NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10TH APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 10th April, 2018.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s formal declaration of his intention to run for the 2019 presidency, political fireworks commenced in earnest yesterday, with Nigerians, including governors and interest groups proclaiming their support for and against the president’s re-election bid. Buhari made the declaration at a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The president said his decision to throw in his hat to run for a second term next year is borne out of the clamour by Nigerians for him to re-contest, adding that he chose the meeting in order to give NEC members the honour of notifying them first. Shortly before making the declaration, Buhari presented a speech on the report submitted by the APC National Executive Technical Committee. The formal declaration by the president has put to rest speculations about whether the president would seek re-election. Buhari had in November last year while speaking with some members of the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire disclosed that he came to the meeting with two governors so that their people may vote for him in future. While apologising for turning up late at the said meeting, he had said, “First, I want to apologize for keeping you for too long seating. This is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting. “This is why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you, when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians, if you tell them that their governors were in the company of the president, I think that will be another vote for me the future. I’m very pleased that they were able to turn up.” During his recent visit to Benue State over herdsmen killings, he had also said at a stakeholders meeting that he could only make promises to them when he returns for campaign, if indeed he
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would be returning for campaign. Buhari’s decision to contest is however coming against the backdrop of calls by some Nigerians, including former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida uring him not to seek re-election. The former Army Generals in their call on Buhari not to run for second term urged him to quit while the ovation was loud and pave way for new generation of Nigerians to take over reins of power. Also, prior to his declaration yesterday, governors serving on the platform of the APC as well as cabinet members had all endorsed President Buhari for a second term in 2019. But in the last caucus meeting of the party, Buhari had asked to be given more time to decide on whether he would run for another term or not. It is trite to say that seeking for re-election for first term governors and president is the norm in all parts of the world. Political observers contend that second term is usually used to consolidate on the policies and programmes, as a single term of four years is usually not enough to effect any meaningful change or make impact. At the APC NEC meeting yesterday, President Buhari also sought for waivers for members of the party’s NWC and other elected officials. With the waiver, the John Oyegun-led NWC, party state chairmen and other elected leaders of the party at all levels are now free to contest for party positions without resigning their positions. The president’s position ended weeks of internal wrangling and intense negotiations over the tenure extension for the leadership of the party. Buhari further insisted on the need for state congresses and convention, which he said were the surest way to avoid court related issues.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
In what could be described as last minute response to the deadly and incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) has said it is set to hold a conference aimed at reviewing and making recommendations on the May 1979 Free Movement Treaty as well as sharing regional data. The minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the revelation in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday after commissioning some infrastructural projects at the headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service and decorating the newly promoted Deputy Comptroller of General (DCG), Fariku Juliet. Dambazau disclosed that the conference, which is slated for April 26, 2018, will be attended by all ministers of Interior and Agriculture from the fifteen ECOWAS states as well as non-member states from Central Africa Republic and a host of others affected by the dreaded activities of herdsmen. The minister explained that contrary to fears that the review of the treaty may have security implications, the meeting would be approached with all seriousness so that the efforts at the joint tackling of the myriad of immigration challenges confronting the region will yield the desired results.
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He said he is optimistic that the conference will treat the issue of irregular migration holistically without criminalising it, considering the contiguous nature of the borders within the region. Vice president Yemi Osinbajo had recently established a link between the protocol and the spate of killings by herdsmen, suggesting that Nigeria might opt for a review. This was further corroborated by the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, who pointed out that the pact was undermining internal security. Meanwhile, experts have warned that ECOWAS could break up if Nigeria does not tactfully handle its concerns over the bloc’s Protocol on Free Movement of Persons. Mr. Augustine Echemi, a security expert, warned that “there is no policy in international relations that does not have a drawback. “What is important is for the member states to understand where problems are and how to tackle them. This call led by the Nigerian government us too risky.” On his part, the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, who described the projects as a feat worthy to be celebrated advised his officers to be loyal to  the service and shun corrupt practices According to him, the decision to put up infrastructures stemmed out from his resolve to create a   conducive atmosphere for enhanced Service delivery.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Debt Management Office (DMO) said yesterday that projects being financed with proceeds from N100 billion Sukuk bond represents a promise kept by the federal government. Director-General of the DMO, Ms Patience Oniha, stated this while conducting on-the-site inspection of the road projects that are being funded with the N100 billion Sukuk bonds to determine the extent of work done. The federal government had issued its debut N100 billion Sovereign Sukuk in September 2017, with a promise that the proceeds will be used to finance the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic road projects in the six geopolitical zones of the country. The Sukuk, which has breathed new life into some old projects as well as provided funding for new ones, is a financing instrument that is appropriate for the development of infrastructure given that the proceeds from the issuance of Sukuk must be utilised for specific projects, which are agreed upon before the issuance of the Sukuk. The DMO boss said, “Sukuk provides a clear link between Debt Management and economic growth and development. Investors, and indeed the general public, can visit the project sites to see the evidence of the work being done with the funds raised. “The Sukuk-financed projects represent a promise kept and a step forward in Nigeria’s drive for the development of infrastructure in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan
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(ERGP)”. The inspection was done by some officials of the DMO, Federal Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation. The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing coordinated the visits. The Team, after interacting with the various contractors handling the projects, discovered that significant amount of work had been done. The contractors expressed their appreciation for the Sukuk, which assured them of prompt payment for work done. Oniha also said the Sukuk fund has incentivised the contractors to accelerate work on the selected roads because of the confidence that the government had dedicated funds already in place to pay them upon completion of milestones. She continued “Of particular significance is the fact that the funds from the Sukuk has made it possible to construct the Okene Bypass, a new road which would ensure a safer and more convenient journey for travellers and residents by moving traffic away from the township and reducing congestion on the roads within the town. “Similarly, the Kaduna Eastern Bypass, whose construction had been delayed by inadequate funding, will ease traffic within the Kaduna metropolis, while also improving the travel experience for persons transiting through Kaduna to other towns”. The government delegation is expected to also inspect all the Sukuk-financed Roads to confirm that the Sukuk funds have been utilised as planned.


Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has restated his call on security agencies to take proactive measures to stop further killings in the state. This call came on the heels of reports of renewed armed herdsmen attacks and killings in several local government areas including Guma, Logo, Kwande, Gwer West and Agatu. []The post Ortom Restates Call On Security Agencies To End Killings appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The efforts of the federal government at enhancing productivity improvement and national competitiveness in the world of work recorded a boost as the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment embarks on sensitization of staff to embrace the tenets of productivity consciousness and enhancement for effective service delivery. Declaring open a one day sensitization workshop on []The post Labour Ministry Tasks Employees On Improved Productivity appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Eyo Ekpo is a former attorney-general and commissioner for justice, who contributed in no small measure to the growth and development of Cross River State in all ramifications, most especially legal issues. In this interview, he talks about the February 26, 2018 Supreme Court ruling which suggested the delineation of boundary by the Independent National []The post INEC Should Create Federal Constituency For Bakassi People ' Ekpo appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The newly inaugurated board for Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO) has pledged to help the agency achieve maximum service delivery by boosting its production manpower. The chairman of the board, Sen. Ayo Arise, made the commitment during an official inaugural meeting and tour of the complex in Abuja. Noting the importance of power to []The post SHESTCO Board Pledges To Boost Service Delivery appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The overall cashew production in Africa increased during the 1950s and the mid 1970s when the continent was the prime producer of cashew nuts. However, from 1975 and for a period of fifteen years, there was a decline in cashew production throughout the continent due to a combination of biological, agronomic and socio-political factors. The []The post RMRDC And Recipe For Cashew Sector Development appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
NOTORE Chemical Industries, has engaged 1,644,017 million smallholder farmers across Nigeria in boosting rice production. The Group Head, Commercial Services, Tijjani James who disclosed this in an exclusive chat with LEADERSHIP said 900,359 smallholder rice farmers in Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Adamawa, Gombe and Benue States were adequately educated out of the []The post NOTORE Engages 1.6m Nigerians For Smallholder Farming appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspape 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
As part of the nationwide directive for mopping up of illegal arms across the country, the Nigeria Police said the Force Headquarters Joint Task Team led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Joshak Habilla has recovered 425 illegal firearms in Abuja. Briefing journalists yesterday, Force PRO, ACP Jimoh Moshood said the arms were []The post Police Recover 425 Illegal Firearms In Abuja appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The federal government yesterday expressed worry over increasing spate of killing of Nigerians in UK in recent time. The senior special assistant to the president on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, expressed government's position on the matter in a statement by her Media Aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun in Abuja. Balogun stated that Dabiri-Erewa had []The post FG Expresses Worry Over Killing Of Nigerians In UK appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Nigeria's large and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in Europe or transacting business with European residents are in for a tough time should their website be hacked and data leaked leading to wide range fines of up to 20 million Euros or four per cent of their company's global revenue. This is according to []The post GDPR: Nigerian Businesses Risk Blacklist Over Data Leakage appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, has congratulated TECNO for their accomplishments in Africa and appealed to them to setup a production line in Nigeria just as they have done in Ethiopia in order to serve not only her almost 200 million population but also the West Africa sub-region and consequently create jobs for her []The post Minister Urges TECNO To Establish Assembly Plant appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
With a N1.99 trillion loan book, Access Bank is working on providing quicker and instant access to loans for its customers, as it launched a special USSD code *901*11#, a strategic tool for the recently-launched PayDay Loan product. Unveiled in partnership with Remita, PayDay Loan requires no collateral or guarantor, enabling customers to obtain loans []The post Access Bank Introduces Loan USSD Code appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The nation's telecom regulatory agency, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has disclosed that MTN Nigeria has paid N165 billion so far towards clearing the N330 billion fine slammed on it by the commission for failing to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered subscribers. Recall that the fine which was initially N1.04 trillion was later reduced to N330 []The post N330bn Fine: MTN Group Has Paid N165bn ' NCC appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Royal Dutch Shell on Monday published its 2017 Sustainability Report which confirmed that the group's operations in Nigeria paid $4,322,742,582 to the government during the period. The amount broken down to payment of production entitlement, taxes, royalties, and fees was 18.81 per cent more than the $3,638,241,040 paid in 2016. The report showed that Shell []The post Shell Pays $4.32b To FG In 2017 ' Report appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) yesterday said a total of 1000 candidates were participating in its ongoing interview for placement in selected universities in Germany, France and China under overseas scholarship scheme in the federal capital territory (FCT). The interview sessions which would hold simultaneously in six centres across the geopolitical zones are scheduled []The post 1000 Students Seek PTDF Overseas Scholarship In Abuja appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspap 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (MNOWTSSA) and operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the marine police have disagreed on allegations of extorting seafarers while boarding vessels at the Lagos anchorage. This was even as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) challenged the seafarers' body to []The post Seafarers, Customs Bicker Over Extortion At Lagos Anchorage appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Nigeria's 98.3 million internet users mark is considered a far cry from the ideal, as the nation still lags behind on the global data usage ranking. However, operators are exploring innovative ways to turn things around, MBAKAAN KWEN reports. Expressions such as snail-speed, crappy, disappointing are common clichs amongst Nigerians whenever they want to express []The post Understanding Data Speed Revolution appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
As part of efforts at revitalising agriculture as alternative mainstay of the economy, the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and SunTrust Bank yesterday in Abuja sealed an e-banking agreement to the development of agricultural sector in Nigeria. The agreement was signed at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Abuja. The managing director/CEO of SunTrust Bank Nigeria []The post BOA, SunTrust Bank Seal MoU On Agric Banking appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The on-going installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at the airsides of Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja has reached an advanced stage, constituting between 85 and 90 per cent completion stage. This is as Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) would []The post FAAN Completes CCTV Installations At MMIA, NAIA Airside appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The results coming out of the ongoing 19th Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia suggest that the chances of Team Nigeria equaling its last outing at the 2014 Games in Glasgow let alone surpass the feat is no longer feasible after Team India soundly trounced Nigeria's flag-bearers 3-0 in the finals of the Men's Table []The post C'Wealth Games: Team Nigeria's Woes Continue, Bags 2-Silver appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola appears to be in his own world, head down, as he moves the objects around until they are all perfectly lined up. Then a question comes in and he emerges from his little exercise to discuss the game ahead. Guardiola likes perfection, he strives for it on a daily []The post Guardiola's Man City Seeks To Upstage Liverpool appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Kebbi State government at the weekend officially unveiled the state football team, Kebbi United, that will represent the state in national football league. The ceremony which was performed by the state governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu at the Haliru Abdu Stadium in Birnin featured a friendly match between the Kebbi United and Gwandu []The post Kebbi Unveils State Football Team appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
One of the greatest challenges regarding the forthcoming Hajj is how to meet up with the first deadline of March 31, 2018 when all payments for the 95,000 2018 Hajj allocation should have been gathered for onward payments to service providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has []The post The Many Challenges Before 2018 Hajj appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
According to Mahatma Gandhi, 'the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others'. Ogun State needs a leader that can erect superstructures, improve existing infrastructure, instill discipline, reduce a culture of waste and inculcate a new ethics of doing things with less greed and avarice. Otumba Adeleye, a core []The post Ogun: Charting A New Political Order Ahead Of 2019 appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
There are two options for those in contention for the presidency in 2019: run, or run away. Now that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated his intention to run, dwarfs trying to wear a giant's shoes should simply run away. The cat has returned from a journey, let the rats scamper for safety. Show clean pairs []The post 2019: Let The Others Simply Run Away appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Electricity is considered to be one of the drivers of a modern economy. However, TARKAA DAVID writes that the dream is far from being achieved in Nigeria, especially in Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where the residents pay for black out. Electricity is reckoned as the greatest driver of a country's []The post Looking At The Plight of Bwari Residents In Access To Power Supply appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The importance of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in workplaces cannot be over-emphasized. Simply, it is doing what have to be done to keep people healthy and safe when they are at work. This is not a matter of choice for organizations, it is mandatory for them to educate their workforce on health and safety []The post Impact Of Obsolete Equipment On Human Capital Development appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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