NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 13 February, 2018.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state said on Tuesday that his decision to resist moves by his predecessor, Mr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to remote control him was the genesis of their feud in recent times.
Ganduje said this in Abuja while fielding questions from State House correspondents on the sidelines of Hightable Dialogue on Ethical Values and National Security held at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.
“As you know we were very good friends. In fact, my political history cannot be complete without Kwankwaso and the history of Kwankwaso’s politics cannot be complete without me.
“But somewhere somehow things went wrong. But we believe in politics you will get to a point you cannot rule and manage a state and then you are being controlled from outside, you know that one is very, very difficult to happen if you look at the psychology of leaders,” he said.
Asked to react to images of underage voters emerging from Kano state after saturday’s elections, the governor said: “That was propaganda. You can ask the national observers who went there, they held a press conference, all those pictures were children from school assembly.
“It is not true, it is part of the propaganda. Let them go back to the states and ask the people did they queue up and vote in the election? So we don’t even need to respond to such falsehood. Ask those who are credible and who witnessed the election, I think that is the most important thing rather than rely on the social media where things are crafted, and take pictures that were prearranged. We don’t rely on that.”
He said the election was peaceful, free and fair, stressing that there’s was no case of security breaches in the state.
“A month a go we had inter-faith dialogue between the Christians and Muslims and the Ulamas and the clergymen were all there. We had a resolution pertaining to the Peace and stability in the state.
“And since I came into office, there has not been any outbreak of instability in the state, nobody has been killed, nobody has been injured as a result of political activities. So you can see that the propaganda outside the state is that there is security in the state, practically we have been showing that it is false,” he said.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reassured of ample and unhindered accommodation to all individuals, genuine political interests and alignments returning or freshly coming into the party’s fold from other political parties.
National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday said “As the name of our great party connotes, the PDP remains a people oriented party, belonging to all Nigerians and as such will continue to accommodate and provide equal opportunity for all Nigerians to freely aspire, even for the highest position in the land, irrespective of creed, tribe or even previous party affiliation.
The statement further said: “With our re-engineered mechanism for credible internal democracy, the PDP has now been repositioned as the epicenter of the new broad-based political engagement, where primary elections, at all levels of aspiration, guarantee level playing field to all members, old, new and returning alike, in line with our commitment to engender a healthy democratic culture in our dear nation.
“In that regard, therefore, the PDP, will not in any way or under any guise whatsoever, exclude any Nigerian, but unreservedly embrace all who genuinely seek membership of our great party, especially at this critical time in our national life.

“Consequently, our party structure at all levels have been well guided not to engage in any activity that may directly or indirectly tend to exclude any Nigerian that has shown interest in returning or freshly becoming a member of our great family.

“The PDP therefore commends the unwavering dedication of all our leaders and members at all levels across the country as we offer our platform to millions of well-meaning Nigerians in this crucial national aspiration to end the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and return our nation once again to the path of national unity and prosperity under the PDP.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it remains resolute in its commitment to sanitize the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair and credible elections.
This is even as the Commission declared that it cannot be held directly or vicariously liable for an exercise outside its legal purview.
INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu made this known on Tuesday in reaction to videos and pictures showing some underaged thumb printing ballot papers in last Saturday’s local government election in Kano State.
The images have been circulating the social media since Saturday but the Commission, in a statement by its Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr
Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, pointed out that Local Government elections are exclusively the constitutional responsibility of the respective State Electoral Commissions (SIEC).
According to Osaze Uzzi , SIECs are in no way under the control or supervision of INEC however, assured
the public that INEC is doing all it could to ensure a credible election as was once again demonstrated in the Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency election in Katsina State on Saturday.
Osaze Uzzi said, “The Commission wishes to inform the public that the images do not relate in any way to any election organised,  conducted or superintended by INEC. As far as the Commission can ascertain,  they relate to a Local Government election conducted at the weekend, and over which we have no legal control or responsibility whatsoever”, the Commission said.
“The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to videos and pictures purportedly showing some underaged thumb printing ballot papers in a recent election. These images have been circulating online since Saturday.
“The Commission wishes to inform the public that the images do not relate in any way to any election organised,  conducted or superintended by INEC. As far as the Commission can ascertain,  they relate to a Local Government election conducted at the weekend, and over which we have no legal control or responsibility whatsoever.
