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CBN calls for review of Cybercrime Act

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

By David Agba Abuja Th e Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has called for a review of the Nigerian Cybercrime Act of 2015. In his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) yesterday in Abuja, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefi ele stated the need to review the Act as its fl aws pose a threat Read More

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Newly inaugurated Council charged to attract investments

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Adeola Tukuru Abuja Newly inaugurated Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Council was yesterday charged by the federal government to attract more investments in the nation’s manufacturing sector. Inaugurating the Council in Abuja , Acting President Yemi Osibanjo said the Council has the capacity to transform the economy,adding that the Federal Government will do all it can to ensure the implementations Read More

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NDIC academy to lead Africa in deposit insurance

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja Th e Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) is set to lead the African sub-region in enhancing capacity building and bridging skills gaps in the banking industry in general and the Deposit Insurance Scheme (DIS) in particular. Th is was contained in a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communication Unit, Hadi Birchi yesterday in Abuja. According Read More

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PenCom: Arewa youths reject Doherty as DG

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja Th e Arewa Youth Renaissance (AYR), an umbrella body of Northern youths in Nigeria and the Diaspora has rejected the re-appointment of Dikko Abdulrahman as Chairman, Bank of Industry (BOI) and Mr. Funsho Doherty as the Director General of PENCOM respectively. It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on the 13th April, 2017 during the Read More

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Osinbajo signs new laws for SMEs to access loans

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed into law two bills from the National Assembly that would facilitate access to more aff ordable credit for Nigerians. Th e bills which have now become Acts are the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, 2017 (otherwise known as Collateral Registry Act) and the Credit Reporting Act, 2017. Th Read More

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IPOB protests: Reps caution military, police

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja Th e House of Representatives has cautioned the military, police and other security agencies against the use of force in managing the sit-athome directive to people of the Southeast, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). IPOB and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were said to have directed their Read More

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Aisha Buhari joins husband in London

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, yesterday departed Nigeria for the United Kingdom to join her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in London for medical treatment. Mrs. Buhari travelled through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja yesterday morning. Before her departure, she thanked Nigerians for their support and prayers for the president’s quick recovery. The president left Nigeria for Read More

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New NAF copter gunship hits target in battle

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has continued to intensify clearance operations in the Northeast region. On May21, the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation Lafi ya Dole conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission in Parisu, Borno state and uncovered the ISR mission. Also uncovered were a large structure with solar panels and fl ags suspected to harbour Read More

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Okowa: Striving to fulfi ll campaign promises

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By AMAECHI OKWARA, ASABA Shortly after Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa took oath of offi ce as the Governor of Delta State, he promised to do things diff erently through his 5 point SMART Agenda. And his mission was clearly stated on how best to implement programmes. His administration set out purposefully to initiate and implement laudable development projects and programmes that Read More

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Finally, Senate passes Buhari’s anti-graft bill

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

 Stops $15bn Port Harcourt Refinery concessioning By Ezrel Tabiowo and Taiye Odewale, Abuja The Muhammadu Buhari administration’s anti-corruption war, yesterday received a boost, with the Senate passing the long-awaited Terrorism, Economic and Financial Crimes, Money Laundering and Other Related Offences Bill. When signed into law, the bill would aid mutual assistance on criminal matters between Nigeria and other foreign states. Read More

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Reps seek mandatory 5-year minimum wage review

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 2

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja The House of Representatives has passed for second reading, a bill seeking to amend the National Minimum Wage Act, with a view to making it mandatory for the wage to be reviewed every five years. Sponsored by Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the bill, which was introduced for first reading on the floor on May 17, Read More

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Business Mart: What Are You Selling ?

