NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 24 March, 2017.


Sat, 24 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the federal government is ready to offer amnesty to Boko Haram members who lay down their arms and show genuine repentance. The president also warned security chiefs against dereliction of duty, saying any of them who approaches his assigned task with levity and gives room for lapses would be punished. The president made the comments yesterday when he received the released schoolgirls from Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, at the presidential villa, Abuja. In his address, the president also warned that security agencies would deal severely with those he described as “unscrupulous characters” who make political fortune out of school girls’ abductions in the country. He said, “While further efforts are being made to secure the release of every abducted citizen in Nigeria, government is ever ready to accept the unconditional laying down of arms by members of the Boko Haram group, who show strong commitment in this regard. We are ready to rehabilitate and integrate such repentant members into the larger society. “This country has suffered enough of hostility. Government is, therefore, appealing to all to embrace peace for the overall development of our people and the country. “I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents. Security chiefs have been warned in clear terms that any lapse on their part will be viewed seriously.” LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that the girls were abducted a month ago by Boko Haram insurgents and were released on Wednesday. The president affirmed that Boko Haram insurgents released the Dapchi schoolgirls on Wednesday unconditionally after painstaking back-channel negotiations. According to him, government opted for negotiations because it did not want any of the girls to get hurt, a strategy that has paid off. He also urged insurgents operating in the North East to cease hostilities and surrender, stating that his government was ready to accept the unconditional laying down of arms by members of the Boko Haram group who show strong commitment to do so. He said: “I am delighted to formally announce to Nigerians this morning and our international friends and partners that 107 Dapchi students previously abducted have been unconditionally released by their abductors. “This cheering and hearty development signifies our commitment to the security and well-being of all Nigerians. “We are never in doubt about our focus and direction since the assumption of office of this administration. Security, anti-corruption and revamping of our economy are the main focus of our government. “You will recall that on the 14th of this month (March), I paid a visit to Yobe State during which I sympathised with the parents, families, government and people of the state for the tragic abduction of the students in Dapchi.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Why do you want to contest for the position of President looking at the enormous task involved? I want to contest for this position because of the proposal I have for Nigeria. I don’t believe Nigeria has bad people especially those in the political offices, our senators, the president and governors. Most times, if you check their pedigree before they joined politics, they are good people but along the line, they get corrupted. So, the problem is not only by the people, it is the system. I have a specific programme called structural reform. This is a programme you can only do at the presidency especially in Nigeria where 80 per cent power is concentrated in the presidency; this has never happen in any country. Could you please expatiate on your structural reform programme? It is a programme that economy is open for the benefit of all. We love the rich and the poor because we believe we don’t have enough of them and the billionaires are bad ones. We also love the poor because we want them to have opportunity of purchasing power so that they can be rich. The economy is tiny, we need to unbundle it and also build infrastructure. The money governors people travel to Abuja to collect would be channelled to build infrastructure. We want to position the country for productivity and take advantage of our shoreline; from Calabar down to Badagry are capable of having port facilities among others. You don’t need containers to be coming to Lagos; they can go to other areas. We also need to dredge our River Niger and River Benue, so our containers berthing along our shorelines, can pass waterways in Nigeria to come into the country instead of spoiling the roads. We want to build port facilities in place like Kogi, Jeba, Kanji, Benue, and Adamawa amongst others, all those places have potential for port facilities but abandoned. Few enjoyed the money gotten from the government and this is a very serious problem we have and it needs to be addressed. Our NNPC is a very strategic asset; it is something we need to deregulate. We need to invest more into the economy for more jobs to be created. The economy has been growing while people remain poor because it grows to benefit very few of people. Our investment portfolio into the economy is about less than 10 per cent of our Gross Domestic product (GDP); this is very small. We need to have 35 to 40 per cent investment. Within the 10 per cent, 75 per cent goes to private pockets. The money we suppose to use to build the country, we are spending it to build individual pockets. The only thing we need to do effective restructural reform to open economy to benefit Nigerians. Would you say this contributes to why our leaders failed to get it right? Absolutely; that is the only reason why we failed to get it right, we operate an economy system that is patronage-driven. The centre controls everything instead of putting check and balances and entrust institutionalisation. Once somebody sits at the presidency, he controls everything without any checks and balances. Until we ensure transparency and accountability across governance system, the country will not be good for everyone but for few. All these will result to drug abuse and other crimes as a result of unemployment; because people have lost hope. Poor people are now going out to sell themselves for slavery because the country which supposes to be the platform is being sold out to the few people. We need to engineer the system because Nigeria is like economic integrated area where British called it Nigeria. That is why we want to destroy political zones and change it geo-economic zone and we are going to increase the number to nine where Lagos will be the 10th special economic zone to power the entire economy.