NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 31 March, 2018.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The three senators from Kaduna state were driven by their personal frustration in rejecting the $350m World Bank loan sought by Kaduna state government, rather than the people’s right to better quality of life and infrastructure, the state government has said.

The Senate had on Thursday turned down the loan request, saying that with the current total debt profile of Kaduna state, any new borrowing will erode economic viability of the state, but the state government in its reaction said on Friday in Kaduna that no amount of blackmail, intimidation can stop it from obtaining the loan and ensuring that the state is moved forward.

Speaking through the State Commissioner for Finance, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, Kaduna state government said there was still hope of getting the World Bank loan because the processes are yet to be concluded at the National Assembly, as they would take it to a conference committee of equal number of senators and Representatives where the issue will be debated again and the outcome taken to the floors for each lawmaker to vote before finally accepting or rejecting the loan.

The Finance Commissioner added that apart from waiting for final leg of decision of the National Assembly, the State government, “will continue to lobby members of National Assembly.” To this end, he said no amount of intimidation and blackmail by lawmakers can dissuade the state government from accessing the loan for development.

According to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, the state government intend to use the loan, which has 10 years moratorium and pay back period of 40 years, to rehabilitate primary and secondary schools, build and equip hospitals and build roads across the state, adding that Kaduna state government is currently building N7 billion road network in Southern parts of the state.

“No amount of blackmail, intimidation, misrepresentation, no matter what they do, there is no going back for us as long as moving the State forward is concerned. What we are saying is that our ministry of finance and ministry of budget and planning appeared before the House of Representatives committee and the Senate committee over the loan, and they did very well in their presentations before the committees. The papers are available for anyone to see.

“Apart from this, we did enough sensitization to all the stakeholders, especially members of the National Assembly from Kaduna state about the need for the loan. Sometimes, the Governor travel to Abuja to hold meetings with them on the need to obtain the loan for the development of the state. We know the processes of the World Bank we passed through, it was like passing through the eyes of the needle to get the approval for the loan. If we can pass through World Bank processes to get to this stage, then there is still hope to get the loan for the development of the state.

“There is no way you collect World Bank loan and divert it to another project because one of the conditions of the bank is that the loan must be used for the sole purpose it was collected. I think the rate at which the state is moving in terms of development, some people will be made politically irrelevant because there is a new dawn in Kaduna where the traditional way of compromising development in the state is dead and buried.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
President Muhammad Buhari on Friday met with British model Naomi Campbell on an inspection tour of the Eko Atlantic real estate project in Lagos.

The Thursday morning assessment was part of Mr. Buhari’s visit to Lagos for the 66th birthday events of Bola Tinubu.

The State House was the first to post Mr Buhari’s rendezvous with Ms Campbell on its twitter handle.

Two hours later, the model, known for her controversial involvements with African rich men, returned the recognition with a tweet, although she described it as a “private launch.”
While Ms. Campbell, 47, is still based in the UK, she’s known to have been involved with rich men from Africa.

In 1997, she met with Charles Taylor, a former Liberian warlord currently serving a long sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity, at a parry organised by former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Mr. Taylor allegedly gave Ms. Campbell a bag that contains diamonds believed to have been mined illegally.

When she testified at the trial of Mr. Taylor, Ms Campbell acknowledged receiving “small, dirty-looking stones” from the former Liberian president’s staff.

The testimony earned her a worldwide ridicule.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The Taraba state government has raised the alarm that it no longer enjoys the confidence of the federal government security apparatus deployed to the state.

The Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Dan Bala Abu, who spoke with journalists on Friday in Abuja, said that although there was relative peace now in Taraba, the state government did not have confidence in the security apparatus of the federal government to maintain peace and security in the state.

He said that the people were continually losing faith in the ability of the present crop of security personal deployed in the state to conduct their affairs in a just and equitable manner.

For instance, he said that the people of the state were not satisfied with the way the military posted to quell the security crisis in Taraba state were harassing, disarming them and even collecting their kitchen knives while the attackers wielding sophisticated weapons like AK-47 were allowed to go on a killing spree.

“What we are saying is that even with the relative peace we are enjoying now, we still do not have confidence in the military.

“We are saying that we have lost confidence in the military because nothing has been done to all our complaints made that people were being disarmed and that the military are discriminating in the way they doing it.

“They collect their kitchen knives from them while they leave the other persons, who are carrying AK-47. So where is the justice in this matter, that why we are saying that we have lost confidence?

“We have the right to say that the people that were posted to restore peace is doing what is expected of them, that they are biased. It is left for them to find out what is wrong and do what they have do to correct the wrongs being done,” he said.

There have been allegations that the Taraba state government has not shown willingness to cooperate or interface with the security agencies deployed there to deal with security crisis.

