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Ohaneze Ndigbo



Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 22 December, 2017.

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Senators yesterday expressed disappointment over the failure by the leadership of the Senate to open a debate on the contentious plan by government to withdraw $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to fund its war against insurgency in the North East.

Senate President Bukola Saraki had an uphill task trying to persuade his colleagues the matter should be debated upon resumption from the Christmas and New Year recess. His appeals were repeatedly rejected as lawmakers voiced their disapproval.

Trouble started when Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu drew attention to the fact that yesterday’s Senate Order Paper was silent on the matter despite the fact that the upper legislative chamber had on Wednesday agreed to debate it yesterday.

Senator Sam Anyanwu (PDP, Imo State) had on Wednesday notified his colleagues that the planned withdrawal was a matter of urgent national importance, demanding serious examination by the chamber. He had therefore asked the Senate to allow him sponsor a motion for a debate the following day yesterday.

Shortly after Ekweremadu raised the issue, many of his colleagues became agitated and sought a positive response from Saraki, who noticing the mood of the chamber painstakingly explained why the motion could not be taken.Saraki did not explain why the motion was not on the Order Paper, but stated that Anyanwu’s absence from the chamber made it difficult for the debate to commence.
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
There is a plot to feature President Muhammadu Buhari as the only candidate, across all political parties, seeking the presidency in the 2019 elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged.The party, however, insisted it would not only contest but also win the polls. “We are going to stand as a party and we are going to fiercely contest election in 2019,” spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday.

Ologbondiyan said the party’s doors were still open and anyone seeking to contest the election on its platform could “come in”. According to him, many people “still hanging around in ‎APC are coming back home, as APC is going to the next election empty.”On the recent emergence of a splinter group, Ologbondiyan said the party had put measures in place to address grievances.

“The national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has been reconciliatory. He has met with some aggrieved members. We will not allow APC to distract us. APC has become very worried since our convention. As we speak, the constitution of APC requires them to hold a convention every two years. But they have not done so. They are so unsettled that PDP is progressing. That is why they are looking for people to cause confusion in our party. But we have gone beyond that. What is more important now is that we are embarking on membership drive, to win more members back to PDP.”
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it would soon release more funds at not more than five per cent interest rate for farmers to acquire agriculture equipment, to enhance their productivity.Governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, stated this yesterday, during the official commissioning of the MITROS Rice processing factory and formal launch of the rice, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

While commending the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun for adding his quota to the Federal Government’s dream of attaining food sufficiency in the area of rice production, Emefiele said any country that fails to take agriculture seriously, is an unserious country.

“The Buhari led administration is taking agriculture serious. We would support all efforts to develop the agric sector, to provide food, job and also grow the economy. The selfish aspect of it for me is that it goes to preserve our foreign exchange, as far as we produce what we eat, and we eat what we produce.
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been in the eye of the storm in recent times due to indictments on transparency and accountability that are directly linked to top managers as well as government executives. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Stakeholders in Nigerian sports have commended First City Monument Bank (FCMB) for its unwavering commitment towards promoting youth development over the years. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has condemned the multiple SMS charges on candidates' phones attempting to register for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) by telecommunications... 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Kaduna State Police Command has arrested suspected kidnappers operating within the Jere/Katari axis of the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway and Jere-Kagarko Road in Kaduna State. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Kia Motors Nigeria has recorded increased sales in 2017 with over 200 per cent year-on-year sales from 2016.Besides, the company said it is set to triple its sales in 2018 with a sustained comprehensive business strategy. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The bickering surrounding the unilateral endorsement of the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola by his boss, Governor Ayodele Fayose as the governorship candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party..... 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Political leaders and key stakeholders from former President Jonathan Goodluck's Ogbia Local Government Area have affirmed their unalloyed support for Governor Seriake Dickson. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Fifty people blown up in Mubi town in what was described by the international media as the deadliest attack after the Madagali bombing of 2016 and in less than two weeks, another 17 people were killed in a multiple blasts at Biu. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has approved and issued the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Compliance Certificate for the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta'Kaduna'Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project.