Today’s Dailytrust Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 13th December 2018

Today’s Dailytrust Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 13th December 2018

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Electoral Act: APC, PDP Reps set for stormy session today
Thu, 13 Dec 2018

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Lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives, yesterday, vowed to block any move to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto of the Electoral Act (Amendment) bill.

On the other hand, PDP lawmakers will today decide whether or not to go ahead with the process of overriding President Buhari’s veto a member of the caucus told Daily Trust.

Briefing newsmen at the National Assembly in Abuja, the APC caucus leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, insisted that the “APC lawmakers have more than the two-third number to stop any veto.”

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According to him, President Buhari declined his assent to the bill because of its imperfection and inherent potentialities to disenfranchise millions of eligible Nigerian voters.

He said the bill’s insistence on the exclusive use of card readers for accreditation had “foreclosed all forms of manual accreditation should the electronic method fail.”

“Let me say very quickly that many people don’t understand the implication of signing an imperfect document. What the National Assembly should do is to perfect the document and send it back, then the President (Buhari) will sign it,” he said.

The House Leader said no law mandated the president to disclose his reasons for rejecting a bill, adding that by vetoing the bill, the president had sought to protect Nigerians.

“The constitution is very clear; it does not require the president to give a reason for veto. All he has to do is to say ‘I am not signing’. However, what the president has done is to protect all Nigerians. He wants all votes to count in 2019.

“We have seen instances where the card readers have failed. What Mr President has done is to protect everybody in Nigeria. That means, you can do your electronic accreditation, but also give room for the manual alternative where card reader fails,” Gbajabiamila submitted.

