NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday 3rd April, 2018.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Indications emerged yesterday that governors under the platform of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) have concluded plans to remove Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, as chairman of their forum. LEADERSHIP gathered reliably that majority of the governors have agreed among themselves to serve Okorocha quit notice, following what they described as highhandedness and overbearing attitude. A competent source close to the forum told our correspondent that the governors “resolved last night to remove him (Okorocha) as chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum because he has derailed as far as providing leadership and direction for the forum is concerned.” According to our source who did not want his name in print, the governors are not happy with Okorocha who they accused of using his influence as their chairman to mislead the ruling party, adding that his activities are also responsible for the internal wrangling within the party. He said Okorocha is also accused of undermining the integrity of the forum by engaging in unsolicited negotiations with other caucuses of the party without due consultation. Governor Okorocha, the source continued, also incurred the wrath of his colleagues for allegedly convening meetings without consulting them on issues to deliberate on. “The governors are also worried about Okorocha’s undemocratic tendencies, which according to them, threaten the nation’s democracy”, our source hinted, noting that members of
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the forum vowed last night “to put a stop to all of these”. Also, another source close to the party’s leadership hinted that Governor Rochas Okorocha’s troubles with his colleagues may not be unconnected to his role in the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC held in February, in which a one year extension for the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) was approved. The one-year extension was expected to commence on June 30, 2018 when the current tenure ended before President Muhammdu Buhari unexpectedly upturned the NEC decision penultimate Tuesday. LEADERSHIP learnt that while NEC members had agreed to extend the tenure of all elected and appointed officers of the party in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Governor Okoroacha and some others moved against it, a development which drew the ire of the majority that eventually carried the day. It was further learnt that the decision for the tenure extension was finally taken after a head count in which 104 NEC members supported the tenure extension for the Oyegun-led NWC and others as against four members who opposed the move. The source said those who were opposed to the extension included Governors Okorocha and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.     If the APC governors eventually remove Okorocha as their chairman, it would mark the end of his over four-year regime. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday implored Nigerians not to vote the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) in the forthcoming 2019 general election. Obasanjo said neither the apology being made by the major opposition party in the country nor the purported reforms being touted by the governing party should be accepted, just as he reiterated that both parties have failed the country. The former Nigerian leader who stated this when the ‘New Nigeria 2019 Group’ led by the conveners, Chima Anyaso and Moses Siasia visited him in Ogun State added that the way forward is for all hands to be on deck. He said, “You see, I have publicly said and I mean it that as a party, neither PDP nor APC can get us there as they have been. Never mind about reforms and apology and all that. “And yet we have to get there. I asked one of the foundation members of PDP, the PDP when we started, was it a grassroots party? He said it was an elitist party. Really, we have never had the so-called grassroots party. Even NEPU which we could say is the nearest was not grassroots enough. “And I believe strongly that we must have a strong popular grassroots movement to bring about the change, sustainability and stability that we need in our democracy and development. “I am happy to meet with you, but don’t take anything for granted. There will be a lot of work that we have to do. What those I call power addicts would want to do is to divide you based on gender, age,
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tribe, religion and region. You have one commonality – interest of Nigeria. And it doesn’t matter where you come from. We had that interest”. Obasanjo further noted that Nigeria at the moment has an ineffective government, which has made Nigerians victims and casualties in their own country. His words: “The truth is this: when you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims. And don’t let anybody deceive you. Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government. “As I said, stop giving excuses; we met challenges. If there are no challenges, then we wouldn’t need you to come. You come in because you know there are challenges and then giving us excuse that you have many challenges, that is why you haven’t achieved results. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
