NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 16 May, 2017.


Wed, 16 May 2018
As the National Assembly prepares to pass the 2018 budget, there are indications that the Appropriation Act has been increased from the N8.612 proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari to N9.12 trillion. This, in effect, means that the National Assembly increased the proposed budget by over N500 billion. Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon Mutapha Dawaki, laid the committee’s report before the plenary. Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun, who presided over the plenary, directed members to pick copies of the report, nothing that the House would sit this afternoon to consider the budget. Lasun said: “From 8am tomorrow (today), members can pick up copies of the budget, and we will converge here tomorrow (today) and pass the budget. If we cannot finish it tomorrow, we will then come and conclude it on Thursday.” LEADERSHIP recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 7 last year presented the N8.612 trillion 2018 budget to the National Assembly, indicating a 15 per cent scale back on total deficit at N2.005 trillion, down from N2.36 trillion stated in 2017 budget. At a total expenditure estimate of N8.612 trillion, the deficit amounted to 1.77 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a 17.3 percentage point drop from 2.14 per cent deficit to the GDP stated in 2017 budget. Of the N8.612 trillion proposed for 2018, 30.8 per cent (or N2.652 trillion) of the aggregate expenditure (inclusive of capital in statutory transfers) was allocated to the capital budget. However, the National Assembly is set to pass a total sum of N9.12 trillion. Of this amount, N530.4 billion is for statutory transfers; N2.203 trillion is for debt service, out of which N190billion will go to Sinking Fund for maturing loans; N3,516 billion is for recurrent (non-debt) expenditure, while N2,869 trillion is earmarked for capital projects.

Wed, 16 May 2018
The division in the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) took a deeper crisis dimension yesterday, with the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led faction of the power bloc within the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) describing the Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led faction as noise makers. The Baraje-led nPDP also told President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the party that it would be at their own peril to ignore the letter containing their ultimatum for talks on the way forward. The group said they were yet to receive any information from either the presidency or the party in response to their letter. The splinter group disclosed that it will be meeting in the next few days to decide on the next line of action, which it said will be in the best interest of Nigeria and democracy in the country. Spokesman of the group, Comrade Timi Frank, who made the group’s position known while speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday, was reacting to Monday’s counter letter taken to the leadership of the party by the Senator Adamu-led faction of the nPDP. Frank said the Baraje-led faction was not surprised at the decision of Senator Adamu and his group to oppose their letter to the party, saying the Senator is known to have supported the late General Sani Abacha’s bid to succeed himself as well as former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s third term bid. He dismissed the existence of a faction within the group, saying over 95 per cent of members of the group have given their leader, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, the right to speak on their behalf. He added that Senator Abdullahi Adamu only joined them in the new PDP when it became obvious to him that they were merging with the APC. Reminding the party that the same steps being taken in APC to mend fences were taken by them while in the PDP, but were ignored, he stressed that the singular mistake of ignoring them was responsible for the exit of the Jonathan government and the coming into power of the APC. Frank said, “I want to use this opportunity to remind my party that this is same way we were trying to correct the wrongs of the Jonathan government while in the PDP, but they never listened to us. We told them why we were aggrieved. Our leaders moved round the states to talk to party members, to ask the government at that time to listen to our views, but at the end of the day, they refused. They ignored us and that is how we left. “When we left, we joined the APC and that was how today, we are enjoying this so called change agenda we are talking about. So, if today 95 per cent of us who came from the new PDP are aggrieved and they feel they are going to undermine us, or they are going to ignore our group, so be it. “But at the end of the day, we believe we are going to take a decision that will benefit the Nigerian people because we believe that democracy should be all inclusive. Democracy should not be a situation where when you speak the truth, you will be harassed or intimidated. “Today, everyone that is being harassed within the APC came from the new PDP. We have not seen anybody from the ACN or the CPC or the ANPP or the section of APGA that join us being intimidated or harassed. It is clear. So, we are not going to be intimidated.


Wed, 16 May 2018
Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska said yesterday that he would not seek a second term in a presidential election in 2019 to open room for a candidate not burdened by a political conflict that has deeply split the small central European country. Kiska pressured veteran Prime Minister Robert Fico to resign following the murder in February of an investigative journalist who had been covering high-level corruption. “I became involved in political conflicts that I saw as important in forming the spirit of our country… Some of my decisions left negative emotions in part of the society,” Kiska told reporters. “It will be better if people chose a president who will not carry the burden of conflicts I’ve been carrying,” he said. A former businessman and philanthropist with no prior political experience, Kiska has been a staunchly pro-western voice in Slovak politics and has often clashed with Fico’s Smer party, which has ruled the euro zone member state for most of the past decade.

