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



Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 24 November, 2017.


Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has approved a fresh budget support loan facility for 35 states across the country.


 
Each of the states will get N800m, totalling N28bn to meet their salaries and other obligations.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning,  Udoma Udoma, disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Thursday at the end of a meeting of the National Economic Council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Udoma said the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had been directed to effect payments.

Udoma said the Accountant General of the Federation reported to Council that approval had been received and CBN had been directed to pay N800 million to each of the 35 states of the Federation.

Only Lagos State is not taking the loan.

The minister said, “The Accountant General reported to the council that approval has been received and CBN has been directed to pay N800m to each of the 35 states of the federation.

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“Governors expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the restoration of the Budget Support Loan Facility for July and August 2017.”

Adeosun also informed the council that the country recorded the highest amount of Value Added Tax in October with over N89bn.
 
She added that the target was N120bn monthly.

On monthly was assets and declaration scheme, she said there was progress and the list of 500 Nigerians who are believed to have under declared their assets had been obtained.

The scheme will offer amnesty to all tax defaulters.

The Executive Vice-Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure was also said to have briefed the council about an homegrown proposal to the Independent National Electoral Commission  for the replacement of the card readers in the conduct of elections in the country.


Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Mr. Mohammed Katu,  the legal counsel for the former Chairman, Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, told the House of Representatives on Thursday that his client was still receiving salaries despite the report that he had been dismissed from service.

He also claimed that Maina treated official files up to last month (October).


 
Maina was not physically present as an ad hoc committee of the House opened its investigative hearing into the disappearance and reinstatement of Maina into the public service in Abuja.

The committee is chaired by a member of the All Progressives Congress from Kano State, Mr. Aliyu Madaki.

Katu claimed that his client was not dismissed from service and that he only sought judicial intervention in 2013 when he realised that there was a move to dismiss him from service.

He added that while the litigation was in progress, Maina “disappeared” from Nigeria because his life was in danger.


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Katu said, “He was still working as of June 13th, 2013 after the purported dismissal. He was writing to the Minister of Finance (former Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala); so, it is not true that he was dismissed.”

According to Katu, his client was still receiving his salaries and emoluments “and he got piles of files to treat up to a month ago.”
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Thursday in Kano identified the emergence of “briefcase billionaires” and illiteracy as the major factors stifling the economic growth and development of the country.

Sanusi, while speaking at the end of a three-day  Northern Regional Conference on Security, Justice and Development: Effective implementation of intervention measures,’ organised by Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action, noted that   when people get wealth they did not work for, “what follows would be disastrous for the nation.”


 
“When people just get wealth they didn’t work for, what that signifies was that, many injustices were permeating round  many quarters of the society, meaning there is something wrong in the system that was put in place for a very long time of our national history.”

He queried, “How many of our briefcase billionaires can show you their business plants and the number of people they employ in their companies? The companies are non-existent in the first place. So, what are we talking about?”

Sanusi argued that the more the society produces briefcase billionaires, the more the masses would get more impoverished.

“We need to build an economy that looks at people; not that which further creates gaps, unimagined gaps between people. You cannot call this capitalism either. It is through such kind of arrangements that end up in creating an insecure society. We all created the insecurity we are suffering from. Justice is one of the key and fundamental issues that can address our predicaments,” the royal father emphasised.

Sanusi also identified illiteracy as another factor accounting for economic woes. He argued that, when people were left without education, what would follow would be disturbing and devastating.
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has announced that it has concluded plans to re-introduce tolls on major highways across the country.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), while appearing before the Senate Commitee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency on Thursday, said 38 points had been identified in the first phase of the re-introduction.


 
“Clearly, tolling is coming,” the minister told the lawmakers.

While saying that the new toll gates would be situated at the old spots, Fashola stated that tolls would be collected after the roads had been made motorable.

He said, “We are not going to ask road users to pay toll on a road that is not good. While the construction (of gates) is going on, we are working on the design. We want to standardise the design so that when we ask people to come and bid for the construction, we can control what they are going to construct. They are going to construct with the materials we have prescribed.

