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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 1st January, 2018.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has advised the Federal Government to create jobs, address infrastructure deficit and tackle the problems in the oil sector to avoid fuel shortage.

In a message to Nigerians to mark the New Year, NLC President Ayuba Wabba slammed Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s planned sack of over 22,000 teachers who failed a competence test.

The congress recalled the loss of over four million jobs in 2017, according to statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as against the provision of three million jobs annually promised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in its manifesto.

According to Wabba, 2017 saw the working people, pensioners and other Nigerians facing a series of daunting socio-economic and security challenges, even though they had hoped that the year would offer succour for the masses.


 
He said: “Rather than work to create jobs and improve the condition of Nigerian working people and Nigerians in general, leading elements in the ruling APC government, like Governor Nasir El-Rufai, have been taking measures to further chastise and ruin Nigerians by throwing tens of thousands of workers into the unemployment market and wretchedness.

“In the same vein, despite the huge revenue that the states have received through the Federal Government intervention funds to clear arrears of unpaid salaries and pensions in many states of the federation, coupled with additional payment of three tranches of windfall (Paris Club debt refunds), states like Kogi, Osun, Benue, Ekiti, Bayelsa and several others entered 2018 with huge arrears spanning up to ten (10) or more months of wages and pensions.

“Under these conditions, Nigerian workers, pensioners and their families remained the most despondent group in an economy that even the well-to-do are groaning and struggling to survive.”

Mon, 01 Jan 2018

The government will fish out the blackmailers behind the crippling  fuel scarcity,  President Muhammadu Buhari promised this morning.

In his New Year address to the nation, the President regretted the untold hardship the fuel crisis caused Nigerians during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

In an address that touched on many areas of national life, the President said this year is critical to the achievement of the change mantra that the Buhari Campaign adopted to win the 2015 election.

He had a word for advocates of restructuring. Nigeria’s problem is more of process than the restructuring of the polity, the President said.

He stressed that the Boko Haram insurgency had been “beaten”.


 
Buhari spoke of his administration’s resolve to dwell more on the completion of major infrastructure with special emphasis on road, rail and power.

He explained that the country last month generated 7,000 mw of electricity and distributed 5,155MW – “the highest level ever recorded” to consumers.

On the economy, Buhari said: “You will recall that it was not until last year that we got out of the economic recession into which the country had fallen as a consequence of past unsustainable economic policies which projected short-term illusory growth.

“The government is slowly stabilising the economy. It was in order to change the steady and steep decline that we adopted the more sustainable policies and programmes captured in the Economic Recovery Plan. Diversification efforts have resulted in improved output, particularly in agriculture and solid minerals sectors. The relative exchange rate stability has improved manufacturing sector performance.”

The Niger Delta got some news – the Ogoni clean-up is on course,” Buhari said.

