NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 14 April, 2018.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Former Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Funds (PTDF) Oluwole Oluleye has joined the race for the governorship of Ekiti state, promising use the state’s agricultural potential to improve the well-being of its people.
He made the promise Friday in Abuja, while speaking with newsmen after picking his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat to contest the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election.
Oluwole, who is also a former Executive Secretary, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), said: “Ekiti is predominantly an agrarian state, we will utilise what is available in the state to get our economy growing. This is basically why I am on the race, the level of poverty I see in the state in the midst of plenty is totally unacceptable.
“And I firmly believe that I can change the situation within the shortest possible time; I will alleviate poverty through agriculture,” he said.
The aspirant said if elected as Ekiti next governor, he would ensure good governance and standard in all aspects.
He maintianed his administration would ensure good standard was set for the younger generation coming to emulate and to build on.

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He stressed that Ekiti at the moment, needed the best hand to govern it, adding that he has the experience and exposure to take it to the desired level of development.
“Ekiti need the best hands now to pilot it to where it should be, we should not leave in the midst of poverty at all, with the experience I have, both local and international, I will take the state to were it is suppose to be,” he said.
Already, about 20 aspirants had so far picked the forms to contest the election, among which where: the state´s immediate past governor, Dr Fayemi, Sen. Babafemi Ojodu and Victor Kolade.
Also in the race are: Opeyemi Bamidele and Dr Yaya Kolade. Screening of aspirants would take place from April 23 to April 25, while the screening appeal would be from April 26 to April 27.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Kaduna State House of Assembly member, Nuhu Shadalafi ya, has reiterated his commitment and support for students of Southern Kaduna in tertiary institutions. Shadalafi said this during an award presentation some students made to him at the Assembly Complex yesterday.

He said benefitting students would be selected from the College Education Gidan waya, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic Zaria, Kaduna State University and the College of Nursing Kafancha. According to him a good number of students would be selected to benefit from the support.

“Kagarko youths will have the opportunity to get employment because over one thousand of them will be engaged in next two months through Indian investors who are coming to invest on farming activities in the state “he said. He commended the state government for awarding over eleven projects in his constituency and laude his people for giving room for development to strive.

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He listed some of the projects to include 27 kilometres road, a day school turned to boarding school, Government Science Secondary School, renovation of all classrooms, Trailers and Tankers Park, electrification works and over 10 motorised boreholes.

He called on other local governments to give room for development to take place and allow development to strive, people should leave politic aside and face reality. Blueprint reports that the Southern Kaduna Youths and Students Forum presented an award to Mr Nuhu Shadalafi ya for his immense support and youth development in their area. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
A coalition of pro Biafran groups, including the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra United Liberation Front (BULF) have decided to stay away from the burial of late former Biafran General and elder statesman, Col. Joe Achuzia.

The coalition which consists of 24 pro Biafran groups said in a press statement issued in Enugu after its meeting that their decision was based on the position of the family of the late civil war veteran, in which they categorically banned Pro-Biafran groups from participating in the burial.

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The statement which was signed by Uchenna Madu, (MASSOB), Okechukwu Orji (EPC) and Eberechukwu Anigbogu (MOBIN) states the position of the coalition thus: “We Biafrans frown at such a reprehensible stance of the family and without fear of contradiction maintain that it’s a shame that such a position was taken in the burial of a great Biafran who lived all his life defending Biafra and Biafrans.

“We received with rude shock the position of the family and see it as a great insult to the collective intelligence of all Biafrans, especially war veterans and not just Biafrans, but every right thinking people in the world. It is an insult on late Achuzia who has also attended several Biafracentric burials in his lifetime and also wished to be buried as a Biafran.”

