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Unity Bank grows 26% pre-tax profit

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Unity Bank Plc has recorded a 26% profit before tax in its Quarter 1 2014 financial statement compared to the same period in 2013. This is at the top of a list of positive trends disclosed by the Bank in its unaudited financial report of the quarter ended March 31, 2014 which was recently submitted to the Nigeria Stock Exchange Read More

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Senate to Jonathan: Declare war on insurgents

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Ezrel Tabiowo Ayodele Adegbuyi The Senate has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to declare war against terrorists in the country just as it condemned in strict terms the recent abduction of 234 secondary school girls in Chibok, Borno state, by men believed to be Boko Haram members. The Senate, in resolutions adopted yesterday sequel to a motion considered, also urged the Read More

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Nigeria can’t survive another 5 years of Jonathan – Nda-Isaiah

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 2

Samuel Aruwan An aspirant for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket ahead of the 2015 general elections, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, has stated that Nigeria cannot survive another five years under the Jonathan Administration. Nda-Isaiah, who spoke to select journalists in Kaduna yesterday, added that the “serial failures” of President Goodluck Jonathan have become so obvious that Nigerians must vote Read More

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N10bn jet: Court summons Reps over ‘restraining order’ on Diezani

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Ameh Ejekwonyilo A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Head of Legal Services of the House of Representatives to appear before it and show the purported order stopping the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts from probing the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, over the N10 billion jet scandal. The presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, gave Read More

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Confab committee may settle for modified-presidential system

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

There were indications yesterday that the National conference committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Governments may settle for a modified-presidential system of government, to replace the current system. The voice vote by delegates which passed a seventy per cent thump up on the new structure was however preceeded by a rigorous debate that pitched delegates on diverse positions on Read More

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Confab committee okays LG autonomy

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

 Says we won’t scrap LGs Bode Olagoke The Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government has said that its efforts to reposition the local government system at the ongoing National Conference will make it more autonomous and more effective. The committee also said at no time did it recommend the scrapping of the 774 local governments as it was Read More

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Mysterious pot causes panic at Benue Govt House

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Kula Tersoo Makurdi A mysterious pot yesterday caused panic amongst Benue Government House workers and visitors. The pot was seen where it was conspicuously kept at the Government House round-about in Makurdi; where it was gathered those who crept in to put it for whatsoever purpose must have done it late last night. The mysterious pot was sighted at Read More

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Gold mining: farmers choose death by lead poisoning over poverty

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 1

Unregulated mining in rural Northern Nigeria is causing blindness and paralysis among children and making adults infertile, yet the abject poverty of the Nigerian people will not let them vacate the death path.  Francis ADINOYI KADIRI reports. Flanked by fields of millet and groundnut, the Northern Nigerian outpost of Bagega is so far out on the periphery of the global Read More

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Land tussle: Jang sacks JUTH

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Plateau state government has given the management of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) seven days within which to quit its property located along Murtala Way in Jos North local government area of the state or be forcefully ejected out. The government’s letter to that effect was entitled: Seven Days Notice of Owner’s Intention to Take Over Possession of its property Read More

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Jonathan sacks Political Adviser, Gulak

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M. Gulloma President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser (Political), Alhaji Ahmed  Gulak, with immediate effect. This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati. No reason was given for the sudden sack of the erstwhile political adviser, but sources said Gulak was Read More

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F/Eagles tackle Ikare United

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigeria U-20 squad will continue their build-up to a 2015 AYC qualifier in Tanzania with another warm-up match against Ikare United of Ondo state today. The match will be played at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja from 7 am. The Flying Eagles have been putting finishing touches to their AYC qualifier against Tanzania slated for the weekend of May Read More

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S/Falcons take Lionesses for diner

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigeria Super Falcons yesterday defeated their Cameroonian counterparts 1 – 0 in an international friendly match played inside FIFA Goal Project, National Stadium Package B, Abuja. Asisat Oshoala got the only goal for Falcons in the 85th minute to put smiles in the faces of supporters who stormed the pitch to support the Super Falcons. “I am very happy to Read More

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Disaster Mgt: Understanding self-help, mutual-help, public-help

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 1

In Nigeria, in spite of continuous sensitisation that disaster management is everyone’s responsibilities, yet individuals and state governments still rely heavily on federal government as a sole responder. Given the global accelerating dreadful experiences from disasters, in 2011, Committee for Policy Planning on Disaster Management, Japan came up with such ideas to familiarize its people with personal, mutual and public Read More

