NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 30 December, 2017.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Senate is set for a showdown with the Federal Government over the alleged payment of N26 per litre to subsidise the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol.

The Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), which was on Thursday mandated to investigate the current crisis over supply of the product, on Friday, asked how the government was maintaining a pump price of N145 per litre when the landing cost of the commodity was now N171.


 
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had on Thursday directed the committee to cut short its recess and “immediately” convene a meeting with stakeholders in the petroleum sector over the current scarcity of petrol.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa; and Chairman of the Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, who jointly addressed journalists on the matter in Abuja on Friday, stated that the Senate was set to move against anybody or organisation found to have caused the crisis.

Marafa said, “We were told that there is subsidy part of what we are going to ask is: If there is subsidy, who approved the subsidy? We are the only ones that can appropriate money (for government), nobody else. That is why the Senate spoke resoundingly before going on recess when they talked about taking $1bn (from the Excess Crude Account) to fight insurgency. Nobody can take any money without the approval of the Senate. If you do that, you are breaching the provisions of the Constitution.
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday asked the Federal Government and the All Progressives Congress not to issue any New Year message to Nigerians since they had not allegedly fulfilled any of the promises contained in their previous messages since assumption of office.

The party said Nigerians had become overstretched by the alleged litany of woes visited on them in the last two years by the APC government, stressing that it would be the height of callousness for the party and its government to “spew another round of propaganda and false hope in the name of New Year messages.”


 
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, queried in a statement, “What else would they tell Nigerians apart from inventing new lies and propaganda as they have always done, particularly at the turn of each New Year.

“Every New Year, since 2016, the APC and its Federal Government have been reeling out heaps of promises which they had no intentions to fulfil. Now, they are warming up to reel out fresh ones in January 2018.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Labour Congress again on Friday berated the Federal Government over the fuel scarcity in the country, saying government’s energy policy was defective.

Also on Friday, the NLC and civil society organisations were divided over Dangote Refinery, which will begin operations at the end of 2018.


 
The NLC, which spoke through its Secretary-General, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, warned the Federal Government against allowing the Dangote Group to monopolise the oil refinery sector.

 According to Ozo-Eson, the Dangote Group currently monopolises the cement sector. He said that such must not be allowed to happen in the oil refinery sector.

The NLC secretary-general blamed the Federal Government for the current fuel scarcity in the country.

 He said the Federal Government failed to pursue a comprehensive policy that could improve local crude oil refining capacity.

It stated that the government was pursuing a wrong policy in the energy sector.

 The congress, which said it had warned the Federal Government earlier about its policy, stated that the government failed to listen because it was only interested in increasing the fuel pump price without putting in place the necessary measures that would keep the price stable.

 Ozo-Eson stated that the Federal Government did not think its energy policy through, noting that the country would continue to have energy crisis anytime there was a rise in the international prices of crude oil and fluctuations in the exchange rate.

He said, “The government did not think its policies through. We pointed out this danger. If you say you have removed subsidy and you now allow the market to determine the price, when the underlying parameters change, whether it is the international prices of crude oil or the exchange rate of the naira, when you run all these through the template, you are going to face a situation like this.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday was back at the Cedar Crest Hospital, Gudu District, Abuja, where his son, Yusuf, who was injured in a motorbike accident, was hospitalised.

But the security situation around the hospital remained tense, as policemen screened those gaining entry into the medical facility.


 
The President, who got there around 6pm, had on Thursday alongside his wife and Yusuf’s mother, Aisha, visited the hospital.

A guard near the hospital told one of our correspondents that the First Lady was believed to have slept overnight till Friday.

At about 5.30pm when one of our correspondents got to the hospital, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, also arrived to check on Yusuf.

The Kaduna State Governor spent about 20 minutes at the hospital.

