NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH DECEMBER, 2017].



Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 3rd December, 2017.


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
There are moves to checkmate some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors pushing to install the party’s chairman at Saturday’s convention, sources said at the weekend.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is leading the plan to put former Interim Chairman Uche Secondus on the much coveted seat.
 
But former military President Ibrahim Babangida, some PDP  founding fathers, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) may have teamed up to block the governors whose ranks may have been broken.

Four governors, including two from the Southeast,  may jettison the plan to make a former Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the chairman, it was learnt at the weekend.

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A party source said: “We are set for a make or break convention between the old brigades, led by Gen. Babangida and Jonathan, and the governors.”

With Gen. Babangida are founding fathers, like former Minister of Information  Prof. Jerry Gana, ex-PDP national chairmen, including Sen. Ahmadu Ali, members of the BoT, ex-ministers, ex-governors and former Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu.

The new brigade includes Wike, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and state party chairmen “who want to put an end to godfatherism and hijack the structure of the party”.

The source, who pleaded not to be named, went on: “The hidden plan of the two groups is the battle for the 2019 presidential ticket of the PDP. So far, it is apparent that the founding fathers and Jonathan are beholding to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, to whom they want to give the ticket

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Former military President Ibrahim Babangida yesterday warned against monetary inducement of delegates at Saturday’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Convention

He urged delegates to learn from the defeat of the party in the 2015 election.

Babangida’s intervention has heightened the tempo of the intrigues ahead of the election of national chairman.

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Gen. Babangida, in a statement through his media adviser Prince Kassim Afegbua, said: “In the countdown to the convention; as founding fathers and stakeholders, we need to collectively assure Nigerians and our teeming members that we have indeed learnt our bitter lessons.


 
“ Following the defeat of the party in the 2015 election, it is incumbent upon us as leaders and stakeholders to use the opportunity of the convention to soberly reflect on the challenges confronting us, identify our flaws and seek plausible ways to correct them in order to come out stronger in subsequent elections.

“An elective convention presents, as it were, a rare opportunity and veritable platform to elect in a holistic manner a credible, tested, down-to-earth and truly urbane candidate with enough stamina, distinguished character and national acceptability who is driven by incurable optimism and passion for a united Nigeria.”

Giving the attributes he felt the chairman should possess, Gen. Babangida said: “At this point of our political history as a party, we need a National Chairman who is driven by uncommon initiatives, creativity in ideas and a rich content of character to lead and stabilise the party in line with the laudable ideals of the founding fathers of the party.

“Such an individual must possess national recognition to be able to galvanise political opportunities and transform them into tangible outcomes in our democratic engagements.
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Nigerians were advised yesterday not to panic over that alert of a likely terror attack on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and elsewhere.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser Segun Adeyemi: “There is no cause for alarm despite the latest travel advisories by some Western countries.

”We know that the terrorists, who have been massively degraded and put on the run have been looking for soft targets to attack.

“This is the nature of terrorism all over the world, as can be seen in recent attacks in the UK, France and Egypt, among others.

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”That is why the Nigerian security agencies have continued to be on the alert, even if their efforts have been largely unobtrusive so as not to disrupt the daily activities of the citizenry.

”Such efforts are routinely stepped up during religious festivals.”

Mohamned said the Federal Government would continue to take adequate measures to protect the lifes and property of citizens and non-citizens alike.

He stressed that the military remained unrelenting in ensuring that the terrorists neither regroup nor regained the capacity to carry out organised attacks.

He said the Federal Government’s sensitisation campaign on security, with the punchline ”if you see something, say something”, would be stepped up on national radio and television.

