Independence celebration: Service Chiefs, DG DSS visit troops in frontlines

September 30, 2017 Umar Bologi, Maiduguri 0

Service Chiefs and the Director General, Department of State Security are in Maiduguri to celebrate 57th independence anniversary with troops at the front lines of the battle against Boko Haram terrorists. The Service Chiefs comprising Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ette Ibas and Chief of Read More

IGP Idris: Dawn of new Police Force, — By Dahiru Hassan Kera

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

Public offi cials are always in the eye of the storm. A monitoring eye is no doubt a veritable tool for exerting diligence and effi ciency from true leaders; it keeps them on their toes, gives them a new sense of vigor to accomplish far beyond public expectations and sets them on the part of history. Even though the public Read More

Letter to Ndigbo, — By Promise Adiele

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e perennial agitation for the actualization of Biafra has never been more intense in Nigeria since the civil war than now. Th ese agitations are predicated on the perceived marginalization of the Igbo within Nigeria. As a result, the tranquilizing mantra of marginalization has been bandied about by some of our people. If we argue that fewer states are Read More

Contribute to national discourse, A-GF urges pensioners

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bintas Shama Abuja— Accountant–General of the Federation, Mr.  Ahmed Idris has called on pensioners in the country to contribute meaningfully to all issues aff ecting the nation’s growth and development . Idris made the call yesterday in Abuja while receiving members of the Association of Contributory Pensioners of Nigeria, who were at the Treasury on a courtesy visit. He Read More

Buhari is too slow – Obasanjo

September 29, 2017 Online Editor 0

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised the slow pace at which the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari is taking to fulfill its promises to Nigerians. The former president said this in an interview with African Arguments magazine, and stressed that President Buhari had not done enough for Nigerians especially in employment creation for the youth. ”All youth in Nigeria have Read More

Intrigues of some desperate Katsina state politicians, —By ABU ABDULLAHI

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e recent convergence of some socalled key political fi gures of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from Katsina state, under the auspices of the ‘’Katsina State Initiative for Good Governance’’: on Arewa House in Kaduna, was ostensibly a stakeholders’ meeting to fashion out strategies to advance the cause of the party and the people of Katsina. However, a closer Read More

How Bagudu’s good governance subdued PDP in Kebbi, — By JAMILU KABIRU

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

In a democratic setting, opposition, criticism and alternative viewpoints are common and variegated as the constituents meaning that it is to be expected given the diversity and heterogeneous nature of the polity and the political society. However, it is desirable that criticism and alternative viewpoints pass the test of being constructive and result-oriented and not being merely distractive, vindictive and Read More

Ecological Fund and the cans of worms,— By Dan Agbese

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

Mallam Garba Shehu put me to this. In an FRCN programme last week, the suave senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity asked us to get into the habit of interrogating our governors and local government chairmen on how they have been spending the ecological fund given to them every month. My antenna went up.  I do Read More

Insurgency: Reps probe N28 billion Bama Initiative Fund

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

The House of Representatives has set up an ad-hoc committee to probe N28 billion Bama Initiative fund, with Edward Pwajok as committee chair. Th is followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Mohammed Abdu entitled; “Need to stop the implementation of the Bama Initiative, BI by nonstatutory committees and remit same to Presidential committee on North East Initiative, Read More

How PDP plans to return to power in 2019 – Jonathan

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja— Ahead of the 2019 polls, former President Goodluck Jonathan has advised the Peoples Democratic Party to adopt what he called statutory delegates’ option in its next constitution review exercise, especially for the state and local government primaries. Jonathan gave the advice while receiving in audience a delegation of former Speakers of House of Assemblies elected on Read More

La’ah gives pass mark on Nigeria’s democracy

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abubakar Labaran Kafanchan— Senator representing Kaduna South, Danjuma La’ah Tella, has given pass mark on the performance of the Nigerian political space, against the background of the country’s socio-economic and political challenges. Th e senator, who stated this in a goodwill message to mark the country’s fi fty seventh independence anniversary, however, said the feat was not without challenges. Read More

INEC officials docked for alleged N362m Diezani bribe

September 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ajibola Abayomi, Lago — Th e Gombe zonal offi ce of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, yesterday arraigned the duo of Ibrahim Muhammed Umar and Sahabo Iya Hamman, both serving and retired staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission respectively, before Justice Nathan Musa of the Adamawa state High Court, Yola on a three-count charge bordering on Read More

