News Headlines May 28, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines May 28, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

Primary education: Teacher scarcity hits public schools, 28 states fail to recruit personnel
Insecurity: Police, community leaders have failed Nigeria, says Buhari
PDP, LCCI react as Buhari says 2019 budget faces difficulties
FG has approved N47bn for Nigeria Air —Sirika
Insecurity: Afenifere asks South-West to activate traditional self-defence
UNIZIK scandal: Embattled lecturer, Ekemezie, concocts lies against PUNCHman
FG hands Westerhof apartment papers 25 years after promise
NLC to Amosun: We leave you to God, your conscience
Arewa pastors say 30 Christians killed in Jos attacks
I’m leaving N42.5bn for my successor, says Okorocha
You don’t have knowledge of SIP, Uwais replies Buhari’s wife
We shouldn’t have a repeat of 2019 polls —Jonathan
Police launch manhunt for hoodlums who killed Customs officer in Lagos
Joshua not worried about Wilder
Court sacks APC Rep-elect in Imo
JABU students protest incessant attacks on female hostels
Court sentences Beninese to death for killing employer’s mother
‘WASSCE candidate beaten by gardener didn’t die in our hospital’
Three UNICAL students suspended for alleged robbery, cultism
UI bookshop suffers losses after rainfall
Police rescue six-month-old baby trapped in room with dead parents
Ex-disciplinary inspector gets 12-year jail for $4.76m graft
Group berates govs for opposing direct allocation to LGs
Uncertainty in states as outgoing govs may shun successors’ inauguration
We’ll create 20 million new jobs in next four years –FG
Power ministry, firm sign 1.52MW solar plant deal
Investors lose N302bn as RT Briscoe, MTN, 17 others dip
FG engages investors to develop 2,110MW hydropower projects
FG hands Westerhof apartment papers 25 years after promise
StarTimes assures on Europa final
Ilaboya laments poor officiating in Rivers, Insurance tie
Akinwunmi retains LSFA chairmanship seat
USA beat Flying Eagles 2-0 in Poland
Children’s Day: Nigeria of our dreams – Children
Don’t let anyone usurp your powers, lawmakers tell UNILAG VC
YABATECH rector advises new students against negative behaviour
Ondo AAC chair elected to lead Akungba varsity’s alumni
Army warns against students’ activism, protests in varsity
Stop enrolling unqualified graduates into NYSC, DG warns varsities
EdoPoly to hold maiden inaugural lecture
Plastic surgery cannot make you happy, RMD tells fans
World’s rivers loaded with antibiotics waste —Study
Infracos may lose licences over slow rollout — NCC
NITDA records 18% increase in domain registration
Demand for technology-driven business processes rising — Adeyipo
Red Cheetah App exceeds 100,000 downloads
Editorial: Buhari, retool the anti-corruption war
Revisiting power grid collapses and the blame game
Warning: Parliamentary system is brutal and vicious
Saving our people from the suicide scourge
Nigeria’s new youth age classification

The Nation

Ex-RMAFC commissioner faults lawmakers’ bid for life salary, pension
Ajimobi hails commissioners, others at valedictory meeting
The issue of Nisab
Taqwa urges Muslims to explore Ramadan goodies
Association honours founder with memorial lecture
How Ajimobi’s infrastructural strides reposition Oyo
Oil up on Middle East tensions, supply cuts
Workers injured as picketing turns violent
DPA, EDF seal energy pact for Nigeria, others
PTAD weeds out 4,000 police pensioners
Govt breaks pension ranks
ITF: 20.9m Nigerian youths unemployed
$40m laundering charge: Jonathan’s cousin freed
CBN, IFC seek self-regulation, consolidation for MfBs
Navy wives to personnel: write your wills
Buhari: drug abuse saga major security concern to my govt
Tricyclist charged with stealing
Man ‘sells’ adulterated drinks
Dogara’s loyalists demand juicy committees
Nigeria’s future is bright, says Osinbajo
Buhari faults injection of new projects into 2019 Budget
Holding budget for seven months not justifiable – Buhari
Expose criminals in your Neighbourhood, says Buhari
‘Lalong will perform better in his second term’
‘My govt will not give excuses to Lagosians’
Adebayo heads APC committee to review anti party
Victor Moses may join Conte at Inter
Former Super Eagles’ coach, Westerhorf gets house from FG 25 years after
Fashola asks for names of 1994 AFCON-winning team yet to get houses
Workers injured as picketing turns violent
DPA, EDF seal energy pact for Nigeria, others
Govt breaks pension ranks
ITF: 20.9m Nigerian youths unemployed
CBN, IFC seek self-regulation, consolidation for MfBs
Stallion Motors unveils mini trucks
Tricyclist charged with stealing
Okada riders beg for release of 36 machines
Govt harps on parents’ role in drug abuse prevention
Police arrest soldier, others for alleged kidnapping
Police parade 23 suspected criminals
Edo Poly holds maiden inaugural lecture after 17 years
Closed Edo College of Education opens September
Why we offered $40,000 scholarship to UTME best, Ekene, by Ghanaian varsity
Mr P tackles Angolan show organisers for using P-Square poster
Nigerian celebrities stun as ‘GoT’ characters for IK Osakioduwa’s birthday
Nollywood: ‘Butt enlargement, boob lift’, cannot make you happy- RMD
Full text of Buhari’s speech at signing of 2019 appropriation bill

ThisDay

Buhari: I Rate Saraki, Dogara Very Low on Patriotism
Buhari: Security of Nigeria on My Mind 24 Hours a Day
Oshiomhole: Supreme Court Imposed Strangers on Zamfara People
Jos Violence Claims 13 Lives, 27 Houses
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OPEC Calls for Adherence to Oil Output Deal
Buhari: Nigerians Notorious for Cutting Corners
• Receives assets declaration forms Text Box: Says they will fight back when he leaves…
ITF Empowers 150,000 Youths
NERC Regulation: Discos May Get Reimbursed for Losing Customers
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ASUU Wants Nigerians to Caution FG to Honour Agreement
Shell Spends N17bn on GMoU Clusters in Rivers
Edo Communities Pledge to Protect Sahara Energy Facilities
‘World Still Far from Meeting SDG Target’
LADOL Celebrates Safety Week
Daura Emirate Council Suspends Sallah Celebrations over Security Concerns
Presidency: Buhari will Not Sign Stupid Bills from National Assembly
• Says it can’t promise Boko Haram will be eradicated
You Lack Political Relevance to Comment on 2023 Presidency, Obi Tells Amaechi
Hurdles Before NACCIMA’s New Leadership
FG Commits to Developing SMEs in Metal Sector
The Charm in Being Governor of Governors
FG Redeems 25-year Pledge of House to Clemens Westerhof
*Fashola asks NFF to forward names of players yet to benefit to his ministry
FA Elections: Akinwunmi, Fresh, Okenwa, Alkali Re-elected
Amstel Malta Backs Super Falcons with ‘We’ve Got Balls’ Promo
Okpekpe Race Promoter Hails Amazing Cheprot
NPFL: Edo FA Boss Wants LMC to Probe Match-day 22 Fixtures in Garden City, Akure
Sierra Leone FA President Acquitted of Corruption Charges
French Open: Wozniacki Knocked out in First Round
Aston Villa Win Playoff, Back to Premier League
FG Commits to Developing SMEs in Metal Sector
NCF commemorates WMBD with String Art, Beach Clean-up
LATEST EDITORIAL: THE RIGHTS OF MARRIED WOMEN

Daily Trust

Generator fumes kill two brothers in Lagos
Man, 45, in trouble for standing as surety
Father, son docked over N1m fraud
No justice in Zamfara ruling — Oshiomhole
Matawalle receives INEC certificate as Zamfara gov-elect
My plan for 3m northern students not for almajiris – Kukah
Northern govs to Buhari: Banditry graduating to insurgency
Kano anti-corruption agency to arrest Sanusi’s Chief of Staff, 2 others
Banditry: Daura Emirate suspends sallah durbar
IPOB insists on sit-at-home protest
Premium Times publisher praised for role in democracy
My plan for 3m northern students not for almajiris – Kukah
2019: Buhari, Osinbajo get asset declaration forms
I’m leaving N42b in Imo treasury — Okorocha
Morata determined to extend Atletico stay
Roland Garros: Nadal, Djokovic, Serena begin quest for title
Dogara wants early submission of 2020 budget to National Assembly
MaxAir explains challenges, resumes flight Monday
Aviation authority shelves threat to demolish 7,000 telecom masts
A debacle one in town
Democracy at 20: Time for quality control
Death penalty: About time, too!
TCN, power grid collapses and the blame game
NDLEA nabs Kenyan mother with 6.5kg of cocaine in Abuja
Police arrest Almajiri teacher over alleged sexual abuse of pupils
NDLEA nabs Kenyan mother with Cocaine in Abuja
Editorial: Children’s Day
10 things President Buhari said before signing the budget
All set for Digital Africa Conference in Abuja
Broadband penetration to rise to 55% by 2025 – Report
The US holds sway, as Google restricts Huawei’s access to Android
New minimum wage: FG urges private sector not to retrench workers
Oyo workers suspend strike, as labour union directs member to resume immediately
UNICEF pledges to support Kano Govt. to reduce out-of-school children
No cultism, activism, strike in Nigerian Army University – Buratai
Magajin Garin Daura, Bandits attacks; Daura emirate suspends Sallah festivities
Sen. Melaye did not jump out of a moving vehicle- Witness tells court
Court sentences Beninoise housekeeper to death by hanging for murder
Appeal Court reserves judgment on crowning of 21 new obas in Ibadan
Air Peace appoints 7 directors
700 practitioners bag CIPM membership
CIBN confers fellowship on 2 CBN dep govs: Aisha Ahmed, Edward Adamu

The Sun

EFCC, others urge president to ignore new anti-graft bill
As N8.8 trn 2019 appropriation bill is signed into law… Buhari alleges N578bn padding in 2019 budget
Buhari demands report from govs with security challenges
9th Senate: I’ll contest for deputy Senate president –Kalu
Rivers guber, toughest 2019 poll –Saraki
Maryam Uwais replies Aisha Buhari
Presidency justifies Buhari’s non-assent to bills
End Fulani herdsmen killings in South West, Afenifere tells Buhari
Oyo NLC suspends strike to honour gov-elect, Makinde
NGO bemoans violence against Nigerian children
Ogun distributes clean cooking stoves to residents
Amaechi not competent to talk about Igbo, 2023 presidency, says Obi
We have the political will to tackle rot in Imo – Ihedioha
Zamfara: We ‘ll go to Court of God, Oshiomhole declares
APC members in Akwa House of Assembly finally sacked
Court sacks another Imo APC Reps member-elect, orders INEC to issue Certificate of Return to PDP candidate
Accion MFB records N1.05bn profit in 2018
XclusivePlus: Access Bank reinventing the narrative on Affluent banking
650m people to live without electricity by 2030 –World Bank
Statistician General admits getting threats over unfavourable data
INEC laments 809 pre-election pending court cases
Is Nigeria a democracy?
Orji Kalu: Butt of endless gossip
Significance of the Ekiti honour to Obiano
Almajiri teacher, 25 others arrested for alleged homosexuality
Buhari’s wife to receive Zainab Aliyu, freed drug cartel victim
My regret as minister, Adamu, Water Resources boss
Fashola in trouble for failure to obey court order
NERDC, PPDC develop teacher’s guide on online safety curriculum

