NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 30 January, 2018.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has told the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) investigating subsidy payment that the Federal Government spent N4.950.80 trillion in the exercise.

    This is coming at a time President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has declared that NNPC stinks, vowing that those behind fraud in the corporation will be exposed.

Speaking at the hearing  on subsidy payment, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru,   said out of the N5.121.40 trillion approved subsidy, the Federal Government has spent N4.950.80 trillion, with N170.6 billion outstanding arrears for January 2006-December 2015.

He said the figure was arrived at after deduction of N4.950.80 trillion received as payments from the N5.121.40 trillion approved subsidy claims of the Corporation from January 2006 to December 2015.

Giving details of the accruals, Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation, Mr. Isiaka AbdulRazaq, traced the advent of the subsidy regime to October 2003, when NNPC was directed by government to commence the purchase of domestic crude oil at international market price without a corresponding liberalisation of the regulated price of petroleum products.

He explained that under the subsidy regime, NNPC and other suppliers of refined petroleum products were entitled to full subsidy claims to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

AbdulRasaq, however, noted that unlike other oil marketers, NNPC did not receive cash payment for subsidy claims as its subsidy claims were deducted out of cost payment to the Federation Account after due certification by PPPRA.

‘’In summary, NNPC submits that the amount of over N5.1 Trillion was duly approved by PPPRA as subsidy claims for NNPC. Out of this sum NNPC is still being owed N170.6 Billion,’’ the NNPC CFO said.

The Corporation called on the Senate Downstream Committee to assist in ensuring that the outstanding debt was settled to enable it effectively achieve its obligation as the supplier of last resort to the downstream sector.


 
Chairman of the Senate Committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, commended NNPC for the elaborate presentation while pledging its support to all stakeholders in the sector to ensure uninterrupted supply and distribution of petroleum products

     Meanwhile, Saraki has revealed that the NNPC has remained a cistern of deep rooted corruption, illegality and abuse of financial procedures, despite frantic efforts to reform it.

Speaking at the commencement of  the public hearing , Saraki said huge sum was spent on payment of fuel subsidy.


 
The Senate president, who was represented at the event by the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan, expressed displeasure over what he described as secret and opaque re-introduction of subsidy in the pricing of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, without an approval of a budget by the National Assembly.

He regretted that “government  has not done what we need to do to nip this problem in the bud.”

Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Services, Colonel Hammed Ali, failed the appear before the committee yesyterday.

The trio however sent representatives to the investigative hearing. They were summarily dismissed by senators, who said they were not the people invited.

According to the Senate President,  “findings have brought to light the fact that our downstream oil and gas industry needs critical reforms.”

He further stated that it has be exposed in “spite of the stoppage of the fuel subsidy regime, and the non-appropriation of funds for the scheme due to the fraud and mal-administration going on in the scheme, that fuel subsidy payments continue to be paid from our commonwealth illegally and without appropriation by the National Assembly to a few quietly in order to dodge scrutiny and avoid exposure.”

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
 It was a day of grief and sorrow for South East governors and the people of the region, yesterday, when the remains of late Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, arrived the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Ekwueme died on November 19, 2017, in a London clinic.

He will be buried in his country home at Oko, Anambra State, on February 2.

The remains of the late former vice president was flown from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, in a Nigeria Air Force aeroplane marked NAF 918, which landed at the Akanu Ibiam airport at 2:08pm.

Ekwueme’s remains was received by the South East Governors’ Forum, led by its Chairman and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, accompanied by governors Willie Obiano (Anambra), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Rochas Okorocha (Imo). Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu was absent.

Ekwueme’s brother and the traditional ruler of Oko, Igwe Laz Ekwueme led his wives and children to the airport reception.


 
Other Igbo dignitaries who were at the airport to pay their last respects to the late vice president included the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, National Chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chikwas Okorie, Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Speaker of Ebonyi House of Assembly, Ogbonnia Nwaifuru, who led members to the airport, Secretary to the State Government (Ebonyi), Prof. Bernard Odeh, who also led the state executives, chairmen of Ebonyi and Enugu State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Onyekachi Nwaebonyi and Augustine Nnamani and Secretary to the State Government (Enugu), as well as Elder Gabriel Ajah. Archbishop Chukwuma prayed for a successful burial and described Ekwueme as “a great politician in Nigeria who will never be forgotten as far as politics is concerned in this country.

“We are happy that government is giving him a befitting burial but one thing is that people should emulate the legacies he left behind.

“It is not good to say all sorts of things without emulating what he left behind.”


 
After the bishop finished his opening prayers for the departed elder statesman, South East governors filed  round the casket bearing Ekwueme’s remains, and paid their last respects.

After this, his corpse was taken to his Independence Layout Enugu residence, closely followed by the governors and other dignitaries for a brief stop-over before it was taken away to the mortuary from where it would be brought back, today, to the Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd, Enugu, for service of songs.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The lingering feud between the Senate and the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), yesterday, took another dimension as they clashed at the NCS headquaters, Abuja.

The renewed feud was triggered by remarks made by the chairman of the committee, Dino Melaye, that the Customs CG, by way of protocol, was  supposed to welcome the committee members into the premises and not  just meet them at the conference room.

