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Who is afraid of the youth?

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 3

I had a beautiful growing up.  Th e best part of my life was, no doubt, my childhood; and the part where I was most impactful, I would say, was my youth – the years from secondary to university education and shortly thereafter. In a country where defi ning the category ‘youth’ is prone to a lot of subjective rationalisation, Read More

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Military neutralize 5 top Boko Haram leaders

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 3

  Nigerian Army and the Air Force neutralised five top Boko Haram terrorists leaders and some of the group members during artillery and air strikes on some terrorists locations. Top terrorist leaders killed during the operation, according to statement from the Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, include:  Abu Dujana, Man Tahiru (Deputy to Boko Haram terrorists group Hisba leader), Man Read More

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NGO donates cloths to orphans, vulnerable in Gombe

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Lawanti Development Association, in Gombe state, has donated Sallah cloths to 256 Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the community. Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Abu Ubaida, disclosed this while speaking during the presentation at Lawanti village in Akko local government area of the state yesterday. He said the Association “gives such assistance to OVCs during annually    celebrations in Read More

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WAEC exam to hold despite holiday

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that the examinations slated for September 4 will hold despite the public holidays. The federal government has declared September 1 and 4 as public holidays to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid el-Kabir. The Council said on its Twitter account on Tuesday that the exams for private candidates, in the 2017 timetable, would Read More

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Bindow launches campaign, inaugurates administrators to mobilise voters

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Governor Bindow Jibrilla of Adamawa State, has inaugurated 50 development area administrators to mobilise the people at the grassroots towards his re- election bid come 2019. Inaugurating the areas administrators yesterday in Yola, Bindow stated that, his decision to appoint them was because of politics, taking into consideration the fact that, very soon 2019 election activities will kick start in Read More

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Yobe residents lament high cost of ram

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

A day to Sallah, when our correspondent visited popular Damaturu and Potiskum cattle markets, Yobe residents have lamented on the high cost of ram while for the sellers is a dream comes true.   Blueprint’s investigation shows that most of the animals brought to the markets were being bought in large quantities by businessmen who transported them to either Lagos or Ibadan; hence Read More

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Leather institute boss seeks patronage home-made products

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 3

Acting Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Dr Eucharia Oparah, has advocate its commitment to the federal government’s policy on the need to patronise made-in-Nigeria goods and products “so as to reduce unemployment rate rocking our economy.” Oparah stated this recently when she received Officials of the Financial System Strategy (FSS 2020) and Small and Medium Read More

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Kidnapping: Evans arraigned, pleads guilty

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 2

The prosecution yesterday pre-empted the N300 million rights suit filed against the police and arraigned suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, and five others before an Ikeja High Court in Lagos. The kidnap suspect had filed the suit urging a Federal High Court in Lagos to order the police to either release or charge him to court. Judgement on the suit Read More

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Kanti Bello’ll be remembered for political principles – APC

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed its grief over the passing away of Senator Mahmud Kanti-Bello, which the party described as “a respected leader, distinguished Nigerian and elder statesman,” saying the late senator “will be remembered for his political principles.” The party, however, offered its condolences to the family, the people and government of Katsina state, the Senate and indeed Read More

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Atiku charges Muslims on Islam

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that “protecting the image of Islam is the greatest challenge facing the Muslim faithful today in the light of the activities of extremists who are bent on destroying every humane virtues of the religion.”   In his Sallah message to Muslims on the occasion of the Eid el-Kabir celebration, the former Vice President advised Muslims Read More

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Oyo NSCDC beefs up security for Sallah

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 2

Commandant of Oyo state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. John Adewoye, has ordered his men and officers to beef up security across the state for the Eid el-Kabir celebrations. Adewoye in a statement issued by the Command in Ibadan by its Public Relations Officer, DSC Olusegun Oluwole, declared that no fewer than 3, 000 Read More

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No expatriate abducted in Lagos by Badoo members — Police

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

 Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, yesterday debunked reports making the rounds about the alleged kidnap of an expatriate in Ikorodu area of Lagos state. Owoseni made the clarification while addressing journalists at the Police officers’ Mess, Ikeja yesterday afternoon. The police commissioner said the command had not recorded any such incident of an American expatriate, either kidnapped or Read More

