NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 17 March, 2018.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Senators yesterday justified their N14.2 million monthly package, saying the money is used to cater for their numerous expenses. Senator Oluremi Tinubu  (APC, Lagos Central) yesterday defended the N14.2 million pay package received monthly by Nigerian senators during  the 25th town hall she organised in Lagos tagged, “Gender Equity and the Right To Economic Freedom.” LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) had revealed in a recent interview that he and his colleagues pocketed N13.5 million monthly as running cost in addition to their N750,000 official monthly salary, bringing the total package to N14.2 million. Speaking on the issue, Senator Tinubu said the money takes care of the lawmakers’ numerous running costs. “Out of this money, we pay house rent, constituency office bills, transportation. And apart from these, everything is monetised. The House only provides one car for each senator,” “Does a minister or commissioner have one car? “People make a lot of noise when there is nothing. I have been consistent with the town hall meetings and all the money I have been spending, including empowering people, is from this money,” she explained. When asked about the huge pay package for federal lawmakers, Tinubu’s counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Olajide Jimoh (APC, Lagos Mainland federal constituency) denied collecting such. He said, “I am not collecting jumbo pay. My salary is legal and also embedded in the budget.” A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator from the north central zone who does not want to be quoted said: “There is no official or formal reaction yet to Senator Shehu Sani’s disclosure that senators take home N13.5million, beside the N750,000 official salary monthly and that they are entitled to N200 million constituency project allowance yearly. “If there should be any reaction, a senator should have moved a motion on it, subjected it to debate before a resolution is made. “Even if there would be later, I don’t think Senator Sani would be punished because Senate chamber cannot be turned into a slaughtering slab for every offender irrespective of the magnitude of the offence.” Lagos-based activist lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has declared the senators’ earnings as illegal and unconstitutional. “Section 70 of the 1999 constitution, as amended, mandates Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to fix the rightful earnings of the legislature. “This is far from the amount stipulated to be paid to the senators. It is a shame that senators resulted to official robbery of the nation. But I don’t blame them completely because the executive is aware of this rip-off when it signs the budget for them. “The RMAFC is aware that Senate is cheating the nation and conspiringly kept silent all along.” Another senator who did not want his name published anonymity sent a written submission. He wrote: “We are aware that Senator Shehu Sani stated that the monthly ‘running costs’ of the senators was N13.5million, and that is obvious.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Days after he announced the intention of the Federal Government to establish a National Food Security Council, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the constitution of the Council’s membership. The spokesman of the president ,Garba Shehu said the Council, to be chaired by the President, will be inaugurated on Monday. It will have as members, the governors of Kebbi, Taraba, Plateau, Lagos, Ebonyi and Delta states. Other members are the secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the national security Adviser , Babagana Mungono, and seven (7) cabinet ministers. The ministers to be represented include: Agriculture and Rural Development; Finance; Interior; Industry, Trade and Investment; Water Resources; Environment; and Budget and National Planning. He said the National Food Security Council will also have as members, the chief of Defence Staff; the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; the directors-general of the Department of State Services and the National Intelligence Agency as well as the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service. He said: “ The broad objectives of the Council will include, developing sustainable solutions to the farmers–herdsmen clashes; Climate Change and Desertification and their impact on farmland; grazing areas and lakes, rivers and other water bodies; oil spillage and its impact on Niger Delta Fishing Communities; piracy and banditry; agricultural research institutions and extension services and the problem of smuggling. “The Council will also take interest in regional and global policies and trends that bear implications for food security in Nigeria.