NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 MARCH, 2018].



Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 17 March, 2018.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A Kogi state gubernatorial aspirant, Dr. Arome Salifu, has said that there were competent youths ready to lead Kogi state and Nigeria for growth and development.
Salifu stated this yesterday in Abuja when he received “An Icon of Youth Award” from the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).

He said: “Coming to the leadership of Kogi state and Nigeria, we need leaders that have clarity of vision, clarity of purpose and have the youthful strength to accomplish that vision, not accidental leadership like we have today.

According to him, “every young person has that natural ability to be passionate, innovative and they are those we need to take Kogi state and Nigeria to greater heights.

“We don’t want leaders that wake up and think of what to do for the day, we need leaders that could plan not just for today, but could plan for the next four to 50 years for their people.

“We need leaders with thorough understanding of what development is all about, leaders that understand the feelings of his people. It is unfortunate that what we have in Kogi state today is not what the people deserved.

“We want positive change in Kogi, we want that change to happen sooner than later, unfortunately we have to wait till year 2020, but of course, we are resolute that indeed we will endure till 2020.


Salifu said he is focused and determined to lead the Kogites out of the troubles they were undergoing under the leadership of Governor, Yahaya Bello.

In his remarks, NYCN the President, Amb. Murtala Muhammed Garba, described Salifu as the most qualified youth with outstanding political experience that could take Kogi state to greater heights.

“The NYCN does not give awards to people who don’t merit it. Over time we have been monitoring the activities of Dr. Arome Salifu in areas of youth empowerment and development, this among others, is why we decided to honour him”, Garba said.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
House of Representatives yesterday directed its joint Committee on Customs Service and National Intelligence and Public Safety to investigate the alleged importation of military uniforms and equipment by the Kogi state government.
The Committee was also directed to quiz the Customs authorities on why, rather than arresting the importer, it asked that it should “go and procure end-user certificate from the office of the National Security Adviser, even when aware that the importer was not constitutionally empowered to procure arms, and will not under the right circumstances be able to get the certificate.