Tribune

Nigeria’s Budgetary System Is Corrupt ― Ngige
FG Seeks To Create 20 Million Jobs In The Next Four Years
Court Sacks Imo APC Rep-Elect, Orders INEC To Return PDP Candidate
Security Challenges: Buhari In Closed-Door Meeting With Northern…
People Will Use CCB To Fight Me After 2023 ― Buhari
Stanbic IBTC assures on commitment to children’s healthcare, education
Children’s welfare will be our priority ― Kwara governor elect
Presidential inauguration: FG declares Wednesday as work-free day
Buhari meets northern govs, assures Nigeria’ll be secured
Court frees Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola of FG’s $40m contract scam charge
Explore natural potentials to develop Ogun, cleric urges Abiodun
Pipeline vandalism hurts host communities than govt ― Buhari
Executive/legislature feud: How Nigeria lost N1bn in Senate, Reps
Police arraign six for assault, malicious damage
Rain destroys books in UI bookshop
May 27: Ooni of Ife showers blessing on children in Ibadan
Primary health care staff bemoan govt demolition of Ibadan office
25 years after, FG redeem house promise to ex-super eagles coach
Senator Sunmonu counsels politicians over electoral promises
I have left N42.5bn for next Imo governor ― Okorocha
Pinnacle Digital Switch Over facility, world best, ICPC witness tells court
Nigerian celebrities storm IK Osakioduwa’s GOT themed party
We delivered on our promises to Oyo people ― Ajimobi
Trailers return to Apapa port access roads, overwhelm security operatives
$2bn arms fraud: Group petitions Buhari over members of probe panel
Ambode to children: Your welfare, development sacrosanct to Lagos govt
Zamfara: Oshiomhole carpets Supreme Court, says justice not delivered
Oyo establishes response team on sexual offences, gender-based violence
Akeredolu decries prevalence of drug abuse in Nigeria
EFCC re-arraigns former SMEDAN boss, Masari
Oyo Workers suspend strike to honour Makinde
Ibadan 21 Obas: Appeal Court reserves judgment on legality of crowning
Okorocha to NJC, Abuja CJ: Ignore EFCC’s petition against judge
UPDATE: 2019 budget will be hard to implement ― Buhari
Stanbic IBTC assures on commitment to children’s healthcare, education
Children’s welfare will be our priority ―
Pinnacle Digital Switch Over facility, world best, ICPC witness tells court
Nigerian celebrities storm IK
Court Sentences Beninoise Housekeeper To Death By Hanging For Murder
Driver granted N500,000 bail for allegedly cheating businessman
Equities Market Opens Week With 2.21% Loss
N5trillion: Justice Dimgba, others worried over huge AMCON debt
How we achieved success at CBN —Emefiele
Netflix Pushes For More African Films, Acquires Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Grand…
Nollywood: ‘Butt enlargement, boob lift’, cannot make you happy ― RMD
Okowa’s Four Years In The Saddle
Enugu Governor Warns Students Against Cutism, Examination Malpractices

Leadership

Democracy @ 20: INEC, The Journey So Far
Crime Proceeds Bill Unsettles Anti-corruption Agencies
FG Targets 20m Jobs As PMB Signs 2019 Budget
‘Butt Enlargement, Boob Lift’, Cannot Make You Happy – RMD
PMB Signs 2019 Budget
Federer Enjoying `Outsider’ Tag On Roland Garros Return
Korean Coy To Partner Kogi Govt On Solar Energy
Morata Determined To Extend Atletico Stay
Market Capitalisation Loses N302bn Amid Declining Appetite On MTN’s Shares
‘22 States Completed 38.9% Of 1,228 Projects’
Group Urges EFCC To Investigate Auditor General’s Report From 1999
Ship Registry: NIMASA Partners US, UK
Elections In S/E Manipulated To Favour PDP – Uzodinma
Aiding Industrialisation Of Mining, Solid Minerals’ Sector
Gains Of Boosting Science, Technology Education
Using Executive Order 005 T Curb Adhesive Importation
Boko Haram Kills 7 In Borno Villages
Sanwo-Olu Assures Lagosians Of Better Life
Edo 2020: Gowon Endorses Obaseki For Second Term
Amnesty Office Inaugurates Vocational Centre In Ondo
MaxAir Explains Challenges, Resumes Flight Monday
Total Nigeria Inaugurates 2 Mammography Centres In Lagos
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Posts N6.8bn Gross Premium
Nigeria Entertainment Body Set To Hosts IGP To Dinner/Award Night
Man City Chief Defends Spending, Blasts La Liga President
Bayern Are Run The Right Way – Ferguson
France 2019: Ebi Sets New Africa Record

I Have Kept N42.5billion For Next Imo Governor –Okorocha
Nigeria Must Embrace Electronic Voting – Jonathan
Kogi Guber: I Will Exploit Kogi Confluence Potential To It Fullest – Lulu
Keffi Assembly Tussle: No Cause For Concern, Legal Adviser Tells Supporters
RIVERS GUBER TUSSLE: Traditional Rulers Urge AAC Candidate To Withdraw Petition
Saraki, Tambuwal Lauds Rivers People For Voting Wike
‘22 States Completed 38.9% Of 1,228 Projects’
Aiding Industrialisation Of Mining, Solid Minerals’ Sector
Gains Of Boosting Science, Technology Education
Using Executive Order 005 T Curb Adhesive Importation
100-year-old Woman, 3 Others Die Of Food Poisoning In Ebonyi
NDLEA Nabs Kenyan National With 6.5kg Of Cocaine
Lagos Widows Receive Medical Care
How To Curb Frequent Cases Of Suicide’
Group Urges EFCC To Investigate Auditor General’s Report From 1999
Ship Registry: NIMASA Partners US, UK

The Guardian

Why we disagree with you, National Assembly tells president
AMCON, Justice Dimgba fine-tune recovery of N5tr outstanding debt
Zamfara Tsunami, Ndume’s ‘recalcitrance’ compound National Assembly leadership race
Stakeholders urge NPA to investigate bid process
Architects get leave to file contempt proceedings against minister, others
NAWOJ asks EFCC to release report on NUJ housing ‘scam’
Northern governors at Aso Rock, condemn rising banditry, kidnapping
Buhari, on Children’s Day, cautions kids against drug abuse
Buratai confirms Malgwi as army varsity VC
U.S. ‘two’ good for Flying Eagles
Rohr to monitor FC Bayern Youth Cup Nigerian stars
Akiga’s Royal Choice institutes N10m basketball tourney in UNIBEN
NTA, HotSports promise exciting AFCON to Nigerian audience
Super Eagles should look beyond African glory, says Bonfere Jo
Sports as den of ‘corruption’ in Nigeria
INEC presents certificates of return to Zamfara governor-elect, others
Change, wishful thinking and second chances
Enugu election tribunal to sit on Sundays, lists 726 witnesses to testify
Court sacks APC lawmaker-elect in Imo, awards N13.5m to plaintiff
Welcome to Emefiele 2.0
Editorial: Buhari, arise and save Nigeria now!
Government earns N1.3b on concession of 19 silos, firms
Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank earnings hit N1.005bn in 2018
Enugu Airport: EFTZ declares full certification, safety compliance
African Alliance achieves 78% gross premium
How money disappointed politicians in the 2019 elections
The DNA of wealth and work in Nigeria
Buhari’s next cabinet
Killing Nigerian judiciary softly – Part 2
‘Best form of government is anarchism’
Suit against firm dismissed for abuse of court process
Experts task government on intellectual property regulation
FG begins implementation of anti-corruption strategy
Walking, strength training decrease risk of dying from liver disease, studies find
Sperm count in critical state, could damage fertility, raise cancer risk, scientists warn
How lack of sleep harms circulationl
Three extra years of learning may lower your BMI, blood pressure

Vanguard

Zamfara: Supreme Court Judgement Undemocratic — Oshiomhole
Looking Again At ‘Revolution’
Traditional Rulers Advocate For Improved Funding, Autonomy Of NDDC
The TEXEM 2-Day Leadership Workshop In Lagos
Kanuri’s Influence On Buhari
Improper Primaries: Courts Dealing With 809 Cases, INEC Laments
Those Asking Atiku To Drop His Case Don’t Understand Democracy— Campaign Organisation
Rising Suicide Cases: Psychiatrists Brainstorm, Proffer Solutions
Don’t Commit That Suicide
HOSCON, Militants Disagree Over Oil Output Disruption
Low Awareness Of Lupus Complicates Treatment In Nigeria
I’ll Tackle Governance With Uncommon Zeal— Ihedioha
Boko Haram Slaughter 7 In Community Near Maiduguri
Blame Rise In Suicide Cases On Societal Pressure — Psychiatrists
Global Fund, PharmAccess Group Partner On Health Insurance For PLWA
APC Loses Nwangele/Isu/Njaba/Nkwerre Reps Seat To PDP
Sallah Celebrations Put Off In Buhari’s Daura
IGP replaces Kano CP
Corrupt Nigerians’ll come after me in 2023 – Buhari
Insecurity: Buhari, Northern Govs meet in Aso Rock
Children’s Day: UNICEF inaugurates campaign “For every child, every right”
Breaking: Buhari signs 2019 budget into law
Apapa gridlock: Truck drivers defy Buhari’s directive
You lack political relevance to comment on 2023 Presidency, Peter Obi tells Amaechi
Buhari meets South South Monarchs over threat to declare Niger Delta Republic
Jonathan calls for confidence building measures to sustain nation’s democracy
Breaking: Court acquits Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola accused of $40m fraud
FG fulfils pledge of house to Westerhorf after 25 years
Belotti recalled, Balotelli out of Italy Euro 2020 qualifiers
Kane in England squad for Nations League finals
‘Being Serena, it’s a lot to carry’: Williams struggles to 800th victory
Withdraw charges against Pinnick, 4 others DPP tells Obono-Obla’s SPIP
Rising suicide cases: Psychiatrists brainstorm, proffer solutions
Global Fund, PharmAccess Group partner on health insurance for PLWA
Nigeria, Bangladesh, Kenya, Ghana have highest levels of antibiotic river pollution
Tumor: JUTH undertakes first brain surgery using drilling machine

Traditional rulers advocate for improved funding, autonomy of NDDC
Out-of-School Children: UNICEF visits Northern states over growing number
Bayelsa Govt. urges children to shun social vices
Our children; our most important national treasure – Saraki
Kukah Centre, int’l agency move to boost education in Northern Nigeria
How gunmen kidnapped lecturer’s wife in Bayelsa
ManageEngine boosts IT teams performance with ServiceDesk Plus

