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The road to Jerusalem

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

Three theories emerge: hate, ignorance, and mischief. They are all reflected in the evil and misguided write up accredited to one faceless Dele Agekameh. None of these is the road to Jerusalem.When Haman set out to eliminate a race, he chose to first hate the spiritual leader of that race called Mordecai (Esther 3.1 – 11), and with him destroy Read More

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We’ve saved N100bn through IPPIS implementation – FG

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

Direct savings from yearly appropriations of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) has grown to over N100 billion. Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Usman said this Tuesday in while delivering a keynote address at a retreat. The retreat was organised for relevant stakeholders on IPPIS by the Office of the Accountant-General of Read More

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Union urges FG to repair deplorable Kwara highway

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA) has urged the federal government to consider an immediate repair of the deplorable portions of Budo-Egba/Otte in Asa local government area of Kwara. The national president of the IEYDA, Alhaji Babatunde Salaudeen made the call Tuesday when he led other members of the association to barricade the damaged portions of the road. Salaudeen Read More

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Cleric cautions Muslims against unholy acts during Ramadan

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Chief Imam of Nasarawa Eggon Central Mosque in Nasarawa state, Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, has urged Muslims to adhere strictly to the tenets of Islam ahead of the forthcoming Ramadan fast. Yusuf made the call Tuesday in Nassarawa Eggon at a Ramadan lecture organised by state’s chapter of Eggon Muslims Forum. The cleric said if Muslims adhere strictly to the Read More

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Varsity to introduce random drug test to check cultism

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River, Tuesday said it would introduce a policy of random drug test for all students of the institution. The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ani Nkang, stated this in a message to the students as they resumed for the second semester of the 2018/2019 academic session. Ngang said the test would be in Read More

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Youth unemployment: NCC to develop local content policy—–Dambatta

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

Executive Vice-Chairman Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Professor Umar Danbatta has said the commission is ready to fully develop local content policy in the country, to reduce youth unemployment. Local content policy is an act which defines a Nigerian company to mean a company registered in Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of the CAMA. With not less than 51 per Read More

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Cameroon war: Disaster looms in refugee camps in C’River

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

As Cameroon Ambazonians separatist group and the central government in Yaounde continue in bloody conflict, over 10,000 refugees from the central African state have overwhelmed facilities in two refugee camps in Obubra local government area of Cross River state, with attendant fear of epidemics. This was made known by Mr Hilary Agida, an official of the Cross River State Emergency Read More

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Kano pays N500m counterpart fund to manage erosion, watershed

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

As part of efforts to address the menace of erosion, the Kano state government has made payment of N500 million as counterpart fund to the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).  Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed this Tuesday at the official commissioning and handing over ceremony of Gandu -Tukun tawa – zoo road erosion and flood control project executed Read More

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We never wrote letter to EFCC against Bauchi gov-elect – BASNEC

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Bauchi State Network of Civil Society Organisations (BASNEC) has dissociated itself from a letter purportedly written by a coalition of CSOs commending the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for prosecuting governor-elect, Bala Mohammed over allegation of taking bribes when he was minister. Coordinator of the Bauchi Civil Society Organisation Network, Mr Mohammed Hussein, had Monday issued a statement hailing Read More

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New minimum wage long overdue — Okowa

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state said Tuesday that the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers was long overdue and urged state governors to implement it.  Okowa, who spoke with State House correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, said he would pay the N30, 000 new minimum wage, adding that the previous Read More

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2.78m workers die from occupational accidents annually -FG

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The federal government has said that 2.78 million workers die from occupational accidents and work-related diseases annually while 374 million suffer from non-fatal occupational accidents globally each year. Minister of Labour and Employment,   Dr Chris Ngige, stated this while commemorating the 2019 World Day for Safety and Health at Work Tuesday in Abuja. The World Day for Safety and Health at Read More

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Historic! Nigerian emerges as Mayor in UK

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A Nigerian, Ernest Ezeajughi, has made history by winning election as the first Black Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, United Kingdom. Ezeajughi, a native of Anambra State, was elected Mayor on the April 16, 2019 by the College of Councillors on Brent, London, and is scheduled to be sworn into office tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1. Prior to his Read More

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Redeemer’s varsity, monarch taking our 611-acre land, Osun community cries out

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Ededimeji Muslim community, Osun state has cried out over alleged connivance by Redeemer’s University and Laminisa of Edeland, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal to take 611 acres of land belonging to the people. Speaking at a press conference jointly addressed by representatives of the 18 families, the spokesman of the community, Wasiu AbdulAzeez, warned against provoking religious crisis in the town. Read More

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Review ECOWAS visa issuance to members, group tells FG

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Chairman of Kano Concerned Youths Forum, Alhaji Shittu Sani Marshal, has called on the federal government to review the issuance of visas to members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to check the movement of persons into Nigeria. Speaking to newsmen in Kano Tuesday, Marshal stated that the measure had become necessary in order to check the security Read More

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May Day: Funds stop NUJ FCT

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council has congratulated members on this year’s Workers’ Day, urging them to uphold the ethics of the profession by insisting on objectivity.  A statement in Abuja on Tuesday by council secretary, Ochiaka Ugwu, quoted the council chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche as tasking members to always hold tenaciously to the ethics of the profession. Read More

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At Unilorin, Blueprint CEO challenges varsities to develop ‘immunity’ against incessant strikes

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Blueprint Newspaper Limited, Alhaji Mohmmed Idris, Tuesday tasked authorities of Nigerian Universities to develop immunity against the scourge of incessant strikes which he said was killing the nation’ s university system. This is just as the pro-chancellor and chairman of council, University of Lagos Dr. Wale Babalakin, (SAN) challenged Nigerian universities to work towards attaining Read More

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Claim your dividends, SEC urges deceased investors beneficiaries

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

In a bid to further reduce the quantum of unclaimed dividends in the Nigerian capital market, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has urged beneficiaries of deceased investors to step up efforts to claim such dividends. This was stated by the Acting Director General of the SEC, Ms Mary Uduk in her welcome remarks at The enlightenment programme for Lagos Read More

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Address policy uncertainties, IMF tells FG

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that for Nigeria’s economy to experience rapid growth there is need for the federal government to address policy uncertainties in order to ensure better standard of living for its citizens. Just as it urged it urged the government to consolidate its revenue base so as to create space   for higher capital and priority Read More

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NIPC generated N5.6bn IGR in 2018 – Sadiku

May 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigerian Investment Promotion  Commission (NIPC) has revealed that N5.6 billion was generated from its Internal Generated Revenue in 2018. The Executive Secretary of the Commission Ms Yewande Sadiku said from the year 2015 to 2017 , the commission didn’t generate much revenue due to the suspension of its administrative suspension of the pioneer status . During a media chat Read More

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As Nigerian workers mark May Day

May 1, 2019 Blueprint 0

Today, the organised labour in Nigeria, represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), joins its counterparts around the world to celebrate this year’s May Day amidst harsh economic conditions. It is, indeed, a time for introspection and self-appraisal by the organised labour in respect of the struggle to improve the living standard and work Read More

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Picture: Ahmad Lawan, Ibrahim Gaidam, others at the launch of a book titled ‘Governor Gaidam: The Founder of Modern Yobe’

May 1, 2019 Blueprint 0

From right: Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan, Yobe state Deputy Governor Abubakar D. Aliyu, Yobe state Governor-elect Mai Mala Buni; Yobe state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, Managing Director Rick Rock Construction Company Joseph Ezekiel, NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba, Speaker Yobe state House of Assembly Zanna Ali Machina, former minister of state for foreign affairs, Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Secretary to Read More