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Kaduna Electric urges religious organisations to pay bills

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Th e management of Kaduna Electric has appealed to religious leaders in its franchise states to ensure that all places of worship settle their bills regularly, warning that the Company shall soon embark on disconnection of all defaulters. A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications of the Company, Malam Abdulazeez Abdullahi stated that the call became Read More

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There is no food security if there is no seed security– Ojo

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Dr. Olusegun Philip Ojo is the Director-General, National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC). In this interview with FRIDAY AGBOSEINA, he speaks on the imperative of improving farm yields using improved high yield seeds How do you impact your regulatory functions in the seed market? Th ere can be no impact without proper knowledge management. For us the fi rst thing is Read More

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FG cautioned over rising debt profile

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 2

Stories by Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Th e Federal government frequent borrowing has become a source of worry to many Nigerians who have sounded a note of caution that the country may be heading for another debt trap if the borrowed money was not channelled to the development of infrastructure in the country. Available data from the Debt Management Offi ce Read More

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Sterling Bank presents prizes to promo winners

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Sterling Bank Plc, has presented prizes to winners of the fi rst draw of its on-going Sterling Savings Reward promot Th e promo tagged ” What have you got to win? was launched last March by the bank to reward customer loyalty and encourage a culture of saving among Nigerians. It is endorsed by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, the Read More

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47th AGM of NIOB to discuss innovations in construction practice –NIOB

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja In eff ort to enhance the quality of its practise and ensure eff ective national development, the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) says the 47th Annual General Conference of the institute will discuss innovations in the building construction sector. Th e National Publicity Secretary of the Institute, Bldr. Musa Yakubu, said the 47th Builders Conference and Read More

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Half year: Dangote Cement records 12.6% Sales volume increase across Africa

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer, has announced its unaudited results for the six months ended 30th June 2017, posting a 12.6 percent increase in sales volume across Africa. In the fi nancials released on the fl oor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange indicated that the increase in sales volume showed a growing capture of Pan-African market as Dangote Cement Read More

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Tank-Farm Explosion: We Will Not Spare Culprits – Jime

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja Th e Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Hon. Emmanuel Jime, has declared that the Authority will not spare anyone or any fi rm found guilty in the tank-farm explosion at the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ) on July 17, 2017. Jime made the declaration while addressing staff on the preparedness and resolve Read More

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Kidnapping: High-profile passengers embracing Kaduna-Abuja rail travel

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Following increasing criminal activities amidst massive presence of security agencies along Kaduna-Abuja highway, passengers, including ministers, federal and state lawmakers, top government offi cials, captains of industry, businessmen and top military brass, among others, appear to have found safer havens in the mass rail transit. ABDULRAHEEM AODU reports. Kaduna as northern heartbeat Th e proximity of Kaduna, the political capital Read More

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Etim: Global right group visits Saraki over delayed inauguration

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Offi cials of a global right group, Center for Justice in Politics, has visited Nigeria on a fact-fi nding mission on the delay by Senate President Bukola Saraki to inaugurate Hon Bassey Etim as senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District, as ordered by a competent court of jurisdiction. Earlier, the United Nations rights group, Peoples Right to Life Development Read More

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EGMONT Group suspension: AGF okays Senate’s timely response

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has expressed satisfaction with the timely response by the Senate to Nigeria’s suspension from the EGMONT Group of Financial Intelligence Units recently through the accelerated passage of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency (NFIA) Bill. Th is is contained in a statement by the Special Read More

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Oando Plc posts profi t of N4.561 bn

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e management of Oando Plc, is set to put smile on the face of shareholders as the company Profi t after tax stood at N4.561 billion. Th e 2017 half year result is a signifi cant improvement over the preceding year’s loss of N26.991billion representing a seven kobo earnings per share, from a loss of 226 kobo. A return Read More

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Equity market rebounds, improving by N980 bn

