NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [27 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 27 March, 2018.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Ahead today’s National Executive Council, NEC meeting of the ruling All Progressives Council (APC), the party said that the issue of convention will not form party of the agenda.
It also revealed that members who took the party to court over the recent tenure elongation for the executive at all levels, without considering internal mechanism for crisis will be sanctioned.
Speaking with newsmen at the party secretariat shortly after the National Working Committee (NWC) meeting yesterday, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the issue of convention “is not on the agenda for the meeting.”
Abdullahi said: “If you recall after the NEC meeting last month, I told you that two issues were outstanding and that members asked for more time to study those issues. These are the issues of constitutional amendment and the True Federalism committee report. These are the two key items on the agenda for tomorrow’s NEC meeting.
“If you look at the calendar that was circulated during the last meeting, we are going to have a convention by June and a committee will be set up to that effect, but no committee has been set up yet and it is not on the agenda for (today’s) meeting. In any case, such committee is not set up at the NEC meeting.”
On the sanctions for the aggrieved members who drag the party to court over NEC’s decision to extend tge tenure of NWC, the APC spokesman said: “It is something we are looking at and if is a possibility because we have a responsibility to also protect the constitution of the party and to maintain discipline in accordance with the constitution.
“We believe that if the highest organ of the party has taken a decision, whether you support that decision or not, you have to stand by it and if you are not happy, you take advantage of internal mechanism before you go to court. There is no evidence at this time that such members avail themselves of the opportunities that exist internally to express their grievances before taking the matter to court.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Youth leaders of major Nigerian ethnic nationalities have called on youths across the nation to ensure active participation in electoral process leading to 2019 general elections, adding that the current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari “has failed.”
The youth leaders made the declaration Monday in a statement signed by the President, Arewa Youths Consultative Forum and National President of Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders, Shettima Yerima, President Ijaw youth council( IYC) Worldwide and Ethnic Nationalities Forum of Niger Delta, Barr. Pereotubo R. Oweilaemi, Deputy Chairman, Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders and National President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and National Secretary Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders and National President Yoruba Youth Council (YYC) Comrade Eric Oluwole.
The youth observed that Nigerians, especially the youths were yet to witness the promised 1 million new jobs annually made during 2015 election campaigns, stressing that many who have jobs were being fired on a daily basis as most companies lay off staff due to the prevailing harsh economic realities.
“That the present government under President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in all ramifications and Nigerians, particularly the youths must begin to examine other options and review the leadership selection process.
“While we condemn all manifestations of violence anywhere in the country, we call on the youths to resist the temptations of being used as tools for the dirty jobs of unscrupulous politicians, religious and ethnic jingoists and merchants of hate and division.
We insist that government must take visibly serious steps towards an extensive restructuring of the country as the only remaining available solution to the current economic and political woes.
“We resolve to mobilize youths across all ethnic divides to work for a more stable and guaranteed future devoid of undue manipulation by the present crop of bankrupt elite.
“We therefore call on the youths everywhere to wake up and participate actively in the leadership selection processes in their local governments, states and the federation.”
On the economic crisis, the youth leaders said “the value of the naira has continued to dwindle and government annual budgets are all the time controversial and wrapped around embarrassing scandals.
“The meeting critically observed that for the past few years, Nigerians especially the youths, are killed, maimed, and generally agonized under various guises while elites and politicians only quarrel and raise further tensions with no idea for solutions.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Nigeria fisheries sector is bedeviled with lots of challenges, one of which is adopting new methods of fish management. However, this will be a thing of the past with the development of Worldfish Research Programme in Nigeria, JOHN OBA, writes. The fisheries and aquaculture subsector across the world is said to contribute to the livelihood of over 800 million Read MoreThe post WorldFish to revolutionalise Nigeria fish sector through research appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Debt Management Office (DMO) has said that the third in theseries of FGN Bond Auctions for the year was conducted to raise funds for the implementation of the 2018 Budget. Bonds were offered in three tenors' five, seven and 10 years, to meet the needs of the various investor categories. The Auction was oversubscribed, just like the January and Read MoreThe post FGN bonds issued to fund 2018 budget ' DMO appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange took negative trend last week, declining by N20 billion. Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities fell by 0.13 per cent to N14.981 trillion from N15.001 trillion reported the previous week. The Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index depreciated by 463.83 basis points to 41472.10 points from 41935.93 recorded the previous week. Read MoreThe post Equity market sustains decline profile, sheds N20bn appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
A civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to 'drop the proposed policy to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in the interests of justice, as any amnesty programme for the group would be counter-productive, and constitute impunity for their members, which can Read MoreThe post Don't grant amnesty to Boko Haram, SERAP warns Buhari appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
