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

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

INEC: well conduct 2019 polls with existing laws
Thu, 13 Dec 2018

Advocates of a new electoral law may have lost their battle.

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned the Electoral Bill to the National Assembly, stating why he did not sign it.

And yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it was moving ahead with its preparation for next year’s general elections despite the President’s stand.

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the commission would conduct next year’s election using the exiting laws that are presently valid and in place.

He said the commission would not be distracted by the wrangling between the Presidency and National Assembly.

INEC, Yakubu added, is fine-tuning its processes and procedures to ensure it delivered a good election next year.

He spoke at a national peace conference on 2019 general elections organised by Youngstar Development Initiative with support from the National Democratic Initiative.

The INEC chairman, who was represented by National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye, urged registered political parties, their candidates and supporters to place national interest over their own personal interest.

He said: “As a commission, we are fine-tuning our processes and procedures towards delivering good elections in 2019. The commission is focused and will conduct an election that the Nigerian people will be proud of. But that election has to be and must be conducted under a very peaceful environment.

“The commission is not bothered and will not be distracted by the hue and cry over certain issues and decisions taken by the President and the National Assembly. The commission is focused on organising the 2019 elections using the extant laws, using the laws that are valid as at today and we will not be distracted.

“We urge all registered political parties, their candidates and their supporters to place the national interest over their own personal interest.”

Yakubu added that the commission has constituted a committee to oversee the situation room and collation centres.

