NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 12 April, 2018.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that the killer herdsmen who have been responsible for the wanton killings in Nigeria were trained and armed by the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. According to him, while the problem of killings in Nigeria predates his administration, it became worse following the influx of armed gunmen from Sahel region to different parts of the West African sub-region. President Buhari spoke when he received the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in London where he had travelled on Monday for an official working visit ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Responding to comment from his guest on the farmers/herders clashes in different parts of Nigeria, the president said, “The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region. “These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram. “Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.” A statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, also quoted Buhari as lamenting that “irresponsible politics” has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, assuring however that enduring solutions would be found and justice done to all concerned. President Buhari also explained why he declared his intentions to run for another term in office on Monday during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he bowed to pressure from Nigerians who had over flogged issue of his re-election bid. He said, “I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking
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too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. “We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.” Recounting some successes of the administration to his Archbishop Delby, with whom he has built a deep friendship in recent times, the Nigerian leader was quite particular about strides in agriculture. “We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” he said. On the war against insurgency, Buhari stressed the need for continuous education of the people, “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” adding that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent. On Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the President said, “We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organizations. “There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.”

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The federal government has approved the extension of the voluntary assets and income declaration scheme (VAIDS) to June 30, 2018. Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this in a statement he issued yesterday said the short extension after the original March 31 date is based on the appeals of professional bodies and individual taxpayers. He said President Muhammadu Buhari who personally approved the extension, however, warned that no further extension of time will be approved after June 30. The president added that a new date was also given based on the conviction of the Ministry of Finance that the overall objective to increase compliance will be attained and additional revenue will accrue. He added that Buhari said a fresh Executive Order will be made to give legal backing to the new timeline. Adesina quoted the president as saying: “For a nation of people who are competitive and driven, it is not a pride that we are the lowest performer in tax to GDP, not just in Africa, but in the world. Nigeria’s growth needs are such that every Nigerian must do his duty to his nation, to his neighbour, and to himself. “Hiding monies overseas, evading taxes by manipulation, and other unwholesome practices, have never developed a country, and for Nigeria to attain her true potential, these must stop.” The presidential spokesman said the president
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urged Nigerian companies and individuals to join government in the rebuilding mission, “and do the right thing by taking this window of extension to regularize.” He added that the right thing may not be convenient or comfortable, “but in the long run, we will all have a nation we can be proud of.” President Buhari further urged tax authorities to use the extension window to perfect plans to prosecute those who fail to regularize their tax status. VAIDS is one of the key policies being used by the federal government to reposition the Nigerian economy and correct inherited underdevelopment. The country has one of the lowest tax collection rates in the world at just 6% of GDP. This was partially a function of the reliance on oil, which led to the abandonment of the historical revenue collection systems and switch to a culture of sharing resources, rather than generating them. President Buhari had last year launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the VAIDS tax amnesty is first in the series of reforms that will transform our tax system and provide sustainable predictable funding for all tiers of government. Tax revenues will ensure that public infrastructure is provided, and public services are funded to improve the lives of the people. Taxes redistribute wealth from those who have more to those who have less and VAIDS is one of the windows to achieve such. VAIDS provides a hole-in-the-wall, a kind of pardon, for taxpayers, whether individual or corporate, to be sincere with their earnings, and voluntarily pay up on their tax arrears between 2010 and 2015. The target is to increase the percentage of non-oil tax revenue from the current 6 per cent to 15 per cent by 2020.



Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Senator Adegbenga Sefiu Kaka was Deputy Governor of Ogun State between 1999 and 2003. He is now aspiring to govern the state come 2019. In this interview, he speaks elaborately on his plans for Ogun State among other issues as they affect his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the nation as a whole. OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU brings the excerpts: You have been serving Ogun State since you were very young, as commissioner, deputy governor and has been to the Senate. Why is it that now you are interested in becoming the governor of Ogun State? Something that is certain is that you can’t get experience in the market and you can’t get to read it up in a book. The cumulative experience I have garnered over the years is not meant to be interred with my bones when I am dead, it is supposed to be shared and applied for the betterment of the society. When you discovered that over the years one has seen that we have been taking one step forward and two steps backward, then you will realize that we really need this experience. We need the resilience of able, capable and experienced hand to actually, right the wrongs, more so when the stage at which we are in now, especially in Ogun State, is for us to go back to the basics. The solid foundation earlier laid by our forebears had been destroyed and we are now trying to build our castles in the air, rather than relaying the foundation and build our future on a very solid, rock steady foundation. And it is in the light of that, looking at other contenders that I felt it is going to be an injustice
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to the people if I decided to keep the experience I have garnered to myself rather than make use of it for the betterment of our state. When you were a commissioner and later Deputy Governor, you must have had certain dreams for Ogun State. How fulfilled is that dream now, or put differently, looking back, do you think Ogun State is in its rightful place? Don’t let me arrogate any special thought to myself. If you were referring to the time I was a commissioner, I didn’t plan to be commissioner, I was with a multinational corporation, Livestock Feeds Plc, we had our headquarters in New York, and the combination was for human and animal health, as well as livestock feeds. So the totality of it was for the welfare of human being.  I was enjoying it, and I was moving prettily well. Within eight years, I had crossed from Area Sales Representatives, to Area Sales Manager, to Group Product Manager and National Sales Manager. It was at that stage that the military came calling, I didn’t have any connection with the military, they requested for somebody with solid agricultural background. And the people they sent out to source found me suitable. I was recommended, the announcement came on radio and I put in my best. During that period, we put in place the first agricultural policy by any state in this federation, that was in 1989, barely one year I got to the office. This is because we discovered that we didn’t have any agricultural policy. People were just doing what they liked, in the traditional way and we said no; we need to profile the soil, we need to know the various advantage of the various strata of soil that we had, the vegetation; the ecological advantage of various vegetation over the others. How can we blend the plant agriculture with the animal agriculture to get the best blend and get the best for our society? We put it in place and we backed it up with implementation strategy. Unfortunately, soldier go, soldier come, the person that appointed me, Admiral Lawal, left within one year.


