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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 7 November, 2017.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Less than 24 hours to President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned presentation of the 2018 budget estimates to the joint session of the National Assembly, lawmakers have intensified their opposition to the exercise.

The antagonism, which arose from the poor implementation of the 2017 budget, became open last Thursday at the House of Representatives when Speaker Yakubu Dogara presented Buhari’s request to appear at the joint session.The lawmakers’ response was an overwhelming rejection of Buhari’s request, even against Dogara’s attempt to persuade them otherwise.

Just yesterday, it emerged that the increasing tension around the president’s bid to present the proposal had degenerated to the extent that some groups of lawmakers had begun perfecting strategies to truncate the entire undertaking.

The opponents, who cut across political and ethno-regional boundaries in the National Assembly, hinged their protest on what a lawmaker described as an attempt by the executive arm of government to sabotage their political fortunes in their constituencies.

One lawmaker told The Guardian: “How else can one’s political career be frustrated? Since 2015, we have never had a single budget that recorded 50 per cent success in terms of implementation particularly with regard to capital projects. We had hoped that all these would be corrected in the 2017 budget but no! When we asked questions, no concrete response came forth, and you expect us to just keep quiet and allow the president to present another budget that may go the same way?”

He continued: “Remember that the 2018 budget is the last one to be executed fully by this administration. What will the president count as his legacy in terms of budget implementation? Also, take note that all these budget failures have very damning effects on members of the National Assembly who are the real representatives of the people. What do they expect us to tell our constituents? It is really a sad moment for us.”

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
First of all, I will start by extending our sympathies, that is, of members of the House of Representatives, as well as those of members of our own caucus, over this very deadly crisis that has bedeviled our own section of this dear country. Let me also thank the press for their effort in highlighting the crisis and the security agencies for the very extraordinary sacrifices put in place in order to restore some sanity in our region. For us who are sons of the Northeast, we know our History very well, so we appreciate this gesture and we will not take it lightly. I commend Mr. President for signing the Bill into law. As I said before, this shows the level of the President’s sensitivity to the plight of the highly traumatised people of the North East. 

From day one when we started meeting our thinking was how do we ensure that whatever policies that is developed by government that is aimed at tackling the millions of challenges facing us as a zone are policies that will survive whoever is formulating them. So it became clear to us that if we leave everything at the level of policies, granted that today we have a president that supports, loves and likes our people, chances are that he will not continue to be there forever. Not even chances, that is the reality.

Has insurgency ended? 
As a matter of fact, the heat was becoming very close to our section of the Northeast, if not for the timely intervention that was brought, owing to the change of government in this country, and they were able to put these insurgents on their backtrack. With this progress made, some have said Boko Haram has been degraded, decapitated, some have said that they have even been defeated. But whatever the situation is, the most important thing is for our people to go back to where they belong. And then, for them to get hope in the environment where God has given us, they can continue to contend with destiny of life. That is what is important. The debate shouldn’t be about the degrading and decapitating of Boko Haram, but about the survivors, the IDPs and then rebuilding these communities, hopes that were shattered on account of terrorism. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Participants at a High Level Policy and Private Sector Trade and Investment Facilitation Partnership Forum, have reiterated the need to attract over $2.5trillion investments yearly across competitive industries in order to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Participants included Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), World Trade Organisation (WTO), and Friends of Investment Facilitation for Development (FIFD).
Beyond the investments, the Forum noted that expanding this required investment – and the global networks, know-how, and technologies that accompany it – required complementary polices, institutions, and best practices, domestically, and regional and international cooperation.Indeed, they underscored the urgent necessity of creating a favourable business climate and of implementing sound market-driven domestic policies.

Furthermore, they highlighted the importance of advancing regional and international co-operation to create a more transparent, efficient, and predictable environment for investment and trade, as well as to ensure that their benefits are widely shared.
They equally adopted the Abuja Statement on, “Deepening Africa’s Integration in the Global Economy through Trade and Investment Facilitation for Development” which was unanimously adopted after intensive deliberations between policy makers and the business community from around the world. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Descriptions of Nigeria's economy often include such phrases as 'Africa's largest oil producer' and 'the oil rich African nation' but oil economies are typically characterised by low population densities and abundant oil resources. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The Lagos State government yesterday disclosed a plan to enforce the tax laws in the state.The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, disclosed the plan in a statement yesterday. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
As part of efforts at repositioning Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), the newly elected president, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, has stated that the association is poised to create a vibrant and empowered future for members over the next two years. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has been indicted of complexity in the Sabon Gari market fire outbreak last year where valuables worth billions of naira was lost. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has taken over the prosecution of an alleged forgery case leveled against a Benin-based lawyer, Dele Edokpayi and his firm, Circular Merchants Limited. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The mother of the National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Dr. Mike Omotosho, was on Sunday kidnapped in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.A source said four men abducted the octogenarian at gunpoint around 7:00p.m at his 23 Lobalade Street, Tanke area of Ilorin. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged the people to support the new Integrated Financial Management Information System (SIFMIS) in the state. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Former Super Eagles' Midfielder, Garba Lawal has advised Coach Gernot Rohr to use the games against the Fennecs of Algeria and Argentina to test other players available for selection in the build to the Russia 2018 World Cup. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Home truth - Part 4 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Barely a month after vehicular movement was restricted to the new car park, passengers and motorists plying the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) corridorin Lagos have faulted the traffic arrangement in and out of the busy terminal, which they described as chaotic. 

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