NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 29 March, 2018.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill to provide for the withdrawal of  $1 billion (N360bn) from the excess crude account for the completion of the Ajaokuta Steel Mill project. The House also put a stop to federal government’s plan to sell or concession the company. LEADERSHIP recalls that the bill for an act to provide for the Ajaokuta Steel Company completion fund was sponsored by Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta and 300 other lawmakers. The minister of mines and steel development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had recently revealed federal government’s plan to concession the age-old steel project, saying government was no longer ready to ‘waste’ public funds on the project after spending about $10billion without a sheet of steel produced in over 30 years. The House also passed “a bill for an act to amend the Public Enterprises (privatisation and commercialisation) Act, Cap. p. 38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to review the list of enterprises to be privatised, and for related matters”. When finally passed, the bill will be sent to the Senate for concurrence and forwarded to the president. If signed, the executive would be empowered to withdraw $1 billion (360bn) from the excess crude account to complete the steel project. Also, the amendment of the Privatisation Act removed the steel plant from the list of public assets which the federal government has powers to privatise or concession. The House has by this amendment stripped the National Council on Privatisation its exclusive power to decide which firms should be on the schedule. In his explanation, Hon. Abonta said that removing the plant from the privatisation Act became necessary to “protect the steel comapny, a highly valued national asset. It is necessary to delete it because if we let it remain in the market, overzealous persons will sell it either by omission or commission.” Also at yesterday’s plenary, the House considered and passed the report of the conference committee on a bill for an act to provide for the Governance and Institutional Framework for the Petroleum Industry (PIGB) and for related matters and approve the recommendations therein.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Senate and the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) yesterday differ on the position of the law on the N13.5 million running cost allegedly being enjoyed by each Senator, which has continued to occupy the front burner of national discourse. In a press statement by the RMAFC sent to LEADERSHIP yesterday, it clarified its position on the salaries and allowances payable to Senators. According to the Commission, the Law on Salaries and Allowances of Public Office Holders is very clear and as such “it is only the management of the National Assembly Service Commission that can explain  the N13.5 million running cost allegedly being enjoyed by each Senator as  the Act only covers Salary and Allowances but not Running Cost,” it stated. The statement which was issued by the Commission’s spokesman, Ibrahim Mohammed said a closer look at the monthly entitlement of Senators reveals that each Senator collects salary and allowances of the sum of N1,063,860:00 consisting of the following basic-N168,866:70, motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance allowance N126,650:00, Personal Assistant N42,216:66, Domestic Staff-126,650:00, Entertainment-N50,660:00, Utilities- =N50,660:00, Newspapers/Periodicals -N25,330:00, Wardrobe – N42,216, House Maintenance – N8,443.33:00 and Constituency – N422,166:66 respectively.” “It is instructive to note that some allowances are regular while others are non-regular. Regular allowances are paid regularly with Basic Salaries while Non-Regular allowances are paid as at when due. For instance, Furniture allowance (N6,079,200:00); and Severance Gratuity (N6,079,200:00) are paid once in every tenure while Motor Vehicle Loan-(N8,105,600:00) is optional which the beneficiary has to offset before leaving office,” Mr. Mohammed said. “The payment of Running Cost is not part of  RMAFC mandate, therefore only the NASS can explain it,” he added. The Statement adds that auditing does not fall within the purview of the Commission. Thus, RMAFC also wishes to use this opportunity to state that any other payments enjoyed by any political, or public office holders outside those provided in the Remuneration Act of 2008 is not known to the Commission and the Chief Accounting Officer of the Agencies concerned should explain it. The RMAFC said to avoid misinformation and misrepresentation of facts, the Commission considers it most appropriate and necessary to request Nigerians and any other interested party to avail themselves of the opportunity to access the actual details of the present remuneration package for political, public and judicial office holders in Nigeria published on its website: 


Thu, 29 Mar 2018
A crisis of confidence is allegedly brewing at a federal high court in Abuja between Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako of the court and some of the staff who are from Benue State. Our correspondent gathered that some of her staff who are indigenes of Benue State have already been redeployed. According to investigation, the redeployment may not be unconnected with a case involving the leadership of Fulani herdsmen and the Benue State government. But the court in its reaction said the redeployment was a routine exercise. ‎According to the finding of LEADERSHIP Justice Murtala- Nyako’s decision was based on the fact that her safety was no longer guaranteed with the embattled staffers. A staff of the court who confided in our correspondent said the drama started when a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who appeared before her in a suit involving Fulani herdsmen and the Benue State government, requested that the case file be transferred to the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, for reassignment to another judge. The plaintiffs in the suit, Engr. Saleh Alhassan,  Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, members of Miyatti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-Cultural Association, sued Benue State government over the anti-open grazing law it enacted in May, 2017. Defendants in the suit are the Inspector-General  of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Benue State government, Benue State House of Assembly and the commissioner of Police, Benue State. The applicants in the motion on notice prayed the court to declare that the publication calling for the arrest of members of Miyatti Allah for peace to reign in Benue State was sponsored by the state government  through a body known as Benue Youth Movement.