NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 30 November, 2017.

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has dropped a hint he might recontest in 2019 for a second term of four years.
He gave the hint jokingly on Tuesday night while interacting with the Nigerian community in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
He is in Abidjan for the fifth European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit.
Though some APC governors had also recently adopted Buhari as the sole candidate of the APC for the 2019 elections, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had declared that the party would follow normal democratic process in choosing its flagbearer in the 2019 presidential election.
Buhari, while apologising for keeping those that came for the interactive session waiting, explained that he insisted on having governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi present so that Nigerians in Côte d’Ivoire from the two states will be happy that he was accompanied by their governors and possibly earn him votes in future.
“First, I want to apologise for keeping you for too long seating; this is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting. This is why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you, when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians, if you tell them that their governors were in the accompany of the president, I think that will be another vote for me in future. I’m very pleased that they were able to turn up,” he said and the hall erupted in laughter and applause.
The president also said his support for President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, despite serving as minister in a PDP-led government was to further confirm his remarks at his inauguration on May 29, 2015, that he belonged to everybody and nobody in particular.
The president, who was reacting to Adesina’s gratitude to his administration for supporting him to get the job which led him to become the first Nigerian to head the continental bank since it was set up in 1964, said: “The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) forgot to mention that he was serving in the PDP government as minister but all the same I picked him and recommended him for AfDB. I think it emphasised what I said during my swearing in that I’m for everybody, I’m for nobody. As long as you are a Nigerian, be prepared to be on the receiving end from me.”
President Buhari also commended Asiwaju Tinubu for bringing him a beautiful piece of information, which he was not aware of “until now.”
The president however did not disclose what “beautiful” piece of information it was but promised to discuss it in detail with the former two-term governor of Lagos State.
 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Following a recent 30-man committee set up by the Federal Government, to review the minimum wage so as to reflect the current economic realities, workers are now blowing hot.
Organised Labour said in Lagos, yesterday, that the any governor who owes workers’ salaries shoud not expect their votes in 2019.
They promised to scrutinise those who would present themselves for governorship positions in 2019 as well as determine their competencies before voting for them.
This was made known, yesterday, by the General Secretary of Textile Union Workers, Isa Aremu, who insisted that the 2019 election would be determined by dignity of labour and commitment to payment of workers’ salary.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, in response to the government’s plan to raise workers’ salary, by the newly-inaugurated committee, Aremu said governors who refuse to pay workers’ salaries when due and those who criminalise workers, on account of deficiency in skills, would not get workers’ votes. He added that labour would be partisan and political in its interest, based on those who pay salaries.
“Dignity of labour will not be ensured if workers are not paid when due. Workers have the right to employment,” he added.
The general secretary said labour would conduct competence test for governors with a view to judging them based on their indices.
“It will involve skills like: ‘do you pay workers when due; Do you engage workers in social dialogue or in dictatorship policies? among others,” Aremu said.
He noted that for the country to properly recover from recession, workers’ salary must be increased amnd advised the 30-member minimum wage committee inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari, earlier in the week, not to spend more than six months to dialogue as time has already gone by.

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Since March 28, 2015, when the All Progressives Congress, (APC) displaced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) many state governors have owed workers’ salaries and allowances for many months.
The development forced the Federal Government to release Paris Club Debt refunds to states, to enable them clear arrears of workers’ salaries.
On Monday, November 27, president Buhari instructed the Ministry of Finance to release 50 percent balance of the Paris Club refund to the states, to enable them to clear salary arrears before Christmas.
On Tuesday, governors said the Christmas deadline to clear salaries may not be feasible

But, the governors are still saying that they would not be able to do that even with the latest fund which is about to be released to them.
To this end, the labour leader has declared that labour would be partisan and political in its interest, based on those who paid salary.
“Dignity of labour will not be ensured if workers are not paid when due. Workers have the right to employment,” he added.
The general secretary said labour would conduct competence test for governors with a view to judging them based on their indices. Such test will involve skills like: ‘do you pay workers when due? Do you engage workers in social dialogue or in dictatorship policies? And several other issues,” Aremu said.
He noted that for the country to properly recover from recession, workers’ salaries must be increased.
He advised the 30-member minimum wage committee inaugurated by the president not to spend more than six months to dialogue as lots of time had already gone by.

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, yesterday, announced the suspension of embattled Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir H. Gwarzo, from office, to allow for an unhindered investigation into several allegations of financial impropriety and impunity leveled against him.
Also suspended with him are two management staff of the Commission – Mr. Abdulsalam Naif Habu, Head of Media Division and Mrs. Anastasia Omozele Braimoh, Head of Legal Department, alleged to have engaged in financial impropriety in the Commission.
The Minister in a statement released in  Abuja said the suspension was in line with the Public Service Rules (PSRs) 03405 and 03406.
Adeosun, said the Ministry  has already set up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry (API) to investigate and determine the culpability of the Director-General, even as she directed the suspended SEC Director-General to immediately handover to the most senior officer at the Commission, pending the conclusion of investigation by the API.
Gwarzo has had a litany of weighty allegations hanging on his neck, including running the capital market like a mafia lord, who travels outside the country without handing over to the most senior official.
He was also accused of several underhand dealings including awarding contracts to his firms and relations without recourse to due process.
The situation drew the anger of several stakeholders who asked him to step down for full investigation into the allegations.
Gwarzo’s journey to crisis began when former President Goodluck Jonathan, appointed him as SEC, DG on May 22, 2015, from his Executive Commissioner position.
Having assumed office as DG/CEO, one of the first assignments he allegedly undertook was to hurriedly pay himself a severance package of N104 million as SEC Executive Commissioner, a position he occupied for two and half years before his ascension to the headship of the Commission.
However, the development did not go down well with the internal publics of SEC, as a flurry of petitions flooded the House of Representatives after stiff opposition mounted by the acting head of SEC’s Legal Department, Frana Chuwuogo, failed to stop him.
Beside the above hefty allegation, a petitioner alleged the SEC DG had been awarding contracts to his family members and friends, in violation of the rules guiding the Commission.
It said Gwarzo, his family members and certain directors of the Commission were shareholders and directors in companies “used to carry out the alleged illegal transactions”.
Details of the “illegality” were stated, with at least four different accounts said to be traced to him.

