NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 DECEMBER, 2017].


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

Thu, 28 Dec 2017

The latest round of fuel scarcity might end in a few days’ time if the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation sustained the current level of supply of Premium Motor Spirit, major oil marketers and depot owners said on Wednesday.


 
The Major Marketers Association of Nigeria confirmed that its members, including Total Nigeria Plc, 11 Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc), Oando Plc, Conoil Plc, MRS Oil Nigeria Plc and Forte Oil Plc, were receiving the product from the NNPC.

“The NNPC has been giving us product and we have been distributing it; all what we are hoping for is that they should continue at the rate they are giving us,” the Executive Director, MOMAN, Mr. Obafemi Olawore, told our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday.

Asked if there would be an end to the current fuel scarcity any time soon, he said, “It is gradual. If they keep giving us the product like this, the scarcity should end in a few days’ time.”

On Tuesday, the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association said its members did not have petrol in their tanks despite the recent announcement by the NNPC that it had started offloading products in depots across the country.

When contacted on Wednesday, the Executive Secretary, DAPPMA, Mr. Olufemi Adewole, said, “Two of our depots have received products now and they are loading. Unfortunately, one of them that was supposed to load was turned back. I don’t know why; I am still trying to investigate. But two of them have received product and they are loading.

“We are loading and we are going to keep loading. Our members have promised to do 24 hours until the queues disappear, provided they get the product.”

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Labour leaders and civil servants led by the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Osun State, Mr. Tunde  Adekomi, on Wednesday started an indefinite strike to protest the plan by Governor Rauf Aregbesola to pay them half salaries.

 The protesters, who shut down the State Secretariat at Abere, wondered why the state government could not pay the workers their full pay after collecting N6.3bn being the third tranche of the Paris Club loan refund from the Federal Government.


 
Labour leaders had last Friday announced that they would begin an indefinite strike immediately after the Christmas break to protest payment of modulated salary, lack of promotion and the non-remittance of their contributory pension deductions to the workers’ pension accounts.

The NLC chairman, the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr. Amudah Wakeel and other labour leaders stormed the secretariat gate as early as 7am on Wednesday to ensure compliance to the directive from the labour leaders.

Some of the labour leaders were seen displaying placards with inscriptions rejecting half salary and no promotion in the state civil service.

They claimed that they had been subjected to serious hardship since the regime of half salary started in 2015.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017

Son of President Muhammadu Buhari, Yusuf, was, on Tuesday night, involved in a bike accident in Abuja.

He was said to have sustained a head injury and had one of his limbs broken.


 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the crash in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.

Shehu said Yusuf had undergone  successful surgery and was in a stable condition.

The statement read, “Yusuf Buhari had a bike accident last night around Gwarimpa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“He broke a limb and had an injury to the head as a result. He has undergone surgery at a clinic in Abuja. He is in a stable condition.

“The President and his wife, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, are thankful to Nigerians for the good wishes and prayers for their son.”

It was gathered that Yusuf was racing on a power bike with his friends when the accident occurred on Tuesday night.

It was also learnt that he was rushed to the Cedar Crest Hospital in Gudu District, Abuja, where surgery was performed on him.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Sani Kantu, a lawyer to the former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Team on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, has said his client is not on the run.

Kantu, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH in Kaduna on Wednesday, said Maina could not be on the run when he had gone to court to challenge the legality of the existence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


 
“He is not on the run. How can he be on the run when we are challenging the legality of the existence of the EFCC?” he said.

The lawyer noted that it was the House of Representatives that ordered Maina’s arrest.

The arrest order, he argued, had been challenged in the Federal High Court in Abuja, adding that the court, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, had restrained the House from arresting him.

Also, the brother of the defunct PTTPR chairman, Aliyu Maina, on Wednesday, said the raid on the Kaduna house of his embattled brother would not deter him (Abdulrasheed) from telling Nigerians the truth.

