Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 29 March 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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Drug Boss says Nigeria has 15 million drug addicts
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, Brigadier Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa yesterday in Katsina declared that Nigeria has about 15 million drug addicts out of her estimated population of about 150 million peopleMarwa, who described the development as alarming, further put the global average rating of drug use and abuse at five per cent, while the rating for Nigeria was put at 15 percentThe Former Lagos State Military Administrator had earlier led members
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The Chi who wrote about chi
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Chi here is not the guiding spirit in Igbo cosmology. This Chi is Chigozie Obioma, the author of An Orchestra of Minorities, in which the chi is the narrator. You can say Chi wrote about chi and you will be right.If there is any paragraph in Chis book that will stay with me for a long time, it is where the chi speaks of the land of lack, of man-pass-man, the land in which a mans greatest enemies are members of his household; a land of kidnappers, of ritual killers, of policemen who bully tho
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NTTF names team for WJC, AJCC in Ghana
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has named a 12-man team that will represent the country at the ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC) and African Junior and Cadet Championship (AJCC) holding in Accra, Ghana from April 1 to 13.The team is made up of seven boys and five girls competing in WJC and AJCC.The AJCC serves as qualification for the 2019 World Junior Championship holding later in the year.National junior champion, Azeez Solanke will be leading the team alongside, Augustine Emmanuel, J
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Breaking: INEC declares Fintiri winner of Adamawa guber election
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Rt Hon Umaru Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner of the Adamawa State governorship election.This followed the conclusion of collation of results of the supplementary governorship election which was conducted in 44 polling units in 14 local government areas of the state on Thursday.Fintiri polled a total of 376,552 from the I main election on March 9 and the supplementary election of March 28 to beat his closest rival, Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow of the Al
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Gabriel Okara (1921 2019)
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Two years before he died on March 25 at the age of 97, Gabriel Okara participated in a celebration of his literary celebrity. The Instituteof Arts and Culture of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, organized theGabriel Okara Literary Festival to mark the giants birthday. The four-day event, held in April 2017, was testimony to Okaras recognition.Introducing the event, the institutes director, Prof Julie Okoh, said:We strongly believe that we should not only celebrate our heroes when t
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Tinubu: Why Fed Govt cant increase VAT now
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
BEFORE a colourful crowd of dignitaries, former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu yesterday advised the Federal Government not to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT).To the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, a new VAT regime will increase the burden of Nigerians. What should be done, he said, is to widen the tax net for more people to pay.The Federal Government has said there are no plans to increase VAT from five per cent.Tinubu noted that the time had come for Nigeria to look inward and i
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Earthquake: Fed Govt acquires device to monitor earth movement
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has installed high sensitivity seismometers and tilet meters for the monitoring and detection of earth movements and earthquake in the country.Mines and Steel Development Minister Bawa Bwari Abubakar dropped the hint yesterday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy to defend his ministrys budget.Abubakar, who said that the device was acquired as part of the measures to address the countrys geological sec
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$30m Greater Lagos IV pipeline begins operation
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Indigenous gas & power portfolio company Axxela Limited has put into operation its Greater Lagos IV (GLIV) gas pipeline network and the newly renovated Elegbata Sports Complex.Greater Lagos IV (GLIV) is Axxelas gas pipeline network, developed by its Gaslink Nigeria Limited subsidiary in partnership with the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC).Spanning from Ijora through Lagos Islands Marina axis, the multi-million dollar pipeline will supply gas to commercial and industrial off-takers alon
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Appeal Court okays Fayemis election
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
THE Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld the victory of Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election.A three-man panel of the court, in a unanimous judgment yesterday evening, dismissed the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election, Kolapo Olusola, for lacking in merit.The court upheld the January 28, 2019 judgment of the Ekiti State Elections Tribunal, which sat in Abuja owing to problem of insecu
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Court orders IPOB leader Kanus arrest
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu.The court gave the order because the IPOB leader has failed to attend court since April 25, 2017, without any reasonable explanation.In a ruling yesterday, Justice Binta Nyako, also directed that his trial on charges of treasonable felony should proceed in his absence.Relying on the provision of Section 352(4) of the Administrative of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015
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How Tinubu led ACN to reclaim lost states in 2007, by Osinbajo
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
VICE President Yemi Osinbanjo went down the memory lane yesterday to relive the role played by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in reclaiming states lost by the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the 2007 elections.Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari as Chairman of the 11thBola Tinubu Colloquium, told the gathering how the APC stalwart hired 63 fingerprint experts from the United Kingdom (UK) police to help prove cases of over voting in the 2
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Ambode, Obasa, Fasanmi, others hail Tinubu at 67
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, the National Leader of Egbe Afenifere, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, and many others yesterday congratulated ex-Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his birthday.Tinubu turns 67 today.Ambode saluted the role played by the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, saying Nigeri
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Abiodun, others get Certificates of Return
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ogun State Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun and his deputy Noimot Oyedele-Salako of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday receivedtheir Certificates of Return (CoR) from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).The CoR was presented by INECCommissioner in charge of Ogun, Ondo and Lagos Dr. Adekunle Ogunmolaat the commissions state headquarters in Magbon, off IBB Boulevard, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.Twenty-six elected members of the state House of Assembly com
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Health workers to Buhari: Dont appoint only doctors as Ministers of Health
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Says not good for industrial harmonyThe Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to avoid past mistakes in his appointment of ministers, especially as it concerns the ministry of Health.MHWUN urged the president not to appoint only Medical Doctors as Ministers of Health.In the current dispensation, the two ministers of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Dr. Osagie Ehinare are both medical doctors and not until recently, the permanent secr
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Runsewe appointed chairman Africa-China culture exchange society
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Director General National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and President, Africa region of the world crafts council (WCC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has been appointed chairman, Africa-China Exchange Society (ACCAES).Runsewe who in two years has changed the narratives of Nigerias cultural economy and fostered strategic cultural exchange among African nations through multi-cultural marketing platforms, was chosen by the global body for his visionary leadership in fronting Africa Arts and Crafts,
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Asiwaju: The man and his eternal vision
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Lagos State House of Assembly member Olumuyiwa Wahab Jimoh, (Apapa Constituency II), extols the virtues of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who clocks 67 today.Every epoch in every nation throws up its own heroes. Men and women who in the midst of adversity and uncertainty saw clearly within the mist a vision of a glorious future and with unusual courage and uncommon determination pursued its actualisation. These are men and women who have impacted positively the lives of the people within their jurisdictio
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Tinubu: The power of Lagos blueprint
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
As the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu celebrates his 67th birthday today, Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU revisits the achievements of the eminent politician, administrator and governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007, which his successors have continued to build on in the Centre of Excellence. Twelve years after, Lagosians are full of nostalgia. The welfarist legacy of the Tinubu administration in Lagos State has served as an enduring foundation for su
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PDP, APC all square in Sokoto House of Assembly
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress almost shared equally the 30 seats available in the Sokoto State House of Assembly, a reflection of the tight race for the governorship seat.However, the APC has an edge with 16 members. PDP has 14 members.In the governorship election held the same day with Assembly elections, the PDP candidate, incumbent Aminu Tambuwal defeated the candidate of the APC, Ahmed Aliyu by a margin of 342 votes.Read also:Sokoto APC alleges attack on supp
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Tobi or Timini: whos your ideal man crush
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Tobi Bakare in BlackTimini Egbuson in whiteTobi In Black Or Timini In White: Which Look Would You Rather Fancy’Tobi Bakre or Timini Egbuson’Whos your ideal Man Crush’The two hunks got all dressed up for a dinner event hosted by premium malt brand, Amstel Malta recently in Lagos.Tobi Bakre who wore an all-black outfit by TJWho Universe donned the dark angel look while actor, Timini Egbuson was threaded in an all-white outfit by TLR Couture.Tobi and Timini have, for the past few wee
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NUFBTE warns firm against engaging expatriates