“While the Commission remains resolute in our commitment to sanitize the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair and credible elections, we cannot be held directly or vicariously liable for an exercise outside our legal purview.
 “It should be pointed out here that Local Government elections are exclusively the constitutional responsibility of the respective State Electoral Commissions, who are in no way under the control or supervision of INEC. On our part, INEC assures the public that we are doing all we  can to ensure a credible election as was once again demonstrated in the Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency election in Katsina State on Saturday.
“With regard to the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, the Commission is not unaware of challenges some citizens have encountered in trying to get registered at some of the centres. Steps have been taken to ameliorate these, including the deployment of additional  Direct Data Capture (DDC) machines for registration, with the more populated centres getting priority attention.
“In addition, the number of registration centres have been increased to 1,446 nationwide. While thanking Nigerians for their patience and understanding, we believe that with the measures taken so far, the queues and other identified challenges will soon abate.
“We once again appeal to those who registered in the previous exercises not to do so again. This is not a fresh registration exercise but an opportunity for those who turned 18 years and those who didn’t register in the past to register as voters”, the Commission maintained.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday had a close-door meeting with former Head of State, retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The meeting held after the President received letters of credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr. Alat Mogaskia; the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa and that of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy Sea to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi.
The former Head of State declined to speak to State House correspondents after the meeting which lasted for less than one hour.
Barely one and half hours after his meeting with Abdulsalami, the President also received two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande.
Tinubu is visiting the Presidential Villa for the first time since his appointment by the President to address all crises in APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Bauchi Bauchi state director of sports, Lawan Garba has commended Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar Esq for his immense contributions to the up liftmen of basketball in the state especially towards funding Bauchi Nets Garba made the commendation while speaking to sportswriters in the state, where he said Governor Abubakar has written the name of his ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
D'Tigers coach Alex Nwora is confident that Nigeria will qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China despite missing some of their key players for the qualifiers. Nigeria have been drawn alongside hosts Mali, Uganda and Rwanda for the FIBA qualifiers which will take place from 23 February to 25 February, 2018. Nwora admitted ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kano Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has called on students to embrace the culture of reading academic books in order to enhance their desire for excellence in the field. Declaring open, the maiden conference of the Nigerian Library Association Kano State Chapter held at the Murtala Mohammed Library in Kano yesterday, Ganduje said there ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has paid a condolence visit to the nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Mamman Daura, in Daura, over the death of his younger sister, Halima Dauda, who died at the age of 69, leaving behind 10 children. The delegation led by Governor Ganduje included the Secretary to ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Abuja The people of Margi communities in Borno and Adamawa states have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of 10 Lassa women and girls abducted last year by the Boko Haram insurgents. The communities, in a statement issued by Chief A. A. Gadzama yesterday, also appreciated the military and other security agencies who worked ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
A police officer was missing in Benue state on Saturday has been found dead, locals said yesterday. The officer, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, was amongst the four mobile police officers that went missing following an ambush on their patrol vehicle in Logo local government area on Saturday. The incident occurred in Tse ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kaduna The 23 local government areas of Kaduna state are to spend over N55.9 billion in 2018. The state Assembly okayed the fiscal estimate yesterday when the councils appeared before the Committee on Appropriation to defend its budget for the year. The sum of over N34.8 billion will be spent as recurrent expenditure, representing 62.24 ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kaduna The Movement for Cognitive Justice (MCJ) has said Nigeria must recognise and give equality to its diverse ethnic groups to end recurring conflicts in the country. Founder of the movement, Dr Kajit Bagu at a press conference on Sunday in Kaduna said the present structure has left the country with identity crisis, forcing ethnic ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Bauchi Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has provided free medical treatment to over 15,000 patients across the 20 local government areas of Bauchi state. The programme is being carried out by a non-governmental, medical organisation, Doctors On The Move Africa. Some of the services rendered included patients' consultations and drugs, diabetics and ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Gombe The United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) has appealed to Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo to support the agency with N248 million for the expansion of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM). The officer in charge of UNICEF Bauchi field office, Drissa Yeo, made the call during the 2018 state engagement plan development meeting in ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Sokoto state government has signed an agreement with the World