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Kogi govt plans clamp down on illegal schools

August 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state Governor, Captain Idris Wada, has warned operators of private schools in the state to brace up on quality, saying that government would soon clamp down on primary and secondary schools that did not meet the requisite requirements. He said over 400 private schools in the state were illegally established. The governor stated this in Read More

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Boko Haram: ‘Military caused monumental disaster in Borno’

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By Samuel Aruwan Kaduna The Senator representing Borno Central, Ahmed Zanna, yesterday said military offensive against Boko Haram brought monumental disaster to Borno state. Zanna, who stated this on BBC Hausa Section in an interview monitored in Kaduna, said the people of Gamboru and Ngala areas under Boko Haram control were in serious humanitarian crisis in need of food, water Read More

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Boko Haram’s weapons more sophisticated – IGP

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By Godwin Tyonongu Abuja Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, has confirmed that his men could not withstand the recent attacks on them at the Mobile Police training camp in Gwoza, Borno state, by the dreaded Boko Haram sect because the insurgents  carried  more sophisticated weapons. The police chief declared this while answering questions on a national TV saying Read More

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‘Nigeria can’t stand unless lawyers rule her’

August 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Chidiebere Iwuoha Owerri A legal practitioner from Abia state, Barrister Pius Emmanuel, has sounded it loud and clear that Nigeira cannot stand unless lawyers are given an opportunity to rule the country. Speaking from the ongoing 2014 Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Owerri, he said if a lawyer was given an opportunity he would look at Read More

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Enough of criminalization of Nasarawa legislators

August 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Rogers Edor Ochela Since Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state was exonerated by the probe panel set up by the State Chief Judge, Suleiman Dikko, his acolytes have been busy celebrating the victory and criminalizing the state legislators for merely carrying out their responsibilities in line with constitutional provisions. The situation has gotten so bad that no day passes Read More

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U.S. economy in Q2 growth, rebounds at 4.2 GDP rate – Report

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The U.S. economy rebounded more strongly than initially thought in the second quarter with more of the growth being driven by domestic demand and less by restocking by businesses. Gross domestic product expanded at a 4.2 percent annual rate instead of the previously reported 4.0 percent pace, the Commerce Department said yesterday, reflecting upward revisions to business spending and exports. Read More

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Surprise! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married

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Ladies and gentlemen, now introducing, Mr. and Mrs. Smith! Mr. and Mrs. Pitt! That’s right — at long last, Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have officially tied the knot. The duo commonly called Brangelina married during a private ceremony in the French village of Correns last Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported the couple Read More

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Kogi @ 23: Getting better under Wada

August 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abu Micheal Kogi State, otherwise known as the Confluence State, is a dream come true for a people that once formed the Kabba Province. Today, the boundaries of Kogi State are roughly coterminous with those of the old Kabba Province. Kogi State lies in the central part of Nigeria, within the North-central geo-political zone of the country. The state Read More

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Now that the confab is over…

August 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

With the submission of the 10,335-page report of the 2014 national conference to President Goodluck Jonathan by its chairman, Justice Idris kutigi (rtd) on Thursday, Nigerians now look up to how its report and recommendations will be handled. The constitution of the national conference by the Jonathan administration witnessed strong criticism in some quarters as successive administrations in the country Read More

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Maternal health challenge

August 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

Recently, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Ilorin, Abiodun Aboyeji, raised a serious alarm over the poor maternal health in the country. Statistics made available by him revealed that Nigeria loses an average of 40, 000 women annually to the health challenge. Speaking at the 150th inaugural lecture of the university entitled, “Pregnancy: The Burden of Read More

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The lynching of Nuhu Ribadu

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The Ribadu defection scandal, which has dominated our public discourse over the past two weeks, has generated heated debate, bitter and patronising, among Nigerians. Today, I yield this space to the commentary of one of my favourite public intellectuals and social entrepreneurs and author of “Revolution By Other Means: Challenges of Nigeria’s Emerging Generation”, Mr Chris Ngwodo: Nuhu Ribadu’s defection Read More

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2014 Hajj: Blame yourself if you miss flight – Minister

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By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, has said that pilgrims that ignored flight schedules would have themselves to blame. Akinjide said pilgrims’ failure to meet their flight schedules had been an annual experience, but that the 2014 airliner was a Saudi airline that would treat any such action only in Read More

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African countries must be transparent, accountable – Publisher

