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For today, Wednesday, February 10, 2016:

VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

Budget 2016 full of errors, can’t be passed – NASS

ABUJA —The two arms of the National Assembly, NASS, declared, yesterday, that the 2016 budget was full of errors, saying the document could no longer be passed on February 25 as earlier promised. This came on a day the Senate Committee on Gas Resources rejected the N200 million allocation demanded by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources in the budget for the treatment of Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, and another N200 million for a review of Nigeria Gas Master Plan. READ MORE:

Saraki won’t resign unless convicted, says Senate Leader

ABUJA—Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, yesterday told Nigerians that it was wrong to condemn the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, before he was even found guilty by the court. Saraki is standing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, over alleged false assets declaration. Speaking with journalists after a closed-door meeting with the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Ndume said Saraki would not resign his position unless convicted by the court. READ MORE:

FG must create enabling environment to grow economy — Obasanjo

LAGOS — Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, charged the Federal Government to create enabling environment to attract private investment which is needed to grow the economy. Also, the Senate Committee chairman on Trade and Investment, Senator Sam Egwu, charged industries within the county to operate within the laws of the land as the National Assembly was ready to  make laws that would attract investment in Nigeria.

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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

Arakangudu dies, for burial Wednesday

Top Yoruba actor, Sikiru Adesina, popularly called Arakangudu, who died in the early hours of Tuesday, in Kaduna, will be buried on Wednesday (today) in his hometown, Osogbo, Osun State, The PUNCH has learnt. The news of his death has provoked emotions online, with some of his fans paying glowing tributes to him. Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone from his base in Ekiti State, veteran thespian, Chief Jimoh Aliu, said those with the late actor broke the news of his death to him on Tuesday morning. He said, “I was called by those who were with him. They told me that he died after making a noise from his sleep. They told me he died early this morning.” READ MORE:

DSS arrests Nigerian student recruiting terrorists for ISIS

The Department of State Services said in Abuja on Tuesday that it had arrested a student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Abdussalam Yunusa, who was recruiting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. A statement issued by the spokesperson for the security agency, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, said that the suspect was arrested in Kano. He said that the arrest of the suspect was sequel to available intelligence, which he said indicated the suspect’s terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country. READ MORE:

Budget: FG admits errors, threatens sanctions against perpetrators

The Ministry of Budget and National Planning on Tuesday admitted that there were errors in the 2016 Budget, blaming the development on the adoption of the Zero-Based Budgeting System.The ministry stated this in a statement by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mr. Charles Dafe. It explained that while the budget, which was presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari was well structured and targeted at reviving the economy, those responsible for budgeting at the various ministries, departments and agencies of government were still grappling with some of the technicalities used in the fiscal document. READ MORE:

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THE GUARDIAN

FG moves to secure list of properties owned by Nigerians in UAE

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, on Tuesday, said efforts were in top gear to secure list of Nigerians who owned choice properties in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) from proceeds of fraud. Onyeama said this while briefing the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs during the budget defence of the ministry in Abuja.

NASS suspends deadline for passing 2016 budget

SIGNPOSTING the persistence of the confusion that began when the 2016 budget document was declared “missing” at the National Assembly four weeks ago, doubts still remain over the figures allocated to subheads in various ministries, departments and agencies. Now, members of the National Assembly have begun questioning the integrity of the document before them and suddenly announced yesterday the indefinite suspension of the deadline they had earlier fixed for passing the budget. READ MORE:

Military to close markets aiding Boko Haram operations in Borno, Yobe

The Nigerian Army has announced plans to close designated markets in Yobe and Borno where traders have been found to be aiding Boko Haram terrorists with logistic supplies. The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, did not name the markets. READ MORE:

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER

DSS arrests three over bid to rob TSA of N4.5b cash

A plot by a syndicate to steal N4.5 billion from the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) has been foiled by the Directorate of State Services (DSS). The four-man syndicate was about to hack into the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) domiciled in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) to steal the money when the plan was aborted by the under cover security outfit. READ MORE:

Presidency tightens security against terror attack on Villa

All vehicles with tinted glasses are to be searched before being allowed into the Presidential Villa, the Presidency said yesterday. It is all part of the measures to forestall terror attacks at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, according to the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to President Muhammadu Buhari, B Abubakar. In a January 26 circular, he directed all tinted cars and other vehicles to be thoroughly searched.

10 pro-Biafra protesters ‘die’ in Aba

Ten persons were killed and another 20 injured in yesterday’s protest by the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba, Abia State, when the protesters clashed with security agencies. Unconfirmed reports said over 30 members are receiving treatment in various hospitals in the city while another 20 are in detention. A source said the protesters gathered at Ibo National High School for prayers before their plan was aborted. “In the morning, we gathered at Ibo National High School for prayers and address by the Aba coordinator. READ MORE:

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Business Day

Nigeria aviation hub effort stymied by poor infrastructure

Nigeria’s potential to become an aviation hub for Africa, using its natural advantages such as its central location on the continent, huge population and a growing middle class, is being stymied by poor aviation infrastructure and lethargy from a government which urgently needs to diversify its economy away from oil.

Rivers launches school farms, agri-business project

Rivers State has launched a school farm and agribusiness project aimed at kick-starting students interests in commercial farming across the state. Launching the pilot scheme of the project at the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Rumuokwuta in Obio/Akpor local government area of the state, Governor Nyesom Wike said the project will help in enhancing food…

No settlement till MTN pays chunk of fine – minister

Minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu, has said MTN’s out of court settlement with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will not be possible if a substantial amount of the N780 billion ($3.09bn) fine is not paid first. Speaking at an ICT media parley in Lagos, yesterday, Shittu said: “MTN’s board came to me to plead further…

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