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CBN’s N220bn micro enterprise loan scheme hits scam

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Chibisi Ohakah Abuja There are confirmed reports that the N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development Fund provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been infiltrated by scammers who defraud applicants with proposals to buy forms for stated sums to enable them access the loans. Confir4min the development last Friday, the CBN director of corporate Read More

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Putting a date on Chibok girls’ release now speculative – Moro

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

Minister of Internal Affairs, Comrade Patrick Francis Aba Moro, was in Markurdi recently for a program organized by Benue women for Mrs. Dooshima Suswam. As one who is indeed a journalist’s delight anytime, he was cornered for an interview where he spoke on the chances of his boss, Goodluck Jonathan, emerging victorious in 2015, the insurgency and sundry issues. KULA Read More

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Why a prisons service commission?

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

The prison is an important part of every society, because it keeps custody of offenders in the society. Not only that, it harbours the legally interned; it tries to reform and rehabilitate these criminals and thereafter, reintegrates them back to the wider society as law-abiding citizens.  Just as crime is a functional phenomenon in every society, so is the importance Read More

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Indonesian President meets security chiefs

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

Just two days after his inauguration, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia held a meeting with the military, police, and intelligence agency leaders here on Wednesday. He met Defense Forces Commander General Moeldoko who was accompanied by the chiefs of staff of the army, navy, and air force, National Police Chief General Sutarman, and Head of National Intelligence Agency (BIN) Marciano Read More

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Okonjo-Iweala and the politics of misinformation

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

The setting was Baghdad in 2003. America had just launched Operation Shock and Awe, unleashing death and destruction as its war machine rolled across Iraq. However, Mohammed Said al-Sahhaf, the Iraqi Information Minister, told the world, “The American command is under siege. We are hitting it from the north, east, south and west…at the end we are the people who Read More

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FG backs prohibition of Pomo consumption

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By John Oba Abuja Federal government has pull its weight behind the campaign discouraging the consumption of Pomo to reduce importation of leather into the country. The Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST) have being campaigning the need for the Nigerian authorities to introduce policies, which would be  enforced to reduce Pomo consumption in the country so as Read More

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Culture of impunity: Impeached Enugu deputy governor, Onyebuchi, seeks redress in court

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

As the former Deputy Governor of Enugu state, Sunday Onyebuchi, commences legal action challenging his impeachment, RAPHAEL EDE writes on the implications The impeached Deputy Governor of Enugu state, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, has instituted a legal action before an Enugu State High Court asking it to declare his removal from office by the Enugu State House of Assembly as illegal, Read More

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Kogi govt to investigate financial recklessness by council chairmen

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja The Kogi state government has concluded arrangements to set up an audit panel to investigate the financial activities of the 21 local government areas in the state to curb the excesses and financial recklessness of the chairmen. The state governor, Captain Idris Wada, who disclosed this over the weekend in Lokoja, at a meeting with the Read More

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Falcons, so super!

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

On October 25, 2014, Nigeria’s senior women’s football squad, the Super Falcons, returned to the summit of African football. They won the 9th edition of the African Women’s Championship staged in Namibia… and in a grand style. It is the Super Falcons’ 7th title. They thrashed their arch foes and next door neighbours, the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon by 2 Read More

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Fayose, a true grassroots politician

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Leke Adelere Nobody gave the then gubernatorial aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State a chance of even scoring a vote let alone winning the gubernatorial contest.  Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose knows his mettle and the political pedigree he is made of when it comes to grassroots politics. He is a great mobilizer, a politician with clout Read More

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Tambuwal: NBA, Ozekhome condemn police on security withdrawal

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

Last Friday, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, with a retinue of members of the House and party supporters, stormed the Federal High Court Headquarters, Abuja to institute a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Nigeria Police’s withdrawal of his security details following Tambuwal’s defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress Read More

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2015: The Fulani man and the Ijaw fisherman

