NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 29 November, 2017.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Senators on Tuesday rejected the projections upon which the 2018 budget is based, declaring the projections as unrealistic.


 
The lawmakers, who commenced the debate on the general Principle of the budget, said that the implementation of the 2017 budget left so much to desire.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP, Abia South) who opened the floor of the debate caused an uproar when he declared that the 2018 budget was ‘fictitious’ adding that the budget is not consolidating on the 2017
budget.

The Senator said that the N8.612 trillion 2018 budget does not consolidate on the 2017 and 2016 budgets as claimed by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2018 budget presentation.

The lawmakers also decried what they called the abysmal implementation of the N1.2 trillion capital component of the 2017 budget. Senators also faulted the parametres contained in the 2018 budget especially the oil benchmark of $45 per barrel adding that it should be jerked up to about $50. Senator Abaribe drew the ire of some senators, especially Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan who stated that the use of the word
‘fictitious’ was unparliamentarily.

The Abia senator then agreed to withdraw the contentious word but replaced the same with the word ‘imaginary’ even as he maintained that the implementation of the budget was very low.

He said:  “I am just quoting the Senate Leader from his speech, which said in the 2018 budget was designed to consolidate on the achievements of the 2016 and 2017 budgets. What was done in 2017 when less than 15 per cent of that budget was released? Nothing was done and that was why I called it (2018 budget proposal) fictitious. I am very sorry if that is the word he is bothered about. I will withdraw the word ‘fictitious’ and use ‘totally imaginary.” According to Abaribe, the receivables (revenue) in the budget were being exaggerated adding that the revenues were only one-tenth of the figures being claimed by the government. He stated that the budget was being predicated on parametres that have been destroyed by facts available.

Senator Ben Murray Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East) in his own contribution said that the 2018 budget proposal is a “budget of active imagination,” as according to him, the budget is already committing 25 percent to debt servicing. He said: “We have to decide what the exchange rate really is. Is it N305 (to US$1) or N365?” Murray Bruce stated that the cost of governance in Nigeria remains very high adding that agencies that have outlived their usefulness still remain on government’s payroll.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
GOOD character has been identified as the basis for achieving good governance in Nigeria.
 
This assertion was made by former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, co-chairman, African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu and Lady Maiden Ibru, at the maiden edition of the HID Awolowo Foundation Annual Lecture, held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, on Tuesday.

The lecture, in honour of Chief (Mrs) HID Awolowo, was entitled, “Ethical Politics, Peace, Development and Security in Nigeria: The Critical Importance of Women’s Leadership.”

The virtues of HID were extolled at the event, which had Senator Daisy Danjuma as chairperson.

Ezekwesili who was the keynote speaker noted that the world was suffering from leadership famine, adding that it could only be redeemed by the molding of good character.

“Whether it is a male or female leader, the character is the underlying factor that will define how our nation will make progress. If you want competency, capacity you can buy them but character is not available to be bought. In this fourth industrial revolution of biotics, stimulations, signs and all kinds of science solution driven, all we need is a disruptive era of the character of the individual. The character of the individual matters most,” she said.

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Ezekwesili also said it was time for more women to take charge of leadership positions in the country, to bring about positive development.

She contended that a wise society would know that empowering women was the solution to its problems.
 
The former minister, who contended that better governance should be expected when women were allowed a space, said it was now time for the country to discard the old system of relegating women to the background in governance.

She asserted that research had since shown that things got better if more women were put in charge of the affair of things.

The guest lecturer, while giving statistics of women in various positions in Africa, including corporate, managerial, parliaments and government, remarked that women were being marginalised and men must take the responsibility of such marginalisation.

According to her, to bring about positive development, the country needed to bring on board, more women to be part of governance at all levels, as well as in the judiciary and the legislature, where they would contribute more to the process of decision making.

Listing features of poor governance to include refuge issues, insecurity, huge unemployment and sharp economic decline, among others, Ezekwesili said these sad features had made Nigeria to be ranked as the 13th most fragile state in the world.

