Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Wednesday 26th June 2019.

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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PDP swaps minority positions in Senate
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has replaced Senator Clifford Odia (Edo Central) with Senator Sahabi Yau (Zamfara North) as Senate Deputy Minority Whip.Odia is a second term senator who was first elected in 2015, while Yau was first a member of the seventh Senate but lost re-election in 2015.Yau made it back to the ninth Senate by virtue of the recent Supreme Court judgment that sacked all elected officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara and repla
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OML 25 crisis: Host communities criticise Wikes intervention
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Host communities to Oil Mining Lease (OML-25) have criticised Governor Nyesom Wikes intervention in the dispute between them and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), on the shut-down of OML-25 oil platform.The residents marched on the Government House in Port Harcourt yesterday. They came from Belema, Offoin-Ama and Ngeje communities in Kula Kingdom, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.The women have been occupying the platform since August 2017 to stall all forms of operatio
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How to end crude oil theft, by expert
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Nigeria has been advised to create alternative operation routes, secure the evacuation routes and expand export activities to the eastern side of the Niger Delta to contain crude oil theft.The suggestions were given by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Umugini Pipeline Infrastructure Limited (UPIL), Blessing Ayemhere, on Tuesday during the unveiling of the companys new logo and brand identity.Ayemhere also advised the government to conclude the crude tracking process so it can be fully operat
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Executive Order likely on state legislature, judiciary autonomy
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Should the recommendation of the Presidential Committee on the Implementation of Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary be accepted, an Executive Order might soon be issued by President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.The panel, chaired by the former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, submitted its report on Tuesday to the President at the State House, Abuja.It recommended the signing of an Executive Order by the President for the immedia
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Court orders lawyers to serve Dikko charge in N1.1b fraud case
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered lawyers to former Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Abdullahi Inde Dikko, to deliver to him a charge pending against him (Dikko) in the court.Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the directive yesterday upon being told that lawyers from Mahmud A, Magaji (SAN) & Co were challenging an earlier court order directing the firm to receive the charge and hand same to Dikko.The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) filed the 10
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Lawan: no jumbo pay for Senators, Reps
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said contrary to insinuation, no member of the National Assembly receives jumbo pay.The Senate President also asked the Presidency to submit the countrys annual appropriation bill in September or first week of October to enable the National Assembly pass the budget within three months.Lawan, who spoke when he hosted executive members of the Senators Forum in his office, noted that talks about senators and members of the House of Representatives receiving jumbo pa
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Atiku: our request to inspect server not rejected by PEPT
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the February 23 presidential election Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday insisted that his request to inspect the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) central server was not rejected by the tribunal.The former vice president the position taken by the Presidency on the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) he and his party filed at the tribunal.On Monday, the PEPT turned down the request by Atiku and the PDP to be allowed t
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Buhari appoints acting alternate chairman of NNPC governing board
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Thomas M.A. John as Acting Alternate Chairman of the NNPC Governing Board.John, a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, is before the appointment, a member of the NNPC Governing Board.He will hold the position of the Acting Alternate Chairman of the Governing Board until a new Minister of Petroleum Resources or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is appointed to assume the Chairmanship or Alternate Chairmanship position, respectively in li
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N7bn Loan: Abiodun not prepared to govern Ogun APM
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State on Tuesday expressed worry over Governor Dapo Abioduns claims to borrowing N7bn to pay May salaries of workers and described it as gross irresponsibility.APM further described Abioduns claims as a sign of one who is unprepared to govern the Gateway State, also lamenting that the Governor is making jest of the electorates who voted him into office.The Governor had in an interactive session with APC stalwarts in Abeokuta on Monday claimed he borrowed
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Emmanuel sends commissioner-nominees to Assembly
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has sent the list of commissioner-nominees and Special Advisers to the House of Assembly for confirmation.The list, attached with a June 20 letter by the governor, was presented to the House by the Clerk, Mrs. Mandu Umoren, during yesterdays plenary. The list contained just two new nominees Okpolum Etteh and Victor Bassey.Speaker of the House of Assembly Aniekan Bassey, who received the list, committed same to the committee on Judiciary, Human Right and Pu
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Police dislodge kidnappers on Ibadan-Ife road
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
inspector-General of Police (IGP) Abubakar Adamu is excited that the governors embraced collaboration as a better way to tackle insecurity.Represented by the Deputy IG in Southwest, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, the IGP detailed what the police were doing to defeat criminals.His words: I am particularly glad that we are now more conscious of the imperative of collaboration, the indispensability of common front to fight our common enemies who make lives miserable by their nefarious activities.To address the s
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Presidency, PDP differ on parties position on INEC server
