Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 10 March, 2018.

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
A member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Hilliard Eta has taken his party leadership to the cleaners, saying crucial decisions are now taken in favour of moneybags.
Earlier in his reaction, the APC National Organizing Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso dismissed Eta’s position, saying: “As far as the party is concerned, that exercise is already concluded.
Eta who is the National Vice Chairman, South-South of the party made the declaration at the party’s national secretariat Friday in Abuja while addressing journalists on the festering crisis in the Cross River state chapter of the the APC.
“In my place, we have a saying that when a lizard falls into a ditch, it becomes a play thing for the fowl. The party has now become a play thing between the National Chairman and the National Organizing Secretary. Anybody who has money can procure anything”, he said.
When asked whether he has reported his grievances to the National Chairman, Chief Oyegun, the APC vice chairman said: “For me, I do things according to the law the NWC has not been invited on any matter concerning Cross Rivers state. Until such is done I will present to my colleagues a detailed narrative of how this constitution has been violated so that a particular narrative will be instituted or established in Cross Rivers state. Until such a meeting is held I can do nothing.
“But if you must know, a lot of the National Working Committee members have been complaining about the extra constitutional processes that goes on at the National Secretariat, especially under the watch of Osita Izunazo, the Organising Secretary.”
He also accused the party’s Deputy National Chairman, South, Engr. Segun Oni of complicity in the matter.
His accusations came days after a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu wrote the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, accusing him of acting based on financial inducements.
According to him, what was expected of the party leadership was to have given all the necessary support to the reconciliation committee headed by a former Lagos state Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Explaining the issues in the Cross River chapter, he said; “There was a consensus in the Cross River state chapter that we should have a congress to bring in a substantive chairman since the erstwhile chairman had been appointed as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. That was the agreement by the people of Cross River state and based on that, I wrote on behalf of the zone to the National Working Committee NWC to give the zone the authority to conduct a congress to that effect and the NWC said I should liaise with the office of the National Organizing Secretary (headed by Sen. Osita Izunaso) for that purpose.
“We had set November 28 last year for that congress to happen but unfortunately, a member of the party went to court and got an injunction and served the processes on the party. So, based on the advice of the National Legal Adviser, we were asked to stay action as a party.
“So in the next NWC meeting when the matter of Cross Rivers came up I was asked to make comments on what happened and why we couldn’t conduct congresses and the resolution of the NWC was that because we were very close to conducting congresses nationwide, that all congresses to fill vacant positions in the country, not just in the state should be set aside and that all the vacant positions would be filled at the same time during the congresses that would be held simultaneously to bring in new executives. That was the resolution of the NWC.
According to him, there was a violation of the relevant laws regarding having to give a 14 days notice to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC before any congress is conducted.
Eta added that only 109 statutory delegates participated in the purported February 24 congress organized by the party while INEC also refused to attend. According to him, six delegates from each of the 196 wards in the state were also not part of the said congress.

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
The African Youth Support Center (AYSC) has expressed shock over the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s to assent to the bill to establish the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), after being passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.
Its Executive Director and former president of the Pan African Youth Union Comrade Ben Duntoye, noted that the PCN is designed to be a vehicle for mass mobilization and engagement of the Nigerian youths, lamenting that ‘turning down such progressive bill is very irreconcilable.’
It would be recalled that the President rejected the bill on the basis of duplication of duties with existing paramilitary agencies, and for huge financial burden it will bring for the government.
Duntoye however described the PCN as the most cost effective agency to provide maximum services at a low cost, adding that it has potentials of attracting funds itself.
“The AYSC had done a careful study of the bill before the public hearing organized by the National Assembly, we discovered that the NPC is structured to be the most cost effective agency of government in Nigeria that shall provide maximum services at the most minimal cost to the national economy with great potential of attracting international funding and support like its counterparts around the globe,” he said.
“The NPC is for mass mobilisation and engagement of youths into regimental community development services, domesticated paramilitary volunteerism for adhoc interventions like national clean up exercise, population census, voters registration and elections, maintainance of peace and order in schools and public places and general neighborhood services, which is an existing gap in our national development efforts.
” That same President and government that vowed to created a million jobs yearly for youths and commitment to massive youth empowerment, and same government that could get millions of dollars to fight insurgency, could turn down such a progressive bill is very irreconcilable, ” he cried.
He therefore called on the President to reconsider assenting to the bill, while appealing to the National Assembly to keep up its commitment to ensuring better lives for youths, adding that they shall mobilise the masses to prove popularity of the bill.