Aliyu stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, while commenting on the raid by gunmen on his brother residence in Kaduna on Sunday.

Armed men had, on Sunday evening, stormed the residence of Maina at Kawo New Extension, Kaduna.

They were said to have ransacked the four-bedroom flat, allegedly searching for arms and ammunition as well as cash.

A security guard in the house, Imrana Ahmadu, had told journalists on Monday that the gunmen told him that they were from the EFCC to search the house for alleged hidden arms and ammunition as well as cash (money).

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The National Emergency Management Agency, on Wednesday received a new set of 157 Nigerians comprising 54 adult females, 90 adult males, three children and 10 infants from Libya. Amongst the returnees were eight pregnant women and one person with a medical case. The flight, BURAQ Airlines Boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG arrived [] 


Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Former soccer star George Weahs camp said on Wednesday that he was set to win Liberias presidential election run-off against Vice-President Joseph Boakai. Boakais camp, however, said the contest was still too close to call, while official results of the poll and the winner have yet to be announced. Liberians voted on Tuesday in a [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Nigeria Police Force has inaugurated a radio broadcasting service as part of its plans to enhance communication and combat crime across the country. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service, Edirin Wesley, said the radio, which would take off in 2018, would address ugly incidences of [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the Federal Government of providing cover for shoddy oil deals allegedly involving the All Progressives Congress interests. The allegation is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan. The statement partly read, This APC government is not [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force has said necessary payments will be made to take delivery of the United States A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft by February 2018. NAF, which disclosed this on Wednesday, said it had received Letters of Offer and Acceptance from the United States of America through its Ambassador, Mr. Stuart Symington. [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, has asked Nigerians to ignore the call by Governor Ayodele Fayose for President Muhammadu Buharis resignation over the ongoing fuel scarcity crisis. He spoke at the end of the year party organised for the All Progressives Congress members in Ifaki Ekiti on [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in Kaduna State on Wednesday tackled the state Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, over the sacking of over 21,000 teachers in the state. While the teachers accused the governor of a desperate move to frustrate the court injunction restraining him from sacking the teachers, El-Rufai [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Tales from Idanre, Ondo State, the town regarded as the epicentre of cocoa cultivation in Nigeria, depict the retrogression that is the fate of the cocoa industry in Nigeria, PETER DADA writes Idanre, an ancient town in the Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State, is about 20 km away from Akure, the state capital. [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has described the Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate and national coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, as the greatest in his generation. Daniel also said he shared similar ideological views with Adams, especially in the area of Yoruba emancipation. A statement issued [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Ijaw Youth Council, Central Zone, has accused some Abuja-based politicians of hijacking the IYC to politicise the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission. The Central Zone, comprising Bayelsa State and some parts of Rivers State, also condemned its President, Mr. Pereotubo Oweilaemi, and a Niger Delta activist, Ankio Briggs, for [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The continued heavy reliance on fossil fuel-powered generators in Nigeria by government institutions, businesses and households for electricity supply constitutes a major threat to the nations climate change plans, FEMI ASU writes Diesel or petrol generators are often used in most countries as backup or emergency power when the national grid fails or during power [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL) says it has the mandate of the government to achieve a zero building collapse in the state. The Acting General Manager of LSMTL, Olalekan Ajani, stated this at a meeting between the agency and the national and Lagos State executive of the Association of Block Moulders [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahya Bello, has sacked the chairperson of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Debirah Oshatimehin. Oshatimehin, who has been on suspension in the last two weeks, has been redeployed as a Special Adviser on Senior Citizens, the Elderly and Primary School Teachers Retirees to the Governor. [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Four persons were feared dead on Wednesday in an accident involving a Ford bus and a Mack trailer on the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway. The Ogun Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Clement Oladele, confirmed the figure to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Oladele said the accident happened at [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, on Wednesday, signed the states 2018 budget of N213,636,773,378.00 into law with a declaration that his intention is to leave behind an enduring legacy in the state. The budget, which was earlier passed in the day by members of the state House of Assembly, is N2bn [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Managing Director of the Lagos Water Corporation (LWC), Muminu Badmus, has said there are no plans to privatise water production and distribution in Lagos. Badmus, however, admitted that the government was collaborating with the private sector through the Public Private Partnership arrangement to raise the volume of production in order to meet [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, congratulated Nigerias former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, who turns 85 on Thursday (today). In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he joined Kolades friends and family in celebrating the graceful life of [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
