NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 NOVEMBER, 2017].

Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 21 November, 2017.
Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Tributes have been pouring in for former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, just as the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, called on the Federal Government to immortalise him.

Ekwueme passed on in a London clinic on Sunday night, aged 85.

Ohanaeze regretted that the country had lost one of its foremost advocates for a restructured federation.


Its president general, Dr. Nnia Nwodo, described the late leader as “intellectually forthright, engaging, loyal, and outstandingly patriotic.” He added: “As a politician, he was courageous and original in his ideas. Ndigbo have lost a genius, a father and an intellectual giant.”

President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement signed by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, commiserated with the Ekwueme family, the Oko Kingdom and the Aguata Council of Traditional Rulers in Anambra State.

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He said Ekwueme’s counsels on national issues and mediations would be sorely missed, as well as his unwavering commitment to Nigeria’s unity. He noted that the deceased worked assiduously to improve the lot of the underprivileged through the Alex Ekwueme Foundation.

Second Republic president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, under whom the deceased served, said it was with a “deep sense of loss” that he learned about the demise of his “brother”. He commiserated with Nigerians, praying Ekwueme’s soul would rest in peace.

Former Senate President, David Mark, described Ekwueme as a quintessential leader and a hero of democracy.

“He was a forefront politician who brought intellectualism into governance. His quest for excellence, due process and the rule of law in Nigeria will remain a reference point in politics and leadership in many years to come,” Mark said in a statement signed by his spokesman, Paul Mumeh.

Noting that Nigeria and the entire Africa had lost a visionary leader, he said Ekwueme relentlessly struggled for the enthronement of democracy when he led the famous G34 that later metamorphosed into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said Ekwueme’s exploits in politics and leadership included segmentation of the country into six geopolitical zones, adding: “The zonal structure has remained the roadmap for power-sharing arrangement in Nigeria.”

He urged the Federal Government to immortalise the deceased in acknowledgement of his contributions to national development.

A former Minister of Education and PDP chairmanship aspirant, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, described the death as a big blow to the nation.

Reiterating calls for preservation of the late leader’s memory, he urged Buhari to “name a national edifice in remembrance of Ekwueme, as a mark of honour and in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the rule of law, equity, justice and deepening of democratic principles.”




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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Although the Presidency hailed the third quarter (Q3) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday, a break-down indicates manufacturing, a critical sector of the economy, has actually suffered a setback.

The NBS disclosed that the GDP grew by 1.40 per cent, prompting the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, to remark: “The overall picture that emerges is that the economy is on the path of recovery. As inflation trends downwards, and with steady implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), real growth should soon be realised across all sectors in a mutually reinforcing manner.”

But despite manufacturing’s PMI rising to 55.0 points last month, indicating an expansion in the sector for the seventh consecutive month, the NBS data shows that the real GDP growth in the sector in Q3 was -2.85 per cent.


According to the Director-General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Muda Yusuf, the figure is a reflection of the serious setback suffered by the sector over the last couple of months, due to the challenges of foreign exchange, lack of infrastructure and non-availability of cheap working capital.

President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Prof. Segun Ajibola, observed that, while the new growth figures are reassuring, “we must also be sure of the sources of the growth.”

He added that it would amount to “shortsightedness” to celebrate “just the numbers” when they were not realised by deliberate policies and actions of government.

According to Ajibola, “we must scrutinise the data. If the growth is fueled by oil and not non-oil sector, we are still at the same place and it is something to be cautious about.

For the Lagos-based economist, Bismarck Rewane, the growth is better than the earlier numbers, but “would not say whether or not it is a great feat for the country, as the battle for the return of the economy’s fundamentals remains` huge.”

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Statistician General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale had, in the report, insisted that the results also came from internationally-approved parameters like tax receipts from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and other administrative protocols.

United Kingdom-based urban and regional planner, Dr. Innocent Okpanum, described as ‘stunning’ and “impossible” the new Nigeria GDP figure figures.

“Elections are fast approaching, and NBS must have been asked to begin cooking up the GDP growth,” he said.

Okpanum’s position was re-echoed by another development economist, Mr. Odilim Enweagbara, who described the new numbers as “too good to be real, flying from a 0.55 per cent in Q2 to a miraculous level of 1.4 per cent.” Enweagbara insisted that the outcome might have been “politicised for electioneering gains.”

On a year-on-year basis, the GDP figure was higher than the same quarter of 2016 by 1.53 per cent and was -3.49 per cent points lower than the rate recorded in the preceding quarter. Also, growth rate of the sector on a quarter-on-quarter basis stands at 2.59 per cent. Real contribution of the sector to GDP in Q3 2017 is 8.81 per cent.
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The peace accord signed by chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last week has suffered a setback.