Daily Independent

Rumoured Celtic Manager Option Reportedly Signs With Marseille
Bayern To Rival City For Rodri
Two Ugandan Teachers Killed In Western Lakes
Israel’s Parliament Looks To Dissolve Amid Coalition Crisis
After EU Poll Disaster, Britain’s Main Parties Gird For No-Deal Brexit Battle
Austrian Chancellor Ousted In No-Confidence Vote
Malaysia Last Male Sumatran Rhino Dies
Nigel Farage’s New Brexit Revolution
UK Spies Smuggled Out Secrets Of Russia’s Strategic Supersonic Bomber: Reports
Children’s Day: Tidi Tasks Parents On Sound Moral Upbringing
Northern Govs Seek Buhari’s Intervention
We Won’t Endorse Any Candidate For Kogi, Bayelsa Guber Polls – APC
Help Stop Genocide In Nigeria, Afenifere Begs International Community
Electronic Voting, Solution To Election Rigging — Jonathan
I Have Left N42.5bn For Ihedioha — Okorocha
After EU Poll Disaster, Britain’s Main Parties Gird For No-Deal Brexit…
Netflix Pushes For More African Films, Acquires Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Grand…
Kemi Olunloyo Hits Hard On Lindha Ikeji, Says She’s Flirt
Ambode: Exiting Strong With Wild Applause
How Nigeria’s Democracy Can Be Deepened –Bode George
End Of Term: Okowa’s Rural Agenda Excites Deltans
Court Upholds Sack Of Five APC Lawmakers
Economy, Regulation, Others Responsible For 194% Crash Of Family Businesses –…
Switch App To Eliminate Transaction Fee On Transfers Launched In Lagos
650m People Will Lack Access To Electricity In 2030 –Report
FAAN Boss Commissions N100m AFSCMS Secretariat At Lagos Airport
ATCON To Discuss Formulation Of Policy For OTTs At TERF
FA Rule Change To Force Goalkeepers To Play Outfield
Man City Chairman Provides Update On Citizen’s Transfer Plans
PSG Chief Charged In Qatar Championship Corruption Scandal
Women’s World Cup: Finals Squad Lists Confirmed By FIFA
Arsenal Make Transfer Enquiry For AC Milan Ace
Beyond Thanksgiving And Inauguration Jamborees
Give Us Men Like Awo, Enahoro And Co

How N273bn disappeared from DPR’s accounts within 21 days in April 2015

Investigation: N273bn disappears from DPR’s accounts

By Fidelis Mac-Leva |

We are not signatory to accounts – DPR
A total sum of US$759, 387,755.10 (N273,379, 591,837.00) was illegally withdrawn from the Signature Bonus Accounts belonging to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), a report of an audit of revenue accounts of the organisation has revealed.

Consequently, the director of the DPR has been queried to provide explanation on how withdrawals from the Signature Bonus Account were recognised in the books of the organisation.

But the DPR said it was not a signatory to government accounts; hence it had forwarded the audit query to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, which manages funds on behalf of the Federal Government.

The DPR is responsible for collecting revenue on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria on oil royalty, gas royalty, gas flared penalty, concession rentals, as well as miscellaneous oil revenue.

But while revenues accruing from these sources, which run into billions, are expected to be swept to the Federation Account, the audit report indicated that details of the utilisation of the N273billion withdrawn from the Signature Bonus Account of the DPR have not been made known.

Checks by Daily Trust on Sunday indicated that the audit was carried out by a team of auditors on periodic checks from the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAGF) for the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017.

The single paragraph report with reference number: OAuGF/GEN.CORR./AuGF, dated February 8, 2019, indicated that the sum of US$469,387,755.10 (N168, 979,591, 836) was withdrawn from the Signature Bonus Account domiciled with JP Morgan Chase Bank between April 10 and April 30, 2015 to an account titled “CBN Autonomous FEM Account, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.”

The second withdrawal, according to the report titled: “Periodic Checks Report on DPR for the period of January 2014 to December 2017,” a copy of which Daily Trust on Sunday exclusively obtained, amounted to US$290,000.000.00 (N104, 400,000,000.00), was made from the Signature Bonus Account domiciled with JP Morgan Chase Bank in three tranches.

The first tranche of US$ 100,000,000.00 (N36 billion) was made on July 7, 2014 while the second trench amounting to US$40,000,000.00 (N14, 400, 000,000.00) was made on February 19, 2015. The third tranche, according to the report, amounting to US$150,000,000.00 (N54 billion), was made on May 8, 2015 via the Standard Chartered Bank to First Bank, Nigeria in favour of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

But rather than being swept to the Federation Account, the transactions bore the description, “Being funds released to PTDF for execution of critical project.”

“No explanation was provided on these withdrawals as the DPR claimed that it had no control over withdrawal from the Signature Bonus Account; though it accounts for such withdrawals in its cash book,” the report said.

The Periodic Checks Report signed by the Auditor General for the Federation (AGF), A.M. Ayine, requested the director of the DPR to provide explanation on how withdrawals from the Signature Bonus Account are recognised in the books of the organisation.

Similarly, the Accountant General of the Federation, the Minister of Finance and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were requested to produce the authority to transfer funds from the Signature Bonus Account to any other account rather than to the Federation Account.

“Furthermore, the Accountant General of the Federation and the Minister of Finance should provide details of the utilisation of the US$759, 387,755.10 withdrawn from the Signature Bonus Account,” the report stated.

Query not meant for us – DPR

The DPR has absolved itself from the audit query, saying it was not meant for them but for the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

The manager, Public Affairs of the organisation, Paul Osu, admitted that they got the query from the office of the Auditor General for the Federation “but it was not meant for us, so we forwarded it to the office of the Accountant General.”

“We are a revenue collection agency; our jobs are revenues that are statutorily within our purview to collect. We collect and channel to government account, so it is not a DPR account; it is government account.

How the funds are disbursed, who signs for it is not within our purview. Those funds are managed on behalf of the government by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation. So when we got that query we spoke to the Auditor General’s office and he advised us to forward it to the Accountant General’s office; they are in a best position to speak on the matter.

“We are not signatories to those accounts; all government accounts are managed by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation,” Osu said.

Attempt to speak with the Auditor-General for further clarification on the matter did not yield positive results by press time as several calls put across to his mobile phone line were unanswered.

Credit: Daily Trust

APC and its midnight children 

APC and its midnight children

APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

By Louis Odion, FNGE

The custom in most African societies forbid whistling at night. Man is presumed to exercise dominion only over day. The ungodly hours are, in turn, conceded to dark creatures and fearsome principalities. So, it is thought that any unnatural sound may arouse the wrath of the gods of the night, thereby rupturing the harmony and balance of the social space.
In folklore, deviants of this ancestral norm are characterized as a curse on the community.

But to be sure, these are not to be mistaken for the loftier characters in Salman Rushdie’s magic-realist novel, Midnight Children. The magical exploits of Rushdie’s own fictive Saleem bear striking semblance with postcolonial India in turmoil. Though losing his power of telepathy after a medical procedure, Saleem instead gains a powerful sense of smell.

However, unlike the sometimes transformative magic of Rushdie’s incarnation, the midnight children in the referenced African fable revel in mischief, malice and pettiness.

In contemporary Nigeria, no one presents a more compelling parallel than All Progressive Congress. On the eve of its supposed hour of glory, the ruling party is in the news across the federation for the wrong reasons — troubles stirred by its own mutation of the metaphorical midnight children, increasingly constituting a nightmare to the nation at large.

So, even as resolute mother APC seeks to forge ahead in the communal market, her preoccupation now partly seems how to rein the wayward hands of the child on her back into the girdle, lest they scatter the merchandise on display sideways.
Nowhere is this anxiety better dramatized than Ogun where people have been forced to watch the comic folly of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun seeking to hide behind a finger. Though still wearing APC colours, it is open secret that the departing Ogun governor is funding the cases of all APM candidates at the election tribunal against APC members — from those elected into the state assembly to the governor-elect.

Still, bitterness over the defeat of his anointed (Adekunle Akinlade) by Dapo Abiodun in the last governorship polls has turned Amosun to a squirrel digging holes all over Abeokuta, curiously on the eve of his exit. And whenever he bites his own finger to ventilate that seething rage, his anger is probably compounded realizing that what hits him back instead is physical pain and that no blood drips from the swollen bite-mark.

When Abiodun’s people protested the festering plague of holes in Abeokuta, Amosun told another cheap lie to defend the first one. The man with the distinctive machete cap or “Fila-defia” (a jocular allusion to America’s Philadelphia city of highrises, “fila” being Yoruba word for hat) said he was only sprucing the state capital up ahead of the visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to commission his legacy projects, as well as prepare the grounds for the subsequent inauguration of the governor-in-waiting on May 29.

If that was the sincere intention, you would expect that drab walls be painted anew and gaping potholes filled instead. But in Amosun’s warped logic, you dig holes to make a city more alluring.

Worse, while the governor’s towncriers were busy parroting that spin last weekend in response to public outcry, they did not seem to realize that what was left unsaid showcased them in squalid lights. One, transition of this nature is supposed to be a colloboration between officials of the outgoing administration and nominees of the incoming. Instead, magisterial Amosun was said to have made public buildings and vehicles inaccessible to the committee raised by Abiodun to midwife his inauguration. Besides, not a single kobo was said to have been made available by the Amosun administration for Abiodun’s team to work with.
So desperate have matters become that Abiodun’s people have had to make contigency arrangements on some necessities. For instance, this writer reliably gathered that his team had to travel to Osun State to borrow an open-back jeep for the customary parade at the inauguration. Since Amosun has continued to hold tight to Ogun’s, insisting on deploying same for an elaborate “pull-out” ceremony he was arranging for himself on May 28.
Apart from digging craters, Amosun’s mischievous caterpillars were also reportedly deployed to either crack the soil in some communities or cannibalize the royal institutions across Ogun. In a desperate craving for public applause, the governor was also sighted performing “flag-off” rites for road projects amid dancing and praise-singing by paid drummers in a mindlessly elaborate exercise in public deceit barely a week to his departure! Of course, everyone knows that even the drivers of the emergency earthmovers would soon leave with Amosun.
While such ground-breaking event may soon be forgotten, not so with the royal gerrymandering Amosun has inflicted. No fewer than 73 chiefs who had lent themselves to Amosun as political hirelings were unilaterally upgraded to Oba status without due consultation in what is widely seen as a vicious slap on the Alake of Egbaland and the Awujale of Ijebuland. So, it is obvious that the incoming Abiodun administration will be inheriting a royal crisis.
In Zamfara, it is a case of shortlived revelry. Fumbling Governor Abdulaziz Yari would be made to realize rather too late the limit of the power of American dollars. Under him, the ruling party has made history as the one who supposedly won landslide victory at the polls but denied the trophy eventually.
The story we heard initially was that the state chapter of the ruling party failed to meet INEC’s deadline for primaries. When told this bitter truth, the deluded emperor in turn threatened to literally plunge everyone standing in his way to foisting all his stooges on Zamfara into the grave, not excluding himself.
First resorting to the sorcery of a cartel of shifty judges, Yari pushed himself over the first hurdle by securing assorted “black-market” court orders. Then, he fell for the sweet tongues of some Ponzi conmen lurking around Abuja. The whiff of American dollars in uncountable sacks apparently proved too irresistible at the party headquarters. In fact, the fixers with itchy fingers and wearing necklace made of glutton teeth hardly thought twice before surrendering the entire booklet of party tickets to the dollars Sheik from Gusau.

