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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 DECEMBER, 2017].



Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 16 December, 2017.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Detoxing is a way to 'recharge, rejuvenate, and renew,' says Linda Page, ND, PhD, naturopathic doctor, lecturer, and author of Detoxification. 'Anybody can benefit from a cleansing.' Some studies suggest that 'detoxing' is a myth, but everyone agrees that drinking a lot of liquids is good for your health, and drinking plenty of plain water ...The post 8 best drinks for detoxing appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
In every material particular, Dr. Michael Adekunle Abiodun, is a successful man. First, the visually impaired lawyer is a PhD holder in Human Rights, Security and Anti-Terrorism Laws from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. As a lawyer, Dr. Abiodun has handled 22 cases and has never lost any case since he started practicing. In all, ...The post How I got my PhD 'Blind lawyer appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Since Governor Samuel Ortom mooted the idea of banning open grazing in Benue state, there was been stiff opposition from Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACABAN) and sundry groups. From when the bill was sent to the State House of Assembly, to its signing into law, the criticisms against the Anti Open Grazing Law have ...The post Farmers/herdsmen clash: There is no alternative to ranching ' Ortom appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
For the first time in close to three years, Nigerians are experiencing acute shortage of Premium Motor Spirit(PMS), otherwise known as petrol, and the fuel queues are still long despite assurances from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as JERRY UWAH, BASHIR MOHAMMED, MUSA BUBA, SALIHU OYIBO, ...The post Fuel scarcity: Buhari's first baptism of fire appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The phenomenon of unauthorized people selling prescription drugs in buses and along the streets is not just about breaking the law. This indiscriminate sale poses a health challenge to consumers who patronize them in spite of warnings and threats of sanctions, as SAMSON BENJAMIN points out in this report A stern warning, 'No Smoking, ...The post Medicine sellers or vendors of poison' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The federal government has set up a committee on national minimum wage for workers. Going by precedents, workers in the private sector are apprehensive as they have not benefitted from past reviews, as ELEOJO IDACHABA finds out in this report. President inaugurates committee When on November 23, 2017 President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a 30- man ...The post New minimum wage: Will private sector workers benefit' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The statement above abounds in several instances in law. The term from my laymans perspective is paramount in dispensing justice that even criminals, who are found guilty by the court, deserve mercy. This implies that criminals, despite their behaviours, have claim to mercy. But the sacking of local government staff by the Nasir El-Rufai government, ...The post Temper justice with mercy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
It has become clearer that truly most of our so-called leaders are presently operating like emperors in their respective jurisdictions. Take for instance, a situation where a governor would refuse to conduct the Local Government (LG) election in his state and such scenario would linger till he leaves office. In most cases, the governor would ...The post Governors as emperors appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The recent inauguration of a 30-member tripartite committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage for Nigerian workers has not only rekindled hope but also signified a firm conviction that the Federal Government is serious about pursuing the recurrent issue to its logical conclusion once and for all. The inauguration of the committee ...The post Engineering a living wage appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) successfully conducted its national convention last week in Abuja. The convention, to the admiration of many Nigerians, was rancour free and produced Uche Secondus as the national chairman. In the last two years, the party has been enmeshed in leadership crises and legal battles which took it to Supreme Court. The ...The post On PDP convention and opposition appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The recent inauguration of a 30-member tripartite committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage for Nigerian workers has not only rekindled hope but also signified a firm conviction that the Federal Government is serious about pursuing the recurrent issue to its logical conclusion once and for all. The inauguration of the committee ...The post Engineering a living wage appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Since 1992, the global conference on climate change has become an annual ritual where leaders of nations gather to deliberate on issues relating to climate change and the dangers they pose to human beings. The 2015 version of the conference, held in Paris, was particularly remarkable as it led to the production of a global ...The post Maximising the lessons of the 2017 Climate Change Summit appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Jose Mujica was Uruguay's president between 2010 and 2015. Despite a monthly take-home pay of $12000 (about N4.3 million) he opted for a life of penury and was described as the world's poorest president. But Mr Mujica was not poor. He was only human and humane. And unlike most leaders today, he was an empathetic ...The post When leadership is empathy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the approval for the release of $1bn to the APC-led Federal Government under the guise of fighting insurgency in the northeast as curious and alarming. The PDP in a statement on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was a manipulative plot by the APC ...The post $1b To Fight Boko Haram: Apologize to Nigerians over false claims, PDP urges APC appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has demanded for proper accountability from President Muhammadu Buhari, on the alleged sum of N50b said to have been discovered in secret accounts contrary to the idea behind the Treasury Singke Account (TSA). A statement signed on Friday in Lagos by the ADP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Adelaja Adeoye, said ...The post TSA: Buhari must account for hidden N50Bn- ADP appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
