NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST JANURAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 1st January, 2018.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed hopes of restructuring the country under his watch, contending that what is wrong with the country at the moment is not its structure but the process.

Buhari, who made this clear in his traditional New Year address to the nation, however, assured that his administration will revisit the cost of governance, which he admitted is “extravagant.”

He restated his administration’s commitment to fixing the country thorough massive investment in railways, road and power infrastructure, assuring that the economy is bound to experience rapid improvement in the years ahead.

“In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about “restructuring.” No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments. We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible, considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.

“We tried the Parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now, there are shrill cries for a return to the Parliamentary structure. In older democracies, these systems took centuries to evolve; so, we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes. We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.”

He warned politicians to refrain from playing on the sentiments of the electorate, especially as the country gears towards 2019 elections. “As the electioneering season approaches, politicians must avoid exploiting ethnicity and religion, by linking ethnicity with religion and religion with politics. Such must be avoided at all costs if we are to live in harmony.

The president, who said he was not unfazed about the people’s plight, occasioned by their failure to access fuel during the Yuletide season as a result of the nefarious activities of some Nigerians, reiterated his resolve to tackle the challenge.

He said he is determined to re-gig the country through massive investment in rail, road and power, and expressed the hope that the economy is bound to rebound in the coming years. 

.“We are going to make significant in-roads in advancing road, rail and power projects across the country.
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
NO fewer than 20 persons were confirmed dead in two separate road crashes that occurred yesterday in Jigawa and Ogun states.

While 15 were killed in the crash that involved an Opel salon car with registration number AA 664 DRA that had a head-on collision with a truck marked XA 779 NSR at Gagararwa Local Government Area of Jigawa State, five persons, including three males, a female and a boy reportedly died, while 13 others sustained serious injuries, when a bus veered off the road and rammed into a stationary truck at Ogere, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The Jigawa accident which occurred in the early morning hours of the New Year eve was said have happened when an Opel car overloaded with 15 passengers heading to Gumel Local Government Area from Gagarawa town  lost control and crashed into an oncoming truck.

Nine passengers were said to have instantly died on the spot while six others died in the hospital. 

The Jigawa State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abdu Jinjiri said the Opel car was overloaded with 15 passengers instead of seven. 

He said the car sandwiched and killed the entire passengers, which also made it difficult to remove most of them alive. 


 
He said the 15 corpses were deposited at the Gumel General Hospital while the truck driver, a 22-year-old Isyaku Umar of Majia village of Taura Local Government Area had been arrested.

The other accident, in Ogun State, which occurred around 9am at the Wazobia Area of Ogere along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, involved a white Mazda commuter bus with registration number DDA121XA and a red MAN Diesel truck with registration number MGD129ZF.

According  to the Ogun State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Clement Oladele, the crash was caused by dangerous driving and speed violation on the part of the driver of the commercial bus who was traveling from Ibadan to Lagos.

He explained further that the driver, due to his excessive speeding, lost control, veered off his lane and crashed into the truck parked off the highway.

Oladele added that the driver of the commercial bus took to his heels immediately the incident happened. 

He, however, noted that a manhunt had begun to apprehend and charge him for dangerous driving leading to the death of some of his passengers.

Meanwhile, the injured victims have been taken to the Ogun State University Teaching Hospital (OSUTH), Sagamu and Victory Hospital, Ogere while the  dead passengers were deposited at the Ipara Mortuary. 
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has released the postings and redeployment of 41 senior officers. They include 19 Air Vice Marshals, 14 Air Commodores, four Group Captains, two Wing Commanders and two Squadron Leaders.

The postings and redeployment, according to the Director, Public Relations and Information, Olatokunbo Adesanya, came as a result of the recent promotion of senior NAF officers.

Adesanya, in a statement gave the names of the newly redeployed officers as AVM Lawal Alao who is now the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji; Olusoji Awomodu, Director Manning & Establishments at the Defence Headquarters, Bello Garba, Chief of Logistics at Headquarters NAF and Mahmoud Ahmed, Chief of Administration.

Also appointed are AVM Mohammed Suleiman, Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO)at HQ Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, Samuel Babalola, Director of Personnel Management at HQ NAF, Tunde Awoyoola, Deputy Chief of Defence Space Agency and Haruna Mohammed, Commandant Air Traffic Services Training Centre.

He also said that AVM Sambo Usman is now the Group Managing Director of NAF Holding Company, Remigus Ekeh, Director of Evaluation at HQ NAF while Paul Dimfwina is Coordinator, Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee at HQ NAF, Ibukun Ojeyemi is now the SASO at Headquarters Air Training Command, Kaduna while Frank Oparah, is Director of Research at Defence Headquarters.

Others are Peter Uzezi, Director, Earth Observation at Defence Space Agency, Olusegun Philips, Director of Museum and Archives at HQ NAF,  Chinwendu Onyike, Director of Technical Services at Defence Intelligence Agency and Emmanuel Wonah, SASO, HQ, Logistics Command, Ikeja, Abubakar Liman SASO, HQ Special Operations Command, Bauchi, Mahmud Madi, Director of Launch Services and Space Operations at Defence Space Agency and Air Commodore Noah Oyibo, SASO, Headquarters Ground Training Command, Enugu.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The fuel supply hitch appears to have improved in some parts of Lagos yesterday as some of the filling stations visited by Daily Sun were dispensing products.

