Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Tuesday 8th January 2019

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Buhari: Tinubull be fully in charge of my campaign
Tue, 08 Jan 2019

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Former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will lead the Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday.

The President said the designation of the APC chieftain as leader of his re-election campaign will allow him to concentrate on governance.

“But, I must also add that though we will all be deeply involved, I would like to assure the nation that I will do my part without making governance or my work suffer,” Buhari said while inaugurating the APC Presidential Campaign Council in Abuja yesterday.

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The President, who said that the ruling party is seeking a fresh mandate to consolidate its achievements, added that a victory for the APC translates to a victory for Nigerians.

Listing the landmarks of the APC-led administration in the various sectors of the economy, Buhari said he was running on records.

He reminded Nigerians of the consequences of endorsing those who plundered the nation’s commonwealth for 16 unbroken years. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ruled for 16 years before it lost power in 2015.

Buhari said: “A victory for the party is a victory for all well-meaning Nigerians, who are committed to CHANGE from an inglorious past; where those in positions of public trust wilfully took for themselves what belongs to all; where the security of the citizens was second place to their acquisition of unwholesome wealth.”

Besides, the President explained the role of Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi as the Director-General of the Presidential Campaign Council.

He said: “To my mind, the division of responsibility is clear enough. The leadership that has formulated the campaign policy will supervise its execution; the Director-General will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the campaign, including field operations, while the Secretary will be responsible for all administrative and treasury-related activities of the council.”

The President urged the council’s leadership, including those in charge of field operations and the secretariat, to consult with Tinubu whenever guidance is needed.

He said: “Even though we have only 40 days, this campaign is going to tax us all, because we intend to touch all corners of our great and vast country. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge, and he is going to be on 24-hour vigil.

“That is to say, the operational buck of this campaign stops at his table, and, I therefore, urge all of us in the leadership of this campaign, in the field operations on the campaign trail and in the secretariat to consult with Asiwaju whenever guidance is needed.”

The President implored the Council leaders to resist being provoked, remain focused and civil in the campaigns.

