Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 5th April, 2018.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of $1 billion for the procurement of security equipment to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast and unrest in some parts of the country.
The National Economic Council (NEC) had in 2017 approved the one billion dollars to be withdrawn sourced from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the fight against insurgency and other violent criminal activities across the country.
Minister of Defence, Mr. Mohammed Mansur Dan-Ali, who disclosed while briefing State House correspondents at the end of security meeting, said the President also ordered efforts to be intensified to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram insurgents.
“What I can add, after all that I have said is to inform you that of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval for the purchase of more equipment for the military, worth one billion dollars,’’ he said.
The minister said the security meeting extensively discussed “the current activities that affected most of the states of the federation like Taraba, Zamfara and other states.”
He said the meeting also reviewed the security situation in the country, saying that a Division of the Army had been established in Sokoto to further strengthen the security situation in the North-West region.
“This is a normal meeting of security agencies in the country. As usual, we discussed the current activities that affected most of the states in the federation like Taraba, Zamfara and other states.
“Well, as usual we have operationalised a Division in Sokoto, there will be a Brigade in Katsina and another Brigade in Zamfara that will take care of the security situation in that area.
“The strength of security personnel has increased including the Air Force additional quick response group, they have added enough manpower in that area,” he said.
He said military personnel are already combing some parts of Taraba state and some weapons have been recovered from civilians.
On the rescue of the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, from Boko Haram insurgents, the minister said: “Well, we are making all available efforts to see that the girl is returned safely.” 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Some governors elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Wednesday had a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, saying they would abide by the provisions of APC constitution and elect new officials.
The governors also dismissed media reports that there was disagreement between them and the President over the tenure elongation debacle.
Briefing State House correspondents, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state said all the 24 governors of the APC are on the same page with the President on the need to adhere to the provisions of the party’s constitution.
“Yesterday we left you in the dark after the meeting and today we have seen so many captions that there is disagreement between the governors over the issue of party Chairman or about the party leadership. No. We had a meeting with Mr. President yesterday (Tuesday), and we extended the meeting tonight and we followed up with the consultations with the President now.
“We consulted and all the 24 governors of the APC are in the same page with Mr President that we are going to respect our party constitution; we are going to respect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.
He said the governors have collectively agreed that there should be congresses at local, state and national levels, adding that a committee set up by the National Secretariat of the party headed by Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau would present its report.
“There is no deadlock in our meeting, we have progressed and very soon you will have the names of the convention committee members as well as the timetable,” he said.
Also speaking, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo said: “There is no crisis in the APC at all and we want to use this opportunity to advise the media operatives to stop spreading rumuors of crisis in APC. There is no single crisis in APC. But let me correct one impression, the issue of congress and convention does not mean that the previous people who have served the party have done badly.
“And it does not mean that they cannot come back or that they cannot re-contest, that is not it. We are simply saying that their tenure has ended and those who wish to re-contest can re-contest and can be elected into our party structure. So, we are all one as family and we are set to go for 2019 elections in victory.’’

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The controversy rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the tenure of Chief John Oyegun led National Working Committee (NWC) will now be subjected to another National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting by next week Monday.
The party, however, insisted that apart from the NEC, every other persons, including the APC governors, were expressing their opinions which is not binding on the party.
Addressing newsmen after a closed door meeting which lasted about two and half hours Wednesday with some governors, National Chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun, said the party has resolved to hold another NEC meeting next week Monday where report of the technical committee put in place will be presented and decision will be taken.
Earlier, some governors had met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa where they told newsmen that the forum had resolved to support the president’s position on tenure elongation.
But after the meeting at the party secretariat, Chief Oyegun said the report of the technical committee he set up will be placed before NEC on Monday, April 9, where appropriate decision will be taken.
“Today, the Governors and the National Working Committee of the party decided to sit and look at the issues that seemingly dividing us. I want to say to you with absolute satisfaction and pride that all the issues you have been commenting about in the last two days have been completely and totally resolved.
“We are back in business as one United and happy family. I want to say also that yesterday, we set up a technical committee as ordered by NEC. From the very first minute that we called them to section, they have worked non stop because I emphasized when I was inaugurating them that their report was time sensitive.
“It is sensitive because we have already sent out notices for the meeting of NEC which will hold on Monday. I am glad to say that the chairman of the technical committee has report d that his report will be ready will be ready this evening or tomorrow morning.
“This report will be placed before NEC on Monday, April 9 and appropriate decision will be taken. Thereafter, we will announce to you the further steps that we are going to take resulting from NEC consideration on the recommendations when we receive them.
“The bottom line is that the APC leadership is back as one happy United and focused party. Strongly behind our president and strongly behind our governors in all the states.”
Also speaking with newsmen, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said: “It is left for the NEC to decide and if the committee recommends that the position of NEC should be maintained then there would be no need for an elective convention and then the president and those who are concerned that the decision we have taken is correct or not will have more confidence in the position of the party.
