NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Monday 26 March, 2018.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
In furtherance of the party’s ongoing reconciliation process ahead of the 2019 general election, the highest decision making bodies of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) will meet today and tomorrow respectively, with the tenure elongation controversy as the prime in their agenda. LEADERSHIP gathered that top on the agenda for discussions at the two separate meetings of the party caucus billed to hold today in Aso Rock presidential villa and National Executive Committee (NEC) scheduled for tomorrow is the consideration of the appropriateness or otherwise of setting up a national caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party. This followed the controversy generated by the party’s earlier decision to extend the tenure of the party’s leadership both at the state and national levels by one year. The party had come under intense fire after its last NEC meeting held a month ago where the decision on the one-year tenure elongation for the Chief John Odigie Oyegun led National Working Committee (NWC) and state executive committees of the party with effect from June 2018 was taken. It was learnt that the party might consider ditching the nomenclature of ‘tenure elongation’ for a ‘caretaker committee’, which may involve the present NWC members as currently constituted when their term expires in June this year. Findings also revealed that the party’s national convention and the flag-bearer for the party ahead of the 2019 presidential election will be a hot topic for debate and deliberations at the meetings. President Muhammdu Buhari is yet to declare his intention to run for a second term, a development that is getting party bigwigs worried about the preparedness of the party for the general election. A reliable source in the party howevere told our correspondent that majority of the APC governors are willing to work with Chief Odigie-Oyegun. The source who did not want his name in print said, “I am aware that several of the governors want to work with Chief Oyegun because of his disposition and the way he handles issues, but you as well as I, know where the pressure is coming from. “I am also aware that some National Assembly members will be interested to see the party leadership change. It is a very dicey situation”. There are also reports that the move to institute a caretaker committee is allegedly targeted at a section of the party that is opposed to the tenure extension of the Oyegun-led NWC. But since February 27 when the Oyegun-led leadership of the party received an overwhelming support to stay on for another one year, the head of the Peace and Reconciliation committee setup by President Muhammdu Buhari and headed by former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed TInubu has maintained an awkward silent, thus fueling speculations that he is aggrieved with the decision. Tinubu and the party chairman, Oyegun, have been at loggerheads since last year, with many wondering how effective the committee would carry out its assignment when the two party chieftains are not in good terms. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Dapchi schoolgirls released last week by the Book Haram insurgents yesterday reunited with their families amidst celebrations by parents, friends and well-wishers in the town in Yobe State. The girls who were released by the terrorists on Wednesday were earlier taken to Abuja where they met with President Muhammad u Buhari on Friday. They were handed over to the state government by a federal government delegation led by Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Khadijah Abba Ibrahim. Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, represented by the state commissioner for information, Alhaji Mala Musty, had commended President Buhari for securing the release of the girls. It was celebration galore as the girls, parents, relations danced along the streets of the town to celebrate the girls’ safe return. Some of the residents who spoke to NAN thanked the president for securing the release of their daughters. They also appealed to him not to relent until he secures the release of the remaining girls still under the captivity of the insurgents. A number of the parents said they would continue to allow their daughters to go to school in spite of the incident, but called for tightened security in all schools in the area. …Their Release Gesture Of FG’s Goodwill – Lai Mohammed Meanwhile, the federal government declared yesterday that the release of the Dapchi schoolgirls was an apparent gesture of goodwill, following relentless efforts by the government to find long-lasting solutions to the conflict. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated this at a media briefing in Lagos said one of the factors that necessitated the release of the girls was President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to security agencies to do everything possible to bring them back unharmed. “That dictated the method we adopted. Back-channel talks with our international friends as mediators, and the result was the release of the girls,” he added. On how the insurgents were able to return the girls without attacking despite troops’ presence, the minister explained that unknown to many, the federal government has been in wider cessation-of-hostility talks with the insurgents for some time now. He noted that the talks had earlier helped to secure the release of the Police officers’ wives and the University of Maiduguri lecturers who were also held captive by the Boko Haram insurgents. He added that government was able to leverage on the wider talks when the Dapchi girls were abducted. Mohammed continued: “As I said earlier, the insurgents decided to return the girls to where they picked them from as a goodwill gesture. All they demanded was a ceasefire that will grant them a safe corridor to drop the girls.