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US builds drone base near Nigeria

September 30, 2016 Blueprint 2

The United States military said  it is building a $100 million drone base   in Agadez, central Niger, to help the West African country combat militant groups and protect its borders. Niger, a security ally of the West, is grappling simultaneously with incursions from jihadist group Boko Haram across its southern border with Nigeria as well as roaming al Qaeda-linked Read More

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FG has declared Monday, 3rd October, 2016 as Public Holiday

September 30, 2016 Blueprint 1

Nigeria has declared Monday, 3rd October, 2016 as Public Holiday to mark the country’s 56th Independence Anniversary. The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, announced the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday. He congratulates Nigerians at home and abroad on the commemoration of this year’s independence anniversary which comes up on October 1, The minister Read More

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Many starving in Boko Haram areas: UN

September 30, 2016 Blueprint 2

The UN humanitarian coordinator for West Africa told a news conference on Friday that thousands of people are dying of hunger in the Lake Chad region where Boko Haram militants are active. Out of the estimated  six million people  affected,  4.5 million  are in Nigeria, said Toby Lanzer, who had also worked in South Sudan, Darfur and Chechnya. About 65,000 people are in a “catastrophe” or “phase Read More

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APC crisis deepens: Don’t break the rules, Atiku warns Oyegun

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

Urges soul-searching among excos  By Bode Olagoke Abuja, National Chairman of the crisis-ridden All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has come under further heat as a chieftain of the party and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, carpeted him for being ‘unfair and unjust’ in his handling of the issues arising from the party’s governorship primaries in Ondo state. His Read More

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Edo polls: Iyamu, Obaseki neck to neck

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 1

 We ‘re in early lead – PDP    It’s wishful thinking  – APC By Patrick Ahanor and Bode Olagoke, Benin City The Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has claimed that results so far collated in yesterday’s governorship election, put the party’s candidate, Osagie-Ize Iyamu, in the early lead over his All Progressives Congress rival, Godwin Obaseki. The Read More

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I won’t talk about Chibok Girls again – Buhari

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 1

 ‘Due process hindering anti-graft war’ By Abdulaziz Abduaziz Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was not ready to talk about the release of Chibok schoolgirls again, until the genuine leaders of Boko Haram come forward to prove the girls are in their custody. The president, who stated this in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of Read More

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Health minister opens Blueprint, FMOH seminar on drugs today

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

By Ajuma Edwina Ogiri Abuja The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale is expected to declare open a seminar on drug indiscipline, organised by Blueprint, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health, holding today in Abuja. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello is  expected to be the chief host at the seminar holding at Read More

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Budget padding: Finally, Reps suspend Jibrin

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

  ‘I’ll never apologise’ By Joshua Egbodo Abuja The hammer came down on embattled former chairman of the House of Representatives committee on appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin yesterday, as he has been suspended from activities of the House for 180 legislative sitting days. The lawmaker has further been completely banned from holding any position of responsibility in the House until Read More

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Borno to rebuild churches destroyed by Boko Haram

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, has promised to rebuild churches and other structures destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in Lassa as he visited liberated communities in the southern senatorial zone of the state. “We will rebuild churches, private and public buildings destroyed by the insurgents,” he said yesterday, when he accessed the level of damage in Lassa in Askira-Uba local Read More

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Recesssion: Why Buhari deserves our support – Niger Gov

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello  has called on Nigerians at home and abroad to rally round President Muhammadu Buhari on the reforms and steps taken by the administration to build a new Nigeria. Governor Bello made the call at the Nigerian Young Professionals Summit at Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, USA, while speaking on the theme:  ‘‘X-raying our Read More

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The danger of Shekau’s death mythology

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 3

“Were my days of living over,” said the Book Haram leader in a new video, “you wouldn’t have seen me here.” And this put an end to another official statement of his killing by the Nigerian troops. Shekau may not be the live-wire of the terrorist cult, but as its current spiritual overlord, his death may be symbolic in the Read More

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Djokovic pulls out of China Open

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the China Open in Beijing next week due to an ongoing elbow injury. The Serbian has been dogged by fitness issues all summer, having struggled at the Olympics and then pulled out of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, but he made his comeback at the US Open, where he made Read More

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President Buhari is God-sent

