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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 31 December, 2017.

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is dismayed by the current fuel scarcity.

He wonders why successive governments find it difficult to fix challenges facing the country.

He is particularly disturbed by the blame passing by those charged with the responsibility of making the country work.

Soyinka, in a statement yesterday on the state of the nation, could not understand why the generality of Nigerians are being exposed to unnecessary hardship caused by the fuel scarcity.


 
He recalled government’s promise to deal with the situation during a similar fuel crisis in 1977.

He attached to his statement which he entitled BLAME PASSING – The New Year Gift to a Nation, the bromide of the June 7, 1977 edition of the Daily Times in which President Muhammadu Buhari, who was Petroleum minister at the time said the fuel crisis ‘may be over next year.”

He said in the statement: “In the accustomed tradition, I wish the nation less misery in the coming year. A genuine Happy New Year Greeting is probably too extravagant a wish.

“The accompanying news clipping from June 1977 came into my hands quite fortuitously. It is forty years old. It captures the unenviable enigma that is the Nigerian nation. It is however a masterful end-of-year image to take into the coming year, not only for the individual now at the helm of government, General Buhari, but for a people surely credited with the most astounding degree of patience and forbearance on the African continent – except of course among themselves, when they turn into predatory fiends. When many of us are blissfully departed, an updated rendition of this same clipping – with a change of cast here and there – will undoubtedly be reproduced in the media, with the same alibis, the same in-built panacea of blame passing.

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“Let this be called to our collective memory. Even before the current edition of the fuel crisis, other challenges, requiring immediate fix, had begun to monopolize national attention, relegating to the sidelines the outcry for a fundamental and holistic approach to the wearisome cycle of citizen trauma. “This has been expressed most recently, and near universally in the word “Restructuring”, defined straightforwardly as a drastic overhaul of Nigerian articles of co-existence in a more rational, equitable and decentralized manner.


Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Fuel supply to the 36 states by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been doubled in the last few days as part of the effort to restore normalcy to the petrol supply and distribution across the country.

Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru said in Abuja that the organization has already cleared fuel queues in Abuja and Lagos with the commitment to increase truck-outs to other states.

Baru, speaking during unscheduled visits to some filling stations in Abuja at the weekend, said NNPC had stepped up the number of truck-outs to 1,733 “as a minimum and we have sustained this for a week and there will be more than enough products for motorists in the weeks ahead.”


 
“As far as truck out is concerned, we have more than doubled the number of trucks that are going out into the country,” spokesman for NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu quoted Baru as saying.


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“Yesterday, we loaded and distributed products from coastal and strategic inland depots like Jos. We loaded 1,733 trucks yesterday and the actual normal number of trucks we required to keep the country wet is about 700 but we have been doing 800 to 850 trucks before the petrol scarcity.”

The NNPC helmsman said the Corporation would remain focused at ensuring that all the other state capitals are wet with petrol by today.

Dr. Baru said that the petrol scarcity was self-inflicted following the sharp practices of some unscrupulous marketers who took to hoarding and diversion of the product.


Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday lashed out at the Buhari-led APC administration over what it called unpardonable national embarrassment caused by the appointment of dead persons as chairmen/members of the newly constituted boards and parastatals.

The opposition party said the gaffe is a further confirmation that the APC administration is completely confused, disorganized and grossly incompetent.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in turn labelled PDP ridiculous and an embarrassment to see everything as an opportunity to attack the administration “without looking at the seriousness of their claims.”


 
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja said: “Nigerians can now see why the nation’s economy has been in shambles in the last two years. When we say that this government is completely inept, some Nigerians did not know to which level, but now they do.

“This inability to tidy up a simple issue of list of 209 appointees has completely exposed the extent the APC government is bereft of simple organizational skills to manage a country like Nigeria, which is in dire need of development.

“How on earth can a government that cannot compile a common list handle intricate issues of national planning and budgeting; issues of health, education, aviation, agriculture, infrastructure and management of the huge civil service?