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No to siege on the press, says npan
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has received with shock the news of the Nigerian Armys siege to the Daily Trust offices in Abuja, Lagos and Maiduguri over the weekend; arresting an editor and reporter in addition to seizure of computers thereby disrupting the operation of that newspaper.Although the unwholesome raid was called off on the order of the Presidency, and the Army has explained that its action was warranted by the violation of the Official Secret Act by the new
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FIRS targets N8tr revenue in 2019
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has set an N8 trillion revenue target this year, its Executive Chairman Tunde Fowler said yesterday.Fowler, who spoke in Lagos at the opening of the 2019 FIRS Management and Stakeholders Retreat tagged: Parliamentary support for effective taxation of the digital economy, said the Service generated N5.320 trillion for the government last year.Prior to 2018, the highest revenue figure ever attained by the FIRS was N5.07 trillion, which it generated in 2012
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Lagos, Kano top list of voters
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Lagos and Kano states have the highest number of registered voters, going by the register which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) presented to political parties yesterday.INEC has cleared 84,004,084 would-be voters for the forthcoming elections, after carrying out Automated FingerPrint Identification System (AFIS) on those who registered during the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).Of the over 84 million voters, Lagos State has 6, 570,291 million. Kano has 5, 457,747 million
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Why we invaded newspaper offices, by Army spokesman
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Army yesterday explained its invasion of the Abuja, Maiduguri and Lagos offices Daily Trust Newspapers.It said the newspaper published classified information on the on-going war against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast.Its Director of Public Relations, Brig. Gen Sani Usman, said in a statement that the publication made details disclosure of planned military operations, putting the lives of troops in danger and breached national security.Gen. Usman said: The Nigerian Army wishes to clar
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Buratai leads troops in eliminating over 100 Boko Haram terrorists
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
BUOYED by the relocation of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai to the battle field, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLEhave neutralised over 100 Boko Haram terrorists in coordinated attacks on insurgents in Borno and Yobe states.The raids, on the insurgents hideouts, were led by the COAS, the military said yesterday in a statement by its Director of Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman.Brig.-Gen. Usman said the troops, in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Task F
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Full military honours for NAF helicopter crash victims
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The remains of the five officers on the Mi-35M Helicopter that crashed in combat on January 2 are to be buried in Abuja today with full military honours, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced yesterday.NAFs spokesman Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the gallant military personnel would be burried at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.Air Commodore Daramola said in a statement: The burial ceremony of five crew members, who died in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M Helicopter that crashe
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Good news from Audu Ogbeh
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
THE highly respected Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Wednesday made a stunning revelation that the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) are broke. He told a national daily that the parties are hopelessly broke. This will be the quietest elections in our history, and it may help turn attention to issues, not cash, because we cannot go and buy people. There is no cash, both APC and PDP are broke, and the president is in no
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Criticisms trail military invasion of Daily Trust offices
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
IPI, MRA, Atiku, others condemn actionCondemnations are still trailing the military invasion of the offices of Daily Trust, report Yusuf Alli and Gbenga Omokhunu.CONDEMNATIONS yesterday continued to trail the military invasion and occupation of the Abuja, Maiduguri and Lagos offices of Daily Trust Newspapers.The International Press Institute (IPI), Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar are among those who flayed the invasion.The invading sol
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53 suitcases haunt Atiku in Kebbi
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
THE anger against the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in Kebbi State knows no bound for despising the 18th Emir of Gwandu, Alh. Haruna Rasheed, over the controversial 53 suitcases said to have been brought into the country during the tenure of Muhammadu Buhari as a military head of state. The suitcases, flown into the country when there was a change in national currency, were reportedly cleared by his Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Major Mustapha Jokolo, who was
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Atiku to complete abandoned Fed projects in Kogi, if
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has promised to complete abandoned federal projects in Kogi State, if elected in the February election.Atiku made the promise yesterday in Lokoja, the state capital, while addressing a crowd of party supporters at a rally.The PDP candidate also promised to create jobs and wealth for unemployed youths.He said his decision to contest the presidency was based on ordinary citizens.Atiku described Kogi as a beacon of hope
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He wont disappoint, says campaign group
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has hailed the choice of All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as leader of the campaigns for President Muhammadu Buharis re-election in his capacity as co-chairman of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.It said the former Lagos State governor will not disappoint the party and its standard bearer (President Buhari), in the electioneering process for the 2019 polls, judging by his tenacity and political structure.The Presidents support
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Aisha Buhari: blood thicker than water
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
THE First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, on New Year s Eve stunned the opposition and proved critics wrong when she raised a 700-member campaign team to support President Muhammadu Buharis re-election bid. The development dispelled rumours of a strain in the relationship between the First Lady and her husband over the 2019 poll. A source in the presidency said the First Lady has never said she wont support the second term aspiration of the President.The source said although she has always criticized
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396 pre-election cases may stymie Vote 2019
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
ABOUT 42 days to the general election, there are still a lot of pre-election matters before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court with glaring implications for the umpire (INEC), the parties and candidates. Many candidates in Adamawa, Zamfara, Rivers, Ogun, Kwara, Imo and others do not know their fate. According to records obtained from INEC, there are 396 court actions arising from the primaries conducted by political parties. The figure is higher than 200 matters in court b
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Ondo APC: A divided house
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
As preparations for the general elections enter top gear in Ondo State, there are fears that anti-party activities may mar the chances of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the contest. DAMISI OJO, who has been following the crisis, reports.FROM all indications, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State appears to be at war with itself. The party is being torn apart at the seams, owing to the disagreement arising from the recent congresses and primary in readiness for t
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Arewa community endorses Buhari, Sanwo-Olu
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Arewa community in Lagos State has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as their candidates for general elections.They promised to work for the victory of President Buhari, Sanwo-Olu and other APC candidates, who are contesting in the February 16 and March 2 elections.Speaking at the Arewa Festival held at Agege Stadium in Lagos, the Arewa Lagos APC chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Dandamma, said they are sup
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Kwara marginalised under APC government, says PDP
