Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 9th April, 2018.
Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Kano state governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has said that plans have been concluded to turn the notorious Falgore forest, where kidnapping, cattle rustling and others were taking place into a military training ground.

The governor also said through empowerment to some children of real herdsmen and acquisition of modern security equipment for the security agents, kidnapping and cattle rustling were able to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crimes.
Speaking with newsmen at the weekend in Abuja, governor Ganduje said he appointed a committee that worked round the clock to ensure that all the cattle that were stolen are returned.
“Yes, when we came in, it was the hay days of Boko Haram and so, we had to work round the clock with security agents. I think what is important is the coordination among the security agencies. That helped a lot in improving the security situation.
“There was a good coordination among the security agencies and a good coordination with the communities and that brought out a lot of information from the communities. I am sure you heard that a lot of Boko Haram commanders were arrested in Kano because Kano was a good hiding place for them, as a mega city where you can easily blend among others.

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“With modern security gadgets, the security agents are able to fish them out. We are working hand in hand with the communities.
“Also, we have addressed the problem of cattle rustling and we discovered that the fulanis themselves were part of the problem because they were also snatching cattle from the brothers. We sat down with them and I was able to provide them with some empowerment. Since we entered into that agreement, we have not had any issue of cattle rustling in Kano.
“We have the Falgore forest which is as big as the sambissa forest. I told the President that I wanted the military to use the place for training and he agreed and I also met with the Chief of Army staff and he agreed and right now, the military are using the place for training. The state government will contribute to the development of some facilities in the forest to make it a permanent training ground.
“The issue of kidnapping has also reduced. We also are working with the security agents to enact a law setting up a neigbourhood security which will include all the stakeholders in other to maintain peace and stability in such areas.
“We have bought a number of vehicles for the security agents and hold constant security meeting to access the security situation in the state. We will continue to pray because sometimes, it is the issue of accident which you cannot avoid.”

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Chief Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, Coordinator of Ohanaeze Youth wing  in South South says the socio-cultural group is working to mobilise and sensitise Nigerians to support restructuring.

The Ohanaeze youth leader regretted that the patriotic task undertaken by the leadership of the group was being misunderstood as meddling into politics.
Arthur-Ugwa said on Sunday that the leadership of Onanaeze Ndigbo was united and committed to repositioning Igbos amongst other ethnic groups in a restructured Nigeria.

He dismissed comments credited to former members of Ohaneze youth Wing who claimed to be National leaders of the youth body claiming that President General of Ohanaeze was meddling into politics.

Reacting to allegations that Ohanaeze was becoming political, Arthur-Ugwa described the claim as baseless and false adding that those behind the allegations were bent of creating crisi where there is none.

He noted that the youth leaders who paraded themselves as National leaders of the youth wing of Ohanaeze were misleading the public.

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 “We were surprised that some defunct members of Ohanaeze Youth Wing issued a statement accusing the President General of meddling into 2019 Presidential elections.

 “To state the facts, the allegations are fabricated by expelled members of the youth group at the national level to attract public sympathy; there is no truth in the allegation.

“The President-General has been working at uniting Igbos all over the world and recently was in Bayelsa as part of his efforts in restructuring and repositioning Ndigbo in a restructured federation..

 “Nwodo also waded into leadership crisis in Ohaneze Ndigbo Bayelsa chapter, is this what they call politics?.
“The President-General categorically said that he was not interested in personal gains from the struggle for restructuring, so the allegation is a mere ploy by disgruntled persons parading themselves as Ohanaeze youth leaders.

 “The National Executives of Ohanaeze Youth Wing was dissolved by Ime-Obi  and National Executive Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in 2017 and we are getting set for elections later this month, so they are misleading the people.

 “The leadership at the state levels in the South East and South South condemn and dissociate ourselves from the statement and frown at the disrespect to our revered elders and leaders in Ohanaeze Ndigbo,our parent body.
“We urge the errant youths to refrain from using the media to discredit the organisation and show commitment towards building of a united front for Ndigbo,” Arthur-Ugwa said.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
As part of efforts by the Governor Seriake Dickson led government to bridge the skill and entrepreneurial gap among Bayelsa youths in the areas of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, and relevant craftsmanship towards enterprise development, the Bayelsastate government has concluded plans to train 300 youths in these areas. The training programme which would begin Tuesday is in partnership with Read MoreThe post Bayelsa to train 300 youths in ICT appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Ahead of Mondays National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a forum of Non-National Working Committee but NEC members have withdrawn their initial support for the controversial tenure elongation. The forum had earlier expressed support for the current NWC led by Chief John Oyegun to be given another 12 months tenure extension. But at a Read MoreThe post Non-NWC APC members dump Oyegun, backs Buharis re-election appeared first on Blueprint. 

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