NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 6th December, 2017.

Wed, 06 Dec 2017

To have a rancour-free convention and install the national chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors will compile a “unity list” of candidates who delegates will vote for, The Nation learnt last night.

The list is said to be the governors’ joker to checkmate the influence of ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida and former President Goodluck Jonathan on delegates.


 
The “unity list” may be out on Friday, about 24 hours to the December 9 convention.

It was learnt that the North’s delegates had become divided over two candidates  – former Acting National Chairman Uche Secondus and  former Education Minister Prof. Tunde Adeniran.

Before the split, Adeniran was having a clear edge in the North over Secondus whose campaign has changed the game.

But the governors’ grip on the party has caused anxiety in the camp of ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar whose main backers are Babangida and Jonathan.

The tension in Atiku’s camp is over the fear that if the governors seize the machinery of the party, they may determine its choice of a presidential candidate.

Babangida  on Sunday  raised the alarm on huge deployment of cash to woo delegates.


 
The governors have reached out to ex-governors, ex-ministers, National Assembly  caucuses and some members of the Board of Trustees (BoT).

They are believed to have allayed the fears of stakeholders who think that they are out to hijack the party. Their mission, the governors are quoted as saying, is to change the old order.

To carry all stakeholders along, the governors have chosen to consult and agree on a Unity List, which will be “representational”.

A governor, who spoke in confidence, said: “We want to have a stress-free elective national convention. We have been spending the past few days to build consensus on how to preserve the unity of the party.

