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Why I support mega party – Saraki

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

 Urges NGO, govt’s partnership on North-east By Chizoba Ogbeche and Taiye Odewale, Abuja Senate President Bukola Saraki, has opened up on the planned new mega party, reportedly peopled by some chieftains of both the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political associations, saying he has no problem whatsoever with its formation. The mega Read More

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DSS, others deploy personnel for Apostle Suleman’s visit

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbcehe Abuja Movement along the Aso Drive location of the office of the Department of State Services (DSS), was yesterday morning, virtually brought to a halt following the deployment of security personnel by the service in anticipation of Apostle Johnson Suleman’s visit to the headquarters. The general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, was invited by the service for Read More

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2019 Presidency: Wait for 2023, Okorocha tells Igbo

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has faulted clamour for Igbo Presidency in 2019, explaining that it would distort with the political arrangement of the current order. Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in company of the Speaker, House of Representative, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Okorocha said agitations for the Read More

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23,000 artisans, others benefit from govt’s soft loans – Presidency

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja About 23,000 artisans and traders from 13 states of the federation have benefited from federal government’s soft loans under the Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President in the Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, has said. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, Akande said Read More

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Nigeria-India trade volume drops by $4bn

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Awaal Gata Abuja The trade volume between Nigeria and India has dropped by $4 billion between 2015 and 2016, the acting Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Kaiser Alam, has said. Speaking at a reception to mark the 68th Republic Day of India in Abuja, he said the drop was caused by declining oil prices in the international market. “We Read More

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Customs intercepts 700 rifles

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ajibola Abayomi Lagos Nigeria Customs Service operatives in Lagos yesterday foiled an attempt to smuggle 700 units of rifles sealed in a 20 foot container into the country. According to the Nigeria Customs Service, the content of the import was declared as furniture at Apapa, its destination. The container which also has bullet proof doors in it is presently Read More

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Why we ’re silent on Atiku’s Immigration status — US

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

The United States government has said that it would require the legal consent of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar before releasing information about his immigration status in the country. The U.S. government was responding to a Premium Times enquiry on whether Abubakar was wanted in, or barred from entering, the U.S. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is prohibited by Read More

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Kerosene scarcity and PHRC’s bumper production

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

The spate of buck-passing over kerosene scarcity and its intolerably high price took a dramatic turn last week with a key stakeholder opening a can of worms in its defence. Bafred Enjugu, the managing director of Port Harcourt Refinery Company (PHRC) moved to address the incessant claims that the refineries were responsible for the crippling supply deficit plaguing the kerosene Read More

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Klopp admits Liverpool need new good players

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Liverpool do not have much time in which to bolster their ranks before the January transfer window slams shut, but Jurgen Klopp admits they need “a few new faces”. The Reds have seen their season start to unravel in 2017, with positivity slowing ebbing away at Anfield. An outlook which appeared so bright at the turn of the year has Read More

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Pushing for APC as alternative government in Abia

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

SAM OBINNA IBE writes that veteran politician and member, Board of Trustees of All Progressive Congress (APC), Prince Benjamin B. Apugo takes a swipe at what he describes as PDP’s 17 years misrule in Abia state and calls on Abians and indeed Ndigbo to embrace APC as an alternative. It was at Nkata Ibeku, Prince Benjamin Apugo’s country home when Read More

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Mary Elika Foundation: Giving expression to environmental sustainability

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ambrose Sule Some years ago, it was predicted that the next literacy is environmental, after computer literacy that came and changed the world. It is in that perspective that an environmental, non-governmental and nonprofit organization, Mary Elika Foundation, decided to take a bold step to give expression to environmental sustainability by organizing Eco Club Debate, to discuss the effect Read More

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N/East and the emerging Development Commission

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

TAIYE ODEWALE writes on the destruction of lives and property in the North-east orchestrated by Boko Haram  insurgents, as presented by a delegation of leaders from the zone to the National Assembly, led by Governor Kasheem Shettima of Borno state Arguably before now, especially within the last six years what usually comes to the mind of any Nigerian whenever the Read More

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Budgeting for climate change in water resources

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Eze Onyekpere & Chukwuman Amaefula Water is life and it serves as the fundamental link between the climate system, human society and the environment. The state of this life-giving resource affects all social, economic and environmental systems. Sadly, water is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change which is already being felt globally. Decades of review of rainfall data Read More

