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Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines 27 March 2019

Buhari, APC chiefs endorse Lawan for Senate President
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Ahmad Lawan is the favourite for Senate President courtesy of his rich legislative experience and character The Nation learnt yesterday.President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership and most APC governors have endorsed the Senate Leader after consultations.The leaders were said to have considered Lawans qualifications, prudence, accountability, loyalty and rich legislative experience which will assist the APC government to have a robust Executive-Legislative relati
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CBN slashes interest rate to 13.5%
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
FOR the first time in more than two years, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday adjusted interest rate downwards to 13.5 per cent.Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele told reporters after the second MPC meeting that the MPC voted to adjust the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 50 basis points from 14 to 13.5 per cent; retain the asymmetric corridor of +200/-500 around the MPR; retain CRR at 22.5 per cent and retain the liquidity ratio at 30 per cent.Eme
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Ajimobi to Makinde: shun politics of bitterness
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has advised the incoming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration to focus on developmental issues instead of its renewed campaign of calumny against his person, family and administration.The governor, who spoke yesterday in a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, said the renewed campaign of calumny was aimed at rubbishing his eight-year selfless service.But, the governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, said it would be unnec
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EFCC arrests six `Yahoo boys, recovers exotic cars
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
OPERATIVES of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Ibadan Zonal Office have arrested six `Yahoo boys and recovered five different models of exotic cars and laptops.The Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr Tony Orilade, who broke the news yesterday in Abuja Tuesday, said other items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones and documents containing false information.Orilade identified the suspects as: Tella Ibrahim, Awoniyi Abiodun, Oladele Wasiu, O
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Two hospitalised as fire ravages Lagos community
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
A woman and a young boy were injured yesterday when fire swept through the Hausa community in Orile-Agege, Lagos.They are at the Agege General Hospital.The fire, said to have been caused by power surge, raged for several hours, destroying shops, houses and goods.It was gathered that the fire worsened when a high tension cable fell on a house where a cooking gas was on.Some residents alleged that fire fighters told them that they had no water when they were called.A woman, Iya Mariam, told The Na
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Rivers PDP, AAC row over alleged N3b offer
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Rivers State African Action Congress (AAC) governorship candidate, Biokpomabo Awara, has said he rejected Governor Nyesom Wikes N3 billion offer to drop his ambition.He also debunked claims by his running mate, Akpo Bomba Yeeh, that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress (APC) made them sign resignation letters.Awara, who addressed a news conference in Abuja yesterday, dismissed the allegations against the minister as false. He said Amaechi and the A
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Allegations, counter allegations over polls
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The outcomes of the supplementary polls are still generating reactions in different states, report Kolade Adeyemi, Kano; Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi; and Adamu Suleiman, Sokoto.Kano govt: no death, violence in supplementary pollThe Kano State government has said there was no death and violence during last Saturdays supplementary election.Addressing reporters in his office yesterday, Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture Malam Muhammad Garba challenged anyone with proofs of death and violence
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Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines 27 March 2019

NiMet: Weather forecast compliance to boost crop yield
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has disclosed that compliance with its prediction would boost crop yields by 35 percent.The agency also stated that non-compliance to weather information has resulted in loss of over 350,000 hectares of land annually.This was disclosed in Abuja yesterday by the Director General of NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi during a workshop on how to support users understanding and use of weather forecast services in Nigeria.The workshop was organised by NiMet in collabor
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Group to APC leadership: ensure fairness in zoning National Assemblys positions
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
THE leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been urged to be guided by fairness and justice in the zoning of leadership positions in the Ninth National Assembly.Justice Advocacy Group said fairness on the path of the partys leadership would ensure that each geopolitical zone is rewarded in accordance with its contribution to the just concluded general elections.The advocacy group also suggested that the consideration of all regions would eliminate a repeat of the situation that led
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Operate within the law, Acting CJN admonishes military
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed yesterday said the military remains a critical institution for the success of any democratic government, asserting that Nigeria would continue to appreciate its military for the sacrifices it made to keep the country united.Delivering a keynote address at the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, Abuja, during the opening of the 2019 Edition of the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) Retreat for NAF Officers, Justice Mohammed said the military dese
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Lessons of 2019 elections
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The recent general elections underscored a collective progression to political stability and democratic consolidation. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU writes on the importance of the exercise and implications for the polity.Public consciousness is growing. The electorate is waxing stronger in their capacity for wise choices during elections. Many observers contend that future polls may get better since blind voting may continue to give way.The recent general elections were an eye opener.
