Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 19 December, 2017.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin and the service chiefs: the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.
The development came contrary to the expectations that the president would appoint new officers to take over from them since their constitutionally recognised tenure had expired and also use the new appointments to redraw the security architecture of the country said to have suffered lopsided geo-ethnic interests. The president’s letter to this effect was released in a statement, yesterday evening, through the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.

The statement by the Public Relations Officer, Col. Tukur Gusau, on behalf of the Minister in Abuja, yesterday said the president’s review of the ongoing military operations in the northeast and the Niger Delta region and the efforts put in place by the Chief of Defence Staff and other Service Chiefs made him approve the extension.

The statement reads: “The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, having carefully reviewed the ongoing 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.

“This extension is pursuant of the powers conferred on the President and Commander-in- chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by section 218 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 09.06 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions for Service for officers (2012) Revised.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Less than 24 hours after it began an industrial action, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has backed off following the recall of its members who were sacked by Neconde Oil.But the agony of motorists in Lagos, Abuja and other cities across the country yesterday continued as the fuel supply situation witnessed no improvement.

Communicating the latest move, the National Public Relations Officer of PENGASSAN, Fortune Obi, said the suspension was after the intervention of the Director of DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.He added that Neconde Oil Services, which allegedly sacked some PENGASSAN members, had re-absorbed those affected. According to Obi, the management of Neconde also agreed to allow a workers’ union in the company.

Ngige and the union therefore agreed to resolve an anti-union posture by other indigenous companies and marginal field operators. Another round of meeting where the agreement would be firmed up has been slated for the second week of January 2018.Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has cautioned motorists and other petroleum products’ consumers not to engage in panic buying. It warned marketers against hoarding products as law enforcement agencies, working with industry regulators, had been detailed to take appropriate measures against any defaulter.

The corporation further assured that there were enough petroleum products to keep the nation running. It also said yesterday in Abuja that relevant government agencies were in consultation with industry unions to arrive at an amicable resolution of issues over which there were threats of an industrial action.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) distributed and sold about 1.3 billion litres of petroleum products throughout the country in September, a report has said.

A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager Public Affairs Division, said the figure was contained in the Sept. 2017 edition of the monthly NNPC Financial and Operations Report.

“The figure shows a 29 per cent increase from the 950.67 million litres posted in the month of August 2017,’’ the report said.

The report showed that products, which were distributed and sold by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), the downstream subsidiary of the NNPC comprised about 1.2 billion litres of petrol, 35.58 million litres of kerosene and 86.30 million litres of diesel.

“The total special products for Sept. 2017 were 9.29 million litres, comprising 7.43 million litres of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO), and other special products of 1.86 million litres.

“The sale of white products (petrol, kerosene and diesel) for the period September 2016 to September 2017 stood at 15.61 billion litres,” he said.

In terms of average daily sales and distribution of petroleum products, 42,752, 626 million litres of petroleum were recorded during the period.

According to the report, this comprises a daily petrol distribution figure of 38,690,970 million litres, 2,876,745 million litres of diesel, 1,185,906 million litres of kerosene and 2,677,995 million litres of special products.

In terms of revenue generation, PPMC posted a total sales figure of ₦151.42 billion for white products in September 2017, compared to ₦111.36 billion sold in August 2017.

Total revenue generated from the sales of white products for the period September 2016 to September 2017 stood at ₦1,877.42 billion, while petrol contributed about 85.08 per cent of the total sales with a value of ₦1,596.98 billion.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has banned lime stone mining activities in all disputed sites in Okpella, Edo State.This followed the dispute between Dangote Group and BUA group.

According to the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, the ban became necessary to avert a break down of law and order in the area.He had during a meeting with leaders and elders of Okpella community at the Government House told the parties involved that the Federal Government ordered the ban because the matter was already in court.

He said: “We are following the rule of law, which is that there is a dispute, it is not unusual to have disputes over assets, but there are laid down methods at resolving disputes of this nature. What we understand, as a government is that there is a dispute or claim between two parties over an existing mining right and the mining act of 2007 is quite clear. The Federal Ministry of Mines decides on how to award or issue leases.

“In this particular case, there are multiple claims and they had all gone to court. We have a letter from the Federal Ministry of Mines and Power instructing that the party currently mining that particular site should vacate pending the outcome of the decision in court.
“So the position of Edo State government today is that court orders must be obeyed, and also the Federal Government´s instruction should be obeyed, that mine should be shut until the outcome or the determination of the case in court.”

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
A chairmanship aspirant in the recently-concluded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s election, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to annul the choice of Uche Secondus as chairman. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The recent 2-day visit to Kano State by President Muhammadu Buhari has opened fresh insights into what may occur on the state's political terrain regarding preparations, conduct and outcome of the 2019 governorship. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has commenced the empowerment of 160 young business owners in Anambra and Kebbi States to encourage growth of their enterprises. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
There is certainly no stopping the founder and spiritual head of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua (TB Joshua), in his avowed commitment to manifesting the Word of God, touching and changing lives all around the universe.... 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Palpable fear has seized Tomataan community, aroundLow Cost area in Katsina-Ala Local Council of Benue State following the killingof an army officer on Sunday evening. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The crisis rocking the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) was yesterday resolved following a peace pact reached by all aggrieved parties to ensure unity and peaceful transition in the body. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, insisted that government must continually provide the enabling environment for entrepreneurs to thrive, saying they are not just problem solvers, but also job creators and drivers of economic growth. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Human beings in general are lazy. We thrive on being able to get the most amount of benefits with the least amount of effort. Scientists argue that this is a feature left over from our time as hunter-gatherers when energy conservation was important. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
First, the campaign for the plum post of chairman of the party was contentious. The impression had been given or gained that the slot was reserved for the South West while the Presidency had been zoned to the North. 
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