But just when Yari probably began to visualize Zamfara in his grotesque image beyond the midnight of May 28 (when his second tenure would end), came the rude shocker from Supreme Court last weekend pronouncing a regicide of sorts against all those elected on APC platform in the last general elections. In what could only have been inspired by a sense of sardonic humour, the court further slapped him with a fine of N10m (American dollars?).
With that, Yari’s earlier bluster to dispense political euthanasia freely would now seem to have partly turned a self-fulfillig prophesy.

Yari’s career bofoonery is perhaps only matched by Rochas Okorocha’s epic fawning in Imo State. For a man who rode to power eight years ago chanting “Rescue Mission”, how ironic that he himself is ending at the terminus politically wounded, his political empire in utter disarray, after a failed experiment at monarchism (“iberiberism”?).

While a sulking Okorocha would today lament a high conspiracy against him, what he would not admit is that he was actually outbidded in the sleazy bazaar camouflaged as party primaries last October, from where the rain truly began to beat him. As the popular account goes, someone supplied four times the amount of American dollars Okorocha allegedly offered to have his son-in-law made APC candidate in the governorship polls.
Now, aside the eternal shame of not having his son-in-law succeed him as governor after all the public boast, Okorocha faces additional trauma of a hostile take-over of the Douglas House with EFCC Rottweilers already barking ferociously at the gates.
In Oyo, we are listening to the bitter ending of the “Koseleri” panegyrics. When Abiola Ajimobi took over in 2011, workers jubilated. But he is leaving office amid labour strike. Being the first to win a second term democratically after a long succession of governors apparently got him so intoxicated as to arrogantly proclaim himself “the constituted authority” when some poor students heckled him for a more humane administration of their institution. Those still in doubt were taken into the literary appreciation of the term, “Koseleri” (it has never happened before).
But beaten silly in the subsequent polls and apparently afraid history might not remember him afterall, Ajimobi has embarked on perhaps the most bizarre pursuit of self-validation — a cynical attempt at self-immortalization. By not seeing any shame in rushing to name a major street after himself in Ibandan few days to his exit, Ajimobi has only ended up portraying himself as another incurably insecure megalomaniac seeking to preempt the verdict of the posterity.

In Lagos, sadly, Akinwunmi Ambode appears too traumatized, too disoriented by the loss of second term ticket last October to sustain his earlier presence of mind and finish strong. Nothing perhaps tells the tale of his diminished shadow better than the staccato of discordant tunes around his last days.
The magnificence of the new Oshodi bus interchange is, for instance, tainted by the side-talk that what President Buhari commissioned in April was a half-completed job. The allure of a section of the International Airport Road reconstructed is, in turn, smeared by the deepening squalor of the equally important Lagos-Badagry expressway. So much that last week, thousands of protesting residents of the axis poured onto the now famished road completely forsaken in the past four years.

Again, the transformation of Epe to a scenic wonder is contrasted by the continuing degradation of Apapa today. Added to that is a rather disturbing and yet undischarged allegation of squandering a staggering N49b of taxpayers’ money on the eve of Ambode’s exit from power.
Everything considered, it will, therefore, not be incorrect to say that these midnight children of APC are exiting the stage not in a blaze of glory, but with the whimper of a broken whistle.

Credit: The Nation

Buhari Signs N8.92trn 2019 Appropriation Bill Into Law With Reservations

Buhari Signs N8.92trn 2019 Appropriation Bill Into Law With Reservations

President Muhammadu Buhari, who on Monday signed the 2019 appropriation bill of N8.92 trillion into law, said adjustment of the budget by the National Assembly may affect its smooth implementation.

Speaking at the event which took place at the president’s mini-conference room, Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Buhari said the addition of about N90billion to the N8.83trillion he submitted to the legislature would make it difficult for government to realise its set objectives.

He, however, stated that the executive arm of government would dialogue with the forthcoming ninth National Assembly so as to make life much better for Nigerians.

“Of course, some of these changes will adversely impact our programmes making it difficult for us to achieve the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

“Although I will be signing this bill, it is my intention to engage the National Assembly to ensure we deliver on our promises.

“I will therefore be engaging with the leadership of the 9th National Assembly as soon as they emerge to address some of our concerns with the budget,’’ he said.

According to the president, his administration will look at how to improve the budget process in order to speed up its consideration as well as return the country to the January to December fiscal year timetable.

He appreciated the Ministers of Budget and National Planning, Finance, the budget office of the federation and all other stakeholders that played key roles in producing the document.

President Buhari also lauded the leadership and members of the National Assembly for the efforts they put in passing the 2019 appropriation bill.

Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma thanked the leadership of the National Assembly for their cooperation and support.

He also thanked the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osonbajo, Ministers and all members of the Economic Management Team for the various roles they played in producing the budget.

He said: “Because it is a collective endeavour, without their support, it would have been impossible to produce a budget.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony at the mini-conference hall of the president’s, included the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives,Yakubu Dogara.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari also witnessed the signing of the budget.

Others at the event were the ministers of Finance (Zainab Ahmed), Budget and National Planning (Udoma Udo Udoma), Information and Culture (Lai Mohammed) and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Danjuma Goje,

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang and his counterpart for the House of Representatives, Umar El-Yakub, were also at the event.

On June 6, 2018, Buhari signed the 2018 appropriation bill of N9.120 trillion into law.

Udoma said after the signing of the law that the budget would help the president to consolidate the achievements of previous budgets and deliver on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020.

He expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the 2017 budget, which saw the N1.5 trillion implementation of capital projects during the 2017 fiscal year.

He said the government would work hard to recreate the same achievement and generate the revenues required to finance projects and programmes that would significantly improve the economy.

NAN also reports that during the signing of the 2018 bill, the president further noted, with dismay, the cuts made by the National Assembly to the bill he originally presented.

He said the legislature made cuts amounting to N347 billion in the allocations to 4,700 projects submitted to them for consideration and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion.

The president said he only signed the bill because he did not want to further slow down the pace of recovery of Nigeria’s economy and further disclosed that he would send “a supplementary and/or amendment budget” to the National Assembly to rectify the critical issues he raised.

Pay minimum wage now, Ngige implores states

Ngige advises states not to delay minimum wage payment

by Tony Akowe, Abuja

Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige yesterday urged state governments and other employers of labour to start the implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage.

He said the immediate implementation of new salary regime remained the only way avoid a huge backlog of arrears that will likely create labour unrest for them.

Ngige also advised the states to avoid the mistake they made in 2011 when they carried out percentage increase across board for workers, thereby placing them in a position of not being able to pay wages, adding that “any state that does percentage increase will put itself in a disadvantaged position as it will not be able to pay.”

The minister told reporters that no state governor can refuse to implement the minimum wage being a national law, adding that the earlier they start the implementation, the better it will be for them.

Ngige said with the signing of the new minimum wage bill into law by the President, the new wage now takes effect from the April 18, 2019, adding that “any employer of labour that has not commenced the payment is already owing workers arrears of the new wage.”

The former senator said: “The minimum wage was one of the products of the technical committee that worked on the palliatives as a result of the increase in pump price of PMS.

“We were the anchor ministry and I led the government delegation comprising about seven ministers, the National Salaries and Wages Commission and the state government.”

Reminded that state governors were complaining of inability to pay the new wage, Ngige said: “it is a national law and no governor can say he will not pay. Issue of national minimum wage is item 34 on the exclusive legislative list in the third schedule of the Nigerian constitution. Issue of labour is also there and not on the concurrent list. If it is on the concurrent list, then they can make their own state Assembly laws on that.

“Any state government that has not started implementation of the new minimum wage is now owing workers’ especially if they have not started paying N30, 000. They are owing workers effective from 18th of April, the new minimum wage.

“We are now in a committee working out a new template with which we will adjust the consequential adjustment upstairs for those already earning above N30, 000.”

Credit: The Nation

Missing Adewura’s body found in Lagos canal

Missing Adewura’s body found in Lagos canal

By Odita Sunday

It was dashed hopes for the Bello family after the dead body of their daughter, Adewura Lateefat, was allegedly found floating in a canal at the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos, 12 days after she was declared missing.

The 26-year-old got missing on May 15, in Lagos and was last sighted by her colleague who dropped her off at Medical Road, opposite Ikeja bus terminal.

At about 6:00p.m. of same day, she had reportedly told her sister that she was around Cement Bus Stop on her way home. That was the last anyone heard of her. The family raised an alarm on social media and a public search began for the deceased, fondly referred to as Wura.

After the family reported to the police, her phone number was tracked to Badagry but she wasn’t found until 7:00p.m. on Sunday when her family identified her body. According to a Twitter user, @OfficiallBmax, who broke the news, he said Wura’s body was discovered in a canal.

According to findings, on the day she was declared missing, she had boarded a motorcycle in the downpour to hasten her journey home. On getting to a flooded road, the motorcyclist, who was warned by onlookers to wait for better visibility, ignored them and attempted to ride through the flood.

They both ended up being swept away by the flood but the motorcyclist however survived, and was immediately rescued by pedestrians and handed over to Moshalashi Police Station. Adewura was however unlucky as she was swept into a canal through an opened manhole

When contacted, the state police spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, ruled out abduction given that no ransom was demanded. While admitting that he was just hearing that her body has been found, he said there was no possibility of it being a kidnapping case.

According to him, every kidnap case must have an evidence, and the kidnappers would have contacted someone to demand ransom, which was not the case in this matter.

“A body has been recovered at a canal in Ipaja, but it can’t be concluded yet if it is her body as the body was already decomposing. The police will depend on medical examination to ascertain whose body it is, as the body has already been taken for medical examination.”

