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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 25 December, 2017.

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
FG waives port charges on fuel imports Refineries pump 3.8m litres per day – Baru As fuel scarcity across the country bites harder, the Federal Government, yesterday, ordered that port charges be waived for vessels carrying Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, to ensure their speedy clearance. These charges include port charges, pilotage charges and landing fees.

Petrol-laden vessels of up to 100,000 metric tonnes (summer deadweight) pay up to US$6,800, vessels from 100,000-200,000 tonnes pay US$10,200, while vessels of 200,000 metric tonnes and above are charged US$13,600. The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, charges $0.034 per barrel of fuel. This came as President Muhammadu Buhari broke his silence on the current scarcity yesterday, sympathising with Nigerians on the excruciating pains they were going through as a result of the scarcity. Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja, said the current Landing Cost of PMS was N171 per litre, meaning that at N145 per litre, the Federal Government was currently paying a subsidy of N26 on a litre of the commodity. Baru stated that the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Customs and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA were currently expediting the clearance of fuel vessels and anchorage services to facilitate speedy product transfers to  depots, including during weekends and public holidays. The NNPC helmsman noted that President Muhammadu Buhari was deeply concerned about the fuel crisis and had ordered all stakeholders involved, including security agencies to ensure speedy resolution of the situation. 24-hour loading, sales operations He disclosed that the NNPC had commenced a 24-hour loading and sales operations at all depots and its mega stations across the country. “Major marketers were also advised to carry out 24-hour operations, most of whom have been complying. This has increased load-out from the depots significantly and continuous sales at the filling stations nationwide,” Baru noted. He affirmed that in addition to the regular supply circle, the NNPC had programmed the delivery of additional 300 million litres in December 20l7 and January 2018 to beef up national reserves to 45 million litres per day, well above the normal consumption requirement of between 27 and 28 million litres per day. He also declared that in the last two weeks, the national truck-out capacity had been beefed up to an average of l,500 trucks, about 52 million litres per day, which he explained, was higher than the normal consumption of 850 trucks per day. Furthermore, the NNPC boss stated that currently, 13 vessels, with an average capacity of 650 million litres, were discharging the commodity at different ports across the country, while noting that three vessels with the commodity were coming in before the end of the week, bringing the combined quantity of the product in depots to 814 million litres of petrol to last till the end of the month. He added that 14 shuttle tankers, with a combined capacity of 187 million litres of the commodity, would also be discharging the product at various destinations across the country in the next three days.
Mon, 25 Dec 2017
KATSINA'AS the 2019 general election draws nearer, the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, APCON, has warned against hate speeches to save the polity from being over heated.The post 2019: APCON moves against use of hate speech appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Merry Christmas! Today, Monday December 25, 2017, is the day to pause from the complex frenzies of the Yuletide season. It is a day of worship, celebration, relaxation and sharing.The post A day to share and be joyful appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
LAGOS'THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has filed a fraud charge against Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, alias Innoson, his company Innoson Nigeria Limited and his brother, Charles Chukwuma.The post Magu not removed from office as EFCC files fraud charge against Innosons boss, brother appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
ABUJA'THE Presidency, yesterday, told Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso's political group not to associate President Muhammadu Buhari with the internal crisis of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State.The post Presidency to Kwankwasos group: Leave Buhari out of Kano APC crisis appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Wherever you belong, merry ChristmasThe post Carol: Wherever you belong, merry Christmas appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
ABUJA'THE Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, yesterday, refuted an allegation that its ministry and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, OAGF, have failed to comply with the Fiscal Responsibility Act, saying it was untrue and misconceived.The post Finance Ministry, OAGF comply with Fiscal Responsibility Act 'Adeosun appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Ogoni Youth Federation, OYF, has pleaded with the Federal Government to divert part of the $1 billion approved for the fighting of insurgency in the North-East to the clean up of Ogoni devastated land.The post Use part of $1bn insurgency fund for Ogoni clean-up, FG urged appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Alok Gupta is the Group Managing Director, African Industries Group. In this interview, he discusses the challenges of exporting steel from Nigeria and a variety of issues affecting the steel industry in Nigeria. Excerpt.The post Were changing Nigeria from import oriented country ' Alok Gupta appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Super Eagles and Chelsea of England wing back, Victor Moses has said that his only regret this year was his 'being squeezed out of the three-man shortlist to become African Player of the Year', behind Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Egypt's Mo Salah and Senegal's Sadio Mane - a decision that angered the Nigerian Football Federation.The post 2018 World Cup: I will lead Eagles into promised land- Moses appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
PETROLEUM marketers threatened, in their communiqu of 29th August, 2017, to commence mass retrenchment, unless government settles over $2bn outstanding invoices, and also settles interest charges, on their delayed payments and the related exchange rate differentials, notwithstanding that the 2017 N7.4tn budget, already contains a crippling N2.32tn or 30% deficit.The post Is petrol still subsidized' Henry Boyo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
KATSINA'A 15-year-old housewife, Dausiya Abdulmumini, who killed her husband, Saminu Usman in Ungwar Dan Mayaki village, Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina State, has confessed that she used N40 rat poison, because she didn't love him.The post I killed my husband with N40 rat poison 2wks after marriage Housewife confesses appeared first on Vanguard News. 