A homemade bomb blast at a supermarket in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg injured 10 people Wednesday, officials said, sparking a probe into attempted murder. According to preliminary information, an explosion of an unidentified object occurred in a store,a spokeswoman for Russias Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, said in a statement. The blast was caused [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
UNFOLDING controversies over landed properties and vehicles acquired by public servants under the monetisation policy suggest an urgent review of the scheme is overdue. Apart from recoveries made by the anti-graft agencies from civil servants, two high profile persons are also currently engaged in legal tussles over property and severance payments. President Muhammadu Buhari should [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The former running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu in the 2015 governorship election in Kogi State, James Faleke, has said it is hypocritical for Governor Yahaya Bello to compare himself to President Muhammadu Buhari. Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives, stated that there was no basis for comparison [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki President Muhammadu Buhari has again restated his resolve to partner the people of the South-East geopolitical zone of the country, insisting that he will always remain a friend to the Ndigbo. The President, represented by the Executive Director in charge of Administration/Training, Nigerian Television Authority, Dr. Steve Egbo, made the declaration in [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos A coalition of Nigerian politicians, under the aegis of Atiku For President, on Wednesday called on former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to declare his presidential ambition on or before January 1, 2018. According to the group, the best New Year gift Atiku could give to Nigerians would be to 'wake them up in [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Senator representing the Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has condemned plot to fractionalise the Peoples Democratic Party by some of its members. Instead of resorting to fractionalising the party, Kashamu said they could take their case to court. Though he alleged that the former National Caretaker [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Delta State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso, has dismissed alleged factionalisation of the party following the outcome of the recent convention of the PDP held in Abuja, the nation's capital. Esiso said those trying to create factions in the party were not only enemies of the PDP [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioyewith agency report JPMorgan Chase & Co, which has presence in Nigeria, has paid $2.8m fine to the United States regulator to settle charges that its broker-dealer unit lacked sufficient controls to safeguard customer securities from several countries including Nigeria over more than eight years. The US regulator, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian Nation Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday announced the temporary suspension of products dispensing activities at its mega station along Lagos Road in Port Harcourt due to a fire incident near the station. It said the fire was as a result of a car explosion that occurred outside the station after petrol [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Director-General, National Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Kawu Modibbo, on Wednesday said no fewer than $2bn or N900bn would be injected into the Nigerian economy as one of the benefits of the Digital Switch Over. He explained that the broadcasting industry and the digital economy would grow by about N450bn per annum through [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigeria spent a total of $197.29m to service foreign debts in the third quarter of this year, the Debt Management Office said on Wednesday. Statistics obtained from the DMO in Abuja showed that multilateral sources accounted for 30 per cent of the country's debt servicing commitment in the third quarter of the [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has said the government is putting in place adequate measures to attract fresh investments into the country. The minister said this in Abuja when he received a business delegation from France, which was accompanied by the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer. [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Many domestic flights were on Wednesday delayed or cancelled outright as the harmattan haze, which the country has been experiencing in the last few weeks, became more serious. Our correspondent gathered that apart from Lagos-Abuja-Lagos flights, which operated normally, flights on many other routes were cancelled due to the weather situation. For instance, [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Personalbanking@punchng.com Identity theft is a common occurrence in the banking and