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Come January 4, the identity of the 2017 African Womens Footballer of the Year will be revealed at the awards Gala in Ghana's capital, Accra and Nigerias golden girl and two-time winner, Asisat Oshoala, is eyeing an encore, reports MORAKINYO ABODUNRIN Super Falcons and Dalian Quanjian forward, Asisat Oshoala, has turned winning soccer awards toRead MoreThe post ASISAT OSHOALA Im still hungry to be Africas best appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
BY May 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari will be three years in office. He will be left with only one year to go, more than half of which will inevitably be spent actively campaigning or machinating for victory in the 2019 elections. The last two years and more have been spent in controversially fulfilling, in partRead MoreThe post Agenda for 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Nation in Traumatic Transition As the year 2017 disappears into the graveyard of dead calendars, it is time once again to reflect about the fate of living nations, particularly our beloved Nigeria. As this outgoing year finally recedes into oblivion, Nigeria has shown the world once again why its death and summary dismemberment willRead MoreThe post Goodbye to this peculiar logjam appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
A67-year old American email fraudster has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a 'Nigerian prince scam that defrauded people of thousands of dollars. An 18-month long investigation exposed Michael Neu of Slidell, Louisiana as the internet Nigerian prince heavily involved in scams, obtaining money and wiring funds. He now faces 269 counts of wireRead MoreThe post American, 67, posing as Nigerian prince held for email scam appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Says Ogoni clean-up recording progress The promotion and establishment of privately financed modular refineries in the country remain a priority of the federal government, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday. The objective is to increase local refining capacity, create jobs and ensure peace and stability in the Niger Delta region. The policy featured prominentlyRead MoreThe post 10 MODULAR REFINERIES CLOSE TO TAKE-OFF PRESIDENCY appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
While most Nigerians look forward to a consolidation of Nigerias gradual climb out of recession in 2018, the year is also a precursor to 2019 when the nation will determine its next set of leaders. In this piece, Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation, examines the emerging shape of politics, intrigues and the persons whoRead MoreThe post 2018:Those who will shape politics appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is to acquire strategic maritime safety and security assets, including vessels. This is in line with the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja. According to a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by the Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, the move is alsoRead MoreThe post NIMASA to acquire more vessels to boost maritime security appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Solo climbers, blind people and double amputees have been banned from climbing Everest under new rules the Nepalese tourism ministry believes will reduce the number of deaths on the mountain. The changes have provoked criticism from the US ambassador to Nepal and a former Gurkha soldier planning to scale the peak after losing both legsRead MoreThe post Blind people, double amputees banned from climbing Everest appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
A group of fleeing Boko Haram insurgents have attacked a military base in Kanama, headquarters of Yunusari Local Government in Yobe State. The Chairman of the Local Government, Ali Yerima, who confirmed the attack to our correspondent said the insurgents came in large numbers in seven Hilux trucks and made their way through the middleRead MoreThe post Fleeing Boko Haram attack military base in Yobe appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Says its no scandal 'Promises rectification The Presidency rose yesterday in its own defence over the inclusion of the names of some dead persons as chairmen or members of newly constituted boards and parastatals. It said it was all a mistake which would be rectified in due course. No fewer than three of the appointeesRead MoreThe post Presidency admits mistake in appointment of dead persons as board chairmen appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The fight against rape and other forms of sexual abuse has recorded a boost and became intensified, with a strong lay apostolate elite women group of the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria, Ladies Auxiliary Supreme Subordinate Commandery, Nigeria, Knights of St. John International (KSJI), joining in the fight and enlisting the partnership of the EnuguRead MoreThe post Catholic female knights join fight against rape, enlist partnership of enugu government appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Provost, Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos, the Anglican Church, the Very Revd. Adebola Ojofeitimi, has challenged Christians to continue to remember the poor, helpless and victims of disasters and violence in our country. Ojofeitimi said this at the Christmas Carol of Nine Lessons organised by the Island Club, Victoria-Island, Lagos. The carol nightRead MoreThe post 'Remember the poor' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has assured Nigerians to keep their hope alive in God because 2018 will be a year of new and greater beginning. Adeboye made this known at the Let's Go-a-fishing programme organised by the church yesterday at the Centre for Management DevelopmentRead MoreThe post 2018 will be year of new beginning for Nigeria Adeboye appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The General Overseer of the Wordbase Assembly, Humphrey Erumaka, has described the incessant fuel scarcity usually witnessed during the yuletide in Nigeria as a means of arm twisting the government into taking certain decisions and an attempt to sabotage government effort. Erumaka made this assertion at a recent press conference held at the church auditoriumRead MoreThe post Fuel scarcity: 'Attempt to arm twist the government', cleric urges appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The president of God's Kingdom Society, Brother Godwin Ifeacho, has challenged Christians not to trust in riches as they are temporal and would be meaningless when Jesus Christ comes. Ifeacho made this known recently at the one-week long Christian Feast of Tabernacles organised by the God's Kingdom Society held at the St Urhobo Square, SalemRead MoreThe post GKS president challenges Christian on riches appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