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Pan African Distinguished Achievers Award, (PADAA), has said that it has concluded arrangement for its international conference on Africa’s development and award of excellence in Accra, Ghana.     The conference will outline some of the major challenges militating against the development of the continent and solutions will be proffered by experts on the way forward for the continent.                      In a statement  signed yesterday  by the country representative/chairman, local organizing committee, Mr Boniface Abraham, deputy country representative, Baba Ransome Adamu JP, said the conference will bring about Africans to brainstorm on the future of the continent and how to build a progressive, peaceful and develop Africa for the younger generation.                    According to them, it will also have a special focus on leadership, empowerment and development of by Africans through technological education. The event will also celebrate and honor Africans who have contributed immensely to the development of the continent of  Africa. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Senate President, Bukola Saraki is not privy to the meeting of Northern Elders where certain decisions about the political future of the region and country were taken, a source close to  Saraki has revealed. Northern elders and leaders had met, weekend, and declared that they were searching for good candidates who, when elected, would utilize their offices to uplift the living standard of the people of the regions. Arising from a summit of northern groups yesterday, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) and 16 other leading groups in the region expressed dissatisfaction with the present administration and politicians from the northern region. Our sister publication, LEADERSHP Sunday learnt that after extensive deliberations, the summit resolved that the president and other politicians from the region had failed the north in the area of security and economy. The position of the summit was contained in a four-page communiqué, which was read by the chief of staff to the Senate president, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed. However, the fact that Baba-Ahmed, an aide of the senate president read the communiqué had sent tongues wagging with allegations rife that he may well be doing the bidding of his principal. Although Saraki is yet to make any official comment on the outcome of the meeting, sources close to the Senate President said he was not privy to the decision of the meeting in spite of the fact that his aide, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, read the communiqué. “The Senate President, like other members of his team, was surprised to see the Channels news report in which Baba-Ahmed was presented reading the communiqué. “In fact, the Senate President has verbally queried the Chief of Staff and members of his media team. “Saraki’s media team immediately had a meeting to look at the implication of the Chief of Staff taking on such a role which can be misinterpreted”, the source said. Our source said that the conclusion of the meeting of the media team was that Baba-Ahmed has always acted in similar capacity for key northern groups long before he joined the staff of the Senate President, except that in the present situation, his role could be misconstrued and will create some PR challenge to the team.


Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu over allegations of sleaze. In a statement made available to newsmen, HURIWA also enjoined the president to direct the nation's anti-graft agencies to commence immediate investigations of the minister 'following allegations of sleazy dealings made against []The post Suspend Shittu Now, HURIWA Tells PMB appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newsp 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari's comment that security agencies will deal decisively with any persons or group that dares to criticize the handling of security under his administration as undemocratic and completely unacceptable. PDP added that President Buhari's pronouncement on alleged politicization of security issues is targeted at emasculating opposition []The post PDP Tackles Buhari Over Comments On Politicisation Of Security appeared 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
In line with its forte of constantly adding value to subscribers' experience on its network, the total telecommunications solutions provider, Globacom, is offering its customers Easter LTE Smartphone Bundle to liven up the season. The offer which is open to existing and new subscribers allows Glo subscribers to buy LTE Smartphones at super-discounted rates between []The post Glo Subscribers Enjoy Easter LTE Smartphone appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, says media misrepresented her innocuous letter to the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, on cash recoveries by the federal government. The Minister, in a statement yesterday, said the letter dated 9th February, 2018 which was leaked to the public is []The post My Letter To Magu On Recovered Loot Misrepresented ' Adeosun appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Federal Government said it recovered more than N143. 89 billion from corrupt officials through the implementation of the Whistle Blower policy. The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) disclosed this in a report made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja. The report showed that government had successfully recovered N7.8 billion, 378 million dollars []The post Again FG Recovers N143. 89bn From Corrupt Officials appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Heritage Bank Plc has empowered 5, 544 (pupils and teachers) in 11 secondary schools across the country as part of efforts to support the Central Bank of Nigeria's Financial Literacy Day. The CBN's Financial Literacy Day is a globally celebrated event to promote savings, drive Financial Inclusion, invariably gain a higher standard of life and []The post Heritage Bank Empowers 5, 544 Pupils On Financial Literacy appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
