NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 1st April, 2018.


Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The three senators from Kaduna state were driven by their personal frustration in rejecting the $350m World Bank loan sought by Kaduna state government, rather than the people’s right to better quality of life and infrastructure, the state government has said.

The Senate had on Thursday turned down the loan request, saying that with the current total debt profile of Kaduna state, any new borrowing will erode economic viability of the state, but the state government in its reaction said on Friday in Kaduna that no amount of blackmail, intimidation can stop it from obtaining the loan and ensuring that the state is moved forward.

Speaking through the State Commissioner for Finance, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, Kaduna state government said there was still hope of getting the World Bank loan because the processes are yet to be concluded at the National Assembly, as they would take it to a conference committee of equal number of senators and Representatives where the issue will be debated again and the outcome taken to the floors for each lawmaker to vote before finally accepting or rejecting the loan.

The Finance Commissioner added that apart from waiting for final leg of decision of the National Assembly, the State government, “will continue to lobby members of National Assembly.” To this end, he said no amount of intimidation and blackmail by lawmakers can dissuade the state government from accessing the loan for development.

According to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, the state government intend to use the loan, which has 10 years moratorium and pay back period of 40 years, to rehabilitate primary and secondary schools, build and equip hospitals and build roads across the state, adding that Kaduna state government is currently building N7 billion road network in Southern parts of the state.

“No amount of blackmail, intimidation, misrepresentation, no matter what they do, there is no going back for us as long as moving the State forward is concerned. What we are saying is that our ministry of finance and ministry of budget and planning appeared before the House of Representatives committee and the Senate committee over the loan, and they did very well in their presentations before the committees. The papers are available for anyone to see.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
There are increasing calls for the government to appoint a representative from the capital market into the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Operators of the market, who made the call opined that the capital market was not considered whenever MPC members met to take decisions.

They insisted that appointing a capital market representatives as a member of the board would make policies to be in tandem with the goals and aspirations of the capital market.

According to the Managing Director of Highcap Securities Limited, Imafidon Adonri, the interest of market operators will be on the table when there was a representative of capital market.

“In the past, certain policies have favored the money market and certain policies have tended to drive up interest rate in the economy which is unfriendly to the development and growth of the equities market and the real sector because the members of the MPC only look at the money market aspect where as the capital market person will look at the impact on the capital market, the real sector and advice accordingly.

“A lot of operators in the central bank only feel that their responsibility is for the money market and banking system but when we were going through a training in finance, we were told that that the CBN is at the apex of the financial system which means that the CBN has responsibility for every aspect of the financial system because both their actions and pronouncement affects every area of the financial system and the economy at large.

“So whenever they come up with policies or statements they should look at the sensitivity of the capital market to those statements a lot of policies and statements that come from them are inimical to the good performance of the capital market, which is unfortunate.”

Also speaking, Managing Director of Pivot Capital Limited, Dare Adejumo explained that a representative from the capital market should be in that committee because the market is the barometer of the entire economy.“Yes, it is not a bad idea. Our market is the barometer for gauging the economy so we need to be represented.”

