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IDPs vacate Adamawa NYSC Camp

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 3

Th e Adamawa Government has announced that it will merge the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state from three to two. Mr Haruna Furo, Executive Chairman, State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola. Furo said that the development was to enable the state government Read More

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Tonto Dikeh foundation awards scholarship to 345 indigent students in FCT

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

A Nollywood actress Miss Tonto Dikeh, on Tuesday disclosed that her foundation, Tonto Dikeh Foundation (TDF), has awarded scholarship to 345 indigent students in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) within six months. Dikeh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the gesture was to enable her contribute her quota to the intellectual development of youths in the country. She Read More

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Queens College to re-open May 1

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Two months after Queens College, Yaba, Lagos was shut, following outbreak of diarrhoea that claimed the lives of three students and rendered dozens hospitalized, normal academic activities for the 2ndterm are to begin 1st May, 2017 after resumption of the various categories of students. Blueprint gathered that the Lagos State government had earlier given green light for the resumption of Read More

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Presidency wades into police, Goje saga

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

 NPF returns monies, files By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja The Presidency, through the Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), has waded into the saga involving the Nigeria Police Force, and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Danjuma Goje. Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, in a press statement Read More

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Foreigners arrested with fake PVCs – INEC chair

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has apprehended some persons found to be in possession of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this yesterday at the flag-off of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise for the 774 local governments at the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), INEC Read More

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Borishade, Ex-education minister is dead

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

A former Nigerian minister of education, Prof. Babalola Borishade, died at 71. He died in London on Wednesday after a brief illness. He was initially rushed to Reddington Hospital in Lagos, last week from where he was taken to London. The cause of death was lung and heart – related. Mr. Borishade was born in Usi-Ekiti on March 7, 1946 Read More

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Govs investigate Ecological Fund

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 1

Governors of the 36 states have formed a committee to audit the country’s Ecological Fund. The governors set up the committee as part of the resolution of the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) which held yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, under Vice president Yemi Osinbajo. Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano, who briefed State House correspondents at Read More

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Meningitis: FG donates 1.8m vaccines to Sokoto

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Tope Musowo Lagos The federal government has donated 1.8 million vaccine doses of Type “C” strain of meningitis to the Sokoto state government, an official has said. Governor Aminu Tambuwal disclosed this at Dange town, headquarters of Dange/Shuni local government area of the state, when he launched the mass vaccination of two million people against Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM). Read More

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Again, Babachir shuns Senate probe c’ttee

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Taiye Odewale Abuja For the third time the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal, yesterday shunned the invitation by the Senate ad hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-east. This was as the chairman of the Committee, Senator Shehu Sani, insisted that Lawal’s absence notwithstanding, the Committee would compile and lay Read More

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PDP crisis: Sheriff dumps Jonathan’s peace moves

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja The reconciliation moves initiated by former President Goodluck Jonathan to resolve the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party has finally collapsed as the chairman of the Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, announced that he was pulling out of the reconciliation move. In a statement issued in Abuja, the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr Cairo Read More

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Buhari’s health: No cause for alarm – Presidency

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja The Presidency has assured Nigerians that there was no need for apprehension over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja that President’s absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last minute Read More

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From Canon Moh’d to Bishop Moh’d

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 1

A recent interview granted by the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno state Chapter, caught my interest not solely because of the content but also the name the interviewee bears. The former head of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) goes by the name Naga Williams Mohammed. I would have sworn that there was a mix-up somewhere. Read More

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Bouchard urges life ban for Sharapova

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Eugenie Bouchard attacked Maria Sharapova as a “cheater” over her return from a drugs ban and suggested the Russian should be kicked out of tennis for life. Bouchard said the Women’s Tennis Association was sending the wrong message in allowing the five-time Grand Slam-winner to come back from her 15-month suspension. Russia’s Sharapova – the world’s highest-paid female athlete for Read More

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Illegality of Osinbajo panel

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Sam Amadi On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the special adviser on media to the president issued a press statement announcing the suspension from office of the secretary to the government of the federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal and the director of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke over allegations of corrupt practices. The press statement reports that, Read More

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Re: National Mosque appoints Imams

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Ajah I acknowledge with great esteem the wonderful piece in response to my personal opinion on the need to appoint a Chief Imam from amongst the three deputy Imams presiding over the Friday prayers in rotation at the National Mosque, Abuja. I must assert that I wrote from my own view point, not representing any sect, group or Read More

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What next after public hearing on electoral reforms?

