Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 9th December, 2017.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
The group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has described the Forbes’  Africa Oil & Gas Man of the Year 2017 award conferred on him as a national recognition, stressing that it not only special to him, but to all Nigerians.

Baru who was in London to receive the award used the opportunity to call on foreign investors to partner with the Corporation in its multi-billion dollar projects expected to come up in the New Year.

According a press statement issued by the Corporation’s spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, the GMD said the award came to him as a big surprise, owing to the fact that the scope of the nomination represents a huge selection of highly qualified professionals across Africa.

“This award is so special to me. It is an award to Nigeria which fills me with immense national pride. It also reinforces the long-established and far-reaching impact of the NNPC in national, regional and global economic growth and stability,” Baru stated.

Using the forum to woo investors, Baru was quoted to have said the Corporation would be involved in a number of projects which would require international collaboration next year.

“Our programme for 2018 is very aggressive and will require cooperation from the international community in supporting our activities through technical and financial collaboration,” he stated.

According to the Ughamadu, the GMD listed some of the mega projects that would be launched in the coming year to include: Bonga SW/Aparo; Zaba-zaba; Bosi; the seven critical gas projects and gas pipelines; NLNG Train seven plus expansion; possible divestment of Government Equity in JV and development of modular refineries amongst others.
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Minister of Defence, General TY Danjuma on his 80th birthday.

Also, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara has described the elder statesman as one of Nigeria’s greatest patriots.

In a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, he said “On behalf of the Federal Executive Council, my family and all Nigerians, please accept my warm felicitations on your 80th birthday.

“I share in the grace and joy that comes with this special day, having keenly followed your leadership trajectory over the years in selfless service to the nation, courageous military career and building a versatile business empire.

“As you turn 80 years, the meritorious role you played during the Nigerian civil war easily comes to mind, and as a nation, we are grateful for your numerous interventions in the political space to ensure peace, stability and secure a future of one nation for our children.

“I believe your birthday is unique and memorable for the life you live in constantly looking out for the weak and vulnerable among us, which naturally inspired the TY Danjuma Foundation, and more recently, your acceptance to serve as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative.

“I wish you God’s blessings of good health and longer life to continue in the service of humanity.

In a letter signed by the Speaker to commemorate the 80th birthday anniversary of Gen Danjuma,  the Speaker  said future generations will continue to remember and appreciate his sacrifices for Nigeria’s unity, peace, progress and stability.

He said,  “The House of Representatives and I heartily rejoice with and celebrate you,  our worthy leader, highly reverred and accomplished  elderstatesman, Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd), on this auspicious occasion of your 80th birthday anniversary.
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Shakitat Yakubu is 33 years old. She is a resident of Agboyi, a community in the Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Kosofe Local Government of Lagos State.

Yakubu, a mother of three, is expecting her fourth child as she is eight months pregnant. But rather than attend one of the numerous Primary Health Care (PHC) Centres that dot the area for her antenatal, Yakubu patronises Mama Nurat, one of the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the community.

She is, however, not alone; she is just behaving like other women in her community which is populated by not fewer than 40,000 people.

The community that comprises Agboyi 1, 2 and 3 is surrounded by water with no bridge to link it with neighbouring communities like Alapere and Ogudu. The only means of transportation are canoes which are very few.

The National Population Commission (NPC) puts maternal deaths in Nigeria at 52,000 cases annually while statistics by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) show that a woman’s chance of dying from pregnancy and childbirth in Nigeria is one in 13.

This figure excludes the pregnant women residing in the rural areas, who do not go to hospitals for whatever reasons they deem. In addition, quite a number of women have been known to shun hospitals and rather patronise Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs).

Such is the situation in Agboyi and Yakubu is one of the women.

LEADERSHIP Weekend visited the coastal community which only means of transportation to neighbouring communities are canoes.

It was, however, learnt that the LCDA has a functional Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), offering maternal health services like prenatal, antenatal and counselling services, a large number of pregnant women still prefer the TBAs.

A chief nursing officer, who refuses to disclose her name (because she is not authorised to speak with the press) says most pregnant women patronise TBAs, adding that some of them (the women) only come around to take immunisation only to go back to TBAs for antenatal and delivery.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
BY OMONU NELSON, AbujaAfrican University of Science and Technology, Abuja, AUST, is set to graduate, today, 12 female students sponsored by the African Capacity Building Foundation, ACBF, to study for postgraduate degrees in science and technology.The aim of the gesture, according to information from the ACBF, is to empower the female folk, so as to enable them contribute to Africas drive towards transformation as they join 86 others to graduate on Saturday, December 9, during AUSTs seventh comm 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, AbujaAn anti corruption and civil society group based in the Federal Capital Territory under the aegis of Leadership and Accountability Initiative, has petitioned the Embassy of the United States of America over the controversies surrounding the visa status of the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in the past, alleged that the former vice president cannot step foot in the United States because of what he termed Atikus status as a wan 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
By Sunday Isuwa, AbujaThe Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, has charged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to see the elective convention scheduled for today at the Eagles Square in Abuja as an opportunity for the party to strengthen the Nigerias democracy.In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the national chairman of IPAC, Mohammed Lawal Nalado, IPAC urged the party leaders not to engage in actions that will impede the confidence of the party faithful. He said IPAC, being the umbrella o 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
BY BAYO AMODU, AbujaThe Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said she will never succumb to blackmail by some vested interests over her recent suspension of the embattled director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Gwarzo.Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, Adeosun, who did not disclose the vested interests she claimed were blackmailing her, described Gwarzos claims that his suspension was due to his refusal to stop the forensic audit of Oand 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
By FESTUS OKOROMADU, AbujaThe group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has described the Forbes Africa Oil & Gas Man of the Year 2017 award conferred on him as a national recognition, stressing that it not only special to him, but to all Nigerians.Baru who was in London to receive the award used the opportunity to call on foreign investors to partner with the Corporation in its multi-billion dollar projects expected to come up in the Ne 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, AbujaAhead of todays national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), indications have emerged that the race will be keenly contested between a former acting national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus and a former minister of education, Prof Tunde Adeniran.This comes as one of the nine national chairmanship aspirants in Saturdays National Elective Convention of the PDP, Bode George, has withdrawn from the contest.George accused the leadership of the party o 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross River South Senatorial District, is the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Upstream. In this interview with RUTH CHOJI, he says devolution of power remains a major requirement to unleash the forces needed for the countrys economic growth.What is your take on the implementation of the 2017 budget'Why bother making a budget if you know that you will not implement it' In 2017, we were largely in a recession and it was important th 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
hails Buratais sportsmanshipPresident Muhammadu Buhari has earned accolades from a critical segment of the Nigerian society, over the administrations conquest of Boko Haram and other rising insurgencies threatening the stability of peace and unity of the country in recent times as it also hailed the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai for his leadership and sportsmanship.This was made known at a peer review gathering of the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations For Tr 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
A gold trader with ties to the Turkish government on Thursdayaccused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of personal intervention in a scheme that allowed Iran to dodge US and UN sanctions.Its the first time Erdogan has been named in the closely-watched US criminal case over Irans violations of international sanctions and movement of billions of dollars.The cases central figure, Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, was arrested in Miami last year and has since been the cases top named 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat Barcelonas Lionel Messi to win the Ballon dOr award for the fifth time and the second year in a row.Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in 2015. Messis ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar, now at Paris St-Germain, was third.Last season, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and their first La Liga title since 2012.Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon dOr 
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