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By Jibrin Baba Ndace Abuja Publisher of African Leadership Magazine and a leading voice on social economic and political issues on Africa, Dr Ken Giami, has called on Africa countries to be more transparent and accountable on how business is done on the continent. Giami, whose magazine focuses on projecting Africa and Africans in a positive light to the rest Read More

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Game, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale and more unite for Michael Brown tribute song ‘Don’t Shoot’

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Many people, including some celebrities, have spoken up in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Chief among those are many members of the hip-hop community, including J. Cole, T.I., Talib Kweli, and Killer Mike. On Wednesday (August 27), some of rap’s biggest stars united to pay tribute to the late teen Read More

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Peace ambassador urges Nigerians to pray for leaders

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An ambassador for peace, William Yaji, has called on Nigerians to remain steadfast in their prayers for the leadership of the country. Yaji, a resident of Masaka in neighbouring Nasarawa state, made the call recently, saying that prayers “can go a long way in determining the good performance of leaders.” He said since leadership “comes from Almighty God,” Nigerians should Read More

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Ebola and bush meat

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Up to the first week of August when I left Ghana, that country did not have any Ebola victim, while one or two cases had been established in Nigeria. Yet, too many Ghanaians stopped buying bush meat, because of the claim that Ebola derived from bush animals, with specific reference to bats and monkeys. People who specialized in bush meat Read More

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Nscia: Islam guards against Ebola (I)

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Since the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in March this year and its transmission to Nigeria through the late Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, on July 20, 2014, there have been interventions from Governmental and Non-governmental bodies on how to curb the spread of the deadly disease. NSCIA appreciates the prompt efforts of Governments especially those of Lagos and the Read More

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The problem with Rivers’ politics

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The recent clashes between the cliques of the PDP and APC in Rivers State during a slated ward-visit by the governor to Rumuoprikom (later cancelled), home-zone of the supervising minister of education are inexcusable and condemnable. That some youths in the state decided to uncritically support public figures instead of their respective party’s beliefs is distressing. It is easy to Read More

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PTDF collaborates with stakeholders on linkage in oil and gas

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By Augustine Okezie Abuja The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), has expressed its readiness to partner relevant stakeholders on any genuine collaboration and linkage programmes that would support Nigeria’s participation in domesticating solutions to problems in the petroleum sector. PTDF executive secretary, Mr. Olufemi Ajayi, who made the declaration in Abuja on the occasion of Peer Review Mechanism workshop on Read More

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FG to partner foundation on women’s health

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By Ene Osang Abuja Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, has assured of partnering the Body Enhancement Foundation, in its activities towards improving the health of women and children in the country. In a statement by the ministry’s Chief Press Secretary, Babasaghir El-Mohammed, Maina stated this when members of the foundation led by its Founder, Modupe Read More

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The MTV VMAs were Illuminati propaganda through and through

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“A lot of legs were spread during this awards show,” conspiracy theory website notes Some people might say that this year’s MTV Video Music Awards were mainly about asses. Other might point out that the ceremony was all about female empowerment, while even more still could argue that Blue Ivy dominated the entire night with her “Flawless” hand dance. The Read More

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Are the soldiers betraying their Commander-In-Chief?

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Since the apparently invincible Boko Haram insurgency pounced on Nigeria virtually four years ago, every act of the Nigerian military in its effort to combat and, possibly, subdue it has never failed to dishearten Nigerians in the most bizarre and epochal forms. Let no one talk about the possibility of the appalling failures of the military to subdue the insurgency Read More

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Celebrating the Nigerian teacher

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During the recent launch of a book titled My Teacher, My Hero, authored by Mrs Claris Ujam, the Nigerian teacher was highly celebrated as a strong metaphor for the nation’s transformation. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE takes a look at the heroic efforts of the classroom teacher as well as the challenges he always faces At the book launch the Education Minister Ibrahim Read More

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Between NERDC and its mandate

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Recently, the chief executive of Nigeria Education Research and Development Council (NERDC), Professor Godswill Obioma, while welcoming members of the House Committee on Education who were on oversight visit to his office, lamented the inability of the agency to effectively carry out its core mandate due to paucity of funds. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE examines the release and management of fund at Read More

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Idibia family pleads for privacy

August 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

2face Idibia lost his dad on August 23rd to prostrate cancer. Before now, the singer has made it public that his dad was suffering from the illness, so when Mr Michael Idibia died a few days back not a few people felt bad. As more and more condolence messages pour in, the family has released a statement asking the general Read More