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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH JANUARY, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 8th January, 2018.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has said the recent killings in some parts of the country must not be politicised.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said this in Abuja yesterday at the Inter-denominational church service for the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.
 
Osinbajo said the government had realised that some people wanted to benefit politically from the killings in Benue, Rivers, Adamawa, Plateau and other states.
The vice president said those people were stoking the embers of ethnicity and religion through hate speeches.
Osinbajo said playing dangerous politics with these killings could pose a threat to the nation’s unity and stability.
He said the government will defend the unity and territorial integrity of Nigeria and resist actions aimed at breaking the bond of nationhood “paid for so dearly by the blood and sweat of the armed forces.”
He said the government also has an obligation to defend the freedoms and rights that form the fundamentals of nationhood; including the rights to life, livelihood, liberty and freedom of worship.
Osinbajo stated: “We have seen even recently the killings that have resulted in attacks of herdsmen on farmers and communities and also where communities have attacked herdsmen. 
“The state of violence and loss of lives in Rivers State, the Badoo killings in Lagos and Ogun; the president has ordered the police and armed forces to deal decisively with these killings to ensure that the perpetrators are found and punished. 
He has also, through various strategic meetings, tasked security agencies to work to find lasting solutions to these issues.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Kogi State government has retired eight permanent secretaries and dismissed 1,774 civil servants from the employ of the government as part of its civil service reforms it started in 2016.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs Petra Onyegbule, in a statement yesterday in Lokoja said the government approved the retirement of eight permanent secretaries who had served in that capacity for four years and above as well as some directors who had been in office for eight years and above. 


 
“The retired permanent secretaries have been paid their consolidated benefits. Also affected are civil servants who have attained the special grade 17,” she said.
She said directors who had been in office for eight years and above but had yet to attain retirement age or maximum number of years in office were given opportunity to partake in an examination and interviews to fill the position of the retired permanent secretaries, adding that the outcome of the exercise was still being awaited. 
Onyegbule said, “The move was in line with the policy of the present administration to ease the top heaviness of the service and correct a situation where the civil service lacks staff at the lower cadres while the top is heavy, leading to an inverted pyramid.” 
She said that of the total number of civil servants dismissed, 1,667 were for certificate forgery while 107 were sacked for involvement in fraud.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The new e-fees payment method for unity schools in which students were required to generate a Remita Reference (RR) online before using it to complete the payment, was said to be full of twists and turns. 
Students have started reporting to schools for the second term on Saturday but thousands of students were reportedly stranded because they could not pay school fees due to system failure. 


 
Parents in Plateau State have attributed challenges with the new e-platform to last minute rush. 
Isa Abdullahi whose son attended Federal Government College, Jos said parents who paid their children’s school fees in December faced little or no challenge with the e-payments, usually done on a single multi-bank platform.
Abdullahi said “usually the remita reference for the payment is generated at internet café before taking it to the bank. However, for FGC Jos, we were able to generate it from the school’s computer centre and then we took it to the bank. Right now, most banks are having challenges accessing the remita platform which I believe is due to congestion.”
He, however, said with the boarding students returning to school yesterday (Sunday), parents would be ready to plead with the school management to let students who were unable to complete their registration due to network challenges.
Our correspondent who also spoke to Mr. Joseph Iwu whose daughter was in FGGC Langtang, learned that he paid his daughter’s fees earlier seamlessly. “A number of parents have told me that the banks are facing network challenges right now but I believe it is due to the rush. I paid my daughter’s fees without challenge a day after the New Year.” 
In Benue State, parents have decried the untold hardship they faced with e-payment at banks occasioned by poor internet access.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
As schools resume from the Christmas and New Year holiday today, the Kaduna State chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has disclosed its intention to begin an indefinite strike action to express its grievance over the sack of about 22,000 primary school teachers by the state government.
In its reaction, the state government has said any teacher who participates will be dismissed. 


