NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 MAY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday 22 May, 2018.

nPDP grievances are genuine, APC declares as Baraje denies defection plan
Tue, 22 May 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that all the grievances expressed by the leader of the defunct New People Democratic Party (nPDP) were genuine, adding that the party and the presidency will address the issues.
Leader of the dissent group, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje had earlier denied insinuations that they were planning to leave the ruling APC for an opposition party.
Recall that the Kawu Baraje-led nPDP had submitted a four page grievances letter two weeks ago, alleging that his members have been badly treated, sidelined and persecuted.
But speaking after a closed door meeting which lasted about an hour Monday at the national secretariat of APC, the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Sen. Shuaibu Lawal, who led other National Working Committee (NWC) members to the meeting said the party was taking up the disaffections seriously.
Sen. Shuaibu, who stood in for the National Chairman Chief John Oyegun, said: “We have not yet resolved. They wrote a letter to us, they are partymen, they have grievances, we looked at the letter, their grievances are genuine. And they requested a meeting within 7 days and before the seven days expired, I called them and they were not ready to come, they said we should shift the meeting till today, which we did.
“So, we are listening to them, we have listened to them and we are taking up their matter seriously, we will address it. We don’t ignore our people except if you don’t send your grievances to the party, but if you send, we will always address your grievances.”

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When asked whether he was satisfied with responses his group got from the closed meeting, Abubakar Baraje said: “So far so good, we have just started and when you start a race, you don’t say whether somebody wants to see you until you are getting to the middle or to the end. But it is a good start, it is a good beginning,” he sttated.
Continued, Baraje explained: “As you are aware that we requested that we wanted to see the party, and the party, very sensitive party, very responsible party, responded to our requests adequately and we think it is a very encouraging time.
“Since last week, they have gotten across to us but because of one logistics or the other, we couldn’t come until today. We begged the party to shift the day till today and today we have seen our party. We are party members, this office is our office, we have only come home to discuss those observations we copied you people when we wrote in our letter. The meeting was very beautiful.”
When asked to respond to the allegation raised by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu’s group, Baraje said he was not ready to respond to such issue because a member of his group had responded.
“I am not ready to do that because somebody had earlier responded to them adequately. I think the former Youth Leader of the defunct nPDP, Timi Frank, responded to them and once somebody has responded, there is no need beating around the bush.
“In any case, in any group, particularly political groups, you are bound to have a splinter while they splint is best known to them. As far as we are concerned, the group that sent me here, or sent us here are 95.9% intact.”
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Ebonyi governor asks aides to attack his Facebook critics
Tue, 22 May 2018
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has ordered his foot soldiers to attack those ‘painting his government black’ on Facebook. 
The Governor who has always said he has no Social media account reiterated that he would never join any  but asked his Senior Technical Assistant and Technical Assistant  (STA’s& TA’s) on Social media to do the job.
He gave the orders Monday at the executive council chambers of the government house Abakaliki when he received forum of STA’s and TA’s in a courtesy visit.
Umahi who said his reasons for employing about 500 youths was for them to get involved with the corridors of power further debunked the allegations that he was suspended from the People’s Democratic party.
“My first reason for appointing about 500 youths is to get young men into governance, the opportunity gets you to know what government is doing.
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People have come with different propaganda, they said I have fallen apart with Pius Anyim the former Secretary to the federal government, that we agreed I will be the governor for only for years.

They equally said I was suspended from PDP while I am the number four person in the party”.
Regarding this the governor added that he will employ one thousand persons on social media to join the STAs  and TAs to combat those attacking him on social media.
“STAs and TAs on social media should sit up, I’m going to employ more one thousand persons on social media, your appointment is for you to add value to what the state government is doing, I can not be here and be there. Attack anybody painting us black on Facebook”. he said.
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Group demands Buhari’s assent to #NotTooYoungToRun Bill
Tue, 22 May 2018
Members of the #NotTooYoungToRun Movement have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Movements Bill before him within the next eight days; in order for young Nigerians to start preparations for the 2019 general elections early. They made the appeal in Abuja Moday, during a media briefing organized by the Movement to sensitize members of the public on the Read MoreThe post Group demands Buharis assent to #NotTooYoungToRun Bill appeared first on Blueprint. 
