* Oil workers threaten nationwide strike from Dec. 18 (Punch) * Boko Haram threat to bomb Abuja, other Cities real, warn Police (Thisday)

* Oil workers threaten nationwide strike from Dec. 18 (Punch)        * Boko Haram threat to bomb Abuja, other Cities real, warn Police (Thisday)



Oil workers threaten nationwide strike from Dec. 18 (Punch)

Barely 24 hours after oil workers under the aegis of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, suspended the plan to withdraw their services, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Thursday threatened to embark on a nationwide strike. Last week, IPMAN, Lagos Chapter, accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of under-supplying its members with petrol, threatening that its members in Lagos and parts of Ogun State might be forced to shut their filling stations by December 11. Read more

Boko Haram threat to bomb Abuja, other Cities real, warn Police (Thisday)

The Nigerian Police thursday said the threat by Boko Haram to bomb Abuja, the nation’s capital, and other states was real, reinforcing the warning issued by the British and American governments at the weekend that the Islamic sect was planning to strike the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Accordingly, the police warned against any form of complacency among the security agencies, stating that it would remain vigilant as far as the threat was concerned. Read more

Christmas: Lagos okays sale of Lake Rice (Punch)

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said a large number of bags of LAKE Rice had been approved for sale. The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, explained in Ikeja that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who facilitated the availability of the product of partnership between Lagos and Kebbi states, had ordered a fair distribution of the rice across the state. Read more

No to sale of national assets (SUN)

The Federal Government has resolved to sell some national assets to fund the 2018-2020 budgets. Mr. Ben Akabueze, Director-General of the Budget Office, who made the plan public, listed the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos, the National Parks and the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs) scattered all over the country, among the assets slated for sale. This plan may look good on its face value, given Nigeria’s long history of poor budget financing and its debilitating effects on national development, but the overall implications of the sale of these assets for the economy and our national pride are unquantifiable. Read more

We recommended Justice Ademola’s sacking to Buhari – NJC …says judge’s resignation, an after thought (Punch)

The National Judicial Council said on Thursday that it had recommended Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Segun Tokode, both of the Federal High Court for compulsory retirement over acts of misconduct. This was despite that Justice Ademola claimed to have voluntarily resigned on Wednesday. A statement by NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said on Thursday that the council at its meeting on Wednesday recommended the two judges to President Muhammadu Buhari for compulsory retirement. Read more

Buhari: looters won’t return to power in 2019 (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged those who want to contest against him in 2019 to an integrity test. Speaking at an interactive session with community leaders and stakeholders at the Coronation Hall of the Kano Government House to round off his two-day visit to the state, he said Nigerians would not let  treasury looters return to power. He said: “Those who ruled Nigeria without vision and looted the nation’s treasury are the same people boasting that they will displace the APC government and return to office. Read more

You’re not weaker sex, ex-Zimbabwean VP, ex-Liberian first lady, Govs. tell women (ThisDay)

Former Zimbabwean Vice President, Dr. Joice Mujuru, and a former First Lady of Liberia, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, have urged women to brace themselves up for top political and corporate leadership role instead of resigning to the fate of the weaker sex tag. The two leading African women were the special guests of honour at the opening of the 2017 National Women’s Summit held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, last Wednesday. Read more

FG commences partial commercialization of NIPOST (Vanguard)

The Federal Government,  yesterday, commenced the much awaited modernization and restructuring of the Nigerian Postal Services, NIPOST with the inauguration of a steering Committee and project delivery team for the sector. The partial commercialization is aimed at moving the organisation from its old postal operations to an ultimate agency responsive to modern global exigencies with some of its services reflecting policies and economic intervention of government for effective service delivery. Read more

FAAC: States to partake in reconciliation of NNPC figures (ThisDay)

