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


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

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The United States has formally agreed to sell 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and other  weapons, including bombs to Nigeria.
The U.S. ambassador to Nigeria presented letters of offer and acceptance to Nigeria’s air force  on Wednesday, the air force said in a statement. It said the U.S. State Department had approved the sale and final agreements would be signed and necessary payments made before Feb. 20. Former U.S. President Barack Obama delayed the sale in one of his last decisions in office after the Nigerian Air Force bombed a refugee camp in January. But his successor Donald Trump decided to press on with the transaction to support Nigeria’s efforts to fight Boko Haram militants and to boost U.S. defence jobs, sources told Reuters in April.   There was no immediate statement from the U.S. embassy or from authorities in Washington. U.S. government and Nigerian Air Force officials would meet in early January to discuss the early delivery of the aircraft once payment had been made, the Nigerian air force said. The sale of the 12 aircraft, with weapons and services, is worth $593 million, and includes thousands of bombs and rockets.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, accused oil marketers, under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPPMA, of distorting the facts in their claims that its members’ tanks are empty  because they were not being supplied Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol.

NNPC, in a statement in Abuja, by its Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, described DAPPMA’S claims as unfortunate, stating that it had continued to supply the marketers huge quantities of the product despite the group’s N26.7 billion debt to its subsidiary, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, as at December 21, 2017. Ughamadu also accused DAPPMA of refusing to resume fuel imports, despite concession granted the group by the Federal Government to obtain foreign exchange at the official rate of N305 to a dollar. He said: “NNPC wishes to affirm that it has supplied appreciable volume to DAPPMA, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, and Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, to rid the challenges currently being experienced in the supply and distribution of petroleum products in the country.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
AS 2019 general elections draw closer, the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has warned broadcasting stations in the country against airing or broadcasting hate speeches, warning that stiff penalties await any radio or television station that indulges in such act.The post 2019: Hate-speech airing stations 'll be sanctioned'NBC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
If Atiku does not articulate a clear ideological basis for his campaign, it is only fair to assume that he is putting together another group of vultures seeking to feast on the carcass of Nigeria The post Nigerians should be cynical about Atiku's ambition appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche has declared that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi's re-election in 2019 is sacrosanct because of his outstanding performance and judicious utilization of the lean resources of the state to impact positively on the lives of the people.The post Methodist Prelate endorses Ugwuanyi for 2nd term in office appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
PORT HAR-COURT' Government recognised traditional rulers in Ogoni ethnic nationality of Rivers State, yesterday, made a u-turn in an earlier decision to resist resumption of oil exploration, saying: 'We are ready to accept any company that wants to come and explore our oil.'The post Ogoni monarchs make U-turn, invite companies to explore oil appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
BENIN'AHEAD of the local government elections slated for February 2018 in Edo State, a chairmanship aspirant for Oredo Local Government Area, Gabriel Iduseri, has said his priority if given the opportunity to serve, will be job creation and empowerment of the youths in the area.The post Edo LG poll: Chairmanship aspirant promises job creation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
OIL prices have touched two-and-a-half year highs in light volume boosted by an explosion on a crude pipeline in Libya and voluntary Oil Producing Exporting Countries, OPEC-led supply cuts.The post Oil hits approximately $67 highs on Libyan pipeline blast appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
ASABA'CHAIRMEN of registered political parties in Delta State, have passed a vote of confidence on the State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, ahead of the January 6 2018 local government council election.The post Delta political parties pass vote of confidence on DSIEC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
CIVIL servants in Osun State, yesterday, embarked on an indefinite strike action over payment of modulated salaries by the state government among other issues.The post Civil servants in Osun embark on indefinite strike appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Disabled women are stigmatized, discriminated against for something they don't know or something they cannot change. Disability can occur to anyone at any time, it could be through disease, he could be born with it, it could be through accident. Disability can happen at any time.The post Project alert: disabled women have needs too, including sexual appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
THE Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, in collaboration with the Oyo State Government have sealed off seven filling stations within Ibadan city owing to their refusal to sell petroleum products to members of the public.The post SCARCITY: DPR, Oyo govt seal 7 fuel stations in Ibadan appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
