NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 15 March, 2018.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Members of the House of Representatives from Kwara and Kogi states are fiercely engaged in intense lobby for the position of deputy majority leader of the House, which is zoned to the north central geo-political zone. LEADERSHIP Sunday recalls that the position of deputy majority leader became vacant following the death of   Hon Umar Buba Jibrin, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Kogi State. It was learnt that a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Kogi State is also lobbying for the position, which is an exclusive preserve of the majority political party in the House. A principal officer who confided in our correspondent confirmed that the Kogi lawmaker, who chairs a very sensitive committee in the House, approached the Speaker about his interest and offered to defect to the ruling APC to clinch the position.
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“The PDP lawmaker from Kogi State seriously lobbied to become the deputy leader due to his closeness to the Speaker.  He offered to defect to the ruling party to get the position, but the Speaker declined on the grounds that APC members from the zone will feel short-changed,” he said. Checks by LEADERSHIP Sunday revealed that barely one week after Buba Jibrin’s death, lawmakers from his home state and neighbouring Kwara State locked horns over his position. Although almost all the ranking APC members from the north central showed interest, it was those from Kogi and Kwara states that were in the forefront to replace the late Jibrin. Other members who lobbied for the position include Hon Bago Mohammed Umaru (Chanchaga, Niger State), Hon Yusuf Tijani (Okene/Ogori-Magogo, Kogi State), and Hon Zaphaniah Jisalo (AMAC/ Bwari , FCT). The duo of Jisalo and Tijani had recently defected from the PDP to APC and announced their defection on the floor of the House the same day. Also, Hon Aliyu Ahman-Pategi (Edu/Moro/Pategi, Kwara) and his counterpart from Wase, Plateau State, Hon Idris Ahmed, lobbied for the position and were both favoured by the power brokers in the House. Although, media aides to the Speaker denied knowledge of the development, a source within the Speaker’s office confirmed the development, but said Dogara was not in a hurry to announce Jibrin’s replacement.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Thousands of mourners gathered in South Africa’s Soweto Township on Saturday to bid farewell to anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in a funeral ceremony that united the nation as people from various political divides celebrated her life. Madikizela-Mandela’s death on April 2 at the age of 81 after a long illness was met by an outpouring of emotion across the country, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties holding memorials in remembrance of her courage in the struggle to end white-minority rule. The official funeral service for the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela took  place yesterday morning in Soweto, a Johannesburg township at the forefront of the battle against apartheid where she lived. Mourners sang and cheered as Madikizela-Mandela’s body was brought into the Orlando Pirates stadium where the funeral service took place. The 40,000-seater stadium was filled to capacity, with many mourners clad in the green and yellow colours of the ANC. Member of the leftist party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), also attended in large numbers. “I appreciate many things about her. Even though I didn’t know her in person, we love our mother. She represents a fighting spirit because even though she lived through the apartheid era, she never gave up. I’m very grateful to be here today,” said 20-year old college student, Gift Mokale. Also present at the service were South Africa’s former presidents, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, as well as foreign dignitaries from Kenya, Namibia and Lesotho. During Mandela’s 27-year
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incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Winnie campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans , for which she underwent detention, banishment and arrest. For many South Africans, the most memorable image of Madikizela-Mandela is her punching the air in a clenched-fist salute as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Victor Verster prison, near Cape Town, on February 11, 1990. For husband and wife, it was a crowning moment that led four years later to the end of centuries of white domination when Mandela became South Africa’s first black president. “Mama Winnie and her spirit must be with us all the time. She means a lot to everyone, old and young,” 72-year-old pensioner and ANC member, David Mantambo, said. (NAN)


Sun, 15 Apr 2018
As Nigerians commemorate the fourth anniversary of the mass abduction of Chibok girls, Pastor Tunde Bakare has decried the continuous assault on the girl-child in the Nigeria, describing it as a clear indication that the nation is sick with a malady that needs to be diagnosed. LEADERSHIP Sunday recalls that the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno  State, were abducted by the Boko Haram sect on April 14, 2014. While 107 have come back home, 113 are still in the hands of their abductors. On his part, Speaker Yakubu Dogara has urged the executive arm of the federal government to do all within its power to free the remaining girls in captivity. However,  Ahmad Salkida, a journalist with access to information on the terror group, Boko Haram, has claimed that only 15 of the remaining 113  girls are still alive. Pastor Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, who