NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 11 April, 2018.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Apparently miffed by the delay in the passage of the budget, Senate President Bukola Saraki has directed the Senate committee on appropriation to submit reports on the N8.612 trillion 2018 budget for consideration. Consideration of the 2018 budget estimates by both chambers of the National Assembly after its presentation on November 7, 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari has been at committee levels since December last year. The Senate president ordered yesterday that the appropriation committee should tidy up reports from such committees latest by Friday for submission to the Senate next week. “The chairman, Appropriation should please ensure that by Friday this week, collections of reports from various committees end. There should be no more extension for that purpose because the appropriation committee itself must submit its report to the Senate unfailingly next week”, he said. Saraki’s directive was sequel to earlier announcement made on the floor of the Senate via a letter by the chairman of the appropriation committee, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe Central), extending time for submission of reports by the various committees to Friday. The two chambers of the National Assembly had before embarking on Easter break on Thursday March 29, 2018 fixed April 24 for passage of the budget. PMB Seeks Confirmation Of 23 NPC Members, INEC Commissioner By NASS Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday wrote three separate letters to the Senate requesting its confirmation of appointments made into three different government agencies.
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In the first the letter addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki, the president sought confirmation of the appointment of Barrister Festus Okoye as a Federal Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representing the Southeast Geo-Political zone. In the second letter, the president requested for confirmation of 23 newly appointed commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC). The names of the commissioners are, Nwanne Nwabuisi from Abia State, Dr Chidi Ezeoke (mni) from Anambra state, Barrister Isa  Audu  Buratai (Borno state), Navy Captain Charles Iyam Ogwa (Cross River ), Sir Richard Odibo (Delta), Okereke Onuabuchi ( Ebonyi), Olusegun Aiyejina (Edo) and Ejike Ezeh (Enugu). Others are Hon Abubakar Danburam (Gombe), Prof Uba Nnabue (Imo), Dr Abdulmalik Durunguwa (Kaduna), Suleiman Lawal (Kano), Prof Jimoh Habibat Isah (Kogi), Dr Sa’adu Ayinla Alanamu (Kwara), Nasir Isa Kwarra (Nasarawa) and Barrister Aliyu Datti (Niger). Also in the list are Yeye (Mrs) Seyi Olusanya (Ogun), Prince (Dr) Oladiran Iyantan (Ondo), Senator Mudashiru Hussain (Osun), Mrs Cecelia Dapoet (Plateau), Dr Ipalibo MacDonald (Rivers) and Sale Saany (Taraba). In the third letter, the president sought confirmation of membership appointments into the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) as non-legal practitioners. The appointees are Senator Abba Ali from Katsina State as nominee for the Northwest geo-political zone and Mohammed Sagir from Niger State as nominee for the North Central geo-political zone. President Buhari also forwarded a letter of condolence to the Senate over the deaths of Senators Ali Wakili (APC Bauchi South) and Mustapha Bukar (APC Katsina North). While Senator Wakili died on March 7, Senator Bukar died eight days ago. Their demise was the reason why the Senate, on resumption yesterday, adjourned to today immediately after adoption of its votes and proceedings of Thursday, April 29 2018 when it embarked on Easter recess.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari decision to seek re-election in the coming 2019 general election, describing it as a welcome development. On the other hand, a Northern youth group, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYC), yesterday expressed its opposition to the president’s re-election ambition, saying its members had lost confidence in the president’s ability to take the country forward. The Ayewa youth group said President Buhari had bowed to pressure to re-contest in 2019 presidential poll against the group’s advice, adding that its members would begin to shop for another candidate to support in 2019 presidential election. IPOB’s spokesman, Comrade Emma Powerful, who released a statement for the group yesterday in Awka, the Anambra State capital, said President Buhari’s re-election would hasten the realisation of the agitation for biafra. He, therefore, urged all “freedom fighters” in the country to remain steadfast in their struggle. The IPOB statement reads: “The leadership and family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide view the decision of the bearer and custodian of the name Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019 as a welcome development. We have always maintained that the rebirth of Biafra will happen under Buhari or under whoever is answering to his name. “This second
