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Kaduna Assembly aspirant dumps PDP

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

An aspirant for the Kaduna state House of Assembly on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Giwa East constituency, Alhaji Ahmed Bawa Kaya along with over 500 of his supporters have defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). Speaking with Blueprint in an exclusive interview in Zaria on his stand, the aspirant said that his Read More

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Expert advocates commercial banks’ involvement in housing sector

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

The high cost of building materials will soon drop, President, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Mr. Ugo Chime, has predicted. To this end, he also disclosed that the real estate sector would soon experience a boom as a result of the efforts of the association to interface with BUA and Dangote cement to make the commodity affordable. Chime Read More

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Gunmen kidnap 15 in Zamfara

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Speaker, Zamfara state House of Assembly, Sanusi Rikiji, said yesterday that 15 persons were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Saturday in Maradun local government area of the state. Mr. Rikiji told journalists in Gusau on Sunday that the security situation in the state called for serious review. He recalled the ugly incidences recorded in the last two days in Read More

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TETFund plans to diversify interventions in institutions

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) said yesterday that efforts are being made to diversify its intervention to other areas that would ensure expansion of tertiary institutions across the country. Executive Secretary of the Fund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, said recently that feelers reaching the management showed that theintroduction of intervention in non-conventional areas of infrastructural development had changed some features Read More

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NIQS advocates best practices’ adoption in construction industry

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) has called for the adoption of best practices in the construction industry, especially the Joint Contract Tribunal (JCT). The adoption of the procedure, they said would bring about remarkable development in construction industry, as the document is used in the vast majority of construction contracts abroad – both building and civil engineering works. At Read More

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Senator Kaka joins Ogun governorship race

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Senator Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka has declared his intention to join the governorship race in Ogun state, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. The former Senator, who represented Ogun East from 2011-2015 and was deputy of Governor Olusegun Osoba, from 1999-2003, made the declaration in Abeokuta on Monday. He spoke at a press conference at the Nigeria Union of Read More

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Thousands defect to PDP, burn APC cards, flag in Delta

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

No fewer than 10,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ndokwa East and West local government areas of Delta state yesterday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The defectors, who came with brooms and APC membership cards to an open field in Kwale town, headquarters of Ndokwa West local government council, set the items ablaze, including the Read More

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Abuja: NGO launches website to track unoccupied houses

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Disturbed by the spate of unoccupied houses in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has launched a website, to track and expose illegally acquired property in the city. Executive Director of ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor, who disclosed this at a workshop titled: “Tackling Corruption Through Transparency in Property Ownership”, said the website Read More

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Agoro sues INEC, wants APC, PDP, SDP de-registered

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Former presidential candidate of the National Action Council (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro, has asked an Abuja Federal High Court to de-register the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) over various allegations of corruption. Agoro, in the suit number FHC/ ABJ/05/782/18, a copy which was made Read More

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Safety: Dangote rebrands truck drivers

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

As part of effort to ensure road safety, truck drivers working under the Dangote Cement Plc will now wear new look as the company launches new dress code. The new uniform will enable the public to recognize and accord them respect. This is one of the fallouts of the two-day retreat organized by Africa’s top cement conglomerate at the weekend. Read More

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Police nab man for producing fake naira notes

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested one Collins Oputa for allegedly producing fake naira notes. Spokesman of the command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, in a press statement Sunday in Abuja, said that the suspect, one Collins Oputa, was nabbed on July 26, 2018, by police operatives attached to the Ogui Police Division of the Command. “Oputa, who claimed that he Read More

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3 jailed for assault, robbery

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, yesterday, sentenced three men, Mohammed Aliyu, Abdullahi Kabiru, and Mohammed Abdullahi, to five months in prison for attacking and stealing N3,500 and a cell phone from one Mr Chidi Amadi. The accused, all of Lento, Life Company, Abuja, had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of joint act and theft. The judge, Mr Read More

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FG launches guidelines for research findings commercialization

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Weak intellectual property culture among Nigerian scientists and researchers, low quality of research and development results and inventions emanating from universities and research institutes, coupled with inefficient management of intellectual property assets have been identified as bane of low commercialisation of research results in Nigeria. The Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this at the launching and Read More

