* Dangote, others donate N300m at Dogara’s 50th birthday ceremony (Punch) * Fuel queues reduce in Lagos, Ibadan (Nation)

*   Dangote, others donate N300m at Dogara’s 50th birthday ceremony (Punch)     *       Fuel queues reduce in Lagos, Ibadan (Nation)


Dangote, others donate N300m at Dogara’s 50th birthday ceremony (Punch)

Drama ensued on Tuesday when the Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, challenged the Governor of Sokoto State, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, to tell Nigerians the exact role he played in the emergence of his successor, Mr. Yakubu Dogara. Gbajabiamila was speaking in Abuja at an event to mark Dogara’s 50th birthday and the unveiling of a book, titled,  Dogara: A Real Made Flint. Read more

Fuel queues reduce in Lagos, Ibadan (Nation)

Fuel marketers raised the alarm yesterday – depots are empty. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has promised to flood depots with petrol but the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) said the corporation was yet  to send petrol to its members’ depots. The scarcity subsided yesterday in Lagos and Ibadan, with more filling stations selling petrol at the officials N145 per litre. Read more

Patience Jonathan’s $15m: EFCC urges court to ignore firms (Nation)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to refuse an application by four companies praying to reverse their guilty plea to laundering $15,591,700. In its counter-affidavit deposed to by an investigating officer Musbhau Yahaya, the commission said the application was an abuse of court process, and that the judge cannot be asked to overrule himself. Read more

Fashion designers record high patronage (Punch)

It was gathered on Tuesday that there had been high demand for new dresses for the festivities. Most of the fashion designers acknowledged high patronage of their services. Mr. Edwin Eze, a fashion designer at Uwani axis of Enugu, said, “Since the first week of December, I have been sleeping in my shop so as not to disappoint my customers. Read more

Facts about $1b security vote distorted, says Federal Govt (Nation)

Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed has shed light on the approval of $1 billion by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to fight insecurity nationwide. He said the money was approved to assist the military in tackling serious security challenges, including the Boko Haram insurgency, illegal oil bunkering, kidnaping and cattle rustling. Read more

Peaceful celebration in Plateau  (Punch)

The Plateau State Police Command on Tuesday said that Christmas celebration in the state was peaceful and devoid of any security threat. Its Public Relations Officer, Terna Tyopev, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that the celebration was also crime-free. The command had earlier said that it had put in place adequate security measures to prevent crime before, during and after the Yuletide. Read more

Buhari raises 17-man fact-finding mission for Libyan returnees (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari has set up a 17-man fact-finding mission to bring back Nigerians trapped in Libya. The team may also open talks with Libyan authorities on how to stop the exodus of Nigerians to the Arab country. The panel has 38 days  to evacuate all Nigerians trapped in Libya.The team, which will leave for Tripoli immediately, collaborating with the Nigerian mission in Libya. Read more

Fun, show of force as Buratai, troops celebrate Christmas in Gwoza (Punch)

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said he celebrated Christmas with troops in Gwoza to attest to the success so far recorded in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the North-East. Buratai, who spoke at Gwoza, the headquarters of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, also said the celebration demonstrated the resilience of the Nigerian Army in the operations. Read more

DPR gives free petrol in Abuja (Nation)

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday sealed a filling station in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, for allegedly selling petrol above N145 and gave out the product free to motorists. The Abuja Zonal Operations Controller of the department, Mr Mohammed Abba, said the report about the station, Khalif Civic Oil and Investment Limited, was got from a tip-off. Read more

How stigma, govt policies cause 60,000 HIV births annually (Punch)

The story of Mrs. Martina Solomon, perhaps, explains why Nigeria has become the country with the highest number of babies born with the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus in the world. The 34-year-old, who lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Mararba, a suburb of Nasarawa State inhabited mostly by low income earners, has lost three children to the disease. Read more

The twists and turns around 34-year-old Ajaokuta Steel Company (Nation)

