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NAF reinventing self through research, development

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Advanced air forces around the globe are often highly technologically dependent, considering the sophistication and complexities inherent in aerospace technology. These complexities are often surmountable through painstaking efforts of many years of unbroken research and development, with huge financial burden on the nation and its citizenry. The sacrifices may seem grave but the benefits are no doubt greater, considering the Read More

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How much is a Nigerian’s life worth?

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

My friend’s family is grieving. Their beloved golden retriever, Scout, has died. It’s hard to describe this loss, because you need to have known Scout and what he meant to the family to understand. Their boys grew up with Scout. He was a part of the family. Not merely because of the affection for him, affection can raise the status Read More

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Down Syndrome: Expert makes case for children with learning disorder, other disabilities

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Educational therapist and Founder of the Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation based in Abuja, Dr. Badewa Adejugbe-Williams, has advocated for the acceptance and inclusion of children with Down Syndrome, learning disorders, and other disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy among others in the educational system.  Adejugbe-Williams, who made the call while speaking to journalists on the International Day of Down Read More

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NYSC DG warns corps members against fraudsters, drugs

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Major General Suleiman Kazaure, on Sunday called on 2019 batch ‘A’ corps members currently undergoing orientation course not to indulge in any act of criminality that could land them in trouble.   The NYSC DG issued the warning when he paid unscheduled visit to the permanent orientation camp of the scheme in Read More

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No team set up to quiz Amosun, Okocha, Yari – EFCC

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied a media report that it has raised teams to quiz some outgoing governors after May 29, when they lose immunity. A national newspapers (not Blueprint) had Sunday reported that the anti-graft agency was putting together teams that will grill Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Rochas Okorocha of Imo state and the Read More

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Petitions flood Bayelsa election tribunal ahead of deadline

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

There are about fourteen petitions lodged in the Bayelsa state Election Pettitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa challenging the outcomes of the National and state Assembly elections held on February 23 and March 9 respectively. Blueprint gathered that the petitions are dominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a handful of other political parties. While Read More

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We ‘ll root out remnants of Boko Haram -Theatre commander

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Nigerian Army has reiterated its determination to wipe out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists where ever their locations may be in the North-east region and Nigeria at large. Theatre commander Operation Lafiya Dole,Major Gen.Benson Akinrolunyo, made the declaration Saturday during the2018  Nigeria Army Social Activity (NASA) which was  held at  Maimalari Cantonment ,Maiduguri. He also commended the efforts Read More

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NFF holds extra-ordinary General Assembly in Lagos

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Football Federation will hold an extra-ordinary General Assembly at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Monday. Thenff.com learnt at the weekend that the issue of the postponement of elections into the Executive Committees of the Football Associations in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is on the agenda. Members of the NFF Read More

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Lagos agog for AITEO/NFF event, FIFA Scribe set to pick award

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Secretary General of world football –ruling body, FIFA, Ms Fatma Samoura arrived in Nigeria on Saturday, ahead of more than 20 Presidents of FIFA’s Member Associations across the African continent for Monday’s 2nd AITEO-NFF Football Awards taking place at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. At lunch on Sunday with the bigwigs of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Read More

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Speakership: Drop ambition now, S/east tells Gbajabiamila

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

APC state Publicity Secretaries (CAPS) in the South East have asked the House of Representatives Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, to drop his ambition of contesting for the position of the speaker of the House for the sake of equity. In a statement signed by members of the group, including the publicity secretaries of the party in the five south east Read More

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Why Buhari, Oshiomhole prefer Lawan, Gbajabiamila as Senate President, Speaker – Okechukwu

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Chief Osita Okechukwu, has said both Senator Ahmad Lawan and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila were being preferred as Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives because of the dynamism they would bring to conduct of National Assembly business. Okechukwu, who said this Sunday while speaking with newsmen at Nkerifi community in Nkanu-east local government Read More

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Okorie warns Ndigbo against playing ‘ethnic politics’

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The United Progressives Party (UPP) national chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, Sunday, expressed disenchantment over ethnicity exhibited by the people of South-east geo-political region during the just concluded 2019 Nigeria presidential election. He said the ethnicity apart from narrowing the region politically also put the people of the region at a disadvantage in the political equation of the country. “The new Read More

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Ex-governorship candidate urges Ortom to embrace opponents

