Today’s Thenation Newspaper Headlines, Friday 14th December 2018

Today’s Thenation Newspaper Headlines, Friday 14th December 2018

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2019: Buharis veto sparks battle of strength in Senate
Fri, 14 Dec 2018

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WHICH political party has the highest number of members in the upper chamber of the National Assembly?

This became an issue yesterday between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The argument to determine the party with the majority members, it was learnt, was fueled by a surreptitious move to override President Muhammadu Buhari over his decision not to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 into Law ahead of the 2019 election.

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But the Presidency and the APC are reaching out to the party’s caucuses in the National Assembly to block the purported plot to veto the President.

A source confided in our reporter that “it cannot be completely ruled out that some members may be mobilising to initiate the override process.”

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan disagreed yesterday over the numerical strength of the two dominant political parties.

Ekweremadu is of the PDP. Lawan is of the APC.

The Majority Leader was emphatic that the APC has majority members in the Red Chamber, with 56 senators as against PDP’s 46.

But Ekweremadu, who presided at yesterday’s plenary, promptly countered Lawan’s claim, saying there was no established statistics to prove that the APC has the majority in the chamber.

The disagreement followed Lawan’s Point of Order to protest media reports, which the Yobe North Senator described as misleading.

Lawan, who stressed the need to set the record straight, faulted the reports about the subsisting numerical strength of the two dominant political parties in the chamber.

The Senate Leader pointedly dismissed reports that the confirmation of the spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, as a board member of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), did not follow the due process.

Lawan said: “The media reported that APC has 57 senators while PDP has 58. For the record, APC senators are 56 while PDP senators are 46.

