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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 23 December, 2017.

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
THE International Monetary Fund, IMF, yesterday called for urgent structural reforms and sustenance of tight monetary policy in Nigeria to sustain the nation’s recovery from economic recession. The IMF made this call at the end of its 2018 Article IV consultation mission to Nigeria led by its Senior Resident Representative and Mission Chief for Nigeria, Mr. Amine Mati. “Containing vulnerabilities and achieving growth rates that can make a significant dent in reducing poverty and unemployment require a comprehensive set of policy measures,” Mati in a statement. Speaking further he said:  “Fiscal consolidation should be accompanied by a monetary policy stance that remains tight to further reduce inflation and anchor inflation expectations. Moving toward a unified and market-based exchange rate as soon as possible while continuing to strengthen external buffers would be necessary to increase confidence and reduce potential risks from capital flow reversals. “Such a policy package – along with structural reform implementation, including by building on recent successes to improve the business environment, closing infrastructure gaps, and implementing the power sector reform plan – would lay the foundation for a diversified private-sector led economy. Strengthening governance and transparency initiatives, and lowering gender inequality and fostering financial inclusion would also be important.” Commenting on the nation’s exit from recession, Mati said: “Overall growth is slowly picking up but recovery remains challenging. Economic activity expanded by 1.4 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 – the second consecutive quarter of positive growth after five quarters of recession – driven by recovering oil production and agriculture. “However, growth in the non-oil-non-agricultural sector (representing about 65 percent of the economy), contracted in the first three quarters of 2017 relative to the same period last year. Difficulties in accessing financing and high inflation continued to weigh on companies’ performance and consumer demand. Headline inflation declined to 15.9 percent by end-November, from 18½ percent at end-2016, but remains sticky despite tight liquidity conditions.

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Petite and pretty crooner, Chidinma Ekile, is really discovering her love for the movies as she has joined top actress and producer, Omoni Oboli i20n waxing the soundtrack for her latest family comedy movie ' 'Wives on Strike: The Revolution'.The soundtrack which has already been made available for online downloads has set forth even greater the anticipation surrounding the release of the movie whose cinema due date is29th December.The post Chidinma Ekile waxes soundtrack for Omon 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Widely celebrated comedy pioneer Alibaba has promised fans the upcoming edition of his annual 'January 1st concert' will be an impressive upgrade over the previous editions as it is scheduled to hold at Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos onJanuary 1st, 2018.The post Alibaba promises superlative edition of 'January 1st Concert 2018' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
For berating reggaemaestro, MajekFashek with reckless abandonon Tuesday, for performing at Commonwealth of Zion Assembly's Christmas Concert, popular radio presenter, Ifedayo Olarinde, also known as 'Daddy Freeze, incurred the wrath of Majek's manager, Omenka Uzoma Day, who threatened to deal with him if he ever dares to repeat such a statement.The post I wasn't bluffing about beating Freeze 'Majek Fashek's manager appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Since his exit from the Olamide led YBNLrecord label which produced the likes of Lil Kesh, Young John, Viktoh, Chinko Ekun and most recently the only female on the label, Temmy Ovwasa, Adekunle Gold has been on a mission to establish himself as a unique hit-maker with class and style but he seems not to be in a rush as he has been taking it bit by bit.The post I'm not rich enough to float a record label Adekunle Gold appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Ebonyi state governor David Umahi has distributed gifts to 300 elderly persons and 4, 300 widows as their Christmas package.The post Umahi enlivens elderly persons, widows appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has ordered a comprehensive operational strategy to beef-up security nationwide during the Christmas and New Year.The post Police strategise for Yuletide security nationwide appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Police Command has declared apopular independent