Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 13 March, 2018.
Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Osun State government has demanded apology from the former Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, for misleading member of the public in his claim that the recently commissioned Workers Drive road was funded by UNESCO.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, said that UNESCO has put paid to rumour that it funded the acclaimed road.
The statement reads: “the Government wishes to remind the people that the embattled Omisore and his cohorts, including some sponsored professionals obviously serving pecuniary interest had last week, lied that UNESCO committed 70 per cent to the funding of the Workers Drive, wrongly claiming that the crisis riddled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had role in the reconstruction of the road.
“However, the UNESCO has denied committing any fund to the reconstruction of the former Olaiya-Odi-Olowo-Ita-Olokan Road, which connects the road that leads to Osun Groove in Osogbo, the state capital.
“UNESCO’s Communication Consultant (Regional Office), Mr Olusola Macaulay, has said UNESCO is not currently funding any project in the state, and that the state government at no time approached the organization to fund the Workers Drive.
“There was no time the Osun State government or its agencies approached UNESCO to support the project or contribute anything to it. We didn’t pay 70 per cent or any other fraction to the project, as being peddled.
“The UNESCO statement has confirmed the position of the government on the reconstruction of the road, and reinstated our claim that it was done 100 per cent from the Omoluabi Infrastructure Conservation Fund.
“Omisore should eat the humble pie and toe the responsible line with the UNESCO puncturing his blatant lies. He should be bold enough to apologise to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the state government and the people of the state. Taking this step will help him in redeeming his battered and hogwash image in this matter.
“The former deputy governor has demonstrated, by engaging in rumour peddling and spreading falsehood, gross incompetence and lack of understanding to run government. He has exposed his intellectual laziness to think or conduct simple research on how a renowned organization like UNESCO run its affair before embarking on his white lies.
“It is crystal clear that Omisore has nothing to offer the people of the state of Osun and it is bad enough that he is a leading governorship aspirant of the opposition PDP which has shown that they lacked requisite person to hold the exalted position of the governor of Osun. This apparent failure is indicative of the fact that Omisore is a failed aspirant whose rabid desire to rule pushes to tell lies with a view to gain relevance, even when that hurts and dis-orients the people.
“The government advises Omisore to quickly look around for institution where he could take a course on how government and organisations run as his conduct so far has shown that he might have been impeached as a deputy governor because of his incompetence and misconduct.
“Let Omisore and his co-travelers in the journey of tomfoolery know that getting mischievous is not a good trait that endears an aspirant to the electorate, while lying so blatantly makes one to be a reject by God.
“The former deputy governor should desist from deliberate efforts at misinforming the people of the state and face his disgraceful and ignoble charges with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“We urged the good people of the state to once again disregard the lies and leave Omisore, and his co-mischief makers to their irresponsibility.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Zonal Director, North West, National Housing Programme, Arc Toluhi Joseph, has said Nigeria has a deficit of over 18 million housing units.
Toluhi Joseph disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital yesterday when he led a federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing team on the supervision of 80 number housing units project embarked upon at Kuraje village in Gusau local government area of the state.
The director’s statistics raised alarm over the federal government new mechanism and strategy aimed at ensuring every Nigerian has access to decent accommodation by the year 2020.
He explained that, the essence of their visit to the North West states was to ascertain the levels of quality work and completion as well as ensuring the projects is based on contractual agreements between the federal government and contractors handling the projects within the zone.
He further stated that the national housing programme 2016 projects embarked upon by the federal government had been given to all indigenous contractors nationwide in order to encourage them as well as enhance their economic potentials.
“The federal government is committed to ensuring Nigerians get their essential and decent accommodation under the 2016 national housing programme at affordable rate by the year 2020,” he stated.
He maintained that, after the completion of 80 housing units in Zamfara state, the federal government would soon award additional 80 housing units in each state of the federation, aimed at alleviating the housing deficit among Nigerians.
In his remark, the controller, housing, federal ministry of power, works and housing, Zamfara state field office, Arc B. Usman expressed satisfaction over the quality of work by the contractors handling the Zamfara federal housing units contract, stressing that, over 20 indigenous contractors were given the contract in the state, and that the project had reached over 75 per cent completion stage.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Prospective Nigerian pilgrims who have performed the hajj or umrah in the last two years are to pay a compulsory levy of 2000 Saudi Riyals, an equivalent of N 163,000, chairman of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar, has disclosed. He stated that, the levy was exclusive of the substantive fare []The post Old pilgrims to pay N163, 000 levy ' NAHCON appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Senior Special Adviser to Sokoto state governor on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, has urged Taraba state youths to embrace digital communication tools to develop themselves and make necessary impacts in the society. Imam Imam, who is also a youth activist, stated this when he spoke at the 2018 orientation exercise for []The post Taraba youths urged to embrace digital communication appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Ebira youth under the auspices of Ebira Youth Congress, have rejected the option of cattle colony for nomadic pastoralists, citing among others, cultural reason and limited land space. Their position was contained in a letter sent to President Muhammdu Buhari and copied to the state governor , Yahaya Bello and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim []The post Ebira youth say no to cattle colony, write Buhari appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has approved the appointment of Blueprint Managing Editor, Mr. Clem Oluwole, to the 14-member Board of the state's Sports Council. Mr. Oluwole, a veteran sports journalist and football administrator, last served on the same board in 1978. An authority on Plateau sports, he was the pioneer chairman of the []The post Blueprint ME bags Plateau board job appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Armed herdsman arrested ' Police The death toll from the attacks on communities in Plateau state has risen to 16, the police have said even as residents said 25 people were killed. It was gathered that the attacks on communities in Bokkos local government area, including on the days President Muhammadu Buhari visited the state []The post Death toll in Plateau armed men attack now 16 appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
-States have right to enact law ' Senate Ahead of today's visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to Benue, Fulani pastoralists have tasked the president to also visit their kinsmen displaced as a result of the anti-grazing law. Specifically, the herdsmen urged the state Governor, Samuel Ortom, to suspend the anti-grazing law as precondition for peace []The post As Buhari visits Benue today: Miyetti Allah wants open-grazing law suspended appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Deputy President of the Senate. Ike Ekweremadu has faulted some reports and statements insinuating that he called for a military intervention in the country. His Special Adviser (Media), Uche Anichukwu, quoted Ekweremadu as making the clarification in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state when Governor Seriake Dickson hosted him and other African lawmakers attending the 74th Commonwealth Parliamentary []The post I didnt call for military coup ' Ekweremadu appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
-Security agencies undermining Buhari ' Commissioner The Nigerian Army has issued a stern warning to major perpetrators in the ongoing killing spree in Adamawa, Taraba and Benue states. Specifically, it warned the herdsmen, farmers, militia groups and bandits operating in the aff ected states to halt the tragic trend or get crushed. In a statement []The post ARMY TO COMMANDERS ON BENUE, TARABA, ADAMAWA: Crush killers or face court martial appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 
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