NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 MARCH, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 25 March, 2018.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
On the 17th of March, 2018, Governor Willie Obiano took the oath of office for the second time as the Governor of Anambra State. This followed his success in the polls during the gubernatorial election held in Anambra State on the 18th of November, 2017. That election that brought the Governor in for the second time was keenly contested. And Read MoreThe post Welcoming Governor Willie Obiano to the saddle again appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has committed huge resources to the maintenance of street lights in Abuja; however, majority of the street lights are not functional. JOSEPHINE ELLA-EJEH x-rays why they are out of order despite huge funding.

Gone are the days when driving around the Abuja metropolis at night was the delight of motorists. From 1997 to the end of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, when the street lighting system in the city were very functional, you can hardly differentiate between night and day because the city was well illuminated. Apart from beautifying the city, street lights help to check criminal activities.

It was with all these in mind that, that FCT administrators have been investing heavily to ensure that residents, especially motorists derive maximum benefits from street lights.

The irony is that, despite the huge budgets that have been committed into providing the facility and ensuring its maintenance, the once brilliantly lit city, is creeping into darkness as many of the street lights have collapsed.

Blueprint Weekend investigation revealed that the street lights installed on many Highways and streets are not functional. This is noticeable in major streets like as Herbert Macaulay Way; Muhammadu Buhari Way, Jabi; Aminu Kano Crescent; Ahmadu Bello Way; Area 1 route, specifically from Dantata to Apo Bridge; and the Airport Road axis; where the lights are very unstable. In other parts of the city, the situation appears to be even worse.

The situation, which is now common in many parts of the city became worse since the present administration of the FCT came on board. One can hardly drive through many streets in the metropolis at night and see the streetlights working.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the deteriorating condition of the street light is partly as a result of the activities of vandals, who have continued to vandalise the installation.

It has also been attributed to laxity on the part of the contractors who manage the facility.

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), which always complains about system breakdown, also shares the major blame with its epileptic power supply that has continued to take its toll on the facility which depends solely on electricity.

Media reports, however, have it that the Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, was taking steps to address the situation, even as an official of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) highlighted factors that have made it difficult to tackle the problem.
Confirming the development, FCDA Acting Director, Facilities Maintenance and Management, Omoniyi Olaloye, in a recent interview with Premium Times said: “When they have system breakdown all over the country, we don’t have light. And they are also having challenge of vandalism. People are vandalizing their installations.”

Continuing, he stated that: “They have their installations, we have our own and we connect them. If they have vandalism on their own side, we don’t get light and when we have vandalism on our own side we don’t get light.”

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, until recently, was the Deputy National Chairman of the Ali-Modu-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He has since joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), where he is seeking the party’s ticket to run for governor in Delta state. In this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, he speaks about his ambition, why APC is better than PDP and real reasons his former boss, Ali-Modu Sheriff, is on sabbatical in politics, among other issues.

There have been reports in the media that you are running for Delta governor in 2019 on APC platform; why do you want to be governor?

In 2007, I contested under the PDP platform at the governorship primary, which was my first attempt. So, people were wondering how I did not later on become the governor. When Udughan was leaving in 2015, I was already the National Vice chairman of the PDP and as the National Vice Chairman of the PDP, there was a concerted effort by the traditional rulers and leaders of Delta North that everybody must make sacrifice that the position of governor come to Delta North and then we all cooperated.

In fact, since I was the national vice chairman, if I resigned to contest that election, that position might not come to Delta North; so, I swallowed my ambition to support Okowa who incidentally, as predicted has no capacity and it has shown that it was a mistake the Delta North leaders made to ever support him to become governor. Other persons that would have done better than him then if we had known he had no capacity – people like my humble self, people like Professor Mohin and so many others that contested that election.

So, to say that I have not been contesting is not true. I am not a desperate person, I am not a desperate politician, I give and take. I am not greedy; I am a soldier of truth. I look at things passionately and I am always on the side of reasoning, common reasoning. Once the common reasoning is satisfactory, then I take my action, so, that was why I didn’t contest in 2015 to make sure that we didn’t divide the house.

