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For today, August 18 2016:

THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

Niger Delta Avengers agrees to dialogue with government

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is said to have willingly agreed to dialogue with the Federal Government to resolve the lingering crisis in the region. According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the spokesman for the group, Mr. Ballantyne Agiri, in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, said that the NDA had constituted a contact and dialogue group to engage the Federal Government in meaningful talks. READ MORE

Electricity firms face fresh financing hurdles

The improvement in electricity supply in recent times may be short-lived. This has nothing to do with low generation output when the rains stop or the vandalised gas pipelines, which have not been fixed. Rather it is the huge debt burden weighing down the generation companies. READ MORE

Sheriff kicks as Makarfi’s tenure is extended

For hours yesterday, security operatives disrupted the planned national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.As early as 5:00 a.m., hundreds of gun-wielding policemen and officials of the Department of State Security (DSS) had barricaded the two main entrances to the Sharks Stadium, venue of the event, with armoured personnel carriers. READ MORE

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THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

Oil producing states: FG okays 13% derivation fund for Lagos

LAGOS—The Federal Government, yesterday, announced the approval of four of the five Aje Oil wells, discovered in Lagos State and disclosed plans to commence disbursement of 13 per cent derivation fund to the state as an oil producing entity.

Makarfi c’ttee stays for one year as police halt PDP convention, lock Fayose inside Presidential Lodge

PORT-HARCOURT—The tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was extended by 12 months, yesterday, after security operatives stopped the party from proceeding with its convention in Port Harcourt. The convention   was to produce a new leadership for the party. READ MORE

Why I named my dog ‘Buhari’ — Trader

The Police in Ogun State, yesterday, released unconditionally, the 30-year-old trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, who was arrested last Saturday for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’. READ MORE

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER

Report links Jonathan to Niger Delta Avengers

Despite his denial, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has been allegedly fingered in the formation and activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). READ MORE

I’ve nothing to do with Avengers, says ex-president

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has denied having anything to do with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). READ MORE

Makarfi’s term extended as police stop PDP convention

Despite the build-up to it, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention failed to hold yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. READ MORE

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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

PDP convention drama: Wike, others shift poll, extend Makarfi’s term

The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday failed to conduct the election of it national officers. Instead, the party extended the tenure of the Senator Ahmed Markarfi-led caretaker committee by one year. READ MORE

Avengers split over planned dialogue with FG

The Niger Delta Avengers on Wednesday appeared divided over whether or not to engage in a dialogue with the Federal Government over the crisis in the geopolitical zone. READ MORE

No Kanu, no talk with Buhari, says IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Wednesday said it would not enter into any dialogue with the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari in the absence of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

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BUSINESSDAY NEWSPAPER

Brexit decision hits diaspora remittance to Nig., others

Britain's decision to leave the EU is rippling through the global economy via an important but hidden channel: the money that migrant workers in the UK send home to Nigeria and other home countries.

RMAFC visits Lagos to assess request for 13% oil derivation

Lagos is inching close to further boosting its revenues as the Indices and Disbursement Committee of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) is in the state to assess the four Aje Oil Wells in Badagry as a prelude to granting the state right to share from the 13 percent derivation fund exclusive to the nine oil producing states of the federation.

Niger Delta Avengers now willing to dialogue with Federal Government

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is now willing to dialogue with the Federal Government. In a statement issued Wednesday, the militants have willingly agreed to head the call to dialogue with the Federal Government and expressed the hope that government will be sincere in the largest dialogue move. READ MORE

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