The President explained: “I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for change.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Several years ago while I was in junior secondary school, I would join my mum in her office after school so that I could ride with her home. Her office was on the fourth floor of the building and I usually enjoyed the view from up there. One day, when we were already at theRead MoreThe post Fear alert! appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The rate at which assassinations are being carried out in Plateau State in recent times has become a source of concern to residents as well as security agencies. The most recent one that took place in Jos, the state capital, where a mobile policeman was murdered at his residence in Kwanga near Rayfield, has addedRead MoreThe post Gun men held me hostage with my three children , shot my husband outside and came in to tell us they had killed him' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Dr (Mrs) Funmilayo Iroh is one woman who has enjoyed life in full measure as wife of former top Lagos socialite and philanthropist-turned-pastor, Oluwafemi Iroh. In his heyday, her husband bestrode the social scene like a colossus, riding to parties in convoys of many cars while musicians took turns to sing his praises. Funmilayo wasRead MoreThe post How my husband and I survived eight-year forced separation -Lagos socialite turned preacher appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Lawyer-turned-beauty consultant, Mrs. Tokunbo Chiedu, speaks with JANE KOLADE about her foray into beauty business. She speaks about the secrets of her good looks, her passion for training and how she brings same to bear in the running of her business, particularly the day spa, among other issues: WHAT is your take on the crazeRead MoreThe post I keep fit swimming and dancing Salsa 'Gemology spa boss Tokunbo Chiedu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
CULTURE and tradition were on the bounce penultimate Thursday and Friday when the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, paid his maiden visit to Ekiti State. The youthful and lively king received rousing welcome in all the three towns'Aramoko, Ijero and Ado'he visited in his continued bid to promote unity among Yoruba traditional rulers,Read MoreThe post Fanfare, nostalgia as Ooni pays historic visit to Ekiti appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
WHERE did you grow up' I grew up in Ibadan. I am Ibadan born and bred boy (laughs). I came to Lagos in the 80s when I started my working career. I grew up in Agodi, GRA, Ibadan. What was life like for you as a child' In those days we didnt build a wallRead MoreThe post 'How IT can bail us out of recession''Software expert Yele Okeremi appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Not a few people rushed to the palatial building of the famous Bida, Niger State-based super polygamist, 92-year-old Alhaji Muhammed Bello Masaba, when the news of his death filtered out last week. It turned out, however, that his purported death was nothing more than an unfounded rumour. Famous for marrying 89 women against the maximumRead MoreThe post 'I havent fulfilled my mission on earth'- says 92-year old cleric with 89 wives appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Political commentator and public affairs analyst, Musiliu Shittu Olaore, retired from the Nigerian Army as a colonel about 14 years ago. He explains the circumstances that led to his exit, in this interview with ADEKUNLE JIMOH. He also relives his interesting times in the army. Excerpts: How would you describe yourself' I hail from Offa,Read MoreThe post How Buhari led us to flush out invaders from Chad-Retired Colonel Musiliu Olaore appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued 'a red alert for the world' in the New Year. In his New Year message, Guterres expressed regret that in 2017, the world went in reverse to the appeal for peace. He said when he assumed office one year ago, he appealed for 2017 to be aRead MoreThe post UN chief issues 2018 'red alert' to the world appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
It's a new dawn and new challenges over the next 12 months. Deputy Editor (News) ADENIYI ADESINA examines the issues that are likely to shape the world this year. Welcome to the year of politics and sports. There will continue to be diplomatic tussle on the world stage for economic and military superiority. There willRead MoreThe post Enter the year of politics, sports appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari told the National Assembly that the Federal Government would launch the first African Sovereign Green Bond in December 2017 to finance renewable energy projects. The President, while presenting the 2018 Budget proposal, said: 'I am pleased to inform this distinguished assembly that the Federal Government will be launching the first African SovereignRead MoreThe post Fed Govt's renewable energy projects: An overview appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told the Federal High Court in Lagos that former First Lady Patience Jonathan could not have genuinely earned the $15.5million which she claims ownership of. In its defence to her suit challenging the freezing of her accounts, the commission argued that Mrs Jonathan does not run anyRead MoreThe post EFCC: Ex-First Lady's $15.5m stolen from govt, agencies appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Nigeria is one of the top four leading voices in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the 2017 ranking of the World Bank Group (WBG). Communications Officer for Infrastructure, PPPs and Guarantees Group of the WBG Ms Yelena Osipova-Stocker, stated this yesterday. She described 2017 as a busy year in the world of infrastructure and public-privateRead MoreThe post World Bank rates Nigeria PPP high appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Max Air Ltd. has sealed a deal with the Federal government to evacuate 3,184 of the 5,037 Nigerians expected to return from Libya. The airline's spokesman Alhaji Ibrahim Dahiru said in Kano yesterday that the contract agreement was signed between the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the representative of the airline Malam Shehu Wada.Read MoreThe post Max Air to evacuate 3,184 Nigerians from Libya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
13 others injured Five persons, including a baby, have died in a road crash at the Ogere (Ogun State) stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Thirteen others were injured. The accident, which occurred early yesterday, involved a Mazda bus, registered as DDA 121 XA and a truck, marked: MGD 129 ZF. It was learnt thatRead MoreThe post Five die in Lagos-Ibadan road crash appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said the government sacked over 22,000 teachers because they were unqualified for the job. According to him, sacking of incompetent teachers predated his administration, as previous governments sacked teachers with fake qualifications. He noted that the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) report he received on assumption ofRead MoreThe post Why we sacked 22,000 teachers, by El-Rufai appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has listed virtues those aspiring to succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun in 2019 must possess. Over a dozen of aspirants, including House of Assembly Speaker Suraj Adekunbi, Prince Adeleke Tella, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, Jimi Lawal and Isiaq Abiodun Akinlade, want the top job. The partyRead MoreThe post Ogun 2019: What APC wants from governorship aspirants, by chairman appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
