NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 23 March, 2017.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday accused ‘powerful individuals ‘of orchestrating the lingering conflicts between farmers and herders in parts of northern Nigeria. The president made this comment during a visit to Zamfara State in continuation of his tour of states affected by violence and bloodshed. In his speech, he stressed the need to review the old arrangement that provided for both cattle ranches and grazing routes. This is as he directed security agencies to improve their strategies of intelligence gathering, surveillance and accuracy in deployments, to ensure that criminal activities are brought to an end across the country. Accompanied by Zamfara State governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, during an interactive meeting with political leaders, traditional rulers, elders and victims of criminal attacks in the state, President Buhari, in a statement by his special adviser on media, Femi Adesina, assured all security agencies of improved conditions that would facilitate the arrest of criminals that steal, maim and kill innocent Nigerians. “As far as I am concerned, our security agencies have recorded some successes, but they need to do much more. They are not to oppress anyone, but they have to gather and send intelligence and warnings when something is about to happen,’’ he said. The president commended the security agencies for eliminating a dreadful criminal, ‘Buhari General’, who had for many years initiated killings and destruction of properties. “Before ‘Buharin-daji’ who calls himself a general, there was a criminal who killed many people and he was killed; ‘Buharin–daji’ has followed him and others like them should also follow,’’ he added. President Buhari urged the security agencies and communities to always work in collaboration, noting that the threats to life and property of Nigerians would be significantly reduced with improved relations among community leaders, citizens and the security agencies. “I have come here to commiserate with you over the loss of lives and properties. We will continue to do our best to improve the security situation. However, those committing atrocities live with you. Some of these people are not reported because you don’t trust the security outfits, instead you report back to the criminals. We should give priority to security,’’ he said. The president warned that the ongoing war against corruption would be reinvigorated and sustained until public officers, who abuse their positions, face the wrath of the law. Buhari told the elders and traditional rulers that properties confiscated by security outfits from some suspected corrupt public officials would be sold after the completion of court procedures. He urged Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing reforms in the agricultural sector, pointing that the era of depending on oil will one day come to an end. On herdsmen attacks, the president said there was a need to revisit and review the old grazing area arrangement that guaranteed harmonious relationship between farmers and herdsmen, where differences were amicably resolved through the law. On his part, Governor Yari, who is also the chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, said the state government had deployed resources that were initially designated for development into fighting criminal activities. The governor, who commended the security outfits for working hard to safeguard the state, pleaded with the federal government to improve the funding of operations, increase the number of security men working in the state and reimburse the state for monies spent on some federal government projects, like roads, which he said was a major priority in fighting criminals.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Kogi State Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello, has directed the state’s Accountant-General to ensure the payment of N98,000,000 to cover all categories of Kogi students across the country who registered for the 2017/2018 scholarship scheme through a special portal launched by the State Government. The governor, who stated this during the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Lokoja, said his administration will continue to assist indigent students achieve their educational dreams. According to the governor, the era of table payment was gone, urging students to key into the digital operations of the Scholarship Board in order to benefit from the scheme. Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, told the Council that the bursary to Kogi Students had been increased by 300%. She said her ministry is working hard to comply with the directive of the Governor that the Porter should be opened for the online registration of the 2018/2019 Academic Session. Mrs Osikoya thanked the Governor for giving priority to the welfare of the Students. In a related development, the Governor has pledged his support to Kogi students in Law Schools across the country. He said government is aware of the challenges students in Law Schools face, saying his administration has come up with a plan to assist them. The governor said: “As an Ambassador of the Youth in Governance, my administration has put education on the front burners. Education is number one on our thematic priority as a government. This is to give quality and affordable education to our teeming youth. “To this end, my administration has strengthened the educational infrastructure and human resource. We have also decided to ensure that we increase bursaries to our students to help them pay their fees. “I have directed the Accountant General of the State to ensure beneficiaries are paid before the end of next week. We shall pay the next one earlier to encourage our students across the nation,” he said. It will be recalled that bursary in the State was hovering between 5000 to 6000 Naira before the advent of the present administration. But today, the least paid category of students will pocket 18,000 Naira. Also, bursaries are henceforth to be paid directly into the students’ bank accounts to eliminate fraud. The Governor has also assured examination bodies that his administration has provided enough security in some trouble flash points to ensure security of students writing public examinations in the state. He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring the timely rescue of the Dapchi school girls. “We congratulate Mr. President for the rescue of our dear girls from Dapchi. The timely rescue has emboldened us to believe that the Federal Government will also rescue our Chibok girls,” he said.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to make public, the manifestos of all political parties ahead 2019 general election. The commission has also appealed to media houses to provide a level playing field for political parties and encourage issues-based campaigns. INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the director-general of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Mallam Yakubu Ibn-Mohammed, in Abuja, yesterday. The INEC chairman said: “As a body saddled with the responsibility of registering and regulating political parties, we would like equal access for all political parties in Nigeria. As far as the commission is concerned, all political parties are of equal standing with the commission. We will continue to encourage NTA to continue to provide a level playing field for all political parties in Nigeria.” He added that, as opinion moulders, the media should focus on issues-based engagements with political parties and candidates rather than focus on personalities and platforms, in order to help the citizens make informed decisions. The INEC chairman hinted that the commission would soon upload the manifestoes of parties on its website to further assist the media in engaging