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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 21 December, 2017.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
A splinter group yesterday emerged from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the opening of its parallel national secretariat in Abuja.     
The PDP, however, described the new faction as comical, saying it’s the handiwork of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), which is jittery over its elective convention that ended the year-long crisis in the party.


 
The new splinter group which opened its new office in Asokoro, Abuja, was led by one Emmanuel Obi-Nwosu, and comprising of mostly PDP members who contested and lost elections during the December 9 convention.
In a news conference, the group said the convention that produced Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) was a “charade.” 
Those who signed the statement are Obi-Nwosu, a member of the PDP convention planning committee, Prince Emmanuel Butches, deputy director-general of Prof. Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organisation; and Chief Olukayode Akindele; a contender for the office of National Organising Secretary.
Others are Chief Godwin Chinedu Duru; an aspirant for the office of National Youth Leader; Comrade Franklyn Edede, and Alhaji Hassan Adamu. 
Despite the absence of some key figures of the party who contested and lost elections at the convention, the group’s elaborate media coverage and spacious office heightened suspicion that some powerful forces were behind them.
Obi-Nwosu said the process of selecting the “purported NWC” during the PDP convention was concluded days before the convention.  
Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The much anticipated cabinet expansion and reshuffle by President Muhammadu Buhari will no longer be possible this year, Daily Trust reports.
The Senate would hold its last sitting today ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.


 
Spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) said the president had not transmitted his request on ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation.
In a phone interview, Sabi said, “It (the list) has not been transmitted because it was not read on the floor of the Senate, except if it was brought after we adjourned,” he said.
Sabi also confirmed that the Senate would be embarking on Christmas and New Year break today. 
Our correspondent reports that after today’s session, the Senate would not sit until next year. Ministerial nominees are screened on the floor of the Senate during plenary session. 
Daily Trust reports that the 36 states of the federation have submitted 108 names to President Buhari for appointment as ministers and board members. 
The development was after Buhari hinted that he would expand his cabinet and make more board appointments to appease aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The inclusion of state governors and APC leaders in the process followed disbandment of ex- SGF David Babachir Lawan’s committee set up by Buhari over year ago to compile names of prospective appointees.
Following wide-spread disaffection, Buhari later set up another committee chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to review work of the Babachir committee.
On October 31, Buhari had during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC disclosed his intention to expand the ministerial appointments from 36 to an undisclosed number.
The president reportedly allocated one more ministerial slot to Kano and Lagos states; as well as one to each of the six geopolitical zones.
Daily Trust findings have shown that each state submitted names of three APC members to be appointed as ministers or heads of federal agencies.
Sources in some APC states in the northwest, north central and northeast said Buhari, few weeks ago, directed governors to submit three names each.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says plans are underway to compel traffic offenders to pay one hundred thousand naira as penalty for a traffic offence.
Oyeyemi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Nigeria Road Safety Strategy on Wednesday in Abuja.


