2021 budget: APC chieftain, media personalities, lawyer, activists set agenda for implementation

December 31, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

Following the signing into law the budget of year 2021 by the President Muhammadu Buhari, some Nigerians have called his attention the area of priorities. In a random opinions sampled by our correspondent Thursday in Abuja, the respondents urged the federal government to give security, economy, unemployment, human development among others urgent attention. A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Read More

1,805 terrorists, 598 bandits killed, 1, 329 kidnaped victims rescued in 2020 – DHQ

December 31, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Defence Headquarters said a total of 1,805 Boko Haram fighters including their commanders, and 598 bandits were killed during several operations conducted by the ground troops and the Nigerian Air Force in the North east, North-west and North-central zones of the country this year. According to the DHQ, the troops also  rescued 785 kidnap victims, including the Students of Read More

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The cosmopolitan Kaduna in the past

December 31, 2020 Jabir T. Usman 0

Maman (Onye) and her husband, both are Christians from Benue state. We were residing in the same street at Tudun Wada in Kaduna as close neighbours, until after a series of religious crises in Kaduna. They willingly left our street and neighbourhood and relocated to Narayi in Kaduna South local government area. Upon all the crises which occurred in Kaduna, Read More

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The faith-destructive act of gossip

December 31, 2020 Usman Usman Garba 0

One of the serious diseases that has been eating our generation for ages is backbiting. Presently, large numbers of people have come to normalize it in their day-to-day interactions. In fact, it is the order of the day. Backbiting is uttering bad things about a person who is not present. In other words, it is an unpleasant and unkind talk Read More

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Kida, Olopade, Monimitchelle, Olanlege, others shine at 7th City Merit Awards

December 31, 2020 Akeem Busari 0

The 7th edition of the prestigious City Merit Awards 2020 tagged ‘Lockdown Decisions’ has thrown up some interesting awardees. The annual event which is organized by Bulfazi Media Services in conjunction with New Media Editors of Nigeria, Nigeria Sports Centre and Better Soceity Foundation began the presentation of its certificate of honour, December, to deserving individuals and organisations, home and Read More

APC ‘ll take us to our destination-Uzodinma

December 31, 2020 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Governor Hope Uzodinna of Imo state has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a veritable platform that would take the South-east geo-political zone to its desired destination. Rising from the South-east APC stakeholders’ meeting which took place at the Mbari Amphithearter in Owerri Wednesday, the governor said the stakeholders used the meeting, which also served as their end of Read More

2023: Visionless politicians joining APC, Atiku calls for unity in PDP

December 31, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Vice President and 2019 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said the party must be united to secure electoral victories in 2023 general elections. The Wazirin Adamawa also said it is only a politically naive and visionless politician will dump PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that governor Dave Umahi of Read More

Letter to FCT Education Secretariat

December 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

It is alleged that Government Model Secondary School, Maitama, Abuja, runs extra lessons for its students after the school hours and equally gets paid for doing so from the parents whose children participate in the extra lessons. It is a welcome development but something is wrong about it and should be corrected before it is too late. The teachers that Read More

Isa Mohammed: Death of a rare leader

December 31, 2020 Yusuf Lawal 0

The Chairman of the JAMB 5th and 6th Governing Boards, Professor Isa Baba Mohammed, Galadiman Ningi, died and was buried the same day in his hometown, Ningi, Bauchi state on Monday, 28th December, 2020. He was 78 years old.I first met Prof. Mohammed when he was appointed the chairman of the JAMB 5th Governing Board in 1990. I was the Read More

2023: Gwamna’s tidal wave In Gombe

December 31, 2020 Gideon Mathew 0

By March 2021, it will be two years since the 2019 general elections were conducted in the country. Consequently, arrangements for the conduct of the 2023 general elections have since begun with political parties and aspirants for various elective offices holding talks and consultationsIt seems to be too early to some apolitically inclined minds, but for political parties and gladiators, Read More

PROBLEMS AFFECTING NATIONAL ID CARD REGISTRATION

December 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The new National ID Card registration process has been ongoing for quite a long time now. The registration has also been made mandatory. However, there are several problems that are currently hindering the smooth flow of the registration process. One of such problems is the delay and unnecessary stress that individuals experience from day to day in their attempts to Read More

Nomadism: The completed work of Dan Fodio

December 31, 2020 Ismail Misbahu 0

“Man is urban by nature and in need of the masses” ~ Caliph Muhammadu Bello In one of his articles written in 1998, titled “Afenifere: The Syllabus of Error”, the former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, fired a disgusting salvo  against the Fulani aristocracy, reminding the nation of the latter’s age-old clamour for ethno-political supremacy. While illustrating the party style Read More