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

It is touching when an average Nigerian complains about the change we asked for. Nigerians shouldn’t behave like the devil who thinks that he is better than human beings, simply because he was created from fire. And we should try to appreciate Almighty God that made the change possible, when some people thought it was impossible. Almighty God knows better Read More

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4 drinks with amazing detox abilities

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

Cleanse your body from all the toxins and pack yourself with fresh nutrients that will, at the same time, help you gain energy, lose weight and become healthier. If you don’t have too much time or willpower to commit to a strict diet regime, maybe you can start with a few incredibly healthy drinks. If you are not sure which Read More

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Aviation stakeholders embrace airport concession with mixed optimism

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

As the debate on the proposed plan to give out four prime airports to concessionaires gathers momentum, stakeholders in the aviation industry congregated in Lagos recently to make their voices heard on the contentious issue, reports IME AKPAN Before the Nigerian economy slipped into recession and some interested persons and interest groups began the clamour for the sale of national Read More

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Letter to Nigeria business community

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 1

You will agree with me that nobody enjoys the current economic recession than you, You buy in bulk and sell in pieces, you fix price of your choice on daily basis, you subjected your long time customers to scorching hardship and allow your market to grow, you hoarded the little we cultivated and sell at exorbitant rate. It is quiet Read More

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Women’s group wants more girls participation in aviation

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 1

Stories by Ime Akpan The president of Women in Aviation International (WAI) Nigerian Chapter, Mrs. Rejoice Ndudinachi has enjoined female students in Nigerian schools to show interest in aviation so as to grow the sector and reduce the number of expatriates. Speaking at ‘Girls in Aviation Day’ held in Lagos recently, she told the participating students to take up any Read More

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Nigerians need sensitisation on Lassa fever

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 1

It is surprising that Commissioners for Health across the country have not mandated health officials to start promoting awareness on the Lassa fever epidemic currently breaking out in some states of the federation. It seems a lot of people don’t really know how dangerous this Lassa fever is, and from information gathered, it is spread by rats. This is, therefore, Read More

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AFRIEXIM Bank pledges continuous partnership with Arik Air

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

The African Export-Import Bank, (AFRIEXIM Bank) has pledged to strengthen its relationship with Arik Air and support the airline in every area. The bank’s president, Dr. Benedict Oramah, stated this when the bank’s board of directors paid a working visit to Arik Air office in Lagos recently. The president said “we are supporting the airline because of the essential role Read More

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Recession: RMAFC optimistic of respite

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Even as Nigeria battles the economic recession, many government agencies, individuals as well as organisations like the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) are upbeat that the country will overcome this situation soon. DAVID AGBA reports. In spite of the blame game over who caused the present economic recession witnessed in Nigeria currently, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently made Read More

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IATA harps on speed, innovation to drive aviation benefits

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for speed and innovation to enable aviation to continue to deliver its vast social and economic benefits. IATA’s director general and chief executive officer, Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, made the call in a keynote speech at the opening of the IATA World Financial symposium in Singapore. He noted that the airline industry Read More

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FG to address backlog of pension arrears – Buhari

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari said that the federal government is currently addressing inherited outstanding pension liabilities within the scarce resources available at its disposal. Speaking while declaring open the third edition of World Pension Summit ‘Africa Special,’ the President said pension matters occupied a strategic place not only as a vital component of social security but Read More

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FCT minister: No bangs but manifest impacts

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Jamila Musa With the Nigerian economy being in recession, a lot of people have become disillusioned about the change mantra of the APC-led federal government and its institutions like the FCT. Add this to the morbid mindsets for which everything APC or PMB is a no-no and you will find yourself dealing with very bizarre cynicisms. Nevertheless, truth remaining Read More

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Economic recession: Whose report will you believe?

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Olu Akintayo Let me confess that I probably belong to the unenviable class of people bracketised as having a phobia for information technology advances, as I seldom patronise the very attractive network the social media offers for strictly personal reasons. For a little while spanning three straight weeks I could not be in my local assembly or any church Read More

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Ambode mourns ex-IGP Inyang

September 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz Abuja By Tope Musowo Lagos Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterady expressed sadness over the death of a former Inspector General of Police, Sir Etim Inyang. Sir Etim Inyang, a former IGP from 1983 to1986, died in Lagos on Monday at the age of 85 after a brief illness. The governor in a statement signed by Read More