Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Sunday 10th February 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Sunday 10th February 2019

Elections: EU delegation not to select leader for Nigeria
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West Africa States, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, has said that the mission of the EU delegation to Nigeria is not to select a leader for the country in the February 16, elections. A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa on Media, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Karlsen as having made the comment during during a courtesy visit to the governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, in Government House, Yenagoa on Fr
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2019 presidential poll: Palladiums endorsement
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
NIGERIANS have always made heavy weather of electing their leaders. There is nothing to indicate that they will discharge their civic obligations well this time as they troop to the polls on Saturday and two weeks after to crown a set of old and new leaders. There is some global attention on Nigeria, a country recognised as the most populous black nation on earth. That attention has, however, come with some concerns about whether the elections can be conducted fairly credibly without violence, a
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The Solicitor as Symbol
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Pardon my petulant perversities. It has become the obsession of this writer to find, at the end of every year, the single most powerful metaphor of our national condition 1986, if you still remember, was the year of pepper soup. The pepper soup man himself, in case you have forgotten, soon became one more variety of the delicacy thanks to our culture of political cannibalism. His remains, on the way to final rubbishing, were sent to the land of pepper soup thanks again to our macabre sense of
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BUHARI VS ATIKU: HOW STATES WILL VOTE (II)
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
In six days, Nigerians across the 36 states would be queuing up in their millions to decide the 2019 presidential contest. In this piece, Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation; Sam Egburonu, Associate Editor and Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, report on the chances of the parties especially the biggest one the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who given their spread have best chance of claiming the prize.It is not a quantita
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Why Lagosians should not vote for Atiku, by Tinubu
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Says state suffered under Obasanjo/Atiku regime Buhari : No looter would go unpunished Oshiomhole: Election is battle between rich and poorThe National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday told the people of Lagos State that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is undeserving of their votes in Saturdays election for working against their wellbeing during his tenure as Vice President.Tinubu, speaking at
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N29.5b Bazaar: EFCC detains ex-Skye Bank chair Ayeni
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Bank chief allegedly blew amount on Alamieyeseigha, Aso Villa, others Offers to refund N15b in one monthA former Chairman of the liquidated Skye Bank, Mr. Tunde Ayeni, is back in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting and spending about N29.5billion depositors cash without justification.Ayeni is alleged to have disbursed about N3billion of the sum to a former governor of Bayelsa State, the late Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha for protecting the b
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Federal allocation account now N8.5tr, says NEITI
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The Federation Allocation Account Committee (FAAC) has disbursed N8.5 trillion to the three tiers of government and others, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has disclosed adding it is the first time since 2014, that disbursements would exceed N2 trillion in three consecutive quarters. According to NEITI, the total of N8.52 trillion shared among the three tiers of government in 2018 represented 32.8 percent increase when compared to N6.418 trillion disbursed in 20
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Ikechukwu Uche: Secrets of my career longevity
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Now enjoying his Indian summer with Gimnstic de Tarragona in the Spanish La Liga 2, former Nigerian international striker Ikechukwu Uche reflects on his extraordinary career which is just one year away from two decades as a professional footballer, reports MORAKINYO ABODUNRIN. In this clime, they say count your blessings one-by-one and see what God has done for you.Apparently, this is what former Super Eagles striker, Ikechukwu Uche, appeared to be doing as he looks back on his long impressive P
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Ekere to complete abandoned projects in Udoms town
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Worried by the abandonment of the Onna Etinan Road which leads to the village of Governor Udom Emmanuel, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Nsima Ekere, has promised to complete the road as soon as he becomes governor on May 29, 2019.Obong Ekere, who made the promise during the APC campaign rally in Onna, Governor Emmanuels local government area, said he would take the completion of the road as a priority on his assumption of office, havi