oil marketer and prime suspect of the Badoo cult killings in Ikorodu and Epe axis of the State, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi Kamal, wanted.The post Police declare Badoo cult kingpin, Alaka wanted appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Muslims in Indonesia have offered to guard churches and prevent any attack during the Christmas service as countries around the World tighten security ahead of the celebration.The post Christmas: Muslims offer to guard churches in Indonesia appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, assisted by his wife, Dolapo, donned the Santa Claus cap Friday to set the mood for Christmas, just 48 hours away.The post Osinbajo in Santa Claus hat wishes Nigerians Merry Xmas appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
THE new Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in Delta State, Mrs Ego Sam, has vowed to collaborate with other security agencies to tackle oil theft in the State.The post Delta NSCDC boss vows to tackle oil theft appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Friday, arrested one Mohammed Momoh, a farmer, for attempting to defraud the governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Tanko Al- Makura.The post EFCC arrests fake investigator who attempted to defraud Gov. Al Makura appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Since last week when chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari, announced to a very shocked nation that they had during a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC), asked the Federal Government to withdraw $1bn (over N360 billion) from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to fight Boko Haram, the public space has been abuzz with reactions, mostly of condemnation.The post $1bn ECA deduction and decimation of Boko Haram Rose Moses appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Here is the concluding part of last week's article. Happy reading. Unfortunately, the story is not much different in the case of women who work. Many men tend to turn a blind eye to the contributions of their wives to the upkeep of the home and welfare of the family. Because of their masochistic tendencies and the patriarchal nature of our society, they assume everything acquired and achieved by the family as a unit belongs only to them. This is further compounded by the fact that most rece 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Popular music crooner, Praiz has openedup on his arrest by officials of theSpecial Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Recall that the singer was reportedly stopped on his way to his record label X3M Music's end of the year party, and was taken to the Ajah police station.The post Praiz opens up on why he was arrested by SARS appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Teen gospel singer, IseoluwaAbidemi, is all about taking her music career which started at the age of five to the next level. With the launch of her debut concert tagged 'Iseoluwa in Concert', which recently held at the RCCG Jesus Embassy Parish, VGC, Lekki, with the support of notable gospel acts including Mike Abdul, TimRead MoreThe post I dislike being treated like a star Teen singer, Iseoluwa appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
After it won Best Feature Film, at this year's Zuma International Film Festival held early this month, in Abuja, Nollywood romantic thriller, 'What Lies Within', produced by the trio of Paul Utomi, Tope Tedela and Vanessa Nzediegwu, recorded another great outing last Saturday as it carted away four awards at the just concluded Best of Nollywood Awards,BON. The awards ceremony was held last Saturday night at the Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State.The post BON Awards 2017: A nigh 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
FRONTLINE filmmaker, critic and former National President of Association of Movie Producers,AMP, Mr. Zik Zulu Okafor has predicted that the Nigerian movie industry will witness a bumper year in 2018, despite the prevailing economic depression in the country.The post Zik Zulu Okafor predicts bumper year for Nollywood appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Wale Adenuga owned PEFTI Film Institute, Lagos,has finally announced the unveiling of its much talked about PEFTI Cinema which opens from today with the showing of the blockbuster, 'The Wedding Party 2.'The post PEFTI cinema opens with 'The Wedding Party 2' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, yesterday, accused petroleum marketers of hoarding and diversion of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, thereby fuelling the scarcity of the commodity across the country.The post Scarcity: Oil marketers hoarding, diverting petrol ' DPR appeared first on Vanguard News. 


