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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 17 October, 2017.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele Since assumption of office the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has re-invigorated and enhanced the internal working mechanisms of the Nigerian Army like never before, inspiring men and officers alike to professionally give allegiance, patriotism and loyalty to the country. As the country basks in the euphoria ...The post Buratai: Pacesetter and trail-blazer appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru (right), in a handshake with the Chairman, Petroleum Tankers Drivers branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Chief Otunba Oladiti, during a visit to the GMD, in Abuja at the weekend, while the President, Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhji Kassim ...The post NNPC GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru in a handshake with a member of NUPENG, Chief Otunba Oladiti during a visit to the GMD appeared first on 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Chairman of the occasion, Professor Sani Malami (right), and National President, Northern Bauchi Students and Youth Network, Comrade Suleman Gurai, during 2nd edition role of the Youth in Nigeria Politics sensitisation lectures, in Bauchi at the weekend Photo: Deji Yake/JAU/NAN The post Prof. Sani Malami and National President, Northern Bauchi Students and Youth Network during a lecture on role of the Youth in Nigeria Politics appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefi ele (left), and Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Ms. Christine Lagarde, during a live band musical concert at the 2017 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, in Washington at the weekend Photo: State House The post CBN Gov, Mr Godwin Emefiele and MD IMF, Ms. Christine Lagarde during a live band musical concert at the 2017 Annual Meetings of IMF appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Chairperson and President, Board of Trustees, Platinum Widows and Children Support Initiative, Justice Ajoke Adepoju (right), presenting a cheque to a widow, Suliat Adeagbo, during the inauguration of the board and maiden distribution of cheques to benefi ciaries, in Abuja at the weekend Photo: Johnson Udeani/JAU/NAN The post Chairperson and President, Board of Trustees, Platinum Widows and Children Support Initiative, Justice Ajoke Adepoju presenting a cheque to a widow appeared first on Bluep 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has warned federal government agencies, including the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) not to drag itself into the politics of 2019 general elections. A statement signed Monday in Abuja in reaction to media reports of sealing Intels, a company belonging to former ...The post APC leaders behind Intels sealing, chieftain cautions FIRS over 2019 politics appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Ju 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has reiterated his readiness towards protecting the right of the children in the society. To this end, Oba Adeyeye, Monday, cut his birthday cake with Children of Africa Leadership and Values Development Initiative (CALDEV). The CALDEV, a Non Governmental Organisation, was led by its president, ...The post Ooni celebrates birthday with children appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), has met with the management team of the Commission Electorale Independante of Cote d'Ivoire (CEI)) in Abidjan. A statement Monday by Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi stated that ECONEC President and Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu led the team. The Needs ...The post ECOWAS electoral group visits Cote d'Ivoire on NEEDS assessment appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The Students Union Government, SUG, of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, has called on the management of the institution to reinstate the recently suspended students with no condition attached. The SUG led by the president, Comrade Oyekan Ibukun, made the call in Osogbo, the state capital, during a press conference held at the ...The post OAU students says University lied, demand reinstatement of students appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has denied media reports that Africans will be given Visa on arrival in Nigeria, saying the federal government has not issued such a directive. In a statement signed Monday in Abuja, the NIS spokesman Sunday James, said though the African Union (AU) had advocated for a Single African Passport aimed ...The post No Visa on arrival for Africans, Immigration declares appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Former governor of Lagos state Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the incumbent governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi among other personalities have indicated interest to be part of the centenary celebrations of Okeho, a town in Kajola local government in Oyo state. Others expected at the occasion are: the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola ...The post Tinubu, Ajimobi, others for Okeho centenary celebrations appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Foremost Maritime lawyer and former President, Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba on Monday dragged the President Muhammadu Buhari before an Abuja Federal High Court in Abuja for allocating the position of the Minister of Petroleum to himself. Agbakoba, in his suit, wants the court to determine the constitutional qualification of the President to hold executive ...The post Agbakoba sues Buhari, asks Court to bar President from petroleum ministry appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The residence of the embattled Minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu in Abuja on Sunday evening caught fire. According toTheCable,Kachikwu was not at home when the incidence happened. It was reported that the fire started in his bedroom as a result of a suspected electrical fault to the air conditioners. Kachikwu has been ...The post Fire guts Ibe Kachikwus Abuja house appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Th e Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has lamented the continuous high cost of production, saying the cost of grains has risen to over 300% without commensurate increase in the end products. Th e association also called for the institutionalisation of egg a day per school in home grown school feeding program. Th e Director-General ...The post World Egg Day: PAN laments 300% increased production cost appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By John Oba, Abuja As Nigeria joins the World to celebrate the 2017 World Day, farmers have threatened to stop production by 2018 as a result of the low prices they are currently experiencing and unbridled importation of agric produces. Th e President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Architect Kabiru Ibrahim, stated ...The post World Food Day: We may stop production in 2018 if. ' AFAN appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Tope Sunday Abuja Indian