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has endorsed the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye who represents Kogi West senatorial District of Kogi State. The court, in its judgment in the appeal, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence the recall process of the senator. In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Tunde Awotoye, the court dismissed Senator Melaye’s appeal for lacking in merit, adding that it discloses no cause of action. Meanwhile, Melaye, who spoke through his lawyer, Nkem Okoro, has vowed to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court. The court, which resolved all the issues in the appeal in favour of the INEC, affirmed the judgment of Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court, which held that Melaye’s suit was “hasty, premature and presumptuous.” Not satisfied with the judgment, the senator approached the Court of Appeal to set it aside and stop the electoral body from embarking on the recall process. But in a unanimous judgment yesterday, the Court of Appeal agreed with the decision of the trial court, and held that the court ought to have struck out the suit for not disclosing any cause of action. On the issue of lack of fair hearing canvassed by the embattled senator, the court dismissed the claim on the grounds that INEC was neither a tribunal nor a court of law. The court said there was no limitation to the counting of the 90 days for the recall process, as it can be extended. The court said: “The powers of INEC is a statutory one given by the constitution and not even the court can take away the powers of INEC to conduct a referendum. “Such statutory bodies like the INEC should be allowed to exercise their statutory powers without interference by the court. “The appellant cannot claim that his right to fair hearing was infringed upon. His right to fair hearing has not been violated since, INEC as a statutory body, is not a tribunal neither is it a court of law. “The appellant has not disclosed any cause of action and the suit ought to have been struck out by the trial court for not disclosing any cause of action. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (AFIA), has called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of a bill seeking establishment of Chartered Institute of Forensic andInvestigative Auditors (CIFIA) in Nigeria. They made the appeal on the heels of a public hearing on the Bill on Tuesday, this week in the Senate. []The post AFIA Calls For CIFIA Establishment appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Police Detectives in Jesse Community, Ethiope West local government area of Delta State, on Thursday, foiled the attempt by some kidnap suspects to abduct a popular business woman in the area. The police image maker in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed that the suspects were arrested inside a restaurant where they had laid []The post Police Foil Kidnap Of Business Woman In Delta appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Oil prices gained higher yesterday after the International Energy Agency (IEA), said global crude demand would accelerate this year, but warned supply is growing at a faster pace. Crude for April delivery was up 5 cents, or 0.1 percent, at $61.24 a barrel, after settling up 23 cents on Thursday. For the week, the contract []The post Oil Prices Sustain Gain On IEA Report appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe state, Jibrin Barde, has said that his party still presents the best option for the people at 2019 election. Barde also came down hard on the current administration of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state adding that, given the opportunity, the APC will []The post 2019: APC Govt, Still Best Option ' Aspirant appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Flying Doctors Nigeria, an air ambulance services company, has called for the regional integration of medical services in the West Africa, describing the move as advantageous for the sub-region. Speaking in Banjul, The Gambia, during this year's West African College of Surgeons (WACS) conference and scientific meeting, Flying Doctors Nigeria Founder, Dr Ola Brown, stated []The post Flying Doctors Seek Regional Integration For West African Health Sector appeared first on Leadership Nigeria N 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Goodwill Ambassador Events Agency which is known for organising top notch events is staging its first annual Niger Delta Peace Ambassador Awards in Port Harcourt. This was made known by the covener, Ambassador Chris Odey, during an interactive session with the media in Abuja recently. He said it was only proper to recognise those who []The post Niger-Delta Peace Heroes Awards Debuts in Rivers appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Okhueleigbe Ebosetale, popularly known as Stella Whyte, radiates the qualities of beauty, style and elegance. Her dazzling smile and gorgeous looks are ideal for promoting beauty. No wonder the 23-year-old beauty queen, instantly won over the judges and audience alike at the Miss polo Nigeria 2017/2018 event at Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She was selected to []The post Stella Whyte To Represent Nigeria At Miss Polo 2018 appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The weeklong 2018 Science and Technology Expo, came to a close in Abuja amid wide fanfare, exhibiting a plethora of new and improved products by public and private research and development institutions. The event, which was the second edition of the annual Science and Technology Expo, organised by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, []The post BDA, CSOs, Others, Light Up 2018 Science And Technology Expo appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Rising music artistes, Neo Phlames and Labosky, will be holding a concert on Easter Sunday, April 1, at The Establishment Lounge, Gowon Estate, Egbeda area of Lagos. The show pits both artistes together and spurs the duo to bring in their A-game at the live concert. Tagged My Hood Live Concert, the artistes will be []The post Neo Phlames, Labosky To Serenade Fans In Easter Gig appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Rights group, Amnesty International (AI) has claimed that oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, Plc and Eni Spa may have misled regulators in Nigeria by wrongly attributing oil spills to theft and sabotage in order to avoid paying compensation to affected communities. 