NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10TH APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 10th April, 2018.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his intention to run for a second term in office at the meeting of the All Progress Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC).
The NEC meeting, has also unanimously agreed on waivers for Chief John Oyegun led National Working Committee (NWC) and other executives of the party at all levels to re-contest their position if they so wish at congresses and convention.
Plateau state governor Simon Dalung, who briefed newsmen shortly after the closed door meeting, confirmed that President Buhari made the declaration while addressing the party´s NEC members.
Lalong said: “Everybody´s interest was considered in the report and it was a unanimous vote and adoption of the recommendations that were made. The president felt so happy and excited because of the unity in  the party, he will now consider and also accept the appeal by several members of the society, party and everybody that he will re-contest the 2019 election.
“He has accepted that he is going to contest again the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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While making his remarks earlier to the Governor Lalong led committee, President Buhari told the meeting that his position regarding the issue of tenure elongation was “to ensure that the party tows the part of unity, legality, cohesion and  not that of division.
“Therefore, I am stressing that we strengthen our internal democracy by organizing party congresses and convention where election of national executive committee members will be held. This will automatically end the cases filed by members seeking orders of court compiling the party to hold its congresses.
“I also believe that the current executives should be free to run for elective position in the party if they so wish and permitted by our party constitution.
“However, considering the provision of Article 30 Section 1 and Subsection 3 of our party constitution which requires any serving officer desirous seeking re-election to resign from office 30 days before the election, I’m not sure of the practicality of the present serving officers ability to meet this condition.
“Accordingly, the party may consider granting waivers to party executives at all levels so that they are not disenfranchised in participating in the elections provided this does not violate our rights or our rules.”
While calling for waivers for the serving officers of the party at all levels to seek reelection, the President said: “necessary waivers should also be extended to executives at the ward level whose tenures May have elapsed and indeed to anyone knocking on our doors from other parties.
“This gives credence to the right to freedom of association guaranteed by the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended. In this circumstance, the party should issue a statement on the above waivers so that our house maybe full. We all must not be ignorant of the tomes and the journey that is ahead of us.
“Just like our party symbols the broom, we stand by strength in unity. Let us try to be united in party, victory is sure by the grace of God. And together, we must continue to to sanitize Nigeria’s Political environment.”
In his welcome address, APC National Chairman Chief John Oyegun, who lamented that the insinuations surrounding tenure elongation controversy caused him media attacks, added that “responsibility imposed on him by his position demanded that he rise above personal pains.
“I will like to urge everyone else to remember that regardless of our ambitions and personal interests, the party is greater than all of us.”


Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Over 500 youths belonging to different cult groups have renounced their membership in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. 

These  groups have allegedly been  involved in violent crimes in the state.

The event, which was organised by the State Security outfit known as Bayelsa Volunteers and headed by Comrade Douye Koroye is part of the efforts of the State Government to give a second chance to members of cult groups to renounce and avoid lengthy jail terms if arrested.

Comrade Koroye explained that the Bayelsa Volunteers with the assistance of the State Government decided that the only proper way is to give youths a second chance at peace and proper lifestyle.,”nobody will victimise anybody. We are here to renounce cultism and do the right thing. “

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The process of renunciation was witnessed by the Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Akpe, the Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Oil and Gas/Bayelsa Volunteer, Hon.Bonny Ayah, the Special Adviser on Scholarship and Hon. Jeremiah Owoupele, the State Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee,  Engr. Igofo-Enieni Samson,  the Chairman of the Ijaw Youths Council (central zone), Comrade Tari Porri.

Hon. Peter Akpe, who is the leader of the State House of Assembly explained that the decision by the State Assembly and the Governor Seriake Dickson administration to pass the Bill amending the 2012 anti-cuktism law was based on the need to strengthen the police to arrest and prosecute suspected cultists.

According to Akpe,  ” nobody is interested in killing any repentant youths of the State. As you denounce, it end your era of shame and evil. Cultism will not take you anywhere. Cultism is for the weak minded youths. Anything you take by shedding blood will be taken from you by shedding your blood. “


