NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 17 May, 2018.

Thu, 17 May 2018
The two chambers of the National Assembly, yesterday, passed the 2018 budget totaling N9.120, 334,988,225.The budget is over N500 billion higher than the N8.612 trillion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari to the joint session of the Assembly last year.The Chairman, Senate Appropriation Committee, Danjuma Goje, said:”The increase was done after close consultation with the executive.”

In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki called for immediate implementation “so that our people will begin to benefit from the objective of the budget and the opportunities it offers.”House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara also urged the executive arm of government to ensure expeditious implementation of the budget.

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing received N682,959,550,242; Ministry of Transportation, N251,420,000.000; Ministry of Defence, N157,715,439.613; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, N149,198,139.0 37; Ministry of Water Resources, N147,199,614,645; and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, N105,156,176,854.Ministry of Education got N102,907,290,833; Ministry of Health, N86,482,848,198; Ministry of Environment, N17,492,955,833; and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, N58,082,611,977.

The Federal Government’s special intervention programme got N150,000,000,000; grants and donor funded projects, N169,919,791,292; and zonal intervention projects, N100,000,000. The National Assembly, the National Judicial Council, the Universal Basic Education and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) also got approval for statutory transfer worth N139,500,000,000; N109,063,630,546; and N81,882,555,891.

Nigerians, meanwhile, have been reacting to the passage of the budget.The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Oluremi Tinubu, expressed concern over the low allocation to environment, saying the amount cannot tackle the Ogoni cleanup.She spoke at the fifth Impact Plan Retreat organised by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), yesterday, in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

The Registrar, Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), Dr. Chris Onalo, urged government to compensate for the delay in passing the budget by releasing funds for infrastructural development of key areas of the economy.He said: “We have put in a lot of years to nurture our democratic principle and it is important that the legislature and the executive put aside any form of personality consideration. It is quite clear that Nigerians should not be denied any form of economic prosperity. Nowhere in the world will Nigeria be congratulated for a budget that should have been passed early enough in the interest of the country.

“We are supposed to have 12 months to make good use of the budget. The delay means that Nigeria has been unfortunately tied down and moved out of economic activities during the time the budget was delayed.”The President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Babatunde Ruwase, regretted the delay. He said the risk is that recurrent spending will be fully implemented while capital projects suffer implementation deficiency.

He said: “The delay has implications for planning in both the public and private sectors of the economy. Strategic planning for many organisations takes a cue from the budget structure and the policies that come with it. To the extent that the budget is not in place, uncertainty and associated business risks in the economy are heightened. This is surely not good for investors’ confidence, either from a foreign investor’s perspective or from domestic investors’ standpoint.”

He added: “There is the need for better communication between the National Assembly and the executive arm of government. They need to be on the same page with regard to the fundamental principles of the budget. It is also necessary to clearly define the boundaries of responsibilities between the executive and legislature in budgetary appropriations, to avoid the recurring problem of delays.”

On his part, the President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Jacobs, noted: “We are happy the budget is passed. That means funds would be made available while the buying power of consumers may likely improve. This would also translate to improvement in production and sales by the productive sector of the economy. In all, it is a good one for the economy as a whole.”

Meanwhile, the harmonised Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) approved by the National Assembly March 28, is yet to reach Buhari’s desk for assent, the Presidency said yesterday.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, in a statement said his findings revealed the bill is still undergoing standard operating legislative processes preparatory to being transmitted to the president.

Thu, 17 May 2018
Senate President Bukola Saraki has alleged a plot by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to implicate him in a criminal case. But the police yesterday warned the Senate President against undue intervention in its investigation of criminal offences.

As a result, the upper legislative chamber, yesterday, appointed a 10-man delegation to lodge a complaint with President Muhammadu Buhari.The development adds an intriguing twist to the ongoing face-off between the Senate and the IGP. The lawmakers had failed repeatedly to make the police boss appear to answer questions they said bordered on national security.

The planned interrogation, however, is coming at a time the police are prosecuting Senator Dino Melaye over alleged crimes.Saraki has in the past faced allegations of wrongdoings, which he always denied.


Following a closed-door meeting that lasted about an hour, the Senate president read a statement detailing the alleged plot and why the lawmakers must act fast to stop the “dangerous” situation.“My distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently. Last night, my state governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, revealed to me information at his disposal, that a group of suspects who had been in police cell for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the state law, based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Ministry of Justice, were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.”

He said: “According to the information available to the governor, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim, directed the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to immediately transfer the men to Force Headquarters. The plan, as the governor was made to understand is that, under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they had already made in Ilorin. They will then be made to implicate the Kwara State government, and in particular, myself, in their new statement.”

Saraki said the “plot is part of the strategy by IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office within and outside the country, and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy, based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.”He concluded: “I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you, my colleagues, 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.”

Thu, 17 May 2018
Nigeria’s oil and gas sector recorded total revenue of $4.29billion (N1.554trillion) from exports between January 2017 and January 2018.On a monthly basis, total export sale of $439.60million was recorded in January 2018, representing 1.79 per cent lower than the previous month.
  
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which made this known in its January financial report released recently, said total export receipt of $434.12million was recorded in January 2018 against $476.25million in December 2017.
  
