NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 22 March, 2018.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
In this interview, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma, speaks on diversification of revenue sources from aeronautical to non-aeronautical, debts owed the agency and steps taken to recover them; incurs

ion into airport restricted areas and measures taken to stop the trend, among other issues. Excerpts by IME AKPAN
Debt overhang
As long as we continue to do business, there would continue to be debts here and there. There is no day you will say nobody or airline owes the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), but as long as we continue with credit policy that gives them two weeks, indebtedness will always be there, you can never eliminate it, but what we have done in recent time was to call all our concessionaires in our regional offices to a meeting to reconcile and we have reconciled with almost everybody and we created a programme of payment, which is signed up by each and every person.
So, we look at what is reasonable and what they can pay monthly. We signed off on that. Everybody has some debts to pay, but we are making arrangement and with that plan in place, I think we are good to go. We don’t have issues with the airlines. Unless if they now default on the programme of payment, then, it means we need to call them back again and sit down for us to look at it and know why you are defaulting. We are ready to listen to everybody that is doing business with us; we will listen to them, consider their issues and see how we can work with them to make sure they are also comfortable and make them to make commitments on how to pay our debts.
Diversification of revenue generating sources
Yes, aeronautical revenues are very straight forward and very easy to capture; these are services that are much defined and the charges are also well-defined. That also makes it easy for us to collect. A lot of our revenues come from aeronautical sources, but that is not to say that we don’t have non-aeronautical sources. However, we are trying to develop non-aeronautical revenues this is because we want to concentrate on our core activities, which is providing facilities to flight operations and passenger movement.
In most cases, in order for us to free ourselves from distractions, we try to see that the non-aeronautical revenues are concessioned; so, we concession out the car parks, toll gates and others so that FAAN can concentrate on their core issues. That is providing and managing the airports operations. I know there are some countries that have high non-aeronautical revenues and aeronautical too. Nigeria is moving towards that gradually and by the time we design projects like aerotropolis, bring about a lot of developments on the landside of the airport, we would be seen to have developed the non-aeronautical sources of revenues.
We have issued out pieces of land for construction of hotels and other giant projects that we feel by the time they are completely completed and commissioned, w are going to earn more revenues from non-aeronautical sources. We are working hard on that, but we want to concentrate on the aeronautical sources so that we make sure that we provide the services that we are expected to provide to airlines and passengers.

Completion of international terminals at Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano airports
We have to change the completion dates of the terminals under construction in the five or six airports because of issues raised by the contractors. There was an evaluation because of the devalued of naira to dollar. When the contract was awarded, I think a dollar was N165 and today, it is over N300 and the approval process to the variation was a bit lengthy. As we speak today, we are getting to the end of the journey, we have got Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) approval. So, the contractors have never stopped work. If you visited recently, Port Harcourt is over 80 per cent completed, followed by Abuja and Lagos.
If you go to Abuja, the avio bridges are shooting out from the terminal building and all the materials are there on sight, but just awaiting the installations. So, we believe that by the middle of this year, Lagos and Abuja should be ready. We have a lot of external work to do because we need to extend the apron especially in Lagos; in Port Harcourt, they have already started with the apron and it is about 33 per cent completed; Abuja also, they have started with the apron, already installing the Avio Bridge in Abuja.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
There was a palpable excitement at the Council Chambers of Presidential Villa, venue of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, when news filtered in that the Dapchi school girls were released by their abductors.

Ministers and others at the Council Chamber expressed excitement on the development. 

President Muhammadu Buhari immediately dispatched a three-man team comprising Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed; Minister of Interior, Mr. Abdulrahman Dambazau; and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadijah Bukar Abba Ibrahim to Dapchi, Yobe state.

Speaking to State House correspondents, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadijah Bukar Abba Ibrahim, said the development represents one of the happiest monuments for the country.

She said: “I’m very excited today. My name is Hon. Khadijah Bukar Abba Ibrahim, the minister representing Yobe State. I’m exhilarated, I’m happy. That is what I feel because the Dapchi girls have been released. We are very very happy. We have achieved what we had gone out to achieve and we thank the almighty God for His mercies.