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to the Abebe family as well as the government and people of Edo State on the death of Dr Christopher Abebe, aged 99. President Buhari, in a statement by his special adviser, media, Femi Adesina, also commiserated with the in-laws, friends, the organised private sector and the Iruekpen community in Edo State, over the passage of the astute and dedicated community leader and business mogul. The President believed that as the Odionwere (community leader) of Iruekpen, the first indigenous chairman and managing director of United Africa Company (UAC), pro-chancellor and chairman of Council of three Nigerian Universities (Benin, Nsukka and Calabar), Dr Abebe was a shining light and worthy example of hard work, positive influence and patriotism to his local community, the private sector and the nation. The President urged family members, business associates and the Catholic Church in Nigeria, where he served committedly as Papal Knight of St Gregory and Supreme Knight of St Mulumba, to honour Dr Abebe’s memory by upholding his lifelong dedication and passion to human development. The President prayed that Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn him.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
In the last few years, women lawyers in Bayelsa State under the aegis of the International Federation of Women lawyers (FIDA) have stepped up the campaign against violence against women and the girl child. Bayelsa state Chairperson of FIDA, Barr. Dose Sheila Ogbise-Erhisere in this interview with OSA OKHOMINA, in Yenagoa outlines the challenges of []The post 'States Should Domesticate Laws On Violence Against Women, Children' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
MUHAMMAD ZANGINA KURA writes that the recent People Democratic Party (PDP) Mega rally held in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, has sent a lot of messages to the party members, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) other political party and the public. The Dutse political gathering is subject to individual interpretation but one can generalise that []The post PDP Mega Rally And The Challenge Before Dankwambo appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Abacha also known as African salad is a delicious meal mostly prepared and loved by the Igbo people. This meal is very popular in the eastern part of Nigeria, Abacha is made by boiling and grating/shredding cassava tubers. Abacha as the Igbos call it, is one of the most popular evening desserts in the []The post Abacha ' African Salad appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The near chopping off of the hand of a corps member, Luntis Julius, last week by suspected cult members has thrown up issues by corps members serving in Bayelsa State, Osa Okhomina writes Luntis Julius, a 28-year-old from Taraba State had never had cause to experience fear even when he was posted to Bayelsa State []The post Corps Members Day With Cult Members appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Exactly 30 days after the Boko Haram insurgents abducted some schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, the group in a dramatic fashion returned them to their parents. HUSSAINI JIRGI in Damaturu reports At exactly 7:24pm Wednesday March 21 2018, 30 days after some suspected Boko Haram insurgents abducted 110 schoolgirls of Government Girls Science and Technical []The post Dapchi Abduction: 30 Days After, How Boko Haram Returned The Girls appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Martin Gbados; the Producer of the multi awards winning movie ' 'A Soldier's Story' speaks with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM, sheds light on the progress made in Nollywood, his works and other issues What inspired your movies,'A Soldier's Story' ' 'A Soldier's Story' is a story of bravery, blood and betrayal;a story of love and sacrifice. []The post Enact Harsher Laws To Deal With Piracy ' Gbados appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Pioneering architect Zaha Hadid inspires a lot of women all over the world, especially in her profession and her greatness will not be forgotten in a hurry. The first woman to win prestigious awards, such as the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, Hadid's genius lives on in the array of spectacular []The post Zaha Hadid: Enduring influence of the 'Queen of the Curve' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
I did not understand the incessant carnages of Herdsmen until my local government area in Kogi state was attacked last week. My kinsmen have always been peaceful farmers and, in recent past, we have co-existed with the herdsmen with no visible friction. But the senseless attacks by a group of them, carrying the deadly Ak-47 []The post Nigeria: The Potency Of Insecurity appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Sip Water Water is the best medicine when it comes to nausea and vomiting, especially during pregnancy. Women who drink a glass of water every hour have been found to have a lower chance of having morning sickness. Also, it helps keep your body hydrated, which is essential for any pregnant woman and her unborn []The post How To Deal With Vomiting During Pregnancy appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Many of the health problems of middle and old age, including high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, and stroke, result from the way a person has lived and what he ate, drank, and smoked when younger. While you can't eliminate risk factors such as family history, you can control many other risk []The post Premature Health Problem appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Urinary incontinence is a very embarrassing situation which can impacts on your personal, social life, work and personal relationships. It is basically the unintentional loss of urine. It occurs occasionally when one can't make it to the toilet or at the minute you found the toilets in time, but, while trying undoing your belt you []The post Managing Urinary Incontinence appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The orange is both a literal and symbolic embodiment of the sun, from whose light it is formed. As a whole food it irradiates us with a spectrum of healing properties, the most prominent of which some call 'vitamin C activity,' Science now confirms the orange has a broad range of medicinal properties, which is []The post Orange As Medicine appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
