Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 28 December, 2017.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The United States (US) Government has completed documentation on the process of selling an A29 Super Tucano Aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Accordingly, the United States (US) Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, yesterday presented the Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in respect of the A29 Super Tucano Aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Abuja.

While presenting the letters, the US envoy said that peaceful existence in Nigeria is strategic to the security of the entire West African Sub-Region in particular and the entire world at large.

A statement signed by the NAF director of Publuc Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, in Abuja noted that the LOA represents the official US government offer to sell US defence articles and services to the Nigerian government.

Symington, while presenting the LOA to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at NAF Headquarters in Abuja, expressed the commitment of the US government to helping Nigeria completely defeat the Boko Haram Terrorists and also eliminate all forms of terrorism from its territory.

He further conveyed US government’s belief that the capacity of the NAF could greatly be enhanced by the acquisition of the Super Tucano Aircraft.

According to him, the US government would therefore continue to support the NAF in its capacity building efforts, including the timely supply of needed aircraft spares.

“The US Ambassador also indicated the readiness of relevant US Government officials to work with NAF officials to facilitate the early delivery of the aircraft once payment had been made. In that regard, officials of both the US Government and the NAF would be meeting in early January 2018 to jointly study the LOA prior to subsequent endorsements by both parties”, the statement noted.

The statement further said the CAS, while receiving the LOA, expressed appreciation to the US government for its steady support towards sustaining NAF air operations.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
As fuel scarcity lingers across the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) maintained yesterday that 18 unregistered companies were used to lift and divert $1.1trn worth of crude oil in the last one year.

It accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of being silent over reports of fraud in the oil regime.

PDP further charged the APC-led government to tell Nigerians the truth regarding its handling of fuel related funds, particularly the circumstances surrounding what it called “the exposed diversion of fuel funds in sleazy oil subsidy payouts”.

In a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the major opposition party in the country said it is completely reprehensible that the APC and the federal government have continue to stick to lies, particularly on the real reasons behind the biting fuel scarcity.

The party tasked the APC Government to speak out on reports of fraud in the oil regime whereupon 18 unregistered companies were used to lift and divert $1.1 trillion worth of crude oil in the last one year.

“We all know that it was convenient for the APC Presidency to promise Nigerians that it will no longer import fuel only because the PDP government had already laid the foundation including revamping the refineries and ensuring a domestic production of 5 million litres out of the 25 million litres daily domestic consumption.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The 51-year-old former World Footballer of the Year won thirteen out of fifteen counties.

His 73-year-old opponent and current vice president, Joseph Boakai got only two counties.

Weah becomes the 25th President of Liberia.

The ex-Liberian international played for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea and Manchester City and later returned to France with Marseille.

He is the only African to win the coveted Ballon d’Or.

Weah also won the UEFA Champions League Top Scorer award, Coupe de France, Ligue1, Coupe de la Ligue, Serie A title, English FA Cup among others.

“I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season,” Weah said on Twitter before the results were announced.

Weah is set to replace Africa’s first female head of state, economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

His inauguration would be the first time power was transferred from one democratically elected government to another.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Abba MahmoodMallam Gambo Dori in his usual incisive manner addressed the issue of pastoralism last week which I hereby reproduced below. Happy Christmas in arrears. One persistent advocate of finding a solution to these clashes is Dr Jinaidu Maina who recently retired as the nations Chief Veterinary Officer and Director Livestock. I have always spoken to him on how to resolve this perennial problem that is now turning into a national embarrassment. As a vet, Jinaidu is a thoroughbred, having 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Barely one and half year after the government announced what it called a partial liberalisation of the downstream sector of the oil and gas market with a view to encouraging independent petroleum marketers to import products, the dynamics of economic focus have made nonsense of the policy. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has become the sole importer of premium motor spirit and the result is fuel queues at filling stations even as the federal government insists on price regulat 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By CHIMA AKWAJA, LagosThe Nigerian Information and Communication technology (ICT) sector in 2017 was marked by upheavals in the Nigerian telecommunications sector, especially with the move by some banks to forcefully takeover one of the mobile networks, unethical practice of call masking and refilling by some network operators, mandatory enforcement of Code of Corporate Governance on service providers, perennial quality of service (QoS) issues and growth on the online space by Nigerian small and 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
There have been concerns about rampant electrical accidents and electrocutions in Nigeria in recent times. Many people have lamented that what is even most worrisome is the fact that more lives and properties are being endangered with issues such as falling poles and ignorance that are still common especially in low brow areas, ABAH ADAH writes.On the 12th April, 2017, a cable that had been lying low snapped and fell on a roof in the Anguwar Hausawa community of Nyanya, a busy suburb of Abuja, t 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By YUSUF BABALOLA, LagosNigerias early gains of reclaiming about N136 billion transit cargoes from neighbouring countries like Togo and Benin Republic may be eroded as the port of Cotonou has signed a management agreement with Antwerp Port to manage and modernize its port.Stakeholders in the nations maritime industry said the move could be detrimental to the nations maritime trade as it is coming on the heels of more than 60% loss of Nigeria-bound cargoes to Cotonou Port largely due to high Cust 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
In this report, CHIBUZO UKAIBE reflects on some of the high and low points of the leading opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), this outgoing year.As far as political survival is concerned, analysts aver that 2017 was a defining year for the major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The outgoing year measurably saw to the end of its 14 months leadership crisis.Much like the previous year, the former ruling party had started off this closing year on a turbulent note, tet 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port HarcourtThe Senator representing Rivers South east senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has declared that Rivers State is not a conquered territory, insisting that no one should assume the position of God in the state.Abe, made the declaration while speaking during a visit to former deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche at his country home, Ula-Upata in Ahoada-West local government area of the state.He st 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
BY AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, AbujaThe National Assembly has promised to take up the issue of poor funding of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), promising to ensure improved budgetary allocations for the agencys activities in the nearest future.This is as the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, pledged that the legislative arm of the government will also look into the issue of overlapping functions as a way of creating a platform for effective performance of NAF 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Ejike Ejike, AbujaThe chairman and chief executive officer of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS), Edirin Jerry Wesley has revealed that the NPBS from 2018, would be policing the nation through effective communication.Wesley also said with the takeoff of the NPBS, ugly incidences of crimes across the country would be a thing of the past.According to him, the NPBS will cut across general security information on air, land and sea, saying that homeland security policing, border polici 
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