NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 17 December, 2017.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017

The outgoing Chief Judge of Benue state, Justice Iorhemen Hwamde, has appealed to state governors in the country to grant the state judiciary autonomy to enable them have financial independence.

Justice Hwande made the call at a valedictory session to mark his retirement from active service yesterday in Makurdi.

He allayed fears of the state governors that the judiciary is an arm of government that will not go out to destroy a government they are part of.
He said as Chief Judge of Benue, he had served three governors and enjoyed working with all of them, but said the only problem he encountered with all of them was that the Judiciary was not adequately funded.

“It does appear to my mind that executive governors of several states in the federation are wary of granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary.
“They harbour a feeling that if the Judiciary becomes financially independent, it will become uncontrollable, but I think that is a wrong notion because the federal government has granted this financial autonomy to the federal Judiciary but we see no abuse of judicial powers at that level”, he added.

In his address, Governor Samuel Ortom, said he had no problem granting the state judiciary financial autonomy, saying it will also help to reduce some responsibilities while they still rely on financial sources from the executives.
He said as chief judge of the state, Justice Hwande had created a conducive environment for the Bench and the Bar to work harmoniously to serve the cause of justice.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017

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1,317 Nigerians returned from Libya in 10 days – NEMA
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days having been stranded in the volatile country enroute Europe.

The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja, made the disclosure while receiving a fresh batch of 116 Nigerians who arrived the country early Friday morning.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new set of returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos aboard a Buraq Airlines with Registration Number 5A-WAC at about 5.39 a.m.

NAN reports that no fewer than 3,000 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya through the IOM supported programme in the last few months.
Mr. Maihajja, represented by Suleiman Yakubu, the South-West Zonal Coordinator, said the Nigerians returned in various batches between December 5 and 15 with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).

According to him, the figure has already surpassed the 1, 295 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya in the month of November.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has stated that its annual quiz competition was designed to promote science and technology among secondary schools in Nigeria. Federal Government College Okposi, in Ebonyi state, bagged the first position in the 2017 edition of the equiz. During the grand finale of the 2017 edition of the ...The post FG harps on importance of competition science, technology appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has warned his counterparts in the South-East that they will lose their seats in the 2019 General Elections unless they join his party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). He gave the warning at a rally to celebrate his reelection and to campaign for the party's candidate, Victor Umeh, for ...The post Obiano to South- east govs: 'Join APGA or lose seats' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Consumers have been advised to explore benefits inherent in the Value Added Services (VAS) provided by telecommunications operators. This advice was given at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) 82nd edition of the Telecoms Consumer Parliament (TCP) with the theme: Value Added Services (VAS): Benefits to Consumers held at the YarAdua Center, ...The post Explore value added services for business growth, NCC tells consumers appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Bode Olagoke The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has demanded for accountability from President Muhammadu Buhari for the alleged N50million said to have been discovered in secret accounts contrary to the idea behind the Treasury Single Account (TSA). A statement signed, yesterday in Lagos, by the ADP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Adelaja Adeoye, said it ...The post Buhari must account for hidden N50bn ADP appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Many people have been reportedly killed and others injured as illegal miners resisted an attempt by the police to disrupt their operations in Taraba state. Police spokesperson in the state, David Misal, confirmed the incident which occurred on Thursday in Mayo Sine area of Mambilla in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state. It was ...The post Many killed as police, miners clash in Taraba appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
300 Nigerian doctors left the country in 2016. The national president also of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Mike Ogirima, has revealed. He said more doctors have joined the migration train this year. He did not give any statistics, although the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that 500 doctors sat for qualifying foreign medical ...The post 300 doctors left Nigeria in 2016 ' NMA appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The House of Representatives Committee on Oil and Gas on Thursday gave 10 indigenous oil companies in the country two weeks to remit 250 million dollars oil royalty to federal government's coffers. Jerigbe Agom, chairman of the committee, gave the ultimatum at the ongoing sitting over unremitted funds in the industry. According to the chairman, ...The post Reps give oil firms two weeks to remit $250m to FG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Back to ongoing talks on how Super Eagles lost three points earned during the just concluded World Cup qualifiers. Many are still silent and are closely watching to see how President Pinnick will not only bark but bite in a bid to unravel those behind the act and melt out adequate punishment. The latest embarrassment ...The post FIFA sanction: One embarrassment, too many! appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Right from when this week debuted, I have been engrossedin deep thought of many happenings concerning Nigeria football since the inception of Amaju Pinnick-led administration, three years ago. Apart from the usual political intrigues that engulfed the very beginning of the present Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) leadership which pitched Ambassador Chris Giwa group and ...The post Sunday Dankoro Football House, another FIFA embarrassment appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Blueprint prolific Sports Writer, Ikenna Okonkwo, President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) Mrs Elizabeth Binga and Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Dalung were among those honoured earlier this week when the country's taekwondo body rolled out drums to recognise out outstanding performances. The award ceremony which was first of its kind ...The post Blueprint's sports writer, Binga, Dalung, others bag Taekwondo Awards appeared first on Blueprint - For Trut 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Experienced Coach Bala Nikyu is one of the Nigerian coaches who have shown great passion and expertise in the discharge of his duties. At the moment, the former Super Falcons assistant Manager has returned as Nigeria's U-17 Women handler after rescued Nigeria Professional Football club, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi from relegation doldrums. Ikenna Okonkwo and ...The post Bala: W/Cup ticket, premier league title my target appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
TITLE: Habiba AUTHOR: Razinat T. Mohammed PUBLISHERS: Kraft Books Limited (Ibadan) YEAR: 2013 PAGES: 175 ISBN: 978-978-918-125-4 The age-long concern for the plight of the woman has found expressions in various fields of human endeavour, especially the arts. Quite a number of literary productions have been inspired by the global interest in redefining the ...The post Tragic portrait of the girl-child in northern Nigeria appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
One of the key factors responsible for youth migration from rural to urban areas is the absence of social amenities and infrastructure. In this report, MUSA BUBA narrates how the electrification of some communities in Yobe state has changed the lives of the people and boosted the local economy. Kaliari, Lantewa and Koromari communities had ...The post Gaidam ends 100 years of darkness in Yobe communities appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
A pro-Muhammadu Buhari youth organisation, Ohandigbo Youths Organisation (OYO) has rolled out drums in Abuja to celebrate the president who will be 75 years old on Sunday. The group at a meeting held in Abuja on Saturday to fine tune various modalities in preparation to flag off a pro-Buhari national rally within the first quarter ...The post Ohandigbo youths celebrate Buhari at 75 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Osemegbe Aito, who hails from Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, is the author of a speculative fiction: Petrichor. His work has appeared in Munyori Literary Journal, Brittle Paper, and Kalahari Review, among others. In this interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, Aito discusses his writing as well as compares African writers to their counterparts in the West. What ...The post Speculative fiction gives lie to pigeonholing of African writers Aito appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The recent disobedience of the Council of Legal Education to the constitutional provision and flagrant violation of fundamental human rights of students by supposedly learned men has indeed generated a lot of furore among Nigerians. Firdaus Amasa AbdulSalam, a product of the Faculty of Law from the University of Ilorin who finished with First Class ...The post As Lawyers Become Law Breakers over Firdaus appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Manchester City take on Tottenham in the pick of the matches at the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens have continued to fly high, with a 4-1 win over Swansea in midweek setting a Premier League record of 15 consecutive wins. The only downside is news that Vincent Kompany is set for a spell on the ...The post Premier League Week 18 Preview: City tackle Spurs, Gunners face Toon Army appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
It's true the 2017 Anambra state governorship election has come and gone, but not without inherent lessons to be learnt by all concerned. Indeed, before the election, many had doubted that it would hold, let alone peacefully like it turned out. As the self-anointed 'Light of the nation', many non-indigenes of the state had ...The post Lessons from Anambra governorship election appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
And so, Uche Secondus, despite the hue and cry about heavy monetisation of the process and alleged plan by governors under the influence of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to hijack the party leadership, still ended up being the national chair of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). For a vast majority of PDP ...The post New PDP leadership appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
I never had phobia for air travels until private airlines firmly took over the space after the total collapse of the Nigeria Airways in the mid-90s or thereabouts. The Nigeria Airways' safety record was comparable to other international airlines like the British Airways, the Dutch KLM, Lufthansa, Air France and even Aeroflot. Within the ...The post Remembering the Flying Elephant appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. Guterres said his main concern over Myanmar was the 'dramatic violations of human rights' ...The post U.N. chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Hajiya Aishatu Aliko Mohammed has been a member of Jamiyar Matan Arewa since 1968. In this interview with ABDULRAHEEM AODU, she explains what they are doing to resuscitate the Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) and her activities in Jamaatu Nasril Islam. You have been involved in NGOs since the 60s, can you give a brief on ...The post Hajiya Aishatu Aliko Mohammed: Humanitarian par excellence appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Dr. Suleiman Zakariya, is a fistula surgeon, public health physician and a clinical associate, for Engender Health Fistula Care Plus project; a USAID funded project that seeks to prevent, treat, reintegrate and rehabilitate obstetric fistula patients in Nigeria. In this interview with AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI, he speaks on high prevalence rate of obstetric fistula in ...The post 12,000 fistula cases occur annually in Nigeria' Dr. Zakariya appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
After its national convention last Saturday, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has started the process of reconciliation. Last Monday, ex President Goodluck Jonathan went to Professor Abubakar Olarenwaju Suleiman's residence on a peace mission. Similarly, the New National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and Governor Nyesom Wike, the power behind the throne, have reached out to Chief ...The post PDPs fence mending after stormy convention appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Barrister Nkeiru Stella Nnaemego is the CEO/Founder, Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative, an NGO that promotes children and youth development in Africa. In this chat with ENE OSANG, she maintained that Nigerian youths can bridge the gap existing in the agriculture sector. What is your organisation about' It is an organisation I founded in ...The post Youths can fill gap in agriculture sector ' Barr Nnaemego appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The King of Afro-Dancehall, TIMAYA, has been nominated for 60th Grammy Awards; for featuring on Morgan Heritage's album 'Avrakedabra'. It could be recalled that the first Nigerian, who was not based in Nigeria, to have won an award at the Grammy was Cynthia Erivo, a singer and actress born in London to Nigerian immigrants. ...The post Timaya nominated for Grammy Award appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Nigerians can use films to unite and project the country's cultural values to the outside world, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sunusi Lamido Sunusi II, has said. Addressing the cream of the Nigeria movie industry, drawn from Nollywood and Kannywood, recently in Kano, Emir Sanusi stated that the artists from the South and North ...The post Movies can unite, protect our cultural values -Emir Sanusi appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The President of Nigerian Boxing Board of Control, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo has endorsed plans by a firm, Peel Aston Global to sponsor the visit of boxing champion, Anthony Joshua to Nigeria. The PAG Director, Khomeini Bukhari in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the NBB of C president had thrown his weight behind arrangements ...The post NBB of C endorses Anthony Joshuas planned homecoming appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Fatima Isah Muhammad popularly known as Fatima Teema Yola joined Kannywood about seven years ago but only came to limelight when she featured in Ali Nuhu's hit movie, Mansoor, she insists instantly opened many doors of opportunities for her. In this interview with Aliyu Asikra, the beautiful Fulani actress speaks on her experience in the ...The post I suffered for 7 years before I became celebrity'Fatima Teema Yola appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
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