'Amnesty International researchers have identified that at least 89 spills may have been wrongly []The post AI Claims Shell, Eni Misled Nigeria On Oil Spills appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja As the debate on Ajaokuta Steel Company limited continues, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said theministry has not contracted any transactional adviser for the concessioning of Ajaokuta Steel Company, as wrongly asserted by the House. In a statement to LEADERSHIP Weekend, titled 'response to []The post We've Not Contracted Adviser For Concessioning Ajaokuta Steel Company ' Ministry appeared first on Leadership Nigeria N 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The rumour is out on the social media that the marriage of top female singer has hit the rocks and heading for a quiet divorce. Tiwa may not have confirmed this but the vital signs are there. Indeed the singer has tried managing this episode of her life and even taking her husband and former []The post Is Tiwa Savage Really Calling It Quits With Hubby' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
ASO Savings and Loans Plc. and its partner, Global High Property Development Companyn are set to commission the N10 billion ASO Garden Estate in Karsana, Abuja. The residential estate, conceived by Global High Property Development Company, was totally financed by ASO Saving and Loans Plc. ASO Garden Estate consists of 249 units made up of []The post Finance Firm To Commission N10bn Estate appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Yemi Blaq is a quintessential actor and one that is good at what he does. The handsome dude has given much to the industry. SAMUEL ABULUDE caught up with him on set of Shadow Parties movie and he took time out to speak on his works and issues in the industry You just finished part []The post I'm Your Man Next Door ' Yemi Blaq appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
These celebrated female Nigerian musicians set the pace in the country's entertainment industry that others are enjoying today. But of late, they are off the radar. Are they still singing' Weird MC: We all remember her from the Ijo Ya song and P Square duo and her unique dress sense. Her Tomboy personality is not []The post 10 Missing-in-Action Female Musicians appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Stoking harm and ridicle against the major religions and ethnic denominations in the country is a tradition that reaches back in time in the country. Often times it is targeted at the government and institutions. Hate speech catalysed the 1966 progrom and ensured that the civil war that followed was outrageously murderous. Mohammed Marwa a.k.a. []The post Hate Speech Legislation Can Be Complete Without Death Penalty appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A seasoned banker with over 20 years experience, Adamu Alhaji Lawan who is also the Borno State's Commissioner for Works and Transport peaks with NKARENYI UKONU on his tour of duty, politics and people of the state among other matters What prompted your switch from the private sector for life in the public service' Governor []The post Boko Haram's Days Are Numbered In Borno ' Lawan appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Alhaji Momoh Aremiyau, the executive chairman, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State bares his mind to EMAMEH GABRIEL on the controversy surrounding his emergence as the All Progressives Peoples Congress (APC) candidate in the just-concluded LG polls Your emergence as the chairmanship candidate of your party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the []The post I Wasn't Imposed On APC ' Aremiyau appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Following the longstanding confusion over the emoluments of senators which has been shrouded in secrecy, SOLOMON AYADO writes on the generated crisis as Senator Shehu Sani who of Kaduna Central Senatorial District blew the lid off salaries of lawmakers Since the salary and allowances of senators assumed a critical issue of discourse owning to how []The post Lawmakers And The Burden Of Jumbo Pay appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The nurse abducted by Boko Haram in Rann, KalaBalge local government of Borno State about two weeks ago, has sent a message to her WhatsApp contacts. In the message, written in the Hausa language, which has gone viral, the 24-year-old Hauwa Muhammad Liman called on the recipients of her message to return to the path []The post Abducted Red Cross Midwife Writes From Captors' Den appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
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