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


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

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria’s problems have to do more with process than structure.

Buhari made his position known in his New Year nationwide broadcast to Nigerians early on Monday.
He noted that while the nation had tried the parliamentary system of government and jettisoned it, there was ongoing clamour to return to the same system.

He urged Nigerians to learn to give a long period of trial and improvement for the adopted system to get better.

Buhari said, “In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the ongoing debate about ‘restructuring.’

“No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments.

“We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities.

“When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.

 “We tried the parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the parliamentary structure.
“In older democracies these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes.

“We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.”

This notwithstanding, the President said there was a strong case for a closer look at the cost of government and for the public services long used to extravagance, waste and corruption to change for the better.

 He assured Nigerians that his government was receptive to ideas which would improve governance and contribute to the country’s peace and stability.

As the country approaches electioneering season, Buhari urged politicians to avoid exploiting ethnicity and religion by linking ethnicity with religion and religion with politics.
Mon, 01 Jan 2018

At least eight people died and several others remain missing after a passenger boat capsized off the coast of Borneo on Monday, an official said, in the latest deadly maritime accident in Indonesia.

The ferry was carrying some 45 people when it sank just minutes after leaving Tanjung Selor in North Borneo province, said Gusti Anwar Mulyadi a senior official of the local search and rescue agency.

Some 33 people have so far been rescued and navy personnel have been dispatched to search for the remaining passengers, but he said high waves are impeding operations.


 
“We don’t know yet what has caused the accident and how exactly it happened. But we’ll try to figure that out and are now focusing on finding the remaining passengers,” Mulyadi told AFP.

It is the latest boat accident in the vast Indonesian archipelago, which relies heavily on boats to ferry people around its 17,000 islands, but has a patchy safety record.

Last July, eight people drowned in a boat accident on the same route from Tarakan to Tanjung Selor.

On New Year’s day last year at least 23 people died when a tourist boat from Jakarta burst into flames.

It was carrying about 250 local holidaymakers to celebrate the New Year on Tidung island near Jakarta.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018

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. 

 Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.

 The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.


 
 Such unpatriotism will not divert the Administration from the course we have set ourselves. Our government’s watch word and policy thrust is CHANGE. We must change our way of doing things or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity.

 My address to fellow Nigerians this morning is devoted mainly to informing you about the intense efforts this Administration is putting to address our country’s huge infrastructural deficit.

 We are going to make significant in-roads in advancing road, rail and power projects across the country. 

 The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the drivers of this Government’s commitment to renew and increase Nigeria’s stock of infrastructure in order to achieve global economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

With regards to Railways, we have set ourselves ambitious targets. Already in construction stage is the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway.   

