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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 23 December, 2017.

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Dignitaries from within and outside Nigeria, residents of Kaduna from all walks of life and guests across the country were in Kaduna last week to celebrate the city's 100 year anniversary. As ABDULRAHEEM AOUDU reports, 15,000 spectators witnessed the ceremony which featured 3,500 horses and 11 emirates displaying the rich mosaic of the north, where ...The post Kaduna rolls out the drums to celebrate its 100th anniversary appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has just come out of a protracted leadership tussle, which seemingly ended when it held its national convention, where members of its National Working Committee(NWC) were elected. However, the convention kicked up a lot of dust instead of ushering an era of peace and stability. Last Tuesday, a new group which ...The post Splinter group: Can PDP survive renewed face-off' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
At various times, prominent northerners and different socio-political groups in the region have supported restructuring and they have even boasted that the north is not afraid of a restructured Nigeria. However, the zone has not taken a common stand on the issue, like the South east, South south and South west geo-political zones. As ABDULRAHMAN ...The post Is the north afraid of restructuring' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The combined effect of the lingering fuel shortage and the high cost of food stuff and transport fares, will negate President Muhammadu Buhari's effort to make Nigerians enjoy the Yuletide, by his directive to state governors to pay workers before Christmas. In this report, TOPE SUNDAY, ABDULRAHEEM AOUDU, BASHIR MOHAMMED, SADIQ ABUBAKAR, SALIHU OYIBO, MUSA ...The post Yuletide: Low key celebrations ahead appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Among the reasons being paraded by the Nigerian Council of Legal Education for its refusal to admit into the Nigerian Law Schools, the graduates of law programme of the National Open University of Nigeria is the fact that law is a conservative engagement. This fact of conservatism, understood as uncompromising rootedness to the past, lawyers ...The post On the Throes of a Conservative Law appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
In December 2003, when Nigeria hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Abuja, something happened that nearly tragically ended my life. As head of Daily Trust's Foreign and Diplomatic desk I was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring sufficient and effective coverage of happenings during the event. So, even though much of my ...The post Religious profiling: My close shave with death (I) appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
In 2007, Senator Saidu Dansandu spear-headed the group of National Assembly members that fought against President Olusegun Obasanjo's tenure elongation plan. After defeating ''third term'', he announced his retirement from politics after about 30 years of active service. Last week, he staged a comeback as the national chairman of the newly registered National Rescue Movement ...The post No difference between APC, PDP ' Sen Dansandu appeared first on Blueprint - For 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Murtala Mohammed Gamji is not happy that the position of National Youth Leader of most of the political parties are being occupied by people who are above 40 years. In this interview with ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU and TOPE SUNDAY, he spoke on the council's plans to see ...The post Old men are occupying positions of National Youth Leaders 'NYCN President appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The air of anxiety was unmistakable at the National Obstetric Fistula Centre (NOFIC), Babbar Ruga, Katsina state, when Blueprint Weekend visited the centre to witness an Obstetrics Fistula otherwise called Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) pool repair, mass repair of women with fistula by a pool of surgeons from hospitals across the country. Every available waiting ...The post VVF: Sighs of relief, songs of joy over mass repairs appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Getting older brings many challenges, many of them health-related, with few more irritating and painful than the development of arthritis pain. Caused by inflammation in the joints, particularly in the hands, knees, hips, and feet, and leads many to seek out medications and supplements designed to help alleviate the discomfort associated with this condition. But ...The post 6 Foods that help fight arthritis pain appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) intimidate, harass and brutalise innocent citizens without cause. Therefore, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, may want to scrap or modify it in the interest of Nigerians and of their rights. In the interest of society, the IG and indeed the Police Forcde must understand that their ...The post End SARS for human rights appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
It is pathetic to note that in this 21st century and 57 years after independence, and 18 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership in Delta state and Aniocha South Local Govt Area, in particular Ogwashi Uku, cannot boast of good and motorable roads. We therefore want to draw the attention of the state ...The post Deplorable state of Ogwashi Uku roads appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors' Forum last week, after the National Economic Council meeting, announced that the sum of $1billion be withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for fighting the Boko Haram insurgents, which President Muhammadu Buhari and his government spokespersons had declared already 'technically defeated' some months ago. This announcement ...The post $1bn dollars to fight Boko Haram' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justic 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
