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FCTA approved 69 building plans in 12 days – Minister

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has approved a total of 69 building plans within a period of 12 days. Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, said this after meeting with some senior staff of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) in his office at Area 11, Garki I in a statement signed on Tuesday by Read More

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Incumbency and opportunity: Forecasting Nigeria’s 2015 elections

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

ZAINAB USMAN and OLIVER OWEN examine the issues and challenges in the 2011 general elections, with graphic illustrations of political parties’ and candidates’ performances at various levels   President Goodluck Jonathan faces a tough battle again a potential APC candidate and a presidential run-off is a distinct possibility. Headline Findings •    In order to win the Presidency in 2015, the Read More

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Delta LG polls: DSIEC officials, others arrested for ‘electoral fraud’

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Delta state police command has arrested two officials of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC), including William Oyiboka and Glory Ugbi, for their alleged involvement in electoral fraud in the recent council’s election. The suspects, it was gathered, were in possession of sensitive election materials for collation of results for Isoko South council, but disappeared without the knowledge of Read More

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Still on Niger guber race

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

My expression of cynicism last week, in my take on the generational chaos that is the contest to succeed Governor Aliyu in 2015, has sparked a torrent of reactions, fierce from the devastated camps and patronising from likeminded Nigerlites, with the defence of the former group being accusations of mine as unfair and “incomplete” criticism of the process. This, I Read More

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Councillor, Assembly aspirant, one other remanded in Enugu

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The crisis in Enugu state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday deepened as a councillor representing Isuawa/Adukwu\Agbudu ward in Awgu legislative council, Hon. Solomon Okolo, and two other PDP stalwarts were remanded in Enugu prison on Wednesday for alleged break and entry to steal the legislative mace. The chieftains, Mr. Enekwachi Ray Onyimba, who is an aspirant for the House of Read More

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In Jigawa with Mr President

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M. Gulloma   It is just like any other day here in the presidential Villa fondly called Aso Rock. Palpable excitement, however, pervaded the air. The main reason for this once-in-a-while excitement has to do with Jigawa State. The President and Commander-in-chief is going to Jigawa on Tuesday October 21, 2014 and some State House Correspondents (including my humble Read More

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CSJ: Amānah in fiscal governance, a challenge to Islamic scholars

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Okikiola  Qasim   Islamic scholars of highest esteem, chief Imam of central Mosques, Missioners of Islamic organizations, Islamic teachers, Islamic youth organizations writers and administrators of Islam in Nigeria held a two day workshop to brainstorm on Islamic Manual on ‘Amanah’ (Trust) on fiscal Governance, sourcing guidance from the Quran and Hadith written by Umar Rufai an initiative of Centre Read More

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Fayose defends stomach infrastructure, backs immunity for governors, president

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The newly elected governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose yesterday defended his policy of stomach infrastructure. Addressing journalists at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat, Fayose kicked against the removal of immunity for governors and President. The governor of Ekiti, who accompanied President Goodluck Jonathan to pick his form at the party headquarters said stomach infrastructure is good for Read More

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There is gap in Okorocha’s govt – Aspirant

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

One of the governorship aspirants on the platform of All Progressive Grand (APGA) seeking to unseat the incumbent Imo state governor, Dr. Okey Ezeh has said that his throwing his hat into the ring to become governor, so as to fill the gap created by Rochas Okorocha led government in the state. Dr. Ezeh, who was at the National Secretariat Read More

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Need to revisit multiple taxation regime

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Recently, the Ikeja chapter of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) called on the Lagos state Government to review and put in place an acceptable tax administration system in order to encourage more investments in the state. MAN also charged the state government to outlaw the use of unorthodox means of collecting taxes and levies in the state. Chairman of Read More

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Adikwu challenges ASN on public health technology

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Vice chancellor of the federal university of Abuja, Professor Michael Adikwu, has charged members and students of Anatomical society of Nigeria (ASN) to strive to find solutions that will partner the current policy on transformation agenda in tackling national challenges Professor Adikwu who was represented by professor Ameh, at the 11th annual conference meeting of the association in Abuja Read More

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TETFUND and the quest for world class Nigerian varsities

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, at a recent event in Abuja, unveiled a quest by the agency to see to the realization of world class Nigerian universities. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE examines this statement as it concerns tertiary education in Nigeria   Speaking, while receiving the award conferred on TETFUND by the Independent Service Delivery Read More

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Nkeiru Silvanus picks Nov 14 for Imo Film Academy official opening

