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Fuel scarcity spreads to states, litre sells at N165
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Fuel scarcity is fast spreading across the states resulting in long queues at filling stations, even as the price of the commodity soared to between N160 - N180 per litre, Daily Trust findings revealed.
Long queues have surfaced in dozen states that included the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Sokoto, Katsina, Borno, Kwara, Anambra, Delta, Kaduna, with the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) selling far above the N145 per litre official benchmark.

In Kano State, for instance, the scarcity is already biting hard as President Muhammadu Buhari begins his two-day working visit today.  

Consumers groan in Lagos, Abuja as fuel scarcity worsens
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The fuel supply situation in the country took a turn for the worse on Tuesday as queues of desperate motorists grew longer at many petrol stations selling Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, in Lagos, Ogun, Kwara and other states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.

Our correspondents gathered that many of the private depots in Apapa, Lagos, where many marketers get petroleum products from for distribution to other states, did not have PMS while those who had were doing “skeletal loading.”

Fuel queues, which started emerging in some parts of the country on Monday after more than a year of relief from scarcity of petroleum products in the country, were seen spilling onto some roads in Lagos and Ogun states on Tuesday and caused gridlock.
The PUNCH gathered that many depots in Apapa did not have petroleum products on Tuesday, while the few with products recorded low activities.

Osinbajo visits Numan, vows to end farmer/herder clashes
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government will seek permanent solution to the clashes between herders and farming communities.
Speaking yesterday in Numan during a visit to some of the villages raided by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders, Osinbajo said he understood that the clashes resulted from long running misunderstanding which had not been tackled.  

“My visit to Adamawa state is to begin a process that would solve this problem once and for all. We must seek definite and permanent solution to this crisis,” he said.
Calling for caution and use of dialogue to resolve communal issues, Osinbajo restated the resolve of the government to proffer lasting solution to the problem.

2019: Help PDP return to Aso Rock, Makarfi urges Atiku
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked those who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to other political parties in the run-up to the 2015 elections to return to the former ruling party.

He said there “is no other political party” in the country apart from the PDP.

Atiku spoke in Abuja on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy call on the national leadership of the party at its national secretariat in Abuja.

The former Vice-President had resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress about a week ago but refused to name his next political destination.

Atiku to Saraki, Amaechi, Goje: Return to PDP, rebuild Nigeria
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, made a practical return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, with a courtesy call on the national leadership of the party and called on former party members, who left the party with him, to return. Without referring to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku affirmed that no government had performed up to half of what the PDP achieved in its time in government. 
Among those who left the party with Atiku were Senate President Bukola Saraki, Transport Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Senators Rabiu Kwankwanso, Danjuma Goje, Aliyu Wamakko, among others, now holding prominent positions in the All Progressives Congress, APC- led government.


Politicians behind #EndSARS campaign ' police spokesman
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
THE Nigerian Police high command, has accused those it termed 'mischievous' politicians of behind the #EndSARS campaign.The post Politicians behind #EndSARS campaign ' police spokesman appeared first on Vanguard News. 

N/Assembly raise oil benchmark to $47
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The National Assembly yesterday passed the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) for 2018-2020, raising the oil price benchmark from $45 proposed by the executive to $47.
The 2018 budget presented on November 7, by President Muhammadu Buhari also scaled second reading in both chambers of the Legislature yesterday.

The lawmakers also announced suspension of plenary sessions till 19th December  to enable them interact with heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the implementation of the 2017 budget and the proposal for 2018.
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