Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 29 December, 2017.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
The Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) has opposed the removal of mining from the exclusive lists of the federal government to allow more states’ participation.

MAN’s president, Alhaji Sani Shehu stated the position of the association while briefing newsmen on the state of mining in Nigeria at the Association’s End of Year 2017 Press Conference in Abuja yesterday.

The recent suggestion from the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development on the removal of mining from the exclusive legislative list to concurrent list in order to allow states play more prominent roles in mining issues in the country is strongly opposed by MAN,” he said.

He said, “It is our belief that states’ concerns can be addressed by the instrumentality of the recently inaugurated Mining Council and the MIREMCO provisions in the Mining Act in order to avert any constitutional crisis that may likely arise as a result of any suggestion or proposal to remove mining from the exclusive legislative list.”

The Miners president also expressed concern over the continued conflict between Nigeria’s Enterprise Giants, BUA and Dangote

According to Alhaji Shehu, “Dispute over the ownership of a mining site in Edo State between the above two giant firms is of concern to us in the association.” While noting that the ideal position would have been to await the verdict of the court,

he said,”The current press wars between the two are taking an unpleasant dimension which will not go well for the growth of the mining industry in Nigeria which may also have multiplier effect on our national socio-economic life.

“We, therefore, strongly appeal to all critical stakeholders including Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), etc to help broker a peace agreement between these industrial giants in the national interest of industrial harmony in the country.”

Alhaji Shehu who also lamented the plan of government to commence the Gold Purchase Scheme, noted that although the scheme appears laudable, it may not last long if critical stakeholders like the MAN are not carried along. He lamented that stakeholders were not carried along during its formation.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
The Senate yesterday cut short its three-week recess to convene a meeting with stakeholders in the oil sector, with a view to addressing the fuel scarcity which appears to have defied solutions.

This is as the Senate has vowed to unveil forces or factors behind the fuel scarcity which has caused Nigerians untold hardship in lasted last three weeks.

Consequently, its committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), has summoned relevant stakeholders in the Industry to appear before it next week Thursday (January 4, 2018) at an investigative public hearing session.

A terse statement signed by the chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC Zamfara Central) yesterday, said there would be public hearing which would have in attendance, the minister of state for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Maikanti  Baru, heads of other petroleum parastatals and marketers.

Senator Marafa insisted that the public hearing would be televised live by the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) for Nigerians to get a glimpse of what is happening.

He added that the meeting which will be held in the Senate Hearing Room 221 is meant to address the lingering fuel scarcity bedeviling the nation in the last few weeks with a view to putting a complete stop to the unsavory development.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Nigeria’s stock market has been named to be amongst the five top performers in 2017, topping equities markets of most major European, Middle Eastern and Asian countries, a CNN report has revealed.

The report which examined the performances of global equities’ markets, listed the United States stock market to have average 25 per cent, Nigeria 43 per cent, Turkey 43 per cent, Argentina 73 per cent and Hong Kong 35 per cent as the major outperformers.

Analysts have said the ingenuity of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the management of the foreign exchange market helped notch Nigeria’s stock market to be amongst the five top best performing exchange for 2017.

They said the NSE was able to achieve this after posting losses for three consecutive years, 2014 to 2016, as a result of the introduction of the Importers and Exporters’ Window (I&EW) in mid-April which helped stabilise volatility and liquidity in the forex market, pulling back foreign investors who have been waiting on the sideline.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
No fewer than 14 fleeing inmates of Ikot Ekpene prisons in Akwa Ibom State have been rearrested following intense manhunt for them by the guards.

It was gathered that the 14, who are serving various terms of imprisonments, were recaptured within Ikot Ekpene environs.

The Controller of Prisons (CP), Mr Alex Oditah, who gave update of the incident yesterday, said the recaptured prisoners were among the 47 that forcefully escaped from the facility, yesterday.

According to him, the Command has swung into action with a view to recapturing the 33 others still at large.

It was gathered that some high profile convicts, including those who murdered the former deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly held in that facility, engineered the incident in order to escape.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017

Sen Robert Borofice represents Ondo North in the Nigerian Senate. In this interview with RUTH CHOJI, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, stated that restructuring might not solve Nigerias problems but devolution of power will definitely change things. He also spoke on some other issues.The world seems to have left Nigeria behind in terms of science and technology, what is happening'I have been in science sector for a long time from the university level to government an 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017

In this report, AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH takes a look at major developments in the senate in 2017 and writes that the mutual mistrust, suspicion and lack of confidence between Presidency and the Senate leadership, laid by events of June 9, 2015, continue to take their toll on governance in the country. While reacting to the situation reminiscent of todays Nigeria in US, when there was so much corruption being unearthed in all realms of life, when there was a crying need for institutions which put char 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017

TAIWO OGUNMOLA-OMILANI examines the Revised Import & Export Guidelines recently announced by the Ministry of Finance requiring all imports and exports to be palletised, effective January 2018; and highlights stakeholders anxieties over the negative effects the policy might have on the Ease of Doing Business initiative launched by the federal government last June.In its effort to ensure seamless business transactions and eliminate obstacles creating hiccups to ease of doing business in the co 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017

By FESTUS OKOROMADU, AbujaA team of officials from Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and security agencies on Thursday dispensed 57,000 litres of petrol free to motorists in Abuja.Mr Umar Ajiya, the managing director, Nigerian Product Marketing Company, NPMC, also known as PPMC, had on Dec. 13, warned petrol profiteers to desist or face losing their products.The team, which was on its fifth day of monitoring, got more information from anonymou 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017

By NANNo fewer than four persons were killed in a suicide bomb attack yesterday at Amarwa community of Konduga local government area of Borno State.The incident occurred at about 2 pm when a male suicide bomber infiltrated the village and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body.An eyewitness, Bukar Fantai, told NAN that the bomber managed to sneak into the village disguising as a grain merchant.Fantai said that the insurgent first approached a shop keeper and offered 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017

By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja and Alo Abiola, Ado EkitiFormer President, Goodluck Jonathan has joined in praying for the quick recovery of President Buharis son, Yusuf.Jonathan, in a message on his Facebook page, said I have been in Liberia monitoring elections and only just heard the sad news. My family and I are in prayers for the quick recovery of Yusuf Buhari.It is my deep desire that a young man so full of promise should live and thrive to fulfill the promises God has domiciled in him. I also ca 

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