Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 26 February, 2018.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not bother about the pains most Nigerians are going through, especially the recently abducted school girls in Dapchi.
The opposition party also condemned a unification rally and celebrations held in Akure capital of Ondo state on Saturday to mark the one year in office of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, where some bigwigs of APC including its National Chairman were attendance.
In a statement signed Sunday in Abuja, ADP National Chairman Engr. Yabagi Sani, said holding such rally at a time when most Nigerians are still in pains of abducted Dapchi girls shows that “APC as a party is not bothered by the pains of the people and whose leadership does not learn from history.”
“It is unthinkable that the APC will not be able to put off any scheduled celebrations in solidarity with the  family of the over 100  missing  girls.
“This is the same blunder the PDP committed in 2014  when at a few days after the Chbok abduction they went to Kano and the army of APC propagandists led by Lai Mohammed swooped on them. calling them names that led to their eventual fall.”
Yabagi Sani also said the ADP was sad that history was repeating itself and the APC with its government was carrying on as if it is nothing serious.
“First they lied that more than half of the girls were recovered; later they claimed they were waiting to get reports from parents and now days have started counting while the Chibock tragedy remains unresolved.
“As for us in ADP we are finding it difficult to explain the lackadaisical attitude of the political party in power. It is beyond describing the abduction as a national tragedy or giving it names; it is about taking steps to immediately bring the Children back  It is not about passing blames, it is about making concerted efforts and being open with the challenges and limitations government is facing.
“Let the APC and its government be serious and open, this is a national challenge that all of us must work to resolve. If they continue to pretend and lie that all is well, dancing at rallies and consumed with 2019 passion, they may as well be the disaster that has befallen our nation at this time” the ADP Chairman concluded.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Presidency said on Sunday that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are focused on improving the lives of Nigerians and not the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) Mrs. Maryam Uwais and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Social Investment Programme Mr. Ismaeel Ahmed at a press briefing at the weekend.

“The President and Vice President are more committed to the electorate rather than elections and are concerned about the future rather than just next one year. So, this is entirely about the country itself and not just for political reasons. But, if you’re talking about what we can leverage on, there are a lot of successes in SIP. We’re engaging 73,000 cooks that are growing rural economy. They’re buying from local farmers.

“Therefore, this is growing the rural economy. They’re feeding some sevepoint something million children and we’ve reduced the number of out-of-school children in the last one or two years we’ve been implementing the school feeding programme and engaging 200,000 young unemployed graduates that are receiving N30,000 a month.

“Those are successes in itself. So, if we’re looking for things to leverage on, stomp our chests and storm the political campaigns and say we should be voted again, we have a lot of success stories to tell, but that is not the entirety and essence of this programme. The essence of this programme is to reduce poverty and to distribute wealth as much as we can. The president and the vice president care less about the elections like I said, they care more about the citizens,” the presidential aides said.

Specially, Mr. Ahmed said if the President and the Vice President had to campaign for a reelection, they had a lot of success stories to tell.

Asked what the administration would leverage on as one of the biggest successes of the NSIP for 2019 election campaigns, he said: “I think even though this is a political promise, it came from a manifesto of a political party. The implementation is far from being just political, the implementation is for all Nigerians. When we set out and were campaigning in 2015, we didn’t say what we’re going to do is going to be solely for political reasons.”

Also, Mrs Uwais said estimated number of poor people in the country stands at 80 million with nearly 500,000 of the extremely poor among them now captured in the National Social Register.

She said the estimate is from World Poverty Clock, adding that 297,973 poor households in 20 states are now being paid stipends under the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP).

He said even though credible targeting has been a major concern, NSIP has started to develop a Social Register in all the states that have met the criteria provided in the MoU signed with the NSIP Office.

She said: “It is important for us to get the targeting right so only the poorest of the poor will get paid. We have, according to statistics, up to 80 million people that are poor. And so, we had to device a strategy to ensure that we get the poorest and also insulate the process of getting to that poorest from any outside influence, whatever the influence maybe.

“So what we do is sign an MOU with the states. We have roles and responsibility for each side though we know is not enforceable but we want both sides to know what their responsibilities are.

“We select 30 percent because we had cash constrains. We couldn’t cover 80 million people that were poor. We now said we will start with 30 percent from each state. That comes to 30 percent of the poorest of the poor from each senatorial district.

“Working with NBS, we looked at local government that are the poorest in the senatorial districts for a balance and we shared the names of the local government with the states. They signed off.”

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Senator representing Katsina Central, who is also the vice chairman Senate Committe on Finance, Umaru Ibrahim Kurfi, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari, was consulting widely before the anouncement of his re-election bid.
Kurfi also revealled that majority of the serving Senators are fully behind the president to actualise his second term bid.
Speaking in Abuja weekend at the closing ceremony of a one week leadership training programme organised by the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups (NCBSG) for its coordinators nationwide, Senator Kurfi said that the president’s response to the governors’ who had recently urged him to declare for second term ahead of the 2019 general election was a wise one.
According to him, “For Buhari to say governors should give him more time as regards 2019, for me, it is a wise decision. He cannot take the decision without consultation. He has to have some people who will advise him.
“I know Buhari is doing a very wider consultation and I am positive Buhari by God’s grace will declare his intention for his re-election in 2019”.
On the stance of his colleagues on the president’s re-election bid, Senator Kurfi said, “All Senators are with Buhari. I do not know of anyone who is on the other side. In the senate we are the majority. They are all helping Buhari to come back in 2019. If Buhari does not come back or gets re-elected then we are going to lose.”
He further said past leaders in the country who are opposed to Buhari’s second term were being jealous of the president because his performance within three years in office has outshined theirs.
While presenting the certificates to the participants of the week-long seminar, the lawmaker said: “I am overwhelmed by this training. This shows that this government is doing very well. For a person to have this kind of followers it means Buhari is doing very well. With this kind of crowd it means President Buhari is performing.
“I am assuring you that 2019 will be a better year than 2015. We are all proud of President Muhammadu Buahri. Since inception of this administration he has not failed. He has defeated Boko Haram. He is tackling corruption without fear or favour. When the head is clean certainly the bottom will be clean.”

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has warned that the education of Nigerian children must not be impeded or threatened in any part of the country. The party noted that doing so will amount to yielding to the devilish and ultimate goal of the Boko Haram group, urging thefederal government to rise to the occasion []The post Abduction of 105 Dapchi students: Dont allow terrorists threaten education, APDA tells FG, military appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The long awaited family Court has been established in Bayelsa by the State Government. The Court in the State is to ensure that cases of child rape, violence against women and children, child trafficking and kidnapping and child custody is given accelerated hearing. The Court, which has already resumed sitting, has an appointed High Court []The post Bayelsa establishes Family Court on pedophile cases, child kidnapping, others appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Protein is considered among the most important nutrients for the body. Not only is it the building block of your muscles, says it also helps 'produce new cells, regulate hormones and enzymes, heal wounds and promote immune function.' While most people consume enough protein through their food choices on a day-to-day basis, those who []The post 13 common signs and symptoms of protein deficiency appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
What is the latest on your partnership agreement with government in respect of Garki Hospital' The latest is that we have been visited by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC). It is the federal government's body responsible for evaluating such agreement. We have also been visited by officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA). So []The post An enduring system will end medical tourism'Dr. Wada appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The federal government has said it sold N79.62 billion worth of bonds during its February auction. According to a circular posted on the website of the Debt Management Office (DMO) on Thursday, N27.18 billion worth of the bonds were allotted at 14.50 per cent in 31 successful bids to mature in July, 2021. The []The post FG sells N79.62bn bonds of 5, 10-yr tenors appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the 9mobile telecommunication company would not be sold to an incompetent investor and promised to ensure that the company is taken over by investors with the requisite technical capability and pedigree to manage the organisation. NCC disclosed this in a statement issued by its Spokesman, Tony Ojobo, yesterday []The post 9 Mobile not for incompetent investors ' NCC appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has made a strong case for increased American and global investments to help unlock Africa's agriculture potential. Adesina who made the remarks, at the USDA's 94th Agriculture Outlook Forum, in Virginia on Thursday, said that 'For too long, Agriculture has been associated with what []The post Adesina Urges America to Support Africa on Agriculture appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disclosed that it is set to launch its electronic / online membership registration to ease the process of registration for its members. The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who disclosed this in Abuja recently, explained that the electronic membership registration will help to enlarge the membership base []The post PDP to begin electronic membership registration soon ' Secondus appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Action Democratic Party (ADP), has said that the kidnap of over 90 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe state marks the countdown to the end of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration. The ADP National Chairman, Engr. Yabaji Sani, also described the APC government as a rag-tag organisation, which sold only images to []The post 'countdown to APC govt has started ' ADP appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has finally picked his transferred temporary voters card at the Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) office in Okene. Bello, who was accompanied by some of his political appointees, was received by INEC staff and the Administrator of Okene Local Government Council, Engr. Abdulrazaq Muhammed. The governor registered in []The post 2019: Kogi gov gets transferred temporary voter card appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has called on Nigerians to hold President Muhammadu Buhari responsible for the abduction of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state and several other atrocities committed by insurgents, particularly in the northern part of the country. The party in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, []The post Yobe girls: Nigerians should hold Buhari responsible ' PDP appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has criticised the 'Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill', saying some of its content could 'provide an avenue for the legalisation of many anti-human life and anti-family activities.' The clerics, in a communiqu issued at the end of the CBCN's first plenary session for 2018 in Abuja, also condemned []The post Catholic Bishops oppose gender equality bill appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has asked Nigerians to continue to pray for safe return of the abducted students of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe state. Ortom described the incident as traumatic especially for parents and relations of the schoolgirls. The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver []The post Ortom urges prayer for return of abducted Yobe girls appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
An Osun state High Court, sitting in Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday, sentenced a middle- age man, Moshood Babatunde, to 11 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of human part. The convict was arraigned on a four- count charge bothering on conspiracy, unlawful possession of human part, among others. The charges preferred against the convict []The post Man bags 11- years for possessing human skull appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
A Kogi state High Court, yesterday, sentenced a leader of a six-man gang, Mohammed Sani Audu, to death by hanging for stabbing one Hussein Isa to death over land dispute. The convict, who hails from Adavi local government area of the state, was charged with Culpable Homicide punishable with death contrary to section 221(a) []The post Gang leader to die by hanging over land dispute appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Rice cultivation has not just put Kebbi state on the agricultural map of Nigeria, but has also created jobs, attracted investments and made farmers millionaires as KABIRU DOGON DAJI reports When President Muhammadu Buhari met with members of the business community during Ramadan fasting in June 2016, he complained openly about the nation's lack of []The post Rice farming: Kebbi's new goldmine appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Pop artiste Bankole Wellington (aka Banky W), has announced the rebranding of his record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.). E.M.E. was the starting record label for popular names in the music industry including Wizkid, Skales and Niyola. He said the E.M. E is now a full-fledged Media Agency will focus on creative Marketing, Advertising, PR, []The post Banky W rebrands record label appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 
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