Thu, 12 Apr 2018
65 people, including children, have benefitted from the free eye surgery carried out by the Aminu Musa Abdulsalam (AMA) Foundation during its recent medical outreach in Mararraba, Karu local government area of Nassarawa State. Addressing journalists at the event, Director of the foundation, Aisha Mamman, said even though the foundation focuses on different areas including []The post 65 Patients Get Free Eye Surgery In Nasarawa appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Amid ongoing protests and controversy trailing astronomical increase in tuition of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) Ondo State Government has justified its decision, saying it is in tandem with present economic reality in the country. The government in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and strategy, Hon. Yemi Olowolabi, said []The post Ondo Justifies Hike In Tuition appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in partnership with De-Crown Global Limited have concluded plans to organise a free Cardiovascular screening, Diabetes and Cancer Awareness seminar for members of Ahmadiyah community in Ojokoro. The parish pastor of His Majesty Chapel, Lagos Province 38 Samson Ajayi and []The post RCCG , Firm Plan Free Cardiovascular Disease Screening For Lagos Residents appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspa 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Lagos State Government yesterday said it is set to commence enforcement of the Stage Carriage Permit law to put an end to the continuous use of Lagos State roads and infrastructure by vehicle owners that have not obtained the stage Carriage Permit as stipulated by the State's Road Traffic Law. The Law which is []The post Lagos Set To Enforce Stage Carriage Permit Law appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
As part of measures to instill discipline and leadership skills in the younger generation of Nigerian, a NonGovernmental Organization, Young Protg Leadership Foundation has organized capacity building workshop for teeming children in Ogun State. Our correspondent observed that the students of Triple J Secondary School were taught the concept of effective reading namely skimming, []The post Kids Get Effective Reading, Leadership Skills appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
National Union of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employees, NUFBTE, has kicked against automated machines and robots that increasingly take over the jobs of members across the country, worsening the employment crisis in the country. The union is concerned that if not checked, more Nigerians may be thrown into the unemployment market. The union has []The post Labour Raises The Alarm Over Automated Machine, Robots appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has reinstated the commitment of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to make primary health care facilities in Abuja more functional. Speaking when he receive the visiting director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the Primary Health Care Centre, in Kuchigoro []The post Minister Vows To Improve Primary Health Care Facilities appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Residents of P-Layout 2-1 New Site in Kubwa, Bwari area council, have called on FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to quickly come to their aid by averting a waiting disaster of flood, due to bad roads and lack of drainages in the area. The residents, who sent out the Save our Souls (SoS) message []The post Kubwa Residents Seek FEMA's Intervention On Bad Roads, Drainages appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Gwagwalada residents lament as refuse has taken over the Gwagwalada Market Road, which poses both health and environmental challenges to the people in the area. Some of the residents who spoke to LEADERSHIP said the refuse, aside being an eyesore, also pollute the environment with terrible smell oozing from the waste. A resident, Jibrin []The post Refuse Takes Over Gwagwalada Market Road appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Former South West Zonal Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, has urged the newly elected national executive of the union to focus on members' welfare. Korodo gave the advice in an interview with journalists in Lagos at the weekend described the election of William Akporeha as []The post NUPENG Exco Urged To Prioritise Members' welfare appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A new report has put the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the plastics subsector of the Nigerian economy at 7 per cent over the next 10 years. The report published yesterday by Mckinsey & Company said the per capita consumption of plastics in Nigeria has grown by about 5 per cent annually over the []The post Plastics Subsector To Grow At 7% For Next 10yrs appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Arik Air has said although it is doing regional operations within Africa, most Nigerians are urging the company to go international across the continents. But the airline, under the management of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), feels that adequate plans need to be in place before venturing in such long hauls operations. Speaking []The post Why Arik Air Has Not Joined International Routes ' AMCON appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
BudgIT, a civic organization that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, has called on the Federal government and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to account for the N1.4 trillion that is spent annually in 2016, 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 on fuel subsidy and reveal []The post Reveal N1.4trn Fuel Subsidy Beneficiaries, BudgIT Tells FG, NNPC appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Foreign exchange inflows through the Investors and Exporters Foreign Exchange Window (I&E Window), also known as the Nigeria Autonomous Foreign Exchange (NAFEX) window, has seen an inflow of $41.97 billion since its inception in April last year. Analysts and players in the market said they expect the inflow to remain steady as political activities commence. []The post Inflow Through I&E Forex Window Hits $41.97bn appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
