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2019: No automatic ticket for Buhari, APC NEC disagrees with governors

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

…To reach out to Atiku, others National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) held Tuesday in Abuja has refused to adopt President Muhammafu Buhari, as its presidential candidate for the 2019 general election. Although, the meeting unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the president and the leadership of the APC under Chief John Read More

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Bayelsa police arrest 70 teenagers for drug abuse

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Over 70 teenagers, ranging from aged 12 to 17,  were arrested by the Bayelsa state police command at criminal hideouts in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The police commissioner Mr. Amber Asuquo said the teenagers were abusing weeds suspected  to be Indian Hemps and that they were also engaged in heavy drinking of alcohol. “At their tender age, they were already breeding Read More

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Buhari alone competent to lead Nigeria come 2019 – APC governors

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have declared that the issue of automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election is not in contention, adding that no other contestant is credible enough to fly the party’s ticket.  The governors believe that President Buhari’s integrity, coupled with his performance since 2015 remain unbeatable. Speaking separately with newsmen Read More

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PDP: Taraba ex-commissioner joins race for Publicity Secretary

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

***Says NPS office should be reserved for  journalist Another aspirant to the office of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Emma Bello has underscored the need to elect a professional journalist as the National Publicity Secretary of the party in the December National Convention. Bello, who was a two time commissioner for  Information and Tourism Read More

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Buhari promises APC loyalists more cabinet positions

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has given an insight into a possible shake up in the Federal Executive Council (FEC) with a view to injecting more party support in the running of his government.  The President’s promise is contained in his speech to the National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which was however not read to the hearing Read More

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I will help improve living standard in Nigeria – SGF

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The newly appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, has promised to implement programmes and policies aimed at uplifting the quality of life of all Nigerians. Fielding questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja, Mustapha said the present administration had achieved a lot in the Read More

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Fagbemi SAN, calls for necessary action against former SGF

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Senior Advocates of Nigeria and Judges from different states of the country, on Tuesday stormed Osogbo, Osun state capital, as Justice Moshud Aderibigbe Adeigbe, bowed out of the bench. The valedictory court session and send-off ceremony for the retired judge was held at court room of the state Chief Judge, along Ilobu, Osogbo. One of the SANs that attended the Read More

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Navy storms Niger Delta with 7 ships, 37 boats

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Central Naval Command (CNC), Rear Adm. Bello Al-hassan, on Tuesday said the Navy had deployed seven ships and 37 patrol boats for maritime security drill in the Niger Delta. Al-hassan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Federal Ocean Terminal, Onne, that the command had commenced a sea/backwater exercise code named: ‘Octopusgrip’ in Read More

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Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, GMD, Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery Groups, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan during the minister’s visit Amo Farms

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  From left: Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Group Managing Director, Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery Groups, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, Regional Director South West, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Ogunwale Joseph and General Manager, Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery, Dr. Anand Burra, during the minister’s visit Amo Farms, in Awe, Oyo state yesterday Read More

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CBN releases non oil export stimulation facility guideline

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released a framework for the non oil export stimulation facility (NESF). The apex bank said that NESF was introduced to diversify the revenue base of the economy and to expedite the growth and development of the non-oil export sector. The CBN stated that the facility will help redress the Read More

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SEC lauded for establishing Capital Market Development Fund

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By David Agba Abuja The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been commended for the establishment of the Nigerian Capital Market Development Fund (NCMDF) Speaking at the inauguration of the board of NCMDF, Former Chairman of the Board of SEC and former DG, Dr. Suleyman Ndanusa commended the SEC on its efforts at discharging its primary mandate of regulating and Read More

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Equity market gains N8bn

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday took upward trend, gaining N8 billion. Specifically, Market Capitalisation of listed equities grew by 0.06 per cent to N12.627 trillion from N12.619 trillion recorded on Friday. Also the NSE All Share Index increased by 22.04 basis points to 36484. 30 from 36462.26 point traded the previous Read More

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SON reads riot act to MANCAP awardees

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Adeola Tukuru Abuja The Director -General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr Osita Anthony Aboloma, yesterday warned recipients given the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) not to fall below it’s standards else their licenses will be revoked. Aboloma, who gave the warning in Abuja at the World Standards Day symposium with theme: “Standards make cities smarter” adding that Read More

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Obasanjo to open Abuja River Park Estate

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By David Agba     Determined to bridge the housing gap in the country, a private developer has concluded plans to open its range of innovative houses in the nation’s capital, Abuja. The estate christened River Park Estate, spanning across 501 hectares of land, and grouped into five clusters, with all being developed simultaneously will be commissioned by former President Read More

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‘I make N6,000 daily selling popcorn’

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Popcorn business is no doubt a lucrative business. Bright Effiong, 22, a popcorn seller who hails from Akwa Ibom state, can attest to it. ADEOLA TUKURU reports Generating income from popcorn business, Bright Effiong, unlike other young Nigerians looking for white collar jobs, says he makes over N6,000 daily by selling popcorn. Bright who is not interested in working for Read More

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Positioning Nigeria for a prosperous future

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Kemi Adeosun Since the middle of 2014, when the price of crude oil fell dramatically, Nigeria’s finances became challenged. This is not hard to explain: we’ve historically depended on crude oil for as much as 70 per cent of government revenues, and 90 per cent of foreign exchange earnings. The outcome – pressure on government’s finances – was by Read More

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Enugu trains focal persons on war against child abuse

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Raphael Ede Enugu To stem the tide of child abuse in Enugu state, the government has trained newly engaged focal persons that would work as social workers in the state Ministry of Gender Affairs. At the training session for the new personnel yesterday, renowned crusader against child abuse and neglect, Prof Peter Ebigbo, described the recent signing into law Read More

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Youths besiege APC secretariat, demand Oyegun’s sack

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Ahead of today’s NEC meeting, some youths, under the aegis of Save APC and Democracy Youth Vanguard yesterday took their protest to the National Secretariat of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), demanding that its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, be removed. Other demands listed on the various placards by the youths included: “Audit APC account Read More

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Buratai re-deploys troops to Lake Chad region

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, yesterday ordered the re-deployment of troops who participated in the special military exercise in the Niger Delta to Lake Chad region. Buratai, a lieutenant-general, announced the redeployment at the closing of Exercise Crocodile Smile II in Igwuruta, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers state. He said the redeployed to Lake Chad was to flush Read More

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‘Cultists’ hack EKSU student to death

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado Ekiti   Barely five days after a third year student of Ekiti state University, Ado-Ekiti, Ojo Segun was killed by suspected cultists, another one was on Sunday night hacked to death and his headless body dumped close to the university gate. Some students of the institution, who spoke under anonymity, said the corpse of Ayodele Temilade Read More

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Prof Uche C. Isiugo-Abanihe, Chairman NPC and Dr. Kayode Afolabi during the annual population lecture series and interactive session

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

From left: Chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor, Paul University, Professor Uche C. Isiugo-Abanihe, Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Eze Duruiheoma and representative of the Minister of Health, Dr. Kayode Afolabi, during the annual population lecture series and interactive session, in Abuja yesterday Photo: Tidzalla Zacchaeus  

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Kebbi gets new Chief Judge

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Kebbi state Governor, Atiku Bagudu, has sworn-in Justice Asabe Karatu as the state’s acting Chief Judge. Karatu, who was sworn in yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, takes over from Justice Bala Mairiga, who retired last week. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a valedictory court session was held yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, to mark the retirement of Mairiga. In a Read More

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Quattara commends Buhari over recession exit

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Alassane Quattara of Cote D’Ivoire has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking Nigeria out of recession, saying that the leadership of the country is important to the socio-political well being of the African continent. Quattara said this yesterday in Abuja when he addressed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with the President. Read More