No Image

Ambode to partner PAN on youth training

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos state has stated his administration’s readiness to partner PAN Nigeria Limited in terms of patronage of Peaugeot cars and vans and in training of youths on vocational and technical skills to reduce unemployment. The Governor therefore requested that a blueprint of training from PAN Learning Center be sent to him for Read More

No Image

Renewable energy: Nigeria to lead in lighting the world

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Every country needs clean, cheap, inexhaustible sources of electricity. But existing investments in power grids built on fossil fuels keeps most countries tied to costly, polluting energy sources. In this interview, with AllAfrica, head of the renewable energy programme in the federal ministry of the environment, Engr. Bahijjatu Hadiza Abubakar, talks about plans to build a clean-energy grid. Excerpt:  Reason Read More

No Image

Customs seals warehouses of rice importers

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja Nigeria Customs Service has commenced the sealing up of warehouses of four (4) defaulting rice importers. The action is intended to give a bite to several letters of warming and ultimatum to the beneficiaries of rice import quota policy who imported in excess of their approved quotas. The affected importers are: Olam, Stallion/ Popular Foods/Masco Agro, Read More

No Image

FG harps on full implementation of NWRCBNet manual

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By John Oba Abuja In line with its objectiveof strengthening human capacity in water resources management, the FederalGovernment has advocated full implementation of National Water ResourcesCapacity Building Network (NWRCBNet) Operational Manual. In a statement signed onbehalf of the head, Press and Public Relations unit, Mr Attari Hope Monday andmade available to Blueprint yesterday, the executive director, National WaterResources Institute, Kaduna, Read More

No Image

NSE: Stock market dips by 192.93 basis points

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE continued in declining profile, dropping by 192.93 bassis points. Specifically, the NSE All Share Index decreased by 0.62 per cent to 30614.81 points from 30807.54 points. Also the market capitalisation of listed  equities dropped by N66 billion to N10.493 trillion from N10.559 trillion traded on Monday. Read More

No Image

NERC queries 26 GENCOs

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Musa Adamu Abuja Following completion of an audit exercise of its licensees, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on has ordered 27 power generation companies to within the next 30 days provide justification why their licences should not be cancelled. The notice for cancellation of licensees posted on the Commission’s website on yesterday was sequel to the discovery through Read More

No Image

New service chiefs and Boko Haram’s new onslaught

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Now that President Buhari has finally parted ways with Jonathan’s men and has since approved the appointments of Major-General Babagana Mongunu (RTD) as National Security Adviser, Major-General Abayomi Olonisakin as Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General T.Y Buratai as Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Iba as Chief of Naval Staff and Air Vice Marshal Morgan Riku as Head Read More

No Image

Yakasai’s umbrage on Buhari

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

What concerns Tanko Yakasai with Buhari? With his mentor Goodluck Jonathan and Edwin Clark out the political scene and in the wilderness, he should be there with them, not hanging about and clucking like an old hen. Haba, if Yakasai is a patriotic Nigerian and a true Northern Elder, how come he would wish that Buhari’s presidency would end in Read More

No Image

Combating insecurity with housing

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Housing development is well captured in all the policies of the government since independence till date. It is contained in the vision 202020 and the transformation agenda or national development plans of the past government in Nigeria. Housing is a right for the citizen to have comfortable accommodation, yet the rights have not been fully enforced. Today, more than 60% Read More

No Image

Why Nigeria records failure in mortgage policy – Dangote

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By David Agba When experts and other key housing industry followers met at the 9th Abuja Housing Show held July 6-8, 2015, discussions centred on modalities to enhance housing finance and training of artisans for better performance It was a gathering of who is who in the construction sector and the key question was housing affordability. The subject of attraction Read More

No Image

Aminu Saleh: The SGF at rest

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Salisu Na’inna Dambatta “Time is of the essence,” was a favoured phrase of Malam Aminu Saleh, Wamban Katagum and the first Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of General Sani Abacha. He took over from Alhaji Mustafa Umara of Chief Ernest Shonekan’s Interim Government to become the 12th SGF. That phrase, which he uttered Read More

No Image

Maikasuwa and godfatherism

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Biu This is not the first time the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, has taken up arms against the phenomenon of godfatherism in Nigerian politics. He has spoken against it on many occasions whenever he has the opportunity to do so. It has become one of the issues he often likes to discuss Read More

No Image

Libya trial: Gaddafi son sentenced to death over war crimes

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

A court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, and eight others to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution. More than 30 close associates of Col Gaddafi were tried for suppressing peaceful protestsduring the uprising. Saif al-Islam was not in court, but has previously appeared via video link. He is Read More

No Image

‘German-Somali’ behind Mogadishu’s Jazeera hotel blast

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

A German of Somali origin is suspected to have been the suicide bomber who struck in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday, a Somali intelligence officer has told the BBC. The male bomber was believed to be from the city of Bonn, said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity as investigations were continuing. The attack on the five-star Jazeera Read More

No Image

Kurdish peace ‘impossible’ – Turkey’s Erdogan

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Turkish president has said his country cannot continue the peace process with the Kurds amid attacks by Kurdish militants on Turkish targets. There has been a recent series of clashes between Turkish forces and Kurdish PKK militants. Turkey has also been hit by attacks by by Islamic State-linked militants – including one that left 32 dead in the town Read More

No Image

Malaysia PM Najib Razak sacks deputy over 1MDB scandal

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has replaced his deputy amid a continuing financial scandal. Muhyiddin Yassin had criticised Mr Najib’s handling of allegations surrounding a state investment fund. Mr Najib has denied allegations that nearly $700m (£450m) were transferred to his personal bank accounts from the 1MDB fund, which he set up in 2009. Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail, who Read More

No Image

Lord Sewel resigns from House of Lords after drug claims

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Lord Sewel has resigned from the House of Lords after being filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes. Footage obtained by The Sun on Sunday appeared to show the peer – who had been deputy speaker of the Lords – snorting powder from a woman’s breasts. The peer has apologised for the “pain and embarrassment” caused and said his exit would Read More

No Image

Taliban seize Afghan district HQ in north

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Taliban fighters have seized the headquarters of a northern district in Afghanistan, officials say. The militants captured the Kohistanat district in Sar-e-pul province after a night of heavy fighting. It comes two days after the Taliban took control of a police base in northern Badakhshan province, capturing and later releasing over 100 officers. Militant violence has increased since the departure Read More

No Image

France wildfires: Thousands evacuated from Provence campsites

July 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Around 10,000 tourists have been evacuated from campsites in the French region of Provence after wildfires made worse by hot winds. The tourists had to leave three sites in the Var area of Provence, in the south of France, on Monday. At one site near the town of Frejus, 30 mobile homes were destroyed, AFP says. President Francois Hollande had Read More

No Image

Only Buhari is clean in APC – PDP

July 28, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is on the same page with the federal government in the fight against corruption, but asked that due process must be followed to ensure that innocent citizens are not victimised. The party, which admitted that President Muhammadu Buhari was not corrupt, however, called for the probe of All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders whom it said Read More

No Image

NASS Crisis: I’ll Crush All Opposition, Mostly APC Members – Speaker Dogara Warns

July 28, 2015 Blueprint 0

Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Monday, July 27, 2015, warned all members of the parliament, mostly, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who are against his leadership, to conduct themselves orderly as the parliament resumes, otherwise, they would be severely dealt with. According to Daily Independent, Members of the APC Loyalist Group had been at Read More

No Image

PDP Reps Charge PMB To Publish Jonathan’s Handover Notes

July 28, 2015 Blueprint 0

The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to publish the handover notes of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the official  gazette of the federation. The resolution,Tuesday, at resumption of plenary after a recess, followed a motion by Uzom Nkem-Abonta who observed that only officials of the presidency have access to the document at the moment. Mr. Abonta however Read More

No Image

APC backs President Buhari’s probe of Jonathan Administration

July 28, 2015 Blueprint 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed strong support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to probe the immediate past federal government, saying the revelations of mind-boggling corruption that are just beginning to emerge have made such a probe imperative. ”Some people have insinuated that the Buhari Administration should ignore the massive looting of our patrimony and move on. We say no responsible government can afford Read More