 
“You cannot arrest somebody for using a phone while driving and he pays four thousand naira as penalty. And almost immediately he goes back to commit same offence.
“Fines are supposed to serve as deterrent, which is why I said that I am in support of what the National Assembly is doing presently amending the Act of the FRSC to make the fines go up.
“I was not the one that initiated it, it is the National Assembly that initiated it and I am in support and I will make sure that before the middle of next year this is passed into law.
“I believe that by the time traffic offenders’ start paying between fifty to one hundred thousand naira for a single traffic offence, they will not want to commit such offence again,” he said.
The FRSC boss reiterated that penalties for traffic offences were to serve as deterrent, adding that the present regime of fines and penalties do not serve as deterrent, hence the need to increase the fines.
Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Posters for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari have flooded Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The APC in Ekiti State has said that it has been vindicated over claims that Governor Ayodele Fayose has borrowed more than N50 billion since he assumed office. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Federal Government recently announced plans to reintroduce toll gates at 38 locations on highways across the country. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Joel Danlami Ikenya is a former senator who represented Taraba South in the 7th National Assembly. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has aannounced the promotion of 7,330 of its staff who were successful in the promotion exercise conducted between August and November 2017. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Sule Lamido Youth Mobilisation of Nigeria (SLYMN), yesterday, said it is only a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, that would be accepted by Nigerians as a credible alternative to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Yobe State Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Lawan Shettima Ali, yesterday, described a group calling on him to contest the 2019 gubernatorial seat as political blackmailers who are out to damage his relationship with Gov. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Chairman, Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSEIC), Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka has dispelled rumours that he has resigned from his position.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
A couple, Mr and Mrs Chigozie Ezeofor, of No 26, Aunty Toyin Street, Kodeibo Estate, Ijegun Road, Isheri Oshun, Lagos, have been arrested for allegedly inflicting severe injuries on Blessing Joseph, their 19-year-old housemaid, by pouring hot water on her. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Justice Ayodeji Daramola of an Ado Ekiti High Court has sentenced a man, Waliu Abifarin, to death by hanging for armed robbery. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Ogun State government yesterday compensated the family of a member of the state-owned security outfit, Vigilante Service Organisation (VSO), Kehinde Odumosu, who was killed during an encounter with a robbery gang at the Ayetoro area of Abeokuta North Local Government in May 2017. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Lagos State government, through the State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), yesterday announced an immediate closure of a section of the recently burnt FESTAC link bridge. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday directed legionnaires to take charge of security in public schools in the state with a view to forestalling all forms of crime in schools. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has enrolled 100 secondary schools from different parts of Nigeria into its agricultural programmes. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Tafidan Birnin Magaji, Alhaji Hassan Umar Dan Galadima of Birnin Magaji Emirate Council in Zamfara State, has called on the Federal Government to provide more dams to improve agricultural production for farmers in Zamfara State and the North Senatorial District in particular. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has called for effective utilisation of locally produced farm produce in the country to improve nutrition. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The federal government has warned all contractors handling Fadama lll Additional Financing projects and facilities in Anambra state to expedite action on the projects to ensure their completion before January 2018. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
One of the biggest challenges that confront beans and grains farmers and merchants in the country is how to effectively control weevils and beetles in their stored products. 

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Thu, 21 Dec 2017
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Thu, 21 Dec 2017
A pilot dry season wheat production project in three local government areas of Bauchi State is expected to provide 8,000 metric tons of wheat for Nigerian milling companies to meet the needs of confectionaries in the country.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The value of Foreign Portfolio participation in equity trading in the Nigerian Stock Exchange totalled N851 billion as at October, 2017, a whopping 60. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Department of Petroleum Resources has sealed eight petrol stations in Kaduna metropolis and its environs for various offenses ranging from hoarding and tampering with fuel dispensing pumps. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Due to the limited lifespan of Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), it had become imperative to apprise both the existing and incoming Justices of Court of Appeal on the expediency of its cases before them, the Director General, Legal Academy, Dr. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Air Peace has attributed the delay and cancellation of some of its flights on Monday and Tuesday to a power surge at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos, which cut electricity supply to its offices at the facility. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
With Global equity markets struggling for direction during Wednesdays trading session, The Equities market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed on a positive note, as the market capitalization added N54 billion to close at N13,449 trillion. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has reiterated its support for the proposed review of the Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its meeting held on Wednesday, 13th December, 2017. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Between 2010 and 2015, Nigeria spent about N47 trillion importing raw materials and products that the country has comparative advantage over other countries, a research has found.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Samson Motors has joined the race to have the first flying cars in the skies, with the worlds first 200mph (320km/h) flying sports car, dubbed the Switchblade. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Adaptive technology is today driving and transforming lives and by extension the world every day. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, displayed near perfection in the game of golf while featuring at the just concluded Governors Cup at the Lamingo Golf Club in Jos. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Jack Wilshere wants to stay at Arsenal, but admits the decision over his future is out of his hands. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the NFF Youth Football Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi was full of elocution on Tuesday, after another successful and highly inspiring conclusion to the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Tomas Rosicky has retired from professional football, Sparta Prague have announced, with Borussia Dortmund telling ESPN FC he remains an all-time favourite at the club. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
World football ruling body FIFA yesterday said over 2. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Ebonyi State government has announced plans to build a state-of-the art stadium in the state capital that will be at par with the Emirate Stadium in England. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
While the Governors Cup golf event played out in Jos, there was this clear presence of officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps {FRSC} around the Lamingo course.