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Armed policemen and officers of the Department of State Services kept vigil, as usual at the Cedar Crest Hospital, Gudu District, Abuja, welcoming the New Year 2018 as President Muhammadu Buharis son, Yusuf, spent six days in the facility. A check at the hospital on Sunday around 8pm revealed that the policemen [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
A new year is right here and for many people, that means a fresh start. Before you start setting goals and resolutions for the New Year however, it's best to assess how the past year went and identify bad financial habits you may need to change, according to www.frugalrules.com. Meeting goals and making lifestyle changes [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A coalition of human right groups under the aegis of the Civil Society for Development Initiative has accused oil marketers as being behind the fuel scarcity that is gradually subsiding across the country. It said oil marketers created artificial scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit in order to force the Federal Government to [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Wednesday acknowledged that the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities made progress during theirs talks. He gave the assurance while addressing state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the state House. Ngige [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Microsoft is declaring war against the iMac. Following quite a while of rumors, holes, and hypothesis, Microsoft uncovered the Surface Studio, its first-historically speaking desktop PC, at an occasion in New York today. Like the iMac, it's an all-in-one (AIO) PC, with every one of its segments held in a solitary base and screen unit. [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Tayo Elegbede For many, the Internet is becoming an embedded part of everyday life. Seen as an indispensable commodity for socialisation, communication and business transaction, it is sharpening several aspects of human existence, not leaving out fast developing regions like Africa. With the ubiquity of digital technologies on the continent, it is common to find [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Michael Omisore As the first set of assignments come in from a holiday writing challenge, I am currently conducting for secondary school students, I begin to see the not-so-obvious reasons behind the further decline in education and the poor reading culture in our society ' something that should be a serious concern to all of [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse The ongoing annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, on Tuesday, received enormous publicity. The publicity, however, came in a controversial manner. The General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, in a message on marriage, stirred a widespread debate on social media, with thousands taking to the Internet to protest [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
To reach more Nigerians with official information and increase public engagement, the Presidency has unveiled a weekly email newsletter. A statement by the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement said the online newsletter would be made available to subscribers on Mondays. Intending subscribers are encouraged to sign up at bit.ly/GovtAtWork to join the mailing list. The [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Three Nigerian pupils would join their counterparts from other parts of the world for the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship holding in Florida, the United States, from August 7 to 10. The participants are Katherine Eta, Atafo Abure and Abdullah Usman. While Eta and Abure are pupils of The Childville School, Ogudu, Lagos, Usman [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Efforts by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, to convince his social media fans that he remained loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress caused a stir on Facebook and Twitter. His position, which he made known through a Facebook post, generated a heated controversy. His fans were divided on whether [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
A former Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Edo State, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, has urged Nigerian youths to shun negative aspects of the Internet and other information communication and technology tools. The ex-VC urged them to use the tools to enhance their life opportunities. Alele-Williams, who said this on Friday at the graduation ceremony of Grace High [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Sola Fagorusi Fatima dislocated her left shoulder while getting dressed. She was in excruciating pain, but not enough pain to make her forget her state of undress, which would be extremely embarrassing if she were to raise the alarm. She glimpsed her phone, which was lying on her bed and quickly used her right hand [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Interactive content is one of the biggest upcoming trends in content marketing. Creating something unique that customers can personalize to get direct feedback from has a lot of potential for helping your business to reach new audiences. But how can you succeed with interactive content' Here's a breakdown of what your content should be doing, [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Sola Fagorusi Fatima dislocated her left shoulder while getting dressed. She was in excruciating pain, but not enough pain to make her forget her state of undress, which would be extremely embarrassing if she were to raise the alarm. She glimpsed her phone, which was lying on her bed and quickly used her right hand [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Interactive content is one of the biggest upcoming trends in content marketing. Creating something unique that customers can personalize to get direct feedback from has a lot of potential for helping your business to reach new audiences. But how can you succeed with interactive content' Here's a breakdown of what your content should be doing, [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse The Presidency, on Monday, 'said many of the photographs' of butchered corpses being circulated on social media in relation to fresh attacks in Benue State were not sourced from the state. It said some were traceable to past overseas conflicts. It said this in a tweet posted on @DigiCommsNG, a Twitter handle operated [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Towunmi Coker The story of my childhood days cannot be fully told without mentioning an object known among the Yoruba as kolo. I had the wooden type and a modified one made of tin and secured with a padlock. The wooden kolo was an enclosed box with a hole for keeping money. The idea was [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
A group of Israelis and Americans bereaved in Palestinian attacks said Monday they would seek $1bn in damages from Facebook for alleged complicity, as part of a suit filed in the United States against the social media giant, Reuters has reported. The plaintiffs, relatives of four Israeli-US dual nationals and one visiting US citizen who [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Terver Bendega, @bendegaterver/bendegaterver@gmail.com A running joke on Nigerian Twitter is the concept of 'they.' 'They' are often regarded as people, very likely from your home-town, who do not want you to succeed. 