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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 30 December, 2017.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017

Home / News / Borno Assembly Approve Caretakers for 27 LGCs, Praises Governor over 2017 Budget

Borno Assembly Approve Caretakers for 27 LGCs, Praises Governor over 2017 Budget
The Borno State House of Assembly BOSHA has in its sitting Thursday  deliberated and passed the list of nomination of the 27 LGCs Chairmen and their Councilors earlier forwarded to the house by the executive for ratification and approval.
The Speaker, Alhaji Abdulrahman Lawan who presided the sitting said the list of nomination of the LGCs Caretaker Committee Chairmen and Councillors  was in line with the provision of the LGA Administration Law 2001 as amended and in the interest of the state which the house deemed it fit and necessary to approve the nominees to allow the local government administration work  and bring government closer to the people at the grassroots.
He directed the Clerk of the house, Alhaji Ibrahim Audu Ngulde to communicate to the executive the decision or resolution of the house immediately.
The new Caretaker  LGCs  Committee Chairmen for the 27 Local Government  Areas of Borno State approved by the house include.:


Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Joe Akagu is a writer with many publications to his credit. Akagu, who started writing at a very young age, alongside two others started the Early Readers Book Club, aimed at inspiring reading culture in young people. In this interview, he speaks on his writings, the book club among others. Can you give a brief ...The post I found myself through writing 'Joe Akagu appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
A PhD student at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, who preferred anonymity said most post graduate students in public universities reportedly spend more time than usual to complete their programmes principally due to thesis delay. Many doctoral students are said to have spent between five and 10 years on their individual thesis while others were ...The post Why postgraduate students spend more years on Campus appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
President-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation (Ohaneze Ndigbo) John Nwodo, has advised the federal government to respect and uphold the autonomy of universities in order for them to achieve the purpose for which they were established. Nwodo who made the call while presenting the second convocation lecture of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) ...The post Respect varsities' autonomy, Nwodo urges FG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Pro-chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council University of Calabar, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has advised the federal government to stop establishing more universities, but enhance the standard of existing ones. Iwuanyanwu gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Atta Ikeduru, Imo state. He said that instead of frequently approving new ...The post Opening new varsities not best -Pro-Chancellor appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Nigerian parents usually believe that some courses in the university give more financial security than others and sometimes impose them on their children and wards, according to reports. They want courses such as Law, Medicine and Engineering which they consider are in high demand. These courses have been said to be the future as they ...The post Courses parents want for their wards appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
One of the issues that shook the education sector in 2017 was the alleged removal of Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) and Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) from the curriculum. The intervention of lawmakers, however, put the debacle to rest. MARTIN PAUL writes. Preamble It was as if the hell was let-loose during the controversy that surrounded ...The post Resting the dust on CRK, IRS controversy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
A non-governmental organization, Friends of The Disabled (FOTD) Vocational and Educational Centre has commended the MTN Foundation for empowering 96 youths with disabilities in the past four years to establish their own businesses. So far, people with disabilities have been trained in different skills of shoemaking, sewing, catering, fish farming, among others. Speaking recently during ...The post Group lauds MTN Foundation skills empowerments programme appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth an 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Masters of Science (M.Sc) degree holders are among the 43, 806 candidates being screened for the 25, 000 primary school teaching jobs by the Kaduna state government. Our correspondent report that two names of two applicants with masters' degree on biochemistry and water resources were cited on the notice board at Rimi College, Kaduna. The ...The post Kaduna: M.Sc degree holders vie for primary school jobs appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Concerned stakeholders in the public and private sectors have begun collaboration with newly launched Vocational and Professional Development Academy (VPDA) in Lagos to deliver excellent vocational education to Nigerians. Founder of VPDA, Dr. Ekua Abudu, who spoke during the 'Soft Opening Building 1' of the academy, said that seeing a Nigeria with a better and ...The post 'Quality vocational training'll yield benefits' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna Nigerian Breweries Plc, has renovated and handed back 37 class room, a library, six conveniences, a bole hole and overhead tank to Kawo LEA Model Primary and Nursery School as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to mark Kaduna centenary. Speaking at the commissioning, the representative of the Permanent ...The post NB Plc fetes Kawo primary school in Kaduna appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
For putting up excellent performance in their various academic activities, Eroton Exploration and Production, an oil company, has rewarded 17 pupils and secondary school students in Delta state with cash prize of N100, 000 each. The ceremony was attended by the wife of the Delta State governor, Dame Edith Okowa, the Commissioner for Basic Education, ...The post Exceptional performance: 17 pupils get N100, 000 each appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Martin Paul Abuja West African Examination Council (WAEC) has extended the closing date for the sale of private candidates' registration forms to January 12, 2018. The council, on its official twitter page @waecnigeria, yesterday said the closing date had earlier been fixed for today, December 29, 2017. The registration of the WASSCE private candidates ...The post WAEC extends exam registration date to Jan 12 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Auwal Ahmad Gombe Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) Gombe state Field office has sealed six filling stations for their involvement in sharp practices, including selling above pump price and diversion of the product. The DPR operations controller in the state, Abdullahi Abawa, disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Gombe yesterday, saying one of ...The post 'DPR seals 6 filling stations in Gombe appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Taiye Odewale Abuja Disturbed by the lingering fuel scarcity across the country, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has directed members of the Committee on Petroleum (downstream) to cut short their holiday in order to contribute to addressing the crisis. This was announced on the Twitter handle of the Red Chamber on Wednesday and ...The post Fuel scarcity: Saraki orders committee members to forfeit holiday appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Maiduguri United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said yesterday that more than 1.6 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) benefited from the 2017 assisted programmes and projects in Borno state. A statement issued by the UNFPA media associate in Nigeria, Ms. Kori Habib, said many health facilities were also supported within the period under review. She also ...The post 1.6m Borno IDPs assisted in 2017 ' UNFPABy Sadiq Abubakar appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Hamidu Sabo Katsina Katsina state governor Aminu Bello Masari has fired his Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Halimatu Idris. A press release by the governor's spokesperson, Abdu Labaran, quoted a letter personally signed by Governor Masari thanking Mrs. Idris for the services rendered as education commissioner. The statement titled 'Letter of Appreciation and Disengagement,' dated ...The post Masari fires education commissioner appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justic 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Raphael Ede Enugu Enugu state Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi yesterday presented before the State House of Assembly, a budget estimate of N98, 563, 500. 000 for 2018 fiscal year. The budget estimate is 6.7 percent less than 2017 estimate of N 105, 19, 471, 000. Break down of the budget tagged, Budget of Sustainable ...The post Budget 2018: Ugwuanyi presents N98.563bn estimate appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja Associate Professor and Head of Department, Banking and Finance, Nasarawa State University, Dr. Uche Uwaleke has warned that except the present fuel crisis is quickly resolved, it may trigger inflation. According to Dr. Uwaleke, the negative effects of the current fuel scarcity may likely linger into the first quarter of 2018 ...The post Expert warns against non-resolution of fuel crisis appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By David Agba Abuja The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the FCI and the University of Malta today in Cairo announced the opening of registrations for the 2018 cohort of the Certificate of Finance in International Trade (COFIT). Stephen Kauma, Afreximbank's Director & Global Head of the Human Resources Department, said that COFIT 2018, which is ...The post 2018: Registration opens C of F in intl trade prog appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
A young North Carolina family may have a few joint parties in their future after the couples new baby daughter was born on the same day as both of her parents. WTVD-TV reports (http://abc11.tv/2jR0xpf ) London Hall was born at a Raleigh hospital on Jan. 27, giving her the same birthday as mom Lisa Lowe-Hall ...The post North Carolina newborn girl shares birthday with mom and dad appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