How strong is APC in Delta state and why are you sure you can get the tickect?

Let me start with the strength of the party in Delta. You see, the PDP government and Okowa have failed completely! So, Deltans can’t wait to vote them out. When I launched the one man and one vote campaign in
Effurun, Uwhe local government on March 10, we have changed the passion of the people and since then, they have all charged to the registration centres; that they have now seen somebody who can do the job and do it properly. So, talk about its strength, the only party right now in Delta state is the APC. The PDP is non-existent.

So, if you talk about strength, the only party in Delta state is the APC. Now, come to talk of my chances, how sure am I that I would get the ticket? There is nothing that is ever sure in life. I’m not even sure that I will be here tomorrow. Anything can happen, God forbid. So, how can you be sure that you are going to get the ticket? Nobody, I cannot be sure and I’m not sure. However, no venture no success. But I do know also that I am not contesting this election because I am from Delta North or because the governorship position is zoned to Delta North. No!

I am contesting because I know very confidently that I will make not just a difference, but I will transform Delta. I am not saying that I am the only person who can do that. So many other people can do that. On the platform of the APC, there are also very many beautiful and great aspirants. Any of these persons can do the work but if the party decides that I’m the one, I will not disappoint.

However, if I get the ticket, because there is an agreement or a system on ground that every Senatorial District will do eight years, if I get the ticket, I will do only four years. I will not mind sycophants who will come and deceive me… ‘Oh! You are doing very well. You need to complete, you need more years to complete what you have started bla bla… No, no! Four years is enough to lay a good foundation. You lay a foundation that cannot be reversed and that is the essence of governance.

