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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 18 December, 2017.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Senate Committee on Power has queried the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Mustapha Baba Shehuri and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Loius Edozien, over alleged duplication of items in the 2018 budget estimates of the Power ministry.

In the details of the ministry’s next year’s budget, which were made available during yesterday’s budget defence, N120 million, N480 million and N288 million, respectively, were allocated for the purchase of utility vehicles by the Power ministry.

The ministry also voted N100 million for transfer and management of office files and documents. Lawmakers complained about the ministry’s penchant for repetition of projects. They said every year,  the ministry presents the same items in its budget and asks for more funds to execute the same projects. 

Trouble started when Senator Clifford Ordia, who represents Edo Central senatorial district, queried duplication of purchase of utility vehicles, captured in three separate pages of the ministry’s budget.

He also instructed the minister of state and the permanent secretary to explain how the ministry plans to spend N100 million to transfer files, in spite of another huge provision for ICT.

“I need to understand this thing. Look at the      marked N120 million, N288 million and N480       million for the purchase of vehicles. I do not understand. Are these vehicles different? If you add up this figure, it gives you about N888 million.

“You also said you want to spend N100 million on transfer of office files. How do you intend to do that? The people in your office, what have they been doing? I can also see, from your estimates here, that you captured another item for ICT, different from the N100 million for transfer of files. You need to explain these things,” Ordia said.

Senator Hassan Mohammed from Yobe State said lawmakers are tired of being bombarded every year with the same line items in the budget. He urged the Ministry to put its house in order. 

Committee Chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who presided over the budget defence, revealed that the ministry’s 2017 capital budget only recorded 18 per cent performance.

“We will take it that the 2017 budget was abysmally low, at only 18 per cent performance. This is unacceptable and I need to put it on record,” said Abaribe.

There was mild drama when Shehuri could not respond to questions posed to him by the committee members. Instead, he appealed to them to allow Edozien provide answers on his behalf.

His appeal was rejected by lawmakers.

“You were sent here to represent the minister. It means you are here to respond to our questions. Last week, we invited the permanent secretary to respond. Today (yesterday), it is your turn. 

“My colleagues asked me how come you are the person here and not Fashola? But, I told them since you are also a minister, you could be here too, on behalf of your minister,” Abaribe told Shehuri.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin.

The president also approved the extension of service of the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai,  Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar.

Public Relations Officer to the Minister of Defence, Col. Tukur Gusau, who made this known in a statement, the extension is in pursuant of the powers conferred on the President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by section 218 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 09.06 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions for Service for officers (2012) Revised.

Col. Gusau, in the statement made available to Daily Sun, said “ The President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), having carefully reviewed the on-going military operations across the nation and the efforts of the Chief of Defence staff and the Service chiefs in the counter insurgency operations in the North East coupled with the security situation of the Niger Delta region, has graciously approved the extension of tenure of service of General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ewe Ibas, the Chief of Naval staff and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air staff.

“This extension is pursuant of the powers conferred on the President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by section 218 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 09.06 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions for Service for officers (2012) Revised. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has called for a law to compel Nigerian political and religious leaders, including lawmakers, governors and traditional rulers, to undertake drugs test.

The emir made the call at a two-day Senate Roundtable on Drug Abuse Epidemic in Nigeria, which opened in Kano, yesterday, just as he alleged leaders condone use of illegal substances by their bodyguards and thugs.

“Anybody who elements of drugs abuse is found in him should quickly resign his position because he is not fit to hold (public) position. I suggest that ministers, governors and traditional rulers should go for drugs test because when youths understand that they cannot be governors, ministers or senators if they are drug addicts, they will be into their senses. The country is facing a great danger because the fight against drug abuse has to be taken seriously if we are to succeed. We are deceiving ourselves if we don’t believe that we are part of the problem.

“Today, it is better to be a drug baron, on the payroll of a political leader, than to be a legally recognised security man; which means we must clean our acts before trying to achieve anything.”

The monarch said he is “very ready and happy to be subjected now, to drugs test. And, if I am found not worthy of being emir, I will quietly resign because the matter is bigger than what we are talking about.”

The emir noted that several laws are in the books, to fight drugs abuse but are not being implemented.

“If we are not implementing these laws in the books, what assurances do we have that new ones will be implemented? It is hypocritical and amounts to mere talk for “a governor or senator or any big political office holder” to speak against drugs abuse in society while having “highly drugged thugs as his body guards moving around freely. We are rather deceiving ourselves if we do not accept that we are part of the problems, when we allow highly drugged thugs act as our body guards, dumping legally accepted security agents.”

The traditional ruler also called for the establishment of modern rehabilitation centres for victims of drug abuse in the six geo-political zones of the country and that, when established, the centres should be equipped with necessary facilities and personnel to enable them take care of victims of drug abuse and added that the measure will help ensure that the addicts are rehabilitated and trained in various skills to enable them be reintegrated into the society.

