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Nobody influenced me to play football – Odah

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

Enugu Rangers forward Odah Onoriode Marshal in this brief interview speaks on his football career and exploit in the club.  How will you rate your performance in the 2013/2014 Nigeria Professional Football League season? It was good, but I wasn’t at my best. So many had expected Enugu Rangers to perform better at the beginning of last season, what will Read More

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Political campaigns in Nigeria not yet issue-based, says Anaja

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

Charity Anaja is a human capacity builder and developer, she is also a member of the Women in politics Forum (WIPF). In this interview with ENE OSANG, the Political Science graduate, who is currently running a Masters programme on Peace and Conflict Resolution, spoke comprehensively about Nigerian women and the political terrain, CSOs and Christmas You are a member of Read More

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Nigeria’s oil sector contribution to GDP lowest in OPEC

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

The contribution of Nigeria’s oil sector to the Gross Domestic Product is lower than that of many of the other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, analysis of data obtained from the 12-member oil cartel has shown. The rebasing of the country’s GDP in April had clearly underscored the decline in the contribution of the oil and gas Read More

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MURIC urges Muslims, Christians to close ranks

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Aruwan Kaduna The Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), yesterday, congratulates Nigerian Christians over Christmas celebration, saying Muslims and Christians must close ranks to salvage the country. In a statement issued by its spokesman, Professor Isiaq Akintola, the group said “MURIC prays for the safety and well-being of all adherents of the Christian faith before, during and after Christmas. “As Read More

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Okiro: Stabilising force at PSC

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By John Nwokocha Over the past one year the Police Service Commission PSC, has immensely stabilised in areas of service delivery and job satisfaction expressed by its workforce. Unarguably the ongoing transformation in the service is breathtaking and any discerning mind will not only acknowledge that a focused leader is driving the process of change but will also give objective Read More

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Afelokhai hopeful of better outing

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

Kano Pillars captain, Joel Theophilus Afelokhai says they have learnt from the failures of last season in the CAF Champions League and are ready to do better in the competition. The Pillars shot-stopper admits that it was a bad campaign for the Yellows in last year’s CAF Champions league but says lessons have been learnt and they are working towards Read More

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Christmas: Stable prices of foodstuff, poor patronage in Jigawa

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse As Christians mark Christmas today, prices of major food items remains stable as there are fewer buyers in major markets across Jigawa state. A survey by our reporter revealed that low sales and stable prices, compared to previous years, where increase in prices of major food items, were recorded. It was learnt that the development may Read More

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Presidency 2015: Austerity measure as political grenade

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

EMEKA NZE recalls the overwhelming empathy from Nigerians to President Goodluck Jonathan due to his ‘shoeless’ upbringing which he first mentioned in 20011 at the presidential campaigns has fast receded. He writes that the former ‘shoeless boy’ has long joined former leaders who subjected citizens to hardship of unprecedented proportion in a policy somersault analysts tag ‘austerity measure.’ Now that Read More

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Abubakar Ladan goes home

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Dr. Aliyu Tilde This morning I travelled to Zaria to attend the funeral of Malam Abubakar Ladan, one of the greatest poets Africa has ever produced. Arguably, he is the most travelled among them, for, as he once told me in 2001, he visited all but six countries in Africa. I was the last visitor to see him apart Read More

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Robbers kill four policemen in Kogi bank robbery

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state Police Command, lost four of its officers in Okene local government area as a result of bank robbery attack. In a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr. Elvis Aguebor, the PPRO said on Tuesday, armed robbers numbering over 20, unleashed heavy attack on a new generation bank in Okene Read More

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Equity market improves by N545bn

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

Transactions on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday continue with growth profile following gain recorded by blue chip companies. The value of equities appreciated by N545 billion or 5.0 per cent to N11.402 trillion from N10.857 trillion recorded in the previous day.      Also the NSE All Share Index went up by 1642 basis points to 34428.82 points Read More

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Stolen Christmas!