PORT-HARCOURT'THE All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has said that it will not be moved by what it claimed, yesterday, was Senator Magnus Abe's apparent inclination towards pairing with Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.The post APC not moved by Abe's crossover to PDP'Secretary appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
THE Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, in Cross River State, has shut two petrol fillings stations in Calabar for selling petrol above the government approved price of N145 per litre.The post Pump price hike: DPR shuts two fuel stations in Calabar appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has described the annual Igue festival in Benin KIngdom as the pride of the people of the kingdom, expressing optimism that the prayers that come with the festival will bring more progress and development to the state in 2018.The post Igue festivalll usher in good tidings for Edo in 2018 'Obaseki appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Akwa Ibom State Government has insisted that its 2018 budget is not 'bloated' as being speculated by Policy Alert, an Uyo-based NGO.The post A-Ibom govt denies presenting bloated budget for 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The traditional ruler of Obosi community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Chidubem Iweka has appealed to appropriate authorities to intervene in the on-going scarcity of fuel and hike in fuel pump price with a view to ameliorating the situation before it gets out of hand.The post Fuel scarcity: Obosi monarch appeals to FG, PPMC, marketers appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Lagos State Government plans to commence full operation of the rejuvenated ferry service by the first quarter of 2018, as part of measures to boost water transportation and reduce road traffic gridlock.The post Lagos rejuvenates water transport to tackle gridlock appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State has declared Chief Osiobe Okotie as the consensus candidate of the party for the 2019 governorship election.The post 2019 Gov race: Delta APC working cttee adopts Okotie appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
NIGER Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Executive Director Projects, EDP, Samuel Adjogbe, has said for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State to sweep the forthcoming council polls, members of the party must work together and come out enmass, support and strongly canvass for votes.The post Delta LG polls: What APC must do to win 'NDDC EDP appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
UN Secretary-General, Antnio Guterres, has announced that he is sending former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to Liberia to support the transfer of power peacefully to a democratically-elected president.The post Obasanjo becomes UN envoy to Liberia appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Supporters of former World Footballer of the Year, George Weah are already jubilating ahead of the official declaration of the Liberian presidential runoff election on Thursday. The National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia said today it would announce the result of the Tuesday election on Thursday. The runoff was between Weah and incumbent Vice President,Read MoreThe post George Weah's supporters jubilate, official result Thursday appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Gabriel Enogholase BENIN League of Benin Professionals, LBP, has accused the immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, of plotting to have the Minister of Health (State), Dr. Osagie Ehanire, removed from office with a view to replacing him as the Minister from Edo State. In a swift reaction, Media Aide toRead MoreThe post LBP, Oshiomhole's aide trade words over alleged plot to remove Ehanire appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Amidst recent upsurge in the importation of arms and ammunition into the country, maritime industry stakeholders are in tango over usage of scanners at the nation's seaports.The post Arms importation: Customs, agents trade blame over use of scanners at Apapa port appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
OPERATORS in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have reckoned 2017 as the 'Year of better access to funding and foreign exchange.'The post MSMEs reckon 2017 as Year of better access to funding, forex access appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Guinness Nigeria Plc said it has created 13 millionaires through its just ended, 'Go Get It'promo aimed at helping the growth of small-scale businesses.The post Guinness lifts small businesses, creates 13 millionaires appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Lagos State government has paid insurance benefit of N325 million to 104 beneficiaries of deceased employees in the mainstream civil service from August 2015 till date.The post LASG pays N325m insurance benefit to beneficiaries appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, said it would soon introduce guidelines for creation, listing and trading of derivative products on its platform.The post NSE to introduce guidelines on derivatives trading appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Chi Limited has emerged winner of the Guardian Manufacturing Excellence Award 2017 for its commitment to excellence driven by consumer focus, creativity, superior product innovation and strategic marketing.The post Chi Limited wins Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year Award appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Friends of The Disabled (FOTD) Vocational and Educational Centre have lauded MTN Foundation for having empowered 96 youths with disabilities in the past four years to establish their own businesses.The post MTN Foundation lauded on skills empowerments appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The African Export-Import Bank ( Afreximbank ) has signed a $100 million financing agreement with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private sector ( ICD )in Shariah compliant countries.The post Afreximbank, ICD sign $100m agreement for SMEs appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
