Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Tuesday 26 March 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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Buhari moves to prevent National Assembly hijack
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders yesterday moved to prevent the hijack of the new National Assembly leadership. They met with would-be lawmakers.President Muhammadu Buhari dined with serving APC senators and senators-elect at the New Banquet Hall of theState House.The meeting came on the heels of a similar parley between APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and House of Representatives members-elect at the Shehu YarAdua Centre in Abuja.At the Presidents meeting with the lawmakers were A
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Literary icon Gabriel Okara dies at 97
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday mourned literary icon Gabriel Imomotimi Gbaingbain Okara, who passed on few weeks to his 98th birthday.A source close to the family said the celebrated poet and novelist died yesterday in his sleep at his residence at Okaka Estate, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.Mourning the passage of Okara, the President, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, commiserated with the deceased immediate family and the people of Bayelsa
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Offa robbery: Court refuses post-mortem of dead suspect
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, yesterday refused the exhumation of the body of the principal suspect in the April 5, 2018 Offa robbery, Michael Adikwu, for post-mortem.But the court granted the prayer of the defence asking for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by the first, second and third accused.The accused, Ayoade Akinnibosun (first accused person), Ibikunle Ogunleye (second accused person), Adeola Abraham (third accused person), Salaudeen Azeez (fourth ac
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Two feared injured as another building collapses
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Two persons were yesterday feared injured as another three-storey building collapsed on Lagos Island.The incident, which occurred at 50, Kakawa Street, has brought to four the number of buildings that had collapsed in the area since the March 13 disaster.It was gathered that the latest collapsed building had been marked for demolition for a long time, but officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA) did nothing to pull it down, until it caved in yesterday afternoon.Those who sus
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Rivers AAC governorship candidate alleges threat to life
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Barely one week to the April 2 collation of results of the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State, the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara is complaining that his life is in danger. His running mate, Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, resigned yesterday morning and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Yeeh, 67, an Ogoni, was yesterday afternoon received in the Government House, Port Harcourt, by Governor Nyesom Wike and other
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N1.3trn public funds stolen in four years, says Magu
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
A WHOPPING N1.3 trillion public funds were stolen by 32 entities (human and corporate) between 2011 and 2015, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu has said.Magu made the revelation yesterday in his keynote remarks at the opening of the 2019 First Batch Conversion Training Programme to Procurement Cadre for Federal Parastatal and Agencies.The event was organised by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in Lagos.The EFCC chair, whose paper was delivered by
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You are jittery, PDP tells APC, Buhari
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop their unnecessary fabrications, smear campaign and prepare to face the oppositions legal team at the Presidential Election Tribunal.Responding to a petition by the spokesman for the Presidents campaign, Mr. Festus Keyamo, the PDP said Buhari is overweighed by the burden of illegitimacy, following overwhelming evidence before the tribunal that he stole the presidential mandate.I
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Why I defected to PDP, by AAC governorship running mate
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
AFRICAN Action Congress (AAC) governorship running mate in Rivers State GAKPO Bomba Yeeh has explained why he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Announcing his withdrawal from the yet-to-be concluded governorship election, Chief Yeeh said he decided to dump the AAC to join hands with Governor Nyesom Wike to move Rivers State forward.Wike, the PDP governorship candidate has the AAC candidate, Biokpomabo Awarato, to contend with for him to retain his seat.Awara told reporters in his Po
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Kagame, Disu urge alliance for Africas digitalisation
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Globacoms Executive Vice Chairman Mrs Bella Disu and Rwandan President Paul Kagame have said the digitalisation of Africa is the solution to the continents regional integration and economic growth.They spoke during a meeting held on the sideline of the 2019 edition of Africa CEO Forum, which kicked off in Kigali, Rwanda yesterday.They agreed that the deployment of digital technology will help to fast track the continents march towards economic prosperity, and that Globacom, the digital solution
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Kudos, knocks for rerun elections
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
A coalition of 18 local and international observers has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collaborate with the police to prosecute electoral offenders.The leader of the coalition, Dr. Ibrahim Baba, of the Centre for Intervention, added that punishing a person or group of persons found to be involved in electoral offences would serve as deterrent to others.Baba said: We give kudos to the security agencies for maintaining the highest level of professionalism before, dur
