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…Jigawa declares today public holiday

October 4, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse Jigawa state government has declared today (Tuesday) as public holiday to mark the Islamic New Year, 1438 AH. This was contained in a press statement from the office the secretary to the state government signed by his spokesperson, Malam Ismaila Ibrahim Dutse, yesterday. The government congratulated the people of the state and the Muslims around the Read More

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A stranded man

October 4, 2016 Blueprint 0

Afam Nkemdiche The ongoing discussions on Nigeria’s economic recession have been quite revealing. Most discussants now seem persuaded that it is time Nigeria abandoned orthodoxies, and resort to thinking outside the box. Nothing instructs better than firsthand experience. Thinking outside the box is not an option for Nigeria in her present state, it is the only option. My reasons are Read More

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Day AWF’s free writing workshop came alive

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By Friday I. Ejilogo Once upon a time, the familiar phrase made popular by its use at the beginning of folk tales the world over, acquired new meaning as the theme of Abuja Writers Forum’s Free one-day Workshop for aspiring writers on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Held at TERRAZZO, a popular relaxation and high-class events place at Port Harcourt Crescent Read More

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Fed Cup: Enyimba, Nasarawa s/final for Oct. 15

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Stories by Lekan Olaseinde & Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja The second semi final match of this year’s men Federation Cup competition will now take place at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan on Saturday, 15th October 2016. On Monday, NFF’s Head of Federation Cup, Emmanuel Adesanya, said that the Oyo State Football Association wrote to the NFF to request for the Read More

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FG plans lower taxes for SMMES

October 4, 2016 Blueprint 0

The Federal Government is set to reduce the income tax rates payable by Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) in the country to encourage more start-ups in Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises, boost the profitability of the existing ones, generate new jobs and make higher contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The new incentives for SMMEs are part of Read More

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2016 ANA literary prize shortlist announced

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By Ibrahim Ramalan The Judges of the Association of Nigerian Authors Literary Prizes have release the short list for the 2015 ANA Prizes. According to a statement signed by the association’s Publicity Secretary (South), Olatunbosun Taofeek, the winners of the various prizes will be announced at the awards dinner of the 35 Anniversary International Convention of the Association coming on Read More

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Rigobert Song fighting for his life

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Cameroon football legend, Rigobert Song, is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering a stroke in Yaoundé. The 40-year-old was rushed to hospital on Monday morning and is reportedly in a critical condition. Song, who played for Liverpool and West Ham United in the English Premier League, is the Indomitable Lions most capped player; having played 137-international matches for Read More

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Mkhitaryan set to miss Armenia games

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to miss Armenia’s games against Romania and Poland following a request from Manchester United, the nation’s FA has confirmed. Mkhitaryan, 27, has not played for United since Sept. 10 when he was withdrawn at half-time in the 2-1 defeat against Manchester City. The attacking midfielder had started the derby despite suffering a thigh problem when representing Read More

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Oil sells above $50 as Iran calls for support

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Oil rose more than 1 percent on Monday, with Brent settling above $50 a barrel the first time since August and U.S. crude hitting three-month highs, after Iran exhorted the need for other oil producers to join OPEC in supporting the market. The dollar’s retreat from session highs also enticed more buyers into oil as greenback-denominated crude became less costly Read More

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Human trafficking short stories collection entries open

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By Ibrahim Ramalan After a successful debut publication of her anti-human trafficking anthology tilted “I Am Not To Be Sold”, the Media Initiative Against Human trafficking and Women Rights Abuse (MIAHWRA) now declares entries for 2017 publication open. Ms. Tobore Ovuorie, Founder of MIAHWRA who opened the call for entries, said “Unlike last year where anti-human trafficking poems were written Read More

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$26 million: CSNAC urges investigation of Patience Jonathan

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By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja A non-governmental Organisation (NGO), Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has asked the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), to commence investigation on an alleged case of fraud and impersonation by former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and a manager at Skye Bank Plc, Dipo Oshodi. CSNAC in a petition signed Read More

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Sputnik launched

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The Soviet Union inaugurates the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for “satellite,” was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour Read More

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Rights Abuses: Anambra, Enugu states worst in Nigeria – ASF

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By Raphael Ede Enugu An international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) specialised in defending human rights and supporting justice, Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) France, has said that Anambra and Enugu state command of Nigerian Police Force has highest record of human rights abuse in Nigeria. The organisation alleged that out of 50 cases of torture and various human rights abuses in the Read More

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Jigawa to convert generator – powered water schemes to solar

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By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse Jigawa state government says it will convert additional 100 water schemes which are being operated by generators to solar powered next  year, saying 118 solar powered pumps will be installed before the end of this year. The state Commissioner for water Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Garba Hannun Giwa disclosed this while inspecting some water stations which are Read More

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Arewa pastors extol IGP Idris strides

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By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja The Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace in Nigeria, has extoled the strides of the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim idris, as it concerns rapid improvement in the nation’s security since the IGP assumed duty. Led by Bishop John Richard on a courtesy call on the IGP, at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja recently, the Read More

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AXA Mansard unveils money market fund

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AXA Mansard Investment Limited has unveiled two new mutual funds, the AXA Mansard Money Market Fund and the AXA Mansard Equity Income Fund. The company said it introduced the new products as part of its commitment to delivering superior value to investors. Chief executive officers of AXA Mansard Investment, Mr Deji Tunde-Anjous, explained that the funds were created to cater Read More

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Niger kills 123 Boko Haram fighters

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By Isah Ramat The  defence ministry in Niger said 123 Boko Haram militants have been killed since July and a significant quantity of weapons impounded. The ministry said the killings were carried out by the combined forces of Niger and Chad. Allied Chadian-Nigerien forces launched an offensive against the Islamists after a surprise attack in Niger killed 30 of the country’s troops in Read More