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Investment in the Nigerian equity market last week continued in bullish trend as investors wealth increased by N980 billion. Specifi cally, market capitalisation of listed equities grew for the fi rst time this year by 8.36 per cent to N12.705 trillion from N11.725 trillion reported the previous week. Also the Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Read More

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Dangote Sugar records revenue of N118 bn

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Dangote Sugar Refi nery has recorded revenue of N118 .676 billion for the half year fi nancial result. Th is represents an increase of N48.205 billion or 95.82 per cent from N70.471billion reported in the preceding year. Th e rise in revenue derived from the sale of refi ned sugar in 50kg bags; just as the Lagos regional market accounted Read More

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Dear minister, our children are under siege

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Mrs. Gladys Biem Calvin was worried. Little Nihyel-Amini had returned home with an assignment from school. Th e 6-year old primary one pupil and his friends had English text that no child should read. Worried, his mother called to let me know the danger our children were being exposed to through books like Sonyia and the River and other texts Read More

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Passengers desirous of more coaches

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Some passengers who spoke to our reporter at the Rigasa terminal in Kaduna, said they would prefer to board the train rather than follow road transportation because it is safer, more comfortable, cheaper, run on schedule and faster, while there is emergency medical services on board. Safety and security According to Mrs Christy Ben, who works in Abuja, every passenger Read More

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Student arraigned for N89,000 ATM theft

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

A 24-year-old student, Ifeanyi Kalu, arraigned in a Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Nasarawa state, on a count charge of theft for allegedly stealing his neighbour’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, which he used to withdraw N89, 000. He is standing trial on a count charge of theft, an off ence that contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code which Read More

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Court grants Nyako, son permission to travel abroad

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has granted permission to former governor of Adamawa state, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), and Zulkifi kk Abba to travel abroad. Th e Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on August 7, 2015, arraigned Nyako, along with his son, Abdul-Aziz, and Zulkifi kk Abba, Abubakar Aliyu as Read More

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First Indigenous agricultural marketing network launched

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

As calls for investment in agriculture in Nigeria continue to receive support, one critical aspect that many Nigerians have failed to dive into is the marketing value chain. JOHN OBA writes. Th at agriculture presents a range of empowerment opportunity for diff erent classes of Nigerians is no longer in doubt but one of the major discouraging factor arguably has Read More

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How to recognise voices of good friends after 2 words

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

More than 99% of the time, two words are enough for people with normal hearing to distinguish the voice of a close friend or relative amongst other voices, says the University of Montreal’s Julien Plante-Hébert. His study, presented at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, involved playing recordings to Canadian French speakers, who were asked to recognize on multiple Read More

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Smoking, heavy alcohol associated with epigenetic signs of aging

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol use cause epigenetic changes to DNA that refl ect accelerated biological aging in distinct, measurable ways, according to research presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Using data from the publicly available Gene Expression Omnibus, Robert A. Philibert, MD, PhD and colleagues at the University of Iowa and Read More

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Ocheho pledges to transform handball to greater height

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja Newly elected President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria, Mr.Samuel Ocheho has vowed to leave no stone unturned in his quest to reposition the fortunes of the sports in the country. Speaking during the opening ceremony of a 2 day retreat organized by the board in Abuja over the weekend the amiable president disclosed that there Read More

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Iheanacho to stay at Man City if…—Guardiola

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has left the door open in his team for Kelechi Iheanacho should the muchreported transfer to Leicester City not go through. Iheanacho was to have had a medical at Leicester City on Friday, but that did not happen as it appears several grey areas have yet to be sorted out as regards the transfer that Read More

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Minister of FCT represented by the Secretary, Agricultural and Rural Development in FCTA, , Mr Musa Aliu  presenting certifi cate of participation to one of the trainees, during FADAMA lll  support programme

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), represented by the Secretary, Agricultural and Rural Development in FCTA, , Mr Musa Aliu (middle), presenting certifi cate of participation to one of the trainees, during the just concluded FADAMA lll Graduate Unemployed Youth and Women agro-prenuer support programme, at the FCT College of Education, in Zuba on Friday Photo: John Oba   Read More