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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 FEBRUARY, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 15 February, 2018.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Sibanye-Stillwater and the Department of Mineral Resources are conducting an investigation into the death of an employee at the Driefontein mine on Monday evening in South Africa.
The incident was said to have occurred while the employee was clearing a blocked ore pass according to MiningWeekly.
MiningWeekly reports that, “Sibanye-Stillwater expresses its deepest condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues,” on Tuesday.
The National Union of Mineworkers expressed concern about the loss of lives at Sibanye-Stillwater’s operations in recent weeks, pointing out that two employees at the miner’s Kloof mine had died in a fall-of-ground incident last week.
Operations in the affected area have been suspended while the investigation is under way.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
A Nigerian gold mining firm operating in Osun state, Thor Exploration Limited (also known as Segilola), has emerged winner of the 2018 Investment Battlefield for its gold exploration project in the south west state. The company was selected as the most promising of the 22 junior mining companies that participated in the Investor Battlefield Competition, ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Urges civil servants to be active in politics Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has canvassed for a proportional representation system of all political parties in the National Assembly to check cases of cross carpeting among lawmakers. The People Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain also said it was a wrong notion for people to say that civil ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has condemned the maiming and killings of Innocent citizens in Zamafara State, urging that such issue should not be swept under the carpet. Frank said that Agatu killings in Benue state, Killings in Nasarawa, Taraba and other States across the federation started from killing one ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The leadership of the Coalition of APC Youth Support Groups, South-south zone, has passed a vote of confidence on the coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boro, urging him to do more. Addressing a press conference in Abujaon Wednesday, Chairman of the Coalition Amb. Fubara Dagogo, who spoke on behalf of other stakeholders of ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has revealed plan to train 11,300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North Eastunder the Skill Acquisition Programmes of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE). The Minister of Labour and EmploymentChris Ngige disclosed this at the inauguration of the programme yesterday in Maiduguri. The minister who ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
In continuation of the efforts to finalize the review of Communication Policy ahead of 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has convened a meeting of experts and technocrats to retouch the document. A statement by the Director, Voter and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi stated that the document is intended to serve the ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Abuja The huge investments and philanthropic strides of Africa's top industry-Dangote Group- came into limelight as Kogi State opened its First Investment Summit in Lokoja yesterday. The conglomerate is the major sponsor of the two-day summit with the theme: 'Discover uncommon Investment Opportunities in the Confluence.' The Dangote Cement's Obajana Plant is the single largest ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Abuja The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said that only eight federal government agencies are allowed to operate and have physical representation at all port locations in the country. In a signed statement by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Alhaji Abdullahi Goje, the corporation said the disclosure followed a directive of the ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The senate has expressed worry over the scarcity of lower denomination of Naira notes. Members of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday expressed concerns over the scarcity of N5, N10, N20, N50, N100 and N200 in the country. The lawmakers noted that the scarcity poses a severe threat to the economy of the nation, which ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Scandal-hit British charity Oxfam was reeling on Tuesday after fresh claims of sexual assault and rape, this time between aid workers in South Sudan. Helen Evans, former global head of safeguarding, also warned of assaults on children volunteering in Oxfam's hundreds of high-street charity shops in Britain. She accused senior managers of failing to act, ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Commonwealth has secretly begun considering who might succeed the Queen as its head, the BBC has learned. The issue is hugely sensitive because the role is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen's death. The Commonwealth has set up a 'high level group' to look at ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Lagos Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday identified the importance of collaboration of key stakeholders to achieve the desired goal for sports administration and development in the country, saying funding of sports should not be the exclusive preserve of government. Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he inaugurated the new boards ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Abuja Barely 48 hours after IBB Ladies Golf Open ended, no fewer than 10 countries mainly from West Africa are already trickling into Abuja for another five-day competition put together by Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (LPGAN). Making this known to Blueprint Sports inside IBB Golf Course in Abuja yesterday, Professional Golfer, Uloma Mbuko ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Dalung has revealed that a panel of inquiry would be constituted to dig deep into why an ineligible Super Eagles Player was fielded during final of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Algeria and Nigeria. Defender Shehu Abdullahi was match-tied following repeated yellow cards received in two ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