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Sign Electoral Amendment Bill now, Atiku, Ezekwesili tell Buhari
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is under intense pressure to sign the controversial Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill into law.Presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili yesterday joined those urging the President to have a rethink on his decision not to sign the document.Both candidates spoke at the secretariat of the Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar National Peace Committee (NPC) in Abuja after signing t
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Court okays nullified Rivers APC congresses
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
An Appeal panel in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, yesterday, struck out the three appeals by factional Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ojukaye Flag Amachree, challenging the October 10 judgment of a High court on the outcome of the partys congresses.Twenty-three aggrieved APC members, who protested their exclusion from the ward, council, and state congresses, approached the court to stop the perceived illegal exercise from holding.They filed the suit under the name Ibrahim
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Southwest: Buhari and lessons from Tinubu, Ambode by Shettima
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who heads the All Progressives Congress (APC) reconciliation committee in the Southwest, has hailed party stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for their selflessness. He said Tinubu and Ambode were more interested in the party than in personal gains, urging others to emulate them.The deadline for both submission and substitution of party candidates has elapsed. So as I said to our other party members in previous hearings, so
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Abdul-Mutallab: I wish to see my son
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
ALHAJI Umaru Abdul-Mutallab, the father of Umar Faoruk Abdul-Mutallab, who was convicted and handed multiple life sentences in the United States (U.S.A) for an attempted terror attack, has said he wished to see his son.Abdul-Mutallab was convicted in 2012 for an attempted terror attack on a Northwest Airlines Flight 253, after he was found with an underwear strapped with explosives.He was sentenced to four life terms plus 50 years without parole and incarcerated at ADX Florence, the Supermax Fed
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Compulsory health insurance scheme coming, says Osinbajo
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
PROPOSAL and plan for establishment of a Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme is in the works as part of the Buhari presidencys Next Level agenda, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterdayAccording to the plan, the government will pay the premium for the poor.Osinbajo spoke on Tuesday night as guest of honour at the Invest Africa Forum hosted by the publishers of Africa Report magazine at Londons Royal Society hall.Osinbajo, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,
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Poly lecturers begin indefinite strike
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
THE Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has begun an indefinite strike over what it described as consistent failure on the part of the Federal Government to implement agreements it willingly signed with the union since 2010.Addressing a news conference in Abuja yesterday, ASUP National President Usman Dutse said since 2010 when the agreement was signed, they have consistently engaged with the government leading to the signing of several memorandums.But, he alleged that the government has
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Rectors urge govts, union to embrace dialogue
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
RECTORS of Federal Polytechnic Offa Dr. Lateef Olatunji and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Kwara State Masud Elelu have urged members of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and polytechnics owner governments to embrace dialogue.Specifically, Elelu urged ASUP to desist from taking an extremist position on bone of contentions between them and owner governments.He said strike action is not the only solution to challenges confronting education.Elelu told reporters in Ilorin, the state capi
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Troops arrest three suspected gunrunners
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Troops of 1 Division, deployed for Operation Whirl Punch, have arrested three suspected gunrunners, Aminu Umar, 32, Shehu Samaila, 25, and Bilyaminu Abdullahi, 22, in Niger State.The army said the suspects were nabbed while heading for Bena in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State, which shares boundary with Zamfara State.A statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Col. Muhammad Dole, in Kaduna said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday durin
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Shettima, Ambode to aggrieved Southwest APC members: submit to partys supremacy
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Borno and Lagos States Governors Kashim Shettima and Akinwunmi Ambode have urged aggrieved All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Lagos and Ogun states to abide by the partys decision on the last primaries.They stressed that the partys decision was superior to any other.Shettima is the Chairman of APC National Peace and Reconciliation Committee for the Southwest while Ambode is a member.They urged the aggrieved members to unite for the party to remain strong, united and formidable to win nex
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Facebook post: Court admits FRCN reporter to N2m bail
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
A Kaduna State High Court yesterday admitted Segun Onibiyo, a reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), to bail in the sum of N2 million.He is charged with defamation of character and false statement against Governor Nasir El-Rufai.Onibiyo is accused of inciting disturbance, defamation of character and injurious falsehood against the Kaduna State governor on his Facebook account.The judge, Justice Darius Khoboh, granted Onibiyo bail in the sum of N2 million and a surety in t
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Ladojas exit wont stop Oyo ADC from winning 2019 poll, says Lanlehin
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The exit of former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja from the African Democratic Congress (ADC) will not stop the party from winning next years governorship election, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin said yesterday.Lanlehin, who is the partys governorship candidate, addressed reporters for the first time after the exit of his leader, Ladoja, from ADC to Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) a fortnight ago.Ladoja dumped ADC for ZLP on claims that members of the Unity Forum, which broke away from the All Progressive
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Agent dupes YABATECH student of N75,000
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
A 34-year-old estate agent, Sheriff Abiodun, yesterday appeared at a Yaba Chief Magistrates Court for allegedly duping a Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) student, Usman Oloyede, of N75,00.Abiodun, who lives in Yaba, Lagos, is charged with two counts of obtaining by false pretence and stealing.Prosecutor Thomas Nurudeen said the accused committed the offence on February 15 at 1, Fatai Ade Street, Yaba, Lagos.He alleged that the accused collected N75, 000 from the complainant, as payment for
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Fashola urges court to dismiss Falanas suit on Oshodi/Apapa road
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has urged the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to dismiss the fundamental right suit filed by human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN).The popular lawyer is challenging the failure of the Federal Government to remove the gridlock on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway.In his preliminary objection against the suit, Fashola challenged Falanas locus standi to file the suit.He argued that Falana had not shown that he suffered over a
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How I survived breast cancer
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
A 56-year-old breast cancer survivor, Mrs. Oluwakemi (surname withheld), has relived how she survived.Oluwakemi, a mother of four, said she was diagnosed with cancer after the discovery of certain irregularities on the left side of her breast, which led to severe pains on her left hand.She said: It came as a shock because I knew nothing about cancer and how it affects women. I used to believe it is not for the poor.The woman added: When I realised that I had breast cancer after a scan detected i