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NGO calls for prosecution of electoral offenders
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
A civil society organisation, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa), has called for the prosecution of perpetrators violence during the supplementary elections.It said the non-compliance with electoral guidelines, intimidation of voters and observers, violence and voter suppression in some states impeded on the integrity of the exercise.In a statement by YIAGA Africas Watching the Vote (WTV) Working Group Chair Dr. Hussaini Abdu and Executive Director Samson It
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Why I want to be Speaker
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
House of Representatives member Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Isuikwuato/ Umunneochi Constituency) is contesting for Speaker. She spoke with SUNNY NWANKO on her ambition and other partisan issues.Congratulations on your victory at the polls. How were you able to survive the struggle’ I was able to survive able to survive the struggle, first, by the grace and mercy of Almighty God, and then by the overwhelming goodwill of my people. One of the greatest things that has ever happened to me is the reali
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Kwara: New dawn, new expectations
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Babamale Ismail examines the challenges that will confront Kwara State Governor-elect Abdulrahman AbdulRasaqAbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Governor-elect of Kwara State, is today the closest public official who bears as much burden of expectations as President Muhammadu Buhari did in 2015.Although his fellow party men have also clinched all the legislative seats at the state and national levels, AbdulRazaq has won the biggest prize in the 2019 elections in his state.Kwara has had a peculiar history
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Violence, intimidation, thuggery mar Kano rerun election, says group
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
A foreign observer based in South Africa, Pan African Women Projects has said the supplementary election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Kano was marred by violence, Intimidation and partisanship on the part of the security operatives as well as voters disenfranchisement.publicity secretary of the group, Madam Mphoentle Keitseng at a press conference Tuesday in Kano, revealed that the supplementary election was also characterized by thuggery, abuse of electo
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TomTom signs Phyno, Teni as Brand Ambassadors
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Popular candy brand, TomTom has signed rap act, Phyno and rising singer Teni as Brand Ambassadors.At the unveil ceremony on Monday in Lagos, the products company, Cadbury Nigeria Plc., said it wanted to connect further with their consumers through music. And the contract would involve the duo featuring in the TomToms brand and marketing campaigns, including advertisements and special appearances at its events.Both Teni and Phyno expressed excitement at working with Tom Tom. Im really excited to
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Comedian seeks public funds to buy car
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Warri-based comedian Freedom Atsepoyi, known as Mr Jollof, is seeking public funds to buy a car speculated to be worth eight million naira.Few days back, the comedian posted the picture of the car, a Toyota Camry, which he wants to buy.On Tuesday, Mr Jollof, revealed that a donation of N1, 892, 343, 00, has been made so far, and he is not giving up with hope that the money will be completed.Ask and it shall be given Na beg I beg I no thief, I no rape, I no lie na truth I talk. Na Camry I want an
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Ifu Ennada introduces network sales for her hair product
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Ifu Ennada, who has a target to make five million naira daily, is set to extend the wealth to others.The goal is a million dollars this year, so help me God. Lets secure the bag, she said.The beauty entrepreneur stated this via Instagram on Tuesday.Words become powerful when backed with action. Lets bring 5million naira and above into our life through my @beautifuennada, she wrote.Become my @beautifuennada haircare distributor. With as low as 10k for students
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Empress Njamah urges fans to live within their income
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Nollywood actress Empress Njamah has advised people to learn to live within their means. She said this while preparing for the Easter event where her Empress Njamah Foundation is expected to feed some street children.She said: If it isnt broken, dont fix it, never live above your means trying to impress, cause when hunger comes, social media no go help u ohh, not all that glitter is gold.Recently some celebrities have been coming out to say that most of their colleagues live fake lives beyond th
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Mr Ibu advises students on career choice
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Comic actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has advised students to discover themselves early and choose the careers most suitable for them.Ibu gave this advice during an interactive session with Mass Communication students of Benson Idahosa University.According to him, students should identify what they have passion for as this will help them make the right choice and choose the career that fits into their character.If you dont have a passion for a particular career, one should not ven
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AKA, Stonebwoy shine at Nickelodeons Kids Choice Awards
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Hosted by music mogul DJ Khaled, the unpredictable and always messy awards show was aired fresh from USCs Galen Center in Los Angeles, where kids celebrated their favorites in pop culture, television, music, social media and movies.The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2019 were simulcast on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and Nick Toons (DStv channel 308) on Sunday, 24 March 2019.The Fela in Versace, AKA, who travelled independently to the awards, walked the orange carpet at the Los Angeles event a
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Kate Henshaw: You dont need another person to be complete
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Nollywood star Kate Henshaw has said that one does not need another person to be complete.She made this known via her Tuesday motivational thoughts on Instagram.The single mother of one said that loving yourself is the utmost, and only if that is accomplished, can it lead to others appreciating another, when you are at peace with yourself.You dont feel alone because you are alone, she wrote.Read also:KATE HENSHAW: Im addicted to working outYou feel alone because you arent at peace with yourself.
