NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 1st December, 2017.

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Global oil production analysts expect a strong United States output in early 2018 and this triggered more concessions by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to protect oil markets from a new dip.

The world’s biggest oil producers yesterday agreed on a nine-month extension of an existing deal curbing production throughout next year to shrink stockpiles and keep prices above $60 per barrel.

Nigeria and Libya, which were earlier exempted from the cuts — due to hostilities in their oil-producing regions, — would now have to join the cuts and this will force government to re-consider its budget estimates for 2018.

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Thursday’s OPEC decision in Vienna means that Nigeria would no longer be able to increase oil revenue in 2018 by increasing output, even if sustainable peace returns in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. “This has a telling impact on our plans to implement a robust budget in 2018,” Dr Franklin Ngwu, an Economist at the Lagos Business School, told The Guardian.

Though the level of cuts were not disclosed at press time, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Khalid Al-Falih, after major sessions of OPEC’s ministerial meeting, told a press conference in Vienna, Austria that the two countries have accepted to cut outputs exceeding their current production levels.
  
According to him, the two countries had given assurances that there were no risks on their sides of production.Though Nigeria’s oil output has risen significantly to about 1.86 million bpd in August, it went down again due to operational and loading delays. Analysts have voiced concerns that looming hostility in Niger Delta could further affect outputs.
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Nigeria’s bid to combat terrorism could receive a boost if moves by President Muhammadu Buhari to woo the international community yields results.Despite gains by the country in pushing back Boko Haram, the group has continued to inflict havoc on soft targets, like the recent suicide bombing of a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State, which killed over 50 persons.

Buhari, on the margins of the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan, discussed the nation’s anti-terror campaign with his German counterpart, Angela Merkel, who assured him that her country would increase its support in tackling the issue.

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The president will also join other heads of state in Aqaba, Jordan, to review strategies in fighting terrorism and reinforce joint security structures to prevent attacks.


The meeting tagged, ‘‘Aqaba Retreat,’’ holding tomorrow will be hosted by King Abdullah II of Jordan. Representatives of governments of 48 countries and a number of key non-governmental organisations are expected to attend.

At the event, Buhari will share Nigeria’s experience on terrorism and its spread across West Africa, with a view to soliciting more support for pre-emptive measures to neutralise the activities of insurgents in the sub-region.He will also hold bilateral meetings with some heads of state to strengthen relations.

Buhari, at the separate bilateral meeting with the German Chancellor, discussed stemming illegal migration of Nigerians to Europe. He also expressed his government’s determination to secure lives and property, adding that both nations could cooperate effectively in youth development.

In her remarks, Merkel commended efforts by the Buhari administration in revamping the economy. She noted that 58 German companies were operating in Nigeria, and that more have indicated interest to invest in energy, manufacturing, agriculture and construction.

Buhari also met with his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, on Wednesday, expressing concern that political instability in Togo could have regional consequences.“We must have a solution in Togo. The friends of the opposition and authorities must talk to them on the steps to jointly take to achieve stability. They must work towards gaining the trust of each other. There will be regional consequences for instability in Togo and this will surely come at a cost to development,” he said.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Despite the assurances by team officials and players that the Super Eagles do not care the pedigree of any team they get in the Russia 2018 World Cup draws holding today at the Kremlin, Moscow, Nigerians are anxiously praying for a good group for their national team.
Nigeria is in Pot 4 of the draws, which means that the Super Eagles could be in the same group with any of the top rated teams, including Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina, France and England. But the Super Eagles’ Manger, Gernot Rohr is insisting that Nigeria will do well in any group it finds itself.

That self assurance is good going into such a competition as tough as the FIFA World Cup, but the reality is that being in a ‘Group of Death’ could easily see a team, no matter how tough it feels, exit the competition in the first round.


Feelers from Moscow indicate that today’s draws could topple whatever has been done previously in the final draws for the past 20 championships.

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To start with, the Draw Ceremony is being held inside the State Kremlin Palace – the Parliament of the Russian Federation, which served the same purpose when the country was a much bigger, more intimidating Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
 
Gary Lineker, who played in the 1986 and 1990 finals for England and scored in both competitions, will conduct the Draw alongside Russian star, Maria Komandnaya, with Miroslav Klose, the World Cup’s highest scorer, who netted across four finals in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, to be the trophy bearer.
 
