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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 8 November, 2017.

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara have warned against selective implementation of the 2018 budget as well as reckless borrowings by the Presidency.

In his opening remarks, during the joint session of the National Assembly when President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill, Saraki minced no words when he declared:  “We must ensure that our borrowing is targeted at productive projects that will stimulate the economy. We must ensure real value for money in projects funded by borrowing, and make doubly sure that the projects are not overpriced.”

Dogara, on his part, said non-implementation of the budget was the same crime as corruption, while warning that the roll over of the 2017 budget would be predicated on how far the executive implemented capital components of the Act before end of the year.

The Senate President, while speaking on job creation, said although the country had officially exited recession, Nigerians were yet to feel the impact.

“People are seeking to get back to work but cannot find jobs. Entrepreneurs want to restart their businesses but are finding it difficult to access the needed capital. As for our farmers, the last thing they want is for produce to go to waste because people cannot afford to buy. Looking around today, we see that many of our undergraduates are apprehensive about their graduation day and our National Youth Corps members are not looking forward to the end of the service year, for fear of being tagged ‘unemployed.’

“While I commend your current efforts at tackling unemployment, especially among the youths, through federal youth programmes such as YouWin, N-Power, and YES-Programme, deliberate steps must be taken to make the 2018 budget a job oriented one. We must move beyond budgetary provisions without adequate funding available for the execution of projects- and ensure that selection of contractors as well as the release of funds, are transparent. We must, therefore, make project completion a top priority, especially those projects that directly impact the lives of our people,” he said.

In his remarks, Dogara said as legislators, what agitated them was the prospects of totally abandoning the 2017 budget and the dire consequences of doing so.

“The questions that must be answered include whether we have effectively enforced 2017 fiscal targets and whether managers have complied with the budget as authorised by the legislature. Our experience with the implementation of the 2016 budget amply demonstrates that obeying our appropriation laws maximises the release of our potentials while violating the appropriation laws caps the release of our national potentials.

“This means that we have to redouble our efforts in implementing the 2017 budget, if we must retire it in January or at the very least roll over most of the projects in 2017 budget to 2018. No need to remind us that fiscal indiscipline is as grievous a problem as corruption, which this government is busy eliminating.

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered all government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) from engaging in any form of recruitment without obtaining presidential clearance.

The decision is to prevent swelling their expenses and ultimately altering the implementation of the budget.

President Buhari gave the order in Abuja, while presenting the N8.6 trillion 2018 budget before the joint session of the National Assembly.

He said government remains determined to grow the economy and as such would run a trim and efficient workforce.

President Buhari said government expects 2018 to be a year of better outcomes.

“The tepid economic recovery is expected to pick up pace and the global political terrain is expected to stabilise. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is anticipating global GDP growth of 3.7 per cent in 2018. Emerging markets and developing economies are expected to lead with GDP growth of 4.9 percent, while advanced economies are projected to grow at a slower rate of 2 percent,” he stated.

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Posters and handbills by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), calling on Biafrans to boycott election in Anambra State and other states, have flooded streets and roads in Onitsha, and other areas.

The posters had picture of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu with inscriptions like, ‘No election in Biafran land and Anambra State,’  and ‘Vote for referendum’ were pasted at strategic places, telling the  people to stay indoors during the November 18 Anambra governorship election.

Police in the state had, last week, arrested two IPOB members with the posters in Onitsha, but, despite that, the group went ahead to circulate the posters and handbills, insisting that governorship election in Anambra State should be boycotted.

The group said it would serve as civil disobedience, pending when a referendum will be conducted for exit of Biafra people in Nigeria.

It was gathered that the posters were seen two days ago with different messages and pictures, while some bore Kanu’s picture while others had the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s picture, telling residents to sit-at-home or boycott the forthcoming election.

Reacting to the boycott call, Chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) in the state, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme cautioned IPOB for trying to create unnecessary tension, and said  it would be detrimental and despicable if the election is boycotted.

Ezekwueme, however, urged every citizen of the state to participate in the election, just as he advised the people to vote for a candidate that will be responsible for their welfare.

Also, Board Chairman, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi advised pro-Biafran groups to participate in the election and elect credible people that will pilot affairs of the state and the country at large.

