NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 7th October, 2017.


Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin Kebbi Determined to save lives of women and children, Kebbi state government, in partnership with UNICEF, has set up an emergency transport scheme for conveyance of pregnant women and children to hospitals and primary health care facilities in the 21 local government areas of the state. At the flag-off of ...The post Kebbi, UNICEF partner on women, children emergency transport appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Aideloje Ojo Minna Death toll in Tuesday's boat mishap which occurred in Mahuta riverrine community, in Agwara local government of Niger state has risen to 18 with their corpses also identified by their kit and kins. The State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) disclosed this in a press statement made available to newsmen in ...The post Niger boat mishap:Death toll now 18 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Abdullahi Muhammad Abuja Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has restated the readiness of the FCT Administration to combat rabies disease in the FCT. He made the disclosure at the flag off of the free anti rabies exercise that took place at the FCT Veterinary clinic. The event, which ...The post Bello urges residents to shun quack veterinarians appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Abubakar Labaran Kafanchan Three villages, Kajim, Mahuta and Randiyam, jointly called Kamara in Moroa'a chiefdom of Kaura local government area of Kaduna state, have pledged their unflinching support to the state government under the leadership of Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa'I and his deputy, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex. Addressing newsmen recently at the ...The post Kamara communities in Kaura pledge support for El-Rufai appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Abubakar Labaran Kafanchan Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Arc Barnabas Bala Bantex, has applauded the federal government and in particular the governors of the South-east for exhibiting what he described as 'high sense of maturity in handling of the sensitive issue of Biafra agitation' by the leader of the Indigenous people of ...The post Restructuring:Kaduna extols S/east govs on patriotism appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Controversy has trailed the alleged endorsement made by former President Ibrahim Babangida of the candidature of former Ogun state governor, Gbenga Daniel, for the office of National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A press statement sent to Premium Times alleged that the former president and ...The post PDP Chairmanship:Controversy trails IBB's endorsement of Gbenga Daniel appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, has expressed the determination of the state government to support agricultural development. Speaking at the Nigeria Yield Wise Stakeholders Convening meeting yesterday, Gawuna, who said agriculture was Governor Abdullahi Umar Gandujes major priority, explained that the objective ...The post Kano is committed to agric development 'Commissioner appeared first on Blueprint - For 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Donald Iorchir Kuje Area Council Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Danladi Galadima, has reaffirmed his commitment to peace and coexistence of all ethnic groups in the area, saying Nigeria's 57th independence passed quietly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) without ugly incidents. Galadima reassured residents that the unity of the country would continue to wax ...The post I'm committed to peace in Kuje' Chairman appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Donald Iorchir A cleric, Rev. Dr. Istifanus Koce, has advised political office holders to adopt equity and fairness in their relationship with their neighbours, in order to safeguard the fragile peace in the country. The senior Pastor of ECWA Good news, Area II, Kuje, FCT Abuja who stated this in an interview with ...The post Cleric urges politicians on equity, fairness appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Donald Lochir Abuja Chairperson of a socio-cultural organisation, the Iyihenegba Onohu, Egbura-Koto, in kuje Area Council, Mrs. Sa'adatu A. Mahmud, has advocated for unity and oneness of the people as a portent toll for growth and progress. She said her association's strength was anchored on unity, love and progress over the years, even ...The post Group canvasses peace, unity among Nigerians appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, yesterday, ordered that three men, who loitered at the Hill Top Garden, Abuja, be given six lashes of the cane. Daniel Lucky, Aliyu Ahmed and Badiru Lawal were arraigned for constituting 'nuisance' at a black spot. The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, warned them to desist from crime. Abubakar imposed ...The post Court orders 3 men whipped for loitering in Abuja appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, returned the criminal case file against former Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger state to acting Chief Judge, for re-assignment. In his ruling, Dimgba ordered that the case file be returned to the Acting Chief Judge of Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, for re-assignment to ...The post Judge Re-assigns ex-gov. Babangida Aliyu's case appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Baseline Quality Assessment Team, comprising officials from the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA), Borno state Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BPHDA) and four local government areas of Biu, Askira/Uba, Kaga and Magumeri, have embarked on physical/services assessment of public and private health facilities in the state. The team will benefit from ...The post LGAs benefit from NSHIP-AF scheme in Borno appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth a 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Chizoba Ogbche Abuja The Christian Care For Widows, Widowers, the Aged and Orphans (CCWA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), is to offer free medical outreach to widows, widowers and orphans as part of activities to mark its 25th anniversary. Addressing journalists on the forthcoming programme, yesterday in Abuja, President/Founder, CCWA, Professor E. Ajakaiye, said the ...The post CWA offers free medicals, trainings to mark 25th anniversary appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Ju 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Abdulrahman A. Abdulrauf Abuja A university don, Dr. Tunji Ogunyemi yesterday said majority tyranny in a democracy can only be halted through a system of proportional representation. According to him, effective distribution of resources can only be achieved where various geographical locations and ethnic groupings are rewarded on the strength of their contribution to ...The post Proportional representation way out of majority tyranny Don appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, revealed yesterday