The draw assistants are Laurent Blanc (1998 World Cup winner with France); Gordon Banks (goalkeeper of England’s 1966 –winning squad); Cafu (two –time winner with Brazil, also involved in the Final Draw for 2014 competition); Fabio Cannavaro (Italy’s 2006 team –winning captain, also involved in the Final Draw for 2014 competition), Diego Forlan (whose Uruguay won in 1930 and 1950); Diego Maradona (who led Argentina to victory in 1986, after they won at home in 1978); Carles Puyol (involved in Spain’s 2010 triumph in South Africa) and Nikita Simonyan (who played for 2018 hosts Russia in the 1958 finals in Sweden).
 
Speaking from the Crowne Plaza World Trade Centre, Moscow the morning after he landed in the Russian capital for the showpiece event, Rohr told thenff.com that there is no weak squad in the 32 –team field, and anyone hoping to play so –called ‘average teams’ in the group phase is only guilty of wishful thinking.
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has raised the alarm over increased smuggling of unwholesome food items into the country occasioned by the approaching festive season.

A statement signed by the Director of Information in the ministry, Blessing Lere-Adams said: “The attention of the Ministry of Agriculture has been drawn to the alarming rate at which unpatriotic Nigerians are smuggling agricultural products into the country.

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“The products include rice, frozen fish and poultry products (Turkey and Chicken) through the border routes, especially as Christmas and New Year approaches.”


The statement maintained that the importation of rice and frozen fish and poultry products through land borders was illegal and prohibited, warning that the Federal Government would deal decisively with any person, organisations and shop owners, among others, involved in the nefarious activities.

The Federal Government warned that there are serious health hazards associated with illegally imported frozen products due to failure to maintain the cold chain and wrong handling of the products.

 
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Meanwhile, worried by the lack of competitiveness of local manufacturing companies as a result of low patronage among other challenges, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, has intensified calls for support of local industries to create jobs and grow the economy.

Abubakar, who spoke ahead of the National Stakeholders Forum/flag-off of the campaign for patronage of Made-in-Nigeria products and services, scheduled for Lagos, stressed that patronage of locally made goods will help revive the ailing industrial sector, as well as promote Federal Government’s job creation efforts.

The minister, who was represented by the Director, Commodities and Products Inspectorate, Omololu Ope-Ewe, made the call when officials of the ministry paid an advocacy visit to The Guardian.

“We need to motivate our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and assist them to become formidable brands by celebrating them.

“This would lead to generation of massive employment, boost our culture and tourism sector, create wealth, reduce poverty and increase the foreign exchange earning capacity of the country” Ope-Ewe stated.
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
To commemorate this year's World AIDS Day, over 5,000 people drawn from four local councils in Lagos State are to benefit from thefive days free Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Test Services (HTS) and healthy living information. 


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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
KPMG, leading advisory services provider has offered internship to the top ten participants of the recently concluded Data Science Nigeria (DSN) Bootcamp hackathon. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) felicitates with Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike on the occasion of the Mawlud Nabiyy (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad) which coincides with Friday December 1, 2017. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, will begin the training and type-rating of pilots to fly Boeing 737 aircraft in 2018. 

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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Ondo State government has cancelled free registration of candidates for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).This followed the adoption of the 19-point recommendations at the education summit. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
As Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts all over the world to mark this year's edition of Eid 'El - Maulud (birthday of Prophet Muhammad), the religious faithful have been urged to emulate the prophet. 


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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Expressing concerns over the spate of building collapse and failure of many construction projects, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has set up an adhoc committee made up of every stakeholder .... 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Nigeria's leading premium gin thrilled numerous dignitaries at the much-awaited Potato Potahto trailer movie, which was premiered in Lagos. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade yesterday presented a N1.3 trillion budget for the 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly. 

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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that the persistent clashes between farmers and cattle herders left his state reeling with a loss estimated at over N95 billion in five years. 

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