“We can also control the price so that nobody is bidding with disparage prices; there will be the floor and the ceiling. Your price will vary according to how many plazas you build and not because you claim to have used ‘foreign’ materials.

“The last part we are working on is the software that drives the management, audit and payment of toll. We want to use the development that has taken place between when the old toll plazas were dismantled and now. There were no GSM and payment platforms as of that time as we have cell phones and cards now. We want to make it very easy for people to go to kiosks and buy toll cards and pay tolls.

“It will also be easy to audit from any of our offices. We will be able to see what is going on, how many people passed, how many vehicles, and we can settle payments to operators in a very transparent and accountable way.”

Members of the committee decried that only N800m had been released to FERMA out of the N25bn voted to the agency in the 2017 budget.

They disclosed that there was a plan to move a motion next week to ask the government to release more funds for road maintenance as the Yuletide season was approaching.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna A 56-year-old cassava farmer, Idris Akawo, of kaffin koro in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State, has said cassava farming has assisted him in raising funds for his childrens education. The farmer explained that he could not shoulder his responsibilities until he engaged in cassava farming which he said had [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Tony Okafor, Abuja The Federal Government has set up a committee saddled with the responsibility of organising a state burial for a former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who died on Sunday in London. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, made the announcement at a meeting of the [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare ll, has called on the government to consider giving constitutional roles to traditional rulers. He also called on the Federal Government to assist the Edo State Government to tackle its security challenge. The traditional ruler made the calls when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Thursday approved the nomination of Ambassador Rufus Akeju (Lagos State) and Dr. Mahmuda Isah (Kebbi State) as Resident Electoral Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission. The lawmakers, however, rejected the nomination of Ahmad Bello Mahmud based on the recommendation of the Senate Committee on INEC in its report [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has set up two ad hoc committees to investigate the spate of insecurity in the country and the Tuesdays showdown between officials of the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja. The DSS and EFCC were involved in a showdown for over 13 hours [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has called on victims of human trafficking and illegal migration undergoing training by the state government to use the knowledge and skills gained to make themselves economically self-reliant. Obaseki, who gave the admonition after a review of the training for the returnees at the Agricultural Development [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Thursday extended its probe into the controversial reinstatement of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, into the service of the Federal Government to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The upper chamber of the National Assembly, at the plenary on Thursday, further asked [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Human Rights Commission said on Thursday that its draft report on the state of human rights protection in the terrorism-ravaged North-East geopolitical zone did not indict the Presidency or any other government officials, including the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, as reported in some [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday told public office holders in the state to brace for a new era of absolute accountability in the discharge of responsibilities. Ambode spoke at a two-day training programme for Local Government chairmen, vice chairmen, supervisory councillors and directors in the state civil service in FESTAC, [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to ensure that relevant agencies look into conditions of low and medium housing estates in Lagos. The members, who condemned the unkempt conditions of such estates, advised Ambode to direct the Commissioner for Environment, Samuel Adejare on proper [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Family and friends on Thursday gathered at the Unity Fountain, Abuja to pay tributes to Bilyamin Bello, the son of a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party who was allegedly killed by his wife, Maryam. Thursday would have been Bilyamins 36th birthday which was never to be. While friends came out [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has said the Homeowners Charter Programme has reduced the problem of land speculators and other property-related fraud in the state. Amosun disclosed this while presenting Certificates of Occupancy (Cs-of-O) and other land title documents to another batch of beneficiaries under the scheme at the Obas Complex Auditorium, [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Thursday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, presented an appropriation bill of N181.8bn for 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly. He stated that it reflected an increase of N15.7bn or 9.5 per cent when compared to the 2017 revised appropriation bill. [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto A Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto has granted bail to two traders at the Sokoto old market, Shittu Abdullahi and Tukur Sabaru, standing trial on allegations of selling and