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
A group, Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, comprising eminent Nigerians on Tuesday called on all patriots across the country to support the recent position of the state governors and federal lawmakers, particularly those in [...]The post Nigerians should support govs, senators on call for true federalism 'Regional Leaders appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE Oyo state government will on Wednesday begin aerial capturing of properties in the state as part of the Geographical Information System (GIS) project targeted at having a proper geographical mapping for the state. The [...]The post Oyo begins aerial capturing of properties appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THESE stern warnings were handed down to Commissioners and other top government officials on Tuesday by the state Governor Chief Willie Obiano at a meeting in Awka, the state capital. The Governor in a statement [...]The post My second term agenda will be tough 'Obiano appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Senate President Bukola Saraki saidon Tuesdaythat the fear of mismanagement of looted funds has delayed the return of Nigeria's funds starched abroad. Saraki, who stated this in Abuja, while declaring open a Strategic Retreat on [...]The post Why Nigeria is finding it difficult to repatriate stolen funds 'Saraki appeared first on Tribune. 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE Federal Government has come up with a comprehensive strategy to tackle violent extremism across the country, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said. Speaking during a visit to the offices [...]The post FG will tackle violent extremism 'Lai Mohammed appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria (AMDON), on Tuesday called on the federal government to reduce import duty rates on fairly used cars to 20 percent. The National President of the association, Mr Ajibola [...]The post Motor dealers urge FG to reduce import duty to 20% appeared first on Tribune. 


Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE National Judicial Council (NJC) on Tuesday said the report that the Council has recommended 14 Judges for appointment to the Court of Appeal, with no candidate from the South-Eastern region of the country was [...]The post Judges elevation to Appeal Court not lopsided 'NJC appeared first on Tribune. 


Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has challenged the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdullahi Maina, to go ahead and tell Nigerians those thieves that he alleged were surrounding [...]The post Name corrupt people in Buharis govt, Fayose tells Maina appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buharion Tuesdaylauncheda new policy framework and national action plan for the prevention and combat of terrorism in the co country. Developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in compliance with [...]The post Buhari launches new counter-terrorism action plan appeared first on Tribune. 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagoson Tuesdayheard former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu allegedly used the state funds to purchase second hand clothes popularly known as Okrika This was revealed by an [...]The post How Orji Kalu allegedly used Abia funds to engage in Okrika business appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
ADESUA has got social media agog as her husband, Banky W, decided to share her semi-nude video to the public on Instagram, though it was later said the post was a mistake. The singer took [...]The post WHAT A MISTAKE! Banky W shares honeymoon experience in a video showing wife, Adesua Etomi's nude image appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on Tuesday, arraigned former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, Mrs Maimuna Aliyu. At a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 16, Jabi, [...]The post ICPC arraigns ex-Aso Savings boss, Maimuna Aliyu, court adjourns case till Dec 5 appeared first on Tribune. 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
The maiden HID Awolowo Foundation lecture is currently holding today (Tuesday, November 28, 2017), in Lagos. The event began 10:00 a.m., at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos. Speaking on on [...]The post Maiden HID Awolowo Foundation lecture holds in Lagos appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed state governments to ensure payment of outstanding workers' salaries in their various states, to enable workers to 'smile to banks,' and to happily celebrate the forthcoming Christmas. Gov. Rochas Okorocha [...]The post AUDIO: Pay workers' salaries before Christmas, Buhari tells governors appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, recently suggested guidelines for Nigeria to achieve the much desired diversification of its economic base away from the vulnerability and fragility of [...]The post NNPC GMD suggests guidelines for economic diversification appeared first on Tribune. 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
The Ewi of Ado Ekiti Oba (Dr) Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, Aladesami III has stressed the need for the establishment of a palace museum in the city so as to further help in propagating the culture [...]The post Ewi of Ado stresses need for a palace museum appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
It is obvious that solid foundation is necessary for the attainment of sound education, this gives credence to why any government that desires impeccable education for its citizens must give adequate attention to primary education [...]The post Gains and pains of primary education in the North appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
IF the whistle-blower who blew the lid off the $43.4 million found at a flat in Ikoyi, Lagos ever thought of profiting from his enterprise based on the expected commission, he must be revising his [...]The post The travails of Ikoyi fund whistle-blower appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
The tenure of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is in the news but for the wrong reason essentially to do with the misunderstanding of the provisions of the Act of parliament [...]The post NDDC in needless politics appeared first on Tribune. 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Deputy Editor, LEON USIGBE, writes on the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the All Progressive Congress (APC) and his likely move to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar [...]The post PDP: Atiku's game-changing move appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE visiting United States Deputy Secretary of State, Mr John Sullivan has commended the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for judicious utilisation of grants received from the US government for HIV/AIDS intervention programmes in FCT. [...]The post US pledges more support for combating HIV/AIDS in FCT appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Paul Osaji, Managing Partner, Paul Osaji & Co, is a professional estate surveyor and valuation, and also the Chairman, Faculty of Housing, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers. In this interview with Tunde Alao, [...]The post Proper plant/machinery valuation, huge revenue sources for Nigerian government at all levels 'Osaji appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
The Federal Government, through the Debt Management Office (DMO), recently issued a $3billion Eurobond (in two tranches of USD1.5bn for 15yrs and $1.5bn for 30yrs), which was oversubscribed by about 400 percent. In this interview [...]The post $3bn Eurobond success shows foreign investors' appetite for Nigerian instruments 'Oniha appeared first on Tribune. 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
The god of songs from will on Saturday 2, December, 2017 descend on Nigeria as the country will host 54 musicians drawn from all African countries. The musical epoch event which is the stimulation of [...]The post 54 African musicians head for La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
TENSIONS on the Korean peninsula could bet set to once again spike as reports say Pyongyang could be preparing another missile test ahead of the joint United States and South Korea military drills. Reports in [...]The post N. Korea may be preparing missile test ahead of joint drills-reports appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
KENYAN opposition leader Raila Odinga told a crowd that he would hold an assembly that would swear him in as president on 12 December, reports Reuters news agency. Minutes after Mr Odinga spoke, riot police [...]The post Ill be sworn in as president in December 'Odinga appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to overcome Kenyas divisions after being sworn in for a second term as president, at a ceremony boycotted by the opposition. Speaking after his inauguration in the capital Nairobi, he said [...]The post Kenya election: Kenyatta vows to overcome divisions appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE new regulation soon to be released by National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) is sure to sweep away directors and chief executive officers id insurance companies that have stayed more than 10 years in such positions. [...]The post Insurance: Restructuring to sweep away old brigade appeared first on Tribune. 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
CENTRAL Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday announced the injection of another $210 million to boost liquidity in the inter-bank foreign exchange market. Disclosing this in Abuja, Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr Isaac [...]The post CBN boosts Forex market with $210m appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
EXPERTS and participants at the recently held Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum, have called for the improved use of innovation-driven initiatives to improve the Nation's economy. The recently held forum which featured notable [...]The post Technology innovationll drive the economy appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE Nigerian Equities market reversed its previous loss of 31bps recorded on Monday to gain 68 bps and close at 37,503.73 points by the close of trading, thus hinging upward by 0.68 per cent. Market [...]The post Equities market reverses Monday loss by 0.68% appeared first on Tribune. 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), has called on state governments, still owing workers' salaries to promptly pay them, especially now that the economy is improving. This according to the corporation will enable employees who [...]The post Pay workers' salaries to help them repay bank loans, NDIC tells state governments appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THE naira at the CBN official spot rate appreciated slightly by 0.02 per cent on Monday to N305.80 to the dollar from its previous day rate of N305.85/$. Rates at the parallel market also appreciated [...]The post Naira strengthens slightly at official, parallel market windows appeared first on Tribune. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
STERLING Bank Plc has won the best company in financial inclusion award at the SERAs CSR Africa 2017 awards held in Lagos weekend. The theme of this year's edition of the awards is 'Transformational Sustainability: [...]The post SERAs: Sterling Bank wins best company in financial inclusion award appeared first on Tribune. 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
TOTAL capital imported to Nigeria in the third quarter of 2017 was $4,145.1 million, more than double the inflow in the second quarter (Q2), representing an increased value of 147.5 per cent on a year-on-year [...]The post Nigeria's foreign capital inflow doubled to $4.1bn in Q3 appeared first on Tribune. 

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