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Minimum wage talks at Villa today
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
GOVERNORS are meeting President Muhammadu Buhari today.The minimum wage will be on the agenda, it was learnt last night.The governors met in Abuja yesterday but refused to brief reporters on what they discussed.They are billed also to attend an extended National Economic Council (NEC) meeting scheduled for the Old Banquet Hall, State House. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will chair the meeting.A statement by the Office of the Vice President said that the extended NEC was in line with the Buhari ad
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Nigeria signs $1b Intra-Africa trade deal with Afreximbank
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Nigeria yesterday signed a $1billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to promote trade.The trade facilitation instrument will be managed by the Nigeria-Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme (NATIPP), AFREXIM, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), and the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM).Afreximbank Chairman Dr. Benedict Oramah, NEPC Executive Director Segun Awolowo, NEXIM Managing Director Abubakar A. Bello and Intra-African
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Nigeria owes IOCs $5.1b, says NNPC
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
NIGERIA indebtedness to International Oil Companies (IOCs) stood at $5.1 billion, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) told the Senate yesterday.The $5.1 billion, according to the Corporation, was accumulated from the Joint Venture Cash Call (JVC) business arrangement the country has with IOCs on oil exploration.But the NNPC denied allegation of mismanagement of $3.2 billion said to have been withdrawn from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) account between 2015 till date.Th
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Insecurity: Kwara APC shelves campaign
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday shelved the kick-off of its governorship campaign.The party cited unfavourable security reasons for the postponement.The event would have taken place yesterday at Kosubosu in Baruten Local Government Area.It was gathered some hoodlums, allegedly sponsored by a major opposition party, planned to attack APC members on their way to the venue of the event.Kosubosu is about six hours drive from Ilorin, the state capital, and it
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Intelligence is required most in Boko Haram war
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
How did Metele happen’ This is the puzzle the army has been trying to unravel since the December 2 Boko Haram attack on the 157 Task Force Battalion. In this piece, Col. Ola Majoyeogbe, a retired senior military intelligence expert, praised the troops at the theatre of war and called foractionable tactical intelligence to help them in routing the insurgents. The truth was the first casualty following the assault on the Nigerian 157 Task Force Battalion location in Metele in northern Borno S
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Oyetola inaugurates committee on Health sector
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola yesterday inaugurated a six-man committee to oversee the activities in the Health sector.The committee, which is chaired by the governor himself, will revive and revitalise the sector.A statement by the governors Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Adeniyi Adesina, said the committee, named: State of Osun Special Health Intervention and Revitalisation, is expected to review the state of the Health sector for efficient and effective healthcare delivery.The statement
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Police arrest five-man robbery gang
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Katsina State Police Command yesterday arrested a five-man robbery gang, who had been terrorising residents of Funtua and its environs.Police spokesman Isa Gambo said in a statement on behalf of Commissioner Mohammed Wakil that nemesis caught up with the suspects when they invaded the house of Haruna Idris of Dan-Dutse Quarters, Funtua.Gambo listed the names of those arrested to include: Umar Yahaya, 24, Abdulmalik Yahaya, 20, Abdulrashid Musa, 20, Abdurrahman Suleman, 21, all of Maigamji villag
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President promises adequate reward for party loyalists
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night promised that All Progressives Congress (APC) men and women, who work hard for the party towards 2019 general elections will be rewarded adequately.He gave the assurance during the launch of the TogetherNigeria Group at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.The group is supporting the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election.The President regretted that not all those that worked for the party in 2015 were rewarded.He al
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PDP is day dreaming, says Kwara APC chair
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
The chairman of the Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC), Bashir Bolarinwa, in this interview with ADEKUNLE JIMOH, describes the partys victory at the recent House of Representatives by-election in Eki/Oke-Ero/Isin/Irepodun Constituency as a sign post to next years general election in the state.Would you shed light on the challenge of reconciliation in the Kwara APC’So far so good, some stakeholders and party members preferred direct primaries. Of course, there is no mode of primarie
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APCs victory in by-election was daylight robbbery
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Kola Shittu, in this interview with ADEKUNLE JIMOH, says the declaration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Abdulraheem Olawuyi, as winner of the House of Representatives by-election was a daylight robbery.What efforts are you making at reconciling aggrieved aspirants as a fallout of the PDP primaries in the state’We are making efforts to ensure that all party members are one. After the primaries, the party leadership is already ca
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Jibril: Nigeria needs power devolution
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof Munzali Jibril has called for the devolution of powers, responsibilities and resources from the centre to the federating units.He kicked against the demand for full retructuring of the country, adding that restructuring Nigeria into six or more geo-political region will only take us fifty years back.He spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital while delivering the 8th convocation lecture of Al-Hikmah University.The lecture wa
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Obahiagbon deserves a seat in Senate
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
If I had thought that Honourable Patrick Obahiagbon, the son of Igodomigodo, was not a very popular brand, that thought would have perished on December 16, 2017, when he stormed the ancient city of Owo in Ondo State, at my behest, for the celebration of my mothers 85th birthday.As he alighted from his black Prado Jeep at the venue of the event, you could see the spontaneous reactions by some youths on seeing him. I could not believe that in some corners that seemed far flung from civilization, t
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Kwara does not need APC, PDP
