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By Donatus Nadi, Abuja The emir of Lafia, Dr Isah Mustapha-Agwai 1, has appealed to Nigerians not to smear or bring down those in positions of authority for personal interests, saying only God can give and take power. The royal father made the appeal when the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, visited him in his palace. The police boss was in Lafia to inaugurate the State Police Command Headquarters donated by Governor Tanko Al-makura. Mustapha-Agwai noted that the two major religions preach against smearing one another image, reputation or saying things about somebody without any proof. “We should always remember the day of resurrection in our actions”, he said. The Emir who is also the chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs expressed dismay at the attitude of those who would always allow themselves to be used by enemies of progress to ruin someone’s reputation. The monarch also commended IGP Idris for putting in place...

E-PAPER JULY 22,2017

E-PAPER JULY 22,2017
BY MUYIWA OYINLOLA, Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Michael Oche, Solomon Ayado and ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja Two years into the first tenure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, the federal government has described its achievements as unprecedented. Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made government’s position known in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP to commemorate the two years anniversary of the present administration. Mohammed noted that the federal government has done exceedingly well in the area of security, revamping of the economy, anti-corruption war and every other area where the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) had promised to effect change during the 2015 presidential campaign. His words: “I say with all sense of humility that what the government has achieved in the area of fight against terrorism is unprecedented. People often forget that at the time the president was being sworn-in on May 29, 2015, over 20 out of 27 local governments in Borno State...
By Michael Oche, Abuja Barely one month after the federal government launched an online platform to register unemployed Nigerian youths,  the site has crashed, LEADERSHIP Sunday checks have revealed. The crash of the online portal is a huge setback for the government’s drive to create more jobs for unemployed Nigerians as unemployed graduates have been groaning over what they described dashed hope to secure a job after years of unemployment. The site, according to the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), is meant to obtain and maintain a data bank on employment and vacancies in the country, as well as a clearing house to link job seekers with vacancies in collaboration with other government agencies. The site, www.jobsforall.ng, which was launched on April 5, 2017 recorded over 28,000 youths registering just 18 hours after it was launched. But when our reporter visited the site, the information on the screen read: “Jobsforall.ng Under Maintenance… We apologize...
By Juliana Agbo with Agency Report 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron yesterday took the oath of office as president of France, with a pledge to overcome division in societies. Macron, a centrist France’s youngest ever president, took over from President Francois Hollander, the socialist whose five years in power were plagued by unemployment and attacks. He had beaten his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, to the presidency, winning more than 65 per cent of votes in the May 7, 2017 election. “The whole world has watched our presidential election,” Macron said in his inaugural speech as president, which took place at the Elysee Presidential Palace. “The world and Europe have today, more than ever, a need for France. They want a France that is sure of its destiny. The world needs what French men and woman have always taught it — freedom, equality and fraternity”, he added. He said France was not in decline, but at the...
By YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos As the federal government intensifies efforts towards making dry ports in the hinterland viable, shippers operating in the Northern part of the country have said they will save a whopping N100 billion yeaLEADERSHIP learnt from the shippers that what they spend annually on logistics and freight costs, including cost of individual transportation for coming to ports in Lagos to clear the goods and eventually move them from the port to the Northern part of the country could be reduced by at least N100 billion. A dry port is an inland inter-modal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the transshipment of sea cargoes to inland destinations. The dry port will be designated as port of origin and destination for importation and exportation of goods in and out of the country. The executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Barr....
By Ahuraka Isah, Disturbed by incessant cases of killings across the country by suspected herdsmen, the Senate yesterday ordered the Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to arrest all armed killers masquerading as herdsmen in neighborhoods, forests and farms in different parts of the country. Accordingly, the Red Chamber constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate all cases of killings by terrorist elements who are masquerading as herdsmen nationwide. Noting that it was a matter of urgent national security priority, the Senate declared that the culprits must be brought to justice. Before the directive which came by way of resolution, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC Delta Central) had come under Point of Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule, to draw attention of his colleagues to what he termed “a matter of urgent public national importance” during plenary session yesterday. In the motion titled, ‘Need for urgent National Security intervention to stop the gruesome...
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos The stock market which opened the year on a negative note has made a gain of N2.205 trillion for the first half of 2017. This followed renewed demand for stocks by foreign portfolio and domestic investors on improved macroeconomic developments and foreign exchange. The stock market returned fully back to a positive position in April this year, even as analysts attributed the factors responsible for the appreciation in the equity market to the improvement in the first quarter of 2017 results of quoted companies, compared with the corresponding period of last year and the prospect of better performance in subsequent quarters. Other factors, according to them, include the increase in the supply of foreign exchange, improved crude oil production and price, improved investors’ confidence in the Nigerian economy as well as the financial market, increase in the participation of both the local and foreign investors in the markets and...
By Kelvin Alohan with Agency Reports The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the PDP challenging the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki for lacking in merit. The apex court said it would give in detail, its reasons for the judgment on July 24, 2017. A seven man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onneghen unanimously dismissed the appeal. The CJN stated that the court had gone through the brief earlier, making it easier to arrive at a judgment as quickly as possible. The PDP candidate Mr Ize-Iyamu had approached the apex court filing the dismissal of his appeal at the Appeal Court, which challenged Obaseki’s election as governor.  
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah , MARK ITSIBOR, Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel,   The federal government has so far consolidated over 20,000 bank accounts since the implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the country. Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris who disclosed this, said by aggressively implementing the TSA across board, the federal government has also eliminated multiple banking arrangements that were hitherto used as fraud channels. Speaking at a 2-day workshop for financial correspondents yesterday in Abuja, the AGF noted that the consolidation of accounts has further brought about transparency and effective tracking of government revenues. Stiff implementation of the TSA policy, he said, has among other achievements led to the blocking of leakages and abuse that characterized the public finance management prior to its advent. He said, “As part of our stewardship, TSA has enabled us to make tremendous gains to the federal government and to the Nigerian economy. We have successfully eliminated...