NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 18 December, 2017.


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Following the release of another tranche of the Paris Club Refund to the 36 states and the release of statutory allocations for November to the three ties of government , some experts have argued that the state governors should have no excuse over the payment December salaries to their workers in order to celebrate Christmas. For these reasons, the experts and labour unions have challenged the governors, particularly the debtor- states, such as Benue, Kogi, Osun, Kwara, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Oyo Ondo, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, among others to keep faith with President Muhammadu Buhari’s admonition, asking the 36 state governors to pay salaries owed civil servants before the Christmas to enable them enjoy the Yuletide. Reacting to the development, an economic expert and former President of Nigeria Economic Society, Prof Ben Aigbokhan, said that refusing to pay salary by the state governments may affect full recovery of the economy from recession. Aigbokhan said that state governors, who refused to pay their workers are deliberately holding back the money, which would not help in growing the economy through increased money in circulation. He also alleged that, “they are diverting the money to contracts in which they take huge share; and are also diverting funds to political parties with a view to funding 2019 elections.”
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Three days after the National Economic Council approved the sum of $1 billion to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, a non governmental organization, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to explain why the government decided to withdraw the sum from the Excess Crude Account. The group warned the APC led government to avoid the intense secrecy and lack of accountability and oversight of the spending on Boko Haram that characterised the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The money was approved by the governors during a meeting last Friday of the National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo. In a statement yesterday by SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale, the organization said: “Nigerians should have some sense of what is the government doing in our name, especially against the background of the declaration by the authorities that the anti-insurgency war has ended and the Boko Haram terror group defeated, as well as the unresolved questions on how over $2bn was spent by former Jonathan administration to fight Boko Haram. The government also ought to tell Nigerians whether and how the legal requirements for approving the extra-budgetary allocations were met.” The organization said that, “As a government presumably pursuing a change-agenda, Buhari should do things differently from the former Jonathan administration including by proactively engaging the Nigerian people in an honest conversation about the fight against Boko Haram and the use of the public funds so far invested to prosecute it.”



Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described the Calabar Carnival as a veritable platform for job creation and promotion of creativity among Nigerians. The Minister made the remarks in Calabar, Cross River State, on Saturday during the tour of some carnival bands ahead of Sunday’s flag-off of the Third Dry Run of the 2017 ‘Calabar Carnival’. He said the Carnival has grown beyond being a mere street procession and dancing to a venture that is positively impacting on the economy and the unity of the country. “What we have seen today is an industry that is making use of the abundant talents of Nigerians not just in dancing but even in manufacturing and creativity. We have seen the shoes that they are going to wear; they are made in Nigeria, the design and materials. So, Calabar Carnival provides that platform to give vent to your creative energy”, he said. Alhaji Mohammed highlighted the critical role of the themes of each band, which include Climate Change, Bush Burning and Environmental Degradation, describing the themes as topical issues in the global discourse on the ecosystem. He expressed delight that the Calabar Carnival has keyed into the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari towards promoting locally-made products in order to make the country self-reliant economically. “The President said until Nigeria produces what it consumes and grows what it eats; it cannot be economically independent. This is a very good example of made-in-Nigeria both in terms of materials, labour force and creativity. So I am really much fulfilled coming here because I see how much the carnival is contributing not just to the economy but to bringing individuals to self-reliance”, he said.


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
.As depositors lament challenges at Yuletide At a time when business and financial related activities require proactive measures to curb incessant agony often caused by long queues in commercial banks branches and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) galleries across the country, but the recent demolition of structures in Agege Pen Cinema of Lagos for the construction []The post Lagosians groan over urban renewal- Investigation appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspap 

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Management of Dangote Group over the weekend accused BUA of engaging in illegal mining of limestone deposits in its Mining Lease No. 2541, located in a boundary town of Oguda/Ubo in Okene Kogi State. Dangotes Executive Director, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, frowned at the media war, instigated by BUA against the Dangote Group, over a matter []The post Dangote accuses BUA of stealing, illegally mining limestone on its properties appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 



Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The 52nd Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and government came to an end on Saturday in Abuja, Nigerias capital with no mention of the status of the request sent by Morocco to join the region. In a Statement released by ECOWAS Commission on the eve []The post ECOWAS leaders keep mute on Morrocos membership appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Jos, and Consultant General (Surgeon) Prof. Benjamin Ugwu, has implored his colleagues in the medical profession to respect the privacy and sanctity of their patients while treating them of their ailments. Ugwu also urged doctors not to allow considerations such as age, creed, ethnicity, nationality, political affiliation, social []The post Respect patients privacy, Consultant advises doctors appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria N 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
A former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Paul Adah, on Sunday condemned selective payment of salaries to civil and public servants including political and elective officers by the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade. The former lawmaker, who was the immediate past state representative in the board of the Niger Delta Development []The post Adah condemns Governor Ayades selective payment of salary in Cross River appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria N 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Transparency in Governance has asked the United Kingdom and United States governments to keep their recommendations on the issues surrounding the clash between men of the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite movement in December 2015 where some persons were reportedly killed as its coming after relevant []The post Shiite: Keep Your Recommendation To Yourself, US, UK Told appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspaper 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Former President of the Senate, David Mark, has denied receiving over N2bn from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP through a National Assembly account for distribution to senators. Mark, in a statement on Sunday by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, said as a law-abiding citizen, he had answered an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes []The post David Mark denies receiving, distributing N2bn campaign fund appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari today attends the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. The President, alongside the Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger, will participate in the historic event, held every year on December 18th to commemorate the founding of the Republic of Niger and creation of the Presidency. []The post Buhari attends Proclamation of Niger Republic appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Government at the weekend disclosed that over 100 artistes cutting across all genres would be performing at this years One Lagos Fiesta (OLF); its flagship yuletide revue scheduled to hold from December 24 till the early hours of January 1, 2018. Addressing journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja, []The post One Lagos Fiesta: 100 artistes, 40 concerts across five divisions, set to boost tourism, economy- LASG appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Nsima Ekere has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a leader who has diligently served the country as a military head of state and has continue to dedicate his life to the survival of the country in spite of daunting challenges. Congratulating []The post NDDC Boss commends President for life of dedication appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Wants Buhari, Atiku, others to drop ambitions for younger Nigerians Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a youth summit championing system change has stated that it will mobilize for young leaders to preside over the affairs of the country, saying there is the need for President Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and []The post Nigeria needs young leaders below 50 in 2019- Youth Summit appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday expressed happiness with his improved health as he turned 75 years and has also thanked Nigerians for their fervent prayers. Buhari spoke when his aides presented him with a birthday card at his resident in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the Permanent Secretary State House, []The post At 75 Buhari happy with improved health, thanks Nigerians appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris has reacted to Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayoses objection to the withdrawal of $1 billion from the ECA. The AGF said Fayose should have made his objection known to the Governors Forum and not to the press,stressing that the state governors as part owners of the []The post ECA $1bn: AGF to Fayose You should have objected at Governors forum appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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