NPFL hot shot and FC Ifeanyiubah forward Godwin Obaje, has disclosed that there is yet no return date for him after he suffered a knee injury in the early stages of the match day 6 clash against Akwa United in Nnewi, Anambra state. 'I'm now in Kaduna, I don't know when I will return to ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
EMEKA NZE compares former President Olusegun Obasanjo's Coalition of Nigeria Movement or better still, the 'Third Force' seen as the solution to Nigeria's bad governance, and the Northern Political Leaders Forum, many think, is scheming to grab power by 2019. 2019 race begins As the race for 2019 general elections gathers momentum, new establishments continue ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Abuja Members of the House of Representatives expressed mixed reactions to a motion on the propriety of the alleged grant of amnesty by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to some suspected criminals on the wanted list of Rivers State Security Council, During debate on the motion yesterday, the chairman of the House Committee on Public ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Minna The plot to reserve automatic tickets for Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State the lawmakers from the state and National Assemblies, has ran into troubled waters. The development has generated deepened the crisis rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state as party loyalists and factions have stiffly resisted the plan to ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Abuja Disturbed by lack of documentation of historical events in Nigeria, The senate yesterday resolved to collaborate with the House of Representatives to establish a Joint Committee of Culture and Tourism on National Assembly Legislative Museum and Archives. The senate said the lack of such documentation has necessary preserve and encourage knowledge of historical events. ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Ilorin A traditional ruler in Kwara South senatorial district, Oba Johnson Tejumola Iranloye, has urged the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and other leaders, to consider politicians with vision for elective offices and community service in the next political dispensation. Specifically, the monarch said the likes of Dr. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, the Senator representing ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) Volunteer Group Kaduna State chapter has elected Alhaji Abdurrazak Sambo Makama as its new chairman. The election, which was held at El-Rufai Campaign Office along Isa Kaita Road, Kaduna, was attended by members of the volunteer group in the State. Speaking shortly after his election, the new chairman, Makama, ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
BM Dzukogi is former general secretary Association of Nigerian Authors and founder of the Hill-Tops Art Centre based in Minna, Niger state. He is also a facilitator of numerous literary initiatives. In this interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, he discusses his new initiative, Nigerian Festival of Teen Artists (NIFESTEENA), scheduled to hold in Kaduna state. ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Umuahia The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been warned to conduct free and fair election in 2019 to avoid the wrath of Nigerians, who have vowed to resist rigging of any sort from the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC). This warning was handed to the electoral umpire yesterday at the PDP Secretariat in ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Yenogoa The former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has suggested that native oaths should be administered on elected and appointed political office holders to tame the tide of corruption in governance. The politician, who said traditional oath should be legalised for all political office holders, claimed that it would help reduce corruption ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has granted approval to Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic to begin National Diploma programmes in Building Technology and Civil Technology/Institutional Administration. Disclosing this in an interview in Sokoto, the Rector, Aminu Ibrahim, said the accreditation was secured because it was fully funded and supported by the state government. 'In addition, ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Zaria The Director of Administration and Human Resources, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Dr Aminu Gusau, has identified vibrant and efficient rail system as a path to maximum economic growth and development. He said this yesterday while addressing newly recruited workers receiving training at the NRC Training School, Zaria, Kaduna state. Gusau pointed out that no ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Abuja National Center for Women Development (NCWD) has begun a five-day training on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for a total of 50 participants comprising blind women and female entrepreneurs across various organisations in the country. Its Director-General, Barrister Mary Ekpere-Eta, during the opening ceremony held at the information and communication technology department of the ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Abuja The Public Relations Officer of Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Mr. Fabian Benjamin, has restated the commitment of the board, led by Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, to root out corruption in the board. Speaking on Channels Television's Sunrise Daily yesterday, Benjamin said the board was 'determined to clean the system of any act of ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Gombe Gombe state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare has said that the state Gender and Equal Opportunities for All Persons is not for men and women to struggle for supremacy. Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Ishiaku Mohammed, disclosed this while speaking at the two-day review meeting of the state gender committee organised ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Gusau The Not Too Young to Run, Zamfara state chapter, has appealed to state Assembly members to, as a matter of urgency, pass the age reduction bill into law to enable the youths participate fully in politics in the 2019 general elections. The call was made by the state coordinator of the movement, Amb. Anas ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Lagos Security Watch Africa, organisers of African Security Summit, has named Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Most Innovative African Leader in overnance in West and Central Africa. The state government also bagged the Golden Star award in recognition of its exemplary service in Africa. The awards were presented to the government at a ceremony held ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Zaria A front line member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sha'aban, has accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of massive loot of the nation's treasury during its 16 years in office. Sha'aban made the allegation in an exclusive interview with Blueprint in Zaria, saying considering the huge loot by the ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
As the Lassa fever scourge ravages some parts of South-west states, members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Osun state chapter, on Monday, took campaigns to markets in Osogbo, the state capital, to enlighten women on its symptoms and how to track the disease. Leading the team of medical practitioners, the Chairman of NMA, Tokunbo ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Kano Kano state government has purchased two houses worth N10 million, at Madabo Quarters in Dala local government area for Madarastu Babban Malami Islamiyya School to enable it to construct its permanent site. Similarly, Senator Kabiru Gaya, representing Kano South, pledged to construct four classes for the school, while Senator Barau I. Jibrin, representing Kano ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Damaturu As peace gradually returns to Yobe, one of the states worst-hit by the Boko-Haram insurgency, a non-governmental organisation, African Youth for Peace Development and Empowerment Foundation (AFRYDEV), with support from North-east Regional Initiative (NERI) has sensitised youths in Geidam local government area in the state on the need to participate in peace-building, leadership development ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The federal government has concluded arrangements to establish the Nigerian Mining Commission, to take charge of the regulatory role of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this at the Nigeria Day event at the 2018 African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, South ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Director General, National Centre for Woman Development (NCWD), Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta (middle), in a group photograph with female entrepreneurs, during the opening ceremony of a five-day ICT skill training for the visually impaired persons and project management training for female entrepreneurs by NCWD, in Abuja on Monday Photo: Deborah Bada/JAU/NAN 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Kuje area council has called on parents in the community to bring out their wards to be immunised against measles for the 2018 immunisation campaign exercise. Wife of chairman of the Council, Hajia Amina Abdullahi Galadima, made the call while flagging off measles and Polio campaign in Kuje at the weekend. According to her, ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Sarkin Pawa, Alhaji (Dr.) Usman Detti, has appealed to FCT administration to update the Dei-Dei and other abattoirs within the territory to an acceptable standard. Detti made the appeal recently when he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration in his office by Cornerstone University, Jerusalem, Israel, in Dei-Dei, Bwari area council. Detti ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr. Christian Ohaa, has disclosed that all government hospitals in the Territory to immediately strengthen their SERVICOM units in order to enhance effective service delivery. He gave the charge recently when the FCT Administration played host to the National Coordinator/CEO of the SERVICOM Office, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemeli, ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has dismissed claims by Air Peace that its aircraft was burgled. The air carrier had claimed that the rear cargo hold of its Flight 7138 holding for departure on Runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos was opened by thieves on February 8. But the aviation regulatory body ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
YouWiN, a multimedia programme of the Federal Ministry of Finance for young enterpreneurs, has announced the names of successful candidates for its training. This was disclosed in a statement issued by Ministry of finance on Thursday. The list is based on three categories viz. national merits, regional and state merits. The statement reads ' We ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has promised to complete the abandoned palace project of the Ahta Oro, the supreme traditional ruler of Oron in Akwa Ibom State's third largest ethnic group. NDDC Managing Director of the commission, Mr. Nsima Ekere, announced this during a courtesy call by Oro Think Tank, a political arm of Oron ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
At the University of Abuja, a fabric of the course matter of Sociology 201 (SOC 201) is the maxim that the family unit is a microcosm of the larger society. Thus, if the family unit is broken down, the larger society fares terribly indeed. Which is why it was disturbing to read in the newspaper ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
It is often said that the consumer is king. Yet, in Nigeria, events playing out on a daily basis never cease to project the consumer in any manner near being 'chief' let alone being the 'king'. What happens mostly are cases of the consumer being shortchanged, conned, cornered and underrated. Many a time, consumers in ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Last week, three ministers in the Muhammadu Buhari administration through their utterances and or actions helped to validate some of the observations pointed out by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his recent open letter to the administration. They are Mansur Dan Ali (Defence), Malami (Justice), and Adebayo Shittu (Communications). Amidst the dust generated by tensions ... 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Darling, is it true you swallowed 36 million naira' Did crocodile disappear with our foreign reserved'-Cartoon 

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