possessing unfortified sugar. Justice Saleh Idrissa granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N900, 000 with two sureties in like [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna THE Niger State Police Command says it has arrested a suspected armed robber, Yusuf Haruna 25, in Agwara, Lambata, Gurara Local Government Area of the state. Our correspondent gathered that police operatives acted on distress calls that the suspect had been rearing stolen cows in the area. Haruna was trailed and arrested [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina An early morning fire on Thursday engulfed a part of the Katsina headquarters of the Kaduna/Katsina Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, resulting in the destruction of some seized items including vehicles and bales of cloth. The fire reportedly started around 4.30 in the morning but the quick intervention of customs officers [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The maiden edition of the New Telegraph Awards will hold on Saturday (tomorrow) at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. The award 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 chosen fields of [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Institute of Directors Nigeria has said that without the possession of corporate and individual integrity, the country cannot make any progress. The institute also charged leaders across all walks of life to walk their talk in order to create the change that the country needs. During a visit to the headquarters of [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The National Directorate of Employment, Lagos State chapter, says plans are underway to train 2,500 unemployed youths across the state in different vocational skills. The directorate added that it had also begun three-month training in Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) under its Vocational Skill Development programme for residents of the state. The [] 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government has approved fresh budget support loan facility for 35 states across the country. Each of the states will get N800m, totaling N28bn to meet their salaries and other obligations. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, disclosed this to State House Correspondentson Thursdayat the end of a [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a thirty-member tripartite National Minimum Wage committee in commencement of negotiations for a new wage for Nigerian workers. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, in a statement by its Deputy Director (Press), Samuel Olowookere, on Thursday, said the members of the committee will be [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government has set up a committee saddled with the responsibility of organising a state burial for a former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who diedon Sundayin London. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, made the announcement at a meeting of the National Economic Council held at [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Photos of a 13-year-old female home help who was reportedly rescued by the police after being abused by her boss are going viral online. According to multiple reports, 13-year-old Nkechi Oseh was locked up by her boss, one Betty Ifeoma, a staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company at their residence, Adeniran Ajao Estate Anthony, [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
ROLLING out his 2018 national spending plan, President Muhammadu Buhari sounded upbeat, promising that the Budget of Consolidation would build on current successes and return the country to the path of growth. The N8.61 trillion proposals, though lofty in goals, however, have some inherent weaknesses that will require financial dexterity to surmount and deliver on [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
John Alechenu, Abuja Wife of a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Maryam Ali, has joined the All Progressives Congress. Mrs. Ali who is married to ex-PDP National Chairman, Senator Ahmadu Ali, renounced her membership of the PDP to declare her allegiance to the APC at a ceremony held at the APC [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Kwara State University, Malete, Prof. Sakah Mahmud; and the President, (Worldwide), the Nasrul Lahi-il-Fath Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Kamil Bolarinwa, have opposed automatic tickets for incumbent elected public office holders including governors and President Muhammadu Buhari. They stated [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Bode George for Peoples Democratic Party National Chairman Campaign Committee has called on the PDP Caretaker Committee to exercise its expected leadership role. The group said the issue it raised recently had to do with what it 'perceived to be an inadvertent abdication of responsibility by the present managers of the party, [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has said the increasing discussions about the next elections in 2019 are distracting and unhelpful to all public office holders. Speaking with our correspondent in Sokoto, Tambuwal said what should be paramount now should be discussions about governance and how the mandates given in 2015 should [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has threatened to drag the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress to court over alleged defamation. The PDP issued the threat following the claim by the APC that the Enugu State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vitus Okechi, led thugs to abduct and [] 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian equities market, on Thursday, gained N28bn as 28 stocks appreciated. A total of 513.8 million shares valued at N6.448bn exchanged hands in 4,243 deals. The equities market rebounded as the All-Share Index rose by 22 