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

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

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Buhari, NASS and unsigned Electoral Bill 2018
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
At a time all hands should be on deck to ensure a successful conduct of the 2019 general election, both sides of the divide in the National Assembly are sharpening their arsenal to confront each, when plenary opens this week, over the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018. []The post Buhari, NASS and unsigned Electoral Bill 2018 appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Beyond that Super Falcons’ AWCON win
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
It was a mixed bag for Nigeria when the Super Falcons emerged champions at the Africa Women Nations Cup decided in Ghana. Nigeria started on a bad note losing 1-0 to South Africa’s Bayana Bayana. As fate would have it, both teams again met in the final and Falcons had to grind out a result []The post Beyond that Super Falcons’ AWCON win appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Unaccredited courses in Nigerian universities
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The reality that some Nigerian universities are running academic programmes that are not approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the agency set up by government to supervise univer-sity education and activities, no doubt, is a wrong signal coming from the system. Apart from the shock this development has brought to stakeholders, especially university undergraduates []The post Unaccredited courses in Nigerian universities appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Making Nigeria-Volkswagen new deal realistic
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Nigeria’s quest to further its industrialisation agenda through the automotive sector received another boost recently with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into between Volkswagen Group and the Federal Government. The good news came just months after Rwanda that is still counting its losses to a devastating civil war commenced the production of Volkswagen models []The post Making Nigeria-Volkswagen new deal realistic appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Metele massacre: A national tragedy
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Not too long ago, Nigeria was thrown into mourning again following the brutal massacre of 23 soldiers serving in the 157 Task Force Battalion at Metele village, Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State. The gruesome attack, we learnt, occurred about 6p.m. on November 19. The unfortunate incident saw our troops caged, outnumbered and []The post Metele massacre: A national tragedy appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Lagos wins squash, taekwondo gold
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Team Lagos once again showed their supremacy in Nigerian squash when they hauled three medals in the singles events on Wednesday. The final of the men’s singles was between two Lagos athletes, Wale Amao and Olanrewaju Yusuf Abdulrahman, a game between two childhood friends. However, after a grudge encounter, Abdulrahman won the game 2-1 winning []The post Lagos wins squash, taekwondo gold appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NSF ’18: Boluwatife creates upset, wins women 100m gold
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
as Jighere falters in scrabble There was an upset in the final of the women’s 100m at the on-going 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja as Margaret Boluwatife won the race ahead of title favourites and national team athletes, Joy Udo-Gabriel and Rosemary Chukwuma. Running from Lane 1, the Ondo State’s athlete raced to []The post NSF 18: Boluwatife creates upset, wins women 100m gold appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Attack LASTMA officer, go to jail, Lagos threatens
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Lagos to deploy traffic squad, body camera The Lagos State Government yesterday disclosed it would deploy Traffic Intervention Squads and body cameras in the metropolis to manage and monitor events in the metropolis. This was even as the state government added that henceforth, attack or assault on traffic personnel would attract jail term []The post Attack LASTMA officer, go to jail, Lagos threatens appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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EFCC secures conviction of job scammer
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
arraigns another for inheritance scam The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday arraigned and secured the conviction of Aminu Abubakar Sadiq before Justice A. B Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on a one-count charge bordering on inducement to the tune of N864,000. Sadiq was accused of convincing his victim to []The post EFCC secures conviction of job scammer appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Undergraduate uses social media to attract, rape girls
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
A 300-Level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Mayowa, has been arrested by the police for allegedly capturing girls via social media and later raping them. The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude, who mentioned the case yesterday, explained that Mayowa was arrested by the operatives of the Federal []The post Undergraduate uses social media to attract, rape girls appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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CDMA: The sweet, bitter story of Nigeria’s telecom pioneers
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
They came as the shining light for a brighter telecommunications future for Nigeria, but they did not live to witness the future projected by their revolutionary services. Today, head offices of Code Division Multiple Access operators, the first private telecom companies in Nigeria, are occupied by other businesses, including one that has been turned into []The post CDMA: The sweet, bitter story of Nigeria’s telecom pioneers appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Abia pensioners lament govt’s neglect, as one slumps
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The neglect and insensitivity of the Abia State government towards its pensioners was yesterday confirmed by the absence of the governor or his representative at the 2018 Pensioners’ Day. The event which held at the Pensioners’ House (under construction) at Ogwurube Layout was not attended by any government official. One of the pensioners slumped []The post Abia pensioners lament govts neglect, as one slumps appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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HIV/AIDS: 1.8m people died in 2017 globally ‘ Agbaji
