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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 JANUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 15 January, 2017.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Federal Government’s ongoing war against corruption and sleaze may be a Herculean task to accomplish, following a startling revelation that two indigenous Nigerian firms, Phase 3 Telecom Limited and Alheri Engineering Company Limited are owing Federal Government a whopping $75,500,000.00million (about N27.18billion at N360 to $1) over fibre optic agreement. The Daily Times further gathered that the two firms might have generated over N500billion and allegedly diverted the funds through the failed concession agreement. Phase 3 Telecom and Alheri Engineering, both concessionaires, used the platforms and the facilities of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) during the pendency of concession agreement to service their customers. The Daily Times is in possession of documents which indicted the two firms of being complicit in the humongous ripping-off of the Federal Government’s funds for 11 years. The deal, which probably must have given the government some hard nuts to crack, has however caught the attention of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), who has sought the personal intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari to recover the funds and take possession of the critical infrastructure. Read Also: TCN spends N2.5 bn to clear abandoned equipment Fashola, armed with overwhelming evidence and the huge rip-off involved, has written a letter to Buhari for his information and intervention. He is first seeking the intervention of the President to unravel the circumstances of the failed contract and to unmask the faces of firms/ individuals involved, one of which is allegedly linked to a Nigerian business mogul. Fashola, in his letter with Ref No FMP/OPS/ 06/1 and dated November 31, 2017 to President Buhari, entitled, Re: Concessioning of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wrote: “I write to respectfully draw your Excellency’s attention to ongoing efforts by the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to enforce its termination of two failed Fiber Network concession Agreements, recover its outstanding concession fees in the sum of USD 75,500,000.00million from the two concessionaires, and take position of and commercialize its critical fiber optic infrastructure, which are essential for the stability and optimization of the national grid. “TCN owns and operates the national grid, which consists of 8,336 km of 330kV transmission lines, 8,071 km of 132kV transmission lines, and 191 3301732133kv substations that convey electricity nationwide from power stations where the electricity is produced, to distribution companies who receive it for onward delivery to households, businesses and industries across the country. TCN is currently 100 per cent owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria. TCN’s transmission lines are built with fiber optic lines which can convey telecommunications signals nationwide.” Fashola’s letter to the President further reads in part: “In 2006, the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) entered into two separate Concession Agreements with Phase 3 Telecom Limited and Alheri Engineering Company Limited (“Concessionaires”). The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) inherited the Concession Agreements when it was created pursuant to the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005. TCN in turn inherited the Concession Agreements when it was carved out of PHCN pursuant to the unbundling of PHCN. “The Concession Agreement provided for the Concessionaires to take over the operation of TCN’s fiber optic network (which is part of TCN’s electricity transmission lines); build, operate and transfer enhancements of the fiber optic network, over a period of 15 years; and use the assets to provide telecommunications services to third parties. “The Concessionaires were to pay a concession fee of $40 million each for the use of TCN’s assets to service their customers. The concession fee it was not just for the right-of-way upon which the transmission lines are constructed, but also for the use of the fiber optic network, which was built by TCN along with the transmission lines. The agreements also provided for shelter fees of 2.5o/o royalty/on gross revenue. “Since 2006, Phase 3 and Alheri have paid only $2million and $3.5million concession fees, respectively. 