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President Sall presents new book to public
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall today presented his new book Le Sngal au Cur to the press at The Terrou Bi hotel in Dakar. The book presentation also coincides with his 57th birthday.According to a statement, the book is based on his character defining experiences from childhood to being in the many positions of leadership that led to him being the fourth and youngest President of Senegal. It touches on his long march made possible, by holding on to his faith and principles of d
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Obaseki gifts outstanding Headteacher housing unit in Emotan Gardens
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has gifted the Headteacher of Emotan Primary School, Mrs. Noragbon Osaru, who emerged the second-best school administrator in Nigeria and best teacher in the state, a housing unit in Emotan Gardens.Emotan Gardens is an over 70-hectare hectare estate being developed by the Edo State Government through the Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) and a private real estate developer, Mixta Nigeria.The first phase of the over 1800-unit estate will be del
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Support peace efforts in Niger Delta, NDDCs MD urges US govt
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has urged to the United States government to support programmes that will enhance peace and security in the Niger Delta, to facilitate sustainable development in the crude oil and gas-rich region.He made the admonition when a delegation from the United States Consulate in Lagos, led by the US Consul-General, John Bray, paid him a courtesy visit at the commissions corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rive
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Obaseki offers space for local drug production
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
scent leaf, oil palm, senna to be used as raw materialsAs work intensifies on the development of the Benin Industrial Park, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said his administration is willing to work with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and Pas Herbal to produce drugs from scent leaf and Senna at the park, which will house a pharmaceutical industry.The governor disclosed this when he received executive members of the NIPRD, who paid him a
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$8.1b dispute: Court adjourns MTN, CBN case to next year
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
ANigerian judge adjourned yesterday a hearing over an $8.1 billion dispute between South African telecoms giant MTN and the central bank until Jan. 22.The dispute is over the transfer of $8.1 billion of funds which Nigerias central bank said the company had sent abroad in breach of foreign-exchange regulations. MTN has denied any wrongdoing.Nigeria is MTNs biggest market, accounting for a third of the South African companys annual core profit. The mobile phone network serves 56 million people in
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FIRS generates N5trn revenue
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) generated N5 trillion in the second week of this month.It said by the end of this year, it would have generated N5.3 trillion revenue.Its Executive Chairman, Mr. Tunde Fowler, in a statement yesterday expalined that if the agency succeeds in pooling the N5.3 trillion revenue, it will mark the highest revenue ever generated by agency in history. The highest in FIRS history is N5.07 trillion generated in 2012, he said.The FIRS generation of N5 trillion is
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How we deployed technology to save Ijora bridge, by contractor
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
But for advanced technology deployed in the renovation of the Ijora Seven-Up Bridge, the structure would have been lost, Hallekem Limited Chief Executive Officer Haim Halle has said.Hallekem is the contractor that handled the project.According to the Israeli firm boss, the state of the 325-metre section of the bridge before the renovation was bad. He blamed it on non maintenance of the bridge for over 35 years.When we opened up the expansion joints, it was all rusty and full of water deposit dat
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NNPC may finalise negotiations on repair of refineries by month end
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) may conclude negotiations with private operators on the repairs of the four refineries by the end of this month, its Chief Operating Officer for Liquefied Natural Gas(LNG) Dividends, Mr Isiaka Abdulrazaq, has said.The refineries are Port Harcourt 1&2, Warri and Kaduna.He said NNPC began negotiations with the operators some months ago, adding that the corporation would finalise the deal by the end of the year.Speaking on the achievements of t
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IATA sees $300m loss for African carriers
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) sees bleak future for Nigeria and other African airlines next year. It said the continents carriers are expected to report a $300 million net loss.The projected loss is a slight improvement of $400 million net loss recorded this year.The global aviation body has also cautioned countries planning either privatising or concessioning of their airports. It said experience had shown that previous exercises were carried out under less transparent circ
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Nigerias economy to grow at 3% next year, says minister
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Nigerias economy is expected to grow by two per cent this year and by three per cent next year, Minister of Budget Udoma Udo Udoma said yesterday.The World Bank expects growth at slightly less than two per cent this year, while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) predicts that the economy will grow 1.75 per cent this year.Our projection for the economic growth this year is two per cent, we believe it will be achieved, and that of next (year), which is projected at three per cent, will also be achi
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Collaboration, solution to building collapse, say SON DG, others
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
THERE is a need for collaboration among regulators, associations, consumer advocates, media and others in the building and construction sector to avoid building collapse, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Director-General, Osita Aboloma.Aboloma spoke at the Builders Congress organised by the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) in Abuja.The events theme was: Standardisation and innovative technologies for sustainable development in Nigerias construction Industry.Aboloma noted
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SAHCOL seeks cooperation in ground handling services
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL), Basil Agboarumi, has urged ground handling companies to ensure maximum cooperation in order to charge the right charges on services rendered to airlines.He said the ground handling companies cannot operate in isolation of the entire industry and called on the Federal Government to intervene in the charges paid by the airlines. He spoke at a forum tagged A Night With Basil, organised by Aviation Media, in Lagos at the weeke
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Lagos warns residents against soil pollution
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
THE Lagos State Government has urged residents to stop soil pollution.Commissioner for the Environment Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti gave the advice at the World Soil Day in Alausa, Ikeja.The theme of the celebration was: Be the solution to soil pollution.Durosinmi-Etti urged the citizens to protect the environment, adding that soil pollution does no one any good.In a statement, the ministrys Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Mukaila Sanusi, explained that the theme of the event was aimed a
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Airline offers 25% discount for flights from Lagos
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Ethiopian Airlines said yesterday that it is offering 25 per cent discount on fares to selected destinations from Lagos to all it travel partners.The offer, the carrier said, is one of the ways of appreciating its esteemed customers and in celebration of the Yuletide season,According to the airline, sale of the discounted fares had commence since December 12 to December 31. Ethiopian Airlines said the activation date for booked tickets by customers will commence next year.According to the airlin
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