NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 4th December, 2017.


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, went back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which he dumped nearly four years ago for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Atiku said he rejoined the PDP because most of the issues that compelled him to leave had been resolved.

The Waziri Adamawa, who sounded as if he was already contesting for the presidency, claimed credit for many of the achievement the PDP recorded while it held sway, including job creation through the telecoms sector and thousands of others through his companies in his home state of Adamawa.
But the ruling APC described Atiku’s defection to the PDP and his presidential aspiration as “a move in futility,” saying “Nigerians would never forget in a hurry, the troubles they were thrown into by the PDP to give them their trust so soon.”
Atiku announced his formal defection to the PDP through his Facebook account yesterday.
It was reliably gathered that Atiku, who served as Nigeria’s vice president between 1999 and 2007, would vie for the PDP’s presidential ticket and had already started working for one of the party’s chairmanship aspirants from the South West ahead of the December 9 national convention of the party.

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A source said the former vice president was also in talks with some PDP governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives and had already informed them that he would take active part in the party’s convention.
While announcing his formal defection yesterday, Atiku said, “I am speaking to you today on Facebook Live as I want to reach as many of our young people as possible as I have an important announcement to make about the future of Nigeria.
“As it is you, our youths, who represent the future of our nation, I have found in my travels across the country that whenever I get into conversations with young people their number one concern is whether they will be able to get a job for without a job they have no means of sustaining themselves or begin a family. 
“And without the security of a job we cannot have security in our country.   So without jobs there is no future for you or for Nigeria.
“And I also know as a parent that the older generation is also concerned about jobs for their children and, too often today, for themselves as well.
“Creating jobs is something I know about as I have created over 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirect jobs in my own State of Adamawa. 
“And I also know how the Government can help create the right environment for businesses to create jobs.  When I was Vice President in 1999 I was responsible for liberalising the telecoms sector which enabled us to increase the number of people who could access a phone from less than 1 million then to over 100 million today.
“This transformation resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs from the top-up card vendors you see on every street corner to the many new businesses that fed off the mobile phone revolution.
“Some of you may know that I was elected Vice President under the banner of the PDP, which is the political party I had helped to found some ten years before. 
“And some of you may also know that I left the PDP four years ago when I believed it was no longer aligned to the principles of equity, democracy and social justice upon which we had founded it.
“I joined the APC as I had hoped it would be the new force that would help improve life for our people and I was excited about the party’s manifesto to create 3 million new jobs a year.
“The result has not been the change people had been promised or voted for, as in the last two years almost 3 million Nigerians have lost their jobs.
“And today with a record 25% of people aged 18-25 unemployed I can see how difficult it is for our youths to find a job. The key to creating jobs is a strong economy and that is what we are currently lacking.


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun unearthed a previous petition against Mounir Gwarzo and suspended him as Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] because he demanded to be served in writing with her order to stop SEC’s forensic audit of Oando Plc, Daily Trust learnt from informed sources and official documents in Abuja yesterday.  Adeosun, who said she was giving the order in her capacity as the Board of SEC, implied that it was President Muhammadu Buhari who wanted the Oando inquiry stopped because she said the president did not give her orders in writing. When Gwarzo insisted on a written order, the Finance Minister said he too had a petition written against him and that she would suspend him in order to allow for a full investigation.

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The straw that broke the camel’s back was a November 27, 2017 letter that SEC’s Head of Legal Department wrote to Oando’s Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Adewale Tinubu, cousin of APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. SEC informed Tinubu that it had appointed five firms including Akintola Williams Deloitte, United Securities, Nasiru Muhammad and Co, SPA Ajibade and TJADAF Consulting and Associates to undertake a forensic audit into the oil firm’s affairs. The audit, among others, is to determine Oando’s financial health, determine if there was insider trading in the company’s stock in 2013-15, determining the accuracy of its shareholding records and review its assets disposals and the purchasing parties, among others. 
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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Forever military President,  General Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda, has said that  following the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 election, it is incumbent upon the party  leaders and stakeholders to use the opportunity of the convention for sober reflection on the challenges and seek plausible ways  to correct them in order to come out stronger in subsequent elections.
In a statement by his media consultant, Prince  Kassim Afegbua yesterday in Minna,  Babaginda said   an elective convention presents a rare opportunity and veritable platform to elect in a holistic manner, a “credible, tested, down-to-earth and  truly urbane candidate with enough stamina, distinguished character and national acceptability who is driven by  incurable optimism and passion for a united Nigeria.”



“At this point of our political history as a party, we need a National Chairman who is driven by uncommon initiatives, creativity in ideas and a rich content of character to lead and stabilize the party in line with the laudable ideals of the founding fathers of the party. Such an individual must possess national recognition to be able to galvanize political opportunities and transform them into tangible outcomes in our democratic engagements. 

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Tuesday last week, November 21 was a dark day in Adamawa State when about 80 people were massacred by Boko Haram terrorists on one hand and merciless Bachama militia on the other. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Federal Government is still in talks with China Eximbank over the $550 million loan for two back-up satellites, the Nigerian Communications Satellite limited (NIGCOMSAT) has said. 

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
About N1. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Air Peace has deepened its presence in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state with the launch of Abuja-Uyo-Abuja route from December 7. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Overseer of Akun Development Area of Nasarawa State, Emma Yaro, has constituted a 27-man task force revenue generation committee to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the council. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Independent Petroleum Markers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Western zone has urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and NNPC to clamp down on private depots selling petrol above ex-depot price of N 133. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Managing Director of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Ahmed Dangiwa, has said that the bank has disbursed over N7 billion loan to 800 beneficiaries this year.


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Senator Sirika, Atta, Babangida storm Keffi for Polo Honours

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Three of the playing polo patrons in the country, are set for a titanic sporting confrontation as the prestigious Keffi Ranch Polo Tournament gallops-off in grand style Tuesday in the ancient kingdom of Keffi, Nasarawa State. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Murtala AbdurRahman is a young man with an exceptional talent, intelligence and character who dreams of becoming an aviation engineer. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face perennial rivals Argentina in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia alongside Iceland and Croatia. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The 2017 League Bloggers Awards (LBA) end-of-season ceremony held on Tuesday in Lagos at Sheraton Hotel Ikeja where winners were decorated in 13 categories for their outstanding performances in the Nigeria Professional Football League, the National League and the Nigeria Womens Premier League. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Mesut Ozil but the Manchester United manager will undoubtedly be hoping Arsenals on-form German has one of his off days at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will return to the London Marathon in 2018 after a years absence, resuming his quest for a third victory in the event, organisers said on Thursday. 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Former world No 1 Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery. 

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
I am very excited and agitated at the same time.

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