Today’s Daily Sun Newspaper Headlines Thursday 3rd January 2019

Today’s Daily Sun Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 3rd January 2019

N4.5bn NCAT firefighting simulator ready soon ‘Minister
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Uche Usim, Abuja The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has disclosed that a N4.5 billion firefighting simulator currently being installed at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) was nearing completion. He said once operational, the facility would save the Federal Government millions of naira spent annually on training fire officers of the Federal []The post N4.5bn NCAT firefighting simulator ready soon ‘Minister appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Obaseki to break BEDC monopoly with Ossiomo-CCETC 55MW power project
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
In a view to break the monopoly of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) and address the endless cycle of darkness foisted on electricity consumers in the state, Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday, visited the 55 Megawatts CCETC-Ossiomo Power plant as the facility prepares to commence commercial operation. Addressing journalists after inspecting facilities and progress of []The post Obaseki to break BEDC monopoly with Ossiomo-CCETC 55MW power project appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Air Peace commences flight operations at MMA 2
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Louis Ibah Air Peace Airline on Wednesday delivered on its promise to commence scheduled flight operations out of the second domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA2) Lagos, assuring that the extension of its operations to the terminal would afford it the right atmosphere to provide exceptional flight experience to passengers. The carrier, in []The post Air Peace commences flight operations at MMA 2 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Stocks starts 2019 trading on negative note
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Chinwendu Obienyi Hope of a positive start in 2019 stock trading was dashed Wednesday on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as the equities began the first trading week on a negative note. The All-Share Index (ASI), which opened the year at 31,430.50 points, fell by 1.15 per cent or 360.44 basis points []The post Stocks starts 2019 trading on negative note appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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15.8mt of petrol imported in 2018 ‘ NNPC
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Uche Usim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it imported 15,874,734.82 metric tons of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol through the Direct Sales Direct Supply (DSDP) arrangement in 2018. The national oil company added that the figure represents 62per cent increase over the 2017 supplies of 9,807,264.61 MT, even as []The post 15.8mt of petrol imported in 2018 ‘ NNPC appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Minister allays budget fears over oil price drop
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Isaac Anumihe, Abuja Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, has allayed the fears of Nigerians over the softening of the international oil prices, saying that the government willclosely monitor the events with a view to achieving targeted oil production. According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum []The post Minister allays budget fears over oil price drop appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Shake-up in Imo police command
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri The Imo State Police Command yesterday witnessed a massive shake-up as the commissioner of police, Dasuki Galadanchi, was transferred to Bauchi State. Also affected in the shake-up were three deputy commissioners of police and 11 assistant commissioners ofpolice redeployed by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. The affected DCs were in []The post Shake-up in Imo police command appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Buhari surrounded by rogues ‘ Bakare
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has said President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be a clean man surrounded by rogues; after some Nigerians alleged that some of those around him are dipping their hands in the national treasury. Baker also said Buhari did not appoint ministers for six months because there was no []The post Buhari surrounded by rogues Bakare appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Why FG should sign the AfCFTA treaty
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
In a fortnight, it will be 10 months since the historic summit of African leaders to inaugurate the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement in Kigali, Rwanda. Forty-four African nations attended and signed that epochal agreement, which promises to create a single African market for goods and services as well as a customs union []The post Why FG should sign the AfCFTA treaty appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Personalities who will shape polity
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
He is the current INEC chairman. All eyes will be on him. He will be the cynosure of all eyes in 2019, before, during and after the elections. Ismail Omipidan Among the prominent Nigerian politicians to watch out for in 2019, and who are likely to shape the events of 2019 are President Muhammadu Buhari, []The post 2019: Personalities who will shape polity appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Issues that will shape 2019
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Security is not the only issue that will shape the year 2019. There are a number of other issues. There are also prominent Nigerians who will shape the year Ismail Omipidan Monday night extraordinary meeting summoned by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, which saw stakeholders from the military, government, traditional institutions and other security []The post Issues that will shape 2019 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Again APC blasts PDP, calls party national vomit
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Again APC blasts PDP, calls party national vomit Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as a national vomit that Nigerians must not return to in 2019 general elections. The party alleged that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, paid huge sums of money to conmen during []The post Again APC blasts PDP, calls party national vomit appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: I’ll trounce APC again, Dickson boasts
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has boasted that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) would beat the All Progressive Congress (APC) again in the 2019 general election in Bayelsa State. He recalled that in the 2015 governorship election; he would led the PDP to victory against a party that controls the centre, stressing that []The post 2019: I’ll trounce APC again, Dickson boasts appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Aisha Buhari drafts Orji Kalu, Marwa, Utomi, others into presidential campaign team
