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$350m loan: Kaduna senators put personal frustration above people’s welfare – State govt

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The three senators from Kaduna state were driven by their personal frustration in rejecting the $350m World Bank loan sought by Kaduna state government, rather than the people’s right to better quality of life and infrastructure, the state government has said. The Senate had on Thursday turned down the loan request, saying that with the current total debt profile Read More

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Capital market operators want representation in MPC board

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

There are increasing calls for the government to appoint a representative from the capital market into the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Operators of the market, who made the call opined that the capital market was not considered whenever MPC members met to take decisions. They insisted that appointing a capital market representatives as a Read More

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IFC, CWPF, seek increased African cross-border partnership

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the China-World Bank Partnership Facility has struck a deal that would increase cross-border business relationship with Africa. The agreement which was struck at the 2018 Africa CEO Forum, will bring global financing and expertise to the continent to help build infrastructure, create jobs, and accelerate economic growth. The African CEO Forum is an annual Read More

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Transcorp posts N80.28bn revenue in 2017

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) posted group revenue of N80.28 billion during its financial year ended Dec. 31, 2017. The revenue increased by 35.11 per cent From the N59.42 billion achieved in 2016. The company’s results released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that the company’s profit after tax increased to N10.61 billion from the loss after tax of Read More

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Testimonials from A-Book-A-Child literary campaign

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Ever since the Association of Nigerian Author (ANA) A-Book-A-Child nationwide project was flagged off in Benue during the association’s 36th International Convention which held in Makurdi, Benue State in October, 2017, pleasing testimonies have been ricocheting from all corners across the country. A stakeholder in the promotion of literature in the country, who prefers anonymity, told this reporter that Read More

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ANA going places, impacting on society –Yusuf Ali

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN) is a multiple award-winning legal luminary and the Principal Director of Ghalib Chambers. In this interview with ABDULHAFEEZ T. OYEWOLE, he speaks on his partnership with ANA, his book: “Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria: Issues, Problems and Solutions” as well as the role of legal practitioners and writers in bringing about national development. Could you give Read More

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Hannatu Bashir: Queen Amina of Kannywood

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Hannatu Bashir is one of the leading names in the Hausa movie industry, Kannywood. The 22-year-old actress who joined the industry 2012 has gone from an amateur actress to an A-grad artist. In this piece ALIYU ASKIRA examines her rise to fame and her new project depicting the life of the famous Queen Amina of Zazzau. Hannatu Bashir joined the Read More

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Social Media Buzz: PDP’s apology and APC’s lamentation

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Facebook PDP’s apology and APC’s lamentation As 2019 campaign train steams speedily to the station. Politicians are already in top gear, posturing and promising absurdities, to grab the electorate’s attention and votes. So, three years after losing the presidency in 2015 and less than a year to the next general elections, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) turned up with a Read More

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Stop kidnapping of expatriate engineers

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  As if the policy somersaults and blunders of the government of the day are not bad enough, we have to contend with the dire prospects that on-the-field experts who would help bring the much-needed transformations of our communities are now the targets of kidnappers and other raving criminal bands. There were reports that North Korean road supervision engineers were Read More

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25 harmful effects of sugar

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  We all know sugar is not the healthiest product on the earth but often don’t care about it. So here are a few eye-opening reasons why it is so harmful to your body. You’ll definitely consider going on a sugar-free diet after going through these facts. 25. Weight gain Not only the fat in your food makes you overweight Read More

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US supports TV drama ‘In Love and Ashes

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

United States (U.S.) Ambassador Staurt Symington on Wednesday joined prominent Nigerian singer, record producer and entrepreneur Innocent Idibia at the gala launch of a new TV drama series “In Love and Ashes.” The eight-part series was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and addresses the impact of war and terrorism on everyday people’s lives. The star-studded launch Read More

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Sequence of elections: ‘We ‘ll mobilise Nigerians against NASS’

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Since the National Assembly re-ordered the sequence of elections last February, the action has generated more heat than light, culminating with President Muhammadu Buhari declining to sign the amended Electoral Act on March 3. Thereafter, law makers from both chambers of the National Assembly have been threatening to override the president’s veto. In this interview, Mr Ezenwa Nwagu, the Read More

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Gaza-Israel border: Clashes ‘leave five Palestinians dead and hundreds injured’