Musings on Senator Uba Sani at 50

December 31, 2020 Nasir Dambatta 0

Today marks the 50th birthday of one of Nigeria’s astute politicians currently in the red chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Uba Sani, who was born on December 31, 1970 in Kaduna, Kaduna state. For his blatant outspokenness against injustice, the senator, representing Kaduna Central, lived his life for the most part as an activist. For his love for good Read More

Artiste identifies ways to setup a musical industry

December 31, 2020 Chamba Simeh 0

A songwriter, singer, actor in the popular Kannywood industry and the founder of North-East Records musical industry and other numerous businesses, Shuaibu Ahmed Abbas, popularly known as Lilin Baba, has offered some tips for interesting artistes who would want to venture into musical industry to get through with less difficulty.The artiste who won multiple local and international prizes and awards Read More

Shettima’s bitter truths to power

December 31, 2020 Gimba Kakanda 0

Some of the reactions to Senator Kashim Shettima’s recent explosive interview on Arise TV, which have been trending on social media, betray the authors’ faded memories of the former Governor of Borno state. At the time an echo chamber was built by the Jonathan administration to isolate the government from public opinion, Shettima’s was the voice that rippled through. He Read More

AIS: Stakeholder applauds NAMA boss, harps on training, licensing

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

An Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) personnel with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA), Mr. James Olukayode Olalekan has commended the Managing Director of NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkuotu for the giant strides he has made in the area of AIS training in the agency. Olalekan, an aspirant for the position of President in the forthcoming election of Aeronautical Information Management Association of Read More

Medview explains operations on London-Dubai routes

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

The management of Medview Airline has stated that the carrier took the decision to scale down its operations on the London and Dubai routes because two of its aircraft are currently being re-figured and undergoing C-checks in a facility outside the country. The airline also pointed out that the four aircraft in its fleet are wholly owned by Medview Airline Read More

CISLAC condemns spate of insecurity in Nigeria

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)/ Transparency International Nigeria has condemned the high rate of insecurity ravaging the length and breadth of the country. The Executive Director,Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) lamented that lives and properties are no longer valued and secured. He also condemned the actions of some individuals who took advantage of the peaceful #ENDSARS protest to raid public Read More

Yiaga Africa, EiE laud NBA over free legal representation of police brutality victims

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

Yiaga Africa and Enough is Enough has commended the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Ogun and Plateau States for committing to providing free legal representation to victims of police brutality and recommend that such support should be provided in other states. The Director of Programs , Yiaga Africa Cynthia Mbamalu and the Executive Director, Enough is Read More

Focus on facts, evidence of extra-judicial killings, CSO tells judicial panels

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

Civil Society Organisations (CSO) under the Police Reform Observatory has called on the Judicial Panels of Inquiry to focus more on facts and evidence presented on Extra-Judicial Killings by Security Agents rather than dwelling on legal technicalities that petitioners do not understand. In a statement issued in Abuja and signed by Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation Co-Convenor, CSO Police Reform Observatory, Read More

The worrisome inflation rate

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released last week by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stating that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose by 12.82% (year-on-year) in July, the highest rate recorded in 27 months since March 2018 when headline inflation was 13.34% is indeed alarming. The situation could worsen Nigeria’s poverty rate, thus negating the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes Read More

KAD ICT Hub trains 10,000 Kaduna residents in three years – Chief

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

The KAD ICT Hub, established to bridge the digital gap in Kaduna State, said that it had trained 10,000 residents of the state in different digital skills from inception in 2017 to 2020. The Hub’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Yusuf Bashir, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday. Bashir said that the beneficiaries were Read More

ICT expert urges govt to establish more entrepreneurship centres in Nigeria

December 31, 2020 John Ademola 0

Mr John Ademola, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert has appealed to Federal Government to establish more entrepreneurship centres in the country to harness the potential of Nigerian youths. Ademola, also Director, SOFTRAY Technology Institute said this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, in Ilorin. He also called for proper evaluation and monitoring of Nigerian students to ensure Read More

Airtel Uganda get National telecom operator licence

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

Airtel Uganda, a subsidiary of telecommunications and mobile money services provider Airtel Africa, which has a presence in 14 countries across the continent, has been issued a National Telecom Operator licence by the East African country. This follows a period of negotiation and transition to a new licensing regime in Uganda. The new licence comes into effect from 1 July Read More