financial services sector, both locally and globally. There are ways to bulletproof your credit and debit cards against identity theft. According to www.elie.net, here are tips for protecting your debit card or credit card. Don't be an easy mark: Never share a [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, says the agency has licensed three new Free Trade Zones. Jime announced this in a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, NEPZA, Mr. Simon Imobo-Tswam, on Wednesday in Abuja. According to Jime, the new zones are Nasco Town FTZ, Quit Aviation Services FTZ [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Anna Okon The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, has said that the agency will improve the turnaround time of vessels and reduce delay at the ports. To achieve this, she said the NPA management was keen on entrenching accountability and efficiency at port locations across the country. Usman stated this during a ceremony [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Shareholder groups under the aegis of the Trusted Shareholders Association of Nigeria and the Oando Shareholders Solidarity Group have vowed to resist any attempt to frustrate the forensic audit of Oando Plc's financials as ordered by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The groups also commended the present management of SEC under its Acting Director-General, Dr. [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The bitcoin fell below $15,000 after the cryptocurrency's biggest rally in two weeks ended a rout that wiped more than $9,000 off the price. Cryptocurrencies including the bitcoin have become a subject of controversy in Nigeria and the Central Bank of Nigeria has said it is studying the situation. The largest digital coin dropped 6.5 [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Anna Okon The number of government agencies currently operating at the nation's ports is in contravention of the Port Related Offences amendment Act 61 of 1999, which reduced the number of agencies that should carry out inspections at the ports, a stakeholder in the maritime sector, Lucky, Amiwero, has observed. According to him, there are [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
NSE capitalisation drops by N225bn Stanley Opara As businesses opened on Wednesday after the Yuletide holiday on Monday and Tuesday, investors in the Nigerian equities market started the week on a negative note as share sell-offs characterised trading. The Nigeria Stock Exchange market capitalisation dropped by N225bn to close at N13.483tn from N13.708tn recorded on [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Anna Okon Stakeholders have predicted that more Nigerian-bound cargoes will inevitably be diverted to the port of Cotonou following the outsourcing of the management of the port of Cotonou to the Port of Antwerp International, Belgium. The agreement between PAI, a consultancy and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, and the authorities in Cotonou is [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara the Securities and Exchange Commission has pledged to work with the media to ensure proper reporting of the capital market in order to enlighten and educate the investing public. The Acting Director-General, SEC, Dr. Abdul Zubair, stated this while addressing financial journalists in Abuja. Zubair commended the media for their assistance so far [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
After six years of gains, investors in a stock exchange covering companies in West Africa nations are facing a second consecutive annual decline. Disappointing dividends may be keeping investors at bay, according to a Bloomberg report. The Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobilieres, or BRVM, based in the Ivory Coast commercial capital of Abidjan and featuring [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Ghana Stock Exchange has put on its watch list three distressed companies including Cocoa Processing Company for possible delisting if their financials do not improve by the end of May. State-run CPC, known for its flagship 'Golden Tree' products, currently operates at less than half of its annual capacity of 64,500 tonnes, according to [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Canada's Davie Shipbuilding has completed the construction, commissioning and sea-trials of the country's greenest naval ship. According to worldmaritimenews.com, Asterix, the first Resolve-class naval support ship, departed Qubec City on December 23 en-route to Canadian Forces Base Halifax where it will enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy and be operated by Federal Fleet Services. [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Mr. Charles Kie, has commended Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the 10km Okpekpe International Road Race, on the recent upgrade of the road race to Silver Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations. He stressed that the elevation did not only lend credence to the standard and [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Thursday withAbimbola Adelakun aadelakun@punchng.com For politicians, especially presidents, images matter a lot. Perception is reality. The eye can be tyrannical; it demands to be fed with images that contour its bias. That is why leaders meticulously construct their image through appearances. Studies have shown that people do not primarily vote issues but impressions. On that [] 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Niran Adedokun nadedokun@gmail.com On Christmas Day, I stumbled on an interview given by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. Although it was a fairly lengthy interaction with the presenters of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television that morning, two things that the presidential spokesperson said amplify the fault [] 
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