5000-year-old recipe was discovered by a monk at a Tibetan monastery in 1972. The recipe has millennia-long history of use in treatment of numerous diseases. However, it's very strong in composition, so it's only recommended for use once every five years. This health-promoting recipe is based on garlic ' one of the healthiest vegetables on []The post Use This Medicine Once Every 5 Years And Forget About Diseases appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
..as D'banj, Don Jazzy others thrill at the concert cancellations 'Tour Nigeria', a brand aimed at promoting Nigeria's tourism potential and showcasing Nigeria as a major tourism destination, unveiled by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has embarked on a campaign to drive consumption of Nigerian cuisine globally. The director-general, NTDC, Folorunsho Coker, who launched []The post Tour Nigeria Celebrates Nigerian Flavours appeared first on Leadership Niger 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Affiong williams She is the chief executive officer of Reel Fruit, a thriving agribusiness company focused on packaging, branding and processing of locally, and quality fruit products. She is one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Williams obtained a B.Sc. degree in Physiology and Psychology, and followed up with a diploma in business []The post Young Entrepreneur appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
In line with its avowed commitment to promote road safety and sustainable transport systems in the country, Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has held its Transport and Safety Week, to reiterate the importance of safety both on and off the road. With the theme, 'Be safe', Nigeria's only total beverage alcohol company []The post Guinness Nigeria Flags-off Transport, Safety Week 2018 appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Gauteng-based civil engineering and multi-disciplinary service company in the built environment, Isivuvu Technical Solutions is eager to seek market and expand its footprint to Nigeria and Ghana. Managing director of the company, Mr. Nhlanhla Maphalala, expressed optimism as he embarked on a week-long Outward Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria taking place from []The post S/African Firm Eyes Nigeria, Ghana For Expansion appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The Bank of Industry (BoI) has urged beneficiaries of its loans to ensure that they did not default in paying back so that others can also benefit. Managing Director of BoI, Mr. Olukayode Pitan, said this in Lagos during the recent 2018 International women's day organised by BoI. According to him, out of every 10 []The post Pay Back Your Loans, BoI Tells Beneficiaries appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The World Bank and ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE), have designed a regional renewable energy project. The Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP), is aimed at increasing access to sustainable electricity supply, most especially in the rural areas of member states. This was made known at a one- day workshop organised by []The post World Bank, ECOWAS To Improve Rural Power Supply appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
A first online trade exhibition in the country that would promote innovations by local inventors, scholars and entrepreneurs would be unveiled in May. Chief executive, Best Hope Services (BHS),Olu Adenodi, made this disclosure in Lagos this week. Adenodi said the online trade fair would allow exhibitors to showcase their products to the world without having []The post Nigeria's First Online Trade Exhibition Debuts May appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has identified corruption in the nation's seaports and high port charges by terminal operators and shipping companies as reasons why cargoes are diverted to neighbouring countries. Speaking recently at the maiden edition of the annual maritime summit tagged: 'Port Charges: How Plausible' an assistant director in the Council, Celine Ifeora, []The post Shippers' Council Blames High Charges For Cargoes Diversion appeared first on Leadership Ni 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
When the unprecedented came knocking on the doors of Nigerians, especially the people of Nasarawa State on Tuesday, 6 March, 2018, it met a people ill-disposed to play host. The news was absolutely shocking. Personally, I was disoriented. I made desperate efforts to condition my mental state, trying in the process to convince myself that []The post Aliyu Doma: Exit Of A Peaceful Political Colossus appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The latest Transparency International (TI) report distracting Nigeria's war against corruption did not come as a surprise. But the report did not tell the whole story. The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari has done a commendable job on the war against corruption, compared to the situation under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). At least, []The post Why Buhari Must Jail Corrupt Politicians Now appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
LIFE IN BRIEF Oyiza Bello was born into a polygamous family in 1983 at Okoroke, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State. She attended both primary and secondary schools in Okehi after which she proceeded to the Jos Television School, Jos, Plateau State. She is happily married with a baby girl. BACKGROUND My name is []The post Mum, My Greatest Inspiration ' Oyiza appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have bust an EIYE confraternity gang involved in human trafficking in Spain. NAPTIP hinted yesterday that 39 women victims of sexual exploitation were rescued in the operation, which was conducted jointly with the operatives of the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the []The post 39 Nigerians Rescued From Sex Cell In Spain appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
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