NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 DECEMBER, 2017].


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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 31 December, 2017.


Sun, 31 Dec 2017
As the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continue to bicker over the rationale for the covert restoration of fuel subsidy, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says he can only wish Nigerians less misery in the coming year.Soyinka stressed that prevailing socio-economic circumstances in the country make a genuine happy New Year greeting an extravagant wish, adding that 40 years after the country passed through the same problems associated with scarcity of fuel, the ugly development is still rife.

Making reference to a Daily Times publication of June 7, 1977, the laureate said, “The accompanying news clipping from June, 1977 came into my hands quite fortuitously. It is forty years old. It captures the unenviable enigma that is the Nigerian nation. It is however a masterful end-of-year image to take into the coming year, not only for the individual now at the helm of government, General Buhari, but for a people surely credited with the most astounding degree of patience and forbearance on the African continent – except of course among themselves, when they turn into predatory fiends. When many of us are blissfully departed, an updated rendition of this same clipping – with a change of cast here and there – will undoubtedly be reproduced in the media, with the same alibis, the same in-built panacea of blame passing.”

In a statement on the state of the nation, Soyinka continued: “Let this be called to our collective memory. Even before the current edition of the fuel crisis, other challenges, requiring immediate fix, had begun to monopolize national attention, relegating to the sidelines the outcry for a fundamental and holistic approach to the wearisome cycle of citizen trauma. This has been expressed most recently, and near universally in the word ‘Restructuring,’ defined straightforwardly as a drastic overhaul of Nigerian articles of co-existence in a more rational, equitable and decentralized manner. Such an overhaul, the re-positioning of the relationship between the parts and the whole offers, it has been strongly argued, prospects of a closer governance awareness of, and responsiveness to citizen entitlement. An overhaul that will near totally eliminate the frequent spasms of systemic malfunctioning that are in-built into the present protocols of national association.”

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Four days after the only son of President Muhammadu Buhari, Yusuf, was involved in a motorbike crash in the Gwarinpa area of Abuja, reliable sources at the Cedacrest Specialist Hospital, located in Apo, Dutse District, say the patient may spend some more time at the facility before his fate would be determined.
The sources, which hinted that Yusuf’s condition requires close monitoring and attention after he was rushed there in coma, after suffering a head injury and multiple fractures added that, “the situation was clearly life-threatening, but they are working hard to restore him.”

Initially, Presidency sources disclosed that President Buhari wanted his son stabilised before being flown abroad for improved medical care, but the severe injury Yusuf sustained to his head and two limbs that threw him into coma forced a rethink.It was also learnt that speculations that Yusuf may have been flown abroad followed contacts earlier made by top government officials with a reputable hospital abroad to fly him in an air ambulance, before they were advised against flying him abroad in coma.


The graduate of University of Surrey, Guildford, England, is currently being attended to in one of the orthopedic wards in the hospital.However, following this development, the Chief Personal Security Officer to the President, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abdulkareem Dauda, and Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS) Lawal Daura, Thursday ordered the deployment of more fierce-looking security personnel to the hospital.

A visit to the hospital, yesterday, revealed that only those who are visiting for consultation, and who have relatives in the hospital are allowed in. Visitors are viewed with suspicion and thoroughly screened before being allowed access.The First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has been hospitalised in the same hospital following the trauma she suffered after the shocking news of her son’s condition.

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The launch of the dry season farming in the Northeast states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), appears to be the right step in supporting the populations in the northeast who are faced with a food crisis.To say it is timely is to say the least, given the urgent need by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities in the region to regain their livelihood.
FAO plan for the 2017/2018 dry season farming was to reach 117,000 farming families (representing 760,000 people) with seeds, rice and fertilizers, along with irrigation equipment, training and micro–gardening support to increase cultivation, reduce the impact of the food crisis and improve the nutrition of families facing severe hunger.

The campaign, implemented in partnership with the states was launched separately in the three states.FAO’s Representative to Nigeria, Mr. Suffyan Koroma who co-led the launch stressed that the organisation’s support to the populations in the northeast was aimed at helping affected communities to quickly meet their own food needs through their own production and ultimately contribute to building their resilience to future crisis.

Sun, 31 Dec 2017

Two years after it was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 17, 2015, in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), appears to have served as another government bonanza to the agricultural sector. By the last count, about 218, 000 farmers from across the federation are benefitting from the N45.5billion scheme (money released through 13 participating financial institutions), which involves 233, 000 hectares of farmland, where eight commodities, namely rice, wheat, maize, cotton, soya-beans, poultry, cassava and groundnuts are being cultivated, in addition to fish farming.
The production of one million metric tons of paddy rice is part of efforts to ensure self-sufficiency in rice production.Among other things, the initiative is also meant to create economic linkages between the over 600, 000 smallholder farmers, and reputable large-scale processors, to raise agricultural output and improve capacity utilisation of integrated mills.

While it is touted as one of the most successful CBN development finance interventions to date, and also deemed to have so far achieved reasonable success, especially in the areas of outreach and coverage, the failure of most of the farmers in some states to repay their loans running into billions of naira, appears to have effectively signaled the commencement of the collapse of the initiative.


Buhari in a nationwide broadcast to mark the country’s 57th independence anniversary described the programme as a success.Only last month, the CBN revealed that it has formed strategic partnerships with agricultural commodity associations to expand the implementation of the ABP.

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Its acting Director of Corporate Communications Department (CCD), Isaac Okorafor, who made the disclosure said, “the CBN is forming these partnerships to further ramp up the domestic production of identified commodities by leveraging the existing organised structures of the agricultural associations nationwide, thereby providing huge economics of scale in the implementation of the programme.”

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The ABP was designed to satisfy political allies rather than reduce poverty in the life of smallholder farmers. To that extent, it has served that purpose. With the creation of NIRSAL, who are fantastic competitors, I know all the CBN Development Finance Offices will be more proactive. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
First and foremost, what we need to understand is how the loan is being distributed to farmers. The problem under this process emanates from the commercial banks through which farmers get the loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria . 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Federal Government could seek additional funding from the World Bank to implement new projects under its Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in 12 states. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Following the communal clash that occurred in Bwari community, Bwari Area Council, Abuja, on Christmas Day, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has handed out relief items to people displaced by the conflict. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
It might look as if it is something that is not good for my party. But if you look closely at the root cause of the challenges bedeviling the budget, it was a carryover of the mismanagement of resources in this country. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
I would like rely on some ancient words of a wise king who once said, 'there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heaven'. Yes, there is a time to be quiet. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
At the peak of Lagos art season last month, the atmosphere was spiced with the most crucial, and perhaps, the essence of making art - collecting. It was a gathering, which had as theme 'The Art of Collecting: The Intersection Between Design, Architecture and Art. 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Nd'Igbo, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to remedy the shortcomings of his administration by running an inclusive government in the new year. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
As part of measures to ensure fuel queues disappear, monitoring teams of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), yesterday, visited some filling stations to ensure compliance with government's directives on the sale of petrol. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Former President, Warri Boys Association (WBA), Lagos branch, Mr. Pius Enakerakpo, has called on governors in the Niger Delta to put measures in place to attract investors to the region. 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Playing games 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) have concluded plans to re-engineer the country's tourism sector. 

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