Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 18th January 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 18th January 2019

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Dont renew BEDCs licence, Oba Ewuare II tells Buhari
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
OBA ofBenin Ewuare II yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to renew the licence of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) for what he called its inability to provide electricity.Oba Ewuare II appealed to Buhari to support Governor Godwin Obasekis quest to find an alternative source of providing electricity.Ewuare II spoke when President Buhari paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Benin City during his campaign tour of the state.He said: Mr. President, I will not fail t
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A perceptive and progressive mind at 80
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Today, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to a distinguished statesman, a political and intellectual giant, Chief Bisi Akande, on attaining the enviable status of an octogenarian in a land with an embarrassing average life expectancy of fifty-five. Additionally, he has also earned the grace to be an agbasanko, a respectable elder.In view of his intellectual credentials and interest in public discourse on the nation and the conditions for its forward movement, I consider it fitting to honor Chi
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Heart of gold
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Bayelsa State governor should be commended for giving jobs to widows of servicemen Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dicksons gestures to the widows of two Nigeria Air Force (NAF) pilots who were indigenes of the state cannot undo what has been done; that is, it cannot bring back the officers who died in active service, it will however go a long way in ameliorating the plight of their widows. The governor had, through a press statement signed by Fidelis Soriwei, his media aide, announced the state
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Exemplary
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
That is the image Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande cuts at 80Chief Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande (Bisi Akande) for short, former Osun governor (1999-2003), who turned 80 on January 16, has a vice: brutal frankness. Though that spectacularly undid him as governor and as politician it has bolstered his image as a citizen and personage; and enhanced his prestige, even among fellow politicians.Stubborn honesty may never endear anyone as a politician (not a few still believe the great Obafemi Awolowo, Akand
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INEC clears Buhari, Atiku, Ezekwesili, Okotie, others
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
No APC candidates in RiversKashamus men listed for OgunRivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) was battling yesterday to assure its members that all will be well after its candidates names were omitted from the list of those who will run in the general elections.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the final list of candidates for the February 16 National Assembly polls. No candidates were listed for the APCin Rivers.The party has been embroiled in internal crises l
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El-Rufai urges CJN Onnoghen to resign
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
KADUNA State Governor Nasir el-Rufai yesterday joined the push for Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen to step down.He knocked his Southsouth counterparts for backing the CJN after admitting the errors in the assets declaration forms he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).El-Rufai said it was complimentary for President Buhari to have had no knowledge of the CJN was being investigated by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).He said that the Presidents decision not to interfere w
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Minimum wage: Revenue sharing formula for review
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Governors seem to be making progress in their age-long battle for a new revenue formula.The Federal Government is considering a review of the revenue allocation formula.The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) requested a review of the formula as one of the conditions for states to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage being demanded by Labour for the least paid worker.Labour has given the Federal Government up till January 23 to send the New Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and pas
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Nigeria, Brazil seal $1.1b agriculture project deal
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
THE Federal Government is shopping for $1.1 billion to implement the Nigeria-Brazil Cooperation Project Agriculture Green Imperative, Finance Minister Hajia Zainab Ahmed, said yesterday.She said at the inauguration of the project at the Old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja. She said the chunk of facility will be provided by the Brazilian government.According to her, the launch of the project was part of moves by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to reposition and diversify the
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I always feared I might not live long, says Akande
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
IT was still a surprise to former All Progressives Congress (APC) Interim National Chairman Chief Bisi Akande that he could mark his 80th birthday on Wednesday. Reason: he had always harboured the fear that he might die young.For this reason, the former Osun State governor said he was always in a hurry to make his accomplishments before he clocked 50 years old.Akande, who spoke with a voice laden with emotion at a grand reception organised for him to mark his 80th birthday anniversary in his Ila
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Ekiti Assembly impeaches deputy speaker
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Lawmakers pass N129.9b 2019 budgetThe Ekiti House of Assembly yesterday impeached Deputy Speaker Segun Adewumi for alleged gross misconduct and insubordination to constituted authority.Adewumi, who is representing Ekiti West Constituency I, was elected deputy speaker on June 6, 2015, before he was removed in 2017 by pro-Ayodele Fayose lawmakers for alleged disloyalty.When Governor Kayode Fayemi took over on October 16, last year, Adewumi was reinstated to his former position, following the suspe
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NEITIs audit report puts NNPC on the spot
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has stirred the hornets nest with its audit report on the oil and gas industry. The report raised some weighty issues that require the attention of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). But, with NNPCs status as a regulator and commercial player, stakeholders are wondering whether it can address the issues, writes AMBROSE NNAJI.Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Executive Secretary Adio Waz
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MultiChoice talent factory master class begins today