South African anti-apartheid activist, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is dead. She passed on yesterday after a protracted illness at the age of 81. A spokesman of the family, Victor Dlamini, said Winnie died peacefully surrounded by her family, following a long illness that had kept her in and out of hospital since the start of the year. A statement by Dlamini to this effect noted: “She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country.” “She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.” In her twilight years, Madikizela-Mandela had frequent run-ins with authority that further undermined her reputation as a fighter against the white-minority regime that ran Africa’s most advanced economy from 1948 to 1994. During her husband’s 27-year incarceration, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned tirelessly for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, suffering years of detention, banishment and arrest by the white authorities. She remained steadfast and unbowed throughout, emerging to punch the air triumphantly in the clenched-fist salute of black power as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Cape Town’s Victor Vester prison on Feb. 11, 1990. For husband and wife, it was a crowning moment that led four years
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later to the end of centuries of white domination when Mandela became South Africa’s first black president. For Madikizela-Mandela, the end of apartheid marked the start of a string of legal and political troubles that, accompanied by tales of her glamorous living, kept her in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Blamed for the killing of activist Stompie Seipei, who was found near her Soweto home with his throat cut, she was convicted in 1991 of kidnapping and assaulting the 14-year-old because he was suspected of being an informer. Her six-year jail term was reduced on appeal to a fine. She and Mandela separated in 1992 and her reputation slipped further when he sacked her from his cabinet in 1995 after allegations of corruption. The couple divorced a year later, after which she adopted the surname Madikizela-Mandela. 


Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Tax debate is a never-ending saga constantly subjected to emotional vituperation depending on which side of the divide one is. This debate has most recently brought to the front burner contending issues with respect to the newly introduced Voluntary Asset   and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) and the administration of Tax in Nigeria. Let me attempt an analysis of these issues. No doubt, Nigeria is blessed with abundance of natural and human resources. Nigeria has a population of about 186 million people. Of this number, about 77 million were employed as at 2015 according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Furthermore, as released by the Joint Tax Board (JTB), only about 10 million people, out of this number, are registered for personal income tax across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). These numbers just do not add up. How does one explain that 10 million people carry the tax burden that at least 77 million people are expected to share? This is 13 for the cost of 100. Little wonder oil revenues still account for about 70 per cent of government income, a reality that leaves the economy very vulnerable to fluctuations in the oil market. We believe this context above lends credence to the need for a reassessment of the government’s current approach to improving the country’s tax base through the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). VAIDS was introduced in 2017 to increase Nigeria’s tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio from six per cent to 15 per cent by 2020, broaden the Federal and State tax brackets, curb non-compliance with existing tax laws and discourage use of tax havens and prevent illicit financial flows and tax evasion. The scheme, has been lauded by many as a possible tool of improving tax compliance and government revenue. For a country with a six per cent tax to GDP ratio, it is ordinarily expected that this scheme would be in place for more than 9 months in order to increase tax compliance. VAIDS can be compared to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programme (OVDP), a similar scheme in the United States of America (USA), which was introduced in 2009 and would end in September, 2018. The OVDP was designed to allow taxpayers with unreported offshore assets to voluntarily resolve past tax and reporting non-compliance in exchange for amnesty on criminal prosecution and penalties. Whilst our VAIDS which ends on 31st March, 2018 would have only been in operation for nine months; the OVDP programme in the USA (with higher tax to GDP ratio compared to Nigeria) was designed to last for nine years! What a contrast in a system with high level of tax evasion and transparency issues. In scoping the scheme, the government has said it will target all individuals resident in Nigeria as well as companies operating in Nigeria. The scheme also has as its primary targets, multinational enterprises and high net-worth individuals (HNIs). We think this focus might be the

