Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 4th January 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 4th January 2019

INEC gets two committees for presidential poll, others
Fri, 04 Jan 2019

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has taken a major step in its preparation for the February 16 presidential election and others.

It inaugurated yesterday two ad-hoc committees for Electoral Logistics and Collation Centre.

Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Ahmed Mu’azu is the chairman of the Electoral Logistics Committee. Mrs. Amina Zakari is the chairperson of the Results Collation Committee. Her appointment drew criticism from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but INEC said there was no need for that because she is in charge of setting up the Situation Room and National Collation Centre for the election. This includes creating a conducive environment for observers, INEC staff and others all through the election.

Air Vice Marshal Mu’azu and Mrs. Zakari are National Commissioners in the commission. INEC’s directors of Stores and Secretary are to serve as secretaries to the committees.

INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu described the inauguration as another step in the commission’s determination to ensure seamless preparations for the forthcoming elections.

The Electoral Logistics Committee will be responsible for coordinating logistics, as well as the clearance and transportation of electoral materials to various locations nationwide.

Yakubu said: “The first committee is responsible for electoral logistics. The commission is aware that the conduct of a general election is the biggest and most complex logistics operation a nation can undertake.

“Sensitive and non-sensitive materials procured by the commission must be delivered to almost 200,000 locations nationwide, ranging from the polling units to the various wards, local government areas, states and the national collation centres for the 1,558 constituencies into which elections will be conducted.”

“At the end of the elections, sensitive materials will be retrieved from the same locations. The same process will be repeated for each of the two phases of the 2019 general elections.

“The two phases are: the Presidential and National Assembly elections holding on February 16 and the governorship, states’ Assembly and Area Council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on March 2,’’ the INEC chairman said.

The Committee on National Collation Centre, which is entirely internal to the commission, will be responsible for the national collation centre from where results of the Presidential election will be announced.

“As was the case in 2015, the commission will use the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.

“Already, the management of the ICC has approved the commission’s request to once again use the venue in 2019.