The various states of the federation will now be part of the reconciliation team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation( NNPC) revenue for the federation account to avoid discrepancies . The Chairman, Commissioners of Finance Forum and Adamawa State Commissioner for Finance, Mallam Mahmoud Yunusa, who disclosed this, said the NNPC owned up to the shortfall in its account which culminated in the call-off of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting penultimate week. Read more

The comedic case of Rochas Okorocha (Guardian)

Owelle Rochas Okorocha exceeded himself in his comedic attitude towards governance this week. On Monday, the colourful governor of Imo State sworn in a large crowd of 28 commissioners and 27 local government caretaker committee chairmen. No, there is nothing wrong with that. Here is the shock in his Monday outing. Okorocha created a strange ministry called Ministry of Happiness and Couple’s Fulfilment, to which he promptly appointed his sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo, as the commissioner in-charge. Read more

LASG promises more projects in 2018 (Punch)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said he would implement more projects in 2018 aimed at making life comfortable for investors and residents. The governor, who spoke in Alausa, Ikeja, at the grand finale of 2017 Community Day with the theme, ‘Community Affinity: Aligning Lagos Communities with Private Sector,’ said his administration’s aim was to transform and secure the future of the state. Read more

11 persons hospitalised as Cholera hits Anambra (ThisDay)

Eleven persons have been hospitalised in Anambra State following the outbreak of cholera in Inoma community in Anambra West Local Government Area. The state Ministry of Health Thisday gathered, has deployed a rapid response team to assess reported cases of a cholera outbreak in the state. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Akabuike, in a statement issued in Awka, the state capital, by the state Ministry of Information, said: “The team was dispatched by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike.” Read more

Suspect commits suicide in Court (ThisDay)

A suspect, one Wasiu Alowonle, thursday jumped to his death at the premises of the Ogba Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, where he was brought for the continuation of his trial. Alowonle was said to have been arraigned before the court by the police for theft. When his case was adjourned, he was taken to the Kirikiri Minimum Security Prison in Lagos, pending his next court appearance before Magistrate O.I Raji. But when he was brought by the prison officials to the Ogba Magistrate’s Court 20 to face trial for his charges thursday, he jumped through the open window of the three-storey building. Read more

Edo FA lists 35 for awards (Punch)

No fewer than 35 sportsmen and women will be honoured at the  3rd Edo State Football Association Awards. Chairman of Edo FA, Mr. Frank Ilaboya, told The Punch on Thursday that the annual ceremony scheduled for December 22 would feature 10 award categories at Imaguero College, Benin. IIaboya, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone,  listed the categories for both male and female to include the Footballer of the Year (male and female), Coach of the Year and Referee of the Year. Read more

Nigeria win more medals in Mexico (Punch)

Olaitan Ibrahim, Omolayo Bose and  Ndidi Nwosu on Thursday added to Nigeria’s medal haul at the World Para-Powerlifting Championships in Mexico. Olaitan lifted 110kg to win silver in the women’s +67kg while Omolayo lifted 129kg in the women’s +79kg to win silver as well.  Rio 2016 Paralympics gold medallist Nwosu lifted 120kg to win bronze in the women’s +73kg earlier on Thursday. Read more

Guardiola praises Nigerian-born defender (Punch)

Pep Guardiola says he is delighted with the performances of his young players despite Manchester City suffering their first defeat of the season, ESPNFC reports. City were beaten 2-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine although they were already assured of a place in the last 16 as top seeds after winning their opening five matches. The City boss made seven changes from the team that beat West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday, including a full debut for 17-year-old Phil Foden, who became the youngest ever Englishman to start a Champions League game. Read more

Kaduk Travels accredited as official travel agent for 2018 World Cup (Tribune)

In its second year in the travel business in Nigeria, the management of Kaduk Travels and Tours has continued to celebrate new openings as one of the genuine stakeholders offering innovative travel experiences and packages to its customers. During his recent visit to the World Travel Market (WTM) in Excel, London, the MD/CEO Kaduk Travels and Tours, Mr Kolawole Arogundade, who made is debut to the travel market disclosed to Travelpulse&MICE that the platform was a springboard for his company in the travel business. Read more