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Entrepreneurseeks empowerment in Niger Delta
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
An entrepreneur in the oil and gas sector, Mr Keniebi Okoko, has urged the government to empower the Niger Delta people.He identified poor mental disposition of many people in a state like Bayelsa as the cause of poverty in the midst of plenty.Okoko, who spoke in Yenagoa, said poverty of the mind is worse than material poverty.He said it was ironical that while the state is endowed with abundant natural resources, the people have not been exposed to the right kind of education to develop their m
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FMDQ to banks: hedge dollar-based loans
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Commercial banks taking dollar-denominated loans should hedge the facility against risk of currency fluctuations, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange Managing Director/CEO Bola Onadele has said.Speaking during the financial markets workshop in Lagos, he said banks borrowing dollars needed to protect themselves through hedging. Anyone that takes foreign currency loan should hedge, that is the opportunity the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has provided, he said.He explained that hedging/derivatives were p
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TCNs capacity utilisation dips to 14.8%
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has raised concern over the reduction in the load utilisation of its distributor company in Odogunyan substation, Ikorodu, Lagos State to 14.8 per cent.Its Assistant General Manager, Transmission Egbin Sub-region, Ajiboye Oluwagbenga who conducted the Federal Ministry of Power inspection team from Abuja, explained that although the 132/33KVA substation has 96megawatt (Mw) load allocation, it is currently grossly under-utilised.He said there was high hope
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VAT designed to support the poor, says Fowler
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) yesterday explained that Value Added Tax (VAT) is a consumption tax primarily designed to support poor people, and not to create hardship for them.Its Executive Chairman, Babatunde Fowler allayed fears that the increase in VAT may cause hardship for the poor, stating that VAT is charged on consumption and capacity to consume.He said: When you dont consume certain categories of goods and services, you are not liable to pay VAT charges on those items. VAT
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Lafarge Africa lists 7.43b rights shares
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Lafarge Africa Plc yesterday formally completed its N89.2 billion rights issue with the listing of additional 7.43 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each that arose from the new issue at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).With the listing of the additional 7.43 billion ordinary shares, the total issued and fully paid up shares of Lafarge Africa increased from 8.67 billion ordinary shares to 16.108 billion ordinary shares.Lafarge Africa had offered 7.43 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at
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CWG chief: digital economy way out for Africa
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
For Africa to build a more viable economy which will ultimately turn the continent into a technology driven knowledge-based economy, it must embrace digitilisation, a technology firm, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc, has said.Its Ag. CEO/MD, Mr Adewale Adeyipo who joined other leaders at the 7th Africa CEOs Forum, in Kigali, Rwanda, advocated for an inclusive ecosystem that can aid technological development on the continent, adding that Africas labour market is currently being disrupted as ov
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Stanbic IBTC celebrates gender-balanced workforce
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Stanbic IBTC has again highlighted its resolve to maintain a gender-balanced workforce to ensure it continues to provide quality financial services to clients.The pledge was given at the 2019 Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network (BWN) fifth anniversary event held in Lagos.The BWN, inaugurated five years ago, has consistently organised the BWN event to commemorate the yearly International Womens Day (IWD) celebrations. The 2019 IWD theme: #BalanceForBetter, was a significant opportunity for Stanbic IB
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CBN lauds Ecobanks Sustainability Efforts
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has recognized and awarded Ecobank Nigeria on its laudable sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The CBN at its 2018 annual awards for sustainability in Lagos, recognized Ecobanks activities in four categories which include Sustainability Bank of the Year;; Sustainability Bank of the Year -oil and gas; Sustainability Bank of the Year -power sector and the Women Empowerment category the bank was first runners up in all four catego
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IFC: Nigerias private capital to GDP rate low
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Nigeria has low private capital to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate, which remains a major consideration that foreign investors consider in making their investments in countries, Country Managing Director at International Finance corporation (IFC), Mrs. Eme Essien, has said.Speaking yesterday at the FirstBank 125 years anniversary in Lagos, she said the level of risk and regulatory environment are deterring foreign capital inflows to the economy.According to her, fixing these challenges will at
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Transcorp to scale up power business with $2.5b new investment
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) Plc will scale up its power business with additional investment of about $2.5 billion as the conglomerate seeks to consolidate the profitability of its businesses.The board and management of the conglomerate yesterday presented the underlying facts behind its operations to the investing public at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).Chairman, Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu, said the conglomerates power subsidia
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