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Ohaneze Ndigbo



Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 25 December, 2017.

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
THE Presidency has taken to task the Supreme Council for Sharia, which had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of letting down Muslims by his alleged failure to attend the emergency summit of Organization of Islamic States (OIC) called by Turkey to discuss the US declaration of Jerusalem as the official Capital of Israel. In a statement issued in Abuja over the weekend, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the allegation was totally misleading and baseless. While advising religious organisations to refrain from divisive utterances, the Presidency stressed that the responsibility of maintaining peace and peaceful coexistence is not only the duty of the government, but also of religious organisations whose words carry weight. Shehu’s response came while he was speaking on the BBC Hausa service on Friday. According to a statement made available to the media, Shehu said that President Buhari had to go to France to attend the Climate Change Summit because he had earlier given a firm commitment to President Macron, adding that he sent the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu to represent him at the Turkey meeting of OIC. “The Paris summit on climate change wasn’t a junket. It was also about the problems of the Lake Chad region which affects Nigeria as well as the neighboring countries. About 30 million lives are involved. Without the drying up of the lake, we would probably not have had the acute poverty that nurtured the environment for Boko Haram terrorism,” he said. Shehu recalled that countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which sponsored the UN General Assembly Resolution to condemn Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the official Capital of Israel, didn’t also attend the Turkey meeting for various compelling reasons. “As a respectable religious organisation, an organisation that we hold in high esteem, the Supreme Council for Shari’ah could have helped themselves and the nation by checking the facts before the outburst, which sadly, was repeatedly aired by the international radio. Shehu explained that by the time the Erdogan summit was called, the Presidential advance team was already in Paris, ready to receive him. At that point, the best President Buhari could do was to send a representation. He called President Erdogan and explained the circumstances and the Turkish leader expressed his understanding and appreciation. We are signatory to the final resolutions,” the Presidential Spokesman stated.
Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has inaugurated the 16 local government chairmen that were elected in Saturday’s council polls in the state. Performing their inauguration on Sunday, Governor Fayose charged them not to distance themselves from their people. At the event, Fayose also announced the appointment of 13 immediate past local government chairmen that were not returned for another term, as special advisers to the governor in their respective local government areas. Fayose said: “Remember that the way up is the way down. If you don’t have the money make yourself available to the people. The people are not asking for much but a shoulder to lean on. We are a small state and if we stay together we will make a great difference. ” This is not a period to stay aloof from the people you are leading. The people are facing a lot of challenges and we must make every effort to ameliorate their suffering. I pray that we will move into a new year of abundance, victory and accomplishment.”

Delayed salary, fuel scarcity combine to make Christmas bitter for Bayelsa
Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Bayelsa residents, particularly civil servants would not have fun celebrating this year’s Christmas as the twin evil of salary delay and strangulating fuel scarcity combine to take shine off the celebration. Despite a directive by Gov. Seriake Dickson for December salary to be paid before Christmas thousands of civil servants in the state are yet to even draw their November salary. Though the Governor gave the directive on Wednesday, compliance could not however be effected across board as workers in few mainstream ministries got their December salaries as at Friday the last working day before Christmas. It would be recalled that November salaries of civil servants were delayed due to a stalemate at the October Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting and subsequently delayed November salary of Bayelsa civil servants to the second week of December. Daily Times investigations showed that workers in most Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) were yet to be paid for November. A secondary school teacher, Henry James on Sunday said that he was yet to get November salary let alone December. “It is unfortunate; I am yet to collect anything for November, in the case of teachers, when the salary gets to the Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB) they will send the funds to the various school accounts from where the teachers’ accounts are credited. “Although some of my colleagues have received theirs, a lot of us are still left out and we are already heavily indebted and cannot borrow from people who had given us loans that we have not paid. “The directive that December salaries should be paid when some of us are yet to get November leaves more to be desired, we are certainly not on the same page at all. Often those of us who work in the MDAs have our salaries delayed for two weeks or even more.
Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The wife of the Bauchi State governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar, has called on Christian women to imbibe the values of peace, love, generosity, tolerance and humility in all spheres of life during this period of Christmas and beyond, as Jesus Christ did during his life time. Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar stated this, weekend during the flag off of 2017 Christmas distribution of food items and materials to women held at COCIN LCC Lutheran Church of Christ, Rafin Zurfi, Yelwa area of Bauchi metropolis. According to her, the items distributed were meant to mark this year’s Christmas celebration and to extend a hand of friendship to everyone. “I am highly optimistic that this gesture would motivate you to support the government and gear up to be good ambassadors by being patriotic through the exhibition of support, loyalty and cooperation.” Hadiza said. She urged the beneficiaries to demonstrate in character and kind the magnanimous characteristics of the APC-led government in the state which is anchored on positive and transformative change. Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development, Alhaji Mukhtar Wadaji, Hajiya Abubakar stated that Governor Mohammed Abubakar administration in the state has done much for the people of Bauchi State by constructing good road networks in different locations to facilitate cheap and reliable transportation system and to ease conveying farm produce and for improved social contracts.