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APC asks Supreme Court to sack Tambuwal
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The APC has asked the Supreme Court to sack Governor Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State on the ground of alleged irregularities in the 2014 primary election that produced him as the party’s candidate. The APC in a dramatic twist, now backed the appeal earlier filed by Senator Umar Dahiru and Aliyu Abubakar Sanyinna, who both []The post APC asks Supreme Court to sack Tambuwal appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Yobe assembly speaker resigns
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The speaker of Yobe State House of assembly, Adamu Dala Dogo, yesterday, resigned at the floor of the House. A source at the house of assembly, however told Daily Trust that the speaker’s resignation was to escape an impending impeachment that had dangled for two days. He said that was the second attempt by members []The post Yobe assembly speaker resigns appeared first on Daily Trust.
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I won’t support APC gov’ship candidate in Oyo ‘ Shittu
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, says he will be a bastard to support the APC governorship candidate in Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Adelabu. Shittu said he was defrauded out of the primary election and therefore said he would not support the person that got the ticket. Shittu, who fielded questions from journalists, yesterday, []The post I won’t support APC gov’ship candidate in Oyo ‘ Shittu appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NRM presidential candidate unveils policy document
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The presidential candidate of National Rescue Movement (NRM), Usman Ibrahim Alhaji, has unveiled his policy document ahead of the polls. Speaking at the occasion, yesterday, in Abuja, Alhaji who was flanked by the National Working Committee (NEC) members and other stakeholders of the party, said his government would initiate and implement strategic policies that would []The post NRM presidential candidate unveils policy document appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Amosun shuns APC S/West reconciliatory meeting
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State was conspicuously absent at the final leg of the South West reconciliatory meeting of the APC held in Lagos yesterday. The Lagos reconciliatory meeting was expected to listen to grievances from stakeholders from Lagos and Ogun states after similar interventions for those from Ondo, Ekiti, Osun and Oyo states. []The post Amosun shuns APC S/West reconciliatory meeting appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Obasanjo’s criticisms of Buhari indecorous ‘ Sen Abdullahi Adamu
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The consistent criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari by former president Olusegun Obasanjo is indecorous, undignified, and therefore in bad taste, the senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has said. Adamu was reacting to Sunday’s statement by Obasanjo to the effect that he would not stand on the fence in the 2019 general []The post Obasanjo’s criticisms of Buhari indecorous Sen Abdullahi Adamu appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Atiku signs 2019 peace deal, asks Buhari to sign electoral bill
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, signed the presidential peace pact in Abuja. Dr. Oby Ezekwesili who is the presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) also signed the pact. Atiku, a former vice president, was absent Tuesday at the International Conference []The post Atiku signs 2019 peace deal, asks Buhari to sign electoral bill appeared first on Daily Trust.
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It was a face-saving move ‘ APC
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The ruling APC has described the decision of Atiku Abubakar to sign the peace deal as a face-saving move following widespread condemnation that greeted his initial alleged refusal to agree to the peace deal. The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement issued yesterday, said it was obvious that Atiku tried to []The post ‘It was a face-saving move APC appeared first on Daily Trust.
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I lost money sponsoring female deputy gov’ship contenders ‘ Atiku
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has revealed that he lost a lot of money sponsoring women to be deputy governors in Northern states. Atiku, a former vice president who advised political parties to allot at least 30 per cent of deputy governorship slots to women during an interactive session with a coalition of []The post I lost money sponsoring female deputy gov’ship contenders ‘ Atiku appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Sanwo-Olu, Agbaje in social media tirade over Lagos gov’ship
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The candidates of the ruling APC and opposition PDP, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Jimi Agbaje, have engaged in social media ‘war’. This was coming as a group of Yoruba under the aegis of Yoruba Self-Determination Advancement Forum (YOSEDAF) endorsed Agbaje for the governorship of the state. The group is said to be a coalition of over []The post Sanwo-Olu, Agbaje in social media tirade over Lagos gov’ship appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Educating the boy-child: Panacea to domestic violence
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
It could not have been a wrong submission that a family is the smallest unit of any country in the world. This implies that the state of the socio-political life of a country is a by-product of values embrace by different families. It is, thus, congruous with reason that most of the societal ills could []The post Educating the boy-child: Panacea to domestic violence appeared first on Daily Trust.
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The bright future of corruption in Nigeria
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
It should not be surprising news that Manna falls from the sky in these days. But this will only fall for those who cultivate Manna farms on the clouds above. What one reaps is what he sows, as the saying goes’. Corruption has never been vetoed and dealt with since its annexation in the hearts []The post The bright future of corruption in Nigeria appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Why Southwest APC must reconcile