 
The government had announced the sack of 21,780 primary school teachers who allegedly failed a primary four test conducted to test their competency. 
A notice served yesterday to NUT members across the state and signed by the union chairman and assistant secretary general, Comrade Audu Titus Amba and Adamu Ango respectively directed that the strike begin today, January 8, 2018.   
The notice recalled that the union had earlier served a notice of two-week ultimatum for the commencement of an indefinite strike by teachers in both public primary and secondary schools in the state as the  government was hell bent on disengaging teachers in its public primary schools based on the competency test. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Liberias long and tortuous presidential election ended on a clean and peaceful note last week with the victory of former international football star George Weah. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara South Senatorial District, at the weekend, described those behind the recall process of Senator Rafiu Ibrahim from the National Assembly as unknown entities. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO) has organized a special prayer session for the country and the quick recovery of the presidents son, Yusuf, who was involved in a bike crash. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has said that Governor Yahaya Bello cannot deliver the state to President Muhammadu Buhari come 2019 as he recently boasted. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The National Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Engineer Yabaji Yusuf Sani, says the call on President Muhammadu Buhari to run again in 2019 is a sheer act of arrogance. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Delta State Chapter has described Satuday''s council polls across the 25 local governments in the state as a sham that cannot stand. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
From Romoke W. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
By Hamza Idris & Abbas JimohAtiku didnt fight third term Sen DansadauWhy did you register the National Rescue Movement (NRM) at this time'As you know, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the helm of this country for 16 years and there was nothing to show for it.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Barely five days after a fire razed a four-bedroom flat in Abaji, another inferno destroyed a house on Saturday evening in the town. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Ona of Abaji and chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in the FCT, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, yesterday appealed to the management of the Ministry of Works to construct a pedestrian bridge at Abaji, on the Abuja-Lokoja road. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
A three-year-old child, who was among six injured passengers in last Thursdays auto crash in Abaji has died in hospital. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, has given motorcycles to ward chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 10 wards of the council. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, has sued for peace, while sympathizing with victims of the recent crisis in Bwari town. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Residents of Anambra state have been urged to make adequate travel arrangements to avoid being stranded following the Delta state local government election slated for Saturday, 6th January, 2018. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Mr Musa Dikko, has warned the people of the area against provocative statements that are capable of breaching the peace.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
I am [or was] a fish biologist by training and every now and then, Kaduna State Governor Nasiru el-Rufai reminds me of a fish called the muckraker. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Experts have predicted better performance of the Nigerian economy in 2018. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
A package of handouts to Saudi Arabian citizens to compensate them for cost of living increases will cost the government about 50 billion riyals ($13. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The 3050 megawatts (MW) Mambilla hydropower project which has long been on the drawing board was stirred in November 2017 when the Federal Government and Chinese contractors signed a N2. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The First Bank of Nigeria Limited has set aside N15bn loan budget for schools nationwide. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has generated N272 million for the federal government from the auctioning of 646 vehicles since its E-Auction platform began six months ago. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Amidst the current fuel crisis in the country NIPCO has offered some soothing words to stakeholders, promising market friendly rates for all petroleum products from its depot in 2018. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
OPEC deepened compliance with an oil supply-cutting deal in December due to a further decline in Venezuelan output and extra cuts by Gulf exporters, a Reuters survey found, showing strong commitment to the deal despite higher prices.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
In the world of hashtags, 2017 was varied. Trends ranged from Intagram''s most popular #love hashtag to a debate on sexual assault and harassment fuelled waves of #metoo tweets. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Year 2017 wasnt the most spectacular in terms of tech innovations, but there are still many events that are worth remembering nevertheless. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Etisalat debt issueThe biggest telecom sector news of 2017 was the $547m Etisalat (now 9mobile) debt issue. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Kano based nongovernmental advocacy group, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has decried the spate of violence against women on the internet, describing it as an infringement to their human rights. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Gael Monfils endured a string of injuries during 2017 but won the 2018 Qatar Open on his return to the ATP circuit. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
A highly-rated Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu has completed his transfer to Premier League side West Ham following a successful trial. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Oyinlomo Quadri and Marylove Edwards headline Team Nigerias title defense as the 2018 ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championship Qualifiers serves off in Lome, Togo on Monday. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru has returned to his club Everton FC after a season loan to Anderlecht. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has advised Nigerian youths to emulate the 2017 AITEO CAF Women Footballer of the year, Asisat Oshoala. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nigeria has been grouped alongside Australia, New Zealand and Canada in the basketball event of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018. 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Warrenpoint Town boss Matthew Tipton says he has apologised to his own players after he was sent off during their Irish Cup defeat to Cliftonville.