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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 31 December, 2017.

Sun, 31 Dec 2017

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, has disclosed that the Authority, under his watch, has licenced three new Free Trade Zones.

Jime, who disclosed this in his Christmas Message, gave the names of the new FTZs as: Nasco Town FTZ; Quit Aviation Services FTZ; and Tomaro FTZ.

He explained that besides this netting the country over $2.751 billion in Foreign Direct Investment inflows, the new FTZs are targeting direct jobs in excess of 50,000.

His words: “Under my stewardship, we have so far been able to licence three new industrial parks i.e. Nasco Town Free Zone, which is valued $2,086billion. It is estimated, at completion, to be able to provide 15,000 direct jobs.

“The second is Quit Aviation Services Free Zone, valued at $215million, and is estimated to provide jobs in their thousands. And there is: Tomaro Industrial Park, in Lagos, valued at $450million. It would also provide jobs running into the thousands.”

The NEPZA helmsman listed challenges he met upon assumption of office to include low staff morale, inter-agency rivalry, delayed promotions and poor investor-confidence, but said he has been able to make appreciable impact with the support of his cooperative management team.

The managing director used the occasion to refute the erroneous media reports that the Authority had padded its 2018 budget estimates.

Jime’s words: “I wish to state clearly, categorically and emphatically that any story about a padded budget or a bloated personnel cost by the Authority is false and misleading. NEPZA has neither padded her budget proposal nor bloated its personnel cost!


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“Although the stories mentioned figures here and there, both failed to state clearly that the figures were queries from the Distinguished Senators to which the NEPZA leadership gave clear, detailed and satisfactory explanations.

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Ogun state Police Command has arrested a man for allegedly killing his six months old baby. The Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed this to journalists, said the suspect, Andrew Koku, committed the crime in Ayedere, Obadara area of Abeokuta. 'The Ogun State Police Command has arrested one Andrew Koku 'm' of ...The post Man nabbed for killing own 6-month-old baby appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
About one hundred and fourteen prison inmates, yesterday breathed air of freedom after their court fines were paid by the FCT Administration. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, disclosed this when the Presidential Committee on Prison De-congestion visited the Kuje Medium Security to review cases of inmates who ...The post Yuletide: Bello frees 114 inmates in FCT appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof Is-haq Oloyede, has expressed worries over low turnout of candidates at the board's registration centres in Kano. Oloyede, who said this during the inspection of some Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in the state, expressed concern over the candidates' attitude towards the UTME. Oloyede said that ...The post JAMB Registrar worried over candidates' registration in Kano appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Just 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Organised labour has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the ongoing fuel shortage ravaging the nation persists till next year. A press statement issued yesterday said it also hailed the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, for directing the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to cut short its recess and immediately convene ...The post Fuel Scarcity: Labour mulls industrial action if '' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Former Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated a serving Member of the Community Parliament, Senator George Oppong Weah, on his victory in the Liberian presidential election. A statement signed by Uche Anichukwu, Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate, ...The post Ex-ECOWAS Speaker congratulates Weah, hails Liberians appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Family of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) yesterday, broke silence over his two years incarceration and demanded for his unconditional release. Dasuki, who served in the administration of former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, was arrested in 2015 and still being detained over his alleged involvement in the $2.1bn arms deal ...The post 2 years after incarnation: Family demands Dasukis release appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Plateau State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, has commenced the refund of N23.9m to the 2017 pilgrims, the board acting executive secretary, Zakari Haruna, has said. He said in a press statement that the refunds commenced on Thursday at the board office in Jos. It said: N23, 934,388.65 is to be refunded to the 2017 ...The post Plateau pilgrims board refunds N23.9m appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the attitude of some hoodlums that vandalised the first consignment of 220 bags of rice sent to Kogi state by members of National Assembly to ameliorate the suffering of the state workers who have not been paid salaries for several months by the state government. In ...The post Hoodlums hijacked rice sent to Kogi workers by NASS appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Sycophancy is a way of winning or currying favour from powerful and influential people through flattery and praise singing. This cringing subservient attitude is described by many as fawning obsequiousness, which is meant to divert attention from the pulse of the people. Usually, a larger- than-life picture is created around these leaders, giving them ...The post Politics of sycophancy in Nigeria appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The tranche of academic earned allowances due to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), some N23 billion, just dispersed to those who earned this money has all but gone back into the national economy. I should know this because I had all but disbursed my share to those who need this capital ...The post ASUU's N23bn injected into economy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Recently, Bilyaminu was allegedly killed by his wife. It was alleged that she saw some correspondence between him and another lady in his phone. A week earlier, a senior police officer had told me how they now deal with lots of marital disputes related to mobile phones. In his words, 'Smartphones now kill more marriages ...The post Effects of smartphones on relationships appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The torrent of revelations unleashed by the Paradise Papers serve as a reminder of an unpalatable truth: We are not all equal in the eyes of the taxman. The 13.5 million documents, pored over by hundreds of journalists from across the world, underscore just how easy it is for multinational corporations and the world's wealthiest ...The post Ending fiscal impunity appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to six new Bils including the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, 2017. Other Acts includes the gas producing and gas processing companies in the list of agencies that are contributing to the Niger Delta Development Commission in addition to the oil companies in a bid to ...The post Buhari signs six Bills into law ' Congratulates Liberian President-elect George Weah appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
You may be used to drinking a cup of coffee or tea to wake you up in the morning. Some of you may opt for a glass of cool water to replenish you and get your morning started. These things may now be morning habits; however, it can be worth reconsidering how you start ...The post 7 surprising benefits of drinking warm water in the morning appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Hajiya Binta Shehu Bamalli is the founder, Sure Start Initiative; an NGO which caters to the needs of females, especially young girls. She spoke to ENE OSANG on her campaign for the education of the girl-child. Can we meet you' I am Hajia Binta Shehu Bamalli, an indigene of Kaduna state, Zaria local Government to ...The post Why I advocate for girl-child Binta appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Former football star George Weah has been elected as Liberia's president. With nearly all ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the vote. As news of Mr Weah's victory emerged, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia. He will succeed ...The post George Weah elected Liberian president appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Former football star George Weah was on Thursday declared winner of keenly contested Presidential election of Liberia. As the news of Mr Weahs victory emerged, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia. He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africas first elected female president, in Liberias first democratic handover in decades. As a footballer, George ...The post George Weah: A Footballer with Presidential destiny appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
In every competition, all participant want to achieve is qualification and at the moment a national make the final list, they are regarded as finalist with equal opportunity to make meaningful impact in the final stages through the group, knock out, quarter , semi and emerge as champion in such a completion like the ...The post I became renowned administrator on a platter of gold ' Fanny Amoo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
In Nigeria, there are about 120,000 to 150,000 cases of obstetric fistula each year, with about 12,000 new cases occurring annually. In this interview with AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI, the chief consultant, obstetrician gynaecologist and Medical Director of the National Obstetric Fistula Centre (NOFIC), Babbar Ruga, Katsina, Dr. Aliyu Mohammed El-Ladan, talks about the causes of ...The post Why Fistula is prevalent in the North Dr. El-Ladan appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
For the first time since 2010, the world economy is outperforming most predictions, and we expect this strength to continue, Goldman Sachs has stated. Gobal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) forecast for 2018 is 4.0 per cent up from 3.7 per cent in 2017 and meaningfully above consensus, the agency notes. According to the Agency, ...The post Goldman Sachs says global economy will outperform prediction in 2018 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
There appears to be real change sweeping across the length and breadth of Nigeria Taekwondo since the past four months after years of near comatose occasioned by lack of practical and proactive sporting programmes. The dwindling fortunes of Taekwondo in a country where majority of young People have remained unengaged climaxed woefully and turned ...The post New dawn for Nigeria Taekwondo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Manchester United will look to return to winning ways when they face Southampton at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have registered back to back draws in the league, a run which has seen them fall a staggering 15 points behind leaders Manchester City. It's not quite the way Mourinho would have wanted his December to ...The post Premier League Preview: Red Devils tackle the Saints, Reds set to outfox Leicester appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
When we began campaigning in 2014 for the responsibility to lead this state, we made it clear that Education is one of our priority areas. In the Restoration Programme, the APC manifesto for Kaduna State, we stated that 'our educational policies and programmes are aimed at eradicating illiteracy in Kaduna State, ensuring every child gets ...The post Education is the ultimate leveller appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 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. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Even thought it started with me, it turned out, I was not the sole beneficiary of the manager's empathy and system's magnanimity. Other people of religious beliefs also immensely benefited. Because I worked in the university's exam office, I was aware that students were given consideration when they observed sabbath (Jewish) or when their exams ...The post Religious profiling: My close shave with death (II) appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
During the 2015 campaign, All Progressives Congress(APC) had promised to improve the living condition of Nigerians. In this interview with IBRAHEEM MUSA, former governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa said that Nigerians are groaning under the APC-led administration almost three years down the road. In addition, the leader of the Peoples Redemption Party(PRP) spoke ...The post Nigerians' living condition is getting worse ' Balarabe Musa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth an 


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Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Sycophancy is a way of winning or currying favour from powerful and influential people through flattery and praise singing. This cringing subservient attitude is described by many as fawning obsequiousness, which is meant to divert attention from the pulse of the people. Usually, a larger- than-life picture is created around these leaders, giving them ...The post Politics of sycophancy in Nigeria appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
On December 4, 2017 the Non-Teaching Staff Unions (National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT); Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU); and Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU)) in public universities resumed their suspended strike. This time, it is about the failure of the Federal Government to explain how ...The post ASUU and earned allowance appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
The head of the executive arm of government, President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Chairman of the National Assembly as well as his counterpart, House speaker Yakubu Dogara of the legislative arm, were all born in December, so was Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Nkanu Onnoghen. Similarly, Governor Abubabakar Sani Bello of ...The post Nigerian leaders are born in December appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Courage and firmness are some of the inherent features of Hajiya Khadija Gambo Hawaja, a renowned social activist, an Islamic Daee (Preacher) and an advocate of attitudinal change. In this interview with MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU, she speaks on girl-child education, life as Daee, her NGO, Muslim Women Forum for Peace on the Plateau as well ...The post Im not a conventional Hausa woman Khadija appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
In spite of Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu's promise that petrol will be available in 48 hours on December 14 and the assurances of the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kachallah Baru that there is enough product for the country, Nigerians had spent Christmas under ...The post Will Nigerians spend New Year in filling stations' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
This is a story I had wanted to tell a long while ago, but events after my first book publication since 2010 had hindered it. I even tried to tell it at my 2012 book launch, but the book review had usurped the time for that. I have been able to tell it to ...The post How to self-publish a book in Nigeria appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.