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Ekiti judicial crisis plot by APC to stall my inauguration – Fayose

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Governor-elect of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has described the allegation against him of beating up a judge and other happenings in the state judiciary, as “plot by All Progressives Congress (APC) to prevent” his inauguration, come October 16. He also called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate the allegation, adding that it would expose a lot of secrets. Read More

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Court orders SSS to pay El-Rufai N2m over unlawful arrest

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Aruwan Kaduna A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra state, yesterday ordered the State Security Service (SSS) to apologise to Malam Nasir El-Rufai and to pay him N2 million in damages for unlawful detention, El-Rufai’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, said in a statement. The development followed events of November15 and 16, 2013, during the last Anambra governorship elections, Read More

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10 Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Jibrin Baba Ndace Riyadh Ten Nigerians who went to Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj rites have been confirmed dead. Coordinator of the National Hajj Commission in Mecca, Alhaji Aliyu Tanko, said the 10 were amongst the over 50,000 Nigerians that have so far arrived Mecca with virtually all them having performed the Umrah rites. He, therefore, advised Read More

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Jonathan orders life pay for national flag designer

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

 Confers national honours on 305 persons By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday directed that the designer of the country’s national flag, Pa Michael Akinkunmi, be placed on the salary scale of Special Assistant to the President for life in addition to his national honours award of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). Speaking Read More

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$1bn loan: Between PDP and Opposition Senators

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Ezrel Tabiowo recaptures last Thursday’s drama in the Senate over the President’s request which caused ripples between majority and opposition Senators Following President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to the National Assembly seeking its approval for a loan to the tune of $1 billion to tackle Boko Haram, the Senate was last Thursday torn apart along partisan lines as Senators were divided Read More

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Benue 2015 and politics of wage increase

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

In this write-up, KULA TERSOO  takes a critical look at the politics of 2015 elections  involved in the current industrial action in Benue state The face-off between Benue state government and its workers has reached a critical stage with labour declaring  a total down-tooling while Governor Gabriel Suswam passionately insists  the future of the state is involved and would not Read More

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Nigeria: The only global space and identity of the Blackman

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigeria is my stronghold as a Blackman, in her is assured of my global space and identity, without which my hopes and future are dashed. Oh! Beautiful Nigerians save our mother nation, Nigeria, from any harm. Stop hurting her by killing her children. You who have plagued Nigeria with corruption, nepotism, ethnic bigotry and short sightedness, look outside her and Read More

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Synagogue: Mass murder by negligence

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The collapse of the six-storey building under construction in the premises of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on Friday, September 12, in Lagos has once again exposed the lawlessness and impunity in the building industry, most especially in the former nation’s capital. Going by official records on the tragic incident, 115 lives were despatched to their early graves, while Read More

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The Sambo conundrum

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi Garba Architect Mohammed Namadi Sambo, generally acclaimed as a loyal Vice President and a strong pillar of the Jonathan administration, is no doubt in his trying times. His immense and monumental contributions to the success of the Transformation Agenda and the candid acknowledgement in his tactical endorsement by the President at the South-west PDP sensitization Rally in Lagos, Read More

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Gusau is the man Zamfara deserves

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Chairman, House Committee on Information and Communication Technology, Honourable Ibrahim Shehu Gusau (Gusau/Tsafe federal constituency and insha Allah, future governor of Zamfara state), is endowed with a powerful mind and abilities for sustaining and advancing the frontiers of human development. Writing about Engineer Shehu Gusau is a venture that is both exhausting and interesting because the beginning point is neither Read More

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TAN’s activities not illegal – Ka’Oje

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Says, every northerner is not a member of Boko-Haram Hon (Engr) Bala Bawa Ka’Oje is the treasurer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A two-time, former member House of Representatives representing Suru/Bagudo in Kebbi state, Ka’Oje has played key roles in the party including, member, PDP Presidential Electoral Panel and member, 2007 Presidential Inauguration Committee. He spoke on the controversy Read More

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The safe schools challenge

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

The vulnerability of our higher institutions to security breaches was laid bare recently in Kano with the dastardly suicide attack on the Federal College of Education (FCE), Kano, recently. Such breaches didn’t happen overnight. The genesis is traceable to the attacks that targeted security agents and their institutions. Many defensive mechanisms were adopted, like bulletproof cars, brick walls, auto-weapon detector Read More

