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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Monday18 December, 2017.

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Following the announcement Thursday of the release of $1-billion by the Federal Executive Council to tackle Boko Haram in the North East, Governor Nyesom Wike has declared that the APC Federal Government must as a matter of urgency release funds for tackling issues of environmental degradation and security in the Niger Delta.

The Governor said while he would not condemn the release of a whopping $1billion to tackle Boko Haram, the environmental and security challenges in the Niger Delta far outweigh the Boko Haram conflict.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki had Thursday after the FEC meeting announced the approval of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account by the federal government to be used in the prosecution of the war against the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
But Wike speaking during the Annual General Meeting of Okpo Club of Nigeria (Association of Ikwerre Lawyers) on Saturday in Port Harcourt, requested the APC Federal Government to release the derivation component of the Excess Crude to the oil-producing states of the Niger Delta.
He said: “Niger Delta environmental problems are as serious as the Boko Haram Insurgency. I am not saying that you should not fight Boko Haram.
“If you can get funds from the National Pool to tackle  Boko Haram, then you should go to the pool to get funds to fight environmental problems in Ogoni and other Niger Delta communities “.
Commenting on politics in Rivers State, Governor Wike urged all ethnic nationalities to work together to fast-track development in the state.
He said no ethnic nationality in the state can succeed with others, hence the need for greater cooperation at all levels.
The governor also called on the people of the state to always work for relevance in the political terrain of the country as that is the state can attract development.
Former NBA President, Chief Onueze Okocha (SAN), commended Governor Wike for his commitment to the development of the state.
He assured him of the support of Ikwerre Lawyers as he works for the people of Rivers State.
Chairman of Okpo Club of Nigeria, Mr Chukwuma Chinwo said the club will continue to mobilise Ikwerre Lawyers for the development of the area.
Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia said the Association of Ikwerre Lawyers has grown over the years to become a catalyst for development.
The highpoint of the occasion was the celebration of the Birthday of the Rivers State Governor by members of the Association of Ikwerre Lawyers.

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima has defended the approval of a billion dollars by President Buhari to end the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.

He aged the despite the alleged decimation of the boko haram insurgents there is an urgent need to invest in intelligence which he noted is very expensive.

Shettima argued that going by the best global practices, the best time to strengthen a country’s military is not when it is suffering defeat or very weak but rather when it is in the position of strength either by winning a war or when there is even no security challenges facing the military.

The governor’ expressed his sentiments through his spokesman Isa Gusau who made details available to the Nigerian tribune through a statement on Sunday.

Shettima who was in Kaduna in his capacity as Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, went on: “First, I think it is really important for us not to play politics with National Security because whatever ambition anyone might have for 2019, Nigeria has to be in continued existence before such ambition can make any sense. Some of these statements even said it was an irony for such an amount to be budgeted whereas the Federal Government claimed to have decimated the Boko Haram.

“I think those saying this need to have a better understanding of what National Security entails. The fact that Boko Haram is incapacitated is even the more reason why we should strengthen our military because the best time to make your military strong is when you are in a position of strength not when you are weak. Let me give you one example.

”  According to the 2017 Global Peace Index which‎ ranked 163 countries according to their levels of safety and peacefulness, Switzerland is ranked amongst the first ten countries that are the safest and most peaceful in the entire world. Switzerland is spending 4.8 billion dollars to strengthen the capacity of its military. Mind you, Switzerland has a population of only 8.3 million and they don’t have Boko Haram, they don’t have ethnic militias, they don’t have rural armed bandits, they don’t have cattle rustlers, they don’t have kidnappers, they don’t have militancy and ethno-religious conflicts. Switzerland is not even vulnerable to external aggression of terrorists. The crime rate in Switzerland is one of the lowest on earth yet they are spending 4.8 billion dollars to make their military stronger than it already is.