However, some top state government officials who preferred to remain anonymous said that the state governor, Darius Isaku had written several letters to the Federal Government, including heads of security agencies involved in the operations in Taraba state.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The Presidency has advised Nigerians to be cautious of the 'less-than-honest' apology offered by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party's national chairman, Uche Secondus. Secondus had apologised on behalf of the PDP for all wrongs committed by the party while it ruled Nigeria for 16 years. The position of the Presidency on Friday reaffirmed an earlier reaction by the Minister Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
As part of activities to mark its 50th anniversary, the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has concluded plans to offer free eye care services to over 40, 000 children nationwide. At the launch of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Dr. Damian Echendu, National President of the association, said the initiative was to help in correcting errors of refraction aimed at Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The member representing Lokoja/Kogi Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Umar Jibril, is dead, aged 58. Jibril died in the early hours of Friday in Abuja, one of his political associates, Amuda Dan Sulaiman, confirmed. Until his death, Jibril was the Deputy Majority Leader of the House and former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly. Speaker, House Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The national leadership of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) said it has approved the expulsion of its Kogi state chairman, Dr. Abdul Denja, and two others for allegedly playing anti party activities. In a statement issued Friday in Abuja by its director of media, Kayode Jacobs, the party said the decision was taken at the zonal meeting of North-central Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
As Christians in the country celebrate Easter festival, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has called for greater love, unity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among the citizens. He said these were the hallmark of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ and described these as panacea to nation's challenges. Fayemi, while congratulating Christians for the successful Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Borno state Governor, , Kashim Shettima, has said that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Bama local government will return in batches to their re-built communities after assurance by the military of security of the area. Shettima said he would adhere to global standard for returning displaced persons to their homes rather than bowing to mob pressure. 'We have to put Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Boxing fans all over the world are expecting an explosive bout that will bring back the era of the legendary Muhammad Ali and Iron Mike Tyson who rode the boxing world like a colossus. Heavyweight boxers, Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua and New Zealander, Joseph Parker will both put their belts on the line in a major title fight so Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
A fiery clash kicks off the return of the Premier League when Crystal Palace take on Liverpool at Selhurst Park. There's a lot to play for as Palace are 16th on the log, just two points clear of the drop zone. A crucial win over Huddersfield lifted them out of the zone but defeat could see them slip right Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Christians all over the world are in the Easter mood, beginning from yesterday which was Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross of Calvary where He shed His blood over 2,000 years ago for the atonement of the sins of mankind. The death, resurrection on the third day and ascension of Jesus usually mark the high Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Illegal workers have invaded the farm of former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe to mine for gold. Reporters from the Zimbabwean newspaper Newsday found them uprooting lemon trees, digging shafts and loading gold ore into lorries. After unsuccessfully confronting them on Thursday, Mrs Mugabe reported the matter to the police. The farm is in Mazowe, where she had forcefully evicted Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Owing to so many reasons, including the downturn of the economy and different interpretations about its significance, Easter celebration has been fast losing its pomp and pageantry in recent times. ELEOJO IDACHABA went to town to find out if this year's celebration will be different but he heard the same old complaints, with a few exceptions, of why this one Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Hip Hop mogul, Diddy has revealed that he is working on an app that will promote black businesses in the United States. According to him, the app will help users identify businesses owned by black people in their community. Diddy also revealed that he is talking to Jay-Z about the app, adding that it is part of their black excellence Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Music mogul, Michael Collins Ajereh a.k.a Don Don Jazzy, who has not hidden his crush on famous blogger Linda Ikeji, `weeps' over the news of her engagement. According to some online reports on Wednesday, Linda's ex-boyfriend recently relocated to Nigeria where the lovebirds decided to rekindle their love affair and got engaged. Don Jazzy, whose hidden crush on the Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Commonwealth Champion, Shola Olowookere has won a Bronze medal in the Male -68kg category at the on-going African Taekwondo Championships in Agadir, Morocco. In his first international since winning the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in 2014, the 21-year old Olowookere defeated Ethiopia's Musa Hassen 28 to 10 points in the Round of 16, Cote D'Ivoire's Peken Logbo 16 to 2 points Read More 
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Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The current board of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has wallowed from one form of controversy to another as long as administration of the country's soccer especially Women football is concerned. NFF President's Aides on Women football, Harry Awurumibe, this time choose to shed light on some of the raging issues. IKENNA OKONKWO and PAUL OKAH bring this thought to you. Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
When this year's Commonwealth Games gets underway in Queensland, Australia (officially) as from April 4, one basic subject matter will rest in the mind of many, especially sports lovers all over the world, and that is to continuously monitor how Athletes from various Nations will perform. For Nigerians, their interest is certainly on their own representatives at the international multi-sport Read More 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
A friendly match scheduled between Nigeria's Super Falcons and France senior National Women team may have hit the rock after France embassy in Abuja reportedly refused to grant local-based Nigerian players and officials visas, few days to the encounter. The test match between one of Europeans' powerhouses in football and Africa's best Women team was scheduled for next weekend. Read More 
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