NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 18 November, 2017.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
After the government of Kaduna state conducted competency test on teachers in the state and over 21 thousand out of the total population failed, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, announced, at a meeting with World Bank representatives, his intention of disengaging 21,780 teachers, about two-thirds of the total teachers' population. 'The hiring of teachers in ...The post Sack of 21,000 Kaduna teachers, By online audience appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The killings, abductions and cattle rustling that take place along Kamuku and Kuyambana forests that straddle Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Niger states, have continued in spite of the collaborative efforts of the state governors, as well as the federal government as ALIYU USMAN VULEGBO, SANUSI MUHAMMAD and SAMSON BENJAMIN narrate in this report. Gov Yari's ...The post Kamuku, Kuyambana forests: Den of kidnappers appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
After founding Takaful insurance companies in his country, The Gambia and Zambia, Mr Momodou Musa Joof brought together a group of investors to establish Jaiz Takaful Insurance PLC, with him as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. In this interview, with TONY ICHEKU, Mr Joof said that the Takaful Insurance model is the panacea for those ...The post Takaful is not Islamic Insurance 'MD appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Y. J. Itopa Ohionwa is one of the autochthonous clans of Ihima whose primaeval name, Onotu means the next in Kingship or one whose compound God has chosen for grace, glamour and has showered His favour on. In Ihima-Onotu land, Ohionwa is one of the three aboriginal clans whose c traditional stools bear the ...The post Giving Obobanyi of Ohionwa his due appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Clement Oduwole Chefs generally don't starve, whether they are cooking for one big oga or madam, organisations like schools or hotels, eateries or catering outfits that are now engaged at naming, wedding and burial ceremonies. Their philosophy is rooted in a passage in the Holy Writ that says those who work at the altar ...The post Shettima and the kitchen crooks appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to convene the promised Education summit is being applauded by stakeholders, However, most people fear that the resolutions may gather dust in the archives like others before it, as ELEOJO IDACHABA highlights in this report. The rot cuts across From primary to secondary schools, up to the tertiary levels ...The post Will education summit be another talk shop' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Alhaji Salihu Tanko Yakasai is a man who is not afraid of threading where angels dare. In 2015, when supporting President Goodluck Jonathan's re-election was almost an apostasy in the north, the nonagenarian rooted for the Ijaw man from Otueke, at great personal risks. In this interview with IBRAHEEM MUSA, the elder statesman bared ...The post Why Im keeping quiet on Buhari ' Yakasai appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Clement Oduwole Chefs generally don't starve, whether they are cooking for one big oga or madam, organisations like schools or hotels, eateries or catering outfits that are now engaged at naming, wedding and burial ceremonies. Their philosophy is rooted in a passage in the Holy Writ that says those who work at the altar ...The post Shettima and the kitchen crooks appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
As the people of Anambra state go to the polls today to vote for the person who will govern them in the next four years, 37 parties are vying for the coveted post. But as Blueprint Weekend's investigations reveal, only the All Progressives Congress(APC), the ruling party at the centre, All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), the ...The post Anambra: APC, APGA, PDP in battle royale appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Today, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct the fifth governorship elections under the present All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government, since 2015. The Anambra State gubernatorial exercise featuring 37 candidates is, therefore, another opportunity for the elections umpire to test-run its readiness for the 2019 general elections. The election to vote ...The post EDITORIAL: Anambra guber: INEC, FG must get it right appeared first on Blueprint - For Trut 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By HAWWAH GAMBO The need to educate and empower the girl-child was once more raised during the Pink Hope breast cancer awareness program organised by the Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in Kaduna. The annual program which has been on for a couple of years, seeks to educate people, increase awareness about breast cancer ...The post Cancer awareness: Fifth Chukker'scampaign of hope, succor appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Anne Bessong, a passionate and charismatic teacher, is the Head of Schools at Eaglesworld Global Schools in Ajah, Lagos state. In this interview with ENE OSANG, the journalist turned teacher, said teaching is her passion. You have been in teaching profession for 20 years, how did you become a teacher' I did not start off ...The post Teaching is my passion appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) recently disclosed that over 60 per cent of under-five children in Nigeria are at risk of not reaching their potential because their development has been stunted by poor nutrition and lack of early stimulation. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI examines the link between nutrition and Early Childhood Development (ECD). Early Childhood ...The post Impact of nutrition on early childhood development appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other world leaders to commiserate with President Hassan Rouhani and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran over the devastating earthquake which struck the western province of Kermanshah recently, causing the death of hundreds and injury to thousands. The President, who described the natural disaster and its fallout as ...The post Buhari commiserates with Iran, Iraq over devastating earthquake appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies deployed for the election to be neutral in their conduct. In a statement Friday by the National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, The PDP said it is prepared and ready for the the Saturday November 18, 2017 ...The post Anambra: PDP charges INEC, security agencies credible election appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By David Agba Abuja German Development Bank, and the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) have announced a new instrument to support renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa that targets small- and mid-scale (up to 50 MW) green power renewable energy projects. The facility is designed to provide a viable solution to one of the biggest ...The post Germany backs renewable energy projects in