“The dignitaries have not stopped coming. We see luxury cars every 10 minutes, we see police escorts; I can’t mention everyone who has visited today.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday described as illegal the recent approval by the Nigeria Governors Forum for the Federal Government to withdraw $1bn from the Excess Crude Account to fight insurgency. Wike stated this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe and Tunde Ajaja Some security experts in the country have scored the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari low in the area of security provision in the year 2017. They said it was high time the government carried out some reforms and changed its approach, saying it was evident that the current model had [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A former Permanent Secretary in Katsina State, Sule Saulawa, was on Friday sentenced to seven years imprisonment without the option of fine by the states high court for advance fee fraud. Justice Sanusi Tukur of the High Court slammed the sentence on Saulawa after finding him guilty of advance fee fraud charges [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Tunde Ajaja In response to the disturbing rate at which several commercial airline operators have gone moribund in the country, there are indications that the Federal Government would soon set up an aviation school that would groom professionals for the industry. The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Saleh Dunoma, made the disclosure in [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Eric Dumo Governments at all levels in the country have been urged to do more to reduce maternal mortality. Making the call in Lagos during an assessment and interactive session with journalists, Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Akanbi, said that without the right policies in place, more women may [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has commended the United States government for approving the sale of A29 Super Tucano fighter jets to the Nigerian Air Force, saying it would boost the fight against insurgency in the North-East. Saraki was responding to the announcement by the Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday that [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju and Olaleye Aluko Family members of a former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Retd.), have lambasted the President Muhammadu Buharis government for incarcerating him despite court orders granting him bail. The family, under the Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki Progressive Association of Dogon Daji House, Sokoto State, spoke with newsmen on Friday, noting that [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The spokesperson for the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, and 398 other officers have been redeployed in a major shake-up announced by the Nigerian Army on Friday. The army, which said the 2017 Fourth Quarter Postings and Appointments would take effect on January 2, 2018, noted that the shake-up affected officers [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday alleged that some unnamed Nigerian elite colluded with some institutions in developed countries to deplete the countrys foreign reserves. He identified the foreign firms that joined the elite to perpetuate the alleged fraud as insurance firms, shipping companies and other financial outfits. According to a statement by [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Med-View Airline passengers in London, on Friday, attacked the carriers members of staff at the Gatwick Airport after several Lagos-bound flights were cancelled, leaving them stranded for days. According to persecondnews.com, up to 800 passengers had been stranded at the Gatwick Airport for five days with dozens of them sleeping on the floor. [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated Mr. George Weah on his election as the next President of Liberia. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President commended Liberians for the peaceful conduct of the election. He also lauded the outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, on Friday boasted that the Federal Government had succeeded in taming the monster of fuel scarcity that marred the Christmas holiday across the country. Baru said this in an interview with State House correspondents after joining other Muslim faithful for [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado-Ekiti A group of soldiers of Ekiti State origin who had just completed their recruitment training attacked some policemen in Ekiti on Thursday. The soldiers stabbed a policeman, Corporal Abdulkadir Yakub, with a jack-knife. An eyewitness said Yakub, a Traffic Police Officer, was attacked after he challenged the soldiers for extorting money from [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Success Nwogu, Friday Olokor, Femi Makinde, Ihuoma Chiedozie, Simon Utebor, Alexander Okere, Godwin Isenyo, Armstrong Bakam, Olaide Oyelude and Adeniyi Olugbemi The Federal Government, through the Department of Petroleum Resources, has sealed over 62 petrol stations across the country. The petrol stations were shut down due to varying acts of malpractices, including selling the Premium [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, has approved the deployment of nine permanent secretaries to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies. This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeriaon Friday in Abuja. The deployment is as follows: Mr Aminu Bisalla Niger Delta Affairs; [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Spokesperson for the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Maj Gen John Enenche, and 398 other officers have been redeployed in a major posting and appointment released by the Nigerian Armyon Friday. The army, which said the 2017 Fourth Quarter Postings and Appointments would take effect onJanuary 2, 2018, noted that the shake-up affected [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Liberias elections board on Friday officially certified former international football star George Weah as the winner of the nations presidential election, following a tally of all results. In the West African countrys first democratic transfer of power after two devastating civil wars, Weah beat Vice President Joseph Boakai in Thursdays run-off vote, gaining 61.5 percent [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Israel has formally notified the UNs culture and education body of its withdrawal from the organisation, two months after it announced it would follow the US by walking out over resolutions critical of the Jewish state. In a statement UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said she had been officially notified on Friday that Israel would leave [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