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Buhari to APC loyalists: double your efforts to win 2019 elections
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has urged members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to double their efforts to ensure a resounding victory for the ruling party at the forthcoming elections.He gave the advice yesterday at the inauguration of the Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team at the old Banquet Hall of the State House in Abuja.The President also urged them to intensify their door-to-door campaign to remind Nigerians why the administration should be given a second term.He said: The Wom
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Amaechi gives contractor two weeks to fix Iju-Agbado rail line
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi yesterday gave the contractor handling the Lagos-Ibadan rail project two weeks to complete the at Iju-Agbado axis.He gave the ultimatum during the monthly inspection of the project. The minister noted that work was slow because of the scarcity of the equipment needed.Amaechi said 30-passenger coaches and about 300 wagons would be used on the axis upon completion.He said: The problem the contractor has now is the civil work between Agbado and Iju, which is c
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Peterside kicks as Wikes man raises allegations
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State during the 2015 election, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, hasaccused Governor Nyesom Wike of being economical with the truth.Peterside, who is also the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), during his 48th birthday celebration in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on December 31 last year, accused Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of poor performance.The NIMASA chi
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Season of lies
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Until we are ready to follow the best democratic practices, we will just be deceiving ourselves. We will continue to lag behind in the comity of nations; we will continue to play second fiddle; and we will remain static while deceiving ourselves that we are on the march. Nothing more proves this than the circus going on all in the name of electioneering campaign.Welcome to the season of lies. This season really started months back; it is going to get worse now. The airwaves, online, offline and
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Culture, feast of masquerades in Anambra
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The end ofyear brings people back to their homeland. In Achina, Anambra State, the returnees revive their traditions, complete with vibrant masquerade displays. NWANOSIKE ONU reportsAt the Yuletide, home is always irresistible to those dwell far away. There is a lot to catch up on. A lot to eat and drink.In Achina, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, there is more to the season. It is a time tocelebrate the Idegwu festival amid much fanfare.This season, the community also celebrated w
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GOC decorates promoted officers
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Emmanuel Kabuk has decorated eight senior officers who benefitted from the recent 2018 promotion exercise.In his remarks at the occasion, Kabuk charged them to be professional, decisive and responsive in the conduct of their responsibilities in line with the Chief of Army Staffs vision for the Nigerian Army.In his remarks at the event, the GOC congratulated the promoted officers and charged them to work very hard to justify
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How to get Ogonis soils properly restored
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Ogoniland, Rivers State, has never been the same since its soils were left redundant by oil spills. In the last few years, governments have been talking about restoring the soils so that crops can grow on it. How far has it been able to achieve this’ So much needs to be done, says Dr. Kabari Sam, a university lecturer and environmentalist. WALE AJETUNMOBI writesDr Kabari Sam, Head, Environment and Conservation Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), holds B.Ed Biology f
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Americas potential with Africa is limitless
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
in another testimony before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Tibor P. Nagy, Jr also speaks on United States interests in Africa. Excerpts from his testimony: Todays hearing comes at an opportune time. We are at a critical juncture for the relationship between the United States and the nations and people of Africa. Africa faces an uncertain and challenging, but by no means predetermined, future. The choices we make now will aff
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Polls: OPC endorses Sanwo-Olu, other APC candidates
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Party chief to voters: get your PVCs readyThe Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), led by the late Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, yesterday promised to mobilise support for the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other candidates of the party in the Southwest in next months general elections.The deputy president of the socio-cultural group, Wasiu Afolabi, made the promise in Lagos.He said the group resolved to police the votes of the electorate and enhance
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PDP rejects Zakari as chair of presidential election collation panel
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Presidential Campaign Organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDPPCO) yesterday kicked against the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as chairman of the Advisory Committee and Presidential Election Collation Centre Committee.It said Mrs. Zakari, being a blood relation of President Muhammadu Buhari, cannot be trusted to head such a sensitive position in the operation line of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).But INEC said the PDPPCO got its information wrong as Mrs. Zak
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U.S.: upcoming polls critical test for Nigeria
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
United States Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Tibor P. Nagy Jr. was before the U.S. House of Representatives, Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organisations. His submission shows that the United States believes the general elections put Nigeria at a crossroads. Excerpts:IntroductionThe title of this hearing is Nigeria at a Crossroads: The Upcoming Elections. The Department of State agrees with the view that Nigerias February 2019 natio
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Insecurity: Im ready to quit, says Zamfara Governor Yari
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, yesterday said he would relinquish his position if doing so will solve the security challenges in the Northwest State.The governor said he has no objection to the declaration of state of emergency in his domain to restore peace.He spoke with reporters after holding a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.Noting that the security situation in the state has improved, Yari said the bandits responsible for the security breac
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Siege to house: Court rejects Melayes request to restrain police
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
KOGI West Senator Dino Melaye yesterday lost his bid to end the six-day old siege to his Abuja home by policemen.A Federal High Court in Abuja rejected his ex-parte application, in which he, among others, sought to compel the police to end the blockade.Justice Evelyn Maha, in a ruling, after listening to Melayes lawyer, Nkem Okoro from the law firm of Mike Ozekhome (SAN), declined to grant the interim injunctions sought by the (Peoples Democratic Party) senator in his ex-parte motion.Instead, Ju
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Oyo pays 81 pensioners N204m gratuities
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
A new set of retirees yesterday received N204 million cheques for their gratuities in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.It brought the total gratuities payment by the state government for last year to over N1.5 billion. Eighty-one civil servants and teachers on all grade levels, who retired in 2012, received N204,235,185.06 as gratuities.Presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries at the old Ministry of Establishment and Training of the state secretariat, the Head of Service (HoS) Mrs Olawumi Ogunes
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Akeredolu pledges support for security agencies
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday kick-started a military operation, code-named: Exercise Egwu Eke III.The exercise started yesterday and is expected to end on February 24.The ceremony, which held in Owo, Owo Local Government Area, was attended by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) for 2 Division, Maj.-Gen. Okwudili Azinta and the Brigade Commander of 32 Artillery, Brig.-Gen. James Ataguba, heads of other security agencies and members of the State Executive Council (Exco).Ake
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Election will be a referendum on Buhari
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kola Ologbondiyan spoke with reporters in Lagos on the Buhari administration, the presidential aspiration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, preparations for next months election and factors that will shape the exercise. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU was there.What is the chance of your party in the general elections’As a party, we are worried by the level of hunger in Nigeria today. We are worried by the
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Atiku has sealed indictment in US