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State independence
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Despite the bumps, Nigerias democracy appears to be maturing. As the supplementary elections in five states have shown, the political elites who were bickering and manipulating the ordering of elections were wasting precious legislative time. The belief across the board that any political party that wins the presidency will sweep the state elections is perhaps erroneous. That fear explains the tug-of-war between the federal and state officials about which election comes first.In 2015, the federa
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Why I want to be Speaker
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
House of Representatives member Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Isuikwuato/ Umunneochi Constituency) is contesting for Speaker. She spoke with SUNNY NWANKO on her ambition and other partisan issues.Congratulations on your victory at the polls. How were you able to survive the struggle’ I was able to survive the struggle, first, by the grace and mercy of Almighty God, and then by the overwhelming goodwill of my people. One of the greatest things that has ever happened to me is the realization, through
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Kwara: New dawn, new expectations
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Babamale Ismail examines the challenges that will confront Kwara State Governor-elect Abdulrahman AbdulrasaqAbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Governor-elect of Kwara State, is today the closest public official who bears as much burden of expectations as President Muhammadu Buhari did in 2015.Although his fellow party men have also clinched all the legislative seats at the state and national levels, AbdulRazaq has won the biggest prize in the 2019 elections in his state.Kwara has had a peculiar history
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NGO calls for prosecution of electoral offenders
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Ccivil society organisation, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa), has called for the prosecution of perpetrators violence during the supplementary elections.It said the non-compliance with electoral guidelines, intimidation of voters and observers, violence and voter suppression in some states impeded on the integrity of the exercise.In a statement by YIAGA Africas Watching the Vote (WTV) Working Group Chair Dr. Hussaini Abdu and Executive Director Samson Ito
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Lessons of 2019 elections
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The recent general elections underscored a collective progression to political stability and democratic consolidation. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU writes on the importance of the exercise and implications for the polity.Public consciousness is growing. The electorate is waxing stronger in their capacity for wise choices during elections. Many observers contend that future polls may get better since blind voting may continue to give way.The recent general elections were an eye opener.
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Atikus suit lacks merit, bound to fail- BMO
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says Abubakar Atikus suit challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari would fail because it lacks merit.The group said this in a statement signed by its chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke on Monday in Abuja, adding that the suit is a waste of time.The group said that Atiku knew that he had no chance of victory even before the elections and is only attempting this suit to hoodwink Nigerians and ultimately waste the time of the countr
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9th Assembly: Onyejeocha declares for Speaker
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC-Abia) Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, on Monday declared her intention to contest the post of Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.Onyejeocha, who is the only female so far in the contest made the declaration at a media briefing in Abuja.She said that she is in the race to improve lawmaking and to help advance the partys developmental policies.According to her, legislative oversight will be given priority attention to ensure effective policy and budget
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Tide against commercial motorcyclists, tricyclists
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
With the arrest of no fewer than 115 commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, last week, the Lagos State Government may have reaffirmed its commitment to restricting their activities to last-mile shuttles, ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE writesAlhassan Ahmed, a salesman, was running out of time for a business meeting in Ota, Ogun State.It was about 1pm, when he left his office at Ikeja, Lagos. He had to make it to Ota by 3pm. He stood by the roadside, contemplating the fastest route out of
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Transcorp okays $2.5b for power sector
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Transnational Cor-poration of Nigeria Plc yesterday said it plans to invest $2.5billion in the power sector to boost power supply across the country.The investment will be made through its subsidiary, Transcorp Power Limited.Transcorp Power has so far injected about $1 billion in projects with a combined capacity of 700Mw, Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Transcorp Plc, Tony Elumelu said in Abuja.The firm submitted bid for Afam Electricity Generation Co. earlier this month, which o
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Air Peace gets third B 777