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Kwara State Alliance National Party (ANP) House of Representatives candidate Kehinde Abdullateef Obanimomo spoke with ADEKUNLE JIMOH on how he will restore peace to the troubled Ifelodun/Offa/Oyan Constituency, if elected in next years poll. Why did not venture into the murky waters of politics’The Not too Young to Rule policy of the current President Muhmmadu Buhari spurred me into politics. I am still young in politics. This is my first time of taking a shot at any elective post.What are
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Over 20 artistes for Seraph Youth Mega Praise
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Over 20 gospel artistes are set to thrill Nigerians at the maiden edition of the Seraph Youth Mega Praise concert coming up on Friday, December 14, 2018, at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.The musical event, tagged: Praising God in beauty of His holiness has been anticipated as the largest gathering in the history of the church, as youths in all parts of the country are expected to attend.Speaking at a press conference, Reverend Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi said she got the vision from God
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Senate okays $1 billion cash for Ajaokuta
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
The Senate yesterday okayed $1 billion for the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company. The cash would come from the Federal Governments share of excess crude revenue.The upper chamber also said all monies that may from time to time be appropriated and authorised by any tier of government should be part of the funding for the completion of the project.It said all loans or grants from time to time made to the country for the purpose of completing the Ajaokuta Steel Company should be accommodated.Thi
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N330b fine: MTN pays N165b to NCC
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Govt weighs options on CBNs $8.1b repatriation order to MTNThe Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta yesterday said MTN Telecommunication Company has paid about N165 billion of the N330 billion fines imposed on it.Danbatta, however, said the Federal Government was weighing options on the $8.5 billion fines imposed on MTN by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).He restated the President Muhammadu Buhari administrations commitment to finding
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Lalong, farmers seek ways of improving agric yields
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
PLATEaU State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has urged farmers to take advantage of the Federal Governments policy to boost agricultural production and facilitate the diversification of the economy.Lalong stated this at the Northern Agricultural Summit in Jos.He lauded the theme of the summit which was: Harnessing the successes of the agricultural sector in Northern Nigeria and Plateau State. He said it will definitely contribute towards sustainable agricultural production, not just in the North but
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The road to fertiliser self-sufficiency
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has barred forex allocation to fertiliser imports. The inclusion of this critical farming input on the list of 41 items not valid for forex may have reinforced the Federal Governments commitment, via the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, to delivering commercially-significant quantities of affordable and high-quality fertiliser at the right time to farmers. Assistant Editor CHIKODI OKEREOCHA reports.Prior to the inuaguration of the Presidential Fertiliser Init
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Capri-sonne launches beach ball promo
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Capri-Sonne, the fruit drink of children, has launched a new consumer promo tagged the Beach Ball Promo.It includes a free Beach Ball in every carton of Capri-Sonne, and is expected to create more fun moments for kids by ensuring a stimulating moment and encouraging them to play some more.The promo will offer children one more reason to enjoy their favourite fruit drink, as nothing speaks to a childs playfulness like a bouncing beach ball which can be used in all sorts of exciting games.For a br
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Osinbajo to open Wells Carlton Hotel
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
All roads lead to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) this weekend where Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to unveil The Wells Carlton Hotel and Luxury Apartments.According to the management of the five-star luxury hotel located at the plush Asokoro district of Abuja, customers will be offered the grand experience of luxury.A tour of the Wells Carlton Hotel and Luxury Apartments reveals a flamboyant display of pleasure with the sprawling facility featuring wave of sophistication, style an
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Don seeks investment in dairy production
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
A former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Prof Abiodun Adeloye is seeking increased investment in the diary sector, saying it will support jobs in rural communities.He said supporting the industry would ensure that dairy farmers find new ways to improve productivity and efficiency in their operations.He said the market opportunity presented by the conversion of raw milk consumption into processed milk was huge, adding that the farmers needed support of best practices
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NUATE protests over service conditions
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
The National Union of Air Transport Employees Unions (NUATE) is embarking on a nationwide protest over the delay in the release of the conditions of service in all aviation agencies by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.According to a circular to aviation workers, the decision to embark on the protest was reached after an emergency meeting of all presidents and general secretaries, including key officers of the union in Lagos.The circular signed by Mr. Phillip Nkiru for the Gener
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NSE places full suspension on C & I Leasing
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
Authorities at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday placed full suspension on trading in the shares of C & I Leasing Plc in order to facilitate the ongoing share reconstruction of the leasing company. The full suspension is expected to remain until December 27, 2018 during which there will be no trading and price movement on the shares of C & I Leasing.The full suspension was to enable the companys registrars to update the register of shareholders for the planned share consolidati
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Skill acquisition solution to youths illegal migration
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has said skill acquisition is the solution to youths illegal migrationSpeaking with The Nation, its Director-General, Sir Joseph Ari, said one of the mandates of the ITF was to make Nigerians, especially the youth, self reliant in terms of skills acquisition, but the youths are yet to embrace the concept.According to him, many of the youth migrate to Europe and other African countries to eke out a living, subjecting themselves to humiliation and danger.He said:
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