* I’ll take Nigeria to the next level, says Buhari (Punch) * Security operatives arrest UNILAG Union leaders (PremiumTimes)

* I’ll take Nigeria to the next level, says Buhari (Punch)              * Security operatives arrest UNILAG Union leaders (PremiumTimes)



I’ll take Nigeria to the next level, says Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday promised to take Nigeria to the next level despite the nation’s current challenges. Buhari made the promise in his remarks at the induction of the Nigerian Air Force’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Tsaigumi, in Kaduna. A copy of his speech was made available to journalists by the Presidency’s media office. The President said his administration was determined to overcome all challenges militating against the country’s security and development. Read more

Security operatives arrest UNILAG Union leaders (PremiumTimes)

The police on Thursday stormed the homes of two leaders of the University of Lagos chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and arrested them. Joseph Adefolalu and Adekola Adetomiwa were arrested between 1.30 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Thursday allegedly at the instance of the university’s vice-chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Premium Times learnt. The institution’s non-academic staff had been at loggerheads with the university management over the sharing of funds disbursed by the federal government for the payment of entitlements last year. This week, the university was forced to postpone, indefinitely, its convocation earlier scheduled to hold between February 19 and 22. Read more

Not all Herdsmen are Killers’ (Nation)

A Fulani herdsman, Alhaji Salifu Jimba, who claimed  he had spent several years peacefully in Akoko area of Ondo state on Thursday blamed his colleagues who indulged in the attack of fellow human beings. He described their actions as callous, saying not all herdsmen are killers. Jimba said he has been living in Akokoland doing his legitimate job without confrontation. According to him, the people of Akoko are accommodating and friendly, stressing that those attacking people and destroying their crops are’ black sheep’. Read more

Buhari loyalists urge President to veto revised poll timetable (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari’s loyalists, under the aegis of Buhari Support Organisation, Enugu State Chapter, have urged him to veto the revised election timetable, which was adopted by the Senate on Wednesday. According to the fresh poll timetable, as revised by the Senate and the House of Representatives Conference Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act, the 2019 elections will commence with that of the National Assembly, followed by governorship and State Houses of Assembly polls, while the presidential election comes last. Read more

Dogara woos Swedish investors in power, ICT sectors (Guardian)

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, has urged Swedish businessmen to invest in Nigeria to create job opportunities for its teeming population. A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Turaki Hassan, in Abuja on Thursday said Dogara made the call when he received the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Inger Ulvedt, in his office. The speaker said that Nigeria was the second largest trade partner to Sweden in Sub-Sahara Africa and had an existing cordial relationship between both countries and their citizens. Read more

Aisha Buhari, Dabiri-Erewa task Nigerians on tolerance, peace (Guardian)

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday in Abuja urged Nigerians to live in peace, learn to tolerate and appreciate one another, irrespective of religion or tribe. Buhari, made the call at the Fourth International Conference on Love and Tolerance: “Countering Violent Extremism” organised by Ufuk Dialogue in partnership with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Buhari who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Dr Hajo Sani, said that tolerance and peace were some of the pillars that sustain the structures of a nation. Read more

Former AIG backs creation of State police (PremiumTimes)

A former Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Raimi Odofin, on Thursday said the country was mature enough for the creation of state police to strengthen machinery for tackling security challenges. Mr. Odofin told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that the number of policemen in the country was inadequate for the recurring security challenges across the nation. Mr. Odofin said that it was time for Nigerians to accept the creation of state police in spite of the fear that state governors would abuse it. Read more

FG orders NNPC to end fuel crisis this week (Vanguard)

The Federal Government, Thursday, ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to bring an end to the lingering fuel crisis before the end of the weekend. Addressing newsmen on the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit, NIPS, scheduled to hold between February 18 and 22, 2018, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, said the government is highly concerned about the growing fuel queues and is already working round the clock to address the crisis. Read more

OPDS deploys swamp buggy to rid Delta creeks of illegal refineries (Guardian)

The Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) on Thursday deployed Swamp buggy, a specially designed amphibious vehicle, to destroy illegal refineries in Delta. The OPDS team, constituting the Nigerian Navy, Army, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Custom Service personnel, was led by OPDS MARITIME Component Commander, Commodore Adebamiji Ololowo.A Swamp buggy is a purpose-built or modified motor vehicle used to move around difficult terrain or waterlogged swamp. The team swooped on illegal refineries in Bennett Island, Warri South Local Government Area, and destroyed more than 20 metallic tanks, 10 plastic storage tanks, pipes and other equipment used to perpetrate illegalities. Read more

Kachikwu: FG’s inability to address logistics, policy issues responsible for Fuel Scarcity (ThisDay)

The current scarcity of petrol and its attendant queues at petrol service stations across Nigeria has lingered for this long because the federal government has been unable to address the logistics and policy issues that could end the scarcity, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said on Thursday. Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja to intimate journalists on the ministry’s plan to host a new oil and gas conference and exhibition — the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) — next week in Abuja, Kachikwu explained that the country would have to address certain fundamental policy issues especially with regards to the price of petrol to make the scarcity go away. Read more

PHEDC distributes energy-saving bulbs to A’Ibom community (Nation)

In a bid to cut down on energy consumption by its customers, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) on Thursday distributed power-saving bulbs to Mbiatok community in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom state. Speaking at the distribution ceremony, Mr Godwin Orovwiroro, Head Customer Service, PHEDC said that the LED bulb consumed less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs. Orovwiroro said that the LED bulb has a minimum lifetime of 10, 000 hours or five years, stressing that every household should use it to save energy. Read more

Oil: Nigeria still being cheated in PSC earnings by IOCs, report indicates (ThisDay)

the 2017 Benchmarking Exercise — conducted by the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) has disclosed that the current earnings of the Nigerian government from crude oil production sharing contracts (PSCs) it signed with international oil companies (IOCs) operating in her oil fields are amongst the lowest in the world. The NNRC report also noted that at the moment, the fiscal regime that applies to Nigeria’s production of crude oil was skewed more in favour of the IOCs than to the country which owns the oil, adding that the administration of oil-related taxes in the country were still very complex, thus leaving a lot of loopholes that IOCs leverage to shortchange her. Read more

Ex-Airways staff raises alarm over FG’s N45b entitlements (Nation)

A former staff of the defunct Nigeria Airways, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf, has raised alarm over the N45 billion approved by the Federal Government to offset the entitlements of the staff of the former national carrier. President Muhammadu Buhari, in December, last year, approved the payment of the former staff of the Nigeria Airways, and ordered that the payment be done before Christmas. But up till now, the payment is yet to be actualised, situation that made the beneficiaries to cry out. In a petition he wrote to the Federal Government, and obtained by The Nation in Kano, yesterday, Yusuf alleged that some highly-placed government officials have formed a bogus union in the name of the bonafied staff of the Nigeria Airways to sabotage the payment. Read more

Man docked for allegedly smuggling $23,000 inside birthday cake (Vanguard)

Dim Chukwuneye Williams who allegedly attempted to smuggle $23,000 from US into the country by concealing it inside a cake, on Thursday appeared in an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. Williams who resides in Anambra, is standing trial on a two-count charge of attempting to procure the commission of acts and unlawful smuggle. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Prosecutor, Insp. Oladele Adebayo, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 8, at No. 6, Gbolade Adebanjo St., Ilupeju, Lagos. Read more

Oliseh attacks Dutch club over sacking (Punch)

Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Sunday Oliseh was on Wednesday ‘suspended’  by  struggling Dutch second division  club Fortuna Sittard over “unacceptable actions”. Oliseh, who was appointed by the  Eerste Divisie  side as their manager  on December 27, 2016 came under pressure from the outfit’s hierarchy after the team  slid down the table after suffering their fourth straight loss. The former  Ajax and Juventus midfielder, who became a cult hero  at Fortuna Sittard Stadion after  helping  Sittard escape  relegation last season, was reportedly sacked by the club   last month,  but the Dutch side  denied the reports. Read more

Nigeria drop in latest FIFA Ranking (Soccernet)

