NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 MARCH, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Tuesday, 20 March, 2017.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
About $3 billion was stolen in the Strategic Alliance Contracts with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian Production Development Company, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed. 
The amount, which represents almost a tenth of the nation’s reserves, was stolen during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, he said.

 
The Vice President spoke during the 7th Presidential Quarterly Business Forum for Private Sector Stakeholders which held at the Presidential Villa yesterday.  
“I’m sure many of us are familiar with the so called strategic alliance contracts with the NNPC and NDPC, the promoters of the companies made away with close to 3billion US dollars, almost a tenth of our reserves at one point! 
“There is no way if someone made away with that amount, a tenth of your reserves, that there won’t be a major economic shock! If we don’t deal with it and talk about it, how do we really discuss our economy in any real, honest way with a view to ensuring that these things do not happen again?”
He recalled that despite the record of high levels of oil prices in the last administration, very little was invested in infrastructure due to leakages.
Osinbajo stated: “This is the fundamental issue in our economy. Corruption affects everything.  It affects even judgement as to what sort of infrastructure to put in place or whether infrastructure will ever be complete. It is so fundamental that we can’t even think of our economy without thinking of what to do about it. 
“Sometimes, when we talk about our economy, we talk about the fact that we’ve relied on single commodity and that’s one of the reasons we’re where we’re. Yes, that’s quite true, but the fact is that proceeds from that single commodity were regularly hijacked consistently by a few. That’s really the problem. 
“If we had spent the proceeds from that single commodity the way we ought to, we wouldn’t be where we’re today. Most of the proceeds went to rent seekers in the industry.”
“When you consider that in 2014 as the minister of finance has said that oil price was an average of $110 a barrel and only N99 billion was spent on power, works and housing and when we talk about the economy, we talk as if these are normal by every standard. 
“Nobody should talk about the economy when you’ve this kind of huge leakages and huge corruption that completely makes nonsense of even what you’re allocating to capital projects.”
The vice president said the presentation of Minister of Finance showed that N14 billion was spent on agriculture and N15 billion on transportation between 2011 and 2014.
He said while the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan spent a total of N153 billion on infrastructure in those three years, N150 billion was shared in two weeks before the 2015 general elections.
According to the vice president, that kind of thing is completely incredible and does not happen anywhere else in the world. 
“And when we’re talking about the economy, we must simply understand that that is the problem. Today, with less revenue, we’ve increased capital funding by 400% as the minister has said, in power, works and housing, in defence, transportation, agriculture.
“If we want to do analysis in Nigeria, it’s either fraudulent or ignorance if we do not bring money that belongs to corruption into the mass. This is what distinguishes, in my own respectful view, this administration from the other. I can say that with what I’ve seen, if you’ve a president who is not corrupt, 50% of your financial problems are over. This is what I’ve seen; I can demonstrate it with facts and figures.
“If the president is corrupt, the entire financial system is compromised and that is what we’ve seen with the figures we have just seen. That is an absolutely important thing that we must take into account,” the vice president said.
He also said “in one single transaction, a few weeks to the 2015 elections, the sum of N100 billion and $289million were just fretted away by a few.”
The vice president said in a situation where corruption fights back both internally and externally, the government has to be steadfast and strategic to win the battle. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The police yesterday failed to commence leading evidence in the murder trial of Maryam Sanda following the decision of the first witness to leave the courtroom before he was called.
Police prosecutor, CSP James Idachaba told the court that at least two of the prosecution’s witnesses were in court and that he was ready to proceed with the hearing subject to the convenience of the court.

 
However, Maryam’s counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN) told the court of a pending application, which he said was seeking an order of the court to declare that the charge against the defendants was incompetent, null and void and as such should be quashed. He also asked the court through the application to order the police to grant the defendants “unhindered access to all materials relevant to the case.”
He listed the materials to include: the coroner’s report on the death of the deceased (Bilyamin Bello); original copies of all photographs taken during investigation; alleged weapons used in the commission of the alleged offence (knife and broken pieces of ceramic plates) and the clothes with blood stains. He said the defendants needed to call forensic experts to inspect these materials for preparation of their defence.
Idachaba however opposed the application, urging the court to dismiss it. He said the motion and the reliefs sought “Are hopelessly jaundiced and lack merit as they are only a ploy to delay the trial.”
Justice Yusuf Halilu however held that the court would reserve ruling on the application to be delivered at the end of the substantive matter. He thereafter called the prosecution to commence with the case by calling its first witness.
At this point, Idachaba announced the name of the witness as one Alhassan Abdulmumini but told the court that the witness, who had been in court when the matter started, was now nowhere to be found. He said it must have been because of the way the proceeding was going with the arguments for and against the defendants’ application.
Efforts to locate the witness by court officials, who went outside the courtroom to search for him proved abortive. The judge thereafter adjourned the case to April 19 and 20, but warned the prosecutor to be serious with the case, adding that it was improper for a witness to leave the courtroom when the court had not discharged such.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
A political group, APC Adalchi Forum, has faulted the one-year tenure extension granted to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Addressing newsmen after a meeting with APC executives from the 11 local government areas in Gombe State, leader of the group, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, said the forum was against the tenure elongation granted  to the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led NWC and the state working committees across the 36 states.

