Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 15th March 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

My stepdad killed my brother
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
A teenager, Omobowale Sunmola, yesterday told a Lagos High Court in Igbosere that her stepfather and his mother allegedly killed her elder brother and dumped him in a canal.She told Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya that the incident occurred at their Maryland, Lagos home in 2014.She said she was 11 at that time, adding that she was about to begin Junior Secondary School (JSS) 1, while her brother, Tunde, was 13.Omobowale, now 17, testified during the trial of her mother, Margaret Olufunmilayo Odunlade,
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Apostle Iberiberism and friends
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
It was a Class of Four Dr. Bukola Saraki, Godswill Akpabio, George Akume and Abiola Ajimobi these four political leaders fell a fortnight ago. But going by the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delist outgoing Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, from the list of elected senators, the class has increased by one. It actually ought to have been a class of five!I welcome Okorocha, the apostle of Iberiberism, to the unenviable class of giants whose bid to be in th
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2019 Davis Cup: Nigeria battles Tunisia, six others for promotion
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Nigeria will be making another attempt at gaining promotion to the elite division of the Davis Cup as the West African side will battle host Kenya, Tunisia, Benin Republic, Namibia, Algeria, Mozambique and Madagascar.The Africa Group III event will also take place in Nairobi, Kenya from September 11 to 14 on the clay courts of the Nairobi Club.After finishing fifth at the 2018 edition, Nigeria will be on the umpteenth time be heading out of the country for a place in the top division. Nigerias
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Queens, Kings Colleges hit semifinal of GTB Masters Cup
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
As the queens and kings of schools in Lagos State, Queens and Kings Colleges were the first teams to secure their places in the semifinal of season eight of the annual 2019 GTB Masters Cup.In the quarterfinal matches played at the Campos Mini Stadium in Lagos Island, Queens College showed their prowess on the field of play with a 6-0 thrashing of Anwar-Ul-Islam Girls High School to be sure of their spot in the last four of the girls event.After playing goalless draw at full time, Corona School a
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Wasting away
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The army of young and teenage boys roaming the streets of the northern states seems to increase in bounds. They are known as Almajiris or Al Muhajirun, which, according to Wikipedia, can be translated to mean persons who leave their homes in search of Islamic knowledge. Western educational system has not been able to supplant this age-old itinerant system of education in the north.It is reported that approximately seven million almajiris are on the streets of the north of Nigeria, especially in
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Pius Adesanmi (1972 2019)
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
HIS last column, published inNigerian Tribuneon the day he died, gave an insight into how he lived. Writing in his column called Injury Time, Pius Adesanmi said in a piece titled An Archaeology of Nigeria: Nigerias irresponsible rulers have us where they want us. I write basically these days for the purposes of archaeology. A thousand years from now, archaeologists would be interested in how some people called Nigerians lived in the 20th and 21st centuries. If they dig and excavate, I am hoping
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Tribunal grants Buhari, APC access to poll items
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Ruling party seeks CTC to prepare defence12 categories of materials listedThe Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) in Abuja has granted the request by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari, to be allowed access to materials used for the election.The permission is to enable the APC and Buhari inspect and obtain the certified true copies (CTC) of the materials to enable them prepare their defence against the petition to
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Our agony, by survivors of Lagos building collapse
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Some survivors of the Lagos building collapse yesterday spoke of their harrowing experience.Bereaved families also recounted the death of their loved ones.The survivors, who are in four hospitals, said they escaped death by whiskers.They said they were busy with their chores when the building came down.Many families flocked Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Massey Street Children Hospital, Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Gbagada General Hospital in search of their loved o
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100 senators-elect, 338 House members get certificates of return
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
EXCEPT the court decides otherwise, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha will not represent the Imo West Senatorial District when the Ninth National Assembly is inaugurated on June 8.He was not among the senators presented with Certificates of Return (CoRs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja yesterday.INEC had said it was not going to recognise the Imo governor as the senator-elect over claims by the Returning Officer (RO)t
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Tinubu seeks adequate treatment for them
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday urged the Lagos State government to ensure adequate treatment for the survivors of the collapsed building.Asiwaju Tinubu, who described the incident as tragic, also commiserated with the families .The former Lagos governor called on Lagosians to donate blood to the survivors.In a condolence message to the families of the victims, the APC leader said the pupils who died did not deserve to die the way they did. He prayed
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INEC weighs four options on Rivers polls today
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the African Action Congress (AAC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other parties will today know their fate on the stalemated governorship poll in Rivers State.The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has summoned a meeting of its management to receive and consider the report of a fact-finding team it sent to the Southsouth state.The electoral body may receive also the report on its investigation into the disruption of the poll in Tafawa B
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Optimism as INEC gives out certificates of return
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Senate leadership, individual senator-elects plans and others dominated discourse yesterday as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued lawmakers-elect certificates of return, report Onyedi Ojiabor and Abdulgafar Alabelewe.Ill perform far better than araki, says OloriegbeSenator-elect for Kwara Central Dr Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe yesterday declared that he would perform better than Senate President Bukola Saraki.Saraki, the Senator representing Kwara Central, has represented t
