23RD JULY, 2018


NPO, BON reject press council bill

The Nigerian Press Organisation and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria have rejected the proposed Nigerian Press Council Bill 2018, labelling it as unconstitutional.

The NPO comprising the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, the Nigeria Guild of Editors and the Nigerian Union of Journalists as well as other media stakeholders held a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on The Nigerian Press Council Bill 2018.

Defection: Your intervention too late, R-APC tells Buhari

The Reformed-All Progressives Congress on Sunday said it was too late for President Muhammadu Buhari to start dangling juicy carrots before its members in order to stop their defection from the ruling APC.

The R-APC, which stated this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kassim Afegbua, took a swipe at the President and the APC.

Fayoses arrogance caused PDPs defeat in Ekiti Kashamu

The Senator representing Ogun East at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has blamed the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State on the arrogance of incumbent Governor Ayodele Fayose.

Kashamu, a member of the PDP, said he saw the party’s defeat in Ekiti coming, because the “good people of Ekiti wanted to do away with anything Fayose.”

Nigerians have lost confidence in Buhari Bent

A former lawmaker, Grace Bent, who represented the Adamawa Southern Senatorial District in the Senate between 2007 and 2011, says Nigerians have lost confidence in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the security of lives and property.

Despite claims of performance by Buhari and his security chiefs, Bent lamented that insecurity remained a major concern for Nigerians in general.

JAMB remits N7.8bn to FG from 2018 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Sunday that it had remitted N7.8bn revenue it generated from the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to the coffers of the Federal Government.

JAMB said the remittance was its projection for 2018, noting that the Federal Government, however, returned about N2bn to the board to use for capital projects, since no money had been given for such.

Boko Haram ambushes troops again in Yobe, scores killed

Two weeks after attacking the troops’ location in Jilli, Yobe State, Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday staged an ambush for troops of the Nigerian Army in Babangida community in the Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, on Sunday, said the troops fought through the ambush, killing “scores of the terrorists.”

State police bill may not pass, says Senate panel chairman

The Chairman of the Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, has said the fear of indiscriminate arrest and detention by state governors may kill the passage of the State and Community Police Bill currently being processed by the Senate.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and 75 other senators had sponsored a constitution amendment bill to allow the creation of state and community police.

FG to offset NDDC debts with N30bn

The Federal Government has set aside the sum of N30bn for the payment of debts the Niger Delta Development Commission owes its contractors.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said this in Ikot Ekpene on Saturday.

Saraki steps into fathers shoes as Waziri Ilorin

The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on Sunday, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, elevated the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to the position of Waziri Garin of Ilorin, which is the traditional Prime Minister of the emirate.

With this development, Saraki, who is also Turakin Ilorin, becomes the fourth Waziri Garin.

Atiku, Nyako, Daniel in Katsina for Coomassies fidau

Former Vice-President, Abubakar Atiku; a former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako and a former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, were among various personalities who converged on Katsina on Sunday for the third day Fidau prayers for the late Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, who died on Thursday and was buried the following day.

While Abubakar came in company with Daniel, who is now the Director General of his campaign, Nyako came in company with a former Head of Service, Yayale Ahmed.

Jos fire: Im devastated by the scale of losses, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday consoled victims of the Jos market fire which destroyed more than 200 shops.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said he was devastated by the scale of economic losses suffered by hard-working and ordinary Nigerians who believed in self-reliance to support themselves.

Edo, Delta intervene in boundary dispute

The Edo and Delta State governments have called on border communities in the states to live harmoniously, pending the determination of the boundaries in contention by the National Boundary Commission.

They also called on the commission to expedite action on the demarcation.

Court strikes down Kanos consumption tax

The Federal High Court in Abuja has struck down sections 96 and 97 of the Kano State Revenue Administration (Amendment) Law, No. 3 of 2017, which empowers the state to collect consumption tax.

The court, in a judgment by Justice John Tsoho,  declared that the imposition of the consumption tax vide sections 96 and 97 of the Kano State law, over the same goods and services which were already subject to Value Added Tax, amounted to double taxation.

LASG wants good behaviour from pilgrims

The Lagos State Government has urged intending Christian pilgrims in the state to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria as a whole.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Toyin Awoseyi, during the 2018 service of dedication for intending pilgrims to Israel at Chapel of Christ the Light in Ikeja, added that there was the need to sustain the excellence which the state had been known for.

Lagos residents told to get PVC

Lagosians have been advised to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards, which will enable them to choose who will govern them in 2019.

The Chairman, Ikorodu Development Association (IKODASS), Mr Ganiu Abiru, at a ‘One Million-Man March for PVC’ rally on Saturday, added that the PVCs would ensure participation of Nigerians in Lagos and other states of the federation in the 2019 elections.