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Akwa Ibom Democracy Watch calls for change of REC
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
A pro-democracy group, Akwa Ibom Democracy Watch (AIDW), has alleged that the current Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini, has compromised his role as an independent umpire in the upcoming general elections.In a petition dated February 7th, 2019, addressed to INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, copies of which were sent to journalists, the group said the actions violated the Constitution of the Federal Rep
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Association worried about Nigerias festering socioeconomic, political crises
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The Association of Lagos Titled Chiefs, a non-political association of honorary chiefs and prominent members of the Lagos community, has expressed concerns over the socioeconomic and political crises in the country.In a statement issued on behalf of the association by its president, Chief (Dr) Mrs. Iyabo Foresythe, she said: As young men and women growing up in old Lagos, we recall the golden era of our judiciary when judgments of the courts were cited with approvals in foreign jurisdictions.The
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APC chairman wants amnesty for kidnappers
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Mr. Donatus Nwankpa, is calling on governments to consider granting amnesty to kidnappers across the country as part of strategies to check kidnapping. Nwankpa who just regained freedom from abductors told The Nation that punitive measures are not enough to address the problem. We have to look for a way, not just the operational or punitive aspects; we should also look for a way to positively engage them in order to give them som
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Where is the applause for entering America
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
In the 2010 U.S Senate investigation and subsequent report on keeping foreign corruption out of the United States, all of the people that featured in the report were Africans and all the allegations related to transfers of large sums of money from suspicious sources. On the list was Teodoro Obiang, son of the President of Equatorial Guinea who wired $110m into American banks, spent $30m to buy a house in Malibu and $38m on a Gulf Stream. Also featured in the report is the late president of Gabon
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In the valley of decision
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Altogether, it seems that most political parties are travelling with empty wagons; and this is why it is so hard to choose. However, slogans are used to mask the emptiness.Its not always easy to take a decision. In fact, experienced deciders will tell you that one of the most difficult things to do is to take a decision. Indeed, one of the hallmarks of great leadership is said to be this ability to take decisions on behalf of a group. I guess that is why I am not a leader because I cannot even d
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CJN saga and role of lawyers in Nigerias democracy
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Nowadays the battle to control the messaging space has produced a subconscious antenna in most readers to look at the by-line first to foretell the message or the motivation. Therefore, since the by-line to this piece will most likely not offer many clues or at best, be misleading, let me be helpful upfront. I am a commercial law practitioner who has been exclusively engaged in legal practice since my admission to the Nigerian bar in 1985. My agenda is the survival of the relevance of the legal
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Senators who wont be in the 9th assembly
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Following the final list of candidates that will contest the February 16 national assembly elections across the country, the fate of some prominent senators are now sealed as they will definitely not be returning to the upper chamber at the expiration of the 8th assembly next June, writes Dare Odufowokan, Assistant EditorAS the date for the February 2019 presidential and national assembly elections draw closer, it is now clear that some prominent members of the red chamber of the national assemb
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Kwara 2019: Odds in favour of APC
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Politics is no arithmetic. That is why pollsters and strategists keep shifting the aces until the ballots are counted. That scientific permutation works quite well in developed democracies. In America, for instance, candidates place much premium on exit polls when making permutations on likely winners of electoral contests. In Nigeria, politicians often rely on a mixture of manipulation, thuggery and influence of money.Bookmakers are at work as Nigerians prepare to choose new leaders from across
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Deltans want Okowa because he has performed well
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Chief Favour Izoukumor is the commissioner representing Ijaw ethnic nationality on the board of Delta Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, and he doubles as the Coordinator of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa re-election campaign committee in Warri Southwest local government area of Delta state. In this interview SSouth Regional Editor, Shola Oneil, he speaks on the factors that would determine the governorship contest in the state and why PDP candidates would easily defeat their APC counterparts.