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NGO, NAC train mechanics on tricycle repairs

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Moh Bello Habib Zaria In the bid to fight unemployment amongst youths, a Zaria-based non-governmental organization (NGO), Zazzau Re-orientation Association (ZAROA), in collaboration with National Automotive Council (NAC) has trained 107 local mechanics on tricycles, popularly known as KEKE NAPEP, repairs with view to improving their skills. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the one week training held at Read More

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Abia swears in new acting chief judge

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Sunday Nwakanma Umuahia A new Ag chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe has been sworn in to steer the Abia state judiciary for the next three months. She is taking over from the former substantive Chief Judge, Justice Nnenna Oti, who has retired from service and has acted in that capacity before under the present dispensation. In his speech at Read More

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Inside Nyanya ‘Pan Taker’ market

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Godwin Tyonongu Those who do not know might conclude that the pan taker business is an illegal one. But according to the man that wears the shoes and certainly who knows where it pinches, the chairman Nyanya, Pan Taker Traders Association (NPTA), Idris Ado, thinks on the affirmative. The traders involved in this category of business usually purchase fairly Read More

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I’m out to serve, not to rule Adamawa people – Fintiri

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Muazu Abari Yola Acting governor of Adamawa state, Hon. Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri, has said that he is in the governorship race to serve the people of the Adamawa state with the last drop of his blood but not to rule them. Fintiri stated this on Sunday while addressing PDP supporters during his campaign rally in Lamurde and Demsa local Read More

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Women, youths want Buhari to run for president

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By:  Hamidu Sabo Katsina Thousands of youth and women on Sunday held a peaceful rally in Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s home town, Daura, in Katsina state, calling on him to run in the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Change (APC). The rally organised by Grassroots for Women Initiative and Buhari Sak was held at Kangiwa Square, Read More

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NAFDAC seizes fake N3m products at Enugu airport

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Raphael Ede Enugu In its effort to rid Nigeria of fake, adulterated and unwholesome products, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized goods worth over N3 million at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. Briefing newsmen yesterday, the Deputy Director in-charge of Airport, John Okwori, warned fakers who may think that Enugu Airport was Read More

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Debating Kwara ahead of 2015

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abdulrahman A. Abdulrauf A very old woman and die-hard fan of late Olusola Saraki, Waziri of Ilorin, suddenly sauntered into my way along Akerebiata, Sobi road, Ilorin. And yours truly overheard her telling a passerby, supposedly a relation, that she was hurrying down to a traditional marriage for which we are known in this ancient Islamic city. And in Read More

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‘Ebola, insecurity reasons for closure of schools in Borno’

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Chairperson of Private Schools Proprietors Association, Borno state chapter, Hajiya Ashe Wakilbe, has said that Ebola and insecurity in the state have continuously affected the schools’ curriculums of private schools despite the fact that NECO and WAEC exams were successfully held before the schools vacated. She also lamented that one of the major problems of private Read More

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Group drums support for Jonathan re-election bid

September 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Aherhoke Amos Okioma Yenagoa Ahead of the 2015 elections, a group under the aegis of Restoration Consolidation Frontier (FCF) has joined other well-meaning patriotic Nigerians to canvass for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan come 2015 and Governor Seriake Dickson in 2016. He stressed that at the federal level, the Transformation Agenda had performed well and at the state Read More

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Jonathan playing politics with Chibok girls’ release – APC

September 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Jonathan Administration of seeking to negotiate the timing of the release of the Chibok girls to create a maximum public relations boost for itself, rather than out of a genuine concern for the girls who are now in their sixth month in captivity. In a statement issued in Read More

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Religious harmony: Catholic media practitioners task NIREC on responsibility

September 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Catholic Media Practitioners of Nigeria (CAMPAN) Northern region chapter has challenged the Nigeria Inter- Religious Council (NIREC) to step up its responsibility and be more proactive in promoting the ideals and objectives of the government. The two leaders of the major religions in the country were also tasked to ensure the promotions of religious harmony by Read More

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$9.3m: Lai Mohammed ignorant of our rules – Reps

September 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja The House of Representatives has described the alleged manipulation of outcome of last week’s motion seeking investigation into the $9.3 million cash for arms smuggled into South Africa, by spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Lai Mohammed, as flowing from his ignorance of its rules. Reacting to a statement credited to Mohammed to the Read More