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There is a plot to cripple me politically, Okorocha cries out
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
IMO State Governor Rochas Okorocha believes he was denied the Certificate of Return as the senator for the Imo West Senatorial District to cripple him politically ahead of 2023.He also said that the gang-up against his preferred governorship candidate in the March 9 election, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA), was part of the grand plot.The governor accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo State of acting a script which he described as being cruel.Speaking with reporters at the Im
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Umahi: I am not leaving PDP
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has debunked reports credited to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Sonni Ogbuorji, that he was making plans to defect to the APC.Ogbuoji, at a news conference in Enugu State, rejected the outcome of the election and vowed to challenge Umahis victory at the tribunal.Umahi described Ogbuorjis statement as the ranting of a frustrated person.A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, said the victory of the Peop
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Forum condemns attack on Dokubo
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
A civil society group in the Niger Delta, The Foundation for Peace and Non-violence in Nigeria (TFPNVN), has condemned the attacks on Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, by some Ijaw indigenes.A statement by the groups president, Onengiya Erokosima, said Prof. is an Ijaw son and any insult to him and the office he occupies is an insult to the entire Ijaw nation.Erokosima, who described Dokubo as a decent and honest son of Ijaw, lambasted the critics of
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Groups chart path to inter-faithdialogue, peaceful co-existence
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
A Human Assistance Initiative (HUMAI), a non-governmental organisation, has with the support of KAICIID, Dialogue Centre, Austria organised a three-day inter-faith dialogue in Mowe, Ogun State, for youths across the Southwest and Southsouth geo-political zones.It is to stem the tide of inter-faith intolerance and violence in Nigeria and to bring women and the youths into the mainstream of religious dialogue.According to HUMAI, the idea behind the forum is also to promote pluralism and develop ge
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AA seeks prosecution of Imo Returning Officer
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The Action Alliance (AA) in Imo State has called for the arrest and prosecution of the Returning Officer of the governorship election, Prof. Francis Otunta.Otunta declared candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, winner of the governorship election.Director-General of AAs campaign organisation, Chidi Ibe, who addressed a news conference yesterday, said: Despite the fact that the PDPs candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, did not meet the constitutional requirements, the Returning Of
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Sokoto PDP, APC prepare for rerun
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Sokoto State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) are warming up for the Mach 23 supplementary.The rerun is taking place in 10 days from now in polling units in Sokoto, Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano, Benue and Plateau states. Not a single stakeholder in the show is spared of the pulse and momentum fast building in the affected states.It will be another test of popularity and support between the political heavy weights on the two major platforms whose governorship candidates
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Lagos PDP congratulates APC
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Governor-elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu on his victory in the last Saturday election.In a statement by its spokesman, Mr Taofik Gani, the PDP stated that the congratulate message is to exhibit good spirit of sportsmanship and show respect for the laws of the land.The party, however, stated that if for any reason it has to challenge the result announced it shall not hesitate to do so.It advised the Governor-elect to eschew any iota of politic
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Buhari deserves victory, say Ekiti elders
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders Forum has congratulated Governor Kayode Fayemi on his 54th birthday and grateful that President Muhammadu Buhari won the 2019 election.In a statement, the chairman of the forum Asiwaju George Akosile, said the efforts of the governor amplified Buharis victory in the state.He noted that APCs brilliant performance was due to the support from its members and people of the state, hoping that it would translate to rapid development of the state.Akosi
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What future for Oyo APC
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) performed woefully in the just concluded general elections. The state lost both the presidential and the governorship polls to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). LEKE SALAUDEEN examines the factors that were responsible for the performance and the way forward.THE defeat of the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recent presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari, in Oyo State came as a surprise. Many had thought that Oyo
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ARG lauds peaceful polls
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) yesterday congratulated Yoruba people for peaceful conduct during the general elections.In a statement, the group said: ARG affirms its support of the right of the people to elect whomsoever they wish as their constitutionally approved leader in a peaceful manner.ARG thank community leaders, particularly our royal fathers, for working ceaselessly to minimise conflict, while noting also the few reported violence in Oyo State, especially. We must continuously strength
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Southwest APC congratulates Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun, others
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The Southwest All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Lagos State Governor-elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun, on their victory at the poll.The party, congratulated Lagos State Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; his Ogun State counterpart, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele; senators-elect and their counterparts in the House of Representatives in the region on their successful election.The APC National Vice Chairman, Mr. Bankole Oluwajana, congratula
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Echoes of election drama in Edo
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Correspondent OSAGIE OTABOR examines why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the presidential election in Edo State and the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the House of Assembly polls.During the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign rally in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki boasted that the state would deliver one million votes to President Mohammadu Buhari. By the time the votes were counted on February 23, the Edo APC was defeated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a
