NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 23 November, 2017.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017
An investigation into the alleged disappearance of assets seized by the Abdulrasheed Maina-led Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms has been opened by the Senate.

They had reportedly been kept in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The upper legislative chamber took the decision following the adoption of a motion by Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP, Bayelsa State).


Paulker, chairman of the committee investigating the botched reinstatement and promotion of Maina, alleged that the top echelon of the EFCC and others shared some 270 properties that included exotic houses and hotels.

The senator said his committee got wind of the matter following submissions by government officials connected with the reinstatement saga.

Consequently, he requested the Senate to expand the scope of the committee’s investigation, with a view to unveiling persons involved in the scandal.


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“For this alarming revelation, sir, this committee requests the Senate to expand the scope of its investigation on Maina by extending it to the management of assets recovered by him and handed over to the EFCC before his removal as chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pensions, in 2014 and by so doing, extend the duration of the assignment,” Paulker requested.

Without dissent, the chamber granted his request.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the committee must do everything possible to unveil the perpetrators and report its findings in four weeks.

“This is a very serious matter and large-scale corruption going on in a forbidden place. We just hope that it remains at the realm of allegation and not as presented,” he said.

The Paulker-led committee had in the last two weeks held closed-door sessions with the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, Minister of Interior, retired General Abdulrahaman Dambazzau and Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Mustapha Sulaiman.

It sought to determine their alleged roles in Maina’s reinstatement to the Federal Civil Service, three years after he disappeared from the public over alleged mismanagement of pension funds.
The Federal Government has charged African businessmen on the need to intensify pan-African investments, noting that only Africans themselves and not foreigners can salvage the continent.

With foreign direct investments not forthcoming, the Federal Government noted that pan-African investments will further help to integrate the continent and help to create needed jobs.

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Besides, government has also commended Alhaji Aliko Dangote for his pan-African investments, especially the unveiling of his latest $300 million 1.5 metric tonnes cement plant in Congo-Brazzaville, even as he was awarded a national honour by the Congolese government.


Speaking at the commissioning of the plant in Mfila, Congo, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said his administration will continue to do all it can to support local manufacturers such as Dangote Cement and other companies that intend to do business, both within and outside the country.
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has concluded arrangement to reintroduce toll gates across the country, according to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

The minister, who appeared before the Senate committee on the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), told the lawmakers that the facilities would be managed by the private sector.

Proceeds would be used for maintenance of highways, he said. Government would design software capable of monitoring vehicles as they pass through and that users would be able to pay the charges on their mobile phones.


“We have concluded plans to reintroduce toll gates across the country and we have finalised the design. It will be managed by the private sector and it will be located in the old places, 38 points across the country. We are only waiting for the completion of those roads before we introduce the toll gates,” he said.

The minister also appealed to the committee to revise the procurement law in order to fast-track contract approval.

He admitted that the worst roads in the country were located in the South South and South East geopolitical zones, saying some of the major federal ones in the 11 states were constructed before the civil war.

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Fashola revealed that N100 billion sourced through Sukuk bond was yet to be released to his ministry to carry out 25 major road constructions in the six zones of the country.

Chairman of the FERMA committee, Senator Abe, regretted that lawmakers were usually sidelined by heads of ministries, departments and agencies in the siting of projects.

He said: “As elected representatives of the people, if the Federal Government is doing anything in an area, our inputs are hardly needed. We have to fight for relevance.”

He added: “We are meeting you because of the challenges FERMA, which is under your supervision, is facing. Is this agency relevant in the scheme of things in your ministry? We want you to touch on the core challenges of this agency.”
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Technical Committee will soon meet to deliberate on the Russia 2018 World Cup programme submitted by Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr.

The technical committee chairman, Ahmed Fresh told reporters in Abuja that the Franco-German has submitted his plan for the World Cup, including the processes that could lead to the country’s best performance ever at the global football festival.

Fresh said the NFF was ready to support the coach to achieve his programme, promising that the committee would work in tandem with Rohr to ensure Nigeria surpassed the second round finish it achieved in previous editions of the World Cup.
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The ceremony, which will start by 5p.m., according to the management of the newspaper, is to recognise a few Nigerians and some private sector players who have made outstanding contributions in their fields of endeavour. 

Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The Vice President disclosed this in Abuja, at the launch of a book titled: 'From Consumption to Production: The Whys and Ways out of Failed Industrialisation in Nigeria,' written by Prof. Banjo Oyelaran-Oyeyinka. 

Fri, 24 Nov 2017
A reconciliation meeting of youths of the Isoko ethnic nationality in Delta State holds November 25-27, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Iyede. 


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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The university's Director of Research and Innovation, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos. 

Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Ekechukwu, who said this Wednesday, while speaking to journalists on 'The State of The Economy', in Abuja, maintained that many other countries had borrowedfar above what Nigeria is taking from the Eurobond. 

Fri, 24 Nov 2017
AfDB's Vice-President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation, Pierre Guislain, made this call at the third ICAO World Aviation Forum in Abuja. 

Fri, 24 Nov 2017
A source at the club disclosed that the contractor, Monimichelle had before now only imported part of the materials needed for the project, while waiting to get more funds from the Abia State government. 


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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Chairman of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Capt. Nogie Meggison, on the sidelines of the World Aviation Forum in Abuja, said the ASRTI's argument runs contrary to logic and... 

Fri, 24 Nov 2017
It will also afford Fidelity Bank the opportunity to offer financial and technical advisory services to enhance the competitiveness and dynamism of young Nigerian entrepreneurs. 

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