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The deadline for both submission and substitution of party candidates has elapsed. Some people may therefore wonder, of what use is the APC National Peace and Reconciliation Committee for the Southwest’ Fellow party men and women from Ogun and Lagos, some, if not many of you are aggrieved with the outcome of the APC primaries. []The post Why Southwest APC must reconcile appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Poor budget implementation affects Ogun’s education sector
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Ogun State’s commitment to improving the quality of learning and teaching is said to be getting appreciable financial clout as in fiscal year 2019, out of the state’s total budget proposal of N402.63 billion, 22 per cent, or N88.579 billion, is earmarked for the education sector. This means that while several other states face tough []The post Poor budget implementation affects Ogun’s education sector appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FG, Kogi move to curb the fear of math among girls
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
National Mathematical Centre (NMC) has in collaboration with the Kogi State Government organised a mathematics competition for 120 JSS2 girls in the state to overcome math phobia. Speaking at the commencement of the exercise in Lokoja, SDGs’ Assistant Desk Officer at the National Mathematical Centre, Adebayo Phillip said the competition was designed to address the []The post FG, Kogi move to curb the fear of math among girls appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Australian university seeks PTDF collaboration
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia, is seeking to collaborate with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) in petroleum and energy research and related areas of academic activities. The university’s vice president, External Relations, Fiona Docherty, who led a team on a courtesy visit to PTDF, said the institution wants to benefit []The post Australian university seeks PTDF collaboration appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Why Nigeria’s research reactor was converted to LEU
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Shortly after the 9th Meeting on the Conversion of Nigeria’s Miniature Neutron Source Reactors (MNSR) from the use of fuel containing highly enriched uranium (HEU) to fuel that employs low-enriched uranium (LEU), in Abuja held between December 10 and 12, Director of the Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, []The post Why Nigeria’s research reactor was converted to LEU appeared first on Daily Trust.
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More money should be spent on inclusive public education
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
ActionAid Nigeria has called on governments to take actions to increase the share of fund allocated to and spent on free, quality and inclusive public education. ‘Our analysis of the structural barriers to education tells us that education systems fail to meet the needs of poor and marginalised children especially girls and disabled children and []The post ‘More money should be spent on inclusive public education’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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UniJos graduates 132 medical doctors
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The University of Jos in Plateau State has inducted 132 medical doctors who completed their training at the College of Health Science of the institution. Speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor Sebastian Maimako, called on the doctors to practice diligently and within the ethics of the profession. Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, []The post UniJos graduates 132 medical doctors appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CMD starts accrediting training institutions in 2019
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
In a bid to ensure the provision of quality training for the development of human capital managers, the Acting Director General Centre for Management Development (CMD), Bitrus Chinoko, has said the institution will commence accreditation for training institutions found to have met the requirements. The Acting DG who was represented by the director, Research, Training []The post CMD starts accrediting training institutions in 2019 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Bauchi Schools get 2 million textbooks
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Northern Education Initiative has donated over two million text books worth about N2 billion in Bauchi State to improve literacy in primary schools. Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (BASUBEB), Professor Yahaya Ibrahim Yero disclosed this during the distribution of 30,000 textbooks to some schools. He disclosed that with the coming of []The post Bauchi Schools get 2 million textbooks appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NBTE promises to support Kogi on technical, vocational education
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure, has promised to support to Kogi Government in developing technical and vocational education in the state. Kazaure gave the assurance at a meeting he held with the Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoy, and her team in Lokoja. []The post NBTE promises to support Kogi on technical, vocational education appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Kaduna to employ 7,000 teachers
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Kaduna state government has disclosed plans to employ over 7, 000 secondary school teachers across the state to address the present teacher, student ratio that is hindering the development of the education sector. The state Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani, disclosed this on Wednesday at an evidence-based workshop on the second []The post Kaduna to employ 7,000 teachers appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Alleged murder: Court admits dismissed cop to N5m bail
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Justice Sunday Aladetoyinbo of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja yesterday, admitted a dismissed police officer, Gabriel Achimi, to bail in the sum of N5 million. Achimi, 37, is charged with the murder of one Ishaku Musa, a commercial motorcycle rider around Gishiri junction, Abuja. Justice Aladetoyinbo granted bail to Achimi []The post Alleged murder: Court admits dismissed cop to N5m bail appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Court sentences scavenger to 2 months in prison for car seat theft
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