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Israel has cancelled plans to deport migrants en masse to Africa after reaching a deal with the United Nations refugee agency. More than 16,000 asylum seekers will instead be resettled in Western countries, including Canada, Italy and Germany, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The rest, more than 18,000 people, will be given permanent residency in []The post Israel Scraps African Migrant Deportation Plan appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nigeria, Sunday, assumed the one month rotational Chairmanship of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC). The Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the AU, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, takes over from Ambassador Zackariaou Maiga, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Niger, who held the Chairmanship for the month of March, 2018. Crucial in Nigeria's Chairmanship []The post Nigeria Assumes Chairmanship Of AU Security And Peace Council appeared first on Leadership 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away at 81 in the early hours of Monday. Her family said she suffered from a long illness and died peacefully. 'Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against Apartheid.' Analysts and opinion leaders described her life and times as a phenomenal generosity of spirit. She spoke []The post Winnie Mandela: The End Of An Era appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) has assured that it would provide a level playing ground for all presidential aspirants who want to contest the 2019 presidential election under the platform of the party, saying the future of the country is in the new political order which Nigerians want to establish in the next general elections. []The post 2019: DPC Promises Level Playing Ground For Presidential Aspirants appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The University of Lagos yesterday said it has concluded plans to hold the convocation ceremony that was earlier postponed, saying it will now take place from May 8 through May 11 this year. The Registrar of the ivory tower, Dr Taiwo Ipaye who disclosed this in Lagos said the week-long convocation ceremony for the 2016/2017 []The post UNILAG Set To Hold Convocation appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Dunamis International Gospel Centre Phase 4, Kubwa, Abuja has celebrated the Easter with the less privileged in Kubwa. The church shared the joy of Easter with patients at the Kubwa General Hospital, King's Care Hospital, Unity Clinic and Maternity, children at the Divine Wounds of Jesus Orphanage, Kubwa Divine Orphanage and detainees at Police Area []The post Dunamis Celebrates Easter With Less Privileged appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Rice farmers in Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi State have commended the federal government for its agricultural initiatives, especially the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). The rice farmers noted that under the programme, many farmers in the rural areas were able to access farm inputs easily, adding that the feat had led to an increase []The post Anchor Borrowers Programme: Rice Farmers Commend FG appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has concluded the training of 100 widows and youths in Gombe State on horticulture. In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, the beneficiaries drawn from Dukku/Nafada federal constituency of the state were trained under the constituency project of a member of the House of Representatives, Hajiya Aishatu Jibril Dukku and []The post FG Trains 100 Widows, Youth On Horticulture appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Workers, under the auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), have said they will no longer accept N18,000 as minimum wage when a Senator collects N13.5 million monthly, as a running cost. The National President of AUPCTRE), Comrade Benjamin Anthony, and its FCT Chapter Acting Chairman, Comrade []The post We Won't Accept N18,000 While Senator Takes N13.5m Monthly ' Labour appeared first on Leadership Nige 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL writes on the tension the recently released list of alleged treasury looters is generating in the polity Democracy according to former United States President, Abraham Lincoln is 'the government of the people, by the people, for the people'. Given its ability to ensure socio-political stability, and reflect the desires of the people, democracy []The post As APC, PDP Bicker Over 'Looters' List appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
An economist, Prof. Sheriffdeen Tella, on Monday advised Nigerians not to expect much from the nation's economy in the second quarter following continue delayed in the passage of 2018 budget. Tella, a Professor of Economics from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye in Ogun, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in []The post Delayed Budget: Economy Will Not Witness Meaningful Growth In Q2 ' Economist appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), says its investment in promoting local farming is yielding results as production of made-in-Nigeria fertiliser has presently hit 2.22 million metric tonnes. The managing director of NSIA, Mr Uche Orji in an interview on Monday in Abuja, said NSIA's investment was to make fertiliser affordable all year round to []The post Nigeria's Fertiliser Production Hits 2.22m Metric Tonnes ' NSIA appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Oil prices rose yesterday as U.S. drilling activity drops as well as by expectations that the United States could re-introduce sanctions against Iran. U.S. WTI crude futures were at $65.21 barrel up 27 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their previous settlement, while Brent crude futures sold for $69.71 per barrel, up 37 cents, or 0.55 []The post Brent Crude Oil Prices Rise To $69.71pb On Crashing US Drilling appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