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has drafted former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor-Kalu, into a 99-man National Advisory Council for the Women and Youth Presidential Campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement signed by the Director of Information to Wife of the President, Suleiman Haruna, []The post 2019: Aisha Buhari drafts Orji Kalu, Marwa, Utomi, others into presidential campaign team appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Enugu to host Buhari’s presidential zonal rally
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki The All Progressives Congress (APC), 2019 presidential zonal rally in the South East region has been slated to hold in Enugu. This was disclosed by the National Vice-Chairman of the party in the zone, Emma Eneukwu, during the zonal stakeholders meeting of the party held at the country home of the Minister []The post Enugu to host Buharis presidential zonal rally appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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No PDP governor is secretly working for Buhari ‘ Ologbodiyan
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
They know that they have been abandoned by Nigerians and they know that the lies and contraptions they used in 2015 are no longer working for them. Chinelo Obogo Kola Ologbodiyan is the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He has refuted reports alleging that some o the governors of his party []The post No PDP governor is secretly working for Buhari ‘ Ologbodiyan appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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NSE launches X-Bot to enhance market participation
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), has announced the launch of X-Bot, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chatbot that responds directly and automatically to enquiries through Facebook Messenger. X-Bot, which is the first African Securities Exchange chatbot is designed to provide market participants, especially retail investors, convenient, faster and real-time access to data and information from the []The post NSE launches X-Bot to enhance market participation appeared first on The Sun Nige
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Power outage: Gowon Estate residents want FG to revoke Ikeja Electric’s licence
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Dissatisfied with the services of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (Ikeja Electric), residents of Gowon Estate near Egbeda, a Lagos suburb, have called on the Federal Government to withdraw the licence of the company. The estate, named after a one-time Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, was thrown into darkness during Christmas and the New Year []The post Power outage: Gowon Estate residents want FG to revoke Ikeja Electric’s licence appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Technology vital to capital market development ‘FG
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Uche Usim, Abuja The need for urgent embrace of technology to take the nation’s capital market to the next level has been reinforced by the Acting Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Uduk, who said the government will invest approximately to make Nigeria more globally competitive. According to her, SEC as []The post Technology vital to capital market development ‘FG appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nigeria to lose 27% of oil production in 2019
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Adewale Sanyaolu Nigeria is to lose about 226,300,000 million barrels of oil production in 2019, representing about 27 per cent of its current year’s target. The loss is sequel to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decision to cut the country’s production quota from January 1, 2019. According to an arrangement by the oil []The post Nigeria to lose 27% of oil production in 2019 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nigeria records 9% crude production growth in 2018
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Uche Usim, Abuja Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has released its summarised 2018 operational report indicating the nation’s daily crude oil production recorded an upward swing of about 2.09 million barrels. The figure represents a 9 per cent increment, compared to the 2017 average daily production of 1.86 million barrels. According to the Group Managing []The post Nigeria records 9% crude production growth in 2018 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Festive season: Dangote Flour relaunches Semolina, Wheatmeal products
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Dangote Flour Mills in its desire to put tasty meals on the tables of Nigerians has rolled into the market two products, Dangote Semolina and whole wheatmeal. The unveiling of the two products took place in Kano and Ibadan respectively. Speaking at the unveiling of both products, Executive Director, Dangote Flour Mills, Halima Aliko Dangote, []The post Festive season: Dangote Flour relaunches Semolina, Wheatmeal products appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Diamond, Access Banks lead in alternative channels
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Chinwendu Obienyi Diamond and Access bank are set to have the largest alternative channels on the continent even as customers of both financial institutions can now use their combined total of 3,100 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) without paying the usual N65 charge that applies after a customer’s third withdrawal from other bank’s ATM. A statement []The post Diamond, Access Banks lead in alternative channels appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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MAN expresses fear over 2019 budget
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The Manufacturers opined that the 2019 Budget has important provisions aimed at reinforcing and building on the recent accomplishment of the economy. Bimbola Oyesola Nigeria’s Organised Private Sector (OPS) yesterday expressed concern that the manufacturers in broad terms could be in for tougher operating environment in 2019 with the failure of the Federal Government to []The post MAN expresses fear over 2019 budget appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Luxury tax, mega merger to shape 2019
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Omodele Adigun As today ushers in a new year, we serve you the events that will likely shape this 2019 in the banking /finance terrain. The much-anticipated luxury tax is expected to take off any moment from now if hints from the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) , Mr. Babatunde Fowler, is []The post Luxury tax, mega merger to shape 2019 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Institutionalising the war against corruption ‘ new approaches to assets tracing and recovering (6
