NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 FEBRUARY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 26 February, 2017.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday got a lifeline in the ongoing crisis rocking the party, as 20 governors on the party’s platform passed a vote of confidence on him. LEADERSHIP gathered that the governors at a meeting yesterday overtly endorsed the party chairman, even as they urged the party’s national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to reconcile any difference he has with Odigie-Oyegun. This is coming barely a week after Tinubu had accused Odigie-Oyegun of undermining the ongoing reconciliation process in the APC. Tinubu who is chairman of the peace and reconciliation committee recently set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile all aggrieved persons within the party had alleged in a 7-page letter that the national chairman was sabotaging his efforts. In a swift reaction, Odigie-Oyegun who denied the allegation of sabotage promised to give the Tinubu committee all the needed support in ensuring its success in the discharge of its assignment.

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A reliable source that was privy to yesterday’s meeting told LEADERSHIP that the governors “resolved to stand firm behind Oyegun who they lauded for providing the needed leadership for the party”. The source who did not want his name in print further told our correspondent that the endorsement coming from the governors who wield considerable power in the party is a major boost to Oyegun’s grip on the party’s leadership. He listed the governors who gave their endorsement for the confidence on the national chairman to include Senator Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa), Abubakar Mohammed (Bauchi), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Muhammad Badaru (Jigawa), Nasir El-rufai (Kaduna), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi). Others are Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa), Sani Bello (Niger), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibrahim Gaidam  (Yobe) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara). At the time filing this report, it was still not clear as to where Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stands. Our correspondent gathered that Tambuwal’s position on issues bordering on the party had been quite unclear for sometime now, following rumours that he may also be preparing grounds for his presidential ambition. “Tambuwal is nursing a silent ambition to run for the presidency; hence, he is being careful as far as taking sides on the scuffle between Oyegun and Tinubu is concerned”, another competent source in the APC said. PMB, Osinbanjo More Concerned About Nigerians Than Elections – Presidency Meanwhile, the presidency said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, are more concerned about the welfare of Nigerians than winning the 2019 presidential election. The senior special assistant to the president on social investment programme, Ismaeel Ahmed,

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stated this at the weekend while briefing State House correspondents on the success of the programme. Noting that the president is more concerned about the future of Nigerians than next year elections, Ahmed added that the success of the programme is about the country itself and not just for political reasons. According to him, the essence of the programme is to reduce poverty to the barest minimum in the country and distribute wealth. On what the government will leverage on as one of the biggest successes on SIP during campaigns, he said, “I think even though this is a political promise, it came from a manifesto of a political party, the implementation is far from being just political; the implementation is for all Nigerians. “When we set out and were campaigning in 2015 we didn’t say what we are going to do is going to be solely for political reasons. The president and the vice president are more committed to the electorates, rather than elections and are concerned about the future rather than just the next one year. So, this is entirely about the country itself and not just for political reasons”. On success recorded by the programme, he said they are engaging 73,000 cooks that are growing the rural economy. He noted: “They are buying from local farmers. Therefore, this is growing the rural economy. They are feeding some children and we

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have reduced the number of out-of-school children. In the last one or two years we have been implementing the school feeding Programme and engaging 200,000 young unemployed graduates that are receiving N30,000 a month. “These are successes in themselves. So, if we are looking for things to leverage on, stomp our chests and storm the political campaigns and say we should be voted again, we have a lot of success stories to tell but that is not the entirety and essence of this Programme. “The essence of this programme is to reduce poverty and distribute wealth as much as we can. The president and the vice president care less about the elections. Like I said, they care more concerned about the citizens.”

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The federal government confirmed yesterday that 110 students of Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are unaccounted for. It however, assured that, security agencies are leaving no stone unturned in the search for the schoolgirls. In what seemed to be a replay of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014, insurgents believed to be members of a faction of the Boko Haram sect had on Monday February 19, 2018 invaded the school in Dapchi and abducted the girls. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the figure yesterday after a meeting between a federal government delegation and representatives of key stakeholders, including the state government, the college,

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the parents of the girls, security agencies and Bursari local government, where Dapchi is situated, in Damaturu. He said based on the briefings from the Principal of the College, Hajiya Adama Abdulkarim, and the state commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lami, 906 students, out of whom 110 have not been accounted for, were in the school on the day of the attack. Mohammed also announced that the federal government has directed the police and civil defence authorities in Yobe State to immediately deploy their personnel to all the schools in the state in order to ensure the security and safety of the students and their staffers. The minister noted that the federal government has stepped up efforts to rescue the girls and return them safely to their parents, saying the security agencies are working on many leads regarding the whereabouts of the girls. His words: ‘’This is the second time in four days that a federal government delegation would visit Yobe State since the unfortunate incident. This is a measure of the seriousness with which we are addressing the issue. The security forces are leaving no stone unturned in their search for the girls. ‘’We are back here in Yobe as part of efforts to provide some succour to the parents of the girls, to let them know that they are not alone and also to reassure them that we will not rest until we have found the girls. We will carry the parents along on the efforts we are making’’. For his part, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), said the delegation embarked on the trip in order to get the facts right ‘’so that the approach to the solution can be correct. ‘’We must get back the girls and also ensure that this does not happen again,’’ he added. The federal government delegation, which comprised the

