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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9TH DECEMBER, 2017].



Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 9th December, 2017.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
The 2019 presidential election is only 423 days away,the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced yesterday.

Nigerians,according to the time table released by the commission,are expected to elect the president on February 16,2019.

Also scheduled for the same day is the election into the Senate and the House of Representatives.

News of the election dates was broken by INEC chairman,Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at an induction  retreat for Resident Electoral Commissioners in Uyo,Akwa Ibom State.
 
The governorship, state assembly and area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory will follow on  March 2, 2019, Yakubu said.

The implementation of the 2019 Election Project Plan is to begin on   January 1, 2018.

He said an additional 3,630,529 voters were registered in the recent continuous registration.

”This is an important development in our efforts to ensure that electoral services offered to Nigerians are better, more frequent and easier to access than ever before,” he said.

This exercise will continue until 60 days to the 2019 general elections, as a provided by the Electoral Act.
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
One of the frontline contenders for the position of national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George has withdrawn from the race.
While stating that he did not withdrawal for any candidate, George said it was wrong for the party not to have zoned the office of the national chairman.
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
The General Overseer of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara, turned 75 over the weekend. It was a gathering of Whos Who in religious circles as men of God from all over the country converged on the popular CAC Agbala-Itura for a thanksgiving service to mark the popular prophets new age.Read MoreThe post Abiara celebrates 75th birthday in style appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.' Ben Carson The first time I came in close contact with General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (retd.) was February 10, 2010 at the Protea Hotel in Asokoro, Abuja. It was on the occasion of the NGO consultative meeting organised by the TY Danjuma Foundation.Read MoreThe post Celebrating TY Danjuma's consistent, persistent philanthropy @ 80 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
A Nigerian couple who had just returned from Libya with a new born babe warned Nigerians on the global media this week never to go to Libya because the people there are hostile to migrants and strangers. Another Nigerian, a jobless graduate who fled like Andrew to look for the golden fleece had a similarRead MoreThe post Culture, new norms and justice appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

As Okorocha's wife clocks 50
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
OWERRI was like an occupied territory a few days ago as the countrys powerbrokers deserted Abuja and temporarily relocated to Owerri, the capital of Imo State, for the celebration of the 50th birthday of Mrs Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, wife of the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha. Led by President Muhammadu Buhari (who was represented byRead MoreThe post As Okorochas wife clocks 50 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Back then in those days in school as a student of English Literature, the phrase 'laughter as catharsis' was quite fascinating to most of us in the late Sesan Ajayi's class. Though Ajayi's candle burnt out at a very early stage of a blossoming teaching career with an amazing passion for molding his students intoRead MoreThe post Hugging happiness in a season of wonky legs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
From the ashes of a monumental tragedy has risen the sweet, soft incense of immortality. The soul of Olugbemiga Abiodun, aka DJ Olu, has soared to the skies, and in its place are majestic monuments to remind the world of the rare gem it lost in his prime. The late DJ Olu was well onRead MoreThe post Heyden Oil boss completes late heirs unfinished project appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Twelve-Year-Old singer, Iseoluwa, whose debut album was released few months ago with a video enjoying massive airplay is set to take the scene a notch higher this Yuletide with her maiden concert dubbed Iseoluwa Live in Concert. And expected to minister at the event which will hold on December 17 at the RCCG Jesus EmbassyRead MoreThe post Iseoluwa, Mike Abdul, Tim Godfrey others for Iseoluwa Live in Concert appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Friends of former President Olusegun Obasanjo once toyed with the idea of storming the Yola Prisons with commandoes for the purpose of liberating him from incarceration during the Sani Abacha years, it was revealed yesterday. They were however talked out of the plot by Obasanjo himself. 'I said no, if you do that, I willRead MoreThe post I rejected offer from friends to get me out of prison in commando style'Obasanjo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has also reiterated that he has no preferred candidate in the chairmanship election at the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party taking place in Abuja today. According to a goodwil message he sent to the participants in the convention and signed by the ex-President's media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze,Read MoreThe post PDP chair: I've no preferred candidate, says Jonathan appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
After about six days in the kidnappers' den, former Chairman of Senate Committee on Privatization, Senator Ayo Arise, has regained freedom. Arise was reportedly dropped at Ibillo town in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State by his captors. The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State was released unhurt Friday evening. AlthoughRead MoreThe post Kidnappers free Sen Arise after six days in captivity appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