A Grade I Area Court, Karu, FCT, yesterday sentenced a scavenger, Yusuf Samaila, to two months in prison for stealing a car seat. The judge, Sani Mohammed, however, gave Samaila, 19, who lives in Nyanya Pantaker, an option to pay a fine of N5, 000. Mohammed held that the court was lenient with the convict []The post Court sentences scavenger to 2 months in prison for car seat theft appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Traditional ruler tasks residents on education
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The chief of Jiwa, Alhaji Idris Musa, has tasked parents on the need to educate their children. The traditional ruler who was speaking at the 70th anniversary of the Local Education Authority Primary School in Jiwa said the school had contributed to the development of the community by producing several prominent personalities including the chairman []The post Traditional ruler tasks residents on education appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Academy trains over 50 girls on leadership skills
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Jumali Teen Summer Leadership Training Academy has trained over 50 students of the Air Force Girls Comprehensive School, Abuja on leadership skills. The director of the academy, Mrs Ezeiruaku O Ada, said the training was aimed at bringing out leadership qualities in teenagers and preparing them for leadership roles in the future. She urged students []The post Academy trains over 50 girls on leadership skills appeared first on Daily Trust.
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You will be jailed if caught having sex in public ‘ Lagos CP warns
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has warned that anyone arrested making love in a car in any public place would be arrested and prosecuted. Edgal gave the warning yesterday against the background of an online publication declaring that sex in a car in a public place was not a crime in Nigeria. []The post You will be jailed if caught having sex in public ‘ Lagos CP warns appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Machine operator seeks end to 14-yr-old ‘loveless marriage
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
A 50-year-old machine operator, Franklin Temitayo, has approached an Agege customary court, Lagos, seeking the dissolution of his 14-year-old ‘loveless marriage.’ Temitayo, an indigene of Ondo town, told the court yesterday that there was no more love between him and his wife, Titilayo, whom he described as ‘an arrogant and insatiable woman.’ The father of []The post Machine operator seeks end to 14-yr-old ‘loveless marriage’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Home-Grown Programme: FG empowers 30,000 Ogun residents in 2 years
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Ogun State Manager of the federal government’s Home-Grown School Feeding programme, Mrs Tinuola Sopeju, has disclosed that 30,000 residents of the state have benefited from the programme in two years. Sopeju stated this in Abeokuta while speaking with journalists at a joint year-end high-level dissemination meeting on the programme in the state. The Home-Grown []The post Home-Grown Programme: FG empowers 30,000 Ogun residents in 2 years appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Driver absconds with employer’s car
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
A driver, Solomon Boniface Okon, has been arrested by the Oyo State police command for allegedly stealing his employer’s vehicle, a Honda CRV with registration number LSR 782 DF. The vehicle was recovered in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State after it had been sold to a man the police described as Okon’s accomplice. The Oyo []The post Driver absconds with employer’s car appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Lagos to deploy intervention squad, body cameras to manage traffic incidents
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Lagos State government has unveiled plans to deploy a Rapid Intervention Squad (RIS), body cameras and other forms of technology to curtail the growing traffic gridlock in the state. The Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, disclosed this at a briefing to announce measures the government was taking to address the challenges associated with the []The post Lagos to deploy intervention squad, body cameras to manage traffic incidents appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Police most violator of human rights, survey finds
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The police are most likely to violate human rights, a survey has found. Up to 3 in 10 Nigerians say police violated their rights, according to a survey by NOIPolls to mark World Human Rights Day. The government and other security officials come second and third human rights violators respectively for a combined 29% of []The post Police most violator of human rights, survey finds appeared first on Daily Trust.
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VENEZUELA: Maduro accuses U.S. official of plotting invasion
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday, without providing evidence, that U.S. national security adviser John Bolton was leading a plan to invade the South American nation, which is increasingly at odds with Washington as its socialist economy collapses. Maduro made his accusation just days after Russian bombers landed in Venezuela to carry out joint []The post VENEZUELA: Maduro accuses U.S. official of plotting invasion appeared first on Daily Trust.
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HUNGARY: Chaos as parliament passes ‘slave law’ on overtime
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Hungarian parliament has approved amendments to the labour law proposed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party which critics call a ‘slave law’ that only benefits employers. Members of Hungary’s opposition parties on Wednesday resorted to whistling and blocking the speaker’s podium in an attempt to prevent the amendment, which would dramatically increase total overtime []The post HUNGARY: Chaos as parliament passes slave law on overtime appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SYRIA: ‘Seven mass graves found’ in former IS stronghold
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Hundreds of unidentified bodies which seem to have been tortured have been found in a former Islamic State group stronghold, Syrian state media says. Seven mass graves near Albu Kamal in eastern Syria have been unearthed, the official Sana news agency reports, with more than 100 bodies recovered so far. Most seem to ‘have been []The post SYRIA: Seven mass graves found in former IS stronghold appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SOMALIA: China gets fishing rights in Somalia
