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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 23 December, 2017.

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
No fewer than 4.4 million Nigerians lost their jobs in 2017, a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed.

The NBS report released yesterday in Abuja stated that the percentage of unemployed Nigerians increased from 16.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017 to 18.8 percent in the third quarter.

It disclosed that the number of people within the labour force who were unemployed increased from 13.6 million in the second quarter of the year to 15.9 million in the third quarter of the same year, with more than two million people unemployed within the period.

Similarly, the number of underemployed increased from 17.7 million in the second quarter to 18.0 million in Q3 2017 just as it added that Nigeria’s economy has been shrinking since2014

The report read in part: “The number of unemployed people within the labour force who are unemployed or underemployed increased from 13.6 million and 17.7 million respectively in Q2 2017 to 15.9 million and 18.0 million in Q3 2017.

“Nigeria’s economic growth has been decelerating since Q2 2014, culminating in an economic recession in Q2 2016. The economic recession was technically over in Q2 2017. However, several economic activities are still contracting or recovering sub-optimally.”

“An economic recession is consistent with an increase in unemployment as jobs are lost and new jobs creation is stalled. The unemployment rate, induced by a recession, typically peaks about 15-18 months after the beginning of a recession or 4-8 months after the end of a recession before it returns to its pre-recession trend.

“This, in the case of Nigeria, will be a peak in Q4 2017 which means we will only expect unemployment to return to its normal trend in 2018. The length of the lag depends on how deep and long the recession was. It also depends on how stable and fast the recovery is as well as on the economic sectors driving the recovery (labour or capital/technology intensive),” it added.

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday struck out a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Innoson Nigeria Ltd and its chief executive officer/managing director, Innocent Chukwuma, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and five other respondents.

The presiding judge, Justice Hadizat Rabiu-Shagari, struck out the suit after it was withdrawn by the applicants.

In the ex-parte application filed before the court, the businessman had dragged the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Nigeria Police Force, and Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) before the court, seeking the enforcement of his rights.

The suit had earlier come up for mention on Thursday but it was adjourned till yesterday because of the controversy generated by the appearance of one of the respondents.

During yesterday’s proceedings, the lawyer to GTB, Adebowale Kamoru, while citing several Supreme Court authorities, insisted that GTB must be heard in the ex-parte application.

The lawyer’s submission was strongly opposed by the lawyer to Innoson Nigeria Ltd and Mr. Innocent Chukwuma.

The presiding judge, Justice Hadizat Rabiu-Shagari, had to adjourn the suit till yesterday as both parties were unable to reach a concession on the matter.

