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APC members free to seek legal redress, says Buhari
Tue, 27 Nov 2018

Aggrieved party members should be free to seek legal redress, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) recently barred members from taking the party to court.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said: “We can’t deliberately deny people of their rights. We agreed that party primaries should be conducted either through direct, indirect or consensus methods, and if anyone feels unjustly treated in the process, such a person can go to court.

“The court should always be the last resort for the dissatisfied. For the party to outlaw the court process is not acceptable to me.”

The APC, in a decision ascribed to the National Working Committee (NWC), had last week threatened to punish members who had sued the party to court.

The statement said: “The Party intends to activate constitutional provisions to penalise such members as their action is capable of undermining the Party and hurting the Party’s interest.

“We hereby strongly advise such members to withdraw all court cases while approaching the appropriate party organs with a view to resolving any outstanding disputes. In addition to this, aggrieved members are urged to take full advantage of the reconciliation committees the party has put in place.

“APC members should understand that as a progressive party that operates on the principle of change, it is not a matter of choice to keep to the rules.”

President Buhari has advised members to work with the reconciliation committees empanelled for the six geo-political zones by the APC, and not a purported Presidential Committee on Reconciliation, stressing that the party is the only body authorised to constitute such committees.

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Better pay, pension coming for Police
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved an enhanced salary structure for the Police, it was learnt yesterday.He assured that his administration will continue to give attention to the welfare and operational needs of the Police with a view to restoring its lost primacy in the internal security framework of the country.The President spoke in Abuja during an audience with the leadership of the Police Service Commission (PSC), who were at the State House to show appreciation for the pay rise.With th
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Nigeria risks losing $6b to bad oil deal, experts warn
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Eni, Shell deny wrongdoingNigeria will lose an estimated $6billion following the controversial 2011 deep water block Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 deal with Shell and Italian energy giant Eni, industry experts warned yesterday.An analysis presented in Lagos by Resources for Development Consulting found that in the contract, commonly referred to as the Malabu deal, Nigeria is cheated of billions of dollars in revenue from two out of three regular sources.The firm noted that the deal excluded
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Change of guard as Oyetola takes over in Osun
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Aregbesola returns to Ilesa After serving two terms of eight years, Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola will today get a heroic welcome from his supporters as he moves to Ilesa, his home town.After handing over power and the inauguration of the new administration, headed by Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, at the Osogbo Township Stadium today, the former governor will move to Ilesa via Osunjela, about 10 kilometres from Osogbo, the state capital.Aregbesola, who had vacated the Government House, th
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INEC witness to tribunal: Ekiti poll free, fair
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
A Deputy Director General of the John Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Mr Aduwon Rufus Sunday, yesterday told the Ekiti Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Apo, Abuja, the nations capital, that the July 14 poll was free, fair and credible by all standards.Sunday averred that contrary to the allegations of bias, violence, vote-buying and general malpractices by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Prof Olu
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Town union to hold medical outreach
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Urhobo Progress Union America (UPUA) will hold a medical outreach on December 1 at Uvwiamuge-Agbarho, at 8 am, as part of activities marking the 2018 Urhobo Day, under the auspices of Urhobo Progress Union worldwide (UPU).The celebration will hold between November 29 and December 2.Beneficiaries will receive treatment on diabetes, hypertension, vision screening and counselling. The programme is designed as an intervention and proactive exercise to tackle these medical challenges in Urhobolan
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Matters miscellaneous
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Matters miscellaneous, as many a fellow commentator has graciously acknowledged, is the platform I patented back in my days at Rutam House for attending to a glut of occurrences in broad strokes and short takes, lest the people who make and the people who consume the news feel neglected.Here, in all its eclecticism, is the bulletin du jour.In journalistic reckoning, the case of Buharis Double has to be the top item.Since 2017, so goes the tale reportedly originated by the fugitive leader of the
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Debt ache
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
It is not only about balancing, but more about fiscal disciplineIt is not for nothing that the nations debt profile has remained a major issue of focus in recent times. On the one hand is what is discernibly a growing appetite for debts, even at a time when oil prices have steadied; on the other is the disproportionately huge cost of debt service currently put at 50 percent of the revenue. Related to the two is theplan by the Federal Government to push the foreign debt component of public debt f
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How Ajudua duped me of $8.4 million, by Bamaiyi
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
FORMER Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd) yesterday told an Ikeja High Court how he was allegedly duped of $8.4 million by a Lagos lawyer and socialite, Fred Ajudua.Gen. Bamaiyi and Ajudua were both incarcerated at Kirikiri in 2012, when the alleged fraud took place.Bamaiyi was imprisoned for the attempted murder of Alex Ibru. Ajudua was in prison for fraud.He was led in evidence before Justice Josephine Oyefeso by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor Mr. Sei
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MPC: how to steady economy amid falling oil prices
