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


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

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was upbeat yesterday following the return of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who left it for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in February 2014.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and former Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, in separate statements yesterday allayed fears that Atiku’s return might lead to a rancorous convention as the party plans to elect its chairman and presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.

Owing to Atiku’s long-drawn presidential ambition, his defection has made the contest within the PDP tenser. He now has to face other aspirants like former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, incumbent governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo and Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose. The party’s interim chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has also reportedly said he was not ruled out of the race.


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Atiku’s defection was contained in a statement issued by his media office few minutes after the former vice president had made the declaration on his facebook account, (facebook.com.atiku.org.

Secondus, who is also vying for the party’s national chairmanship in Saturday’s convention, said that Atiku’s return from the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not rupture the PDP.

Senator Ekweremadu hailed Atiku’s return and said it offered a good omen for the country’s democracy. In a statement signed by his media adviser, Uche Anichiku and made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, the deputy Senate president said the action represented a massive vote of no confidence on the leadership capacity of the ruling APC first, by the masses, and now by the cream of its hierarchy and founding members.”
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
NormalL life and academic activities in Nigeria’s universities will be disrupted by workers’ industrial action from today.The three non-academic staff unions have declared a trade dispute over failure of government to keep to the terms of its own agreement with the workers.


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The industrial action is coming at a time teachers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), have returned to the classroom after a series of disputes with the Federal Government over previously agreed welfare packages and funding.

Non-teaching staff are now raising the same issues. President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mr. Samson Igwoke, who also chairs the Joint Action Committee of the three unions — comprising SSANU, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) — said in Abuja yesterday that the strike would begin in all Federal Government-owned universities today (Monday).


Igwoke explained that government had not shown seriousness in addressing the same issues that forced the workers to call an industrial action on September11, 2017.

Chief among the complaints lodged by the workers were government’s failure to implement the December 5, 2016 judgment of the National Industrial Court on university staff schools, payment of arrears of earned allowances, arrears of salary shortfalls and funding. 
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Nigeria will have to be at its best in all the group matches and hope for good fortune to realize its ambition of getting to the quarterfinal of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Some pundits actually believe that the Super Eagles must win Group D to have any realistic chance of crossing the second round.

According to the draws, qualifiers from Group B will in the second round meet with their counterparts from Group C, which include France, Australia, Peru and Denmark.France, Germany, Spain, and Brazil are the countries tipped by the pundits to win Russia 2018 simply because of the quality of players in their teams and the results of their matches in the last two years.

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And so, if Nigeria finished behind Argentina in Group D, the Super Eagles will meet France in the second round, that is if Les Blues lived up to expectations and win Group C. Winning Group D will give the Super Eagles a ‘weaker’ opposition from one of Australia, Denmark and Peru.


Should the Eagles scale the second round, the competition will become tougher as they will meet the victor in the second round game between Group A winners and Group B runners up. Group A has Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay, while Group B is made up of Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Iran. Spain and Portugal, who are tipped to qualify from Group B, are expected to overcome their opponents from Group A, hence the Eagles will meet any of the Iberian countries in the quarterfinals if Nigeria scaled over the second round hurdle.

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed the seeming inability to tame the activities of insurgents to the role of clerics whose insidious preachings continue to attract members into their fold. 

A statement signed yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari spoke in Jordan at a security meeting hosted by King Abdullah II where he urged Muslim leaders worldwide to speak up against the hateful violence committed by deranged people in the name of Islam.

Buhari, who reiterated the commitment of Nigeria to playing a leading role in bringing together countries of the West African sub-region in a collective security arrangement, said that with what the nation had gone through, it was ready to share the experiences with a view to fashioning out comprehensive action plans in tackling the scourge of violent extremism in the region.



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He said that the joint regional collaboration under the auspices of the multinational joint task force, combined with the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces, had gone a long way to decimate the activities of extremists in the West African sub-region.

Participants at the end of the meeting resolved to come up with concrete action plans that would change the narrative of violent extremism in the West African sub-region at a follow-up meeting to be hosted by Nigeria.

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
I consider it a great honour to be an awardee of this National Order. I belong to an outstanding cohort of engineering graduates from Nigerian universities in the 70s-80s. 

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Military pensioners are seeking representation in the salary and wage committee recently inaugurated by the Federal Government.The ex-servicemen under the aegis of Retired Army, Navy and Airforce Officers' Association..... 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Fidelity Bank Plc said it has elevated a total of 256 members of its workforce, in an exercise that cut across senior, middle and junior management cadre of the institution. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Roadside traders and hawkers may have to find other means to sell their wares following the directive by Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal to dislodge them from roads and walkways. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has lamented the deep frustration which the Nigerian government has faced in its efforts on repatriating stolen funds which are lodged in off-shore accounts. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had on October 19, 2017 presented a budget of N298 billion, which the lawmakers increased to N308 billion before passing it on November 30, 2017. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The amputees, who attended a forum in Abuja organised by the Umar Nasko Foundation and the Amputees Coalition of Nigeria, lamented Nigerians' attitude and the government towards physically challenged persons, which they said, fell below global practices. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Management of Old Mutual Nigeria has reassured its customers of better service delivery, innovative products that would meet their needs in the 2018. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, stepped up its tax enforcement duties, shutting company offices in Lagos and other places in the country for non-payment of outstanding tax liabilities. 

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