NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 31 December, 2017.

Sun, 31 Dec 2017


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TO make 2018 a better year for Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari and 34 governors have promised to pursue ambitious and prosperity budgets totaling N17.075 trillion. This is N3.455 trillion higher than the N13.620 trillion the 34 governors and the Federal Government budgeted for 2017, which expires today.

Apart from Rivers and Kebbi states, which are yet to announce their 2018 budgets, most of the governments voted to spend more money than they did last year. The exceptions are Benue, Borno, Enugu, Kaduna, Kogi and Taraba (see table).

The new year will also be a new era in the annals of budgeting in Nigeria with two states – Cross River (N1.3 trillion) and Lagos (N1.046trillion) – crossing the one trillion naira mark for the first time.

The Cross River and Lagos budgets are reminiscent of what the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, did in the Second Republic when he proposed about one billion naira budget , a move that raised dust in the polity then with some stakeholders wondering how he was going to fund it.

Instructively, most of the state governors have allocated more funds to capital projects and critical infrastructures expected to deepen the country’s recovery from economic recession and ensure the welfare of the citizenry. Some of the governors promised to make infrastructure development, education, health agriculture, housing and urban development their top priorities in 2018.

Sun, 31 Dec 2017

January 1 is Samad Alawi’s birthday. It’s also the birthday of his wife, his two sons, 32 of his friends and thousands of other Afghans — a date chosen for convenience by a generation who do not know when they were born. 

In the absence of birth certificates or official records, many Afghans have long used the seasons or historical events to help determine their age. But the explosion of social media networks such as Facebook, which require users to register their birthday, and the growing demand for passports and visas have forced Afghans to pick a day — any day. January 1 has become a common choice, although the date is more about practicality than parties.

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“It seemed all Afghans had birthdays on January 1,” Samad Alawi, who is 43, said. Even those who know their real birth date often choose January 1 because they do not want the hassle of converting their birthday from the Solar Hijri, an Islamic calendar used only in Afghanistan and Iran. The first day of the year in Hijri usually corresponds to March 21. “When I first created my Facebook account in 2014 it was just easier to choose January 1 as my birthday from the drop down list,” Alawi told AFP. “The internet was also slow and it was difficult to convert the date to a Western calendar.”

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
IN the spirit of the Feast of Tabernacle, Chairman/CEO, O-SECUL Nig. Ltd., Engr. Michael Orugbo, has donated an auditorium to the Ogbe-Udu branch of God’s Kingdom Mission, GKM, with a promise to do more for the mission. The dedication of the auditorium, done by the Venerable Arch-minister of GKM, Roland Ogene, was witnessed by the immediate past deputy governor of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN, Ivie of Udu and Umiaghwa-Abraka kingdoms, HRM E.B.O. Delekpe, Owhoru 1 and HRM  L.O. Ararile,  Avwaeke I respectively. Describing the donation of the auditorium as a fulfillment of his father’s wish before his demise, Orugbo, who is the chairman, GKM Conference of Laity, stated that his father had wished that a service hall built for the worship of God be situated in Ogbe-Udu, his home town. He said: “What we are seeing here today is the fallout of my father’s wish and dream that someday, there would be a service hall for the worship of God here in Ogbe-Udu.”