A woman who suffers from a rare allergy to exercise has revealed how having sex with her husband could potentially kill her. Katy VanNostrand visited a series of doctor safter repeatedly going into anaphylactic shock over a six-year period. She was finally diagnosed with exercise-induced anaphylaxis in around 2009 after having between 15 and 20 ...The post Woman suffers from rare allergy which means having sex with her husband could kill her appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The city of Jerusalem is very sacred to Muslims. It is one of the three most sacred cities in Islam. Jerusalem is called al-Quds al-Sharif (the Noble Sacred Place). Islam recognizes all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah. The Quran has mentioned many Prophets by name. Their stories and teachings are told at varying length ...The post What is the status of Jerusalem in Islam'By Ibrahim Muhammed appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The BBC's Africa editor Fergal Keane travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region, a land littered with tears and mass graves. Day by day the truth recedes from view. It is concealed by thick grasses. Only a few fragments of bone and shreds of cloth reach from the earth and demand attention. ...The post Surviving Congo's massacres: 'I climbed over bodies to flee' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By David Agba Abuja The British Coastguard is assisting a Russian flagged cargo ship, which started to list to one side just outside Portsmouth Harbour. Due to adverse weather conditions, plans to move Mekhanik Yartsev were put on hold, the coastguard said. The 2,700 dwt ship currently remains at anchor in the Solent. As informed, ...The post Russian cargo ship stuck off Portsmouth appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By David Agba Abuja Ports in Qatar continue to post robust performance showing strong growth in traffic. Defying the unjust siege imposed on the country, the ports continue to witness consistent rise in cargo movement. Hamad Port, which the largest port in the region, harboured 178 vessels in October this year showing a growth of ...The post Despite Arab gang up, Qatar's ports shows growth appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Ajibola Abayomi Lagos The over N1 trillion revenue by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had been faulted by Reno Omokri, the aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The amount, according to the NCS was the highest figure recorded by the agency under any government in the country. The figure according to the agency represented ...The post Customs lied on N1trn revenue claim ' Omokri appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Supervision (RBS) in the insurance industry, despite its ability to rescue the drowning financial subsector. In this report, DAVID AGBA writes that with its operational advantages, domestication and implementation of RBS to cater to the peculiarities of insurance industry in Nigeria, may be the path to toe in further developing the industry and deepening its ...The post Operators are dragging their feet over the implementation of the much talked about Risk Based appeared first on Blueprint - For 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa'i has advised Muslims to adhere to the teachings of the Holy Qur'an in order to attain total salvation in the hereafter. The governor, represented by the Director General, Bureau for Religious Affairs, Engr. Namadi Musa, made the call at the 2017 Qur'anic ...The post El-Rufa'i counsels Muslims on Qur'an, moral values appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Abuja-Kaduna train service has received a boost with the arrival of 10 new coaches and two locomotives to be deployed by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in January. Confirming the arrival of the coaches and locomotives yesterday in Abuja, the Station Manager, Idu Train Station, Victor Adamu, told NAN that the new coaches and ...The post Abuja-Kaduna rail receives 10 coaches, 2 locomotives appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday presented an estimate of N170. 2 billion for the state's 2018 budget to the state House of Assembly, with education getting the highest amount of N27 billion. Addressing the lawmakers in Maiduguri yesterday, the governor announced that the draft titled 'Budget of Resettlement and Empowerment' ...The post Education tops Borno's N170bn 2018 budget appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja with Agency report In what appears not to be cheering news for Nigerians engaged in crypto currency trading, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority have warned that people could lose all their money if they continue to invest in bitcoin as it is not real currency. Bittrex, Bitfinex, and CEX.io have halted trading, ...The post Bitcoin is like gambling, UK finance authorities warn appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says a total of 9.2 million passengers passed through Nigerian airports in 140,552 aircraft movements between January and September 2017. A statistics obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from FAAN in Abuja on Thursday, revealed that 6.38 million domestic and 2.8 international passengers passed through the ...The post Nigerian airports record 9.2m passengers, 140,552 aircraft movement in 9 months appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin kebbi Kebbi state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has organised a press week with a call on the state government and private individuals to partner with working journalists in the state in order to achieve the desired change. Declaring the week open at the NUJ State Secretariat, ...The post Kebbi NUJ seeks government partnership appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano A Kano based charity organisation, Maajin Watari Foundation, has donated drugs worth thousands of naira to Kano hospitals towards boosting the healthcare programmes of the state government under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. Speaking on the donation in a cremony, Ganduje said his administration placed high premium on the ...The post Foundation donates drugs to Kano hospital appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency (KWCSDA) yesterday presented a cheque of N34 million to 16 community beneficiaries of the World Bank-assisted