Credit: The Guardian

News Headlines May 27, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines May 27, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

Children’s Day: NUT bemoans worsening state of public primary schools
Truck crushes female LASTMA officer to death
Minimum wage will be paid from April 18 –Ngige
Many feared killed in fresh Jos violence
PDP links suicide, others to APC poor governance
Obasanjo’s ‘fulanisation’ echoes Nnamdi Kanu’s position, says IPOB
Insecurity: YCE urges Yoruba to be on guard
Why I sold Nasarawa properties in Lagos, others — Al-Makura
Leaky roof mars inauguration service at National Christian Centre
A nation ruled by Fulani herdsmen
Don’t blame JAMB if best student misses choice varsity — Board
Buhari signs 2019 budget today
Seized $429,381.87: Patience Jonathan’s younger sister battles EFCC
Stock investors gain N885bn, analysts expect selling pressure
National Assembly management asks lawmakers to quit offices Tuesday
Cultists disrupt birthday party, kill one in Ogun
NSCDC arrests 10 for alleged cybercrime
LASPOTECH security guard allegedly kills colleague while on duty
Ekiti court remands three for robbing poly students
Four escape death as two-storey building collapses in Imo
Residents blame LCDA chairman as Ogun begins demolition of 300 buildings
Oyetola, Aregbesola deny conflict report
Be fair to all ethnic groups, Igbo body asks Sanwo-Olu
Political novice wins Lithuania presidential race
I didn’t mock Fayose, ex-deputy over loss at Supreme Court —Senate Minority Leader, Olujimi
Stock investors gain N885bn, analysts expect selling pressure
NPDC, Seplat short-changed FG by $1.8bn, N8.8bn —Presidential panel
President’s first-term performance receives mixed scores from LCCI
Judge, others worry over N5tn AMCON debt
Ekiti NUP wants pension allocation increase extended to LGs
Oshoala, Ihezuo join Falcons ahead of World Cup
Osimhen scores 20th goal, Ogu quits Be’er Sheva
Flying Eagles won’t underrate USA, says Aigbogun
NTA, HotSports seal AFCON marketing rights deal
Serie A: Atalanta qualify for Champions League as Milan miss out
Solskjaer, Beckham score as Man Utd legends thrash Bayern in 1999 charity rematch
Editorial; Needless membership of global bodies
The inevitable choice between N10,000 note and redenomination
Electing new leadership of the Ninth National Assembly
On the ‘fake’ shoe polish destruction

The Nation

Onaiyekan prays against ‘bad advisers’ for Buhari
Emefiele: CBN has no multiple exchange rates
Ngige advises states not to delay minimum wage payment
Senate, House ‘rush’ to amend EFCC Act
Ghanaian varsity offers $40,000 scholarship to UTME best, Ekene
Air Force strikes neutralise scores of bandits in Zamfara
NNPC posts $490.03m export of crude oil, gas
Agenda for incoming governments
Homeowners’ charter: We’ve fulfilled our promise, says Amosun
Mr P tackles Angolan show organisers for using P-Square poster
Stallion Motors unveils mini trucks
Flying Eagles target another win over the USA
‘50% of capital budgets unimplemented’
Berger Paints restructures for growth
Pay up
Review
World Bank: Nigeria, others lack access to electricity
Okpekpe monarch seeks permanent features for road race
Fix roads, APC chief urges Sanwo-Olu
Sanwo-Olu: I’ll fulfill campaign promises
Ambode hands over to Sanwoolu
Yari urges Zamfara citizens to support PDP incoming governor.
Nigeria’s future is bright – Osinbajo
Saraki mourns ex-minister, Lame
PDP blames Buhari, APC for widespread despondency
‘You’re a shameless politician’, Okorocha replies Uzodinma
Okpekpe monarch seeks permanent features for road race
NTA, HotSports ready to bring matches to Nigerian fans
$130,000 refund: IAAF has no right to ban Nigeria — Dalung
Oduduru qualifies for NCAA Championships in USA
Apochi improves record to eight knockouts
Stallion Motors unveils mini trucks
Toyota to build factory in Myanmar
GTI Securities launches investors’ assistance product
Engineer detains two IE officials
Eatery celebrates Children’s Day
Ambode’s wife urges Sanwo-Olu to move COWLSO to greater height
Traders kick as demolition of Agboju Market begins
Police deny alleged killing of three farmers by herdsmen in Anambra
FG/ASUU Agreement: Union wants Nigerians to caution FG over non-implementation
Unilorin to admit 12,000 candidates for 2019/2020 academic session
Only 57% of basic education teachers are qualified -UBEC
Brite Benson releases ‘Sokoyokoto’ visual
More Children’s entertainment with launch of ‘PBS Kids’
Felabration opens artistes portal, says no registration fee

ThisDay

Insecurity: Buhari Meets Northern Governors Monday
People Killed, Houses Torched as Violence Erupts in Jos
NAN MD, Onanuga Denies Fraud Allegation,
Says He’s Ready to Face EFCC, ICPC
Navy Flouting Buhari’s Order to Release 40 Illegal Detainees, Falana Alleges
GTBank Improves Access to Education for Children in Rural Communities
Four Years of Buhari Administration Marred by Economic Slowdown, Says LCCI
SEC Backs FG’s Project ‘Light House’ to Boost Revenue
Saraki, Bauchi Governor Mourn Lame
Fayemi Won’t Shut Doors against Political Opponents, Says Dep Gov
Presidency Tasks Multinationals, Oil Companies on Amnesty Programme
Okorocha Asks NJC, FCT CJ to Ignore EFCC’s Petition against Judge
Says he will be president
ACSPN Holds Empowerment Programme Tomorrow
FG Must Subsidise Housing to Bridge Deficit, Says Expert
Telecom Operators Seek Executive Order to Address Multiple Taxation
CBN, IFC Harp on Consolidation in MFB Sub-sector
Minister Meets Wage Commission over NCAA Workers’ Welfare
FG Urged to Review NOGIC Act
Fayemi Won’t Shut Doors against Political Opponents, Says Dep Gov
NFIU GUIDELINES ON JAC IS AN ABERRATION
Hope Restored from the Brink
Is NFIU Overzealous?
CBN, IFC Harp on Consolidation in MFB Sub-sector
NPFL… NPFL… NPFL… Insurance, El Kanemi, Tornadoes Relegated as Teams for Playoff Emerge
U-20 WORLD CUP: Flying Eagles Aiming to Consolidate against USA
ZENITH BANK/IKOYI CLUB TENNIS: Kalada Kienka Leads Charge as Singles Begin Today
Cheprot’s Magnanimity Earns Him $10,000 at 2019 Okpekpe Race
NTA, HotSports Seal Deal to Bring AFCON 2019 to Nigerian Fans
France 2019: Oshoala, Ihezuo Complete Falcons’ Group in Austria
The Match: Organisers Thank Gov Ambode
Federer Hits Round Two of 2019 French Open
Dashed Hopes as Missing Adewura’s Body Found in Lagos Canal
EDITORIAL: THE IMPERATIVE OF WIDENING THE TAX NET

Daily Trust

NBC cautions on allegation of issuing license
Air force destroys bandits camp in Zamfara forest
Navy@63: Navy chief urges sober reflection on insecurity
FG launches policy documents on tertiary hospitals
JNI urges Muslims to pray against banditry, kidnapping
850,000 Nigerians at risk of poisoning from mercury use – WHO
Enough of needless lies, Daniel tells Amosun
Zamfara: PDP reps laud S/Court decision
NASS speakership: Coalition opposes Gbajabiamila
See NiMet’s weather prediction for Monday
I’ll work with all senators – Lawan
Buhari’s cabinet will be all-encompassing – George Moghalu
AITEO Cup: Rovers FC of Calabar beats Amanda FC of Owerri to enter round 32
‘50% of power generated in Nigeria is stolen by customers’
137 pipelines points vandalised in February – NNPC
‘Why smuggling of vehicles is no longer lucrative’
Editorial:
Emefiele’s Warning
FG urged lottery workers to shelf protests
Enrolling children in schools our major priority, says North-East Commission
Kebbi government to disburse N900m to Almajiri schools
Most Nigerian universities are ordinary caricatures — ASUU President
PSquare: Peter Okoye to sue show organiser in Angola
Ganduje budgets N119m to clear drains in Kano metropolis

The Sun

NAF fighter jets destroy more bandits’ camps, kill scores in Zamfara
N30,000 salary took effect from April –FG
Children’s Day: Kalu advocates child-friendly policies
Biafra Day: ADF asks Ndigbo to wear black clothes, bands
9th Senate: Kalu endorses Lawan
South under herdsmen’s siege, Yoruba elders, Ohanaeze cry out
Nigeria on brink of chaos, warns Onaiyekan
Bayelsa faces environmental genocide –Archbishop of York
Peace moves: Royal fathers hail Wike
Bayelsa guber: What I told Buhari –Lokpobiri
I’ll work harder in my second term –Ayade
Zamfara: How APC shot itself in the foot
Anxiety over NASS Service Commission
Edo APC bicker over Obaseki’s second term
2023: ‘Igbo presidency non-negotiable’
Okorocha bombs Uzodinma
Peugeot 3008 SUV emerges as ‘New Car of the Year’
New Range Rover Evoque earns maximum safety rating
Road Safety: FRSC decries violence against its marshals
Trustfund grows pensioners fund to N536bn
Tip-off times for all 92 World Cup games revealed
AS Sale, D’Agosto battle for FIBA Africa League 2019 title game
Ridiculous permutations for 2023 presidential race
The two-legged tripod
The WHAT IF challenge (2)
APC, diversity management and political morality
International Shopping Mall president lists achievements after 2 years
I really don’t want to be thinking of that witch!
FESTAC: Traders weep over demolition of Agboju Market
Don’t be surprised if I clean gutters, sweep streets, says Sanwo-Olu’s wife
Children’s Day: Hollandia feeds kids at IDPs camp
Oyintiloye advocates protection of vulnerable children
Lagos: Razak urges gov-elect to fix deplorable roads
Our vision for Nigeria –German group
Power outage: Residents, AEDC at loggerheads
Our vision for Nigeria –German group
Children’s day

Tribune

JUST IN: Former Police Affairs Minister, Yakubu Lame, Dies, Buried In Abuja
Second Term: Nigerians Beg Buhari To Change Ministers, Focus
Obasanjo, Ajimobi Inaugurate Projects At IITA
Ajimobi offers Makinde tips on having an impactful administration
Ambode hands over to Sanwo-Olu in Lagos
Increasing suicide rate, others caused by APC poor governance ― PDP
Task Force forcibly moves articulated vehicles off Lagos roads
South West PDP to Buhari: Attend to current internal security
NNPC’s recruitment skewed to favour a section, IYC alleges
PDP warns FG against releasing bailout fund to Kogi govt
Buhari salutes Dantata on 88th birthday
Korea contributed $500 million towards realising e-government in Nigeria ― Shittu
2019/2020 admission: Unilorin to admit 12,000 students
Babajide Fadoju Appointed AMAA Director Of Digital Media
Poor Research Responsible For Low Ranking Of Nigerian Varsities ― TETFund Boss