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SOS to Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Kabiru Tsakuwa As the custodians of tradition, and moral ethos of the society, traditional titles holders are supposed to always be guided by sound ethical and moral principles. They are also expected to be above board in all their dealings with their subjects. The office they held in sacred trust placed on them heavier burden of responsibilities, were justice, Read More

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Turks and Caicos: Where women hold the top jobs

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Hillary Clinton may not have shattered the ultimate glass ceiling, and indeed women globally still occupy a meagre percentage of top public sector posts, but as Gemma Handy reports, there is one Caribbean country where females are bucking the trend. December saw the election of the first female premier of the tiny British territory of Turks & Caicos (TCI). She Read More

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Issues in FG’s bid to develop Niger Delta

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Niger Delta covers 20,000 km within wetlands of 70,000 km formed primarily by sediment deposition. 20 million people and 40 different ethnic groups, this floodplain makes up 7.5% of Nigeria’s total land mass. It is the largest wetland and maintains the third-largest drainage basin in Africa. The Niger Delta environment can be broken down into four ecological zones: coastal Read More

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FIDA decries rise in defilement of minors

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Joy Emmanuel Yenagoa The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Bayelsa state chapter, has expressed concern over the rising cases of defilement of minors and violence against the girl child and women in the state. FIDA in a statement signed by Barr. Dise Ogbise-Erhisere said available data on cases recorded in the last three weeks showed that four under Read More

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LAUTECH graduate arrested for stealing 20 bags of cement

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Tope Musowo Lagos Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Rapid Response Squad (RRS), of the Lagos state police command have arrested a 35-year-old man, Abiola Hamzat, for allegedly stealing 20 bags of cement from a brick-making company in the Agbado area of the state. The suspect, a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, was arrested alongside his Read More

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SECURITY TIPS:

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Sexual abuse of minors: Parents should guard against entrusting their children to strangers, including relatives, especially those of the opposite sex with the child. Guide at swimming pools: Hotels with swimming pools should always have guides on duty to guide uses of the pool. they must make provision for life-jackets. Installation of vehicle trackers: Vehicle owners should install trackers in Read More

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Osinbajo meets Senate leader over 2017 budget

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday had a meeting with the Senate Majority Leader, Mr. Ahmed Lawan at the State House in Abuja. Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting, Lawal said he briefed the Acting President on what the Senate was doing on the 2017 Appropriation Bill. He said: “You know we have Read More

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Taraba sacks 8 directors over alleged misconducts

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Taraba state government yesterday said it has sacked eight directors over allegation of misconduct as workers give strike notice. Addressing journalists in Jalingo, Bello Yero and Yakubu Agbaizo, permanent secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Executive Secretary, State Primary Education Board, respectively, said the development had caused delay in payment of salaries. They told journalists that the Read More

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Edo poll: 450 witnesses to testify for PDP

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Patrick Ahanor Benin City No fewer than 450 witnesses, including Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in 2016 governorship polls in Edo state, are to testify at the ongoing   Election Petition Tribunal in the state. Counsel to the applicants, Roland Otaru (SAN) disclosed this yesterday to reporters in Benin City, even Ize-Iyamu  appeared before Justice A. Read More

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Court orders police to release Publisher Bwala

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri A Borno state High Court has ordered the immediate release of Abuja-based publisher, Inuwa Bwala, who was two weeks ago arrested by the police and detained in Maiduguri for alleged attempted murder. Justice Hadiza, Jos of the Borno state High Court Number 14, said it was unlawful for the police to detain an accused beyond two Read More

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Ambode reforms LAWMA with cleaner Lagos initiative

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Tope Musowo Lagos Executive Chairman Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Olumuyiwa Adejokun, has disclosed the resolve of the body to efficiently align with the proposed reform initiative of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to herald a cleaner Lagos, this year. Adejokun disclosed this while declaring opened LAWMA’s three-day retreat, themed: “Reformed Waste Management in Lagos State: The Role of Read More

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Jigawa raises 5-man c’ttee on property in Kano, Abuja, others

January 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse Jigawa state executive council has set up a five-member committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Abdulkadir Fanini, and Commissioners for Commerce, Land, and Justice to “examine carefully the position of the landed properties owned by the state government  located in Kano, Kaduna, Read More