I want seven Ballons d’Or – Ronaldo (Punch)

For much of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career, he has been in direct competition with Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, both for club and individual honours, so it’s fitting that the Real Madrid superstar has the same number of Ballon d’Or awards. Ronaldo beat Messi and seven of his Champions League-winning Real teammates on Thursday to claim the award for the second straight year and fifth time overall, drawing level with Messi and reaffirming his place as equal partner in the greatest player rivalry the game has ever seen. Read more

Ronaldo matches Messi with fifth ballon d’OR (Independent)

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid player was named winner of France Football’s prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting, while Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Read more

England’s Gareth Southgate already studying World Cup opponent Panama (Kwese.espn)

England manager Gareth Southgate has already started doing his homework on World Cup rivals Panama. Southgate said following the draw on Dec. 1 that he knew “a lot less about” Panama and Tunisia compared to his knowledge of group top seeds Belgium, who feature a host of Premier League stars. And in the week that has passed since England learned their Russia 2018 opponents, he has been checking out footage of the Panama team, who qualified from the CONCACAF region at the expense of sides including the United States. Read more

Ronaldo most important player in Real Madrid history, says Butragueno (Fourfourtwo)

Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in Real Madrid’s history alongside Alfredo Di Stefano, according to former striker Emilio Butragueno. Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer Ronaldo made more history on Thursday when he equalled Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or record of five awards. Ronaldo retained football’s most prestigious individual prize for the second year running, named France Football’s player of the year after guiding Madrid to LaLiga and Champions League glory in 2016-17, having also moved past 600 career goals. Read more

Malawi suffers blackouts as drought exposes 98% reliance on hydro power (guardian)

Large parts of Malawi have been plunged into darkness as water levels at the country’s main hydro power plant fell to critical levels due to a severe drought, according to its electricity company. The impoverished southern African country which relies on hydroelectricity has been hit by intermitted blackouts since last year, but the outages have recently worsened, lasting up to 25 hours. Read more

Parliament could pardon its dual citizens, committee hears (Guardian)

Parliament has the power to grant an “amnesty” to allow MPs to renounce foreign citizenship without going to the high court, a committee examining the citizenship crisis has heard. In a hearing in Canberra on Friday, the University of Queensland constitutional expert Graeme Orr proposed a political solution to the crisis that has seen nine senators and lower-house members quit or be ruled ineligible to sit in parliament. Read more

Blackwater founder Prince details meeting with Russian in Seychelles (Reuters)

Erik Prince, founder of military contractor Blackwater and a supporter of President Donald Trump, told U.S. lawmakers he had discussed U.S.-Russia relations during a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian business executive with ties to the Kremlin, but insisted they did not discuss sanctions. In a transcript released on Wednesday of Prince’s testimony last week to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Prince said he and Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, or RDIF, met for about half an hour in a bar at the suggestion of officials from the United Arab Emirates. Read more

Sadr: Muslims must liberate Jerusalem not fight each other (Memo)

The leader of the Sadrist Movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, condemned the US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy there. He called on Saudi Arabia to direct the Islamic alliance it leads to liberate Jerusalem. In a news conference he held in Najaf on Thursday in response to Trump’s decision, Al-Sadr said, “The declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of (Israel) came on the day of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and this constitutes a challenge for Muslims, and I hope Muslims can really understand that.” Read more

Barack Obama accused of comparing Donald Trump with Hitler (Telegraph)

Barack Obama urged Americans to defend democracy in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago in which he appeared to use the rise of Adolf Hitler as a warning against the rise of bigotry and nativism under President Donald Trump. Although he did not refer to Mr Trump by name, it brought accusations that a former president was comparing the current president with one of the most reviled leaders in history. In the speech on Tuesday, Mr Obama told his audience that the danger was of “grow[ing] complacent”, according to Crain’s Chicago Business newspaper. Read more


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