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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 24 December, 2017.

Sun, 24 Dec 2017

The Michelle’s Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development has emphasised the importance of mentoring youths, saying this is vital part of development in nation building and a way of reducing unemployment and crime.

Its Founder, Comrade Michelle Onyeneke, made the call in Abuja during a national workshop on youth development with the theme, “Explore your talent and say no to crime.”

Comrade Onyeneke noted that only few Nigerians see mentoring as an important thing to do, saying more people must see the need to embrace this act in order to guide younger generation to the right path.

“It is quite unfortunate that mentorship rarely exist in this part of the country which is vital part of development in nation building we encourage our leaders/ philanthropist to mentor people not only from the immediate family but from outside too it helps to reduce unemployment and crime.

“There are very few Nigerians who have done well and are still doing well on youth development and humanitarian services and we call them beacon of hope for Nigeria Youth,” she said.

She also called on the federal government to provide the enabling environment for young people to embrace agriculture and charged young people to take advantage of the agricultural sector, stating however that government must create incentives to drive agriculture in the country.

“Much has been said about agriculture as a veritable means to economic development and youth empowerment. And as at today, I doubt if there is any clear road map on how this can be achieved.

“Government can provide storage facilities that will keep farm produce beyond this season. Again, government can buy these produce from individual farms operated by the youths, as soon as they are harvested,” she stressed. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has risen in defence of the Energising Education Programme (EEP) which it said is being sabotaged by the National Assembly. National President of the association, Comrade Kadiri Aruna, while briefing the media, yesterday in Abuja, said the federal government introduced the EEP in the 2018 appropriation Bill to address ...The post NANS rallies support for tertiary power supply project appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Nigerian youths have been challenged to come up with innovations that could transform the health sector using data generation. The call was made in Abuja on Thursday by scientists from Insilico Medicine led by Iraneus Ogu, while briefing the media on its new initiative called Longenesis; an application under the companys Africa Intelligence (AI) ...The post Nigerian Youths tasked on innovation appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in a new report says the country's unemployment rate worsened hitting 18.8 per cent in the third quarter from 16.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017. In the Labour Force Statistics: unemployment and underemployment Report (Q1-Q3) released Friday showed that number of people within the labour force ...The post Unemployment figures hits 18.8% appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
A cripple whose wife gave birth to a set of twins at Kwara state Civil Service Clinic in Ilorin, has cried out for financial assistance to settle the hospital bill. The cripple, Moruf Saliu, said the babies were delivered at the clinic on Wednesday, but could not be discharged because of his inability to pay ...The post Cripple's twin babies detained for N20, 000 hospital bill appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
I have been watching with keen interest the brouhaha that the $1bn sucked out of the Excess Crude Account to finish off the Boko Haram madness has generated in some quarters. The withdrawal of the controversial amount was approved at the recent meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) with state governors in attendance. ...The post The brouhaha over $1bn draw-down appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Kogi state government on Friday commenced the payment of workers' salary arrears from September to December. However, workers will only be paid 60 per cent of the total due. This is contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Finance, Idris Asiru, issued to journalists in Lokoja. The commissioner said that the ...The post Kogi pays 60% of 4 months' salary arrears appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
As the 2019 elections approach, Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has challenged monarchs in the state to remain apolitical, but play active roles as advocate of non-violent politics. Amosun spoke on Friday during the inauguration of Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo as the new chairman of the State Council of Obas held ...The post 2019: Dont be passive, Amosun tells monarchs appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
As part of on-going efforts to reform the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives of the squad would now undergo psychometric test, training and continuous assessment. Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, disclosed this in his speech at a meeting with SARS Commanders for re-organisation of the squad, yesterday at ...The post SARS operatives for psychometric tests, continuous assessment-IGP appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed that no fewer than 619 suspected drug traffickers were arrested in Kano state in 2017. The state Commandant of NDLEA, Alhaji Hamza Umar, disclosed this on Friday in Kano at a news conference organised by the command in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Umar said that ...The post NDLEA nabs 619 drug traffickers in Kano appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