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2019: Kano commissioner denies destroying election materials
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Kano State Commissioner for Local Government, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo, has accused the police of twisting facts over the destruction of election materials at Nassarawa local government collation centre.Addressing a press conference on Thursday in Kano, Garo said the result was destroyed by two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Faruk Lawal and Alhaji Nasiru Sule Garo respectively but they were not arrested by the police for reason best known by them.Garo added that the electo
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PDP optimistic of success in supplementary polls
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says it is optimistic of victory in states where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is to hold supplementary governorship elections on March 23.The partys National Working Committee (NWC), expressed the optimism in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, after the committees emergency meeting held on Thursday in Abuja.Ologbondiyan expressed the partys readiness for the supplementary elections.He said tha
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Online shopping in Nigeria, others may hit $75b by 2025
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Online shopping in Nigeria and other African countries could account for up to $75 billion in retail sales by 2025, a report by the McKinsey Global Institute has projected.The report, which was got by The Nation, said e-commerce and Financial Technology (FinTech) represent two of Africas biggest growth opportunities, with the growth of the mobile technology market driving the two sectors.More than half of urban African consumers already have Internet-capable devices and this number is increasing
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Shell sets carbon reduction targets
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
NPDC takes over operatorship of OML 11 from ShellRoyal Dutch Shell yesterday said it planned to reduce carbon emissions from its oil and gas operations and product sales by between two per cent and three percent by 2021. This is the first time the oil major is issuing carbon footprint targets.Meanwhile, Nigeria, its major operating country in Africa, has relieved its local arm, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of the operatorship of oil mining lease (OML 11) and transferred it over to
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Hello Tractor, CTA partner to support small holder farmers
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
hello Tractor and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU have announced a partnership to increase smallholder farmers access to mechanisation services and youth employment opportunities.The deal will enable Hello Tractor to expand its services across Nigeria and Kenya to connect 5,000 smallholder farmers to mechanisation services, as well as to create jobs for youth as tractor operators and booking agents.Across sub-Saharan Africa, farmers face some of the lowest rate
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Why were committed to gender-balanced workplace
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Multinational firm, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, has reaffirmed its commitment to the advancement of affirmative action as panacea for an all-inclusive development as enshrined in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5).Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Christos Giannopoulos, said as a company dealing in beauty care and household products, women in the company have made immense contribution in providing consumer insights and crafting winning marketing strategies.He spoke at
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Its time for women to identify their strengths
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) President, Comrade Oyinkan Olasanoye has urged women to identify their strengths and weaknesses, notwithstanding the restrictions placed by culture.Olasanoye said women should work towards appraising how far they have fared in the bid to realise their dreams.Olasanoye, who spoke with The Nation, said: I must say that it is indeed nice to have a day set aside to celebrate the political, social and economic achiev
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Industrial Training Fund trains 700 youths in ICT
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
THE Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has started training 700 youths in Information and Technology (ICT) under its Infotech Skills Empowerment Programme (ISEP).The programme, which is in its first phase, had youths from six states: Plateau, Bauchi, Imo, Ondo, Kaduna, Cross River and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).ITF Director-General Sir Joseph Ari disclosed this during a visit to an ITF centre in Bauchi State. He said beneficiaries would receive specialised skills in computer hardware mainte
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Influx of foreign products killing our sector
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The National Union of Chemical Footwear Rubber Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employees (NUCFRLANPE) has said the influx of foreign products is killing the sector, noting that about 10,000 jobs have been lost in two years.Its President, Comrade Babtunde Goke Olatunji, said the menace was affecting the manufacturing sector.He said products from other countries, such as China, were heavily subsidised, making it possible for them to be sold at cheaper rates than local goods.Olatunji urged the Fe
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Civil servants urged to shun corruption
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Civil servants have been urged to shun corruption and other related offences in their work places, in line with the anti-corruption mantra of the government.Human Resources Management Director, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ajibola Ibrahim, made the call in Abuja during the Sensitisation and Awareness Creation Workshop on Transparency and Anti-Corruption Practices, organised for junior officers.Ajibola said the workshop would educate the participants on the proper understanding of c
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How Nigeria agro exports can grow to N100b by 2022
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Nigerian agro-exports can increase by 2022 if the export sector capitalises on the opportunity offered across Europe and the United States (US).This, however, depends on how the government and the private sector empowers farmers and producers meet safety standards, DANIEL ESSIET reports.NigeriaS agro-exports have the potential to grow to N100 billion by 2022 if the export sector capitalises on the opportunity opened up by overseas buyers.National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said total exports fro
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Baru eyes energy integration in Africa
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has called for more integration among countries within the West African sub-region towards providing lasting solutions to the regions numerous energy challenges.He spoke during a meeting with the United States Energy Secretary, Rick Perry and some African petroleum ministers, on the sidelines of the 19th CERAWeek Conference taking place in Houston, United States.A statement yesterday explained t
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