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Laws in Nigeria, because of corruption, are more known in their violent abandonment than in their strict application. Mike Ozekhome In our last 5 series, we have been able to show that for there to be any meaning development in the fight against corruption, there must exist institution with a core value deployed independently, free []The post Institutionalising the war against corruption ‘ new approaches to assets tracing and recovering (6 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nigeria and ethno-religious strangulation
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
This monster of ethno-religious politics, loyalty and consciousness has destroyed the existence of the Nigerian youth. Gideon Onyedi As a patriotic and nationalistic Nigerian who has been emotionally, physically, economically, socially, and psychologically affected and traumatised, along with other Nigerians, by the political culture and practices of our national and regional leaders over the years, []The post Nigeria and ethno-religious strangulation appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Higher philosophy of Christian marriage (10)
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Marriage is meant to be enjoyed and not endured. Untimely death comes when one begins to endure what is meant to be enjoyed. Prof Nathan Uzorma Protus Dear Prof, I am most grateful to God for all that He has done through the use of your anointing oil. The entire family was held by a []The post Higher philosophy of Christian marriage (10) appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Reactions to my series on Atiku winning 2019 poll
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
According to one person, Atiku’s chances of winning are infinitesimally slim. Buhari is a phenomenon in the North with cultish-like followership. Sina Adedipe Most of the reactions to my series on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as God’s candidate for next month’s presidential poll were complimentary. What’s more they came from people who included a professor in []The post Reactions to my series on Atiku winning 2019 poll appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Boma, take a bow
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
If Boma was afraid she did not show it. This lady, built like a bully, was not interested in pleasantries nor in asking questions and waiting for answers Ray Ekpu As we put the year 2018 to sleep and it winds its way into history, we have a right to do some stocktaking and some []The post Boma, take a bow appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Defending journalism in Kebbi State
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
I am appalled the Kebbi State government could suppress, in a brutish manner, the right of a journalist to report news without hindrance Levi Obijiofor There is something ludicrous but nevertheless grave about the ongoing incarceration of The Sun newspaper’s reporter in Kebbi State, Olarenwaju Lawal. The reporter was picked up by police detectives on []The post Defending journalism in Kebbi State appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Will Nigeria bungle it
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Looked from every angle that matters, 2018 was an outrageous year, a kind of year that makes you hunger for good news in 2019. Dan Onwukwe Bliss it is to be alive. That,I believe, will be the reaction of a lot of Nigerians as the much awaited 2019 has finally dawned. It has arrived with []The post 2019: Will Nigeria bungle it’ appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Unemployment is unAfrican
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Unemployment rate has not been so high as expressed recently that no fewer than 21 million Nigerians are unemployed. Victor C. Ariole There is something unique about Nigerians you won’t notice it until you step outside the shore of the country [] [A White] said to me, Nigerians are the only Africans that come here []The post Unemployment is unAfrican appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Another ASUU strike and Nigerians’ suicidal silence (2)
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
By our silence and indifference to ASUU’s perennial patriotic struggles to democratize education, Nigeria is certainly singing her swan song Joseph A. Ushie This is where Nigerians are shamefully different from Ghanaians. Right from independence, Ghanaians have insulated education from their politics such that any government, military or civilian, which tampers with the quality of []The post Another ASUU strike and Nigerians’ suicidal silence (2) appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Atiku/Obi ticket: Path to economic recovery
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The Vice President (VP) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is constitutionally empowered to literally guide and direct the path of the economy. Esin Etim Esin By his own admission, the incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has acknowledged publicly that the Nigerian Economy is in a bad []The post Atiku/Obi ticket: Path to economic recovery appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nigerian women need support to be more productive
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Women face a lot of challenges first of all, many Nigerian women are not even exposed to proper education, even till today. Josfyn Uba Gloria Awobasivwe is the CEO of GO Wellness Resort, Port Harcourt in Rivers State. The resort centre was set up about 10 years ago. The idea is to provide a []The post Nigerian women need support to be more productive appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Celebration of culture
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The NorthFest celebration is in its second edition and was held at the Ogoja traditional stadium. The 1st edition was held in September 2017 at same venue. Judex Okoro, Calabar It was glitz and glamour as the kith and kin of the old Ogoja rolled out drums to celebrate their heritage and culture. Ezekwesili, Ayade []The post Celebration of culture appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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The gruesome killing of Badeh
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The gruesome killing of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has underscored the rising insecurity in the country. The former CDS was reportedly in company of his driver and a friend when he was killed. The murder of Badeh along Keffi-Kaduna road has shown the urgent need to rejig the []The post The gruesome killing of Badeh appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: A year of great expectations
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Without doubt, the year 2018 tested the endurance of Nigerians. It began with a massacre by herdsmen in Benue State and ended with the killing of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, and the killings in Zamfara State. Air Force bombards Zamfara bandits In between were all manners of tribulations, []The post 2019: A year of great expectations appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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