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NPA, Customs, FIRS, others in N1.5trn remittance ‘fraud’

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

 Senate ups Buhari’s virement by N33bn By Ezrel Taiwo and Taiye Odewale Abuja The Senate yesterday alleged sharp practices by the revenue generating agencies in the management of some N1.5trillion proceeds raised between 2012 and 2016. Although, the lawmakers were silent on the agencies involved in the ‘shady’ deals, but the list of the nation’s revenue generating outfits include among Read More

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FG to spend N222bn on population census

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Eze Duruiheoma, has said the planned 2018 National Population and Housing Census will gulp N222 billion. Duruiheoma said this yesterday in Akwanga, Nasarawa state, at the review workshop of Phases 1 and 2 of Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) as well as training of the trainers for the 2018 census. According to him, the fund would Read More

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2 killed, 15 houses burnt in Kogi communal clash – Police

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Kogi state Police Command said yesterday that two people lost their lives in a communal clash in Ikende community in Bassa local government area of Kogi state. The state Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, told journalists in Lokoja that the clashes occurred between the Ebira and Bassa kwomu speaking people of the community on November 26 and November 28. Read More

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FG pegs marriage age at 18

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ene Osang Abuja Even though it is yet to be officially included in the Nigerian constitution, the federal government has directed that marriage age should be from 18 years, while condemning the marrying off of minors, particularly girls below 18 years of age. Vice President Yemi Osibanjo gave the directive yesterday at the national campaign launch of ending child Read More

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Al-Makura demotes head teacher for incompetence

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Mohammed Yangida Lafia Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has directed the immediate demotion of the head teacher of Dunama Primary School, Lafia, Umar Muhammad, for alleged incompetence in directing the affairs of the school. The Governor, who gave the directive yesterday during an unscheduled visit to the school, regretted that the headmaster allowed the school to degenerate Read More

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You risk jail, PDP warns Sheriff

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to desist from referring himself as the authentic national chairman of the party or risk going to jail. In a statement yesterday by the PDP spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the party described the latest press conference by the Read More

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Iron and steel: FG takes wrong path again – Mohammed

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Secretary-General of the African Iron and Steel Association, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, tells PATRICK ANDREW that the concession of Itakpe Iron and Coal Mine to an Indian firm by the federal government was ill-advised How can your association assist in the development of the iron and steel industry in Nigeria, particularly with respect to diversification from mono to multiple economy? All Read More

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Plateau peace plan as panacea for Southern Kaduna killings

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Recently, 29 Southern Kaduna ethnic groups unveiled a Peace Apology Billboard in Samaru-Kataf, to pacify each other, in a bid to end the killings and orgy of violence visited by residents on their neighbours. ABDULRAHEEM AODU, reports that the Plateau state example, as enumerated by Gbong Gwom Jos, could bring lasting peace to the troubled communities.   Successive governments in Kaduna Read More

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Why 2m IDPs must be properly resettled – Buhari

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that the two million displaced Nigerians in refugee camps must be properly resettled if the country is to avert a relapse into another social crisis. Speaking at a meeting with the world leader of Tijjaniya Islamic Movement, Sheikh Sharif Mohammed Kabir Ibn Mohammad, at the State House in Abuja, the Read More

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40 abducted by bandits re-united with families – Yari

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state has said that the 40 people abducted by bandits in the state two weeks ago have been rescued and reunited with their families. Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Yari said the bandits operate freely because the state is surrounded by forests. The Read More

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Tribunal begins pre-trial hearing of Edo gov poll tomorrow

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Election Petition Tribunal will commence pre-trial hearing in the case filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, against Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and two others in Benin tomorrow. The PDP and Ize-Iyamu are challenging the declaration of Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner in the September 28 Edo governorship election by INEC. Read More

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Gombe monarchs raise alarm over malnutrition

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Jedidah Silas Kiman Gombe Traditional rulers in Gombe state have expressed concern over the rising cases of malnutrition in Gombe, even as they warned their subjects against indiscriminate selling of foodstuff without making adequate provision for their families. Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum/ town hall meeting held at Kaltungo and Funakaye local government areas of Gombe yesterday, a cross-section Read More

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1,387 Borno Batch B corps members sworn-in in Bauchi