In the spirit of Christmas, an Abuja basenon- governmental organisation, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has doled out assorted food items and clothing materials to over 250 widows and orphans in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In her opening remarks at the Foundations 2017 End of Year and Out Reach to Vulnerable Widows and ...The post Yuletide: NGO fetes widows, orphans in FCT appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Assistant Liaison Coordinator of Julius Berger Nigeria, Amb Olumide Obasuyi, has said that there are vibrant and intelligent youth that can change the fortune of the country for good. He stated this on Friday, while receiving an award of 'Icon of Youth' from National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) at Julius Berger head office ...The post 'Youth have what it takes to change Nigeria' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has approved the constitution of a task force on the control and sale of premium motor spirit (PMS) in the state. Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Gold, who made this known in a statement in Ilorin, said that the fuel crisis had reached a disturbing dimension as ...The post Ahmed inaugurate task force on fuel scarcity appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Most parts of Kano metropolis have been thrown into darkness, following a fire outbreak at the Kofar Dan'agundi transmission station in Kano. Socio-economic activities have also been paralised in the commercial city as a result of the incident. Head, Corporate Communications, Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Mr. Sani Bala-Sani, said one of the two 60 ...The post Fire outbreak throws Kano into darkness appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Emir of Lafiya and chairman Nasarawa State Council of chiefs, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai 1, yesterday approved the appointment of Alhaji Musa Abubakar as a new Pakaci of Lafia and district head of Ungwar Rairai in Lafia local government area of Nasarawa state. ' The appointment was done in line with the 'administrative charges ...The post Lafia emirate gets new Pakaci appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
confirmed that it had resolved its dispute with its workers, who earlier embarked on strike. The airline made the confirmation in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji, in Lagos. Adebanji said the work-to-rule action by its cabin crew disrupted the airline's flights from Lagos for some hours. 'The dispute has been resolved ...The post Arik Air reaches truce with cabin crew Management of Arik Air on Friday appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The fire was said to had started in the early hours of the day, but the cause of the inferno was yet to be ascertained. As at the time of filing this report, the agency's headquarters located at Wuse Zone 7 has being condoned off with officials within the vicinity. A source said ...The post Fire guts NAFDAC headquarters appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Adamawa Assembly Committee on Budget and Appropriation has given reasons for the jerking up of the state's 2018 budget by over N15 billion. The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the House had passed the budget of N177.9 billion as against the initial proposal of N162.7 billion presented to it by Governor Muhammadu Bindow. Speaking ...The post Why we jerked Adamawa 2018 budget appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Edo state said it has recommended three erring petrol station to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for sanction. State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Makinde Ayinla, who disclosed this said that the petrol stations were caught selling PMS above the approved pump price of N145.00 ...The post NSCDC recommends three petrol stations for sanction appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state on Friday presented 2018 appropriate bill estimate of N208.332 billion to the state House of Assembly for approval. The bill, which was tagged: 'Budget of Divine Manifestation', covered N100.562 billion which would be sourced from both internal and external loan. Presenting the budget, Umahi explained that N13.965 ...The post Umahi present N208.332bn as 2018 budget appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Gombe state Fadama III Additional Financing II (AF2) under North East Food Security and Livelihood Emergency Support Project on Infrastructures, has provided economic empowerment items worth N10 million to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state The items referred to as non- farm livelihood include 120 sewing machines, 119 grinding machines, 10 knitting machines, 6 ...The post Fadama III disburses economic empowerment items to Gombe IDPs appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justi 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari, as Minister of Petroleum Resources, to find a quick solution to the lingering fuel scarcity now ravaging all parts of the country. The PDP, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted that it was not enough for the President to ...The post PDP tasks Buhari on lingering fuel crisis appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has said he would remained grateful to the Nigerian armed forces for the sacrifices they have made in ensuring that Boko Haram insurgents did not overrun the state in the past nine years of the insurgency. He added that the Nigerian armed forces stood firm for the state ...The post Shettima approves land for state Legion office appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a technical audit of 400 projects that were awarded between 2009 and 2015 by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. The audit is to ensure that there is value for the over N450 billion so far released for the projects in the nine oil producing states. Minister of Niger Delta ...The post FG probes 400 Niger Delta projects (1) appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe state has presented a budget proposal of over N104, 922,472, 305 billion for the 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly. Dankwambo, while presenting the budget on Friday to the state House of Assembly presided over by the Speaker, Nasiru Abubakar Nono, said it would ...The post Dankwambo presents N104.9bn budget for 2018 (3) appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Organised labour in Osun has directed workers in the state to proceed on indefinite strike over modulate salaries by the state government. Chairman of Osun state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Jacob Adekomi, gave the directive on Friday at a joint news conference of labour unions in Osogbo. Adekomi urged workers to participate ...The post Osun workers mull indefinite strike over half salary (4) appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted Cristiano Ronaldo is 100 percent fit for Saturdays huge El Clasico clash against Barcelona despite playing a limited role in training this week. And the Frenchman urged Ronaldo to put his perceived desire for an improved contract from the European champions on the back burner to help Real get ...The post Zidane declares Ronaldo fit ahead El-Classico clash appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