This is our concluding part in this series on the SME-focused loans provided by Stanbic IBTC Bank, in a total of four previous editions.The post Getting business loans from the banks (4) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Edo State Government has said that its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) evaluation framework has helped in sustaining peace and cordial relationship between host communities and oil and gas companies in the state, noting that the state remains the most peaceful in the Niger Delta region.The post Edo develops CSR framework to foster peace in oil producing areas appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has on Wednesday signed into law the sum of N213 billion as budget for 2018.The post Masari signs into law N213bn as 2018 budget appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
I plead with you; you have patiently borne the brunt of this situation; don't be persuaded to change course The post The dawn is almost here appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
In just over a year, Godwin Obaseki, governor, Edo State, has redefined governance in a manner never thought of before now. His ideas on public policy are radically different from the norm and so are his policy drives, putting his state far ahead of its peers in development parameters.The post Obaseki's result-oriented leadership style in a political milieu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Civil Service has again been decimated. The death of Alhaji Sule Katagum, Wazirin Katagum, has just been announced. And even though he was an old man, his death is one that historians of public administration in Nigeria will celebrate with nostalgia.The post Sule Katagum, Civil Service Commision and Future of Public Administration appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Russian space agency has lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite launched from the Baikonur space pad, its maker said Wednesday ' a fresh embarrassment for Moscow's once proud space industry.The post Russian space agency loses contact with Angola's $280m satellite appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
It has been confirmed that up and coming Super Eagles striker, Henry Onyekuru faces up to six months on the sidelines with a knee injury, that could rule him out the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The post Confirmed: Onyekuru to miss Russia 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Wilfred Ndidi has urged his teammates to focus on their away clash with Liverpool on Saturday, after the Foxes were beaten 2-1 loss by Watford in Tuesday's English Premier League tie.The post Ndidi urges Leicester to focus on Liverpool clash appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Rilwan "Real One" Oladosu, the rising lightweight boxing star, yesterday, won the N2.5 million cash prize attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 13.The post GOTv Boxing Night 13: Joe Boy, Fijabi win ABU titles appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Liverpool signed Southampton's Virgil van Dijk on Wednesday for a reported 75 million ($100 million, 84 million euros) in a deal that makes him the world's most expensive defender.The post Liverpool land honoured Van Dijk in world record deal for defender appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic has revealed that scouts representing their national team will be present at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw when Nigeria face Poland in a pre-World Cup friendly on March 23.The post Croatia to scout on Nigeria against Poland appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Chelsea's No.10 Eden Hazard has chose between the Real Madrid and Barcelona footballing gods.The post Messi better than Ronaldo ' Hazard appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
FEDERAL Government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has stepped up the monitoring and enforcement of standard operating procedures in industries across the nation to promote the safety of workers and enhance decent work.The post FG steps up enforcement of safety standard appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
THERE have been many opinions on the refusal of the Body of Benchers to call Firdaus Amasa to the Bar because of her hijab. I however noticed that most of the opinions were more of emotional outbursts rather than exposition of the provisions of the law on the subject matter. This piece will be x-raying the position of the law on the right of female Muslims to wear the hijab on the call to bar.The post Hijab and Call to Bar: What the law really says appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
STAKEHOLDERS have advised legal professionals to abridge the gaps in the aviation sector, by taking more interest in the aviation industry. This was disclosed during the annual seminar of The Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law NBA SBL (Aviation Committee), the stakeholders stated that there is need for lawyers to be more educated on issues in aviation industry in order for them to effectively discharge their responsibilities.The post Utilise potentials in aviation, sector lawyers 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
CHIEF Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen has charged Judges to encourage parties to explore the option of Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR.The post CJN tasks Judges on use of ADR appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
FEW days to the New Year, Organised Labour, has called on Nigerians to prepare to fight against injustice, impunity, corruption and other negative tendencies that have foisted poverty and sufferings on the nation.The post Employment crisis in Nigeria worsens, 18.8% Nigerians now jobless appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
FEW days to the New Year, Organised Labour, has called on Nigerians to prepare to fight against injustice, impunity, corruption and other negative tendencies that have foisted poverty and sufferings on the nation.The post Labour to Nigerians: Prepare for war against injustice, others in 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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