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coming of Buhari portends goodwill for freedom lovers because God Almighty wants to fulfil his divine purpose in the life of Biafrans in 2019 as foretold by our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, many years ago. “No doubt, we have lost a lot of people under the brutality of this terror APC regime.  We also have many innocent citizens in prison and detention facilities across Nigeria with countless miscarriages of justice in the law courts, but we remain undeterred, focused and determined, because, like Israelites in Egypt, Jews in Europe and Germany, blacks in apartheid South Africa, no amount of tribulation will stop us from emerging victorious as a free people at the end of this process. “We urge our brethren in the Middle Belt and Western Nigeria not to give up or capitulate in this our collective quest to free our people from the shackles of caliphate domination and creeping Islamisation.” The separatist group, which was proscribed and tagged a terrorist organisation last year by the federal government, vowed to continue its struggle for recognition. “At IPOB we are continuing the intensification of our global campaign to peacefully bring the existence of this disastrous colonial experiment called Nigeria to an end, in order that millions of innocent lives may be saved. “We are advising Biafrans and other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria seeking to be free from this contraption created by Fredrick Lugsard, the British mercenary, to remain mentally strong and resolute for what is about to come will test our collective resolve,” he said. On his part, AYC president,  Alhaji Yerima Shettima, declared that the group would not support President Buhari’s re-election bid. Shettima told our correspondent on telephone in Kaduna that northern youths had advised President Buhari not to stand for re-election and to join the nation’s statesmen club but that he ignored their advice.


Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Eko Electricity Distribution Company has given reason behind the current power outage being experienced in some parts of Lagos Island, saying it was due to the breakdown of some facilities at the Alagbon Transmission injection sub-station which is a major source of bulk power supply to the company from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). []The post Eko Disco Explains Power Outage In Ikoyi, Others appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
A group of concerned shareholders of Oando Plc yesterday called on the federal government to prevail on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to lift the technical suspension placed on the shares of Oando. Speaking at a press briefing, yesterday, in Lagos, the shareholders said the continued suspension of []The post Shareholders Seek FG's Intervention On Oando's Technical Suspension appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Nigeria has recorded 6,673 oil spill occurrences which discharged 250,973.96 barrels of oil causing environmental challenges especially in the Niger Delta region between 2009 and 2017. LEADERSHIP gathered that there are strong indications that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), which is saddled with the responsibility of regulating the oil sector, appears to be significantly []The post Nigeria Records Over 250,000 Barrels Of Oil Spill In 9 Years appeared first on Leadership Nigeria New 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Stakeholders in the Raw Materials and Research and Development Council (RMRDC) have lamented the lack of synergy between the academia and businesses, insisted that it was affecting the nation's growth. This was disclosed yesterday at a one -day workshop organised by the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) in Lagos. The stakeholders further stressed []The post Stakeholders Lament Lack Of Synergy Between Academia, Businesses appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has advocated for a freight intelligence and truck control system on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to solve the perennial Apapa gridlock. This suggestion was given yesterday by the acting managing director of the Commission, Engr, Chidi Izuwah when he paid a visit to the managing director of the []The post ICRC Identifies Solution To Apapa Traffic Gridlock appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), which Dangote Flour Mills Plc is among, has donated 50 units of multi-crop thresher machine worth N70 million to wheat farmers toward boosting the country's self-sufficiency in wheat production. Speaking with journalists yesterday at the presentation of the gifts in Lagos, the group managing director of Dangote Flour []The post Dangote Flourmills, Others Donate Equipment Worth N70m To Boost Wheat Production appeared first on Leadership Nigeri 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, discharged and acquitted Emirates Airlines and ten others arraigned before him over alleged conspiracy and stealing of $1.630 million belonging to a businessman, Prince Chu Ikem Orji. Also acquitted by the court are: Pathfinder International Limited, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, Abayomi Adekanbi Abiola, []The post $1.6m Theft Case: Court Discharges, Acquits Emirates Airline, Others appeared first on Leadership Niger 