Lawmaker seeks empowerment for youths

The member representing Mushin Constituency II, Lagos, Bolaji Ayinla, has called for quality empowerment for youths and the less privileged to reduce unemployment.

The APC chieftain urged political leaders to provide means of livelihood to the people rather than reduce them to servants.

Igbo, Yoruba can liberate Nigeria ex-APGA scribe

A former secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr Okoli Akirika, has urged the Igbo and Yoruba to use their affinity to liberate the country from its present predicament.

He said the Igbo and Yoruba were naturally progressives and could build an ideal marriage that could liberate the country from what he called political captivity and bondage.

Tears as Ayade, Imoke lead crowd to bury Cross River lawmaker

The Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade and his predecessor, Senator Liyel Imoke, were among dignitaries that attended the burial of a lawmaker in the state House of Assembly, Mr Stephen Ukpukpen, who died on May 30, 2018 while on a routine morning exercise.

Ukpukpen’s burial brought life to the sleepy Bedia community in the Obudu Local Government Area as family, friends, associates, political and business colleagues attended the ceremony.

Esan National Congress rejects cattle colony

A group representing the interest of the Esan, the dominant ethnic group in Edo Central Senatorial District of Edo State, the Esan National Congress, has rejected proposals to site cattle colonies or ranches in the senatorial district.

The group, after its meeting on Sunday, said the resolution was predicated on alleged “deadly fallouts from the activities of herdsmen in the state and other parts of the country that have given land to the herdsmen.”

Come clean on US immigration status, VON DG tells Atiku

The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu, has challenged  former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to come clean on his United States immigration status.

Okechukwu also gave the indication that Abubakar would not be able to address insecurity in the country if, as the Nigerian President, he is unable to go to the US.

2019: PDP calls emergency NEC meeting over coalition ‘ summons 11 Osun gov aspirants

The Peoples Democratic Party has called an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee over demands by some members of its coalition group for the 2019 general elections, The PUNCH learnt on Sunday evening.

The NEC meeting will follow the meeting of its Board of Trustees, both of which will hold in Abuja on Monday (today).

Ondo not making any progress under Akeredolu ‘ MPN

The Ondo State chapter of the Mega Party of Nigeria has alleged that the administration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has not made any significant impact since its inception 16 months ago.

The MPN also said the government had not recorded any achievement since its inception.

Osun PDP: I’ll reclaim my ticket from Adeleke, says Ogunbiyi

The Chairman of Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, has rejected the result of the Osun State Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship primary election held on Saturday.

Ogunbiyi, who rejected the outcome of the exercise at a press conference he addressed at Ileogbo, his hometown on Sunday, vowed to use the internal mechanism of the party to reclaim the “stolen mandate” from Senator Ademola Adeleke, who was announced as the eventual winner of the contest.



Toronto shooting leaves 2 dead including gunman, 13 hurt

Two people including the gunman are dead and 13 wounded in Toronto after a shooting Sunday in the bustling Greektown neighborhood, adding to concern about gun violence in Canada’s largest city.

A video clip posted by Canadian media appeared to show a dark-clad man walking on the sidewalk and then turning to aim and fire a handgun.

Obinna Ukwuani: The Ivy League Entreprenuer

Straight out of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, one of the most prestigious technology universities in the world, Obinna Ukwuani took the path less travelled to open Africa’s first STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) campus in Nigeria to offer others from home the chance he had.

Having successfully launched a robotics summer school in Lagos from 2012 to 2014, Ukwuani is in the process of creating Africa’s first STEM-focused school, Makers Academy. The innovation centre will give about 600 students access to tools like laser cutters, 3D printers, woodworking equipment and more.

Nigeria’s inflation slows to lowest rate in 30 months\

Nigeria’s consumer prices rose at the slowest pace in 2 1/2 years in June as food costs climbed the least since March 2016.

The annual consumer inflation rate was 11.2 percent from a year earlier, compared with 11.6 percent in May, the Abuja-based National Bureau of Statistics said in an emailed report Monday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey was for 10.9 percent. Prices rose 1.2 percent in the month.

Turkey hails ‘goal against fascist virus’ after Ozil quits Germany side

Turkish ministers on Monday warmly applauded the decision of Turkish-origin German footballer Mesut Ozil to quit the national team on the grounds of racism, with one senior minister hailing “a goal against the virus of fascism.”

Ozil, who was born in Germany to a Turkish-origin family, had been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s squad ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

Trump hits back at Iran ‘war’ talk

President Donald Trump on Sunday hit back at bellicose comments by Iran’s president, warning him of consequences “the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered,” as the US intensifies its campaign against the Islamic republic.