With capacity to serve as stimulus to national development and economic boaster to industrial growth, the steel industry is said to be the backbone of any nation. Thus, the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State was envisaged to serve as the bedrock of Nigeria’s industrialisation. The idea of having a steel industry was conceived in 1958 by the Federal Government and the preliminary market studies were carried out. The studies were initially directed towards the feasibility of establishing Rolling Mills. Read more

Zenith Bank gets new directors (Punch)

The Board of Directors of Zenith Bank Plc has approved the appointment of Dr. Temitope Fasoranti and Mr. Dennis Olisa as executive directors of the bank with effect from December 29, 2017. The bank said that both appointments were consistent with its tradition and succession strategy of grooming leaders from within. Read more

Fuel scarcity: Aregbesola warns against hoarding (Nation)

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has warned petroleum marketers to desist from hoarding fuel, which has created artificial scarcity in the state and other parts of the country. Aregbesola noted that sharp and unethical practices had worsened the plight of residents and commuters travelling for the Yuletide. The governor said such attitude negates the Omoluabi ethos the state exemplifies. Read more

Petroleum explorationists’ body gets new president (Punch)

The Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists has announced the election of Mr. Andrew Ejayeriese as its new president following the end of the tenure of Mr. Abiodun Adesanya. NAPE said in a statement that Ejayeriese was sworn in as the 40th president at the 35th Annual International Conference of the association. Read more

‘We’ll build Lagos that works for all’ (Nation)

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has hailed residents for the support extended to his administration in 2017. He said this made achievements recorded in key sectors possible. The governor assured them that more projects would be implemented to make life comfortable for them in 2018. Ambode spoke yesterday at a special Christmas party organised by the government simultaneously in the 20 local government areas. Read more

Is proposal to sell National Arts Theatre, TBS appropriate? (Punch)

I do not support the sale of the National Arts Theatre and the TBS. These are national monuments and we should keep them as such. Not everything is about money; it does not make economic sense to sell these national assets. One is tempted to ask: When we have sold them as being contemplated, what do we want to do with the money? Are we going to keep on raking up money by selling national assets only for some looters to come in the nearest future, loot and share the money? Read more

Olukoya restates commitment to music education (Nation)

The General Overseer of The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, (MFM), Pastor Daniel Olukoya, has restated the commitment of the church to the promotion of quality music education. Pastor Odukoya made this known yesterday at the opening of the Mountain Top Conservatory of Music and Launching of Mountain Top Conservatory Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra held at the MFM, Grace Hall, Onike, Lagos. Read more

SNEPCo MD, other Shell workers bag NSE fellowship (Punch)

The Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, Bayo Ojulari, and three other senior engineers with Shell companies in Nigeria have been conferred with the fellowship of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the highest professional recognition in engineering practice in the country. Read more

Fun seekers troop to Badagry beach, others on Boxing Day (Nation)

The Suntan Beach in Badagry Lagos State recorded a large turnout of fun seekers on Boxing Day as holiday makers trooped to the seashore in continuation of the Christmas celebration. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited the beach reports that the shoreline was filled with revellers from different parts of Lagos State. The holiday makers said that they were at the beach to spend quality time with their families, friends and loved ones. Read more

Get used to drills, China tells Taiwan; Taipei says it seeks peace (Reuters)

Taiwan will gradually get used to Chinese air force drills that encircle the island, China said on Wednesday, while Taiwan’s premier reiterated the self-ruled island’s desire for peaceful relations with its giant neighbor. China considers democratic Taiwan to be its sacred territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring what it views as a wayward province under Chinese control. Read more

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Trump voter fraud panel (Reuters)

A U.S. appeals court in Washington on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision to allow President Donald Trump’s commission investigating voter fraud to request data on voter rolls from U.S. states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) watchdog group, which filed the lawsuit, did not have legal standing to seek to force the presidential commission to review privacy concerns before collecting individuals’ voter data. Read more


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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