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Bomb scare Abuja as security agencies synergise against terrorism

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 1

Rumour of a purported bomb blast at the Garki 2 area of Abuja yesterday turned to be false as combined team of the Directorate of State Security, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other paramilitary establishments gathered at the Garki Mall to sensitise their officers and men of the need for synergy among the Read More

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Nyanya blasts: We didn’t bungle suspect’s trial – Police

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 1

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja The Nigeria Police Force has denied filling any case against the suspected mastermind of the Nyanya bomb blasts, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, even as they insist they could not have bungled the trial. Police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, yesterday in a press statement in Abuja, said media reports that charges filed by the Nigeria Police at the Federal Read More

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Ahmadu Bello never left huge debts for Northern govts — Investigation

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Aruwan Kaduna Contrary to claims by the 19 Northern state governments that they were servicing debts incurred since the days of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Premier of the region from 1954 to January 15, 1966, he instead left a strong financial base, an investigation by Blueprint has confirmed. The development followed public pronouncements by some governors that their Read More

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Diezani emerges first female OPEC president

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Governor Aliyu Magatakardan Wamakko of Sokoto state has condemned the action of the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Security (DSS) over last week’s tear-gassing of members of the House of Representatives, describing it as “barbaric and undemocratic.” The governor, who made the condemnation in Sokoto at an APC stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday, Read More

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Soil fertility decline threatens food security in Sub-Saharan Africa

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Etta Michael Bisong   Abuja    An empirical assessment of Sub-Saharan Africa’s soil fertility confirms that the region faces a significant decline in soil fertility, which could worsen food security if no appropriate action is taken.    This has been the focus of discussions at a two-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop, organised by the United Nations Read More

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World crisis and pathway to peace (II)

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Qur’an teaches that wherever and whoever counsels you towards goodness and virtue, you should accept it, and wherever and whoever counsels you towards sinful or unjust behaviour, you should reject it. Thu, Islam has drawn our attention to various means for Peace. It requires. •        Absolute justice •        Truthful testimony should always be given •        That our glances are Read More

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Goodluck Jonathan’s shuttle diplomacy over Boko Haram

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M Gulloma   Shuttle Diplomacy: This two-word term means different things to different people and groups. But regardless of what it means to various schools of thought, one thing is evident: shuttle diplomacy is an indispensable ingredient in the comity of nation. Consider this scenario: Two nations are at war or engaged in a delicate tango over one issue Read More

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Why FCT Igbo yam festival didn’t hold this year – Nwokedi

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Briefing press men in Kuje yesterday on the activities of FCT’s Igbo community, the President of the community, Chief Fab. Nwokedi, explained why this year’s Igbo Yam festival did not hold. He said the traditional council scheduled the celebration for November 8 at the old parade ground, but as the festival was about to begin, thugs invaded the place. According Read More

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Why our democracy is under threat

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

There is indeed a terrible misappropriation of political progressivism  in Nigeria as seen in the voluble and unguarded pronouncements of leading members of the major opposition political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as preparations for the 2015 general elections gather momentum. It is now common knowledge that the governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, was quoted Read More

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Being begged to contest elections

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Maurice Chukwu   We beg them to run, contest, and re-contest, to continue ruling us forever. Some have been ruling us even before the days of Methuselah, some since 1985, some since 1999. Being a very religious people, we constantly fast and pray that they go on providing us with the constant light, security, free and quality education, good roads, Read More

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56,704 teachers graduate from NTI

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

  Zazzau Emir, 2 others receive Fellowship Awards   National teachers Institute at the weekend graduated about 56,704 teachers who have completed their studies at the centre. The grandaunts were from 2008 and 2013 academic session. Addressing the grandaunts at the 3rd Convocation ceremony of the institutes held in Kaduna, NTI Director General, Associate Professor Ladan Aminu Sharehu, who congratulated Read More

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Atiku will not collect salary if… – Aide

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Godwin Tyonongu Abuja Barring any unforeseen circumstances, former vice-president and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, intends not to collect a dime as salary if voted into power. Atiku, who was the first to declare his ambition to run on the platform of the party, said whatever he would get as Read More

