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

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Three months after the National Assembly transmitted drafts of the 1999 Constitution Amendment to State Houses of Assembly, some houses have commenced debate on the bills.

Indication emerged yesterday that the National Assembly sent only 15 bills to State Houses of Assembly for adoption out of the 21 bills adopted by the National Assembly.

LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that presiding officers of the National Assembly committed a technical error during voting on the bills and as such, some of the bills could not be transmitted to the state Houses of Assembly.

Recall that the National Assembly Constitution Review Committee led by Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu formulated 33 bills for the purpose of the constitution amendment.

But at the end of the day, both the Senate and the House of Representatives, in July, separately voted in support of 21 bills, rejected four bills and disagreed on eight bills.

Out of the 21 bills passed, only 15 were sent to the state legislators.

Any proposal that meets the approval of at least 24 state Houses of Assembly will be processed and transmitted to the President for assent.

A member of the joint committee of the National Assembly on the Review of the 1999 Constitution as amended noted that since presiding officers allowed legislators to move motion for amendment of the bills during voting, noting that the affected bills could not be harmonised afterwards.

The lawmaker, who spoke to LEADERSHIP Friday on condition of anonymity, explained that after the joint committee of the National Assembly had concluded its assignment on harmonisation of the bills, the presiding officers ought not to entertain any debate or amendment during voting.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria in the Kaduna judicial division, yesterday, granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Kaduna State governor , Nasiru el-Rufai, from the planned sack of 21,780 primary school teachers who reportedly failed a competency test meant for primary four pupils.

Dakun Rindi Esq and Augustina Joshua (Miss) Esq had, on October 30, 2017,  filed a motion of  notice brought pursuant to order 17  rule 1(1)to (9) and order 22 rule 1 and 2 of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (civil procedure) rules, 2017 and the inherent powers and sanctions of the honourable court as conferred by section 6(6)a 1999 constitution (as amended) in a suit number NICN/KD/53/2017 on behalf of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and Comrade Audu Titus Amba (suing on behalf of primary school teachers in the public schools of Kaduna State) against the Governor of Kaduna State, Attorney general of Kaduna State and Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria.

The suit sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the governor of Kaduna State and the Attorney general of the state whether acting by themselves, their officers, servants, agents and privies whosoever and howsoever otherwise from dismissing, terminating or in any manner whatsoever disengaging any primary teacher in the public schools of Kaduna State from his employment on the grounds of having failed a competency test conducted at the instance of the Kaduna State government pending the hearing and determination of the substantive originating summons.

Justice Lawal Mani granted the application pending the determination of the substantive suit and adjourned to February 6, 2018.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the adjournment, counsel who stood in for the teachers Sunday Atum Esq commended the court for granting the order.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, announced the registration of 21 new political parties.

The registration has now raised the number of political parties in Nigeria to 67.

According to INEC,  the decision to register the new political parties was taken at its usual weekly meeting, yesterday.

The new political parties are: 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), Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP) Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN), Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA) Modern Democratic Party (MDP), National Interest Party (NIP), National Rescue Mission (NRM), New Progressive Movement (NPM) and Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP).

Others includes: 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).

With the new development, the total number of registered political parties in Nigeria now stands at 67.

Meanwhile, following reports of the alleged double registration by the governor of Kogi State in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, the INEC has set up a panel of investigation into the involvement of staff in the matter.

A statement issued by the INEC’s national commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu, said the initial report submitted by the panel was referred to the appointment, promotion and disciplinary committee, which made recommendations to the Commission.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Azu IshiekweneThere are many reasons why the world will not forget 2017. In just one year of his presidency Donald Trump has changed the world beyond recognition.He has been compared to John Adams, Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and John Tyler all 19th Century US Presidents whose gift of rage made some wonder if they were all right upstairs.But none of them was quite exactly like Trump. They were intellectuals or soldiers and had held elective positions before taking office. When Trump was sworn 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Olufemi Michael Abikoye, has hit the ground running since resuming office in Accra in July. AMINA ALHASSAN chronicles his activities, one of which is attending the 7th Ghana- Nigeria Permanent Joint Commission meeting between 18th and 20th October, 2017 to cement and foster both bilateral and multilateral relationships that exists between Ghana and Nigeria.Nigeria and Ghana have over the years, enjoyed good economic and political relations. The 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By ANTHONY AWUNOR, LagosTo enable repair works on the runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that there will be skeletal operations at the airport while the work is on-going.In a statement issued yesterday, signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Yakubu Henrietta, the agency stated that, with effect from 14th December, 2017, the Authority will embark on a palliative repair work on the Runway of Akanu Ibiam 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, BUKOLA IDOWU, KAYODE TOKEDE, LagosThe Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Babatunde Fowler has said federal government tax defaulters have until March 2018 to declare assets and income via the Voluntary Assets and Income declaration Scheme (VAIDS) or face the consequence.Fowler speaking at the media workshop programme in Lagos, recently, said the scheme would change financial profile of Nigeria as more income and declaration of assets will aid govern 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Ahuraka Isah and Solomon Ayado, AbujaThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) officials, yesterday, disclosed to members of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), that they intend to spend N355 million for foreign trips in the 2018 fiscal year.The committee chairman, Senator Tayo Alasoadura (APC Ondo Central), however said the figure is unacceptable to the committee and indeed the senate and as such shall drastically reduce the estimates when sending it for the senate approval.The D 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The federal government yesterday said it would stop giving budget support loan to states that fail to comply with the conditions agreed under the fiscal responsibility plan.Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, quoted Finance minister Kemi Adeosun as saying this in her presentation to the National Economic Council.The governor said the Council was updated on the budget support facility loan granted to states in June, July and August, 2017.He said the council was assured that the Federal Minis 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, AbujaThe National Economic Council, yesterday, gave the federal government the go ahead to spend $1billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) on the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the monthly NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.The Excess Crude Account, being money saved from the sale of crude oil above the appropriation benchmark, 
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