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PDP leadership crisis deepens

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Gulak, NWC defy  govs’ intervention By Emeka Nze Abuja The simmering crisis sweeping through the Peoples Democratic Party, seems far from abating as  various  stakeholders, including governors elected on the party’s platform have disagreed on the modus operandi to resolve issue surrounding the national chairmanship seat of the party. Sequel to the sudden ‘hijacking’ of the party leadership on Wednesday Read More

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Obasanjo a detraction, frustrated – Melaye, Reps

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja The letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the leadership of the National Assembly, has continued to generate reactions from the federal legislature. Although the Senate President, Bukola Saraki acknowledged the receipt of the letter and expressed their commitment to good governance,  the House of representatives declared the missive as a distraction. Similarly, a member of Read More

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Arms deal: Metuh gets bail, Ex-NAF chief detained

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday ordered the release of the embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, from Kuje Prison after he has met the bail conditions set by Justice Okon Abang of Federal High Court, Abuja. The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday varied the bail Read More

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INEC redeploys RECs

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the what it called the “routine re-deployment” of some its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). A statement issued yesterday by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, said the re-deployment took effect immediately with the handing over to be concluded by Tuesday, the February 2, 2016. According to Read More

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Northern businesses as apology for innovation

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

The average northerner develops an entrepreneurial wisdom early enough to realize that, beyond or without formal western education or certificates, the most viable options are the opportunities presented by the world of buying and selling. He’s earned a reputation in this venture, and has even managed to survive certain competitions with fellow countrymen from the other side of the Niger. Read More

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Aussier Open: Djokovic beats Federer

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Novak Djokovic advanced to his sixth Australian Open final with a 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory over Roger Federer. The world number one dominated the first two sets with some superb hitting, then had to hold off a spirited Federer fightback. It is the third straight Grand Slam in which Djokovic has beaten the Swiss, prolonging Federer’s wait for an Read More

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Nigeria’s economy: The road to recovery

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Kemi Adeosun To start by saying that the Nigerian economy is challenged is stating the obvious, but it is nevertheless, a very necessary statement especially at this period of our economic history. For an economy dependent on oil for 70 per cent of government revenues the 12 year low in oil prices, the downward revisions to the global outlook Read More

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U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

On January 29, 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson. The Hall of Fame actually had its beginnings in 1935, when plans were made to build a museum devoted to baseball and its 100-year history. A private organization based in Cooperstown Read More

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Police nab 7 for robbery, fraud

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja The Police in FCT have arrested three notorious robbers, as well as four others for bag snatching, house breaking and fraud. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), for the command, Anjuguri Manzah, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), disclosed this in a press statement, yesterday in Abuja. He said the suspected robbers: Augustine John, 40; Ronald Mathew, Read More

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NULGE mulls sit-at-home strike

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Donald Iorchir The leadership of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), FCT chapter, in their first quarterly meeting at its state secretariat in Gwagwalada, has written to the FCT Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello, intimating him of the workers’ plans to sit at home if by February 1, 2016, the three months arrears of their workers’ salaries were not Read More

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Aggrieved indigenous contractors accuse exco of betrayals

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Some aggrieved members of the Indigenous Contractors Association of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have insisted on street protest over nonpayment of their various contracts fee by the FCT Administration. The members also accused their executives of dancing to the tune the FCT administration against their wish and barring them from protesting. Speaking with newsmen in Read More

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From Kenya to African Union summit

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M. Gulloma During his recent visit to the United State of America (USA), an official of the country made a statement about President Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking shortly after Buhari’s meeting with his USA counterpart Barrack Obama, the top official declared that with someone of Buhari’s stature at the helms of affairs, black Africa’s most populous nation could now hold Read More

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Court of Appeal is right on Abia election – Nwobilor

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Chief Kingsley Nwobilor is a past President,  Ukwa Ngwa Federated Union, Abuja Branch, and founding  member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), who  contested for the Ugwunagbo state constituency in the Abia state House of Assembly. In this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, the economist turned politician  speaks on the latest political developments in Abia, his  home state, against the Read More

