Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Sunday 17th March 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

Rivers: PDP tells INEC to declare its candidate winner
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Following the results of the fact finding committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the manifest disruption of the collation of the results of the 9th March 2019 Governorship and House of Assembly general elections by the Army and the Federal-State Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), the state PDP has called on INEC to announce its candidate as winner of the election.This is contained in the statement by the Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, and m
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Why building collapse persists-NSE chair
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The Chairman of the Ibadan branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Adedamola Falade-Fatila, has hinged the rising cases of building collapse on quackery and compromise in standards.Falade-Fatila told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan yesterday that the problem of collapsed building would cease the moment everyone played the role expected of him.If every client, builder or developer consults a registered engineer to design their structures, we wont find ourselves in this situa
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INCONCLUSIVE POLLS:Who wins Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi, Adamawa, Benue Plateau
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
After 9th March 2019 Governorship and State Assembly Elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared six states exercise inconclusive. This week, electoral body announced that it would hold supplementary elections in the affected states on 23rd March 2019. In this report, Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, reports on how the extra elections would be fought and wonTHE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced during the week that it will on March 23, 2019, condu
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State Power and Party Formations
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Reflections on Nigerias democratic transitionTwenty years after the inauguration of democratic rule and the Fourth Republic, it is important to take an audit of civil/democratic rule in Nigeria to see how far we have come or how fast we are departing from accepted and acceptable international norms. This is particularly so in the aftermath of an election that has stretched the ethnic, cultural, religious and demographic fabric of the nation to its elastic limits.The joke about INECs alleged inco
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INEC wrong on inconclusive elections
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The last polls witnessed the frightening routinization of inconclusive elections on a scale that has evidently become a threat to the electoral process and the Fourth Republic. If nothing is done to halt the abominable trend, especially in view of the arbitrary and whimsical decision by the electoral body to resume the collation of the governorship election result in Bauchi State previously declared inconclusive, democracy could be scuppered. In the following piece, Mr Olarinde Yesufu, a legal e
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APC, PDP in battle of wits ahead supplementary polls
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Police ban rallies in BauchiThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are locked in a battle of wits as the clock ticks towards this weekends governorship supplementary elections in some states.While the PDP chairman in Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi is boasting that his party is always ever prepared to win the election, the APC dismisses the statement as wishful thinking .Leaders of the two parties in Sokoto State are also racing against time to tidy
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Gbenga Daniel quits PDP, partisan politics
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The Director-General of the Abubakar Atiku Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, unexpectedly called it quits with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, 21 days after Atiku lost the presidential race.The former Ogun State governor said he was quitting partisan politics, citing personal reasons.Daniel, in a March 14, 2019, letter to the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said he had resolved to immerse myself in some other vocations and take on some new challenges.He had,
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How Nigerian Imam escaped death in New Zealand mosque attack
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
THE Imam of one of the Christchurch, New Zealand mosques attacked by a terrorist on Friday is a Nigerian, The Nation can report today.Lateef Alabi who is the Linwood mosques acting Imam was leading the congregation in prayers on the fateful day when terrorist Brenton Tarrant struck.Alabi said the death toll would have been far higher at the mosque but for a worshipper, Abdul Aziz, 48, who grabbed Tarrants gun and forced him away from a mosque.Azizs action terminated the killing spree.Alabi said
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PDP accuses INEC chairman of refusing Atiku access to election materials
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, of refusing the partys presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar access to election materials.The Court of Appeal had ordered INEC to allow Atikus lawyers inspect ballot materials used in the February 23 presidential election, in furtherance of the petition filed by the PDP candidate against President Muhammadu Buharis re-election. However, in a statement y
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NASS: APC may retain 2015 zoning arrangement
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Consultations on over S/East, S/South agitationsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) may stick to its 2015 zoning formula in picking the leadership of the incoming 9th National Assembly, according to feelers from the ruling party.Although there are ongoing moves to alter the existing zoning formula for various reasons and considerations, multiple sources told The Nation that leaders of the party may have resolved to retain the present arrangement.Consequently, the northeast will produce the Sena
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GOtv Top Up offer ends in 30 days
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The three-month long GOtv Top Up campaign has entered its final phase and will end on 25 April. The campaign, launched by MultiChoice on 15 January, gives subscribers on GOtv Plus, GOtv Value and GOtv Lite packages the opportunity of getting an upgrade to GOtv Maxby paying a reduced fee of N2,500 instead of N3,200, while GOtv tops up with N700. While, the outstanding one month provides an opportunity for customers on lower GOtv packages renew their subscription by paying N2, 500.The upgrade will
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Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices profiles change agents
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