Sat, 23 Dec 2017
It is Christmas time again and a time for sharing. That was how I grew up to see it. Neighbours cooked and exchanged food with neighbours; children moved from one relative's or family friend's house to the other. This enabled them to have a taste of the culinary skills different from their mothers.' These are no longer common in urban areas, but I hope it still happens in towns and villages where life is more personal and communal.The post Sharing of food for the soul Francis Ewh 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Take Army Chief, Yusuf Tukur Buratai, to the poll as a candidate today. His popularity is not in doubt. I guess the three-star general will not get enough votes to stay in office. Loathed in the North'East, his geo-political zone by Boko Haram, pilloried in the South-East by IPOB, despised in the Niger Delta by Avengers. He does not enjoy the backing of the Middle Belt and South-West where herdsmen are on rampage.The post As President spares Buratai Emeka Obasi appeared first on Vanguard N 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Chief Chika Okpala, popularly known as Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo alias4:30, is an interviewer's delight. At least, one would expect to hear those his special grammatical expressions which got the world stuck to the tube during the days of the popular TV comedy series, the New Masquerade.The post Today's theatre practitioners don't carry the crowd along ' Zebrudaya appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
What are you doing at Christmas' This is a question which often comes with the yuletide season from lovers, spouses, friends, children, parents, family members, social and business associates. It starts as early as three months to Christmas, but gets more frequent as we get nearer Christmas. And the answers can be as varied as the persons asking.The post What are you doing at Christmas' Muyiwa Adetiba appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has shut down operations at a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC-franchise filling station around Trans-Woji-Slaughter Road area of Port Harcourt.The post DPR shuts down NNPC filling station in Rivers appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Chairman of theEkiti State Electoral Commission(EKSIEC), Justice Kayode Bamisile has disclosed that five political parties will be participating in the State local government elections targeted at electing new chairmen and councilors to pilot the affairs of the third tier for the next two years.The post 5 political parties to participate in today's Ekiti LG Polls appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
A traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Pius Akinfesola Adewola, would spend this yuletide period in prison as a Chief Magistrate Court in the state sentenced him to two years imprisonment over allegation of fraudulent conversion, and obtaining money under false pretense.The post Ondo monarch sentenced to 2 years in jail appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
IN the face of diminishingcolourful decorations in offices, domiciles and shopping plazas across the country, Nigerians irrespective of religion and political persuasion acknowledged that it's Christmas. The day has much significance to Christians, to whom it symbolises the birth of Jesus Christ. On Christmas day, even the most irregular of churchgoers attend the Christmas service.The post CHRISTMAS: Clerics preach peace to all mankind appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
General Overseer of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Reformation Land (Ile-Atunse Special District headquarters) Olunloyo Akanran Road, Ibadan, in his Christmas message, described Christ as the greatest love of God to humanity, because God had mercy on humanity and after about 4,000 years, Christ was born, the greatest man in the history of the whole world.The post A celebration of God's love 'Prophet Arabambi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
In his 2017 Christmas message made available toSaturdayVanguard by the Archdiocesan Director of Social Communications, Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Osu, the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has reiterated that for Nigeria to successfully toe the path of growth and development, it must, of essence, be restructured along true federalism as the current bloated structure of governance had become obsolete.The post Restructuring remains the panacea to our growth &# 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
In a statement titled; 'Christmas! A Season of Great Joy For Humanity', the Director of Social Communications at the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Osu said like everything that has to do with Christ, this Christmas is new, like the previous. Though humanity has been celebrating it over the past 2,000 years, the festivity is never old. It is as fresh as the early morning dew. It is so because the man whose birthday we celebrate on this day is ever present, ever a 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
From Enugu to Ekiti States, Lagos to the Federal Capital Territory, Traffic Wardens across the country are being surprised at their duty posts with Orange Sacks of gifts provided and delivered by foremost financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. The gifts, which include items for the festive season and beyond, were provided by the Bank as part of its #NominateAChamp Campaign.The post GTBank rewards Traffic Wardens across Nigeria appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The unresolved killing of a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, resurfaced yesterday as a group, The Democratic Movement (TDM), again, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to make a fresh order compelling the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubarkar to reopen the case.The post Call for justice over Ige's murder re-echoes 16 years after appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