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Reliving memory of Tsokwa, late Taraba speaker

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

STEPHEN OSU was at a recent ceremony where the late Speaker, Taraba House of Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, was immortalized for his commitment to the people’s welfare  Tsokwa’s stand for justice For the record, the immediate past Speaker, Taraba state House of Assembly, late Haruna Tsokwa was one man who stood for democracy, truth, fairness and justice. This, some people believed, Read More

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NFF denies fixing 2010 World Cup qualifiers

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has dismissed as ‘totally fallacious’, the claim by a self-confessed and convicted Singaporean match-fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal, that he helped Nigeria qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals in South Africa. In a statement in Abuja, the NFF declared that the entire claim by Perumal was nothing more than ‘distinct fiction’ and insisted that Read More

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Gowon, Chime hail Nigeria over guinea worm eradication

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Raphael Ede Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state have congratulated the nation on her recent certification as a Guinea worm-free country by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The duo spoke on Monday when the former Head of State paid visit to the Government House, Enugu, in his capacity as the president Read More

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Gwagwalada council boss promises youth empowerment

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Awaal Gata Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Abubakar Jibrin Giri, has said that his administration would create policies that would enhance youth development in the Council. Speaking yesterday at the flag-off ceremony of the Council’s 30th anniversary celebrations, which comes up in October, Giri said making the youth self-reliant, resourceful, industrious and creative was one of the focuses of his Read More

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Still on bad leadership

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Charles Ofoji [email protected] +23480-3311-1113 Nigeria is undoubtedly a sleeping gargantuan. It is a country endowed with all the trappings a nation needs to excel – abundance of natural and human resources – yet it is stuttering. There is a consensus that the only trouble plaguing the nation is preponderance of bad leadership. Nigeria is still waiting patiently for that right Read More

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Police teargas protesting ASUP, COEASU leaders

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Protesting members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) were yesterday tear-gassed by a detachment of the Nigerian Police, FCT command. The policemen lost their cool when the protesting unions refused to heed their warning not to head to the premises of the National Assembly in furtherance of their protest. Several Read More

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Kudos to FCT Minister over abolition of Park & Pay policy

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Northern Youth Advocacy for Excellence (NOYADE) exulting over the achievements of Senator Bala Mohammad as Minister of the FCT, is persuaded to openly commend him for his fairness, flexibility and respect for the rule of law as symbolized by his prompt and unreserved suspension of the park and pay policy of the FCT following last week’s judgement by Justice Read More

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North ‘ll drag Jonathan before ICC on genocide charges – Dalung

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 1

Barrister Solomon Dalung, a Jos based lawyer, is a prominent member of the Northern Elders Forum(NEF), human rights activist and defender of democracy and civil rule. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA in Jos, the former university lecturer speaks on the controversial plan of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest in 2015, the security challenges in the north the ongoing confab Read More

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Community laments neglect of FG’s skill acquisition centre

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Joseph Kingston Ikot Nakanda community in Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River state have cried out over what they described as “a deliberate attempt” to abandon the federal government’s skill acquisition centre, undertaken by the Ministry of Niger Delta. The Community Liaison Officer and Youth Leader, Comrade Effiong Effiom, who spoke on behalf of the community, said their hope Read More

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Politics of the Second Niger Bridge

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The news is everywhere that the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam, has just admitted that the Federal Government erred in commencing work on the construction of the Second Niger Bridge without consideration for the Environmental Impact Assessment Law. The Federal Government, according to her, failed to comply with the requirements of the EIA law in embarking on the project. Read More

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Nyako, Atiku clash over Adamawa APC congress

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz As the soul of All Progressives Congress (APC,) Adamawa state is set to be determined today, given the state congress of the party to elect State Working Committee (SWC),a fierce political battle has started as Governor Murtala Nyako’s camp and that of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were desperately wooing the delegates. Reports said some of the Read More

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Disaster mgt: Experts analyse 2014 rainfall predictions

April 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Adoyi M. Aba Abuja National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the analysis of the 2014 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions released by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) to determine its implications for disaster management. Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, who disclosed this in Abuja, according to a statement by a Press Officer in the Press Unit, Manzo Ezekiel, said Read More