NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 17 May, 2017.

Thu, 17 May 2018
After six months of tinkering with this year’s budget estimates submitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari, the two chambers of the National Assembly concurrently passed the 2018 Appropriation Act yesterday. This has raised hopes of increased government spending and its concomitant effect on the economy. Immediate highlights are the raising of the oil price benchmark to $51 per barrel as against the $45 per barrel projected by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 7 last year, and the jerking up of the overall budget size from N8.612 trillion to N9.120 trillion. In passing the budget, the National Assembly stated that the decisions to raise the entire budget profile by N508 billion and the oil price bench mark by $6 were taken in collaboration with the executive arm. Also, the 2018 Appropriation is premised on production of 2.3 million barrels of oil per day and exchange rate of N305/$1. The federal lawmakers gave highlights of the increased aggregate expenditure of N9.120 trillion as N530, 421, 368,624 billion for statutory transfers as against the N456, 458, 654 , 074 earlier proposed, and N2,203, 835, 365, 699 trillion for debt service as against the N2,233, 835, 365, 699 earlier proposed. Others are N3, 512, 677, 902, 077 trillion for recurrent expenditure as against N3,494,277, 820, 219 trillion earlier proposed; N2,873, 400, 351, 825 trillion for capital expenditure as against N2, 427, 665, 113, 222 trillion earlier proposed, and N1, 954, 464, 993, 775 trillion for fiscal deficit. Specifically, the Appropriation committees of both chambers, in their separate reports that were adopted and passed, explained that the N508billion added to the N8.612 trillion presented to them in November last year arose from the addition of N46.72 billion to the security votes, N57.15 billion to health projection and N106.50 billion to power, works and housing estimates. Others are N15.70 billion added to budgetary votes for the education sector out of which N1 billion each was earmarked for the 12 federal universities established by the Jonathan administration for the provision of critical infrastructure and the rest for meal subsidy for Unity Schools. Also listed in the report were the N10 billion added to the judiciary votes and N44.20 billion added to the budgetary provisions of the NDDC. Generally, under statutory transfers, the National Assembly has the highest vote of N139.5 billion, which is N14 billion higher than the N125 billion allocated to it in the 2017 budget. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was allocated N45.5 billion; Universal Basic Education (UBE) got N109.063 billion while Public Complaints Commission got N7.480 billion, etc. Sectorally, the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has the highest vote of N682.309 billion, followed by the Ministry of Transportation with N251.420 billion. Others are N157.715 billion for Ministry of Defence; N149, 198 billion for Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and N147.200 billion for Ministry of Water Resources, etc. Payment for oil subsidy was not included in the budget; both chambers called on the executive to forward a supplementary budget for that purpose. In his remarks at the Senate session, Senate President Bukola Saraki said: “ We must appreciate now that the crude oil price is close to $80 (per barrel); a lot of Nigerians are expecting to see our Excess Crude Account to be on the rise, but if money is being used for subsidy at the end of the day, we will have it difficult to explain. That is why it is important that we capture this subsidy into the budget”. In passing the budget, the House of Representatives warned the executive arm of government to ensure that only funds appropriated in the 2018 budget are disbursed to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), and other organs of government.

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Senate yesterday mandated Senate President Bukola Saraki to lead a 10-man delegation to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged crackdown on Senators. Senate resolution followed the alarm raised by Saraki over alleged attempt by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him in a criminal matter. But in a swift reaction, the Nigeria Police Force refuted the allegation made by the Senate president, saying they are misleading and untrue. At plenary yesterday, Senators expressed their views on reported cases of police intimidation, threat and harassments for views being expressed on the floor of the Senate brought to their attention by some of their colleagues. Members of the 10-man delegation to meet with President Buhari are Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan; Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye; Minority Whip, Godswill Akpabio; Senators Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos); Raji Rasaki (APC-Ekiti), Aliyu Wammakko (APC-Sokoto), Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi), Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe) and Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa). It all began when Saraki told his colleagues that Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed, had drawn his attention to an alleged plan by the IGP to force some suspects to implicate him in a criminal matter. He said the governor of his home state informed him that some suspects who were arrested in Kwara for cultism were allegedly ordered by Idris to Abuja to force them into altering their statements. His words: “According to information available to the Governor, the Inspector General of Police directed the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to immediately transfer the men to the Force Headquarters “The plan as the Governor was made to understand is that under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements already made in Ilorin. They will be made to implicate the Kwara State Government and myself in particular in their new statement. “This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable Chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office. In my view, this plot is an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a Police State. “The tactics is aimed at turning the country into a state where top officials cannot be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities. “I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you, the entire country and the international community so that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitutes to our democracy”. Contributing, deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Na’ Allah said the matter should be treated with the seriousness it deserves because for the matter to come from the Chief Security Officer of Kwara State, it should be taken seriously.