that 52, 311 children in the state were orphaned by Boko Haram insurgency in the North east zone of Nigeria. Shettima disclosed this in Maiduguri during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government, Fadama III and the World Bank. He also disclosed that ...The post Boko Haram: 52,311 Borno children now orphans ' Shettima appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Awka Former governor of the old Anambra state, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has urged the federal government to align with the growing calls for restructuring of the country rather than watch her disintegrate. The former governor, who spoke in Awka yesterday at the end of Anambra 2017 gubernatorial debate organised by Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), also ...The post Don't watch Nigeria disintegrate, Ezeife tells Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Joshua Egbodo Abuja House of Representatives has expressed concern over the deplorable state of Nigeria's foreign missions. To this end, the House has mandated its Committee on Foreign Affairs to conduct a stakeholders' public hearing on the matter, and report its findings back within eight weeks. Chairman of the committee, Nnena Elendu-Ukeje and 21 ...The post Reps worry over poor state of Nigeria's foreign missions appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Sam Obinna Ibe Umuahia Abia State Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon Chief Conatus Nwankpa, has said the party will provide a level playing ground for all contestants because it is rooted in ideology and not on impunity. APC chairman stated this at the party secretariat while interacting with journalists on the chances ...The post APC based on ideology ' Chair appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
The Labour Party (LP) in Osun State says its collaboration with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2018 governorship election is meant to oust the All Progressives Congress (APC) from government house. This is sequel rumoured planned merger with the PDP in a bid to forge a winning force against the ruling APC, ...The post Osun 2018: LP says PDP 'merger' to ouster APC appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Bayo Alabira Dutse The Jigawa State House of Assembly has demanded explanation from the state government over alleged illegal procurement of the school furniture, which the members said contravened the 2017 budget. The House also demanded to know the source of funding and the reasons for expending millions of naira without resorting to the ...The post Jigawa Assembly demands explanation on LGAs million naira contract appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
The match officials for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia have arrived in Uyo. The Super Eagles host Chipolopolo at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday with Nigeria and victory for Nigeria will guarantee a third straight FIFA World Cup participation. The match officials, led by Botswana's Joshua Bondo, ...The post Match officials land in Uyo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
After Nigeria's attainment of independence in 1960, we have had various industrial and economic development plans, designed for the purpose of transforming the country into an industrialized nation that would become a force to reckon with in the global economy. Sadly, despite the availability of the required natural resources, successive governments failed to make the ...The post Ajaokuta Steel and Nigeria's industrialization dream appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Apparently to maximize their time in Abuja, the visiting Zambian senior national team, the Chipolopolo trained yesterday morning (Thursday) in the nation's capital ahead of their same day flight to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital. The team which touched down in Nigeria's capital city on Wednesday checked into the hotel in Abuja and sensing ...The post Chipolopolo train in Abuja, leave for Uyo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday's session of the Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence. The court said such a move would be 'a breach of the constitution'. Earlier Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalonia's regional government against declaring independence after a disputed vote last Sunday. Catalan leader ...The post Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs' independence move appeared first on Blueprint 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Gbenga Jolaosho Good Morning, the much awaited finally debuted and riding the music scene like a colossus. The singer and song writer, Tay Agiri-Cole, says releasing Good Morning at this trying period when Nigerians are now more divided than ever before, relegating moral values to the background and hobnobbing vices that have made people ...The post Tay set to rule music scene with Good Morning appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Singer Davido has spoken out concerning the death of his friend Tagbo Umeike, who is an associate of actress Caroline Danjuma. Danjuma had accused the singer of being complicit in the circumstances that led to the death of Umeike in the wee hours of Tuesday, October 3, the deceased's birthday. TheCable Lifestyle had reached out ...The post God knows the truth, Davido says after being linked to friend's mysterious death appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Nigerian Singer Tiwa Savage has voiced her opinion on the topical issue of gender inequality. The Mavins/ROC signee, in a chat with BeatFM's 'The Midday Show with Toolz', said women have been stigmatised for too long in the society. 'You're wrong whether you're right or wrong in a situation, especially in the relationship. We've been ...The post Gender Equality:I don't think men and women are equal ' Tiwa Savage appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the Chief Judges of the States, and the Federal Capital Territory should be directed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria to issue Practice Directions to accelerate the determination of corruption cases. 