It's another party time for the Citizens Log leaders Manchester City will have another party time when take on Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium this evening. The Citizens made history last weekend, with a 4-1 win over Tottenham breaking the record for the most consecutive wins in the English top flight with 16 wins. They ...The post Premier League Week 19 Preview appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Floyd Mayweather has shot down reports he is about to join Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with Conor McGregor responding in the only way he knows how. The unbeaten pound-for-pound boxing king has been tipped to join Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) following his victory over Conor McGregor in August. Mayweather had said earlier this week ...The post UFC: Count me out 'Mayweather appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
As new football season draws near in Nigeria, Rivers state Commissioner of Sports, Hon Boma Iyayi has disclosed the technical Adviser of Rivers United could be shown the exit if he performs below par in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Rivers United which was birthed two seasons ago after the owner, Rivers state government ...The post Rivers Commissioner to Eguma: Wike 'll wire you if appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
After federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development expressed dissatisfaction with the recent embarrassing sanctions from world football governing body, FIFA, some officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are in panic mood as fact-finding committee begins sitting. Both some Staff at the management cadre and those at junior level are ...The post FIFA Sanction: Panic grips officials at Glasshouse as NFF panel begins sitting appeared first on Blueprint - For Tru 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Thursdaline Peter is an internationally certified Referee who was recently honoured as the best Taekwondo Umpire in Nigeria and one of the best in the world. In this interview with IKENNA OKONKWO and Eupheresia Nnodim, Thursdaline, an instructor and ex-athlete speaks on why she preferred to become a full-blown taekwondo Practitioner. In the beginning I ...The post Weight loss, fitness dragged me into refereeing 'Taekwondo Umpire appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
African Development Bank, has approved a grant of $995,000 to Asticom Kenya Ltd., to support the construction of a 10 megawatt (MW) grid-connected municipal waste-to-energy (WTE) plant. The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), is managed by the continent's foremost financial institute. The grant will fund the cost of conducting a full environmental and social ...The post Kenya: AfDB approves $995,000 for renewable energy project appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Disasters in 2017 caused losses of $306bn, according to estimates from insurance giant Swiss Re. The figure represents a 63 per cent jump from last year, and is well above the average of the past decade. The Americas was hardest hit, with hurricanes in the Caribbean and southern US, earthquakes in Mexico and wildfires in ...The post Cost of global disasters 'jumps to $306bn in 2017' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
This is not good news for many Nigeria as Bitcoin plunged below $13,000 on Friday after losing around a third of its value in just five days. The digital currency is on track for its worst week since 2013 after a blistering ascent to a peak close to $20,000 on Sunday. The biggest and best-known ...The post Bitcoin plunges below $13,000, heads for worst week since 2013 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Barrister Ebele Ifendu is the Labour Party Publicity Secretary and the National President of the Women in Politics Forum (WIPF). A chartered mediator and conciliator, she is the Executive Director of a Finance firm and Director, Gender Education and Rights Department of the Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State. In this chat with ENE OSANG, she ...The post Ebele Ifendu: Bridging gender gaps in politics appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By: Irekpitan Okukpon Title: Oil Pollution Law and Governance in Nigeria Author: Kayode Oyende Publisher: Stirling Horden, Date: July, 2017. Number of Pages: 355 Oil pollution is regarded as a very sensitive issue for two main reasons. First, oil plays a key role in sustaining the economy of various nations in the world, including ...The post A review of oil pollution law and governance in Nigeria appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Abdulhafeez Taiye Oyewole is popularly known as, Prince HTO. He is a poet, who is passionate about poetry and a social scientist who specialises in development communication. In this interview with Abdulrahman Zakariyau, the Kwara-born poet explained how poems can be used to proffer solution to the ills of the society. How did you start ...The post Poetry can be used to correct ills of society 'Prince HTO appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
A latest World Happiness Report (WHR) that rates 155 countries on the strength of their happiness status, ranked Nigerians as the 6th happiest people in Africa and the 95th happiest in the world. Previously, in 2003, a World Values Survey had indicated that Nigerians are the world's happiest people. How the country rapidly slides ...The post Nigeria and the imperative of happiness appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By Victoria Ngozi Ikeano A widow is a woman who has lost her husband. And what do we call a husband that has lost his wife' As defined by the Encarta English dictionary, while a woman whose husband has died is known as a widow, 'a man whose wife has died, particularly when he has ...The post Sorry condition of widows appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Hassana and Hussaina Yusuf are Fulani by tribe and hail from Borno state, where they spent most of their live. The joined Kannywood about two years ago, after their diploma programmes at the University of Maiduguri, Borno state. They have since featured in several movies and musical videos including Kudiri, Sainayi Kudi, and Talatu Numba ...The post I want to marry same day as my twin sister -Hassana Yusuf appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Kannywood twins, Hassana and Hussaina Musa Abdullahi, are Hausa Fulani by tribe from Kano state. They were born about 25 years ago in Kano City. They joined the Hausa movie industry about four years ago and have featured in music videos by Sadik Zazzabi, one shot in Port-Harcourt and another on Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, ...The post I won't wait for my twins if I get suitor Hassana Musa Abdullahi appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.