NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 NOVEMBER, 2017].



Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 21 November, 2017.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The nation’s banks could lose over N466 billion exposures to the power sector due to new policy by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Operators in the ailing sector say the regulation would impact negatively on their revenue and ability to pay back loans.

The industry, which had been bogged by challenges since it was privatised, may have been burdened further by the Eligible Customer and the Eligible Customer Regulations.

Already, the Distribution Companies (DisCos) have issued notice to declare force majeure, a term relating to the law of insurance and frequently used in construction contracts to protect parties when a segment of the contract cannot be performed due to emergencies, including natural disasters.



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The Eligible Customer declaration permits electricity customers to buy power directly from the generation companies, in line with the provisions of Section 27 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 where eligible customers may buy power from a licensee other than electricity distribution companies.

The directive presents an opportunity for existing captive or off-grid power plants to supply power to single eligible customers, especially in the manufacturing sector and groups of customers who may be within commercial, residential or industrial clusters.

The DisCos however claimed that the new policy resulted in a change of law that prevents them from fulfilling their obligations under the Performance Agreement.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The hope of about 30 graduates to gain jobs at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Kano, has been dashed after they failed a mandatory drug test.

The prospective employees who emerged from thousands of applicants had successfully fulfilled various requirements and had been shortlisted until their samples turned up positive.

It was learnt that the affected, predominantly youths, were dropped from a 150-strong list projected to fill manpower shortage at the only Federal Government-owned orthopaedic hospital in the entire northern region.


A reliable management source at the hospital confirmed the development, adding that some of the applicants had the recommendation of persons at the presidency, top political appointees, high-ranking members of the Federal Character Commission and senior staff of the hospital.


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Abubakar Yakubu (not real name) who failed the test however accused the management of deliberate attempt to trim the shortlisted candidates.

“How can they refuse to give us letters of appointment after we have been shortlisted. It is not fair, to say the least. We were not even told any tests, like drug and others, would be conducted. They just asked us to submit our urine samples and the next thing they said was, ‘No job again,’” he said.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Co-Founder/Executive Director, Falcon Corporation Limited, and first Vice President, Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, has prescribed virtual pipelines as one of the available solutions to resolving infrastructural challenges in the nation’s gas industry.

Audrey, in an interview with The Guardian recently, believed that virtual pipeline would facilitate the delivering of gas to remotely located industries or plants.

According to her, due to the high cost of acquiring the assets, it is thus better suited to bulk off-takers, such as power plants and heavy industrial consumers, or in cases where there are industrial clusters that can absorb shared portions of the fixed costs.

She explained: “Virtual pipeline technology is however expensive from the point of view of the equipment itself, and then also the added costs of compression and/or regasification as in the case of mini-Liquefied Natural Gas, security, logistics and so on. In many instances there are limitations as to where and how efficiently you can deploy this technology and remain cost effective, particularly considering the state of our current road network and building patterns, and other challenges we face in the environment. It is an alternative yes, and it is commendable to see those investors who are making the first moves to deploy virtual technology to address the industry gaps.”
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
In what appears a fruitless battle, a member of one of the standing committees dissolved by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on November 3 is staging a fight against the federation’s president, Amaju Pinnick over the ‘juicy’ position.

The NFF Executive Committee dissolved its standing committees, including the Development and Technical Committee, Finance, Internal Audit, Organising Committee, Legal, Referees, Committee on Women’s football, Youth football committee, Futsal and Beach soccer committee, Media and Publicity Committee among others.

The NFF had since named chairmen and vice chairmen for the various committees with a promise to fill the remaining positions soon.



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The Guardianlearnt yesterday that one of the ousted chairmen, who hails from the South-south region (names withheld), is staging a war against Pinnick with a declaration never to relent until he is reinstated to his former position.

A source close to the NFF secretariat told The Guardian yesterday that the man has written series of ‘flippant’ petitions against the NFF boss with the aim of arm-twisting Pinnick to reinstate him to his previous ‘juicy’ committee.

 
“We know him for his antics and petition writing against fellow board members,” one NFF top official told The Guardian yesterday. “He has been working against the NFF in various ways and he was part of the reasons the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the last African Nations Cup in Gabon. He was even lucky to have stayed so long as a committee chairman in that committee.”

Contacted yesterday, NFF President, Pinnick refused to speak on the alleged battle, but he said the decision to dissolve the standing committees was done in the interest of Nigerian football.

“Our major focus for now is how to give the Super Eagles good preparation for the World Cup in Russia next year, and I expect all football-loving Nigerians to think in that direction instead of looking for a way to foment trouble within the football family. I will always do my best to make Nigerian football a big brand in the world,” Pinnick stated.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The newly inducted members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) have been charged to transfer the knowledge gained during their period of training... 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and some civil society organisations may protest non-release of antiretroviral drugs held up at various seaports across the country. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has urged members to comply strictly with ethical standards. 

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Veteran actor Sadiq Daba reportedly diagnosed with leukemia and prostate cancer is about to be flown to the UK for intensive treatment. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Shiites under the auspices of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have demanded for the exhumation of their members allegedly maimed, killed during the Nigerian Army massacre in Zaria and buried in mass grave in Kaduna. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Vice chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA) Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun has identified poor funding as a major threat to achieving a functional, comparable education in the country. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Worried by the increasing number of people suffering hernia, lumps, fibroids and related diseases, a frontline health-care centre has made efforts to address and reduce the incidence in the country. 

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) expressed its support for the initiatives aimed at reforming critical institutions in the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration of Edo State. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
A Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court, presided over by Mr. Isaac Ajim yesterday remanded a 30-year-old herdsman, Gambo Ibrahim Mohammad in prison for committing culpable homicide... 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Management of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) has warned the newly admitted students to shun vices such as drug, cultism and rape or risk been expelled. 

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