NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 12 December, 2017.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Newly elected Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has lambasted the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) accusing them of running a “broken government” specialized in “false propaganda and intimidation.”
Secondus who was speaking on Monday at the PDP headquarters in Abuja while assuming office in a handover ceremony said the task ahead of the new executives is to rebuild the party in order to regain the lost grounds.
According to the new chairman, his team will never be distracted by the ruling APC who “Nigerians know for their kind of false propaganda” adding that “in the last two years, APC government have fed Nigerians with lies, revenge and intimidation.”
“You will take the new message to the grassroots because we know that the APC and their government are broken. They are running a broken government. We need to rescue our nation from their hands to rebuild our country once more.”
Secondus maintained that “Nigerians can no longer be fooled by false propaganda adding that with PDP Nigerians will hear the truth and the truth will save the country without relying on their false propaganda.”
The new PDP boss who waved the olive branch to aggrieved members declared a no victor no vanquished situation in the post PDP convention said the process of reconciliation has already commenced.
“By the special grace of God, elections have and gone and I declare to you that there is no victor, no vanquished. Our first assignment will be to bring all and sundry together, that is reconciliation.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, kicked off distribution of over 12,000 pregnancy kits tagged MAMA Kits for Vulnerable Pregnant Women for free across the State. Aregbesola, who disclosed that the kits contains critical items required for Safe Delivery, assured that the items will be accessible from Government Hospitals and Primary Health Care Centres ...The post 12,500 pregnant women get delivery kits in Osun appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 



Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The annual Iwude Ijesa Festival is designed to ward off disease, sickness, and other problems from Ijesaland, the Chairman planning committee, Chief Olu Falomo, has stated. Falomo, who is the Loofosan of Ifosan, Ilesa, said that the festival has been turned modern from the old way it was being celebrated. He stated this in Osogbo, ...The post Iwude Ijesa Festival wards off disease, sickness appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
It is established that the best person on earth is the most beneficial to humanity. This very best suits Dr Ja'afar Sa'ad, the Galadiman Ruwa of Zazzau. He did not only serve the government, but the private sector before becoming independent to continue serving humanity in greater capacity. Unlike some who view Nigeria as a ...The post Ja'afar Sa'ad as a national hero appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
An Iranian-Turkish gold trader admitted in a US court that he made maybe $150 million by helping Iran dodge international sanctions. Its a colossal take for a minor Turkish tabloid celebrity who, for years, escaped prosecution in his own country and now faces years in US prison. Reza Zarrab, once the lead defendant in a ...The post How I helped Iran dodge international saction, gold trader admits appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
African International University, Toru- Orua Bayelsa State, has conducted screening exercise for about 622 intending students into the foundation school of the University. Conducting the exercise at St Judes Secondary School Amarata Yenagoa, the Registrar Mensa Francis assured the students of government's commitment to a qualitative education. Benaiah Oye who spoke unbehalf of the Registrar ...The post African Intl University Conducts Screening for Foundational Students appeared first on Bl 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
As Nigeria draws towards the 2019 General Elections, the number of those aspiring to occupy the office of the President is beginning to take shape. Granted that there are bound to be aspirants contesting in every election, the desire by many aspirants to contest for leadership positions cannot be isolated from the performance of those ...The post 2019: Understanding Lamido and the choice before Nigerians, By Solomon Semaka appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.' Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review. You see the Nigerian looks upon Nigeria as a theatre and the entire population representing and manifesting the full spectrum of acts and actors. In this revelry, life is the theatre; the ...The post Nigeria: Do you have a gallon of fuel' By Prince Charles Dickson appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Najib Sani, Bauchi Two former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Bauchi state, Senator Abubakar Maikafi, Ambassador Ahmed Shuaibu, Ex-Commissioner, Mohammed Jibrin Lago, and thousands of their supporters have defected to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). The defection was announced at a grand ceremony organized by the party for the new entrants. ...The post 2 ex-governorship aspirants, others defect to NNPP in Bauchi appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justic 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Aliyu Askira Kano The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, at the weekend in Kaduna, declared that the fact that the House of Representatives Committee on External Loan has approved the state government's $350 million loan request did not amount to the government securing the money, as only the Senate Committee on ...The post Only my c'ttee can approve El-Rufai's $350m loan ' Sani appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
