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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 19 December, 2017.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE Senate, yesterday, uncovered padding of proposed expenditures in the Ministry of Power and duplication of items in the 2018 budget estimates. In the budget proposals, the Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South-led Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, discovered that N120 million, N480 million and N288 million respectively, were budgeted for the purchase of utility vehicles by the ministry headed by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.
In the case of NEPZA, it emerged that the agency had raised its 2018 personnel budget by N205 million. That was besides the claim that the same agency in 2017 succeeded in padding its budget by N122 million. According to the lawmakers, duplication of items has remained a recurring episode, where the Ministry present the same items repeatedly in the budget and ask for more funds to execute them. During the 2018 budget defence yesterday, the Committee members queried the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Mustapha Baba Shahuru and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Frank Edozie for duplicating items in the budget. In the 2018 budget, the Ministry earmarked N100 million for transfer and management of office files with the senators expressing anger over what they described as repetition of projects by the ministry. The duplications were discovered when Senator Clifford Ordia, PDP, Edo Central raised the alarm over the duplication of purchase of utility vehicles, captured in three separate pages of the budget document, just as he asked the Minister and the Permanent Secretary to explain how the Ministry would spend N100 million to transfer files, despite another huge provision for ICT. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that for Nigeria to harness the opportunities from the Blue Economy, it must tap the resources hidden under the sea.The post Nigeria must tap under ocean resources 'Peterside appeared first on Vanguard News. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE Ekiti State Government and the All Progressives Congress, APC, were yesterday engaged in a war of words over the debt profile of the state recently released by the Debt Management Office, DMO.The post Fayose, APC trade words over Ekiti debt profile appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, has said that the commission was set to create more jobs for youths in the region to discourage periodic protests by youths around the premises of the commission.The post NDDC to end youth protests with job creation 'Ekere appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE Federal Operations Unit, FOU of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has intercepted assorted goods with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N2.10 billion between January and November this year.The post Customs intercept goods worth N2.10bn in 11 months appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has called for a law to compel Nigerian political and religious leaders, including lawmakers, governors and traditional rulers, to undertake drug test.The post Test Nigerian leaders for drug abuse Emir Sanusi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was yesterday headed for a fresh crisis following a court action instituted by Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, one of the chairmanship aspirants at the recent national convention of the party seeking to nullify the election of Prince Uche Secondus as the new national chairman.The post Fresh crisis hits PDP as Adedoja wants Secondus removed appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
FOLLOWING boundary disputes between residents of Bakatari and Eruwa communities in Oyo and Ogun States, the governments of the two states have appealed to the affected councils and respective traditional institutions of border communities to continue to ensure peaceful co-existence amongst them pending the conclusion of actions on the interstate boundary.The post Oyo, Ogun broker peace over boundary dispute appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
FOLLOWING the crisis raging between Dangote Group and BUA Group over the mining right in Obuh community, in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, the Federal Government has ordered the parties involved to vacate the site to avoid break down of law and order in the area.The post Dangote vs BUA: FG orders parties to vacate mining site in Edo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
SOME of the 21 newly-registered political parties have taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for running the country aground, describing them as one and the same.The post APC, PDP, not good enough'New parties appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The National Insurance Commission, NAICOM and insurance operators are divided over the timing of the implementation of the Risk Risked Based Supervision, RBS, in the industryThe post NAICOM, insurers disagree on implementation of risk based supervision appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Magistrate Martins Owunmi of an Igbosere Magistrate's Court in Lagos, yesterday, ordered the remand of a 54-year-old man, Gbenga Ibuoye, in prison custody over alleged attempt to kidnap a family.The post Man accused of attempted kidnap appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Monday cancelled his planned trip to Niger Republic where he had scheduled to attend the 59th anniversary of the proclamation of Republic of Niger in Tahoua.The post Buhari cancels planned trip to Niger appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THERE are indications that many Nigerians do not know much about NipeX, established to provide an electronic contracting platform for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and its operating partners in the Joint Venture (JV) and Production Sharing Contract (PSC) arrangement.The post Nigerians lack adequate knowledge of NipeX Investigation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