Mon, 25 Dec 2017
IN 2016 and again in 2017, they collectively and individually deceived their Fellow Nigerians. Announcing 'the biggest budget ever in the history of Nigeria', they never told us they were not going to fulfill their promises. We failed to take notice in 2016 when the first budget prepared by this administration was a burst. We were too trusting; or as some of us thought, they lacked experience and would soon learn. But as we crawl to the end of 2017, it is becoming quite clear that thes 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike has kept his promise of giving a certificate of occupancy, C of O, to the promoters of Charkin Maritime Academy, CMA, Port Harcourt.The post Wike fulfills promise to Charkin Maritime Academy appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, yesterday inaugurated the 16 newly-elected local government chairmen with a charge to them not to distance themselves from their people.The post Ekiti APC lauds voters for boycott as Fayose inaugurates new LG chairmen appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has disclosed that only 28 per cent of the state's total workforce received modulated salary, adding that the remaining 72 per cent of the workers have been earning their full salary and are not being owed any outstanding salaries.The post Only 28% Osun workers receive modulated salary ' Aregbesola appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
How can we conscientiously say we are celebrating Christmas when poverty and disease have become the grandiloquent body guard of 99% of Nigerians and nay AfricansThe post Christmas and financial holocaust appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, led by Mr. Eric Omare, has called for the urgent release of about 50 Niger Deltan activists allegedly arrested and detained without trial for over a year by security agencies in the country.The post IYC demands release of 50 N-Delta activists appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
THE Ibibenimowie (Chief Mobilizer) of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, Chief Godspower Gbanakama, has described the approval by the National Economic Council, NEC, for the Federal Government to spend $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account, ECA, to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East region as the 'height of insensitivity to the people of the Niger Delta.'The post '$1bn to fight B'Haram, height of insensitivity to N-Delta' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
LAGOS'Mrs Anita Ekpeyong narrowly escaped death after she was beaten comatose and thrown inside a well by a man that she said refused to pay her the N3,000 bargained for sex.The post Housewife battered, thrown inside well by man who refused to pay N3,000 after sex appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
HISTORY was made last Friday, December 15th, 2017 in Katagum emirate of Bauchi State in particular. The 12th emir was appointed. It was classic. History beckoned, Governor M. A Abubakar, the advocate and respecter of popular will, hearkened and Emir Baba Umar Farouq, the kingmakers' choice, was appointed.The post History and the making of Emir Farouq appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
C hief Akin Osuntokun, a renowned journalist, former managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN and Political Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in this explosive interview speaks on why the 2019 elections may be tight on account of moves to form a third force by aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and main opposition People's Democratic Party, PDP. He also spoke on why Nigeria must be restructured urgently and why President Muhammadu Buhari 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, at the weekend, presented an Appropriation bill of N171.2 billion to the state House of Assembly.The post Akeredolu presents N171bn Appropriation Bill for 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has inaugurated 16 newly-elected local government chairmen with a charge to them not to distance themselves from their people, even as he blamed the FG for turning yuletide to a period of gloom.The post Fayose blames FG for turning yuletide to gloom period appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Kaduna State yesterday joined the three cities of Jos, Abuja and Ilorin to switch on from analogue to digital communication. This followed the official commissioning of the city by the State Governor, Mallam El- Rufai accompanied by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Kaduna.The post DSO: Kaduna joins Abuja, others appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said human resources counseling is a form of leadership development training, and how high performances have been known to increase in organisations that expose their human capital to counseling and leadership development through training programmes of this nature.The post Lagos gov wants HR counselling for civil servants appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
AS Nigerian Christians join other faithful across the world today to celebrate Christmas, Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and former Senate President, Senator David Mark have urged Christians to pray for peace, love and unity of the country.The post Christmas: Saraki, Ekweremadu, govs, CAN, Labour others preach peace, love, unity appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
President of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB, Mr. Shola Tinubu in this interview discusses efforts of the Council to build capacity for members.The post We will ensure members comply with regulation ' Tinubu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
LEGAL luminaries including the former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice I. N. Auta, OFR, and the President of Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, CFR, have joined the campaign by the management of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, in calling for a paradigm shift in debt recovery processes in Nigeria. Such shift according to them would act as act panacea, if indeed the Corporation were to meet its mandate of resolving its huge outstanding obligat 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
LINKAGE Assurance Plc is embarking on a new phase of growth that guarantees greater returns on investment (ROI) for its teaming shareholders.The post Linkage Assurance commences new phase of growth appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
THERE are different types of funds transfer services and it is important for bank customers to understand the differences and implications.The post Fund transfer: Between NIP and NEFT appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
