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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 4th January, 2018.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Communications Minister Adebayo Shittu told reporters yesterday after a meeting with the President at Aso Villa that he had been appointed to lead a group in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 election.

According to him, the Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group will on January 20 inaugurate its Southwest zonal office to launch the President’s reelection battle.

He said for Buhari to seek a second term “goes without saying”.
 
“I know he has not made up his mind but I can say that some of us can assist him in making up his mind so that Nigeria can continue to enjoy stability and progress.

“I mean if you have a child who goes to primary school, does well, proceeds to secondary school, does well, and you keep asking, is he going to university? It goes without saying. By the grace of God, we his ardent supporters who appreciate his worth on behalf of millions of Nigerians would urge him to recontest.”

Asked whether campaigns for 2019 elections had begun, Shittu said: “Everyday since he came into office, all his activities are geared towards letting Nigeria know they have a saviour, a rescuer, somebody who is committed to providing relief to Nigerians in all respects.

“In the area of fighting corruption, insurgency, whether in the Northeast or the Niger Delta, in the area of repairing the economy and providing jobs and providing social stability in the society. You will agree with me that today but for Buhari, Boko Haram would have invaded even Lagos.”

Shittu, who hails from Oke Ogun, Oyo State, plans to run for governor in 2019, having previously failed as the governorship candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will sell petroleum products directly to marketers, it was learnt yesterday.

The middlemen in the chain are to be eliminated in one of the moves to combat fuel scarcity.

A meeting of the committee of stakeholders set up at the Presidential Villa reportedly took the decision yesterday.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, chaired the meeting at his office yesterday.


 
They predicated their decision on the rising price of crude oil which led to the increases price of petrol.

Although the NNPC is supposed to supply 50 per cent of the products to complement the marketers, no other group is able to import petrol now because of the price.

Its landing cost is N171 per litre and the Federal Government has said nobody should sell above N145.

The marketers stopped importing the product, making NNPC the sole importer since the removal of Petrol Support Fund (PSF) also known as subsidy.

A source close to yesterday’s meeting said: “We have already told them that it is only the NNPC that will be able to import the PMS.  The marketers cannot import the PMS because of the cost of the crude oil.

“This has also caused the price of the PMS to increase. Thus, if the marketers import it at the rate at which they are selling it now, automatically they cannot sell it at N145 per litre.”


 
The Federal Government, it was learnt, resolved to supply products directly to the independent marketers to remove the middlemen in the distribution chain and reduce the cost of the petrol.

