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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 22 December, 2017.

Fri, 22 Dec 2017

How was $48,485,127  diverted from the accounts of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF)?

This is the knot Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is battling to untie.

Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, former NSITF chair, was quizzed for hours yesterday over the alleged diversion of the fund.

Olojeme, who was declared wanted a few weeks ago by the EFCC on the order of a court, turned herself in.


 
The EFCC has arraigned a former Managing Director of NSITF, Umar Munir Abubakar and four others for alleged diversion of N18billion.

The cash was said to be the Federal Government’s contribution to take-off grants and Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS) for Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The others are Henry Ekhasomi Sambo, Adebayo Adebowale Aderibigbe, Chief Richard U. Uche and Aderemi Adegboyega.

According to a source, the ex-NSITF chairman reported to EFCC  after going underground for a while.

The source said: “We have been investigating over N62.3billion fraud in NSITF during Olojeme’s tenure between 2009 and 2015. Out of the sum, preliminary findings indicated that the ex-NSITF boss allegedly diverted $48, 485, 127.

“She allegedly used her account officer in First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) to collect the $48.4m from some NSITF contractors through a BDC operator.”

The Nation obtained the report on the probe. It states:  “That through this process, Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, the then NSITF board chairman, has collected $48,485,127 from her account officer at FBN, which cash he collected on her behalf being the dollar equivalent of monies paid to BDCs by NSITF contractors.

Fri, 22 Dec 2017

Governors have asked speakers of the 36 Houses of Assembly to halt their consideration of amendments to the 1999 Constitution till next month following “irreconciliable differences” in four areas.

The speakers offered to stay action on only two of the four items.

An 18-man joint panel has been raised to resolve the dispute.

Governors in the panel are  Rauf Aregbesola(Osun); Nasir El-Rufai(Kaduna); Aminu Tambuwal(Sokoto); Nyesom Wike(Rivers); Dave Umahi(Ebonyi); Rotimi Akeredolu(Ondo); Abdulfatah Ahmed(Kwara); Ben Ayade(Cross River) andHassan Dankwabo(Gombe).


 
The speakers selected are Adeyemo Adesina (Oyo),. Ahmed Marafa Guni(Niger), Chikwendu Kanu. (Abia) and Kabiru Mijinyawa (Adamawa).

Others are Onofiok Luke (Akwa Ibom), Mrs Rita Maduabu (Anambra) Alhaji Kawuwa Damina Shehu (Bauchi) and Terkimbi Ikyange (Benue)

The areas of disagreement are:

Autonomy for Local Government Councils
Abrogation of State Joint Local Government Accounts (JAAC)
Financial autonomy for Houses of Assembly
Critical amendment to facilitate fast dispensation of cases at the Supreme Court and other courts; election petition, front loading of briefs on jurisdiction etc.
It was learnt that although the governors and the speakers met in Abuja on Tuesday, there were concerns that some Houses of Assembly might still go ahead to endorse the four controversial components of the constitution amendments.

A top source said: “The governors have discovered that about 11 to 12 State Houses of Assembly have passed resolutions on the acceptance of the four issues.

