NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 20 December, 2017.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The row over the planned withdrawal of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to battle insecurity grew yesterday.

Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) chairman Abdulaziz Yari and Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose clashed over the issue in Abuja after a meeting of the representatives of the governors with speakers of the houses of Assembly over the 1999 constitution amendment plan.

But Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said the money was not only for the Boko Haram battle rather for general security in the country.

Yari, the governor of Zamfara State, insisted that 32 governors endorsed the decision. Fayose said he had gone to court over the matter. Both of them spoke to reporters at the State House. 
Yari said:  ” This is democracy and each and every person has his own way to want to look at things and you cannot stop him from agitation.  Nigerian Governors Forum discussed this issue at our November meeting and we agreed across party lines that this thing had been done in 2014 when $2 billion was taken in agreement with the governors at that meeting.

“Governor Akpabio moved the motion. This time, we realised that there was need to purchase equipment for the military, so we felt we should not compromise the issue of security for the entire country.

“We said as governors, we agreed to forfeit $1 billion of our own share of excess crude account  which we are going to back up with state assembly resolutions at a later time.

“This is not the first time a decision like this is being taken; it happened during Jonathan’s era when they took $2 billion. We all agreed at that time collectively in the same chamber to withdraw $2 billion to procure equipment for the military and also for logistics for the military because they were telling us whether it was true or false that our soldiers were being killed.  There was no opposition to the decision at that time.

“Secondly, there was this decision also under (the late President Umaru) Yar’Adua when they were sourcing funds for Niger Delta Power Holdings. They also took over N5 billion for power generation; we followed the same process to withdraw the money from the same account and our respective houses of Assembly confirmed the resolution.”

He noted that the $2 billion taken under Jonathan was not backed up by any resolution from the state assemblies.


 
He urged Nigerians not to play politics with national security.

Yari added: “By the way, at the Governors’ Forum, 12 members form a quorum. At the time we took this decision, we had 32 members in attendance and there was no single opposition to the decision. We had the majority and there was not even minority opinion at that meeting.

“We look at the country Nigeria first before any other issue; it is only when you have the country that you can have the politics.”

On giving out $1 billion despite not paying salaries, he said: “You see, if you are not an economist you may not understand what you are talking about. These monies are kept there for the rainy day. And how much are those monies? It is $2 billion. Except in 2015 when we came begging, now we are asking for what is our own.

“The Federal Government was deducting the money illegally in those days. We were asking the Federal Government to give us what is our own. Then we were appealing; they were not listening, thank God today we have a listening government, which makes attempt to pay 50 per cent and now we are looking forward to the last balance of 50 per cent. And graciously understanding the economies of the states, the Federal Government has agreed to pay so that the state government can pay salaries and meet their obligations to their citizens.”

But Fayose said he was not in support of the $1 billion approval.

He said: “In my state, we have agreed to go to court to contest this. It is our legitimate right. All accruals to the federation must be shared by the three tiers of government and, for me to get justice, I had to go to court.”

On what the consensus was at yesterday’s meeting, he said “the issue was not discussed at all. But, for me, I have taken appropriate steps because the money belongs to Ekiti people.”

Asked if he was alone in the fight or if the entire PDP states were with him, he said: “ I am speaking for Ayo Fayose. With the PDP and the stakeholders, we have not met. I did not attend the meeting. Even if I was part of the meeting, I would have made it expressly clear that I will not support it.

“Every state has its own peculiarities in terms of security.  Ekiti State has ’Hunger Ram’ where hunger is catching people everywhere. A lot of people are being kidnapped daily. Whatever is in that money for me we should share it, let everybody go and solve his own problem. I have challenges and they should give me my money. It is Ekiti’s money.”
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Federal Capital Territory High Court has cleared Aiteo Group  Executive Vice Chairman Benedict Peters of illicit acquisition of assets allegations.

The court held that the allegations were baseless and  that the assets were not liable to be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Valentine Ashi, in a December 5 judgment, held: “From the material before me, the defendant (Peters) has a reasonable and verifiable means of livelihood and cannot be said to be living above means.