CONCERNED about the political crisis in Togo, apressure group, Citoyen Liberte, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in order to stop further escalation of the crisis, noting that the failure to do so could make the situation spiral out of control.The post TOGO: 'Why Buhari must intervene now appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday took a cursory look once again at the recklessness and abuses that preceded his administration culminating in a battered economy and declared that it was by an act of God that Nigeria survived.The post Nigeria's survival, an act of God ' Buhari appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
There has been tension in Okpella community, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State following the mining war between two giant companies in the production of cement in the country, the BUA Group and Dangote, over a disputed mining site in Obu community in Okpella. The disagreement between the two companies have polarized Okpella community, as supporters of both parties commenced the beating of drums of war heightening tension in the community.The post Tension heightens in Edo community o 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
An extra-ordinary meeting of Nigeria's governors took place last Tuesday at the Presidential Villa. So extra-ordinary was the meeting that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State who has made it a point of principle not to honour the Muhammadu Buhari administration with his presence in the Presidential Villa made it to the meeting.The post Why your governor is in a panic' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Ms. Eeefy Ike is the Chief Executive Officer of Style is Innate, an outfit that is into hand-crafted jewellery, an actress, activist, motivational speaker, image consultant, author and the Communications Director of Gedisco Energy Solutions. In this chat in Abuja recently with Vanguard, she talks about her project with ex-militants in the Presidential Amnesty programme. She shares her experience, saying that if we don't change our mindset, we should forget any form of progress. Excerpts:The 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Chief Andrew Uchendu is the senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly. A seasoned technocrat, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC), a major stakeholder in the party and a well known grassroot politician in Rivers State, Chief Uchendu has been a recurring decimal in the political equation of Rivers State since 1999. He had served for three terms of 12 years as a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituenc 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Itsekiri nation as an oil producing ethnic nationality is faced with the problem of underdevelopment. How best can the challenge be addressed'The post Itsekiri deserve fair representation in govt, oil sector 'Okotie-Eboh appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
TWO days to Christmas celebrations, tales of woes and despair following the unending economic hardship in the land fills the air.From Lagos to Ibadan, Enugu to Port-Harcourt, Abuja to Kano and Jos, the story is not different. Indeed, Nigerians are passing through hard times, and this is evident in their abysmal preparations for the Eyelid. Unlike in the recent past, where excitement and early preparations took the centre stage, this year has witnessed little or no formal preparations for the Chr 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Enugu State chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the umbrella organization of all the political parties in the country has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his effective leadership that has engendered peace and good governance in the state 'at a time when recession has become a 'customized excuse' for elected leaders for non-performance'.The post IPAC hails Ugwuanyi on good governance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The National Bureau of Statistics has said that the percentage of unemployed Nigerians increased from 16.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017 to 18.8 percent in the third quarter.The post Unemployment on the rise again' NBS appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
THE Isoko Political Revolutionary Force, IPRF, a political pressure group of Isoko ethnic nationality, Delta South senatorial district, Delta State, has adopted a former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, as its senatorial candidate for the 2019.The post 2019: Isoko group adopts ex-gov Uduaghan as senatorial candidate appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The General Manager, Southern Sun Ikoyi, Mark Loxley, has commended the dedication of the hotel staff to the success recorded this outgoing year.The post Southern Sun Hotel commends workers dedication appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Laser oil, a leading UK cooking oil, currently distributed in Nigeria by Orjiokosisi and Sons Limited no doubt is being positioned to be one of the major household products in the country.The post Laser oil sales soars in 2017, says distributor's sales manager appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
GENERALLY speaking, these days a taste for bossy women is something of taboo. Men can openly desire a woman of any size or sexual persuasion, however, weired or wonderful, but not few would admit that they have a thing about bossy women because they fear being labelled a wimp! 'Why would any sane man be prepared to have his life ruled by a succession of bossy women,' asked Caleb, an industrialist. 'Women who'd take charge of his life and tell him what to wear, what to eat, wh 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Ms. Eeefy Ike is the Chief Executive Officer of Style is Innate, an outfit that is into hand-crafted jewellery, an actress, activist, motivational speaker, image consultant, author and the Communications Director of Gedisco Energy Solutions.The post Amnesty is good; attitudinal change is better ' Eeefy Ike appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, hampers have flooded markets and shopping centres in Lagos, but dealers complain of low patronage. Hampers are usually presented as gifts by individuals, groups and corporate organizations during the celebrations.The post Christmas hampers: Sellers decry low patronage in Lagos appeared first on Vanguard News.