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Women leader hails FG yam exportation

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e Women leader, National Association of Nigeria Traders, (NANTS) Mrs RuthAbraham Agbo, has commended the recent federal government programme for the exportation of yam, saying this will improve farmers commitment to farming. She however urged that, eff ort must be made to ensure that exported yams are up to standard to avoid the embarrassment of rejection. Agbo, stated this Read More

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FCT FADAMA trains 121 youth, women in agriculture

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja Th e FCT FADAMA three additional fi nancing project has promised to empower all the 121 youth and women trained in it enterprise development training of graduate unemployed support programme (GUYS) with a starter pack that would enable them take off in their venture. Addressing the trainees during the closing ceremony at the FCT College Read More

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‘New FAO guidelines can improve food security’

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest Monitoring is to help policy-makers boost the contribution of forests to sustainable energy and food security. Th is is even as it will also support countries in collecting, compiling and analyzing data on forest resources to enable them to adopt evidence-based policies and practices, which will help them to achieve sustainable management of forest resources Read More

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Vettel wins Hungarian Grand Prix

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Sebastian Vettel hung on to win a tense Hungarian Grand Prix despite problems with his Ferrari and a valiant attack by title rival Lewis Hamilton. In a nail-biting fi nish, Vettel had his teammate Kimi Raikkonen behind complaining that he could go faster but being used by the team as a buff er against Hamilton. Th e Mercedes driver closed Read More

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IPAC holds annual conference

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Donald Iorchir Abuja Th e Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has said it will hold its second annual Conference tomorrow, August 1, at the Shehu Musa Yar’dua Centre, Abuja. According the national publicity secretary of IPAC, Chief Ogbuehi Dike, in a press statement made available to Blueprint, the Conference with a theme: “Internal Party Democracy: A Recipe To Read More

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Oil workers ambush: NAF increases capacity in North-east

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Nigerian Air Force says it has deployed additional Specials Forces and personnel of Regiment Specialty to reinforce security and also fi ght alongside ground troops in the frontlines in North east. This is coming after the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo gave an order to service chiefs to relocate to the North east in Read More

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Will recognising Bode George’s faction end Lagos PDP crisis?

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Analysing the peace moves by the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to reconcile the factions in the Lagos state chapter of the party, TOPE MUSOWO wonders if the PDP will be a cohesive body once again Instruction to BOT Following the lingering leadership crisis in the Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) largely Read More

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APC chieftain condemns attacks on Buhari’s health

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Jacob Ogodo Abakaliki A former Senator, Emmanuel Azu Agboti has condemned the spate of attacks on President Muhamadu Buhari on account of his present health challenges. Speaking to journalists in Abakaliki on Sunday Agboti who represented Ebonyi South zone in the Senate accused members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of politicising the President’s health in a bid to Read More

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Constitution amendment: How senators voted

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Last week, the Senate voted on 29 items of the Constitution Amendment Bill. TAYE ODEWALE reports how the lawmakers voted Before the Senate voted on the Fourth alteration bills of the 1999 Constitution on Wednesday and Th ursday last week, many thought it was the usual ritual in the National Assembly. Th e journey to amend the Nigerian Constitution has Read More

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•••Army regrets information on oil workers

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Nigerian Army has expressed regret over ambush of some staff of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and staff of University of Maiduguri on oil exploration in Borno Yesu District of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno state terrorists. Th e army also expressed regret over its earlier statement about the rescue of all NNPC Staff . Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Read More

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NNPC ambush: Shettima donates N.5m, land to each 14 civilian JTF

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Borno state government has donated N500,000 cash to each of the 14 Civilian JTF from Magumeri local government area of the state that were killed during the recent ambush of staff of University of Maiduguri on oil exploration. Th e state government also donated full plot of land to each of the families of the deceased Read More

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Taraba postpones Suntai’s burial to August 19

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Taraba state Governor, Darius Ishaku, has announced the postponement of the state burial of late former Governor, Danbaba Suntai from August 5 to 19. A press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Hassan Mijinyawa, in Jalingo said the new date followed the governor’s consideration of the report submitted to him by the steering committee for burial Read More