African Voices sponsored by Globacom on the Cable News Network(CNN) is profiling the impactful contributions of three change agents to their communities through education and innovation in its latest edition.The trio who are guests in this weeks edition of the magazine programme include Tanzanias girls advocate,Rebecca Gyumi;Solomon King Benge, the founder of Fundi botsfrom Kampala and a social entrepreneur, Misan Rewane, who hails from Nigeria.Gyumi, a lawyer,is theFounder & Executive Direc
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Lagos-Ibadan speed train ready before May 29
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Minister of Transportation Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has said acts of God, such as rain, which may prevent the pace of work, remains the only snag that could stop President Muhammadu Buhari from riding on the Lagos -Ibadan standard gauge train.He disclosed this at Moniya, Ibadan, during the routine monthly monitoring of the project, which is being handled by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), at the weekend.He said the historic ride is part of the inauguration activities sla
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Sanwo-Olu must hit the ground running
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accredited election monitor, Comrade Razaq Olokoba, has said that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, was a clarion call for him to hit the ground running. He asserted that the good people of Lagos State are anxiously waiting to seeing him in action to execute his promised peoples oriented programmes.According to him, since Sanwo-Olus victory has assuaged the expectation of the peo
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No return to modulated salary in Osun Official
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the immediate past Osun Commissioner for Information and Strategy, who is the current supervisor of same ministry, says it is untrue that the state government intends to return to the era of modulated salary, also known as half salaries.Baderinwa, in a statement in Osogbo yesterday said it had come to the notice of the state government that some individuals and members of the opposition party were trying to incite the civil servants against the state government on payment o
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Let us let her out
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The world celebrated the international womens day on 8thMarch, but we are celebrating them today. As they say, better late than never. So, Im just going to pretend that I do not have a womans blood flowing through my veins, roll up my sleeves and raise that heavy glass to toast the women folk, very well done to you!I can hear you breathing over my shoulder, well done for what’ Just for being women, I say; that is onerous enough, dont you think’ In the present socio-economic and socio-p
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Tinubu real Yoruba leader Ehindero
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
In the interview with Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, the General Overseer of Messiah New Life Ministry Inc., Archbishop Joseph Ehindero, warned those antagonising the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to desist, saying the former Governor of Lagos State is the true leader of the Yoruba race today. The cleric bared his mind on some other national issues. ExcerptsWHAT is your reaction to the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidenti
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Sanwo-Olull hit ground running Olokoba
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
In this interview with Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, Comrade Razaq Olokoba, an accredited observer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a political commentator, appraised the election that gave the All Progressives Congress (APC), governorship flag bearer, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu victory in Lagos and declared that it is a clarion call and challenge for him to hit the ground running from May 29, this year on his assumption of office as the new governor of the state.
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March 23 extra elections: How APC, PDP will slug it out
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
After 9th March 2019 Governorship and State Assembly Elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared six states exercise inconclusive. This week, electoral body announced that it would hold supplementary elections in the affected states on 23rd March 2019. In this report, Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, reports on how the extra elections would be fought and wonTHE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced during the week that it will on March 23, 2019, condu
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Tinubu real Yoruba leader Ehindero
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
In the interview with Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, the General Overseer of Messiah New Life Ministry Inc., Archbishop Joseph Ehindero, warned those antagonising the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to desist, saying the former Governor of Lagos State is the true leader of the Yoruba race today. The cleric bared his mind on some other national issues. ExcerptsWHAT is your reaction to the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidenti
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Nine killed, 30 houses razed in renewed attack on Kaduna village
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
No fewer than 10 bodies have been recovered and about 30 houses confirmed burnt in another attack by unknown gunmen on Nandu Gbok community in Sanga Government Area of Kaduna State on Saturday.But, Kaduna State Government while confirming the attack said nine citizens were killed by criminal elements who attacked the village in the early hour of Saturday.A government signed by Governor Nasir El-Rufais media aide, Samuel Aruwan condemned the killings.It read that, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has comm
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Austin Aimankhu: Im deeply interested in Nigerian culture
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Avant garde fashion designer and founder of Luzol, Austin Aimankhu, believes in promoting Nigerian culture through clothes. He is also the founder of FashionArtFusion, FAF, an annual exhibition of contemporary Nigerian fashion. JOE AGBRO JR. met him and he talked about his journey to fashion, his passion for Nigerian fabrics and how the industry is changing.BOHEMIAN, arty, and raw. Those words are likely to run across your mind upon meeting Austin Aimankhu. With his trademark afro hairstyle, reb
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Wande Coal, DJ Obi, others for Easter Festival
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
THE Gidi Culture Festival announces the second wave of acts for April 20. The 6th edition of the biggest one-day music festival in West Africa which takes place at Landmark Beachfront Victoria Island, unveiled Wande Coal, DJ Obi and Sarz who will all be joining the already announced Patoranking, Niniola, Teni the entertainer, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Neptune and more on the main stage. Wande Coal is ready to dominate his debut at Gidi Fest this Easter. Wande Coal offers a distinctive sound and a tr
