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Abacha didn’t loot treasury – Bamaiyi

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 2

 Describes it as media creation By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Despite the widespread recovery of looted funds from the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, his former Chief of Army Staff, General Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd), defended his erstwhile boss, saying he never stole state funds. According to him, what Nigerians refer to as “Abacha loot” is a media creation. The Read More

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Candidate’s death during polls: Party can conduct fresh primary – Senate

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

 Okays e-voting, card reader By Taiye Odewale Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been empowered by Senate to conduct future elections in the country by electronic voting just as it legalises the electronic device of card reader introduced by the electoral body for voters’ accreditation in the 2015 general elections. It also proffered solution to problem that might Read More

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LG autonomy: Labour to engage govs, others

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Moses John Abuja Organised Labour in the country has restated its commitment to ensuring that the third tier of government is given its full functions to operate for the advancement of the rural areas. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this while speaking at the North West rally of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Read More

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Coy sues 7UP over alleged contaminated Aquafina table water

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Jerry Uwah Lagos 7Up Bottling Company Plc has been dragged before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly supplying contaminated Aquafina table water which infected the crew of a vessel, MT Marina. The plaintiff, DAI Brothers Ltd claims that it lost huge contracts for the supply of table water to a number of vessels because of the contaminated Read More

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Lawmaker remanded in prison over certificate forgery

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja A member of the House of Representatives,  Nse Ekpenyong, who was charged to court earlier yesterday  for alleged certificate forgery, has been remanded in Uyo Prisons for failing to fulfil the bail conditions. Ekpenyong, was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP), who represented Oron Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom state. The lawmaker was arraigned Read More

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Meningitis kills 282 in 5 states

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in five states with at least 282 deaths related to the disease. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer of the centre, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja. Ihekweazu said 1,966 suspected cases had been recorded, while 109 had been Read More

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Reps summon Adeosun, Udoma over pension liabilities

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 2

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun,  and her Budget and National Planning counterpart, Udoma Udo Udoma, to brief it on steps being taken to offset the federal government’s pension liabilities. Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, had, on Wednesday, assured the Nigerian Union of Pensioners of his determination to meet Read More

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The day Indimi fired my appetite

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The first time I set my eyes on the Borno-born billionaire, Alhaji Mohammed Indimi was at the Government House, Bauchi. He had come to see the military governor of the state, then Col. Abu Ali. And I was privileged to be around as the guest of the governor who requested me to see him so that he could express his Read More

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Feghouli doubts Algeria qualification for 2018 World Cup

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

West Ham United attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli has revealed that he is eager to represent Algeria at another FIFA World Cup tournament. The winger played for the Desert Warriors at the 2014 FIFA World Cup – scoring against Belgium, but they were knocked out by eventual champions Germany. “I think the World Cup is the very best competition in terms Read More

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2 rapists sentenced to 12 years in prison

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state High Court of Justice sitting in Lokoja has sentenced Lucky Jonathan and Daniel Friday to 12 years in prison each for raping and causing bodily harms on their victim. The convicts, who appeared before High Court 1, were charged with the offences of conspiracy, rape, voluntarily causing hurt and abetment of the offence of Read More

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Malabu: Is FG stopped from pressing charges?

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abubakar D. Sani  Introduction The Federal Government has reportedly charged some senior officials of oil giants Shell and Agip, along with two former ministers – Dan Etete and Mohammed Bello Adoke – some Nigerian companies, including Malabu Oil Co. Ltd., as well as the multinational companies themselves, with corruption arising from the payment of over $1billion in connection with Read More

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Kwara names herders, farmers on security c’ttee

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin As part of strategies to nip in the bud, the menace of herdsmen and farmers’ clashes, the Kwara state government has constituted a security committee comprising herdsmen and farmers in the 16 local government areas of the state. The committee named as local government, security and peace committees are to monitor, access and manage security Read More

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Eiffel Tower opens

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers. In 1889, to honor of the centenary of the French Revolution, the French government planned an international exposition and announced a Read More

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Unilorin and ASUU’s ‘sanctions’