 
“Article 17 of the party’s constitution provides four-year tenure for its national and state executives, which is renewable for another four years,” he said.
Aliyu, a onetime gubernatorial candidate under the defunct CPC, therefore called for a new congress to elect new officials “as the tenure of the current executives has expired.”
He also alleged that some stalwarts of the APC in Gombe State had converted the party to personal property. “They are boasting that they can hire and fire any official that refused to be obedient to them,” he said.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The immediate past Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Hosea Ayoola Agboola, yesterday, said the role being played by the former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the PDP portends danger for the party ahead of the 2019 general elections. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Coalition of Registered Political Parties in Kwara State, yesterday, called on Senate President Bukola Saraki to intervene in the choice of governorship candidate in the state. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Secretary, Forum of States Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), yesterday, decried low participation of women in electoral process. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, on Monday said the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state is a "must-win" for the party and will deploy every available resources to ensure that the dream is realised. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Deputy Governor of Imo, Mr Eze Madumere, said he would pursue his governorship ambition to a logical conclusion in spite of opposition from the governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Coordinator, Satellite Town Development Department (STDD) ,Hon Ishako Tanko Yamawo has said the Apo-Karshi road has reached 50% completion and assured that the project will be completed before the end of the yearThe Public Relations Officer of the department, Meeme Felicia, in a statement, quoted the coordinator as saying the contractors on the project, will soon complete the road so as to ease the traffic gridlock along the Keffi-Nyanya-Karu corridor. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Throne Room parish of the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) has donated hand pump borehole, food items, medical facilities, clothes and other relief materials to Katampe II community of the FCT. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The chairman of Kuje area council, Alhaji Abdullahi D. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The natives of the FCT under the aegis of Abuja Indigenous Association (CAIA), have said they will not vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 polls if their stakeholders fail to channel their pressing problems to President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, has urged officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the area to arrest and prosecute anybody caught violating traffic rules and regulations. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Recently, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, led a team of over 30 journalists to Kebbi State to inspect the rice revolution in the state. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The cost of rice production went up significantly in the last two years, a recent survey released by the Federal Government has shown. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
One of worlds leading provider of credit ratings, S&P Global Ratings, has affirmed B/B ratings for Nigeria with a stable outlook. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has launched a nationwide television commercial to further equip subscribers against unsolicited text messages. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Despite the recent debt crisis that rocked the company, the Chief Executive Officer of 9mobile Nigeria Limited, Mr. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
A year-on-year analysis of the financial report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has shown sustained decline in the deficits recorded by the corporation. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development says any state government that bans miners from operating in its jurisdiction could lose its share of the 13 per cent mining derivation revenue. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Monday injected 210 million dollars into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market, in its bid to sustain liquidity in the foreign exchange market. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) on Monday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for listening to the concerns of airlines, manufacturers and the economic community by pausing to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) treaty due to be signed by African Heads of State in Kigali, Rwanda.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Fiorentina will rename their training ground after former captain Davide Astori, who died aged 31 earlier this month. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Mohamed Salahs four-goal haul for Liverpool on Saturday saw him take the lead in the race for the European Golden Shoe. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Amkar Perm star Brian Idowu has accepted an invitation to join the Nigerian national team for their friendlies against Poland (March 23) and Serbia (March 27). 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Salisu Yusuf, the Super Eagles Assistant Coach, has declared that Torino midfielder, Joel Obi, is fit to play for the senior national football team. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Luke Shaw is on the receiving end of yet another public tongue-bashing from Jose Mourinho. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Louis van Gaal has revealed how close he was to bringing Robert Lewandowski to Old Trafford when he was Manchester United boss. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Luke Shaw will head Jose Mourinhos summer clear-out after the Manchester United managers latest scathing criticism of the defender.
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