NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 19 December, 2017.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Nigerians on Monday heaved a sigh of relief as the planned strike by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, (PENGASSAN) was suspended by the masterminds of the industrial strike. The decision to call off the industrial action by the powerful oil workers in the nation’s petroleum sector, followed the intervention by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Department of State Security Services, which insisted that allowing the planned strike to continue beyond Monday could further cripple the economy that is just smarting from its over 24 months’ recession. In a statement signed by the National Public Relations Officer, PENGASSAN, Fortune Obi, the senior oil workers union stated that it suspended the strike, following the intervention of the Ministers of Labour and Productivity, as well as that of Petroleum Resources. It said, “The management of NECONDE Oil Limited and its legal consultants have offered a letter of recall to the sacked employees of the company.” The union had embarked on the strike to protest the sacking of some employees of NECONDE Oil Limited. Obi said that the company’s management also agreed to allow the union to exist in the company. He further explained that the Minister of Labour and Employment, jDr Chris Ngige, and the union also agreed to resolve anti-union posture by other indigenous companies and marginal field operators. Obi said that both parties would meet in the second week of January 2018 to look at the issues. The Daily Times recalls that Ngige had in a statement through his spokesperson, Samuel Olowookere, appealed to the association to consider shelving the strike in the spirit of the ongoing reconciliation over the issues. “With the conciliation by the Minister of Labour and Employment, the impending action by PENGASSAN stands effectively arrested in line with the provisions of the relevant labour laws whose powers are invested in the minister.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday approved the extension of tenures of the Chief of Defence Staff, (CDS), Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff contrary to expectations by Nigerians that new officers would be appointed to bring about new tactics in the fight against insurgents in the country. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali who confirmed the approval in a statement by his Public Relations Officer in Abuja, Colonel Tukur Gusau, said that the President extended the tenures having carefully reviewed the ongoing military operations across the country. He however, did not specify the duration of the extension, but stated that the CDS, Gen Abayomi Olonisakin, the Army Chief, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, the Air Chief, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and the Naval Chief, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas will continue in office. This development has put to rest, high expectations that the President would appoint new officers to take over from them since their constitutionally recognized tenure had variously expired. The letter read: “The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Force of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, having carefully reviewed the on-going military operations across the nation and the efforts of the Chief of Defence staff and the Service Chiefs in the counter insurgency operations in the North East, coupled with the security situation of the Niger Delta region, has graciously approved the extension of tenure of service of General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-EteIkwe Ibas, the Chief of Naval staff and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air staff.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The House of Representatives on Monday summoned the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, her Budget and National Planning and Labour and Productivity counterparts, Udoma Udo Udoma and Chris Ngigie to explain the non-remittance of contributions by the three tiers of government and their agencies to the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) from 2010 to date. The ministers were summoned following the inability of top government officials to provide satisfactory answers to members of the House ad hoc committee probing the non-contribution of government agencies at the federal, state and council levels to the social insurance scheme for workers. The three ministers are to appear today before members of the ad hoc committee. Issuing the summon, Chairman of the ad hoc committee and Deputy Minority Leader, Rep. Chukwuka Onyema, said that government at all levels should be aware that failure to register and pay the statutory contributions to the NSITF amounts to a gross violation of the law. Rep. Onyema further said that violating the law has exposed the vast majority of Nigeria workers to uninsured and uncovered risks, and occupational hazards which could not be compensated for. In his submission to the ad hoc committee, the Managing Director of NSITF, Mr. Adebayo Somefun urged the National Assembly to intervene by ensuring that several federal government statutory bodies register and contribute to the Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS) under the NSITF.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The management of the University of Abuja said it has concluded arrangements to re-train primary school teachers across the Federal Capital Territory and some states of Federation, in a move aimed at improving the quality of lesson delivery in their schools. A press release which was signed by the varsitys deputy registrar ,information, Mala Garba []The post Uniabuja to re-train primary sch. Teachers on comm. skills, mourns former DVC appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nige 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Attackers suspected to be dreaded Islamic terrorists, Boko Haram, have carried out a surprise attack on a convoy of World Food Programme, WFP going to deliver food aid to internally displaced persons in northeast Nigeria. The fighting in Northeast has resulted to what the UN calls one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world []The post 4 Dead As Boko Haram Ambushed UN Workers In Borno appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
As Nigerians continue to grapple with fuel scarcity following last weeks strike threat by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, another influential group in the oil industry says it is set to begin its strike from Monday. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN it had no option than []The post Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder As Oil Workers Strike appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
For defying several warnings by the Ogun State Government against indiscriminate dumping of refuse especially on road medians, 12 Sango/Ota residents have been arrested by officials of the State Ministry of Environment. The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye who was quoted by his Media Aide, Mr. Goke Gbadamosi, disclosed this during a monitoring exercise []The post OGUN ARRESTS 12 FOR ILLEGAL REFUSE DUMP appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
President Buhari had a surprise birthday party which was organized by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo led state governors, APC Chieftains, Businessmen, former first ladies at the state house. Other dignitaries who were in attendance to celebrate Buharis 75th birthday were Senate President Bukola Saraki, APC National leader Bola Tinubu, Aliko Dangote, former first ladies Maryam []The post Buharis 75th Birthday: Maryam Abacha And Fati Abdulsalami Abubakar In Aso Rock appeared first on Daily Times 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
After many years of legal fireworks, the United Kingdom has given the final clearance for Nigeria to draw down a whopping $85 million seized from entities embroiled in the controversial Malabu Oil scam. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, who confirmed the development to Vanguard Sunday night in []The post UK finalises plan to return Nigerias $85m Malabu oil loot appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Naija Newspapers
Naija Newspapers

Naija Newspaper is a digital media distribution and review company focused on delivering Nigerian news across Nigerian audience. We are the biggest newspaper review company online; our value proposition is to be the all-in-one station for daily newspapers distributed in the country to various online audience. Our partnership includes and is not limited by the following Punch newspaper, Thisday online, Daily Sun Newspaper, Nigeria Tribune, BusinessDay, Leadershjip, Blue Print, Nigeria Guardian and Vanguard newspapers.