NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 11 December, 2017.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017

The All Progressives Congress, on Sunday, alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party, at its Saturday’s convention, decided to punish the South-West for voting against the PDP in the 2015 elections.

The APC made this allegation in a statement in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.


It said the failure of the South-West to get the PDP chairmanship was a punishment meted out to the zone by the former ruling party.

The ruling party further said the national convention of the PDP had once again showed Nigerians that corruption was deeply rooted in the PDP’s genes.

The APC explained that the outcome of the PDP national convention did not only reduce the opposition party to a regional party, it also exposed it as a party unwilling to change for the better.

He said, “With revelations of how money-for-votes and systematic rigging were brazenly perpetuated during the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, the All Progressives Congress is mindful of the popular axiom: ‘a leopard cannot change its spots’.

“The abnormalities that trailed the PDP National Convention have further exposed the PDP as a party not ready and willing to change.

“Indeed, the PDP has once again displayed itself to the generality of Nigerians that it is a party with corruption deeply rooted in its DNA.

“Again, it is tragic that the PDP, which used to pride itself as ‘the biggest political party in Africa’, has now been reduced to a regional party. By frustrating the South-West’s chairmanship candidates, it is unfortunate that the PDP has decided to punish the South-West for not voting for the party in 2015.”

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday took time out to visit his farm in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

He spent the weekend in the town having arrived there in the early hours of Friday after his two-day official visit to Kano State.


 
The President is scheduled to leave the town on Monday (today) and proceed to Paris, France where he is expected to participate in ‘One Planet Summit.’

After inspecting his farm, Buhari shared his photographs on the farm on his Twitter handle.

He expressed the hope that Nigerians would be inspired to embrace farming.

The President said his vision was to see Nigeria, under his leadership, “grow what its citizens eat.”

Buhari wrote, “I’m spending a few days at home in Daura before I travel to France for the One Planet Summit.

“Today (Sunday), I paid a visit to my farm. I grow fruits and vegetables, and keep cattle. I hope this will inspire one more person to take up farming.

“My vision is for a country that grows what it eats.”

Meanwhile, Buhari on Sunday evening hosted some northern senators in Daura.
 
The Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari, led the senators to the meeting which was held behind closed doors.

The senators were said to be in the state for a retreat scheduled to hold on Tuesday and decided to visit Buhari who spent the weekend in his hometown after his two-day official visit.
Mon, 11 Dec 2017

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is bereft of the understanding of how a government should be run.

He also described the federal cabinet put together by Buhari as incompetent, saying the President is “sleeping on the job.”
 
“Government’s work is misunderstood even by the President. He doesn’t understand the nature of how to run a government,” Agbakoba told reporters in  Lagos.

According to him, Buhari’s government is performing poorly because a number of his ministers do not have the required competence to handle the portfolios assigned to them.

Examples of such ministers, he said, are Geoffrey Onyeama, a lawyer, appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development.

He said though Fayemi and Enyeama were brilliant men, they were round pegs in square holes.

“He (Buhari) needs to sack his entire cabinet because they have failed,” Agbakoba said.

The lawyer also highlighted the objectives of the National Intervention Movement, which was recently floated by him and others.

Agbakoba explained that since the floating of the movement was reported in the media last week, people had inundated him with phone calls, asking him whether it was a new political party and how they could join.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A coalition of civil society groups will on Monday (today) hold rallies nationwide to press home their demand for the dismantling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad by the police authorities for alleged high-handedness. The movement said the rally would hold in Abuja at the Unity Fountain; Lagos Gani-Fawehinmi Park, Ojota; Warri [] 


Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The crisis rocking the Imo State House of Assembly may be far from over as the Speaker, Dr. Acho Ihim, has distanced the lawmakersx from the recent endorsement of Governor Rochas Okorochas son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the next governor of the state by 2019. The Chairman, House Committee on Imo State Oil [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday depart Nigeria for Paris, France to join over 50 world leaders for the One Planet Summit. The summit will hold on Tuesday. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President will be accompanied by the governors of [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the audit of recovered loot to 1999 when the country returned to democracy. The group said this would be in line with a court judgment it secured in March last year directing successive governments since 1999 [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has said that Nigerian victims of slavery have no court to sue Libya for the violation of their rights. Falana said in a statement on Sunday that the victims would have been able to approach the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights sitting [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun, has blamed failure in governance for the mass exodus of Nigerians to Libya and their subsequent sale as slaves. He warned that the sale of Nigerians in Libya and other countries would continue if the government failed to create an enabling environment for [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has lamented the huge socio-economic cost of Boko Haram terrorism on Nigeria, saying the army has also suffered tragic human loss. Buratai said this on Sunday in his remarks to mark the International Human Rights Day, noting that the insurgency jeopardised the peace [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State launched the 2017 measles vaccination campaign with a target of reaching one million children across the state. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the commencement of the campaign in Gwadabawa Local Government Area of the state, Tambuwal said arrangements had been concluded for a successful exercise. [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Academic Staff Union of Universities branch in the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, has threatened a showdown with the management if gross salary arrears of April, May and June, 2017, are not paid for the Christmas celebration. The branch chairman, Prof. Olu Olufayo, lamented that some of the union members [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal has explained why it refused to unfreeze the Zenith Bank account of a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike (retd), who is being prosecuted for allegedly using his then office to confer corrupt or unfair advantage on himself. The Court of [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says concerted efforts must be made to create at least four million jobs for Nigeria to achieve its full economic potential. Ambode stated this at the opening session of the 9th Annual Bankers Committee Retreat of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Ikeja, Lagos, on Saturday, adding [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The 11th Emir of Katagum Emirate in Bauchi State, Alhaji Muhammad Umar, is dead. He died at the age of 83 after a protracted illness. Until his death on Saturday evening, the late Emir was the Vice-Chairman of the Bauchi State Council of Traditional Rulers. The deceased, born in [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Chairman of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Dr. Ambrose Orjiako, has urged the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division to void the bench warrant issued against him last week by the Federal High Court in Lagos. Justice Hadiza Shagari had last Monday ordered Orjiakos arrest for his failure to appear before the court [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State will host thousands of residents simultaneously in 20 centres across the state for the 2017 Christmas celebration. The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, said the move was targeted at boosting bonding among residents and enhancing community participation in governance. Abdul-Lateef announced the plan on Friday after [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police have arrested 28 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and car snatchers terrorising the Abuja-Jere-Kaduna highways. The suspects were said to have been apprehended by the IGP Special Tactical Squad which raided some identified kidnappers den, camps, black spots and hideouts in the forests located in the Federal Capital Territory, Niger and [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Nigerian firms have been advised to invest more in agriculture. The Managing Director of Patjeda Group, Joy Patrick, stated this at the celebration of the companys 10th anniversary in Ikeja, Lagos, adding that Nigeria as a country should be able to feed its citizens. She said the firm was diversifying into agriculture, focusing on poultry [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has said emerging safety challenges require proactive safety measure. He added that such was why the Lagos State Safety Commission had been rebranded to address avoidable deaths and losses, resulting from ignorance, among others. Ambode explained that the rebranding would improve service delivery and good customer relationship, [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has said the exit of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress is not a good development for the party. Atiku, a former Vice-President, defected recently from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party. Okorocha spoke with journalists after he received an [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Sunday said he and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, would not return to the Peoples Democratic Party despite the recent call on them to do so by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. He said they were committed to using the platform of the ruling All [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal Sunday to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain, its second major defence agreement this week, which comes during the worst political crisis in the region for years. The $8-billion (6.8-billion-euro) deal was signed in Doha by Qatars Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart, Gavin Williamson. Williamson [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The crisis in the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has deepened as the embattled chairman of the party, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke and some party leaders have been accused of working for the Alliance for Democracy in the state. A statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday evening hosted some northern senators in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State. The state governor, Bello Masari, led the senators to the meeting which was held behind closed doors. The senators were said to be in the state for a retreat scheduled to hold on Tuesday and decided [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Federal Civil Service Commission says it is not true that the commission is recruiting into various Federal Government ministries. The Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Dr. Joel Oruche, made the clarification in a statement in Abuja on Sunday. According to him, the on-line recruitment advertisement purportedly by the FCSC is not true and [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
