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Sector Commander FRSC) in Kaduna, Mr. Umar Ibrahim, representative of the Chief of Naval Staff , Commodore Sunday Oguntade, Chairman, Board of Directors, during the unveiling of the new Peugeot 301 Mid-Life Series

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 3

From left: Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kaduna state, Mr. Umar Ibrahim, representative of the Chief of Naval Staff , Commodore Sunday Oguntade, Chairman, Board of Directors, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Ltd., Alhaji Manir Ja’afaru and Managing Director of PAN, Alhaji Ibrahim Boboyi, during the unveiling of the new Peugeot 301 Mid-Life Series, in Kaduna yesterday Photo: Read More

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Heritage Bank to deepen agro-business funding

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Heritage Bank Plc has reiterated its commitment to further deepen the drive to support agribusiness value chain in order to fast track food security and suffi ciency in the country. Th e Managing Director/Chief Executive Offi cer of the bank, Mr Ifi e Sekibo, who disclosed this, stated that in a bid to support food suffi Read More

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Ikpeba, Okocha, Amokachi in London Legends tourney

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

More former Nigeria greats like Victor Ikpeba, Garba Lawal and Celestine Babayaro will feature for the country at this year’s Star Sixes Tournament in London. Already former Nigeria captain Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Daniel Amokachi have confi rmed their availability for the legends’ competition. Th e tournament will be played between July 13 and 16 in London. Nigeria, who Read More

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Samson bows out of World Taekwando C’ship

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 1

Stories By Lekan Olaseinde & Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Th e nation’s chances of winning a medal at the 2017 World Taekwando Championship in Muju, South Korea yesterday took another blow as Edwin Samson was eliminated in the Round of 32 stages signifying a near disastrous outing for Team Nigeria at the championship. Africa’s silver medallist at the African Championship held Read More

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Scientifi c prophecies in the Holy Quran

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

It is often asked “Does science prove the non-existence of God? Can science be used to support God’s existence? Th e fact is that God is the Creator of everything; therefore the Word of God must be in harmony with the Hand of God. In other words as God created everything, therefore, He knows how everything He created functions, so Read More

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Nigeria closer to 40bn barrels oil reserve

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Patrick Andrew Abuja Nigeria’s crude oil reserves are likely to hit the 40 billion barrels by the year 2020 following a tripartite agreement in Abuja, between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and two other fi rms, yesterday. Th e agreement which was signed between the NNPC/FIRST Exploration & Production Joint Venture and Schlumberger is for the development of Read More

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Premium Pension woos NYSC

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

A Pension Fund Administrator (PFA), Premium Pension Limited (PPL), has revealed plans to target the youth in an eff ort to deepen the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS), and widen its attraction. Th e Company’s Head, Corporate Communications, Paddy Ezeala, in a statement said in a bid to achieve the target, the fi rm paid a visit to the National Youth Read More

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A’Ibom secures N32bn W/Bank loan for flood control

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 1

Th e Akwa Ibom State Government yesterday said it has secured N32 billion loan from the World Bank to control fl ood and erosion in the state. Governor Udom Emmanuel disclosed this in Uyo when he declared open a two-day workshop on “Enhancing Disaster Management in Akwa Ibom State.” Represented by his Deputy, Moses Ekpo, Mr. Emmanuel said that disasters Read More

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Nigeria’s insurance sector hits top 10 in Africa

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 1

Nigeria has emerged one of the top insurance markets in Africa, ranking third with overall premium income of N386 billion (over $1billion). Th e insurance market in the continent as dominated by South Africa continues to dominate the continent’s insurance market, with its Life and Non- Life Insurance Premiums dominating the sector with market size of over $1billion each in Read More

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‘Adopt Nanotechnology for science, technology devt’

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

Technology will off er better built, long lasting, cleaner, safer and smarter products for the home, communication, medicine, transport, agriculture industry Niger state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Hajiya Fatima Madugu, has called on the federal government to adopt Nanotechnology in the development of science and technology sector. Madugu, who made this known in an interview with the News Read More

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National Library takes reading campaign to grassroots

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Our Correspondent National Library of Nigeria (NLN) has reiterated the importance of inculcation the reading culture on those leaving in the grassroots. National Librarian, Professor Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina, who made the call, said this would help to improve the standard of education in the country. Aina, who had recently fl agged-off the nationwide readership promotion campaign in Abuja, said Read More

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The many obstacles to 24-hour ports operation

