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Ohaneze Ndigbo





Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 16 December, 2017.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Nine states including Delta, Ogun and Adamawa are to wait for now before collecting their own share of the third tranche of the Paris Club refunds, The Nation leant last night.

However, 27 other states have collected their dues in what promises to be a rosy Christmas and New Year seasons for public servants in the benefitting states.

Much of the funds is expected to be utilized to offset arrears of workers’ salaries and pensions.

The release of the refunds to the states is in keeping with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that the states should get the money before Christmas to enable them pay workers and pensioners.

The Director Home Finance in the FMF, Mrs. Olubunmi Siyanbola, confirmed the payment yesterday at the end of the November 2017, Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja.

But she declined to name the states that were paid and those that are to wait.

A total N609.959 billion was shared by the three tiers of government at the FAAC meeting which was shifted from Friday to yesterday.

This is N77.25 billion more than what they shared in October.

The Nation gathered that there are some technical challenges and reconciliation matters to be resolved before the nine non-benefitting states can access their own refunds.

Some of the states are actually expected to refund excess cash previously paid to them.

But some oil producing states may get more than others having been short paid in the past.

Investigation showed that Delta, Ogun, Adamawa, and six others have some issues to clarify before drawing the final tranche of the refunds.

While a consultant has secured a court order in  August to freeze the bank account where Delta’s share of the refunds was domiciled, Ogun and Adamawa are said to have  been paid in excess of their dues and might need to reconcile their accounts.

A Federal Capital Territory High Court had frozen Delta account following an application by Mauritz Walton Nigeria over failure to pay consultancy fees.

The court mandated Zenith Bank to “create an escrow account for the frozen cash.”

A top source, privy to the controversy on the London-Paris Club said:” Some of the nine states have not met the requirements to qualify them for the drawing of the refunds. One of the key criteria is the reconciliation of the actual amount deducted and what such states deserve as refunds.

“Some of the states cannot even trace records much less reconciliation of records. The Federal Government is not a Father Christmas, they must come clean with their books.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The National Leader  of  All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, two other governors and other chieftains  of the party yesterday formally received  the immediate past  governor of the  State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Senate leader, Senator  Teslim Folarin and other top politicians  to the APC.

Alao-Akala’s deputy while in office, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, the only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member of the House of Representatives from the state, Dokun Odebunmi, and a host of others to the party were received at a massive rally at Mapo Hall, Ibadan

The rally was to also celebrate the 68th birthday of Governor Ajimobi.

Addressing the huge crowd of party supporters and others who defied the scorching sun to witness the event, Tinubu said the APC has all it takes to accommodate the political heavyweights joining its fold.

Other defectors were a  former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Ayodele Adigun, the immediate past PDP State Chairman, Yinka Taiwo and five Accord Party members in the state House of Assembly.

Also joining the APC were  former Speaker of the state assembly, Ashimiyu Alarape; a former member in the House of Representatives, Kamil Akinlabi; a former Chairman of Oluyole Local Government, Kehinde Olaosebikan; Senator  Brimoh Yussuf; former PDP woman leader, Mrs. Olanrewaju Otiti, Folake Olunloyo, Rauf Olaniyan, Lukeman Oorelope and Kemi Jaiyeoba, among others.

With the calibre of the new members, Tinubu and Ajimobi said opposition was dead in the state.

The rally was attended by Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and his Ondo State counterpart, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Pius Akinyelure and the Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni.

Tinubu said the APC has “a stainless kitchen” that is large enough to accommodate as many cooks as possible.

Allaying fears on how to manage the political differences of the political heavyweights joining the party, Tinubu noted that the APC has a variety of menu in the political kitchen for the future of the country.

He said: “We have a stainless kitchen and we can accommodate as many cooks as possible and because we have a variety of menu in the political kitchen of planning this future, we love those bigwigs and we can accommodate them all. It is in the same forest that you find a hippo that you find an elephant and you will find a rabbit. In political platforms, you must look for the addition not the minus.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Nigeria Governors’ Forum Chairman AbdulAzeez Yari yesterday ruled Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, was out of order over his claim that the $1b recently approved for the fight against Boko Haram is a ruse.

The governors, at a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday, gave the federal government the green light to withdraw the money from the Excess Crude Account.