“In the absence of any specific offence and proof of commission of crime, the defendant legitimately and lawfully acquired the assets and properties, the subject matter of this suit.”


 
The listed assets include 58 Harley House, Marylebone Road, London worth£2,800,000; apartment 4, 5, Arlington Street, London worth £11,800,000; Flat 5, 83-86, Prince Albert Road, London worth£3,750,000, and other assets of Aiteo Energy Resources worth over $4.023billion.

Others are monies in account numbered 105277 in FBN Bank (UK) in the name of Mr. B and Mrs. N. Peters, monies in account (No 107127) in FBN Bank (UK) of Walworth Properties Ltd, and £36,674.7 held on behalf of defendant in the client account of Clyde and Co. LLP , London.

The rest are £40,620 held in a correspondent bank account at Ghana International Bank, London, and shares in Walworth Properties Limited, Rosewood Investments and Colinwood Limited.

The plaintiff, Moses Uyah, in a suit numbered FCT/HC/CV/ 0093/17, alleged that Peters acquired the assets fraudulently because he was unable to account for income or earnings from which such purchases could have been lawfully funded.

He asked the court not only to find that Peters’ acquired the properties illegally, but to hold that he lived above his means and that funds used acquire the assets were the proceeds of corrupt and illegitimate dealings.
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said those found liable in the Osborne Towers scandal will be made to account and appropriately sanctioned.

Receiving a report of the panel established to review the operational, technical and administrative structure of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Buhari  described the discovery of monies in the flat at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, in April this year, as an ”unfortunate incident, which rightly aroused public interest and outcry”.

”All the circumstances surrounding the obtaining, keeping custody and disbursement of the funds have been examined by the Vice President’s Committee and all those found to be culpable will be made to account and appropriately sanctioned.

”However, it must be understood that this cannot be done in a manner that jeopardises national security or exposes the operations of any intelligence agency, which must, by nature be conducted in secrecy.
”Suffice it for me to assure all that justice will be done consistent with our anti-corruption policies,” the president said.

Buhari hailed the Presidential Review Panel on NIA led by former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Babagana Kingibe for completing their assignment expeditiously.


Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The President’s plan for a speedy passage of the 2018 budget suffered a major setback yesterday.

Senators returned from their two-week recess to launch a bitter criticism of the budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 7.


 
The plan is to bring back the January to December budget cycle.

The lawmakers dumped the document and asked the Executive to roll over the 2017 budget till March 2018.

They also complained of the “abysmal” 15-20 per cent performance of this year’s budget.

But the Executive said ministries and agencies had not been starved of funds. Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said N1.2tr had been released for capital projects.

This year’s budget was signed into law in May by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

The senators, who used the two-week recess to screen the budget estimates of ministries and departments, dismissed the entire document.


 
All Progressives Congress (APC) senators led the attack.

Senate President Bukola Saraki scolded the executive, saying it “really needs to sit up”.

He added: “Truly, it is very disheartening and disappointing because we know how much we have put into the budget process. How can anybody who is responsible travel at this period when the budget defence is ongoing?

He did not name the official who travelled. 