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

EMMANUEL YAWE, in this piece, analyses the just concluded constitution and electoral reforms hearings in the country, carried out by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani-led committee to suggest ways of improving Nigeria’s electoral process. For one month running – from February 27 to March 31 – the Constitution and Electoral Reforms Committee led by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, (GCON), Read More

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Day senate stood still for Adeleke

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

TAIYE ODEWALE reports that plenary on the floor of the upper legislative chamber literally came to a standstill when senators paid tributes to one of their own, late Senator Isiaka Adeleke Though since his sudden demise six days ago, it has been tributes galore for the late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, the first governor of Osun state and senator representing Read More

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Why I considered Madrasat blessing, hell on earth (I)

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Kamoru Sodiq No matter how little, I can recall so well some trial times when we considered madrasah (Arabic school) as hell on earth. I know many brothers and colleagues today who would have been Islamic Scholars or Sheikh but the training was too unfriendly. They could not play the system. They were forced to turn their back. It Read More

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Is Buhari harassing Jonathan’s family?

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M. Gulloma For a long time, many have believed that former President Goodluck Jonathan acted in the right manner expected of a reasonable and responsible ex-leader by choosing to remain silent even in the face of financial corruption allegations made by especially some of President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointees against his immediate past administration. Thus, the attitude adopted by Jonathan, Read More

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For the love of women

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M. Gulloma This week, the Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, advocated for more investment in out-of-school teenage girls, saying that substantial number of the girls have either not completed their education or have never attended school. Speaking during a side event at the 50th Session of United Nations Commission on Population and Development, which held recently, Read More

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In support of viable MSMEs

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Vice President Yemi Osinabjo, this week, launched a refocused National Council on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) at the State House in Abuja. Osinbajo, who is also the chairman of the council, reduced the council’s membership from 43 to 21 to make it effective and efficient in its service delivery. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Read More

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NGOs partner to assist vulnerable youths

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Ahmid Lawal Abuja An international non-governmental organisation (NGO), Ashinaga Africa Initiative, has said that “it is partnering with Nigerian counterparts to put smiles on faces of thousands of vulnerable young people in the country and across West Africa.” Programme Coordinator for West Africa, Ashinaga Hector Bagley, disclosed this during a meeting with the management of Utin’s Destiny Achievers Foundation (UDAF) Read More

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Ex-militant establishes rice farm in Bayelsa

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

An ex-leader of a militant group, Paul Eris, has established a rice farm at Peremabiri Community in Bayelsa state to reduce hunger and curb crime. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Eris was formerly known as Ogunboss in the creeks when he was a militant. He told journalists during a tour of his farm yesterday that the initiative Read More

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Borno police may auction recovered 379 cattle, 179 goats, sheep

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Borno state Police Command may be forced to auction 379 cattle, 179 goats and sheep recovered by the 8 Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army, Monguno, from Boko Haram suspects and handed over to the Command on April 7, 2017. The Commissioner of Police, CP Damian Chukwu, disclosed this to the newsmen yesterday, stressing that Read More

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Rivers Niger, Benue: Potential source of wealth, devt for North – Experts

April 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Rivers Niger and Benue have huge untapped potentials for social and economic development of the North and the entire country, according to a consortium of concerned professionals of Northern extraction. The experts, operating as YG-Consult, gave the assurances that “developing suitable projects along the two rivers that criss-crossed the North could lead to the transformation and Read More