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Principal Investigator, AIDS Preventive Initiative Nigeria (APIN), Prof. Oche Agbaji said about 1.8 million people died in 2017 with HIV/AIDS globally. He said about 34 million people were living with HIV/AIDS and 9.4 million persons who are living with the virus in the world do not know. Prof. Agbaji disclosed this at the weekend during []The post HIV/AIDS: 1.8m people died in 2017 globally ‘ Agbaji appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Senate confirms Keyamo in spite of NYSC controversy
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Senate, yesterday, confirmed the Spokesman of President Muhammadu Buharis Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, as board member of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). His confirmation, however, had to enjoy the discretional powers of the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who had to disregard the overwhelming voice of nay and pass him []The post Senate confirms Keyamo in spite of NYSC controversy appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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ECOWAS court bars censorship of political broadcast
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The ECOWAS Court of Justice yesterday barred the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) from censorship of political programmes by broadcasting stations across the country. The court’s judgment was sequel to a suit filed by a Port-Harcourt based legal practitioner, Festus Oguche and Crownfield Solicitors, challenging what the NBC called Additional []The post ECOWAS court bars censorship of political broadcast appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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2019: Atiku, Ezekwesili sign peace accord
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday signed the Peace Accord in respect of the 2019 general elections. The two personalities were absent on Tuesday at the ceremony where President Muhammadu []The post 2019: Atiku, Ezekwesili sign peace accord appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Buhari awaits NASS date to present 2019 budget
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
as FEC approves $22.9m maritime security President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to receive a date from the National Assembly (NASS) for the presentation of the 2019 appropriation bill. Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, yesterday, confirmed that following the approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at a special session last []The post Buhari awaits NASS date to present 2019 budget appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Electoral bill: APC Reps vow to scuttle move to veto Buhari’s assent
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives have threatened to stop any attempt by their opposition colleagues to override President Muhammadu Buharis veto on the bill. The APC caucus, which disclosed this yesterday ahead of the commencement of debate on the president’s letter rejecting the bill, defended Buharis decision, []The post Electoral bill: APC Reps vow to scuttle move to veto Buhari’s assent appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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U.S. designates Boko Haram, ISIS ‘entities of particular concern
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The United States has announced the designation of the Boko Haram terrorist group as an entity ‘of particular concern’. The U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a statement, designated Boko Haram alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qa’ida and al-Shabab. Pompeo also designated Saudi Arabia, Iran, Burma, North Korea, among []The post U.S. designates Boko Haram, ISIS ‘entities of particular concern’ appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Banks borrowed N51.53trn from CBN in 2017
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Apex bank earned N36.30bn through lending facility Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country borrowed the sum of N51.53 trillion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the Standing Lending Facility (SLF) window of the apex bank last year, the 2017 Annual Activity report of the regulator’s Banking and Payments System Department []The post Banks borrowed N51.53trn from CBN in 2017 appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Assets forfeiture: S’Court fixes March 8 to determine Jonathan’s fate
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Supreme Court yesterday fixed March 8, 2019 to deliver judgment in an appeal filed by former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, challenging the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for forfeiture of her properties when she has not been convicted for any offence. The apex Court fixed the date after []The post Assets forfeiture: SCourt fixes March 8 to determine Jonathans fate appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Fowler: FIRS generates N5trn
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) had generated N5 trillion by the second week of December 2018, Executive Chairman, Tunde Fowler, has said. Besides, he said that the agency is at the verge of making N5.3 trillion at the end of the year. The FIRS boss said these at the induction of new members []The post Fowler: FIRS generates N5trn appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Telecoms contributes N2.8trn to GDP in Q3
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Nigeria’s telecommunications sector chipped in N2.8 trillion to the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in the third quarter of 2018, New Telegraph has learnt. This represented 8.39 per cent of the country’s aggregate GDP for the quarter, which stood at N33.37 trillion, according to latest statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The []The post Telecoms contributes N2.8trn to GDP in Q3 appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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X-raying Nigeria’s 2013-2018 broadband plan
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Having missed the target in the current plan, Nigeria is on the verge of coming up with another National Broadband Plan post-2018. Stakeholders have, however, called for more actions from government to deliver broadband to all Nigerians. SAMSON AKINTARO reports That Nigeria has missed the 30 per cent broadband penetration target billed to be []The post X-raying Nigeria’s 2013-2018 broadband plan appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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LCCI to FG: Harsh policies stifling real sector growth