JAIYE KUTI: WHY IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ACTRESSES TO KEEP THEIR HOMES
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Jaiye Kuti is a household name in Nollywood with various movies and awards to her credit. In this interview with ADENIYI ADEWOYIN, the cross-over actress speaks about her career and how she manages her family. Excerpts The first time I called you, I remember you said you were on your way to pick your kidsRead MoreThe post JAIYE KUTI: WHY IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ACTRESSES TO KEEP THEIR HOMES appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
A 60-year-old woman, Mrs. Olufunke Labinjo was allegedly beaten to a pulp by her brother-in-law, Kamoru Labinjo, for resisting his attempt to forcibly take over the management of her sick husbands property. The accused allegedly assaulted the complainant in public by raining blows on her face. The incident happened when Kamoru insisted on taking inventoryRead MoreThe post Police arraign bizman for allegedly beating brother's 60-yr-old wife over sick husband's property appeared first on 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
With few hours left to conduct the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governors elected on the platform of the party were were adamant yesterday on their choice of Prince Uche Secondus as its next national chairman. The governors, who were being coordinated by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, insisted that SecondusRead MoreThe post Governors draw battle line with IBB, Jonathan appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Ahead of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members of the National Assembly caucus of the party on Thursday night exchanged blows at the residence of a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio, over the choice of the next national chairman of the party. Akpabio, who is the MinorityRead MoreThe post Senators, Reps exchange blows in Akpabio's house ahead of convention appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
THERE was pandemonium yesterday in parts of Asaba, the Delta State capital after bandits attacked a bullion van and made away with millions of naira. The Nation gathered that the bullion van belongs to a first generation bank in Anambra State. Sounds of gunshots echoed during the operation forcing motorists and passers-by to scamper forRead MoreThe post Pandemonium as robbers attack bullion van in Delta, cart away millions appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Elders and leaders of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for support from members to ensure a hitch-free national convention of the party, saying that the convention's outcome is critical to the party's future. The call was made in Abeokuta, Ogun State yesterday in a statement issued by formerRead MoreThe post Convention's outcome critical to party's future ' Ogun PDP leaders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Lagos-based business woman and fashion buff, Elvi Kioupouroglou, was full of excitement at her annual show, Sip & Shop party, at one of the event halls in Eko Hotels penultimate Sunday. On display for her shoe exhibition was an exotic range of shoes from top designers across the globe. There to sip and shop were top society ladies, including former Lagos First Lady Dame Abimbola Fashola, Chief Mrs. Florence Ita-Giwa, Nollywood actresses Kate Henshaw and Omotola Jalade, popular comedian Baske 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
At its highbrow location on Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, Babessalam Home is not conspicuous because of its high walls. Until recently when the Lagos State Government insisted on a sign post, Babessalam Home operated quietly, offering charity without noise. Founded by the late oil mogul and philanthropist, Alhaji Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo, the home has impacted on the lives of many children, some of whom are today full fledged adults with families to cater for. And Babessalam Home is not jus 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
The Director-General (DG) National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig Gen Suleiman Kazaure on Friday launched the national CV bank and job portal in Lagos. The portal, nyscjobs.org, which was developed by the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) of the NYSC in conjunction with Diamond Bank, Dragnet, Blogme, Gr8tjobs.ng, and Sigma Pensions, allows corps membersRead MoreThe post NYSC launches job portal in Lagos appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
600 members of the Compliance Institute, Nigeria (CIN) will be inducted today as the body holds its inaugural investiture. Speaking during a world press conference in Lagos which was attended by all the executive members of the body, the President of CIN, Mr Pattison Boleigha, said that if the body is given adequate support, NigeriaRead MoreThe post Compliance Institute inducts 600 members appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Dr. Soboyejo Olamideji Adebayo, a veterinary doctor, is Chief Operating Officer, Jocal Breeder Farms. In this interview with FREDERICK ADEGBOYE, he speaks on the quality of investments needed to turn the economy away from overdependence on oil, among other issues. Excerpts: WITH the current crisis in the oil sector, attention has shifted naturally to agricultureRead MoreThe post MECHANISED FARMING, key to Nigeria's food security' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
INTRODUCTION Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria has not performed very well. They have contributed just a small percentage of the GDP unlike the other emerging economies in the world. The challenges being faced by our own SMEs are very many. These challenges have been responsible for the slow growth of SMEs in Nigeria.Read MoreThe post The challenges of SMEs in Nigeria appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
THE second edition of Fintech annual conference will hold between January 24th 26th January, 2018 in Lagos. The first edition which was held in April 2017, drew participants from various industries and countries. According to the organizers of the event, 'the 2nd National Fintech conference promises to herald contemporary thinking and developments in financialRead MoreThe post Fintech conference holds January appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Egina oil field that was discovered by Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI), is expected to create 3,000 jobs in five years. The project which is due for completion next year would also add 200,000 barrels of crude per day (bpd) to Nigeria's oil production which is approximately 10 per cent of the country's total oilRead MoreThe post $16b Egina field eyes 3000 jobs, 200,000 bpd appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Nigeria needs about 3.5 billion investments to stop gas flaring and as well meet the commercialisation targets by 2020, it was learnt yesterday. The Program Manager, Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme (NGFCP), Office of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Justice O. Derefaka, made this known in a presentation at the 'Gas Aggregation Buyers'Read MoreThe post Nigeria needs $3.5b to stop gas faring appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
IN their euphoric response to the defection of former vice president Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gave the impression of a political organisation thinking beyond its immediate troubles and eager to embrace the future. But whether it is wise to leapfrog over its troubled past without grappling with the attendant repercussions of itsRead MoreThe post Beyond the PDP convention appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.