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Master classes, the flagship Corporate Shared Value project of MultiChoice Nigeria, will begin today.A statement by the Chief Executive Officer, John Ugbe, said the Master classes will present the industry with Best in Class workshops to increase MTFs up-skilling outreach to established film and television industry professionals and are aimed at developing technical skills in cinematography, audio and storytelling to improve the quality of local productions.H
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Command discovers ritualists shrine
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Two suspects arrested Ekiti State Police Command yesterday discovered a ritualists shrine in Odo, a suburb in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.The shrine, located near Crown Polytechnic, was uncovered by a team of policemen led by Police Commissioner Asuquo Amba.The shrine was discovered a few days after the CP declared war on evil perpetrators during the parade of 50 criminals.It was decorated with statues, fake foreign currencies and fetish objects.Amba told reporters that the police acted on a ti
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Nnamani visits Enugu Govt House 12 years after
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Former Enugu State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has thanked Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for recognising him as a former governor and given him the opportunity to visit the Government House 12 years after he left office.Senator Nnamani, who was given a heroic welcome yesterday after supporters trekked with him into the Lion Building, thanked Ugwuanyi for giving me a second chance.Addressing the crowd, the former governor said Ugwuanyi has wiped my tears.Senator Nnamani described the governor as a gre
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Oyo APC, PDP in war of words
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
THE Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr. Seyi Makinde, over his recent comments that cast aspersions on the person of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.Makinde had accused Governor Ajimobi of using arm-twisting tactics to install his anointed candidate as governor, by forcing the Chairman of the Oyo State Signage and Advertisement Agency (OYSAA), Pastor Yinka Adepoju, to resign his position.Th
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Ezekwesili on rescue mission, says monarch
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, is needed to rescue Nigeria from her current leadership challenges.A revered traditional ruler, the Sakaruyi-Karu Abuja, His Royal Highness, Emmanuel Kyauta Yepwi, said this on Thursday, some days after Ezekwesili visited him as well as Nyanya and Gudu markets in Abuja.The monarch expressed confidence that the country would do well under a woman than those who had governed in the past.Yepwi said,
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Why Akwa Ibom should vote for change
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Eseme Eyiboh is the erstwhile spokesperson of the House of Representatives and current chairman, Cross River Basin Development Authority. In this piece, he x-rays the manifesto of Obong Nsima Ekere, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State. IF anyone really wants to know how Akwa Ibom has fared as a state in the last three years, the state of education is a good index, particularly performance in the West Africa School Certificate Examination (WASCE) i
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Lagos ANDP candidate decries rate of poverty, insecurity
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
THE governorship candidate of the Advanced National Democratic Party (ANDP) in Lagos State, Dr. Olusegun Musa, has decried the high rate of poverty, unemployment and insecurity in the country.Speaking with reporters in Lagos, Musa who is a maritime and logistics expert wondered why citizens should be suffering and groaning in abject poverty in the midst of plenty.The governorship candidate lamented that both the federal and the Lagos State government have failed in their responsibilities to prot
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Sokoto APC tackles PDP over allegations of thuggery
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
THE Sokoto State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has indicated that it was not ready to join issues with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the opposition party is fast loosing acceptability in the state.Speaking at a press conference in the state capital, the APC Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sambo Danchadi, said the party has reached the end of the road and is confused about what to do next. He added that the PDP has resorting to whipping up sentiment, by playing the victi
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Tambuwal says APC afraid of losing polls
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
GOVERNOR Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has flayed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its latest antics in the state, saying the ruling party at the centre is afraid of losing elections.Speaking in Bodinga, Sokoto South senatorial district, during the launch of the PDP campaign, Tambuwal alleged that the opposition party was bent on collaborating with institutions to win the 2019 polls.Tambuwal urged President Muhammadu Buhari to emulate his predecessor, former President Goodluck Jonathan,
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Uba: Ill rescue Anambra South from poor representation
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
THE candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Anambra South senatorial race, Chief Chris Uba, says he is in the contest to rescue his people from the poor representation they have witnessed over the years.Uba who spoke at Orumba North, Orumba South and Ihiala town hall meetings at Umunze, Ajalli and Ihiala respectively said no body in Anambra State had contested any election without his support, including governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives and those of the
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Ogun 2019: My emergence on INEC final list is victory for resilience Kashamu
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Sen. Buruji Kashamu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ogun, says his emergence on INECs final list of candidates is a victory for resilience.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the embattled Kashamu made the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) final list of candidates for the 2019 general elections released on Thursday.In a swift reaction, Kashamu, through his Spokesperson, Austin Onyikor, said in Ijebu Ode that despite the announcement, there w
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Why Buhari will not rig election BMO
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has no reason whatsoever to rig the forthcoming Presidential election.Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) made this assertion in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, in Abuja on Thursday.The group said any fear by the opposition elements that President Buhari was preparing grounds to rig the election was a mere conjecture and completely false.According to the group, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has all it takes to win the
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CAN, muslim community endorse Ayade for second term
