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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 27 December, 2017.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017

The combination of fuel scarcity and the inability of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) to dispense cash to bank customers have prevented some Nigerians from marking the Yuletide celebrations, especially the Boxing Day on Tuesday. The Boxing Day, which is a unique day after Christmas, is usually celebrated with fanfare as families and friends use the occasion to visit their loved ones and exchange gifts. It is interesting to note that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has recently announced that Nigeria, which has been reeling under recession since late 2015, has exited from the negative trend. Nigerians, from across the country and in the Diaspora, heaved a sigh of relief. To them, the recession and its associated pains, pangs, has after all become a thing of the past; and they could look into the future with optimism. But barely two weeks to this year’s Christmas came the hydra headed fuel crisis. To Nigerians’ chagrin, the scarcity of petroleum which was initially noticed in Lagos and Abuja, soon spread across the country, leaving in its wake, hike in the prices of petroleum products, particularly, Petroleum Motor Spirit( PMS); transport fares, thus leaving commuters stranded, while also impacting negatively on businesses and homes. In spite of government assurances that the crisis would be addressed as soon as possible, the managers of the nation’s petroleum industry sub-sector, the minister of state for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; and Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, could not do so, as the crisis assumed a worsening proportion, leading to long queues, black marketeering and other socio-economic challenges. But reports from Lagos and other parts of the country, showed that the fuel crisis seems to be easing as at Tuesday. Investigations by our correspondents indicate that long queues and crowds that usually characterized some of the fuel stations in the past one week, are fast thinning out, with some motorists driving into the filing stations and attended to within few minutes. At the Oando Petrol Station along Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, NNPC outlets along Lagos- Abeokuta Expressway, and elsewhere across the nation, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel as motorists were able to buy fuel with ease. It is expected that by the end of the week, Nigerians could begin to say Uhuru.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented that 2017 has been a tough and tormentous year for Nigeria and her people, saying that he wished that the country would not witness a year like the outgoing 2017. But President Buhari has said that the incoming 2018 would be better and prosperous for Nigeria, urging the people to remain steadfast. The President stated this on Monday when he played host to political, religious and traditional leaders of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who paid him Christmas homage at his official residence in Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari said: “It has been a tough year for Nigeria and I hope next year will be a much more prosperous one. But those listening to the press are the majority of us; the rainy season was very good and some states have got very good information from home. “I never knew that the people from Kano who are more resourceful used to go to my area (Daura, Katsina State) and hire farms. This year, nobody hired farm, and nobody regretted it. “Again, the second one from the Governor of Sokoto State (Aminu Tambuwal) said all the people that really used to go to Mecca are farmers but he didn’t tell me if they took additional wives. “But I am very pleased people have gone back to the land with very good harvests and taking their priorities and the good thing about farming is, if you don’t put your hope on neighbour, hope on the government, once you pay your debt, nobody will ask you what you do with the balance and nobody asks for interest. This is one good thing about farming. “But other things, I think the burden will be on my neck, I thank you very much for coming especially the religious leaders. I am very pleased you are doing your best from the intelligence I am getting to make sure that people live as good neigbours and good Nigerians.”

Wed, 27 Dec 2017

Only a common platform, irrespective of political affiliations can attract Federal Government projects for the development of Rivers State. This is the declaration made by Governor Nyesom Wike to the politicians in Rivers State in Port Harcourt on Monday. Governor Wike said that the united front was needed to challenge the current situation where the APC Federal Government deliberately denied the State her benefits, despite the state’s contributions to the wealth of the country. Speaking during the Thanksgiving and reception in honour of the Member Representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo Federal Constituency in Kpite-Tai, Hon. Bari Mpigi, Governor Wike said all politicians should place Rivers development ahead of their political affiliations. He said that while the APC Federal Government instituted fluid projects in Rivers State, it funded projects in northern states, saying, “My coming here today tells you that in unity, we will have development. Let us put heads together to understand that anything that will bring development to Ogoni, all of us, should do it. It doesn’t matter the political party that you belong to, you cannot see something wrong happening to your people and keep quiet.” He pointed out that the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas, NLNG, has deposited N60billion for the Bodo-Bonny road, but the Federal Government has refused to pay its N60billion counterpart for the execution of the project. He said: “But two days ago, the Federal Government awarded a project for Abuja-Kaduna-Kano at N154billion. Look at the one NLNG said they are bringing N60billion, it has become an issue of politics.”

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday said the landing cost of imported petrol is now N171 per litre, but emphatically stated that it will continue to make it available to Nigerians at the approved N145 a litre. The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, disclosed the new level of subsidy as []The post We subsidise petrol with N26 per litre, but wont change pump price NNPC appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Motorists went wild with joy on Monday at Mani Petrol Station, Mowe, Ogun State as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), turned Santa Claus and offered them free petrol. The free fuel by the DPR was the result of a sanction imposed on the owner of the station, who had ignored an earlier warning to []The post DPR turns Santa Claus in Ogun, offers free fuel to motorists appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Says Nigerians have lost confidence in him Piqued by the worsening scarcity of petrol across the country, a concerned group has demanded the sacking of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru. The group, a civil rights organisation, Stand Up for Nigeria Coalition (SUN-CO), on Monday said it []The post Group urges Buhari to sack Baru appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Five people were yesterday killed in Jamaa Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna by unknown gunmen who opened fire and shot sporadically at villagers who were in their homes preparing to join the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas, says the special task-force sector Commander in-charge of Jamaa LGA, Colonel IE Ekpenyong. The STF []The post Christmas: Five Killed in S/Kaduna, STF repeal further attack appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
.President orders clampdown on hoarders Enough of hardships, Labour warns Like a nagging sore on the finger, the ongoing scarcity of petroleum products has refused to go, but instead, it has continued to visit homes, offices, businesses with impactful pains and another round of bleak future. Despite the assurance given by President Muhammadu Buhari to []The post Nigerians to Buhari: Its time to end fuel scarcity appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers