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Hide and seek over budget: How NASS deceives Nigerians

March 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

 Still working on details Ready in 2 weeks – Reps By Ezrel Tabiowo and Joshua Egbodo Abuja Barely twenty four hours after the Presidency accused the National Assembly of sabotage in  the handling of the 2016 budget, fresh facts emerged yesterday that the lawmakers are still working on the document they claimed to have passed on March 23. Investigations further Read More

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We feel your pains, FG begs Nigerians

March 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja The Federal Government yesterday  said it was aware of the difficulties Nigerians  currently face  over the lingering fuel scarcity and poor power supply, and that it was working round the clock to provide the relief for the citizenry. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated this  in a statement issued in Abuja, added Read More

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Nigeria needs economic think-tank – Anyaoku

March 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Agboola Bayo Ibadan A former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has declared that “Nigeria needs a think-tank economic team on whether the naira is going to be more devalued or not as a way out of its present economic crisis.” Chief Anyaoku said this in Ibadan yesterday at the launch of a book titled: “Audacity Read More

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44% Kaduna teachers not qualified – El-Rufa’i

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By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Kaduna state will soon embark on massive retraining of its teachers, while the state plans to recruit more teachers to provide school children with qualitative education, as 44% teachers in the state are not qualified to teach, Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i has said. Addressing an interactive session with selected journalists in Kaduna, he said that the new Read More

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Libya’s unity govt leaders in power bid

March 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

Leaders of Libya’s new unity government have arrived in the capital, Tripoli, by boat in an attempt to take control. Over recent days, Tripoli’s airspace has been intermittently closed to stop the Presidency Council, which has been based in Tunisia, from arriving by air. Libya’s UN envoy called for a “a peaceful and orderly handover”. But hardliners in the coalition Read More

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111, 806 children immunised against polio in Jigawa

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By Bayo AlabiraDutse No fewer than 111, 806 children were immunised against polio virus in Dutse local government area of Jigawa state during the last round of polio immunisation.The Manager, National Programme on Immunisation (NPI) in the area, Alhaji Suraj Muhammad, told journalists that the Council received 120, 000 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) for the smooth conduct of Read More

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Tinubu at 64: Vision, politics and national progress

March 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

On Tuesday this week, notable members of the Nigerian elite gathered in Abuja for the Bola Tinubu Colloquium, which annually commemorates the politician’s birthday. This year, Bola Tinubu turned 64, and give or take a few sour notes, this must be a very happy year for a man that has become the indomitable figure of contemporary Nigerian politics. Bola Tinubu, Read More

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Wenger certain of Arsenal future

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Arsene Wenger has “no doubt” he will still be the manager of Arsenal next season despite pressure from the club’s supporters to end his 20-year stay with the north London side.A run of just two wins from their last nine games in all competitions has seen the Gunners knocked out of the Champions League last-16 for a sixth successive season Read More

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‘Paralegals are solution to injustice, rights violation at grassroots’

March 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru is Country Director, Global Rights, the international human rights capacity-building non-governmental organisation. She speaks to ADAM ALQALI on the NGO’s activities in Nigeria across the thematic areas of access to justice, natural resource governance; security as well as women’s rights Global Rights has been in Nigeria for over 15 years, how has it been trying to ensure access Read More

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NUATE to shut down Caverton Helicopters’ operations

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By Ime Akpan Lagos As the negotiation between the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the management of Caverton Helicopters breaks down, the union has issued a seven-day notice to the airline to pay its members otherwise its operations in Lagos, Warri and Port Harcourt would be shut down. The union, in a letter to the managing director Read More

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2016 Budget: Abuja Chamber of Commerce urges financial discipline

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The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Limited (ACCI) has appealed to the federal government for financial discipline in the implementation of the 2016 budget passed by the National Assembly. The President of the Chamber, Mr Tony Ejinkeonye, made the appeal in Abuja recently. A budget of N6.8 trillion was submitted by the Executive arm of government to the National Read More

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MSMEs have lost N30bn to fuel scarcity – ACCI

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By David Agba Abuja About N30bn has been lost by Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in the last 30 days owing to the persistent fuel scarcity being experienced across the country.The President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Tony Ejinkeonye, gave the figure in a statement issued in Abuja. He said that the money was lost by the Read More

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Kano fire disaster: Ganduje plans succour for traders