was General Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election, made this comment during the Second Chibok Girls Annual Lecture in Abuja yesterday. He said the fact that the Dapchi schoolgirls’ abduction occurred four years after the Chibok incident and one year to elections, just as it was in the Chibok case, was evidence of an alarming national malady. “There is something wrong when a nation is twice beaten, yet never shy with respect to the safety and security of its girl-child. There is something undeniably wrong when the girl-child repeatedly becomes the bargaining instrument in negotiation deals between the government and terrorists. “There is something absolutely wrong when the girl child becomes a pawn in a political chess game in which the major political parties seek to score political points. “One of the key indicators of stability, or the lack thereof, in a nation is the state of its girl-child because she is often the most vulnerable in a destabilised polity. The problematic issues encountered by the girl-child in any society are symptoms of an underlying malady which must be diagnosed,” he said. The outspoken pastor described the day the Chibok schoolgirls were abducted as a dark chapter in the history of the nation which has cast a long shadow over the gains in girl-child education, particularly in Nigeria and West Africa. “We praise God who has, thus far, brought back alive a total of 107 of our daughters. I welcome our beautiful daughters back home and I congratulate their biological parents, the Bring Back Our Girls movement, the entire nation, and well-wishers around the world,” he said, even as he saluted all those who spoke out against the abduction. “Let me, therefore, use this opportunity to salute the courage of everyone who stood up to be counted in the global outcry that followed the heinous abduction of our Chibok girls. I salute our global village for holding on to the values of our shared humanity. I salute the Nigerian people across the nation for becoming co-parents of our precious daughters and, in so doing, affirming the African tenet that it takes a village to raise a child. I also salute the Nigerian military for the gallant role it has played in the past four years in the quest to bring back our girls.” He added that the abduction of the students in  Dapchi showed  that the dark chapter that was opened four years ago was still open and prayed for the safe return of Leah Sharibu and the other Chibok girls still in the hands of the insurgents. “The Nigerian government must do all that is necessary to bring her back alive. Our hearts go out to her parents and our prayers go out to her wherever she is at the moment,  and we affirm, in the spirit of hope that, very soon, we will see her safely returned to us,” he said. LEADERSHHIP Sunday recall that Miss Sharibu was not released along with the other Dapchi girls for refusing to convert to Islam. Speaking on the theme, ‘Towards a Just and Good Society: Renewing our Commitment to the Girl-Child in Nigeria,’ Bakare called on the nation to adopt the two principles of equality and  affirmative action in order to guarantee the girl-child equal protection under the law, and  to ensure that particular attention is accorded to the protection and preservation of the girl-child due to the historical injustices she has suffered. He called for cultural intervention that respects, protects and empowers the girl-child; a structural intervention to liberate the Nigerian woman and the Nigerian girl-child; a constitutional intervention with clearly spelt-out protective provisions for the Nigerian girl-child and leadership intervention to ensure that competent women are encouraged to participate in politics in the country. In her address, the chairperson of the event and first female northern senator, Najatu Bala-Mohammed, attributed the escalation of the crises in the North East to irresponsibility on the part of politicians and some military personnel in the country.


Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Following the numerous press enquiries on the information contained in the series of tweets by Mr Ahmed Salkida, the presidency yesterday insisted that the information is not known to the officials of the Buhari administration either from the captors of the Chibok girls or the international intercessors who are working with them. The senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, Mallam Garba Shehu, said  that Mr Salkida is not involved, on behalf of the Nigerian government in the processes leading to the release of the over 100 Chibok Girls that have returned to their families so far and is not involved in the current processes to secure the release of those still held in captivity. According to him, If there is any information he has concerning the remainder of those girls, he has, up till this moment not approached the government Nigeria with it. All press enquirers on the subject should therefore be directed to Mr. Salkida. He said, “The facts as known to our officials and the international contacts assisting this process are that the remaining Chibok Girls are there and we are not relenting on getting their release.
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“As stated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, the government is not relenting. We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up. They also advised not to lose faith in this government’s ability to fulfil its promise, that the girls will not be abandoned or forgotten. Salkida had claimed yesterday  that only 15 out of the 112 missing Chibok girls are still alive. He said he had negotiated for the release of the girls on the behalf of the government noting that several opportunities to have them released were missed.


Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The people of Esuk Ekpo Eyo Community, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River, broke into jubilation following restoration of electric power supply to the community during the weekend after decades of blackout suffered by residents of the community. The community has suffered poor power supply for over a decade, despite its being located about []The post After Years Of Blackout, Electricity Restored In C/River Community appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
All critical stakeholders in the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have resolved to work together to ensure the victory of the party in the July 14 governorship election in the state. This came on the heels of assurances by the Prince Uche Secondus National Working Committee (NWC) to ensure a []The post Ekiti Guber: PDP Stakeholders Unite Ahead Of Primaries appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Sun, 15 Apr 2018
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Number 28 sitting in Apo, Abuja, has remanded a 40-year-old man, Alex Okafor in prison custody for an alleged act of violence and for inflicting injuries on his three children. The three children (names withheld) are aged 8, 10 and 11 years. A statement made available to []The post Court Remands Man Over Alleged Violence Against Children appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Disturbed by the wanton destruction of lives and property in parts of the country as a result of incessant bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen, the academic community has taken upon itself, the task of finding a lasting solution to the problem. In the past two weeks, two Nigerian universities, desirous of finding an []The post Herdsmen/Farmers Crises: Varsities Proffer Solutions appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The Kwara state governor, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the appointment of Dr. Abdulrahim Yusuf as the new provost of the Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin. This was contained in a statement by the permanent secretary, ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Musa Dasuki. He explained that the tenure of the []The post Ahmed Appoints Provosts For 3 Institutions appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The Comptroller of Immigration, Niger State Command, Mrs Hornby Amadi Onimin, has revealed that the 'Special Border Corp', a unit carved out of the service and specifically deployed to patrol the border flanks of the country, has apprehended 67 irregular migrants from Niger. The illegal migrants, who were apprehended at the border in Niger State, []The post FG To Repatriate 67 Illegal Migrants appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Recently, some team of aviation writers were taken to Dubai for a 5-day familiarisation trip. ANTHONY AWUNOR who was among the select journalists that attended the event writes about his experiences. Burj Khalifa From the EAC, we moved on for lunch at the Dubai Mall and from there went to the top famous Burj Khalifa. []The post Dubai: Beautiful City Of Merchants (2) appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan has unveiled its Football Academy with 170 kids enrolled into Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 categories at the event held inside the main bowl of Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba Ibadan, yesterday, chairman of the traditional club-side, Alh Gbolagade Busarithanked the parents for believing in Shooting Stars' institution and []The post 3SC Unveils Football Academy With 170 Kids appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Nigeria registered its name at the podium of XXI Commonwealth Games by winning silver and bronze in women's 4X100m and 4X400m relays at Carrara Stadium, yesterday. In the 4400 metres, Nigeria finished second with a time of 3:25.29 behind Jamaica's 3:24.00 while Botswana came third finishing with 3:26.86. In the keenly contested final, England came []The post CWG: Team Nigeria Rakes In More Medals appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes admitted he fears Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, after his side were handed a Champions League semifinal against the holders in Friday's draw. Last year, Ronaldo scored a second-leg hat-trick as Real edged out Bayern in a thrilling quarterfinal after extra time. 'I hope Ronaldo does not have a good []The post CL Semifinal: Bayern Munich Boss Fears Ronaldo's Factor appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Olivier Giroud hopes to have kickstarted his Chelsea career after coming off the bench to inspire an eight-minute turnaround from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton on Saturday with his first Premier League goals for the club. The French international striker has largely struggled to make an impact since his deadline day move from []The post Giroud Kickstarts Chelsea Career With Southampton Fightback appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The executive vice chairman of National Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Dambatta, yesterday in Kano, accused the Nigerian youths for not exhibiting high sense of patriotism as well as being productive in their chosen endeavours. Dambatta, who was among prominent Nigerians that received Kano Heroes Award 2018, held in Coronation Hall, Government House, organised []The post NCC Boss Bags Kano Heroes Award, Tasks Youth On Patriotism appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Legal Adviser to Dredging Atlantic Limited/Westmintser Dredging and Marine (DAW), a multinational company, Mr Liborous Oshoma has urged the National Assembly to withdraw $44million contract awarded to Dredging International Services Limited (DISL) by the federal government. The company alleged that the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Ministry of Transportation and the Nigeria Ports