But, while the major marketers sold at the approved retail price of N145 per litre, the same could not be said of filling stations belonging to the independent marketers.

The availability of products at fuel stations belonging to both major and independent marketers have led to reduced queues, helping to douse tension among motorists.

The decision of the independent marketers to peg price of a litre of petrol at N200 per litre may not be unconnected with their earlier claims that NNPC was not supplying members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) enough products.

And in a bid to keep their filling stations wet with products, IPMAN members had to resort to getting products from third parties, which upon getting to their filling stations could not be sold at the approved retail price of N145 per litre.

IPMAN claims that its members control about 60 per cent of the retail outlets, leaving the majors with 40 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has successfully cleared petrol queues in Abuja and Lagos with the commitment to increase truck-outs to other states to restore normalcy to the petrol supply and distribution across the country.

Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this disclosure Friday after visiting some filling stations in Abuja.

“As far as truck out is concerned, we have more than doubled the number of trucks that are going out into the country. Yesterday (Thursday), we loaded and distributed products from coastal and strategic inland depots like Jos.
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
MONROVIA (Reuters) Liberian President-elect George Weah on Saturday declared the country open to investment and pledged to tackle entrenched corruption, in his first speech to the nation since decisively winning an election this week. Speaking in front of reporters and aides packed into a small conference room at his party headquarters, Weah thanked... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
SAN JOSE (Reuters) A Costa Rican plane crashed into woodland off a popular tourist beach on Sunday, killing 10 U.S. citizens and two local pilots, the Costa Rican government said. The accident occurred in the mountainous area off the Punta Islita beach town in the province of Guanacaste, about 230 km (140 miles) west... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
JAKARTA, (Reuters) Several people were missing after a speed boat carrying nearly 50 people sank off Indonesia's Kalimantan island on Monday, rescue officials said. The national rescue agency said in a statement that the number of casualties were unclear but that 28 people remained missing and 20 had been rescued. The boat was... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From: Ben Dunno, Warri The Delta State police command has recorded a major breakthrough its ongoing war 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
ByISMAIL OMIPIDAN The year, 2019, is about 364 days from today.But the race to 2019 begins today. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
To know fate in June 2018 By Bimbola Oyesola at last the committee for the negotiation for the review 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Joe Apu The Nigeria Basketball Federation has called up 20 players for the first phase of camping 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From Uche Usim, Abuja The Acting Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Victor Muruako, is 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a concessional donor loan agreement with France to the 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
BY MONICA IHEAKAM Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has promised that the year 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration said it has concluded plans to tackle unemployment through 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Croatia and Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren faces up to five years in jail after being accused of perjury. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said that the launch of MITROS Rice (Mission To 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will be out for 'a little more than a month' with the injury 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Stories by Steve Agbota styvenchy@yahoo.com 08033302331 Agriculture, which remains the base of the Nigerian 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he does not respect Tyson Fury, but that the former world heavyweight 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Bimbola Oyesola It is festive period and definitely every household in the country will be celebrating 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Nigeria's Organised Private Sector (OPS), has advised the Federal Government against supporting Morocco 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Stories by Charles Nwaoguji The Institute of Credit Administration (ICA) in collaboration with the Lagos 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Michael Johnson believes that Usain Bolt's world 100and 200 metre records will not be beaten for 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Isaac Anumihe Two thousand and seventeen which began with the ban on importation of vehicles 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
One significant achievement of our administration (1999-2007) was the enthronement of excellence in the 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
It has been proved beyond any shred of doubt, in many instances, that our administration (1999-2007) 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
I have spent the past two and half months detailing my achievements for the eight years I was in the 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
When I consider the pettiness, lack of vision and the orchestrated and malicious plots to malign my person 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Tasks Ekpeye ethnic nationality on unity From Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Without sounding immodest, I am proud to state there was no administration before us that fought corruption 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure A group, under the aegis of the Akure Patriots, in Ondo State, yesterday 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
In the past two editions of this column I meticulously addressed the major causes of the rift between 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Doris Obinna Lagos State Government has procured healthcare equipment worth N2.5 billion as well 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
In the first part of the article on the major cause of the rift between Theodore Ahamefule Orji and I 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia Former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has been conferred with the 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
As part of the account of my stewardship as the governor of Abia State (1999-2007), I have decided to 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
As I promised last week, attention will be focused in the next few weeks on the achievements of our administration 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
20 whistleblowers share N375.8m From Uche Usim, Abuja The Federal Government at the weekend disclosed 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Philip Nwosu, Lagos, Judex Okoro, Calabar, and Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The Flag Officer Commanding 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Dear Nigeria, should I say happy new year or not' Don't turn up your nostrils, wondering what kind 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Year 2017 has ended with its numerous challenges that tried the souls of many Nigerians. The New 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Oludayo Tade 'Food no dey, brother water no dey and our country no good o, everyday for thief one 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Adewale Kupoluyi Controversy has continued to trail the recent disclosure by the Chairman of the Nigeria 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Paul John Why has the Nigerian Senate decided to change the goalpost at the middle of the game' Why 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Tayo ogunbiyi It is now official. 1995 World Footballer of the Year, George Weah, has been declared 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
It was all a joke, it seemed, when I got this message from my friend on Christmas day: 'The chicken 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
How do I know' Number one, it's a new year; number two, its predecessor was a horrible ruler (back-to-back 
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