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Senior Pastor of Living Faith World Outreach (a.k.a Winners Chapel) , Bishop David Oyedepo, has raised the alarm of impending danger in the country over the failure of the federal government to check the activities of Fulani herdsmen and stop the killing of innocent Nigerians, warning that “the soul of Nigeria is near the point of death.” Oyedepo, who made the declarations in his prophetic messages to the nation on Sunday, accused the federal government of looking the other way while the Fulani herdsmen are wrecking havoc in the land. He said, “The security apparatus of the country has obviously failed to defend the property and lives of these poor farmers. While we are claiming to be curtailing Boko Haram, we are on the other hand aiding and abetting herdsmen and their murderous acts.” The revered cleric, who said that God gave him the message about the looming danger in 1992, stated that, “insurgency is spreading across the country under the guise of Fulani herdsmen. Danger is looming.” Oyedepo thereafter raised certain questions on why the culprits were yet to be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other trouble makers. He said, “For example, how many of these killers have been brought to book since their campaign of carnage, death and destruction began, one may ask? A nationwide crisis is in the offing that may be worse than anyone around knows. “Tell me the morality behind some strangers who are doing their business as cattle rearers overrunning your farm with your labour and graze their cattle on your crop and when you challenge them, they kill you. “Where are the Leaders of Thoughts in Nigeria? Where is the government and that continues unabated. We are sitting on a keg of gun powder. There is volatile reaction coming and God revealed this to me as far back as 1992, clearly written in my diary. “Nigeria shall not be destroyed. God shall trouble all that trouble the peace and progress of this nation.” He further urged the federal government to take decisive action on the issue in order to forestall a situation where the people might be forced to defend themselves. He said, “The destiny of our nation has never been under the threat of survival as it is today. People may soon be forced to take the law into their hands. Nigeria is a nation at war with ourselves. No external aggression from aggressors, no ethnic crisis, no natural disaster, yet we are doing mass burial. What a nation in a state of slumber. The cleric then made a clarion call on Nigerians, warning of the dangers ahead if necessary steps were not taken against the herdsmen. He said, “Hear the voice of God through this prophet, the soul of Nigeria is near the point of death. Citizens of this nation are fast becoming endangered species, God have mercy. Let me ask these pertinent questions that borders on the conscience of a nation and its leaders. “Is cattle business government business? Should farmers be killed for Fulani herdsmen to live? Should all the farmers leave their farms today for fear of Fulani herdsmen?
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on Sinopec International Petroleum Company (SIPC), a subsidiary of Sinopec Group to, as a matter of urgency initiate discussions with its employees, who are also members of the union over employment contracts. This is in reaction to the on-going Global Assets Optimisation Programme of SIPC, involving the selling off total subsidiary business investments of all SIPC’s interests in Addax Petroleum Nigeria (APN) covering OMLs 123/124 and 126/127 and transferral of all assets and liabilities, including the employee to any third part(ies). In a press statement signed by Comrade Chris Ogiemwonyi Jnr., branch chairman, and Comrade Gerald Agwu, the Secretary, “the Association wishes to put on record that whilst PENGASSAN acknowledges the exclusive right of SIPC to manage and/or dispose of their assets in whatsoever manner so desired, the employment contracts of APN’s Nigerian employees do not form part and parcel of these assets and PENGASSAN will not permit them to be treated as such.” In a telephone conversation with the branch secretary, he said that the decision of the union stands, especially as it is in line with standard industry practice and labour statutes in Nigeria and the subsisting Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between PENGASSAN and Addax Petroleum Nigeria (APN). He said the Association understands the right of SIPC to disposing of their assets in whatsoever manner, but the employment contracts of the employees is not part of the assets. Pengassan, however warned that “the association is constrained to inform the general public and all potential buyers that in the event of a failure by SIPC or her nominated representatives, to open negotiations and close out with PENGASSAN on this and all associated matters, prior to the completion of the divestment of SIPC’s interests in APN, then it shall take whatever measures are necessary to protect the interests of her members including but not limited to, local and international legal action against all parties involved in transaction, as well as the total and complete withdrawal of services of her members, essential services inclusive, across all locations.” China’s Sinopec Group is a Chinese oil and gas company based in Beijing, China. In December last year, the company hired BNP Paribas, a French international banking group to sell its oil business in Nigeria and Gabon.