parties on what they plan to offer Nigerians. “The commission will very soon put up the manifestos of all political parties on our website, so you have access to manifestos in engaging with the political parties and candidates, ask them questions around what they want to offer the country rather than mundane issues. “This, we believe, will also help to convey the message of what distinguishes one political party from another, and will also help us to focus on issues rather than personalities,” he said. Prof Yakubu also spoke of the revamping the National Inter-agency Committee on Voter Education and Publicity (NICVEP) ahead the general elections. He noted that the collaboration with the media in the past on voter education and publicity had greatly impacted on the success of elections, even as he sought deeper collaboration. “As we approach the 2019 general elections we also need to engage big-time with the media so that we will all continue to be partners in the business of voter education and publicity. The commission is determined to activate what we call the NICVEP (National Inter-agency Committee on Vote Education and Publicity) which the NTA, other media organisations and professional media bodies are part of,” he said. The INEC chief executive reiterated the Commission’s commitment towards ensuring that only votes cast by Nigerians would determine who wins in the 2019 general election, adding that the media has a role in entrenching the culture of free and fair polls. In his response, the DG, NTA, Mallam Ibn-Mohammed, assured of his organisation’s readiness to collaborate with INEC in deepening democracy. He said: “We are ready to partner with INEC, because for us in NTA, we have responsibility to ensure that every political party is given a level playing ground to participate and the voters are given the opportunity to make the right choices. And the only way we can make this happen is for NTA to deal with political parties by stressing issues rather than on the personalities involved.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr kayode Fayemi yesterday in Abuja commissioned some newly acquired vehicles for the operations of the Special Mines Surveillance Task force (SMSTF) and the State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO). In his speech made available to LEADERSHP, the minister who acknowledged the critical roles of both the taskforce and the committee in sustainable development of the mining sector said, “As a strategy to strengthen the Taskforce in all the States of the Federation and the FCT, 40 Toyota Hilux vehicles have been procured. The vehicles will be commissioned today and their usage flagged-off.” On the part of MIREMCO, Fayemi said the current administration took decisive measures to reactivate the State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) in all the States of the Federation including FCT in 2017, adding that the committee is now vibrant in 26 states. “The first fifteen (15) States with functional MIREMCOs have already received the sum of Five (5) Million Naira each, as mobilisation grants and ten (10) Hilux pick-up Vehicles were procured for the first ten (10) States,” he said, adding that beneficiaries of the batch of vehicles being commissioned yesterday included: Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Cross Rivers, Edo, Kaduna, Kano, Ogun, Osun, and Rivers States.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
In compliance with the Supreme Court order, a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has further adjourned the trial of former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), in the alleged money laundering charges brought against him by the federal government till May 2 and 3 for definite trial. Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf, fixed []The post Court Adjourns Dasuki's Money Laundering Trial To May 2 appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has called for more action to end Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria and other high burden countries. According to a statement by her director of information, Suleiman Haruna, she made the call while receiving officials of the Global Stop TB Partnership at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Buhari, []The post More Action Required To End TB In Nigeria ' Aisha Buhari appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The federal government yesterday called its first witness to give testimony behind a barricade in the treason charge preferred against four members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at a Federal High Court in Abuja. The witness, simply identified as Mr AB, gave his testimony behind a barricade, where only the judge, Justice []The post IPOB: FG's First Witness Testifies Behind Barricade appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The House of Representatives has expressed concern over reports of illegal seizure of goods across the country by officials of the Nigerian Custom Service. To this end the House resolved to mandate its committee on Customs and Excise to conduct a detailed investigation into the activities of the personnel of the service in different parts []The post Reps Decry Illegal Seizure Of Goods By Customs appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced that it will disburse about $25 billion dollars in support of intra-African trade during the five years ending in 2021 under an Intra-African Trade Strategy it launched in 2016 in anticipation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). President of the Bank, Dr. Benedict Oramah, made the []The post Afreximbank Pledges $25bn Support For African Free Trade Initiative appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The multinational construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has bagged triple honour for excellent quality and best international engineering standards. The awards were bestowed on the company by the Third Observers, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) and the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV). The award revolved around the company's commitment to engineering []The post Julius Berger Wins Triple Honour For Quality Engineering appeared first on Leadership Nig 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Tony Elumelu Foundation announced the fourth cohort of the 1,250 enterprising Africans that will benefit from its $100 million TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. The entrepreneurs were selected from 151,000 applications received from across the 114 countries worldwide. According to the founder of the foundation who is the chairman of Hiers Holding and United Bank for []The post Tony Elumelu Foundation Bestows $5,000 Grant Each To 1,250 Entrepreneurs appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspape 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Teleology, the preferred bidder for the sale of 9Mobile, Nigeria's fourth largest mobile network yesterday made a non-refundable $50 million deposit for the acquisition of the network a day ahead of the deadline of March 22, 2018 for payment. The company which is set bring fresh vibrancy to the telecom space with a new era []The post Teleology Acquires 9mobile, Pays $50m Non-Refundable Deposit appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
.FG's ERGP Not Reflecting Nigerians' Needs Bill Gates President Dangote Group of companies, Aliko Dangote has suggested that private companies should donate one percent of their profits to fund the health sector in Nigeria. He made the suggestion on Thursday at the expended National Economic Council (NEC) on Investment in Human Capital, presided over []The post Dangote Seeks Donation Of 1% Of Business Profits For Health Care appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
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