Owing to the decision, the Federal Government has removed the intermediary tDepot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA), from who the independent marketers were getting the fuel.
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) Abeokuta Chapter, on Wednesday suspended their strike, which is now over three months old. The suspension was announced by the chapter's Chairman, Mr Kola Abiola, after a congress held atthe institution's campus to resolve the crisis between the Ogun State Government andRead MoreThe post MAPOLY lecturers suspend strike appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Think twice about that frothy, bubbly alcohol you consume as scientists have issued a new warning about its health effects by unravelling the linkage between it and cancer. Alcohol damages the DNA of stem cells responsible for producing new blood, according to a mouse study which may explain the link between drinking and cancer, scientistsRead MoreThe post Scientists unravel link between alcohol and cancer appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
There was a huge protest in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, yesterday. It was to condemn Tuesday'sattacks on some farmers inGuma and Logo Local Government Areas. Twenty people died and 30 others were injured in the attacks. President Muhammadu Buhari, who yesterday described the killings by suspected herdsmen as reprehensible, ordered that the perpetrators beRead MoreThe post Benue youths protest killings appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Oyo State Police Command yesterday arrested 14 suspects in connection with the violence at Oke-Ado area of Ibadan between two warring groups. Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that peace had also been brought to the troubled area following the deployment of policemen. He said the commandRead MoreThe post Police arrest 14 over Ibadan violence appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Chairman, People Democratic Party, (PDP), South Africa Chapter, Hon Ekos Akpokabayen has called on Africa youth to stand against inhumane act or any form of slave trade happening around the world. Akpokabayen, who made this known in his New Year message issued to The Nation yesterday in Lagos, said that in 2017, we allRead MoreThe post PDP South Africa chair urges youths to stand against slave trade appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The police in Benue State have arrested eight herdsmenover the killing on Monday of 20 residents of Guma and Logo Local Government councils. Police spokesman Moses Yamu said in a statement that 'eight herdsmen, six in Guma and two in Logo, have been arrested in connection with the attacks.' He said the command had madeRead MoreThe post Police arrest eight herdsmen over attacks appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Federal Government's special delegation, led by Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, is in Tripoli, the Libyan capital to evacuate Nigerians trapped in that country. The Head, Press and Public Relations of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mr Josiah Emerole said the delegation left the country yesterday. Emerole saidRead MoreThe post Govt delegation in Libya to evacuate trapped Nigerians appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari's comment on the elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last year. In his New Year's Day broadcast, the President described the by-elections conducted last year as credible. Agbakoba said:'INEC has not done badly at all.Read MoreThe post I agree with Buhari on INEC's credible polls, says Agbakoba appeared first on The Nation 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)has advised fuel marketers to seize the opportunity of special window, provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) to access dollars for importation, its Head, Group Manager, Public Affairs, Ndu Ugbamadu, has said. He said marketers will resume importation soon, when they maximise the use of the window, by accessingRead MoreThe post Marketers to resume fuel importation soon appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Nigerian Communication Satellite (NigComSat) is to procure from the Chinese two satellites to capture the local and African markets. Communication Minister Adebayo Shittu broke the news to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to him, the China EXIM Bank is to pay the nation's counterpart fundingRead MoreThe post NigComSat to procure $550m satellite appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara said yesterday there was no reason to justify the killing of innocent people, especially women and Children in Logo and Guma local governments areas of Benue state. Dogara urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately deploy security forces in the affected areas. Dogara, in a statement by his Media AdviserRead MoreThe post No justification for dastardly act, says Dogara appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Members of the Federal House of Representatives have begun working with stakeholders in Power, Construction and Information Communication Technology sectors to extend the Nigerian Content Act to the three sectors of the economy. The collaboration was firmed up at the recent workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for members ofRead MoreThe post NASS, stakeholders collaborate on extending Local Content to construction, power sectors appeared first on Th 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Can nature treat cancer' Yes, say cancer patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos. They spoke at the seminar tagged: Let's kill it! organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Atinuke Cancer Foundation. Despite that some of the patients looked frail, were on the wheelchair, they were bound by one thing Read MoreThe post Hope for cancer patients appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Arthur Kay is the founder and vice chairman of bio-bean, the world's first company to industrialise the process of turning coffee waste into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. He is also a recipient of Shell's LiveWIRE Innovation Award. Kay explained to reporters how waste from coffee grounds could be used as alternative source of fuel toRead MoreThe post 'We'll expand bio-bean technology to Nigeria' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Smokers who quit smoking and live on a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, have better chances of restoring their lung functions impaired by smoking, a new study finds. The study, published in the December issue of the European Respiratory Journal, said former smokers who eat more tomatoes and fresh fruits regularly sawRead MoreThe post Tomatoes, fruits diet restores lungs damaged by smoking, says report appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
PPP to deliver 20, 000 housing units In its bid to reduce the three million housing deficit, the Lagos State government has signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) with a firm, Messers Echostone Development Nigeria Limited. The signing held a forthnight ago. The agreement was third in the series of JVAs signed under the LagosRead MoreThe post Lagos' L.A.P.H. initiative to ride on technology appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The year just gone by, 2017, was an exciting one. By exciting I mean that many readers of this column in need of help for their health received many opportunities to do so. Thanks to all those researchers and doctors worldwide who kept sharing with us the knowledge of natural healing foods and medicines whichRead MoreThe post Some herbal guardians of health in 2017 (1) appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Association of Housing Corporations of Nigeria (AHCN) has taken a swipe at government's attitude towards the National Housing Fund (NHF), saying it has been contrary to what obtained when the policy was newly introduced. In a communique issued at the end of the two-day national workshop on emerging partnership options for decent and affordableRead MoreThe post AHCN rues govt's disposition to NHF appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
George Weah redefines Liberia's political landscape When, upon retirement from active soccer life where he had been successful, the most successful footballer from Africa till date, George Weah, indicated interest in converting his popularity to political capital, many thought he was over-reaching himself. But, the Montserrado, Liberia-born star would not be easily discouraged. He launchedRead MoreThe post New King on the horizon appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
SIR: Without prejudice to the previous efforts made by the leadership of the concerned communitities comprising Agbenaje, Ajasa, Ikola, Alagbado, Ayetobi and Agbenuba, all within Agbado Oke-Odo Local Community Development Area of Alimosho Local Government Area, Lagos State for the state governments' prompt intervention to avert erosion crisis situation, I join my voice toRead MoreThe post SOS to Ambode appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has earmarked N15 billion for rehabilitation and construction of roads across the 18 local government areas of the state this year. Out of this amount, N3 billion is to be spent on the reconstruction of roads in the rural areas in other to ease transportation of farm produce toRead MoreThe post Ondo votes N15b for road construction, rehabilitation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Dead appointees, duplication of names are pointers to institutional rot Governance is a rigorous process, not a tea party. More so, the presidency ought to be the heart and soul of any country and therefore, must represent the epitome of efficiency and good judgment. However, when this high office is seen to falter in routineRead MoreThe post It's ineptitude appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose is a newsmaker. Interestingly, his wife, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, is also interested in making news. Indeed, she grabbed the headlines as the New Year began. According to a statement issued by her Special Assistant (Media), Gbenga Ariyibi, she made remarkable remarks in Ado-Ekiti during the New Year thanksgiving service. Mrs.Read MoreThe post Husband and wife appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Former Ekiti State Governor and Minister of Mines and Steel Development Dr. Kayode Fayemi recently hosted All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains from 16 local governments at an end-of-the-year party in his hometown, Isan-Ekiti. He spoke with reporters on the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that has indicted him, speculations about his governorship ambition and the APC'sRead MoreThe post 'Fayose set up kangaroo panel to indict me' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Kinsmen of Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel from Onna Local Government Area have urged the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, to contest for governor in next year's election. The ward chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Onna said they were satisfied with with Ekere's performanceRead MoreThe post Akwa Ibom 2019: Kinsmen urge Ekere to run for governor appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
After 15 years of legal practice, Kunle Adegoke, a native of Osogbo, capital of Osun State, is planning to take a temporarily leave from the bar. He has his eyes on the Osun State Government House, which will be vacated by Governor Rauf Aregbesola in November. 'Governance is a serious business. In post-Aregbesola era, aRead MoreThe post 'Why I want to succeed Aregbesola' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Former Kebbi State Governor Sa'idu Usman Nasamu Dakingari and his deputy, Ibrahim Khalil Aliyu, have defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). They were received into the APC by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) at Birin-Kebbi, the state capital. . The deputyRead MoreThe post Dakingari, others defect to APC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.