It disclosed that contribution from crude oil amounted to $305.76 million while gas and miscellaneous receipt stood at $113.14million and $15.22million respectively. Of the export receipts, $106.68million was remitted to the Federation Account, while $327.44million was remitted to fund the Joint Venture (JV) cost recovery for January, to guarantee current and future production.

  
NNPC stated that the domestic crude oil and gas receipt during the month amounted to N111.74billion, consisting of N108.98billion from domestic crude oil, and N2.75billion from domestic gas.
  
It also revealed that the Corporation had signed two sets of alternative financing agreements with NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) JV, and NNPC/Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) JV on Joint Venture (JV) projects expected to generate incremental revenues of about $16billion within the assets’ life cycle.
These will engender a flurry of exploratory activities that would generate employment opportunities in the industry, boost gas supply to power, and rejuvenate Nigeria’s industrial capacity utilisation.
  
Meanwhile, the petrol distribution sector generated total revenues of N1.717trillion from the sale of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), from January 2017 to January 2018.This is even as products theft and vandalism, continued to destroy value, and put NNPC at a disadvantaged competitive position, as a total of 1336 vandalised points were recorded year-on-year to January 2018.
   
“The Corporation has also stepped up the resuscitation of some of its critical pipelines and depots such as the Ejigbo depot, the Atlas Cove-Mosimi Depot Pipeline, Port Harcourt Refinery-Aba Depot Pipeline, Kaduna–Kano Pipeline, and the Kano Depot, which have enhanced efficiency in products distribution.

Thu, 17 May 2018
The recent invasion of the hallowed Senate chamber by hoodlums who made away with the mace, personal legal battles and an atmosphere of siege created by some members' recent brushes with the police, are causing low plenary attendance at the National Assembly even when the 2018 budget proposals... 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The two chambers of the National Assembly, yesterday, passed the 2018 budget totaling N9.120, 334,988,225.The budget is over N500 billion higher than the N8.612 trillion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari to the joint session of the Assembly last year. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), yesterday said its Cash Transfer Programme (CTP), has increased enrolment and retention of girls in northern schools to a very significant extent.Education Specialist at UNICEF, Azuka Menkiti, who spoke in Sokoto at a two-day Media Dialogue on Educate-A-Child.. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The most unforgiving and at the same, the most forgiving people are Nigerians. The most criticised and abused position is that of the President of Nigeria. An angel from heaven needs only one day in the seat of the President of Nigeria to become Lucifer. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Rafael Nadal showed no signs of fatigue as he dismissed Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0 to advance to the third round of the on-going Rome Open Tennis Championship. However, Madrid finalist, Dominic Thiem was sent packing by Italy's Fabio Fognini in three sets 6/4, 1/6, 6/3. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Senate President Bukola Saraki has alleged a plot by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to implicate him in a criminal case. But the police yesterday warned the Senate President against undue intervention in its investigation of criminal offences. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Reacting to a media report on the refusal of an hospital to treat a victim who was shot and wounded by armed robbers, the police said it must be noted that doctors who do so are criminally liable on account of the provision of the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims Of Gunshot Act, 2017. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
As I mentioned in an earlier article on this subject, a lot of interest has been generated and people in different works of life have joined the bandwagon becoming practitioners of herbal medicine. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Lagos State Scout Councilhas inducted the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Opeyemi Oke, as president of the group.The induction ceremony was held at the conference room of the Ikeja High Court. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Al Ahly SC striker, Junior Ajayi, Manchester City loanee Olarenwaju Kayode, Malaga duo Isaac Success and Brown Ideye missed the cut for Nigeria's 30-man provisional World Cup roster, with manager Gernot Rohr opting to hand a maiden call-up to Crotone's Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Tetra Pak West Africa has confirmed the appointment of Oshiokamele Aruna as the new Managing Director of the company.The appointment of Mr. Aruna makes him the first Nigerian to attain the position in the history of Tetra Pak, the world's leading processing and packaging solutions provider. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has renewed its call for self- determination, restructuring and true federalism in the country. The IYC Chairman in Abuja, Ebizimor Preye, made the call in Abuja yesterday.He spoke at the 50th anniversary of their fallen hero, the late Major Isaac Adaka Boro. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Renowned professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Prof Samuel Nnamdi Obi, has said that infertile couples can now bear children despite their medical challenges through the application of the assisted reproductive technology, ART. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
A Northeast Stakeholders' Forum has urged the Federal Government to adopt African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in the area.According to the forum, it was necessary for the effective monitoring of economic growth and development. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Unilever Nigeria, Ghana CEO, Yaw Nsarkoh, has confirmed his participation in the forthcoming annual MARKETING EDGE National Marketing Summit.Nsarkoh, who is globally reckoned for his thought-leadership credentials in the areas of marketing and capacity management will be guest speaker at the annual event. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and Camerounian Defense Forces yesterday killed 15 terrorists while clearing remnants of insurgents on Lake Chad Islands of Borno State.Spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement released Wednesday... 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Lagos State Government has said that it will deliver 14,187 housing units across the state in the next two yearsthrough joint venture partnership.The Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, stated this at the ongoing 2018 ministerial press briefing to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode... 
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