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Air Peace has taken delivery of its third Boeing 777 aircraft.The airlines latest bird touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport,Lagos, about 3:20pm last Wednesday.It was honoured with a spectacular water salute staged by men of the Fire Service Department of the Federal Airports of Authority of Nigeria, with a crowd of the carriers management and staff as well as aviation authorities and airline workers cheering ecstatically.Air Peace said the latest aircraft in its fleet was a
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Pensioners seek support for FAAN
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch, has called for the implementation of a new passenger service charge being proposed by FAAN to meet the challenges of maintaining airports across the country.Last year, FAAN proposed a hike in passenger service charge for travellers on domestic and international flights.Though the authority did not state the new charge, passengers pay N1,000 for domestic flights and passengers on international flights pay
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Samsung: tough driving HSE awareness in workers
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (SHIN), yesterday, said it has been tough driving awareness about Health, Safety and Envronment (HSE) among its workforce in the country.Despite this challenge, it said it achieved 1,000 injury free days in its fabrication and integration yard in Lagos.The firm, in a statement, said the development was borne out of the need to continually promote the health and safety of its workers.Its Senior Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Bala Adjuya said the achievement
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Smart devices boost camera market, says Canon
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The emergence of high end mobile devices with high definition camera has not affected the market segment for photography cameras, leaders in imaging solutions, Canon, said in Lagos at the weekend.Speaking on the sideline of the unveiling of three new products the EOS R System, PIXMA TS9540 and the ZOEMINI, in Lagos, Senior Manager, Sales & Marketing B2C, Canon Central & North Africa, Mr. Amine Djouahra, said the evolution of camera devices has been a blessing to the camera segment as i
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NEPC, stakeholders to work on export promotion
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and stakeholders are working on Export Promotion Action Plan (EPAP).NEPC offered itself for benchmarking by the International Trade Centre since August this year.While the council scored well in a number of areas under the watch of the International Trade Centre, it is clear that there are still much to be improved upon.Its Executive Director/CEO, Olusegun Awolowo who spoke during a focus group meeting on non-oil export in Abuja, said it was time to d
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Foundation, GE, Belgium partner to boost tech start-ups
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
International not-for-profit organisation, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), through its 3D Africa programme, in partnership with GE Lagos Garage and Belgian government have partnered to boost youth-led tech start-ups in the country.To achieve this, the organisations hosted a pitch and networking session in Lagos for local youth-led tech start-ups and entrepreneurs.The event, titled: Building a viable hardware ecosystem in Nigeria, was held at the GE Lagos Garage. Pitches from youth-led tec
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AU supports IXPN on W/African exchange point
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
THE African Union (AU) Commission has given its support to Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) to become the regional exchange for West Africa.This follows the response to a call for proposals by the Commission in 2016 which IXPN responded to and was awarded a grant to become a regional Internet Exchange for West Africa.With many IXPs in Africa exchanging intra-country traffic locally and intra-regional traffic regionally, this will reduce the latency and save costs by eliminating transit
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IMAN affirms decision on BoT member
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Board of Trustees (BoT) of Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) has said Chief Emmanuel Osita Okereke remains expelled.It said with the judgment of the Appeal Court, Abuja, which affirmed its earlier decision on Okereke, the former BoT member remained expelled from the association and National Task Force (NATFORCE).In a statement, IMAN BoT Chairman Gilbert E. Obi said Okereke, who was expelled from the association in December 2015, over allegations of forgery and other unsavoury activitie
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AMCON: Beyond the here and now
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
It is 10 years since Nigeria was engulfed in a financial crisis of unprecedented proportion.The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) came in 2010 when the banking sector had undergone, for the first time, massive structural reforms, which involved bank consolidations, recapitalization and managerial changes at some banks, and portfolio clean-ups. These reforms provided a solution to the banking crisis that Nigeria experienced in the years preceding. In the end, the soundness in the ba
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PMB, Atiku and Nigerias future
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The greatest challenge facing the democratic process in Nigeria, as in most developing nations, has to do with management of the post-election transition process. The political tension and acrimony between parties and politicians peaks at the polls and tends to escalate during collation and announcement of results, giving electioneering a do-or-die tendency. This situation impacts negatively on the democratic process as election-related violence often takes a heavy toll on lives and property, di
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