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

“It is only in the dream that a rat will fall in love with a cat” – African Proverb Nigeria is a great country, despite all our short and long comings. A nation of great people, in all ramifications, it is a collection and conglomeration of the good, bad and extremely ugly. Trust me; it has extremely wonderful persons, great Read More

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Cholera: Death toll rises to 20 in Kebbi

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin Kebbi The situation has worsened over the weekend as death toll hits 20 in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State following an outbreak of Gastro-intitis (cholera) that ravaged four villages of the council for barely two weeks ago. Blueprint over the weekend gathered   that though, the situation was put under control in joint efforts Read More

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B’Haram kills 20, razes houses, shops in Borno

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Gun men suspected to Boko Haram terrorists yesterday night killed about 20 residents and injured dozens of others when the sect members invaded Uba town of Aksira/Uba Local Government area of Borno State. The insurgents also set many houses and shops in the town on fire without confrontation by the security operatives. Uba town of Borno Read More

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JIBWIS frowns at withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security aides

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos Jama’tu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), has said that it was uncalled for that Nigeria’s security, is politicized, just as it frowned at withdrawal of Speaker Tambuwal security aides. JIBWIS National Chairman Council of Ulama, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, stated this in Jos, yesterday while speaking at the official commissioning of an office of Read More

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FG reviews Firearms Act, to stop weapons proliferation

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Federal Government, as part of its broader strategy to stop the illicit flow of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) into the country has moved to strengthen the Firearms laws in the country through the proposed amendment of the 1959 Nigerian Firearm Act and the Firearms Act CAP F28 LFN 2004. This was the focus of the  Two-day Experts Read More

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38 youth groups endorse Miner as Plateau gov

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ameh Ejekwonyilo Abuja Youth groups under the aegis of Coalition of Youths for Good Governance in Plateau state, have called on Dr. Elijah Miner, Chief Medical Director of Garki Hospital, Abuja to run as governor of Plateau state in the 2015 governorship election in the state. The group’s President, Mr. Diapialong Longyen, made the call while addressing newsmen in Read More

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2015: Abacha promises to unseat APC in Kano

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Ogidan Abuja Mohammed Abacha, the son of the late military head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, has promised to unseat All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship election in Kano state slated for  February 2015. He made this promise when he came to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat to pick his governorship nomination and expression of Read More

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Ngilari: Adamawa groups protest PDP zoning of gov’ship

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ameh Ejekwonyilo Abuja A coalition of communities and youth groups under the aegis of ‘The Adamawa Collective’ (TAC) has kicked against the position of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over what it described as “tilted and unacceptable” zoning of the governorship ticket of the state to the Central Senatorial District. TAC, which stated Read More

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Military steps up air and land deployment to tackle terrorists

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

Stories by Jibrin Baba Ndace Abuja Necessary deployment of troops and equipment is ongoing to reverse all recent violation and breach of security by terrorists and criminals operating in parts of the country, says Defence Headquarters. A statement by Director Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade disclosed that “the highly coordinated air bombardment is already yielding required results in Read More

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Dangote drops cost of cement to N1000 per bag

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

Leading cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc last Friday announced the slashing of the cost of cement to N1000 per bag. According to the group managing director of Dangote Cement, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, the company has pegged the Dangote 32.5 cement grade at N1,000 per 50 kg bag, while the higher 42.5 grade is to sell for N1,150 per bag. The Read More

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Research discovery reveals fruit flies pest is the same

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) recent research has discovered the fruit flies that has caused damage to fruits and vegetables in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and parts of South America and has created trade problems making African countries not to be able to export the products to other regions because of the feare that they would be importing food Read More

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Civilian JTF kills 40 Bok o Haram insurgents in Borno

November 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri ABOUT forty gunmen suspected to be members of  Boko Haram were slaughtered and their heads were hung on sticks by the Civilian TJF, the vigilante group of Biu town of Biu local government area of Borno state weekend in an ambush along Gur-Biu road. A member of the  group in the area, Bwala Mshelia, told Blueprint Read More