NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 20 March, 2018.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara has advocated that the federal government should take away the task of delineating electoral constituencies from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and vest same on the National Boundary Adjustment Commission.

Dogara who made this remark on Monday in Abuja at the third annual political summit organised by the Save Democracy Africa, also called for the restructuring of the Nigerian State to enable the country realize her full potentials. 

The House of Representatives Speaker who spoke through a representative at the occasion, stated that the slow pace of political and economic development in Nigeria is largely due to the inverse relationship in the powers vested in the federal government in relation to the federating states.

He added that until more powers are devolved to the states, democracy would not avail the nation and her people its vast mileage.

“INEC should not be delineating constituencies as we believe that the job can be done better by the National Boundary Adjustment Commission. This will go a long way in ensuring that things are done the right way because the boundary adjustment commission can do a better job in this matter than the electoral empire,” said Honourable Edward Pwajok who represented Dogara at the summit. 

He also described restructuring as an idea which time has come, stressing that it is wrong to regard advocates of restructuring as enemies of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Restructuring is long overdue and should not be seen as an opposition to the government of the day. As a matter of fact, power sharing between the federal and states governments should be revisited,” Dogara stated, adding that as a result of the defects in the Nigerian federalism, the country lags behind many nations of the world, even those less endowed with human and material resources.

Guest speaker at the summit and former President of Tanzania, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who spoke on the theme, “Reforming the Nigerian Federation-which way forward?” called on the nation’s political actors to reflect on the nation’s democratic journey and chat a new course.

According to him, reforms are necessary part of any nation’s attempt at deepening constitutional democracy, noting that Nigeria must not be afraid of taking the lead in the search for sustainable models of sustainable democracy and service delivery for the people of Africa.

“Undertaking reforms is a necessary step in the life of any nation. It is time for Nigeria to reflect and chart a new front as there is no specific blueprint for reforms. Nigeria must take the lead as the big brother in Africa,” he stated.

Earlier in his opening remarks, chairman, governing council of Save Democracy Africa, Senator Jonathan Zwingina chided existing political parties in the country for failing the ideological test in the continent saying, “It is sad to observe that the party system in some African countries, including Nigeria, does not portray clear ideological distinctions. Indeed, you could remove the names of the major political parties in Nigeria and swap their constitutions and there would be no substantial differences.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Youths in the 3 senatorial districts of Kwara State have urged Alhaji Yaman Abdullahi, a businessman and frontline politician to step into the 2019 governorship race in order to protect the interest of the people.

The group, under the aegis of Kwara Ready for Change (KRC) made this known in a statement issued during the weekend in Ilorin by its coordinators in the 3 Senatorial Districts namely, Ismail Zakariyau (Kwara Central), Mallam Nasirudeen Abiola (Kwara North) and Mrs Shade Sanni (kwara South).

The group said they believe that the next governor of Kwara state should come from Kwara North in the interest of fairness and justice. ‘’Since Nigeria’s return to democratic governance in 1999, Kwara Central has governed the state for 12years, Kwara South is completing its 8 years in 2019 and it is only natural for Kwara North to take over in 2019’’.

They also added that, having searched through Kwara North for a worthy candidate capable of leading the state to greater height, they believe only an ideological person like Alhaji Yaman can rally people together across the state and get the job done.

‘’If visionary people like Yaman Abdullahi is not encouraged to step into the governorship race from Kwara North, the space would be filled by unworthy people to the detriment of the people’’ the group said, adding that, the best of Kwara North should be the ones at the fore front not the other way round.

They urged Yaman to put public interest ahead of his personal preservation in the business world. ‘’Alhaji Yaman Abdullahi is a very successful business man who would rather face his business on a normal day, but we urge him to put public interest ahead, by listening to the voice of the people’’.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has selected 10 local government areas in Kano state for the implementation of its activities in 2018. UNICEF Chief, Katsina Field Offi ce, Mrs Padmauathi Yedla, disclosed this during a meeting with Kano state government officials yesterday.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Murtala Sule-Garo and chairmen of the 10 local councils attended the meeting. She said UNICEF would implement its programme in the areas of malnutrition in children, provision of safe drinking water, health, education as well as improving access to girl-child education.

“We are going to execute our education programme in six local government areas while the other programmes will be carried out in all the 10 LGAs,” she said. According to her, the selected local government areas are; Bichi, Dawakin Tofa, Nasarawa, Kano Municipal, Ungoggo, Gaya, Takai, Sumaila, Danbatta and Gwarzo.

She said the UNICEF team which had been in the state for the past five days, had met with the state officials with a view to discussing the criteria for the implementation of the programmes. “We visited the selected local government areas to develop the 2018 programme. We also sat down with the officials to finalise arrangement for the take-off of the programme,” Padmauathi said. She stated that the State Engagement Plan is expected to be signed by the state government and UNICEF officials on Wednesday next week to formalise the agreement.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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Tue, 20 Mar 2018
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