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Kunle Akogun In another desperate attempt to truncate the steady academic progress being recorded at the University of Ilorin, the National Secretariat of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has unilaterally imposed what could simply be described as ill-advised, mischievous and vexatious sanctions on this flagship of the nation’s education sector. Following a meeting of its National Executive Read More

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NUAHP suspends 3-week strike

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Raphael Ede Enugu Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) yesterday announced the suspension of its nationwide strike which the union embarked since March 6, 2017, to press federal government to address discrepancy in the running of hospitals in the country. Its National President, Comr. Dr. Ogbonna Obinna Chimela, announced the suspension at a press briefing shortly after the Read More

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Reviewing WAEC fees downwards

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The recent directive by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), to review its registration fees downwards is a welcome intervention, hence a right step in the right direction. The directive will no doubt serve as a relief to poor and vulnerable parents/guardians who over the years had paid through their nose to Read More

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Group urges Senate to reject Osun REC nominee

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Lateef Dada Osogbo An Osun state based group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), has called on the National Assembly to totally reject the confirmation of former Oyo state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ambassador Rufus Oloruntoyin Akeju, for his alleged involvement in the allegation scandal during the 2015 general elections. The group alleged that Akeju is Read More

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Marriage: Responsibilities of parents from Islamic point of view(I)

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Marriage is a very important institution in Islam. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w) has said: “When a man has married, he has completed one half of his religion” He has further said: “Marriage is my Sunnah (practice), those who do not follow my Sunnah (practice) are not from me” There are three basic reasons for getting marriage, they are:- •    To Read More

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Appoint Chief Imam for National Mosque, Abuja

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The delay from controversies over the appointment of a Chief Imam for the National Mosque Abuja has become of concern to the Muslim Ummah. It is evident that the politics which has marred the selection process has nothing to do with Islam. In Islam, there is no vacuum in leadership. It is over two years that the Chief Imam of Read More

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People ‘ll be shocked when NASS opens its books – Dogara

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Speaker Yakubu Dogara recently hosted some editors in Abuja. At the parley, the number four citizen speaks on issues bordering on the executive/legislative relationship, the recent Customs CG/Senate face-off, the seeming corruption in the legislature, and  his grouse with his state governor, among others. ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF reports  Your disposition on the public perception of the executive and legislature not Read More

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Has the Senate lost focus?

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Senate has turned itself to a house of commotion. Sometimes senators leave the substance to chase shadows; instead of treating leprosy they dissipate their energies in treating eczema. This is the highest law-making body in the country whose president has refused to step aside despite facing trial on alleged corrupt practices and other related offences. In other climes Read More

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UniIlorin partners US company on $1.5bn solar energy plant

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The University of Ilorin is partnering with a U.S company to build a 500 megawatts solar energy plant as part of efforts to tackle the challenge of power supply in Nigeria. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, AbdulGaniyu Ambali, disclosed this while speaking at the News Agency of Nigeria NAN forum in Abuja. “The 500 megawatts is too much for the Read More

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WAEC rewards outstanding performance in 2016 examination

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Adeola Tukuru Abuja The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has rewarded students from some Nigerian schools for their outstanding performances in the 2016 West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). Master Pius Kyere of Ghana emerged first at the international excellence awards winner category. Master Oluwafisayomi Ayodeji, who was the overall best students in the national distinction merit award Read More

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The monster Buhari failed to destroy

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Charles Ofoji It has now turned out that the monster President Muhammadu Buhari failed to destroy is becoming his nemesis. For a president, who coasted to power on the promise of change, I had watched the inexperience at democratic governance or naivety exhibited by Buhari when he thought he was boasting, saying that he was not interested in who emerged Read More

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CBN brings financial education to basic education

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has developed and introduced a Financial Education Curriculum for basic and senior secondary schools, to educate children on how to use financial services responsibly. The Head of Consumer Education in CBN, Khadijah Kasim, said in Abuja after a road walk with school children within Nyanya, Karu, Orozo and Jikwoyi in commemoration of the Global Read More