NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH DECEMBER, 2017].




Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 8th December, 2017.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
SCARED that governors may “hijack”  tomorrow’s  National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday rushed to former Military President  Ibrahim Babangida to join forces with other founders of the party to save the situation.

The ex-Vice President, who has met with some of the governors, was suspecting that they might be working for another presidential aspirant.

He believes once the governors take control of the party, he may be at their mercy.

The ex-VP is insisting on a level-playing ground at the convention for the emergence of true leaders, who can conduct presidential primaries next year without prejudice.


 
Former Delta State Governor James Ibori and some ex-governors have joined forces with Atiku to checkmate the PDP governors being coordinated by Governor Nyesom Wike

For the umpteenth time, Babangida on Wednesday  warned the Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, and others against monetisation of the convention.

He told Makarfi, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and others on Wednesday that if they installed a national chairman under such atmosphere,  PDP should forget  returning to power in 2019.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the real reason Atiku was in Minna yesterday was his anxiety over a plot by the governors to take over the party and dictate who gets what in 2019.

A source said: “The ex-VP was in Minna. He does not want the governors to abort his dream to secure the presidential ticket of the party .

“Although he has met with Wike, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and some PDP governors, he is not comfortable with the plot by governors to hijack the structure of the party.


 
“It is obvious that the governors have their agenda, including plans to foist on PDP a presidential candidate who will do their bidding. They have covert plans to stop Atiku from being PDP flag bearer in 2019.”

According to the source, some of the governors are believed to be plotting to lure a Northern governor from the All Progressives Congress(APC)  into the opposition party and make him a presidential candidate.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
One office, eight contenders – all of them from the South. Two are from the Southsouth; six are from the Southwest and none from the Southeast. They are all warming up for the intra-party poll as if it is a general election.

Who wears the crown tomorrow? Will the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remain the same after the Abuja convention? Who are the major forces backing the aspirants? Will the national congress be hitch-free? It is an anxious moment for the opposition party.

George

Chief Olabode George, a retired Commodore and former deputy national chairman, is the oldest and the most experienced contender. He is from Lagos State. George is confident, bold and brave. His major priority is to halt the trend of impunity in the opposition party and promote justice. Those backing him are Northern party elders, led by the former Chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, other chieftains in the Southwest. The stalwart has been endorsed by delegates from Lagos.


 
Adeniran

The political scientist and former university don is from Ekiti State. He served briefly as Education Minister under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Prof. Adeniran is the candidate of senior chieftains from the North, led by Senator Jerry Gana and Senator Ibrahim Mantu. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who recently defected to the party, is also rooting for him. He has promised to restore internal democracy, if elected.