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has explained why it is probing the purchase of the official residence of the Senate President by Senator David Mark. Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP) Okoi Obono-Obla, explained that the investigationRead MoreThe post Why we're probing Mark's purchase of SP's house, by govt appeared first on The Nation Nig 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Last week, over 400 trained youths participated in a Products Exhibition and Business Fair which held in Asaba, the Delta State capital. The crowd of youthful exhibitors, beneficiaries of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) designed by the Okowa-led administration to help achieve its twin goals of tacklingRead MoreThe post MSMEs as panacea to youth unemployment: Delta's example appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The remains of Olori Kudirah Aduke Adetunji, wife of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, were buried yesterday amid tears. The olori died in the morning and was buried according to Islamic rites at the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan. She was 71. The children of the deceased, government officials, grandchildren, relatives, the royalRead MoreThe post Ajimobi mourns Olubadan's wife appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
An urban renewal plan in Imo State has triggered cheers and groans among the residents It has been a memorable year for Imo State residents. They have seen statues named after prominent Africans wow some and infuriate others. Now traders, artisans, and commercial tricycle (keke) operators in Owerri, the state capital, are seeing major marketsRead MoreThe post Owerri: Gains, pains of urban renewal appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Truck operated by one of the ground handling companiesyesterday hit and damaged an aircraft belonging to Air Peace at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, disrupting some of its flights. The incident occurred in the morning during the loading of passengers' luggage into the cargo hold of the aircraft scheduled to service the carrier's Lagos-UyoRead MoreThe post Truck hitsAir Peace aircraft atLagos Airport appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Taraba State House of Assembly yesterday passed 10 amendments to the 1999 constitution but declined to abrogate the state joint local government account. The local government autonomy bill is one of those sent to the State Houses of Assembly for concurrence. The bill, if passed into law, will give the third tier of governmentRead MoreThe post Assembly fails to pass local government autonomy bill appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem condemned by UN general assembly despite US 'bullying' over vote of censure The United Nations general assembly has voted overwhelmingly to condemn Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a rare emergency session of the global body. The 193-nation general assembly approved the resolution byRead MoreThe post 128 nations reject Trump's Jerusalem declaration in un vote appeared first on The Nation Nige 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that action be taken on the Technical Audit Report on all projects awarded between 2009 to 2015 by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. This is to ensure that there is value for the over N450 billion so far released for projects in the nine oil producing states. Minister ofRead MoreThe post Buhari okays action on audit reports on 400 Niger Delta projects appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
THE National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) have pledged to throw their weight behind Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in its efforts to rid the hiccups being experienced in the supply and distribution of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol. NARTO National President, Alhaji Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya andRead MoreThe post NARTO, PTD warn against products diversion appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
You may be forgiven to think that cholera no longer exists. In my teen years, cholera was a scourge in Nigeria so much that a very popular Juju musician ensured as part of his campaign to prevent the illness from spreading, sang an indelible memorial songs to cholera. Folks who lived through the 1970s andRead MoreThe post Food and water poisoning: Cholera and other bacteria appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Experts from the BridgeClinic and the Institute of Fertility Medicine (IFM) of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), have showcased the 74 babies delivered through their collaboration, writes OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA. No one gave it a chance of survival at the beginning. But six years later, the collaborationRead MoreThe post LASUTH records 74 live births through cheaper ART appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Lagos has recorded a drop in HIV/AIDS prevalence, the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Oluseyi Temowo, has said. He stated this at the World AIDS Day, which had as theme: Right to health: Making it happen. He said: 'We know that there is a drop of 1.7 percent, andRead MoreThe post 'Lagos records drop in HIV, AIDS cases' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Health Emergency Initiative (HEI), has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting accident victims in need of emergency health care in public health institutions in Lagos. The initiative, which is part of the group's 'None should die Campaign', is aimed at stabilising critically injured road accident victims within 48 hours of such anRead MoreThe post NGO aids accident victims appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, has inaugurated a Research Advisory Board. The 14-member, whose tenure is five years, are Prof of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Ighovwerha Ofotokun, Prof Alash'le Abimiku of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, former NIMR Director-General (DG), Prof OniRead MoreThe post NIMR inaugurates advisory board on research funding appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Lagos Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday called for the setting up of an independent panel of enquiry to probe the crisis at the Lagos State University (LASU) at Ojo in Lagos and the attendant sacking of seven lecturers, among others. The Lagos Zone of ASUU, which comprises Federal andRead MoreThe post ASUU seeks panel of enquiry on LASU crisis appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
THE management of Dangote Industries Limited has again rejected BUA Group's claim to being the rightful owner of Mining Lease No 2541. Dangote, in a statement yesterday, said its reaction became necessary as a result of its status as a publicly quoted company and to further re-assure its shareholders, the regulators and members of theRead MoreThe post Dangote: BUA lies on claims to mines ownership appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Apparently succumbing to persistent agitation by organised labour, coupled with the prevailing economic realities workers face, the Federal Government bowed to pressure by inaugurating a 30-man tripartite committee to review the minimum wage. But there are hurdles in actualising the new minimum wage, TOBA AGBOOLA reports. Three weeks ago, at the Council Chambers in AsoRead MoreThe post Hurdles before new minimum wage committee appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Staff of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) under the auspices if the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies has began a three day warning strike over what they described as refusal of the management of the establishment to effect the promotion of