'In addition, the Supreme Court (Criminal Appeals) Practice Directions 2013, Court of Appeal (Criminal Appeals) Practice Directions 2013, ...The post Fighting corruption, special court to the rescue' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Recently, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, influenced the appointment of a 15-man committee, headed by former President, Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, through the NJC, to try looters in special anti-corruption courts. TOPE SUNDAY, in this piece examines how far the committee can go in its mandate of fighting corruption ...The post Corruption: How far can Salami's c'ttee go' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Treble-winning coach Jupp Heynckes is set to take over at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for a fourth time, succeeding sacked Carlo Ancelotti, German media reported on Thursday. The 72-year-old Heynckes led Bayern to the domestic league and Cup double and the Champions League title in 2013 but then had to make way for Spaniard Pep ...The post Heynckes set to succeed Ancelotti appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Every single ethnic Uyghur must hand in any Islam-related items,' claims exile group Chinese authorities are ordering Muslims in the country to hand over their prayer mats and copies of the Quran or else face punishment, it has been reported. Officials in Xinjiang province have warned members of the Uyghur ethnic minority they must surrender ...The post Chinese govt orders Muslims to hand over Qurans or face 'harsh punishments' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Humanitarian organizations helping Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh said they need $434 million over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people, most of them children, in dire need of life-saving assistance. There are an estimated 809,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, more than half a ...The post Aid groups seek $434m for 1.2m fleeing Rohingya Muslims appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
The Las vegas shooting has once again brought to the fore the duplicity approach towards fighting the menace of crimes in the society. Over 58 people were killed and more than 500 others injured at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, after what the western media are now described as 'shooter' ...The post If Steve Paddock is named Abdullahi appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
For the third consecutive times within months in this year, the embattled National Chairman of Labour Party is facing sack threat from office. BODE OLAGOKE, in this piece takes a look at the arguments of concerned parties in the plot. Labour Party (LP) will be liken to a cat with nine lives if he eventually ...The post Labour Party: Can Abdulsalam survive the latest 'coup'' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Former Deputy Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Patrick Antigha Ene, declares that PDP will have fierce opposition from the APC in 2019, even as he says corruption led to the failed steel rolling mills and the suffering of Bakassi people. FRANCIS OGAR brings Excerpts. independence' Yes, we need to celebrate because we ...The post C/River 2019: It'll be neck-to-neck between PDP, APC ' Ex-dep speaker appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Francis Ogar CalabarCalabar You lead project, which is implemented by a Canadian non-governmental organization (NGO), CUSO International and funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada says it has trained over 5000 young men and women in Cross River state on entrepreneurship development. The NGO also said that, with the impact and ...The post Canadian NGO empowers 5000 Nigerians appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja As a precursor to exercise Crocodile Smile II, Headquarters 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, in conjunction with sister security agencies in Rivers state, is to conduct a joint multi-agency confidence building patrol within Port Harcourt metropolis day. Spokesperson of 6 Division, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in a statement said the ...The post Army, security agencies conduct patrol in Rivers today appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
With the responsibility of compliment funding for basic education in the country, UBEC has been alerting that some state governments are not accessing their funds. MARTIN PAUL writes. The disclosure Recently, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), at a forum with education editors, raised the alarm that state governments were lackadaisical in accessing the consolidated ...The post Plight of basic education amid UBEC's unaccessed funds appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Ju 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Troops of 151 and 202 Battalions of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, under Operation Lafiya Dole in furtherance of clearance and blockade Operation Deep Punch II in separate but well-coordinated attacks simultaneously on Wednesday, at about 10:00am laid ambush on unsuspecting Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) along Firgi-Pulka road in Bama Local Government ...The post Troops ambush B/Haram terrorists, recover weapons appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
It is beginning to dawn on Ibe Kachikwu, the Nigerian junior petroleum minister, how diminished he is. When I happened on the leaked memo he wrote to Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president, about the supposed misdemeanour on the part of the head of the state oil company, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, who he accuses of making ...The post Kachikwu's reality, By RAFIQ RAJI appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
In our article last week titled 'Th e misadventure of Nnamdi Kanu and co', we alluded to the probability of foreign backing for the outlawed IPOB. Our fears were later confi rmed as soon as the article was published, when Minister of Information, Culture and National Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed the shocking details that ...The post Threats against Nigeria's sovereignty are real, By GBEMIGA OLAKUNLE appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of Mrs Aisha Ahmad to the Senate for confirmation as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Mrs Ahmad is expected to replace former CBN Deputy Governor, who retired early in the year. According to a statement by Buhari's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi ...The post Buhari nominates Aishah Ahmad new CBN Deputy Gov appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc has unveiled plans to raise N500 million from the capital market by a way of rights issue, in a bid to strengthen its balance sheet. Specifically, the firm hopes to raise the fund by offering some of its equity at 50 kobo per share ] its ordinary shares of 50 kobo, ...The post Consolidated Hallmark Insurance to raise N500m from Stock Exchange appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has partnered with El-Jahb Mubarak Nigeria Limited to organise a training workshop for prospective investors in the area of production of textiles for local and international markets. The Director-General, RMRDC, Dr. Hussaini Ibrahim told participants at the entrepreneurship training on garment production ...The post Experts collaborate to revive textile industry appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Jus 

Sun, 08 Oct 2017
Stories By Ajibola Abayomi Lagos The Federal operations Units (FoU) Zone A, Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday announced varied seizure put at N356, 205,050.78 9 (Three hundred and Fifty six million, two hundred and five thousand, fifty naira, seventy kobo). The seized items according to the Controller General of FoU, ...The post Customs seize 4,227 bags of rice, cars, others worth N356m appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
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