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Cross River PDP rescheduled ward congress a sham – Aspirants

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Crisis has started trailing the just concluded rescheduled November 24 ward congress conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River state. Not only has the rescheduled ward congress described as a sham, but the National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, has been called to intervene in the crisis so that all the aspirants would have a level playing. Read More

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Fashola unveils Agege transfer loading station

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 1

Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has unveiled the Agege Transfer Loading Station and charged residents of the state not to stand in the way of government’s effort to deliver on its promises. The TLS serves as a temporary dumpsite where waste would be deposited during the day and compacted to smaller volumes and then moved in the night Read More

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FG signs MoU on construction of 1,000mw plant in Katsina

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Federal government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a 1,000mw power plant in Katsina state with Strancton Limited. It also signed another one with Greenville oil and gas limited for the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the Kaduna power plant. Speaking after the signing ceremony in Abuja, minister of power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Read More

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Automatic ticket undemocratic, unfair – Onoja

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Baba Yusuf Abuja A PDP stalwart, Chief Mike Onoja, has condemned the agitation for automatic ticket for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators to return to the National Assembly in 2015, describing it as “undemocratic and unfair.” Onoja, who is aspiring to represent the people of Benue South Senatorial District in the Senate in 2015, said those calling for automatic Read More

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First batch of Christian pilgrims departs Kaduna for Israel

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Kaduna state yesterday witnessed its first ever airlift of Christian pilgrims from the state to Israel to perform holy pilgrimage. The airlift was witnessed by Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero who led other top officials of the government to bid the intending pilgrims farewell as they departed the state for Israel. Speaking at the farewell ceremony, he he said the present Read More

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UNIABUJA appoints registrar

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The governing council of the University of Abuja has at the end of its extra ordinary meeting announced the appointment of Mrs. Rifkatu Hoshen Swanta as the new Registrar. Until her appointment, Mrs. Swanta, age 51,who is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Jos has been on an acting capacity since July this year, joined the university Read More

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Unbundling PHCN and outrageous bills regime

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Crazy bill is one latest coinage popular among Nigeria electricity consumers. The electricity service providers however, refer to it as estimated billing system. This regime of billing has been causing some disquiet in the relationship between the electricity consumers and the providers across the country.  MUSA ADAMU examines the development   Estimated billing system or crazy bills, as consumer would Read More

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Firm states position on alleged tax evasion

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

A Kaduna based chattered accountant’s firm, Sulaimon & Co yesterday said the firm is not among tax evaders as claimed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (firs ). The firm said it has not in any way evaded tax and should not have been listed by the FIRS, which it said has caused the company embarrassment. The firm was reacting Read More

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FCTA and task of developing satellite towns in Abuja

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Rogers Edor Ochela Apart from the city centre that is well developed and area council headquarters that have acquired the dubious distinction of being tagged glorified villages, satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) occupy an unenviable position of housing a high preponderance of FCT population. With such a sea of humanity dwelling in these satellite towns, the Read More

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SON launches trade portal to ensure standards of imported goods

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) yesterday launched what it called trade portal aimed at ensuring that imported goods are of standard qualities. In a one-day stakeholders interactive forum on the maritime industry in Lagos, with the theme: Seamless Importation- Building Stakeholders’ Synergy and fostering trade without compromising standards, an overview of SON’s role in standards enforcement and building an Read More

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Battery charger, richest victim of Maiduguri twin blasts – Shettima

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has described a battery charger as the richest of all those who survived  Tuesday’s twin suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri. In an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), Shettima, who sounded emotional said, “God is not man and not sleeping. We are still here and either to survive or die Read More

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Breakthrough in Ebola vaccine excites GSK – Report

November 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Sir Andrew Witty, the chief executive of GSK, has said that new clinical data published was “very encouraging” and that a viable vaccine could be available in the second half of next year – If these early trials continue to provide positive results. He told BBC “Tonight there is a glimmer of hope – the first evidence that a vaccine Read More