Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 10 January, 2018.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Knocks await the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday, next week, when the House of Representatives reconvenes. The Maikanti Baru-led agency will be pummelled for illegally subsidising the pump price of fuel at billions of naira. Speaker Yakubu Dogara has reportedly been briefed already about the decisive session.

“Definitely, the House would bring it up and I am sure we are going to deal with that because it is wrong to do so without appropriation. That is the impunity we talk about. They cannot be the executive and at the same time discharge the duties of the legislature. Everybody has his own area of jurisdiction,” Comrade Akinlaja Joseph (PDP, Ondo East/West) told reporters yesterday at the National Assembly Complex.

The lawmaker, who was the General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), reiterated the desire of the House to ensure the passage into law of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) before the eighth Assembly winds up in June next year.

He stressed that the passage of the bill and the establishment of additional refineries remained the realistic solution to the nation’s perennial fuel scarcity.

“It is a shame that we are importing fuel. Every committee has always assured government. But they always give dates that fail. ‘By 2013, importation would stop.’ 2013 has come and gone. Then there was 2017. Now, we have another benchmark, 2019, which we are looking up to. But the situation on ground at the four refineries does not show that the target would be met,” he said.

On the position of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, on differential in prices of fuel in the petroleum downstream sector, Joseph said: “I think he wants to smuggle deregulation through the back door. I am confused myself because a government says don’t sell petrol beyond N145 per litre and the same government says landing cost is N171.

“Which magic do you want to apply to enforce N145, when you have said landing cost is N171 per litre and you are not asking for subsidy? That is why I said we would take it up immediately we resume. Which business model is that? Maybe, that is why some people are selling above the pump price. That cannot stand.”

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Herdsmen on Monday stormed a police camp at Awashuwa village in Logo Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State, killing two personnel.

Sources disclosed that the assailants had struck the base earlier in the day but were repelled. They, however, regrouped in the evening and staged the fatal attack.

A policeman who survived the incident said the herdsmen swooped on the camp in large numbers, overpowering the officers. The inspector and a sergeant who were wounded later had their throats slit. The attackers also burnt some houses.

Another policeman who was seriously injured was stabilised at Anyii General Hospital before he was moved to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) in Makurdi.

The remains of the deceased policemen have been deposited at the mortuary in Makurdi.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abdul Gimba, during an aerial surveillance operation, was said to have made a stopover at Awashuwa while the corpses were being evacuated.

“Our men came under attack at Awashuwa. They were ambushed by herdsmen who had tried to attack them earlier in the day but were repelled. Two of our men were killed and their rifles taken away,” a police spokesman confirmed, adding that a reinforcement from 13 Police Mobile Force had been sent to the area, led by Chief Superintendent Abubakar Gimba.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to relocate to the state.

On Monday, Buhari ordered the police boss to relocate immediately, with a mandate to “restore law and order, prevent further loss of life and forestall the crisis from escalating.”

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Federal Government and the Akwa Ibom State Government have reached a critical milestone in the implementation of the Ibom Deep Seaport (IDSP) project.

Indeed, the procurement process for the project has commenced as the operators of the project begins to shop for reputable private sector port developer for the development of the deep seaport in partnership with the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Federal Government.

Ibom deep seaport is designed for very large vessels, vessels that can load over 13,000 containers in one voyage. It will be a transshipment port as smaller vessels will re-distribute cargo from the mega vessels to sea ports, river ports closer to the consignees in Nigeria and West & Central Africa region.

The operators, in a statement to The Guardian, said the procurement process for the IDSP project would commence in January 2018 with Request for Qualification (RFQ) from reputable private sector operators.

According to the statement, the project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) infrastructure initiatives which provides unique investment opportunities for international seaport developers/operators/investors as well as its potential for driving inclusive economic growth in Nigeria.

The 2,565 hectares greenfield port area is designed for New Panamax Class vessels with channel (18.24m); turning basin and berth depth (16.72m) and quay length of about 7.5 km.

When fully developed, the container terminals, according to the handlers, would be able to accommodate up to 13 New Panamax Class container vessels and two very large feeder vessels.

“The IDSP is positioned to offer a value proposition superior to other seaports in the region. Available data indicates that the various seaports currently serving the West and Central African sub-region are reaching saturation and the need for viable alternatives has become critical for major shipping lines sailing these routes.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
A member of the National Assembly and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Interior, Mr. Jagaba Adams Jagaba, has declared the end... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
A charity organization and initiative of Otres Restaurant, Heart2feed, recently put smiles on the faces of more than 800 children of Ajegunle community by feeding them in the spirit of love and season of sharing. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has directed 42 tertiary institutions that charged more than the N2,000 official fee for post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) test to refund the excess payment. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has cautioned against division in the Ijaw National Congress (IYC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Foremost 4G LTE and Internet Service Provider, Spectranet, has been recognised as the leading ISP of the Internet broadband market in Nigeria. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has ordered vendors of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to display their Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) on their invoices before payments are effected. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member has been shot dead in Akwa Ibom State, the police have said. A statement issued on Monday by the police... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has raised the alarm over the existence of several twitter handles purportedly owned by the governor of the bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Taking paracetamol during pregnancy may impair the future fertility of female offspring, according to a review published in Endocrine Connections. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
TheDynamic Spectrum Alliance(DSA) has announced the publication of new model rules for TV White Space (TVWS)technology. 
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