As part of efforts to revamp the Enugu Depot towards meeting the petroleum products demand of the entire South-East region and beyond, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Enugu State Government have pledged to work together. This was made known when the group managing director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru paid a []The post NNPC, Enugu Govt Partner To Restore Enugu Depot appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The executive chairman/chief executive officer of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has been shortlisted as a nominee for the Africa CEO of the year Awards scheduled to hold in Abidjan, Cte d'Ivoire, today. LEADERSHIP learnt that Abdulsamad Rabiu was nominated based on his outstanding performance track record in the economic/industrial development of the continent across key []The post Abdulsamad Rabiu Shortlisted For Africa CEO Of The Year Awards appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
First Bank Nigeria has graduated its first set of senior management graduands from its Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) launched in October 2017, as the managing director and chief executive of the bank, said there is need for younger hands to be at the helm of affairs. Speaking at the graduation of the first set []The post FBN Graduates Succession Line Executives appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has granted $5 million agric loans to Babangona Outgrower Farming Scheme, as part of its commitment towards the growth and development of agricultural sector of the economy. To this end, about 50,000 small scale farmers are expected to benefit from this loans. Speaking at the official agreement signing ceremony []The post NSIA Grants $5m Loans To Babangona Outgrower Farming Scheme appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) have said that all workers in the aviation sector will commence an indefinite industrial action in 14 days should the ex-Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) workers fail to []The post N45bn NAL Fund: Aviation Unions To Shut Down Nigeria's Airspace appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The federal government has said it will continue to encourage investments in diverse sectors, particularly the hotel, tourism and hospitality sectors of the economy as part of plans to diversify the economy. Speaking during the launch of BON Hotel Abuja, recently, the Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, said with investments coming into various sectors []The post FG Commends BON Hotels On Home-Grown Skills In Nigerian Hospitality Sector appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Governing Board of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) has commended the executive management of the agency for effective leadership. Chairman of OGFZA's board, Timipre Sylva, former governor of Bayelsa State, who made the commendation during the inaugural meeting of the board of the agency at the Oil and Gas Free Zone, []The post Former Governor Sylva Lauds OGFZA Management appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programe (UNDP) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are set to jointly implement the Nigerian Agribusiness Supplier Development Project (NASDP). The NASDP project focuses on eliminating supply chain bottlenecks in the rice and cassava value []The post NIRSAL, UNDP, FMARD Set To Implement Agribusiness Supplier Devt Project appeared first 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has established an Advisory Council for the inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2018), with former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as Chairman. Former President of Afreximbank, Jean-Louis Ekra, is the Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Council, which is charged with providing guidance for the preparations for the trade fair scheduled to hold []The post Obasanjo Heads Advisory Council For Intra-African Trade Fair appeared first on Leadership Nige 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently raised its concerns that the number of registered political parties in Nigeria had ballooned to 68. These bordered on the inherent challenges posed by such surge which include complicated logistics costs. A historical look at the implosion in our party system since the beginning of the Fourth Republic []The post Upsurge In Political Parties Registration appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
SOLOMON AYADO writes on how the recent visit of the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigi-Oyegun, to National Assembly helped in subduing the impasse between the lawmakers and the executive While the feud between the Executive and the Legislature was still unresolved and there were no better ways about []The post How Oyegun's Visit To Senate Doused Tension Between Executive, Legislature appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
For raping and putting his own daughter in the family way, one Lucky Ayosin has been sentenced to life imprisonment by an Ekiti State High Court, sitting in Ado Ekiti. He is also to spend ten years behind the bars for attempting to murder his son, Ilesanmi Ayosin, who caught him while having sex with []The post Man Bags Life Sentence For Raping Daughter appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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