Thu, 17 May 2018
A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday‎ stopped an alleged plan by the Nigerian Police Force to obtain a search warrant and execute same at the residences of River State governor, Nyesom Wike, in Abuja and other parts of the country. Specifically, the court headed by Justice Ahmed barred the Police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the State Security Service (SSS) from executing any search warrant at the å of Governor Wike. Wike had in a suit marked ABJ/FHC/CS/383/2017 filed on May 4, 2017 dragged the IGP, Police, EFCC and SSS (1st-4th defendants respectively) to court following alleged moves by the defendants to investigate him while in office as governor. Delivering his judgement on the matter, Justice Ahmed held that it was gratifying to note that parties are in agreement that the plaintiff cannot be investigated based on the provision of section 308(1) of 1999 Constitution (as amended), notwithstanding anything to the contrary. The judge held that a court process such as a search warrant could not be issued a governor who enjoys immunity under section 308 of the constitution. Justice Mohammed noted that the provisions stipulate that no civil or criminal proceedings shall be instituted against a person protected by section 308. Besides, he noted that the person covered by the provisions shall not be arrested and that any process of court requiring appearance of a person protected under the provisions shall not be applied. Justice Mohammed ruled that parties, in their submissions, lost the purport and intendment of section 308 (1) (c) of the constitution. He held that “a careful reading of section 308(1) (c) shows that the constitution has prohibited court process requiring appearance of a serving governor before any investigative panel”. Justice Mohammed stated that the argument of the Police and EFCC that Wike’s residence can be searched without his presence is untenable. The judge said it is wrong for the defendants to import meaning or interpretation not included in section 308 of the constitution by the draftsman. In dismissing the objection of the defendants to the suit, Justice Mohammed held that the court cannot go contrary to section 308 of the constitution because of the public policy principle, which is protected by the constitution itself. The judge further held that arguments of the 2nd and 3rd defendants that their enabling laws permit them to carry out investigations are untenable.

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Lagos State Government on Wednesday said its joint venture partnership in housing development across the state will deliver 14,187 housing units in the next two years. Commissioner for Housing, Prince Gbolahan Lawal who disclosed this at a ministerial press conference in Alausa, Lagos, said the joint venture partnership is under its housing programme tagged: []The post Lagos, Partners To Deliver 14,187 Housing Units appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPAhead the July 14 gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State , minister of Mines and steel, Kayode Fayemi has hinted that he will resign from the cabinet soon. Fayemi gave the hint to State House correspondents yesterday after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, alongside, Nassarawa State governor, Tanko Al- []The post I 'll Resign Soon ' Fayemi appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPPB) said it is working towards providing litter bins on the streets of the nation's capital, to avoid littering of refuse by residents and visitors. In an interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday, the head, department of environmental health and safety, of the board, Sanitarian Simeon Ajueyitsi, assured that before the end []The post AEPB To Provide Waste Bins On Abuja Streets appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPAfter six months of tinkering with this year's budget estimates submitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari, the two chambers of the National Assembly concurrently passed the 2018 Appropriation Act yesterday. This has raised hopes of increased government spending and its concomitant effect on the economy. Immediate highlights are the raising of the oil price []The post Hope Rises As NASS Finally Passes 2018 Budget appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPRecovered N16bn cash, assets The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has announced that it added a total of 7,969 verified civil service pensioners to its payroll within the year ended 2017 alone. Executive secretary of the Directorate, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, who made the disclosure yesterday also revealed that PTAD has so far recovered cash and []The post PTAD Adds 7,969 Verified Civil Service Pensioners To Payroll In 2017 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPGovernors have raised the alarm over claims by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the country consumes 65m litres of petrol daily. Speaking to State House correspondents yesterday after a meeting between some governors and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari said the governors were concerned about the discrepancies in figures []The post Govs Query NNPC's 65m Litres Per Day Consumption Claims appeared first on Leadership Newspa 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPDirector of Airport Operations, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu has said that the only way to achieve success in aviation is through team work Capt. Yadudu made the observation at the directorate of airport operations strategic management officers' retreat which took place in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State recently with the []The post Success In Aviation Is Achieved Only Through Team Work ' Yadudu appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Nigerian youths can be defined as talented, innovative, self reliant, hardworking, resilient, progressive and indomitable. The youths constitute about 50% of our nation's population. If you consider our estimated population to be close to 200 million then in actual numbers you are talking about 100 million individuals. In 2070, population is projected at 500 []The post Harnessing The Potential Of The Nigerian Youths appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThis week, top anti-corruption czars from Commonwealth Africa are in Abuja for the 8th high level conference of the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre (CAACC). The Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre or 'The Centre' as it is commonly known, is a non-profit organization launched on February 25, 2013, in Gaborone, Botswana, as a partnership between the Commonwealth []The post Growing Credits For Nigeria's Anti-graft War appeared first on Leadership Newspaper 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe unending rift between doctors and health workers is at the heart of the distraction and disruption that has characterised the Nigerian health sector. PATIENCE IVIE IHEJIRIKA writes on how government can end this and ensure stability in the sector. The end to incessant strike in the Nigeria health sector may not be in sight, []The post Ending Incessant Strikes In Health Sector appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPTwenty one senators, which represents about 21 per cent of the 109 lawmakers at the Upper legislative chamber, are currently facing criminal charges in the courts or are under intense investigation or interrogation by the security operatives or anti-graft agencies. The majority of the cases are related to allegations of corruption dogging them from their []The post 8th Senate And Harvest Of Corruption Cases appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe inability of proprietors of private tertiary institutions to strike a balance between qualitative education and profit has made private universities out of reach of Nigerian middle class. YUSUF BABALOLA writes The current state of the nation's education sector has been a source of concern to every stakeholder especially the federal government that recently mulled []The post Private Varsity: Striking Balance Between Profit, Qualitative Education appeared first on Leadership New 

Thu, 17 May 2018
LEADERSHIPMinister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun recently had an update with the media on pressing issues bothering on the nation's economy recently, MARK ITSIBOR was there. Why do you think Nigerians should not continue to worry over the nation's rising debt stock' Nigeria's debt to GDP ratio is 20 per cent. It's one of the []The post A Lot Of High Networth Nigerians Still Evade Taxes ' Adeosun appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
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