Africa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Gwarzo has urged capital market operators to constantly adapt to new and rapidly changing economic, regulatory and business environments. The Director General said this at the opening ceremony of 21st Annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers in Lagos added ...The post Be proactive, SEC DG tells capital market operators appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Helen Oji Abuja National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), has urged the federal government to put in more funds to the Agency to enable it work efficiently in other to create more centers. This was stated during an exclusive interview with Blueprint in Abuja, the Assistance Director, Research and Technical Secretary in NASRDA, ...The post Earthquake: NASRDA advocates more funding appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Prof. Ibrahim A. Kolo The threat to sack incompetent teachers did not start with the recent Kaduna State experience. Similar attempts to purge incompetent teachers out of the system by having them undergo 'aptitude/competency tests' to determine their suitability as 'teachers' in Kwara, Edo and Ekiti States drew similar protests a few years ...The post More than half of Nigerian teachers 'll fail tests' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
A Bill for an Act to amend the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Act CAP F6 LFN 2004 and for other matters connected therewith, 2017, has passed the second reading in the Senate. In his lead debate, Senator Umaru said the intendment of the amendments as it affected section 4 and 20 was to reflect on ...The post FCT resettlement bill passes second reading appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Chizoba Ogbeche The remains of Co-pastor of City Breakthrough Churches, Abuja, Rev Joy Chinwe Oruma, will be laid to rest tomorrow in Maryland, USA. A press statement by the church, yesterday in Abuja, said the deceased cleric, who is the wife of the founding pastor of the church, Bishop Ben Oruma, died on November ...The post City Breakthrough Pastor for burial tomorrow appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Abdullahi Muhammad Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has lauded the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for its outstanding contributions to the development of Veterinary Health Services in the FCT. The Association in its 54th annual conference held in Kano with the theme: 'Veterinary Services as Tools for Advancing Economic Growth, Food and National Security, ...The post 'FCTA committed to agric sector revival' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth a 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna The Kaduna state Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSPWB) yesterday flagged-off sale of 2018 hajj seats across the 23 local government areas of the state. According to the board, every intending pilgrim must deposit N800,000 pending final announcement of seat fare by National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). Director, operations for ...The post Kaduna flags off sale of hajj seats for 2018 pilgrims appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Ibrahim Abdul'Aziz Yola Suspected members of Boko Haram last Wednesday night, attacked two communities, Sabon Gari and Kafin Hausa, both in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state, sending residents to flight for dear life, local officials have said. It could be recalled that, barely five days ago, similar attack was launched in neighbouring ...The post Again, B/Haram strikes Madagali, many feared killed appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Auwal Ahmad Gombe The new Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS5), conducted in 2016 and 2017 data highlights nationwide has indicated that infant mortality in Nigeria has dropped but child malnutrition is on the increase in the country. This was contained in the fifth Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS5) results officially released by the National ...The post Child malnutrition in Nigeria on the increase MICS appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the maintenance of peace and security of the people of the state. Bello made the pledge at a programme tagged 'Building a People of Peace,' organised by the state directorate of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in ...The post We remain committed to peace, security ' Bello appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Najib Sani Bauchi Bauchi State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (BCPWB) has stated that it has concluded all plans to organise a training workshop for intending pilgrims to Jerusalem from the state this year. Executive Secretary of the board, Daniel Shawulu, who stated this yesterday while addressing newsmen in his office, explained that the state ...The post Bauchi Christian pilgrims to undergo training Nov 19 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, reversed his earlier order which directed that 19 commercial banks whose accounts were not linked with bank verification numbers (BVN) be frozen. At the resumed proceeding, yesterday, Justice Dimgba with the consent of the counsel in the parties, directed banks to ...The post BVN: Court modifies conditions to unfreeze unlinked accounts appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Martin Paul Abuja The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has abolished the position of Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque and appointed Prof Shehu Ahmad Said Galadanci as the Murshid. Secretary-General of the Council, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, told newsmen at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, that the change became necessary in ...The post NSCIA abolishes 'Chief Imam', appoints Galadanci Nat'l Mosque Murshid appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justic 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Amidst presidential commendation, MOUSA UBANDAWAKI writes on how the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria makes a success story of the 2017 Hajj exercise. Looking back at the last 2017 Hajj exercise, the board, management and staff of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) can proudly beat their chest for a wonderful job well done. ...The post Hajj 2017: A retrospective perspective appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The founder of a university college in Ghana and campaigner to raise the quality of higher education in Africa, Patrick Awuah, has won a major global education award Patrick Awuah left Ghana in the 1980s with '$50 in his pocket' to take up a scholarship in the US. But after a career with Microsoft, he ...The post From $50 in his pocket to $500,000 prize appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Ajibola Abayomi, Lagos In a bid to find a lasting solution to the Apapa gridlock, the Apapa Local Government Chairman, Adele Owolabi has sought partnership with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in order to restore sanity to the Apapa community. The chairman, while on a courtesy visit to the Agency bemoaned ...The post