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


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday6th December, 2017.

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE Senate, on Tuesday, passed the 2018 budget estimates through the second reading after an exhaustive debate on the general principles of the budget estimates.

The lawmakers, who did most of the debate up to Thursday last week, voted to pass the appropriation bill through the second reading on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the lawmakers stopped the Federal Government from further spending from the Excess Crude Account.

The Excess Crude Account was created under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to retain funds collected by the government in excess of the budget benchmark.

The lawmakers said the law was explicit on how funds accruing to the government should be spent, but that the executive arm deliberately refused to revert to the National Assembly to get approval before spending it.

The decision was taken as part of the passage of the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP), which was passed on Tuesday.

The Senate adopted the recommendations of its Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation, which indicated that the parametres for 2018 budget should include 2.3 million barrels per day for oil; $47 per barrel as the benchmark price for 2018 and N305 to a dollar as the official exchange rate.
Wed, 06 Dec 2017

he Federal Government says it has a record of 2,778 Nigerian migrants registered in “accessible” detention camps in Libya, ready for repatriation.


 
The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement signed by the spokesperson, Mr Tiwatope Elias-Fatiile, on Tuesday, said the country’s embassy in Libya had been visiting detention camps to identify Nigerians for registration.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the ministry stated that those registered were issued Emergency Travel Certificates.

The ministry also explained that the embassy, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) repatriated 250 migrants weekly and had returned 3,000 of them so far.

“From the 2,778 registered Nigerians who are still in detention camps, another set of 250 Nigerian migrants will be arriving on Tuesday, December 5, at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos at 7.00.p.m. to be received by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials.

“The embassy, in collaboration with the IOM, repatriates 250 Nigerian migrants by flight to Lagos weekly – each flight can accommodate only 250 passengers.

“The repatriation is a continuous exercise and the embassy routinely issues the requisite travel documents to the migrants.

“The embassy will continue to engage the legitimate government in Libya and other stakeholders in addressing the plight of Nigerian migrants in that country.”

The ministry further said the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, had invited the Nigerian Embassy’s Head of Mission, Mr Iliya Fachano, to Abuja for consultations.

“He is in Abuja already and during the period of the consultations, arrangements have been made for him to address press conferences on the issue.

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
ORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday, stormed the national secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), calling on all former leaders of the party who had defected to return to their home.


 
Speaking while addressing the national leadership and members of the party, he affirmed that the PDP was the only political party in the country.

Atiku who said he was at the party secretariat on a courtesy call, hoped that the party has learned its lessons and would be guided by them going forward.

The former Nigeria’s number two citizen paid tribute the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the party for their effort to revive and rebrand the party, assuring that the PDP would return to power in 2019.

Atiku pledged his support and cooperation to the leadership in their effort to move the party forward.

He said: “All that I have come to do today is to come and show my face. Many people have read in the media that I have returned home. This is home.

“Mr Chairman, I want to congratulate you for a wonderful work which you have been doing to redeem the image of this party, to return it, rebrand it and return it to its original form.

“I want to assure you of my support and cooperation at all times, to make sure that these objectives are achieved by you and subsequently by your successors.

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Tuesday said Nigeria will receive the sum of $321m stolen by the family of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha following the signing of a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Switzerland and the World Bank.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, Salihu Othman Isah, from the United States of America said the signing on December 4, 2017 was in consonance with Switzerland’s policy of returning illegally acquired assets.
Isah said the modalities for the return of the stolen funds are set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed by the three parties at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) currently ongoing in the United States.
The AGF spokesman said, “The MOU stipulates that the restitution of funds will take place within the framework of a project known as the National Social Investment Program that will strengthen social security for the poor in Nigeria’.
“The MOU also regulates the disbursement of restituted funds in tranches and sets out concrete measures to be taken in the event of misuse or corruption.
“The chosen solution for restitution is being undertaken by the three contracting parties as a partnership, in line with the objectives of Switzerland’s strategy to freeze, confiscate and return the illicitly acquired assets of politically exposed persons (asset recovery) which is based on the principles of transparency and accountability, allows the involvement of civil society in the monitoring of the restitution process”, he said in the statement.
Isah added that the return of the funds makes a concrete contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and can set a good example internationally for future restitution cases.
He recalled that the assets, which were initially frozen in Luxembourg, were repatriated and confiscated by Switzerland as part of criminal proceedings brought by the public prosecutor’s office of Geneva against Abba Abacha in December, 2014.
According to him, the signing of the MoU gives Nigeria visibility and will set precedence on the need for transparent management of returned assets internationally.
The GFAR brought together experts from the field of asset recovery to strengthen international cooperation in this area.
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Tuesday, ordered that two penthouse linked to embattled  former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, be temporary forfeited to the Federal government of Nigeria.


 
According to the Judge,  the two properties: Penthouse 21 building 5, Block C, 11 floor (Bella Vista Estate) Banana Island, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 22, Block B (Admiralty Estate) also in Ikoyi, Lagos, be forfeited to the Nigerian government, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission through its counsel,  Anselem Ozioko approached the court with an Ex-parte application for interim forfeiture of the said properties.

The Ex-parte application marked FHC/L/CS/1793c/17, has Diezani Alison-Madueke, Donald Amagbo, Schillenburg LLC, and Sequoyah Property Limited, as respondents.

EFCC also asked the court for an order prohibiting any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease, sale or alienation or otherwise of the said assets/properties, as they were suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.

EFCC also sought for an order appointing competent person(s)/ firms to manage the said two properties.