The Minister advised the citizens to be security conscious and to report suspicious people and objects to the security agencies.
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
D'Tigress small forward, Cecilia Okoye has said she is excited about her move back to Spain to play in the second division of the Spanish Women Basketball League with Universidad de Oviedo. Okoye, who clinched the deal after her splendid performance for First Bank Basketball Club at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for WomenRead MoreThe post Universidad de Oviedos move excites Okoye appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, has said the chieftaincy reform in which the Oyo State government enthroned 21 kings is reversible. Governor Abiola Ajimobi, at last Fridays Eid-el-Mawlud celebration at the Remembrance Arcade at Agodi in Ibadan, the capital, reportedly said there was no going back on the reform.Read MoreThe post Olubadan: chieftaincy law review reversible appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Zenith Bank Plc Chairman Jim Ovia has described Godwin Emefiele as the best governor the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has ever had. Ovia spoke at the 47th convocation of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in his acceptance speech on the conferment of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) (Honoris Causa) onRead MoreThe post Emefiele is best CBN Governor ever, says Ovia appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Security meeting likely The Presidency is worried about the harvest of weapons from militants in the creeks of Ondo State, it was learnt yesterday. President Muhammadu Buhari, a source said, has ordered an emergency meeting to review the security situation in Niger Delta. The meeting is expected to hold at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.Read MoreThe post Recovered weapons in Ondo unsettles Presidency appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Pesidents of Abuja have called for a revamp of the cancer centre project that was championed by former President Umaru Yar'Adua's wife Turai for health delivery to the vulnerable in the country. On July 18, 2009, she assembled the Nigerian rich and government contractors to a fundraising in Abuja, which was also attended by herRead MoreThe post Turai Yar'Adua's N10b Abuja cancer centre abandoned appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated Nigeria's commitment to playing a leading role in bringing together countries of the West African sub-region in a collective security arrangement against extremism. Speaking in Jordan at a security meeting hosted by King Abdullah II, Buhari said with what Nigeria had gone through, it was ready to share the experiencesRead MoreThe post Nigeria committed to leading role against extremism, says Buhari appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condemned last Saturday's suicide attack at Biu market, Borno State. It urged parents to be watchful of their young girls, who are easily used as suicide bombers. ACF noted with dismay that fleeing Boko Haram insurgents are now infiltrating communities to commit heinous crimes. The forum, in a statementRead MoreThe post ACF condemns Biu attack appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Hundreds of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Mbakpegh ward, Gboko, Benue State, at the weekend defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The defectors, most of who are associates of Secretary to the State Government Prof. Tony Ijohor (SAN), were led by James Terhemba, popularly known as Shehu, a former majority leaderRead MoreThe post PDP members defect to APC in Gboko appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Equities investors in the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) have accumulated capital gains of about N4 trillion over the past 11 months. Low valuations, improved macro economy and more coordinated monetary policy management, led to sustained considerable rally across the stock market. Benchmark indices at the NSE showed average year-to-date gain of 41.19 per cent forRead MoreThe post Investors gain N4tr in equities appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
SIR: No sane person or group of persons would support slave trade in this contemporary age. The ugly happenings in Libya have and will continue to attract wide condemnations by every right thinking person irrespective of our human biases. To place a human being on the scale for bargain is not only inhuman and senselessRead MoreThe post Libya: Action, not rhetoric appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
PenCom rejects proposed 75% pension lump sum Bill About 70 per cent of retirees receiving monthly pension through the Programme Withdrawal mode will from this month receive an increase in their monthly pension payments, The Nation has learnt. This is coming on the heels of findings by the National Pension Commission (PenCom), that earningsRead MoreThe post Retirees to get increment on monthly pension appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
CBN must check the rising incidence and prosecute culprits It is a cause for worry and these figures should set off the danger alarm in any economy. It is not only that the level of bad loans in Nigeria's banking system has risen rather dramatically by 50 per cent in less than one year, butRead MoreThe post Bad loans appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has said the government is gradually, but sustainably, addressing power sector problems to achieve uninterrupted supply. In this interview, he explains how the government is resolving tariff issues, generation, transmission and distribution challenges, milestones achieved and consumers' responsibilities in making the sector work. EditorialRead MoreThe post Why I believe power sector 'll be fixed, by Fashola appeared 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
President Buhari should call the erring security men to order to avert anarchy The lingering disagreement between operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) almost boiled over a few days ago. With the two arms-bearing state institutions squaring up to each other, as if in aRead MoreThe post EFCC vs DSS appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Anew report has shown that Nigeria owes 51 per cent of its cumulative $15.35 per cent external debt to the World Bank Group. A report by FBN Capital research titled: 'External Debt Ratios to Savour' said the Federal Government of Nigeria's (FGN's) external debt obligations at end-September amounted to $15.35 billion, equivalent of 3.9 perRead MoreThe post Nigeria owes World Bank Group $7.8b appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Urges shareholders to pick up rights Lafarge Africa Plc has urged shareholders to fully participate in the ongoing capital raising exercise by the cement company in order to support the realisation of its strategic growth objectives. At an interactive session at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Chairman, Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr Mobolaji Balogun, urgedRead MoreThe post Why we are raising N131.65b, by Lafarge Africa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc has achieved about 60 per cent of its bottom line target for 2017, as it recorded N3.53 billion, its Managing Director, Jide Orimolade, has said. Orimolade, who made this known during a media parley in Lagos, said the company had a target of N5.2 billion, but was able toRead MoreThe post Law Union achieves 60% target appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Federal Government is to begin the implementation of the 2017 Revised Import and Export Guidelines in January, 2018, as part of its policy of enhancing the ease of doing business in the country. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who stated this at a sensitisation workshop on 2017 Revised Import and Export GuidelinesRead MoreThe post Fed Govt implements revised import, export guidelines next month appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr Oscar Onyema, and a former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili have emphasised the importance of financial literacy as a catalyst for lifting Nigeria and Africa out of poverty. Speaking at the awards ceremony of the 2017 NSE Essay Competition for Senior Secondary Schools Students in Nigeria,Read MoreThe post Onyema, Ezekwesili stress financial literacy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Sterling Bank Plc has donated 700 reflective jackets for gardeners, and street cleaners to the Cross River State government. The bank's General Manager, Southsouth, Southeast and Mid-West, and Institutional Banking, Emmanuel Emefienim, while presenting the reflective jackets to Governor Ben Ayade, said the lender cares so much about the safety and security of those whoRead MoreThe post Sterling Bank donates items to Cross River appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Nigeria is expecting over N240 billion revenue from the sale of cocoa this year as demand for the product soars in the global market. The report on the exportation of cocoa beans through the sea ports is commendable. The country is expected to produce over 300,000 metric tonnes of the produce this year because ofRead MoreThe post Nigeria eyes over N240b from cocoa export appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
It wasn't expected to go the way it is going. The drama began in April with the discovery of mind-boggling cash hidden in an up-scale apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, by anti-corruption fighters acting on a tip-off. It was expected that by now the whistleblower or whistleblowers in this case would have been rewarded based onRead MoreThe post Whistleblowing made tough appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Former Governor Gbenga Daniel on Sunday said ex military President, General Ibrahim Babangida and immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan among other notable Nigerians, are backing his aspiration to lead the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the national level. Daniel also declared that the PDPs number one office has developed into a Southwest agenda thatRead MoreThe post PDP Chair: IBB, Johnathan in support of my ambition, says Daniel appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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