Buhari government demonizing PDP faithful – Lamido

September 28, 2017 Emeka Nze, Abuja 0

Former governor of Jigawa State, Mallam Sule Lamido has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) for failing the country, just as he charged party members to be courageous in the face of persecution.   Addressing the forum of PDP Ex- Speakers Thursday in Abuja, Lamido accused President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of demonising PDP members.   While charging his party members Read More

Only APC can make an Igbo man President – Oyegun

September 28, 2017 Bode Olagoke, Abuja  1

…Inaugurates campaign team for Anambra The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that the party remains the best option for actualising a south-east Presidency in the nearest future. Oyegun disclosed this Thursday at the national secretariat of the APC while inaugurating a forty-eigth member National Campaign Committee for the forth coming governorship Read More

Use statutory delegates in next constitution review, Jonathan advises PDP

September 28, 2017 Emeka Nze, Abuja 0

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to adopt the statutory delegates option in the next review of its constitution, especially for the state and local government primaries. Jonathan gave the advice Thursday in Abuja when he received a delegation of the former Speakers, State House of Assemblies elected on the platform of the PDP in Read More

2019: Fayose declares for presidency, dares Lamido, Shekarau, Dankwambo

September 28, 2017 Emeka Nze, Abuja 0

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has challenged presidential aspirants from the North where his party , the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zoned the presidency, to declare their ambitions to rule the country without any further delay or fear of any intimidation. Fayose who stated this Thursday while declaring his ambition to run for the nation’s presidency, said: “Tell them, those of Read More

South East States must join APC to stop marginalisation by government – Oyegun

September 28, 2017 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

…As Andy Uba shuns reconciliation meeting Amidst agitation for state of Biafra being led by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the perceived marginalization against the region can not end until some of the States join the party. National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Read More

FG criminalises payment for constituency projects without SGF clearance

September 28, 2017 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

  The federal government has directed that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that pay constituency projects without clearance from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation would be prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). This was disclosed Thursday by the acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr. Habiba Lawal at the Read More

Breaking: APC appoints Cairo Ojougbo member Anambra campaign committee

September 28, 2017 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

The former strong man of the sacked Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff led National Working Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Cairo Ojougbo has been asked by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to help make sure that the party and its candidate are successful in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State. Ojougbo told newsmen that the APC is a Read More

Illegal arms importation: FG moves to tighten borders 

September 28, 2017 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

The federal government has inaugurated an 11-man committee to ensure that security operations at the country’s Air, Sea and Land borders are improved. The move is also part of efforts to ensure that the continued seizure of large cache of arms by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) is reduced to the bearest minimum. Inaugurating the committee Thursday in Abuja, Minister Read More

Ibrahim Mantu at the official declaration of Prof. Adeniran for the PDP National Chairmanship

September 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

From left: Former Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu, former Minister for Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, Director General, Adeniran Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Shehu Gabam and former Minister for Police Aff airs, Alhaji Adamu Waziri, during the offi cial declaration of Professor Adeniran for the National Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, in Abuja yesterday Read More

Sell us your mother! — By Dr. Biodun Ogungbo

September 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Fact Nigerian doctors cannot walk into Europe, America, Turkey, India or even South Africa and set up a hospital. You cannot even just hop off a plane and start consulting clinics or treating patients. Fact Foreigners from Europe, America, Turkey, India or even South Africa can walk into Nigeria and set up a hospital. You simply fi nd a lackey Read More

Okocha expresses jealousy for Neymar

September 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Former Super Eagles skipper, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has confessed that he envy world record signing Neymar and other PSG players. Paris Saint-Germain made Okocha the most expensive African footballer on the planet 17 years ago. He cost the French club $19 million.  In August of this year, PSG paid a world-record fee of $267 million to release Neymar from Read More

NADDC strategises to provide electric vehicles

September 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Adeola Tukuru Abuja Th e National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) is strategising with the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and other automobles on electrifi cation of vehicle policies in the country, the Director-General, Jelani Aliyu has said. Th e DG, who dropped this hint this during a courtesy visit by Blueprint Newspapers yesterday in Abuja, stated that the Read More

Airport concession: ART expresses cautious optimism

September 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Ime Akpan Lagos— Th e Aviation Round Table (ART) has applauded the federal government’s decision hand over airports to concessionaires but doubts that the policy thrust designed to raise the level of services at the airports is in sync with global best practices. Th e president of ART, Mr. Gbenga Olowo said in a signed statement issued in Read More