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Somali’s government has granted 31 fishing licenses to China. This is the first time that President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government has given fishing rights to foreigners since taking office last year. The China Overseas Fisheries Association, which represents 150 companies, will be allowed to fish for tuna in Somali waters. The move has raised concern []The post SOMALIA: China gets fishing rights in Somalia appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Ex-Trump lawyer jailed for three years
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Michael Cohen, the former lawyer to Donald Trump who once said he’d take a bullet for the president, has been given a 36-month prison sentence. He is the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to be jailed over the special counsel’s inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He has pleaded guilty []The post Ex-Trump lawyer jailed for three years appeared first on Daily Trust.
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VATICAN CITY: Pope demotes cardinals over scandals
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Two cardinals facing allegations linked to sexual abuse have been removed from Pope Francis’s inner circle, the Vatican said. Australia’s George Pell and Chile’s Francisco Javier Errazuriz will no longer sit on the Council of Cardinals, set up by the pope as an international advice body. The pair were absent from the last meeting of []The post VATICAN CITY: Pope demotes cardinals over scandals appeared first on Daily Trust.
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DR CONGO: ‘Two killed’ at election rally
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
At least two people have been killed and more than 40 injured after police attacked opposition supporters at a rally in the Democratic Republic of Congo second-largest city of Lubumbashi, rights activists say. Fifteen supporters of main opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu had bullet wounds, they say. Police deny anyone was killed but say two []The post DR CONGO: Two killed at election rally appeared first on Daily Trust.
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TANZANIA: Govt to build dam at heritage site
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has signed a deal for the construction of a hydro-electric power plant in one of East Africa’s best-known game reserves, amid criticism from environmentalists. The deal, worth $3bn (2.4bn), envisages the construction of a dam on the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, a Unesco World Heritage site. The deal []The post TANZANIA: Govt to build dam at heritage site appeared first on Daily Trust.
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GHANA: Man drowns during baptism
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
A 20-year-old man has drowned while being baptised by a pastor in a river south of Ghana’s capital, Accra. In a video circulating on social media, Yaw Kyeremeh is seen stationed at the banks of River Densu together with a pastor who immersed him in the water. Then after brief prayers he was immersed a []The post GHANA: Man drowns during baptism appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2019: Honour peace accord, U.S. urges presidential candidates
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The United States government has congratulated the presidential candidates for signing of a peace accord for the 2019 general elections, urging them to honour it faithfully. A statement from the U.S Embassy in Abuja described the Peace Accord as a great step towards the goal shared by all Nigerians of national elections that are credible. []The post 2019: Honour peace accord, U.S. urges presidential candidates appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2019: Opposition versus state institutions
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
By the time Nigeria conducts its elections in February and March next year, it will be almost 20 years since its current experiment with liberal democracy the longest period the country has been under a civilian rule since gaining flag independence from the British in 1960. As we inch towards 2019, growing apprehensions sit []The post 2019: Opposition versus state institutions appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2019: IATA predicts N109.3bn loss for Nigeria, other African carriers
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has predicted that Nigeria and other African countries will experience bleak 2019 in their aviation industry with a record $300 million (an estimated N109.350bn) loss for the continent’s airlines. The association, representing some 290 airlines and controlling 82 per cent of global traffic, also said the global airline industry []The post 2019: IATA predicts N109.3bn loss for Nigeria, other African carriers appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Axxela, WAPCo sign pact to export 15m scuf/day gas to Togo
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
An indigenous gas firm, Axxela Limited, has signed a Gas Transportation Agreement (GTA) with the West African Gas Pipeline Company Ltd (WAPCo) to transport over 15 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) of natural gas via the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) to Lome, Togo. During the signing ceremony held in Accra, Ghana, Axxela []The post Axxela, WAPCo sign pact to export 15m scuf/day gas to Togo appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FG to grant waivers on imported equipment for A/Ibom refinery
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Federal Government has promised to support waivers on import duty on machinery, equipment and components for the 5,000 barrels per day Ikwe-Onna modular refinery in Akwa Ibom State and other modular refinery projects. The government said it would also facilitate access to the Nigerian Content Intervention (NCI) fund managed by the Bank of Industry []The post FG to grant waivers on imported equipment for A/Ibom refinery appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Fertilizer producers laud FG’s import restriction
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Fertilizer Producer and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has welcomed the policy of government to restrict fertiliser import into the country. Mr Gideon Negedu, liaison manager of the association in an interview with Daily Trust in Abuja said Nigeria has more than enough local capacity to blend any NPK it wants, stressing that it []The post Fertilizer producers laud FG’s import restriction appeared first on Daily Trust.
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