Fayose, in a statement at the weekend, said he was not part of the decision and claimed that the request for the money made no sense since the federal government had earlier boasted of defeating the terror sect.

He also alleged that the money would be diverted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s political campaign in 2019.

But responding to Fayose’s allegations yesterday, Yari who is also the governor of Zamfara State said the decision was a collective one by the forum.

He said Fayose’s absence from the meeting did not clear him or anyone for that matter of responsibility for the forum’s resolutions.

His words:”I am saying that that statement was an unfair cut against the Forum.

“When a decision is taken by the Forum in one’s absence, once there was a quorum at the meeting where the decision was taken, (it) becomes binding on all.

“I am sure Fayose was not making the statement to undermine the Forum. He was just doing his thing.”

Continuing, the Zamfara governor said the decision was a conscious sign by the two parties to show the synergy between the NGF and the Presidency which ought not to be politicized.

“This same lack of unity between governors and the presidency had brought about poor governance in the past, throughout the country and now that we are working together no one should constitute a wedge in the process.

“You can never spend too much on security because the safety of lives and property are the most cardinal among all the principles of governance, in any democracy.
Sun, 17 Dec 2017
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a deeply maligned political party, both in office and now in the opposition. It was maligned for all of its 16 years in office, and deeply scorned for the five or so years ex-president Goodluck Jonathan sat on the golden stool. But regardless of the opprobrium in which itRead MoreThe post PDP right to exult appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
I need not repeat that we suffered enough under the PDPs 16 years of the locust when we were treated like aliens in our own country. 1.'This is clearly an attempt to distract the APC federal government from the yeoman's job it has been doing in rescuing the country from the deep rooted socio-economic, political,Read MoreThe post 2019 Political jigsaw: an aide memoire to the Yoruba appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Buhari, Saraki, El-Rufai mourn A former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Gidado Idris, is dead. He was aged 82. Idris died in Abuja at the weekend, and was buried yesterday according to Islamic rites. He hailed from Zaria, Kaduna State. He was appointed SGF in 1993 and retired in 1999 after a civil serviceRead MoreThe post Former SGF Gidado Idris dies at 82 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
It was another dark day in Onitsha, Anambra State, yesterday, as fire gutted the bridge head market of the Association of Medical and Pharmaceutical Products Dealers Onitsha AMPPDO. In the process, goods worth over 100 million naira were destroyed. The fire incident was said to have started at about 6am, at the Redemption Line ofRead MoreThe post Over N100m goods destroyed in Onitsha market fire appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Police blames crimes on small arms proliferation Residents, yesterday, carpeted the police in Bayelsa State, following widespread armed robberies, assassinations and killings in various parts of Yenagoa, the state capital. The residents accused the police command of failing to justify their presence in the state and the huge investments the state governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson,Read MoreThe post Residents carpet police over Bayelsa killings appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Seeks regional measures to evacuate, resettle, empower stranded citizens abroad President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday charged leaders in the West African sub-region on the need to urgently tackle the challenges of terrorism, human trafficking and drug trafficking in the area. According to him, the problems are greatly affecting young men, women and economies of the region.Read MoreThe post Buhari tasks ECOWAS leaders on terrorism, human, drug trafficking appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Senate Committee Chairman on Environment, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu has said the committee in three years will sponsor a bill banning vehicles that run on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). Tinubu said it is the responsibility of the Senate to promote legislative superstructure that will help the nation achieve green economy. She spoke at the 10th AnniversaryRead MoreThe post Law to ban petrol vehicles coming, says Sen. Tinubu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Government has launched a full-scale war on indiscriminate disposal of waste by warning that anyone caught violating environmental laws within the state will face the full wrath of the law. The state's Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, made the declaration at an interactive session with media men in Lagos duringRead MoreThe post Lagos launches waste full-scale war on indiscriminate disposal appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Appeal Court President, others pledge support THE Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Ahmed Kuru has regretted his agency's inability to recover about N5trillion owed by bank debtors nationwide. He noted that despite the overwhelming powers granted AMCON by the law setting it up, it isRead MoreThe post Why we are unable to recover N5tr bank loans AMCON chief appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Churches and Christian leaders must have respect for time to achieve set objectives and attract the right people. This was the submission of Secretary Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Lagos State Chapter, Baba Aladura Elder Dr Israel Akinadewo. He spoke last week at a leadership seminar by the Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) withRead MoreThe post Why churches must have respect for time, by Akinadewo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, LG Electronics, a leading brand in consumer electronics andhome appliances, visited Kuje General Hospital, FCT, Abuja, where it donated some units ofall-new Gencool Inverter airconditioners, Jet Cool air conditionersas well astreated mosquito netsto the hospital. The brand has received accolades from Nigerian consumers over the years,Read MoreThe post LG donates to Kuje General Hospital appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Babatunde Irukera, has insisted that businesses in the country must be responsive to consumer grievances and must institutionalise and prioritise complaint resolution policies and mechanisms, stressing that this is the hallmark of company and brand reputation. Irukera noted that the current regime was unsustainable as itRead MoreThe post CPC counsels businesses to respond to complaints appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Parish Priest of Catholic Church of Divine Mercy Lekki 1 Lagos, Reverend Monsignor Paschal Nwaezeapu, has charged Christians to cultivate the habits of praising God. This, he said, will help to promote peace, unity, tolerance and harmony among Nigerians. He said this at the Unusual Praise 2017 organised by Catholic Church of Divine MercyRead MoreThe post Priest preaches peace, tolerance atUnusual Praise appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Prelate Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr Kanu Uche, has decried the present economic hardship in the country. He said a government that fails to cater for the welfare of the citizenry particularly on provision of massive employment is creating instability in the country. Uche, who spoke during the foundation laying of a new Wesley MethodistRead MoreThe post Prelate to Buhari: bail Nigerians out of hardship appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Now in his eighties, Mr. Fulani Kwajafa, who worked for twenty six years at the Police CID, gently reminisces over countless tough encounters with armed robbers across the federation. Revisiting his experience as head of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), he asserts that Nigeria is in big trouble already, saying that some formRead MoreThe post How and why I started SARS, by Kwajafa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) Academy has graduated its 36 pioneer students. Its National President, Dr Aaron Nuhu, described the event as historical. ''It is wonderful. It is the first of its kind in the history of BSN,'' he said. He advised the graduands to be good ambassadors of the society. BSN Consult Chairman,Read MoreThe post BSN Academy graduates pioneer 36 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Christians across the globe has been enjoined to observe the Feast of Tabernacles as commanded by God to partake of the blessings associated with the celebration. Station Minister, God's Kingdom Society, Lagos Zone, Brother Timothy Esimagbele, gave the charge last Sunday in Lagos at the commencement of the annual Feast of Tabernacles. The grand finaleRead MoreThe post GKS charges on importance of Feast of Tabernacle appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Eni Balogun is the lady behind Lise make-up brand. The mother of three grew up observing her fathers involvement in his mens grooming business. The daddys pet later toed her fathers step as she did part-time jobs with cosmetic companies like MAC, Fashion Fair while she was studying abroad. The graduate of Investment Banking later returned to the country to follow her passion. She speaks with Adetutu Audu.YOU decided to relocate back to Nigeria to start your business, Lise Beauty. What informed t 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Barring any last minute hitch, over 10, 000 former bankers who filed a class action suit through the Registered Trustees of the Association of Ex-Staff of Non-Consolidated Banks of Nigeria at the National Industrial Court, Lagos Judicial Division have resolved to file individual suits. Confirming this development at the weekend in a telephone interview withRead MoreThe post Ex-bankers to file fresh suit against CBN, NDIC, others over N9.8b entitlements appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Aare Fatai Odesile is Managing Director/Chief Executive, Grand Oak Limited, is the holding company for the Nigerian Distilleries, Supreme Distilleries and Allied Distilleries respectively and is involved in the manufacturing, marketing of branded household wines and spirits beverages including Seaman Aromatic Schnapps, Regal Gin, Lords, Bacchus Tonic Wine, etc. In this interview with Daniel Adeleye,Read MoreThe post 'We're ruthless about customers' happiness' appeared first o 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
A few industries like rentals, events packaging, entertainment, hospitality and tours to mention just a few are all built around Christmas festivities. Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf in this report examines the prospects, opportunities and challenges with such businesses this yuletide. One week to Christmas, not many people know it is yuletide season save for a fewRead MoreThe post Yuletide sales: Not business as usual appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has expressed optimism that the business environment for the 2018 would be more promising compared to the outgoing year. Giving this assurance at the weekend was the National President of NACC, Olabintan Famutimi. He spoke during the annual dinner dance of the Chamber in Lagos. Earlier, the Chamber bossRead MoreThe post Chamber optimistic of business growth in 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
One of the most frequently asked questions since the last few weeks is 'Are you travelling'' Irrespective of the seemingly harsh economy, friends, colleagues, relatives, turn to each other time and time again, requesting to know who and who is travelling. The Christmas season is characterised with so much love, sharing, giving, feasting that mostRead MoreThe post Travel scams you need to be aware of appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
One year after its formation, stakeholders given kudos to the FirstGem programme, an initiative of First Bank Plc, aimed at empowering women in business. Speaking at the event to commemorate the scheme, an economist and financial investment expert with Macroafricaintel Investment, Dr Rafiq Raji, while presenting his paper urged entrepreneurs to start planning for theRead MoreThe post FirstGem: One year after appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017, partner of Konnect Africa, launched Asta Satellite Broadband into Nigeria market. Chief Executive Officer of Coollink, Shahin Nouri, announced the launch of the brand new service that is delivering satellite broadband internet to consumers at a media parley recently in Lagos. The new service has been dubbed 'Asta', which means 'Star' in Danish. WhileRead MoreThe post unveils broadband appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Malta Guinness Herbs Lite has won the Fair Competition and Creativity Nigeria Awards (FCCNA) for its innovation and creativity. The award ceremony held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry was organised by the Consumer Rights Awareness Advancement and Advocacy Initiative (CRAAI). The FCCNA aims to encourage and reward companies and organisations that useRead MoreThe post Malta Guinness Herbs Lite wins FCCNA Award appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Worried by the growing level of animosity between members of the Bar and the Bench, experts have impressed on both parties the need to build a synergy of cooperation in order not to pervert the cause of justice. These were the submissions of a cross-section of senior lawyers and judges at a public forum organisedRead MoreThe post Anti-graft war: Experts seek cooperation amongst judges, lawyers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
In its quest to boost power generation in some communities, the Ondo state government in partnership with an international consulting firm, Community Social Enterprises Limited (CESEL) launched the pilot implementation of Solar Micro-grid systems in Araromi Seaside, Ilaje Local Government Area of the state at the weekend. The launch of the microgrid system is asRead MoreThe post Ondo partners US firm on solar energy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
In bold relief, Nigeria has once again been portrayed as a basket case in the eyes of the world. The lead front page story of The New York Times, international edition (Saturday-Sunday, December 9-10) tells a heart-rending story of sorrow and shame in Nigeria's Internally Displaced Persons' (IDP) camps. A longish story of about 40Read MoreThe post Camps of sorrow and shame appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
As it is now, it is looking as if Sisyphus will have to succeed with his boulder before corruption can move house from Nigeria; so let us pray for Sisyphus. Moving house is a real harrowing experience. I've done it once or twice, the last one close to two decades ago and I don't thinkRead MoreThe post I dreamt once that corruption moved house! appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The people of Kwara South senatorial district are daily being bombarded by aspirants seeking to represent them at the senate come 2019. Already, discussions are rife about ongoing subtle struggle for the senatorial tickets of the two leading parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this report,Read MoreThe post Kwara 2019: APC, PDP in battle for the south appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
BARELY few weeks from now, 2018 would be ushered in, a most defining year preceding the 2019 general elections, which no political party worth its salt , can afford to treat with levity in the series of electoral offices, the least the Presidential seat. Spiritually as the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire MiraclesRead MoreThe post 2019: Can Atiku be the new face of Nigeria' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
LET me begin by telling a story. On June 1, 2015, the day I resumed work as adviser on media to President Muhammadu Buhari, he had admonished me: Adesina, always tell me the truth. That is what I want from you. In this type of position I have found myself, it is very easy notRead MoreThe post Buhari at 75: Why God kept him alive appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Markus Gundiri, has contested the governorship election in Adamawa State on two occasions precisely in 2011 and 2015, on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) respectively. He is now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), seeking to fly the 2019 governorship ticket of theRead MoreThe post No Nigerian can defeat Buhari in 2019 Gundiri appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.