A forum of Agricultural Input Suppliers on the federal government's Anchor Borrowers Programme from Sokoto State has petitioned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over non-payment of their contract sums. The forum in the petition signed by 15 agricultural input supplying firms said they were engaged in the first quarter of 2017 by the Project []The post Agric Input Suppliers Petition CBN Over Contract appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The minister of state environment, Ibrahim Jibril has disclosed that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) intercepted illegal wildlife pangolin and tusks worth N1.2billion from 15th February to 22nd March this year. Jibril stated this in Abuja at a one-day workshop on combating illegal wildlife trade and sensitisation on convention on international trade in endangered species []The post NCS Seizes N1.2bn Illegal Wildlife Tusks In One Month ' Jibril appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspap 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The United Nations deputy secretary-general, Mrs Amina Mohammed has pointed out that about 10.7 million people in the lake Chad Basin needed life-saving assistance. She also disclosed that the humanitarian situation in the region is worrisome. This is even as she revealed that 4.5 million people are currently food insecure across the Lake Chad basin []The post Lake Chad Basin: 10.7 million People Need Life-Saving Assistance ' Mohammed appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nigeria's leading ground handling company, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, nahco aviance, has again confirmed its leadership position in the industry by clinching the Airport Ground Handling Special Achievement Award at the 2017 Nigeria Aviation (NIGAV) Awards, held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, recently. Among the 44 categories of awards, nahco aviance was []The post NAHCO Bags Ground Handling Achievement Award appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity report released at the weekend revealed that 94 per cent of companies surveyed in the Middle East and Africa suffered cyberattack breaches and that 34 percent of breaches resulted in more than half of systems being impacted. The report, which identified the evolution of ransomware as one of the most []The post Cyberattack: 94% Of Companies In MEA Hacked In 2017 ' Cisco appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an Executive Order proclaiming telecoms services as critical national security and economic infrastructure as prescribed the Cybersecurity Act 2015. National chairman of ALTON, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo speaking with LEADERSHIP at the weekend said the telecom industry supports many []The post Telcos Seek President's Proclamation On Telecom Infrastructure appeared first on 


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Kanu To Run For 2019 Presidential Election
Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nigerian soccer legend Nwankwo Kanu has been inspired by Liberian icon George Weah's feat, by announcing his intention to run for President of Nigeria in 2019 general elections. Weah, who had a very successful football career in Europe, was elected President of Liberia in the 2017 election, defeating the incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai, and []The post Kanu To Run For 2019 Presidential Election appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
One of Europe's most enduring head-to-heads, Juventus and Real Madrid have delivered drama aplenty down the decades ' and meet again in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals Continental institutions who faced off in last season's UEFA Champions League final, Juventus and Real Madrid boast a combined 14 European Cups and an almost perfectly balanced record []The post Juventus, Madrid, Re-kindle Europe's Majesty Rivalries appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
A young Chelsea player is said to have held 'secret talks' with the Nigerian Football Federation over the possibility of changing his national alliance. All Nigeria Soccer claim that an unnamed British-born Chelsea player could feature for Nigeria in the near future. The player was said to hold talks at the team's hotel in London []The post Chelsea Youngster Holds Secret Talks With NFF, appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Four weeks ago, on a quiet Sunday in one of Britain's most beautiful cathedral cities, home to people of many different nationalities, including Nigerians, a father and daughter were struck down by the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War. Sergei and Yulia Skripal are still lying stricken []The post State Sponsored Poisoning In The UK: Why It Affects Us All appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
SAM DIALA examines the recent report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and highlights five takeaways from the Article IV Consultation with Nigeria. Salient issues critical to Nigeria's sustainable macroeconomic development have been raised in the recent report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) surveillance visit to the country. The visit, called Article IV Consultation, []The post Takeaways From IMF 2018 Article IV Consultation With Nigeria appeared first on Leadership Nigeria 
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