Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 19 December, 2017.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Reprieve came the way of Nigerians who have been groaning over the biting fuel scarcity across the country, as Oil workers yesterday suspended their nationwide strike.

The decision by workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to suspend the strike came sequel to the intervention of the Director of Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura, at a high-powered meeting held in Abuja.

According to a statement by national public relations officer (PRO) of PENGASSAN, Comrade Fortune Obi, the strike was also suspended following the intervention of the Minister of Labour & Productivity, Chris Ngige and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.

Obi disclosed that the management of NECONDE Energy Services Ltd represented by its managing director and the legal consultants offered a letter of recall to the sacked employees of the company.

The NECONDE management also agreed to allow the union to exist in the company.

He added that the minister of Labour and the union agreed to address the anti-union posture by other indigenous companies and marginal field operators.

The statement further noted that a meeting was also fixed for the second week of January 2018, to look at the issues at stake.

LEADERSHIP had reported yesterday that fuel scarcity in major cities across the country may get worse, as PENGASSAN had concluded plans to commence a nationwide strike.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The rift between the Senate and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday took a deeper crisis dimension, as lawmakers in the Red Chamber rejected the 2018 budget expenditures for the power ministry

Specifically, the upper chamber faulted the ministry’s proposal of N888million for the purchase of cars.

The lawmakers, again, sent back the Minister of State for the ministry for not proffering answers to the questions, saying he should go back and prepare adequately.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Fashola, had also been sent back by the Senators on the ground that he was not prepared to defend the budget, having not presented relevant documents.

The Senate, while noting that the budget of the ministry contains so much incomprehensible items, also queried the N100 million budgeted for managing of documents within its purview.

The legislators faulted several allocations in the budget, including N500 million proposed for monitoring of projects, among other expenditure projections, which were outrightly referred for re-budgeting.

This was the outcome of the budget defense of the power ministry headed by chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

After drilling the minister of state for power, Mustapha Baba Shehuri and his directors, the lawmakers threw out the budget, claiming that almost all items on the document were found filled with repetitions.

Abaribe said, “This is the first time we are engaging you in budget defense and you can see the essence. Nobody is satisfied with these vague items and your explanations are not satisfactory.

“We are going to do you a comprehensive letter asking for explanations on all the items to guide you in giving us the proper submissions”.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has, again, approved the extension of the tenures of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai; Chief Of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas.

The approval was confirmed by the minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.

He noted in a statement by his public relations officer, Colonel Tukur Gusau, yesterday, that the president extended the tenures.

“The president having carefully reviewed the ongoing military operations across the country and the efforts of the Chief of Defence staff and the service chiefs in the counter insurgency operations in the North East coupled with the security situation of the Niger Delta region, has graciously approved the extension of tenure of service of General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-EteIkwe Ibas, the Chief of Naval staff and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air staff.

“This extension is pursuant of the powers conferred on the President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by section 218 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 09.06 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions for Service for officers (2012) Revised.

“The Honourable Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali therefore congratulate the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for earning the confidence of the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Force of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria leading to their extension of service, ” the statement said.

The statement, which did not specify the duration of the extension, suggest that the CDS, COAS, CAS and the CNS will continue in office.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Navy yesterday decorated Jamila Malafa, with the rank of Navy Commodore, the first northern female commodore in the history of the Nigerian Navy.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola said by her discipline, resilience and commitment to the Nigerian Navy, she is eminently qualified to be the first northern female commodore.

He further said she has joined a very few crew of generals adding that there are very few women that will attain this rank in the Nigerian military. “It is a thing of pride and attaining this height, it is worth celebrating,” he said.

He also said the navy has exposed her to seminars, courses and trainings that have prepared her for this position praying that almighty God will help her.

In her response, Commodore Malafa assured the Nigerian Navy of her total commitment.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By David Samuel Malam Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, is a prince from Biu Emirate in Borno State. He is a first class royal family renowned for its humility, integrity and bravery. He is also an American national honoree and amongst the United States Black Achievers Awardees in 2001. This could be verified from Kentucky Herald of 8th April, 2001. Mainas personal integrity and leadership asset has since been celebrated by the United States, a Nation t 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Super Eagles B have moved camp to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for the next phase of preparations for the forthcoming 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) taking place in Morocco from 13th January 2018.The first phase of preparations ended in Kano on Sunday with the team emerging victorious at the NPFL Invitational Super Six Tournament after outscoring CAF Champions League representatives MFM FC of Lagos 3-2 in the final. In earlier matches, they drew 0-0 with League champions Pl 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Manchester City will hold talks with manager Pep Guardiola at the end of the season about extending his three-year deal, British media reported on Sunday.The reports said that convincing the 46-year-old to sign a new contract would top the agenda at next Mays end-of-season review traditionally held by City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and CEO Ferran Sorriano.City are confident everything is in place to persuade Guardiola to stay longer at the club. Guardiola and his soldiers are 11 points clear 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Confederation of African Football has announced the top three shortlists for the 2017 African Player of the Year with Victor Moses not making the cut. The Super Eagles and Chelsea of England star will not win a first African Footballer of the Year award in 2017, with Aubameyang, Salah and Mane in the running.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made the cut decided by votes from the members of the Caf Media Committee, Caf Technical & Development Committee and half of t 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Muhammad Alhaji Yakubu The All Progressives Congress APC, fresh from a grueling encounter with the behemoth PDP, manifested early signs of suffocating exhaustion in the aftermath of its well deserved victory at the 2015 general election in the way it handled the outcome of the election of officers in the National Assembly. Being a new party sorted out of hitherto disparate political parties into an amalgam, it was least expected that the new party will manifest such weakness within such a short 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Mohammed Bukar Sabo IS stands for Islamic State. Other names associated with this vicious group are: ISIL, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or, more befittingly, Daesh, Arabic word meaning one who crushes something underfoot. It aimed at forcefully creating an Islamic caliphate. At the peak of its murderous campaign it seized large expanse of land in both Iraq and Syria triggering millions of refugees unseen in the history in the Middle East. Thousands of lives were wasted by this death 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos As the Edo State Government yesterday ordered the immediate shutdown of the disputed Obu Mine site in Okpella community, Edo State, BUA International Limited, said the state government does not have jurisdiction over the matter since it is a federal issue.There had been a dispute over a contentious site No. 2541ML between Dangote Group and BUA International Limited.The Edo State government had in a press statement sent to LEADERSHIP from the office of the special assista 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Michael Oche, Abuja Next February, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will be 40. But as their popular slogan goes, the struggle continues. For Nigerian workers it appear victory is far from being achieved. From various contending issues, such as nonpayment of salaries, increase in minimum wage, unilateral sack of workers, hike in cost of living and other issues that has to do with good governance and workers welfare, Labour has consistently been at loggerheads with government for four decades 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Michael Oche in this feature takes a look at the bold move by the Medical and Health workers union of Nigeria (MHWUN) to establish a 150 bed specialist hospital at a cost of N1.2 billion.At a time when government is facing the challenge of providing quality healthcare service to Nigerians, the Medical and Health workers union of Nigeria is set to come to the rescue with the building of 150 bed specialist hospital to be located in Abuja.We are establishing the hospital so as to provide direct int 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By KAYODE TOKEDE, Lagos With its determination to boost the nations economy through diversification, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has mapped out plans to revive moribund firms in the non-oil export business through its N500 billion export stimulation facility.The apex bank has realised the non-oil sector insignificant contribution to Nigerias Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and has shown desire to support President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in diversifying the economy away from oil 
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