For three consecutive years, the national budget has become notorious for being allegedly padded, a development that political pundits say has caused 'big' embarrassment to the country, writes JESUSEGUN ALAGBE There is an anonymous quote that goes thus: 'The first time you make a mistake, it's an accident; the second time you make the same [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria's oil and gas revenue plunged from $54.5bn in 2014 to $24.8bn in 2015, while the country's oil production fell from 798 million barrels to 776 million barrels within the same period, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative said. NEITI disclosed this in its 2015 Oil and Gas Industry Audit Report and [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Femi Asu The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Dr. Oladele Amoda, has retired after over three decades in the company and the nation's power sector. 'It has been a long journey for me in the sector; I started in 1983 when I joined the then National Electric Power Authority,' he said on [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Anna Okon As part of measures to solve the crisis at the nation's ports, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has suggested that the government expands private sector investment in building and management of ports infrastructure such as roads, rail and truck parks with online call-up systems. The chamber made the suggestion in its [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Nigerian Ports Authority says it has suspended its service boats operation to debtor International Oil Companies with immediate effect. In a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA, Abdullahi Goje, the authority said the suspension would be effected in all its pilotage districts until the full settlement of [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative on Friday said Nigeria lost 54.6 per cent of oil revenue, amounting to 29.7 billion dollars in 2015. NEITI said this in Abuja in its audit-covered operations in the country's oil and gas industry for 2015. According to the report, the drop in prices of oil in the international [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Many villagers are vacating Uyanga in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State over renewed hostility with their neighbouring Ojor community. The communal crisis, which started late Monday and continued on Friday, was said to have claimed more than four lives. There are conflicting reports as to the cause of the [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested four members of a highway robbery gang at Odogbolu junction along Sagamu Ijebu-Ode Epressway at about 11.30pm on Thursday. The suspects were Israel Adams, Opeyemi Okegbenro, Ali Chibike, and Patrick Nwandagba. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrest [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin At least 31 persons were convicted for drug-related offences between January and December 2017, the Edo State Command of the The State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr.WakawaBuba, told Southern City News that the convicts were among the 240 suspects arrested by the command within the period. Buba explained that a total of [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar An unidentified middle-aged trader on Friday attempted to commit suicide by lying in front of the rare tyre of a truck to prevent authorities of the Cross River State Ministry of Environment from confiscating her goods worth N5, 000. Southern City News learnt that the incident, which happened in front of Oando [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Kunle Falayi As Nigeria, like every part of the world, celebrates the crossing over into the New Year, 2018, Saturday PUNCH recalls some of the unsolved murder cases, which will be following the countrys security agencies into the New Year. Every year, some murder cases shock Nigerians to the extent of dominating topic of discussions [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Police Command on Friday paraded a soldier, Akpan Edet, and four others for hijacking a truck loaded with petrol along the Akobo-Iwo Road area of Ibadan with intent to sell the product on the black market. The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said that Edet, 28, was arrested [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Kunle Falayi Three residents of Lagos Adegoke Azeez (30), Tijani Rasaq (54) and Goodnews Sunday (26) have been arrested and arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates Court, Lagos for tampering with electricity installations belonging to Ikeja Electric. The men were apprehended on December 21, 2017 at Oke-Ira area of Ogba, Lagos when IE officials [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Two employees of a Chinese company in Ibadan have been arrested for stealing six trucks from the company and selling them in Kaduna for N20m. While parading the suspects at the Oyo State Police Command in Eleyele area of Ibadan on Friday, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said that the [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Kunle Falayi A 12-year-old girl, Juliet (not real name), who was gang-raped by three men at the Ojuwoye area of Mushin, Lagos and suffered an internal bleeding, according to our report last week, has undergone a surgery performed to save her life. Saturday PUNCH learnt that the surgery which was bankrolled by the Mirabel Sexual [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Four members of the same family were murdered during a birthday party in Trujillo, Peru, a northeastern city set to welcome the pope in January, police said Friday. The victims three women and a man were celebrating Tomasa Robles birthday in the garage of a house in Perus third most populated city, located [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
A widower left his kinsmen and in-laws in shock when he was caught having sex with a womanduring his wifes funeral. The accused, Luscious Chiturumani, reportedly lived in Gweru, a suburb of Zimbabwe with his wife, SibongileMthetwa, who allegedly died after a brief illness. As reported by HM Metro,Chiturumani did not complete the traditional marriage [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Ademola Olonilua The Nigerian entertainment industry had a slow start as regards events at the beginning of 2017 but later picked up towards the tail end of the year. Saturday Beats reviews some of the biggest event flops and disappointments in 2017 Majek Fashek 30 years on stage and album lunch In his heyday, veteran [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Ademola Olonilua Nigerian music artiste, Iceberg Slim, and his new beau, Juliet Ibrahim, are fast worming themselves into the heart of Nigerians, most especially because they are never ashamed to talk about the love they share. Although ever since their relationship was made public, a few opined that the ace actress from Ghana could have [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Ademola Olonilua For the ex-beauty queen, Precious Jefferson Ogarekpe, there is no reason why beauty queens should not be allowed to keep relationships. After getting married in July, Ogarekpe knew she couldnt compete for beauty crowns anymore and decided to set up African Beauty Queen International pageant. She told Saturday Beats, I know one of [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Ademola Olonilua After long years of hiatus as a group since their fallout in 2012, former Mo Hits Records label stars: Dbanj, Wande Coal, Don Jazzy, Dprince, Dr. Sid and K Switch, came together to deliver what can be described as an epic performance during Davidos 30 Billion Concert. The group went on to perform [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Ademola Olonilua Popular Lagos club owner, Pretty Mike, is in the news again for another controversial reason. A few weeks ago, he decided to get himself a new pet and opted for a python. After he acquired the snake, he took pictures of himself bathing with the reptile and also announced the name of the [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Idris Adesina Former Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde has congratulated Liberias President-elect, George Weah, saying the former World Footballer of the Year will make a good leader for the West African country. Weah on Thursday defeated Vice-President Joseph Boakai to win Liberias presidential election runoff with 61.5% of the vote. The Monrovia-born former AC Milan superstar [] 
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