NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 28 March, 2018.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
President Muhammdu Buhari has surprisingly declared that after due consultations, the tenure extension that was approved for the National Working Committee (NWC) and the state chairmen of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), was against the constitution of the party even as he said that going against it will further widen the cracks within the rank and file of the party. The President, who apparently took the NEC members unawares in the sudden u-turn in his decision, declared the tenure extension unconstitutional and called for a speedy resolution of the outstanding issues so as to make the party a strong fighting force that will best suit the populace. LEADERSHIP had penultimate Monday, exclusively reported that top on the agenda for discussion at the NEC will be to consider the appropriateness or otherwise of the tenure extension, a decision which gave a one year tenure elongation for the party’s leadership both at the states and national levels which had been generating more controversies. Recall that the party had come under increasing fire since its last NEC on February 27, exactly a month ago when it approved an extension for the Chief John Odigie Oyegun led National Working Committee and state executive committees of the party for another one year with effect from June 2018.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday disclosed that it has suspended 205 of its staff over various unwholesome roles in the 2015 general elections. INEC’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who made the disclosure in his keynote address at national colloquium organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG),  said that the interdiction, recommended by INEC’s Appointments, Promotion and Discipline Committee (APDC), was the highest so far. He therefore warned that any staff found culpable in electoral malpractice will be dealt with in accordance with the provision of the rules of service. The INEC boss also disclosed that the total number of Nigerians who have successfully registered in the ongoing Continuous voters registration exercise now stands at 6,906,411. He said that commission’s electoral officers were already in the field working towards the success of the 2019 elections. “We have to put the right people in place as electoral officers and assistant electoral officers for the 2019 general elections. “The credibility of an election depends on the credibility of the election manager; the credulity of the election manager depends on the credibility of the staff. “The APDC recommended the interdiction of 205 staff found culpable in various roles they played arising from the 2015 general elections—this is the highest number of interdictions since the history of the commission. “We have within the some of the most patriotic staff in the country; but anybody found wanting will be dealt with accordingly.’’ He said that the introduction of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) had increased voter registration.


Wed, 28 Mar 2018
In a dramatic turn-around, the Senate yesterday joined the House of Representative to begin a fresh move towards reordering the sequence of elections by reintroducing the Election Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The bill, presented by chairman senate committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC Bauchi North) passed its first reading during plenary. House of Representatives had last week re-introduced its version of the controversial bill which President Muhammadu Buhari refused assent into law. The Senate, in particular, had on February 14, 2018 in its passage of the bill, adopted section 25(1) inserted into it by the House of Representatives containing reordering of sequence of  2019 general elections different from the earlier one announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The sequence as proposed by the new amendment put the National Assembly election first and to be followed by the Governorship and State Assembly Elections while Presidential election will come last. But according to the arrangement of INEC, the Presidential and National Assembly elections would hold first on February 16, 2019 while the Governorship and House of Assembly elections will take place on March 2 of the same year. President Buhari in a letter forwarded to the two chambers of the National Assembly, a copy of which was read on the floor of the Senate by its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, specifically vetoed the bill on March 3 for reasons bordering on infractions on constitutional provisions particularly the one on new sequence of elections. In addition, the President stated that he was complying with the provisions of Section 58 of the 1999 Constitution, particularly sub-section 4, by refusing to sign the bill.


Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's son is on the mend following his hospitalization. Last week, the Touched by an Angelactress, 57, shared a series of Instagram posts that revealed her 20-year-old stepson, Cameron Burnett, had been hospitalized. Cameron is Mark's son from the reality TV producer's previous marriage to Dianne J. Burnett, with whom he []The post Mark Burnett, Roma Downeys 20-Year-Old Son Hospitalised 4 Years After Brain Tumor Surgery appeared first on Leadership Nigeria 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
BY BUKOLA IDOWU, Lagos The small and medium enterprises in the private sector of the economy are set for a boost as SunTrust Bank alongside Jaiz Bank, Wema Bank and the Bank of Industry (BoI) have signed a $10 million financing memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the []The post Suntrust Bank, Others Sign $10m Financing Agreement With ICD appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The director of drought, desertification, coastal zone management (DDCZM) of Ecological Fund Office (EFO), Yusuf Aliyu Addy, has disclosed that the office was working hard to checkmate the growing rate of 0.6 metres advance of the desert into Nigeria. While fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja, he emphasised that EFO complement the activities of National []The post 'EFO Working To Curb Desert Advancement Into Nigeria appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
A recent report has hinted that Nigeria is recording four per cent forest loss annually which is considered as the highest globally. LEADERSHIP discovered that worldwide, that forest loss alone contributed to about 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions especially carbon that had contributed to global warming and climate change. As global temperatures rose, []The post Nigeria's Annual Forest Loss Highest Globally ' Report appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has blamed sabotage for the incessant oil spill that had occurred in the country especially in the last nine years. Director of the agency, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, who made the disclosure yesterday in Lagos at the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund) 's sponsored petroleum hydrocarbon containment groundwater remediation seminar []The post Sabotage Responsible For Oil Spill In Nigeria ' DPR appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Premium Steels & Mines Ltd., a state of the art steel manufacturing facility at Ovwian ' Aladja, Delta State has said that the company would meet more than 50 per cent of the domestic steel requirement, which are currently being met through imports. The company added that such feat to be achieved during the first []The post Firm To Produce 50% Of Nigeria's Steel Needs appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The executive chairman/CEO of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has urged the federal government to replicate its policies in the cement and sugar industries in the steel Industry. Speaking at the opening plenary of the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire on Monday, Rabiu, who recalled that 15 years ago Nigeria was faced with a []The post Replicate Cement, Sugar Policies In Steel, Rabiu Tells FG appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has activated measures to ensure that the prevailing stability in the supply and distribution of petroleum products is sustained across the country. Group managing director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this at a brief ceremony at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, Monday, to wind down the activities of the corporation's []The post We've Learnt From Recent Petrol Supply Hiccups ' Baru appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
As regulatory authorities grants wholesale banking Licence to UK subsidiary The United Bank for Africa (UBA), Africa's global bank, announced yesterday that its London subsidiary has obtained regulatory permission to carry out wholesale banking activities in the United Kingdom. The bank said following this authorisation, it is now the only Sub-Saharan African bank to conduct []The post UBA Expands Presence In London appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Nigerian equities market fell by 0.51 per cent on sustained bearish activity, leading to the third consecutive day of losses. In summary, the All Share Index (ASI) shed 211.06 absolute points, representing a decline of 0.51 per cent to close at 41,243.24 points. Similarly, the market capitalisation shed N77 billion to close at N14.899 []The post Equities Market Sheds 0.51% On Across Board Losses appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) Plc has announced a net profit of N3.2 billion for the year ended December 31, 2017. This was contained in the audited results of the company released at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday, showed that profit after tax grew faster by 157 per cent from N1.254 billion in []The post CCNN Grows Net Profit To N3.2bn, To Pay N1.6bn Dividend appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Politics can be a challenging as well as a rewarding profession in which one potentially gets the power as an elected official to make a difference in his community. Winston Churchill, a foremost British politician described selfless service as 'the first of all human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others'. And []The post LA And Emerging Political Culture In Kaduna appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Quietly and assuredly, a fundamental change is taking place in the educational sector in Niger State, which at the end of the day, would be the defining moment of the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello. This profoundly and refreshing approach to education is revolutionary both in content and scope and arguably the first of []The post Sani Bello: A Governor's Passion For Education appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The federal government has declared Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2, as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter Monday. The minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration yesterday in Abuja on behalf of the federal government in a statement issued by Mrs Julie Ejiofor, Director Overseeing the Office []The post FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
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