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Kogi polls threatened as Faleke insists on ticket

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke, Abuja, and Oyibo Salihu, Lokoja The hazy cloud hanging over the controversial Kogi polls  appears to be far from disappearing as James Abiodun Faleke , the running mate to  late Abubakar Audu, the  All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in the inconclusive election, still  insists that he is the most qualified to pick the party’s ticket  ahead of Read More

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Complacency, idleness caused terrorism – Buhari

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday in Malta that violent extremism and terrorism can only thrive and endure if good people remain idle and complacent. Speaking on behalf of other participating African Heads of State and Government at the closing of the executive session of the 2015 Commonwealth summit, the President said he was confident that Read More

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2019: I’ll back Igbo Presidency – Babangida

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By ,,,,,,,,,, …………. Former Military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has expressed his readiness to support Igbo Presidency in 2019. He however condemned the Biafran agitation, describing it as a distraction the nation doesn’t need at this stage of her life. The ex-military ruler disclosed this in Minna ,in an interview with the December edition of The Interview, a weekly magazine Read More

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Synagogue trusteees, engineers for trial over of 116 deaths

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

Tope Musowo Lagos The trustees of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) will on Monday, November 30, 2015 be arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over the collapse of a six-story building in the church on September 12, 2014, which led to the death of 116 persons. Senior Pastor of the church, Prophet T.B Joshua is one Read More

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Return of looted funds

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

It is said that whatever goes up must come down, but it seems that the Law of Nature which states that rule does not work in Nigeria. That, however, depends upon prevailing circumstance which may go contrary to that universally accepted maxim. The inception of Muhammadu Buhari’s corrective regime which has effectively mobilised against corruption and its perpetrators in both Read More

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Murray wins Davis Cup for Great Britain

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

Andy Murray ended Great Britain’s 79-year wait for a 10th Davis Cup title by defeating Belgium’s David Goffin 6-3 7-5 6-3 in Ghent yesterday. Despite the fact that Goffin was playing on clay – his preferred surface – and in front of a boisterous 13,000 capacity crowd at the Flanders Expo centre, two-time major winner Murray put his opponent to Read More

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Police release 52 cattle to owners in Yobe

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

various homes with the relative peace currently being. By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The Police in Damaturu, Yobe state North East Nigeria has released 52 cows to its rightful owner weeks after recoveries from rustlers in the state. The Police had also earlier announced the recoveries of several herds of cattle from Boko Haram rustlers by the military involved in current Read More

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El’-Rufa’i to create 200,000 jobs through N166bn budget

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state at the weekend told Kaduna state stakeholders that his government proposes N166 billion draft budget of restoration for the 2016 fiscal year comprising of N104 billion capital and N62 billion recurrent components. He said that the town hall meeting is to enable stakeholders deliberate and contribute to the proposed 2016 Read More

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Measles: Gombe immunises 785,586, says target exceeded

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Jedidah Silas kiman Gombe Gombe state Primary Health Care Development Agency has said a total of 785,586 children under five years of age in Gombe have been immunised in the just concluded national campaign against measles disease. Executive secretary of the state primary health care development agency Dr Ahmed Mohammed Gana told our reporter in Gombe that, the measles Read More

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Our economic journey so far; as we are!

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Donald Ikenna Ofoegbu There is no need to re-iterate the fact that oil prices are on the nose dive and will not be rising very soon; if ever, considering the rising global crises; slowing global GDPs, new discoveries of oil wells and not to forget the fast embrace of renewable clean technologies to replace fossil fuels. By implication, our Read More

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Facts about pro-Biafrans

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By Dr Ibrahim Sabo Yunusa The history of Nigeria cannot be complete without mentioning those days of doom of Nigerian civil war. The Biafra war started on July 6, 1967 to January 15, 1970, about three years. It was won by the Nigerian Army, against those agitating for the defunct Republic of Biafra, under Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu of the then Read More

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OIDA and legal tussle over FCT ministerial slot

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

IBRAHIM RAMALAN writes on the decision of Abuja indigenes to take the Federal Government to court over the latter’s refusal to give them a slot in the recently constituted Federal Executive Council Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDA) has found itself in a legal tussle with the federal government in the suit filed against the Federal Government over the Read More

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PDP dead, in Kaduna – Commissioner

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna Kaduna State Commissioner for Local Government, Muhammed Bashir Saidu yesterday declared that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is dead and buried in Kaduna state, adding that the party will never resurrect. Speaking with journalists at State House, Kaduna, Saidu said that PDP had sold all its goodwill on the altar of corruption and bad governance, Read More