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), in conjunction with the Nigerian Council of Physicians of Natural Medicine (NCPNM), held a three- day training workshop on steps to commercialize Nigeria's herbal medicinal products.The post Physicians move to commercialise herbal medicine appeared first on Vanguard News. 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
BISHOP of Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Rev. Jude Arogundade, has decried the rate of robbery among youths in the country.The post Bishop warns youths against crime appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Of course, the battle to make in-roads to the south/south and south/east by the APC would not be a tea partyThe post Issues ahead of the APC national convention appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Ile-Ife rolled out the drums at its 5th convocation ceremonies. The founder and proprietor, Chief Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin (Maye of Ife Kingdom), noted with nostalgia that the university was not indebted to any bank in building its infrastructures.The post How the late Ooni, Okunade Sijuwade helped me to start Oduduwa University ' Adedoyin appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Treasury House stands out today in Abuja as one of the most magnificent edifices.The post PDP, Dakwambo and 2019 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The suffering in the land is too much; the division in the land is alarming; there is high level of insecurity, unprecedented kidnapping and so onThe post Makarfi attacks APC: The suffering in the land is too much! appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has confirmed that 10 modular refineries were at advanced stages of development in the Niger Delta.The post 10 modular refineries getting ready ' Osinbajo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Mr. Charles Fakrogha, Chief Relationship Officer at Foresight Securities Limited, said that looking at the figures, especially the allocation to capital expenditure at all levels, it was doubtful if the government would achieve the objective of stimulating the economy using the 2018 budget.The post Budget 2018: Economist raise doubts about execution appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Unemployed youths in search of elusive jobs should think of what they can do on their own, according to an entrepreneur and construction expert, Mr. Adeniyi Adekunle.The post Booming construction industry creating jobs massively in Lagos ' Adekunle, expert appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
On December 16, 2017, there was a rare convergence on No. 4, Clerks' Quarters Road, Ijebu Quarter in Owo, Ondo State, the 'Diasporic' family home of the late Pa Isa Ojeifo, whose genealogy is traced to Ujagbe in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, but whose father, Pa Isu Ojeifo, due to the exigency of migration as a direct corollary of a bitter and failed chieftaincy tussle to assume the throne of his late father, Okoror Ojeifo of Ujagbe, had to settle in Ewu in Esan 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Paulo Dybala should avoid worrying about comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo if he wants to become the best player in the world, said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri Saturday.The post Stop comparing Messi with Ronaldo, Allegri tells Dybala appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Forget FIFA rankings, forget the poor following the domestic game enjoys at home or the sometimes, the man-made frailties on the part of administering the game in Nigeria, football definitely brought joy to the greatest number of Nigerians in 2017 than any other aspect of our the polity.The post 2017: Eagles, Nigeria football soar to new heights appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
With the January transfer window opening on New Year's Day, the Premier League's superpowers are ready to flex their financial muscles in a frenzy of spending.The post Premier League clubs ready for January sales appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has urged football stakeholders to remain calm over some appointments into the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board by the Federal Government.The post FG's appointment of NFF board members an oversight, Sports Minister says appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick has revealed that the country's national female team, the Super Falcons will be busy in 2018.The post Super Falcons to face France in April appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
At Oyo State Police Command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, it was a harvest of suspected criminals as it paraded suspects numbering 18. Among them were suspected members of two rival cult groups, Aye and Eye.The post We are rival cultists terrorising Oyo, Ogun; robbing residents ' Suspected Aye and Eye members appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
In the past couple of weeks so much has been said and reported, particularly in the new media about the so called resurgence of Boko Haram Insurgency and the progress or lack of progress in the efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to deal with the crisis.The post Boko Haram: State of counter-insurgency operations appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
One week after a deadly attack on Atan Ota, Ogun State by land grabbers, traumatised residents have begged Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the state police command for increased security in the area to prevent reoccurrence.The post Ex-police boss led invasion on land grabbers in Ogun Community ' Atan Ota residents appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC has embarked on cleaning exercise in Edo State as part of effort towards giving the states a face-lift. The head of Environment Department in NDDC, Edo State, Awo Osagie, who monitored the exercise, commended the management for embarking on the exercise.The post Yuletide: NDDC embarks on cleaning exercise in Edo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
With few days to Delta State local government election,the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ethiope-East chairmanship candidate, Chief Alex Sunny Imarah, has promised to affect the lives of the people of Ethiope-East local government area positively should he be elected as the chairman of the council.The post Delta LG: Imarah promises to touch lives appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Worried about the prolonged fuel scarcity in all parts of the Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has, for the first time, summoned stakeholders in the sub-sector of the economy to a major engagement in Aso Rock tomorrow (Monday).The post Fuel Scarcity: Buhari summons Kachikwu, Baru, marketers, others to Aso Rock appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Midwestern Oil and Gas, a marginal field operator, has awarded forty-two scholarships to different categories of students in Delta State, in fulfillment of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).The post Midwestern Oil and Gas awards scholarship, donates classrooms in Delta appeared first on Vanguard News. 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