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Increased weaknesses in the global financial markets, falling oil prices, continuous capital flow reversal and moderate currency depreciations, especially in the emerging markets where Nigeria plays were the thrust of deliberations at the just-concluded Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. COLLINS NWEZE writes on the committees appraisal of developments in the domestic financial markets in the face of declining oil prices.Nigerias worst economic storm seems over. That was in January 2016 whe
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CJN warns judges against issuance of reckless remand orders
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Onnoghen urges magistrates to visit prisons, police cells CHIEF Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen has directed judges against issuance of remand orders in cases where police lack concrete evidence to sustain criminal allegations or where the court does not have the requisite jurisdiction to entertain the matter.Justice Onnoghen, who gave the directive yesterday at the opening of the 2018 All Nigerian Judges Conference of the lower courts at the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in
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Strike: Fed Govt, ASUU peace talks to continue
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
A SCHEDULED meeting between the Federal Government and striking varsity teachers body, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), ended in a deadlock last night.The meeting which started at about 5pm at the Federal Ministry of Education was called to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike by the lecturers.ASUU members embarked on the strike three weeks ago over the poor funding of Nigerian universities and non-implementation of previous agreements by the government.The unions Nation
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Ortom to report Akume to Tiv Council over comments on killings
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has threatened to report former Governor George Akume to the Supreme Assembly of the Tiv Area Traditional Council for accusing the state government of masterminding the killings in the state.Ortom spoke at Tyulen in Guma Local Government Area during at the burial of Mama Roseline Adzuu, mother of the lawmaker representing Guma in the House of Assembly, Mr. Terseer Adzuu and the governors Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Administration, Frank Adzuu.The governor
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2019: Between Buhari and Atiku
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The inauguration of the campaign documents of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has set the tone for the campaigns for next years election. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN spoke to some Nigerians who shared their expectations. THE Chairman of Arewa Professional Group, Malam Idris Mustapha, said President Muhammadu Buhari deserves second term, given his track record of performa
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APGA will determine who wins presidency
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Chief Ifeatu Okoye is the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Political Matters. In this interview with NWANOSIKE ONU, the one-time Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) explains why the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is in crisis and how the party leadership is resolving the logjam. He also says APGA will play a key role in determining who wins next years presidential election.HOW prepared is APGA for next years general elections’ You will recall that we ju
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Arewa community backs APC, Sanwo-Olu
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Arewa Community in Lagos State has expressed its support for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in next years elections.It leader, Alhaji Dandama Yabo, disclosed this during a media chat at his office in Ketu, Lagos suburb.He said the community has been supporting APC leaders, including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Babatunde Raji Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode.He noted that the group has embraced the APC governorship candidate, babajide Sanwo-Olu.Yabo said: We do not have any other party apart from
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Man abducts, rapes American in Lagos
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
A man identified as Matthew Adedoyin, 40, was on Monday paraded by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly abducting, raping an American lady he met on social media.Paraded alongside Adedoyin was his alleged accomplice Idowu Ayeni, both arrested at 7, Akanbi Street, Abule Egba in Ifako-Ijaiye where the victim Tawanda Jackson, 46, was rescued around 2am.Adoki said the raid of the criminals hideout was carried out in collaboration with operatives of 9Brigade Nigerian Arm
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PDP kicks as Defence Minister inscribes DHQ logo on APC campaign materials
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, of diverting funds meant for military equipment and welfare of soldiers fighting insurgency in the Northeast, to produce partisan materials for All Progressives Congress (APC) re-election campaign.The PDPs reaction is coming as campaign materials, including electronic momenta book produced by the Minister, surfaced in Abuja on Monday.In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP flayed
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2019: Edgal warns officers, men
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimin Edgal, on Monday warned officers and men of the Command that none of them must be found wanting during the 2019 general elections.Edgal spoke during a capacity building workshop for senior police officers in Lagos, in preparation for the general elections.He charged the officers and men to be neutral and professional during the elections.The police commissioner said that all the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers must take the kn
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Buhari approves enhanced salary structure for Police
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured that his administration will continue to give attention to the welfare and operational needs of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with a view to restoring its lost primacy in the internal security framework of the country.He spoke in Abuja during an audience with members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force at the Presidential Villa.They were on a Thank You visit following Buharis approval of Rank Salary
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2019: Obaseki presents N175.7bn Budget proposal to Edo Assembly
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
capital expenditure to gulp N95.8bn, Recurrent Expenditure gets N79.9bninfrastructure, education, health, industrialization, pension, security top prioritiesThe Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Monday presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill with plans to spend a total of N175.7 billion in the 2019 fiscal year, broken into: Capital Expenditure, N95.8 billion and Recurrent Expenditure, N79.9 billion.Presenting the 2019 Budget Estimates to a session of the Edo State House of Assembly in Ben