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

It’s no longer news that brilliant Nollywood actress Nkeiruka Silvanus has now gotten a new appointment in Imo state government as the Director General of The Imo State Film Academy. This appointment is came following plans by the Imo Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to set up a befitting Film Academy in Owerri which is hope to be beneficial not only Read More

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As FG keeps restive ASUP, COEASU waiting…

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Speaking  on behalf of the two unions concerning the expiration of the 3month relieve period earlier requested by the Federal Government to sort-out key demands of the Union, recently in Abuja, the President of  ASUP, Dr Chibuzor Asomugha, reminded the government that their patience is running out According to Asomugha, the unions are re-strategizing and re-considering available alternatives which include Read More

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The Buhari phenomenon: Our slogan, their headache

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigeria, doubtlessly, is an odd country where the occurrence of the oddest of oddities is almost as certain as daybreak and nightfall. Since General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) announced his plan to vie for the position of the president of the country every attention has been directed toward him. He has become the epicentre of every discourse to the point that Read More

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Kano: Buhari, Kwankwaso and politics of imposition

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Ibrahim Mohammed Jalil With just weeks to the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the political atmosphere in the country, particularly Kano, is fully charged as all presidential and gubernatorial hopefuls are busy picking the party’s nomination forms. Kano State which is the most politically sophisticated in Nigeria is at a cross road as its governor Rabiu Musa Read More

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Fayose warns EKSUTH management on sabotage

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Medical students of the Kaduna State University on Monday barricaded  the main gate leading to the main campus of the university in the state capital.President Goodluck Jonathan is expected in the state on Tuesday to inaugurate the new Government House, Kaduna, which was started by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, who was then the state governor and completed by incumbent Read More

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‘FCT minister may become 1st Abuja Mayor’

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Dr. Ahmed Adamu Muazu, has said that it is most likely that the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, becomes the first Mayor of FCT; an appeal the natives of Abuja have always made. The national chairman said he wished the minister, would go back to Bauchi state to Read More

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As Agada prepares to receive Nkrumah Leadership Award…

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s former Minister of state for Education and current Adviser on Special Duties to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Jerry Agada, has been nominated for the Kwameh Nkrumah Leadership Award. Agada spoke to ENE OSANG on how he feels being nominated for such an award   The Kwame Nkrumah Leadership award initiated by the All-Africa Read More

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Amodu drops appointment, backs ‘big boss’

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Shuaibu Amodu has turned down his appointment as Super Eagles interim coach offered him by the Maju Pinnick-led NFF board, and instead thrown his backing for the recall of Stephen Keshi to tinker the team for the two remaining matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. In a letter dated 27th October, 2014 and addressed to NFF president Amaju Read More

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Osita Iheme learns the rich man’s game

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

No doubt, Golf is generally believed to be the preferred pastime for the rich because of its exclusivity and expensive nature. Midget Nollywood comic actor, Osita Iheme is learning how to play golf and wants us all to know. Osita a.k.a Paw Paw shared some photos from his practice on his instagram page. He seemed to be mastering it already, Read More

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‘South-west will reap more dividends of democracy with PDP’

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

Immediate past Senate Leader and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Oyo state, Senator Teslim Folarin, on Wednesday, said South West geo-political zone will benefit more dividends of democracy with the PDP at federal and states levels in 2015. Folarin stated this while addressing PDP stakeholders and members from across Egbeda local government area of Oyo State. He Read More

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Zamfara records over 82% polio coverage

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Umaru Maradun Gusau      Zamfara state has recorded over 82 per cent coverage of routine immunisation among children under five across the 14 local government areas of the state, the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Kabiru Ahmad Janyau, has announced. The commissioner made the announcement yesterday at the state monthly taskforce routine immunisation feedback meeting with key stakeholders and developmental Read More

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Our South-Eastern roads still need urgent attention – Nnaji

October 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

Senator, Gil Nnaji is a Senator representing Enugu-East senatorial zone of Enugu state at the National Assembly, he is the chairman senate committee on communication, in this exclusive interview with RAPHAEL EDE, said he has attracted projects to his constituency more than former senators had attracted put together Sir, how democratic are the calls that some of you should give Read More

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Youths asked to be patriotic

October 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Youths in the country have been charged to imbibe the spirit of patriotism as well as discharging their civic responsibilities to their fatherland at all times for national development. The State Director, National Orientation Agency, Kogi state directorate, Chief Ibikunle Medubi, gave the charge in Kabba while addressing the 8th batch of Youth Advancement and Development Read More