NEWSPAPERS REVIEW: TOP HEADLINES THAT MADE THE FRONT PAGES THIS TUESDAY MORNING




President Buhari extends tenure of CDS, service chiefs
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin and the service chiefs: the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.
The development came contrary to the expectations that the president would appoint new officers to take over from them since their constitutionally recognised tenure had expired and also use the new appointments to redraw the security architecture of the country said to have suffered lopsided geo-ethnic interests. The president’s letter to this effect was released in a statement, yesterday evening, through the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.

2018 BUDGET: Senate uncovers padding, items duplication
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
THE Senate, yesterday, uncovered padding of proposed expenditures in the Ministry of Power and duplication of items in the 2018 budget estimates. In the budget proposals, the Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South-led Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, discovered that N120 million, N480 million and N288 million respectively, were budgeted for the purchase of utility vehicles by the ministry headed by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.
In the case of NEPZA, it emerged that the agency had raised its 2018 personnel budget by N205 million. That was besides the claim that the same agency in 2017 succeeded in padding its budget by N122 million. According to the lawmakers, duplication of items has remained a recurring episode, where the Ministry present the same items repeatedly in the budget and ask for more funds to execute them.

David Mark illegally acquired Senate Presidents official residence FG
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has accused a former Senate President, David Mark, of illegally acquiring his then official residence as his private property.
In September this year, the government, through the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, which is chaired by Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, gave the former Senate President a 21-day notice to quit the mansion. 
The notice to quit, however, asked Mark to “show cause” why the Federal Government should not “enforce the recovery of the property for public good.”

But Mark had quickly filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja to quash all steps taken by the panel to evict him and recover the house from him.


Fuel scarcity: Marketers blame supply shortfall, motorists groan ' PENGASSAN suspends strike, asks members to resume duty
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
As motorists and other users of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) struggled to get the product at filling stations on Monday, oil marketers blamed the worsening fuel scarcity on supply shortfall, which they said had not been fixed.
Many filling stations were shut in Lagos and parts of Ogun State, while the few stations that had the product recorded long queues of desperate motorists that stretched for kilometres and spilled onto the roads, disrupting the flow of traffic. 
Commuters were seen at many bus-stops struggling to get commercial vehicles to different destinations, even as transport operators increased the fares by as much as 100 per cent on most routes.

Govs, ministers, traditional rulers should be tested for drugs abuse –Emir Sanusi
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has called for a law to compel Nigerian political and religious leaders, including lawmakers, governors and traditional rulers, to undertake drugs test.

The emir made the call at a two-day Senate Roundtable on Drug Abuse Epidemic in Nigeria, which opened in Kano, yesterday, just as he alleged leaders condone use of illegal substances by their bodyguards and thugs.
“Anybody who elements of drugs abuse is found in him should quickly resign his position because he is not fit to hold (public) position. I suggest that ministers, governors and traditional rulers should go for drugs test because when youths understand that they cannot be governors, ministers or senators if they are drug addicts, they will be into their senses. The country is facing a great danger because the fight against drug abuse has to be taken seriously if we are to succeed. We are deceiving ourselves if we don’t believe that we are part of the problem.


NNPC petroleum products distribution, sale increase by 29%
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) distributed and sold about 1.3 billion litres of petroleum products throughout the country in September, a report has said.
A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager Public Affairs Division, said the figure was contained in the Sept. 2017 edition of the monthly NNPC Financial and Operations Report.
“The figure shows a 29 per cent increase from the 950.67 million litres posted in the month of August 2017,’’ the report said.
The report showed that products, which were distributed and sold by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), the downstream subsidiary of the NNPC comprised about 1.2 billion litres of petrol, 35.58 million litres of kerosene and 86.30 million litres of diesel.

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