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AWCON: Falcons match is war – Van Wyk

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk has revealed that their semi-final clash against Nigeria this evening is way more than a football match – it is going to be war. South Africa progressed to the last four following their convincing 5-0 win over Egypt in their last Group A encounter to finish second and book a date with Group B Read More

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Need for Africa to accelerate job creation

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

In line with the on-going Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), the continent has to provide employment opportunities for its youth if it is to harness their potentials and contribute to the desired economic growth outlined in the vision of Agenda 2063. DAVID AGBA reports The call for African countries to create the enabling environment for its teeming youth Read More

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How Nigeria can transit to green economy – Experts

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

For Nigeria to successfully transit to a green economy, there is need for the enforcement of existing legislations on sustainable environment. Stakeholders, who spoke at the workshop in Lagos organised by Community Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, were of the view that the problem was not Read More

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Exposure to lead acid, cause of cancer – Yusuf

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

The Chief executive Officer of Blue Camel Energy, Mr. Suleiman Yusuf, has warned that long term exposure to lead acid would result in cancer, brain and kidney damages as well as  hearing impairment. Yusuf stated this recently at a workshop organised by Heinrich Boll Stiftung Nigeria in Abuja tagged: “Value from waste: Stakeholder engagement on lead – acid battery waste Read More

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Meeting climate change obligations require collective efforts – Minister

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Helen oji Abuja The Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed has said that Nigeria is fully committed to meet her obligation to control climate change as stipulated in the nationally determined contributions. She added that this would require a collective effort at both federal and state levels and also require full involvement, participation of all key stakeholders in actualising Read More

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From Libya with tears: Story of trafficked Nigerian woman

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Peju Akins (not real name) was offered a poisoned chalice in a Lagos church in January 2015, she embraced it hook, line and sinker! A lady she met during Sunday service painted the rosy picture of Libya, with the streets of Tripoli “flowing with milk and honey,” and the promise that after making money in the North African country, she Read More

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FDIs: Matters arising in Jigawa

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Sunusi Usaini Madobi Since the inception of the present governor of Jigawa State, Muhammad Badaru, he has introduced a series of incentives and packages, to attract both local and International investors, so as to enhance the economic viability of the state, reduce rural/urban migration and create a local economy. The state, with a 4.6 million population, according to the Read More

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Buratai: Hearty cheers for the hero of heroes

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Nkechi Odoma November 27th 2016 was a special day in the life of an emancipator. Fifty-six years in the life of a soldier who is still waxing stronger and scoring the shots in the war front in the active service of his country is not just enviable, but quite admirable. Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai is today celebrating the Read More

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DisCos, NERC as merchants of bad news

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Operators and regulator of Nigeria’s power industry are merchants of bad news.  They have a penchant for intimidating consumers with bad news.  Last week, they reeled out a catalogue of their unwanted wares as some parts of the country wallowed in darkness. Power generation tumbled below 2, 700 megawatts (mw). Newspapers carried banner headlines screaming: “Total darkness imminent”.  Operators had Read More

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APC’s change agenda was only to remove Jonathan

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Professor Hassan Saliu, former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, recently gives an assessment of the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government in a chat with ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF.  The political science teacher says, although there are changes in the way things are done in government, the administration’s scorecard is far from meeting Nigerians’ expectations We are under an APC-led Read More

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We’ll continue to support peace process in South Sudan – Buhari

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a stronger commitment to the implementation of the peace process in South Sudan while assuring that the federal government would remain steadfast in following up to ensure that the country regains stability. Receiving the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Paul Malong Read More

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NAFDAC destroys N144m expired drugs in Niger

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed expired, forfeited drugs and unwholesome regulated products valued at over N144 million in Niger state. The destruction exercise took place yesterday at the Niger state permanent disposal dump site on Beji – Zungeru road in Bosso local government area of the state. Acting Director Read More

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Ondo poll poses questions over PDP’s future

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

EMEKA NZE writes that the failure to retain power in Ondo state, is a major blow to the PDP and this is raising more questions about the chances of the party in future elections The failure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to retain Ondo state after last Saturday’s governorship election is a repeat of the party’s woeful performance at Read More

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Gombe hosts Yobe corps members