Also speaking, Minister of Defence, Mr. Mansur Dan-Ali, who predicted that the girls would be released a week ago, said: “Basically, I want to speak on the impression that people had that we cannot get the girls released. If you can remember the last interview I had with Channels Television, I said in two weeks, two months or less we are going to get the girls released and this has happened. So, this is as result of the efforts of Mr. President and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces for the support he has been giving to us and the output is showing now.” 

On the negotiations that went in before the release, the minister said government negotiated from a strong point, stressing that “if you are not doing so from the point of strength then you cannot make it.” 

The Minister of Culture and Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said release of the girls was a thing of joy for all Nigerians.

“The girls were released unconditionally, no money changed hands. The only had one condition, that they will return them to where they picked them. So in the early hours of today, they did return the girls and most of them went to their parents homes. 

“As of now I can confirm that 91 girls and one boy have been released. The event is developing. Many of the girls that were released were not dropped in one place. Some where dropped on the road and they went back naturally to their parents Houses. They are now being asked to come and be documented at a center and as at five minutes ago, I was told 91 girls and boy had been documented,” he said. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday felicitated with the chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr Tony Elumelu, on his 55th birthday on []The post Buhari congratulates Tony Elumelu at 55 appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A 38-year-old man, Odesola Odedokun, has been arraigned before the Chief Magistrate Court, Osogbo, Osun State for attempting to kill []The post Man arraigned in Osun over attempt to kill his daughter for ritual appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Suspected armed cultists has attacked the Divisional headquarter of the Nigerian Police Force in Oporoma, the headquarters of the Southern []The post Police headquarters burnt down as Bayelsa Assembly proposes 20years jail for cultists appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDs (UNAIDS) have urged []The post Take over HIV/AIDS fight, US tells Nigeria appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja, yesterday, threw out an application by Action Peoples Party in which []The post Election sequence: Court throws out joinder's application appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Kwara Must Change group has assured that, 'for the first time in recent history, the people will be the []The post Saraki can no longer choose gov for Kwara ' Group appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
An economist, Dr Chijioke Ekechukwu, has said that Nigeria will become a dumping ground for goods and services []The post AfCFTA will make Nigeria dumping ground ' Expert appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria's most innovative banking service provider, has achieved the Information Security Management Certification from International Standards Organisation []The post Heritage Bank attains ISO 27001 security certification appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed yesterday that the country's economic outlook for the year 2018 and beyond []The post Nigeria targets 7% growth in 3years appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Borno State Government has approved the closure of all boarding secondary schools located outside Maiduguri, the state capital for []The post Borno Shuts Down Boarding Schools Outside Maiduguri Indefinitely appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Google yesterday announced the developers who will participate in its first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class, at an event held []The post Google kicks off accelerator Africa scholarships class appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Researchers are already working on deploying a mobile app to address the effect of armyworm that has infested millions of []The post Researchers deploy app to combat pest in farming appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
He admitted that the projects is capital intensive, hence the need for industry stakeholders to partner with the Institution to []The post OAU seeks partnership on $8m World Bank project appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The House of Representatives and the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development have continued to exchange words on the true []The post Ajaokuta: Ministry, Reps continue to haggle appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) said it was extremely delighted with the news of the release of the school girls []The post APC celebrates release of abducted Dapchi School girls appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The irregularity of operations in the mining sector of Nigeria has continued to pave way for handsome income []The post Nigeria contributes $1.2bn annually to Thailand's gemstone revenue appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
It will be moment of glitz, glamour and comprehensive excitement tomorrow when the current Administration of Federal Capital Territory []The post Excitement galore as FCTA hosts NYG athletes, officials appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Mikel, Moses expected Super Eagles camp in Wroclaw is bubbling with the latest quartet arrival of Chinese based Odion Ighalo, []The post Poland Vs Nigeria: Ighalo, Onazi, Ahmed Musa, 15 others in appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 
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