NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 6th January, 2018.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Barely one and half years after jerking up the pump price of fuel to N145.00 per litre, there are indications that the federal government has hinted of yet another hike. Indications to this effect were given yesterday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who said the current N145 per litre regime is not sustainable.

According to him, the landing cost of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Nigeria, is N171. He dropped the hints while appearing before the National Assembly Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream).

Ex-GMDs’ alarm

With just some five months into the new regime of N145 per litre, the current Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Kanti Baru, and his predecessors in office, had, after a meeting, alerted that the price was not feasible.

At the end of the September parley with Kachikwu, the meeting contended that the amount does not correspond with the price-determining components of the commodity and the fluctuations of the foreign exchange rate.

In a statement at the end of the meeting, the NNPC said: “They (the GMDs) noted that the petrol price of N145/litre is not congruent with the liberalisation policy especially with the foreign exchange rate and other price determining components such as crude cost, Nigerian Ports Authority charges, etc remaining uncapped.”

Kachikwu reaffirms position

Re-echoing the position yesterday when he appeared before the NASS joint committee on petroleum resources(Downstream), the minister explained that the nonsustainability of the price fixed in the first quarter of 2016, followed a steady increase in the price of crude in the international market which was $48 in 2016 as against $67 now.

Consequent upon this, he said, the landing cost of PMS which was N133.28k per litre is now N171 per litre. This, the minister revealed, resulted into stoppage of importation of the product by independent marketers, making the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to be the 100% importer of the product.

The minister disclosed further that as a result of the N26 difference per in the current landing cost of N171 and pump price of N145, NNPC, which has been singularly importing the product at the volume of 25million litres per day since October last year, has been incurring losses of about N800- N900million daily, which in cumulative term is about N85.5billion till date.

He told the committee that government had mandated him and a committee set up to find ways out of the current logjam. This, he said, requires emergency of about 18 months before the local refineries are knocked into shape. He offered three ways out of the problem.