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the China-World Bank Partnership Facility has struck a deal that would increase cross-border business relationship with Africa. The agreement which was struck at the 2018 Africa CEO Forum, will bring global financing and expertise to the continent to help build infrastructure, create jobs, and accelerate economic growth. The African CEO Forum is an annual Read MoreThe post IFC, CWPF, seek increased African cross-border partnership appeared first on 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) posted group revenue of N80.28 billion during its financial year ended Dec. 31, 2017. The revenue increased by 35.11 per cent From the N59.42 billion achieved in 2016. The company's results released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that the company's profit after tax increased to N10.61 billion from the loss after tax of Read MoreThe post Transcorp posts N80.28bn revenue in 2017 appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Ever since the Association of Nigerian Author (ANA) A-Book-A-Child nationwide project was flagged off in Benue during the association's 36th International Convention which held in Makurdi, Benue State in October, 2017, pleasing testimonies have been ricocheting from all corners across the country. A stakeholder in the promotion of literature in the country, who prefers anonymity, told this reporter that Read MoreThe post Testimonials from A-Book-A-Child literary campaign appeared first on 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN) is a multiple award-winning legal luminary and the Principal Director of Ghalib Chambers. In this interview with ABDULHAFEEZ T. OYEWOLE, he speaks on his partnership with ANA, his book: 'Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria: Issues, Problems and Solutions' as well as the role of legal practitioners and writers in bringing about national development. Could you give Read MoreThe post ANA going places, impacting on society 'Yusuf Ali appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Hannatu Bashir is one of the leading names in the Hausa movie industry, Kannywood. The 22-year-old actress who joined the industry 2012 has gone from an amateur actress to an A-grad artist. In this piece ALIYU ASKIRA examines her rise to fame and her new project depicting the life of the famous Queen Amina of Zazzau. Hannatu Bashir joined the Read MoreThe post Hannatu Bashir: Queen Amina of Kannywood appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Facebook PDP's apology and APC's lamentation As 2019 campaign train steams speedily to the station. Politicians are already in top gear, posturing and promising absurdities, to grab the electorate's attention and votes. So, three years after losing the presidency in 2015 and less than a year to the next general elections, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) turned up with a Read MoreThe post Social Media Buzz: PDP's apology and APC's lamentation appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
As if the policy somersaults and blunders of the government of the day are not bad enough, we have to contend with the dire prospects that on-the-field experts who would help bring the much-needed transformations of our communities are now the targets of kidnappers and other raving criminal bands. There were reports that North Korean road supervision engineers were Read MoreThe post Stop kidnapping of expatriate engineers appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
We all know sugar is not the healthiest product on the earth but often don't care about it. So here are a few eye-opening reasons why it is so harmful to your body. You'll definitely consider going on a sugar-free diet after going through these facts. 25. Weight gain Not only the fat in your food makes you overweight Read MoreThe post 25 harmful effects of sugar appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
United States (U.S.) Ambassador Staurt Symington on Wednesday joined prominent Nigerian singer, record producer and entrepreneur Innocent Idibia at the gala launch of a new TV drama series 'In Love and Ashes.' The eight-part series was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and addresses the impact of war and terrorism on everyday people's lives. The star-studded launch Read MoreThe post US supports TV drama 'In Love and Ashes appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Since the National Assembly re-ordered the sequence of elections last February, the action has generated more heat than light, culminating with President Muhammadu Buhari declining to sign the amended Electoral Act on March 3. Thereafter, law makers from both chambers of the National Assembly have been threatening to override the president's veto. In this interview, Mr Ezenwa Nwagu, the Read MoreThe post Sequence of elections: 'We 'll mobilise Nigerians against NASS' appeare 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Palestinians in Gaza have marched in their thousands to the Israel border at the start of a six-week-long protest. The Palestinian health ministry says at least five people have been killed and 350 wounded, many of them by Israeli gunfire. The Israeli military reported 'rioting' at six places and said it was 'firing towards main instigators'. Palestinians have pitched five Read MoreThe post Gaza-Israel border: Clashes 'leave five Palestinians dead and hundreds injured&#0 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
France has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria, where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January. Ankara is battling to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The French offer was swiftly dismissed by a Turkish presidential spokesman. Ibrahim Kalin said countries Read MoreThe post Syria war: France offers to mediate between Turkey and Kurds appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Vice chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Prof. Mohammed Akano Mainoma, had a chat with EMMANUEL OLOGUN on a number of issues. Here are the excerpts. Sir, NSUK has become a centre of attraction, overshadowing other universities in its environs. What is the magic' We are motivated by our staff . There is a lot of teamwork going and people Read MoreThe post 'We have expanded the scope of researches at NSUK' appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
A university lecturer, Prof. Samuel Iyase, of the Department of Mathematics, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state has underscored the importance of mathematics in the development of science education in the country. Iyase said the low level of investment and underdevelopment of mathematics and science education at the foundation level, were reasons for the wide gap in technology education in the Read MoreThe post Don underscores importance of mathematics appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Ambassador Eunice Odeghe is the President and Founder, Female Drivers Association of Nigeria (FEDAN). A graduate of Community Development from the Rivers State University, she ventured into professional driving against all odds. In this chat with ENE OSANG she speaks on her career as a driver, why she advocates for more women to take up challenging professions among other issues. Read MoreThe post Women should take up challenging professions 'Female driver appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Federal College of Education (FCE) Okene has matriculated 1,606 students into the institution with a charge on them to shun all forms of immoral behaviours and acts inimical to their studies. Addressing the new students at the matriculation of regular NCE 1 , 2017/2018 academic session, the Provost of the College, Dr Umar Hassan, said of the 1, 606 students Read MoreThe post FCE Okene matriculates 1,606 students appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
With a view to encouraging innovative enterprises among its youths, Nasarawa state government said it has built an incubation centre in the state. State Commissioner for Special Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Jonathan Ayuba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia that the centre was part of the state government's measures to nurture interested youths in innovative enterprises. Read MoreThe post Nasarawa builds incubation centre for youths appeared first on . 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Last Saturday, former Minister of Defence, retired Lt General Theophillus Yakubu Danjuma asked Nigerians to defend themselves over the spate of attacks that have been going on in the country as the military has colluded with the killers and it is no longer neutral. This statement has elicited a welter of interpretations. In this report, ABULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU reports on what Read MoreThe post Danjuma: Calling for self defence or anarchy' appeared first on . 
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