'They' come in several shapes and sizes. But they have close ties with you ' [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Before Monday, there was no dispute about the true identity of the Niger Delta Avengers, a new militant group, on social media. The group had taken responsibility for recent attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region. But with the suspension of its Twitter page on Monday, multiple social media [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Twitter has suspended @NDAvengers, an account operated by the Niger Delta Avengers, a new militant group which has taken responsibility for the recent attacks on oil and gas assets in the Niger Delta region. The account could not be accessed on Monday. A pop-up message on the micro-blogging site said, 'The account has [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Juliet, a daughter of the missing Abuja-based business woman, Charity Aiyedogbon, has 'reinvented' the social media drama that announced her mother's sudden disappearance. Mrs. Aiyedogbon's missing, which was reported by The PUNCH earlier in the month, has sparked a widespread social media campaign. Weeks after she was declared missing, bloggers and other social [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse It was not difficult to understand why Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, his Silverbird Galleria and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria 'seized' the country's digital space on Thursday morning. The day turned sour for the media entrepreneur in the early hours, the moments after AMCON enforced an order to seal the company's premises in [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade It is widely accepted that creativity is key to effective advertising. Yet, when it comes to creativity in mobile advertising, brands are hesitant to take a leap of faith. While a few big names have taken the lead with some incredible mobile campaigns, the majority are trailing behind. Maybe this is not surprising [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse As a parent, you are always concerned about the safety of your kids. You want to be sure that they are fine at home, in school and at the playing ground. This is not the case in the online world, which is harder to control than the real life. In fact, the online [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Moved by a widespread condemnation that has greeted the demand for an immunity and life pensions for its principal officers, the Senate has unveiled an online poll to know those that deserve such protection. An agenda for immunity protection and life pensions for principal officers of the National Assembly was unveiled at a [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Those who thought the social media team and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party would rise in solidarity with the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, whose house has been reportedly raided by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, may have been disappointed. The anti-graft operatives reportedly stormed Obanikoro's [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse From inception, it was obvious that the current Senate would not struggle to be heard. Months before it was inaugurated, a number of its members had taken a fair share on Nigerian digital space, engaging people on their agenda. For instance, the likes of Senate President Bukola Saraki, Ben Murray-Bruce, Dino Malaye and [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the trending #NotTooYoungToRun, a hashtag that aggregates online support for the reduction of age limit for elective offices. Jonathan said on Twitter that he had given his support to the plan to review relevant laws that prevented individuals below certain age ceiling from vying for elective offices. 'I [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Huawei says that its GR5 brand is a modified version of the Honor 5X, a smartphone being sold in other countries under the Honor line. 'It seems that Huawei has consolidated its own budget Honor lineup to its own brand moving forward, so as not to confuse customers in some territories,' an expert [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Before now, one would need to visit the home of a mourning family physically to pay tribute or sign a condolence register. But nowadays, all one needs to do to show one's mood or how much one cares about the dead person is to click on a computer screen or touch a phone [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Towunmi Coker One would think that with the rate of unemployment in the country and the culture of respect that many ethnic groups profess, there would be a proper customer service in many organisations. But this is not so in many cases, with some outfits operating digital media not excluded. When I was much younger, [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse But for former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku's quick response to posts by @Atiku2019, the relatively-new Twitter handle might have passed on as a tacit 'declaration' by the Turaki of Adamawa for the next presidential election. The media office of the former Vice-President had distanced itself and its principal from the Twitter handle. 'The handle [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
You know there is an economic downturn when all your friends suddenly become introverts to avoid going out and spending money. Your mum pretends not to hear your not-so-subtle comments about running out of money or remarks on products on sale. Nigeria is currently experiencing a meltdown in its economy. And during seasons such as [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The last time it happened was May 29, 2015. As former President Goodluck Jonathan handed over the mantle of leadership to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, both men literally took over Nigeria's social media space. A similar drama played out on Monday. The President was flown to the United Kingdom for medical attention. Afterwards, he [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse The Ogoniland, an oil-rich kingdom in Rivers State, broke the Internet on Thursday. But this time, it was for a good reason ' Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in the volatile region to unveil the long-expected environmental cleanup project. But the exercise itself was ignored for the last-minute cancelation of President Muhammadu Buhari's [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade Imagine walking into your local supermarket to discover the aisles blocked with abandoned trolleys and the checkouts hidden behind piles of dumped shopping baskets. It never happens. Customers would find somewhere else to shop and the store manager would soon be out of job. The worst scenario is that the store could shut [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse The Yankari Game Reserves tops the most exciting tourist sites in Nigeria, according to hotels.ng, a hospitality-listing portal. Little wonder, the Bauchi State Government has stepped up efforts to harness the potential of the reserve and other similar sites to boost its internally-generated revenue. The government's website indicates that tourism is among its [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse The Yankari Game Reserves tops the most exciting tourist sites in Nigeria, according to hotels.ng, a hospitality-listing portal. Little wonder, the Bauchi State Government has stepped up efforts to harness the potential of the reserve and other similar sites to boost its internally-generated revenue. The government's website indicates that tourism is among its [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse It appears that there is no end to the ongoing social media war between the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina, and a Nigerian scholar, Prof. Pius Adesanmi. Adesanmi had drawn the first blood, in a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday, by making a comparison [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse A new platform, known as Company Reviews, for assessing employers online, has been unveiled. It was created by Nigeria's online job portal, Careers24, to serve as a medium for collating employees' thoughts about their employers. Company Reviews, which is a feature on the Careers24 website, provides an opportunity for employees to give, anonymously, [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade taiwok@google.com Imagine walking into your local supermarket to discover the aisles blocked with abandoned trolleys and the checkouts hidden behind piles of dumped shopping baskets. It never happens. Customers would find somewhere else to shop and the store manager would soon be out of job. The worst scenario is that the store could [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
@tayojet/tayo@developmentdiaries.com/08180039899 One of the most common questions about social media is how to measure their impact and returns on investment. Individuals and businesses query how to get both tangible and intangible results from investments made on social media. Social media could really be interesting. They can also be overwhelming, when desired results are not achieved [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse The controversial Frivolous Petitions Bill, on Tuesday, 'died' at the Senate plenary without sparking the kind of buzz that Nigerians had expected on social media. The bill was dropped during the celebration of the International Technology Day, an event that offered an opportunity to users of the Internet and service providers to examine [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Geoff Iyatse Processors and graphics The simplest way to explain processor is to say that it is the brain of a computer or any other machine. If you want a fast computer that boots up programmes in a flash; completes tasks as soon as possible and does not keep you waiting, then you want the []