We understand from scriptures that fresh oil (the anointing of the Holy Ghost) is the master key to a world of exploits. Also, as long as the oil remains fresh, continuous and unstoppable breakthroughs are guaranteed. Interestingly, among the mysteries in praise is an encounter with fresh oil. This is why only praiseful believers enjoyRead MoreThe post Encounter with fresh oil through praise! appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The General Overseer of The Saints Gospel Church of Christ, aka Hand of Fire, Pastor Jacob Shodeinde, has said people who loot government treasury are mad people. Shodeinde said this at the church's on-going 14-day programme of December Feast of Jesus Passover celebration. He warned anybody who claims to be worshipping God to repent fromRead MoreThe post Government treasury looters are mad Shodeninde appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The president, Praise Arena-Kingdom Light Christian Centre, Pastor Jimmy Adetoyese Olagunju, has charged Christians to celebrate Christmas by living out the life of Jesus in their daily endeavour. Olagunju stated this in an interview with The Nation, at the church's Christmas Carol held last Sunday at LE-REAl Hotel, VGC, Lekki, Lagos. The event tagged UnendingRead MoreThe post Cleric urges modesty among Christians appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Nuruddeen Abdurrahman Rafindadi, an engineer, is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), an engineer, and Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. He spoke with Olayinka Oyegbile, Deputy Editor. WHAT is your vision for FERMA' My vision would remain that FERMA should be the preeminent road maintenance agency inRead MoreThe post FERMAs major challenge is availability of resources' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
In the last nine years, Sunday Ojis life has known no peace. Reason: a caesarian section on his wife , Rosemary, for the delivery of their second child on July 15, 2008 ended on a sad note at the Apapa General Hospital, Lagos.The back of the boys head was allegedly slashed by doctors during the caesarian section. The mishap has now left the boy,Samuel,with cerebral palsy that has turned him into vegetable. The couple went to the court to sue the Lagos State Health Service Commission ,asking for 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Seventeen soldiers of Ekiti State origin who have just completed their training went on the rampage in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday,attacking some policemen.They allegedly stabbed a policeman, Corporal Abdulkadir Yakub with a jack-knife.Yakub is currently on the danger list at the Police Clinic, Okesa, where he was rushed to after the attack.Six other persons who were injured during the attack have been discharged from the hospital.The sin of Yakubu, a traffic police officer, was that he challenged the 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
An Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrates Court, Lagos, has remanded 27-year-old Opeyemi Zachaeus, for alleged conspiracy and murder of his friends wife, Adejoke Kalejaiye, 25.Zacheaus is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.Prosecutor Kehinde Olatunde had told the court that the accused committed the offences on Dec. 14 at about 2.00 p.m. at Agemuwo in Badagry area of Lagos State.Olatunde alleged that the accused had helped the husband of the deceased, Mr Kalejaiye, to conceal h 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
TPT International Limited, a PR consultancy, is closing 2017 on a glorious note with two awards within a week by the governing bodies of the public relations industry in the country. At the Presidential Dinner Award of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in Lagos, TPT International was conferred with the 'Corporate Practitioner ofRead MoreThe post TPT International wins honours appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
There is so much to write on vegetable oil but we shall be taking it step by step due to space constraint. Not all oils are created equal. A necessary item for cooking and baking, oil is a classic staple in any kitchen. But which oils are best for handling the heat' You know youRead MoreThe post Healthiest culinary oils appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives of adding value in the area of education, Lagos Business School has donated 500,000 to Bethesda Child Support Agency, a non-profit organisation that caters to the needs of less privileged children. The donation, which was presented at LBS, is in fulfillment of one of the pledgesRead MoreThe post LBS donates to Bethesda Educational Foundation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
As 2017 grinds to a halt,Nigerians from all walks of life have expressed mixed feelings about their outlook for the forthcoming year. While some have expressed blessed assurance of hope and confidence, many have argued that nothing dramatic will happen judging by the several missteps of the past 12 months. Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf reports AsRead MoreThe post 'Policies will determine socioeconomic growth' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Unlike some states of the federation still smarting from the problems of the outgoing year, Ogun State, is upbeat that a lot of far-reaching decisions and positive developments will herald the incoming year. One man who should know better is Adele-Oba Kolawole Lawal Mobolorunduro, Vice-President of Ogun State Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, MinesRead MoreThe post '2018 promising for Ogun State' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