The Guardian

Buhari under fire over nation’s oil sector’s woes
Digital switchover may delay till 2021
Deepening agric’s value chain investments for improved economy
PDP seeks probe into Aisha Buhari’s corruption allegations against SIP
Nigerian children still lack access to health, education, UNICEF insists
Army refutes killing of 25 soldiers in Borno, Navy urges prayers against insurgency
FG generates over N2tr in Q1, records N392 billion deficit
Lightening kills two in Kogi as rainstorm wreaks havoc in Osun
Missing Adewura’s body found in Lagos canal
Enyimba, Lobi Stars join glittering NPFL Super Six cast
LOC tasked to raise funds, support for Bash Ali’s Guinness Book of Records bid
Flying Eagles battle U.S. for second round ticket
Ghanaian priest queries Black Stars’ reliance on T. B. Joshua for success
WBA ready to help organise Tokyo 2020 boxing competition
Pillars, Safety Babes win Prudent Energy Handball League phase one
Bauchi Assembly’s swivel dance with anti-graft legislation
We want to eliminate budget delays, says Waive
Ignore Akpabio’s quest for ministerial slot, Akwa Ibom APC elders tell Buhari
The pride of a nation
Editorial: Hope, disappointment and renewed hope
Effective funding optimisation lifts 14 banks Q1 net profit by N256 billion
CBN ‘blows hot’ on policy riggers, plans ‘jungle’ approach
CBN, IFC seek self-regulation, consolidation in MfB sector
Bulls sustain hold on market indices in six trading days
In the spirit of Sapele!
Our tertiary institutions should be self-funding
Killing Nigerian judiciary softly
Saudi Arabia, really?
As vacancy rates rise nationwide, investors place high-rise commercial property, others for sale
Estate surveyors, engineers tango over plant, machinery valuation
Nigeria’s remaining forest threatened as FG plans new policy
Experts offer strategies to grow homeownership, investment
Domesticating, enforcing global plan to protect Nigerian children from abuse
‘Individuals cannot grow their wealth without paying attention to their health’

Vanguard

June 12 As Democracy Day Is A Greek Gift — Osuntokun
Katsina: Who Will Become President Buhari’s Speaker?
Buhari May Block NASS’ Final Push To Oust Magu
IPOB, MASSOB, Others Insist On May 30 Biafra Day
Reps Speakership: Yakub Toes APC’s Line, Steps Down
No State’s As Peaceful As Enugu — Archbishop Chukwuma
Anambra Sets Up Panel On Onitsha Building Collapse
Abia APGA Elects New EXCO
CBN, BoI Mull Financing Window For Edo Creative Hub
Group Asks Militant Herdsmen To Leave Southwest
Give Us Lands For Farming To Cater For Ourselves, IDPs Beg FG
Edo Govt Intensifies Road Construction In Ubiaja, Iruekpen, Ogugu, Others
Pally Agro Products Hit Nigeria Market, Receive Accolades
Buhari’s Inauguration: APC Women Aspirants Begin 21-Day Fasting, Prayer
1Osinbajo Urges Nigerians To Rise, Take Their Rightful Place As Lights
France 2019: Oshoala, Ihezuo To Complete Super Falcons’ Squad In Austria
FG/ASUU Agreement : Union Wants Nigerians To Caution FG Over Non-Implementation
Apapa: LASTMA officer enforcing Presidential order crushed to death
SIP: Aisha Buhari’s N500bn fraud claim vindicates us – PDP
Falana: How Jammeh ordered execution of nine Nigerians heading to Europe through Gambia
France 2019: Oshoala, Ihezuo to complete Super Falcons’ squad in Austria
Man Utd legends thrash Bayern in 1999 charity rematch
Allegri era ends with a whimper as Juve fall at Sampdoria
Elections: Kano FA hold election despite court order
Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco GP to extend championship lead
FG set to issue N15bn Green Bond
Children’s Day: Atiku Abubakar urges Nigerian Children not to lose hope
Children’s Day: Obaseki harps on equipping Edo children for the digital age
We targeted secondary school girls for marathon sex —Suspected cultist/rapist
Breaking of Kano Emirate will destroy northern Nigeria — Naniya, history professor

Daily Independent

Five Players Everton Are Being Tipped To Sign
Islamic State’s Foreign Exiles Receiving Worst Medical Care
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Taking Obasanjo to task

Taking Obasanjo to task
by Idowu Akinlotan   

IT is hard to explain what has led to the distortion of the keynote address presented two Saturdays ago by ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo at the 2019 synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Oleh Diocese Isoko, Delta State. Did his controversial, self-serving and almost narcissistic person get in the way of a proper comprehension of his diagnoses of the national malaise? Or was the controversy and miscomprehension triggered by the present government’s often misplaced and instinctive umbrage? Or perhaps the Information minister, Lai Mohammed, unwittingly draped the whole issue in his customary propagandist response to anything that seemed like a criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency? Whatever it was, Chief Obasanjo’s copious and even remarkable examination (in nearly 10,000 words) of Nigeria’s developmental problems on May 18, 2019 was needlessly entwined in petty controversy, and the public forced into entanglements that further complicate and vitiate a good understanding of the theses he tried to promote.

Of the about 70 paragraphs to which the address was divided, only about two or three appeared to be pointed criticisms of the Buhari presidency. The rest of the speech was taken up by useful dissections of the Nigerian condition, a few barbed references here and there, but on the whole fairly passable and well-reasoned prognostications. The former president repeatedly indulged in idolatrous references to his policy successes, taking particular note of his nationalist credentials vis-a-vis the sectionalist credentials of the incumbent president. He also barely disguised his contempt for many of the shocking shortcomings of his successors. Indeed, a sizable part of his address dealt with counsels to his successors which his own presidency glaringly spurned, and virtues he preached to them which he turned inimitably into personal vices. The contradictions have led many analysts to wrongly focus on his person than on his ideas. Chief Obasanjo cannot by any stretch be regarded as a virtuous man, or that when he seizes upon relevant public issues he can be trusted to offer the right prognoses. He likes to present himself as a man of ideas; but at bottom, he is a man only besotted with ideas.

There is also a second reason many analysts are unwilling to give the former president a hearing. They see him as unalterably opposed to the Buhari presidency and has done and keeps doing everything to ensure its failure. Nothing, they reason (and this is the Information minister’s position) will placate him. Chief Obasanjo may be afflicted with a messianic complex, and may even secretly and controversially nurse the desire to see his successors underperform in clear contrast to himself, but there is nothing sacrosanct about his secret desire to make his successors the failures they have arguably become. He may thus be filled with contradictions, and be even inured to criticisms and abuse, but he has an uncanny ability to ferret out great public issues deserving of attention and deep scrutiny. And because he possesses the name recognition to imbue his criticisms with traction and even nobility, Nigerians may periodically be compelled to give him listening ears in spite of themselves, and must also restrain themselves from outrightly dismissing his interesting perceptions and conclusions.

Chief Obasanjo may not be smart enough to build a great and imperishable legacy for himself, but he was sensible enough to choose the Anglican Synod held in Delta State to focus attention on a number of developmental issues troubling Nigeria. His address, as fairly remarkable as it was, would have been consigned to the archives almost immediately after he delivered it had he not chosen, in a very long speech, to make vigorous references to what he sees as the creeping Fulanisation and Islamisation of Nigeria. He did not put the blame squarely on the Buhari presidency. In fact, he argued that careless domestic policies and issues had combined in a lethal brew with external events and actors to produce and unleash processes that could sunder Nigeria. The former president, not known for mincing words, seemed even uncharacteristically wary of making pointed references to the obvious failures and weaknesses of the Buhari presidency. So he spoke obliquely.

Hereunder are the two main references to the Buhari presidency that have drawn the ire of critics: (a) “Every issue of insecurity must be taken seriously at all levels and be addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling. Both Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not treated as they should at the beginning. They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalised with ISIS in control. It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youth in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African Fulanisation, African Islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change. Yet we could have dealt with both earlier and nipped them in the bud, but Boko Haram boys were seen as rascals not requiring serious attention in administering holistic measures of stick and carrot. And when we woke up to the reality, it was turned to an industry for all and sundry to supply materials and equipment that were already outdated and that were not fit for active military purpose. Soldiers were poorly trained for the unusual mission, poorly equipped, poorly motivated, poorly led and made to engage in propaganda rather than achieving results. Intelligence was poor and governments embarked on games of denials while paying ransoms which strengthened the insurgents and yet governments denied payment of ransoms. Today, the security issue has gone beyond the wit and capacity of Nigerian government or even West African governments.”

(b) “I think it is like a building, which once the foundation is faulty, becomes wobbly with the tiniest turbulence. Consequently, the issue of national identity, values, ethics and national dream must be settled once and for all. This may require a global national meeting. If Miyetti Allah is truly encouraging herdsmen violence and killings and truly they have to be appeased or placated with 100 billion naira and they are equated to Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, etc, then we have to appease those other organisations similarly or be ready to allow them to unleash havoc of their own. We need politics of a united Nigeria for all Nigerians  not one for Yoruba, one for Ibo, one for Hausa-Fulani, one for Ijaw, one for Nupe, one for Tiv, one for Kanuri and one for Isoko. If we fail to do this, I am afraid all the EFCC, ICPC, Plans and Strategies and the rest of the political re-engineering and manoeuvres such as creation or contraction/merger of states, forms of government, attempts at ethical re-orientation, constitutional amendment, etc, may not usher in the much desired peace, stability, national development, and of course, improvement in the quality of life of the majority of Nigerians…”

Both statements of course describe the failure of the Buhari presidency and insinuate the government’s abject lack of capacity. But they are nevertheless issues that are quite in the public domain, and except the country is living in denial, they are issues that strike at the core of the country’s stability and survival. In the second quotation, the former president spoke somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and even seemed to have permitted himself a few rumours, but no one can deny that the Buhari presidency has not carelessly submitted itself to the politics of Miyetti Allah, the umbrella body of herdsmen. Chief Obasanjo was not exaggerating by dragging in the Miyetti Allah issue into his discourse as an indication of the weakness, if not complicity, of the government in the massive insecurity inundating the country. The presidency has denied budgeting N100bn to appease herdsmen, but it is incredibly setting up a radio station for their affairs, as announced by the Education minister, not Information or Communications minister. Such abominable decisions speak to Chief Obasanjo’s fears that this government has become so insensitive to its political, social and cultural surroundings that it has become tone deaf and listens only to itself. Chief Obasanjo’s person may obtrude arguments, but it does not rob him of the capacity and judgement of correctly deciphering some of the nefarious decisions being made by this government.

But perhaps the most controversial part of Chief Obasanjo’s address are his thoughts on the Fulanisation and Islamisation of Nigeria and West Africa using the amenities of herdsmen invasions and Boko Haram insurgency. Again, whoever Chief Obasanjo may be and whatever policies he had enacted in the past do not necessarily negate his observation or vitiate its accuracy. There is nothing in his statement that suggests that he concluded that the Buhari presidency had determined to Fulanise or Islamise the country, even if that ambition was secretly nursed. The former president’s argument is in fact very simple. By allowing Boko Haram insurgency to fester for so long, which predated the Buhari presidency, and the herdsmen rampage to be treated rather cavalierly as in fact this administration is doing by its many exculpatory and vexatious arguments, the stage was being set for the balkanisation of Nigeria. Chief Obasanjo drew on the example of Somalia to illustrate his general argument about elite irresponsibility and dishonesty in tackling vexing existential problems. Who can fail to be moved by the fact that Nigeria harbours two of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups? Who can fail to be affected by the fact that herdsmen sack villages and occupy them in a country that has borders, laws and governments? For instance, last year, the Plateau State government, responding to entreaties by community leaders who said some 54 villages had been sacked and renamed by herdsmen, promised to prosecute land grabbers. Nothing has, however, been done.

