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


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 4th December, 2017.

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party.

He made the announcement in a live Facebook broadcast.

Atiku was among notable politicians who left the PDP in 2014 to form an alliance that transformed into the All Progressives Congress.

In the broadcast, the former vice-president said in the last two years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, three million Nigerians had lost their jobs.

According to him, Nigeria needs a non-sectional party to run the Federal Government and not one that panders to regional sentiments.

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He said he decided to use the Facebook to announce his return to the PDP because he wanted to reach as many “of our young people as possible as I have an important announcement to make about the future of Nigeria.”

He described youths as the future of the nation.

Atiku said, “I have found in my travels across the country that the number one concern of young people is whether they will be able to get a job; for without a job they have no means of sustaining themselves or starting a family.

“Without the security of a job, we cannot have security in our country. So without jobs, there is no future for you or for Nigeria.

“And I also know as a parent that the older generation is also concerned about jobs for their children and, too often today, for themselves as well.”
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Ahead of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, one of the national chairmanship candidates from the South-West, Chief Bode George, has declared that it was late to have a consensus candidate from the geopolitical zone.

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George said the chairmanship race would be left for the members to decide the person they wanted among the candidates.

Another candidate, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, had said last week that consensus candidacy was possible, saying all the candidates had been speaking with one another.

George stated this after speaking with journalists on Saturday at the end of the meeting with the Ondo State delegates to the PDP convention scheduled for December 9.

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017

The Peoples Democratic Party has removed former governors and former deputy governors produced by the party as automatic delegates to its national convention.

The national convention of the party holds in Abuja on Saturday.
 
It was gathered that the step was taken to make sure that the outcome of the convention was not subjected to another round of legal crisis that could overturn actions taken at the convention.

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, was said to have taken the matter to the Thursday’s PDP National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja.

According to a document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, Makarfi said there was the need to remove the former governors and their deputies as automatic delegates to the convention because of the ruling of an Abuja High Court.

Makarfi’s memo was titled, ‘Ammendments /Addendum to NEC approved guidelines for conduct of ward, LGA, State, Zonal congresses and the National Convention, effective November 10, 2017.’

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The memo was dated November 30.

In the memo, Makarfi stated that in “paragraph 6.1 (13), page 11 of the guidelines, former governors were listed as delegates to the national convention in view of Section 33 (1) of the PDP Constitution, 2012, which came into force as a result of amendments to the party’s constitution at the December 10 to 12, 2014 national convention.
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Ebonyi State Government has denied any incidence of alleged rape by the Technical Assistant to the Governor on the New Media, Mr. Francis Nwaze.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Emmanuel Uzor, said the government believed it was a case of blackmail, adding that it was only being celebrated by members of the opposition party.

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Our correspondent had reported that Nwaze and an undergraduate of the Ebonyi State University, Esther Odinakachi, were friends on Facebook.

Odinakachi was said to have asked the Governor Umahi David’s aide for help to defect from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Sunday said that the chieftaincy review done by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, was reversible. A statement signed by the monarchs Director, Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko, said Olubadans statement, which was made while receiving hundreds of Baales (family compound leaders) [] 