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In their reactions, capital market stakeholders expressed divergent views on the SEC boss’s suspension.
According to Boniface Okezie, National Coordinator, Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria, the Minister took a hasty decision as this will drag us back to where we are coming from because I believe Gwarzo has done a lot to sanitise the market and a lot of people won’t be happy. This is an unnecessary interference as SEC did this in the Nigerian stock Exchange years ago using Arunma Oteh to interfere when the council approved the erstwhile CEO’s retirement and today we have not gotten out of that problem. This brought lack of confidence in the market and I hope her hasty decision will not plunge the market into darkness again.
For his part, Timothy Adesiyan, President, Nigeria Shareholders Solidarity Association, said it is a right step in the right direction as the action of the Ministry of Finance was to ensure that there are no unnecessary interference during their investigation.


Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its 15 days strike action with effect from Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
ASUP President, Usman Yusuf Dutse, disclosed this, yesterday, at a press conference held at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi.
The union is currently holding its 14 National Delegates Conference in Bauchi, co-hosted by the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi and the Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi.
Dutse said the decision to suspend the strike was because of the consideration of its impact on the society, including parents and students and pleas on the union by well-meaning Nigerians and other stakeholders.
The ASUP president recalled that on November 13, 2017, members of the union nation-wide withdrew their services on the directive of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union on an indefinite strike action.
Dutse listed the issues that led to their action to include non- implementation of the report of the NEEDS ASSESSEMNT survey of polytechnics, sustained shortfall in personnel releases and withdrawal of their allowances since December, 2015, and non-payment of promotion arrears. He disclosed other issues to include non-implementation of staff salaries in some state-owned polytechnics, infractions in the appointment process of rectors of polytechnics, non-release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears, non-passage of amendment bill of the polytechnic act and continued victimisation of officers of the union.

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Dickson Okafor Chief Tobby Anumaka, Patron Okpoko Igbo and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Henry Akubuiro For over two decade, Linus Okorie, the founder of GOTNI (Guardians of the Nation 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Job Osazuwa Mr. Raphael Ogbebor is aspiring to become the chairman of Esan West Local Government Area 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Vivian Onyebukwa A philanthropist and Igbo leader in Lagos, Chief Chika Nwokedi, has said that only 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Nigeria former international, Austin Eguavoen, has said that it would be very 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The return match of the International Skate Soccer Fiesta played by physically challenged athletes from 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Ighodalo Isiramen Former Super Eagles handler Bonfrere Jo has expressed delight at the strength of 


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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The Nigeria Football Supporters Club, NFSC on Wednesday resolved that the office of President General 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Top female wrestlers dumped doubts as to whether they can be dethroned at the ongoing maiden edition 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
FG, States, LG's share N4.55trn in 9 months By Adewale Sanyaolu The Federal Government plan to enlarge 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
From Magnus Eze, Abuja Worried by the estimated 17 million housing deficit in the country, stakeholders, 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Louis Ibah The Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) yesterday released the final report on 


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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Zika Bobby The quality assurance team of Kreston, a global network of independent account firms, has 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
From Uche Usim, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, yesterday disclosed why the Federal 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
From Kemi Yesufu, Abuja The House of Representatives has commenced investigation into the role played 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Miss Gbenjo Olasubomi, a 15 year old pupil of Good Shepherd Comprehensive High School, Lagos state, yesterday 

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The Debt Management Office (DMO) yesterday stated that based on documents recently received from the 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Zika Bobby The quality assurance team of Kreston, a global network of independent account firms, has 


Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Mr. Yemi Adetunji, managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Retail, on Tuesday, 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
From Paul Osuyi, Asaba About four people were reportedly killed when suspected arsonists invaded Ogwashi-Uku 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has appealed to Nigerians 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Lukman Olabiyi A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of former governor of Abia State, Dr. 


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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, has called for the collaboration between 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
From Tony John, Port Harcourt Teachers in Rivers State have unanimously endorsed Governor Nyesom Wike, 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
From Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Former envoy to Canada, Ambassador Dare Bejide, has said former Vice President, 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Seven people, including a pregnant woman, were crushed to death in an accident involving a white Volvo 


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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire, Kemi Yesufu and Fred Itua, Abuja President 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC), being one of the youngestpara-military security 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
It's just the right season to bless the world and ourselves with the gifts of goodwill. As writers, 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
It is fast beginning to look like a game of wits. An eyeball-to-eyeball affair. The miscellany of individual 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The embattled duo is bitterly at loggerheads and at the crossroads at the same time. They are talking 


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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has inspired many of my interventions on this space. In one popular 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
SOME countries have found it necessary to expand the participation of their citizens living abroad in 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Aniefiok Ikoh When the general system for mobile (GSM) telecommunication licenses were issued in 2001 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Percy Owaiye YOU can accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of all you like, and like all humans, he has 


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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Kehinde Aderemi William Shakespeare was correct when he said: ' There is a tide in the affairs of 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
By Ali M Ali Time flies. Rapidly, especially when you are constantly engaged mentally and physically. 

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
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