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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 24 December, 2017.

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Against the latest round of fuel scarcity rocking many parts of the country, private oil marketers are calling for government intervention to enable them to access foreign exchange at a special rate for the importation of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).

According to them, selling the product at N145 per litre is no longer feasible with the current exchange rate.


 
Private marketers stopped fuel importation last year due to shortage of foreign exchange and increase in crude prices, which they said had made it unprofitable to import petrol and sell same at N145 per litre.

The National Operations Controller, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Mike Osatuyi, said, “The problem is that the importation (of petrol) is being handled almost 100 per cent by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as private importers have backed out because the increase in crude price has made the landing cost enter subsidy.

“When the crude price hit $59 per barrel, we could not sell petrol again at N145 per litre if we were importing on our own. It is only the government (NNPC) that is importing and can warehouse the subsidy.”

He said the government through the Central Bank of Nigeria should have intervened by providing foreign exchange at a special rate solely for the PMS importation for both the NNPC and private importers.

Osatuyi said, “Right now, the landing cost of the PMS is N154. If you are importing at N305 to the dollar, by the time you add bank charges, it comes to N307 to the dollar. If you apply that to the current crude price, the landing cost is N154-N155. By the time you add all the margins, the pump price is about N160-N167.
Sun, 24 Dec 2017

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, has accused the Federal Government of deliberately using the fuel scarcity to impoverish Igbo people.

Nwodo advised Igbo indigenes to use the Christmas period to pray for peace in the country and not to “forget to bring back their wealth to their homeland.”


 
The Ohanaeze leader said this in his Christmas message on Saturday.

He stressed that Christmas provided a good opportunity for Ndigbo to pray more to God to send succour to alleviate their sufferings in the country.

He said the fuel scarcity had discouraged Igbo from travelling to the South-East to celebrate the yuletide.

He said, “They (FG) know that at this period in the year, Ndigbo people travel a lot to their homeland. That’s when the government chose to close our airport, that’s when they allow fuel shortage; this is very unfair and insensitive.

“It’s a deliberate policy of impoverishing our people to ensure that whatever wealth our sons and daughters bring home during Christmas is expended on fuel, leaving none for investment.”

Nwodo warned that any deliberate policy to undermine the economy of Ndigbo would affect the entire country heavily.

He urged Ndigbo not to allow the hardship caused by the “anti-people policy” of the current  administration to discourage them.