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Jedidah Silas Kiman Gombe Members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Batch B, deployed to Yobe state, are to be hosted in Gombe state to undergo their two weeks’ orientation course. The Yobe state NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Umaru Daniel, said yesterday that no less than 1, 386 corps members had been successfully registered, adding that 853 were males and Read More

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Benue sacks ES convicted of assault

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has ordered the immediate termination of the appointment of the Executive Secretary of the Teachers Service Board (TSB), James Pine, for ’embarrassing’ the state government. The acting secretary to the State Government (SSG), Bem Meladu, said the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Makurdi that the state government was Read More

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Ondo: We lost to impunity –Sheriff

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

   Outcome is a charade- Makarfi By Emeka Nze Abuja Both factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday reacted differently to the outcome of last Saturday’s Ondo state governorship election. While the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction attributed the loss to “impunity, lack of respect for the PDP constitution and the rule of law”, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi group Read More

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US donates $171, 000 to 30 Nigerian NGOs

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Awaal Gata Abuja United States Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, yesterday awarded grants totaling $171,000 to 30 Nigerian community-based organisations from 19 Nigerian states. The grants were awarded under Ambassador’s Small Grants Programme, which has been running in the country for over two decades. Presenting the grants, the American envoy told the recipient organisations  to use the grants Read More

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C’River recruits 3,000 youths into Homeland Security

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Kingston Obung Calabar More than 3, 000 young Cross Riverians are to be recruited into the State Homeland Security Service, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Christian Ita, said yesterday. A statement issued in Calabar by Ita said the recruitment exercise was being done in collaboration with the Nigerian Police Force. It read Read More

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Policy monitoring group lauds BoI

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Patrick Andrew Abuja Public Policy Monitoring Group (PPMG) has lauded the Bank of Industry (BoI) for stepping up efforts to address employment and entrepreneurial gaps in the country and assisting the federal government’s quest to overcome the current economic recession. It stated that BoI was playing crucial roles in pulling Nigeria out of the current recession by supporting entrepreneurs, Read More

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AWF closes 2016 in high spirit

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Ramalan Last Saturday at the Nanet Suit, Abuja, the Guest Writer Session of the Abuja Writers Forum held its last reading for the year and the event closed for the year in high spirit. Instead of the traditional trio of guest for the session, it was the duo of Deji Ige and Juliana Halima Ebikwo that skillfully took Read More

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African Dark Light

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Chukwu John David I had never witnessed a war since I was born, but I was about to have a taste of it – a grave one. I had only heard stories of wars going on in faraway clans and how people were killed like fowls. I feared war desperately and wished not to experience it before my ancestors Read More

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Progressive Educational Services donates N3.3m books to UniJos

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Stories by Ibrahim Ramalan The Progressive Educational Services Limited, Kaduna has donated text books to University of jos worth three million, three hundred and ninety thousand naira (3,390,000) to aid learning in the institution. Making the presentation at the University main campus in jos, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Moses Jikka McDaniel said that Read More

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Akeredolu, Ondo gov-elect snubs Tinubu

November 28, 2016 Blueprint 0

Thanks Buhari, Oyegun, loyal govs    Time for reconciliation, say APC chair, Tinubu    Observers laud INEC, Fayose kicks By Bode Olagoke, Joshua Egbodo, Moses John, Abuja, Oyibo Salihu, Lokoja and Rotimi Ojomoyela, Ado-Ekiti In a sharp departure from the  past during which elections were marred by violence, the people of Ondo state at the weekend exhibited peaceful conduct at Read More

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PTAD discovers 9, 000 ‘ghost’ pensioners, retains 220,000

November 28, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Zainab Suleiman Okino Abuja The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), has dropped off 9, 000 ‘ghost’ pensioners, Executive Secretary of the agency, Sharon Ikeazor, has revealed. This, she further said, was part of effort to restore integrity into pension administration and dignity to pensioners. The ES who said the decision was part of the ongoing verification exercise, however, added Read More

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Nigeria needs military takeover – Clarke

November 28, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ismaila Isa Abuja An elder statesman and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Robert Clarke, has advocated the return of military rule as “a step to save Nigeria from imminent collapse.” The elder statesman, who was speaking on the breakfast programme of Channels Television, said the country was “besieged by a group of gangsters in leadership positions at various Read More