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Foreign reserves hit $38.2b Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele has said the restriction of foreign exchange access for 41 items has led to massive foreign capital inflow. Inaugurating Unilever Nigeria's 10 million Euros Blueband factory in Agbara, Ogun State, yesterday, Emefiele said that global confidence in the economy was rising, with investorsRead MoreThe post Foreign direct investment rising, says Emefiele appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Nigeria is set to receive $321m Abacha loot from Switzerland. A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Nigeria, Switzerland and the World Bank, which will pave the way for the release of the cash, was signed on Monday. The money is part of the estimated $5billion allegedly looted by Nigeria's former military leader, the lateRead MoreThe post $321m Abacha loot coming from Switzerland appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has lifted an order made on May 30, freezing 16 bank accounts linked to wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience. Justice Nyako in a ruling yesterday ordered the lifting of the freezing order that barred Mrs. Jonathan and 10 organizations linked to her fromRead MoreThe post Court unfrezees Patience Jonathan's 16 accounts appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday called on other politicians that dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to return to the PDP. Atiku was received at the party's Abuja secretariat by the chairman of the Caretaker Committee Senator Ahmed Makarfi. The former Vice President said it is only byRead MoreThe post Atiku urges other defectors to return appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has developed a technology that will enable it transmit election results electronically direct from polling units to its states' headquarters. Ebonyi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Prof. Godswill Obioma, stated this at a meeting with faith-based organisations in Abakaliki yesterday. According to him, the new technology is part ofRead MoreThe post 2019: INEC may transmit results electronically from polling units appeared first 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The importation of raw materials and products is projected to hit N36 billion by 2020. But, the Federal Government, through the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) is determined to reduce the huge import bill. Assistant Editor CHIKODI OKEREOCHA reports that the strategy being introduced by the agency will serve as a blueprint toRead MoreThe post Capital flight: Local raw materials to the rescue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) at Ile-Ife in Osun State has told its students to go on break for the Christmas and New Year holidays. A statement by the universitys spokesman Abiodun Olarewaju said the holidays was occasioned by a strike called by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the senior members of the SeniorRead MoreThe post Strike: OAU closes till January 2 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The 32 Artillery Brigade of Owena Barracks in Akure, the Ondo State capital, has urged the militants in the state's creeks to submit the remaining arms in their possession. Through its Commander, Brig.-Gen. James Ataguba, the Army urged the agitators to use the opportunity given to them by the state and Federal governments to dropRead MoreThe post Army urges Ondo militants to surrender remaining weapons appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Osun State government has begun the distribution of e-learning computer tablets for the 2017/2018 academic session to final year pupils in the states public schools. The distribution of the tablets started at an informal ceremony at Osogbo Government High School in Osogbo, the state capital. The pupils and teachers were excited to receive theRead MoreThe post Osun begins distribution of Opon-Imo in public schools appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government has fulfilled its part of an agreement reached with the striking non-academic staff of federal universities on Sept. 20. In a statement signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry on Tuesday, Ngige said the government hadRead MoreThe post Demands of striking university staff fully met ' FG appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
In a new move designed to reduce price and ease logistics inherent in the purchase of its products, Dangote Cement Plc has signed a pact with foremost e-commerce platform, Jumia Nigeria, to sell its cement to customers online. At the unveiling of the deal in Lagos, Dangote Cement's Key Account Director Chux Mogbolu said theRead MoreThe post Dangote crashes cement price on Jumia platform appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Mr Umana Okon Umana, has said Notore Oil and Gas Free Zone will attract more than $5 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country and create 25,000 jobs with its new status as a free zone developer. Speaking during the licence presentation ceremonyRead MoreThe post Umana: Notore'll attract $5b FDI, create 25,000 jobs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Reps approve 2018-2020 MTEF document ' Raise oil benchmark to $47 The Senate yesterday raised hopes of passing the 2019 budget before the end of the year. It has however raised the $45 oil benchmark price to $47 just as the document passed the second reading. It has given its committee on Appropriation DecemberRead MoreThe post Senate plans to pass 2018 budget this month appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
33% arrears for CPS pensioners The National Pension Commission (PenCom) will ensure that Federal Government pensioners under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) have their pensions increased every five years or when salaries are increased as stipulated in Section 173 of the 1999 Constitution, The Nation has learnt. The pensioners will also receive 33 per centRead MoreThe post PenCom mulls pension increase appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday injected $210 million into the foreign exchange market to sustain its liquidity. CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor said $100 million was offered to the wholesale segment, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment got $55 million. The invisibles segment comprising of tuition fees, medicalRead MoreThe post CBN pumps $210m into forex market appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Federal Government plans to generate 3,000 megawatts (Mw) of electricity through 10,000 mini-grids to energise under-served off-grid communities across Nigeria by year 2020. The Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, who spoke during an energy conference on mini grid in Abuja, said the agency was securing $350 million from the WorldRead MoreThe post Fed Govt eyes 3,000Mw from mini-grids appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Restriction of 41 items from the official foreign exchange window is one of the toughest decisions taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure that local industries are protected from importation of goods and services that can be produced locally. The policy, which is part of the CBN's plans to find a solutionRead MoreThe post Forex restriction on 41 items boosts local production appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Senate, yesterday, constituted an adhoc committee to investigate the local content elements and cost variations of the Egina Oil Field Project. Two other related Bonga Southwest and ZabZaba projects are also to be investigated for the same purpose. The resolution followed a motion by Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Solomon Adeola andRead MoreThe post Senate probes $16b Egina Oil project appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
At a youthpreneur business summit in Lagos, experts examine the major challenges businesses face in today's tech-orientated world. DANIEL ESSIET reports Founder and CEO, eTranzact; Valentine Obi , said self belief gave him the confidence to start a software company that has taken the world by storm. Addressing the second youthpreneur business summit which heldRead MoreThe post The power of starting small, being focused appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Commercial banks are expected to strike a balance between sound liquidity management and profitability, CIBN President/Chairman of Council, Prof. Segun Ajibola has said. Speaking at the third inaugural lecture of Caleb University, Imota, Ikorodu, Lagos State, he said so many things compete for funds in the hands of lenders. Ajibola said banks credits cause illiquidityRead MoreThe post CIBN chief advises banks on credit, liquidity management appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Nigeria must do more to integrate its vulnerable citizens The two-day protest of a group of physically-challenged Nigerians outside the corporate headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is a troubling pointer to the country's continuing inability to proffer succour to the most vulnerable segments of its population. Acting under the aegis of theRead MoreThe post Developing the disabled appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
President Buhari must get to the bottom of the pension fund scandal The handling of the abscondment, suspension, reinstatement, promotion and eventual dismissal of the erstwhile chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Maina, has exposed how some of our public servants act contrary to the public interest. The man inRead MoreThe post Maina: AGF has case to answer appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The 2017 Hajj has gone with the controversy, drama and of course its successful end- what more can one ask for' In fact, that is the one thing about Hajj every successive year. There will always be bit of blot, a feature that will make it distinct or unique. Though there have been write upsRead MoreThe post Building foundation for Hajj 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
It was unexpected and unusual. The character at the centre of the drama, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, pointed out its uncommon feature himself, though he did so perhaps unwittingly. He was quoted as saying to 28 new commissioners and 27 Transition Committee Chairmen for the 27 local government councils in the state atRead MoreThe post Appointment and appointee appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
This must be a depressing hour indeed for the man who 'fashioned the drama of existence' and first black Nobel prizewinner in Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka.A comment uttered in what could only be a protest against the willful trampling on the dignity of the African immigrants and other 'underdogs' has, alas, been twisted out ofRead MoreThe post Soyinka and Trump's illegitimate kids appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Enugu State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the 2015 general elections, Okey Ezea, has tales of woes to tell over the recent local government polls. He alleged that he was attacked by thugs hired by political opponents in his hometown, Itchi in Ibagwa-South Local Government Area. In this interview with reporters in Lagos,Read MoreThe post 'I was abducted, almost killed during Enugu council polls' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
A governorship aspirant from Ogun West on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, has declared that money would play a crucial role the succession battle in 2019. Akinlade, a House of Representatives member representing Yewa South and Ipokia Constituency, however, added that 'money alone would not be the determinant factor.'Read MoreThe post Ogun 2019: Ticket not for highest bidder appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Ekiti State local government election scheduled for December 23 is likely to be a rehash of that of 2015, when the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other parties did not participate. The drama surrounding the primary within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) suggests that the contest is going to be dogged by controversy.Read MoreThe post APC, others set to boycott Ekiti council poll appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The gale of defections from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State have continued, as key stakeholders of the ruling party in Ikot Abasi have moved en masse to the ruling party. The defectors, who joined the APC with their teeming supporters, were received into the partyRead MoreThe post A'Ibom PDP loses stakeholders to APC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has allayed fears of party members that the exit of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the party will lead to mass exodus party. Oyegun said contrary to speculations, the APC is growing stronger by the day. Oyegun who spoke when he received formerRead MoreThe post Oyegun: Atikus defection wont affect APC, says party growing stronger appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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