motivational speaker, Dr Ram Vaidya, yesterday, asked Indians resident in Nigeria to instil the Indian core value system on their host community with a view to contributing to its development. Vaidya spoke at the Indian High Commission in Abuja, where he also called on the Indian community to ...The post Indian community partners Nigeria on value re-orientation appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Mohammed Yangida Lafia Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state over the weekend congratulates the state female team the Amazons for winning the 2016/2017 Nigerian Super 4 decided at the Sam Ogbemudia stadium in Benin, Edo-state. Al-Makura in a statement signed by his special Assistant media and publicity, Ahmed Tukur said that the ...The post Al-Makura congratulates Amazons for winning Super 4 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Akwa United have emerged as champions of the maiden AITEO Cup after claiming a 3-2 penalty win over Niger Tornadoes in Sunday's fi nal played at the Agege Stadium. Th e AITEO Cup was formerly the Federation Cup and Akwa United coincidentally won the competition in 2015. Sunday's game failed to provide the fi reworks ...The post Aiteo Cup: Akwa United kwa United are champions! appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
From left: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr. Clement Uwaifo, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Rebecca Moeti and Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, during a news conference by the WHO Regional Director on her visit to North-east, in Abuja at the weekend Photo: Johnson Udeani/ICE/NAN The post Mr. Clement Uwaifo, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Rebecca Moeti and Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, during a news conference by the WHO appeared first on Blueprint 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Chief of Army Staff , Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, signing the condolence register, while widow of the late Chief of Army Staff , Lt. Gen. Victor Malu, Mrs. Esther Malu, looks on at their Maitama residence in Abuja, yesterday Photo: Musa Umar Bologi The post Chief of Army Staff , Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai signing the condolence register, while widow of the late Chief of Army Staff , Lt. Gen. Victor Malu appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
It was sometime on September 5, 2009, and it's 8 years now, and even last month very little or next to nothing was heard about the man. While he was being laid to rest, Plateau state capital, Jos, played host to the launch of the rebranding programme at the zonal level. While that was happening, ...The post Brand Nigeria: Gani Fawehinmi and his shadow, By Prince Charles Dickson appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
From left: Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), FCT chapter, Dr. Tayo Haastrup, Director-General, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mr. Babatunde Irukera, and CPC Director of Administration, Aliyu Muhammad, during a visit by the NIPR executives to CPC headquarters, in Abuja at weekend Photo: Photo: Ayuba Raji The post ChairmanNIPR Dr. Tayo Haastrup and DG CPC during a visit by the NIPR executives to CPC headquarters appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday played host to former South Africa President, Th abo Mbeki, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. Th e ex-South African leader arrived in Abeokuta about 11 a.m. and was received by Obasanjo at the Legacy Resort Centre, located within the premises of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. Mbeki was thereafter taken ...The post Obasanjo hosts Thabo Mbeki in Abeokuta appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Elders of Bolo communities in Ogu/Bolo local government area of Rivers state, alleging fraud in the ongoing Ogoni oil spill clean-up, have dragged the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, and Shell ...The post Ogoni clean-up: Rivers community sues Kachikwu, Baru, Shell for N5bn appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja The Presidency has dismissed reports suggesting that the State House Medical Centre had received N11.01 billion as appropriation between 2015 and 2017, saying the clinic only got about N1,195,257,022 billion during the period under reference. This was contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Director (Information) at the Presidential ...The post State House Clinic received N1.2bn in 3 years ' Presidency appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Th e federal government through the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has sought the inclusion of Nigeria into Brazil More Food Programme, as a means to improving the nation's agriculture. Th e Minister stated this when he received the Brazil Minister of External Affairs, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, with his entourage in ...The post FG urges Brazil to include Nigeria in 'More Food' programme appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By John Oba Abuja As Nigeria joins the World to celebrate the 2017 World Day, farmers have threatened to stop production by 2018 as a result of the low prices they are currently experiencing and unbridled importation of agric produces. Th e President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Architect Kabiru Ibrahim, stated ...The post World Food Day: We may stop production in 2018 if. ' AFAN appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
As Nigeria joins other nations to celebrate the World Food Day (WFD), the federal government has said 6.5 million farmers have benefi ted from 25% input subsidy for fertiliser under the Growth Enhancement Scheme( GES). Th e Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made the revelation while briefi ng newsmen at the ...The post FG produces 25% input subsidy to 6.5m farmers ' Ogbeh appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Forte Oil Plc has recorded a profi t of N5.073 billion for the nine months fi nancial year ended September 30, 2017. Th e amount showed an increase of N2.277 billion or 81.44 per cent compared with N2. 796 billion reported December 31, 2017. Th e result the company submitted to Nigerian Stock Exchange showed ...The post Forte Oil records N5.073bn profi t in Q3 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By John Oba Abuja Governments both local and internationals donors have been accused of neglecting women farmers from getting the resources they need to feed their families and communities and adapt to climate change. A statement by Oxfam Nigeria on policies and public investments in six countries exposes a sham in the rhetoric and ...The post Govts, donors failing women farmers in climate change fight ' Oxfam appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The Chairman of Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST), Mr. Isaiah Idoko-Akoh has assured investors and other stakeholders in the nation's capital market of speedy resolutions of disputes and giving priority investors' interests. The IST was initially established under section 224 of the Investments and Securities Act (ISA) 1999 which has been repealed and replaced by ...The post IST assures on speedy resolution of market disputes appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Th e nations equity market week had volatile and mixed performance as the market closed on Friday in a positive trend, gaining N181 billion. Th e market which traded at N12.678 on Monday depreciated by N62 billion to close on Wednesday at N12.616 trillion. Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities ...The post Equity market closes higher gaining N181bn appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Over 8,000 unpaid textile workers in Kaduna have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately approve the agreement with Sur International Textiles. They also called for the release of federal governments counterpart fund for the company to commence production of military and paramilitary uniforms at KTL in Kaduna. Speaking ...The post Textile workers task Buhari on Turkish coy deal appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