TheHouse of Representatives has summoned three fuel marketers in Ondo State for allegedly selling petroleum above the official price. Chairman of the House Committee of Petroleum Resources Chief Joseph Akinlaja spoke yesterday after monitoring sale of the products in Akure, the capital, and its environs. Akinlaja, who is the former secretary-general of the National UnionRead MoreThe post Reps summon three fuel marketers in Ondo for 'overpricing' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has assured residents that the state will record landmark achievements in major sectors this year. In a statement yesterday in Ikeja, the capital, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, the governor noted that the state witnessed a massive leap in infrastructural development in 2017. He said the reformsRead MoreThe post 'Lagos to record landmark achievements' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has given a six-month deadline to the National Minimum Wage Committee to come up with a new minimum wage for workers. The congress is also asking all governors owing workers salaries to settle such arrears before the end of the first quarter of this year or face theRead MoreThe post TUC gives govt six-month deadline on minimum wage appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
A Coscharis group, the nation's conglomerate that plays in diverse sectors of the economy automobile, information technology, logistics, beverages, agro-allied amongst others, has cause to celebrate ending the challenging year with recognitions in terms of various awards across their business interest. Coscharis was recognised with the award as one of the top 50 brandsRead MoreThe post Award galore for Coscharis brands appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
FirstBank has won two of the three awards in the keenly-contested Nigerian Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) Annual Dinner and Awards Night held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. FirstBank FraudDesk emerged as the 'Best FraudDesk' and the 'most Cooperative FraudDesk' in the Industry. These are recognition of the bank's efforts in combating e-fraud as wellRead MoreThe post CBN rewards FirstBank's fight against e-fraud appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Nigeria may face tomato, rice and onion shortages next year, following the continued shut down of Tiga Dam in Kano State, The Nation has learnt. The dam provides irrigation to Hadejia and to areas as far as Nguru and Gashua in Borno and Yobe states. Nigeria produces 65 per cent of all the tomatoes inRead MoreThe post Rice, onion, tomato shortages likely next year, experts warn appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC)remained committed to ensuring efficiency at the ports to make them compete with those in neighbouring countries, its Executive Secretary, Hassan Bello, has said. Bello told The Nation that automation of portsservices was necessary to drive the change needed to reform the sector to attract more cargoes. He said ports automationRead MoreThe post NSC: we won't compromise on portsefficiency appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Plansby two carriers, Air Peace and MedViewAirlines, to begin flights into the United States next summer could intensify competition on the route hitherto dominated by American carrier Delta Airlines. The carriers are convinced that they could leverage the huge population of Nigerians residing and doing business in major American cities including Houston, in Texas,Read MoreThe post Nigerian carriers plan to fly into US may ignite competition appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Chief Executive Officer, Ruff N Tumble, Mrs. Adenike Ogunlesi, has commended the women in manufacturing. She said though women have done a lot in the sector, they still need more voices and opportunities to enable them grow and mentor others to succeed. Ogunlesi spoke on the sidelines of the celebration of Women in ManufacturingRead MoreThe post Stakeholders urge more women participation in manufacturing appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The National CashewAssociation of Nigeria (NCAN) has raised the alarm over the invasion of the cashew nuts business by some unscrupulous businessmen and smugglers. The association, therefore, urged the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to stop smugglers of the product, noting that their activities were making the business difficult for traders and depriving the country ofRead MoreThe post Stop cashew smugglers, traders urge Customs, others appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Ford's F-Series full-sized pickup line, led by the F-150, could post sales of 900,000 units this year. After decades as the top-selling vehicle in the United States, it will keep that crown with ease. F-Series sales through November were 807,379, or about 73,000 a month. December is expected to be the best auto salesRead MoreThe post Ford F-Series sales may reach 900,000 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The real estate and construction sector of the economy has all it takes to contribute more to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in this fiscal year. But this is only if certain conditions are met. Experts are convinced that with the right indices in place to spur the contributions from the private sector, despite theRead MoreThe post Real estate: A bright future appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Experts expect the agricultural sector to gain momentum this year, boost incomes, complement the continued fiscal stimulus and an upturn in merchandise exports. This, however, will depend on policy reforms to promote services liberalisation, and public infrastructure management. DANIEL ESSIET reports. To experts, agriculture willyield substantial growth and morerevenues this year. They based their projectionRead MoreThe post Booming agric, bumper growth appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
SIR: Niger South Senatorial district of Niger State comprises of eight local governments, namely; Agaie, Bida, Lapai, Edati, Gbako, Katcha, Lavun and Mokwa. The zone is not only endowed with vast arable land, but, endowed with abundant human resources. Just as Nigerians are clamoring for bold changes on good governance, the good people of zoneRead MoreThe post Representatives Niger South needs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Onobrakpeya is a worthy recipient of the national merit award Three months after he turned 85, celebrated artist Bruce Onobrakpeya received the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on December 7, which was icing on the cake. Engineering scholar Prof Adesoji Adesina also got the merit award. Vice President YemiRead MoreThe post A national treasure appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
He is no doubt a phenomenon. No, not the new Liberian President-elect, George Weah; Hardball refers here, to the man in the synagogue, Prophet T.B. Joshua. This is not to downgrade the stature of Weah or the magnitude of his election victory, again, no. It is to report that love him or hate him, ProphetRead MoreThe post George was 'ere appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Nigerians expect a change for the better It is most fitting that the New Year arrives on aMonday, the firstwork day of the week. It is said that morning shows the day, and there is a belief around here thatMondaydictates the week. If 2018 begins on aMonday, it may well be a bright augury.Read MoreThe post 2018 is here appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
On October 19, 2017, the 33rdConvocation Lectureof theUniversity of Ilorin (Unilorin), Kwara State, was delivered at the university's Main Auditorium. The lecturer was introduced as 'Professor Chris Imafidon, Chair and Founder, Excellence in Education Programme (Oxford, UK); Consultant to Presidents, European and American Governments, Monarchs and Corporate Leaders; Patriarch of 'Britain's brainiest or smartest family.'Read MoreThe post Imafidon and Unilorin appeared fir 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Last year, the agitation for restructuring and the threat of secession dominated public discourse. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN examines the issues and events that will shape Nigeria's politics this year. The political events of last year will linger in the memories of Nigerians. It was a year that economic recession, the agitation for restructuring andRead MoreThe post Issues that will shape politics in 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.