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Even though the Nigerian Police has for the upteenth time received court orders to unseal the headquarters of the Peace Corp of Nigeria (PCN) located in Jabi Abuja, they have remained adamant to obey.

It was a drama scene Friday when over eight trucks of police officers were deployed to ensure that the “order from above” that the building remain under lock and key is complied with, this is according to the police officer who led the team.

The PCN Commandant Ambassador Dickson Akoh, had at about 9:am in the morning led his officers and several civil society groups on a peaceful protest at the entrance of the building, demanding that the office be reopened after series of court judgments in their favour.

Members of some Civil Society groups in solidarity with the PCN opened the gate of the building, gaining entrance to the premises, but the police advised them and members of the Peace Corps to leave the environment.

It would be recalled that the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Justice and Equity, had on January 25, 2018, petitioned the House, accusing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of flagrantly disobeying subsisting court orders in favour of the Peace Corps.

House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions directed the police to vacate the headquarters of the PCN which has been under lock and key since February 28, 2017.

Angered by the development, the members of the group of good governance protesters, ‘OurMumuDonDo’, led by Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy visited the scene, condemning  the action of the police.
“Nigeria belongs to all us and not for some few criminals. Injustice to one is injustice to all. If we allow this act to continue in this country then it will continue. From today we shall all rise to say no to injustice, enough is enough,” he said. 
Another member of the group Deji Adeyanju, also condemned the police for refusing to obey the court order, saying it is shameful that those who are supposed to ensure law and order are now breaking the law.
“We do not understand why the IGP and the police force continue to seal this office. We would stop at nothing to make sure that our country becomes a democracy indeed where the rules and regulations of our land are obeyed. We have come here to show solidarity and to tell Nigerians that we will not sit by or watch evil happen.” 

The National Commandant had lamented unfair treatment by the police, saying they were not at the building to fight but only to reopen their office as the court had directed.

“We are here t take possession of our property. This is a rented property. On February became a year and we have lost an annual rent of N13.8 million. 

“The court has said this property has nothing to do with the alleged allegation leveled against me. It is surprising that in the court ruling, the police denied that they never sealed our office that they are just here to protect it. 

“We are not against the police protecting this premises but they should allow us to have access to our office. We are not here to fight police. If you go into this building now it has been highly vandalized. They have pulled down the security fence here. They have removed all the uniform and medical equipments here,” he lamented.

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
President of Nigerian Corpers HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign Foundation Benjamin Onoja has said that the foundation, as part of its Community Development Service (CDS), has offered scholarship to 30 students to study in different secondary schools in Kaduna state. Onoja disclosed this at Government Secondary School, Sabo, where 10 students will study on the scholarship. []The post Corps members offer scholarships to 30 students appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) chapter of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has pulled out of the industrial action embarked on by the union nationwide since December last. The senior staff who held its congress in the union secretariat at the main campus of the university on Tuesday directed all its members to []The post ABU senior staff pull out of SSANU strike appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
The vice chancellor of Federal University Gusau, Zamfara state, Prof. Magaji Garba, has said that 15 students of the institution have been shown the way out of the institution because of poor performances in their chosen courses. Prof. Garba disclosed this at a news conference shortly after the university's matriculation ceremony on Wednesday. He said []The post Why Federal University Gusau expelled 15 students appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) chapter chairman-elect, Dr. Kassim Umaru has promised better days for his university community. Speaking to journalists shortly after his election, Dr. Umaru who had served as vice chairman for two tenures before his election as chairman, promised to bring his experience to bear in []The post UniAbuja ASUU chairman promises colleagues, students better days appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri will be marking her 40th Year Anniversary as a higher institution of academic excellence in the next few days. The institution which was established in 1978 to be a pacesetter in a demand-driven technology and innovations has since met its set objectives. Addressing about 10,000 students during the institution's 40th Matriculation []The post 'Fedpoly Nekede is 40' appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
National Commission for Nomadic Education has lamented the effects of clashes between herdsmen and farmers on nomadic schools across the country. Pointing a finger at the clashes in Benue state alone, the commission said 12 of the 24 nomadic schools had been closed down since the wake of the crisis in the state. Executive Secretary []The post Commission decries farmers, herdsmens clashes appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asserted that Nigeria have enough viable agricultural policies but the problem in Nigeria was that the good agricultural policies have been neglected. Obasanjo stated this during his two day visit to Maiduguri, Borno state Thursday and Friday in his capacity as the Initiator and Chairman of the Nigerian Zero Hunger []The post We Have Enough Agric Policies But A Lot Have Been Neglected Obasanjo appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has faulted claims by the former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, that the newly inaugurated road was funded by UNESCO. A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, stated that the money was sourced from Omoluabi Infrastructure Conservation Fund. During the inauguration of []The post Aregbesola faults PDPs claim on funding of Workers Drive road appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Striking members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Nonacademic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT), under the umbrella of non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities, have threatened to disrupt the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), expected to commence today throughout the country. Chairman, Joint Action Committee []The post SSANU, NASU, NAAT vow to disrupt UTME appeared first on Blueprin 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Union Teachers (NUT), Bauchi state chapter, said yesterday that the 26,000 teachers in the primary school system was inadequate for the state. The NUT state Chairman, Danjuma Sale, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi. 'When you look at the number of teachers, the statistics show []The post '26, 000 teachers inadequate for Bauchi schools' appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to arrest the cycle of violence that has engulfed some parts of the country. Speaking Thursday in Jos, Plateau state at a Town Hall meeting in the course of his two-day official visit to the state, the President, who also launched the Plateau State Roadmap to Peace, commended []The post Buhari in Plateau, promises to arrest vicious cycle of violence in Nigeria appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Okene Secondary School Old Boys Association, has appealed to the state government, well meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the school to bring back its lost glory. A member of the association, Air Commandore Musibau Adekunle Soladoye (retd), who made the appealed in Lokoja yesterday, while addressing newsmen ahead []The post Old-Boys seek help for Okene secondary school appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Vice-chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, is currently leading a team of staff to the SouTheast on advocacy campaign for the National Open University. The VC paid a visit to Ahaizu Mbaise LGA of Imo state, where he met with a local government chairman, Hon. Eddy Enwereji, deputy []The post NOUN VC advocates support for more centres in South-east appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to arrest the cycle of violence that has engulfed some parts of the country. Speaking Thursday in Jos, Plateau state at a Town Hall meeting in the course of his two-day official visit to the state, the President, who also launched the Plateau State Roadmap to Peace, []The post We'll arrest vicious cycle of violence in Nigeria ' Buhari appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
The Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Professor Jerry Gana has named former Minister of Finance and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Chief Olu Falae as the Chairman of the interim National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. Gana while unveiling the members of the NWC of []The post Gana names former SGF, Falae as chairman SDP interim working committee appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said Nigerians in the areas affected by Boko Haram insurgency are in the best position to provide correct assessments of the changes that have taken place since he assumed office in 2015. Receiving a delegation from King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the Presidential Villa, the President said []The post Buhari to critics: We're focused, undeterred on election promises appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
At least 4,000 persons displaced by the raging violence in Benue are taking refuge in Plateau state, Governor Simon Lalong disclosed yesterday in Jos, the state capital. Lalong made the disclosure at a town hall meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a two-day working visit to the state. The governor said that the []The post 4,000 Benue IDPs taking refuge in Plateau ' Lalong appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 
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