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Engr. Saleh Dunoma has stressed the need for team work in order to improve on services rendered by the agency to the public. Speaking at the first quarter stakeholders forum 2018 held in Lagos yesterday, Dunoma who was represented by the director of engineering []The post FAAN Boss Canvasses Team Work For Better Service Delivery appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The attorney general and commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko has assured Akwa Ibom people, including victims of the collapsed Reigners Bible Church that the state government will prosecute all those whose activities led to the collapse of the church building. This is in reaction to criticism in some quarters, alleging an []The post Church Collapse: A/Ibom To Persecute Culprits appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Nigeria's Matthew Abamu puts up a brilliant display by beating Elyes ben Abdullah of Tunisia 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the 2018 ITF/CAT African Junior Championships 16 and Under holding in Tunis, Tunisia. The 15-year-old Abamu was the underdog against the Tunisian but despite the huge home support for his counterpart, []The post Tunis 2018 AJC: Abamu Shocks Tunisian, Faces Top Seed appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
It was a gold-laden day for Team Nigeria at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Australia's Gold Coast, yesterday as the team dominated the para-powerlifting event, clinched all four gold medals with a new world record in the women's lightweight competition. The record was set by the exuberant Esther Oyema, who pressed 131 kilograms []The post CWG: Team Nigeria Sweeps Para-powerlifting Medals With New Record appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Real Madrid are one step away from writing history in the Champions League if they are able to defend their 3-0 advantage from the first leg in Turin in order to reach the semi finals of the European competition for the 29th time. Los Blancos will play with the utmost respect against a Juventus side, []The post Champions League: History Awaits Real Madrid appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Kostas Manolas scored a late goal to give his team a 3-0 win against Barcelona that knocked the La Liga leaders out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage 4-4 on aggregate. It was only Barcelona's fourth loss of the season and first in the Champions League this campaign and ended any hopes of []The post Champions League: Roma Knock Out Barca, Liverpool Reach Semifinal appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Premier League leadersManchester Cityhave been defeated byLiverpool fc in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, home and away match. Gabriel jesus of City scored the first goal in the first half of the game, but M` salah equalize for Liverpool and subsequently the second but winning goal comes from fermino. Having won the home leg []The post UEFA Champions League: Manchester City Again Crashes At Home appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
A bodyguard for Floyd Mayweather was wounded when a gunman in a vehicle opened fire on the boxer's motorcade. The vehicle was travelling through an Atlanta intersection early on Monday, police said. Mayweather was not in the vehicle that was fired upon and was not injured in the incident, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police []The post Gunman Attacks Mayweather, Shoots Bodyguard In Atlanta appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) is the apex cultural institute in the country established as a result of joint initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the world decade for cultural development (WDCD) from 1988-1997 which acknowledged inter-alia, the cultural dimension of development, []The post NICO Achieving Its Cultural Orientation Mandate appeared first on Leadership Nigeria New 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that his monthly salary is N960, 000.00 and that it includes N360, 000.00 for house allowance. Amaechi stated this yesterday during the book launch of the Biography of late Foreign Affairs Minister, Mathew Mbu, titled 'Dignity In Service.' Speaking at the function when called upon to launch []The post Ministers Earn N960, 000 Monthly ' Amaechi appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed chief executive officers of agencies in the federal ministries of Health, Information and Culture, Education, Power, Works, and Housing as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The appointments were made public yesterday in a statement signed by Mr Lawrence Ojabo in the Office of the Secretary to the []The post PMB Makes 23 New Appointments appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari decision to seek re-election in the coming 2019 general election, describing it as a welcome development. On the other hand, a Northern youth group, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYC), yesterday expressed its opposition to the president's re-election ambition, saying []The post IPOB Backs PMB's Re-election As Arewa Youths Kick appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspa 



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