Wed, 20 Dec 2017
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said those found liable in the Osborne Towers scandal will be made to account and appropriately sanctioned. Receiving a report of the panel established to review the operational, technical and administrative structure of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Buhari described the discovery of monies in the flat at OsborneRead MoreThe post Osborne Tower cash: Buhari promises action appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
All hands are on deck to ensure credible elections in 2019. Relevant government agencies, including electoral umpire ' the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are unfolding their plans for the next general elections. ERIC IKHILAE, who was at a National Stakeholders' Forum on Elections, in Abuja yesterday, reports. MORE plans were yesterday unfolded forRead MoreThe post Agencies unfold plans for 2019 elections appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Workers of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, will appear before a verification committee set up by the Governing Council to prove they are employees of the institution. A source in the council told The Nation that the exercise, which will tomorrow and Friday, was initiated to ensure that funds released by theRead MoreThe post LAUTECH workers for verification appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
A former Senate President, Senator David Mark, yesterday said the accusations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or any other government that he purchased his N748 million Apo Residential House illegally were spurious, contrived and baseless. He said the EFCC or any other agency were chasing shadows in probing how he bought hisRead MoreThe post DAVID Mark to EFCC on N748m house: you're chasing shadows P5 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
NLC chief begs Amosun to reinstate sacked union chair Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) National President Ayuba Waba has urged governors to make workers' welfare their priority. Waba said some states had enough resources to adequately cater for the welfare of workers but failed to attend to their needs because they did not make the issueRead MoreThe post Prioritise workers' welfare, Waba tells governors appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Chairmen of the 16 Local Government Councils in Ekiti State have asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to void the approval given for the withdrawal of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account for the prosecution of the fight against Boko Haram. Their request is contained in a suit listing the Attorney General of theRead MoreThe post Ekiti council chairmen ask court to void nod for funds withdrawal appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
An Igando Customary Court in Lagos yesterday dissolved the five-year-old marriage between Mr Chukwuma Onwumere and his wife, Obianuju, following the respondent's threat to the petitioner's life by always twisting his testicles anytime they were fighting. The president of the court, Mr Moses Akinniyi, said the estranged couple was tired of the marriage, adding thatRead MoreThe post Court dissolves marriage over wife's penchant for twisting husband's testicles appeared first on 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
No one told me that it takes a while before youre comfortable doing it without any accompanying music to drown out the sounds you and whoever youre doing it with will inevitably make.No one told me that theres is a real difference between doing it with the lights on and doing it with the lights off.No one told me you dont physically feel a difference, you cant physically feel a difference, between when youre being safe and when youre playing with the chance of pregnancy. Your body doesnt tell yo 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
AfricanAcademic Network on Internet Policy have requested that the National Assembly inserts the following in a data protection framework or bill;use of personal data must be in accordance with the purpose for which it was collected, consent of the individual must be obtained prior to collecting his/her personal data; rights of the individual to seekRead MoreThe post Data protection experts task NASS on legal framework appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
PLANTAINS belong to the same family as bananas but they have to be cooked to be eaten. Plantains are delicious and can be found in many places in the world. Here are a few health benefits of plantains: 'Plantains are very reliable sources of starch and energy. 'Plantains contain a high amount of dietary fibreRead MoreThe post Plantains are essential for healthy Pregnancy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Watermelon is an extremely popular fruit. While we all enjoy eating this sweet refreshing fruit, we usually discard the tiny seeds scattered in it without realising or rather knowing of their health benefits. These seeds are loaded with nutrients including fatty acids, essential proteins and lots of minerals. These seeds are rich in vitamin BRead MoreThe post Health benefits of watermelon Seeds appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The mass protest by students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, entered day two with the students occupying the busy Panseke area and made born fire. Dozens of them were arrested by policemen. The students were protesting non commencement of the semester examinations following the crisis between the lecturers of the polytechnic andRead MoreThe post Police arrest 20 MAPOLY students as protest turns violent appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
