NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 DECEMBER, 2017].


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

Tue, 19 Dec 2017

The row over the $1 billion anti-Boko Haram battle fund to be withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) grew yesterday, with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peopes Democratic Party (PDP) throwing darts at each other.

The APC described the allegation by the PDP that the government planned to pump the money into its reelection as “ludicrous and baseless”.

It asked the PDP   to demand for accountability in the spending of the fund rather than imputing political motives.

APC National Publicity Secretary Bolaji Abdullahi said in a statement that being in opposition did not imply opposing everything before one has the opportunity to understand the issues.


 
Abdullahi said the NGF that approved the money had 11 PDP governors, who would not support voting money to fund another party.

He noted that the allegation that the money was meant for the APC to prosecute its 2019 campaign only implied that the PDP was accusing its governors of anti-party activity.

The statement reads: “We note the statement issued by the PDP on the issue of $1 billion approved for the Federal Government from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the prosecution of the war against terror.

“We also note the preposterous allegation by the PDP that the real purpose of the said $1 billion was to fund our party’s presidential activities, ahead of 2019. We find this allegation baseless and ridiculous, to say the least.

“The NGF that granted the approval has 11 PDP governors as its members. This means that more than one-third of NGF is made up of members of other parties other than the APC.

“We wonder how the governors who are not members of our party would support the decision to approve funds that were ostensibly meant to fund another party. In essence, the PDP is by this allegation accusing their governors of disloyalty or suggesting that they were bewitched into supporting the decision. It is that ridiculous.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017

The President’s and the Vice-President’s pay is low, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday.

He criticised the private sector for not respecting the national minimum wage law, which puts the lowest pay at N18,000.

Speaking at the end-of-year seminar of the State House Press Corps at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Prof. Osinbajo said he earns about N1.5m as Vice-President; President Buhari earns about N1.75 million.

To him, the pay is not commensurate with the offices they occupy.


 
The vice president also expressed misgivings about the remuneration of journalists and lawyers, saying journalists’ case is unique because many media owners make big revenue but simply refuse to pay good wages.

He recalled his brief encounters working with media houses as legal adviser and how in all the months he worked he was not paid despite the irregular hours he put in.

Osinbajo spoke of entry into journalism as not rigorously regulated or enforced by professional bodies because untrained persons are allowed in.

He added:  ”I realised first of all that this (journalism) is not a profession from which one could make a decent living in the first place unless you find a really good way of doing so.

”But more importantly for me is that you are just on your own. Journalism as a profession is so wide open.

”There are a few reasons in my view why remuneration is poor.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017

A cash-call exit agreement between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Joint Ventures partners, the Federal Government has saved about $1.7billion.

It will repay the Cash Call arrears of $5.1billion within five years.

These facts are contained in a document titled “The new JV Self-Funding Model/ Cash Call Exit: Issues and implications”, which has been presented to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

A critical part of the document, which was obtained by our correspondent, borders on “Key Negotiated Terms” on the lingering JV Cash Call arrears.


 
The terms were part of issues discussed at the November 21 session of the FAAC Post-Mortem Sub-Committee meeting.

The key terms are as follows: “On JV Cash Call arrears, the full and final settlement of the arrears amount to $5.1billion which represents 75% of the reported arrears of $6.8billion.

“The negotiated amount ($5.1billion) is inclusive of indigenous JV partners ($436.09m). The duration of repayment is five (5) years.

“The $1.7billion reduction write-down will not qualify as a tax- deductible expense by the International Oil Companies JV partners for PPT determination.

“No tax payable on arrears to be repaid. Receipt by the IOC JV partners of the repayment of Cash Call arrears of $5.1billion represents refund of advances made on behalf of NNPC and is not revenue to IOCs. Therefore, it is not subject to any tax, fee or levy.”