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Inadequate transmission oyel to pump Nigeria’s Economy’, by Prince Charles Dickson
Tue, 22 May 2018
In recent months and as the General Elections draw nigh, President Buhari and his team has insisted that economic growth under his presidency ‘is better than it has been in many decades,’ it has equally stood by the old lines like a Trump that ‘the Economy is raging at an all-time high, and is set to get even better,’ and Read MoreThe post Inadequate transmission oyel to pump Nigeria’s Economy’, by Prince Charles Dickson appeared first on Blueprint. 
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Presidential aspirant promises ‘Economic’ restructuring
Tue, 22 May 2018
Presidential aspirant, Kingsley Moghalu, has promised to deliver ‘economic’ restructuring of Nigeria along the six geopolitical zones of the country, if elected in 2019. Speaking at his town hall meeting in Awka, Anambra State, Profesor Moghalu said restructuring the country along the geopolitical zones will deliver economy of scale in each zone and prosperity throughout the country. Moghalu, who was Read MoreThe post Presidential aspirant promises ‘Economic’ restructuring ap 
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UBA targets students with ‘UBA Learn
Tue, 22 May 2018
United Bank for Africa (UBA) has introduced a unique and innovative product, called ‘UBA Learn’ targeted at helping students achieve all round academic success. The Product, an online Learning Platform for students powered by Roducate, was launched with particular emphasis on helping students within the age range of 5-16years and 17-24 attain academic excellence, while ensuring that the parents and Read MoreThe post UBA targets students with ‘UBA Learn’ appeared first on Blue 
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Osun 2018: APC lifts ban on campaign, Deputy Speaker Lasun sprays money openly
Tue, 22 May 2018
Osun state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday, officially lifted ban on campaign by all governorship aspirants in the state. Immediately after the development, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yussuff, who is one of the aspirants, displayed financial muscle, spraying N500 notes while leaving the venue. Speaking at the party Secretariat along Gbongan road, Read MoreThe post Osun 2018: APC lifts ban on campaign, Deputy Speaker Lasun sprays money openly ap 
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Sterling Bank: Shareholders caution mgt on CBN guidelines contravention
Tue, 22 May 2018
Shareholders of Sterling Bank Plc have cautioned the board and Management of Bank to do everything possible to avoid contravention of the Central Bank of Nigeria rules and regulations. The Bank for the financial year ended December 31, 2017 paid a total of N8.03 million as fi nes and penalties for contravening certain CBNs guidelines and circulars. Speaking on behalf Read MoreThe post Sterling Bank: Shareholders caution mgt on CBN guidelines contravention appeared first on Blueprint. 
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FADAMA, NANT unlocking rural women’s agric potentials
Tue, 22 May 2018
The commencement of construction work on the cassava processing centre in Kwali Area Council is set to further unlock the potentials of rural women in the agric sector, JOHN OBA writes. It is said that once women are empowered, the country is empowered, this saying was brought into reality when the National Association of Nigeria Traders (NANT) women wing supported Read MoreThe post FADAMA, NANT unlocking rural women’s agric potentials appeared first on Blueprint. 
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NSE increases market investment with more asset classes
Tue, 22 May 2018
The Nigerian stock exchange (NSE), has said that it is working with some private equity firms to expand the number of asset classes, and the number of listed firms that will help give investors varieties to invest in. Executive Director at the NSE, Tinuade Awe disclosed this at the 9th annual Pan-Africa investor conference hosted by Renaissance Capital in Lagos Read MoreThe post NSE increases market investment with more asset classes appeared first on Blueprint. 
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World Bank: Economic mobility still low in developing countries
Tue, 22 May 2018
The World Bank has said that generations of poor people in developing countries are unable to ascend the economic ladder due to inequality of opportunity. In a report on economic mobility across generations around the world released recently, the Bank noted that economic mobility in the last 30 years has stalled. The report tracks economic mobility between parents and their Read MoreThe post World Bank: Economic mobility still low in developing countries appeared first on Blueprint. 