He said the protocol has been the practice with statutory bodies like the Customs, Immigration, Prisons, and so on over the years, and wondered why such etiquette was not accorded the committee.

“Mr. CG, rather than meeting us here at the conference room by way of  courtesy, you are supposed to have met us at the ground floor on  arrival into the premises,” Melaye said.


 
He then read a prepared speech outlining how the committee would carry out its investigation on economic waste in the Nigeria Customs Service.

Responding, the Customs boss told the committee that the NCS has its protocol, which is different from other public establishments, and should not be dictated to on matters of etiquette or protocol.

“We have our own protocol as regards receiving visitors like you. I do not need to come downstairs to receive you just as nobody in the Senate or House of Representatives has ever come out to receive us anytime we visit the National Assembly,” Ali said.

The CG later left the premises before the ad hoc commitee. While the Customs CG left the headquarters at about 2:15pm with his siren-blaring convoy, members of the Senate committee left at 2:20pm after being held up in their bus for about 15 minutes by the Customs CG’s convoy at the gate.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Fred Ezeh, Abuja Year 2018 is still at infancy. Expectations are obviously high from Nigerians because the year is still fresh with great opportunities especially for those who are ready and prepared for success. In Nigeria and possibly elsewhere in the world, people make new year 'resolutions' and wishes. It is also an age long... 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Gabriel Dike Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ago-Iwoye produced 15 First Class and 74 PhD graduates at its 27th convocation. Vice Chancellor of OOU, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the 27th convocation ceremonies for 20162017 academic session and defended the 15 First Class graduates saying the students merited it. Prof Olatunde flanked... 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
As Grace Schools celebrate golden jubilee Simeon Mpamugoh; Bianca Iboma The Executive Director and Administrator, Grace High School, Gbagada, Lagos, Mrs. Iyiola Olatokunbo Edun, says investment in education by private school operators is meant to raise the standard of education. Edun made the declaration during the ceremony to mark the school golden jubilee celebration.... 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Laide Raheem, Abeokuta A first time visitor to her art studio located in the student populated area of Iyana Oloke in Abeokuta, will be awed by the dexterity and finesse of Aminat Lawal, a 2015 graduate of Business Administration and Management from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, when she either draws or paints. Always smiling,... 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Worried by the state of the nation's libraries, the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) has called on the federal and state governments to tackle the current rot confronting libraries. Chairman/Deputy President of NASU, Mr. Michael Adegoke, made the appeal recently at the meeting of West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Libraries and other trade group council... 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Chinelo Obogo Chief Chekwas Okorie, the national chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP) believes 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja All eyes are on the House of Representatives, as the National Assembly resumes plenary 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Rose Ejembi, Makurdi In this interview with newsmen at the Government House in Makurdi last Friday, Governor 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Omoniyi Salaudeen Tony Osauzo, Benin Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has told the former minister of 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso, has called off his constituency visit, 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Magnus Eze;Okwe Obi, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has taken all the 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Faleye out for rest of tournament ' Dalung hails team Chidera Akalonu Home based Super Eagles coach 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo has described the death 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
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Tue, 30 Jan 2018
As NAICOM warns of fake online recruitment Uche Usim, Abuja The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Steve Agbota The Managing Director of Fortis Mobile Money Limited,Samuel Oladimeji,has said thatMobileMoney 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, has called on his counterparts across the continent 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The inaugural edition of the Business Barometer: Nigeria CEO Survey by the global research and consultancy 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
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Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Nigeria's stocks have been ranked among the world's best-performers in the past four months, as foreign 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has said the Federal Government will declare a state of emergency 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Says losers blackmailing Buhari Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Minister of of Communications, Adebayo 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Alleged loss, poor parody of human lives 'Mdzough u Tiv Linus Oota, Lafia; Rose Ejembi, Makurdi 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Jet Stanley Madu Mrs. Yinka Ogunde, chief executive officer, Edumark Consult, had built a high-flying 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Gyang Bere, Jos Two persons were killed on Sunday night in an ambush by suspected Fulani herdsmen in 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
No fewer than 20 people died in a fatal motor accident along Kaduna-Abuja Express way on Sunday night. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said multiple probes 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB), 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Senator representing Anambra Central, Chief Victor Umeh, has assured South East traders in the Federal 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Says we're re-positioning Rivers health sector Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to President Muhammadu Buhari is, for me, an expression of tough love. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo remains well and truly an enigma in our national politics. Someone 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Chinedu Nebo It is time to say farewell. Certainly, a time like this must come. No amount of sentiment, 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Sam Edoho At a period when the economy was shrinking, job losses were recorded in threatening figures 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe The issue of state police creation has engaged the generality of Nigerians 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
From Judex Okoro, Calabar In the last couple of months, Cross River has 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Jet Stanley Madu Mrs. Yinka Ogunde, chief executive officer, Edumark Consult, had built a high-flying 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Tony John, Port Harcourt People of Oyigbo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have said 'enough is enough 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Paul Osuyi, Asaba THE over 1000 suspended workers of the Delta State Government have vowed to mobilise 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Zika Bobby A nine-year-old pupil of Fortune Schools in Benin, Edo State, Miss Emmanuella Oziofu has designed 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Following the horrendous killings in Benue State which claimed over 73 lives, the Senate on January 16 
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