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I still respect Jonathan – Buhari

May 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

Says I underrated PDP’s 16-year rots        ‘Change mantra saw hell’  By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday reflected on the events that led to his emergence as the number one citizen, saying he still respects his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan for calling him to concede defeat even before the final results were announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission Read More

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Biafra anniversary: Army, MASSOB, IPOB trade words over casualties

May 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Raphael Ede Enugu The anniversary for the Biafra nation yesterday turned bloody as soldiers and protesters clashed at Nkpor, Anambra state, with about 37 members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra and the Independent People of  Biafran , allegedly shot dead by the soldiers, a claim denied by the Army . Similarly, in Read More

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PDP moles, looters scheming to serve Buhari’s govt – Tinubu

May 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has raised the alarm over moves by some members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to regain access into government through the backdoor. Tinubu, therefore, urged the government to urgently restructure the economy by initiating fiscal policies that Read More

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The pains and gains of devaluation

May 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

Two developments caused unexpected stir in the Nigerian capital market in the last three weeks.  On May 13, the market capitalization of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) leisurely crossed the N9 trillion range after practically stagnating at N8 trillion for almost one year. Investors responded to the partial deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry with a measure Read More

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Rio Olympic: Murray to seek Zika virus advice

May 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

Andy Murray will seek medical guidance on the Zika virus before travelling to Rio for the Olympics. The 29-year-old British defending champion said he had been influenced by recent reports of scientists saying it was “unethical” for the summer Olympics and Paralympics to go ahead. “I will speak to a couple of doctors about it and see what their advice Read More

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Hauwa Shafi’i Nuhu: Nigeria’s promising literary doppelganger

May 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

Who is Hauwa Shafii Nuhu? Hauwa is a young writer resident in Minna. She is from Niger State but schools in Bayero University Kano. A hopeless addict to home and family, as well as to good poetry and great prose who has works on online journals such as The Kalahari Review, Brittlepaper, Praxis magazine, and elsewhere. She publishes with only Read More

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Nigerian Writers Series 2016 calls for submissions

May 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Ramalan The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has called for submissions for the second phase of its publishing intervention, the Nigerian Writers Series, under its NWS Publishers (BN2297638) imprint. A release signed by the association’s Publicity Secretary (South), Olaosebikan Taofeek, recalled that the Association published ten fictional titles under the same series and imprint in 2014 which are Read More

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Democracy Day: Buhari silent on looters

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

 Says economic misfortune, opportunity for diversification Threatens Avengers      To negotiate with Boko Haram By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday fell short of his promise to disclose names and amounts recovered from alleged looters of the nation’s treasury, on Democracy Day (May 29)). Rather, Buhari, in the May 29 nationwide broadcast, said, the Ministry of Information and Culture Read More

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Katsina owes foreign varsities N650m tuition

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Hamidu Sabo Katsina Katsina state government is owing three foreign universities a whooping N650 million, being tuition fees and other allowances for over 143 students of the state origin studying abroad, Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education, Professor Badamasi Charanchi, has revealed. Charanchi, who spoke to newsmen at the weekend, said the debt was accumulated under the Read More

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PDP only on sabbatical – Makarfi

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has declared that the party has only gone on sabbatical and would certainly bounce back. He made the declaration at the weekend in Kaduna when Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state paid him a solidarity visit. He gave the assurance that the party would Read More

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Ayade committing treason – APC

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Kingston Obung Calabar Cross River state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ben Ayade of treason, saying his creation of Green Police and appointment of an indigene as envoy to the African Development Bank in Abidjan were treasonable acts. Briefing journalists yesterday, state chairman of the party, Mr. John Ochala, listed other sins of the Read More

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40 commercial metal deposits in 33 states – Expert

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Nigeria is so endowed with mineral deposits that 40 metals are available in commercial quantities in 33 states across the country,  an expert in the field, Mr Olasupo Sasore has said. But in spite of this, mineral resources only contribute 0.3% to the gross domestic product (GDP). Sasore, who is former Attorney General and Commissioner for Read More

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Niger borrows N3bn for 5 months salary