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Former governorship candidate of the Sustainable National Party (SNP) Gabriel Hemba has asked Governor Samuel Ortom to be magnanimous in victory and carry everyone along in the process of governance especially those who contested the exalted office with him. Also, Hemba called on other political parties who may want to go court over the election to sheath their swords and work Read More

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Jalingo residents in fear, despair as kidnapping rate soars

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Residents of Jalingo, Taraba state capital on Sunday cried out over the increasing rate of kidnapping in the state. A resident of Magami ward Mr Sabo Yakubu who spoke to Blueprint on the activities of the kidnappers lamented that it has reached a stage where people no longer sleep with their two eyes closed. “As I speak with you, people Read More

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Still on Idiagbon, the unsung hero 20 years after

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

There were glowing tributes as associates and friends of the former Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters,  late General Tunde Idiagbon attended the 20th year memorial lecture organised in his honour in Ilorin. UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB reports on the encomiums. The man Idiagbon He was simply known as a ‘fearless General’; some even said he rarely smiled but once in a Read More

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The days of Boko Haram are numbered – Nwankpa

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

He is the chief media strategist of Concerned Professionals Congress (CPC), a non governmental organisation. Emeka Nwankpa in this interview with EMEKA NZE says with over 2,000 former insurgent’s willing surrender to embrace FG’s rehabilitation programme, Boko Haram would soon be history. Just before the last elections, there was a major drop in attacks by Boko Haram. What do you Read More

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Senate Presidency: What goes around comes around

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Recall that at the wake of the ‘Buhari Tsunami’ that swept the All Progressives Congress (APC) to power in 2015, not a few politicians in the country threw caution to the winds in the ensuing frenzy to grab juicy positions. In the National Assembly, it was a naked dance and brazen disrespect for party supremacy that emerged victor in the Read More

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Pongri: Tribute to a colossus of laurels

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

It is not impossible to identify certain givens in Nigeria’s current effort of nation building and development. The intersection of the academic and policy domains has randomly brought these together under a plethora of concerns, opportunities, challenges as well as achievement. These define the country both at home and beyond. The effervescent Provost, Adamawa State College of Education Hong, who Read More

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Musical chairs at the 9th NASS

March 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The season of ‘inconclusivity’ of elections is fast behind us, even the supplementary results have come and gone, and the next level is to settle down to good governance and the drive to fulfill all campaign promises. Despite the backlash from PDP supporters about the credibility of the polls, they have had more gains in the guber elections, claiming the Read More

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We will conclude collation in Rivers as scheduled —INEC

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that it would conclude the collation of the Rivers state governorship election between April 2 and 5 as scheduled. The commission said this at a stakeholders’ meeting on the resumption of electoral activities for the completion of outstanding 2019 elections in the state on Saturday. According to INEC’s national commissioner supervising Bayelsa, Read More

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Elections: We’ll reclaim stolen mandate – Sokoto APC

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Sokoto state chapter has vowed to reclaim its governorship mandate, which it claimed was stolen by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party said it was optimistic that it would reclaim the stolen mandate at the Gubernatorial Election Tribunal. The APC said it was waiting eagerly for the tribunal to commence sitting in Sokoto Read More

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We didn’t endorse Prince Audu for governorship – Kogi IPAC, CNPP

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Kogi state chapters of Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) and Conference of Nigeria Political  parties (CNPP) have  debunked claim by Prince Mustapha Mona Audu that 17 political parties have adopted him for the November 2019 governorship election in the state. They said the claim was not only untrue, fraudulent, and deceitful but most unfortunate. In a statement signed by the Read More

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At Kaduna trade fair, Buhari harps on improved local agric produce, FG/state collabo

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

President Muhannadu Buhari has stated that despite efforts, Nigeria is still facing the challenge of feeding its population and providing adequate raw materials for industries through agriculture. Buhari who stated this on Saturday at the opening of the 40th Kaduna International Trade Fair, however said government would continue to work hard to address the agriculture challenges, as agriculture contributes 25.5 Read More

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Anambra has over 1,000 gully erosion sites – Commissioner

March 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Anambra State Commissioner for Works, Chief Marcel Ifejiofor, has said there were more than 1,000 active erosion sites scattered across the state. Ifejiofor, who made the disclosure in Awka, the state capital, however, stated that the state Executive Council had inaugurated an Erosion Design Review Committee to tackle the problem. He said findings by government had shown that most of Read More