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Atiku laments high poverty rate

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the nation’s education system and policy required urgent review for the nation to “pull through the stranglehold of abject poverty which is holding down a larger chunk of its over 170 million people.” Atiku stated this yesterday in Abuja when he received, on a courtesy visit, a delegation from NURU International, a Read More

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NULGE agitates for LG autonomy in Ebonyi

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Members of the National Union of local Government Employees (NULGE) yesterday matched round Abakaliki capital city in their thousands agitating for autonomy in the local government system. The workers carried placards with various inscriptions, such as “Legislature Free LG from strangulation,” “Bring back our autonomy and bring third tier of government,” “Let my people go, Autonomy please,” “Local government workers need Read More

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Buhari in Daura for Eid-El-Kabir celebration

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived his home town, Daura, Katsina State, for the Eid-El-Kabir celebration.  Governor Aminu Bello Masari led top government officials to receive the President at the Umar Musa Yar’adua International Airport.  The Emir of Katsina, Dr Abdulmumin Kabir Usman, was also at the airport to welcome the President. The Nigeria Airforce Jet 001 that conveyed the President Read More

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FEC approves $5.792bn for Mambila hydro power plant

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved engineering and electro-mechanical works for the Mambila hydro electric power plant to the tune of $5.792 billion.  Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, said the project began in 1972, but made Read More

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Terrorism a great challenge facing Islam- Atiku

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said protecting the image of Islam is the greatest challenge facing the Muslim faithful today in the light of the activities of extremists who are bent on destroying every humane virtues of the religion. In his Sallah message to Muslims on the occasion of the Eid el Kabir celebration, issued Wednesday in Abuja, the Read More

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Misau: The latest joker in the pack

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

One should not be surprised that, so soon the vultures are here again, this time, in the delusory thinking that there is a carcass down for them to devour. Shame, Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, the object of their sinister, voracious designs, is alive, well and kicking. He is, in fact, getting ready to continue the marathon Read More

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Biafra: The ghost that ruffles feathers

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

In 1970, in my fi nal year as a public administration undergraduate at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, I read in an edition of time magazine, a report about the end of the Nigerian civil war. In the report, there was an eye catching picture of a placard carrying student of Lagos University which bore the inscription thus “Obituary: Biafra Read More

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Strike: Osinbajo takes over negotiation with ASUU

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken over government’s negotiations with the striking varsity lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The lecturers had on August 13 commenced an indefinite nationwide strike over federal government’s failure to implement an agreement it reached with the union in 2009. The union boycotted a meeting which was scheduled to Read More

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Sallah: NSCDC deploys 40,000 personnel, sniffer dogs for security 

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has  deployed about 40,000 personnel, sniffer dogs, Mobile Surveillance Vehicles (MSV), Ambulances among others to be stationed at designated areas for rescue purposes and First Aid treatment during the Eid Kabir festival. Announcing the deployment Comptroller General of the Corps, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, also ordered for other specialised units for the assignment Read More

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NGP cautions over calls for resignation of security chiefs

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP) has called for restraint in the rampant calls for resignation of security chiefs saying security is a delicate issue that must not be sacrificed for pecuniary gains. Recall that there have been calls from some quarters for the resignation of Nigerian security chiefs over allegations of corruption. The recent been the call for the Read More

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90% Nigerian lunatics, victims of illicit drugs – NDLEA

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 1

National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has declared that over 80 per cent of lunatics receiving treatment in psychiatric hospitals in the country were the victims of illicit drugs. According to the agency, young ones are involved directly in taking and consumption of dangerous drugs indiscriminately. Deputy Commandant of the NDLEA, Jigawa state Command, Malam Abubakar Dauda, disclosed this yesterday in his Read More

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Police probe boy’s death in Owerri market demolition

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

The police have launched an investigation into the death of 10-year-old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, who was killed on Saturday at the Owerri main market of Imo state during a midnight demolition exercise. The state government carried out the demolition with soldiers and other security operatives providing cover for the team. But traders and youth protested leading to the military reportedly opening fire on them. One Read More