THE Executive Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Delta State and Egwa Community Chairman, Hon. Emomotimi Guwor yesterday distributed food items worth several millions of naira to celebrate with his constituents.The post Yuletide: Guwor fetes constituents, distributes food items appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki joined friends, family and well-wishers to celebrate Solomon Asemota (SAN) Esq. at 80, lauding the legal luminary's contribution to the judiciary as exemplary.The post Obaseki celebrates Asemota at 80 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Amid the controversies that have so far trailed President Muhammadu Buhari's fight against corruption, the Spiritual Leader of God's Mind City Church Abuja, Prophet Williams Nkang, has warned that some prominent citizens who have looted Nigeria's treasury will mysteriously transit to the world beyond in 2018, saying 'God has released angels of death to fight corruption in Nigeria.'The post Corruption: Treasury looters will die mysteriously in 2018 ' Prophet Nkang ap 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Prison Service has dismissed as a ruse and unfounded a media report that about N3.5 billion could not be accounted for by the service between January and December 2015.The post Alleged N3.5b missing cash a ruse Nigeria Prisons Service appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
For a year that started with scarcity of tomatoes, it is coming to an end today with the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol.The post Nigeria:Big issues of 2017 appeared first on Vanguard News. 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The list of appointments into the boards of federal agencies and corporations, released on Friday, is enmeshed in controversy after the names of five persons, said to be dead, appeared on it.The post Outrage as FG appoints dead persons into boards appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for 'pragmatic cooperation' in his New Year wishes to US President Donald Trump, the Kremlin said on Saturday.The post Putin to Trump: Let's be friends appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority,NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, visited eastern ports and spoke to Sunday Vanguard on how NPA hopes to review its agreements with partners for profitability.The post We are re-negotiating agreements with our partners ' Bala Usman appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
With approximately 70 million of Nigeria's unbanked and under-banked Nigerians, deepening financial inclusion in the country remains a present and urgent need. The role of digital finance in this regard cannot be over-stressed because it has the potential to not only drive financial inclusion significantly but also empower bank customers carry out their financial transactions 24/7 without needing to join long queues in banking halls.The post Economy: The impact of digital finance appeared f 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
There is a common story making the rounds in political circles in Benin, the Edo State capital. It is about how conversations at party gatherings of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have taken on a new texture. It is neither about who gets into what position, nor what amount will be shared at such political gatherings.The post Obaseki's result-oriented leadership style in a political milieu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Bahrain-based jumps and sprints coach, John Obeya believes that Nigerian athletics is doomed unless concrete steps are taken to arrest the chaos that is currently in the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.The post There's nothing like athletics in Nigeria, coach Obeya laments appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Victor Moses has said his greatest achievement was winning the Premier League with Chelsea last season.The post Moses reveals Chelsea's greatest moments appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Henry Onyekuru and Anderlecht of Belgium are at cross paths over his knee injury. And the Nigeria Football Federation has mandated the Super Eagles team doctors to examine the facts and come up with the true condition of the player.The post Onyekuru's injury: NFF wades in appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
I never set out to break any record. I was just preoccupied with doing what I felt was expected of me & every other thing fell in lineThe post I strive to beat my former achievements ' Aarinola Olaiya appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
I spent three days in the ritualists' den with no food to eat and water to drink. During this time, the hair on my chest was removedThe post I was undeterred despite being abandoned by my father, kidnapped by ritualists ' Awe, AAU best graduating student appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Ile-Ife rolled out the drums at its 5th convocation ceremonies.The post How the late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade, helped me to start Oduduwa University ' Adedoyin, founder appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Whenever you win in the flesh, count your losses spiritually; name them one by one. By Femi Aribisala There is a popular Christian film made by the gospel singer Carman called 'The Champion.' The finale is a boxing match and by the end of the film, the audience is on its feet. The good guy,Read MoreThe post Winning by losing appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
For once, let the suffering of Nigerians touch the hearts of those responsible for what is going on now. We have heard enough lies and promises that were never keptThe post In the throes of scarcity and poverty appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Vox Populi, Vox Dei' ' this Latin, for the English statement, 'the voice of the people is the voice of God,' has become so true, that it is now almost a clich. The imperative of it is the signal spirit of the democratic idea, and the whole revolutionary notion that upended Feudalism and the Monarchy, and their primitive sense or idea of a 'ruling class.'The post Vox populi, and the auguries of 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
There is no disputing the fact that Nigerians are in a bad state right now. Everything, both natural and human, seems to have conspired together to work against them and the country. If you are in doubt of the above assertion, please take a moment and reflect on when last there was any cheery news from the giant of Africa.The post Corruption fight and the survival of 'Common' Nigerians appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Nigeria ranks high in medical tourism with a percentage of 42.4 due to the country's poor medical healthcare. According to the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Nigeria spends over $1 billion on medical tourism abroad The post 35, 000 doctors have left Nigeria for the UK, US ' Report appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Pat and Ken married young. She was 24, he 28. They planned to wait until Pat finished school and graduated before trying for a baby. At that time Pat was a 300-level Psychology student at the University of Ibadan. The post How man fathered child after suffering Multiple Sclerosis appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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