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Mr Jollof, AY, vow to sponsor education of little girl sent home from school for non-payment of fees
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
A YOUNG school girl in Warri, Delta state, Success, has gained the attention of Nigerians after she was spotted being outspoken about how she was beaten up by her teachers for her parents inability to pay her school feesThe little girl had been sent home from school for not paying her school fees and she complained about the punishment. Success even revealed that she would rather be flogged than being sent home.Since the video went viral on Instagram, a number of Nigerians have reacted in variou
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Adesua Etomi-Wellington recognised as global talent
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
NOLLWOOD actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington has been recognised as a global talent as she makes her debut appearance on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Husband Banky W took to his social media to gush about his wifes accomplishment. And fans while cheering the actress on, frowned at the difference in skin tone portrayed by the magazine. Say all you want to say about Nigeria, but you can never take away the fact that the country is richly blessed with a notable number of talents across board. From scie
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Rick Ross set to release first memoir
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
POPULAR American rapper, Rick Ross, is set to release his first memoir, Hurricanes, a story which is centred around his past life, both as a drug dealer and correctional officer. According to the report, the memoir is co-written by Neil Martinez-Belkin, the same writer who co-wrote Gucci Manes The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.In Hurricanes, Ross moves beyond the headlines, opening up about the experiences that inform his creative process. His upbringing in Carol City. His past as both a drug deal
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Most discerning consumers consider quality over cost
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Dr. Nair Satish, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Sunola Foods Limited, a member company of the Kewalram Group of companies. In this interview with Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, he speaks on the unprecedented consumer buying behaviour while making a purchasing decision vis-a-vis prospects and challenges of running a fast moving consumer goods company in an emerging economy like Nigeria. Excerpts:Understanding Nigerian consumer buying behaviour In the view of Dr. Nair Satish, who sits atop as the Man
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Anxiety over rising illicit financial flows in Africa
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The rising menace of illicit financial flows, IFFs, otherwise known as dirty money in the continent of Africa, was one of the hotly debated issues at a week-long conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where speakers after speakers attempted a prognosis of the crisis vis–vis its debilitating ills just as they sought a call to action aimed at strengthening the continents governance system to build domestic resource mobilisation, reports Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf just back from Kigali, RwandaTo any discerning
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Banks customer faces nightmare retrieving savings
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Mr Charles Danson, a Lagos resident banking with First City Monument Bank [FCMB], has been working hard to save a certain amount of money to expand his upcoming business. Steadily and painfully while denying himself and family many things, he plunged every penny into this account.Danson, a striving business man who has maintained his account for nine years, was determined to save up to N170,000 with FCMB and at last the money in his account stood at N170,060.75. But the money which he planned to
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Rites Foods Ltd unites women
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Women they say are the salt of the world! Which is the major reason Rite Foods Limited RFL has decided to make the month of March of every year the campaign time to create awareness for International Womens Day, IWD, to bring a difference to the way the day is commemorated.In commemorating this years IWD, the giant food and beverage industry hopes to celebrate and unite women all over the countryand beyond on the 30thof this month at the Oriental Hotels, Lagos.You will note that International
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Nigeria closes in on methanol fuel
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The country is on the verge of achieving a blend of Methanol in the production of gasoline and generation of electrical power, if the report of the Technical Committee (TC) on Methanol Fuel Technology Implementation programme set up by the federal government August 10, 2018 is anything to go by. The programme target a15 per cent of methanol to 85 per cent of fossil fuel blend in the production of petroleum motor spirit (PMS) and its utilization in the generation of electric power in Nigeria.Pres
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300 exhibitors, 6000 equipment on display at the 4th NIRAM expo
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The 4th annual Nigeria Raw Materials and Equipment Manufacturing EXPO (NIRAM) with the theme: Optimizing Value Chain towards Growth and competitiveness in the Manufacturing Sector, has kicked off in Lagos with the Director General of Raw Material Research & Development Council (RMRDC), Dr Hussaini Ibrahim Dikko pledging his agencys readiness to contribute its quota to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.Dikko noted that they have on display, raw materials that if tapped by man
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Labour plans to picket GTbank over restrictions on accounts
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
The Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) at the weekend threatened to mobilise her members nationwide to shut down banking operations of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) across the country over what it described as illegal restrictions of the union accounts.The union leadership has therefore written to the Management of the bank and security agencies warning if the bank failed to lift the restriction on its accounts, it will be forced to picket all branches of the bank across the country.In a letter addr
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Still on effective regulation of tobacco products
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Akeem Ogunlade in a recent article simply powdered trite arguments of the tobacco industry that an effective control policy will actually harm the economy and as such, what Nigeria really needs is the industry promoted Sensible Regulation, Balanced Regulation which he colourfully explains away as prudent regulation.He goes on to describe tobacco control as controversial. Ironically, it is not. It is in fact, the tobacco industry that creates this perception so that it can manipulate issues and
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