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Najib Sani Bauchi Batch B National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members posted to Borno state has begun their three weeks orientation course in Bauchi state. The NYSC members comprising 770 males and 617 female graduates of various universities and Polytechnics were sworn in on Monday at their Hassan Usman Katsina Unity College camp in Bauchi. In his opening remarks, Read More

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Ambode presents N813bn budget for 2017

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Tope Musowo Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has presented a 2017 budget proposal of N812.99 billion to the House of Assembly for approval. Ambode, who tagged the budget as “Golden Jubilee Budget,” said that it would promote massive investment in security, transport, road construction physical and social infrastructural development. The Governor said that the recurrent expenditure stood Read More

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Bauchi governor tasks govt, bizmen on youth employment

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Donald Iorchir Abuja As Nigerian population continues to grow without commensurate industries and job opportunities especially in northern Nigeria, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has reechoed the need for governments and other interest groups to device ways of improving agriculture as the last hope for gainful employment opportunities to the millions of youth. The governor, who hosted the Association of Read More

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Al-Makura lauds Ondo poll

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

…Says it’s manifestation of APC’s change mantra By Mohammed Yangida Lafia Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of  Nasarawa State has said that the victory  of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  in the just concluded Ondo governorship election is an indication that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s change mantra has come to stay. He stated this in a press release signed by special Read More

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Resolving humanitarian crisis in North-east

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

The Senate last week commenced moves to address the humanitarian crises in the North-eastern part of the country. EZREL TABIOWO reports  Demanding accountability Disturbed by the rising humanitarian crisis plaguing the North East part of the country as a result of the activities of insurgents, the Senate in its bid to intervene in the situation developed a two-pronged approach towards Read More

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‘Why Nigerians want Atiku to be president’

November 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Abdulrahman Sade is a political activist and youth leader. In this interview with AWAAL GATA, he gives his views on the ‘State of the Nation’ and former Vice-President Atiku Abukakar’s strategies to run for president in 2019, among other issues What is your thought on the present state of Nigeria’s economy I sympathise a lot with the people on the Read More

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Shi’ites, another insurgency in waiting – El-Rufa’i

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, is another Boko Haram in waiting. This, he said, is because it “is unregistered and does not recognise any Nigerian authority,” noting that the organisation’s loyalty “lies elsewhere, making it a threat and security risk to Nigeria.” Nigeria, Read More

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Ignore rumours, Tinubu priceless asset to APC – Buhari

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday dismissed rumours of any feud within the hierarchy of the All Progressives Congress. Specifically, he said the party leadership is not at war with one its chieftains, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, describing such rumours as unfounded and mischievous. Tinubu was visibly absent at the Ondo governorship rally attended by Buhari and Read More

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2017 Budget template deficient, Senate tells Presidency

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

 Says, we can’t be blackmailed By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja The lingering feud between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government, is assuming a worsening dimension as the Senate, yesterday described the Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) document, the template for the 2017 Budget, as deficient. It said the document, forwarded to both arms of the National Read More

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Northern govs, GE sign MoU for 5 power plants

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

The Northern States Governors’ Forum and the General Electric International yesterday signed memoranda of understanding for the construction of five solar plants that aim at generating 500 megawatts of electricity in some parts of Northern Nigeria. Borno state Governor and Chairman of the Northern States Governors ‘ Forum, Kashim Shettima, signed the agreement on behalf of the Governors while General Read More

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Katsina Assembly bars journalists, others as it probes sodomy cases

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Hamidu Sabo Katsina Katsina state House of Assembly, for the second time, shut its doors to journalists, Ulamas and the general public from witnessing the presentation of a committee set up by the House to investigate the rampant cases of sodomy at Government Technical College, Ingawa, Katsina state. The House has earlier set up a committee led by the Read More

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Deputy Speaker Lasun’s aide slumps, dies at NASS premises

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja A legislative assistant with the National Assembly, Abubakar Doki, said to be working with the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, yesterday collapsed and died at the National Assembly premises. The deceased, in his early 50s, was until his death a Senior Legislative Aide (SLA) attached to Lasun’s office, and was reported to Read More

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Child marriage: Nigeria ranks highest, records 12, 000 VVF cases

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ene Osang Abuja Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, has revealed that over 12, 000 cases of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) is recorded yearly by the ministry, following the increase in child marriage in the country. She disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at a press briefing ahead of the campaign to end Read More