Umeagbalasi, who gave the advice when the leadership of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), led by Mr. Uchenna Madu, visited him in his office in Onitsha, said referendum would come through dialogue and agreement and not by force.

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has been told not to introduce third party representation in negotiations for the release of $300 million Abacha loot domiciled in the State of Jersey, the biggest territory in the Channels Island.

The late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, allegedly stashed the funds in Jersey, through a Lebanese simply called Bhojwani.

According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the government of Jersey Island has insisted that the remaining Abacha loot would not be released to Nigeria if a third party representation is brought into the picture.

The federal government had  succeeded in the negotiation and the repatriation of £22.5 million loot from the Island, but, the money could not be located. This prompted the EFCC to quiz a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Damian Dodo.

The readiness to release the remaining loot was conveyed to the Nigerian delegation by the Attorney General of Jersey Island, Robert J. MacRae (QC), on the sidelines of the ongoing Seventh Session of Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, holding in Vienna, Austria.

MacRae expressly stated that negotiations in respect of repatriation in respect of the $300 million, being part of the Abacha loot, between Nigeria and Jersey Island, involving the United States of America, “must be government to government” 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Anambra State Deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke has called on politicians and their supporters in his (Okeke) community not to disrupt the ongoing development process in the area, saying that the election should not be used as a tool of division in the community.

He said this on Tuesday in a meeting with Ofu Obi Youth Forum in Enugwu-Ukwu community, his hometown.

According to him, any vote from Enugwu-Ukwu voter to another political party was like disrupting the ongoing development process in the town, saying that elections would always come and go with its stories of winners and good losers but in brotherhood they shall remain for life.

“Election had never brought disunity in this community and it will not happen in my time, we are brothers, let’s watch each other’s back” he said

He said if his kinsmen from Enugwu-Ukwu community support him by voting his party, APGA in their re-election bid, posterity would hold him accountable if he fails to keep his own pact with the people.

Okeke said that the level of infrastructural development in the community was amazing when compared to what was on ground since the creation of the state. He said the community has no better time than now to appreciate his efforts in attracting the much he had done in a little space of time in office. 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
By Zika Bobby Member, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chief Rommy 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
By Chidera Akalonu South African based goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi is expected to make a late arrival to 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Excitement ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup' is continuing to build, with matches over the next two 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Kida is excited at the possibility of Nigeria 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has set aside N35.4 billion to address the housing needs of its workforce under 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
As VAIDS begins video campaign From Uche Usim, Abuja The Federal Government yesterday said it will 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
By Olabisi Olaleye with agency report 08094000013, 08111813040 In a couple of weeks, 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
By Olabisi Olaleye Stakeholders in the information and technology industry, under the aegis Broadband 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Good day sir, I have been having so many problems in my family and I continued praying and trusting 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Air travellers, commuters groan on Airport road By Job Osazuwa and Louis Iba It was loads of groaning, 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Before going into the very interesting text message sent to me by Colonel P.A. Clark (rtd), I will first 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Our dear President and Vice President, I am sorry to use a public medium to write to Your Excellencies 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Encore Reinhold Neibhur once rightly stated that 'man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible. 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
People of the Eastern Nigeria, I am Dr. Chike Obi, Okunagba Ozala, Leader and Secretary-General of 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
From Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri Multiple explosions at a farmland in Maiduguri, Borno State, killed 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
From Ben Dunno, Warri The military has commenced deployment of military hardware to coastal settlements 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Nigercem to resume produce (production) as core investor mobilises (mobilizes, preferably) to site 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Orders MDAs to wear armed forces emblem From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
By Festus Enegide In a letter dated October 16, 2017 and addressed to Gov. Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
From Fred Itua, Abuja Senate has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to abolish the Excess Crude Account 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
By Anene Ajaegbo Competition in Anambra State is stiff and fierce, be it in commerce and trade, industry, 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Arrangements have been concluded for the upcoming South East Economic Summit 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
By Edidiong Esara Albert Einstein was so good a physicist that after his death, a pathologist took out 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
By Chukwudi Enekwechi As President Muhammadu Buhari administration's diversification programme gathers 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
IT is heartening that more than 47 years after the Nigerian civil war, the Federal Government has begun 

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