The EFCC in affidavit deposed to by one of its investigators, Abdulrasheed Bawa, stated that during investigation into the ownership of the two properties, YF Construction Development and Real Estate Limited, and that the firm’s deputy Managing Director, one Mr. Fadi Basbous, volunteered extra-judicial statement, wherein he stated that the two properties were sold at $3.570 million, and $1.194 million, and owned by Sequoyah Properties Limited, and Schillenburg LLC.

The deponent also stated that the payment for the Penthouse 22, Block B, 8, Gerrard road, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5,Block C, 11 floor, Plot1, Zone N, FGN layout,  Banana Island, Ikoyi, were made by Mrs Angela Jide-Jones, and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited, respectively.
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
AGAINST the backdrop of travel alerts issued by some foreign diplomatic institutions to their citizens about the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, the FCT security committee has banned the use of fireworks in the capital [...]The post Travel alerts: FCT bans use of fireworks, as IG assures of adequate security appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
AN Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has set aside its order made on May 30, 2017, freezing 16 accounts belonging to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience. Justice Binta Nyako withdrew [...]The post Court unfreezes Patience Jonathan's 16 bank accounts appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE Federal Government, on Tuesday, inaugurated an 11-member committee to organise a state burial for former vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme. Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation [...]The post FG inaugurates Alex Ekwueme burial committee appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
ANOTHER 144 Nigerian returnees were yesterday evening arrived Nigeria through the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport from Libya. They were flown into the Lagos airport aboard a chartered plane marked BURAQ from Libya. [...]The post Breaking: 144 Nigerians returned from Libya appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE Senateon Tuesdaycommenced a probe into the local content elements and cost variations related to the $16 billion Egina Oil Field Project and two related Bonga South-West and ZabZaba projects. Senator Solomon Adeola, in a [...]The post Senate probes $16bn Egina oil project appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE crisis rocking the Anambra State chapter of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), may have come to an end, as the party, yesterday, held a state congress to elect new executive members that will pilot [...]The post Anambra PDP holds state congress, elects new executives appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
AS the bailiff of the Federal High Court in Abuja is making efforts to serve the former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan with subpoena notice to appear in court to testify in the money laundering charge [...]The post Alleged N400m fraud: Court insists Metuh calls next witness pending Jonathans appearance appeared first on Tribune. 


Wed, 06 Dec 2017
GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State,on Tuesday, presented a budget of N98.6 billion to the states House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal year. Governor Fayose described the budget as a farewell budget which he [...]The post Fayose presents N98.6bn farewell budget of accomplishment appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, in Lagos, on Tuesday, raised the alarm that some people are trying to use him to start a tribal war in the country. This was as he castigated the social [...]The post Some people trying to use me to start tribal war 'Soyinka appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE House of Representatives, on Tuesday, resolved to investigate the controversy surrounding the suspension of the Director-General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Munir Gwarzo, by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun. The House, therefore, [...]The post Reps to investigate suspension of SEC DG appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream says plans have been concluded for it to conduct a nationwide inspection of filling stations over recent fears of fuel scarcity in the country. Chairman of the committee, Sen. [...]The post Fuel scarcity: Senate summons NNPC GMD, to conduct nationwide filling stations inspection appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
SENATOR Enyinnaya Abaribe has filed an application seeking to move Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja to the residence of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi [...]The post IPOB: Sen Abaribe wants court to inspect Kanus home appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
AS long queues resurfaced in the country on Tuesday, marketers have blamed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the scenarios. The fuel queues were, on Monday, reported to have resurfaced in Sokoto, but by [...]The post Fuel scarcity: IPMAN blames NNPC, accuses it of favouring DAPPMA appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
IN the centuries past, women ran into arms of men for food, clothing and shelter. But in this age, many women are graduates, working in a firm or owning a business. They need not to [...]The post Being ready for marriage appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
CHRISTMAS comes once in a year, Christ being regarded as, Messiah or saviour of the world. But the way some young boys, girls and elderly persons celebrate Christmas leaves much to be desired. For instance, [...]The post Christmas: Enforcing ban on fireworks appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The speaker, Kaduna State House of assembly, Alhaji Aminu Shagali, should intervene in the case of civil servants sacked by the governor of the state, Malam Nasir el-Rufai. Nobody can deny the fact that considerable [...]The post On Kaduna LG workers sack appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Over six months ago, the Federal Government announced a policy for Nigeria's ailing power sector which makes it possible for four categories of eligible customers to buy power directly from the generation companies (gencos). The [...]The post Examining the policy on eligible customers in power industry appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE Federal Government has urged members of the European Union and other destination countries to close rank in ensuring that human traffickers are crippled economically if the fight against human trafficking must be won. Director-General [...]The post Human trafficking: Govt urges EU, destination countries to do more appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE Federal Government has denied reports that it is proposing a '54million loan deal with the Hungarian government for the dredging of the Rivers Niger and Benue. Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of [...]The post FG denies seeking '54 million loan to dredge Rivers Niger, Benue appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) has announced that there is steady progress towards achieving Final Investment Decisions (FID) on Train 7 plus. The company stated this at the World LNG Summit in Portugal at the [...]The post NLNG says FID on Train 7 plus is imminent appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
WE invite all Liberians, our ECOWAS brothers and sisters, and our friends in the international community to join us in marking Liberia's transition from negative peace to positive peace. We thank member states of the [...]The post Liberia marks transition from negative peace to positive peace appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Matrix Energy Ltd, a major player in the oil and gas industry, is set to begin sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to consumers in Warri and environs. The Chief Operation Officer (COO) of Matrix [...]The post Matrix Energy begins sales of LPG to customers appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has called on Nigerian investors to develop interest in indigenous inventions and creativity to boost productivity and economic development of the nation He made this call [...]The post Onu urges investors to develop interest in indigenous inventions appeared first on Tribune. 
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