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has admitted that many entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in the country experienced frequent incidence of regulatory challenges leading to increased burden on businesses, higher cost of operation, waste of executive time and reputational consequences this year. President, LCCI, Babatunde Ruwase, made this known []The post LCCI to FG: Harsh policies stifling real sector growth appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Nigeria’s .ng records 30,000 new registrations in 11 months
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Nigeria’s domain name .ng has so far this year recorded 30,000 new registrations, New Telegraph has learnt. The new registrations brought the total active users of the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) to 130, 407 as at the end of November. Nigeria’s Internet asset, which is being managed by the Nigeria Internet Registration []The post Nigeria’s .ng records 30,000 new registrations in 11 months appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Product standardisation: SON’s presence at ports critical
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
As the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) classifies Nigeria’s ports among the worst in the world due to influx of substandard products, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has renewed its bid to return to the gateway next year to tame the rising menace. Taiwo Hassan reports It is already a known []The post Product standardisation: SON’s presence at ports critical appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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ECA scribe urges Nigeria, others to sign AfCFTA
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Giovanie Biha, has appealed to countries, which have not signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to do so. Biha issued an impassioned plea for countries that are yet to sign the historic AfCFTA to do so in her opening remarks to the []The post ECA scribe urges Nigeria, others to sign AfCFTA appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Glo connects NNPC operations across Nigeria
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Telecommunications giant, Globacom has connected its Intelligent Wide Area Network (iWAN) to the 139 operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) across Nigeria in the bid to enable the corporation’s various departments to conduct their businesses seamlessly. The deployment of the facility will also support NNPC’s drive to keep track of their assets and []The post ‘Glo connects NNPC operations across Nigeria’ appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NCC, ALTON to chart new course for broadband
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Telecommunications regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and network operators under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), are set to discuss current challenges facing the country in the deployment of broadband with a view to finding lasting solutions. The key stakeholders in the telecoms sector, according to a statement, are []The post NCC, ALTON to chart new course for broadband appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Investors lose N28bn as NSE reverses previous gain
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday closed downswing, as the overall market performance indices dropped by 0.25 per cent. Transactions on the stock market had the previous day also closed on the positive trajectory. However, at the close of trading yesterday, the All-Share Index dropped by 76.36 basis points []The post Investors lose N28bn as NSE reverses previous gain appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Imo State has been in trauma for 12 years ‘ Araraume
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, who represented Imo North senatorial district of Imo State in the National Assembly between 1999 and 2007, is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. In this interview, he speaks on governance in the state under Governor Rochas Okorocha, why he is contesting []The post Imo State has been in trauma for 12 years ‘ Araraume appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Oshiomhole stabbed me after I recommended him to Buhari ‘ Shittu
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, yesterday, declared that his disqualification from the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State as stab on the back by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole given the role he played in the emergence. Shittu, who spoke at an []The post Oshiomhole stabbed me after I recommended him to Buhari ‘ Shittu appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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This is Atiku’s time to be President, says Gov Ortom
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said the time has come for former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to become President of Nigeria. He spoke at the Government House during a courtesy call on him by the North Central Women Unite for Atiku, led by its President, Mrs Dorcas Din. The Governor noted that when []The post This is Atikus time to be President, says Gov Ortom appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Fayose’s aide mocks Fayemi over ‘fake PDP defectors’ story
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Media Aide to Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Lere Olayinka has advised the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to face the serious task of governance instead of allowing himself to be duped by those arranging for him, supposed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defectors whose identities were not known. Olayinka, who []The post Fayose’s aide mocks Fayemi over fake PDP defectors’ story appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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North-East and the bloody propaganda
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
lAs rogue state continued to exploit its citizens, what we have had and still have is a nation too divided and distracted ‘ Bishop Kukah If President Muhammadu Buhari loses election in 2019, he would be the second President to fall victim of lies and fabrications coming from Nigerias battle front in the North-East []The post North-East and the bloody propaganda appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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