Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 8th December 2018

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 8th December 2018

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Citing Threat to 2019 Polls, Buhari Rejects New Electoral Bill Again
Sat, 08 Dec 2018

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For the fourth time, President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 transmitted to him by the National Assembly, fueling speculation of imminent confrontation with the National Assembly over the issue.

In a letter dated December 6 titled ‘Presidential Decision to Decline Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018’, addressed to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Buhari explained that he was declining assent “principally because passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general election, which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainties about the applicable legislation to govern the process.”
Saraki, who had reacted earlier yesterday to the probability of the President rejecting the bill, condemned Buhari’s action, saying it was a threat to democracy, while the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, (CNPP) called on both chambers of the National Assembly to save the country’s democracy by overriding the President’s veto.

However, Buhari’s position was that any change in the electoral rules few weeks to the 2019 polls could cause disruption and confusion over which law governs the electoral process.

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The president further listed four provisions of the Bill that required drafting amendments by the National Assembly. They include Section Five of the Bill amending Section 18 of the Act of the Principal Act which should indicate the subsection to which the substitution of the figure “30” for the figure “60” is to be effected and Section 11 of the Bill amending Section 36 should indicate the subsection in which the proviso is to be introduced.

Other drafting amendments identified in the Bill by President Buhari are Section 24 of the Bill which amends Section 85(1), which he said, “should be redrafted in full while the definition of the term ‘Ward Collection Officer’ should be revised to reflect a more descriptive definition than the capitalised and undefined term ‘Registration Area Collation Officer.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, who made the president’s decision to veto the Bill known to State House Correspondents yesterday, said the amendment bill had been transmitted back to the lawmakers.

The presidential aide however said President Buhari had assented to the amendment made to the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Act, which will now allow it operate as other universities do.

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Counterinsurgency: NAF Graduates 769 UK-trained Special Forces
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja Determined to rout terrorist group, Boko Haram in the North-east, the Nigerian Air Force yesterday graduated 769 special forces trained in partnership with the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT). The graduands bring to 2, 351 special forces trained under the partnership agreement since 2015. They were trained in basic []The post Counterinsurgency: NAF Graduates 769 UK-trained Special Forces appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Jonathan, Gana, Others Pay Tribute as Dickson’s Mother Begins Journey Home
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa Governor Seriake Dickson’s mother, Madam Goldcoast, yesterday started the final leg of her journey home, in an event that witnessed the presence of former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, a formerDeputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu and ex-Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Mukhtar []The post Jonathan, Gana, Others Pay Tribute as Dickson’s Mother Begins Journey Home appeared first on THISDAYLI
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Bomb Scare at Asaba End of Niger Bridge
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba Reported discovery of alleged improvised explosive device (IED) around the Asaba end of the River Niger Bridge created anxious moments on Friday by residents of Asaba and travelers using the all-important bridge. THISDAY learnt that workers who were digging a foundation for the perimeter fencing of the ‘C’ Divisional Police []The post Bomb Scare at Asaba End of Niger Bridge appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG Re-opens Ijora-Wharf Bridge in Lagos
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Bennett Oghifo The federal government, last night, reopened the Ijora-Wharf Road link bridge in Apapa, Lagos to vehicular traffic, after months of closure for repair of a short section of the outbound lane. The rehabilitated section is close to the takeoff point of the concrete road constructed by AG Dangote. The job description states []The post FG Re-opens Ijora-Wharf Bridge in Lagos appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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NCC Threatens to Sanction Erring Service Providers
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Amby Uneze in Owerri The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to penalise or sanction any service provider that failed to comply with its directive of ensuring effective service to the consumers in the country. The Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Commission, Alhaji Ismail Adedigbe said this at the 44th edition of []The post NCC Threatens to Sanction Erring Service Providers appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Plateau LG Polls: APC, PLASIEC Counsels’ Unpreparedness Stall Tribunal
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos The first sitting of the Plateau State Local Government Election Petitions Tribunal was on Friday stalled in Jos due to unpreparedness of Counsels to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC). A total of 14 out of more than 70 petitions filed by different political []The post Plateau LG Polls: APC, PLASIEC Counsels’ Unpreparedness Stall Tribunal appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Niger to Gazette All Its Grazing Reserves
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Laleye Dipo in Minna Niger State Government said it will soon gazette all its grazing reserves to legalise their existence. The state is said to have at least 22 grazing reserves out of which only two were gazetted. The Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries Development, Alhaji Zakari Bawa who disclosed this while briefing newsmen []The post Niger to Gazette All Its Grazing Reserves appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Rotary Club of Lagos Island Donates Science Laboratory, Furniture, Equipment to School
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
As part of its corporate services responsibilities, Rotary Club of Lagos Island, District 9110 in partnership with Odogbolu Grammar School has donated science laboratory, furniture and equipment to facilitate continued expansion and enviable success of the community and the nation at large. The commissioning was done by former Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen Oladipo []The post Rotary Club of Lagos Island Donates Science Laboratory, Furniture, Equipment to School appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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CNN African Voices Features 3 Nature Enthusiasts
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
African Voices, a magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) sponsored by Globacom, will this week feature three Africans who explore nature in diverse ways. They include Samson Ogbole, a Nigerian who has devised revolutionary ways to sustainably get the most out of farm lands; Junior Gabela, a South African bird guide with an []The post CNN African Voices Features 3 Nature Enthusiasts appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Deconstructing Buharis Next Level Agenda
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
RING TRUEIhave spent quality time reading President Muhammadu Buharis Next level document launched to herald his 2019 presidential election campaign. The paper explains where…
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500 Policemen Deployed to Lagos Island
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
The Lagos State Police Command has deployed additional 500 policemen to various routes on the Lagos Island with special focus on Apogbon, TBS, Eko Hotels and environs as efforts to boost the number of personnel already at various points in the area.The deployment was necessitated following events coming up on the Island which include: The []The post 500 Policemen Deployed to Lagos Island appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Counterinsurgency: NAF Graduates 769 UK-trained Special Forces
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja Determined to rout terrorist group, Boko Haram in the North-east, the Nigerian Air Force yesterday graduated 769 special forces trained in partnership with the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT). The graduands bring to 2, 351 special forces trained under the partnership agreement since 2015. They were trained in basic []The post Counterinsurgency: NAF Graduates 769 UK-trained Special Forces appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
read more…