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
-Says they are disguised terrorists -insist genuine members carry only cutlass for self defense -rejects cattle colonies in preference for ranches -demands improved welfare, educationThe post Herdsmen/Farmers clash: Fulani herdsmen deny AK-47 wielding members appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello, has been reacting to the announcement made at the weekend, banning commercial cart pushers andThe post Desist from patronising cart pushers or risk prosecution Lagos SSG appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Amnesty International has revealed that life of 10 leaders of the independent movement in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon could be at risk ofThe post AI raises alarm over plan secret trial of 10 Cameroonians appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
A suspect arrested by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos Police Command for supplying gun to three robbery suspects, has disclosed toThe post I bought gun to scare away rival cult gangs suspect appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Babatunde Raji Fashola, Nigerias minister of power, works and housing has written to president Muhammadu Buhari in an effort of Transmission company of Nigeria (TCN)The post Nigerias FG moves to terminate fiber network concession agreements, to recover $75.5m appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
..We have to defend ourselves Benue Youth ..Onaiyekan calls for divine intervention After the mass burial of the massacre in Benue by the suspectedThe post #BenueKillings: Makurdi boils again appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Class of 1983 old boys of Government College, Umuahia last week met for the first time after 30 years with resolve to foster unityThe post GCU class of 83 old boys unite over school after 30 year, pledge to give back to school appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Servant of God, presiding over the Living Faith Ministries, world wide, Bishop David Oyedepo has sent a wake up call to Nigeria, a nation heThe post Fulani herdsmen killings: Nigeria needs rescue, Oyedepo cries out appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the 2019 electoral timetable, signalling the commencement of politicking across the country, Transportation Minister, Rt Hon ChibuikeThe post 2019: Forget Brick House, Amaechi tells kinsmen appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Even with the people Democratic Party yet to call for expression of interest of its presidential aspirants for the 2019 poll, an aspirant in theThe post Presidential Election: Female Professor To Contest Under PDP appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
denies saying he will contest election for office of President Berates Buhari for failing to deliver of promises Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly,The post I will be president of Nigeria, but not by election Bakare declares appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The outgoing President of Liberia and leader of the defeated Unity Party (UP) has expelled President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for alleged anti-party activities as well asThe post Unity Party of Liberia expels President Johnson-Sirleaf appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Recent newspaper reports that the cumulative unremitted revenue from domestic crude oil sales by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) stood at about N3.878 trillionThe post NNPCS non remittance of N3.88trn to FG in 2015 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has called on Nigerians to support the Armed Forces to promote peace across the country. Speaking at aThe post Join Armed Forces to promote peace, Wike urges Nigerians appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday said the state government will continue to give top priority to the welfare of ex-service men asThe post Welfare of ex-servicemen, families, our priority Ambode appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has commended the efforts made by the Nigerian military especially those who fought in the first and second World Wars,The post Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Atiku celebrates fallen heroes appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Farmers in Nigeria under the Zero Hunger Commodity Associations, has urged government at all levels to support the Zero Hunger Nigeria Programme to achieve itsThe post Farmers seek support for UNs Zero hunger programme in Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The United Nations has appointed Nigerias Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun into the Investments Committee of the United Nations (UN) Joint Staff Pension FundThe post UN appoints Adeosun into pension funds investments committee appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Flour Mills of Nigeria will market a share sale to existing investors on Jan. 15 to raise N39.86 billion (130 million dollars). The Nigeria StockThe post Flour Mills floats N39.8b shares Monday appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Popular TV situation comedy, Professor Johnbull, powered by telecommunications giant, Globacom, this week, advises young ladies of marriageable age on the need to exhibit aThe post Prof Johnbull advises ladies on self- worth in new episode appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim and her rapper boo,Iceberg Slim are one of the most talked about couples in the entertainment industry . Many have alsoThe post Heres What Attracted Juliet Ibrahim To Iceberg Slim appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson-Okogie has disclosed that the social media reactions that trailed her decision to delete pictures of her husband from her Instagram page,The post My Husband Was Shocked At The Social Media Drama After I Deleted His Photos Mercy Johnson appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Nigeria! Can this be the same Nigeria of the 1960s' Browsing through many chapters of the journey of nationhood some exciting, others worrisome andThe post How Nigeria can flow with milk and honey again appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Sensational singer, Kiss Daniel has reacted to claims that his hit song Yeba is promoting sexual assault. Over the weekend, there were reports flying aroundThe post Kiss Daniel speaks on promoting sexual assault appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The United Nations as we know it came about as a result of the aftermath of the killings that characterized the first and second WorldThe post Avoiding Rwandan type genocide appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Nigerias singer, Davido is set for a collaboration with South Africas sensational dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, who normally dances on stage, without wearing a pant. AccordingThe post Davido to marry South African pantless dancer Zodwa Wabantu appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
According to a report , comedian AY and Davido may be facing a legal battle as the Lagos State Government has taken them to courtThe post Lagos State Government Drags AY And Davido To Court For Tax Evasion appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Funke Akindele is no longer listed among the full cast of Avengers: Infinity War on IMDb. On Saturday, January 13, 2017, Akindeles name no longerThe post How Funke Akindeles Name Was Removed From Avengers: Infinity War Cast appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers