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Cooperate with me, Buhari tells 8th NASS

April 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Joshua Egbodo and Ezrel Tabiowo, Abuja Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has urged members-elect of the expected eighth National Assembly to cooperate with him as he assumes office, in order for his government to surmount the imminent daunting challenges. The president-elect, who was yesterday addressing the legislators-elect at the ongoing induction programme organised for them at the International Conference Centre, Read More

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FG moves to end fuel scarcity

April 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

  —Pays oil marketers N156bn today By David Agba Abuja The federal government has vowed that it would end the persistent fuel scarcity soon. Consequently, it has resolved to pay major oil marketers the sum of N156 billion subsidy backlog and exchange rate differentials. Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday disclosed that the Read More

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Senate passes N4.4trn 2015 budget

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja Five months after presentation of the 2015 budget to both chambers of the National Assembly by the federal government, the Senate yesterday passed the sum of N4,493,363,957,158 as the budget for the fiscal year. The approval came following consideration of the report of the Joint Committee of Appropriation and Finance, which was laid last Wednesday by Read More

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FG declares Friday public holiday for May Day

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja The federal government has declared Friday, May 1, 2015 as public holiday to mark the 2015 Workers’ Day. The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, made the declaration yesterday on behalf of the federal government in a statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji. While congratulating Nigerians for their resilience and commitment in the face Read More

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Kebbi Assembly impeaches Speaker, deputy

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Barely five months ago, Kebbi state House of Assembly has again impeached the Speaker, Hon. Hassan Muhammed Shallah, alongside his deputy, Hon. Jafaru Mohammed Zuru, for alleged embezzlement and misconduct. The Assembly last year November impeached the then Speaker, Hon. Aminu Habib Musa Jega, and his Deputy, Hon. Muhammad Garba Bena, alongside with the Chief Whip and other Principal Officers Read More

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Korea indicates interest in Nigeria’s solid minerals

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Francis Adinoyi Kadiri Abuja The Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Nigeria, Mr. Noh Kyu-Duk yesterday said his country is very willing to invest in Nigeria’s solid minerals sector, a development he said wields enormous economic prospects especially because of the fall of crude as an international market commodity. The Ambassador who made the disclosure during a visit of Read More

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Kwankwaso is more needed in Senate ­— APC chieftain

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Comrade Ikonomwan Francis-Kwankwaso is the current Senior Special Assistant to Edo state Governor on Inter-party Relations. In this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, he reveals why he added Kwankwaso to his name, his view about the Kano state Governor, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and expectations of his successor in office. I noticed that you added Kwankwaso to your name, what about? Read More

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I’ll play with Buhari again

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

his piece below was first published in my column in the LEADERSHIP of December 29, 2010 when the 2011 general elections were building up. But it was titled: “I won’ play with Buhari again”. You will find out why I withdrew my “playship” in the first place. And why I have changed my mind to resume playing with him, come Read More

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NDLEA seizes 1.9 tonnes of illicit drugs in Kano

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano The Kano state Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Garba Ahmadu, yesterday said the Command recorded the seizure of 1.9 tonnes of assorted illicit drugs, 135 arrests, 79 prosecutions, and rehabilitated 92 drugs addicts in the first quarter of 2015. He further disclosed that success made by the Command so far was not Read More

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Expert underscores Africa’s importance to EU energy future

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Chief Executive Officer of Enioil and gas, Claudio Descalzi, has said Africa has the potential to power the European Union (EU) in years to come. Making this position known in statement in Abuja, Descalzi said global energy companies had a unique role to play in helping to develop energy sources in Africa. He projected that Africa would soon become Read More

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Long-held theory on human gestation refuted: Mother’s metabolism, not birth canal size, limits gestation

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

An anthropologist suggests that the length of human pregnancy is limited primarily by a mother’s metabolism, not the size of the birth canal. The research challenges the long-held notion of an evolutionary trade-off between childbirth and a pelvis adapted for walking upright. New research by a University of Rhode Island professor suggests that the length of human pregnancy is limited Read More

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FG reappoints NABTEB boss

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Patrick Ahanor Benin City President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the reappointment of Dr. Olatunde Awotokun Aworanti as Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) for another four years. According to a press statement issued by the Board’s Head of Media/ Public Affairs, Mr. Adeyemi Brown, the registrar’s reappointment was conveyed in a letter dated Read More

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Nigerians not targets of xenophobic attacks – Minister

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja Disturbed by incessant threats by Nigerians to reciprocate recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, yesterday said that Nigerians were not the targets in the recent xenophobic attacks against African immigrants resident in South Africa. The foreign affairs minister disclosed that Nigerians in South Africa suffered minimal losses in Read More

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Islamic banking, key to Islamisation of knowledge – Expert

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano The Director, Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance,  Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Professor Shehu Usman Rano Aliyu, has described Islamic banking as “a veritable key to the Islamisation of knowledge” the world over and that the practice had been universally accepted based on the  the indices guiding the operations of  the system. Speaking at 2nd International Read More

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We must probe Suswam’s administration – Ortom

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Kula Tersoo Makurdi In-coming Chief Samuel Ortom-led administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue state has said that it must probe the out-going Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government led by Governor Gabriel Suswam. The governor-elect commenting on the 8 SUV vehicles handed to him by Suswam last week declared that his team would not put the vehicles Read More

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Buhari gets invitation to attend G-7 confab

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Ahead May 29 transition, the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has been offered the first international invitation to attend the popular world G-7 conference holding between May 8 and 9 in Berlin, Germany. The countries made up of the G-7 include: Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Italy and United State of America. The German envoy to Nigeria Michael Zenner, who Read More

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Kwara Assembly leadership disobeying court order, suspended member says

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin A suspended Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker in the Kwara state House of Assembly, Hon. Iliasu Ibrahim, has accused the leadership of the House of disobeying court order which ruled that he should resume from his suspension. Ibrahim made the accusation following the action of security men attached to the Kwara state House of Assembly Read More

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No AIT discrimination over coverage of Buhari’s activities – APC

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that all accredited media organisations in the country, including the African Independent Television (AIT), were free to cover the activities of the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd). In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the incoming Buhari administration would Read More

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Kaduna assembly passes Christians Welfare Law 2013

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna Kaduna state House of Assembly has passed into law the bill for a law to establish Kaduna state Christians Pilgrim Welfare Board law 2013. The Bill, which emanated from the Executive, was aimed at repositioning the board for efficient operation and also in carrying out the activities of the Christians pilgrimage. Our correspondent gathered Read More

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Senate presidency: Northern students make case for North-east

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna As the scheming for the leadership of the National Assembly thickens, a northern-students group, Amalgamated Northern Nigerian Students Forum (ANNSF), has advised the APC leadership to zone the Senate Presidency to the north-east zone. The students’ forum gave the advice through its president, Comrade Yahaya Ayuba, in a press conference held at Arewa House, Read More

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Our co-death with Christ (I)

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Most Christians have come to understand and appreciate the spiritual death that occurred when Adam and Eve disobeyed God at the Garden of Eden but not many understand that there has also been a physical death for all of mankind. There can be no meaningful spiritual growth until we understand and properly appropriate the death of Jesus as it relates Read More

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Senate Presidency: Group Makes Case For Northern Christian

April 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Following the clamour for the Senate Presidency, a frontline political pressure group, Arewa Progressive Front for Change has called on leaders from the North to consider the choice of a Northern Christian for the position. In a press briefing held in Abuja, yesterday, the group lamented the marginalisation of Northern Christians in the polity, whereby Christians are only remembered as Read More

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Jonathan orders release of NNPC’s forensic report

April 28, 2015 Blueprint 0

  —Says he has nothing to hide By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate release of the full report of  a “forensic audit” of the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for Nigerians to be properly informed on the controversial matter of the alleged missing of $20 million. The audit was carried out by Read More

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Jungle justice as mob kills three in Abuja

April 28, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Abuja Three suspected members of a syndicate which specialises in snatching motorcycles in the Karshi area of Abuja were caught and burnt alive by a mob at the weekend. According to an eyewitness, Chuks Okafor,  the mob, consisting mainly of youth,  commercial motorists plying the route and some hoodlums used big sticks and stones to attack Read More