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Democracy Day: Jonathan receives Made-in-Nigeria vehicles

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M. Gulloma President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday received three made in Nigeria Nissan Patrol SUV, Nissan Almera (Sunny) saloon car and a Nissan NP 300 pick-up as part of activities to commemorate the nation’s Democracy Day. The vehicles were presented to the president at the International Conference Centre by the chairman of Stallion Group, Mr. Sunil Vaswani. Vaswani said the Read More

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Value of Nigeria’s consumer market to hit US$1.4trln by 2030 – Report

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Value of Nigeria’s consumer market could reach US$1.4 trillion by 2030, from the current yearly figure of about US$400 billion, a report by Mckinsey Global Institute (MGI) said yesterday. MGI is a global business and economics research monitor focusing on developing deeper understanding of the evolving global economy, and providing leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors with the Read More

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Chibok schoolgirls and the swap dilemma

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Clem Oluwole The federal government is presently caught on the horns of a dilemma over the bid to rescue the abducted students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, who have been in the captivity of the ruthless Boko Haram terrorists since April 14, this year. It is needless boring you with the build-ups to the sorry situation we have found Read More

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WaterAid lauds UN’s call to end open defecation

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

WaterAid Nigeria has welcomed a new UN campaign championed by UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson to end the practice of open defecation. The organisation’s communications and campaigns manager, Oluseyi Abdulmalik, said yesterday that where there is open defecation, pathogens spread quickly, causing diarrhea, cholera, bilharzia and other diseases. He also averred that over one billion people around the world Read More

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FG bemoan environmental impact of gas flaring

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The federal government has urged oil companies operating in the country to see gas flaring as a global challenge that alters the environment and consequently the ecosystem to advocate the impact of climate change and importance of sustainable living. Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam, made the call in Cancun, Mexico, where she is presently participating in the Global Environment Read More

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Private varsities are hardly recognised — Adeyewa

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

During the recent launch of Africa Centres of Excellence that was hosted by the National Universities Commission in Abuja, Blueprint cornered the Vice Chancellor of Redeemers University, Prof.  Debo Adeyewa, on issues concerning private universities and Nigeria’s education. How do you feel about your school’s selection as one of the Centres of Excellence? First and foremost, we need to thank Read More

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Tiwa Savage releases extremely racy video

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

What will Nigerian Broadcasting Commission do? Tiwa Savage’s popular track, “Wanted,” featured on the “Once Upon a Time” album now has a spanking new video. The racy video, directed by Moe Musa, is guaranteed to put your imagination and senses into a tailspin. Tiwa Savage, whom many in the past have accused of acting too provocative in her performances, has Read More

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Court remands labourer for ‘stealing’ cell phone

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

An Upper Area Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, has remanded a 22-year old labourer,  Ezekiel Orlyyam, in prison for allegedly stealing a cell phone. Orlyyam, who resides at Passo in Gwagwalada, was arraigned on a four-count charge of criminal trespass, house breaking, theft and escaping from lawful custody. The judge, Alhaji Alhassan Kusherki, gave the order for his remand when Orlyyam Read More

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Presidency confirms location of Chibok girls

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

 Ameh Ejekwonyilo The Presidency yesterday confirmed that the location of the abducted Chibok School girls by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists group has been discovered by the Nigerian military. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, made the confirmation yesterday in a special interview with the Cable News Network, (CNN), adding that as an insider Read More

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MSSN at 60: The journey so far

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Muslim students’ society of Nigeria MSSN which is the apex body representing the interest of Muslims studying in all formal and non-formal education settings in Nigeria was founded on 18th April 1954 in response to the yearning of Muslim Students for a platform to discuss and find solutions to their common problems and challenges especially in the face of Read More

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Stop attacking Jonathan, AMAC chair tells opposition

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), FCT chapter, Hon. Micah Jiba, has commended the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government over what he described as “a feasible performance” through his transformation agenda, and called on opposition parties to stop attacking him. T he ALGON chairman, who also the chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), gave this commendation during his Read More

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Jigawa NIS repatriates 99 illegal immigrants

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Bayo Alabira Jigawa state command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has arrested hundreds and repatriated 99 illegal immigrants. Speaking to reporters at the state command headquarters yesterday in Dutse, the state capital, the Comptroller, Alhaji Idri Isa Jere, said the exercise was conducted silently in order to avoid rancour. He said the illegal immigrants were mostly arrested around Babura Read More

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President Jonathan and anti-corruption war

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Mohammed Alhassan By any method of measurement, the war against corruption which used to be a sing- song under the former administrations of both President Olusegun Obasanjo and late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, has been abandoned. The sing- song under the incumbent PDP President is transformation of the country though the utterances of the incumbent and his body language mean Read More

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Does she have the most beautiful face in Nigeria?

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

With the influx of beauty pageants, what won’t we see? From Miss Hot Legs, to Miss Bum Bum, Miss Skinny to Miss Fat and Beautiful; new pageants are being introduced nowadays faster than you can imagine. Rita Ijeoma Onyemachi has been crowned the lady with the most beautiful face in Nigeria. She beat 32 other contestants to emerge the winner Read More

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Plans to set up Nigerian Business Council underway

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

A group of 31 topline industry captains in Nigeria, led by the managing director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), have agreed to set up a council for sustainable development which will be affiliated to the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The CEOs, who met during a roundtable called in Lagos early in the Read More

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While searching for our Chibok girls

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

While we are still praying and busy searching for our Chibok girls, we should not leave our rear completely exposed and unguarded. This is evidenced in the deadly bomb – attacks that rocked the cities of Kano and Jos respectively within a week when the attention of our security forces and their foreign allies were drawn and focused on the Read More

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NEITI worries over non implementation of its findings

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has said its major challenge lies on addressing the findings and recommendations contained in its independent audit report in the oil and gas industry. At a roundtable convened by NEITI to harmonise key issues contained in it audit reports in the oil and gas sector, the chairman of board, Ledum Mitee, complained about Read More

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No reason for Democracy Day celebrations – Tsav, APC

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Kula Tersoo The All Progressives Congress (APC), Benue state chapter, has urged the people of the state to ignore any call from any quarters for the celebration of this year’s Democracy Day. They insisted that there was virtually nothing to celebrate after 15 years of uninterrupted democracy, adding that a good government would have used the period to make the Read More

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Boko Haram: Call to prayer

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The bane of Nigeria problems is the inability to make realistic appraisal and evaluation of her socio-economic vices. By analysis, Boko Haram insurgence is peculiar to the North; communal clash is of the North-central; pipeline vandalization is of the South-south while kidnapping is endemic in the South-south and South-west of Nigeria. Armed robbery and raping are common and general to Read More

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I don’t need AGN’s presidency to be relevant – Clarion Chukwurah

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 1

Veteran actress Clarion Chukwurah has been in the news lately over her disagreement with the current president of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Ibinabo Fiberesima. In an interview with MORAKINYO OLUGBIJI, Chukwurah who won the award for Best Actress of 2014 at the just concluded AMAA ceremony in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, explains the issues with Fiberesima Is it true Read More

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‘Ahmed employed 10, 200 youths in 3 years’

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Umar Bayo Abdulwahab The administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had so far provided jobs for 10,200 youths in various sectors within the last three years. Similarly, the government is to engage an additional 3000 by the end of the year. The governor said this yesterday at the official launch of the state government’s QuickWin Empowerment and Employment Scheme at Government Read More

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Despite our challenges democracy is way of life – Mark

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

President of the Senate, David Mark, has urged Nigerians not to despair despite the challenges associated with democracy “because it remains the best and acceptable form of government.” “Nigeria is still the hope of Africa. We must not despair. We must remain resolute because there will be light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. In a statement issued Read More

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Teachers demand release of abducted Chibok girls

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Union of Teachers has joined the world in the campaign calling for the immediate release of the abducted girls of government girl’s secondary school Chibok, Borno state. The union, in a protest  in Abuja made the call on the abductors and their collaborators to release the girls. The NUT FCT wing Chairman, Comrade Hassan Jibril, said the rally Read More

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Nigeria Communications Commission, wake up

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

During the tenure of former Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe, he used to bring together telecommunication service providers and customers (that is stakeholders), at least every quarter, to listen to public complaints over poor network connections, high call rates etc. At this forums, customers complaints were made known to service providers so they (service providers) Read More

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Navy hailed for checkmating economic saboteurs

May 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Raphael Ede The Centre for Education Reform Initiative (CREI), a non-governmental organisation, has lauded Nigerian Navy in her efforts to protect the economic interest of the nation by cracking down on oil theft and pipeline vandalism. The commendation was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the executive director of CREI, Hon Chinwe Ugwu, in Enugu. Ugwu said the Navy Read More