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday reacted differently to position of 60 political parties on the raging controversy on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) server.In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency welcomed the endorsement of the February 23 presidential elections as free, fair and credible by the presidential candidates and chairman of the 60 parties.But the opposition
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60 parties back INEC in server dispute
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
No fewer than 60 political parties are defending the integrity of the last general elections amid a dispute over the electoral umpires server.The Joint Forum of Presidential candidates and chairmen of the parties, which participated in the last presidential election, on Tuesday accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of heating up the polity to destroy the electoral process.It asked the main opposition party to desist from acts capable of tainting the Independent National Electoral Commission
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Southwest governors draw up anti-crime battle plan
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The six Southwest governors were on Tuesday united against criminal activities in the region.They restated their preference for state and community police as part of the permanent solutions to the growing crime rate in the region and the country at large.The governors made their position known at the opening of a three-day Southwest security summit in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.At the summit were governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Kayode Fa
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Edo APC: Obaseki, Oshiomhole in eye of the storm
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
A curious supremacy crisis is brewing between Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over the control of the party in the state. Correspondent OTABOR OSAGIE examines the implications of the conflict on the party ahead of next years governorship poll.LAST month, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki told his opponents within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that he was not a weakling. He said his humane disposition sh
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Senator Oluremi Tinubus day of glory
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Senator Oluremi Tinubu has been inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame at the Women Development Centre, Abuja. Joke Jacobs, who highlighted the significance of the event, extols the virtues of the senator representing Lagos Central in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly.THE is endowed with beauty and brain. Senator Oluremi Tinubu is a third term senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Abuja on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). A
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PDP knocks INEC, group over server
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) knocked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for allegedly sponsoring an amorphous group to support the denial by the Commission of existence of a central server.The group, under the aegis of Forum of Presidential Candidates of the 2019 Elections and National Party Chairmen, had, at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, hailed the denial by INEC of the existence of the server.Recall that the presidential election petition tribunal had on Monday,
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itel treat fans to fun hangout
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
itel mobile has hosted 20 fans to a sumptuous and fun hangout at Omu Resort as part of its tradition of celebrating its loyal and passionate fans across Nigeria.The heroic themed party got fans to network and share the excitement of new friendships with a beehive of fun activities that brought thrills to the party like never before.Fans enjoyed small chops, garnished turkey, and other delicacies, and were also treated to recreational games, hottest jams and they won different itel goodies and gi
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Actor Charles Okocha undergoes surgery
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Nollywood actor, Charles Okocha, who was vacationing in the US with his son has undergone a surgery. Posting pictures of his admission at the Good Samaritan hospital in Los Angeles, he was reportedly rushed into the theater for a quick surgery when he suddenly became ill.Posting photos of himself after the surgery on his Instagram page, Charles wrote: Thank God for a successful surgery operation. Went for a 5days Vacay trip to California with ma son and this is where I ended up ma Vacay. We all
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Alibabas Spontaneity holds July 6
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
King of comedy Alibaba has announced that the next edition of Spontaneity is scheduled to hold on July 6, 2019, at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. At the last edition of the competition, Alibaba had announced that the competition will no longer be narrowed to upcoming comedians but to everybody who will be willing to participate.The comedian also revealed that the competition will be holding on the birthday of veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo, who is more known as RMD.Its here again, he said.
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Zik Okafor eulogises AY
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Filmmaker, critic and former National President of Association of Movie Producers, AMP, Zik Zulu Okafor, has showered encomium on comedian Ayo Makun, known as AY, who is presently visiting Warri, Delta State.The post which was reposted by AY on his Instagram pages read thus:AY THE INCREDIBLEWELCOME !HERE, YOUR ORIKI By @zikzuluokaforAY, the irrepressible purveyor of laughter, the man who took standup comedy to the movie screens through a sesame street and then arrested the theatre and its audien
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Big Brother Naija house leak reveals upgrades
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
As reality television show, Big Brother Naija, is set to start on June 30, a major leak has revealed major upgrades of the house located in Nigeria.Insider sources also revealed that there have been multiple teams and vendors working day and night shifts on the project.The pace has been fast considering the scale of the development, the complexity and number of overlapping processes, the source revealed.Although MultiChoice have not disclosed the exact location of the house, fans of the famed sh
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Femi Koya plans return to Nigeria
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Nigeria born South African based saxophonist, Femi Koya, has disclosed plans to return to Nigeria relaunch his music.In a recent chat in Lagos, Koya who is known on the South African Afro Beat circuit, revealed his plans to break into the Nigerian music which is globally rated.Nigeria music is rated high and not too many people do my kind of music at the moment, said Koya.I believed in the culture and heritage of Nigeria, that Nigeria is the future of the world and so its necessary that I should