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin and service chiefs have been given tenure extension by President Muhammadu Buhari. Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, will enjoy the tenure elongation according to aRead MoreThe post Buhari extends Service Chiefs' tenure appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
TheJoint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has accredited 72 centres in Lagos State for the2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The State Coordinator, Mr.SundayAladegbaye, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos that 63 centres were accredited for the examination this year. Hesaid the increase indicated that more candidates were likely to participate inRead MoreThe post JAMB accredits 72 centres in Lagos appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
ONE of the candidates that contested for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the nullification of the election of Prince Uche Secondus. In the suit filed on his behalf by Rickey Tarfa & Co., Adedoja prayed the court to declare 'the electionRead MoreThe post Adedoja asks court to nullify Secondus' election appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Fuel scarcity yesterday spread across major cities, crippling movement and economic activities. But, there are hopes that the long queues at the filling stations will abate, following the suspension of the national strike called by Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN). Tony Akowe, Ajibade Akinola and Yinka Aderibigbe, report PENGASSAN suspendsRead MoreThe post Fuel scarcity spreads on oil workers strike appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The police yesterday arrested six members of a kidnapping syndicate that has been terrorising residents of Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State and its environs. A major importer in Aba, Chief B.A Okoye, kidnapped by the gang last Thursday was rescued. Commissioner of Police Anthony Ogbizi and the command's spokesman, an Assistant Superintendent (ASP)Read MoreThe post Police arrest kidnapping syndicate in Aba appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced to men, Michael Adams and Abass Mutiu to death after finding them guilty of armed robbery and murder. The Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, convicted the duo for committing armed robbery and murder. According to the charge, Adams and Mutiu committed the offence on January22,Read MoreThe post Two sentenced to death in Ekiti for murder appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
To ensure even and fair distribution of LAKE Rice Lagos State Government has sought the participation of major rice distributors and signed agreement with the distributors in the transportation, distribution and marketing of LAKE rice. Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Food Security Mr. Ganiyu Okanlawon who signed on behalf of the LagosRead MoreThe post Lake rice: Lagos signs pact with distributors appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
For two days last week, Justices of the Court of Appeal met in Abuja to review the court's activities in 2017 and strategise on way forward. Eric Ikhilae reports. SEVENTY-SIX Justices of the Court of Appeal, from its 16 divisions nationwide, converged on Abuja for two days last week for brainstorming. The Annual Justices ConferenceRead MoreThe post Court of Appeal plans for better 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (NJC), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has been urged to liaise with the National Judicial Council (NJC) to confirm Justice Adamu Kafarati as the substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. The request is contained in a letter by a group, the International Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Society (IHRAS), a non-governmentalRead MoreThe post NGO seeks Kafarati's confirmation as CJ appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Text of a paper presented by The Nation Editorial Board Chairman, Mr. Sam Omatseye, at the annual Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Jos branch. Structuralists however got into a snag because many scholars started doubting the importance of structure. Everyone can be its own structure and function, and that led to suchRead MoreThe post Restructuring: Panacea for development, cohesion appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The human rights community joined others to mark the Human Rights Day on December 10. Victims of rights abuses shared their experiences at a forum organised by the Women Empowerment and Legal Aid (WELA). ADEBISI ONANUGA reports December 10 is celebrated yearly across the world as the Human Rights Day. The date was chosen toRead MoreThe post How we survived abuses, by victims appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
It is wrong for the judiciary to de-pend on the executive for funding, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said. To him, full autonomy would make judiciary truly independent. He spoke at a valedictory court session in Makurdi in honour of the former Chief Judge (CJ) of Benue state, Justice Iorhemen Hwande. He described HwandeRead MoreThe post Ortom makes case for judicial autonomy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The enforcement of consumer rights is a shared responsibility and not that of government alone, Director-General (DG) of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mr. Babatunde Irukera, has said. He urged businesses to take the lead in enforcing consumer rights. The DG spoke at a roundtable with the civil society, Consumer Protection Associations (CPAs), Non-governmental OrganisationsRead MoreThe post 'Enforcement of consumer rights not govt's business alone' appeared first on The Na 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Before their Lordships Raphael Chikwe Agbo J.c.a Ayobode Olujimi Lokulo-sodipe J.c.a Ita George Mbaba J.c.a Between Hon. Eze Ama Nwa-Uwa ''''''''''''''.. Appellant(s) And Peoples Democratic Party (Pdp) Senator Hope Uzodinma Independent National Electoral Commission '''''''''''''''.. Respondents Suit No: Ca/Ow/263/2016 Lead Judgment Delivered by Ayobode 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
ASenior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Rotimi Jacobs has urged lawyers to see the fight against corruption as collective. He said the attitude of defence counsel, especially senior lawyers, is to set the accused free. He spoke at a workshop organised by the NBA Anti-Corruption Committee to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day. Jacobs said: 'The attitudeRead MoreThe post SAN blames colleagues for stalling corruption cases appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Members of the Neo Black Movement (NBM) of Africa, Northern Region, have protested over Nigerians who are being sold into slavery in Libya. At the rally, which took place at the UNITY Fountain, Abuja, the group condemned the killings and the slave trade in Libya. Addressing reporters, its Northern Regional President, Chief Duncan Amadi, calledRead MoreThe post Protest over maltreatment of Nigerians in Libya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Bauchi State has passed the Private Partnership Participation (PPP) law to boost investment. It has also reformed land acquisition processes so that investors can acquire land easily, Governor Mohammed Abubakar has said. He