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ACFTA’ll boost intra-African trade ‘ AU chief
Tue, 22 May 2018
African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Amb. Kwesi Quartey, has said that boosting intraAfrican trade is the most effective way to bring growth and development to the continent. Amb. Quartey made the remark at the 51st Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Addis Ababa recently, noted that the Africa’s ability to trade with itself, as Read MoreThe post ACFTA’ll boost intra-African trade ‘ AU chief appeared first on Blueprint. 
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Mutual Assurance Q1 gross premium income hits N4.635bn
Tue, 22 May 2018
Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc has recorded gross premium income of N4.635 billion for the first quarter financial year ended March 31, 2018. The company result submitted at the Nigerian Stock Exchange showed an increase of N546.157 million or 13.56 per cent compared with N4.089 billion reported in the same period of 2017. The gross premium written which stood at N3.745 Read MoreThe post Mutual Assurance Q1 gross premium income hits N4.635bn appeared first on Blueprint. 
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Courteviller records N1.120bn revenue in 2017
Tue, 22 May 2018
Courtveller Business Solutions Plc has recorded revenue of N1.120 billion for the full year financial result ended December 31, 2017. The company result released at the Nigerian Stock Exchange showed that the revenue declined by N10.232 million or 0.90 per cent compared with N1.130 billion reported in the preceding year. The gross profi t also fell from N500.393 million to Read MoreThe post Courteviller records N1.120bn revenue in 2017 appeared first on Blueprint. 
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Investors lose N199bn in equity
Tue, 22 May 2018
Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) last week closed in down ward trend, shedding N199 billion. The NSE report for the week showed that market capitalisation of listed equities declined by 1.34 per cent to N14.660 trillion from N14.859 trillion recorded the previous week. Also ,All Share Index declined by 549.86 basis points to 40472.45 points Read MoreThe post Investors lose N199bn in equity appeared first on Blueprint. 
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Institute calls for improvement in budget implementation
Tue, 22 May 2018
African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage), has urged the federal government to improve the level of budget implementation. The Executive Director of Afri-Heritage, Prof. Ufo OkekeUzodike, who said this at the weekend in Enugu, added that Nigerians expected more from the annual budgets. He said many Nigerians were not happy with the low implementation of budgets that have been in trillions of Read MoreThe post Institute calls for improvement in budget implementation appeared first on Blueprint. 
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IMF makes case for increased private investment in SSA
Tue, 22 May 2018
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged Sub Saharan African countries to focus on fostering private investment with sound fiscal policies could help boost growth in the region. In it’s in country focus report, the global financial body insisted that increasing private investment is critical for the region to achieve sustainable strong growth over the medium term. Private investment in the Read MoreThe post IMF makes case for increased private investment in SSA appeared first on Blueprin 
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SMEDAN to hold SMEs clinic Tuesday
Tue, 22 May 2018
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN will host a Roundtable Meeting on the theme MSMEs Clinic in focus on Tuesday in Abuja. A statement from the Corporate Aff airs Unit of the Agency noted that the Roundtable Meeting will involve the Ahmadu Bello University Alumni Association Abuja Branch as well as the MSMEs stakeholders and the Read MoreThe post SMEDAN to hold SMEs clinic Tuesday appeared first on Blueprint. 
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Statistical Association urges Buhari to sign CISON Bill into law
Tue, 22 May 2018
The Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA) has again appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Chartered Institute of Statisticians of Nigeria (CISON) Bill into law. The bill has already been passed by the National Assembly more than three years ago, but has not been signed into law by the President. The First National Vice President of NSA, Dr Godday Ebuh, Read MoreThe post Statistical Association urges Buhari to sign CISON Bill into law appeared first on Blueprint. 
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Genocide, hegemony and power in Nigeria
Tue, 22 May 2018
Mailafi a BALLASON Gloria Mabeiam mabeiam335@yahoo.com 08028407332 (For texts) LAW & SOCIETY By Dr Obadiah Mailafi a The Italian Marxist political philosopher Antonio Gramsci was one of the most original thinkers of the twentieth century. I admire his freshness of approach and his critical spirit in approaching issues of domination and power in world politics. Gramsci invented the notion of Read MoreThe post Genocide, hegemony and power in Nigeria appeared first on Blueprint. 
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