basis points to settle at 36,688.75 basis points, while the year-to-date return expanded to 36.5 per [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has struck out a case filed by Oando Plc against the Securities and Exchange Commission, seeking to stop the SEC from conducting a forensic audit on the company and also lift a technical suspension placed on its shares. The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Aikawa on Thursday struck out [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Personal loans can be more expensive than other loans. This is so because the specifics of personal loans ' like how much you can borrow and the rate at which you can borrow ' will be determined by your creditworthiness. But an increase in your credit score or improvement in your financial situation could change [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Femi Asu The Department of Petroleum Resources has said it will clamp down on more illegal operators of cooking gas and lubricant outlets across the country in a bid to ensure safety in the downstream sector. The Director, DPR, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, on Thursday decried the increasing number of illegal lubricant sales outlets springing up [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Worried about the slow rollout of broadband infrastructure across Nigeria, an advocacy group, Broadband 2018 Coalition, has called on the Federal Government to expedite the implementation of the country's five-year broadband plan submitted by the Presidential Committee on Broadband in 2013. The group said in a statement that broadband had played an huge role in [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Shoprite Nigeria has announced that it is offering discounted sales to its customers to mark the Black Friday. According to the retail giant, most of the products under its food and beverage and household appliances segments will be sold for less than half their prices. Shoprite has described the promotion as Nigeria's biggest while also [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
take over traffic control There was drama on Wharf Road, Apapa, Lagos on Thursday as truck drivers embarked on a peaceful protest against extortion by security operatives and traffic management officials, including the Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and the Federal Road Safety Commission. The truck drivers accused the security and [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics has said it will soon begin to use the Tourism Satellite Account framework to ensure a more robust and realistic aggregation of tourism statistics in the country. The TSA framework, recommended by the World Tourism Organisation and adopted in 2015 by the NBS, links all tourism and travel [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof Felix Salako, has advised the Federal Government to increase cassava production in order to meet the growing local and international demand for Nigerian cassava. He noted that the crop's yield per hectare could be increased through the deployment of appropriate [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The International Trade Centre and the Nigeria Export Promotion Council have collaborated to build capacity among women entrepreneurs in global trade. The capacity building is in line with the SheTrades initiative of the ITC that aims to connect 200,000 women entrepreneurs to global trade. Presenting a paper at a two-day stakeholders' workshop on [] 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Dangote Cement Plc on Thursday said the opening of its new cement plant in Mfila, Congo Brazzaville, had added fillip to the ongoing efforts at economic emancipation of Africa. The new plant, estimated at $300m with a capacity for 1.5 million metric tonnes of cement production per annum, has the potential to create [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
BATN Foundation supports farmers with loans Okechukwu Nnodim and Feyisayo Popoola In a bid to break the monoculture system and widen the resource base of the economy, agricultural experts have advised that Nigeria should return to agriculture fully as it can sustain the economy. Speaking at the 2017 Agra Innovate West Africa conference in Lagos, [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Ecobank Nigeria has announced a one per cent fee on all the Ecobank Rapid Transfer payments via its mobile app called the Ecobank Mobile. The promotion, which is designed to support citizens who have need to send money to loved ones across Africa during the Yuletide, will run till December 31, 2017. Announcing the end-of-year [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba and Okechukwu Nnodim The African Development Bank has announced that it was investing about $500m in the Development Bank of Nigeria. According to the AfDB, while $50m is invested in equities, about $450m is set aside for loans that will be disbursed to micro, small and medium enterprises through microfinance institutions and Deposit [] 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
AMCON, banks seize oil dealers' tank farms Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Oil marketers on Thursday declared that the country's refineries would not work as expected despite the billions of dollars being spent by the Federal Government on rehabilitating the facilities. According to the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, a body consisting of big players in [] 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Chairman of Air Peace Limited, Mr. Allen Onyema, has rejected the rating by the African Development Bank of Nigeria and Africa's airlines as being poorly managed. Onyema said the continent's carriers, especially those in Nigeria, could compete with any airline in the world but were being over-regulated by civil aviation authorities. According [] 


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