Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 24th May 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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Scores held as police battle criminals in Lagos, others
Fri, 24 May 2019
Operation Puff Adder yields big harvestsPARADE figuresLagos 159Kogi 24Jigawa 27Edo 10The police had bountiful harvests of suspected criminals yesterday.In Lagos, Commissioner Zubairu Muazu paraded 159 suspects who were hauled in by the new anti-crime strategy Operation Puff Adder.Among them were robbery, kidnapping and cultism suspects.On display were 43 arms and 80 ammunition, which the police chief said were recovered from the suspects.In Jigawa State, 27 suspects were arrested, also in Oper
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Adamu confirmed as IG, promises to re-organise police
Fri, 24 May 2019
MOHAMMED Adamu was yesterday confirmed Inspector-General (IG) by the Nigeria Police Council (NPC).The Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, confirmed Adamus appointment during its meeting at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.Members of the council expressed satisfaction with Adamus performance since his appointment in an acting capacity on January 15.He was appointed at the expiration of the tenure of former IG Ibrahim Idris, who retired at 60, the statutory retireme
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Fed Govt lost N4.6tr to import waivers in two years
Fri, 24 May 2019
About N4.6 trillion was lost by the Federal Government to the waivers that were granted to importers in 2017 and last year, it was learnt yesterday.The loss was incurred through the Finance Ministry due to non-implementation of the Import Duty Exemption Certificate (IDEC) project.To stop the trend, the ministry approached the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) for assistance.The ICRC yesterday issued the Full Business Case Certificate of Compliance for the Import Duty Exempti
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$22m Abacha loot spent on SIP, says Presidency
Fri, 24 May 2019
THE Federal Government got N470.8 billion released between 2016 and last year for the implementation of its Social Investment Programmes (SIPs), the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programmes (SIPs), Mrs. Maryam Uwais, said yesterday.She listed four-broad programmes as the N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT), National Home-Grown School Feeding and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programmes (GEEP)Mrs. Uwais briefed State House reporters in after giving an account
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Ex-NIMASA chief jailed for N378m fraud
Fri, 24 May 2019
The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday convicted a former Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) acting Director-General Calistus Obi for converting the agencys funds.Justice Mojisola Olatoregun found him guilty of money laundering.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Obi on April 12, 2016, on eight counts of converting N378,810,000 from NIMASA.Obi, a former NIMASA Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, took over from Dr Patric
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Osinbajo, governors raise alarm over increasing population
Fri, 24 May 2019
At the valedictory session of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the State House, Abuja yesterday, increasing population, small economy and so on dominated discourse, reports Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some state governors yesterday raised the alarm over the increasing population.The population, they warned, may double in the next few years with adverse effects on available infrastructures and facilities.They spoke during the valedictory session of the Nationa
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Certificate forgery: Petitioner withdraws case against AbdulRazaq
Fri, 24 May 2019
A PEOPLESDemocratic Party (PDP) Adekunle Abraham challenging the veracity of the secondary school certificate of Kwara State Governor-elect Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq has in the court has withdrawn from the case.Abraham, in the suit in the state high court is seeking to disqualify AbdulRazaq as governor-elect.In a notice of discontinuance, Abraham said: I hereby wholly discontinues the case against the defendant.The application is dated May 21, 2019 and filed on May 22, 2019.The petitioner did not s
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IPOBs sit-at-home order: Ohanaeze urges govt to strenghten security in Southeast, Southsouth
Fri, 24 May 2019
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has urged the Federal Government to tighten security in the Southeast and South South between May 29 and June 12.The youths said tension is rising in the two zones and urged the Federal Government to rise to the occasion and act now.The group listed Aba, Abakiliki, Awka, Afikpo, Enugu, Owerri, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Warri, Sapele and Umuahia as places that require tight security.President-General of the council Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a state
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Afenifere, Fayose, others: victory well deserved
Fri, 24 May 2019
Bode Ola, APC chieftain, Rep-elect hail governorThe Ekiti State chapter of the Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Egbe Afenifere Ilosiwaju Yoruba, has congratulated Governor Kayode Fayemi on his victory as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).The organisation said Fayemis victory indicates that Nigeria is itching to its rebirth where quality leadership will become prevalent over ethnic, religious or partisan political arrangement.A statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, t
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M1ME launched for human capital training
Fri, 24 May 2019
Africas Young Entrepreneurs (AYE) has launched the Mission 1 Million Entrepreneurs (M1ME), a flagship training and development initiative, valued at $180 per applicant, to intellectually equip and provide knowledge driven support systems to one million African entrepreneurs. The initiative, funded by Africas Young Entrepreneurs, is set to run for the next seven years, and will be completed in 2025.Press Secretary of AYE Nwabuzor Fumnanya Daniel said: The initiative is in line with key integral e
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How Okorocha wrecked Southeast APC, by Uzodinma
Fri, 24 May 2019