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Im still entitled to $800m compensation, says Kanu
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that despite being granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja where he is being prosecuted alongside others on charges of treasonable felony, he is still entitled to the $800m compensation for his alleged unlawful arrest and detention [] 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
John Ameh, Abuja Twenty more exotic cars imported for members of the House of Representatives have arrived at the National Assembly in Abuja, The PUNCH learnt on Sunday. Findings showed that the additional 20 units brought the total number of cars delivered to 260. It implies that 100 units are still being awaited to make [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon Human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for the probe of the alleged corruption that dogged the privatisation of public enterprises in the country between 1999 and 2011. The group, in an open letter by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, on Sunday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja THE lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will not know those who love him until he leaves office. Sani, in a Facebook post on Sunday, said what politicians told Buhari or said about him in public was not the same as when they discussed in [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government has amended the charges of spreading injurious falsehood preferred against the senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau. Misau was earlier arraigned before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja on October 19, on five counts of making injurious falsehood against the Inspector-General of Police, [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has advised residents of the state to be vigilant during the Yuletide period to prevent property loss. The government also said it had decentralised the celebration of the 2017 Community Day, adding that it would be celebrated in all the 57 councils. The Special Adviser to the Governor on [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Chairman, Osun State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Mr. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has been adjudged the most outstanding lawmaker in Nigeria by the Patriots in Leadership and Service. According to a statement in Osogbo on Sunday by the lawmaker, the Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale, reiterated that Osun State [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Commissioner for Special Duties in Osun State, Mr. Mudashiru Oguntola, has said the state has been able to settle about 5,000 conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in the state. Oguntola said the proactive measures put in place by the state and the prompt resolution of the cases was the reason why [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has said his administration is developing a tourism master plan for Lagos to boost the sector and create more jobs. The governor spoke on Friday at a lecture for journalists covering the governors office, with the theme, Harnessing the Tourism and Entertainment Potential of Lagos in the next 50 [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Nigerians have been told to begin preparation for the 2019 elections. The publisher, The Politico, an online political platform, Lai Omotola, said preparation and participation would afford the citizens the opportunity to assess their aspiring leaders. He said poor preparation by politicians and the electorate was one of the reasons politicians would not [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Government says it will continue to support investors in the state by creating a conducive business environment. The Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, Prof. Ademola Abass, said this during a courtesy visit to Mercedes-Benz Nigeria, a statement said on Sunday. The Special Adviser told his hosts that Lagos State [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
A minibus smuggling people from Syria into Turkey hit a truck on the Turkish side of the border on Sunday, killing 11 people on board and injuring nine others, local authorities said. The head-on collision happened in Hatay province in the afternoon after a team of Turkish police tried to stop the minibus from evading [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has called on the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party to pay more attention to regaining power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in the coming elections in 2019. Dickson, according to a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party will become solid after its national convention on December 9. Jonathan expressed the optimism in an interview with newsmen after his visit to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, in Port Harcourt, on Sunday. He said that he was hopeful that by Saturday the [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara and Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government has appointed Dr. Abdul Zubair as the acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission with immediate effect. He was before the appointment the director in charge of external relations in the commission. The appointment was disclosed in a statement by SEC on Sunday. The commission said [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
John Ameh, Abuja Kamarudeen Ogundele, and Oladimeji Ramon THE Senator representing Ogun West senatorial district at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has called on all stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party including founding fathers, governors and delegates, to allow a party chieftain from the South-West to emerge as the PDP national chairman. This, he argued, [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The National Pension Commission has introduced guidelines that will enable some categories of retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme to earn their last full salaries like their counterparts in the old Defined Benefits Pension Scheme, NIKE POPOOLA writes The National Pension Commission has set out modalities for the administration of retirement benefits of professors and [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress has rejected the result of the December 2 local government election in Akwa Ibom as declared by the State Independent Electoral Commission. AKISIEC had, in a statement on Sunday, declared that PDP won all the 31 chairmanship seats and 329 councillorship positions in the poll. The statement was signed by APC [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The group operational losses of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation dropped by 53.1 per cent following the revamp of the Forcados oil terminal and resumption of export activities there after it was shut down for several months. An analysis of the latest data from the national oil firm showed that its group [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola The Lagos State Government said it paid N1.075bn into the Retirement Savings Accounts of 301 retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme in November this year. According to a statement from the Lagos State Pension Commission, the pensioners who are from the Lagos State public service include retirees of the local government and the [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Eze Onyekpere Governance is about building public trust and goodwill between the leadership and the people. It is about telling the truth and being clear on the vision and mission of governance so as to enable the people to buy into the vision. Collectively, the leadership and the people achieve national goals and set standards. [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
THE latest bid by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to raise $1.8 billion for yet another Turnaround Maintenance of its four refineries is an expensive charade. It represents a fresh chapter in the continued rape of the collective assets using the state-owned oil company and confirms anew the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Property developers as well as estate surveyors and valuers have said the real estate industry is still in recession despite the rebound in the economy. Some of them, who spoke with our correspondent, said many houses were still vacant and there was still high rate of default on rent payment by tenants. According [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Signing up for a joint credit card usually sounds like a good idea at the time. You and your spouse may want to use the credit card for joint expenses. Or, you may get a joint credit card to help a child build their credit score. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong and it's no longer [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara The conglomerates industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart of the Nigerian Stock Exchange last week with 11.396 billion shares valued at N14.534bn traded in 890 deals; thus contributing 79.94 per cent and 41.46 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively. The financial services industry followed with 2.484 [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara The President, African Securities Exchanges Association, Mr. Oscar Onyema, says the African financial market lacked foresight and will need to be proactive to develop the continent's market and create the required opportunities. Onyema, who is also the chief executive officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, said this at the 21st Annual ASEA Conference [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria and other agencies involved in the implementation of the Financial System Strategy 2020 will converge on Lagos this week to mark 10 years of strategising to bring into existence the programme. The objective of the event, which holds on Wednesday and Thursday, is to review the status of [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited said it had paid over N279bn to retirees since its inception in 2006. According to a statement obtained on Sunday, between January and June this year, over 5,000 new retirees also received their benefits from the PFA, increasing the number of individual retirement savings accounts holders nationwide with [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Ogun State Government has given a 72-hour notice from today (Monday), to all allotees in newly completed modern shopping malls and shops located in the state to move in or risk revocation and reallocation to more serious subscribers. According to the government, Governor Ibikunle Amosun had in March inaugurated and allocated 1,050 [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Real estate firm, Homework Development and Properties Limited, says it plans to help resolve the housing deficit in the country through affordable mini estates of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The Director, Homework Development and Properties, Mr. Jide Adekola, said at the recently concluded West Africa Property Investment that the projects were driven [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu About 7,000 new vehicles were sold in the first nine months of the year, representing 48 per cent drop from the total figures of 14,500 units recorded in the same period last year. The Managing Director, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, gave the statistics while speaking with journalists in Lagos on the [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola AIICO Insurance Plc has received four of the prestigious Pearl honours at its award ceremony in Lagos. The Executive Director, AIICO Insurance, Babatunde Fajemirokun, said the company emerged winner in two categories of the awards, which were the Sectoral Leadership Awards and the Market Excellence Awards. He said, 'Additionally, the company was shortlisted [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola Peninscope Professional Warranty Limited has said there is a need to give attention to various government policies as they relate to investment of pension and insurance funds. It stated this in a statement on its upcoming public lecture with the theme 'Government policy as it affects various investment options of pension and insurance [] 