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
A retired director in Niger state Ministry of Environment, Sabo Yabagi, collapsed as the 6th prosecution witness under examination in the case of N2 billion money laundry instituted against the former governor of the state, Muazu Babangida Aliyu. The retired director, it was learnt, was on the witness box answering questions from the EFCC lead prosecutor when he suddenly began Read MoreThe post Ex-Gov Aliyu's trial: Witness collapses in court appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Last year, your group gave a controversial ultimatum to Igbos in the North, can you tell Nigerians what this group is actually all about' We took our time to study what the young man (Nnamdi Kanu) was doing because he was never consistent. Young not in terms of age, probably he's older than I am because I recalled he had Read MoreThe post 2019: Northern youths won't support any candidate above 60yrs ' Shettima appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Umar Saidu Isa fondly called The Dynamic Galvanizer is a poet, writer, blogger and a motivational speaker. He is also the CEO of Etsumar Poetry, an audio production and graphics presentation outfit. In this interview with ABDULHAFEEZ T. OYEWOLE, he speaks about his works and passion for a better Nigeria. What is your background and how did you come about Read MoreThe post Not all poets can be spoken-word artiste ' Isa appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
All is set for the return of the Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) Literary Festival from June 28-30, 2018 in Abuja. A statement by the forum's Public Relations Officer, Edith Yassin, the Festival is being re-launched to mark the 10th anniversary of the AWF which began its literary activities in June 2008. Ms Yassin said the festival will feature bookrama sessions Read MoreThe post AWF revives Abuja Literary Festival, to hold June 28 appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Eighty-nine entries are competing for the 2018 edition of the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited-sponsored Prize for Literature focused on Drama. The Company revealed this at a formal ceremony in Lagos to hand-over the entries to the Advisory Board of the Prize, chaired by Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo, signifying the beginning of the selection process. The process will culminate Read MoreThe post 89 writes jostle for NLNG $100,000 literature prize appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The National Library of Nigeria has said it is collaborating with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to promote readership campaign across the country. Prof. Lenrie Aina, National Librarian, said this during an inauguration of the Readership Promotion Campaign on Tuesday in Abuja. The theme for 2018 campaign is 'Sustaining Life Long Reading For Positive Change.' According to him, there Read MoreThe post National Library partners NYSC to promote reading culture appeared first on Bl 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state has thrown his weight behind the recent statement by a former Chief of Army Staff, Theophilus Danjuma, which accused the Army of colluding with armed bandits and a called for self- defence by citizens, NAN reports. It was gathered that Ishaku disclosed this when he hosted the probe panel set up by the Chief Read MoreThe post Self defense: We're behind Danjuma 'Taraba gov appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Representing Ekiti South at the National Assembly, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has challenged the incumbent governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, to stop intimidating aspirants and to allow the party to organize primary election. Olujimi, who stated this when she submitted her nomination form yesterday at the Read MoreThe post Dont intimidate me, Olujimi tells Fayose appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
A group of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in Niger Republic, where some civil society leaders are being harassed and detained by President Mahamadou Issoufou in the last three years. In a statement signed by 16 of the group, the CSOs said that President Buhari should intervene in the spirit of Read MoreThe post Civil society groups want Buhari to intervene in Niger Republic matter appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The Nigeria Police, yesterday said its officers and men have arrested 12 additional suspects in connection with the Offa bank robbery and multiple killing at a police station in Offa, Kwara state, on April 5, 2018. Giving an update to journalists on the investigation at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), ACP Jimoh Moshood, said the suspects Read MoreThe post Offa robbery: Police nab 12, recover victims' phones, others appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday ruled that former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Mohammed Bello Adoke, acted within the law and cannot be held liable for obeying a presidential directive in the resolution of the OPL 245 dispute with Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd. The court also held that Adoke acted on the orders of President Read MoreThe post Malabu: Court absolves Adoke of blame appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The Anka emirate council in Zamfara state has declared three-day mourning and directed the people to fast on those days to seek God's intervention over insecurity in the area. Gunmen on Wednesday attacked Kuru-Kuru and Jarkuka villages in the area, killing 26 people and injuring many. Two weeks earlier, no fewer than 30 people were killed in a similar attack Read MoreThe post Emirate orders 3-day fasting to stop Zamfara killings appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The Association of Nigerian Entrepreneurs, under the aegis of Nigerians in Diaspora, has condemned the attempt by those it described as '' hired foreigners' to chant anti-President Muhammadu Buhari songs in the United Kingdom. Chairman of the Association, Mr. Charles E Sylvester, who stated this in a statement emailed from London, said that Buharis declaration to contest the 2019 presidential Read MoreThe post 2019: Nigerians in Diaspora support Buhari appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
An economist, Mr. Bode Augusto has called on the federal government to sell some assets in the oil and gas sector to finance power infrastructure. Augusto, gave the advice in his keynote address at the 2018 Vanguard Economic Discourse yesterday in Lagos, maintained that money realised from the assets sales should be invested in the sector to improve the National Read MoreThe post Expert urges sale of some oil, gas assets to develop power sector appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said it collected N81.74 billion in the first quarter of 2018 compared to N77.43 billion collected in the same period of 2017. According to a statement from the Command's Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Nkeiruka Nwala, made available to newsmen, the command expressed optimism that with the roll-out of the Read MoreThe post NCS Apapa Command rakes N80bn revenue in Q1 appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Lagos state government said on Friday that it paid N9.3 billion as pension to 2,466 retirees in the state, between May 2017 and March 2018. State Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Dr Akintola Benson-Oke, said this at the 2018 press briefing to mark the present administration's three years in office. 'The state government, through the Lagos State Pension Commission Read MoreThe post Lagos pays N9.3bn as pension in 1 year appeared first on Blueprint. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO), Mrs. Patience Oniha, on Friday in Lagos disclosed that a total N400 billion securities have been released into the economy by the federal government to service its debt and improve liquidity. Oniha made the assertion at the 2nd Vanguard Economic Discourse tagged; 'Economy in Rebound: Pitfalls, Trajectories and Resetting, saying the fund was government's Read MoreThe post DMO injects N400bn into economy appeared first on Blueprint. 



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