You see, if you are leading a team and you are doing patch patch work like the governor is doing now, he will patch a-10m road and he will carry flag and go and celebrate it and flag it off. There is nothingyou are doing there that is irreversible but if you are a governor for instance and you have a lot of free-flowing rivers in Delta. You take one and dam it at the cost of N30bn, you generate 500 megawatt of electricity; you use it to build a modern city, economic city where you will have factories, where you will have hospitals that will serve the factories, where you will have schools, where you will generate employments for people.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
One thing I admire about the British is that culture of a tight upper-lip; talk less or do not even talk at all so as not to show undue emotion or give the enemy a pathway to gauge your next move. I like them for that because I am garrulous by nature. The British have not quite told the world Read MoreThe post Turkey was the reason for Brexit appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
What is in a sequence of elections' You wonder! The furore in the Senate on this gave cause for concern. But, the defunct National Party of Nigeria, in the Second Republic, reversed the earlier sequence of voting, introduced by the outgone military regime. The presidential election was moved forward from the rear. The result created a bandwagon effects on subsequent Read MoreThe post Fuss over sequence of elections appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
The need for voter card validation observers across the country is informed by the recent discovery of underage children who took part in Kano State local government election. The incidence of underage voters is worrisome as it is against the Electoral Act especially as we prepare for the 2019 general elections. With the ongoing voter registration, we should have accredited Read MoreThe post Voter card validation appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
In the last couple of months, Lagos, Nigeria's economic nerve centre, has been overtaken by refuse, no thanks to the Lagos State Government's attempt at transiting from the Public-Private Partnership mechanism to a new initiative of waste management to be driven solely by a consortium under its Clean Lagos Initiative programme. The state had last year embarked on the review Read MoreThe post Visionscape and Lagos heaps of refuse appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
We do not stop talking about gender equality until gender inequality ceases to be an issue.' Feminism is not a bunch of crazy women who believe that women are better than men as many conceive but that women deserve same opportunities as their male counterparts. Feminists do not believe they are victims. In order to be a feminist, you Read MoreThe post The fuss about feminism appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Alas, the Nigerian House of Representatives has concurred with the Senate on the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). Although this latest development represents a departure from their earlier position not to pass the legislation piecemeal like the Senate had done in May 2017, The Reps concurrence with the upper legislative chamber comes at a critical time when decisive policy Read MoreThe post PIGB: More hurdles to cross appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Salisu Muhammed Officer is the Secretary, Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN), Kano state chapter. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, he speaks on alleged blackmail and intimidation by the Director, Kano State Film Censorship Board, Ismail Na-Abba Afakallah, among others. You and the Director, Kano State Film and Censorship Board, Na-Abba Afakkalla, were best of colleagues until recently. Read MoreThe post Ganduje should call Afakallah to order 'MOPPAN scribe appe 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Kwara state chapter, on Wednesday, joined other poets and writers worldwide to celebrate this year's World Poetry Day. Held at the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, the event witnessed various poetry, spoken-word and drama performances from students, members and non-members of the association. More so, the event was well attended by prominent scholars Read MoreThe post How Kwara ANA marked World Poetry Day appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
All is set for the Abuja Writers' Forum (AWF) to feature Dickson Salami Adama, Alexander Ochega, and Umar Yogiza Jnr in its 31 March edition of Guest Writer Session. According to a statement signed by the spokesperson of the forum, Edith Yasin, this month's session will hold at the Aso Hall of Nanet Suites, Ekiti House, Abuja from 4-7pm Read MoreThe post Abuja writers feature Adama, Ochega, Yogiza appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Ayisha Osori is a lawyer, activist and politician. She is the author of 'Love Does Not Win Elections'. In this interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, she speaks on her experience and the startling discoveries she made during her sojourn into politics in Nigeria, as reflected in her book. Your book, Love Does Not Win Elections, is basically about your experience when Read MoreThe post Publishing in Nigeria challenging, distribution networks weak 'Ayisha Osori appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Zainab Ujudad Shariff, a Pharmacist and Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health ,is an expert on local medicinal plants. In this chat with ENE OSANG, the former MD of the Nigeria Medicinal Plant under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stresses the need for full utilisation of medicinal herbs and other natural resources in Nigeria. You are Read MoreThe post Herbal doctor who 'dreams, talks herbs' appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Athletics legend, Usain Bolt, on Friday took part in a training session of the German Bundesliga football team, Borussia Dortmund. Bolt is hard at work with Dortmund as he angles to earn a deal as a professional footballer. He is no longer the fastest man on Earth, but Bolt feels he is ready to make the move from athletics to Read MoreThe post Sprinter, Bolt in Dortmund for soccer trial appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Controversy is currently brewing over the manner with which a foreign-based Nigerian athlete, Seye Ogunlewe made his back and is currently being considered to be part of Athletics team to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. In fact, there are reports that former minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe used his position to influence the choice of his son, Seye, into Read MoreThe post Commonwealth Games: Controversy rages over Seyes inclusion appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Fifteen countries have already sent in their provisional list of athletes and officials ahead of the 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships to be hosted in Asaba, Delta State. After scoring a big point with the hosting of the inaugural edition of the Africa Junior Athletics Championship in Warri, which is the best in the series till date, Delta State Read MoreThe post Athletics tourney: Algeria, Senegal, 13 others enter race appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
There are strong indications that the hierarchy of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has finally locked up their minds against relocating to recently completed secretariat located within package B of Abuja National stadium. Aside an insider who confided to Blueprint weekend Sports that the leadership of NFF has stopped any plans to make use of new Football structure, named after Read MoreThe post NFF dumps Sunday Dankaro House for old Glasshouse appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Chess Pro Tour, a private initiative to stimulate the pool of talents that Nigeria is blessed with in the sport of Chess has been introduced. The tour will be a series of championships that will throw up established and budding players in the board game. The championships tagged 'Chess Pro Tour' will begin on March 30 and run till December Read MoreThe post Chess Pro tour debuts in Nigeria appeared first on . 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Ex-Footballer, Austin Elumelu at some point delved into football Administration and subsequently became Coordinator for Under-17 and 23 National teams. He later served as Vice chairman of FCT Football Association. In this interview, he spoke of interest in Nigerian football and various issues. IKENNA OKONKWO AND PAUL OKAH captured them. Excerpts Staying a distance from Nigeria football I have been Read MoreThe post Nigeria refs forced me to disband my club 'Elumelu appeared first on . 
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