NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH JANUARY, 2018].


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

‘Why 2018 budget may not be ready in first quarter’
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Hopes of reversing some of the negative trends in the nation’s economy may be dimmed by the Federal Government’s inability to fix the problems that have bedevilled budget preparations.
In fact, some lawmakers have confirmed to The Guardian that not only has the much-anticipated resetting of the budget’s life cycle from January to December failed, the 2018 budget may not be passed in the first quarter of the new year.

Citing serious cases of lack of co-ordination and incompetence in the executive, the senators were frank about the fact that until a more pro-active approach was applied to budget planning, the nation’s budget woes would continue.

Already, the Senate has mooted the idea of extending the life cycle of the 2017 budget to March 2018, to allow the executive cover enough grounds in its implementation particularly in terms of capital projects.

The plan would also afford the National Assembly enough time to do a sector-by-sector consideration of the 2018 budget proposal. The Upper Legislative Chamber is still observing its End of Year and Christmas recess, and would resume plenary on January 16.

A member of the Senate Appropriation Committee, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, disclosed in a brief interview that so far, not much work has been done on the budget proposal because what the Presidency submitted last October as 2018 budget estimates grossly fell short of every standard expected of such a document across the world.

He lamented that the two-week plenary-free budget consideration period that the Senate gave all lawmakers and committees, between December 5 and 19, only served the purpose of exposing the weaknesses and failures of government in implementing the 2017 budget.
Violence mars Delta council poll

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Widespread violence characterised yesterday’s council poll in Delta State, but Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Aniocha North local councils were the main theatres of war.

While the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) office in Ughelli North Local Council was razed down by armed gunmen, who also shot at several persons, Aniocha North Local Council, hometown of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, witnessed a bloody conflict, which led to the death of an ad hoc official of DSIEC.

The mob, mostly members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), allegedly torched the DSIEC office after the electoral officer posted to the area disclosed that he forgot the results sheets in Asaba, the state capital, promising that he would explore ways of making it available before the exercise was concluded.

The mob was peeved that result sheets did not come with the other electoral materials, saying it was a ploy to rig the election in the council.
Around 8:47 a.m., and in the presence of security agents, the mob shot sporadically before setting the DSIEC office on fire, while also alleging that 90 per cent of the returning officers in the exercise were card-carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

They equally descended on the electoral officers and thereafter destroyed ballot boxes and papers. Consequently, no election was held in Ughelli North.

According to a member of the civil society groups that monitored the election, Mr. Franklin Oseya, “As the convener of Action 2019, I was on ground at Ughelli where the DSIEC office opposite the police station was razed down by youths suspected to be APC loyalists. Their grouse was that DSIEC has colluded with some interests to rig the election in favour of the PDP.

Many shades of Calabar Carnival 2017
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Since 2004 when former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Etim Duke, introduced the Calabar Carnival, as part of activities to mark Christmas celebrations, the quality of the celebration in the state has dramatically changed. And from its humble beginning, it has now become an international event, which several countries take part in.
Hitherto, the state used to package it as a month-long event, which usually begins from December 1st, with the switching on of the Christmas tree. On the timetable, the needs of locals and tourists were adequately served.
When Senator Liyel Imoke took over in 2007, he sustained the tempo and even introduced the mountain race, which boosted the celebrations, and attracted tourists and elite athletes to the state.

However, since Senator Ben Ayade mounted the saddle as governor, he shrank the hitherto month-long festivities to just two week, and without a detailed timetable as was the case.

The 2017 edition, with the theme “Migration,” did not start with the usual tree-lighting, but the Christmas Village at Calabar Municipal Council was in place right from December 1, and thousands had fun buying and selling.

Other events that were part of this year’s celebration were the display of major Cross River State and some African cuisines, which was coordinated by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa. There was also the Calabar Carnival Bikers Parade, and motor race, which featured exotic cars; Miss Africa Beauty Pageant; the main carnival float and the international carnival, as well as, old people’s beauty contest.

Ayade and Duke wowed the crowd with their exotic bikes in the bikers’ parade, which featured over 250 bikers from Nigeria, Togo and Morocco, on December 27. Showboating Ayade participated with his Red Scorpio Tricycle, after displaying his vintage convertible car.

Nigeria's killing fields get bloodier
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
With the grim news of organised massacres popping up in many parts of the country, and the gory sights of decapitated bodies, which are now commonplace...
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Fulani herdsmen do not have monopoly of violence, says Ortom
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Before the harvest of deaths on New Year's day in Benue State, where Fulani herdsmen killed about 50 people...
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Muslim scholars advocate fair representation of Islam in media
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Muslim scholars have urged media organisations to ensure fair reportage of issues that concern Islam and Muslims in the country.
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Alkali's tale of love and politics in Invisible Borders
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Prof. Zaynab Alkali is northern Nigeria's best known female novelist. She is best known for her first book, Still Born that established...
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Tragic story of slave man, Benga, on canvas at Tokunbo
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Remember the 19th century Congolese slave, Ota Benga, who was shown at an exposition and a zoo in U.S' His tragic memory is being revisited in Lagos at a group art exhibition titled Tokunbo...
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Catholic Knights lament declining family values
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
As call for greater integration of youth into leadership positions continues to gather momentum, the Acting Supreme Knight of the Order of St. Mulumba Nigeria, Bro. Diamond Ovueraye...
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CISLAC lauds UNICEF for renovating health facility
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has commended the ongoing effort by the Kano State government, in collaboration with United Nations Children's Fund...
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How to stay healthy in dry season
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
No doubt at this dry season there is scorching hot weather, warm or even hot night, dry, dusty air and absence of rainfall are some of the signs of the dry weather this time of the year.
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Group trains doctors on laparoscopic surgery
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
A three-day workshop on minimally invasive surgery has been organised by the Women's Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) for Nigerian doctors.
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Nigeria has no business funding pilgrimages, says lawyer
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
A lawyer, Mr. Leonard Anyogo, has called on federal and state governments to stop using public funds to finance pilgrimages.
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Kwara government to jail child traffickers
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Kwara State government has warned that jail terms await any person caught engaging in child trafficking in the state.
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Firdaus Amasa awaits Reps resolution of hijab controversy before legal action
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Law School graduate denied access to the call to bar ceremony, Miss Firdaus Amasa, has said she would await the resolution of the Federal House of Representatives before taking any legal action.
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