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Senate yesterday, decried the mass failure of candidates in West African Examination Council Examination (WAEC). The Red Chamber noted that since 2009, there are established recurring cases of mass failure of examination in the country noting that the situation is prejudicial to the interest of Nigerian secondary school students and parents. It therefore, directed the []The post Senate Summons Minister, WAEC Head Over Mass Failure appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has approved the payment of arrears of salaries to 731 former staff of some parastatals in the state, who were absorbed into the state's civil service. The state government also gave approval for the regularization of 42 casual staff of the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital []The post Ugwuanyi Okays Salary Arrears For Enugu Workers appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Lagos State House of Assembly has said that any contract or Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Executive arm of government without recourse to the House is not binding on the Legislature. The Speaker of the House Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa made this known after the remarks of Hon Gbolahan Yishawu on the Memorandum []The post Lagos Assembly Warns Against Signing MoU Without Recourse To House appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha in his quest to foist his son-in-law and chief of staff, Hon. Uche Nwosu, as his successor, has concluded arrangement to arm twist Imo lawmakers into endorsing his son-in-law, believing that their endorsement could give his daughter's husband some political mileage. According to a source from Imo Government House, Okorocha []The post 'Imo Lawmakers Compelled To Endorse OKorocha's Son-In-Law' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The residents of Wamakko local government in Sokoto State have called on Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to create additional continuous voters registration centres to carter for large number of people who walk long distances to get registered. They made the appeal when this correspondent visited Government Day Secondary School, Arkila one of the registration []The post Sokoto Residents Appeal For More CVR Centres appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Leaders of Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) in Kaduna, have denied rumours that they indulge in ritual activities, while expressing concerns over the safety of their parishes In Bayan Dutse and environs over threats from mobs, following the death of a mason working for the church. The Provincial Leader of CCC Kaduna Province, Superior Evangelist []The post Celestial Church Debunks Allegation Of Using Mason For Rituals appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Senate yesterday urged the federal government to include the Eastern and North Western rail lines in the ongoing Railway Standardization Programme. The Upper Chamber said the Makurdi-Wukari-Jalingo-Yola rail lines should also be standardised and be reflected in the 2018 Appropriation Bill for implementation. According to the Senate,it is utterly worried that in spite of []The post Senate Tasks FG On Rail Lines Standardization appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Kano bornace reggae talented star, Kingsley Eno Osagie, popularly known as Winning Jah, is set for an Africa Inside Me tour with his official band. Winning Nah disclosed this while speaking with our reporter on the musical tour he is already generating both locally and internally. The iconic Nigeria King of reggae made revealed []The post Message To Be Performed Live At Africa Inside Me Concert Winning Jah appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
60,000 Nigerians from various professions are to bag the prestigious monarchs award known as 'Obaland awards' which is the official Africa Grammy of Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom. This was made known by Adesuwa Omoyemen obatta, popularly known as (Dqueen) , the Ceo Of Edos Reggae Festival Inc. Who also doubles as one of []The post Obaland Academy To Recognise 60,000 Nigerian Patriots appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
As part of efforts to assist EFCC in the Fight against Corruption, Abuja Based Comedian Ambassador Wahala will be having a free concert to support the activities of the EFCC In Nigeria by using music and comedy to preach the Anti-Corruption Message. Slated for the Unity Fountain, Maitama, the event has promised to thrill guests []The post Small Doctor, Solidstar, Amb. Wahala , Others To Headline Kill Corruption Concert appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting for this month could not be concluded yesterday after days of postponement over what was described as under remittance of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to the federation account. The meeting comprises of all the commissioners of finance of the federation and representatives of federal government []The post FAAC Meeting Inconclusive Over NNPC's 'Under Remittance' appeared first on Leadership Nig 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Yes, we do have issues of endemic poverty, infrastructural deficiencies and security challenges across the polity. The mess we have found ourselves is caused by the elites across different Southern and Northern ethnic groups. Let us demand for a better Nigeria without profiling any ethnic group or region. Good and bad individuals cut across all []The post Endemic Systemic Failure, Not The North, Is Our Problem appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward of what he gave.' The Idumuje-Ugboko born Prince Ned Nwoko, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales worked as a leading negotiator in the management and verification of Nigeria's foreign debts. He worked with two firms (Kumars Solicitors []The post Nwoko: The Pathfinder of Nigeria's Economic Progress appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
By and large, conflicting judgement is a situation in which one has two opposite feeling or is at variance with an opinion one forms in final determination of the rights and obligations of the parties in a case. On March 16, 2016, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, berated the []The post The Cost Of Conflicting Judgements To INEC, Candidates (Part 1) appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari's refusal to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 is generating controversy in the National Assembly. While the Senate prepare to override the President's veto, the House of Representatives wants to handle it differently, writes ADEBIYI ADEDAPO Although, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, []The post Electoral Act Amendment: NASS And The Move To Override PMB's Veto appeared first on Leaders 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Less than four months to the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, the atmosphere is getting charged. Among the 29 politicians jostling for the ticket is the former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, who submitted his letter of intent to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the []The post As Bamidele Raises The Bar For Ekiti Guber appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Prof. Stephen Onah is the Chief Executive of National Mathematical Centre (NMC). He spoke to CHIKA MEFOR on the poor performance of students in Mathematics and what the Center is doing about it. What is responsible for the poor performance of students in Mathematics' When the Center was established, it went into a research on []The post 'How NMC Is Addressing Poor Performance In Mathematics' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Four months after the proposed 2018 budget was laid before the parliament, it took an evening meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly to pave way for passage of budget, writes ADEBIYI ADEDAPO When President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the joint session of the []The post Budget: PMB's Meeting With NASS Rekindles Hope Of Quick Passage appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday traded accusations against each other over the apology tendered by the opposition party, with each party accusing the other of looting public funds. LEADERSHIP recalls that the PDP had two days ago admitted that its 16 years in power was characterised by []The post APC, PDP In War Of Words Over Apology, Looted Funds appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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