When my metropolitan Archbishop, Matthew Ndagoso called to tell me that roles had been assigned ahead of the funeral of our brother Bishop Joseph Danlami Bagobiri and that I had been assigned the role of preacher for the Mass, I knew I did not have an opinion in the matter. In a way, I could probably fall back on the Read MoreThe post A call to justice (1) By Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Shehu Gabam, former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and campaign director of the Prof Tunde Adeniran in the PDP chairmanship race at the party's last national convention, is the national secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). In this interview with EMEKA NZE, he explains why his camp left the PDP for the SDP and other national issues Read MoreThe post Why we left PDP for SDP ' Gabam appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
An High Court sitting in Lagos has rejected the application by the Allied Energy Plc and Camac International (Nig) Ltd seeking a Mandatory Injunction against the Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited (NAE) to stop the execution of an order stopping the seizure of oil assets under the court process initiated by NAE at the Federal High Court Lagos and Port Harcourt. Read MoreThe post Court rejects Allied Energy/Camac's application to recover seized OYO crude oil appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has dismissed media report, alleging that it is responsible for the persistent power outage in Kaduna state. Rather, TCN clarified that it did not carry out maintenance work in the state as alleged but only upgraded its Mando' Kakuri transmission lines from 80MW to 240MW. TCN's General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, who made Read MoreThe post We're not responsible for Kaduna power outage ' TCN appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Oil marketers and the Organised Private Sector [OPS] on Sunday, canvassed for two regulatory bodies to regulate the oil industry under the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill [PIGB] currently before the National Assembly. The oil marketers disclosed this at a joint media briefing with the OPS in Lagos. Mr. Obafemi Olawore, the Executive Secretary of the Major Oil Marketers [MOMAN] warned Read MoreThe post Oil marketers, OPS advocate 2 regulators for oil industry appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has given approval for the Central Bank of Nigeria to upgrade a number of its ICT security and systems Infrastprojects. NITDA is the governments clearing house for all IT procurement and services in the public sector. The projects cleared include: Enterprise Network Security ' Gateway Security Project, aimed at upgrading the Bank's network Read MoreThe post NITDA clears CBN's ICT upgrade projects appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Attahiru Jega, in reacting to the development, said the legislature lacks power to alter the order of election for 2019. Jega made his position known in Abuja during an event organised by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Development with the theme, Is Nigeria's Democracy Under Threat', According to Jega, the National Assembly's action undermined independence of INEC and Read MoreThe post Jega, Falana knock NASS Firing the first salvo, the immediate past chairman of INE 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The crux of the matter is 2019. And the raging battle over election sequence between the National Assembly on the one hand, and the Executive and the judicial arms of government on the other, is far from ceasing. The question is; who is the intruder' KEHINDE OSASONA asks' Background In rejecting the proposed amendments to Nigeria's Electoral Act, President Muhammadu Read MoreThe post Election sequence: Of constitutionality, INEC independence and legal option appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Despite Nigerias harsh operating environment, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc recorded a profit of N78.590 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2017will. This represents an increase of N6.326 billion or 8.75 per cent compared with N72.264 billion achieved in the preceding year. The Banks profit before tax also grew by N14.622 billion or 16.13 per cent to Read MoreThe post UBA posts N78.59bn profit appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) report at the State level for the Financial year 2017 rises to 931.23 billion. The amount represents 12 03 per cent increase year on year against N831.19 recorded in the same period of 2016. The recent report from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on the States IGR showed that in the second half year of Read MoreThe post IGR at states level stands at N931.23bn appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The nations currency appreciated against the dollar week on week at the investors & exporters foreign exchange window (I&E FxW) and parrallel market segment. The naira strengthened at I&EFxW and black market by 0.16 per cent and 0.28 per cent to close at N360.00 and N362.00 to a dollar respectively amid $306 million accretion to the external reserve last week Read MoreThe post Naira streghtens at I&E Forex window appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that the introduction of Non-oil Exports Stimulation Facility (NESF) was designed to broaden the scope of export financing instruments. The apex bank said the facility was introduce to diversify the revenue base of the economy and to expedite the growth and development of the non oil export sector. The guideline on NESF released Read MoreThe post NESF set to broaden scope of export financing instruments ' CBN appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
A senatorial aspirant for Kaduna central zone under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Usman Ibrahim has donated an office for President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai's campaign activities. Th ough, President Buhari is yet to make known his intention to contest for second term, Hon. Ibrahim said it is imperative for Nigerians with progressive mind to Read MoreThe post Senatorial aspirant donates campaign office to Buhari, el-Rufai appeared first on . 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will take over the South-East in 2019. The party stated this at a ceremony to mark the 5th anniversary of APC Youth League (APCYL), where it listed the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari since assumption of office, especially the key projects he was executing in the South-East, the job of convincing the people Read MoreThe post Why we'll take over South-east in 2019- APC appeared first on . 
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