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Kaura to train community police volunteers

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e administrator of Kaura local government area of Kaduna state, Mr. Zitung Basahuwa Agog, has revealed plans that members of the Community Security Dialogue (CSAD) to trained people as community police volunteers to complement police roles of securing lives and property through constructive community dialogue surveillance and reporting. Agog stated this during the farewell and handing over ceremony of Read More

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Cleric commends CRK, IRK return to curriculum

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Tope Musowo Lagos A cleric has lauded the recent return of Christian Religious Studies (CRS) and Islamic religious Studies (IRS) into the school curriculum, stating that this would help expose the children to godliness right from childhood and guard against social vices. Prophetess Oyinkansola Ayedun, spiritual head of Imisi Ogo Cherubim and Seraphim Church, made comment at the second Read More

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Towards a UN multinational peacekeeping centre for Nigeria

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Nigerian Army authorities, on Saturday, renamed the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre, located in the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, after the former Chief of Defence Staff , Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, for his contribution to global peace and security; and to upgrade the centre to meet global standard. MUSA UMAR BOLOGI reports on its transformation to a Read More

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Journalists, crucial in national development – Wamakko

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, representing Sokoto North Senatorial District says Journalists are playing crucial roles in national development. Senator Aliyu Wamakko spoke on Sunday in Sokoto on the sidelines of the handing over ceremony of the renovated Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), and the public presentation of a Magazine, Th e Newsmaker. Th is is contaned in Read More

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Poor teachers’ welfare causes rot in education – Akanbi

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Th e former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (retd), has attributed the decline in the standard of education in the country to poor welfare of teachers. Akanbi appealed to government at all levels to be sensitive to the plight of workers, affi rming that “adequate and standard remuneration begets eff ective Read More

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Assessing creativity in Hausa fi lms in 21st Century

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Sadly, most present-day Hausa movies do not project the rich culture and tradition of the Hausa. Rather, in an attempt to fl ow with the tides of modernity, the Hausa culture is abandoned, and what we get at the end of the day is just Hindi-style entertainment in Hausa language, by Africans. Th e current trend in the Hausa movie Read More

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Social amenities: Al-Makura orders state-wide headcount

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Nasarawa state governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has ordered a state-wide enumeration exercise as part of his administration’s eff orts to boost social amenities and infrastructure in the state. Th e enumeration exercise has been fi xed for September 1 and is expected to last for six weeks. A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Read More

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Kaduna-based journalists now live in fear – NUJ

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e National Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, yesterday, raised the alarm that practising journalists in Kaduna state, now live in fear of possible intimidation and harassments in the course of their line of duties. National Secretary of the body, Shuaibu Usman Leman, stated this in statement made available to newsmen in Abuja. Th e statement came against Read More

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Adamawa varsity embarks on indefi nite strike

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz Yola Non-academic staff of the Adamawa State University, Mubi, have commenced indefi nite strike to protest poor funding and other problems aff ecting staff welfare in the institution. Addressing a joint press conference in Yola, the non academic staff comprising Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institution (NASU) Read More

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IGP reads riot act to Compols

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, has warned Commissioners of Police in various commands to conduct themselves professionally and handle criminal cases diligently. Th e IGP, who gave the warning recently while addressing DIG’s, AIG’s and CPs at a conference at the force headquarters in Abuja, said that any act of misconduct could throw them Read More

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NAN retracts story on varsity fee increase

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e management of the News Agency of Nigeria has retracted a story published June 26 on alleged increase in school fees in federal, state and private universities. Th e story titled: “38 Nigerian Universities increase tuition fees – ASUU’, was credited to Deji Omole, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter. Th Read More

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Osinbajo pays tribute to slain NNPC, UNIMAID staff

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the weekend condemned the renewed Boko Haram ambush, attacks and abduction of soldiers and civilians carrying out their duties in the Lake Chad Basin Frontier Exploration aimed at opening up new areas for oil exploration in the country. In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Read More