There was uncertainty over the lifting of technical suspension placed on Oando's shares at the Nigerian stock exchange yesterday. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) earlier in the hour of yesterday lifted the technical suspension placed on Oando Plc shares. However, there was speculation at the end of yesterday trading that the shares of Oando remain []The post Confusion Trails Lifting Of Oando Technical Suspension appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Do we even have as many factories'' The Rwandan President reportedly wondered when he allegedly closed down 6000 churches and over 100 mosques in the country recently. The worship centres according to news reports were so treated because they failed to comply with building safety standards and other regulations. Of course, that seems the []The post Nigeria: Still A Question Praying For Answer appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
It can be hardly disputed that the Pension Reform Act 2004 was literally a revolutionary initiative in terms of the paradigm shift that legislation eventuated in Nigeria's pension industry. The act for the first time in our nation's history triggered a progressive response and established a more rigorous regime for the earnest operation of []The post Momentum Of Reform At PenCom appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Every day, we spare time to pray for our beloved ones, mostly family members. Once in a while, we find time to express appreciation to a boss, who perhaps offered us a job and we say thank you to a medical doctor for a successful surgical operation even though we foot the bills. We []The post Nigerian Army: Forgotten In The Bowels Of Patriotism' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Another historic event occurred in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, on Monday April 9, 2018, at about 11 am, when President Muhammadu Buhari declared at the meeting of the National Executive Committee of the ruling All Progressives Party his intention to run for a second term in the 2019 presidential polls. The wide jubilation []The post The Implications Of Buhari's Second Term appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 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. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road'' Voltare I have readandfollowed very closely the travails of Ms. Aliyu and found that not even those in the several lists of looters of this economy have been so []The post ICPC And Persecution Of Maimuna Aliyu appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Chairman, Jigawa State Universal Basic Education Board, Salis Zakari, in this interview with MUHAMMAD ZANGINA KURA, spoke on why parents in the State have no excuse not to send their children to school. The State launched what it termed, 'Education Change A' genda' aimed at revitalizing the education sector, how far has it gone' []The post Jigawa Education Sector Being Repositioned 'Zakari appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The United Nations recently released a report showing increasing investment trend in renewable energy which is coming on the heels of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) reports of improving the economy of rural communities in the country using renewable energy. FESTUS OKOROMADU writes on the need to join the global trend. The United Nations []The post As Renewable Energy Grabs Global Investors' Attention appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A research report which was supported by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, to examine the depth of environmental hazard exposed to Baruwa community in Lagos State has exposed weak regulations in Nigeria's oil and gas sector, writes CHIKA IZUORA. The public presentation of a report in Lagos titled: 'Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminated Groundwater Remediation Using []The post Report Exposes Regulatory Weakness In Nigeria's Oil Industry appeared first on Leadership Nigeria N 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Only 35.9 per cent of prospective admission seekers who sat for this year's UTME stand the chance of gaining admission, CHIKA MEFOR, reports. Every year, many Nigerian youths enroll and storm the Computer Based Test (CBT) centers to write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in hope of getting admission into the tertiary institutions of []The post Dissecting The Admission Crisis appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Achieving all-inclusive health coverage for all Nigerians regardless of their social status appears to be a tall dream. PATIENCE IHEJIRIKA, ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH, and HEMBADOON ORSAR take a look at Nigeria's Struggle towards this goal. The theme of this year's World Health Day: Universal Health Coverage (UHC), 'everyone, everywhere', was very apt even as it has []The post Achieving Comprehensive Health Coverage appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
To save a girl's purity before marriage and curb her sexual desire, people in many African countries have practiced female genital mutilation for ages. Today, even with law banning the practice, many still practice this age-long tradition ignorant of its tragic effects on the woman's health. VICTOR OKEKE writes on this. ''Let's go to the []The post FGM And Fistula: The Double Tragedies of Women's Reproductive Health appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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