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Cross River State has endorsed Governor Ben Ayade for for a second term in office.The association the governor in an interaction with him at the the Cultural Centre, Calabar.According to them their decision was because of the governors giant strides in the areas of industrialization, infrastructural development and human capacity development.The associations also made a cash donation of N1.2 million to the governor to assist his campaign.A voice vote
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Adekunle Gold, Simi seal marriage with Promise
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Newly wed singers Adekunle Gold and Simi, have released a track Promise to give fans a glimpse of their wedding.The song was released on Thursday. In the video, the couple who were dressed in white are seen in an embrace against the setting sun.The duo shared the video of the song on their Instagram handles.While Simi wrote, Ill ride with you till were a hundred and forty four, her husband Adekunle Gold merely attached the link to the video on his handle.Read Also:Falz, others react as Adekunle
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Frooty Happy Hour 100ml pack excites consumers
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Following the success of Happy Hour by Chivita fruit drink, Nigeriasfastest growing juice brand, Chi Limited, has launched Frooty Happy Hour,with the aim to deliver natural fruity refreshment at an affordable price point.Frooty Happy Hour by Chivita is a healthy, refreshing, fruit flavoured drink with exciting variants that offers an instant shot of affordable refreshment options for consumers.Frooty Happy Hour by Chivita delivers incremental volumes with a 100ml pack size, making it the most af
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Equities sustain rally with N46b gain
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Nigerian equities continued on the upswing yesterday as investors sustained bargain-hunting for undervalued stocks. With nearly two advancers to every decliner, the equities market closed with average gain of 0.40 per cent, equivalent to net capital gain of N46 billion.The All Share Index (ASI)- the benchmark value index for the equities market, trended upward to 30,583.21 points from its opening index of 30,460.68 points. Aggregate market value of all quoted equities rose from N11.359 trillion
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REA okays N1.9b grants for mini-grid, solar projects
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
The Rural Electrification Fund (REF) implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) yesterday signed agreements for the disbursement of N1.9billion grant for the execution of mini-grid and solar home power projects.The project is aimed at accelerating economic and human capacity development in rural communities by the rapid deployment of adequate electricity supply to the development of all the sectors of the economy, through private sector developers.Signing the agreement in Abuja, the M
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Keystone Bank floats zero data mobile App
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Customers of Keystone Bank Limited can now transact banking services at their convenience on the new Keystone Bank Mobile App with zero data.The feature, which is another first from the Bank and in the Nigerian banking sector, enables customers enjoy banking services on their mobile phones without data.According to the Group Managing Director/CEO of Keystone Bank Limited, Obeahon Ohiwerei, the development is in demonstration of the banks commitment to deliver superior and innovative banking solu
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FirstBank, Microsoft 4Afrika host SMEs
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
First Bank of Nigeria Limited will be partnering with Microsoft 4Afrika, in hosting a free-to-attend event for SMEs in Nigeria holding today in Lagos. The event was designed to promote technology adoption and skills development.The event will serve as an official launch of the new partnership between Microsoft 4Afrika and FirstBank, following a memorandum of understanding signed earlier in June 2018.The partnership seeks to build the capacity of local SMEs and accelerate their digital transforma
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Iheanacho seeks sovereign guarantee to build refinery
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Eko Refinery and Petrochemical Company has appealed to the Federal Government to support local refiners with sovereign guarantees on loans for the completion of its modular refineries.Its Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Iheanacho, made the appeal in Lagos against the backdrop of local refiners inability to secure loans to complete ongoing modular refineries.Sovereign guarantee is a promise by the government to discharge the liability of a third person in case of default which is contingent liabilities of
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Hero rewards 500 consumers in promo
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Hero lager, a leading quality beer brand from the stable of International Breweries Plc, a proud part of the AB InBev family, has rewarded over 500 consumers with cash prizesworth over N90 millionand giftsthrough its national consumer promo, tagged: HEROnaires Mega promo, which ran for three months.The promo aimed atrewarding consumers above the legal drinking age of 18 with N1 million weekly wins for 17 weeks. The promo also offered other consolation prizes, including cash prizes of N50, 000 ea
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Osinbajo unveils Nigeria-Brazil agriculture project
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday launched an agricultural initiative, tagged The Green Imperative at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.It was attended by the Braizilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ricardo Guerra de Araujo, four state governors, ministers and other government officials.Osinbajo said the project is a crucial part of President Muhammadu Buharis economic diversification efforts.As a policy issue, we were clear that without mechanization at the bottom of the agric pyramid in Nigeria we
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New core investor acquires largest stake in NEM
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Advanced Finance and Investment Group (AFIG) Funds has acquired 29.29 per cent largest equity stake in NEM Insurance Plc. AFIG Funds, an African private equity fund manager, acquired the shares from existing shareholders of the insurance company.Group Managing Director, NEM Insurance Plc, Mr Tope Smart, said the AFIG Funds investment was a product of several years of constructive engagement and strategic internal decision to partner with a long-term institutional partner.He said the partnership
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Nova Merchant Bank promotes staff
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Nova Merchant Bank has promoted nearly a third of its staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in their responsibilities.The promotion was fulfillment of the banks commitment to be the best place to work and its policy of rewarding deserving staff members.These promotions come amidst the growth in the banks business as it continues to scale up its operations.In 2018, despite the tough economic and operating climate, Nova in its first full financial year of operations, was able to depl
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