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Business Types Advert made easy and aff ordable irrespecƟ ve of your locaƟ ons and businesses. We can publicize them at cheaper highly subsidized rates. The advert is for the following categories of small and medium business owners: Electrical/Electronics, fabrics, Jewries, ornaments, cosmeƟ cs, perfumes, rentals, fashion designers, gym, bouƟ ques, autodealers, building material dealers, medical equipment, educaƟ on insƟ Read More

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Ekweremadu’s house raid: Court remands whistle-blower in prison

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Gudu, yesterday, ordered that a false whistle-blower, Ahmed Echodo, be remanded to Keffi prison in connection with the recent raid on the official Guest House of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in Maitama, Abuja. Men of the Nigeria Police Force were said to have, on May 27, this year, Read More

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ASUU kicks over proliferation of illegal varsities

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

 Proposes N2bn take-off grant for new institutions By Joshua Egbodo Abuja Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has expressed serious concerns over the proliferation of unapproved universities across the country. Speaking at a public hearing on some bills yesterday, organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, the union also proposed a minimum of N2 billion Read More

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Bauchi spends N4.1bn on monthly salaries – Abubakar

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Najib Sani Bauchi Bauchi state governor, Muhammed Abubakar, has disclosed that his administration pays a whooping sum of N4.1 billion monthly from its federal grants as salaries to the 105, 000 workers it inherited from past regime. Speaking at a public lecture organised by the government to mark this year’s Democracy Day, Abubakar pointed out that the state received Read More

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Ganduje signs 3 revenue-generating bills into law

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has signed into law three bills aimed at improving revenue generation in the state. The bills are Land Use Charges (Amended) 2017, Kano State Revenue Amended Law 2017 and Policy statement on the establishment of Kano Bureau for Land Management. Shortly after signing the bills, Governor Ganduje explained that Read More

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DSS hands over 82 Chibok girls to women ministry

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Ene Osang Abuja Directorate of State Services (DSS) has handed over the 82 recently released Chibok schoolgirls to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development for further rehabilitation. It would be recalled that 21 of the girls were first released in 2016 and recently another 82, following a swap of some members of the terror group. Acting President Read More

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Why we won’t extradite Kashamu now – AGF, NDLEA

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have said that Senator Buruji Kashamu would not be extradited to the US to face hard drug importation charges until all court actions in respect of his extradition were resolved. They made this resolution in the court Read More

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Dangote: No stopping the ‘prodigal’ son

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

Nigeria’s transition to civil democratic rule in 1999 had far-reaching economic impact. Democratic rule meant liberalization of the political process and enhanced citizen participation in government by having the power of the vote as well as the freedom of choice to associate and choose people into government. Political liberalisation inevitably leads to economic liberalization. Therefore, Nigeria’s state-controlled economy would be Read More

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Man City chairman rules out Aguero exit

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero’s future has “never been in doubt”, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says. The Argentine, 28, lost his place in February to Gabriel Jesus, leading to speculation he might leave this summer. “I’ve read a lot of the speculation on this and it’s ridiculous,” Al Mubarak said. “He is one of the best players in the world. Read More

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Tambuwal tasks northern govs on street-begging

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Sidi  A. Umar Sokoto Sokoto state Governor, Barrister Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged Northern governors to take decisive action and common approach to ban street begging in the region, pointing out that Islam “abhors begging.” The governor made the call at the weekend media chat organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture as part of activities to mark Read More

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Labour tasks FG on hazard allowance for agric workers

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Moses John Abuja President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba has urged Federal Government to pay  workers in the agiculture sector hazard allowance due to the risk involve in carrying out their duties. Comrade Wabba who made the appealed during a familiarisation tour to the headquaters of Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria (AAEUN) Read More

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ASUU laments decline in education budget

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that sharp decline in the 2017 budget allocation to education sector will do the country more harm than good. ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who raised the alarm in Abuja during NLC visit led Ayuba Wabba to the secretariat, said it is easy to destroy any country, once the educational sector Read More

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Niger sacks 16 perm secs, 6 commissioners to go

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Anxiety has gripped Niger state cabinet members over an impending cabinet reshuffle in which six commissioners are expected to be dropped to inject new blood into the Council. The affected commissioners, it was learnt, are to be officially informed at a cabinet meeting expected to hold today at the Government House, Minna. Checks revealed that as Read More

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Media group condemns Al-Makura over Breeze FM demolition

May 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Eggon Media Practitioners Association (EMPA) has described as barbaric and show of excessive power the action of Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for ordering the demolition of Breeze 99.9 FM for allegedly criticising his administration. According to a statement signed by chairman of the group, Comrade Moses J Akwashiki, EMPA said the action of the Governor negate the Read More