Bank for the construction of 500km rural roads across the state. The Commissioner for Finance, Sa'idu Umar, made the disclosure in a statement in Sokoto yesterday. The agreement, Umar said, spread across the three senatorial zones of Sokoto state. He said the state government had ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, announced yesterday that he was consulting widely to run for president in 2019. Moghalu told political correspondents in Lagos that time had come for technocrats, intellectuals and experienced people to take power from career politicians. He said he would not be deterred ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Calabar The people of Northern senatorial district of Cross River state have said they would organise a formal reception ceremony in honour of Governor Ben Ayade for doing them proud. Speaking while briefing journalists in Calabar yesterday, the chairman of the media/publicity sub-committee of the event, Ntufam Peter Ojie, said arrangements were in top gear ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Benin City Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state yesterday has admonished farmers and residents not to be deterred by activities of 'some bad eggs among nomadic herdsmen,' declaring that not all herders were killers. He said: 'Not all herdsmen are killers. Some of them are doing genuine business. We should not allow the bad herdsmen ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Gwagwalada area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has disengaged all its technical partners on revenue collection in the area. The secretary of the Council, Hajiya Ada Alimi, disclosed this at the weekend in Gwagwalada while speaking on the success recorded as a result of the new method adopted by the Council in its ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
In a bid to facilitate rehabilitate of bad portions on the nation's roads, the federal government has begun road repairs at nights to avoid traffic congestions associated with day-time repair of roads. The Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Federal Road Maintenance Engineer in charge of the FCT, Ambrose Omame, made this known while ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has mobilised its members for peaceful coexistence within all communities in Kuje area council. Kuje CAN secretary, Sir Henry Ugbaja, while speaking to Blueprint, said the association held a meeting recently with pastors and leaders of the Churches to create more awareness on promotion of peace. He said the ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello, has bemoaned the illegal activities of touts and advised the public to desist from transaction on plots of land allocated by the area councils until title regularisation process was concluded. The FCT Permanent Secretary and Chairman of the FCT Land Use & Allocation Committee (LUAC), ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Primarily, the business of Legislature (members of the National Assembly) as spelt out in the 1999 Constitution, as amended, is to make laws that will ensure good governance and dividend of democracy for the people. For Hon. Saidu Yusuf Miga, member of the House of Representatives, representing Jahu/Miga Federal Constituency, Jigawa state, he has not ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The recent wave of attacks, condemnation and name-calling against the Nigeria Police Force as an institution and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, as a person, has become a source of concern to well-meaning Nigerians. It is even more worrisome to hear such attacks and condemnations coming from those who are supposed ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
I have carefully followed the discussion on restructuring/2014 Confab as it has unfolded here. My take is segmented into a few parts. First, while the APC officially boycotted the 2014 Confab, it is on record that every one of the States it controlled sent in its five delegates; and they all fully and robustly ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
For all things under heavens, there is a time. A time to be born and a time to die. And in between is the time to live. It is the wish of all mankind to live a worthy and accomplished live here on earth. Sextus Propertius quote 'that death is best which comes appropriately ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The clamour for establishment of state owned police outfits as a way of decentralising the over centralised Nigeria security architecture, which to many, has failed in tackling the security challenges in the land reached its crescendo last Thursday with similar clamour by no less a person than Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. TAIYE ODEWALE examines the ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has expressed disdain for the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged 'tacit support'for the killings and destruction of farmlands being perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen in the state. The PDP State Publicity Secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo, said this while reacting to reported comment by the APC Deputy Chairman, ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Barely a year after the crisis that engulfed between Yoruba and Hausa community in Ile-Ife, Osun state, the panel of inquiry set up by the government to determine the remote and immediate cause of the mayhem has yet to submit report of its findings. The crisis, which broke out on March 8, 2017 reportedly claimed ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Lokoja Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has stated what a single Nigerian looted from the treasury was enough to complete the Ajaokuta Steel Development Company. The Governor stated this in Lokoja yesterday while receiving the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the members of the House Committee on Steel Development along ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kaduna The Concerned Indigenes of Kaduna Central Senatorial District have threatened to recall Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone for allegedly working against President Muhammadu Buhari and people of the zone. Leader of the group, Malam Aliyu Saidu, said yesterday in Kaduna that the senator has betrayed his constituents and declared war on ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Abuja A federal lawmaker representing Nasarawa/Toto at the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Ja'afaru