As alternative energy fuels continue to attract more investors across the world, oil prices are poised to crash to just $10 per barrel, an expert has said. In an interview with CNBC at the weekend, Chief Executive of Longview Economics, Chris Watling, said the crash may be experienced over the next six to eight years. ...The post Alternative energy may force oil down to $10 pb, says expert appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state government has expressed its determination to sustain the priority it had accorded to routine immunisation exercise across all the 44 local government councils 'through the provision of eff ective cold chain system and the employment of health personnel. ' Speaking to newsmen in Kano yesterday on the SIPDs ...The post We've enhanced routine immunisation against killer diseases ' KNSG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Sokoto state Executive Council has approved the sum of N1. 5 billion for construction, rehabilitation and expansion of a number of rural roads across the state. Th is was contained in a statement issued in Sokoto yesterday by the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Malam Imam ...The post Sokoto spends N1.5bn on rural roads appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has relterated his administrations zero tolerance for corruption. According to him, his mantra on probity, accountability and transparency in governance is not negotiable. Speaking to newsmen at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on his decision to appoint six new commissioners in a ...The post Ganduje warns new commissioners on corruption appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has identifi ed inadequate funding as one of the challenges hindering security agencies in the country from eff ectively performing their duties. Dogara said this at the weekend at the opening of a two-day security retreat organised by the House Committee on Army in conjunction with a Germanbased ...The post Poor funding bane of security agencies 'Dogara appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Nigerian Air Force Officers' Wives Association (NAFOWA) has trained another batch of 150 trainees of its skill acquisition and vocational training programme in Bauchi, Bauchi state. The beneficiaries, according to NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore, Olatokunbo Adesanya said the trainees would undergo 10 weeks training in various vocational skills such as fashion designing, catering and confectioneries ...The post NAFOWA trains 150 widows, youths on skills acquisition appeared first on Blueprin 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Chief of Army Staff , Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that the Nigerian Army had keyed into all federal government fi nancial reforms in line with government directives. The army chief said this at the weekend in Lagos while inaugurating Headquarters of the Nigerian Army Finance Corps. ...The post Army in tandem with FG financial reforms ' Buratai appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state have commended the federal government for commencing the rehabilitation of the 41-kilometre OzallaAkpugo-AmagunzeIhuokpara-Nkomoro Ebonyi federal road. The road, earlier awarded in 2010, stopped due to poor funding, but was re-awarded by the present administration, following ...The post Ugwuanyi, Ekweremadu applaud FG on 41Km Enugu -Ebonyi Road appeared first on Blueprint - 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
A former governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, has backed the South-east to take a shot at the presidency in 2019. Musa, who spoke exclusively with Blueprint yesterday in Abuja, insisted that 'zoning is now legitimate in the country,' adding that though it was introduced by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ...The post 2019: Ex-Kaduna Gov Balarabe backs Igbo presidency appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Claims on social and conventional media that $25 billion worth of oil contracts were awarded by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) or that the amount is missing in the corporation are false, the Presidency said yesterday. A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on ...The post No award of $25bn contracts in NNPC ' FG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africas Development (NEPAD) Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, will today join other distinguished African and world leaders to attend this year's Africa Week, slated for the United Nations Headquarters in New York. A statement issued yesterday by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the chief executive officer ...The post United Nations to host Africa Week ' NEPAD appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By David Agba A former chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) Hamman Tukur, has said that the bail-out funds to state governments by the current administration have been altogether illegal. Tukur, who spoke to Economic Confidential in his office in Kaduna, queried the rationale for such disbursements, labelling it as ...The post Bail-out funds to states illegal ' Ex-RMAFC chief appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Plateau state has stated that it had arrested 350 unlicensed drivers during its special patrol on the highways in the state. The Sector Commander, Pat Emordi, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Jos. The Command had, on October 4, begun ...The post FRSC nabs 350 unlicensed drivers in Plateau appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
By Patrick Ahanor Benin City Troops of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army Benin participating in Operation Crocodile Smile II, have intercepted a thug boat with a barge laden with suspected illegally refi ned oil products. This was just as soldiers on routine patrol along Nana Creek, destroyed an illegal oil refi ning camp at ...The post 'Operation Crocodile Smile' intercepts 454,600 litres of illegal AGO appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
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