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Niger state government has incurred over N3billion debt to augment payment of workers’ salaries from January to May, the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said. The governor stated this yesterday as part of Democracy Day celebration in a state broadcast to mark his first year in office. He said that despite the gloomy situation, Read More

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Buhari’s first anniversary: So far, so good

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

The wind of desirable change that has swept across Nigeria on May 29 last year is still raging on and people have been swaying with it. Nigerians are now happy and excited that the new change brought about by a focused and more determined political party, the APC, with Malam Muhammadu Buhari, a resolute and morally upright leader at its Read More

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Southampton boss slams Man Utd over Van Gaal sack

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

The Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, had a high-profile fallout with Van Gaal when he was his director of football at Ajax, but was no less sympathetic about his dismissal from Old Trafford just two days after winning the FA Cup and subsequent replacement with Jose Mourinho, seemingly a deal in-waiting since the turn of the year. Highly-rated Koeman, who led Read More

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Liquidity squeeze: Banks bear brunt of oil price fall

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Nigerian banks in the last one year, operated under a harsh business environment and tight monetary policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). In this report, AMAKA IFEAKANDU looks at the major factors that impacted on the sector’s activities.   The harsh operating environment in the country following the dwindling prices of crude oil in the international market has continued Read More

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5 great tips for tourists traveling around northern Nigeria

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Northern Nigeria is made up of 19 states and in many of these cities, there are amazing destinations which tourists love to visit. In Kaduna, the magnificent Kajuru Castle is sited, the ancient Kano City Wall in Kano, the popular Yankari Games reserve in Bauchi, the Gashaka Gumpti park between Adamawa and Taraba and the Chappal Waddi Mountain in Taraba Read More

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Equity market remains on downward trend

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s capital market in the last one year recorded low trading activities. In this report AMAKA IFEAKANDU examines the key factors that  affected the performance of the market under the current administration. In the last one year, the nation’s capital market witnessed low activities following the fall in the prices of crude oil in the international market, which reduced the Read More

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5 places to have a thrilling night in Lagos

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Despite the hustle and wild chase for survival in Lagos, the residents of the metropolitan city still love to party and have a good time. You find them at various bars, lounges, clubs, and bars downing different brands of beverages as they chat away with friends and dance to the music blaring from loudspeakers. On their tables, you will find Read More

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GDP is good, but HDI measures Nigeria better

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Amir Bagwanje Great economic Depression of the 1930s and later the outbreak World War II in the early 1940s propelled the international economic players to a compelling need for a precise and comprehensive technique to assessment of the wealth of nations. The idea was essentially to devise a way of evaluating wartime expenditure and the value of general goods Read More

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Celebrating Democracy Day in darkness, hunger

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Tunde Akanbi Democracy Day is set aside in Nigeria to celebrate the age long democratic rule of the big African nation. It is held annually on May 29.It is an annual celebration in Nigeria and this time around, the nation will be celebrating 17 years of uninterrupted democracy since 1999 when former President Olusegun Obasanjo took over from military Read More

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No sacred cow in recovering Kogi looted funds — Bello

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

What should people expect from the ongoing staff screening at the end? The state and local government staff screening exercise had been going on since inception of this administration which came on board in January 27, 2016. The screening involved the verification of all the workers of state, local government areas, teachers and tertiary institutions  in the state. The verification Read More

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How Miss Planet Nigeria Tourism spent her day with blind children

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 1

By Ibrahim Ramalan Across the board, for every 27th of May, children, especially the school-going ones, mark the International Children’s Day with a lot of fun-fare, visitations, mutual exchange of pleasantries and celebration of good life. International Children’s Day as so initiated by the United Nations in the 1954 is originally earmarked to promote the welfare of the children globally. Read More

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Sokoto, SMEDAN to train 100 youth on entrepreneurship

May 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), and the Sokoto State Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SOSMEDA), have commenced the training of 100 youths on  entrepreneurship. The three-day training which was jointly organised by SMEDAN and SOSMEDA, with a view to providing the youths with skills on business development and establishment. Speaking at the Read More