NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 21 December, 2017.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
After a rigorous process in the selection of the best contestants that deserves to be at the Miss Nigeria Pageant, the oldest of it all; The Daily Times, organizers of the event, will today, crown the new queen who will emerge as the 41st queen on the platform at a glamorous event at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event is expected to attract important personalities from different walks of life, socialites, celebrities and media mogul amongst others as guests will be treated to a quality show at the end of the day. Leading the trail of judges this year is Nollywood screen diva and philanthropist , Omotola Jalade Ekeinde alongside brilliant personalities that include Chioma Ude, Adebola Williams, Ishaya Bako, Adesua Wellington, Jumoke Adenowo, Joke Silva, Enyinna Nwigwe, Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Noble Igwe, Julie Donli, Odio Oseni, Yemi Keri, Mariam Mohammed, and Ozinna Anumudu amongst others. Hosted by TV Personality/Big Brother Naija Host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Bovi, Kemi Lala-Akindoju and Olive Emodi, the event which will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of Miss Nigeria brand will play host to past winners from the platform. Speaking about the event, Chairman of Folio Media Group, publishers of The Daily Times Newspaper, Mr Fidelis Anosike, reiterated the commitment and focus of the pageant which showcases positive attributes of Nigerian women beyond beauty and physical appearance. According to him, the contestants and eventual winner will portray exemplary qualities of women and serves as a role model for young women in the country. The first edition of Beauty Pageant historically started in 1957 where the former Miss Grace Oyelude, a northerner from the present Kogi State by origin and by birth from old Kano State, represented the state and emerged as the overall winner, winning four cotton dresses and £200 amongst others. But one of the distinctive qualities of the pageant is that it preaches unity and shuns display of nudity via bikini wears as organisers have zero tolerance for nudity. Conscious efforts have also been put in place by the organisers to standardise the programme to unite the nation as an indivisible entity through inculcation of national virtues, pride, value and mores in the contestants.
Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The House of Representatives on Wednesday accused the Central Bank of Nigeria of non-remittance of over $5 billion into the federation account and has resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the alleged infraction by the apex bank. The ad hoc committee is expected to conclude its investigation in eight weeks and present its findings for further legislative action. This decision by the House follows the adoption of a motion sponsored by Ayo Omidiran (Osun/APC) accusing the CBN of flouting Sections 80 (1&2) and 81 of the constitution by failing to remit into government coffers revenue amounting to more than $5 billion. Rep. Omidiran expressed worry that even though funds from the federation account are distributed to the three tiers of government in line with the revenue sharing formula, revenue in flows into the federal account are prepared by the CBN instead of the accountant general of the federation. She said that the apex bank “takes advantage of this all important function of warehousing funds for the three tiers of government and preparation of the federation account statement, to manipulate the system by opening various accounts not known to the three tiers of government where funds are remitted, hidden, diverted and spent without authorization.” The lawmaker alleged that in 2006, the CBN opened various accounts with JP Morgan Chase Bank in New York, in which oil companies remit revenues for the federation, even as it maintains another account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. According to her, the CBN’s responsibility of receiving revenue in foreign currencies and converting same to Naira for the benefit of the three tiers of government, has led to substantial loss in the amounts remitted to the federation account.
Thu, 21 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in the remaining seven permanent Secretaries out of the 22 appointed earlier in the year. The brief event took place on Wednesday shortly before the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Cabinet members and serving Permanent Secretaries and some guests of the new officials were in attendance. The President however, did not deliver any inauguration address after the signing of the inauguration register as the FEC meeting progressed afterwards. Those inaugurated were; Mustapha Sulaiman (Kano), Adekunle Olusegun Adeyemi (Oyo), Mrs. Ekaro Chukwumogwu (Rivers), Adedayo Apata (Ekiti), Abdulkadri Muazu (Kaduna), Osuji Ndubusi (Imo) and Bitrus Nabasu (Plateau). Their inauguration was delayed because they can only resume after permanent secretaries representing their states have retired. The Daily Times recalls that 15 out of the 22 recently-appointed permanent secretaries had earlier been inaugurated on August 15 by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo when he acted as President.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has declared Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th December 2017 and Monday 1st January 2018 as Public Holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebration. The Honourable Minister of Interior, General (Rtd) Abdulralman Bello Dambazau who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, enjoined the Christian faithful and all Nigerians []The post FG declares Dec. 25th, 26th and 1st Jan. 2018 as Public holidays. appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News fr 


Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Sets up new secretariat They are comical and outlandish individuals PDP The dust raised by the just concluded convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is far from settling following the emergence of a splinter group known as Concerned PDP candidates and stakeholders which described the convention as a charade, and is planning []The post Confusion as splinter PDP emerge appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Italian Federal Court has ordered the Italian giant Eni and Shell Petroleum company to stand trial in Italy over bribery and corruption allegedly committed in 2011 purchase of an offshore OPL 245 oil block in Nigeria A judge in Milan who endorsed their trial on Wednesday also ordered Chief executive of Eni , Claudio Descalzi []The post Malabu oil deal: Italian Court endorses trial of Eni, Shell appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday sealed Nondon International Hotel Ltd allegedly owned by Prof. Charles Soludo former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. Apart from Nondon International Hotel Ltd, the State Internal Revenue Service also sealed Villa Toscana Hotel, Hotel Cordial Exclusive, Allen Suits and Filbon Ltd Hotel. The action []The post Enugu State Govt seals Soludos hotel, others over N6.6b tax evasion appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News fro 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed that it has released the CEO of Innosson Motors, Chief Innocent Chukwuma on bail. The Innosson boss was arrested by the countrys anti-graft agency following allegations that he forged documents to secure tax waivers. The EFCC in a statement released lat Wednesday night, however, confirmed that CHief []The post Breaking: EFCC releases Innoson boss on bail appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has deepened following the formation of a faction, Fresh PDP. The new national secretariat of the faction is in Asokoro. The interim leader of Fresh PDP, Emmanuel Nwosu, said in Abuja on Wednesday at the Secretariat that new members of the National Working Committee would take []The post Nigerias main opposition, PDP gets fresh splinter group appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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