“But if the committee recommends that congresses  should be held then NEC  will consider the report and at the same decide whether to reverse itself. However, as I speak with you there is evidence whether the Committee will recommend this way or the other way”

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Air Force has stated that it had deployed Special Forces to Zamfara state to curtail activities of armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the state. The deployment, according to NAF spokesperson, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, was as a result of recent attack by bandits on Bawan Daji community in Anka local government area of Zamfara state where Read MoreThe post Bandits: NAF deploys specials forces to Zamfara appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
An Islamic group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has criticised Nigerian lawmakers on their 'negative' role in the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari. The group, in a statement yesterday, said the lawmakers were responsible for the negative report on corruption in the country. MURIC's position is in response to a report by Premium Times detailing how senators and members of Read MoreThe post MURIC fl ays lawmakers for 'demanding' bribe from MDAs appea 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Nigeria, Rev Dr Chidi Okoroafor, has called on Christian leaders in Nigeria, particularly those working directly as clerics to shun materialism and give focus and priority to salvation, service and humility. The GS gave the counsel on Sunday while speaking at this year's Easter retreat of Abuja District of Assemblies of God Nigeria Read MoreThe post Okoroafor to AGN: Focus on salvation, service to humanity appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Global utility company ENGIE and offgrid energy leader Fenix International have agreed to ensure affordable power to every part of Africa. ENGIE and Fenix have ambitious targets to reach millions of households across Africa and this partnership will accelerate and expand Fenix's ability to scale off -grid energy and financial services. Fenix will gain access to ENGIE's supply chain, expertise, Read MoreThe post ENGIE & Fenix to ensure affordable power across Africa appeared first o 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has set December 2018 as deadline for electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to wind up existing metering contracts and begin alignment with its newly released Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulation. In a statement, the Commission disclosed that the MAP regulation will not over-ride existing metering contracts already entered into by distribution licensee, however, existing metering Read MoreThe post Metering: NERC sets December 2018 dea 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
An Australian listed, diversifed West African focused gold producer, developer and explorer, Perseus Mining has officially entered into production at one of its flagship operations. Perseus Mining officially declared commercial production at its Sissingue gold mine, located in the Cote d'lvoire. In an announcement, Perseus revealed that ramp-up operations at the gold mine had been completed ahead of schedule and Read MoreThe post Commercial production begins at Perseus Mining project appear 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has urged the federal government to re-evaluate the terms for accessing the solid minerals intervention fund. Disclosing this at a press conference, tagged: Unblocking Investment Opportunities in the Nigerian Solid Minerals Sector, the Chairman, Mining and Solid Minerals Group of the LCCI, Otunba Babatunde Alatise, said there is urgent need to re-evaluate Read MoreThe post Solid minerals intervention fund: LCCI calls for re-evaluation appeared fi 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Premium Steels & Mines Ltd., has declared that it would meet more than 50 percent of the domestic steel requirement of the country during the first phase of production. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the steel manufacturing facility, Prasanta Mishra, said this at the official commissioning of the steel and mining facility at Ovwian ' Aladja, Delta state, Read MoreThe post Premium Steel to meet 50% local needs appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Financial analysts have predicted that the nations inflationary rate will continued to trend downward in this current financial year. But they disagreed on whether it will remain on single digit or double digit before the end of the year. The FSDH research group said that the need to curb high inflation rate and maintain stability in the foreign exchange market Read MoreThe post Inflation rate will nosedive in 2018 ' Analysts appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The recent rains in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) seem to have kickstarted the 2018 farming season. Many farmers had been at a loss on how to get imputs; however, with the prompt intervention of the FCT FADAMA III Additional Financing Project, the farmers are now confident that this year's farming season will be a bumper one. JOHN OBA writes Read MoreThe post 2018 farming season: FADAMA empowers FCT farmers with inputs appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), have said they have no reservations against the five percent fuel levy in the harmonised Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) recently passed by the National Assembly. The harmonised version of the PIGB includes a five per cent fuel Read MoreThe post No reservation against 5% fuel levy in PIGB- NUPENG, PENGASSAN appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Dearth of investments in the oil industry, a report by London-based data and analytics company, GlobalData, has revealed. In its latest report, GlobalData stated that Nigeria accounts for $48.04 billion or over 24.8 percent of total capital expenditure, CAPEX, into upcoming projects in Africa over 2018 to 2025. Oil It explained that Nigeria has 24 announced and planned fields, stressing Read MoreThe post Nigeria to get 25% of $194bn upcoming oil, gas projects in Africa ' Report appeared fir 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Transactions on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday opened week in negative trend following the loses recorded by some capitalised companies. The NSE All share index declined by 648.87 basis point to 40855.64 from 41504.51 point recorded the previous day. Market capitalisation of listed equities depreciated by N234 billion Or 1.56 per cent to N14.758 trillion from N14.992 Read MoreThe post Equity market opens in downward trend, shedding N234 bn appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
An expert in the Nigeria's power sector, Mr. Adetunji Iromini, has charged the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to be super-eff ective in every responsibility bestowed on them for the power sector to thrive, a renewable energy expert has said. Iromini, who is the Chief Executive Officer, SolarCentric Technologies Limited, also noted that 'the power sector value chain is financed by Read MoreThe post Expert tasks DisCos on effectiveness appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
TOPE MUSOWO reports that deafening comments by Lagos residents have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari's official visit to Lagos state, last week While Governor Akinwumi Ambode and his party are still celebrating the 2- workiing visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos to commission the newly constructed ultra-modern Ikeja Bus Terminal and attend APC national leader's (Bola Amed Tinubu) birthday colloquium, Read MoreThe post Discordant tunes over Buhari's Lagos visit appeared 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
I accidentally met over 200 young male and female medical doctors, including consultants in Hawthorn Hotel, Abuja being interviewed by some Saudi Arabian officials to be employed to work in Saudi Arabia. 'At first, I thought it was a conference taking place in the hotel where I visited a guest. I saw an Arab gentleman addressing a mammoth crowd at Read MoreThe post Anxiety as Nigerian doctors leave country in droves appeared first on . 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Over the years, Nigeria has had confrontations and assaults of Boko Haram in which hundreds of people were killed and others displaced without means of livelihood. Thus, they become refugees living with the status of Internally Displaced Persons. MUSA M. BUBA reports on the extra-ordinary efforts by NERI in Yobe state to give the victims hope. Groups' Interventions The responsibility Read MoreThe post Yobe: Giving hope, succour to returning IDPs appeared first on . 
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