sixth regular meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT), in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said this is to further boost the telecoms industry.He restated Federal Governments commitment to using Information, Communicatio
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JCDecaux enters Nigeria
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
JCDecaux S.A. (Euronext Paris: DEC), the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide,has entered Nigeria in partnership with Grace Lake Partners (GLP), an indigenous investment and advisory firm in Lagos , to create shared value.JCDecaux will operate in the outdoor ad industry through a deal between JCDecaux and Horizon Outdoor Advertising Limited, a subsidiary of GLP.Horizon, certified by the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), is a member of the Outdoor Advertising Assoc
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