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation (PMBCO) has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is under sealed a indictment, which the United States Justice Department could not confirm to anyone because of the nature of the indictment.The spokesman for the organisation, Festus Keyamo (SAN), in a statement said: We have heard the lame defence that the US Justice Department said it has no pending case against Atiku Abubakar. That is only a d
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No division in Ondo APC
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Ade Adetimehin, spoke with Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU on the post-primary crisis and how the chapter is preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections. Excerpts:HOW prepared is Ondo State apc for next years parliamentary elections’We are very prepared for the elections. As we speak, our itenery for campaigns is ready and we have communicated same to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.Wit
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2019: I have a 50-year vision for Ogun Akinlade
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), in Ogun, Adekunle Akinlade,says he has a 50- year vision for the south-western state.Akinlade, who said that his team was the most capable and fortified to take over from Gov. Ibikunle Amosun in 2019, declared that the state would be the pride of Africa within 15 years, if he is voted into power.He spoke in Abeokuta on Thursday when he paid a courtesy call on the Egba Traditional Council at the Ake Palace.Akinlade said that he had
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Helicopter crash: Buhari condoles with Nigerian Air Force
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt condolences to the Nigerian Air Force, and relations of five people who lost their lives in a military helicopter crash January 2 in Damasak, Borno State.The President mourned Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob (Pilot in Command), Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas (Co-Pilot), Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim (Flight Technician), Lance Corporal Adamu Nura (Gunner), and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael (Gunner), who died in the mishap.Read Also:I wont disappoi
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Obaseki meets contractors on revamp of 230 schools
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has vowed to prosecute any contractor who delivers sub-standard work on the 230 public primary schools being refurbished by the state government through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).The governor gave the warning when he held a meeting with the contractors handling the school renovation project, at Government House, in Benin City, on Thursday.He said, Ordinary, I will not interact with contractors but because of the priority we p
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Buratai condoles Air Force over crash
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai has visited his counterpart, the Air Chief, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar to console him over the crash of a Air Force Helicopter on Thursday.The crashed helicopter claimed the lives of all the five crew members on board.It crashed in combat at Damasak, Borno State while providing support for ground troops who were engaging the Boko Haram terrorists in a fierce battle.The Nigerian Army spokesman, Brig Gen Sani Usman, said in a statement that the Army
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NBS: Nigeria earns N808b from VAT
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
About N800 billion was realised from Value Added Tax (VAT), data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have shown.According to the NBS, the revenue was generated from sectoral distribution spanning the first to third quarters (Q1-Q3) of last year.VAT is a consumption tax imposed on a product whenever value is added at each stage of the supply chain, from production to the point of sale.Sectoral Distribution of VAT for Q2 and Q3, 2018 posted on the bureaus website, showed an increase in th
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LCCI blames CBNs interventions for pressure on external reserves
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Central Bank of Nigerias (CBNs) interventions in the foreign exchange (forex) market last year put pressure on the countrys external reserves, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Director-General (DG) Muda Yusuf has said.According to him, this made the external reserves to drop from $47.5 billion in July to $43 billion as at December 20, 2018.In a statement on the review of 2018 economic indices, Yusuf maintained that increasing pressures on the nations currency may not be unco
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BSF W/Africa rewards female pharmacists
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Ms. Mfonobong Emmanuel Nelson, a 2015 graduate of the University of Uyo, has emerged winner of the maiden edition of the BASF West Africa Young Female Pharmacist of the Year award.The firm, in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), had announced earlier this year, plans to recognise and reward young female pharmacists in order to raise awareness on gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and contribute to the bridging of the gap.MD,
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Hyundai Creta, Camry, others get awards
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
It was a harvest of awards by leading auto brands, tyre, lubricants marketers in the country as the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) recently presented different categories of awards to deserving winners at the Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.The award night, which had the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Aliyu Jelani and the representative of the Corp Marshal of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) as special guests, was well att
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Glo, African Health partner on women empowerment
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Globacom has partnered an international community development organisation, African Health Now (AHN) to present Maternity Go Boxes to over 300 expectant mothers at the Primary Health Centre (PHC), Iwaya, Makoko, Lagos.The Maternity Go Box contains most of the items needed by a new mother to make child delivery stress-free. The items included six yard cloth for backing the baby, sanitary towels, baby clothes, soaps, wipes and other essentials needed to stabilise the new mother.Welcoming the expec
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Governorship candidates debate economy in Lagos
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is set to host another edition of the Private Sector Interaction with governorship candidates in Lagos State.The interaction is aimed at providing a platform for the candidates to discuss their manifestoes and programmes for private sector development in the state.The event, according to LCCI, is scheduled to hold on January 11, at the LCCI Conference and Exhibition Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.LCCI Director-General Mr. Muda Yusuf said due to the
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Financial inclusion: 2.6m more embrace financial services
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Central Bank of Nigerias (CBNs) policies on financial inclusion is yeilding results. A report released by Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) shows that 2.6 million more have embraced financial services. COLLINS NWEZE writes on policies and processes that led to improved financial access in various states.Nigerias journey to bringing more people into the financial system is yielding positive results. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBNs) policies on mobile money, agency banking,
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Porsche recalls 74,585 Panamera sedans
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Porsche said it is recalling 74,585 Panamera sedans worldwide, about 19,200 of which are in the United States and Canada.The effort is to fix a software problem that could cause the electric power steering system to be unavailable for short periods.The recall covers current-generation Panameras made between March 6, 2016, and December 6, 2018.If this happens, increased force is then required for steering. To avoid this, the associated control unit needs to be reprogrammed with an updated data re
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NRC warns against eviction of officials from quarters
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
National Association of Nigerian Railway Senior Staff has asked the Presidency to compel the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and Federal Ministry of Transportation officials not to evict its members from the staff quarters in defiance of a court order.At a media briefing in Lagos, its President, Emmanuel Leshi, decried China Civil Engineering Corporation (CCEC) ploy to acquire the Railway compound under the guise of constructing railway lines in Lagos.He described the NRCs deliberate disregar
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Why U.S. imports LNG from Nigeria, Russia
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
More than a decade, the United States (U.S.) shale boom keeps breaking output records, with fields from Pennsylvania to Texas producing more natural gas than the country needs. That has triggered billions of dollars of investments to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) overseas. Yet the U.S. is still importing LNG from countries such as Nigeria and Russia. There are two reasons for that: pipeline bottlenecks and the requirements of a 1920 law meant to support a robust U.S. shipping industry.Gas pro
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