In the last two decades it became clear that economic and environmental issues cannot be separated from social concerns, but the integration of these areas is not easy and needs a new development paradigm, hence the involvement of private sectors. For the actualisation of these goals through CSR, the managing director SERAs Nigeria, Mr. KenRead MoreThe post Can CSR achieve sustainable development goals' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
In its quest to boosts employability of fresh graduates, management of the Institute of Credit Administration (ICA) in collaboration with the Lagos State SecretariaNational Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has since commenced three-month training in Basic Credit Analysis for corps members serving in the state. A letter conveying NYSC's approval of the top of the lineRead MoreThe post ICA trains corps members on credit analysis appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Dr. Austin Nweze, political economist, is currently a member of the faculty team at the School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. In this interview he gives useful suggestions on possible policy direction to drive the economy in the coming year. Excerpts: You have to look at the past to knowRead MoreThe post 'Economy must come first' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Today is the last day in the year 2017. It's been a year of mixed blessings, depending on how you look at it. Yes, things got tougher. Many people have lost their jobs, companies have shut down and we had never recorded the number of suicides we did in this country this year but thereRead MoreThe post Consumers' expectations for the New Year appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
In furtherance of its 30th anniversary celebrations, Casers Group hosted clients, partners, industry players and associates to a grand dinner and exhibition in Lagos. Speaking on the growth and successes of the group, Chairman, Enyi Odigbo lauded clients and partners for contributing immensely to the remarkable feat. He said: 'We are here to celebrate 30Read MoreThe post Casers Group celebrates 30th anniversary with clients, partners appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
No student should spend extra time in a university because of accreditation woes Dahiru Adamu Bara had glowed with the prefix of a doctor since his days in the secondary school. His classmates tagged him with it and he took it as a badge not only of honour among his peers but also of hope.Read MoreThe post Tantalising certificate appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Nigerians are left to read between the lines on who is really responsible for my not being able to go out to buy chicken because of fuel: the federal government, the oil marketers or the social, political and economic saboteurs I trust you had a great Christmas, fuel or no fuel. Let me tell youRead MoreThe post My Christmas chicken story appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The West's quest for conquest has changed the world in very remarkable ways. Continents boasting knowledgeable rulers and sophisticated empires have been 'discovered' and given names. So have great rivers, one of them Niger, which have always supported life on such continents. In time, as in the case of Nigeria, bustling population became an irresistibleRead MoreThe post 2017: Year of the trafficker appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, examines the pockets of grieviances within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and wonders if the Governor Seriake Dickson-led National Reconciliation Committee can once again return the troubled party to the path of peace. IT is no longer news that the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), through its National Reconciliation CommitteeRead MoreThe post Can Dicksons reconciliation committee save PDP' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The struggle for the governorship ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State ahead of the 2018 governorship election is gathering momentum. Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, reports that the lingering intra party crisis and the entrance of a couple of new aspirants into the race may be unsettling permutations in the raceRead MoreThe post Osun 2018: New twists in struggle for PDP guber ticket appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, reports that indications that the running mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu in 2015 governorship election in Kogi State, Hon. James Faleke, may be interested in the governorship ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, has upped the game ahead of the next governorship election in the north-centralRead MoreThe post 2019: Anxiety in Kogi APC over Falekes ambition appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
WILL your new party be fielding candidates for the 2019 elections' I want you to write it in your dairy today that NRM is set to be sworn in on May 29, 2019 to occupy the Presidential villa. We are determined and serious. I dont blame Nigerians if they make mockery of the registration ofRead MoreThe post FG, Governors in order over $1b Boko Haram fund Dansadua appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
ARINZE Madueke, a chieftain of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra state, has shown interest in contesting for a seat in the House of Representatives in the 2019 elections to represent his people. Madueke, 33, says he is seeking the position because he is determined to fully represent the interests of the peopleRead MoreThe post Obiano has changed face of politics in Anambra APGA chieftain appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.