On the final day of his two-day visit to Kano state, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that it's more difficult tackling the menace of corruption than insurgency. According to the President, 'The power of corrupt Nigerians is so enormous, but we are determined to deal with the situation headlong. This has been adjudged by what is ...The post Why corruption, insurgency fight is difficult, By Gbemiga Olakunle appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Sweden-based forward Ngozi Ikobi has said the Super Falcons are devastated after American coach Randy Waldrum finally dumped an offer to handle the Nigeria women's team. Falcons coach designate Waldrum was yesterday named coach of University of Pittsburg. 'We were all excited when it was announced he is set to be the new Falcons coach. ...The post Falcons devastated after Randy dumps team for College job appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Ondo State government as part of her preparations for the hosting of the National Athletics Development Centre for the south-west has named six communities to benefit from the project which is limited to two per Senatorial district. A report from the state's Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon Saka Yusuf Ogunleye said, Mr Governor ...The post Ondo names 6 communities for National Athletics Development Centre appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Nigeria will compete in the 2018 FIBA 33 World Cup holding in Manila, Philippines from June 8-12, 2018 after being awarded a wild card by the Federation of International Basketball Associations FIBA. This latest decision was relayed through a letter to the Nigeria Basketball Federation under the leadership of Engineer Musa ...The post Basketball W/Cup: Nigeria gets FIBA 3X3 wildcard appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has congratulated Mitchell Obi who was re-elected unopposed as the AIPS Africa President. In a statement, Barrister Dalung said the latest development demonstrates the leadership role of Nigeria as a big brother on the African continent. He urged more Nigerians to get into leadership positions in ...The post Dalung hails Mitchel Obi appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Red hot Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo tops the list of Awardees to be honoured by the Edo State Football Association in its Award Nite scheduled for the Imaguero College Hall in Benin City this evening in a gala nite.. Confirming this yesterday, Edo FA Chairman, Frank Ilaboya said Ighalo who helped the Super Eagles ...The post Ighalo tops Edo FA 2017 Award winners appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Lekan Olaseinde with agencies The Super Eagles again dropped in the latest world football governing body, FIFA ranking released on Thursday, the Eagles are now 51st in the world from the earlier 50th , the Genor Rohr led team is 9th in Africa The Eagles' Group D 2018 FIFA World Cup opponents Argentina, Croatia ...The post Again, Nigeria drops in latest FIFA rankings appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
I am sure it must come as a big surprise to many of us that we now have 67 registered political parties. INEC registered 21 new political parties only last week. Before then, we had 46 political parties about which most of us were somnolently ignorant. But more political parties are coming. The chairman of ...The post A nation of mushroom political parties, By Dan Agbese appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
As Christians celebrate Christmas, Our Maiduguri Correspondent SADIQ ABUBAKAR took a survey of prices of goods, livestock and food stuff among others in Maiduguri. Visit to Maiduguri famous Monday Market shows that despite the boko haram insurgency and delay in salary payment of November 2017 as well as non payment of December 2017, the market ...The post Christmas: Prices of Livestock, Food Stuff, Ingredients Skyrocket appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 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 of ...The post Corruption: A monster we must all fight, By Uzoma Ezenwa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Sovereign Islamic debt issuance by non-Muslim countries is set to hit a 3-year high in 2017 ' Islamic finance complies with Sharia, or Islamic law, which prohibits earning interest and bars funding activities involving alcohol, pork, pornography or gambling ' The non-speculative nature of Islamic finance can help to ensure financial stability ' a ...The post Islamic finance is becoming so attractive that even non-Muslims want appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The opening and closing chapter over the controversy generated by the House of law popularly called Nigeria Law School and about the legal or otherwise of Barr Firdausi Amasa wearing her Hijab when being called to the Bar is yet to settle down. It becomes more worry some when an apex academic institutions that breeds ...The post Barrister, please adorn your Hijab! , By Ibrahim Muhammed appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Says Nigerians languishing under his rule The 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, on Friday insisted that ...The post Do something about fuel scarcity, PDP charges Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The Middle-Belt Forum (MBF) has called for the urgent intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari in the face-off between Fulani herdsmen and Bwatiye people in Numan, Adamawa state. Speaking through its President, Bala Takaya, the Forum sent a note of warning to traditional rulers in the North to restrain from making inciting ...The post Fulani/Numan attack: Middle-Belt Forum seeks FG intervention appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Stephen Osu Jalingo Taraba state governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, yesterday, presented the sum of N96.6 billion for 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly. Tagged 'Budget of Sustainable Growth,' the estimate is N14 billion less than that of 2017. Giving the breakdown of the budget, the governor said fifty one billion, two ...The post Taraba budgets N96bn for 2018 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Agi Onda Abuja Concerned by reports of mass casualties on the high seas, enslavement and other harrowing misfortunes being experienced by Nigerian youths seeking to migrate to Europe, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has called on stakeholders to collaborate with the organisation in order to equip more Nigerians with skills for entrepreneurship. Director-General/Chief Executive ...The post EQUIP Nigerians to stem rising migration ' ITF DG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Jus 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state yesterday presented a budget proposal of N220.288 billion for the 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly. The 2018 proposal recorded N16 billion increase as against the 2017 budget of N204 billion. Tambuwal assured that his government will concentrate on the ...The post Sokoto proposes N 220.2bn for 2018 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Najib Sani Bauchi Wife of Bauchi state governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar yesterday donated delivery kits and food items to 600 pregnant women and malnourished children in Toro local government area of the state. Our correspondent reports that items donated by the governors wife included; surgical blades, bleach, cotton, sanitary pads, surgical gloves, baby ...The post Bauchi govs wife donates delivery kits to 600 women appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Aideloje Ojo Minna The Ansar-ud-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow sacred cows in the war against corruption. The Muslim youth association who threw its weight behind the anti corruption crusade of the President, said the steps taken so far in the fight against corruption is ...The post Anti-graft: No sacred cows, Muslim youth tell Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Kwara state Assembly yesterday passed the N190.9 billion 2018 appropriation. The budget was increased by the lawmakers with about N9 billion as against N181.8 billion presented by governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on November 25. The legislature had on Wednesday suspended further consideration of the 2018 budget estimates following the failure of ...The post Kwara Assembly passes N190bn 2018 budget appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Taiye Odewale Abuja The feud between Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar and senator representing Zamfara Central, Kabiru Marafa over nominee for the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state got worsened yesterday with Marafa alleging that Governor Yari is not an indigene of the state. The Senate had, based on recommendation by ...The post Sen Marafa to Gov Yari: You're not from Zamfara appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