Nigeria’s Super Eagles dropped one spot from 51st to 52nd position in the latest FIFA /Coca-Cola World ranking released on Thursday. Also on the continent, Nigeria moved up one place from number eight to seventh position despite finishing as runner-up in the recently concluded African Nations Championship (CHAN), Tunisia moved from second position to top spot on the continent. West African nation Senegal dropped from top to second positions in Africa and 23rd and 27th spots in the world respectively. Congo DR moved from fourth to third position on the continent, CHAN champion, Morocco moved from fifth to fourth position, while Egypt dropped from third to fifth spot on the continent. Read more

Nigeria slips to 52nd, Iceland hits All-time High 18th (ThisDay)

As reported by Thisday last week, Nigeria’s second place finish in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco early this month played no significant role as Super Eagles dropped to 52nd spot in the February rankings released by FIFA Thursday. Nigeria’s cumulative point of 606 as against the 651 of January ensured that the three-time African champions failed to return to global top 50. Read more

Conte eyes squad rotation to tackle tough fixtures ahead (SBS)

“For sure, we have in front of us two weeks that will be tough. For this reason I think it is right to have a plan to take on the two tough weeks in the right way,” Italian Conte told a news conference on Thursday. “At the same time, as you know very well, we want to try to go through to the next round in the FA Cup.” Chelsea are fourth in the league and 19 points adrift of leaders City with 11 games left, but Conte said a good run was vital to maintain their advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal who are directly below them in the league. Read more

Andy Murray drops out from the Top 20 for the first time in 10 years! (Tennisworldusa)

Many players entered and dropped out from the Top 20 of the ATP rankings list in the past 10 years but one thing was certain, that you could find Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray among the elite. That all changed this Monday when Andy Murray slid down to 21st place, bowing out from the Top 20 for the first time since April 14, 2008! Former world number 1 stayed in this group for 512 weeks or 9 years and 9 months before he fell down to 21st this week after not being able to play since Wimbledon. Read more

Roger Federer reveals next career goal as world No.1 pursuit begins (Ibtimes)

Roger Federer might be just two wins away from becoming the oldest world number one in tennis history, but the 20-time grand slam champion is already looking ahead to his next challenge. A semi-final finish at this week’s Rotterdam Open will be enough to replace Rafael Nadal atop of the ATP rankings, yet the 36-year-old still is wasting little time identifying new targets. Federer has outlined ambitions of reaching 100 career singles titles on the men’s tour, something only one other player has achieved. The Swiss is currently on 96 after winning the Australian Open and aims to join American Jimmy Connors, who leads the way on 109. Read more

Maria Sharapova OUT of Dubai tournament with another injury (Express)

Sharapova, who had a accepted a wildcard to make her first appearance at the tournament since 2006, decided to withdraw citing a forearm strain. Sharapova lost her opening round match at the Qatar Open on Monday to Romania’s Monica Niculescu in three sets and is currently ranked No 41 in the world. The 30-year-old Russian has a 21-10 win-loss record since her return from a doping ban last April. The news of Sharapova’s withdrawal from the Dubai tournament comes on the same day as American World No 14 Keys, who was expected to make her Dubai debut, announced her withdrawal due to illness. Read more

Hero teacher shot dead shielding students from Florida school gunman (Metro)

Tearful tributes have been paid to an heroic geography teacher shot dead trying to protect students during the Florida school shooting. Scott Beigel, 35, is believed to have been struck by a bullet after letting students take shelter in his classroom and trying to close the door as suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz walked past. Student Kelsey Friend told CNN ‘I am alive today because of him. Speaking later to CNN, she added: ‘He unlocked the door and let us in. ‘I thought he was behind me but he wasn’t. Read more

Ramaphosa elected president of South Africa, vows anti-corruption fight (Reuters)

Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa’s president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. The road back to prosperity and self-respect under Ramaphosa, 65, who became ANC head in December, will be long and hard in a nation still polarised by race and inequality more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule. Still, Zuma’s departure late on Wednesday provided evidence of the strength of South Africa’s democratic institutions, from the courts to the media and the constitution. Read more

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