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) President, Comrade Lateef Oyelekan, has advised Lacasera Company management not to allow expatriates take over positions meant for Nigerians.He gave the advice when Lacasera Company new Managing Director, Mr. Chinedum Okereke, visited NUFBTE executives in Lagos.Comrade Oyelekan, who is also the vice president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), told reporters after the meeting, that part of their discussions was how the company
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Separate Petroleum ministry from Presidency
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Challenges incoming lawmakers on PIBThe Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to separate the Ministry of Petroleum Resources from the Presidency to make it efficient.It urged the incoming federal lawmakers to ensure that they pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) as soon as possible.PENGASSAN President Francis Olabode spoke after the unions National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Lagos.Briefing reporters, he said
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LCCI praises CBN over MPR reduction
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for reducing the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 50 basis points from 14 per cent to 13.5 per cent. Its Director-General, Mr. Muda Yusuf in a statement said the action aligned with the clamour of the private sector.He said the private sector had canvassed for a relaxation of the tight monetary policy regime in the light of weak consumer demand, fragile economic growth and high rate of unemployment.Yus
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Chamber seeks improved healthcare delivery through ICT
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
To improve healthcare delivery, there is the need for investment in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has said.Its President, Oluwatoyin Akomolafe, said incorporating ICT into healthcare would improve the quality of health care, safety, and efficiency of public health service delivery.He also said it would also improve the public health information infrastructure, support health care in the community and at home, while also facilita
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Shareholders commend Africa Prudential for sustained growth
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Shareholders of Africa Prudential Plc have commended the board and management of the share registration company for sustaining its growth over the years, despite challenges in the operating environment.At the annual general meeting in Lagos, shareholders approved the payment of N1 billion as cash dividend for the 2018 business year, representing a dividend per share of 50 kobo.Founder and former national coordinator, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Sir Sunny Nwosu, commen
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60 SON workers get training
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
No fewer than 60 workers of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) are receiving training on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Enugu.SON Director-General Mr. Osita Aboloma, represented by the Director of Human Resources, Mallam Usman Abdullahi, said the workers were being trained on efficient service delivery.He noted that the training would make them live above rudimentary mistakes intheir duties.Aboloma said: The essence of this training is to improve the capacity of staff to delive
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Online ready-made foods to the rescue
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Readymade online food services are becoming profitable ventures for investors in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) business, Jane Chijioke reports.To reduce thepressure of cooking in homes, she established an online food retailing service.Mrs Helen Onyeka Obasi founded Next Alternative Foods to make available homemade foods to customers who barely have time to prepare good meals.She ventured into the business in March, last year, providing various African dishes. Using the internet as a medium
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Tax reform, digitalisation key to financing development
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Nigeria and other African countries must digitalise their economies, broaden their tax base, prevent further deterioration of fiscal and debt positions, and aim for double-digit growth to achieve the United Nation (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063.These were the key highlights of the 2019 Economic Report on Africa, released at the Conference of Ministers in Marrakech, Morocco.This years report, a flagship publication of the United Nations Econo
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Apapa gridlock threatens $300m export-bound cashew
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Gridlock and inefficiency at Lagos ports have delayed shipment of 50,000 tons of cashew nuts valued at $300 million and is threatening this years output as traders are cash-strapped.The kidney-shaped fruits from last years harvest should have been exported by January. Instead, they are still in containers on trucks waiting to enter the ports or on wharves, President, Nigeria Cashew Exporters Association, Tola Fasheru, said.Roads to Lagos ports are badly congested, with hundreds of lorries queuin
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Nigeria, India to resuscitate over 500 skill centres
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Federal Government is seeking the collaboration of the Indian Government to boost Nigerias skill acquisition centres to enhance job creation across the country.The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who spoke when he received the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Abhay Thakur, said the partnership would go a long way in resuscitating the over 500 skill acquisition centres across the country.Ngige said: Over 5000 skill acquisition centres are scattered across the country an
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