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FG to stop sponsoring delegates to oil conferences – Kachikwu

May 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has declared that the Federal Government would from 2018, stop sponsorship of delegates to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Mr. Kachikwu made the disclosure in Houston on Tuesday at a meeting with investors, business owners, and in the oil and gas sector. The OTC is an annual event that brings together Read More

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EFCC not involved in Kano emirate probe – Commission

May 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Aliyu Askira Kano The Kano State Public Complaints and anti-corruption commission has declared yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is not involved in the ongoing investigation of the Kano Emirate Council over alleged misappropriation of N6 billion. The chairman of the Commission Mr. Muhiyi Magajin Rimin Gado noted that the speculations over the involvement of EFCC Read More

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Senate Committee indicts Babachir over Northeast contract scam

May 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Taiye Odewale Abuja The suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal, has been indicted over alleged fraudulent contracts awards for rehabilitation by the Senate’s ad- hoc committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the Northeast. The committee consequently recommended for prosecution of Babachir and others involved in the alleged fraud by relevant anti –graft Read More

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No FG, state presence in Southern Borno – Bassi

May 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Emneka Nze Abuja An elder statesman from Southern Borno and one of the early campaigners for Nigeria’s independence, Elder Paul Bassi, yesterday disclosed that there is no federal or state government  presence in Southern Borno that was ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgents. Bassi, who spoke at the reunion summit of delegates to the 2014 National Conference in Abuja, Read More

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N735m debt: FIRS shuts firms in Lagos, Owerri, P/Harcourt

May 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) yesterday sealed tax-defaulting companies in Lagos, Owerri and Port Harcourt. In a statement, FIRS said in  Port Harcourt,  the enforcement team shut the offices of Fiddil Commercial Company at the Trans-Amadi area of the city over tax liabilities totalling N150,524,655,00, which was accumulated between 2010 and 2015. The enforcement team, Read More

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Strike: Nasarawa NULGE disowns NLC

May 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Mohammed Yangida Lafia President Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Nasarawa state chapter ,Comrade Abdullahi Abubakar, has accused the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state of pursuing only the interest of state workers and not those of local government employees. He made the disclosure yesterday in Lafia, saying that when local government workers were being Read More

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Presidency, Senate showdown imminent over RECs, CBN board members’ screening

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Taiye Odewale Abuja Confusion seems to have enveloped the Senate over the recent requests by the Presidency for the confirmation of board members of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). The development followed the interpretation of section 171 of the Constitution by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on such appointments. Lawmakers, who offered insights Read More

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Gombe ready to implement N56,000 minimum wage – Dankwambo

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state has assured the state’s civil servants that his government would immediately implement the proposed N56, 000 national minimum wage, if the federal government approves it. Dankwambo gave the assurance at the commemoration of 2017 Workers’ Day in Gombe yesterday. The governor was represented by his deputy, Charles Iliya, who is currently the acting governor. Read More

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Lamido’s detention: Democracy nose-diving – PDP

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained that “the real reason for the arrest and detention of the former Jigawa state governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido has to do with the forthcoming local government elections in Jigawa state and not on the frivolous allegation of inciting the public. A statement yesterday by the spokesman Read More

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Dead man grabs brother’s hands in mortuary

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

There was panic yesterday at the mortuary of Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos, when a man was suddenly grabbed by the corpse of his brother being prepared for burial. The incident happened as the deceased, Choji Zeng, was being dressed up by his brother, in preparation for burial. Family members, who had participated in the washing of the corpse, ran Read More

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Katsina under Shema had over 100 bank accounts – Masari

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari, has disclosed that the administration of his predecessor, Ibrahim Shema, operated over 100 savings accounts in various banks. Masari made this known at an interactive session with the state’s indigenes living in Abuja at Shehu Yar’Adua Conference Centre, Abuja. The governor also disclosed that he met only N7.9 million in the government’s salary account, as Read More

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Soldiers kill ‘leader of kidnapping gang’ in Ondo

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Soldiers in Ondo state have killed Ossy Ibori, a wanted leader of a militant group involved in kidnapping in Ikorodu and Epe areas of Lagos state. Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told journalists yesterday in Lagos that the suspect was killed by soldiers at Ajakpa area of Ondo state. Owoseni said he was killed at about 3am yesterday Read More