Ibrahim, has donated materials worth over N3million to persons displaced by recent crisis between herders and farmers in Benue state. The relief materials, which comprised bags of rice, sugar, garri, tubers of yam and bottled water, were received on behalf of ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Abuja The President of Nasarawa State Youth Forum (NSYF) Kaduna state chapter, Mr. Danjuma Ewuga, has called on the major political parties in Nasarawa State to zone the governorship ticket to Akwanga zone in 2019. Mr. Ewuga explained that 'Keffi and Lafia zones have produced governors, and that for the sake of fairness and equity ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Ilorin About 100 members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday dumped the opposition party to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Agbonda, Ajase Ward II of Irepodun Local government area of Kwara state. The APC state chapter, the secretary, Mr. Olabode Adekanye, received the defectors at the empowerment programme he ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Senator Ali Ndume, has commended the federal government and the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) for the release of the three remaining lecturers of the University of Maiduguri and 10 Police women abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents last year. The victims were released after negotiations between ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
I am inviting our country's popular-democratic forces, especially the Nigerian Left, to join me in looking back once again. We have to look as the Nigerian state and the various fractions, factions, groups and blocs of the ruling class now begin to take the country through another political turbulence that will end in a reconstitution ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Food is life. Without food, good food for that matter, man's existence becomes critical. The validity of this point arose during a recent discourse and consciousness on the importance of food safety, which is worth sharing with readers, as food scientists and researchers have stressed the need to look beyond food security and focus more ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari onTuesdayin Abuja said the era of Boko Haram terrorism is gradually drawing to an end with the narrowing of the recruitment base of the insurgents, and renewed onslaught by the Nigerian Army. Receiving the Letter of Credence of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Makurdi The four Catholic dioceses in Benue yesterday held prayer to mark one month memorial session for the 73 victims who were given mass burial on January 11. The prayer session was led by the Catholic Bishop of Gboko, Williams Avenya; Makurdi, Chikpa Anagbe; Otukpo, Michael Apochi; and Katsina Ala, Peter Adobo. Chairman of the ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Lafia Concerned members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Nasarawa state Polytechnic branch have distanced themselves from athreat issued Governor Umaru Al-Makura by ASUP chairman, demanding the appointment of Rector from within the polytechnic system. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by its chairman and secretary, Yahaya Muhammad and Gimba Felix, ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Jos Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, has described the death of Gen John Shagaya (rtd.) as a painful reality. He said he received with grief stricken heart, the news of the demise of General John Nanzip Shagaya (rtd.), which sad event occurred as a result of a fatal auto crash. Governor Lalong stated this in ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Makurdi Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has asked Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong to mind his business and not interfer with the affairs of his state. Ortom, who made this known during a meeting with stakeholders with the federal government committee on the herdsmen, farmers' crises yesterday at the Peoples House, Makurdi, said at no ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Abuja Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari and his family on the loss of two close relatives, Hajiya Halima Dauda and Hajiya Aisha Alhaji Mamman, which occurred in quick succession. A statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the PDP family was 'indeed been saddened by ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Minna The police in Minna Niger state yesterday shot into the air sporadically to disperse scores of Okada riders and arrested nine of them who were protesting against operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Pandemonium reportedly broke out as motorists and other pedestrians ran helter skelter to seek protection as a result of ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kaduna The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the International Red Cross over the recent release of the University of Maiduguri lecturers and the policewomen that were abducted and held hostage by the Boko Haram. The three lecturers were abducted by Boko Haram in Magumeri and Damboa ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Calabar As part of its corporate social responsibilities and determination to strengthen relationship between its host communities and the Cross River state government, Lafarge Africa Plc, owners of Unicem cement, said it was taking active part in community day celebration besides empowering host communities with development projects. Speaking during the launch of the Mfamosing Community ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Minna At least 1,697 cattle have been recovered in the last three months from rustlers by security operatives of the Operation Karamin Goro launched about three weeks ago to flush out criminal elements from three local government areas of Niger state. The state's Director-General on Nomadic, Ardo Abdullahi Babayo, made this known in Minna yesterday ... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Enugu It was jubilation galore in Enugu, Enugu state capital, yesterday, as the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) launched the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) which would enable the nation to switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting. Governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was present at the NTA Enugu premises where the Digital Switch Over ... 
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