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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 30 December, 2017.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Organised labour yesterday threatened nationwide protests if the intervention of the National Assembly failed to arrest the fuel crisis that has bedeviled the country for two weeks.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in a statement issued in Kaduna and signed by a member of its National Executive Committee (NEC), Comrade Issa Aremu, said it might compel Nigerians to return to street protests as they had done in the past “to force the ruling elites to face up to the challenges of governance of the most populous, promising but badly governed country on the continent.”

“The one month long fuel shortage has further worsened poverty (and) put productivity on hold. We dare not enter the new year with this recurring old mess,” the statement said.

It, however, commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for directing the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to cut short its recess and immediately convene industry stakeholders meeting in a bid to end the crisis.

Aremu observed that the protracted fuel crisis was a reflection of “crisis of corporate governance in the petroleum sector.”

According to the labour leader, the bane of downstream sector was “abysmal absence of accountability, transparency and openness in the administration of the petroleum resources of Nigeria, adding that only the parliament can make a difference in exposing the rot in the sector.”
Sat, 30 Dec 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari in one fell swoop on Friday appointed 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members of government owned agencies and parastatals, redeeming a part of the pledge he made 31 October at the National Executive Committee meeting of his All Progressives Congress.

More appointments are on the way, said Mr. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the Government of the Federation, who announced the latest massive batch of appointees.

At the APC NEC meeting, President Buhari also hinted he would expand his cabinet by appointing more ministers.

The latest appointments, the largest President Buhari ever made since 2015.

Many big wigs of the APC were appointed.

The party’s legal adviser, Muiz Banire is now the chairman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria(AMCON). Senator Olorunimbe Mamora is the chairman of Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre.

The party’s secretary, Mai Mala Buni, is the chairman of the Shippers Council. Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, the publicity secretary of the party is in charge of the National Sugar Development Council(NSDC).

Demola Seriki, a former minister of state for defence is the chairman of the National Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron. Former Speaker House of Representatives, Patricia Olubunmi Etteh is the new chairman of the National Hospital, Abuja. A former deputy speaker, Chibudom Nwuche is in charge of Federal Medical Centre Lokoja.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017

For many Nigerians, the yuletide period was a bleak season owing to the hardship brought about by the lingering fuel scarcity across the nation. While many had looked forward to a blissful holiday season devoid of chaos and confusion, the opposite was what happened, as many were forced to spend long hours at fuel stations, thereby cutting down on the merriment and bliss of the Christmas season.

Nightmarish. That was how Calabar –based banker Samuel Akpan described  his experience searching for fuel in the days leading to, and during the Christmas festivity.

Not many Nigerians would disagree with him. Others will probably go for harsher adjectives to describe what they went through during the period. And the agony is not yet over, despite promises by top government officials that the end is in sight for the fuel scarcity that has paralysed economic activities across the country for the their week running.

“I think I have spent more time on fuel queues than I have with my family this Christmas,” 40-year-old Akpan told The Nation in Calabar.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017

Medical personnel are now free to treat victims of gunshot without waiting for police report and it is official.

A bill giving effect to the policy was signed into law yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Entitled Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017,it was among the six   so signed by the President.

The rest  are Anti-Torture Act 2017;Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, 2017; the Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment) Act 2017; the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Act 2017.

Mr. Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), told  State House correspondents in Abuja that  the Gunshot Act specifically stipulates that a person with gunshot shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit.

He explained that “furthermore, a person with gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police and other security agencies.”