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Ministers of Information and Culture, and his Interior counterpart, held an enlarged meeting that was attended by Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam; members of the state cabinet, the Principal and Vice Principal of the school, representatives of the parents of the missing girls and security agencies, among others.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Contrary to insinuations that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had advised President Muhammadu Buhari to discontinue the prosecution of the principal actors in the Malabu scandal, facts have emerged on why Malami sought the president’s intervention. In a letter written by Malami to President Buhari,on the controversial oil deal it was erroneously []The post Malabu Scandal: Why AGF Malami Seeks PMB’s Intervention appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 26 Feb 2018
No fewer than 24 Nigerian medical doctors and five agriculture engineer who were trained by the government of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have returned to Nigeria after seven and half years course in Venezuela. Unveiling the graduants during a solidarity meeting to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba, the Foreign Minister of Venezuela, []The post Venezuela Trains 24 Nigerian Medical Doctors, 5 Engineers appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has approved the training of 100 young men and women in Automobile Technology at an indigenous car manufacturing company, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Group as part of its skills acquisition programme. Chairman of the board, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, disclosed this when he led a delegation from []The post NDDC Approves Training Of 100 Niger Delta Youths At Innoson appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has revealed that Internet of Things (IoT) centres will be established in six federal secondary schools in the federation in a drive to promote involvement of students in ICT. Adamu who was speaking during the commissioning of the centre at the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Bwari, stated []The post FG To Establish IoT Centres In 6 Secondary Schools appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to take advantage of the 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair to grow their businesses. The President, who was represented by the minister of industry, trade and investments, Okechukwu Enelamah, disclosed this, while declaring the fair open in Kaduna, yesterday. He said Nigeria was facing the challenges of nurturing a []The post PMB Urges Nigerians To Take Advantage Of Kaduna Fair appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
A group operating under the aegis of Itesiwaju Ipilenko Eko Vanguard at the weekend said it has taken cursory look at the achievements of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode in office and felt the pulse of the residents, saying they have commenced mobilization to give him a minimum of three million votes in []The post Lagosians Ready To Give Ambode 3m Votes ‘ Group appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
As the drive to make Lagos a ‘Smart’ city becomes more intense than ever, the state government has intensified the training of its staff to push the vision with all enthusiasm and be able to cope with the transformation. Speaking at the training programme tagged,’ Coaching as a vehicle for realising the potentials of the []The post Lagos Intensifies Training Of Staff To Drive Smart City Vision appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
As political ‘fireworks’ have commenced in earnest ahead of the 2019 general elections, former Clerk of the National Assembly, Abubakar Maikasuwa has thrown his hat into the ring for the Nasarawa gubernatorial race. JONATHAN NDA- ISAIAH, in this report, takes a look at his chances Nigeria had in the past few months witnessed a deluge []The post 2019: Maikasuwa And The Struggle To Succeed Al-Makura appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
With the advent of a raging Senate-Presidency cold war, any member who openly supports presidency is likely to be punished with suspension order. AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH writes that the reign of suspension orders are not only scaring senators but threatening the fabric of nation’s democracy It has become a very dangerous enterprise for senators to []The post Election Reorder: Suspension Order Rattles Senators appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The senator representing Katsina Central, Umaru Ibrahim Kurfi has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari is bidding for more time to decide on his re-election bid, saying the president is consulting widely at the moment. Kurfi who is the vice chairman of the Senate committee on Finance also said majority of the Senators are fully behind []The post Past Leaders Opposing 2nd Term For PMB Envious Of His Achievements Sen.Kurfi appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Kebbi chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has awarded governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state and 16 of its past leaders as part of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the labour organization. Speaking during the award ceremony in Birnin Kebbi at the weekend , the state Chairman of NLC, []The post Gov Bagudu ,16 Others Bag Award Of Excellence From NLC appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has reassured stakeholders of its commitment to ensure that the nation’s fourth largest mobile network operator, EMTS/9Mobile, was duly taken over by investors with the requisite technical capability and pedigree to manage the organisation. Rising from its board meeting held in Abuja on Thursday, February 22, 2018, []The post NCC To Approve Only Competent Investors For 9Mobile Sale appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The National Assembly and the executive arm are partnering to review treaties and conventions entered into by Nigeria, said Bamikole Omishore, a special assistant to the President of the Senate. Omishore, who is special assistant on foreign affairs and international relations disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday. He said []The post NASS, Executive To Review Int’l Trade Treaties appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, at the weekend bagged two awards from The Sun Publishing Limited and Silverbird Communications for the role he played in the economic growth of the country. The CBN governor had been awarded The Sun 2017 Public Service award and had also received the Silverbird []The post CBN Gov Bags Awards appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 26 Feb 2018