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPKorea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Nigeria has signed a grant arrangement with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to provide five million US Dollars (USD 5 million) for the Project 'Fostering Resilience and Development of Basic Medical Capacity for Women and Girls in Borno State, Nigeria'. KOICA in a statement issued and made available []The post KOICA Signs $5M Grant Arrangement With UNFPA appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) linked with the violent attack and invasion of a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, last Friday. PDP further claimed that the failure of the APC-led federal government to act validates allegations that the []The post Rivers Court Attack: PDP Calls For Arrest, Prosecution Of APC Leaders appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe export initiative of federal government particularly on agricultural products has started yielding fruitful results as Tin Can Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service announced that 45,462 metric tonnes of export goods were exported through the port between January and March, this year Area Controller of the Command, Abdullahi Musa made this known []The post Customs Records 45,462MT Of Export In Q1 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe first phase of the Nigerian Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) Focus Labs has identified 165 projects spread over the six geo-political zones of the country with a total potential investment worth $22.5 billion and 513,981 jobs by 2020. The federal government also disclosed that out of this amount, $10.9 billion worth of private []The post FG's ERGP Focus Labs Identify $22.5bn Investment Opportunities appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPMinister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has lauded the management of Yola DisCo, for increase in revenue generation of the company by about 200 per cent. He made the commendation in Yola, in his remarks at the 27th power sector meeting held in Yola, the Adamawa state capital. 'The story of Yola DisCo []The post Fashola: Yola DisCo Epitomises Change In Power Generation appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe deputy governor in charge of operations in the Bank of Zambia Mr. Bwalya Ng'andu has called on African countries to have coordination system among government institutions that produce and store economic data. He made the call while speaking at a meeting that discussed how to address data gaps for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) economic []The post Experts Call For Better Coordination Of Data To Achieve SDGs appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe LEADERSHIP Wealth, an entrepreneurship and vocational skills training organisation, in partnership with the Sun Trust Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) to extend the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Youth Development Programme to the displaced people of the North East. At the MoU []The post LEADERSHIP Wealth, Sun Trust Bank Partner PCNI appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPBeyond fostering bilateral trade and direct investment between the two countries,MARK ITSIBORreports that the move by the Nigerian government to boost trade with China will also make trade between them less reliant on the US dollar For a country that is highly import dependent, finding cheaper or favorable channels to aid bilateral trade with her []The post CBN, China N720bn Currency Swap: What Benefit For Nigerian Economy' appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe International Olympic Committee IOC says it is satisfied with their inspection of the country's sporting facilities and infrastructure at the Abuja National Stadium and its environs. The leader of the delegation and Associate Director for the 2022 Youth Olympic Games Mr Antoine Goetschy made the remark when the 4-man delegation paid a courtesy call []The post IOC Delegation Concludes Maiden Inspection For 2022 Youth Olympics appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has inaugurated its new Media and Publicity Committee, while commending the calibre of individuals in the committee and their commitment to serve Nigerian Football. Speaking at the inauguration in Lagos on Monday, NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who stood in for the NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, []The post NFF Inaugurates Media And Publicity Committee appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPFrench tennis player Alize Cornet has escaped a possible ban for missing three doping tests, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) confirmed on Tuesday. One of Cornet's lawyers, Alexis Gramblat, had earlier told AFP that an independent tribunal 'found that on the third occasion, the tester had not made every reasonable effort to find her'. The []The post Cornet Escapes Ban For Test No-Shows appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPAtletico Madrid will take on Marseille in the highly anticipated final of the Europa League at the Stade de Lyon today Atletico will be looking to win their third Europa League trophy, while their French opposition will be hoping to claim their first. The pair do battle in Lyon with a coveted piece of silverware []The post Marseille, Atletico Madrid Clash In Europa Cup Final appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPSam Allardyce's reign as Everton manager is set to end after less than six months in charge at Goodison Park, according to widespread reports in England on Tuesday. Sky Sports reported the 63-year-old will be informed at a meeting with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as early as Wednesday that his services are no longer required []The post Allardyce Set For Axe As Everton Manager appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
LEADERSHIPFor the umpteenth time recently, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, engaged security agents in what turned out to be another violent clash in Central Area District of Abuja. Some of the protesters were arrested while some policemen sustained injuries. This followed a similar one on April 16 in []The post El-Zakzaky, A Ticking Time Bomb' appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
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