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Doctor, nurse arrested over patients’ death

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Ogun state Police Command has arrested a medical doctor, Olawale Raji, and a staff nurse working with him, over the death of one Aminat Atisola, who reportedly contracted them for an abortion. The incident was reported to have happened on Thursday, at an undisclosed area in Ota Area of the State. A press statement by the Police Public Relations Read More

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Telecom user drags service provider to court over infringements

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

An Abuja based Human Rights Lawyer, Solomon Ayangkong Ikongshul has slammed a multi-million naira lawsuit against one of the quarlets telecom operators for infringing on his fundamental right to privacy. In a fundamental right action with Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/796/2018 between Barr. Solomon Ayangkong Ikongshul v. Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service Ltd (ETMS) (Trading in the name 9mobile), the Lawyer alleges inter Read More

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Court remands 3 INEC officials for money laundering

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, ordered three officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be remanded in the Ikoyi Prison. Justice Muslim Hassan gave the order after the three officials, attached to the electoral commission in Ogun state, Yemi Akinwonmi, Dickson Atiba and Ogunmodede Oladayo, were arraigned for allegedly laundering N179.8 million. The Economic and Financial Read More

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Anxiety as 8 lawmakers serve Ortom impeachment notice

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Eight of the 30-member House of Assembly in Benue state, have commenced impeachment move against Governor Samuel Ortom. The group, made up of lawmakers of All Progressives Congress extraction, is led by the recently impeached Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, who was removed from office last week before the House proceeded on recess. It was a drama of sort when the two Read More

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Alarming rate of drug abuse among youth

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The disclosure last week by a medical expert, Mr Tunde Banjo, to the effect that over 70 per cent of young Nigerians are involved in drug abuse, with 80 per cent of the abusers being children of the rich and elite, is quite alarming. This gory state of affairs calls for the declaration of a state of emergency, considering the Read More

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YouWin: Participants protest non-release of funds

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Participants of the YouWin programme yesterday staged a protest at the Ministry of Finance over the delay of the Minister to release funds for their projects. The protesters who gathered at the gate of the Ministry with different banners and placards called on the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun to urgently release the funds to them. Some of the placards Read More

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Nigerian Breweries records profit of N18bn 2Q

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced a Profit after Tax of N18 billion for the first half of 2018, according to the unaudited financial results released to The Nigerian Stock Exchange. The N18 billion represents a 22 per cent decrease over the N24 billion recorded in the corresponding period in 2017. An analysis of the filing sent to The Nigerian Stock Read More

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4 collapsed bridges cut off Wukari-Jalingo highway

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Heavy duty vehicles have been trapped in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital as the Wukari, Jalingo federal government Trunk A access road is no longer passable. Blueprint learnt that rain has washed away four bridges on the road, making it impossible for commuters using heavy duty vehicles to ply the road. The collapsed bridges are located in Bimba, Gongola, Namnai Read More

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PENCOM enrols retiring FG employees in Lagos, Ogun

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Pension Commission (PenCom), on Monday commenced the verification and enrolment exercise of 3,000 employees of Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Ogun and Lagos State. Head, Corporate Communications Department of PenCom, Mr. Peter Aghahowa, said the exercise was meant for employees due to retire between Jan. and Dec., 2019 who had attained the age of 60 Read More

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Al-Makura mulls agency for youth empowerment

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has submitted the Nasarawa State Agency for Youth Empowerment Scheme (NAYES) bill to the state Assembly in a move to give the youths a bright future. Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, announced this yesterday in Lafia during the House proceeding, yesterday. According to the Speaker, the move by Al-Makura was to reduce Read More

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Ex-Court of Appeal president tasks politicians on peace

July 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, has urged political gladiators in the country to mellow down and not overheat the polity either by their speeches or actions in order to ensure peace and security ahead of the 2019 general elections. Addressing a round table on the escalating conflicts and security in the North, organised by Sir Read More

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Buhari approves new template for revenue distribution

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that a new reporting template for federation Account Allocations Committee (FAAC) be developed by the joint Committee of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and representative of the states. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who disclosed this when she briefed journalists Read More