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Launching Presidential Rally in Sokoto, Atiku Urges Nigerians to Vote Out APC
Tue, 04 Dec 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign kicked off yesterday at the Shehu Kangiwa Square, Sokoto, with the presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; former President Goodluck Jonathan; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker Yakubu Dogara and others calling on Nigerians, particularly those in the North-west to vote out the All Progressives Congress (APC), which they said was responsible for the pervasive hunger and poverty in the country.

In the rally moderated by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, and Senator Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, top leaders of the party took their turn to address the crowd, tasking the people to vote out the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, which they said had brought hunger and poverty to the country, especially in the North-west geo-political zone.

Atiku described Buhari as incompetent in handling the country’s affair, saying the task of making Nigeria work again is a collective effort of all Nigerians and asked them to vote out Buhari in 2019.
The former vice-president, who said if given the opportunity, he would turn around the fortune of the country, said he has what it takes to move Nigeria forward.
He decried the worsening security situation in the North, adding that in 2015, there were no security challenges in the North-west.

Atiku said one of his major tasks if voted into power in 2019 would be to over haul the security architecture of the country.
Atiku, the traditional title holder of Waziri Adamawa, further explained that Nigeria’s economy is in a sorry state and promised to tackle it headlong, adding that youth unemployment is another bane of the country, promising to create jobs for the teeming youths and improve on power supply.
Others who spoke at the rally include, former governors, Sule Lamido, (Jigawa); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Rabiu Kwankwaso, (Kano); and Ahmed Makarfi (Kaduna).

Others include Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Darius Ishaku (Taraba); former vice-president, Namadi Sambo; and Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman and others.
Welcomed to the rally with thundering ovation by the crowd, former President Jonathan said only the PDP and Atiku can make Nigerians eat well three times daily, asking the people to vote for the party.
Arguingthat the North-west is the most populous part of Nigeria, Jonathan said it is the region’s time to ‘’show Nigeria the way.’’

He added, “We have seen four presidents, from Obasanjo to our late brother, Yar’Adua, to me; and to the current president. You have seen how the various presidents and the various parties have worked, and one thing that is very clear is that PDP is still the number one party.
“There is something that all of us need as human beings, everybody eats, everybody, every day must eat, and if you cannot eat well, then you are not happy. PDP is the only party that can make sure all of us eat very well, in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening.”

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Despite Poor Infrastructure, FG Rakes in N45bn from Aviation Agencies
Tue, 04 Dec 2018

Revenue generating agencies in the aviation industry remitted over N45 billion to the federal government between 2015 and 2018, amid poor airport infrastructure, absence or obsolete landing aids and inadequate manpower development, THISDAY findings have revealed.

These revenue generating agencies include the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), which are mandated by law to pay 25 percent of their gross earnings to the federal government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).

Data obtained from the aforementioned agencies showed that while in the last three years, NCAA remitted about N17 billion to government; NAMA paid N15 billion, while FAAN paid N13 billion.

While NAMA and the NCAA refused to make available full details of remittance to the government, payments by FAAN obtained by THISDAY showed that in 2015, FAAN paid N4,151,496,255. 29; in 2016 it paid N2,565,736,042.80; 2017 it also paid N3,511,824,344.60 and in the first three quarter of 2018, it paid only N2,034,849,312.27, making it a total of N12,943,905,954.96.

Reacting to these payments, the President of Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN), Mr. Ilitrus Ahmadu, called for a review of the 1999 Constitution as amended such that the funds would be deployed for the development of airport infrastructure, provide navigational aids and modernise airport terminal facilities, saying when the funds are paid to government they are never used to fund any project in the industry.

He said, “I think there are infrastructural issues begging for attention in the industry, which this money could be used to solve, so why ask FAAN to remit this money to the government? If government allowed FAAN to use this money to provide essential facilities it can monitor if the agency is judiciously utilising the money. This is not excess generated funds that government is demanding from these agencies; they are mandated to pay 25 per cent of their budgeted revenue to government.

“NCAA needs a lot of money for human capital training and establishment of some facilities, including the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria which needs funds to upgrade its facilities to the global standard as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recognized it as excellence training centre.
“For now the school is not conducive for training, it needs more money to upgrade it to top training institution it ought to be.”
However, a senior FAAN official told THISDAY that it is only in Nigeria that airport agencies are meant to pay money to government, saying that in other parts of the world, airports use the money generated to develop the airports.

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Modric Ends Messi, Ronaldo Dominance
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Femi Solaja with agency report Croatia captain and Real Madrid midfielder,Luka Modric, yesterday won the 2018 Ballon dOr, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World []The post Modric Ends Messi, Ronaldo Dominance appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Shettima-led Committee Moves to Reconcile South-west APC, Meets Osinbajo
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The move to unite the warring members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-west has begun with a meeting of the reconciliation committee led by Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. A statement by the spokesman of Shettima, Mallam Isa Gusau, e-mailed to THISDAY []The post Shettima-led Committee Moves to Reconcile South-west APC, Meets Osinbajo appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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National Assembly Summons US Ambassador over Visa Denial to Nigerians
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The National Assembly has summoned the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, over the alleged high rate of visa denial to Nigerians. The invitation was said to be at the instance of an activist, Kayode Bello, who petitioned the House of Representatives over the matter. Many Nigerian students seeking to study in US []The post National Assembly Summons US Ambassador over Visa Denial to Nigerians appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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DSS Parades Woman over Alleged Use of First Lady’s Office for Fraud
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Alex Enumah in Abuja The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday at its headquarters in Abuja paraded a woman accused of having unauthorised access to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa using the Office of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, to swindle unsuspecting Nigerians. The woman, Amina Mohammed, who according to the DSS, is also known []The post DSS Parades Woman over Alleged Use of First Lady’s Office for Fraud appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG: Poor, Vulnerable Nigerians Benefiting from World Bank’s $500m Credit
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
George seeks removal of Osinbajo over disbursement of traderMoni Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja and Segun James in Lagos The federal government’s special intervention programmes under the Social Safety Net’s coordinating office yesterday said it has received a boost of $500 million credit from the World Bank. This is coming as the leader of the []The post FG: Poor, Vulnerable Nigerians Benefiting from World Bank’s $500m Credit appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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N’Assembly Clerk Faults Planned Strike by Assembly Staff
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori, has faulted the proposed strike by parliamentary staff of the assembly over unpaid salaries and outstanding promotion, saying the workers did not follow due process over the matter. Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) had at the weekend threatened to picket the []The post N’Assembly Clerk Faults Planned Strike by Assembly Staff appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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200 Kids Honour FCT School Taekwondo Competition
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
From Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The Korean Cultural Centre, Nigeria (KCCN) has organised the inaugural FCT-UBEB Elementary School Taekwondo Competition with over 200 students attending. The five schools that participated in the medal scoring Kyorugi and Poomsae events included LEA Wuse, Primary School, Zone 3, LEA V Wuse Primary School, Zone 1, Model Junior Secondary, []The post 200 Kids Honour FCT School Taekwondo Competition appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Buhari: I Won’t Complain Again about Nigeria’s Problems
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Seeks concerted efforts against climate change Shola Oyeyipo in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has promised not to complain again about the problems his administration inherited from the previous administration. President Buhari has also urged United Nations (UN)-member countries to rededicate themselves to the task of rebuilding and restoring a healthy environment for future generations. []The post Buhari: I Won’t Complain Again about Nigeria’s Problems appeared first on THISDAYLIV
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