THE travails of Nigerias textile industry were rehashed recently at a seminar organised by the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Ibadan. For a once thriving industrial sub-sector that has defied various policy measures to resuscitate, ongoing and other measures suggested signpost some hope. Success will, however, depend on tested initiatives, creativity and strong [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim and Olaleye Aluko The queues for Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, persisted on Sunday in Abuja and some states despite the order by the Federal Government to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, to end the scarcity. The Federal Executive Council, at its meeting last Wednesday, directed the minister [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola A motor vehicles third party insurance Act, which will enable the government to set up a fund to compensate uninsured victims of road accidents is underway, investigation has revealed. This was contained in a bill to amend the motor vehicles third party insurance 2004 to facilitate the accomplishment of objectives of compulsory third [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola The College of Insurance and Financial Management has entered into collaborative agreements with foreign bodies as part of its capacity building initiatives. Rector of the college, Yeside Oyetayo, stated this during the third graduation ceremony of the college in Ogun State. 'We recognise that the Nigerian insurance industry requires specific skills to propel [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The President, Institute of Loss Adjusters of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Hassan, has said that people who put into action their thoughts, ideas and dreams are improving living standards in the country. He said this during the public presentation of two of his books, Time and life perspectives and Before my obituary, in Lagos. The ILAN [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola Sigma Pensions, one of Nigeria's licensed Pension Fund Administrators, has introduced a digital platform Sigma Clique. According to a statement on Sunday, Sigma Clique is an 'all in one' stop centre for news and information, financial literacy, lifestyle, entertainment, wisdom and life lessons, business and mentorship, among others. 'In a bid to [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Do you look forward to Christmas or has it all become too much, stretching us to our limits in terms of stress, time and money. Here are my top 20 tips on how to have a great Christmas without throwing your finances into disarray. Prepare a Christmas budget A Christmas budget is the best place [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Incidents of workplace crime have become a growing and worrying trend in Nigeria. Successive governments at the federal, state and local government levels have tried to battle the plague of over-bloated payrolls grossly populated by ghost workers with various degrees of success. Just recently, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, announced [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria under the auspices of the Bankers' Committee has concluded plans to use the Bank Verification Number of customers to blacklist loan defaulters from accessing further loans in the nation's banking system. The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, made the disclosure at the end of a two-day annual retreat [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Academic and religious scholars have called for legislation to institutionalise the payment of zakat by wealthy Muslims as a measure to reduce poverty. They made the call at the 2017 Zakat Distribution organised by the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation in Lagos. Zakat is the payment made annually under Islamic law on certain kinds of property [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says the administration spends N9bn monthly on payment of workers' salaries. He said this was commendable in a period when most state governments could not pay salaries as a result of the economic situation in the country. Ganduje spoke in Kano State at the end of a workshop for [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Complaints by electricity consumers about the installation of non-compliant meters by power distributors have been confirmed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, OKECHUKWU NNODIM reports Power distribution companies are increasingly installing meters that are non-compliant with industry standards, the Transmission Company of Nigeria has said. According to the Market Operator, a department in the TCN, [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Foreign acquisition of Nigerian insurance firms has been increasing in the last decade, NIKE POPOOLA writes Post recapitalisation Foreign investors have been beaming their searchlights on the juicy firms in the Nigerian insurance industry and substantially taking over ownership of many of them in recent years. This development, which is due to myriads of reasons, [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Bureau of Public Enterprises says it has started reviewing privatised public enterprises that have failed to live up to expectation. The Director-General of the BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh, said this when members of the Senate Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation visited the bureau, according to a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has called on all air passengers to exercise restraint during adverse weather, which may hamper their travel plans in the coming days and months. In a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, on Sunday, the regulatory agency said the advice was important due [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Sunday said it had opened 577 bids submitted by firms seeking to secure the insurance renewal contract for the corporation's oil and non-oil assets. According to the NNPC's Group General Manager, Risk Management and Insurance, Mr. Modupe Bameke, the public opening of bids is a requirement [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Odu'a Investment Company Limited has announced Olusola Akinwumi, who is representing Osun State on the board of the company, as its new chairman. A statement signed by the company's Public Relations Officer, Victor Ayetoro, said the new chairman took over from Segun Ojo, whose tenure expired recently. The statement said, 'Akinwumi took [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Femi Asu Addax Petroleum Development (Nigeria) Limited has said it is planning a fresh investment of $3bn to $5bn in Nigeria over the coming years. The company, in a statement on Sunday, affirmed its commitment to Nigeria, saying its future in Nigeria remained very bright. It said it would optimise its oil and gas operations [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Here are some top strategies for fixed deposit savers, according to www.bankrate.com. Stick to short maturities: When rates are very low, fixed-income investors run into increased interest rate risk. If interest rates go up, savers are left holding underperforming investments to maturity or trying to sell them at a loss. While fixed deposit owners may [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, says the Homeowners' Charter scheme initiated by his administration has achieved its objectives of helping thousands of residents of the state to regularise and obtain their land title documents. Amosun was quoted to have said this during the distribution of Certificates of Occupancy and other land title documents [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The British Institute of Facilities Management, Nigeria, has called for improved facility management standards in the country. The BIFM, as part of its effort to boost capacity and promote knowledge sharing in the facilities management profession, recently organised a C-suite forum for executives in the industry to enhance awareness and discuss provisions, benefits [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has expressed dismay over President Muhammadu Buhari's recent visit to Turkey to boost bilateral trade on electrical and electronics products manufacturing under the Turkish Electro Technology Exporters' Association. The trade mission, involving 23 Turkish electrical and electronics product manufacturing companies, is expected to showcase Turkish goods, electronics, [] 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara FBN Holdings Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc and Zenith International Bank Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 958.742 million shares worth N11.355bn in 6,765 deals to emerge as the top three equities at the end of last week's trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. They were said to have contributed 28.91 [] 


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