Jonathan, Gana, Others Pay Tribute as Dickson’s Mother Begins Journey Home
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa Governor Seriake Dickson’s mother, Madam Goldcoast, yesterday started the final leg of her journey home, in an event that witnessed the presence of former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, a formerDeputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu and ex-Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Mukhtar []The post Jonathan, Gana, Others Pay Tribute as Dickson’s Mother Begins Journey Home appeared first on THISDAYLI
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Bomb Scare at Asaba End of Niger Bridge
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba Reported discovery of alleged improvised explosive device (IED) around the Asaba end of the River Niger Bridge created anxious moments on Friday by residents of Asaba and travelers using the all-important bridge. THISDAY learnt that workers who were digging a foundation for the perimeter fencing of the ‘C’ Divisional Police []The post Bomb Scare at Asaba End of Niger Bridge appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
read more…

FG Re-opens Ijora-Wharf Bridge in Lagos
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Bennett Oghifo The federal government, last night, reopened the Ijora-Wharf Road link bridge in Apapa, Lagos to vehicular traffic, after months of closure for repair of a short section of the outbound lane. The rehabilitated section is close to the takeoff point of the concrete road constructed by AG Dangote. The job description states []The post FG Re-opens Ijora-Wharf Bridge in Lagos appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
read more…

NCC Threatens to Sanction Erring Service Providers
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Amby Uneze in Owerri The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to penalise or sanction any service provider that failed to comply with its directive of ensuring effective service to the consumers in the country. The Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Commission, Alhaji Ismail Adedigbe said this at the 44th edition of []The post NCC Threatens to Sanction Erring Service Providers appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
read more…

Plateau LG Polls: APC, PLASIEC Counsels’ Unpreparedness Stall Tribunal
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos The first sitting of the Plateau State Local Government Election Petitions Tribunal was on Friday stalled in Jos due to unpreparedness of Counsels to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC). A total of 14 out of more than 70 petitions filed by different political []The post Plateau LG Polls: APC, PLASIEC Counsels’ Unpreparedness Stall Tribunal appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
read more…

Niger to Gazette All Its Grazing Reserves
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
By Laleye Dipo in Minna Niger State Government said it will soon gazette all its grazing reserves to legalise their existence. The state is said to have at least 22 grazing reserves out of which only two were gazetted. The Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries Development, Alhaji Zakari Bawa who disclosed this while briefing newsmen []The post Niger to Gazette All Its Grazing Reserves appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
read more…

Rotary Club of Lagos Island Donates Science Laboratory, Furniture, Equipment to School
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
As part of its corporate services responsibilities, Rotary Club of Lagos Island, District 9110 in partnership with Odogbolu Grammar School has donated science laboratory, furniture and equipment to facilitate continued expansion and enviable success of the community and the nation at large. The commissioning was done by former Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen Oladipo []The post Rotary Club of Lagos Island Donates Science Laboratory, Furniture, Equipment to School appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
read more…

CNN African Voices Features 3 Nature Enthusiasts
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
African Voices, a magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) sponsored by Globacom, will this week feature three Africans who explore nature in diverse ways. They include Samson Ogbole, a Nigerian who has devised revolutionary ways to sustainably get the most out of farm lands; Junior Gabela, a South African bird guide with an []The post CNN African Voices Features 3 Nature Enthusiasts appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
read more…

Deconstructing Buharis Next Level Agenda
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
RING TRUEIhave spent quality time reading President Muhammadu Buharis Next level document launched to herald his 2019 presidential election campaign. The paper explains where…
read more…