Enang said the NDDC Act also included the gas producing and gas processing companies in the list of agencies that were contributing to the Niger Delta Development Commission, in addition to oil companies to increase funding of the commission for effective discharge of its duties.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Blessing Olaifa, Assistant Editor, Abuja A major shake-up in the military has seen the redeployment of the Director of Defence Information, Defence Headquarters, Maj-Gen. John Enenche, and 398 other senior army officers. A statement from the Director of Public Relations, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, said the postings and redeployments of the affected officers representedRead MoreThe post Defence spokesman, 398 other senior army officers redeployed in military shake-up appeared first on T 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari and other Muslims on Friday prayed for the quick recovery of the his son, Yusuf. Yusuf was involved in a bike accident in Grarimpa area of Abuja on Tuesday night. He was prayed for by Muslims during the Jumaat prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Chief Imam of Aso Rock Mosque,Read MoreThe post Buhari, others pray for injured son Yusuf at Juma'at appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
What became of the $16.8 billion Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) dividends in the custody of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)' That is the big question the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) wants the NNPC to answer immediately. The transparency initiative in its 2015 Oil and Gas Industry Audit Report released yesterday inRead MoreThe post NEITI to NNPC: account for $16.8bn NLNG dividends appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello, yesterday said the Federal Government is capable of realizing more than N17bn per annum from the implementation of the International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN). He also said the council can stop illegal arms importation into Nigeria. Bello, who made the disclosures in aRead MoreThe post Shippers' Council to rake in N17bn annually from cargo tracking, says Bello appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Vehicles queuing to buy premium motor spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday reduced. Motorists were happier and hopeful that the queues would truly disappear in a few days. Those who had to queue for fuel yesterday spent shorter time than they had done in previous days. More petrolRead MoreThe post Fuel queues abate in Abuja appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) will on Thursday grill stakeholders in the Petroleum sector on subsidy payment being allegedly paid to some individuals and corporate bodies through the back door. Specifically, the Senate panel has picked holes in claims by Petroleum marketers and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum CorporationRead MoreThe post Senate panel to grill Kachikwu, Baru, others over subsidy payments appeared first on The Nation Nigeri 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
While some so-called leaders continue to feed fat in the comfort of their high-walled mansions, oblivious of the sufferings of the common man, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is not cut from such ignoble stock. From the embattled motorist fighting for fuel at filling stations to the street hawker and roadside beggar, no one is exempted from the circumference of his compassion.Thus, as the nation groans under the yoke of fuel scarcity and the attendant hike in the cost of transportation, the affable 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The last one year has been a tough one for the naira which started the year on a shaky ground. But several policy initiations by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have curbed foreign exchange (forex) volatility and put the local currency back on recovery path. The coming of Investors and Exporters (I&E) Forex window and the continued dollar interventions by the CBN have ensured that forex demands at the retail end of the market are settled.NANCY OKON, a civil servant based in Lagos, planned 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Buharis medical trip to the UKBetween March and August, the entire landscape was gripped in anxiety over President Muhammadu Buharis health, following his medical vacation in the United Kingdom for 103 days. The uncertainty over the exact nature of his illness led to all manner of speculations with some people claiming that he was incapacitated while the more reckless ones even said he was dead.It was the second time in the year that the President would visit the UK for medical checks, having pr 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Indigenous People of BiafraIt is not a rosy year for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a militant organization conceived and established for the realization of the birth of the Republic of Biafra, a project which dates back to the mid1960s.When the group commenced its agitation, it was considered by the government as an inconsequential body, and it was treated with derision. Its founder and leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was regarded as an unserious agitator and political nonentity, deserving no att 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
For quiet and unassuming billionaire, Dr Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi of the Sifax Geoup fame, it was party time a few days ago as his first son, Yinka, and his bride-to-be had their wedding introduction in the midst of family members and friends. Not only is Yinka Junior, his fathers first son, he is also the heir to the thriving family business.The quiet get-together between both families was a chance for the affable boss of Sifax Group to let his air down in an informal gathering. Like his father, 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The traveller who finds a rock in his way has the choice of making it a stumbling stone blocking his progress or a stepping stone onto a higher plane. For a while, it seemed that former MD/CEO of defunct Assurance Bank, Chika Mbonu, had chosen the former option. This followed his disappearance from the social scene after he ran into trouble with the authorities.But the former CEO of defunct Citizens Bank has now retraced his steps and decided that the second option is better. Rather than sink in 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The pleasure one gets from receiving presents cannot compare with the joy and ecstasy of buying things for oneself. Those who doubt this need only to look at popular society lady, Alhaja Tai-Elemosho Okesanjo, on her birthday. The well-connected woman of means, popularly known as Montai, celebrated her golden age on Christmas Eve and commemorated the occasion with a gift of customised Rolls Royce to herself.The Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island venue of the high octane shindig, was teeming w 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Sometimes, rather than out of sight being out of mind, absence indeed does make the heart grow fonder. Although the bubbly, vivacious presence that was former first lady Stella Obasanjo is now no more than a memory in the minds of those who knew and loved her best, the people she impacted on and the relationships she helped forge continue to endure.Although the woman that bound former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the family of Henry Abebe together is no longer around, the relationship between 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Some women are like the orange glow of dusk whose allure, fleetingly beautiful to behold, is ultimately short-lived. Some, lacking viable outlets for their considerable talents, end up in bondage within the prison of their own mortality. Utibe Rone is neither. She is the epitome of an ethereal spirit let loose upon the world for one man to cherish and for the rest of the world to be mesmerized by.Utibe, wife of billionaire owner of UTM Group, Julius Rone, clocked 40 on Wednesday. As she adds ano 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
With the way things are going, the coastal city of Lagos will soon be playing host to one of the seven wonders of the modern worldan amazing work of architectural ingenuity, the like of which has never before graced the metropolis. This wondrous feast of steel and colour and concrete is slowly creeping up into the tallest building in the highbrow Ikoyi axis.The Number 4 Bourdillion Road, Ikoyi edifice under construction is the latest footprint of Andre Geday and Alex Nadey, two genii of the cons 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The phytochemicals in onion s improve the working of Vitamin C in the body, thus gifting you with improved immunity. Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar. 'For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections. ' Do you enjoy sliced onions with your food' If yes, rejoice! Raw onionRead MoreThe post Onion health benefits appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, says Nigerian universities can be the best in Africa, if they can enjoy a stable academic calendar. Ogundipe made the observationin an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. The vice-chancellor was reacting to incessant strikes by labour unions inRead MoreThe post Nigerian varsities can be best in Africa ' Prof Ogundipe appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Of all the major events that shaped 2017, three stand out for their great impact on the country and on the year. The furious legal gymnastics over who leads the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convulsed the better part of the year and only ended, fairly dramatically, after the party's December 9 convention. The outcome ofRead MoreThe post Earthshaking, disruptive but anticlimactic 2017 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.