Senator Hope Uzodinma was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State in the March 9 election. In this interview with TONY AKOWE, he speaks on the outcome of the poll and rift with the out-going governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha.Could you give an insight into the conduct of the recent governorship election in Imo State’It is a sad situation because our people came out to vote but results that did not reflect the will of the people were declared. We campaigne
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72hrs too short to submit financial report, says ULC
Fri, 24 May 2019
The United Labour Congress (ULC) has complained that Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngiges directive to the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to submit its finanacial report within 72 hours is unrealistic.In a statement, ULC President Joe Ajaero said the May 13, letter in which the ministry demanded that NUPENG should submit within 72 hours, audited reports of its accounts for 2017 and 2018, was unacceptable.The statement reads: The rules are very clear regarding such requ
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Goldbergs Ariya Repete talent hunt begins in June
Fri, 24 May 2019
To mark the World Cultural Day, Goldberg Larger beer from the stables of Nigerian Breweries, has unveiled the 2019 edition of its Ariya Repete talent hunt competition for indigenous Yoruba music.The competition, which will have The Fusion as its theme is structured to reach a wider coverage as it will feature a new category- Afro pop and be televised for the first time.The regional auditions will kick-off on June 11 in eight cities in the southwest. The selected talents will head to Lagos for me
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Labour hails Fed Govt, National Assembly on June 12, Emefiele
Fri, 24 May 2019
Textile Workers Union (NUTGWN) General Secretary Comrade Issa Aremu has praised President Muhammadu Buhari and the outgoing Eighth National Assembly for okaying Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele for a second term and the passage of the Public Holiday Act Amendment Bill, which recognises June 12 as Democracy Day.He said the speed with which they approved the two issues should be sustained in the resolution of urgent critical national issues, such as re-industrialisation, i
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Why national carrier was suspended, by Amaechi
Fri, 24 May 2019
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said the proposed national carrier was suspended because members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) were divided on the modalities for its establishment.The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika had last year September announced the suspension of the proposed national carrier called Nigeria Air.Speaking during his valedictory press briefing in Abuja yesterday, Amaechi stated the project has not been abandoned.He said: On nation
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Removing road blocks to non-oil economy
Fri, 24 May 2019
Product testing, using internationally-recognised laboratories, adds value to export-bound products. It ensures that their quality is verified based on international standards. But Nigeria lacks adequate accredited laboratories to test and certify products before export, resulting in the rejection of its products. This is hurting non-oil exporters and frustrating efforts at diversification and job creation. Stakeholders are seeking urgent and coordinated response by the authorities on the matter
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Nigerias economy sees strong agric growth
Fri, 24 May 2019
Agriculture has benefited from macroeconomic and structural reforms initiated by the Buhari administration aimed at economic stability, inflation reduction and trade expansion. Analysts say the reforms could pave the way for competitive agricultural operations, if the government takes steps to reduce production costs and enhance the agro business environment, DANIEL ESSIET reports.For watchers, within the last four years, agricultural production has confronted difficulties due to the negative im
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FCMB empowers Race to China promo winners
Fri, 24 May 2019
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has rewarded new set of its Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) customers that won different prizes in the Season 2 of its reward scheme tagged FCMB SME Race to China Promo.The winners emerged through rounds of electronic selection from the pool of qualified SME customers in the first draws of the promo (for the months of March and April) held in Lagos, Kano, Abia and Oyo states on May 21.Among the winners are eight customers who each won the star prize of a
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NUBIFIE urges Ninth Assembly to address anti-labour practices
Fri, 24 May 2019
THE National Union of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) has charged the incoming National Assembly to look into casualisation and other anti-labour practices in the banking sector.It said most new generation banks did not respect labour laws.Its President, Comrade Abakpa Anthony, said the banks rather than employ permanent staff, who are more experienced and better qualified, preferred casuals with lower qualifications.He lamented that as casuals, the workers were de
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How protests stopped female shoppers harassment
Fri, 24 May 2019
Over the years, female shoppers have continued to experience one form of harassment or the other at market places from male traders, with some of them trying to molest, touch them inappropriately, make vulgar comments and hurl insults at them. It has been a common practice at most local markets.Alhough these harrassments are not limited to females alone, but they are said to be the worst hit.To many female shoppers, the market has suddenly been made a terrifying place to be, as their experiences
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Reps direct Total to refund $592m to Fed Govt
Fri, 24 May 2019
The House of Representatives yesterday directed Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPNG) to refund $592million to the Federal Government.This was sequel to the consideration of the Report of the Committee on Gas Resources on the Need to Investigate the Contract for the Upgrade of OML 58 Upgrade 1, the Execution of Obite-Ubeta-Rumuji (OUR) Pipeline and the Northern Option Pipeline Projects,.The cash was the excess allegedly paid on the contract awarded by the Nigerian National Petroleum C
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