“One, is for the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) to allow the marketers access forex at the rate of N204 to a dollar as against the official rate of N305 to keep the pump price of fuel per litre at N145.
Sat, 06 Jan 2018
As many pastors revealeved the 2018 prophecy, the convener of OurMumuDonDo in a video shared on his Instagram page said Boko Haram will surrender in 2018. Charlyboy said 'My people 2018 don land. I would be a hypocrite to wish you all a happy new year but let me wish you less suffering, less stress, ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Author: Richard Bourne Reviewer: Olutayo C. Adesina Publisher: Zed Books Pages: 353 Year: 2015 Since its founding in 1914, Nigeria has not ceased to confound a plethora of observers, commentators, political pundits and students of history and politics. Nigeria became 'One' country in 1914. But what did this mean for the disparate ethnic groups populating ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Alison Feeney-Hart 1. Let your subject find you My parents were not writers and they didnt really read very much either. My Dad once told me he had only read half a book in his life. I had a wonderful English teacher called Peter Way. He walked straight into my head, turned all the ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Clement Oduwole I was born into the Baptist system. My grandpa must have been a dyed-in-the-wool Baptist as to name my dad after the founder of the Baptist Movement John (the Baptist). My old man, now late, was an elder at the Baptist Church, Kumasi, my birthplace. He was so proud of being ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Tope Sunday The fires have died down and victims are still counting their losses, but there is still disquiet, anguish and wailing in Bwari, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Abuja last Tuesday, a day after the killing and burning took place between Gbagyi and Hausa residents. Although armed-to-the-teeth soldiers were still ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Nigerians were still in mourning mood over the death of Alhaji Gidado Idris when the political space was on Tuesday thrown into another shock by the exit of one of its leading lights, Alhaji Muhammadu Lawal Kaita. He passed on after a brief illness at the Turkish Hospital, Abuja. He was aged 85. His death ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Gunmen who kidnapped a Sharia Court Judge, Abubakar Jibrin in Jermiya village in Rafi local government of Niger state, are demanding N50m ransom. The kidnappers, according to report, seized the judge while returning from his court in Allawa at about 6pm on Thursday. Blueprint learnt that the kidnappers, comprised of 14 men and four ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
A factional leader of the militant Boko Haram group, Mamman Nur, has been fatally injured, the Nigerian military said yesterday. A military statement said Nur, who broke away from the faction led by the known Abubakar Shekau, was injured during an operation in the northeast. According to the spokesman of the Operation Dole counter-insurgency force ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Indications emerged yesterday that all is not well within the top management team of the Ministry of Petroleum and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the recent fuel scarcity in the country. Blueprint Weekend can reliably report that the Minster of Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of NNPC Dr. Maikanti ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has sacked the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Udo Ekpenyong. The Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, confirmed to Premium Times that Ekpenyong was sacked yesterday. The government did not give reasons for Ekpenyong's removal, but sources close to the Government House, Uyo, said that government's action ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG), has cautioned religious leaders in Kwara state against making inciting comments over the New Year eve attacks on some Christian and Muslim worshippers at Taiwo- Isale area of Ilorin. The group noted that the evil was perpetrated by some miscreants whose leaders of Taiwo Isale community ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state yesterday said he was not afraid and would never succumb to threats to his life by those who do not want implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law in the state. Ortom, who stated this at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi, during a courtesy call ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Contrary to President Muhammadu Buharis opinion about agitations for restructuring of the country, the Primate, Church of the Lord, (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide, Dr. Rufus Ositelu, has identified restructuring and fiscal federalism as the solution to the political and economic challenges facing the nation. Ositelu also called on the political leaders to take the bold ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has redeployed 109 personnel as part of efforts to enhance its operational efficiency, according to the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem. In a statement yesterday Kazeem quoted the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, as saying the shakeup was aimed at actualising the 2018 strategic goals of the FRSC ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Kano state Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission, has recovered the sum of N1billion in cash and property from corrupt officers and treated over 2,000 related cases in 2017. Chairman of the Commission, Malam Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, made the disclosure at a press conference in Kano yesterday. He said the Commission had also ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Kogi state government has disclosed that the late director in its civil service, Alphonsus Ameh, was sacked due to alleged involvement in a fraudulent diversion of N225,936,425.72 million pensioners' fund. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deceased, who was in the state Pension Board, died on Monday at the Federal Medical Centre, ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Association of Benue Journalists (ABJ), has called on the federal government to urgently clampdown on the recent attackers who murdered over 30 persons in the early hours of the New Year day in Guma and Logo local government areas of Benue state. The group in a statement issued in Abuja, and signed by its ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
A Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has condemned the recent attack and killings of innocent persons in Benue state. In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the association, Alhaji Yusuf Ardo, the group described the killings as 'unfortunate and condemnable'. He said that Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore was an ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Residents of Ndoro community in Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa state, reportedly fled for fear of invasion by security agents, following alleged beheading of a security operative by militants. Our correspondent learnt yesterday that the murdered security official was negotiating with militants in the area to surrender their arms. According to a resident, the ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has demanded the immediate resignation of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, from the Federal Executive Council over his role in President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid. The opposition party in a statement on Thursday, whch was signed by its spokesman Kola Ologbodiyan, hinged its demand on the reported appointment of ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, representing Sokoto North Senatorial District, says Islam is a religion of peace and love, rather than violence or fundamentalism. A statement issued yesterday in Sokoto by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani, stated that Wamakko gave the declaration when the Global Chief ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Contrary to President Muhammadu Buharis opinion about the agitations for restructuring of Nigeria, the Primate, Church of the Lord, (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide, Dr. Rufus Ositelu, has prescribed restructuring and fiscal federalism as the solution to the political and economic challenges facing the country. Ositelu also called on the political leaders to take the bold step ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Barely 24 hours after the first lady of Osun state, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, presented gift to the first baby of the year in the state, the father of the baby yet to be named, Mr Abiodun Okewunmi, has reportedly died. It was gathered that Okewunmi left the state hospital in joy to get food for ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