At the resumed hearing of the application yesterday, Innoson’s lawyer, Professor MacCharty Mbaduagha, told the court of his clients’ intention to withdraw the suit due to the filing of a counter affidavit by the sixth respondent, GTB.
Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By HANNAH ONI, LagosChairman house committee on aviation Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha has commended Ethiopian airlines for encouraging women in the aviation industry.She made this speech while receiving the first all female operated flight to Nigeria at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, when the Ethiopian aircraft arrived Lagos airport with 391 passengers, 11 crew and 2 female pilots, saying it is the first of its kind in Africa.Onyejiocha said that the flight is a ground breakin 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has deployed no fewer than 11,000 personal in the South West geo-political zone of the country for the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations.This according to a statement by the NSCDC by Zonal F Public Relations Officer, Kareem Olanrewaju is to ensure security of lives and properties during the yuletide.Bulk of the deployment which is about 7,120 are meant to cover Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states while the remaining 4,108 will be distributed in Ondo, 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Abdullahi Olesin, IlorinThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it has no hands in the post- convention crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).The APC spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, made this known during an interview with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State.Abdullahi said the problem with the PDP is that it is still suffering from withdrawal syndrome as members of the party are behaving as though the only way they could survive as a political party is if they are in power.He 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Ejike Ejike, AbujaAs part of the ongoing moves to reform the Special Anti Robbery Squad, (SARS), the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has banned the members of SARS from acting as body guards to anyone or even operating without properly identified uniform.The IGP, who gave the order yesterday, while meeting with the commanders of SARS from across the country, also ordered periodic psychometric test, training and continuous assessment of operatives deployed to SARS to determine t 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURTRivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Wike yesterday declared that his government will use the states share of the Paris Club Refund to execute projects.He also declared that his administration will uplift the infrastructure of Isiokpo town, saying that nobody will be allowed to relegate the ancient Ikwerre city.Wike, who spoke yesterday while flagging off the construction of roads in Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre local government area of the state, stated tha 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Juliana Agbo, AbujaThe Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise & Tariff, Senator Hope Uzodimma has cautioned fuel dealers and Tank Farm owners in the country not to sabotage this years Christmas celebration by playing politics with the distribution of petroleum products which has led to the scarcity of fuel during the Yuletide.In a statement in Abuja on Friday,Uzodimma who is also the Chairman of the Southern Senators Forum (SSF) said that from statistics available to his comm 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By HEMBADOON ORSARA Benue State-based pastor, Edwin Anayo, has denied being an robber claiming he only bought a Lexus Sport Utility Van from some people for N650,000.Anayo said this in Makurdi, the Benue State capital as its police command paraded nine suspected armed robbers who specialised in car and motorcycle theft. The suspects were apprehended in different locations of the state and had allegedly been terrorising the state for the past three months.The commands Commissioner of Police, Bash 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Recently, members of Non-Yoruba Indigenes Empowerment Initiatives, NYIEI, launched the group in Ota, Ogun State. In this piece, ANTHONY AWUNOR who witnessed the inauguration looks at the essence, impact and what the society stands to gain from such an organisation.With over 250 ethnic nationalities spread across Nigeria, inter-ethnic struggles have remained one of the countrys greatest social problems since independence. To put the problem to rest, particularly in the south western part of the c 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Stellamaries Amuwa, AbujaThe Idoma people of Benue state are known for their love for good food, as there is an annual food festival in Benue State to celebrate women and the various traditional foods. Most popular among their delicacies is the Okoho soup which is made with the peculiar Okoho plant, bush meat and many other ingredients. Okoho soup is best eaten with pounded yam, amala. semo, eba, etc.Okoho soup, a special delicacy of the Idoma people, is obtained from a plant called Okoho in 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Sen. Ben Obi is the immediate past national secretary of the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the People Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with RUTH CHOJI, the PDP chieftain speaks on the new leadership of the leading opposition party, the restructuring debate, presidency going to the South-East and how he spearheaded the charge against the alleged third-term agenda when he was in the Senate.Now that the caretaker committee has handed over to elected national officials of the People 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Dog, the saying goes, is mans best friend. It is also the most favourite delicacy of some people in Abuja where there is a booming market for its sale writes Chidi NwachukwuPeople come from far and near to buy our meat. Some of them are even upper class who will park their big cars and sit down to enjoy the meat; and after eating, they would still buy some more and take home to their families, Patrick tells LEADERSHIP Weekend as he deftly and expertly cuts the dressed dog on a brown table he use 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, KanoShortly after his sack from the position of Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Kano State, the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appointed Abdullah Abass as his Commissioner for Special Duties. Abdullahi Abbas is seen as a friend to the Governor.Under the new arrangement, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, the immediate past acting chairman of the state chapter of APC, is to steer the affairs of the Special Duties Ministry, while Alhaji M. I. Kwankwaso, mov 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Nnamdi Mbawike, EnuguAs the recent arrest of the Chairman of INNOSON Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Chief Innocent Chukwuma continues to generate reactions, women under the aegis of Womens Situation Room Nigeria have called on the wife of the business Mogul to seek legal redress in court over alleged assault on her by an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission {EFCC}.Recall that operatives of the anti-graft agency, as well as armed policemen, had stormed the residence of the 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Abdullahi Olesin, IlorinThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday sealed six filling stations in Ilorin metropolis and Ajase- Ipo in Irepodun local government area of Kwara State for hoarding fuel and other sundry offenses.The sealed stations are Golden Mother Filling Station, Agbabiaka, Ilorin, Korrect Petroleum, Agbabiaka, Ilorin, Haflum Filling Station, Baboko, Ilorin, Lakeside Filling Station, Lagos Road, Ilorin, NNPC Retail Station, Okoolowo, Ilorin and Alhaji M. Oyetunji Fil 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, KadunaKaduna state government has said it has sustainably achieved five years without any polio case.The commissioner of Health Dr Paul Manya Dogo disclosed this at a retreat organised by Kaduna State primary health care development agency for three local government administrators of the state to strengthen routine immunisation.While commending parents for allowing their children be immunised within the period of years under review, he thanked them for the concerted efforts t 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
BY ANDY ASEMOTA, KatsinaGovernment has planned to feed one million pupils across the state by early next year, the special adviser to the government on girl-child and women development, Binta Abba Umar, disclosed yesterday.Umar stated this in Katsina when Governor Aminu Bello Masari formally launched Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme designed as part of the social intervention scheme for the poor and vulnerable persons by the present administration.She said about 11, 000 women were engag 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Francis Okoye, MaiduguriThe Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria ( KACRAN) has called on the Federal, states and Local governments to speedy up rehabilitation of already established grazing areas and as well create new ones.This KACRAN said will be a positive step towards reducing the encroachment of Herdsmen into peoples farms.The National Chairman of KACRAN, Hon Khalil Bello stated this at the inauguration of the Executive members of KACRAN, Borno state chapter Yesterday in Mai 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
BY YAHYA SARKI, KebbiClash between fulani herdsmen and farmers has resulted in the death of a farmer in Giromasa village of Bagudo Local Government Area of Kebbi state. One other farmer was reported to have been missing. presumably drowned in a river.Leadership Weekend revealed that the clash was over a disputed land between the two parties and that the latest fight occurred on Wednesday evening after a Court in the state ruled in favour of Fulani herders on a river that separated them with Farm 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Tope Fayehun, AkureGovernor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has presented a budget of N171 billion for the states 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly.Akeredolu, who tagged the appropriation bill as Budget of Progress, earmarked N81.521 billion for recurrent expenditure and N68.096 for capital expenditure.He told members of the House that, the budget reflects the collective aspiration of the people of the state, after having consulted widely with a view to incorporating the inp 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By now the federal government and, in particular, the security agencies must have figured out why is it that the supply and distribution of petroleum products become a very touchy issue during festive periods, Sallah and Christmas especially. Year in year out, during those occasions, Nigerians, who must travel to be with their families and relations, are subjected to a most harrowing experience just trying to source the product.It is embarrassing enough that an oil producing country is dependent