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Naira exchange rate: CBN’s one-handed war

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 1

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is doing a fierce, but one-handed battle to stabilize the naira.  Since February, the CBN has pumped well over $2 billion into the market to halt the naira’s journey down the precipice. For obvious reasons, foreign investors are still watching from the sidelines. They have refused to invest. The war has yielded a measure Read More

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‘Spurs’ victory over Arsenal put Chelsea under pressure’

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Tottenham’s victory over Arsenal means they can put “psychological pressure” on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, says boss Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine said Sunday’s 2-0 win was “fantastic for our fans”, as Spurs confirmed they would end a 22-year wait to finish above their derby rivals. But he added the “most important” thing was keeping up with Read More

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Only the ‘initiates’ should judge literature – Maiwada

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Ahmed Maiwada is an Abuja-based legal practitioner, poet and a novelist. For having tried his hands in poetry, fiction and drama, which is currently in his offing, Maiwada is regarded as one of the leading figures in the contemporary Nigerian literature. In this interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN and AWAAL GATA, Maiwada discusses his recently published poetry collection called ‘We Are Read More

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Abubakar, Anyaoku task journalists to write books on Chibok girls, Boko Haram

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Ibrahim Ramalan With agency report The former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, have asked journalists to write more books on burning national issues especially the Boko Haram insurgency and abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, to help Nigerians know what happened and fashion solutions on the way forward. Read More

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World copyright day: NCC seizes N600m pirated books

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Lagos State operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Council (NCC) recently impounded pirated books valued at about N600m. National President of the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), Mr. Adedayo Gbadega, disclosed this at a conference organised by the association in Ibadan, Oyo State, to commemorate the World Books, and Copyright Day. With theme, “Collaborative Efforts At Curbing The Menace Of Book Read More

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Revisiting judiciary’s role in anti-graft war

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ifeolu J. Koni Every Nigerian, irrespective of tribe or creed, who has the love of this country at heart, must be worried by the spate of losses the executive has recorded in the law courts regarding the ongoing war against corruption. The judicial scorecard is as disturbing as it is ominous. Disturbing because the losses occurred in quick succession Read More

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WHO elections: Five defining issues for member states

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Mohamed Abdi Jama The health challenges in today’s world, particularly for developing countries, demand bold new leadership to ensure the organization can deliver on its mandate for people across the globe. As the World Health Organization (WHO) votes for a new leader next month, the WHO member states can make a decisive impact on global health. The election comes Read More

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‘I saw my sister drown’

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

This year alone, over 40,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean, many of them are Nigerians. BBC’s Martin Patience has been to Nigeria’s Benin City where many of the migrants start their journey. It was the most difficult decision Kelvin Imasuen ever made – he would risk everything in a bid to reach Europe. “I just had the belief I would Read More

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Driving the economy from within

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Adewale Recent treatises by two dons offer a useful insight into how the nation’s economy can be better driven by the optimal use of animal and human resources. The opportunity presents itself during an inaugural lecture and commencement lecture. To begin with, a Professor of Forage Agronomy and Utilisation and the immediate past Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) of Read More

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That NIA’s black-budget and mysterious whistle-blower

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Yushau A. Shuaib Preparatory to the daring and merciless military operations against Boko Haram members, top officers of security and intelligence agencies were in Lagos and Abuja, towards the end of 2014 to interact with critical stakeholders that matter in shaping public perception and opinions. The then President of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr. Femi Adesina was part of Read More

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Voter registration: Concerns, challenges

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

The ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration has raised concerns about some grey areas in the exercise. EMEKA NZE examines some of the concerns as well as the challenges of INEC in its efforts to improve on the last exercise There were genuine concerns raised by members of the public at the flag-off of the National Continuous Voters Registration (NCVR) exercise Read More

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Anxiety over Lalong’s whitepaper report on Jang

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Last week, former Plateau state governor, Senator David Jang, had the court halt the planned release of a Whitepaper on the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, set up by Governor Simon Lalong, to probe his (Jang’s) administration, causing anxiety and political impasse in its wake. MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU reports The political impasse between Plateau state Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, and Senator, Read More