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Kwara State has not been fairly treated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the federal level.The party added that the APC government has denied the state of its legitimate entitlements in the scheme of things.Kwara State Coordinator of the Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Ali Ahmad told reporters in Ilorin, the capital, at the official opening of the state office, that the APC candidates do not deserve the votes of Kw
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My plan for Benue, by APC candidate
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress ( APC) in Benue State Emmanuel Jime, has assured the people of Sankera of infrastructure development to boast agriculture.Sankera geo-political bloc comprise Katsina Ala, Ukum and Logo local Government areas in Benue North East Senatorial District.The APC in Sankera hosted Jime to a reception and rally after a thanksgiving service at NKST Zakibiam, in Ukum Local Government Area.Speaking at the rally held at NKST Primary School in Zakibia
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PDP plots to cause friction in Southwest
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Slyvester Ayodele writes on the plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to cause friction and disunity among Southwest All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders during the general elections.When some politicians who are renowned for looting Nigeria and causing her to bleed flew to Dubai in October, last year, we all thought they went there to strategise on how the infrastructural projects and social programmes of the Nigerian government can be improved.We were expecting them to come back to Nig
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ANRP promises to deliver on manifesto
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ogun State Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) governorship candidate Adewale Omoniyi has said no godfather will dictate to him on how to manage resource of the state if elected governor.Addressing newsmen on his chances at the March 2 governorship election, Omoniyi said the people of the state have confidence in him to deliver on campaign promises.He added that Ogun people have asses all the parties governorship candidate before pitching their tent with him, noting that no godfather would com
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Were pained by blatant lies against Zakari, says family
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The family of Mrs Amina Zakari on Monday said it was pained by what it described as a blatant lies that she is President Muhammadu Buharis niece.A statement by the family, signed by Isah Zakari, a lawyer, said Mrs Zakari, the National Commissioner in charge of Health and Welfare at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is not Buharis blood relation.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged she was the Presidents blood relation following her appointment as head of INECs Colla
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Buhari nominates Modibbo Tukur as Director, NFIU
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Modibbo Tukur as the Director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit.This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina.He said In accordance with the provision of Section 5(1) of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Act 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Modibbo Hamman Tukur as a Director of the Unit.This was contained in a letter dated January 7, 2019 to the Senate P
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Oil price jumps to $58.53 on OPEC cut
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Oil prices, yesterday, rose by about three per cent rebounding further from 1-1/2-year lows reached in December on support from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production cuts and steadying equities markets.Brent crude futures rose $1.47 to $58.53 a barrel, a 2.6 per cent gain, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose $1.56 to $49.52 a barrel, a 3.3 per cent gain.Oil futures have gained about 10 per cent since last Monday. Momentum is coming back into
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Forex: CBN makes first intervention in 2019
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday made its first intervention in the inter-bank sector of the Foreign Exchange market for 2019 with a total $210 million injected into the wholesale segment and other sectors of the market.A breakdown of the figures obtained from the CBN showed that customers in the Wholesale sector of the market received $100 million with the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and invisibles sectors each getting $55 million to meet the needs of customers.The banks Dire
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Robotics, drone expenditure to hit $115.7b this year
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Robotics systems service spending will be spread across systems integration, application management and hardware deployment, the International Data Corporation (IDC) has said.Robotics systems service spending will be spread across systems integration, application management and hardware deployment, says IDC.This is according to the Worldwide Semiannual Robotics and Drones Spending Guide, conducted by data analytics firm IDC.The report predicts global spending on robotics systems and drones will
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INTELSempowersfresh batch of 92women
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Nigerias leading oil and gas logistics company,INTELS Nigeria Limited, has trained a fresh batch of 92 women under its Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS).WEPSS, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme of INTELS, was established in 2013 with the vision of empowering 5,000 community women in the Niger Delta over a 20-year period through training in fashion design and tailoring.The trainees are the second batch of 110 intakes last year. Seventy-seven women had earlier in t
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How we attained 30% broadband penetration, by NCC
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the weekend insisted that the country has attained the 30 per cent broadband penetration target set in the National Broadband Plan of the Federal Government.It said the doubt expressed by some people on the target was borne out of ignorance about the method of calculating the milestones achieved in the industry.In a statement at the weekend, NCC said as the statutory repository of data on the telecoms industry, it could hardly be faulted because of
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Huawei eyes 21% revenue rise
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Huawei Technologies is expected to record a 21 per cent rise in revenue for 2019 to $109 billion, its rotating chairman has said.This will mark the Chinese tech giants fastest pace of business growth in two years despite heightened global scrutiny of its activities.In his new years address to employees, Guo Ping also said Huawei has secured 26 contracts in 5G and expects its smartphone shipments for 2019 to surpass 200 million units.The company said earlier last month that annual revenue is expe
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556 fatalities recorded in 2018
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Aviation Safety Network (ASN), the Dutch-based exclusive service of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has released its 2018 airliner accident statistics.The report shows a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 556 fatalities.These fatalities resulted from flights operated by non International Air Transport Association (IATA) airlines.The statistics are based on all worldwide fatal commercial aircraft accidents (passenger and cargo flights) involving civil aircraft carrying 14 o
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BCN, Fleek Networks Limited mull 10,000km fibre optic network
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN), through Fleek Networks Limited, the Northwest Infraco licensee, plans to build approximately 10,000 km broadband fibre optic network begining this year.The CEO of BCN, Mr. Ibrahim Dikko who spoke during the launch of a free, high-speed public Wi-Fi hotspot in Abuja in partnership withn Google, said the network is expected to link about 200 Points of Access (PoA) across all local government areas in the seven Northwestern states of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsin
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FirstBank provides funding for schools
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
First Bank of Nigeria Limited is supporting schools with their business requirements to promote preparations for the school year.This, the bank achieves through its array of educational based products and solutions targeted at enabling schools acquire their required educational facilities to boost the continued expansion of their schools whilst empowering parents and guardians to send their wards back to school.The banks educational products and solutions include the FirstEdu Loan, Operational V
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Pilot Science commits to best practice
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
A Leading telecoms support service and engineering firm, Pilot Science Company Limited (PSCL), has reiterated its commitment to best practice and quality service delivery to its existing and prospective clients this year.Its MD/CEO, Engr. Festus Akinpelu, made this known at a dinner organised by the firm at the Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi.He said the firm will not offer any service that is short of quality standard, adding that best practice and timely delivery have always been the companys tr
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