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PDP supervised obituaries of industries Oshiomhole
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomole, on Saturday urged Nigerians not to believe the promise of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to create massive jobs.Oshiomhole gave the advice in Lagos while addressing the crowd at the partys presidential campaign rally.He said the promise was a calculated ploy by the opposition party to deceive Nigerians and get their votes.The party chairman said the PDP had no good record of job creation in all its 16years in p
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PDP fumes over denial of access to campaign venue
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The decision by the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to deny the Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the use of its facilities for political rally, has heightened the animosity between the main opposition party and President Muhammadu Buhari.The PDP had booked and paid for the use of the Old Parade Ground, located in the Garki District in the capital city a few days ago, for the purpose of holding the partys presidential campaign rally, originall
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Saxtee: How I combine family and music
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Ondo State-born saxophonist Babatunde Balogun, also known as Saxtee, was introduced into playing the musical instrument at a tender age and has been doing music professionally for 25 years. The saxophonist speaks to ADENIYI ADEWOYIN in this interview about how his love for music has shaped his life and fledgling musical career and other issues. Excerpts How did you hone your latent skill in music’I grew up listening serially and studiously to a lot of veteran and star musicians in the likes
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How FG will tackle 17m housing deficit
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The Federal Government is determined to address the 17 million housing deficit in the country, Dr. Wale Adeeyo, the Chairman of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has said.The FMBN boss, who gave this hint during in exclusive interview with our correspondent in Lagos at the weekend, observed that, The 17 million housing deficit has been there for a while and there is no way we are going to stem it unless we are proactive about construction and housing delivery, especially affordable hom
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Niger Insurance in troubled waters
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Niger Insurance Plc, arguably one of the foremost insurance companies in the country may be in dire straits as many policyholders have raised alarm over the inability of the company to pay claims as and when due, reports Medinat KanabeIndications are that Niger Insurance Plc, one of the high profile insurance companies in the country today may be facing some financial crisis of some sorts more than they are willing to admit.Investigation by The Nation revealed that hundreds of existing policyhol
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Foreigners no longer dominate shaving industry-expert
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The Federal Governments quest for home-grown brands has started to yield dividends in the shaving industry with the unveiling of Dino Shavers range of shaving and blade products by an indigenous company in Lagos, recently.Before now, Indians had a near monopoly of the market for shavers and blades in Nigeria, controlling over ninety per cent of the products, leaving a marginal five per cent of the market to others.On how he was able to break into this new ground, Chief Divine Obiora Obiwulu, Chi
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I help Nigerians to generate wealth at the stock market
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
He is an Assistant Commissioner of Police but one with a difference. Having mastered the culture of stock trading for well over three decades, the IT savvy Aderemi Adeoye who currently serves at the Africa Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, recently called on friends on Facebook to take advantage of opportunities in the stock market with him. The result was Alfa Trust Investment Club, and an amazing N56.6million pulled together and doing great half a year later. Gboyega Alaka caught up with him at
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Tradermoni good for economic growth-Utomi
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Tradermoni, one of the most recent initiatives of the Federal Government geared towards tackling poverty in the land has been applauded by a professor of economics and founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, Prof. Pat Utomi.Utomi who spoke to The Nation in Lagos in an exclusive interview, stated that the initiative is a positive way of growing an economy like Nigeria that is struggling to survive, adding that majority of the poor masses would be lifted out of poverty should the initiativ
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Pinkberry marks one year anniversary
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Its been an amazing one year of delightful, craveable, light and refreshing yoghurt for customers across Nigeria, asOwners of Pinkberry branded yoghurt have expressed delight over the growing acceptability of the brand one year after it was unveiled in the Nigerian market. came on stream.Established in February 2018 by leading quick service restaurant company in Nigeria, EatNGo Limited, the brand has successfully expanded its footprints as a premium frozen yoghurt company with 8 stores present a
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Council hails Airtels role in community development
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
The Lagos State Local Council in Eti-Osa East and the residents of the Ajah-Ilaje community in Ajah, Lagos State, have commended leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, for its role in uplifting and empowering local communities.Speaking, during the inauguration of an industrial borehole donated by Airtel to the Ajah-Ilaje community in Ajah, Hon. Olufunmi Olatunji, Chairman, Eti- Osa East Local Council Development Area (LCDA), expressed appreciation to Airtel for partnering
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How MTN impacts lives of Nigerian youths
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
In November 2016,Bloombergreported that Nigeria had reached roughly over 182 million, with more than half its people under 30 years of age, putting a severe strain on a nation suffering from a slowing economy and declining revenue to provide enough schools and health facilities. Director General of the National Population Commission, Ghaji Bello, said this estimate was based on the population of 140 million recorded in the last census over a decade ago. The country has boomed from its over 45 mi
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NBC unveils plans to boost production
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC), a member of Coca-Cola Hellenic Group and bottler for non-alcoholic beverage giant Coca-Cola, has expressed commitment and readiness to achieve its projected business plan for 2019, as it recently disclosed that the company would be making huge investments to boost its production capacity across various operations this year.The Managing Director of NBC Ltd, Mr. George Polymenakos, recently disclosed this during an interview with journalists. He noted that
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Rite Foods expands market share
Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Some stories readily bring to mind the popular saying, do not detest the days of small beginnings or a little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. The humble beginning of Cowbell Instant filled milk powder in the midst of giant milk brands is still fresh in our minds.In 1993 when Wonder Foods, now Promasidor Nigeria limited, introduced the brand Cowbell milk, selling and packaged as the already established milk brands, only very few people gave it a second look. After fe
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