In Nigeria, corruption is worse than cancer. It is a monster that has been consuming all that crosses its part. Jose Uqaz, chair of Transparency International, while presenting the 2016 Corruption Perception Index said: 'In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because ...The post Corruption: A monster we must all fight, By Uzoma Ezenwa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma turned 80 at the weekend. And there has been a steady flood of goodwill messages washing over the man who towers above most men in the country in physique, intellect and patriotism. T.Y., as he is popularly known, has been in the public eye since he was only 27 years young. ...The post T.Y.: The patriot at 80, By Dan Agbese appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja In a bid to reduce the high rate of substandard products in the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has concluded arrangement to introduced Product Authentication Mark (PAM) sticker. According to Director General of the agency, Mr. Osita Aboloma, when introduced the PAM for imported and locally manufactured products will ...The post SON unveils new strategy to combat substandard products appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Raphael Ede Enugu The Enugu state government has banned manual collection of government revenues in the state. Speaking during the commissioning of the Revenue Centre of the board, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, said the move is in line with current realities in the sector. The occasion which witnessed the launch of the Government ...The post IGR: Ugwuanyi bans manual revenue collection appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun on Thursday inaugurated the mini-shop of the Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society belonging to staff of the Ministry. Speaking at the brief ceremony which was held at the conference room of the Ministry in Abuja, Mrs. Adeosun urged staff of the ministry to sustain Cooperative Society ...The post Finance minister hails staff cooperative society appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
About 4.7 million people so far have signed up for a health insurance plan sold on the federal Obamacare marketplace, whose final enrollment deadline is Friday, officials have said. But it is not clear from the new tally whether Obamacare enrollment this season will end up surpassing the 9.2 million sign ups booked last season ...The post Obamacare enrolment hits 4.7m as deadline looms today appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
No fewer than 10,000 unlicensed agents are still transacting business in the nation's insurance industry, while less than 10,000 are fully registered with the Association of Registered Insurance Agents of Nigeria(ARIAN) this, the association has discovered. The President, ARIAN Gbadebo Olamerun, made the disclosure at the 2017 Yearly National Conference AGM,Election & Award Ceremony tagged ...The post ARIAN reads riot act on unlicensed insurance agents appeared first on Blueprint - For 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
In a bid to further revolutionise the nation's insurance industry through professionalism, the College of Insurance and Financial Management (CIFM) has graduated 14 diploma students in the institute that would strengthen human capacity needs in the industry. President, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) Funmi Babington-Ashaye, at the school in Ogun State, acclaimed the graduands, ...The post CIFM to unlock potentials with new graduates appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth an 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for a compulsory health insurance for all Nigerians, saying, 'it is a major ingredient that will ensure universal health coverage in the country. Challenging government at all levels to rise up to ensure that Nigerians have access to quality healthcare irrespective of where they live, the President , NMA, ...The post NMA demands compulsory health insurance nationwide appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) has received an Insurance Financial Strength (IFS) rating of 'AA-' from the globally renowned Fitch Ratings agency. AGF assists financial institutions in Africa to scale up their SME financing through the provision of partial loan guarantees and capacity development assistance. 'Since our establishment six years ...The post African Guarantee Fund receives Fitch 'AA-' rating appeared first on Blueprin 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The number of new malicious files processed by Kaspersky Laboratory reached 360,000 a day in 2017. This is 11.5 per cent more than figures for 2016. According to a new report by Kaspersky, this coming after a slight decrease in 2015, the number of malicious files detected every day is growing ...The post Kaspersky Lab detects 360,000 new malicious files daily in 2017 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Chidiebere Iwuoha Owerri Director of Development Dynamics, Dr Jude Ohanele, has said the recently conducted Anambra state governorship election was not free from electoral problems, although it made some remarkable improvements. He stated this during a press briefing by his outfit and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Owerri. Ohanele, whose outfit observed ...The post Anambra guber election not 'free and fair' ' Ohanele appeared first on Blueprint - For Tr 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Joy Emmanuel Yenagoa Another boat attack by pirates has killed a boat operator, and member of the Nigerian Maritime Workers Union (NMWU) along the Brass water ways route, less than 24 hours after gunmen had attacked a boat on the same axis. The victim of the latest attack was the former chairman of ...The post Pirates attack, kill maritime workers in Bayelsa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja Senior Health Advisor, Department for International Department (DFID), Dr Christopher Lewis, has said in the next year 5 years, the United Kingdom government will invest the sum of 360 million pounds to protect over 200 million people suffering from Tricomia and other neglected tropical diseases. Lewis gave this assurance in Abuja ...The post Tropical diseases: UK to invest 360m pounds to protect 200m appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said the greatest challenges facing international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) rendering humanitarian services in the North east face at the wake of the Boko Haram crisis, include safety and accessibility to crisis areas. These problems, according to the INGO, are compounded by inadequate funding to provide ...The post UNDP needs $1.1bn for IDPs upkeep appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Ibrahim AbdulAziz Yola Adamawa state House of Assembly has rejected the independent candidacy bill and deferred the Local Government Autonomy and State/Local Government Joint Account bills for public hearing. The House position was made known to newsmen by the chairman, House Committee on Information, Alhaji Abubakar Isa (APC-Shalleng) who said the House in a ...The post Constitution amendment: Adamawa Assembly rejects independent candidacy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Bode Olagoke Abuja The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has raised alarm that the current political developments in the country indicate that Nigeria is 'gradually sliding into hopelessness and disintegration,' against the wish of her founding fathers. The party, however, said it was out as 'a child of necessity born out of the urgent need ...The post Nigeria sliding into hopelessness, disintegration ' ADP appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