” Hon. Sunday Karimi Sunday had, in a motion on the urgent need to check the importation of fi rearms and military equipment into the country by politicians and private citizens, said: “There were strong indications that the government of Kogi State imported 100 pieces of military camouflage, 26 pieces of military camouflage jungle boots and 20 pieces of plastic knives.
” He said “other items allegedly imported by the government include 24 pieces of black bullet proof vests, 28 black boxing gloves, 26 pieces of Arctic hunter bags, 40 pieces of training mats, 20 pieces of black batons, 100 pieces black T-shirts, 31 pieces of protective glasses, 25 pieces of black sunglasses and 29 pieces of black uniform belts, and others.
” He said it was of great concern the government, which owes workers’ salaries of several months and yet “spending the meager resources on importation of military hardware, an exercise no private citizen or state government is constitutionally empowered to do.
” Contributing to debate on the motion, Hon. Nnenna ElenduUkeje, expressed dismay on the rationale behind the action, adding that there “have been continuous rise in the proliferation of illegal fi rearms in the country, motive for which must be investigated.
” Also, Femi Olubanjo decried the inadequacy of the nation’s police personnel, and the porousness of our borders, leading to the massive infl ux of illegal fi rearms.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has vowed to sanction online marketing companies that seek to exploit and defraud Nigerians. CPCs Director General, Babatunde Irukera, who handed down the warning after meeting with online marketing companies said the meeting is necessary to prevent fraud as so many people are coming into the online marketing business in []The post Fraud: CPC to sanction online marketing appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Lagos state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday identified skills acquisition as a sure pathway to economic prosperity and personal development of the burgeoning youths in the state, saying his administration will continue to support initiatives towards thatdrive. Ambode, who spoke at the graduation ceremony/job fair of the first set of trainees from the Lagos state []The post Skill acquisition pathway to youths' economic prosperity ' Ambode appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
An Osun state Magistrates Court sitting in Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday, remanded a 41-year-old man, Abiodun Akeem Oladebo in prison, for allegedly killing his police-officer wife, Opeyemi Ojo. He was alleged to have committed the crime on February 25, 2018 about 5pm in Osogbo. The accused was said to have allegedly hit his wifes []The post Osun court remands man for 'killing his police-officer wife' appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State, Jibrin Barde, has said that the current administration of People Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is characterised with deception, which he added has led to a total collapse of infrastructure. Barde, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sun Trust Bank, however, []The post Theres total collapse of infrastructure in Gombe State, APC governorship aspirant says appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello yesterday said the country requires a vibrant agricultural sector to achieve a hunger-free nation. A press statement by the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Jbrin Baba Ndace, quoted SaniBello as stating this in his welcome address at the official commissioning of the N50 billion Sunti Golden Sugar Estates, a subsidiary []The post Nigeria needs vibrant agricultural sector to grow ' Sani-Bello appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured of the determination of his administration to continue to improve on security and infrastructural development of the country. The President stated this yesterday while commissioning the N50 billion Sunti Golden Sugar Estate in Mokwa local government of Niger state. 'Let me reassure that this administration is committed to transform the []The post I'll continue to improve on security ' Buhari appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Governor Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has called on civil servants to think outside the box and develop new ideas for the country to move forward. Okorocha made the call at the opening ceremony of the 40th National Council on Establishment (NCE) in Owerri. He said the civil service which is the engine []The post Okorocha tasks civil servants on creativity appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has received interim report of the just concluded LagosKano Economic and Investment Summit, at the weekly state executive council meeting, held at the Government House, Kano. The summit committee led, by Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, was received by the governor alongside the Secretary to the State Government, commissioners and []The post Ganduje receives interim report on Kano-Lagos economic summit appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Kano state government yesterday dispelled the rumours, especially on the social media platforms over alleged security threat in form of invasion and kidnapping of students in boarding schools in the state. In a press statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, government said the rumours were being peddled by unpatriotic elements in []The post Kano govt, police dispel rumour of planned attack appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A 71-year-old farmer, Sunday Fakorede, who allegedly obtained N80, 000 under false pretenses yesterday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrate's Court. Fakorede, who resides at Agboyi Road, Ketu, on the outskirts of Lagos, is facing a charge of fraud. The accused allegedly committed the off ence on February 19 at 11.45 p.m. at Ojodu Berger area []The post 71-yr-old man docked for 'fraud' appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Sultan of Sokoto and PresidentGeneral, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), will tomorrow inaugurate the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria. According to a statement issued by the National Coordinator of the group , Abdullahi Ibrahim ,the ceremony which takes place in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, []The post Sultan inaugurates Muslim Media Watch Group's BoT tomorrow appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency (GSPHDA) has begun a three day training of 42 health personnel on financial management procurement processes. Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr. Ahmed Gana, disclosed this while speaking in Kaltungo local government area of the state at the opening ceremony of the programme yesterday. He said the aim []The post GSPHDA trains 42 on financial management appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Numana ethnic group under the umbrella of Numana Community Development Organisation (NCDO) has commended Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir ElRufai, for the successful selection of the paramount ruler of Numana Chiefdom in Sanga local government area of the state. NCDO, in a press statement by its National President, Mr. Sabo Gwamna and National []The post Numana community lauds El-Rufai on Etum Numana selection appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Students of Al-Amansourah, October Six, Egypt, and Katsinas Al-Qalam universities, have crowned Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, with the Most Performing Governor in Education. The governor was crowned during the presentation of certificates to 60 graduating students of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun state, which took place at the Government House, Kano where Ganduje []The post A-Qalam, AMansura varsities award Ganduje Best Gov appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has assured that with vigilance of the Nigerian youths, nobody would be able to rig the 2019 general elections. He also assured that the National Assembly caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not be intimidated from holding the government accountable, just as it would continue []The post Ekweremadu to PDP youths: No one can rig 2019 polls appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
House of Representatives yesterday directed its joint Committee on Customs Service and National Intelligence and Public Safety to investigate the alleged importation of military uniforms and equipment by the Kogi state government. The Committee was also directed to quiz the Customs authorities on why, rather than arresting the importer, it asked that it should 'go []The post Reps probe military uniforms, equipment importation by Kogi appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSSDC), Anambra state Command, yesterday, decorated 72 newly promoted officers of the command with a charge to live up to the confi dence reposed in them by the authorities of the corps. Out of the 72, one officer was elevated to the rank of Deputy Commandant of Corps, []The post Anambra NSCDC decorates 72 officers appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

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