Secondus

Many believe that the race is between Adeniran and Chief Uche Secondus, the former acting chairman. Secondus is a former organising secretary and deputy national chairman of the party. He has been endorsed by the Southsouth stakeholders. Secondus has the advantage of being backed by the PDP governors, who have overwhelming influence on the majority of delegates. The governors have reiterated their opposition to the candidature of septuagenarians in the race. They are calling for generational shift. Secondus has said that he has what it takes to make the PDP regain control at the centre in 2019.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
More troubles seem to be brewing for pop singer, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, aka Kiss Daniels, even as his case with his former record label, G-Worldwide Entertainment, regarding a breach of contract continues to unfold. It was recently brought to the notice of the public that both parties involved had been advised that there will beRead MoreThe post More troubles for Kiss Daniel appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Churning out good products, as Aba entrepreneurs do, is fine but there are clear-cut ways to make good money from those products, especially if you are an exporter 'Various speakers at the event said Abia State, owners of SMEs and freight operators would make more money, create job opportunities and improve the economies of SoutheastRead MoreThe post 'How to cash in on Aba' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
There are plans to bring together for the first time inventors and innovators to showcase their products in the Southeast. A non-governmental organisation based in Enugu, the South Saharan Social Development Organisation is behind that plan. The NGO said that over 25 original inventions and innovations from people either from the Southeast or resident there,Read MoreThe post First scientists fair in Southeast coming appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Road crashes occur almost everyday. But what fate befalls victims of these crashes' Most often, some of them are trapped, without any quick help coming to them. Some of them even die before they could be rescued by operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) who often use crude instruments such as cutlass, axeRead MoreThe post Hope for crash victims as Shell donates extractive equipment to FRSC in Bayelsa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged those who want to contest against him in 2019 to an integrity test. Speaking at an interactive session with community leaders and stakeholders at the Coronation Hall of the Kano Government House to round off his two-day visit to the state, he said Nigerians would not let treasury looters returnRead MoreThe post Buhari: looters won't return to power in 2019 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Capital Market Editor Taofik Salako examines the intrigues and underlying pressure that put SEC's independence to test. This, in my opinion, would put to rest the question of how the shareholders' funds of the company have been managed by persons appointed to do so for the shareholders. 'The Commission, therefore, as the apex regulator ofRead MoreThe post Gwarzo's suspension: The inside story (II) appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
About N17 billion has been recovered in taxes from those who have voluntarily declared their tax liabilities, it was learnt yesterday. The tonic is the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said. FIRS Executive Chairman Tunde Fowler said the N17 billion came from about 500 firms; N6 billionRead MoreThe post VAIDS nets N17b in six months, says FIRS appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Government is battling to get to places in Libya where about 5,000 Nigerians are detained, Charge d'Affaires of Nigeria in Libya, Mr Illiya Fachano has said. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN):'there is a camp with 5000 Nigerians and we need the diplomatic police to escort us to extract them. `There are variousRead MoreThe post 5000 Nigerians trapped in Libyan camps appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
THE National Judicial Council (NJC) yesterday announced the compulsory retirement of two judges of the Federal High Court Justices Ademola F. A. Ademola and O. O. Tokode. Justice Ademola last sat at the court's Abuja Division and Justice Tokode was with the Benin division of the court before their compulsory retirement. The NJC tookRead MoreThe post NJC recommends compulsory retirement of Justice Ademola, Tokode appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
THE Police yesterday confirmed that the threat by Boko Haram to attack the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and six other states is real. The United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (UK) missions in Nigeria had warned of possible attacks on soft targets by insurgents in FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe states.Read MoreThe post Police: UK, U.S. warning of bomb threat is real appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The stage is set for the national convention of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Eagle Square in Abuja tomorrow. The party is set to elect its national chairman and other officers. There is anxiety about a possible backlash from the scramble for the soul of the party. Assistant Editor GBADE OGUNWALERead MoreThe post PDP in uncertain battle to save its future appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned the slave trade of African migrants in Libya as 'heinous human rights abuses which may also amount to crimes against humanity,' and called on those responsible to be held to account. In astatementread out to a formal meeting by Amb. Koro Bessho of Japan, Council President for December,Read MoreThe post UN condemns Libya's African slave trade appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
There is an urgent need to review occupational and environmental laws. The Society of Occupational and Environmental Health Physicians of Nigeria (SOEHPON) National President, Dr Okon Akiba, made the call at this year's conference and general meeting of the society. The theme was: Occupational health for all. Akiba said: 'The law is obsolete. Occupational healthRead MoreThe post Society seeks review of occupational, environmental health laws appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has called on expectant mothers to patronise primary health centres and skilled birth attendants to reduce the incidence of maternal and infant mortality. She gave the charge at a town hall meeting on reduction of maternal and child mortality in Epe Local Government organised byRead MoreThe post 'Patronise govt health care facilities' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has been urged to remove tariffs on imported anti-diabetes drugs and devices to make them affordable. Experts gave the advice at the capacity building workshop for reporters organised by a multinational pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Aventis Pharmaceuticals, as part of activities marking the World Diabetes Day. A major highlight of the workshop wasRead MoreThe post Remove tariffs on anti-diabetes drugs, others, Fed Govt urged appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) President, Ahmed I. Yakasai, has urged Nigerians to check their health status, stop stigmatisation against HIV/AIDS patients and show love to them. Yakasai stated this at this year's World AIDS Day. Quoting the UNAIDS, Yakassai said last year, Nigeria had 220,000 new HIV infections and 160,000 AIDS-related deaths. ''There wereRead MoreThe post Pharmacists to Nigerians: check health status, stop stigmatisation appeared first on The Nation Nig 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
To increase awareness on the universal health coverage goal and commemorate this year's World AIDS Day, Total Upstream companies in Nigeria and Nigeria Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCAA) have launched a campaign for secondary schools in Lagos State. The campaign is aimed at helping youths secondary school pupils to develop life skills that willRead MoreThe post Total Upstream, NiBUCAA take HIV/AIDS campaign to Lagos schools appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