From Musa Umar Bologi Ibadan The Nigerian Army has charged its commanders to abide strictly by extant rules and employment of established rules of engagement during operations. The order was contained in the communiqu signed by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Maj. Gen. Chris Jemitola at the just concluded Chief of Army annual conference ...The post Army charges commanders on human rights appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it would need the full support of its members in the South-west to effectively execute its plan to regain political power, chairman of the party's National Reconciliation Committee and governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has said. The committee was in the ...The post 2019: PDP reconciliation team visits South-west appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Twitter handles, Facebook walls and other social media spaces on which Nigerians ally are always awash with 'comments' on the socio-political and economic stance of the country. Last week was the convention of the country's main opposition party, PDP. There were many comments before, during and after the convention. Here are some of them. Shuaibu ...The post PDP convention appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is yet to receive a copy of the recent court judgement on the Anambra central senatorial election. INEC had scheduled a re-run election for January 13, 2018 to fill the vacant seat, following a judgement by the appeal court. However, a federal high court ruled on ...The post Anambra Central: INEC yet to receive court judgement ' Official appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado Ekiti The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has said the report of panel of enquiry set up by Ekiti government to probe financial transactions during the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi cannot stand legal scrutiny in the court of law. In a statement in Ado-Ekiti, the party's Publicity Secretary, ...The post Fayemi: Your panel can't stand legal scrutiny, APC tells Fayose appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Lateef Dada Osogbo The son of Late Chief 'Bola Ige who was the immediate past Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development. Arc. 'Muyiwa Ige, has described the purported warrant of arrest by the State House of Assembly against him as shocking, noting that he was never invited by the House. Ige stated ...The post Late Bola Ige's son, Muyiwa, denies invitation by Osun Assembly appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Bayo Alabira Dutse Akwa Ibom State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) Akwa Ibom State chapter has conceded defeat in the just concluded local government election, stating that it is focusing on the 2019 general elections. The party state chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Atai, stated this yesterday in swift reaction to the results of the ...The post Akwa Ibom: We're focusing more on 2019 ' APC appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo, has said that the proposed APC Rally in Kabba is to drum support for President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. Fanwo, who said all is set for the rally, disclosed that the occasion will be ...The post Kogi West rally: APC to drum support for Buhari, Bello appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Okey Chris Awka Democratic Peoples Congress 2017 governorship candidate in the just concluded Anambra governorship election, Yul Edochie and his deputy Kenneth Okonkwo, have decamped to the All Progressive Grand Alliance. The defection, which was announced yesterday in Awka, generated rousing welcome and moved Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State to issue quit notice ...The post 2019: Former DPC guber candidate, PDP NASS member, others defect to APGA appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Emeka Nze Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that ploys by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to create disaffection among its members, and distract the party especially in the South West will not work. The party in a statement on Thursday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the APC ...The post PDP to APC: You can't hoodwink south-west PDP appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Late preparation cost Nigeria the category C seat at the 2017 International Maritime Organisation (IMO) election in London, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has revealed. He made the comment at G7++ Friends of the Gulf of Guinea. According to him, NIMASA had three man delegation ...The post Why Nigeria lost IMO seat ' Dakuku appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
For commuters plying the dilapidated Apapa road, there appears to hope to end the gridlock soon Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has commissioned the 300 million liters capacity tank farm built in Ibefun, Ijebuland in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State. The Vice President while inaugurating the Petrolex Oil and GasMega City, said the ...The post Ibefun tank farmll decongest Apapa gridlock -Osinbajo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Stories by Ajibola Abayomi Following last week's accident that led to the death of a dockworker, Comrade ThankGod Ojomah, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), has officially written to the Sifax Group seeking an urgent meeting. The dockworker was crushed last Friday at the Warehouse bus stop, along Apapa-Oshodi expressway by a truck belonging ...The post MWUN writes Sifax Group over members death appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Lagos is known and respected for scoring many firsts in policies, laws and ideas for the betterment of its citizens. In many instances, it has shown over time that having the right leadership at the helm of affairs is just what a society needs to become the envy of its neighbours. MUFUTAU EGBERONGBE writes LG ...The post Strengthening legislative practices in Lagos LG councils appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Engr. Markus Gundiri, has twice contested governorship elections in Adamawa in 2011 and 2015 on the platforms of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), respectively. Now a chieftain of the APC, Gundiri speaks on Atiku Abubakar's defection and other issues. Bode Olagoke brings excerpts. Is the APC in stable ...The post Inexperience responsible for mis-governance in Adamawa ' Gundiri appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja A 25-man recovery committee of Viscount Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited has given a seven-day ultimatum to debtors of the organisation or be ready to face the consequences of their action. Chairman of the committee, Mr. Austen Okumo, who dropped this hint in a media chat with our correspondent, stressed that the ...The post N2.7bn debt: Investors give 6-day ultimatum to debtors appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.