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Kebbi: APC, Bagudu, and the change mantra

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

While the federal government declared zero tolerance for corruption, past records of some individuals in the government make mockery of this stance. BELLO ADAMU x-rays the deluge of corruption allegations against the Kebbi state Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu. Judging from the legal fireworks currently going on in the Federal High Court, Abuja legal analysts could safely draw a conclusion that Read More

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Pondering on the life of Sir Ahmadu Bello

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Okikiola  Qasim Queen Elizabeth School was founded in 1956; the school was the only Government School, while others were missionary at that time. The initiator of the school Sir Ahmadu Bello founded the school with the vision of breeding future leaders who will be proficient in all fields of endeavour and most importantly mothers who will give birth to many Read More

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The prohibition of tribalism in Islam

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Abuu Mus’ab In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful All perfect praise be to Allah, we praise Him, seek His aid, and ask His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and from our bad deeds. He whom Allah guides, there is none to misguide him, and he whom He leaves astray there is Read More

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PDP hails Supreme Court judgements on Rivers, Ebonyi

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the Supreme Court judgements which affirmed the election of Governors Nyesom Wike and Dave Umahi of Rivers and Ebonyi states, respectively. The party in a statement issued by its National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Olawepo, said “the landmark rulings of the apex court have not only rekindled hope in democracy but Read More

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‘I received N77.5m from Metuh for publicity’

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Another prosecuting witness and the Managing Director of CMC Connect Ltd, a public relations consultant, Yomi Ogunsanya, has told Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja that the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, paid him N77.5 million for publicity. The witness testified that he was awarded the Read More

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We laundered money for Metuh – Witnesses

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja A Public Relations consultant, Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya, and a Bureau De Change operator, Kabiru Ibrahim, yesterday admitted to having laundered money for the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oliseh Mutuh, who is standing trial alongside his company, Destra Investment Limited, for allegedly receiving N400 million from the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd). Read More

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FG seeks partnership with UK against terrorism

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (retd), has said that the long-standing bilateral relations between Nigeria and the United Kingdom would be beneficial to Nigeria in tackling terrorism and other cross-border crimes. The Minister said this when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, paid him a visit in his office in Read More

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Al-Makura urged to empower SMEs

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By John Oba Abuja Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has been urged to put in place policies and programmes that will facilitate the growth and development of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which will place the state among its equals. Managing Director of Chrsity Catering Enterprises, Mrs. Christiana Agba made the plea recently at the graduation ceremony of Read More

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EFCC arraigns 2 oil dealers for fraud

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday arraigned the duo of Aku Ben Aku and Philips James Aliku, alongside their company, Al-Aminu Oil and Gas Limited, before Justice Sulaiman Aliyu Tukur of the High Court of Kaduna state, Kaduna, on a five -count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence to the Read More

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Agency partners security agents to enforce biosafety regulations

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Etta Michael Bisong Abuja The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has approached various security agencies including the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as part of operational arrangements to enforce its mandate. It would be recalled that the NBMA shortly after its establishment gave a deadline of six months which Read More

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CBN earmarks N220bn for SMEs – Fidelity Bank MD

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Managing Director of Fidelity Bank plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okwonkwo, has said that the bank had supported small and medium enterprises to grow with the initial disbursement of N1.2 billion to small and medium entrepreneurs across the country, and that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had earmarked the sum of N220 billion for disbursement to small Read More

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Govt urged to assist 10,757 Sickle Cell patients in Jigawa

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bayo Alabira Dutse Chairman of the Sickle Cells Anemia, Jigawa state chapter, Comrade Abubakar Abdullahi, has pleaded with the state government, corporate organisations, individuals as well as emirs to come to the aid of the victims in the state. He made the appeal while speaking to our correspondent yesterday in Dutse, lamenting that the situation his members found themselves Read More