About few years ago, I had stopped over in one of the fast food chains in Lagos to eat. I had only eaten a meat pie and some gizzards. I was certain I did not consume anything else until the following day when I started vomiting with frequent bowel movements and severe abdominal pain. ItRead MoreThe post Food and water poisoning: How to tame the widespread killers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
TONIA 'DIYAN recalls the memories of BlackFridayas shoppers made good bargains. LackFridayis set aside for jaw-dropping discounts on most products in major retail outlets online and offline. It is an opportunity to pay less and get more. The level of discounts and products involved is determined by the retailer. Expectedly, the media blitz that heraldedRead MoreThe post Our memories of BlackFriday, by shoppers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Nigeria's pioneer online and offline e-commerce company, Yudala has restated its commitment to offer shoppers guaranteed best prices across its wide range of products online and in all Yudala stores nationwide during the Black Friday. Its Managing Director, Wole Ogundare, said the company is committed to best prices and genuine products cannot be matched anywhereRead MoreThe post Black Friday: Yudala promises best prices appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Benin Electricity Distribution plc (BEDC) has opened a new 2X15MVA 33/11Kv Injection sub-station, Asaba mains at Ibusa in Delta State. The sub-station, inaugurated by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, came just as the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) disclosed that Benin Disco was ranked as best performing Distribution Company, inRead MoreThe post BEDC inaugurates Asaba main sub-station appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Globacom Nigeria has initiated a new regime of mobile internet data, which aims at making internet accessible to more Nigerians. The company is offering 90MB bundle for N100; 250MB for N200 and 2GB for N500. This has transformed data from being luxury, previously accessible by the middle class, to becoming the most affordable daily consumable.Read MoreThe post Glo leads mobile data democratisation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has inaugurated a 5,000 tonnes per year capacity cashew processing factory in Ilorin, Kwara State capital. He was accompanied by the governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; CEO/Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Olusegun Awolowo and Executive Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), WaheedRead MoreThe post Osinbajo inaugurates 5,000 tonnes cashew processing plant appeared first on The Nation Nige 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), under its National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP), funded by the European Union (EU), has moved to entrench quality culture in Nigeria. The Organisation is riding on the crest of its National Quality Award initiative to enhance the saleability and competitiveness of Nigeria's products and services in the worldRead MoreThe post Growing non-export sector with quality products appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
StarTimes has announced the commencement of its 2017 Christmas promotion, in a bid to entice new and existing subscribers across the country beginning today to January 31, 2018. Speaking on this development, the company said it's Christmas promotion was starting earlier this year, to give its esteemed subscribers the chance to enjoy their favourite channelsRead MoreThe post StarTimes offers 50% discount on subscription appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said Nigeria can make the most of her exemption from oil production cap agreed by member countries of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries, by working hard to reduce the cost of producing a barrel of oil from her fields. AtRead MoreThe post Kachikwu: Nigeria can maximise OPEC's exemption with low production cost appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Right now, I do not know. You would not know either until a winner emerges among the firms that have submitted their expression of interest to Barclays Africa. All I know is that there are 16 companies jostling to buy the embattled telecom giant and, I also know that whoever emerges as the preferred bidderRead MoreThe post So, who buys 9mobile and its $1.2b debt' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Prof Felix Salako, has joined the call on Federal Government to move away from oil resources and embrace agriculture, as a sustainable route to national development. The Vice-Chancellor stated this while declaring open the facilitation and communication skills training programme that was organised in Abeokuta,Read MoreThe post Diversify the economy now, says FUNAAB VC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
We are happy that the anti-corruption cases monitoring committee has swung into action The news that the Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases Trials Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO) inaugurated by the National Judicial Council (NJC) has swung into action, is a welcome development. According to NJC's Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, the committee has so farRead MoreThe post Good news appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
An abysmal start in Niger State calls for review and constant monitoring Disturbing. This best describes the quality of the food given to pupils in Niger State under the Federal Government's National Home- grown School Feeding programme. A report in the November 28 edition of this newspaper paints an abysmal picture of how such aRead MoreThe post Homegrown school feeding appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
SIR: A recent report by the National Bureau of Statistics puts Nigeria's current population at 193.3m as against the 2006 figure of about 140m people. The first reality is that Nigeria's population is about 2.57% of the world's population which is put at about 7.5billion people. It is necessary to note that Nigeria's population growthRead MoreThe post Reality of an unplanned future appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Interestingly, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the pivot of the country's anti-corruption war, sounded passive when he brought up the corruption problem during his two-day visit to Kano. Buhari was quoted as saying at the palace of Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II on December 6: 'From 1999 to 2014, the wealth of this countryRead MoreThe post Before divine judgement appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairmanship aspirant Chief Uche Secondus spoke with reporters in Lagos on his plans, waivers for defectors and other issues. Musa Odoshimokhe was there. What is your agenda for the PDP and will the party return to power in 2019' Part of my agenda is returning the party directly to theRead MoreThe post 'PDP 'll consolidate at grassroots' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is expected to elect a new national chairman and other officers at its national convention in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), tomorrow. But, the signal emanating from the various power blocs and caucuses have heightened anxiety as they fight for the soul of the party. Assistant Editor GBADE OGUNWALERead MoreThe post PDP in make or mar convention appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Osun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Chief Tunde Odanye, in this interview with Emmanuel Oladesu and Musa Odoshimokhe, speaking on the preparations for the national convention and the crises affecting Osun and Ogun states chapters. How can the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) avert a rancorous convention' I think we are going to have aRead MoreThe post 'Southeast should support Southwest for PDP chairman' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) in Kano State on Thursday adopted the President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate for the 2019 general elections. The party leaders also expressed their commitment and support to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as their sole candidate for 2019. President Buhari, according to a statement by the Read MoreThe post Kano APC stakeholders back Buhari for 2019 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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