DELTA State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has assured that the state Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, will be empowered to carry out more projects in 2018.The post Okowa assures on more funding for DESOPADEC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Wife of Nigeria's First President Nnamdi Azikiwe, has urged Nigerians to remain united in honour of the memories of the nation's founding fathers.The post Nigeria should not be allowed to disintegrate during Zik's wife appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Federal Government of Nigeria has started making concerted efforts targeted at attracting foreign and local investors to invest in the nation's oil and gas industry.The post OPEC, non-OPEC, others set for Nigerias NIPS Project Director appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The League of Yoruba Professionals in PDP, has accused former Minister for Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe of allegedly betraying Yorubaland.The post Ogunlewe has betrayed SWest ' Yoruba Professionals appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has not fixed dates for political parties primaries, to elect their candidates for the 2019 general elections.The post 2019 general elections: INEC yet to fix dates for parties' primaries appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State has launched a campaign to sweep out the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, from the local governments.The post Ughelli North PDP launches operation to sweep out APC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
GREEN Energy International Limited, operator of the Otakikpo marginal field in Oil Mining Lease, OML, 11, has undertaken a medical outreach in its host communities in Andoni Local Government in Rivers States as part of its critical programme to improve the socio economic well-being of the communities.The post OML 11: Green Energy undertakes medical outreach in host communities appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
After winning the Super 6 tournament in Kano Super Eagles B have moved camp to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for the next phase of preparations for the forthcoming 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) taking place in Morocco from 13th January 2018.The post CHAN: Eagles intensify training in Abuja appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE Federal Government has pointed to massive investment in technology for development of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, market in Nigeria.The post FG proposes technology devt, others as key to unlock LPG market appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Communities in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, hosts to Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC, have pleaded with the refinery to fund the treatment of cancer, kidney and other terminal diseases in the area.The post Help us fund treatment of cancer, others, communities beg PHRC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
IT has been brewing underground and just recently in far- away Abidjan Cote D Voire, he dropped the hint he might contest future elections soon. It is the clearest indication from President Buhari that he would have another shot at the Presidency in 2019.The post Buhari's second term dream appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Twitter said it began enforcing new rules Monday aimed at filtering out "hateful" and "abusive" content on the social network including messages which promote or glorify violence.The post Twitter begins enforcing rules on hateful, abusive content appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE ongoing combined security sweep of Boko Haram terrorists who have infiltrated the nation's capital, Abuja, should not only continue until the last vestige of them is removed from the law-abiding populace, it should also be a regular exercise.The post Swooping on Boko Haram escapees appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Addax empowers 600 Niger Delta youths
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
IN its quest to stem the tide of unemployment in Nigeria, Addax Petroleum Development Limited, in collaboration with the Nigerian NationalPetroleum Corporation, said it has trained over 600 youths in select vocations from its host communities in three Niger Delta states of Imo, Akwa Ibom and Rivers at the Federal Technical College, Omoku, Rivers States.The post Addax empowers 600 Niger Delta youths appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Basketball Federation( NBBF) led by Tijjani Umar has said it welcomes the extension of the deadline by FIBA to allow for the resolution of the dispute following the elections of June 2017.The post Dispute: NBBF welcomes FIBA's deadline extension appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, worldwide, has called for the creation of an autonomous local government area for the Ijaw people of Edo State, saying it was the only way to douse the tension between the Ijaw and Bini.The post IYC to Edo govt: Create separate LGA for Ijaw appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Bonaventure Melah I read with dissatisfaction a report by a leading northern-based national newspaper titled Ghost Companies Lift N1.1trillion Crude Oil filed in which the paper reported that some indigenous companies not registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) have lifted Nigeria Crude Oil Grades valued at 3.5billion US Dollars (N1.1billion) in the lastRead MoreThe post In defence of Brittania U appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to challenge its 11 governors to demand probity on how