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
OLUFEMI ATOYEBI, FEMI MAKINDE, KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE, PETER DADA, ANTHONY OKAFOR and GBENGA ODOGUN Civil servants in some states of the federation may not be able to meet their obligations to their family members on Christmas Day (tomorrow) as their employers have failed to pay their December salary. Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH across the country revealed [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The Federal Government paid 3m for the release of some Chibok schoolgirls who were in Boko Haram custody, according to Wall Street Journal. In 2014, Boko Haram insurgents had kidnapped 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state. Of the 276, 163 are now free: 57 fled in the early days after [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
President Donald Trump has tongue-lashed countries with immigrants in the US, according to a New York Times report. In a meeting he reportedly attended in June at the Oval Office, Trump was quoted to have said Nigerians refuse to return to their huts after seeing America. He was also quoted to have said immigrants from [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
BAYO AKINLOYE The United States Government is considering measures to take against Nigeria and others for voting in support of the United Nations resolution against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. On December 6, US President Donald Trump formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Motorists groan, sleep in fuel stations as scarcity persists FG wont hike pump price SGF Buhari meets NNPC boss Marketers load fuel OUR CORRESPONDENTS Motorists across the country in desperate attempts to fuel their vehicles have practically relocated to the various filling stations within their locality. Those who could not endure the pains [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
ENIOLA AKINKUOTU The Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in the 2015 election, Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, will spend Christmas and Boxing Day in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Sunday PUNCH has learnt. The suspect, who served as the Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund from 2009 [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
OLALEKAN ADETAYO The Presidency has warned religious leaders and organisations in the country to refrain from divisive statements. It said the responsibility of maintaining peace and peaceful coexistence was not only the duty of the government, but also that of religious organisations, whose words carry weight. According to a statement made available to journalists in [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
TOBI AWORINDE The Christian Association of Nigeria has expressed worry over the resurfacing of long queues at filling stations across the country during the Christmas holiday. The Director, Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Evang. Kwamkur Samuel, in a statement on Saturday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to restore normalcy immediately. Samuel said, CAN is worried about [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
TOBI AWORINDE The Lagos State University has criticised the Academic Staff Union of Universities in the institution over its demand for a panel of inquiry to investigate its complaints against the school management. The Lagos Zonal Coordinator, ASUU, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, had on Wednesday said the zone was mandated by the national leadership of the [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Simon Utebor A former Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Nasko Egei, has died at Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa, a hotel owned by former First Lady, Patience Jonathan. Egei is also a member of the All Progressives Congress in the state. He reportedly died in the hotel [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Mudiaga Affeand Alexander Okere The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has called for Gods intervention in addressing the current socio-economic problems facing the country. The National President of the PFN, Dr. Felix Omobude, made the call in a statement in Benin City, Edo State, on Saturday to congratulate Nigerians as they prepare to celebrate Christmas. Many [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Chukwudi Akasike The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command, said at least 156 illegal refineries have been destroyed by its operatives this year. The corps state Commandant, Muhammed Haruna, who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Port Harcourt, said the illegal refineries were operated by suspected oil thieves. Haruna identified some of [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Peter Dada The Ijaw in Edo State have lamented that they were being marginalised by the state government. They also called on the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the conflict among the Bini kingdom, its monarch, the Okomu-Apoi kingdom and other Ijaw kingdoms in the Ovia South-West Local Government area of Edo State. They [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Tony Okafor Thirteen right groups in the South-East under the aegis of South-East based Coalition of Human Rights and Good Governance Organisations on Saturday protested against the activities of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company. The groups, in a petition to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), accused the EEDC of [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Dr. Victor Oye, has blamed the current fuel scarcity in the country on corruption and confusion in the countrys petroleum industry. Oye said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Saturday. He said it was unfortunate [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu , has accused the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government of adopting new methods of looting the national treasury. According to, Anyanwu, who represents Imo East in the senate, APC has gone scientific in corruption. Addressing the Imo state leadership of [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Ted Odogwu The Kano State Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Musa Kwankwaso, on Saturday, condemned Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwasos proposed visit to Kano, saying it was not only intended to spite President Muhammadu Buhari, but to also test Kwankwasos popularity. The senator last visited Kano in May 2015. The commissioner, in a statement, said [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
success nwogu, UMAR MUHAMMED and olaide oyelude No fewer than 12,500 officers of the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigeria Peace Corps have been deployed to maintain law and order and ensure security of lives and property during the Christmas celebration in Kwara State. The Kwara State Commissioner [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Enyioha Opara THE Niger State Police Command, on Saturday, said it had arrested two suspected robbers terrorising Sayadi Village in Wushishi Local Government Area of the state The suspects, Abubakar Umar, 29, and Abubakar Adamu, 22, were trailed and arrested by police operatives attached to Wushishi Division. It was learnt that the gunmen stole a [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Ted Odogwu The Concerned Members of the All Progressives Congress in Kano, on Saturday, condemned the removal of the elected APC Chairman in the state, Umar Haruna Doguwa. The spokesman for the group, Aminu Abdulsalam, in a statement, noted that it considered the removal of the chairman as an unfortunate development. The group also viewed [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
OLALEKAN ADETAYO President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday assured all Nigerians that better days lay ahead of the nation despite its current challenges. Buhari gave the assurance in a Christmas message he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja. I am deeply convinced that better days lie ahead for us as a nation as [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
OLUSOLA FABIYI, SAMUEL AWOYINFA and GIBSON ACHONU A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to emulate the essence of Christmas. He also urged them to unite and cultivate the spirit of giving, saying theres more blessing in giving than in receiving. The former vice president in a statement on Saturday said, I [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
GODWIN ISENYO An unidentified gunman on Friday night attacked Nimdem Village in Jemaah Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing four persons and injuring eight others. Our correspondent gathered that the armed man struck at a time when the villagers were observing a Christmas carol service at the village square. The spokesperson for Operation Safe [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Anambra State Head of Service, Mr. Harry Udu, has advised the states workers not to spend all their income in the euphoria of Christmas and New Year celebration. Udu gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Awka, the Anambra State capital. He said workers in the state [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday summoned the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, over the persisting fuel scarcity across the country. Buhari met the NNPC boss inside his official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was held as fuel queues continued to increase at [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE The local government elections in Ekiti State took place on Saturday peacefully with no recorded violence. It will be recalled that the All Progressives Congress in the state had said it would not participate in the polls, alleging that the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission was colluding with the state government and the [] 


Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Inland Revenue Service has accused some Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government of failing to file their annual and monthly returns as and when due. The Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, said out of the 334 MDAs, only 11 of them filed annual returns before January as stipulated [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. It was indeed refreshing to have seen thousands of young people from various parts of the South- East and South-South arrive the city of Enugu for the 2017 edition of GenesysIgnite, an annual event put together by Genesys Tech Hub, in collaboration with CFAtech.ng. As of today, this is the most [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh By using data collected over a number of years and from speaking to various start-ups, an online news site, Disrupt Africa, has reported that only 30 per cent of e-commerce start-ups in Nigeria and a number of other African countries are profitable. From the report released on Friday, which is titled, 'Afri-Shopping: Exploring [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Anna Okon The Deputy Director-General, Partnership for Delivery, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, has acknowledged the efficient mechanism of the IITA-managed Cassava Weed Management Project. He gave the indication in a 30-minute presentation to more than 300 researchers including members of the Board of Trustees of the IITA, a statement from the [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Ericsson is announcing that it has signed agreements for credit facilities with the Nordic Investment Bank for $220m, maturing in 2023, and AB Svensk Exportkredit for $150m, maturing in 2025. Of these new funds, 98 million will replace credit with NIB that was set to mature in 2019, Telecom Reseller reported on Friday. In addition [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Anna Okon Following a tweet by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development about a recent nationwide youth agric project which commenced in Katsina State last week, Nigerians have taken to twitter to ask the Federal Government through the ministry to spread the initiative nationwide instead of restricting it to the North. The ministry in [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
EXPLOITING the absence of a concerted government action on disease prevention, care and control, heart disease, just like many other diseases of its ilk, has been freely decimating a large number of the Nigerian population. But rather than look on helplessly, the government has to act now. There is an urgent need to go beyond [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Sonala Olumhense Growing up in Nigeria, Christmas was the day everyone seemed to look forward to. Where you were at Christmas was invariably where your heart wanted to be. I loved to travel home and be with my family and see old friends. You knew they would travel home as well, making the season one [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Kaine Agary In 1957, Dr Seus introduced the Grinch in the childrens book titled, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Grinch was an ill-tempered, recluse, with a small heart, who tried to steal the joy of Christmas from the people of Whoville. He, with the assistance of his dog, Max, steals all the food, decorations [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Laolu Osinbajo The role of the youth in any society is crucial to its development, peace and progress. Historically, young people everywhere have been the driving force behind industrial boom, economic stability and progress. However, in recent times, the number of employed youths globally has been steadily decreasing, with an exception being sub-Saharan Africa, which [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Tunji Olaopa Global administrative history is often located in the administrative events and occurrences in Europe and North America that have come to be a part of how we conceive of public administration in contemporary times. Europe is often the historical base of how we have come to perceive the organisation of the human society. [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has directed immediate commencement of stop-and-search operations during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. A statement by the Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood in Abuja on Saturday, said Idris directed all State Police Commands across the country to beef up security at flashpoints, black spots and vulnerable points [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Several factors have conspired to hinder the progress of professional club football in Nigeria since its conception in 1990, writes TANA AIYEJINA in this report In November, IfeanyiUbah midfielder Ikenna Hilary posted on his Facebook page after the Nnewi club hired new manager Ladan Bosso, amidst salaries and allowances owed the players, They (IfeanyiUbah) are [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
English Premier League table after Saturdays 1730 GMT match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Man City 19 18 1 0 60 12 55 Man Utd 18 13 2 3 39 12 41 Chelsea 19 12 3 4 32 14 39 Liverpool 19 9 8 2 41 23 35 Tottenham 19 10 [] 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Harry Kane admitted his hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspurs 3-0 win against Burnley was inspired by his bid to shatter Alan Shearers Premier League record for goals in a calendar year. Kanes treble at Turf Moor on Saturday took his Premier League goal tally in 2017 to 36. That equalled the record set by Alan Shearer []