EMEKA NZE writes on the lessons from the Eagles Square, venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention. The PDP convention has come and gone but its reverberations will continue to occupy political discourse, at least, until Nigerians shift attention to other topical matters that are likely to arise. Adeyanju's disqualification The fate of the ...The post Lessons from PDP convention appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Raphael Ede, Enugu Apex Igbo cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has declared that they will only support a presidential candidate that has the interest of Ndigbo at heart and whose manifesto portrays that the person actually means well for Ndigbo, come 2019. President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, made this known ...The post 2019: Igbo interest is paramount to us Ohaneeze appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Raphael Ede Enugu Stakeholders of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Igboeze-South LGA of Enugu State have advised former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Okey Ezea, to have a rethink and drop his politics of rancour and violence. The spokesman of stakeholders, Mr Martins Ugwueze, representing Igboeze-South in the Enugu ...The post Stakeholders caution Ezea against politics of rancour appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Peter Moses Abeokuta The National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdusalam, at the weekend said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has 'failed woefully' in over two years in office. Abdulsalam, who spoke at press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State, accused Buhari of 'sectional appointment and development', ...The post APC govt has failed woefully LP chairman appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has thumbed up for the PDP National Convention describing it as transparent and credible exercise that surely has sent signals to other parties about what the PDP is capable of doing. He spoke after casting his vote for different candidates at the National Convention at the Eagle Square in Abuja ...The post Wike thumbs up PDP congress appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Iyalla Adaye Port Harcourt Newly elected chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has formally served the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a quit notice, saying the political party has failed Nigerians. Speaking after he was sworn-in following his victory at the PDP National Convention at the Eagle Square in Abuja ...The post Prepare your hand-over note, Secondus tells Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Smallholders farmers are, according to statistics, the backbone of Nigerian agriculture. But findings show that these farmers achieved this feat through personal efforts, as most government programmes in the sector hardly get to the rural areas where majority of the smallholders farmers lives.JOHN OBA, who visited Igu village in Bwari area council of the FCT, ...The post We've never benefited from Anchor Borrowers Scheme ' Village head appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justic 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has inaugurated the newly reconstituted members of the Board of Trustees of the Hadejia Jama'are Komadugu Yobe Basin (HJKYB) Trust Fund in Abuja. Inaugurating the 12 member board in Abuja recently, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu also announced the resuscitation of the basin's trust fund. Adamu explained that the ...The post FG inaugurates Yobe river basin trustees appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Stories by John Oba The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Coordinator Mr. Ballama Bello Birmiwa, has stated that the 2017 batch 'B' stream II corps members will be posted to farms as part of efforts to encourage them to key into the present government agricultural drives. He also warned that the ...The post We'll post some corps members to farms 'Coordinator appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index latest report has revealed that food prices declined in November, as lower dairy prices offset a sharp increase in sugar and vegetable oil quotations. It also states that surge in maize output on course to lift cereals stock-to-use ratio to highest level since 2002. This is ...The post Global Food Price Index declines amid cereals boom appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The NASD OTC Securities Exchange Plc has started a strategic move to increase the contribution of the capital market to the nations Gross Domestic Product, GDP. The securities also plans to launch a portal that will increase the visibility and investment in Nigerian enterprises. The portal, NASD Enterprise Portal, NASDeP, will be launched in the ...The post NASD OTC securities to increase Capital market contribution appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Stories by Amaka Ifeakandu Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), last week took upward trend, increasing by N458 billion. Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities improved by 3.47 per cent to N13.672 trillion from N13.214 trillion reported the previous week. The NSE All Share index also appreciated by 1312. 93 basis ...The post Equity market rebound improving by N458bn appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Ime Akpan Lagos The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has called on all airline passengers to exercise restraint due the spate of flight delays and cancellations occasioned by unfavourable weather en route most of the nation's airports. The director general of the agency, Capt. Muhtar Usman said in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday ...The post Flight delays, cancellations: NCAA urges passengers to exercise restraint appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation. Ben Murray-Bruce has warned that ongoing reforms in the power sector should be done in a way that will not scare away foreign investors. In a statement signed by Head, Public Communications, BPE, Chukwumah Nwokoh, Sen. Murray-Bruce gave the advice when the Committee ...The post Senate cautions on power sector reform appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), has signed a $500 million agreement with the Export Development Bank of Egypt (EBE) aimed at supporting exports and investments by Egyptian businesses to other African countries. The Export Credit Support Scheme (ECSS), was signed by Afreximbank and EBE on the margins of the Africa 2017 ...The post Afreximbank, EBE sign $500m investment support agreement appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Donald Iorchir Abuja National Bureau of Statistics [NBS] has disclosed that internally generated revenue [IGR] by the 36 states for the third quarter of 2017 fell below expectation. NBS report released at the end of the first week of December 2017 however showed that the study did not cover Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, ...The post States' IGR falls below below expectation in 2017' NBS appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Donald Iorchir Abuja Federal Capital Territory [FCT] drivers recorded the highest number of road accidents in the third quarter of 2017and were closely followed by Kaduna and Kogi state drivers while Borno and Bayelsa states recorded the least crashes. A detailed road transport data of crashes across the nation compiled by the National Bureau ...The post FCT records highest road accidents in Q3 2017 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja Export Stimulation Fund for the promotion of non-oil exports in the country. This is even as the it introduced a N50 billion direct intervention funding for the Nigeria Export Import Bank (NEXIM). CBN Governor , Mr. Godwin Emefiele who disclosed this on Friday in Lagos explained that the intervention is was ...The post CBN revamps N500bn non-oil fund appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Elder sister to Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, Hajiya Hawwa'u Barade, popularly called Hajiya Yar'Daudu, is dead. This was contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani, in Sokoto yesterday. The statement also said the Late Hajiya Yar'Daudu died yesterday at the Usmanu ...The post Wamakko loses sister appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Agboola Bayo Ibadan Oyo state government at the weekend disclosed that necessary arrangements were being put in place to generate more electricity through the Independent Power Project (IPP). The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Wasiu Dauda, stated this during a meeting with the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) at IBEDC office ...The post Oyo to generate 2000Mw of electricity ' Commissioner appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Abuja To support the NNPC's supply chain, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has begun a tour of gas stations in Abuja to ensure seamless sales of the product to commuters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as queues resurface. Leading a delegation of IPMAN executives, the assistant secretary, ...The post No increase in fuel price, IPMAN re-assures Nigerians appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By this time in 2019, all things being equal, Nigeria may be saddled with another septuagenarian president. It will be either the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the People's Democratic Party (PDP), with President Muhammadu Buhari or Atiku Abubakar in power. The discerning should know that the difference between the two parties is no ...The post A clarion call to Nigeria's Mugabe, By Hassan Gimba appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
James DeGales homecoming ended in disaster as he lost his IBF super-middleweight world title to American Caleb Truax. Chunky was in trouble in the fifth round and although his experience saw him fight back in the second-half of the fight, he lost a majority decision. The scores of 114-114, 115-112, 116-112 in Truaxs favour stunned ...The post DeGale loses world title defence to Truax appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Manchester City extended their winning streak to 14 games and took an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League after goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi sealed a huge win over Manchester United. The crucial encounter at Old Trafford ended 2-1 in favour of Pep Guardiola's side. David Silva gave the visitors ...The post Guardiola masters Mourinho again as City defeat Man Utd appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his side are out of the Premier League title race after losing to West Ham. The champions suffered a fourth defeat of the season on Saturday and are 11 points behind leaders Manchester City. Marko Arnautovics goal earned the Hammers, who are in 18th place, victory over the Blues at ...The post Conte rules Chelsea out of EPL title race appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos The successful staging of the just concluded Federal Government Colleges Games (FEDCOL), 2017 has been described as the beginning of resuscitation of the school sports in the country. The chairman organizing commit of FEDCOL 2017, Mr. Muhammad Manko, gave this notion in his speech at the closing ceremony of the ...The post 2017 FEDCOL marks return of schools sports, says Manko appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna Participants at the 2017 Kaduna state Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) week have charged federal and state governments on grassroots sports development as the only way for Nigeria to reclaim its past glories in sports. This is just as former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone, Sen. Mohammed Sani Saleh ...The post Sen. Saleh bags Kaduna SWAN award of excellence appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Nigeria's image and influence in global football administration as continue to soar has three Nigerians have been appointed as members of a 14 'man Think-Tank put together by CAF to brainstorm over two days on ideas and strategies to rebrand the continent's club competitions from both technical and commercial perspectives. Named ...The post CAF names 3 Nigerians in Think-Tank for Club competitions appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A three day meeting of West African Ministers of Sports Region 2 Steering Committee and Council of Sports Ministers opens today in the Federal City Capital, Abuja. The meeting will discuss among other issues, consideration for the host of the First edition of the African Union Sports Council Games and a Sports Development plan for ...The post West African Ministers of Sports meeting begins in Abuja appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Godwin Obaje has blasted FC Ifeanyiubah for claiming 30 million Naira from clubs interested in his services, saying the team lacks moral right to demand such amount as he is now a free player according to the statues of the League Management Company (LMC). Nnewi based FC Ifeanyiubah placed the price tag of 30 million ...The post FC Ifeanyiubah slammed for demanding N30m on Obaje appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Nigerian Army officer, Lt.-Col. Sikiru Adepoju Mohammed, of the Army Corps of electrical and mechanical engineers, has emerged best PhD engineering student and overall second best PhD student at University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Sikiru, who holds a bachelor of engineering (mechanical) and master's degree from the Nigerian Defence ...The post Nigerian Army officer best PhD student in UK varsity appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Sanusi Muhammad Gusau Zamfara state police command has arrested five suspected cattle rustlers as part of the command's readiness to combat cattle rustling and other armed banditry in the state. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kenneth Ibrimson, disclosed this yesterday while parading the suspects before newsmen in Gusau, the state capital. According to him, ...The post '5 Zamfara cattle rustlers in police net' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Amaechi Okwara Asaba Delta state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) yesterday said it had trained over 1, 410 Primary School Teachers with the Universal Learning Solution Initiatives (ULSI) to build their capacity in the use of Jolly Phonics as global best practice for improving early reading amongst school children. Chairman of SUBEB, Mr. Sunny ...The post 1,410 Delta primary school teachers trained on Jolly Phonics appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By our correspondent Hoodlums suspected to be aides attached to governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state have shunned invitation by the Department of State Service, Lafia for interrogation. The aides; Dardau and Baban Laria (a.k.a Master), who were at Mohammed Yangida's residence last week Thursday morning in Lafia, allegedly attacked Blueprint reporter, with the help ...The post Attack: Nasarawa thugs turn down DSS invitation appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Aluaja Development Association, and the Association of Itale Elites in Ibaji local government area of Kogi state, have debunked the claims that the entire people of Aluaja community in Iyanno had returned to their ancestral home, describing the statement as 'propaganda and a lie from the pit of hell.' They also ...The post Iyano crisis: Ibaji communities yet to return home ' Groups appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Donald Iorchir In spite of tight security around Eagle Square, venue of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national convention, petty traders, hawkers of PDP souvenirs and praise singers from different states turned the Saturday political gathering into a carnival, making brisk business. The anxious artisans created a chaotic situation and over-stretched the capacity of security ...The post Traders, hawkers make brisk business at PDP convention appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Our Correspondent Chief Imam of Bida in Niger state, Sheikh Adamu Liman-Yakatun, has appealed to Muslims in the country to use Maulud period to offer special prayers for the peace, unity and progress of the nation. Liman-Yakatun made the appeal recently in Busu, Lavun local government area of Niger state during the Maulud celebrations ...The post Bida cleric urges special prayers for Nigeria at Maulud appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Wole Olanipekun, has identified leadership failure and wanton neglect of youths by successive governments as being responsible for the sale of some Nigerian migrants to slavery in Libya and other countries. Olanipekun said the slavery in Libya and other countries would 'continue unabated if ...The post Leadership failure caused slavery in Libya ' Olanipekun appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
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