community development projects in Kwara state. The 16 communities were spread across 8 local governments in Kwara North, Central and South, bringing the total number of benefiting ...The post 16 Kwara communities get N34m World Bank projects appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Bode Olagoke Abuja Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has called on Nigerians, especially the youths, to pray for the quick recovery of Yusuf Buhari, the son of President Muhammadu Buhari. The President's son was on Tuesday night involved in a bike accident in the Federal ...The post APC chieftain urges Nigerians to pray for Yusuf's recovery appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Akwa Ibom Controller of Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Alex Oditah, yesterday announced the re-arrest of 14 out of the 47 inmates who escaped from the Ikot Ekpene prison. The inmates escaped from the prison on Wednesday. Oditah also told the News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo that a three-member committee had been inaugurated to ...The post Ikot Ekpene jailbreak: 14 prisoners rearrested, many on the run ' Official appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Aliyu Askira Kano Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof Uba Abdallah Adamu has revealed that a woman in Gulak IDP camp in Adamawa state successfully registered with the university and passed out with a 1st class degree in Islamic Studies. Speaking to the press after a recent sensitisation workshop ...The post IDP obtains First Class in Islamic Studies appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Daniel Agbo Makurdi Benue state governor, Dr Samuel Ortom yesterday denied having a rift with the Catholic Diocese of Gboko. Governor Ortom was on Wednesday at the thanksgiving to mark the 64th birthday celebration of Sen. George Akume, prevented from speaking in the church by the Parish Priest of St. Christopher, Wannune, Rev Father ...The post I've no issue with Gboko Catholic Diocese ' Ortom appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Kwara state Police Commissioner, Lawan Ado and Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar yesterday insisted on retaining the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) outfit of the Nigeria Police Force. They however supported the reorganisation of the outfit as directed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris Kpotum. There has ...The post Kwara CP, Etsu Patigi insist SARS must stay appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Aideloje Ojo Minna Dare-devil robbers armed with sophisticated weapons in the early hours of yesterday raided Thaza community in Suleja town of Niger state. The robbers, said to be about 30 in number, stormed the community in three buses about 6.30 am and blocked all the entry and exit to the community. It was ...The post Robbers raid Suleja town in Niger appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Amaechi Okwara Asaba Ahead of the local government elections scheduled for January 6, 2018, Delta state judiciary has constituted Election Petition Tribunal and Local Government Council Election Petition Appeal Tribunal, to hear and determine petitions that may arise from the contest. State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro, who inaugurated the 18 member election petition ...The post Jan 6 LG polls: Delta Judiciary constitutes petition tribunals appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Agboola Bayo Ibadan Management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso yesterday sacked 255 workers and redeployed 299 others. This was contained in an internal memo issued by the hospital management, signed by one A.MA. Ajiferuke, on the major restructuring in the hospital. The internal memorandum dated, 27th December, 2017, reads: ...The post LAUTECH sacks 255, redeploys 299 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Enema Nze Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the news of the involvement of Yusuf Buhari, son of President Muhammadu Buhari in a power-bike accident in Abuja on Wednesday. A statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said: 'The PDP as a family prays for Yusuf's speedy recovery to ...The post Bike accident: PDP wishes Buhari's son speedy recovery appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress, (APC) Delta state chapter has denied adopting Chief Osiobe Okotie as its consensus candidate for the forthcoming 2019 gubernatorial election The APC while debunking a recent report credited to its state working committee over the adoption of Chief Osiobe Okotie yesterday noted that no candidate has yet been adopted since it ...The post Guber race: Delta APC denies adopting Okotie appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Patrick Andrew Abuja A member of the House of Representatives representing Ankpa ,Omalla and Ollamaboro Federal constituency, Honourable Hassan Omale, has flagged off the construction of Ojiaji bridge in Ogodu- Omalla local government. The lawmaker, who said he opted to construct the bridge for the benefit of his constituents, said the construction of the ...The post Rep constructs bridge, other projects for constituents appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
By Bode Olagoke Abuja The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has advised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to find lasting solutions to recurring incidences of fuel scarcity bedevilling the country or bury its head in shame. ADP National Chairman Engr. Yabagi Sani, in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Kayode Jacob, yesterday ...The post ADP to APC: Find solution to fuel queues or appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.