Authority, have []The post Firm Accuses BPP, NPA Of Complicity In $44m Port Contract appeared first on Leadersh 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Bad news spreads like wildfire. A growing body of evidence illustrates the human tendency to prioritise negative over positive news content. But why is this' 'Humans may neurologically or physiologically predispose towards focusing on negative information because the potential costs of negative information far outweigh the potential benefits of positive information.' Professor Stuart Soroka. The []The post Buratai And The Human Side Of The Military appeared first on Leadership Nig 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Leadership is by far a game of performance than that of appearances as philosophers will have us believe. It is almost impossible for the dogged efforts of selfless leaders who have made it a duty to assuage the pains of the masses through viable policies and important projects to go unnoticed. Although, leaders need not []The post Gov Abubakar And The Vanguard's Award appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
A lot has changed in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State since 2015 elections which produced President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aminu Bello Masari. The recent mega rallies of both parties have disparaged the impression that 2019 polls would be a one horse race and portrayed a []The post 2019: PDP, APC Prepare For Show Down In Katsina appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Hajiya Fatima Mohammed is a Board of Trustees (BoT) member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). She was former national financial secretary of the defunct All Nigerian People's Party (ANPP). In this interview with CHIBUZO UKAIBE, she speaks on the significance of President Muhammadu Buhari's second term bid, his chances and what it portends for []The post Buhari's 2nd Term Will Consolidate Nigeria's Greatness ' Fatima appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Coleman Cables is a leading cable manufacturing company in Nigeria. TAIWO OMILANI in this interview with the managing director of Coleman Cables, Mr. George Onafowokan, examines the manufacturing sector, the challenges and what his company is doing on local content sourcing. The federal government has been harping on backward integration, how has that helped companies []The post Passion Is The Key Driver Of Cable Manufacturing ' Onafowokan appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
At the mention of scavenger, what readily comes to mind is the picture of a vulture or any other creature that feeds off dead organic matters or wastes. ISA BEST OMOREGBEJI writes that hungry women, mostly widows who can hardly put food on their table scavenge major markets in the Federal Capital Territory and its []The post Alaroro: Tales of Extreme Struggle For Survival By Scavenging Women appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Katsina State is home to about a dozen almost abandoned federal government funded power projects. With the return of some of the contractors to sites and a few others set to resume after long period of time, ANDY ASEMOTA examines the Katsina power infrastructure and their prospects. For many business people, traders, artisans and industrialists []The post Katsina Power Supply: Abandoned Projects Breathe Life appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
An engineer of about 40 years experience in Petrochemical engineering, Mr. ALFRED OKOIGUN, who was inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Engineering(NAE) as honourary fellow on Thursday in Lagos, is also the Founder/Group Managing Director of ARCO Group Plc. In this interview with ZAKA KHALIQ, he spoke on the need for the country to invest []The post Nigeria Must Prioritise Science And Technology To Grow Its Economy ' Okoigun appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Mr. Ademola Opetuga, a graduate of the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan, is the Chairman/Chief Executive of Scarlet and Snow Oil and Gas Limited, a company specializing in the sales and distribution of lubricants. He explains what prompted his journey into the world of lubricants distribution in this interview. OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU brings excerpts. How did []The post My Motivation Was To Carve A Niche For Myself ' Opetuga appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Former coordinator of the amnesty programme, Gen Paul Boroh in this interview with select journalist noted no amount of time, efforts and resources expended for Peace is too much and also spoke on his experience and efforts in sustaining peace in the Niger Delta. JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH presents the excerpts. How do you feel as a []The post No Amount Of Time, Efforts, Resources Expended For Peace Is Too Much ' Boroh appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Going by a recent statement from the NNPC, the groundbreaking of the AKK gas pipeline will take place in the days ahead. FESTUS OKOROMADU writes on the economic importance of the initiative. The management of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC) last week announced that plans has reached advanced stage for the historic groundbreaking of the []The post Expectations High As NNPC, Private Firms Flag Off New Pipeline Project appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
In this report, Chima Akwaja, who was in Kaduna looks at efforts being made by the state government, in partnership with MTN Foundation, to give women more access to maternal healthcare. The maxim that health is wealth has proven true for ages, especially because there is a strong connection between the development of a nation []The post As Kaduna Govt, MTNF Partner On Improved Maternal Healthcare appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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