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Real estate investment firm, Instant Apartment, has inaugurated a web-based platform that provides short, medium and long-stay luxury property rentals for tourists and travellers. The firm said the platform would provide customers with a wide range of outstanding luxury services to make their stay memorable. The Chief Executive Officer, Instant Apartment, Mr. Ubi [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Henry Boyo President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, November 27, 2017 inaugurated a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee to negotiate a new minimum wage for the country. The committee comprises six serving state governors and other members from both the public and private sectors, as well as leaders of organised labour. The President conceded, in [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Permit me to use this medium to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on the success recorded so far on the war against Boko Haram. Besides, I commend the efforts made towards ensuring that the war on corruption is won. We are also aware of the measures being taken by the President to ensure that our economy [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nasarawa State Command, says it has rescued a housewife, Mrs. Fatima Muhammed, 18, and Hafsat Adamu, 15, who were allegedly abducted by a yet-to-be-identified criminal. The state commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Mamud Gidado-Fari, who disclosed this in an interview with Northern City News on [] 

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Afeez Hanafi There has been uproar on the social media after some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Command, allegedly shot a youth in the Yaba area of the state. The criticism followed a viral video which showed an angry mob chasing a black bus used by the operatives. A Twitter user, Charley, [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Samson Folarin The joy of a Lagos family became tears after the death of their newborn baby at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Surulere, Lagos, due to alleged negligence of some workers in the hospital. The head of the family, Oliver Opara, told our correspondent that a private facility in the Egbeda area [] 


Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Three persons were confirmed dead in an accident involving a Honda Civic and a white Nissan Cabstar at Olorunsogo village along the Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway. The Public Relations Officer, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, said the accident happened on Saturday. [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A train transporting fertilizer from Lagos to Kaduna on Sunday derailed at Omi-Adio area of Ibadan, Oyo State, blocking the railway crossing and causing gridlock. No life was lost and no loss of goods was recorded as a result of the derailment. An official of the Nigeria Railway Corporation in Ibadan, who [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
In the spirit of Christmas, large crowds gathered to watch a tree lighting and firework show in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. See the video, courtesy AFP: In the spirit of Christmas, large crowds gathered to watch a tree lighting and firework show in the West Bank town of Bethlehem pic.twitter.com/Da63VIPIqi AFP news [] 

Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Nigeria will play the first round of their qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Bamako, Mali. DTigers are in Group B with Uganda, Rwanda, and Mali. According to FIBA, the first round tournament will run from February 23 to 25, 2018. The first round of the qualifiers has countries divided into four groups [] 


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Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Festus Abu Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli admits La Albiceleste face a tough test to overcome Nigeria in their Group D Russia 2018 World Cup clash at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 26, but the 57-year-old has revealed what they need to do to earn the desired points from the game. Other [] 



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