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Amidst woes resulting from the Sabon-Gari Market fire, Kano state Governor, Dr Umar Ganduje set up a committee to work out relief measures for the traders. BASHIR MOHAMMED reports Perhaps, the greatest litmus test of a performing leader is emergency situations. It is a period like this you can separate the committed leader from ordinary men or as the say; Read More

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Power will naturally move to South-east after Buhari’s term – Omeh

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Chief Mathias Omeh, Enugu state coordinator, Field Operations Buhari-Osibanjo Campaign Organisation, former Commissioner for Agriculture and later for Commerce and Industries in Enugu state, spoke to EMEKA NZE on reasons the Igbo nation should support the present government among other issues.  You are a member of the All Progressives Congress. How can you assess the Buhari government so far? Buhari Read More

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Raising governance issues at Tinubu’s 8th Colloquium

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The Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s 8th Colloquium to mark the politician’s 64th birthday threw up issues of governance. ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF writes On Tuesday, the 29th of March, prominent Nigerians gathered at the International Conference Centre, Abuja to honour one of the major architects of the present political dispensation and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Read More

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Kano flags off clearing of debris from Sabon Gari Market

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By Aliyu Askira Kano Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has flagged off the clearance of debris from scene of the fire incident at Sabon Gari market in Kano metropolis. He said 10 graders and over 100 tippers had been deployed to the site to evacuate and dispose of the wreckage, to prevent the spread of diseases from burnt Read More

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IATA calls for team effort to improve air cargo

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Better Enforcement Needed for Lithium-ion Battery Shipments The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for continued transformation in the air cargo industry with a focus on raising the quality of its offering. Speaking at the opening of the 10th annual World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Berlin, Germany, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of IATA, Mr. Tony Tyler said global Read More

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ICAO rounds off audit of Nigeria’s civil aviation

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Stories by Ime Akpan Lagos The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has concluded its audit of Nigeria’s civil aviation with the team leader of the Auditors, Mr. Jean-Claude Waffo authenticating the country’s progress and development of aviation. Waffo who spoke in Lagos during the presentation of preliminary audit result at the closing meeting of the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Read More

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NEMA urges for caution against Lassa fever, meningitis

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By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday warned traders on dangers of Lassa fever, meningitis and measles, urging them to always take precaution against the deadly diseases during dry season when the diseases were rampant and also dangerous to human beings. Its North-west zonal Coordinator, Musa Ilallah, who made the call while addressing the village head of Read More

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PHCN: Fashola and the release of about 300,000 meters

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Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has disclosed the release of about 300,000 electricity meters which belonged to the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) but were locked up in a warehouse because of a lingering legal case against the contract for their procurement. DAVID AGBA reports. Fashola said in a social media (YouTube) question and Read More

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Bello woos investors

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By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Minister of the FCT, Malam Muahammad Musa Bello, has implore investors from local and international soil to see the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as a veritable business destination. The Minister made the call while receiving a visiting delegation from the Republic of Columbia in his office at Area 11, Garki I District. The Minister said the Read More

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Court remands transporter for alleged N200, 000 fraud

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A Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has remanded a 52-year-old transporter, Lawrence Fedipe, in prison for allegedly defrauding a man of N200, 000.The Senior Judge, Mr Garba Ogbede, who made the order after pleaded not guilty, said that Fedipe be remanded in Kuje Prison till April 13. Fedipe, a resident of Gosa Borehole, Airport Road, Abuja, was arraigned on Read More

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Jigawa police arrest suspected arms dealers

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By Bayo Alabira Dutse The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa state Command, Usman Tilli Abubakar, has said in order to get rid the state off criminals, two suspected arms dealers had been arrested along Birninkudu, Babaldu, Bauchi road. Addressing journalists yesterday at the police headquarters, Tilli said his men had arrested one Ema Gwadal from Kanke local government area of Plateau Read More

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Fire guts Ikom main market

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By Baba Yusuf Abuja Over 40 shops, worth millions of Naira, have been gutted by fire at the Ikom main market in Cross River state.It was gathered that the inferno, which started at about 2am on Tuesday and was attributed to power upsurge from the public power supply, could not be contained despite frantic efforts by shop owners to put Read More

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Unpaid salaries: FCTA releases N1.6bn bailout to area councils

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By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has released the sum of N1,679,825,308.1 as bailout to the six area councils in the Federal Capital Territory for the payment of January and February salary owed their workers. Minister of the FCT, Malam Muahammad Musa Bello, who disclosed this while briefing journalists, revealed that Kwali and Bwari area councils got Read More