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
$1bn withdrawal from ECA for Boko Haram may tears NASS, Presidency apart again
A fresh crisis is now looming between the executive and the legislature over the planned $1B withdrawal  from the  Excess Crude Account,  ECA to fight the Boko Haram war   as bothe the Chambers of the National Asembly resume plenary tomorrow.
It was authoritative‎ly gathered on Sunday that plan has been concluded for a show down in the House of Representatives with the presidency over the deduction of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA)to finance the Boko Haram wasr  which they claimed to be illegal and unconstitutional.
Sources disclosed that the rejection may come either through a motion or point of order in the House of Representatives  so that members  could express their displeasure on the step taken by the president without the approval of the National Assembly in line with the laws of the land .
In view of this development, there was a sharp division among members as some loyal members to presidency vowed to resist the move while they kicking against it are seriously lobbying their colleagues to support them especially opposition members.
At the novelty March yesterday organised to mark the birthday of Speaker of The House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, members who preferred to speak on the condition of anonymity stated that plans have been concluded on the matter.
Some of them claimed that” what is not good is not good, what is illegal is illegal, National Assembly has to check the excesses of the executive”.
The Accountant G‎eneral of the Federation,AGF, Ahmed Idris had on Saturday claimed that since the National Economic Council, NEC, had approved the withdrawal of the amount there was no longer need for the approval of the National Assembly.

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the creation of job opportunities and inclusive government that does not engender crisis, will stem the ill-fated migration of Nigerians. A statement made available to the media [...]The post Jobs will stem ill-fated migration of Nigerians 'Atiku appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has alleged that the Federal Government is deliberately causing the current scarcity of fuel in thecountry so as to be able to justify the planned increment of petrolpump price [...]The post Fayose: FG causing fuel scarcity to justify planned pump price hike appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the federal government is using the war against terror as a pretext to siphon funds. The allegation is coming at the heels of the $1billion which states [...]The post FG siphoning funds with terrorism war 'PDP appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
I know that there are some genuine prophets out there, but most so-called Men of God are nothing but a con. Just like it is hard to find a real friend, a real lover or [...]The post On fake men of God appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
In any society, education is the process of acquiring skills and knowledge which will help citizens to know their rights and perform their civic duties. It is a process of transmitting values, cultures and morals [...]The post Still on girl child education appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
1. Great bosses are passionate. Few things are more demotivating than a boss who is bored with his or her life and job. If the boss doesn't care, why should anybody else' Unforgettable bosses are [...]The post 7 things that make great bosses unforgettable appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Anthonia Olubunmi Uddin is a makeup artist and a former beauty queen. In this interview, she speaks on why she opted for entrepreneurship and her experience on the journey. Excerpts. How did you venture [...]The post 'Govt should provide grants for young entrepreneurs' appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
In every generation, those who do have the courage and guts to travel along the extra mile are usually in the minority. And this is one of the major reasons why not many people do [...]The post There are no traffic jams along the extra mile appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The month of December is a special one for me. There are more reasons than one for my thrill every December. I was born in December; my wife was also born in December. My Dad [...]The post Of christmas and shoe-boxes appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE, who recently toured some public primary schools in Ondo State, which has the highest unaccessed funds lying dormant with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), reports on the consequences of the action on [...]The post N76.12bn unaccessed UBEC fund stalls progress in basic education appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Incompetence is the failure to deliver on agreed terms. It is the failure to meet expected standards. Incompetence is not synonymous with capacity deficiency; it is the inability to fully utilize capacity. Incompetence is being [...]The post How leaders avoid the trap of incompetence appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Oando Plc has reiterated that the action of the management of the company to appeal the lifting of the suspension placed on the company's shares is in the interest of its shareholders. The company added [...]The post Forensic Audit: Appeal in shareholders' interest 'Oando appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Kayode Oluwasona, President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), was, no doubt, upbeat as he stepped on the podium to 'welcome' guests and critical stakeholders to this year's edition of the Lagos [...]The post LAIF Awards: Nigeria's creative industry and the obvious 'paradigm' shift appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
SOUTH Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC), is set to elect a successor to President Jacob Zuma in a leadership vote. The party has been in power since the country transitioned to democracy in 1994 [...]The post South Africas ANC set to elect leader to replace scandal-ridden Zuma appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
US President, Donald Trump on Saturday defended a Republican tax-cut plan against Democratic charges that it favours the rich, saying it will be 'one of the great Christmas gifts' for the middle class with just [...]The post Trump defends tax plan as great Christmas gifts to middle class appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
TWO suicide bombers have attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing eight people and wounding 42 others. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshipers were attending [...]The post Suicide bombers kill nine, injure 42 others at Methodist church in Pakistan appeared first on Tribune.