At the Nigerian Law School graduate, Amasa Firdaus, was refused her call to bar for failing to remove her hijab. The incident, which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, a week ago, has generated intense debate on the Nigerian cyberspace. Firdaus, who spoke to TheCable and has been asked by the Muslim ...The post Call-to-bar hijab controversy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Engineer Saheed Adeniyi Aremu, a water resources and environmental engineering expert, is an associate professor with the University of Ilorin and currently Managing Director, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Ilorin. In this interview with UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB, the LNRBDA boss speaks on the outfit's mandates, water-based issues and the new innovations being introduced into ...The post 2020 water scarcity prediction won't affect Nigeria ' Aremu appeared first on Bluep 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Amaechi Okwara Asaba Delta state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim has expressed the readiness of the command to work with other security agencies in the state towards ensuring greater security of lives and property. The Commissioner of police, who was represented by his deputy in charge of Administration, DCP. Ngozi Onadeko, stated this ...The post Delta CP pledges partnership in fight against crime appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
From Musa Umar Bologi Kaduna Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said any act of disloyalty or disobedience to constituted authority, including insubordination by any personnel will be decisively dealt with and defaulters shown the way out. The COAS gave the warning at the passing out parade, commissioning and oath taking ...The post We've zero-tolerance for indiscipline, Buratai tells officers appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Taiye Odewale Abuja Against the backdrop of divisive tendencies and agitations in the land, some prominent figures in the Niger Delta region on Wednesday in Abuja declared that the support of the zone to the unity and development of the country remained unshaken. The leaders, who made the declaration in Abuja at the 13th Niger ...The post Our support for Nigerian project unwavering 'Niger Deltans appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Helen Oji Abuja The Nigeria Armed Forces has risen to the challenges of collective action for national unity and security, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has said. The minister stated this while inaugurating 270 blocks of flat for the personnel of the military at the Mogadishu cantonment, Abuja. According to him, the military profession ...The post Our military bracing up to challenges of national unity ' Minister appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Agi Onda Abuja A coalition of civil society organisations, the Sahel Network on Preventing Violent Extremism (SNPVE) has called on the federal government to adopt robust peace building programmes in the effort to secure the country and the future of the younger generation. The coalition, in a press statement after its stakeholders' meeting in ...The post Our agenda for Buhari's anti-corruption, terrorism fight, by SNPVE appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Sanusi Muhammad Gusau Over N21 million was raised at the formal launching at the Imma Community Health Circle Initiative (IHCI), Zamfara, aimed at sustainable job creation in the state. Speaking during the occasion, the Executive Director of the NGO, Zainab Abdulaziz Yari said Help Centre conceived the effort as a means of facilitating critical ...The post Zamfara NGO raises N21m to create jobs appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Baba Yusuf Abuja National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, has been conferred with a prestigious Leads-Africa's Patriotic personality award by the League of African Development Students (LEADS), the umbrella body for all democratic student unions in Africa. Presenting the award to Bodejo at his office ...The post LEADS honours Miyetti Allah leader appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) has given assurance to the family of the corps member, Modupe Tawose who was raped and murdered in Ogun state, that the killer must be brought to justice. Tawose, a Batch A corps member serving with the Ogun State Ministry of Housing, was allegedly lured into the forest by Festus ...The post NYSC promises justice for murdered corps member appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, poured to the streets of Abeokuta Tuesday, to protest the closure of their school, which has been under lock for nearly three months. The protest left one student slumping and a police officer injured. The students who were angry for the delay in their second-semester examination which supposed to ...The post MAPOLY students protest closure appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, have said that their school is one of the foremost higher institutions in Nigeria with rich history, facilities and respectable alumni, but it's unfortunate that some departments in the institution traditionally do not give their graduates first class degrees. Currently, ABU was ranked the best university in the ...The post Departments that 'hoard' first class at ABU appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
By Martin Paul Abuja In the wake of fresh protest by the students of (MAPOLY) over their inability to sit for their second semester examinations, police have reportedly arrested 20 of the students for burning public properties. The protesting students, according to reports, poured to the streets of Abeokuta on Monday, disrupting vehicular movement ...The post 20 MAPOLY students arrested for alleged arson appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Lecturers of College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, on Wednesday protested against the Ekiti state governors directive to deduct taxes directly from the monthly subvention to the school which invariably affect their salaries. The lecturers, protesting under the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), marched from the new science building where they earlier held an emergency ...The post Ekiti lecturers protest Fayose's tax directive appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice