NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 18 December, 2017.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Enugu state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has disowned Barrister Peter Okonkwo, who was recently appointed Commissioner by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying he had since left the party before the nomination.

The Commissioner-designate, who is an elder brother of Kenneth Okonkwo, the ace Nollywood actor and critic of Ugwuanyi’s government, was nominated for screening and confirmation by the State Assembly and subsequently confirmed by the house last Tuesday.

Reacting to the development over the weekend in Enugu, during a get together ceremony organized by the 17 APC candidates in the controversial November 4th, local government area election, state chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye, said for record purposes, “Barrister Peter Okonkwko, (Ohamedike) has since left the APC”.

He disclosed that the Commissioner designate, “used to be one of us, and was a member of the APC constitution drafting subcommittee during its formation, adding that he joined the party from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). According to the chairman, Okonkwo, worked openly for former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi during the 2015 general polls, adding that he had never pretended over his disposition towards the PDP.

“Even as a member of the APC, Barrister Okonkwo was always wearing the PDP uniform with Governor Ugwuanyi’s photograph boldly inscribed on it, this clarification became necessary, so that members of the public will know that the man is not a member of APC as being reported in the media. Nwoye, who applauded the APC LGA candidates for packaging the get together, especially for the 260 councillorship candidates, vowed that the party will not rest on its oars until it wrestle power from the PDP.

Coordinating chairman of the LGA candidates and flag bearer of Udi council area, Professor Martin Ike Muonso, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said despite the fact that the PDP allegedly stole their mandates during the election, they are fully committed and resolute in sending the ruling party packing in 2019.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
By Sam Obinna Ibe Umuahia A front line politician in Abia state, High Chief Uche Akwukwaegbu, has advised Igbos to remain the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because it is the only party that can give his Igbo people sense of national belonging. High Chief Akwukwaegbu said yesterday that aside from the PDP other political parties ...The post PDP best option for Igbo ' Akwukwaegbu appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Former Kano State Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has declared that former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, can't stop him from clinching the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket in 2019. Accordingly, the former governor boosted that he was not only battle ready for the 2019 Presidential election, but has what it takes beat allother contenders ...The post Atiku can't stop my presidential ambition ' Shekarau appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
By Emeka Nze Abuja Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has pledged that Nigeria will work again through the provision of gainful employment for her teeming youths across the country. The ex-number two citizen stated this at the weekend during the official opening of chicken cottage quick service restaurant at the Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja. ...The post Nigeria will work again ' Atiku appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Jonathan, Saraki, Ekweremadu, others greet president By Abdullahi M. Gulloma, Taiye Odewale, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed happiness over his improved health as he turned 75 years. Speaking when his aides presented him a birthday card at his Villa residence, the president thanked Nigerians for their fervent prayers. The presidential aides were led by ...The post At 75, I'm happy with improved health ' Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Taiye Odewale Abuja Facts have emerged on why qualified children of the poor in the country hardly get employed years after graduation into high rated public institutions in the land like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiaries, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) , Federal Inland Revenue Service ( ...The post 'Senators, Reps block children of the poor from getting juicy jobs' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Strike begins today midnight By Moses John Abuja Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has appealed to the Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to shelve its planned strike in the spirit of conciliation brokered between it and Neconde Energy Services Ltd. A statement by the Deputy Director of Press ...The post FG begs PENGASSAN over planned strike appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
By Taiye Odewale Abuja The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, was alarmed few days back to learn that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) spent N738 million to clear abandoned goods. The committee, specifically expressed shock that the unnamed goods were abandoned for over ten years at the port. TCN Managing Director, ...The post TCN used N738m for goods clearance, Senate told appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Arsenal and France football legend, Thierry Henry has been crowned as the Igwe 1 of football at a ceremony in Lagos. The Frenchman who was brought to Lagos by a beverage company for a promotional campaign for its product, arrived Murtala Mohammed airport to a rousing welcome by football fans dorning Arsenal jersies, the ...The post Thierry Henry is crowned Igwe in Lagos appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has advised President Muhammadu to be careful not to fall into the same error as his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, as regarding the funding and management of information on the Boko Haram insurgency war. The group's advice came on the heels of the approval of ...The post $1bn insurgency fund: Learn from Jonathan's mistakes, SERAP tells Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Civil society and religious based organisations have commended the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for policies and programmes it has put in place to ensure transparency and efficiency in her operations. The groups made up of Civil Society and Community Based organisations particularly lauded the Board for not only being prudent in the management ...The post CSOs commend JAMBs effort to carter for candidates with special needs appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas has warned officers and soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole that henceforth the Nigerian Military will no longer tolerate loss of any officer or soldier in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents. He also said that the Theater Command will not condone any act of abandoning ...The post No soldier, officer should die in Boko Haram war, Theatre Commandant warns appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The popular Disc Joker, DJ Cuppy disclosed that her next boyfriend would have to be her biggest fan for smooth relationship. Beautiful DJ disclosed this through her Insta-Stories recently. She said 'I decided that the next person I date has to be my biggest fanLove you the most'. If you cast your mind back, ...The post Why I'll date my biggest fan 'DJ Cuppy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The beautiful rising rapper Cardi B, revealed that she has not had sex for a while and is making her lose her sight. She took to her Twitter handle and posted that 'it's been 13 days without NO DICK !I'm losing eyesight on my left,' but many of her fans have argued that she might ...The post Lack of s x affecting my sight ' Cardi B appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
I remember this saying long ago when government were really government. That was, as we assumed then, that government had simple, logical, reasonable, dispassionate solutions to every challenge that came before it. Government then was humane, compassionate, considerate and looked at both angles of a problem before they decided on what to do. Central to ...The post APC government: A political collaboration appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
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, on Thursday in ...The post Explore value added services for business growth, NCC tells consumers appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justic 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Debt Management Office (DMO) has said federal government's maiden N10.69 billion Green Bond, when concluded, would be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Bonds are debt instruments issued by government or a company which represents a fixed sum of money that is borrowed. Green Bonds are debt instruments tied to environmental projects to address ...The post N10.69bn Green Bond to be listed on NSE, FMDQ in January ' DMO appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors have called on the Senate to urgently pass the AFIA before it. AFIA President, Mrs. Enape Victoria Ayishetu, made the appeal at the the induction ceremony for new members of the association yesterday in Abuja, said that recognition of the body will go a long way in ...The post Pass our bill, forensic auditors beg Senate appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
A House of Representative member representing, Kaltungo/Shongom Federal Constituency in Gombe state, Hajiya Fatima Bello, has trained 640 women in various trades within her constituency with N20, 000 each as take-off grant to start for their businesses. Hajiya Fatima disclosed this yesterday during the graduation ceremony for the beneficiaries at the Kaltungo Township Stadium. ...The post Lawmaker empowers 640 rural women in Gombe appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has decried the spate of violence, general lack of belief in government, mutual suspicion and hate speeches pervading the country's landscape, urging Nigerians to discontinue such acts. He made this remark while playing host to Global Initiative for Harmony in Nigeria' (GHIN), a non-governmental organisation at a public ...The post Saraki decries violence, hate speech in society appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the approval for the release of $1bn to the APC-led federal government under the guise of fighting insurgency in the North-east as curious and alarming. The PDP in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was a manipulative plot by the APC ...The post $1bn on Boko Haram: Apologise to Nigerians over false claims, PDP urges APC appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and Initiative for the Promotion of Peace and Unity in Nigeria (IPPUN) have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election. The endorsement was made yesterday, during the Interfaith Thanksgiving Project for the survival of President Buhari and stability of Nigeria at the National Women Development ...The post 2019: Youth Council, others endorse Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
One of the contestants in the just concluded national convection of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rasheed Ladoja, has said South-west leaders will not leave the party despite losing out at the elections. Mr Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo state, said this at a meeting with the Governor Dickson Seriake-led reconciliation committee in Ibadan, ...The post PDP convention: Ladoja explains why South-west leaders wont leave party appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
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