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Ohaneze Ndigbo





Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 18 December, 2017.

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Federal Government’s plan to spend additional $1billion Excess Crude Account (ECA) fund in the fight against Boko Haram is not going down well with the Niger Delta region and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While stakeholders in the region described the approval given by governors— some of whom have dissociated themselves from the decision — as discriminatory, the main opposition party accused the Federal Government of deploying diversionary tactic to cover attempts at “pilfering $1 billion from the ECA “to finance partisan activities.”

In separate statements in Port Harcourt and Abuja, they called on the National Assembly to block the fund and demand complete breakdown of how the money would be spent.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike would not condemn release of the $1 billion to tackle Boko Haram but insisted that environmental and security challenges in the Niger Delta far outweighed the North East insurgency.

Wike spoke at the Annual General Meeting of the Okpo Club of Nigeria (Association of Ikwerre Lawyers) in Port Harcourt, where he urged the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to release the derivation component of the Excess Crude Account to oil-producing states.

The governor also called for release of funds earmarked for tackling environmental degradation and security in the Niger Delta. “Niger Delta environmental problems are as serious as the Boko Haram insurgency,” he noted.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) said it had mobilised its members for a nationwide strike beginning from today following inability of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kackikwu, to resolve the disagreement between it and an oil and gas firm, Neconde.
The industrial action will worsen the current fuel crisis in some parts of the country.

A meeting facilitated by Kachikwu in Abuja at the weekend between PENGASSAN and Neconde over the sack of some workers by the oil company was deadlocked.

PENGASSAN, in a statement by its National Public Relations Officer, Fortune Obi, said the union would hold an emergency meeting this morning. He said the oil workers were being put on standby for the strike that might begin midnight today.

PENGASSAN had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government, warning that the industrial action would result in shutting down of oil and gas installations and disruption of fuel supply across the country.

The union is also protesting against alleged anti-labour practices by some indigenous oil and gas companies, marginal field operators and agencies of government.

The Communications Manager of Neconde, Segun Fafore, told The Guardian that the allegations against the firm by the oil workers were unfounded. He said the workers were sacked due to failure to meet the firm’s expectations after series of assessment.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has unveiled his successor and Flag bearer of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), Matthew Samura Kamara, to the Nigerian community.
He said the unveiling was due to Nigeria’s involvement in the economy and private sector in Sierra Leone.

Koroma an interactive session with the Nigerian Community at the weekend in Abuja expressed his gratitude to Nigeria for supporting his administration, adding that Nigeria was an important part of Sierra Leone as it supported the country over the years.

He said he visited Nigeria to bid the country farewell as President following the expiration of his second tenure on March 7, 2018.

While introducing Kamara he said: “After dissolving the Parliament on December 7, 2017, I immediately started a road show in the country to thank the people of Sierra Leone for giving me the opportunity to serve as president and to also introduce my successor and I say it in definite terms.”

Koroma pointed out that the ruling party endorsed Kamara because of his experience in governance and had worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank.

He had also served as Financial Secretary, Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Minister of Finance and until recently Foreign Minister.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Workforce Group, Nigeria's leading HR Consulting and Business Services firm, has re-affirmed its commitment to help companies win the talent war with its introduction of the Top Talent platform. Top Talent is an initiative of Workforce group designed to connect top employers with a pre-screened, highly filtered pool of employment-ready top candidates. Speaking at [] 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Katsina government and leading telecommunications firm, MTN, have launched Animal Identification Management Solution (AIMS) at Runka Game Reserve to check cattle theft in the state. The unveiling followed extensive consultation and live demonstrations with leaders and members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the state as well as Kano [] 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has lamented the increasing level of poverty in the country, which it said, has become a problem to many households. Speaking in Benin City, during the LAPO-C4 project midterm review meeting with partner community-based organistations (CBOs), Executive Director, LAPO, Sabena Idowu-Osehobo, said has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through [] 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
During the week-ended December 15,2017, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) continued its supply of US Dollars in the FX market, offering $100.00mm at a marginal rate of $/'331 via a Single Secondary Market Intervention Sale (SMIS) ' Wholesale session held during the week-ending December 15, 2017. The apex bank also maintained its intervention for [] 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Wi-fi and cellphones increase pregnant women's risk of suffering a miscarriage by nearly 50 percent, new research reveals. Magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation, which is also given off by power lines and cell towers, has been found in past studies to put a stress on the body, leading to genetic damage that can cause pregnant [] 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Pharmaacess Foundation has partnered with the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan Atlantic University to build capacity of healthcare service providers with the Healthcare Management Program (HMP). The programme, a certificate course to help healthcare professionals in areas of quality assurance, finance, business and inventory management, is structured to support professional development of medical [] 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
When Queen Elizabeth came to Nigeria in 2003 and I, as a British expatriate, was presented to her at a reception in Abuja, I felt tongue-tied and said the blandest of things. Afterwards I regretted that I had not said to her: 'Ma'am, when I was a boy of six in London, and you and [] 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
It is impossible not to be offended by the tragedy of Nigeria's democracy and warped federal system which governance at the state level has become over the years. With wanton constitutional breaches as the order of the day, the states are largely an embarrassment to the idea of democracy as impunity or the rule of [] 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Federal Government's plan to spend additional $1billion Excess Crude Account (ECA) fund in the fight against Boko Haram is not going down well with the Niger Delta region and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Senator Annie Okonkwo, who represented Anambra Central and was the original candidate of the PDP in the 2015 general elections, has reacted to the Abuja Federal High Court pronouncement purporting another person as the valid PDP candidate for that election. In a release from his Media Office, the Senator stated that he is completely shocked []