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Why I cancellled `Trace Live music concert Mr Eazi
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Superstar musician, Oluwatosin Ajibade, a.k.a. Mr Eazi, on Monday explained on his Twitter handle why he cancelled his Trace Live concert earlier billed scheduled for Friday, Nov.23 in Lagos.He was billed to headline the fifth Trace Live series which would have featured the likes of Omawumi, Flavour, Adekunle Gold and Falz then.Mr Eazi said that he was not confident of the delivery of the event.The singer said the organisers did not put together an event he would have been proud to be associated
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Wepay: Nigerias e-commerce space untapped
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
A new e-commerce platform, Wepay, at the weekend in Lagos, said Nigerias e-commerce potentials are yet to be fully tapped. The firm said the entire continent still has a lot of space for the money spinning trade called e-commerce.Its Managing Consultant, Akin Kehinde, who spoke with The Nation in Lagos, said there is a new e-commerce wave blowing across the continent which cannot be ignored, adding that as one of the leading adopters of Information Technology (IT), Nigeria cannot be pushed aside
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Nigerias taxpayer population hits 33m, says Fowler
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Taxpayer population in the country is set to hit 33 million, Chairman, Joint Tax Board (JTB) and Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Tunde Fowler, said yesterday at the 142nd meeting of the JTB in Bauchi, Baushi State.According to Fowler, the ongoing database consolidation of the JTB, an initiative being executed in collaboration with the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), has shown that the population paying tax in the country is now well over 33 million. He
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Fed Govt goes tough on arbitrary port charges
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Plans are under way by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to end arbitrary charges at the nations sea ports, The Nation has learnt.The Federal Government, it was gathered, has finished its study of the various tariffs across ports in West Africa, and determined to ensure that Nigerian ports are competitive compared to its neighbours.Speaking with The Nation at the weekend, a senior official of the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMoF), who craved anonimity, said the government was review
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Compliance institute adjusts ethics, governance syllables for firms
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Compliance Institute for Banks and Other Financial Institutions in Nigeria Limited has reviewed its syllabus on corruption, anti-bribery for the institutions, ethics, governance and treating customers fairly for the benefit of Nigerian companies.The President/Chairman of Board, Compliance Institute, Nigeria, Pattison Boleigha, disclosed this during the second induction ceremony and annual general meeting of the Institute held at the weekend, in Lagos.He said: The CIN has reviewed its Designa
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9mobile rewards CodeLagos Hackathon winners
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Innovative telecoms firm, 9mobile, has rewarded winners of the first CodeLagos Hackathon. This is an initiative of the Lagos State government aimed at encouraging Lagos residents to innovate with tech-driven ideas and solutions that solve local problems.As a CodeLagos partner, 9mobile supported the initiative by awarding high-end devices to winners in the junior category, a competition designed to source best tech-driven ideas and solutions from among Lagos residents with the theme: Towards a Sm
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Reduce high interest rate, CBN urged
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been asked to reduce interest rates to enable ship owners upgrade their facilities and compete with foreigners.In an interview with The Nation in Lagos, stakeholders urged the government to build a vibrant investment climate for the maritime sector. Former Chairman, House Commit-tee on Legislative Compliance, Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, said there should be policies to create linkages between the maritime industry and other sectors, such as banking and manufac
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Rat race for 5G revolution
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
TO promote investment in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, availability of spectrum in a timely manner is a major task for telecoms sector regulators.This is so because it will enable innovation and competition, as well as ensure the fifth generation (5G) services benefit consumers, businesses and industries.A report jointly published by Ericsson and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), titled: Making 5G a Reality for Africa, underscored the important position of timely av
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Fed Govt committed to PIB passage, says Osinbajo
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Federal Government has restated its commitment to the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) pending before the National Assembly. It has also assured that at least three modular refineries will begin operation next year.Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who delivered the keynote address at the 18th Biennial International Conference for Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) organised by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Lagos yesterday, said government is committed to pas
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FUTA urges NCC to ensure better service, accurate data
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been urged to compel global service for mobile (GSM) communication service providers to improve the quality of service (QoS) on their networks so that subscribers could get the full value for the money spent on buying airtime.The Commission was also advised to keep data about the industry so that should the need arise, its regulator would be a ready data repertoire that other organisations could fall back upon.Speaking in Lagos during the Roundtab
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Pension fund reaches N8.34tr
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
PFAs invest 70% in Fed Govt securitiesPension fund assets have risen to N8.34 trillion as at September 30, 2018, a report by the National Pension Commission (PenCom) has shown.The report titled: Pension Fund Summary September 2018, stated that the Federal Government has however continued to take advantage of the fund as Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) invested N5.9 trillion in Federal Government securities, representing 70.7 per cent of the total fund.However, PFAs invested the remaining 29.
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