the $1 billion approved for the Federal Government by the National Economic Council, NEC, from the Excess Crude Account, ECA, for prosecution of the war against Boko Haram in the North East and for combating other security issues, rather than condemning its approval.The post APC to PDP: Demand accountability on $1bn security fund from your govs appeared first on Van 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Debt Management Office, DMO has disclosed that N10.96 billion sovereign green bond, the first ever in Nigeria and Africa, which opened to the investing public yesterday, is risk free and targeted at specific environment related projects.The post DMO assures investors on N10.96bn green bond appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Nigeria's World Cup rivals Croatia have lined up a friendly with an African team, few days before they step out onto the pitch for their first game in the mundial at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad against the Super Eagles.The post Croatia to play African side for Eagles appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has called for a law that will compel public officers and traditional rulers to undergo drug test in the countryThe post Ministers, governors, traditional rulers should go for drug test Sanusi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
ProvidusBank has launched the World Elite Mastercard offering in Nigeria, providing affluent consumers and frequent travellers with a range of priceless travel benefits and lifestyle privileges both at home and abroad. This is the first launch of World Elite Mastercard in Sub-Saharan Africa.The post ProvidusBank launches World Elite Mastercard service in Nigeria appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
An ailing 76-year-old Benjamin Okoye, who was abducted last Friday in Abia State, was, yesterday, rescued from his captors' hideout at Okpukwu Umuobo Area of Aba town by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT.The post Ailing septuagenarian rescued 3 days after abduction in Abia appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has rejected a 400,000-per-week contract offer from Chinese Super League outfit Hebei China Fortune as he prefers a move to Manchester City, according to reports.The post Sanchez rejects 400,000-a-week Chinese offer appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The naira Monday appreciated by two kobo to N360.94 per dollar in the Investor and Exporter (I&E) window, while the volume of dollars traded rose slightly to $113.58 million. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE fiscal terms of the Nigerian petroleum industry is weak, inflexible and unattractive to investors, according to a report by the Nigerian Natural Resource Charter, NNRC.The post Nigeria's petroleum fiscal terms weak, discouraging investments ' Report appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Lionel Messi has called on his Barcelona team-mates to boot Real Madrid out of the title race.The post Messi plots Real downfall as El Clasico looms appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Ediri Ejoh A major downstream operator, Gulf Treasures Limited, Monday, lamented that the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has shut down its operations, thereby frustrating it from supplying petroleum products to help assuage the scarcity of the commodity. The company noted that ifRead MoreThe post Tanker drivers killing our business, oil marketer cries out appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The President of Nigerian Association of Women In Agriculture, NAWIA, Mrs. Ngizan Chahul has appealed to the Benue State House of Assembly to prioritize budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector to ensure sustainable growth and development in the sector.The post Women farmers beg Benue Assembly to prioritize budgetary allocation to Agric appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Chairman, Joint Tax Board (JTB) Mr Tunde Fowler, on Monday, said Federal Government planned to obtain and access information on all categories of taxpayers through Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).The post FG to access information on all taxpayers Fowler appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Court of Appeal in Abuja, Monday, voided the election of Senator Attai Aidoko, even as it declared Kogi East Senatorial seat vacant.The post Appeal court sacks Senator Aidoko, declares Kogi East seat vacant appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
LAST week we discussed the intellectual origins and background to the German social market model. We took the view that that model lay at the remarkable performance of the German economy in the post-war era. The post Bench marking Germany (2) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
GENERAL Shehu Yar'adua was a wonderful man who was cut down in his prime. I have no doubt that he would have made an excellent President of Nigeria. He died a true martyr for Nigeria.The post Gen. Shehu YarAdua: 20th anniversary of his murder appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
In its bid to manage the Nigeria healthcare sector, PharmAccess Foundation in partnership with Enterprise Development Centre has introduced healthcare management programme designed to build the capacity of healthcare professionals in the key areas of quality, business, finance and inventory management.The post Healthcare management programme debuts in Lagos appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
With latest report showing that adolescents are most vulnerable to the HIV epidemic, the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) has urged Nigerian government to go the extra mile to create awareness on the prevention of HIV/AIDS digitally as well as provide free access to medical services to young Nigerians.The post UNFPA, YEDI call for massive awareness on HIV prevention appeared first on Vanguard News.