It's a drain pipe' The Senate committee on Finance yesterday recommended the liquidation of state-run oil firm, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over huge funds unaccounted for. A member of the committee, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, lamented financial leakages being perpetrated by revenue generating agencies as part of the reason why budgets areRead MoreThe post Senate panel seeks liquidation of NNPC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Nigeria's Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, decreased to 15.90 per cent making it 0.01 per cent lower than the 15.91 per cent recorded in October, 2017. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which stated this in a report published on it's website, however said despite the month-on-month decrease, the inflation rate increased year-on-yearRead MoreThe post Inflation rate down 10 times in a row, says NBS appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) has so far received N3.740 billion as budgetary disbursements this year. Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) Mr. Idris Ahmed made this disclosure during the 2018 budget defence of the Federal Ministry of Finance before the Senate yesterday in Abuja. Ahmed said so far, in the budgetaryRead MoreThe post Budget: AGF gets N3.7b in 2017 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Bank of Industry (BoI) has disbursed loans worth N5million to 100 farmers, each recieving N50,000. The loan was given to members of the Farmers Advancement and Youth Empowerment Association of Nigeria (FADAYEAN) under a programme taggedGEEP. It was disbursed through the Lagos State Council of Trades Men and Artisan Epe Co-operatives Multipurpose Society LimitedRead MoreThe post BoI gives loans to 100 farmers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Aformer lawmaker is optimistic that next year's budget will be better run. Former House of Representatives Finance Committee Deputy Chairman, Abayomi Ogunnusi said indicators showed that the economy is picking up, with positive growth, which will lead to an increase in wealth and job creation. He said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) anticipated global GrossRead MoreThe post Ex-lawmaker raises hope on 2018 budget appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
About N4billion were disbursed to 12,464 workers, who lost their jobs across the country, from their pensions contributions in the third quarter of 2016. The money was paid to them by their various Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs). A report published by the National Pension Commission (PenCom), which revealed this, stated that the workers are holdersRead MoreThe post PFAs pay N4b to 12,464 disengaged workers from pension contributions appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Piggery has continued to expand, creating new products and providing opportunities for people. There is, however, a move by stakeholders to encouragestudents explore such opportunities and promote campus entrepreneurship, DANIEL ESSIET reports. Biggery is expanding, creating new products for end-users and providing numerous economic opportunities. This is being driven by growing consumer awareness of theRead MoreThe post Promoting campus entrepreneurship, jobsthrough piggery appeared first on Th 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The growth in infrastructure development in the Middle East has resulted in a construction boom. The boom has catalysed in increased demand for artisans. Hiring artisans with the right skills and experience has been a challenge. There is a training programme to recruit Nigerians to work in the region and other parts of the world,Read MoreThe post Creating jobs for artisans, tradesmen in construction appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The growth in infrastructure development in the Middle East has resulted in a construction boom. The boom has catalysed in increased demand for artisans. Hiring artisans with the right skills and experience has been a challenge. There is a training programme to recruit Nigerians to work in the region and other parts of the world,Read MoreThe post Creating jobs for artisans, tradesmen in construction appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
THE Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is expected to move Sterling Bank Plc, Diamond Bank and three other stocks to the top index of 30 most capitalised stocks in the forthcoming review of the stock market's indices. The NSE is expected to review the six group indices that track performance of some groups of stocks atRead MoreThe post NSE adds Sterling Bank, Skye Bank, others to most influential stocks' groups appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Our insurance industry depends on foreign firms According to the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), the insurance industry regulator,no fewer than 12 foreign investors have ventured into the country to acquire new firms since 2014. The Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari, gave details, saying, 'There were three foreign acquisitions in the sector in 2014; twoRead MoreThe post Colonised insurance appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Why would the NNPC not abide by TSA' For how long will the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) be allowed to operate in flagrant disobedience of the most elementary tenets of fiscal responsibility' More than 18 years after Nigeria returned to constitutional rule, the corporation continues to resist entreaties to throw its books open forRead MoreThe post FAAC ruckus appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
When the State House Press Corps invited Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to a seminar with the theme, 'Journalists and Retirement Plans,' there was probably no way he could have avoided speaking about journalists and pre-retirement. Well, he didn't mince words during the December 18 event at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa inRead MoreThe post Work and pay appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Ambassador Dare Bejide, who hails from Ilawe-Ekiti, is a former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State. The former High Commissioner to Canada (between 1999 and 2002), Secretary to the Government (between 2007 and 2010) and governorship aspirant tells ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, why he wants to succeed GovernorRead MoreThe post 'We won't allow Fayose to manipulate Ekiti pdp primary' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Two senatorial districts in Oyo State say it is their turn to produce the governor. In this report, SINA FADARE x-rays the contending issues and their implications for the 2019 governorship poll in the Pacesetter state. THE exit of the duo of Chief Lamidi Adedibu and Chief Abdulazeez Alao Arisekola has left a vacuum onRead MoreThe post Zoning tears Oyo politicians apart appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has said it is the turn of his hometown, Ikere-Ekiti, to produce the governor of Ekiti State. Addressing reporters in the town, Chief Olanipekun advised the two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), to field Ikere indigenes asRead MoreThe post Ikere should produce next governor, says Olanipekun appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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