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

AJIBOLA ABAYOMI in this analysis draws attention to the challenges that may mar the recent Executive Order by the federal government that targets 24-hour operation at Nigeria’s ports and the desire to favour the ease of doing business. On the 18th of May, 2017, when the Presidency reeled out the Executive Order signed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo aimed at Read More

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JAMB holds rescheduled exams tomorrow

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Martin Paul Abuja Th e Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed candidates scheduled for tomorrow’s mopup examination to visit the Board website on www.jamb. org.ng to print the e-slip or their e-mail and profi le created by the candidates. A statement by JAMB Head of Public Relations, Dr. Fabian Benjamin said bulk SMS has equally been sent Read More

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Former VC decries spate of corruption in the country

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Martin Paul Abuja A former Vice-Chancellor of Al Hikma University, Ilorin, Professor R.D. Abubakre, has decried the attitude of Nigerians, who unwittingly promote the spread of corruption in the country through their blind loyalty to corrupt individuals based on ethnic and religious sentiments. Th e Arabic scholar made this observation while delivering a Lecture at the 2017 Laylatul Qadri Read More

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Dangote urges African leaders to abolish restrictive visa procedures

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja For Africa continent to attract the required investment into its key sectors and achieve economic integration, President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has urged African leaders to review their respective visa procedures and tariff regimes. Th e review, according to him, will remove unnecessary barriers to intra-African trade and guarantee real growth and foreign direct Read More

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Electrocution: AEDC takes awareness campaign to primary schools

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Patrick Andrew Abuja Determined to curb incidences of electrocution and other electrical hazards, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has taken its awareness campaigns to schools aimed at conscientising pupils on the dangers of misapplying electricity. Th e fi rm’s Managing Director, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, who led the campaign to LEA Primary School, Wuse 11, Zone 3, Abuja, told Read More

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FG hints at frustration with U.S. shale oil

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Patrick Andrew Abuja Th e federal government has expressed serious concerns over increasing output of United States’ shale oil, low oil price environment, alternative energy sources, new frontiers and militancy in the Niger Delta. Th e Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, at the 5th Triennial National Delegates’ Conference of the Read More

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Constituents back Melaye, allege forged signatures

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

Cite forgery of their signatures, the constituents also claimed that names of dead persons, people “who do not reside in the district” appeared in the recall register submitted to INEC By Emeka Nze Abuja Th e recall process of the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has taken fresh twist as 18 indigenes from the senatorial district have approached a Read More

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Kwara communal clash claims 4

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

Four people were feared dead yesterday following a crisis that erupted between neighbouring Ilofa and Odo-Owa community in Oke-Ero local government area of Kwara state. Scores of other victims, with gunshot injuries, were said to have been rushed to the hospital for treatment as many houses were allegedly razed in the crisis. An unidentifi ed graduate was said to have Read More

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Author, Parent-Teacher Motivational Handbook, Mr. Chinedum Ikogwe, former President, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Hajiya Ramatu Usman, during the public presentation the book ‘Parent-Teacher Motivational Handbook

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

From left: Author, Parent-Teacher Motivational Handbook, Mr. Chinedum Ikogwe, former President, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Hajiya Ramatu Usman, representative of the Gombe state Governor, Hon. Ali Isa, former Plateau state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Pauline Tallen and NCWS President, Dr Gloria Laraba Shoda, during the public presentation the book ‘Parent-Teacher Motivational Handbook’, in Abuja yesterday Photo: Tidzalla Zacchaeus

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NAHCON to hold national Hajj, Umrah stakeholder’s conference

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that it would soon hold National Hajj and Umrah Stakeholder’s Conference to enhance hajj management and operations in the country. Chairman, Planning Committee of the conference, Alhaji Suleiman Usman, made the disclosure in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), yesterday in Abuja. NAN reports that Read More

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Saraki to court again, now with AGF, others sued over Magu

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Justice B. O. Quadri of a Federal High Court, Abuja, had adjourned the hearing of a matter challenging the legality of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of Economics and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). A coalition of lawyers led by one Barrister Johnmary Jideobi has approached the court with a suit challenging the legality of Ibrahim Magu Read More

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Tuition fees: ASUU, students poised for showdown

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

institutions that increased their fees include Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), from N27,000 to N41,000; University of Nigeria (UNN), from N60,450 to N66,950; Obafemi Awolowo University, from N19,700 to N55,700 The last nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) aff ected teaching and learning in universities. MARTIN PAUL writes that any other strike will further destroy the academic Read More

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Nigeria has lost a passionate leader – Saraki

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sorrow over the death of a former Governor of Taraba state, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, and said he was a man of peace. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the demise of Suntai had robbed the Read More