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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 28 December, 2017.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Federal Government of covering up “huge sleazes directly involving the All Progressives Congress (APC) interests.”It said it was reprehensible that the APC and the Federal Government have stuck to lying on the real reasons behind the current fuel scarcity and “their exposed attempt to pilfer $1bn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA)”.

The PDP charged the government to tell Nigerians the truth on its handling of fuel- related funds “particularly the circumstances surrounding the exposed diversion of funds in sleazy oil subsidy payouts” and “speak out on reports of fraud in the oil regime whereupon 18 unregistered companies were used to lift and divert $1.1 trillion worth of crude oil in the last one year.”

In a statement yesterday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged the current government is “not only grossly incompetent and corrupt but also a champion in the use of lies and manipulations against innocent and unsuspecting citizens”.


The statement adds: “We all know that it was convenient for the APC presidency to promise Nigerians that it will no longer import fuel only because the PDP government had already laid the foundation including revamping the refineries and ensuring a domestic production of 5 million litres out of the 25 million litres daily domestic consumption. Sadly, this incompetent APC government, in its almost three years, has not added one litre to the 5 million which the PDP administration was producing.”

Contrary to the notion that the APC government has scrapped fuel subsidy, the administration is in fact paying itself about N1.4 billion daily for importing fuel through the NNPC.The corporation’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, recently confirmed that a N26 subsidy was being paid on every litre imported.

The landing cost of petrol into the country stands at N171 per litre, as against the N145 retail price. Considering that the country’s daily consumption moved from an estimated 35 million litres per day to about 52 million litres, it would mean a total of about N1.4 billion is currently being paid to the exclusive importer. 
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Dismissed as illiterate when he first contested in 2005, George Opong Weah could become Liberia’s 25th president.The only African to have won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year, Weah looked set to beat his opponent, 72-year-old vice president, Joseph Boakai, clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the West African state.
He has already claimed victory in a tweet saying: “It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honouring me with your vote today. It is a great hope. I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends and my loyal supporters, who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season. We are on the verge of making history for our people.”

The countries National Elections Commission (NEC) however is yet to make any official declaration on the outcome of the election. On its website yesterday, NEC said it would “on Thursday December 28 (today) begin the announcement of provisional results of the 2017 presidential runoff”.


If he is declared winner, he would take over from Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who defeated him in the 2005 election. With 60 per cent of the country’s population under the age of 30, Weah’s clout as a footballing icon appeared to have given him support among the youth.

Weah topped the first round of voting in October but failed to secure the 50 per cent needed for an outright win. The runoff was delayed twice following allegations of fraud and irregularities.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Crude oil price has risen by $20 per barrel above Nigeria’s benchmark of N45 a barrel in the 2018 proposed yearly budget.In the proposed N8.6 trillion ‘Budget of Consolidation’ presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly for approval, crude oil benchmark price was put at an average of N45 per barrel, based on low benchmark price of $35, medium ($45) and high ($55) scenarios, while production was set at 2.3 million barrels per day.

At the close of Tuesday trading hour, global benchmark, Brent crude oil price was $65.25 a barrel, while the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) settle at $58.47 per barrel.What this means is that, at Nigeria’s production peg of 2.3 million proposed in the 2018 budget, the country will be making an excess crude oil earnings of $46 million per day (N16.5 billion), if crude oil price remain at $65 a barrel in 2018.

Brent crude oil has remained at above $60 a barrel level in the last few days, sparking talks that this could be the new floor under oil prices and that $70 a barrel oil in short term is now not only a producers’ wildest dreams, but a reality.This also shows that the crude oil production capping embarked upon by members and non-members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is yielding positive result.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
A review of activities that played out in the outgoing year reveal that it is still business as usual for the Nigerian education system as the sector witnessed nothing uncommon than crisis, lamentation on poor funding, policy conflicts, among others.

With the budgetary allocation of N448.01billion to education in 2017, representing about six per cent of the N7.30 trillion budget, the year started with parents, professionals, academics, captains of industries among others lamenting poor funding of the sector.

In the 2017 allocation, N398.01b is for recurrent expenditure and the balance of N50b is for capital projects, this many stakeholders believed will not bring about extensive improvements expected in the sector.Till date, insecurity in schools, policy backflips, lack of qualified manpower and teaching/learning aids, and decaying and decayed infrastructure, among others, are still top on the list of factors challenging the sector.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
This week has been a great week in the music industry and for music lovers. Just when the performance of Wizkid and Davido was still on the lips of Nigerians, Davido decided to bring all the Mo'Hit stars on stage to perform some of their hit songs. Nigerians who attended the sold-out concert as well [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
On a new episode on her vlog, Toke Moments, radio personality, author and baby girl Toke Makinwa has dished out the best ways to live your best life in the new year, which starts in a few days. Her tips are quite amusing, once you get the hang of what exactly she's referring to. Watch [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The United States (U.S.) has accepted to sell one of its A29 Super Tucano aircraft to the Federal Government to boost the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
As the effects of the lingering fuel scarcity bite harder on the citizenry, some unpatriotic Nigerians have made and still making huge fortunes from this unsavoury situation by vending the product at very exorbitant rates in the Federal Capital Territory. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA), Hon. Emmanuel Jime, has disclosed that the Authority has licensed three new Free Trade Zones (FTZs). 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The operator of the Otakikpo marginal field in OML 11, Green Energy International Ltd supported by its technical partners Lekoil Oil and Gas investment has offered free medical services to 2,000 people in its host communities in Andoni Local government in Rivers state. 


Thu, 28 Dec 2017
A Former Governor of Ekiti State and Deputy Chairman, South of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Segun Oni, yesterday cautioned that the party may lose the 2018 governorship election if it fails to present a popular candidate. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Crude oil price has risen by $20 per barrel above Nigeria's benchmark of N45 a barrel in the 2018 proposed yearly budget.In the proposed N8.6 trillion 'Budget of Consolidation' presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly for approval, crude oil benchmark price..... 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while giving a scorecard of his government yesterday said his administration has fulfilled most of the promises made to the people, while seeking election. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu at the weekend pardoned nine prisoners serving various jail terms at the Enugu, Aba, Umuahia and Kirikiri, Lagos prisons in the spirit of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Following the recent assault on the Olu of Igbokoda, Oba Afolabi Odidiomo by some thugs in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, traditional rulers in the state have urged the police to prosecute those behind the assault. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Kaduna State Government has commences the screening of 43,806 applicants, including M.Sc. degree holders for 25,000 teaching positions in its primary schools. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
When Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar promised the other day that the Federal Government would assist the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to have better access to finance, her statement would seem another empty vow given that millions of such businesses ..... 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Visionscape Group has taken delivery of a fresh batch of environment sanitation trucks to beef up its fleet ahead of the formal launch of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI). 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The National Industrial Court has upheld the submissions of the claimants against the defendants in a suit against the latter's continued suspension from duty and seizure of their vehicles over an unsubstantiated allegation. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has lamented Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's comment that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was bearing the cost of fuel subsidy and not the Federal Government. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
For universities to achieve their purpose of establishment, President-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo, has called on government to respect and uphold the autonomy of universities. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Autopsy report on 33-year-old Idris Lasisi, an electrician, who was recently found dead inside the attic of a pharmacy on Abraham Adesanya Low Cost Housing Estate, Ajah, Lagos State, has revealed that he died of asphyxia and electrocution. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Several studies have shown that over a billion people experience some form of disability worldwide, with the need to reduce the condition by ensuring early identification and treatment as well as provision of assistive devices and environmental modification.