Hope for paralyzed people as mice with spinal cord injury made to walk again

Most people with spinal cord injury are paralyzed from the injury site down, even when the cord isn’t completely severed. Why don’t the spared portions of the spinal cord keep working?

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital now provide insight into why these nerve pathways remain quiet. They also show that a small-molecule compound, given systemically, can revive these circuits in paralyzed mice, restoring their ability to

Home-to-hotel conversions threaten housing market

A decade’s worth of new hotel supply in Lagos is cause for concern for operators and authorities.

The Guardian gathered that investors in hospitality development are now converting homes to hotels in many viable locations in the metropolis. They are targeting the huge population for their market.

Media chiefs condemn Nigerian Press Council Bill 2018

Media chiefs have condemned the Nigerian Press Council Bill 2018, describing it as unconstitutional and draconian.

They made this known in a statement signed by President, Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria/President Nigerian Press Organisation, Nduka Obaigbena.

I am the ‘PATH’ to new Delta State

Dr. Leroy Chuma Edozie, a governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), insists that four years are enough to make a
difference in governance. He spoke to Assistant Politics Editor, LEO SOBECHI, on how he intends to change leadership narrative in Delta State.

Poor book-keeping threatening fight against corruption, says Auditor-General

Poor book keeping, particularly in the oil sector, in the areas of management of generated revenue and general expenditure, is a major challenge in the fight against corruption in public finance, the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine, has said.

This was contained in the 2016 Federal Government Financial Statement report submitted to the National Assembly.

PDP executive council meets over coalition with other parties

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Executive Committee (NEC) will today meet in Abuja to review issues arising from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with 38 other political parties two weeks ago.

The Guardian gathered from the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) that the meeting would allow NEC to authorise the setting up of machineries leading to harmonisation of the ideas and suggestions that have been generated since the pact was signed.

Why processes are critical to any business

Every entrepreneur’s vision is to get to a point where their business venture can function effectively with or without their input. It is only that way the business can truly grow and expand.

Failure to set processes will lead to low revenue, few happy customers, stressed employees and slow growth. One way for business structuring to work effectively is to have and implement processes in every part or department in the business.

Discord in APC over direct primary

The resolution by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to introduce direct primary elections for selecting the party’s standard bearers for various elective positions has become a source of new division within the ruling political grouping.

The scheme, which was put into play last week in Osun State, is already ruffling feathers among chieftains of the party. Although some see it as a means of infusing the desired change in party politics and cleanse APC’s Augean stable, others received the initiative with skepticism.

Listing of N10.7b green bond may woo huge Diaspora funds

Beside the provision of liquidity, the capital operators have projected an attraction for the untapped Diaspora funds that seem to be left out in the nation’s developmental projects, through the listing of N10.69 billion Sovereign Green Bond on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The development, according to the experts, portends a renewed optimism that will help in developing a new market to provide additional funding for green projects in the country.

Keep enterprising spirit alive, Buhari tells Jos market victims

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged victims of the fire incident in Jos Terminus market in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State to move beyond their losses, by keeping their enterprising spirit alive.

On Saturday morning, a section of the market caught fire destroying about 217 shops.

Osinbajo, Kasali harp on girls’ education to eradicate poverty

Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, and founder, Diamond Lights Women Empowerment Initiatives, Mrs. Adefunke Kasali, have said educating girls is one of the best approaches to eradicating poverty and crime, as well as enhancing development in the country.

While noting that southern Nigeria is moving seriously towards that direction, the duo said focus should be shifted to the North, where illiteracy constitutes big threat to the country.

Lagos lawmaker canvases improved welfare for police

Lawmaker representing Lagos East zone, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, has called on officers of the Nigerian Police Force to cooperate with the new chairman, Nigerian Police Service Commission, former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Musiliu Smith to ensure proper and adequate welfare for the establishment.

Ashafa who expressed satisfaction over the confirmation and clearance of the former IG by the senate committee on Wednesday said the appointment of Smith would in no doubt transform for the better the welfare and functions of the security agencies based on his vast experience and exposure.

High fruit, vegetable consumption may reduce risk of breast cancer

Women who eat a high amount of fruits and vegetables each day may have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially of aggressive tumors, than those who eat fewer fruits and vegetables, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Black Stallions open camp for Niger Republic friendly August 1

The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has announced that the senior men’s national team, Black Stallions will open camp on August 1  to prepare for a friendly game with Niger Republic on August 11. The camp will feature 30 players.

The NRFF told The Guardian yesterday that the Niger Republic friendly, which is the first international game the national team would play since the international ban on the country was lifted, would help discover more talents for the team.




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