Apapa gridlock: LG seeks partnership with NIMASA appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Rescue teams in central Greece are searching for at least five people who are missing after flash floods that killed 15 people. Some roads have reopened in the three hardest-hit towns near the capital, Athens. But schools and other public services remain closed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has visited the area hit by the 'disastrous ...The post Greece searches for the missing after deadly floods appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Russian law would affect foreign-registered media outlets which receive funding from abroad. They would be subject to additional requirements and failure to meet them could result in suspension of their activities. The legislation still needs approval by the upper house and President Vladimir Putin. The list includes websites, radio and television stations run by ...The post RT is accused of being part of Russia's alleged meddling in the US election. appeared first on Blueprint - For Tr 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Awaal Gata, with agency The impasse that has been going on in Zimbabwe since Tuesday continued yesterday. There has not been any official response from the government to events. But the day started with reports that President Robert Mugabe was holding meetings with negotiators from South Africa over his future. However, the embattled president ...The post Zimbabwe's impasse continues appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Russian-headquartered anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab has hit back at reports it deliberately extracted sensitive files from a US National Security Agency worker's computer. The allegations stem from a Wall Street Journal report in early October. Russian hackers had used Kaspersky software to identify classified files on the NSA contractor's home computer, which they then ...The post Kaspersky defends role in NSA breach appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The French foreign minister has said Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri can travel 'when he wants' to France from Saudi Arabia, where officials in Beirut allege he is being detained. Jean-Yves Le Drian was speaking at a joint news conference in Riyadh after talks with his Saudi counterpart. Adel al-Jubeir said the claim that Mr ...The post Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM 'can go to France when he wants' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The crisis rocking Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta, deepens as lecturers rejected the appointment of a retired school principal, Mr. Ayodeji Tella, as the acting rector of the polytechnic after former Rector, Prof. Oludele Itiola, was relieved of his appointment by the state government. Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in MAPOLY kicked against Tella's ...The post MAPOLY lecturers reject retired principal as rector appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
A 2016 graduate of the University of Ibadan (UI), Ozibo Ekele, graduated with 6.6 Cumulative Grade Point Average out of 7.0 to emerge the first student to with First Class from History department in the university since establishment in 1948. Speaking on his academic feat, Ekele said he was not aware of the fact that ...The post UI history graduate breaks record appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
A graduate of electrical engineering from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Oluwamuyiwa Oluwagbemileke, has committed suicide after inability to raise N50,000 to repair a car he allegedly damaged. The 27-year-old, according to report, took poisonous drug after he was blamed for damaging a car in sachet water factory he worked for in Ojodu Berger, ...The post Yabatech graduate commits suicide over N50, 000 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The management of the University of Calabar, UNICAL) has reinstated a lecturer, Prof Cyril Ndifon, who was suspended for allegedly raping a student. Ndifon, a former Dean, Faculty of Law of the university, was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old 400 level student in 2015. According to reports, the lecturer had torn the student's ...The post UNICAL recalls lecturer suspended for alleged rape appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
University of Lagos (UNILAG chairman of UNILAG Radio and TV project, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, has said the university has acquired a license to operate the first television station on its campus. Corroborating the statement, an official of the institution, Akhabue Osezua, said the UNILAG TV station was commissioned on Saturday, November 11. Osezua further said ...The post UNILAG launches first campus TV station appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Michael Adikwu, has said a total of 13, 670 students graduated in the 2015/2016 academic session. Of the number, 13117 were undergraduates and 554 were post-graduate students. He said this during the 21st convocation ceremony. Breaking down the classes of degrees, he said First Class were six, Second Class Upper ...The post Help us, UniAbuja VC appeals to FG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
By Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu Abuja The federal government has assured of providing the right environment in schools for the teaching and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, gave the assurance in Abuja, when he declared open the Skool Media Start-Up workshop and capacity building for ...The post ICT critical to quality education ' FG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Stories by David Agba with agencies In a bid to deepen penetration rate in the retail insurance market, Leadway Assurance has announced its Franchise Branch Ownership Opportunity scheme. The innovative programme tagged 'Revolupreneur' a third-party opportunity for 1,000 enthusiastic entrepreneurs who desire to build their businesses and profit from the imminent growth of the insurance ...The post 1000 new businesses to be empowered by Leadway Assurance appeared first on Blueprint - For 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), Plateau state command, said yesterday that 205 inmates in the state were enrolled in formal and non-formal education in the 2017 academic session. The command's Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Luka Ayedoo, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos. 'We have achieved a remarkable increase in ...The post Plateau Prison enrolls 205 inmates in formal, non-formal education appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
I read an article written by Dr Idris Isyaku Abdullahi, a staff of the Department of Banking and Finance of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi which published on page 12 of the Blueprint newspaper on November 8, 2017 and titled 'The Augean stables at ATBU'. I was puzzled, to say the least, disappointed with ...The post The Augean stables in ATBU: Another view, By Bello Gambo Lawan appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

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