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

 How German Christmas markets came to the UK Bratwurst, gluehwein, and gingerbread: how has the German-style Christmas market become a key attraction in city centres all over the UK? While Christmas markets go back to medieval Germany, they are a relatively recent addition to the British consumer’s festive calendar. The last 15 years have seen them sprout up across the Read More

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Mu’azu is not working for Jonathan – Ka’oje

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

The controversial party primaries conducted of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) nationwide has continued to resonate as more and more people are coming up with tales of bitter experiences in the hands of the members of the state electoral committee.  Hon Bello Ka’oje, former member of House of Representatives, and PDP stakeholder from Yobe state, says it is not for Read More

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Travel in Borno: The pains of the insurgency

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

In the end, the return journey by road from Maiduguri to Abuja, took fifteen hours! It was certainly one of the scariest trips I have done in recent times. By Sunday night, I learnt that I would have to return by road not by air as we had arrived on Saturday. I feel happy in the long run, that I Read More

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2015: APC not committed to issue-based campaign – PDP

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Ogidan Abuja Two months to 2015 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  yesterday accused All Progressives Congress (APC) of not committed to issues-based campaign. The party said that it remained on the moral high ground compared to APC as far as its commitment to issues-based campaigns is concerned. PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Read More

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Sen Shu’aibu can’t speak for North, says Hassan

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Abuja A prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one-time member of the House of Representatives representing Jos North and Bassa constituencies of Plateau state, Honourable Sale Shehu Hassan, has accused Senator Lawal Shu’aibu of fanning the embers of sectional politics in the North. Shu’aibu, the deputy national chairman (North) of the All Progressives Read More

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Shema charges stakeholders on peaceful conduct of 2015 elections

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Hamidu Sabo Katsina Stakeholders in Katsina state on Monday held a seminar on peace and security ahead of forthcoming 2015 election. The seminar organised by state government drawn participants from Islam and Christian faith, traditional and community leaders, INEC officials, security agents and civil society. Others include members of community leaders, political parties leaders and Da’awah group. Speaking at Read More

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Jonathan wants hall of shame for criminals

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan has stressed the need for the institutionalisation of hall of shame to document names of criminals and their crimes. Speaking when he hosted the legends of Nollyhood led by Paul Obaziele, who had visited conferred on him the honour of Grand Patron of the body, Jonathan said the proposed hall of shame Read More

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PDP, APC lawmakers disagree over LG autonomy

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado Ekiti As the review of the 1999 constitution goes through state Houses of Assembly across the country, the factional Ekiti state House of Assembly yesterday turned down autonomy for the local governments in Nigeria. However, the All Progressives Congress lawmakers, in their plenary at a secret location a week ago, had voted in favour of  local Read More

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2015: DHQ deploys 30 gunboats to Niger Delta

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Aherhoke Okioma Yenagoa Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Defence Headquarters has deployed 30 gunboats to beef up security in the Niger Delta region. Out going media coordinator, Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Pulo Shield, Col. Mustapha Anka, disclosed this yesterday during his end of year press briefing at the JTF headquarters in Yenagoa. He said while some Read More

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Listen to Bolaji Akinyemi

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s former external affairs minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, is requesting the two major gladiators in the 2015 presidential poll, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his challenger, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), to meet and sign a memorandum of understanding that they would restrain their supporters from engaging in violent conduct after the exercise. In a recent Read More

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FCT administration carpeted over non-release of take-off grant

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

The sporting associations in the Federal Capital Territory have expressed displeasure over the refusal of the FCT administration to release the take off grant promised them during inauguration by the Secretary of Social Development, Blessing Onu. Some members of the associations, who spoke to Prompt News on condition of anonymity, accused the Secretary and Director of Sports in FCT Alim Read More

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Onazi eyes Liverpool move

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigeria international midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi says he has “always wanted to play in England” and will not turn down a chance to join 18-time English league champions, Liverpool. Liverpool have always been great admirers of the 21-yaer-old Nigerian and made a move to secure his services in January. The deal however broke down with both parties failing to agree on Read More

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Importers in rush to meet Xmas demands

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ime Akpan Lagos Nigeria’s two busiest seaports, the Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports are witnessing stepped-up activity as importers and other businessmen rush to take delivery of their consignments ahead of this year’s Christmas holidays. A check at the two commands of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) located in both Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports, revealed tens of clearing Read More

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Buhari 2015: From Bakare to Osinbajo

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

That Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is back to battle for the presidential diadem for the fourth time is fiddler’s news. That he has gone for another pastor is also a stale piece of news. Perceived as a religious bigot, the People’s General, so fondly referred to by his admirers, was accused at one time (was it in the build-up to the Read More