NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH APRIL, 2018.]


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 6th April, 2018.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Senate yesterday expressed dissatisfaction with the implementation of the Federal Government’s N1.5 trillion National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) and described it as a failure.

It lamented that the programme has not made serious impact on Nigerians. Consequently, the Senate threatened to cut budgetary allocation for the scheme.

Funds for NSIP are captured under the Service Wide Vote for  the presidency.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Mohammed Danjuma Goje, made the threat when the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, appeared before the panel to provide clarification on proposed budget implementation.


The presidential aide told the committee that NSIP received N175 billion in 2016 and 2017 fiscal year.

“You may kindly recall that N500 billion was appropriated for the NSIP in 2017, out of which N100 billion was allocated for the Social Housing Scheme under the Federal Ministry of Finance. Out of the balance of N400 billion, only N90 billion was released to the NSIP for 2017.”

She also said that the programme received N85 billion in 2016. Goje, who stressed the importance of the programme, noted that by the end of three years, the NSIP would have handled an unprecedented sum of N1.5 trillion.

“Many people are complaining that they have not seen the impact of the programme, considering the magnitude of the funds involved. I am from Gombe State, I represent Gombe Central. I am yet to see one boy who came to tell me that he has benefited from your N500 billion.

“Many other Nigerians are saying the same thing. N500 billion for 36 states is about N13 billion. If you spend N13 billion in one year in Gombe State, there is no way I would not have known, other people will also know.

“If you spend N500 billion in one year in Nigeria, Nigerians will know. No single All Progressives Congress (APC) person in Gombe State has benefitted from your School Feeding Programme. No single person from Gombe State has benefitted from your N-Power. We don’t know about your N-Power. As far as many of us are concerned, we are completely dissatisfied with what you are doing.”

Goje also said that there was no indication that N100 billion was deducted from source for the social housing scheme by the Ministry of Finance. “Senate does not know about N100 billion going for housing scheme. The money is given to you for social investment.”

Mrs. Uwais insisted that “unfortunately, N100 billion is deducted at source for housing scheme by the Federal Ministry of Finance.”

The budget defence almost degenerated into a shouting match between the lawmakers and Uwais.

A member of the committee, Tayo Alasuadura, said they foresaw the problem at the beginning of the programme.

“Those of us who approve the budget, we don’t know what is happening. We should know what is happening in our constituencies.

“You have spent N85 billion this year. You spent N90 billion in the first year 2016 making it N175 billion. A programme that has been on for two years, and I don’t know what is happening. It is terrible. The governors you say are also complaining did not allocate money for this programme. We did.”

Alasuadura said that the programme should be scrapped if its implementation would continue to be a source of worry.
Goje intervened and insisted that his interest was for the programme to succeed “because I am also APC. We called you because you are handling big money. N500 billion is half a trillion. Unfortunately most Nigerians do not know what you are doing. Your publicity is zero. Most importantly, the people who are approving the money do not also know what you are doing.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Sacked Kogi State Police Commissioner Mr. Ali Janga was yesterday restored to his former position after meeting the seven-day ultimatum to re-arrest six suspects who escaped from custody in the Senator Dino Melaye’s case.

Janga, according to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, was able to meet the deadline after he was removed as commissioner and replaced with Mr. Sunday Ogbu.

It was learnt that influential figures in the state were averse to the idea of having a new commissioner and that there was no proper handover to Ogbu.


The suspects — including Kabiru Seidu (Osama) and Nuhu Salisu who reportedly named Senator Melaye as their gun supplier — had escaped from police custody in Lokoja on March 28, 2018.

The state’s Police Command’s spokesman, ASP William Aya, indicated yesterday that Janga returned to office on April 3 on the orders of the IGP.

His return to office barely one week after he was removed, raises questions as to how the commissioner was able to effect the arrest even when he was stripped of executive police powers.

Janga had announced that the six suspects had escaped from custody after declaring that they (the suspects) had confessed that Melaye was their gun supplier. He subsequently declared the senator wanted.

IGP Idris removed Janga as Commissioner of Police and named Ogbu as his replacement after the incident.

The police confirmed that all the six suspects that escaped from police custody on March 28 had been re-arrested alongside 13 others that aided them. They will be subsequently prosecuted.

According to Aya, those arrested are commercial tricycle operators that ferried the suspects to safety after their escape and owners of the houses where they slept after their escape.

He said that all the suspects would be charged to court after an investigation would have been concluded.

The 13 policemen that were on duty the day the suspects escaped have gone to the Force Headquarters for interrogation as directed by the IGP.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Managing Director BKG Exhibitions Limited, Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, has called on federal government to focus more on spare parts manufacturing in place of assembling... 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, organisers of the Food West Africa exhibitions, has concluded plans to holds the third edition of its yearly fair... 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Attempts by the Federal Government to tame importation of rice into Nigeria through the land borders may remain elusive, as indications have emerged... 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Managing Director BKG Exhibitions Limited, Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, has called on federal government to focus more on spare parts manufacturing in place of assembling... 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, organisers of the Food West Africa exhibitions, has concluded plans to holds the third edition of its yearly fair... 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Trading platform, OLX, will unveil a new, overhauled app, and replace its website and mobile site with a progressive web app (PWA), which is part of a global move to solidify its position. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The 18th edition of annual public lecture/luncheon of Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) Lagos Chapter slated for Sunday April 15... 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Al-Mu'minaat, the believing women organization, has enjoined Muslim women to get themselves busy with religious deeds, especially prayers, describing it as an excellent means of defeating Satan. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
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Fri, 06 Apr 2018
MAI-HAJJ, a non-governmental organisation has commended the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for extending the period of registration to the end of April, 2018. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
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