spoke when he received the International Economic Cooperation Committee of the Chinese Government. Abubakar reminded the delegation of the long standing relationshipRead MoreThe post Bauchi passes private partnership law appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Chairman, Joint Tax Board (JTB), Mr. Babatunde Fowler, says the board is set to capture 40 million Nigerians outside its tax net by March, next year. Fowler, who is also the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS) gave the new target in Sokoto yesterday during a courtesy visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan MuhammadRead MoreThe post JTB eyes 40m individuals outside tax net appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has agreed to look into claims of surrounding states losing revenues to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun made the offer yesterday when she received the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Bello in her office in Abuja. Adeosun lamented that losing N1 billion monthly to theRead MoreThe post Fed Govt to examine revenue losses to FCT appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Oil prices edged higher yesterday, supported by a North Sea pipeline outage and a workers strike in the Nigerian energy industry. A fall in the number of United States (U.S.) rigs drilling for oil also underpinned prices, but growth in U.S. crude output cast a shadow over the market. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark,Read MoreThe post Oil gains on Forties outage, PENGASSAN strike appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said this year has been particularly challenging in the area of regulation. Its Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, who spoke on the sidelines of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Presidential Dinner in Lagos at the weekend, lamented that the challenges posed a serious drawback to the achievementRead MoreThe post NCC: 2017 challenging for regulation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) has urged agencies in the maritime industry to promote what it calls the blue economy to earn huge revenue for the country. Its Executive Secretary, Mr Hassan Bello, told The Nation that the country has abundant marine resources which would raise the standard of living, if tapped. The council, heRead MoreThe post Shippers Council advocates 'blue economy' to boost revenue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Medview Airlines has raised the stakes in its international operations by flying into Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.wTo have a good share of the lucrative market, it must step up its services. KELVIN OSA OKUNBOR reports. Nigerian carriers are changing the narrative in international air travel. In the last few few years, some indigenousRead MoreThe post Upping the ante in international operations appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
With barely 12 days to the end of this year, it is doubtful if the anticipated General Electric's (GE's) $2.2 billion investment in the nation's narrow gauge will become a reality,writesADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE. The much-expected take-off of the management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation's (NRC) narrow gauge rolling stock assets seems to have suffered another stillRead MoreThe post Clouds over GE's rail concession appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joe Ari has appealed to the Federal Government to properly fund the organisation to train as many youths as it can, to help stem the massive youth migration to foreign countries for slavery and prostitution. A statement signed by its Head, Public Affairs, Suleyol Fred Chagu, explained that theRead MoreThe post ITF seeks funding to create skills for youths appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
There are some clear advantages to going electric: no need to visit the filling station, no oil, no exhaust, among others. These and many more are reasons we introduced Zero Electric Motorcycles ' the FX and DS,' Chairman of AO & A/Zero Motorcycles Nig Ltd, Mr Olusegun Ogunsola, has said. According to him, there areRead MoreThe post Why we introduced electric motorcycle, by Ogunsola appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
With over 20 years of excellent trusteeship services, STL Trustees has undoubtedly positioned itself as a leading brand in the Nigerian corporate trust industry. In this interview, MD/CEO Mrs. Funmi Ekundayo gives an insight into what the industry has to offer. How does trusteeship industry contribute to economic development' Trustees play critical roles in businessRead MoreThe post 'Nigeria has a lot of infrastructural gap' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Integrity as well as consumer protection issues here should be tackled IF the claim by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that some electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) are installing substandard meters for electricity consumers is true, then the regulatory agencies in the power sector have their jobs cut out for them. They should move swiftlyRead MoreThe post Substandard meters' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
We can't afford to ignore US', UK's warnings TERRORISTS the world over are killjoys. They strike most when guards are lowered and people are celebrating. Therefore, the Christmas and New Year festival season, being the most celebrated in most parts of Nigeria by Christians and non-Christians alike, is one when the security forces should stepRead MoreThe post Terror alerts appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Did you ever interrogate the meaning of the word 'corporal', dear reader' Hardball can now announce to you, pro bono, that he has found that it is a most quirky word; one that borders on the bizarre. He hereby recommends that that odd word should be reinvestigated and put it its proper place or inRead MoreThe post So very corporal appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Governor Seriake Dickson-led National Reconciliatory Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was set up to resolve the dispute over the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as the National Chairman, has been criss-crossing the Southwest. LEKE SALAUDEEN examines the chances of the committee in tackling the post-convention crisis and the chances of theRead MoreThe post PDP's move to reconcile aggrieved Southwest leaders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
In this piece, Lanre Aminu examines the achievements of Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the last seven years and priorities in the last year of the administration. The difference between a good and bad government sometimes lie in the number of obstacles we can remove from the path of our citizens or put beforeRead MoreThe post Aregbesola: Seven years of good governance in Osun appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Omo'ba Abayomi Adesanya, has said that the emergence of Chief Uche Secondus as the National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has turned the opposition party into a regional party. Addressing reporters in Akure, the state capital, he said some powerful forces haveRead MoreThe post PDP has become regional party, says Adesanya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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