In keeping with its promise to continually enhance the health and overall wellbeing of communities where it operates, Fidelity Bank Plc has donated three fully equipped sanitary facilities to the Ondo State Government. The facilities constructed by Fidelity Bank Plc at Aquinas College, Democracy Park and Arakale Motor Park, all in the Akure metropolis, will []The post Fidelity Bank Donates Sanitary Facilities To Ondo Govt appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Total Nigeria Plc has recorded a profit after tax of N8.02 billion for its audited year end result for the period ended December 31, 2017. Also, the company declared a final dividend of N4.75 billion, representing N14 per share for the period, while the management had earlier distributed the sum of N1.02 billion as interim []The post Total Declares N8bn PAT, Proposes N4.75bn Final Dividend appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, in desperate move to solve his team’s goalkeeping palaver, has dispatched one of the team’s goalkeeper trainers, Pionetti Enrico to Spain to do some work on young goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Enrico, who came into the Nigeria senior team’s mix ahead of []The post Rohr Moves To Tackle Eagles’ Goalkeeping Concerns appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
33 Nigerian coaches have filed applications to coach Nigeria’s national badminton teams, LEADERSHIP Sports has learnt. The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) revealed that it would employ a head coach and two assistant coaches for each of the national teams, as against the previous practice of having only one national coach handling all the national []The post 33 Apply To Coach National Badminton Teams appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Debt Management Office (DMO) has released the details of the $2.5 billion Eurobond showing that the bulk of the bond had been picked up by assets managers from the United States of America. Data released by the debt office at the weekend show that investors from the US accounted for 55 and 59 per []The post US Investors Crowd Nigeria’s $2.5bn Eurobond appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard of Manchester united created a fine comeback win as they play host to the blues, Chelsea Fc. With an intrigues of the 90min drama until full-time; Chelseas Morata having one yellow card and one goal disallowed, the home team had the day. Jesse Lindgard added to the great intrigue by []The post MUNCHE: Lindgard Wins The Day, Celebrates With The WAKANDA Greeting appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Liquidity at the money market fared better last week as overnight lending rates trended around single digit with a system liquidity that was in excess of N200 billion on the back of reduced mop up by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through Open Market Operations (OMO). Compared to the previous week when the CBN []The post Liquidity Rises As CBN Slows On Mop Up appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Manchester City won the Carabao Cup on Sunday, the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola, brushing Arsenal aside 3-0. It was an impressive statement of intent from Guardiola’s team at Wembley after a shock FA Cup defeat to lowly Wigan last week ended their bid for an unprecedented quadruple. City opened the scoring in the []The post Manchester City Beat Arsenal For Carabao Cup appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Chief security officer of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Sadiku Mamman , has opened up on the likely cause of frequent burglary of aircraft load compartments which has been on the increase in recent times. Speaking in a chat recently in Lagos, Mamman said that the aircraft poaching, an act that was alien to the []The post Aircraft Poaching: MMIA Security Agents Indict VIPs, Suspect Blackmail appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
A sudden political change occurred recently when an international businessman, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa emerged the new South African President. He has impacted positively on the life of his people through Shanduka Group, a company he founded with investments in the energy sector, real estate, banking, insurance, and telecoms (SEACOM). He is also chairman of Bidvest []The post Third-Force: Between Ramaphosa, Abiola and Dangote appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Tunde Fowler, has advised prominent Nigerians with tax liabilities to take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), as political, social or economic prominence would not insulate them from sanctions for non-declaration. Fowler gave the advice in an interview in Lagos on Saturday. []The post No Sacred Cows Under VAIDs ‘ Fowler appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Six years ago, a research conducted by the Department of Languages, University of Jos, put the number of ethnicities in Nigeria at 608. Official government records since 2015, have however, continued to place the figures at either 250 or 300. At the root of this, is a leadership flaw, bereft of the cerebral attention to []The post 2019: Hagher And The Imperative Of Statecraft appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) has asked professional bodies in the Construction Industry to seek industry led solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the Industry. This was the submission of the president of the Institute, QS Obafemi Onashile at the 1st Construction Industry Institutional Business Dinner organized by the Institute in Lagos []The post NIQS Honours TY Danjuma appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The relationship between education and human development cannot be underestimated as it leads to improved economic growth. The more educated a population, the faster individuals can take advantage of opportunities for advancement and the faster a country is advancing the more it needs a skilled population to feed growth. In reducing illiteracy in the country, []The post Dangote’s Unrelenting Commitment Towards Eradicating Illiteracy appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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