NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 15 December, 2017.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has received a nod to withdraw $1b from the Excess Crude Account to prosecute its campaign against insurgency.
The 36 state governors gave the approval yesterday during a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) in Abuja.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki told reporters at the end of the session chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo: “The NEC resolved through the chairman of the governors’ forum to support the effort of the Federal Government in the area of security. We are pleased with the achievement that has been made till date in the fight against insurgency particularly in the North East.


“We expect that the amount will include purchase of equipment, procuring intelligence, logistics and all that is required to ensure we finally put to an end, the scourge of insurgency, Obaseki disclosed.”

The Edo State governor said the meeting also discussed the current scarcity of petrol in parts of the country. According to him, “The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources assured Council that within the next 48 hours, fuel supply would be restored nationwide because there is enough fuel in our strategic reserves. The ministry has released fuel from these reserves and it expects distribution will reach all parts of the country within the next 48 hours.”

The North East meanwhile will require $1.1b in aid to 6.1 million displaced persons in 2018.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committee investigating the pump price of petroleum products yesterday directed the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to provide details on how N30 billion crude oil revenue was not remitted into the Federation Account.

The committee, chaired by Raphael Nnana-Igbokwe (PDP, Imo), also directed the Auditor General of the Federation (AGF) to provide a report on the matter and submit same for further inquiry.

Nnana-Igbokwe, who issued the directive at the ongoing investigation into the pump price of petroleum products between 2013 and 2017, resolved to hand over some of the chief executives of oil compa—-nies to the police fraud unit and sergeant-at-arms for interrogation.


According to DPR records of crude lifted in February 2017, 2,845,142 barrels were transferred to the Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri refineries. The committee however discovered 3,853,647 barrels were delivered, leaving an excess of 1,008,505 barrels unaccounted for by the DPR.

Also in March 2017, DPR records showed that 3,227,556 barrels were supplied to the refineries while the record documented 2,400,297 barrels, a differential of 827,259 barrels unaccounted for.

For April 2017, while the DPR showed total crude oil lifted was 2,978,371 barrels, the committee discovered a total of 4,252,368 barrels were distributed to the three refineries, leaving a differential of 1,273,997 barrels.

Nnana-Igbokwe frowned at the complacency of the DPR “as watchdog of government” for failing to account for the actual crude oil lifted. He said: “That is why we insisted on the record you sent to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). We’ve observed specific encroachment into government revenue. Remember, we have the issue of N30 billion revenue for October, which is yet to be accounted for.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said 21 associations have fulfilled constitutional requirements for registration as political parties bringing the total number to 67.
The electoral body, after due investigation, also took major decisions on allegation of double registration by the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and the outstanding Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election.

A statement signed by the National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mrs. May Agbmuche-Mbu, listed the new political parties as follow: All Blending Party (ABP); All Grassroots Alliance (AGA); Alliance for New Nigeria  (ANN); Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP); Coalition for Change  (C4C); Freedom and Justice Party (FJP); Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria  (GDPN); and Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP).


Others are Legacy Party of Nigeria  (LPN); Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA); Modern Democratic Party (MDP); National Interest Party (NIP); National Rescue Mission  (NRM); and New Progressive Movement (NPM). Also listed top have met the registration requirements are the Nigeria Democratic Congress Party  (NDCP); People’s Alliance for National Development and Liberty (PANDEL); People’s Trust (PT); Providence People’s Congress  (PPC); Re-Build Nigeria Party  (RBNP); Restoration Party of Nigeria (RP); and Sustainable National Party (SNP).

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday advised that corruption in sports should not be tolerated if the sector must be developed in Africa.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the first session of the African Union Sports Council Region 2 Ministers Meeting in Abuja, Saraki urged the participants to ensure that the decisions and resolutions that would be reached at the meeting were used to develop sports in the West Africa region.

He noted that the primary aim of government was to create an environment for business to strive, adding that sport today was a global brand.


“Africa is heading towards a cross road with emerging sports personalities able to perform on an international sports stage but lack the domestic organisation to make the continent proud.

“There cannot be success at the highest level if we failed to put our house in order. Many African countries face socio-economic challenges that appeal to be more pressing than sports. But the onions fall on the administrators to be more creative and try to involve more private sector participation in the development of sports in the continent,’’ he said.

Saraki, who was represented by the Senate Committee on Sports Chairman, Obinna Ogba, said that professionals and coaches with certificates in sports should be given the opportunity at all levels of its administration.

Also speaking at the event, President Muhammadu Buhari, told the ministers that Nigeria would support them to achieve the mandate of the newly created AUSC Region 2.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Army has reaffirmed its loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari and promised to remain apolitical in all its conducts. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, made the promise yesterday at the closing ceremony of the Chief of Staff annual conference held at Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. He said the army []
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government recorded huge success through the Anchors Borrowers' Programme. The President disclosed that over 12.2 million farmers have joined the rice and wheat revolution while the country is moving close to self-sufficiency in major grains. Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, []
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
A National Poll conducted by NOIPoll from April to May this year on job performance shows that Nigerians have rated President Muhammadu Buhari 52 per cent. According to the report , the highest approval rating of 75 per cent was received from the President's home base, the Northwest geo-political zone, while his lowest approval of []
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Senate committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, has faulted the N10 billion budget for solar power projects in nine universities. The Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe led committee wondered why the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) planned to spend a whopping N10 billion to provide solar street light for nine universities. This emerged as the committee []
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Edo State FA has announced that its annual award will hold on December 22 at the prestigious Imaguero College Hall, Benin. Edo FA chairman, Frank Ilaboya said yesterday in Benin that arrangements were in top gear to ensure that the event, which is in its third year, remains as glamorous as it has always []
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has received a nod to withdraw $1b from the Excess Crude Account to prosecute its campaign against insurgency.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The House of Representatives' ad-hoc committee investigating the pump price of petroleum products yesterday directed the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to provide details...
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Gombe State Governor, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has explained that curbing incessant tanker accidents and tackling security challenges in the state compelled his administration to construct a tanker bay and central motor park at different parts in the state capital. Dankwambo also declared that as a matter of policy, the state government does not do []
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said 21 associations have fulfilled constitutional requirements for registration as political parties bringing the total number to 67.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday advised that corruption in sports should not be tolerated if the sector must be developed in Africa.
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