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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 12 December, 2017.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The North is not intimidated by calls for restructuring of the nation and is ready to discuss the issue if the right cards are put on the table.

This was part of submissions following a two-day retreat by the Northern Senators Forum (NSF) in Katsina State yesterday.

According to the Forum, the region was not afraid of any “sensible and meaningful arrangement, provided it guarantees justice, equity, fairness and the unity of all Nigerians”.

It described the matter as ambiguous, even to “proponents, without clear terms and directions on how to go about it”, adding, the North would, at a later date, take a “well articulated, firm and common position” on restructuring, in collaboration with other northern members of the National Assembly.

The Forum also resolved to map out a Marshall Plan for development of the region, saying the proposition would be carried out in partnership with critical stakeholders, its House of Representatives counterpart and the Northern Governors Forum.

A communiqué signed by NSF chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said the Plan would be all embracing.

The retreat discussed “the huge infrastructural deficit” in the North, noting that this challenge has weigh down socio-economic advancement, hence “the need to design an all embracing Marshall Plan for the development of the region”.

The NSF said: “The insecurity of lives and property and the lack of capacity of the state to adequately guarantee the most fundamental of rights are the most critical challenges facing the region in particular and the country in general.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Ogun State yesterday became the latest in the country to record another attack by herdsmen.

Three herders, who attempted to graze their cattle on a farm in Oke Odo, Ketu Local Council Development Area, were confronted by the owner, Ige Orisade. Infuriated by the challenge, the herdsmen allegedly assaulted the victim, who sustained serious injuries.

Following a tip-off, the trio of Mohammed Bello, 40; Mohammed Momoh, 30; and Yisau Umoru, 18, were later arrested by men of the state police command.

The media recently reported the killing by herdsmen of 10 persons in Kogi State. The governor’s security adviser, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara, however, disputed the figure, saying only one person died.

The latest attack has increased incidences of farmer-herdsmen clashes in several parts of the country, prompting some state governments to mull legislations curbing open grazing.

Ogun police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that following an argument, the herdsmen had macheted the farmer before fleeing. “On the strength of the information, the Area Commander, ACP Titus Musa, dispatched a team of policemen to the scene. The surrounding bush was thoroughly combed, in conjunction with a local vigilance group, at the end of which three suspects were arrested.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Nigerian champion, Plateau United will meet Cameroun’s Eding Sport in the first round of the CAF Champions League, according to the draws held yesterday. Its compatriots, MFM FC, which came second in the 2016/2017 Nigerian League, will battle with Mali’s Real Bamako also in the first round of the competition.

The 2018 CAF Champions League will kick off in February and end in November.

According to the draws, Plateau United will face Etoile Du Sahel of Tunisia in the second round if it scaled through the first round, while MFM will meet the winner in the first round tie between AS Otoho of Congo and Mouloudia Alger of Algeria.

Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel, which won the title in 2007, was given a bye from the first round, the same with title holder, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, which will begin its defence in the second round against the winner of the tie between Stade Malien and Williamsville AC of Cote d’Ivoire.

In the Confederation Cup, two-time Champions League winner, Enyimba of Aba was drawn bye into the second round and will meet the first round winner between the representative of Benin Republic and Hafia FC of Guinea. 
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Nigeria has joined 37 other countries to sign a joint declaration on Economic Cooperation with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the sidelines of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference.

Representing Africa at the Ministerial Conference through its position as Vice-Chair of the conference, members of the Friends of Investment Facilitation for Development (FIFD) of which Nigeria is a member, unanimously adopted a Joint Ministerial Statement on Investment Facilitation at the conference.

A total of 38 countries, including members and non-members of FIFD adopted the document which focused on investment facilitation and called for the commencement of “structured discussions with the aim of developing a multilateral framework on investment facilitation.”

The EFTA-Nigeria declaration is an instrument that allows both parties to work on a framework that facilitates increased trade and investment flows. It will be implemented by a joint commission of both parties.

A statement from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, explained that the areas of cooperation include trade in goods; customs and tariffs and trade facilitation; trade in services; investment; protection of intellectual property rights including enforcement; trade and sustainable development; digital economy including ecommerce; trade and investment related issues pertaining to small and medium-sized enterprises; and any other areas of cooperation as mutually agreed by the parties involved.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The maiden edition of the G-57 strategy event themed: "Designing the Nigeria we deserve" has been held in Ikoyi, Lagos. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
In its bid to tackle unemployment andsocial issues in Nigeria, the youth wing of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), has recently empowered 45 young people from three states on social entrepreneurship. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
A book titled, Grow! - a compilation of resounding and life-changing articles - written by Ngozi Adebiyi, the CEO and Lead Consultant of the boutique consulting and coaching firm'OutsideIn HR-has been launched of her slated in Lagos. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Chairman Senate Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Senator Barnabas Gemade, has revealed that the sum of N100 billion appropriated in the 2017 Budget... 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF)has declared its commitment to promoting the gamein the country, saying it would continue to revamp its processesnextyear. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The diet that GOD in all His wisdom recommended for mankind as shown in Genesis 1: 29 is a diet that takes care of a lot of things. In this diet are nutrients that are involved... 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Director General, African Centre for Supply Chain (ACSC), Obiora Madu, has described government's lack of political will to implement policies as factors mitigating development of logistics supply chain in Nigeria. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Producers' Forum of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(PENGASSAN) has said it is working in partnership with the Federal Government to urgently address fuel scarcity in some parts of the country. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
For a cleaner and safer environment for Lagos residents, Givanas Industry Nigeria Ltd., organised a sanitation exercise for beaches and its environs ahead of the festivities. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Osun State government has commenced the distribution of 30,000 e-learning computer tablets for final year students inthe state public schools.