deserving workers since 2011 and implementing policies that areRead MoreThe post Workers, FHA management disagree over promotion, staff welfare appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) is helping to achieve the World Bank's twin goals of ending poverty and boosting prosperity by creating new agric entrepreneurs. DANIEL ESSIET reports. Nurudeen Adekunle, a Physiology Graduate, has been searching for jobs without any success until he saw the advert of the Lagos State Commercial AgricultureRead MoreThe post World Bank programme boosts agribusiness appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) on Tuesday condemned the idea of selling the National Theatre, Iganmu, to fund parts of the 2018 budget. This idea had been floated by the Director General of Budget Office, Mr. Ben Akabueze, when he appeared before the House of RepresentativesRead MoreThe post AUPCTRE kicks against proposed sale of national assets appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The United States of America (U.S.A.)hasunveiled a digital hub for persons with disability in Nigeria. The facility was hosted at the Lagos Office of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD). A Nigerian civic organisation, Project Enable, set up the digital hub with the support of the U.S. Government Alumni Engagement Innovation FundRead MoreThe post U.S. unveils digital hub for persons with disabilities appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A truck operated by one of the ground handling companieson Thursdayrammed into and damaged an aircraft belonging to Air Peace at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, disrupting some of its flights. The incident occurred in the morning during the loading of passengers' luggage into the cargo hold of the aircraft scheduled to service theRead MoreThe post Truck hitsAir Peace aircraft atLagos Airport appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Their profiles are intimidating. Astute. Enterprising. Renown. They are pace-setters, wealth creators and foremost employers of labour. They define Nigeria's business. Their names are synonymous with business exploits and excellence. In 2017, they dominated Nigeria's business world, their stars shone brilliantly in the global business firmament. Enter Aliko Dangote, the face of business in Africa.Read MoreThe post A SPECIAL PUBLICATION ON NIGERIA'S BUSINESS ICONS(1):The nation&#03 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, said on Thursday the Corporation has doubled the daily supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from 700 trucks (about 27million ' 30million) litres per day to 80million litres per day since the current hiccup in the supply chain was noticed fewRead MoreThe post NNPC doubles fuel supply as scarcity bites harder appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Self-effacing and generally indifferent to publicity, Benedict Peters is a beacon of the Nigerian oil and gas industry and is now commonly mentioned among Africa's most successful corporate leaders. A notable advocate for local content participation in the industry, his primary vision is to transform Nigeria's economy through deploying cutting-edge, multi faceted energy solutions.Read MoreThe post A SPECIAL PUBLICATION ON NIGERIA'S BUSINESS ICONS(1):Benedict Peters: Business Magn 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Buhari administration should respect fundamental rights A major feature that distinguishes a democracy from authoritarian rule is scrupulous adherence to the Rule of Law. In a democracy, there is no room for impunity or capricious rule. Every citizen, and non-citizen alike, is presumed innocent until he has been afforded the opportunity of arraignmentRead MoreThe post Obey the law appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
SIR: Across the nation, higher institutions are at different levels of shutdown due to a nationwide strike embarked upon by the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) over the payment of accumulated allowances. In Obafemi Awolowo University, the strike action took the form of a blockade of the school gate, forcing lecturers, students, visitors, and businesspeople alike,Read MoreThe post NASU's overreach appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
It is disappointing that states are not taking advantage of the Federal Government's incentives to improve health care delivery It is a novel and commendable initiative by the Federal Government of Nigeria working through the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to accelerate health care delivery nationwide. But the first-year experiment has not been salutary; noRead MoreThe post Poor result appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari's stop at Kurmawa Prison on December 6 during his two-day visit to Kano State clearly highlighted Nigeria's awful prison conditions. Buhari pardoned 500 prisoners and empowered them with some cash. A report said: 'At the Prison, he said: 'I am pleased with this visit and I have learnt a bit more aboutRead MoreThe post Pictures of prison appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Presidential Political Adviser Senator Babafemi Ojudu has reflected on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar's defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying that he left the ruling party because he could not realise his presidential ambition. He chided the Waziri Adamawa for twisting facts and wiping up sentiments against the Buhari administration and the AllRead MoreThe post Why Atiku defected from APC, by Ojudu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has charged the newly elected National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure transparent and credible primaries, ahead of the 2019 general elections. He blamed the party's defeat in the 2015 general election on lack of internal democracy that manifested in the imposition of candidatesRead MoreThe post Ekweremadu: PDP should conduct primary appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A Governorship aspirant on the platform of the Advanced Progressives Democratic Alliance (APDA) in Ekiti State, Mr. Tope Adebayo, has promised to turn around the economy of the state, if elected. The governorship election holds on July 14 next year. Speaking during a round-table dialogue with some entrepreneurs in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the legalRead MoreThe post Ekiti 2018: Aspirant hosts young entrepreneurs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Ekiti State Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola has described himself as an epitome of loyalty. He said Governor Ayo Fayose made him a running mate in 2014 on merit. Olusola, who has been anointed by Fayose as his preferred successor, said he was chosen as the deputy governorship candidate on the strength of his intellectual competenceRead MoreThe post I'm a loyal deputy, says Olusola appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Ikorodu agitates for senator Former Minister of State for Defence Senator Musiliu Obanikoro is among the gladiators warming up for the 2019 senatorial race in Lagos West District, it was learnt yesterday. The former Nigeria's High Commissioner to Ghana has started consultation and mobilisation in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of next generalRead MoreThe post 2019: Obanikoro eyes Senate appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
An association the National Rescue Movement (NRM), was recently registered as a political party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In this interview with TONY AKOWE in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), its national chairman, Senator Saidu Dansadau, speaks on the vision and mission of the party. Will your party be fielding candidatesRead MoreThe post Why we formed NRM, by chairman appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.