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Palestinians in Gaza have marched in their thousands to the Israel border at the start of a six-week-long protest. The Palestinian health ministry says at least five people have been killed and 350 wounded, many of them by Israeli gunfire. The Israeli military reported “rioting” at six places and said it was “firing towards main instigators”. Palestinians have pitched five Read More

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Syria war: France offers to mediate between Turkey and Kurds

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

France has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria, where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January. Ankara is battling to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The French offer was swiftly dismissed by a Turkish presidential spokesman. Ibrahim Kalin said countries Read More

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‘We have expanded the scope of researches at NSUK’

March 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Vice chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Prof. Mohammed Akano Mainoma, had a chat with EMMANUEL OLOGUN on a number of issues. Here are the excerpts. Sir, NSUK has become a centre of attraction, overshadowing other universities in its environs. What is the magic? We are motivated by our staff . There is a lot of teamwork going and people Read More

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Don underscores importance of mathematics

March 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

A university lecturer, Prof. Samuel Iyase, of the Department of Mathematics, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state has underscored the importance of mathematics in the development of science education in the country. Iyase said the low level of investment and underdevelopment of mathematics and science education at the foundation level, were reasons for the wide gap in technology education in the Read More

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Women should take up challenging professions –Female driver

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ambassador Eunice Odeghe is the President and Founder, Female Drivers Association of Nigeria (FEDAN). A graduate of Community Development from the Rivers State University, she ventured into professional driving against all odds. In this chat with ENE OSANG she speaks on her career as a driver, why she advocates for more women to take up challenging professions among other issues. Read More

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FCE Okene matriculates 1,606 students

March 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Federal College of Education (FCE) Okene has matriculated 1,606 students into the institution with a charge on them to shun all forms of immoral behaviours and acts inimical to their studies. Addressing the new students at the matriculation of regular NCE 1 , 2017/2018 academic session, the Provost of the College, Dr Umar Hassan, said of the 1, 606 students Read More

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Nasarawa builds incubation centre for youths

March 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

With a view to encouraging innovative enterprises among its youths, Nasarawa state government said it has built an incubation centre in the state. State Commissioner for Special Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Jonathan Ayuba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia that the centre was part of the state government’s measures to nurture interested youths in innovative enterprises. Read More

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Danjuma: Calling for self defence or anarchy?

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Last Saturday, former Minister of Defence, retired Lt General Theophillus Yakubu Danjuma asked Nigerians to defend themselves over the spate of attacks that have been going on in the country as the military has colluded with the killers and it is no longer neutral. This statement has elicited a welter of interpretations. In this report, ABULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU reports on what Read More

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Sequence of election: Can Oyegun break the impasse?

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Penultimate Wednesday, the National Chairman of All Progressives Party(APC) went to the National Assembly to lobby senators over the order of election, which has pitched the lawmakers against President Muhammadu Buhari. In this report, SAMSON BENJAMIN, TAIYE ODEWALE, BODE OLAGOKE and ELEJO IDACHABA examine the issues that led to the impasse The threats, battle of wits and the promised Read More

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Open letter to northerners

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  My dear fellow northerners, I greet you in the spirit of love and mutual respect. It is less than 14 months to the 2019 general elections. Looking how time flies, because it was just like a year or month, that 2015 has speedily come and gone, therefore, I hope in 2019 electioneering, it would be a year of revival Read More

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OPINION: Buhari, Magu and lessons from Addis Ababa

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) just ended in the ancient city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference could not have come at a more auspicious time for President Muhammadu Buhari and his government. The AU meeting was almost a lifesaver for President Buhari coming at a Read More

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Digital divide: How far have Nigerians gone?

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The term media is a plural of a Latin word medium that stand for “an intervening agency, means or instrument”. Media is defined as a communication channel through which news, entertainment, education, data or promotional messages are disseminated. The means of communications include the newspapers, magazines, television, radio, billboard, direct mail, telephone, facsimile (fax) and internet. Wikipedia describes new Read More

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Insurgency, limited access and threat of polio outbreak

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Although Nigeria has gone 18 months without new cases of polio, conflict areas are still under threat. Insurgency has limited access to some areas in the North-east, thereby hindering polio immunisation in those areas. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI writes on the threat this poses in certifying Nigeria polio free by 2019. In 2016, four new cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV), Read More