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Bayelsa election no contest despite APC’s noise – Dickson

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Fresh from one leg of his campaign tour of communities in Bayelsa state where he recorded rapturous receptions, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson fielded questions from the media on the forthcoming governorship election. His confidence of victory is based on his generally acknowledged record of performance, which is why he can afford to boast that he has no opponent in Saturday’s Read More

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Audu: The man’s many controversies

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The many controversies in the life and death of the first civilian governor of Kogi state, Abubakar Audu, form the thrust of this piece by ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF Prior to his emergence as the first chief executive of  Kogi, the confluence state, upon its creation in 1991, the banker, Audu Abubakar was virtually an unknown figure, at least to the Read More

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Northern speakers’ forum elects Marafa as new chair

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin The Northern Speakers Forum on has elected officers that will run it affairs for 2015/2019 term with the Speaker of Niger state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Marafa as its Chairman. Marafa was elected the new forum chairman during an election which took place on the sideline of a workshop organised by the Conference Read More

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Market downturn: NSE seeks portfolio diversification to mitigate risks

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Chief Executive Officer, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr Oscar Onyema,  on Sunday advised investors to diversify their portfolios across different asset classes to mitigate risks. Onyema gave the advice at a two-day workshop organised by the Capital Market Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CAMCAN) in Lagos. He said that developments in the market made it imperative for investors to Read More

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Police arrest 16 suspected cultists in Niger

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna The police in Niger state have arrested 16 suspected Cult members operating within Suleja local government area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, ASP, Bala Elkana stated this at the weekend while parading the suspects at the police headquarters in Minna. He said that cults have been operating under Read More

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Capital market indicators down by 0.29 per cent.

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

The market indices of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday dropped by 0.29 per cent due to profit taking while the All-Share lost 79.67 points or 0.29 per cent to close at 27,617.45 compared with 27,697.12 recorded on Thursday. Similarly, the market capitalisation which opened at N9.522 trillion shed N27 billion to close at N9.495 trillion. An analysis of Read More

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Abubakar Audu was a great man – Wada

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By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Late Prince Abubakar Audu, the APC Governorship candidate in the November 21, election has been described as a great man, whose death would lead to amendments of the nation’s statues. Kogi State Governor, capt idris Wada, made the remarks at the eighth day fidau prayers for late Prince Abubakar Audu, the APC  governorship candidate, held at Read More

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Peace expert urges Plateau govt on truth, reconciliation

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos Plateau state government have been urged to encourage the process of truth and reconciliation as a means of attaining sustainable peace in the state. A peace and conflicts resolution expert, Malam Sani Suleiman Maigoro, in a paper presentation tagged: “Promoting justice for sustainable peace in Plateau state,” at an annual commemorative and prayer event organised Read More

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Empowering Corps members with agro-allied enterprise

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

The agricultural posture of President Mohammadu Buhari since assumption of office shows that, encouraging youth  of all categories to imbibe to take agro-allied business practices is one of the best long time plans any nation could pursue,  That places the Corps members squarely in this picture, especially with the War Against Poverty (WAP) programme of the National Youth Service Corps Read More

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Tribunal: Don’t inflame passions on Taraba, youths caution

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja Against the backdrop of already existing tension in Taraba state arising from the outcome of the Governorship Election Tribunal which sacked Gov Darius Isiaku, a coalition of youths in the state has pledged to continue to maintain peace and order with the hope that the Appeal Court ensure that justice is done on the matter. The Read More

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‘Nigeria imports N30bn ethanol despite growing cassava’

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin A consultant on Biofuel,Dr. Bamidele Ololade has decried the under utilization of Nigeria ‘s agricultural  resources particularly, cassava, lamenting that the country still imports N30 billion worth of ethanol from Brazil despite growing cassava. The biofuel expert regretted that the country could be spending such a whopping amount of money importing ethanol, a commodity which Read More

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Afri-CASD urged FG to Partner farmers on free meal scheme

November 30, 2015 Blueprint 0

By John Oba Abuja To enhance the free feeding scheme for students, which was part of the campaign promises by President Muhammadu Buhari, the African Centre for Food, Agriculture and Sustainable Development (Afri-CASD) has called on the Federal Government to partner local farmers in the scheme implementation. The Centre stated that partnering with farmers to drive the initiative would boost Read More