One of the aspirants, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja accused the National Caretaker Committee of the party of favouring another aspirant, Uche Secondus, in the activities leading to the planned December 9, 2017 convention.

Adeniran, who spoke through the director of his campaign organisation, Shehu Gabam, alleged that some supporters of Secondus were appointed into the committee to conduct state congresses that would produce delegates for the national convention.


“There is lopsidedness in the composition of the list of the ad-hoc committee that was published last week. A particular state has members in that list and some of them are the leading campaigners for Secondus. Our campaign organization was not consulted to bring one or two persons and I am sure other aspirants were not consulted too.

“So we find it very funny and realized that the spirit behind the signing of the pact is not being respected by the party itself, not the aspirants.

“From Rivers, they have Senator George Sekibo, Austin Okpara, Dr. ThankGod Danagogo and Chief Kenneth Ubani. You can see Emeka Ihedioha leading the campaign for Secondus in that ad-hoc committee list that was released,” the Adeniran group claimed.



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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Officials of the Serbian Football Association are expected in Nigeria soon to discuss with their counterparts in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) possible areas of cooperation, including friendly matches before the Russia 2018 World Cup and camp sites for the Super Eagles.

Serbia, like Nigeria, qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

President of the Nigeria-Serbia Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Temi Gold, whose association is midwifing the project, said he has been in contact with relevant organs of the Serbia Football Federation as well as the Nigeria Football Federation and he foresees no stress in pulling through what he said will be a home and away friendly. “But we must be mindful of the FIFA calendar”, he said.


As part of the preparations for the games, he said the Serbia FA, to be led by its president, will soon visit Nigeria to tie the loose ends, adding that the Serbia FA was delaying its visit to Nigeria because a new Ambassador has just been appointed by the country’s government to Nigeria and “he needs to be properly welcomed this week and issues bothering on the economy and socials will then be discussed.”

He revealed that Serbian firms and their Nigerian counterparts are ready to hook into the friendly once both federations agree on the modalities.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr has appointed former international striker, Victor Agali as one of his scouts ahead of their campaign at the World Cup in Russia next year.




Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Apparently piqued by the publication in some national dailies over alleged non-implementation of the provisions for water, sanitation and hygiene in the 2017 budget for Kogi State the State Commissioner for water resources Barrister Salami Momodu Ozigi has berated the sponsors of the publication for being shallow minded.

He explained that Most of the projects by the previous administration were not implemented hence it was not the fault of the ministry.

According to him, the situation is worse than they have painted it adding that areas they mentioned are not the only areas with problems.


“We proposed and raised memo but there was no cash backing because of the financial situation.

“When you see provisions in the budget it is just there in paper, you cannot use that one against anybody that maybe he has budgeted Over N100m for a particular project, it is when that can be translated into money and it is released then they can ask questions that border on implementation.”

He said money has not been released for the budget adding that critics are supposed to have gone further to investigate whether the money was made available an it was expended.


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“They should have come to the ministry to ascertain their facts.”

According to him water projects, which are expensive to run, are scattered all over and yet people don’t pay for water.

He said the ministry has decided to make the communities take ownership of the projects in their domain.

Ozigi indicated that since government has put the facilities in place the people should take ownership by contributing some token for the maintenance of the plants.

The monitoring and evaluation unit of the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), a non-governmental Organisation of the Catholic Church had raised alarm over over non-implementation of those provisions in the Budget.



Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, had restated government's position on the roadmap, stressing that Nigeria would soon see a sustainable mining sector that would add significantly to GDP. 



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Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Former Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, has lamented the spate of insecurity across the country, particularly the incessant cases of kidnap in Edo State. 



Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Joining other influential leaders, the former United Nations official emphasized that Nigerians should stop underestimating the sheer scale of the challenge to the country's economic growth. 



Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Specifically, at the close of trading yesterday, the market capitalisation rose by 0.2 per cent or N31billion to close at N12.805trillion higher than N12.774trillion achieved on Friday. 



Tue, 21 Nov 2017


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017

When you have an industry that is operating in an environment totally independent of the government, the benefit will be there for everybody to see by eight years time when the Governor is no more there. 



Tue, 21 Nov 2017

This advice was given by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan at the on-going technical session/meeting of officers and experts at the... 



Tue, 21 Nov 2017

The Graduate Entrepreneurship Fund is an initiative of the Bank of Industry to empower Nigerian youths to become self-reliant and sufficient upon the completion of the mandatory NYSC scheme. 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are still not among the favourites to win the Champions League despite their eye-catching form in domestic and European competition. 


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