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BET Awards: Im not crazy on awards but this one means a lot Burna Boy
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Nigerian singer and songwriter Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, on Monday night bagged the BET Award for Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards.He had been nominated for the award alongside UKs Giggs and Dave, Nigerias Mr. Eazi, Aya Nakamura, AKA and Dosseh.The 2019 edition of the award which celebrates black people in film, music and arts, was held on Monday at the Microsoft Theatre in California.Burna Boy wasnt on seat when he was announced winner of the BET Award for Best International Act
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Cleric urges Nigerians to embrace production
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide Prophet Hezekiah Oladeji has urged Nigerians to embrace production in the interest of growing the countrys economy.Oladeji said: Indeed, for any country to grow, it must be into production. There must be conscious efforts to turn Nigeria into a production economy. We should be able to produce with the avalanche of endowments that God has blessed Nigeria with.The prophet, who spoke at Erio-Ekiti, Ekiti State, ahead of the yearly weeklong
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NERCs revenue hits N5.5b
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) generated N5,535,581,000 as revenue in last year, The Nation learnt on Tuesday.The cash includes operating fees on electricity-N10,531,093,000, licenses and fees-N498,931,000; and uncollectible operating fee on electricity-N5,314,443,000.According to NERC Annual Report and Financial Statements December 31, 2018, which Deloitte & Touche Chartered Accountants audited and signed on May 31, 2019, income from operating fees on electricity rel
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EU votes 40m euro for Africas development
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a 40 million euro investment from the European Commission for Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), a new platform for financing small-scale renewables in Africa.A statement said the announcement was made to energy sector stakeholders on the sideline of Africa Energy Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. The bank, the European Commission, in partnership with Lions Head Global Partners and Fieldstone and the Lusophone Renewable Energy Association, presented t
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MTN Nigeria launches 4G+ in cities
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Determined to offer premium service to its customers across the country, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc on Tuesday launched 4G+ in three cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt.MTN 4G+ runs on 4G LTE advanced technology, using a combination of the recently acquired 800 megahertz (MHz) spectrum and 2600 MHz.The added spectrum and advanced technology extend the reach and capacity of MTNs data network in Nigeria and it enables speeds of up to 200 Mbps.A 30-minute HD video could take as little as t
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GTI Capital seeks to empower brokers on value creation
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
GTI Capital Group has launched a development scheme to empower stockbrokers with the requisite resources to widen the scope of their operations and become the main catalysts for the investment market.The inaugural edition of the GTI Associate Brokers Scheme was launched at a ceremony at the Marina, Lagos head-office of GTI Capital Group. The GTI Associate Brokers Scheme seeks to retool stockbrokers with the requisite knowledge, technologies, know-hows, ideas, networking and opportunities to full
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Retail investors adopt SPVs for Airtels N325.25b IPO
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Retail investors have opted for the use of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) to aggregate funds and buy into the ongoing initial public offering (IPO) by Airtel Africa Plc.Airtel Africa Plc is raising up to N325.25 billion in a combined global and Nigerian IPOs. Airtel Africa, the parent company of Airtel Networks Limited, Nigerias second largest telecommunication company, plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of I
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Poor power supply: Startups to the rescue
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Poor power supply is affecting economic growth. Tech startups are tackling the problem, reports Daniel Essiet.Energy is an essential factor for reducing poverty and boosting economic growth. But across Nigeria, there is inadequate energy to spur the much- needed development.About 70 per cent of households are either off-grid or have a bad grid connection with less than four hours of electricity per day, according to a report by Dalbery.To this end, analysts say expanding electrification is an im
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PenCom makes great strides in 16 years
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has recorded tremendous achievements in the last sixteen years, its Acting Director-General, Mrs Aisha Dahir, has said.She spoke at the pre-retirement workshop for Federal Government (FGN) workers due to disengage in 2020 under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).According to her, the achievement would not have been possible without the support and understanding of all stakeholders, especially the contributors, who are about to retire.The workshop, orga
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How states, regions stand on financial inclusion chart
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The Central Bank of Nigerias (CBNs) policies on financial inclusion, including planned take-off of Payment Service Banks (PSBs) and impact of mobile money, are expected to deepen financial penetration by taking banking to the grassroots. A report released by Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) shows how some states and regions stand on the financial inclusion chart and what should be done to raise their performances, writes COLLINS NWEZE.Nigerias hope of achieving 80 per cent fin
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Pension complaints and solutions
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Suleiman: I retired on level 14 step 10 in June 1996 and was last paid N59400 monthly in March 2018. In August that year I did a new verification at PTAD Abuja, only to be paid N43200 monthly thereafter. They said I was being overpaid. Please is there any table for calculating pension’PTAD: We could not reach the pensioner to get his details because no phone number was provided. We advise that he forwards a copy of his verification slip, including his complaint, to complaints@ptad.gov.ng to
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