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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8 NOVEMBER, 2017].



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

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday banned fresh recruitment by all Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, except by presidential approval.

He said this was to manage a rising personnel expenditure that was expected to increase to 12 per cent in 2018.

He disclosed that overhead cost would also rise by N26bn in 2018 or 12 per cent increase.


 
Buhari spoke when he presented the estimates of the 2018 budget to a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives in Abuja.

The President laid a budget size of N8.612tn before the legislature for 2018, an increase of N1.7tn from the N7.44tn appropriated in 2017.

Buhari, who wore sky-blue Hausa native attire and a matching cap, addressed lawmakers for 1hour and13minutes amid applause and intermittent murmurs by senators and members of the House.

The President said he had released up to N450bn out of the N2.2tn budgeted for 2017 capital projects as of the end of October.

He promised to raise the implementation of 2017 budget to “about 50 per cent” by the end of December, blaming the delayed in the release of funds partly on the “late passage of the 2017 budget.”

He said to check a bloating personnel cost, he had directed all MDAs to halt fresh recruitment, else they would face sanctions.

He said, “I have directed agencies not to embark on any fresh recruitment unless they have obtained all the requisite approvals. Any breach of this directive will be severely sanctioned.”

From the proposed N8.612tn for 2018, the President said recurrent costs would be N3.494tn, while N2.652tn was earmarked for capital expenditure.

He added that debt servicing would cost N2.014tn; and statutory transfers, N456bn.

The amount earmarked as Sinking Fund “to retire maturing bond to local contractors” was N220bn.

On statutory transfers, Buhari said, “N456.46bn is provided in the 2018 budget for statutory transfers. The five per cent increase over last year’s provision is mainly due to increases in transfer to Niger Delta Development Commission and the Universal Basic Education Commission, which are related directly to the size of oil revenue.”

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Second Republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, is alive, waiting to be flown abroad for medical attention, the Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Enugu, Emmanuel Chukwuma, disclosed after visiting the elder statesman in hospital on Tuesday.

Rumour, which spread through the social media, had it that Ekwueme had passed on at the Memphys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu in the early hours of Tuesday.

The octogenarian was hospitalised after collapsing at his residence in the Independence Layout on October 28.


 
Reports of Ekwueme’s demise led to confusion and anxiety in Enugu on Tuesday as the elder statesman’s associates, as well as members of the public, scrambled to confirm the development.

However, Bishop Chukwuma debunked the reports after visiting Ekwueme in the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

It was learnt that the former Vice-President is one of the Archbishop’s parishioners at The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Independence Layout, Enugu.

In an encounter with journalists when he came out of Ekwueme’s ward in the hospital at about 2.25 pm, Chukwuma declared that the elder statesman was alive, and not dead.

He also revealed that Ekwueme was waiting to be flown abroad.

“The rumour making the rounds is not true. I can tell you as we speak that arrangements are being finalised by the Federal Government to get an air ambulance to fly him abroad as soon as the government gets an air ambulance,” the cleric said.

Chukwuma did not provide further details as he hurried out of the hospital.

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, said on Tuesday that it was reaching out to the United Nations and authorities in Italy to identify and prosecute the traffickers behind the deaths of 26 Nigerian women on the Italian coast city of Salerno.

The NAPTIP Director of Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, stated this in a release, noting that the statistics of deaths of Nigerians, which had occurred as a result of illegal migration on the Mediterranean Sea, ran into thousands.

 
It had been reported on Monday that the remains of 26 Nigerian women believed to be migrants were recovered from a Spanish warship, Cantabria, which docked in Salerno, and was found to be carrying 375 rescued migrants and the dead women.

According to the report, 23 of the dead women were on a rubber boat with 64 other persons.

The spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Marco Rotunno, had said the 26 dead Nigerians were involved in a shipwreck off  the coast of Libya.

Emerole said on Tuesday that the deaths were one of the negative effects of embarking on “desperate, dangerous and illegal journeys in the guise of seeking for greener pastures abroad.”