Speaking at the roundtable, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the Senate is pushing for laws that will tackle headlong, the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria because of its concern for the future of younger generation. Saraki said the National Assembly decided to take decisive action against drug abuse in Nigeria through the roundtable, as part of its moves toward finally tackling the menace.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Recently, deaf teachers in the country converged on the main hall of the Pastoral Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State located at Mile 50, along the old Abakaliki-Enugu road. They had gathered for their annual national conference. This year's edition, which lasted for three days focused on Assessment... 



Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Recently, deaf teachers in the country converged on the main hall of the Pastoral Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State located at Mile 50, along the old Abakaliki-Enugu road. They had gathered for their annual national conference. This year's edition, which lasted for three days focused on Assessment... 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Ben Dunno, Warri The management of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) has indicated preparedness to go into the mass production of an affordable four wheel lightweight engine automobile that would displace the fast growing three wheels commercial transportation popularly known as Keke-Napep from the Nigerian market. FUPRE Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Akii... 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Recently, deaf teachers in the country converged on the main hall of the Pastoral Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State located at Mile 50, along the old Abakaliki-Enugu road. They had gathered for their annual national conference. This year's edition, which lasted for three days focused on Assessment... 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin The Kwara State government has commenced the establishment of the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC) located at Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun Local Government Council of the state. The institute aims to equip youths with vital skills to reduce unemployment in the state. The foundation-laying of the college was done on... 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Continued from Friday From Kenny Ashaka and Noah Ebije, Kaduna In this concluding part of the interview, 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Gabriel Dike The Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has decided the fate of 214,952 candidates whose results were withheld for alleged examination malpractice in the 2017 school exam. The 214,952 candidates represent 13.79 per cent of 1,559,162 million candidates who sat for the May/June 2017 West African Senior... 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Agaju Madugba, Katsina The lingering issue of underdevelopment of Northern Nigeria when compared 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Continued from yesterday In this concluding part of the interview President Muhammadu Buhari granted Eric osagie, The SunMD/Editor-in-Chief in company of Paulinus Aidoghie in 2012, he explains why he is not super rich despite being former Head of State. But don't you think you went too far' What do you mean by going too far'... 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, the Mbieri clan, 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
As contract talks linger By Monica Iheakam Super Eagles striker, Alex Iwobi is demanding for an improved 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Pledges to improve on Ugwuanyi's legacy A renowned politician and newly-appointed Commissioner 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Super Eagles B have moved camp to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for the next phase of preparations 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State yesterday said political influence 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
PDP insists withdrawal is a ruse All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as baseless the claim 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Rohr, Eagles, Falconets listed By Monica Iheakam Super Eagles and Chelsea of England star, Victor 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Former Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Zika Bobby Guinness Made of Black ambassador, Thierry Henry, visited Nigeria to celebrate the unique 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Says profession more regulated to fight quackery From: Walter Ukaegbu, Abuja The Architectural Regulatory 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Insist on forensic audit Shareholders under the aegis of the Oando Shareholders Solidarity Group 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Omodele Adigun and Steve Agbota As the Federal Government commenced data mining of high net-worth 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Money that is considered savings is often put into a low risk, interest-earning account, rather than 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Omodele Adigun Between 2009 and 2011, due to the harsh operating business environment in the country, 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Uche Usim, Abuja The Ministry of Finance has waded into the claims by some states that they are 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Louis Ibah Concerned aviation industry stakeholders are pushing for a government policy that would 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Uche Usim, Adewale Sanyaolu and Magnus Eze The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Some parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, are currently going through gruelling 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
NEMA presents relief materials to victims From Billy Graham Abel, Yola and Ali Abare, Gombe 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has sacked Senator Atai Aidoko and has declared Kogi East seat vacant. The 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From BillyGraham Abel, Yola Some members of the Nigerian Police Force in Adamawa State have protested 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The need to recall Vincent Enyeama to join the Super Eagles squad to the 2018 World Cup in Russia has 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From James Ojo, Abuja Former Senate President, David Mark, who is on the radar of the Economic and Financial 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Government has refuted claim that the state borrowed N56 billion 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Tony Osauzo, Benin The Federal Government has waded into the trade dispute between Dangote Group 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Presidency has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Peter Ovie Akus President Muhammadu Buhari means different things to different people. To some, he 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Emmanuel Ikechukwu Igbo There comes a point in the journey of a nation when it becomes imperative 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Amb. Akinkuolie Rasheed THE NATO-led military campaign which eventually destroyed Libya started in 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin Edo State Government has restated its commitment towards nipping the scourge 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Oludayo Tade On December 4, 2017 the Non-Teaching Staff Unions (National Association of Academic Technologists 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Christine Onwuachumba Growing up as a little girl in Ajegunle, Apapa, Chimanma Rushworth-Moore had 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Yusuf Olaniyonu Today, the Senate will resume plenary sitting. The gathering inside the red chamber 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The worldwide negative reaction to America's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is understandable.