In an open admission of the impending danger facing the nation ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on politicians to avoid exploiting the tools of ethnicity and religion to their personal and selfish advantage. Specifically, the President warns the politicians to refrain from linking ethnicity and religion with politics if ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Stories by David Agba Abuja Leading underwriting firm, AIICO Insurance Plc, said profit from its life business, which makes up 76 per cent of total claims recorded in 2017, grew by 44 per cent compared to 2016. This, the Chief Operating Officer, AIICO Insurance Plc, Babatunde Fajemirokun, revealed at a media parley in Lagos that ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Director-General, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, CIIN, Mr. Richard Borokini, in this interview with DAVID AGBA speaks on efforts to increase insurance awareness What is the CIIN doing for the insurance industry to make inputs into annual budgets of the country' Borokini: We are having a programme early next year. It is a business outlook ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Ethiopia's government has denied that all political prisoners will be freed, saying that only some imprisoned politicians will be pardoned. An aide to the prime minister said a mistranslation led to him being quoted as saying that all political prisoners would be freed to promote dialogue. The prime minster also said a detention centre, ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Turkey's Interior Minister SuleymanSoylu has been criticised for saying police should break the legs of drug dealers who are seen outside schools. The Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) and secular opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet both accused Mr Soylu of incitement to commit a crime. He pledged to take the blame for it. 'If a dealer is ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Winter storms have been sweeping across western Europe, causing three deaths and widespread disruption. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by power cuts, and air travel has been disrupted. Two people drowned on Spain's northern Basque coast after being swept away by a huge wave and a skier was killed by a falling ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Twenty-five civilians are reported to have been killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria's capital, Damascus. The Syria Civil Defence said one of its rescue workers was among 18 people who died when what witnesses identified as Russian jets bombed Misraba. Another six people died in suspected ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
A claim that Tony Blair warned Donald Trump's aides UK intelligence may have spied on him is 'a complete fabrication', the former PM has said. A new book says Mr Blair had shared a 'juicy rumour' with the son-in-law of the US president, Jared Kushner, that campaign staff, 'possibly even Trump himself', had been under ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Iran has accused the US of 'grotesque' interference in its internal affairs in a letter to the UN. It said the US leadership, in 'numerous absurd tweets, [had] incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts' which violated international law. Twenty-one people died in six days of protests sparked by Iran's economic problems, which spanned several ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The European Union is working with Libyan coastguards to reduce the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. But many of those intercepted end up in detention centres in Libya, where some migrants say they are used as slaves, as the BBC's STEPHANIE HEGARTY found when she spoke to some Nigerians who have just returned ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Raphael Ede Enugu The South-east Zonal Supervisor, Pinnacle Oil and Gas, Mrs. Amaka Okonkwo, has said that hoarding and unfair profiteering of the products by some petroleum product marketers is responsible for the current scarcity. In a chat with journalists yesterday in Enugu, Okonkwo condemned the act of sabotage by some marketers who created ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja A coalition of Farmers under the aegis of Zero Hunger Commodities (ZHC), have called for increased support from the Federal Government to enable farmers to engage in massive food production across the country. Speaking in Abuja after a meeting of the group, its National Coordinator, Dr. Tunde Arosanyin, said that the ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday said the commissioning of additional locomotives and coaches at Rigasa station and Inland Dry Port at Kakuri, in Kaduna state is not just a statement of his intent but a benchmark for measuring the performance of his administration. The President also solicited the support of the national ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Transactions on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday took upwards trend, appreciating by N174 billion. Market capitalisation of listed equities improved by 1.26 per cent to N13.763 trillion from N13.589 trillion reported on Wednesday. Also the NSE All Share Index grew by 488.84 basis points to 38.676.12 points from 38187.28 ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs paid their top bankers in Britain an average of $1.5 million each in 2016, compared with $1 million for local rivals HSBC and Barclays, data released by the banks last year shows. Data compiled by Reuters from 13 banks' filings, some of which were released only late last month, shows they ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Benin Owena River Basin Authority (BORBA) plans to construct a dam in Auchi to boost irrigation, Managing Director of the authority, Dr. Saliu Ahmed said yesterday. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ahmed made the disclosure during a courtesy visit to the Otaru of Auchi. While pledging to address the problem of ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
A pair of well-known Canada geese has again built a nest near an Omaha hospital, but this time chose an especially busy locale: a flower pot near the emergency room doors. The geese, dubbed Ralph and Alice after the bickering TV couple on The Honeymooners, have nested near Lakeside Hospital every spring since 2005, security ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
An alleged cellphone thief fleeing from the victim in a Chinese city found swift justice when he ran right into a police stations parking lot. Security camera footage of the incident in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, shows the man snatching a cellphone out of a womans hand on a city sidewalk and fleeing on the foot. ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Animal rescuers in Britain said a vacationer returning from Thailand received a shock recently when they realized a monitor lizard had stowed away in their luggage. The RSPCA for Stafford, Wolverhampton & District said the 6-inch-long lizard had concealed itself in a suitcase filled with diving equipment, and took a 6,000 mile ride in the ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By David Agba Abuja Up to 5,000 new jobs may be created when the Inland Dry Port in Kakuri, Kaduna, comes on stream. The port has the capacity to handle 29,000 tonnes of cargoes yearly at the first phase of operation and will double when fully completed. 'The Kaduna Dry Port which is the first ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Oil giant BP will take a one-off $1.5 billion charge to adjust to new U.S. tax rules, but expects a long-term boost from the corporate-friendly tax rates, it said on Tuesday. BPs rival Royal Dutch Shell said last week it would incur a one-off charge of $2-$2.5 billion for the U.S. tax changes. According to ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has expressed concern while sympathizing with those affected in the unfortunate fire incident which occurred at locations in the Tin Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC), Apapa during which no lives were lost. The Management stated this against the back dropof the fire outbreak of Tuesday, the 2nd ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
By Ajibola Abayomi Lagos A total of 162,285.72 Metric Tonnes of agricultural products were exported through Tin Can Island Port in 2017. The figure was over a hundred and fifty percent increase above the 55,000 metric tonnes recorded at the port in 2016. Customs Area Controller in charge of Tin Can Island Port Command of ... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
A recent report by the National Bureau of Statistics puts Nigeria's current population at 193.3m as against the 2006 figure of about 140m people. The first reality is that Nigeria's population is about 2.57% of the world's population which is put at about 7.5billion people. It is necessary to note that Nigeria's population growth rate ... 
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