Tue, 10 Apr 2018
AIICO Insurance has released financial scorecards for financial year ended December 31, 2017, showing a profit after tax of N1.283 billion. The result showed that the profit down by 87 per cent compared with N10.893 billion reported in the preceding year, bringing other comprehensive profit to N1.122 billion from N10.893 billion in the preceding year. The company posted profit before Read MoreThe post AIICO Insurance records profit of N1.283 bn appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The board of Eterna Plc has presented its audited financials result for the year ended December 31, 2017, showing growth of 61.88 per cent. The result submitted at the Nigerian Stock Exchange showed that the company revenue for the period rose by 61.88 per cent to N173.03 billion from N106.887 billion reported in the preceding year. The cost of sales Read MoreThe post Eterna Plc records revenue of N173.03bn .Pays dividend of 40 kobo appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Investment in the nations equity market last week closed in a negative trend, shedding N239 billion. Specifi cally, market capitalisation of listed equities declined by 1.60 per cent to N14.753 trillion from N14.992 trillion traded the previous week. Also, The Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index declined by 663.77 basis points to 40841.14 from 41504.51 points, Similarly, all other indices Read MoreThe post Investors wealth increase by N239bn appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Benin City The Chairman of Etsako Central Local Government Area in Edo State Comrade John Osi Akhigbe has budgeted the sum of N3.4bn for the year 2018. Akhigbe, who presented the estimate before the legislative arm said the document was prepared along the policy thrust of the state government with sustained commitment to infrastructural development in primary education and improved Read MoreThe post Edo council presents N3.4bn appropriation bill appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Some Nigerian banks failed to submit their audited reports for the 2017 financial year, missing the deadline given by the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE. The banks, listed on the NSE, in their various disclosures gave different reasons for the delays in the submission. The NSE had announced March 31 as the deadline for fi ling of the reports. Many of Read MoreThe post First Bank, Union Bank others fail to meet NSE deadline on 2017 audited reports appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
After six yeas, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has finally updated its financial statement which had remained unaudited since 2011. The present management inherited a total of 65 unaudited financial statements for NNPC group corporate and its subsidiaries covering 2011'2014. In a statement by NNPC Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, and made available to journalists on Sunday, the audited backlog has Read MoreThe post NNPC management inherited 65 unaudited financial statements appe 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
In law, homicide is not a crime when committed in self-defence. This law derives its legitimacy from the natural reaction of man to fight back when attacked. It does not really matter if the attacker is doing so from a position of superior strength, bearing gun, sword and spear. Self-preservation, as we all know, is the first law of survival. Read MoreThe post The inevitability of self-defence appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
IITA-managed Cassava Weed Management Project in collaboration with the Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Seed System for Cassava (BASICS) and Catholic Relief Services, have trained 35 extension service providers drawn from diff erent local government areas of Benue state on weed management in cassava farming systems. A statement signed by the Communication & Knowledge Exchange Expert Godwin Atser, recently said Read MoreThe post IITA cassava weed management project trains 35 ex 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, ON THE REPORT SUBMITTED BY THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE 9TH APRIL, 2018 I am delighted to welcome you all to this very important meeting in the affairs of our party and our country. I want to specifically thank members of the Technical Committee for a Read MoreThe post Buhari gives reasons for granting Oyegun, other APC executives soft landing appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The FAO Food Price Index rose in March, driven by robust increases in grains and dairy prices. In March, the Index averaged 172.8 points, 1.1 percent higher than in February and 0.7 percent above its value a year earlier. Declines in price quotations for sugar and most vegetable oils were more than off set by increases for maize, wheat and Read MoreThe post Wheat, maize prices top FAO food price Index appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Nigeria's effort to be self-sufficient in rice production and also guarantee food security seems to be yielding result, JOHN OBA writes Reeling out achievement Recently, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in Lagos at a media briefing, raised some dust when he reiterated the federal government's commitment to achieving self-sufficiency in rice production by 2020. The Minister at Read MoreThe post Nigeria's strides to self-sufficiency in rice production appeared 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
First City Monument Bank has entered into partnership with Etihad Airways to make transport fare more affordable to its customers. With the current relationship, Customers of First City Monument Bank Limited (FCMB) who plan to travel abroad for personal or business purposes would now have opportunity to do so at very affordable fares. The partnership also offers discounted; highly affordable Read MoreThe post FCMB partners Etihad Airways appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), Professor Chris Onalo, has called on public institutions, corporate organisations and individuals to honour their credit obligations end of this month. Onalo who expressed worry over increasing level of unremitted credit obligations in the system said it was important to remind businesses and individuals obligated to one another to Read MoreThe post ICA boss goes against credit default, launches Pay Your Bills C 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
An economists has projected that the nations infl ation rate will declined further to 13. 8 per cent within the year. Managing Director Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Bismarck Rewane who made this projection at LBS Breakfast session said it is expected to have increase in government spending this year. He said that the nations currency expected to remain at the Read MoreThe post Inflation rate will decline further to 13.8 per cent ' FDC appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The duo of Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke on Sunday gave Nigeria a glimmer hope that the country may not be returning empty handed from the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia as bothathletes will be vying for medals in the men's 100m final holding today. To make the podium, however, the two Nigerian sprinters will have to beat Read MoreThe post Ogunlewe, Adegoke vie for 100m medals at Commonwealth Games appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon has joined the Nigerian community in Queensland Australia to wish Team Nigeria a good outing in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. At a reception held for the Nigerian contingent, Gen Gowon who is also the Head of the Nigerian delegation to Australia said it is a privilege to meet a large Read MoreThe post Gowon, Nigerian Community, wish Team Nigeria successful outing appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
It has been reported that a major pay strike was averted before the Super Falcons scandalous 8-0 spanking by hosts France and in the end the players were each paid a paltry $100. Top sources informed SCORENigeria that Nigeria were again only saved an international scandal when on the eve of the friendly in Le Mans the Falcons demanded for Read MoreThe post Falcons got $100 each before scandalous 8-0 loss to France appeared first on Blueprint. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The World Cup bound Super Eagles will now play a farewell match against DR Congo on their way to the World Cup in Port Harcourt on May 27. Abuja and Uyo were the two venues previously considered to stage this match. However, the Abuja National Stadium pitch is not playable with sports minister Solomon Dalung at a time requesting for Read MoreThe post Super Eagles to host DR Congo in Port Harcourt appeared first on Blueprint. 

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