The Information minister describes Chief Obasanjo’s criticisms as divisive. Others see the former president as unqualified to raise the issues he felt were destabilising the country. Both are wrong. They may not like Chief Obasanjo, and the former president himself may be guilty of some of the wrongdoings he is alleging against the current and previous administrations, but he has sensibly drawn the attention of Nigerians to the divisions and acrimony destroying the unity of the country. The attention must not be on the messenger, particularly this deeply flawed messenger; the focus must be on the issues. The greatest issue today is that the country, particularly the North, has spawned a nest of vipers brimming with insurgents and militant herdsmen who are picking the country apart. If nothing is done very urgently, as advocated by Chief Obasanjo, this increasingly divided and misdirected country will go up in flames. Nigerians will be living in denial not to see and feel this danger. It is worse when they seize upon Chief Obasanjo’s personal flaws to deny the existence of the existential crisis facing them.

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News Headlines May 26, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines May 26, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

EFCC probes syndicate fleecing VIPs over Buhari’s cabinet
N500bn social investment scheme has failed in North –Aisha Buhari
Osoba, Abiodun absent as Buhari inaugurates Amosun’s projects
Zamfara: APC NWC summons emergency meeting, PDP candidates get certificates
Wizkid, Tiwa Savage’s ‘romance’ waxes stronger
I’ve lost count of pants, brassieres thrown at me by female fans – Ric Hassani
EFCC probing our listing – MTN
I cried when I was called the cheapest actress — Mama Rainbow
Fulani radio to educate herdsmen, fishermen, farmers, hunters — NBC
Paralysed, bedridden for 17 years, Fregene pleads to walk again
OIC agenda, herdsmen radio confirm Obasanjo’s position –CAN
NAF bombs ISWAP fighters in Borno buildings
Why we grounded operations of eight domestic airlines — NCAA
Three Port Harcourt hospital patients flee over bills
Release our N25bn, ASUU tells FG
APC leaders back Lai Mohammed’s reappointment
Police arrest 43 suspected criminals in Bauchi
Imo officials working hard to blackmail me — Ihedioha
Hazard edges closer to Madrid move
Police arrest 43 suspected criminals in Bauchi
Confusion as Rivers student opens teargas canister in classroom
Kidnapping: Anambra police arrest soldier, others in military attire
Aba sanitation court convicts 17
Caleb varsity students clash with police over school rules
I went back into kidnapping to raise my lawyer’s balance – Suspect
Family of slain LUTH doctor decries police silence on investigation
LG funds: After meeting with Buhari, govs may sue NFIU
Excitement as June 12 displaces May 29 as Democracy Day
House order on secret voting approved since 2016 –Speakership aspirant, Olatunbosun
Why we grounded operations of eight domestic airlines — NCAA
We need more initiatives to reduce housing deficit – Adewole
Encouraging ICT local content in Nigeria’s oil industry
Develop plan to improve performance, NERC tells power firms
70% broadband penetration in focus as stakeholders raise concerns
FG records N2.22tn independent revenue shortfall in four years
APC accusing PDP, Atiku to cover up electoral fraud — PDP spokesperson
After four children, the rumour was that mum was barren — Fasoyin’s son
Lack of education denied me political appointment in Awo’s party –Ondo centenarian religious leader
Obasanjo’s claim on Islamisation incorrect – Islamic scholar
Flying Eagles can go far in Poland – Dele-Bashiru
Kanu, Rufai, others hail Wike for sports devt
Coach not to blame for our defeat – Barcelona president, Bartomeu
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Nigeria of our dreams – Children’s perspective
Basic schools must set up libraries, not acquiring computers –Librarian
Education is solution to gender-based violence —Girl guides
My grouse with Kemi Olunloyo – Ruggedman
I returned from US to do business, not acting – Bolanle Ninalowo
Entertainers have power to curb drug abuse – Saidi Balogun
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Sickness, faith and life
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Zungeru: Crumbling tourist sites adorn forgotten former Nigeria’s capital
I’m concluding plans to do PhD –LASU’s 74-year-old master’s graduate
Editorial: Terminate, not reform Almajiri system
Open letter to Mr President
Questions for our children
Life is tough yet beautiful
Can a weak leader build strong institutions?

The Nation

Jonathan, Dickson in cold war over Bayelsa PDP guber ticket
EFCC probes MTN’s listing on stock exchange
INEC declares PDP winner of Gov, Senatorial, House of Reps elections
Emeka Amadi: Dammam Miracle, my unforgettable moment
Taking Obasanjo to task
An Illustrious son of an illustrious father
Empowered by the Holy Spirit for exploits!
Today I am writing about Wainaina
Miss Moremi tours Nigeria
Insecurity: Nigerians must unite to combat menace- Clark
Southeast APC caucus leader backs Gbajabiamila over disqualification suit
Lafarge Africa partner FRSC, Lagos to sensitise motorists
World of kid models
They are not done with the press
Buhari greets Mrs. Fawehinmi at 70
Kidnapping: Two fake soldiers, others nabbed inside Anambra forest
Stylish turtlenecks and sweaters
Bauchi: Tribunal fixes Monday for pre-hearing conference into petitions
‘I courted poetry early in life’
Buhari salutes civil war veteran, Col Paul Ogbebor at 80
EFCC probes MTN’s listing on stock exchange
SIP has failed in the north, says Aisha Buhari
Buhari’s 2017 illness debilitating – Adesina
High points of the Eighth Senate
Second term: Buhari must deliver on APC’s three-point agenda -Olatujoye
There’s plot to silence Okorocha politically -Onuoha
Second Term: Ugwuanyi set to build on laid foundation
Delta APC leadership crisis: Elders move to reconcile members
Ihedioha’s tenure on intellectual high ground
UNICEF/Access Bank Charity Shield Polo ignites Kaduna
Abduljabar Sani: Playing football makes me happy
Breaking: Valencia beat Barcelona to win Copa Del Rey
Celtic win historic treble-treble with Scottish cup win
Breaking: Barcelona XI vs Valencia
National trade policy is obsolete – NACCIMA boss
‘Demand for honey propelled me into beekeeping’
Ogun Govt lauds NBC’s effort to tackle youth unemployment
Samsung fights inequality with equal training opportunities
IB Plc appoints Odulate as director
SONA Group chair amongst top 25 CEOs
City Beats
Ganduje promotes 24 Directors to Perm Secretaries
BEDC denies bribing Edo lawmakers
Five women held for cross-border ‘trafficking’ of children
‘One out of every four Nigerians practice open defecation’
Customs Tin-Can II generates 6.8bn in 4 months
Prince George: How Olamide, Wizkid opened doors for Nigerian music in Canada
PSquare: Peter Okoye to sue show organiser in Angola
10 Nollywood stars that have died in 2019
‘Cancer can be treated, managed locally’

ThisDay

Buhari in Ogun, Commissions Projects
FG’s Social Investment Programme Made No Impact, Says Aisha Buhari
• Queries the use of $16m fund for mosquito nets •
Clark Asks FG to Evolve Better Strategies to Fight Insecurity, Poverty
•Buhari, Jonathan congratulate Clark at 92
For Buhari, A New Season Begins…
Shrugging off those ‘Draconian’ Guidelines
Zamfara APC: Learning in a Hard Way
Police Arrest Soldier, Three Others over Alleged Kidnapping
TWO NIGERIANS MAKE THE 2019 CAINE PRIZE SHORTLIST
Zamfara Verdict May Tighten Senate Leadership Contest
Lawan: Judgement won’t affect my chances
Ambode Winds up Official Duties, Unveils Onikan Stadium Today
Says he’s fulfilled with projects executed
APAS Canvasses National Summit on Suicide
Okun People Condemn Herdsmen Killings
Katsina APGA Elects New Officials
Power Interrupted –Panic at the DisCos
FMDQ OTC Sheds N12.6tn of Turnover in Biggest Loss
You Don’t Have Power to Conduct Tests for Police, Lawyer Tells JAMB
Tinubu’s Misdirected Anger and Obasanjo’s Bravery
Expectations and Need for Buhari to Assemble a Winning Team
Buhari Must Quench the Fire of Insecurity
Deconstructing Saraki’s Senate
The Shape of Opposition to Come in Buhari’s Second Coming
Power Interrupted –Panic at the DisCos
FMDQ OTC Sheds N12.6tn of Turnover in Biggest Loss
Non-oil Sector Still Saving Grace for Economy
The Power Sector is Too Expensive to Allow Corruption to Thrive
Driving Banks to Improve Private Sector Lending
Economy: Still Punching Below its Weight
Valencia Shock Barcelona 2-1 in Copa Final
Ladipo, Onigbinde Pay Tribute to Thunder Balogun’s Wife
Lagos and The Coming Rains
Waiting for The Discovery of Nigeria
NTDC Boss, Folorunsho Coker Back With Casa 45
Bomb From The US Embassy
EDITORIAL: Buhari Presidency: The Next Four Years…

Daily Trust

‘Fulani radio best way to engage nomads’
Reminiscences with Archbishop Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon
How FRSC official, 4 others died in Abuja auto crash
FG trains 2,500 Niger Delta youth on fishing
May 29: Presidential inauguration c’ttee inspects Eagle Square
Many injured as teargas canister explodes in Rivers community school
Breaking: INEC affirms PDP’s Mutawalle as Zamfara governor-elect
BREAKING: INEC declares PDP Winner of Zamfara election
BREAKING: Dawit wins Okpekpe 10km road race
Buhari to Amosun: You have done well for Ogun
Supreme Court verdict: Faces of new winners
The intrigues of repealing Bauchi anti-graft law
NASS elections: ’51 APC Senators, 191 Reps have signed for Lawan, Gbajabiamila’
Bahraini athlete wins Okpekpe 10km road race
2019 UNICEF Charity Shield Polo: Access Bank, Fifth Chukker, 17 others jostle for top honours
Prince Harry in Rome for 2019 Sentebale Polo Cup
‘Why smuggling of vehicles is no longer lucrative’
BREAKING: EFCC investigates MTN over listing on NSE
Electricity consumers insist on “No Meter, No Billing”
Questions for our children
Many injured as teargas canister explodes in Rivers community school
ISWAP suffers heavy causalities as Air Force neutralises insurgents
Army arrests kidnappers who killed victim after taking ransom
Mitigating our food grains from contaminants
Farmers to reap more money cultivating Bt. cotton, cowpea
Farmers call for protection against Boko Haram
Most Nigerian universities are ordinary caricatures — ASUU President
El-Rufai mobilises stakeholders to strengthen basic education
FG says it is embracing education for self reliance
PSquare: Peter Okoye to sue show organiser in Angola
Emilia Clarke feared Beyoncé would hate her after ‘Game of Thrones’ ending
Rihanna launches her Fenty fashion brand with Paris pop-up store