Emerole added, “Our agency is pained by this occurrence which has cut short the lives of our young women in their prime in suspicious circumstances. The deaths are untimely and unwarranted. We have mounted awareness campaigns against human trafficking and illegal migration and have consistently persuaded our citizens from embarking on life-threatening journeys through the desert and the Mediterranean Sea that can end up in organ harvesting, forced prostitution, domestic servitude, forced begging and death.


Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Christian leaders in the country on Tuesday called on the National Assembly to prevail on the Federal Government to withdraw from the Organisation of Islamic Conference and other international religious bodies.

They made the call at a gathering of prominent Christian leaders in the country at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos where they discussed the challenges facing the Church in the country.

Those  in attendance at the meeting called by the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, included the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch  Adeboye; the Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo; the General Overseer, The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Archbishop Mike Okonkwo; and former CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.


 
The media aide to the CAN president, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, said in a statement in Abuja that the forum condemned the government’s decision to lead Nigeria into the Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism through an executive fiat.

CAN also called on the National Assembly to prevail on states in the North to issue Certificates of Occupancy to churches in the region.

It said, “CAN calls on the National Assembly to compile the list of all organisations that Nigeria belongs to and all the treaties signed with a view to dropping all the religious ones.

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State House of Assembly has passed a bill prescribing death penalty for anyone found guilty of engaging in cultism, while also revising upward the punishment for those aiding and abetting the practice. The original bill, said to have been promulgated during the first term of Governor Ayodele Fayose, was [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The immediate past National President of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Dr Ayoola Oduntan, has said over N2.5bn worth of locally produced chickens are wasting away in cold rooms across the country due to inadequate patronage. He disclosed this on Tuesday at the Nigeria Poultry Show tagged, Abeokuta 2017 at the Providence [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on December 7 arraign a former Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla, and eight others before the Federal High Court in Abuja on money laundering charges involving diversion of N2bn from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser. The defendants were [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused the Department of State Services of refusing to release its officials for questioning over their alleged roles in the $2bn arms scam purportedly perpetrated by a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.). The EFCC said this in a statement by its spokesman, [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed as a member of an 18-man United Nations Secretary Generals High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation. The appointment was confirmed in a statement by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutierrez. The board was described as a part of the surge in diplomacy for peace consistently advocated by [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The government of Jersey Island says the $300m stashed within its territory by the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, will only be released to the Nigerian Government directly, not through any third party. The Minister and Attorney-General of Jersey Island, Robert MacRae (QC) disclosed this on Tuesday during the ongoing 7th [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned until December 12, the arraignment of the senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau, on charges of making false documents. Justice Anwuli Chikere adjourned the matter after the defence counsel, Mr. Joshua Musa (SAN), opposed the arraignment of the senator on the [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko and Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri Residents of Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, and home town of wanted former Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, in the Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, were on Tuesday thrown into panic when they saw two military helicopters hovering round the community. [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
John Charles, Makurdi The Benue State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Michael Gusa, on Tuesday submitted that the anti-grazing law recently enacted in the state had not contravened the constitution of the country. The anti-grazing law took effect from November 1, 2017 in the state, leading to movement of Fulani herdsmen out of [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The Police in Borno State on Tuesday said four female suicide bombers were killed while trying to sneak into the Maiduguri metropolis. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Victor Isuku, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview. Isuku said that the incident occurred at [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government on Tuesday took the first major step to implement the comprehensive reforms in the states civil service. The Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.), said in Yenagoa on Tuesday evening that the government had withheld the salaries of 4, 204 suspects from the eight local government areas [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State Government has pledged to establish more schools around the state for children living with disabilities. It said this would be provided for in the 2018 budget of its Ministry of Education. The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, made the pledge on Tuesday at a stakeholders summit tagged, Ability [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says the focus of his administration is to make basic education in the state of world-class standard. He said the state government would stop at nothing to provide best education for every child in line with its all inclusive policy. Ambode made the pledge on Tuesday at [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Government at all levels has been urged to partner the private sector to fast-track socio-economic development of the country. A former Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Culture, Sports and Community Development and the pioneer President of Oliver Circle of Nigeria, Chief Fassy Yusuf, gave the advice on Tuesday in Lagos ahead of the [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Economic Community of West Africa States Youth Council has called on youths to be vanguards of change in Africa. The President of the council, Emmanuel Williams, urged youths to be watchdogs of political leaders to ensure accountability and integrity. Williams spoke on Tuesday in Lagos at the investiture of an Information and [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Twitter announced on Tuesday it would double the limit for tweets to 280 characters in a bid to draw in more users and boost engagement at the social network. Were expanding the character limit! We want it to be easier and faster for everyone to express themselves, tweeted the site, which started testing an increase [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
The government of Jersey Island on Tuesday gaveconditions for the repatriation of $300m Abacha loot to the Federal Government. The Minister and Attorney General of Jersey Island, Robert J. MacRae, in a meeting with the chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commision, Ibrahim Magu, said the lootwould only be released to Nigeria on the condition [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has set aside N35.4bn to address the housing needs of its workforce under the National Housing Programme in 2018. President Muhammadu Buhari made this known when he presented the 2018 budget proposal at the joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday. He also announced a budgetary allocation of N9.8bn [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday slammed the European Union for backing what he termed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoys coup detat. Will you accept the result of the Catalan referendum or will you continue to help Mr Rajoy in his coup detat' Puigdemont said to the presidents of the European Parliament and European [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Punch Editorial Board For too long, the alarm bell has been ringing about the countrys uncertain future because of the crises bedevilling the education sector. This is the message in the global Human Capital Development Report of 2017, which the World Economic Forum released recently. It ranked Nigeria a lowly 114th out of the 130 [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has declared his support for Chief Bode George's bid to lead the former ruling party, according to a statement on Monday. Tukur, while playing host to George in his Abuja residence at the weekend, described George as a man of strong [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Umar Mohammed A 17-year-old boy, Stephen Tabulo, has been arrested by the police for reportedly endorsing the 2019 senatorial ambition of the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, on the Facebook. The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Gabriel Akaaka, told Northern City News on Tuesday that he ordered for the boy's arrest and detention. 'I ordered [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A former Special Assistant to Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Umar Ardo, has called for the cancellation of the results of last Saturday ward congresses in Adamawa State. He accused Atiku of hijacking the party in the state. Atiku, a former member of the PDP, [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta In what appeared like a dramatic twist, loyalists of Senator Buruji Kashamu have in less than 24 hours, reclaimed the Ogun State secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The newly elected state chairman of the party, Sikirullahi Ogundele, had on Monday taken over the secretariat alongside [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), and ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu, have made a renewed call for regional integration of the South-West. They spoke on Tuesday inside the cinema hall of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library complex, Abeokuta, [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
The eight PDP members jostling for its national chairmanship seat have agreed to sign a peace accord ahead of the December elective convention, according to Mr. Raymond Dokpesi, one of the aspirants. Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communications, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, shortly after submitting his nomination form at the party's national [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Akinpelu Dada and Ifeanyi Onuba The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Tuesday said that the Federal Government would prosecute tax defaulters who fail to take advantage of the nine-month amnesty period offered under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme. The VAIDS was established on June 29, 2017 via an Executive Order signed [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Everest Amaefule President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said his administration was saving about N4.7bn monthly through the full implementation of its policy on the Treasury Single Account. He said over 20,000 bank accounts belonging to the Federal Government had so far been consolidated into one. Buhari disclosed this while declaring open the [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The country will not experience fuel queues this end of year festive season, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has assured the citizens. It said on Tuesday that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company had been directed to sustain steady petrol supply during and beyond the Christmas and New Year festive season, which usually [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has intervened in the inter-bank foreign exchange market with the injection of another $195m. Figures released by the bank on Tuesday showed that it offered the total sum of $100m to the wholesale segment, while the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises segment received the sum of $50m. The invisibles [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria has described digital finance as a vital tool for financial inclusion, saying it will help to penetrate both the unbanked and under banked in the country. The CIBN President, Prof. Segun Ajibola, spoke during his welcome address at the institute's 5th annual seminar for women tagged, [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said the Federal Government has approved a 13-year National Science, Technology and Innovation Road Map to transform Nigeria from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy. The minister stated that the NSTIR would cover 2017 to 2030, noting that the Federal Executive Council [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has said it will accelerate the implementation of anti-dumping mechanism as part of its effort to boost industrialisation. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during a media briefing. He also said the government, through the Nigeria Industrial Policy and [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A total sum of $200m (N61.18bn at the official exchange rate of N305.9 to a dollar) has been released to the Bank of Industry as intervention fund for indigenous oil and gas service providers, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board announced on Tuesday. It also stated that third party outfits were [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Economic and financial experts have expressed concerns over the Federal Government's ability to implement the 2018 proposal, saying the current year's budget performance has been below average. They also conveyed divergent views over the budget assumptions and key indices as presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Unilever Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Mr. Chika Nwobi as non-executive director. His appointment takes effect from January 1, 2018. Nwobi is the Founder of Level 5 Lab (L5Lab), a venture development firm that has incubated several successful African tech companies, including Jobberman.com, Africa's largest online jobs portal, and Cheki.com.ng, one [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola Banks still earn plenty of money, and fees are an important source of profits. That means that people who do pay fees make up for everybody else ' sometimes paying thousands of naira or more each year. If you are paying fees to your bank, find out what they are, what they are [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Author of Practical Steps to Financial Independence and personal finance coach, Usiere Uko, writes on the need to embrace technology in money management rather than resist it. The only constant thing in life is change. The rate of change is getting more rapid, being driven by technology. The world is moving on, even when you [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Toyota Nigeria hopes to cash in on its slash in prices of its trendy Corolla and Yaris to win more buyers in its end of the year sale nationwide with the announcement of a five per cent discount on prices of the two vehicles. This is coming with the plan by the Toyota [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Drivers are spending more time in their cars than ever and with this, the car starts to have a lot of stuff in it ' mobile phones, pens, sunglasses, wallets, tissues and lose change. Since so much of your time is spent on the road, having access to what you truly need easily [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Verifyme Nigeria, an identification and employment data reporting platform, has urged employers and recruiters to ensure that only workers with verified identities and work history are considered for employment in their organisations and homes. The company said that the advice was in a bid to mitigate the growing incidents of repetitive workplace crimes [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Feyisayo Popoola Guinness Nigeria Plc, in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Commission, is set to organise structured training for new drivers undergoing licensing and sensitise all drivers to road safety. The Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, made this known at a press briefing to commence the 2017 FRSC/Guinness campaign for responsible [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange, on Tuesday, confirmed that its Executive Director, Market Operations and Technology, Mr. Ade Bajomo, had resigned his appointment effective December 31, 2017 to pursue other challenges. Also, Mr. Haruna Jalo-Waziri, in the light of his recent appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Securities Clearing System Plc, [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola The Chairman, Nigerian Insurers Association, Eddie Efekoha, has been awarded the fellowship of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria. According to a statement on Tuesday, Efekoha, is also the Deputy Chairman, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria; Chairman, College of Insurance & Financial Management (a subsidiary of the CIIN); and Fellow, Chartered Insurance Institutes of [] 

Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola FBNinsurance, has appointed of Mr. Ekpe Ukpabio as executive director, technical, of the firm. According to a statement obtained on Monday, Ukpabio started his career at STC Insurance Brokers in 1983 before moving to Lenoil Holdings in 1990 as insurance officer and head, risk management. From there, he joined Equity Indemnity Insurance Company [] 
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