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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 14 March, 2021 Edition)

Late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and Goodluck Jonathan

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I consulted Niger Delta leaders when Yar’Adua nominated me as deputy — Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday, said he consulted with Niger Delta leaders, including the late oil mogul and philanthropist, High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, after his nomination as the running mate to the late President Umaru Yar’Adua in the 2007 presidential race.

Jonathan, who spoke in the Lulu-kiri, Abonnema Local Government Area of Rivers State, during Lulu-Briggs’s funeral, described the deceased as a father, urging his heir, Dumo Lulu-Briggs, to walk in the shoes of his father whom he said came from humble beginnings and became successful.

Though the late billionaire’s widow, Seinye, was noticeably absent, dignitaries from all walks of life from within and outside the country graced the ceremony.

Farmer-herder crisis: Six states reject FG’s livestock scheme

Six state governments, namely Delta, Cross River, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, and Edo have said they will not donate any land to be used as grazing reserves for herdsmen under the National Livestock Transformation Programme.

However, 17 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as three southern states, namely Ekiti, Ondo, and Ebonyi, have signed up for the programme.

The Federal Government had in February said it had mapped out 30 grazing reserves across the country for the planned implementation of the NLTP. The government said the implementation of the programme would result in a lasting solution to the farmers-herders crisis in the country.

Nigeria, others’ debts not sustainable –Adesina

The President, African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has described as unsustainable the debts owed by African countries, including Nigeria, saying it has become worrying.

He noted that it had become expedient to address the continent’s debt and development finance challenges, so as to avoid another “lost decade” and build resilient economies.

He added that the time is now for one last debt relief for Africa but that such relief would require that African countries credibly commit to their share of the deal through bold gover­nance reforms to eliminate all forms of leakages in public resources, improvement in domestic resource mobilisation and enhanced transparency.

FG halts USSD banking services proposed disconnection

The Federal government has directed Mobile Network Operators to put on hold the impending suspension of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data services.

The directive was given by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, according to a statement titled ‘Impending suspension of USSD banking services put on hold’. The statement was signed by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Femi Adeluyi, on Saturday.

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria had announced on Friday that they would disconnect banks from USSD services on Monday due to their over N42bn debt.

Tinubu urges govt to convert unoccupied public lands to ranches

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday spoke on the farmer-herder crisis, urging state governments to convert unoccupied public lands to ranches for herdsmen. “Unoccupied public land can be fenced into grazing areas or ranches and leased to herders on a very low-cost, nominal basis,” Tinubu said in a statement he signed and titled, Statement on the herders crisis.

He also enjoined the Federal Government to convene a meeting of all state governors, security officials, traditional and religious leaders, including representatives of herders and farmers, to find solutions to the lingering conflict.

In recent times, nomadic herders have been accused of trespassing on farms and destroying crops with their cows in several parts of the country, particularly in the South-West. Some herdsmen have also been accused of raping, kidnapping, and killing in host communities.

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