The Sun

Why we forced Tambuwal out of APC – Prof Bashar
How our interventions saved 2019 elections – Barkindo, head, Abdulsalami–led National Peace Committee
INEC confirms PDP winner of Zamfara polls
NBC denies issuing radio license to herdsmen
20 years of democracy: It’s been rough, tough – Cardinal Onaiyekan
Fake lovers almost forced me out of Nollywood
Fulani Radio: IPOB, MASSOB, other Igbo groups kick
ESCET provost denies rivalry with education varsity
Second term inauguration: Enugu Muslims pray for Buhari, Ugwuanyi
Obaseki shuns Okpekpe marathon race
Social investment: Aisha Buhari indicts Maryam Uwais
Enugu set to become cleanest city in Nigeria – Rev. Fr. Ogbu
Anambra PDP lauds Supreme Court decision on Zamfara
Ashiru vs El-Rufai: Court rules on votes recount next week
Outgoing governors laying landmines for governors-elect
I’m disappointed security collapsed under Buhari’s presidency –Umma Getso, YPP Vice presidential candidate
Kano Emirate crisis: I expect Sanusi to resign – Junaid Mohammed
Political waves, paucity of MTN shares shake stock market
Trouble for tax evaders as FG inaugurates Project Lighthouse committee
Belarus Republic to partner Benue on agric value chain
China to open wider trade relations with Nigeria — Chinese envoy
N17bn spent on infrastructure in Rivers – Shell
INEC confirms PDP winner of Zamfara polls
2019 polls: God rescued us from internal, external conspiracy – Wike
Ruiz to adopt Mike Tyson technique to stop Joshua
Tip-off times for all 92 World Cup games revealed
AS Sale, D’Agosto battle for FIBA Africa League 2019 title game
NBBF mourns Delano, Saratu Luga
Europa League final: Three Nigerians in Arsenal squad to Baku
Corruption charges: NFF passing through persecution –Pinnick
Fregene now walks with his buttocks – Wife
2019 U20 World Cup: Senegal star, Sagna delighted to break Odiaka’s record
FIFA U20 World Cup: Flying Eagles arrive in Bielsko-Biala
Udechukwu promises Enyimba will qualify for play off
Amstel Malta launches ‘We’ve Got Balls’ campaign
Para athletes target gold at Tokyo 2020
Suspect who killed actor Chris Attoh’s Wife, Bettie Jennifer revealed
I really don’t want to be thinking of that witch!
Writing as an addiction
May 29: Open letter to incoming First Ladies
Epilepsy
Enugu airport, Hadi Sirika and insult on Ndigbo
Civil servant as contractor and politician
Udechukwu promises Enyimba will qualify for play off
Ways to boost your immune system
Six reasons to add more zinc to your diet
Why we’re combatting diabetes -Atuchukwu
PLAKMAN Cardiovascular supplement, repackaged to be affordable to all –Chukwunonso
645,000 basic education teachers not qualified – UBEC

Tribune

Second Term: Nigerians Beg Buhari To Change Ministers, Focus On Health, Power, Housing
Zamafara: PDP Congratulates Matawalle, Others
Obasanjo, Ajimobi Inaugurate Projects At IITA
Amosun’s Legacy Projects Are First Class ― Buhari
Buhari greets Clark at 92
20 years after, Appeal Court asks church to take ownership of disputed land
Tambuwal presents 15 buses to state Transport Authority, reduces fare
Ministerial list: Group recommends Lai Mohammed’s reappointment
Army officer, two others nabbed for alleged kidnapping in Anambra
I’m leaving legacy of peace, security in Oyo ― Ajimobi
Age falsification: Ag CJN knows fate May 31
We have no problem with Olubadan —Ibadan obas
Govs, FG set for collision over LG allocation • Governors insist on status quo
Shagari Did Not Score 12 2/3 In 1979 —Olunloyo •‘Why My Mother Was My ‘Chief…
We are doing everthing to keep APC together in Oyo State —Peller,…

Leadership

INEC Declares PDP Winner In Zamfara
Hidden Reason Senators Back Financial Autonomy For LGs
NAF Kills Scores Of ISWAP Fighters In Borno
Bandit Attacks: Katsina Emirate Suspends Sallah Durbar
France 2019: Ebi Sets New Africa Record
Poland 2019: Flying Eagles Arrive Bielsko-Biala For USA Clash
Africa Commonwealth Nations Set New Heights For Handball
Furore Over VIP Treatment For Detained Vulture
Ramaphosa Sworn-in As President Of S/Africa, Promises New Era
Nomadic Radio To Serve Hunters, Fishermen Others – Presidency
EDITORIAL: FG And The Whistleblower Policy
FEPPPAN Maintains Competence For Registration As Pension Union
Group Wants Maina’s Name Removed From EFCC Website
How NSCDC Resolved 39,000 Conflicts In 3 Years – UNDP
EFCC Has Not Accused Us Of Any Wrongdoing – MTN Plc
CIFIPN Hail Reps Over Passage Of Forensic Auditor’s Bill
Evaluating Buhari’s Economic Achievements, Challenges 4 Years After We Won’t Return To Ogoni -Shell
Gospel Singer Yinka Ayefele Becomes Brand Ambassador
Runtown Drops “International Badman Killa” EP
NFVCB Sets Up Panel To Investigate Bobrisky, Movie
Adam Levine Leaving NBC’s ‘The Voice’ After 16 Seasons
Okorocha Never Gave Us N150m For Ihedioha’s Inauguration – Planning Committee
Ashiru Vs el-Rufai: Court Rules On Votes’ Recount Next Week
No Plans To Witch-hunt Bauchi’s Outgoing Administration – Gumba
Power Play In PDP As Bayelsa Conducts LGPolls
May 29: Evolution Of The House Of Representatives 20years After
NFIU Guideline And The Impending Storm
Furore Over VIP Treatment For Detained Vulture
Egbin Power Station: Host Communities Lament Irregular Power Supply
PDP Accuses Buhari Of Isolating Govs Over Insecurity Crisis
Adamawa Debt Profile N115bn- Transition Committee
I Am Fulfilled In Governance Of Lagos- Ambode

The Guardian

9th Assembly leadership: Loss of Zamfara forces APC back to drawing board
Q3 2018 capital budget records dismal implementation
2023 Presidency: Why Ndigbo is angry with Amaechi, others
Capable cabinet: Options for Buhari, 9th Senate
God is the goal of revival – Part 21
COCIN condemns radio station for Fulani
Northern Christians okay CAN president for second term
Christian Forum prays for Buhari ahead of inauguration
Group tasks parents on education of children with disabilities
Admasu, Chelangat win Okpekpe Race as Dalung hails organisers
Welcome to Roland Garros Paris
Flying Eagles arrive in Bielsko-Biala for clash against USA
We must beat Sunshine Stars to appear in playoffs, says Ilechukwu
Qatar in talks to buy Leeds United
Lewandowski brace seals German Cup and domestic double for Bayern
El-Rufai’s attack on Tinubu is signal Southwest won’t get presidency in 2023 – Sani
Unpaid salaries: Kogi workers take fight to governor’s doorstep
In Kaduna, more knocks for El-rufai on Godfatherism claims
Ekiti: When labour and politics play too close for comfort
Live Abundantly launches children Awareness Initiative
Children’s Day…history of the day
Six UK artists to watch in 2019
‘Hey! I know that guy’ syndrome
‘Hey! I know that guy’ syndrome
Six UK artists to watch in 2019
Editorial: NNPC’s noisy retirement and redeployment
8th Assembly curious memories, missed opportunities
Saraki, the 8th Assembly and perception challenge
Playing at being and becoming president
Bomb from the US Embassy
28 years after conception, Tade Ogidan births Gold Statue
African Voices features Nigerian Actor, Kae-Kazim, others
D. O. Fagunwa and his overbearing ‘ helpers’: a novelist’s predicament
In creative industry, men rule the market, women struggle to move up

Vanguard

Catholic Teenager: I Will Rather Die Than Surrender To Rapists!
Oshodi-Apapa Expressway Lockdown: Chaos As Ultimatum To Relocate Trucks Expires
Open Letter To Femi Adesina
Launch Global Coalition Against Terrorism In West Africa, Amnesty Watch Tells UN, US
Poor Quality Of Governance Remains A Huge Problem – Obiora Okonkwo
It Has Not Been Smooth Sailing For The Opposition From The Beginning — Supo Shonibare, A Pioneer AD Leader
Why Should I Create Orphans And Widows Just Because I Want Political Power? — Alaibe
Energy Access Model For Off-Grid Communities In Niger Delta
Ugwuanyi’s 2nd Term: Building On Laid Foundation
I’m Not Richer Than Davido – Don Jazzy
Is Tonto Dikeh Pregnant?
A Letter To Emeka Ihedioha (4)
I Advised Jonathan Not To Contest — Wabara
Ex-Lagos Deputy Governor Tells Buhari: Don’t Jail Looters In Your Second Term, Kill Them
Pinnick Wants Nigerian Strikers To Fight For EPL Golden Boot
Senate: Why Anioma Want Ned Nwoko
Democratic Culture And The 2019 General Elections In Nigeria (1)
Security in Tatters: Govt ignored warning banditry, kidnapping, killings would escalate, spread to Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto – Researcher
FG’s Social Investment hasn’t worked well in the North – Mrs Buhari
Nigeria’s problem not policy formulation but implementation — Obasanjo
If Jonathan had listen to me, PDP would have been in power – Wabara
FG’s Social Investment hasn’t worked well in the North – Mrs Buhari
Arewa Pastors assure Christians Buhari will not Islamize Nigeria
Open Letter To Femi Adesina
AFN Crisis: Members call for fresh start
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Best teacher lauds award as Maltina open entries for 2019 competition

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by Kofoworola Belo-Osagie

The 2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year (MTOY) champion, Mr Olasukanmi Opeifa, has described the award organised by the Nigerian Breweries PLc as one of the best and most inclusive awards in the world.

Speaking at a press briefing to announce entries for 2019 MTOY at the Civic Centre Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, Opeifa, an English teacher at the Government Day Secondary School, Lauri, Abuja, said since winning the award, a lot of recognition had come his way.

“The MTOY is the biggest teacher prize in Nigeria. It is also the most inclusive of all teacher prizes in the world. I have received many awards since this award last year,” he said.

NB PLC Corporate Affairs Director, Mrs Folasade Morgan, said public and private school teachers pan-Nigeria could register for the 2019 MTOY from Friday, May 17 and would expire July 12.

Speaking on prizes for the winners, she said the best teacher would get a total of N6.5million – N500,000 for being a state champion; N1million for being the national winner; and N1 million that would be spread over five years as well as an overseas self development training. She said the winner’s school would also get a block of classrooms.

First runner up would get N1 million; while the second runner up would get N750000. Both would also get N500,000 each as state champions.

Mrs Morgan said the firm had also introduced an additional opportunity for more teachers who may not enter for the competition to win prizes if their former students nominate them on the firm’s online consumer engagement platform.

“This year is symbolic. Being our fifth year of running this award, we have introduced the Consumer online engagement platform that our teachers are given a chance to participate. People can go online and nominate #thatoneteacher that made an impact on them and the more likes they get they will win prizes for themselves and their teachers,”she said.

Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education (FME), Abuja, Dr Lami Amodu, praised NB PLC for sponsoring the award, adding that the government was in support of the award and would encourage teachers in Unity Schools and other public schools to apply.

Credit: The Nation