THE Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has successfully obtained three certifications from the British Standards Institution (BSI) after a rigorous process of satisfying the conditions precedent to accreditation. The Corporation in a statement said the certifications were for Information Security Management System ISO/IEC 27001:2013, IT Service Management System ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 and Business Continuity Management System, ISO 22301:2012.The post NDIC achieves three ISO certification 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
INVESTORS in the nation's capital market have continued to demonstrate low appetite towards shares of companies in the oil and gas sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, as the sector's performance year-to-date, ytd, lagged largely behind the other sectors in the market.The post Industry woes deflate appetite for oil & gas companies' shares appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
YEAR 2017, for the insurance industry has been a challenging and difficult business period given that the economy is still reeling from the spill over of economic recession which lasted till first quarter of the year. It will be recalled that in 2016, the sector grappled with lack of foreign exchange to re-insure businesses abroad; scarcity of funds by individuals and corporate organisations to buy insurance covers for their assets; preference for short term cover to long term during renewal per 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Since the capital market meltdown of 2008, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, has come up with various initiatives in terms of technological development to advance the market in keeping with international best standard. In this interview, Mr. Charles Fakrogha, Stockbroker/Chief Relationship Officer with Foresight Securities & Investment Limited, highlighted some of such initiatives and how they have helped in advancing the market.The post Technology has helped in checking unauthorised sale of 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
AS the year rolls to an end this week, capital market operators have said that favourable external conditions bolstered by stability in foreign exchange and energy supply will push the market to a further positive close.The post Equities pricing: Favourable external factors support further rally appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
BUSINESSES and consumers are divided in their outlook for inflation and interest rates in 2018. While consumers expect inflation and interest rates to rise in 2018, businesses, however, expect both rates to fall.The post Businesses, consumers divided over inflation, interest rate in 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
UNION Bank has once again taken a stand for women with its support for those affected by Vestigo Vaginal Fistula (VVF) through donations to the women's VVF hostel, Kwali, Kano State.The post Union Bank donates to VVF centre in Kano State appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
CAPITAL market operators have expressed divergent views on the plan by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, to fragment the stock market.The post Operators divided on proposed fragmentation of stock market appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
ACCION Microfinance Bank, AMfB, said it disbursed N17.5billion from January to November 2017The post Accion MfB disburses N17.5bn, to open 80 new branches appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
THE year 2017 started on a good note even though the nation witnessed economic pressure which led to high cost of products and services and harsh operating environment for businesses and organisations across every sector of the economy.The post Issues that shaped MfB sub sector in 2017 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Analysts and observers on the ground in Liberia are predicting that former European footballer of the year George Opong Weah might win a landslide victory in the run-off of the country's Presidential elections slated for Tuesday 26th December.The post Liberia: Sentiments fuel Weahs ascent appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Everton loanee Henry Onyekuru faces a long spell on the sidelines and will have to undergo knee surgery after suffering a ligament injury in Anderlecht's 1-0 win over Eupen in the Belgian First Division A on Friday.The post Bad news for Rohr appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Iceland and Everton midfield maestro Gylfi Sigursson has commented on the 2018 World Cup draw and thinks that the Nordic country are in a difficult group that also contains Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia.The post Nigeria has a great squad ' Sigurdsson appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Former national goalkeeper Peter Rufai has urged Super Eagles players not to be discouraged by Nigeria's latest FIFA rankings as they prepare for Russia 2018.The post FIFA ranking: Rufai urges Super Eagles not to be distracted appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Top a-list artistes, including multi award winning artistes, Davido, Olamide, King Sunny Ade and other music stars are set to grace the stage across five different locations to thrill fun seekers as the flagship yuletide revue of the Lagos State Government, also known as One Lagos Fiesta (OLF) takes off Sunday evening.The post Davido, Olamide, KSA, Ayuba, others brace up as One Lagos Fiesta begins appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike Sunday offered scholarship worth N40Million to talented music prodigy, Master Nengi Jaja.The post Music prodigy, Nengi Jaja, gets Wikes N40m scholarship appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
By Owei Lakemfa TENS of millions of Nigerians are in dire need. They do not know where the next meal will come from. They are not lazy, but there are no jobs. So when two industrial giants in a largely deindustrialised country take on each other in a fratricidal war, the death knell is soundedRead MoreThe post When 2018 comes, let us thank God we survived appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
PRAISE HIM! The God who made you and formed you. (Deut 32:6). PRAISE HIM! The God who sees you. (Gen 16:13). PRAISE HIM! The God who watches you. (Isa 48:17). PRAISE HIM! The God who sustains you. (Ps 54:4). PRAISE HIM! The God who has kept you. (Gen 30:2). PRAISE HIM! The God who saves you. (Ps 51:14). PRAISE HIM! The God who blesses you. (Gen 49:25). PRAISE HIM! The God who has compassion on you. (Isa 54:10).The post Praising the Lord appeared first on Vanguard News.