Time for stiffer penalties for rapists

June 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent revelation by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, that during the relaxed lock-down in the country to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, a total of 3,600 cases of rape were recorded is not only alarming but quite despicable and reprehensive. The undesirable situation tends to lend credence to the call for stiffer punishment for rapists Read More

On KASU fees hike and Lawal Adamu’s scholarship scheme

June 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

It is no longer news that Kaduna state government has increased the tuition fees of its higher institutions. Worse affected are the students of Kaduna State University (KASU). These students who come mostly from poor families are expected to pay N200,000 as tuition fees as against the affordable N26,000 they used to pay in the past. Disturbed by this development, Read More

Army debunks report of mass killing in Abia

June 14, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Army debunks report of mass killing The Nigerian Army (NA) has denied report making rounds in the social media that troops are on vengeance mission in some communities in Abia state, following the death of six soldiers in a clash with Eastern Security Network (ESN)/ Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) terrorists.According to a statement by Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima Read More

SPWP and the delay in stipend payment

June 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

Permit us a space to draw the attention of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Okoye, on the delay in the payment of special public works program (SPWP) stipends three months after the take off of the program. It could be recalled that the federal government engaged 774,000 youths across the country. Interestingly, President Muhammadu Buhari graciously Read More

Analysing Shaba’s vision for NSRDA

June 14, 2021 Musa Musawa 0

The recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari of Alhaji Halilu Ahmad Shaba as the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NSRDA) is a welcome development and must be commended by all. The desire of President Buhari in making Nigeria the undisputable leader in the space programme in Africa can after all be achieved with the appointment Read More

The travails of Fika Emirate in Potiskum

June 14, 2021 Fortune Archibong 0

The city of Potiskum, Yobe State, has always been taken for a mini-Nigeria, a home for diverse ethnic nationalities, peoples, professionals until the recent plague of mindless and clueless ethnic animosities. Potiskum had a recognised native administration established by the British colonial masters when the Bolewa tribe of Fika Emirate moved to Potiskum in 1924. This was for the establishment of Read More

Letter to Gov 𝘽𝙖𝙡𝙖 on n𝙚𝙬 c𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙩

June 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Sir! The dissolution of Bauchi State Executive Council and other political appointees, on June 9, 2021, by your administration came with mixed reactions among Bauchi state citizens, knowing the fact that Bauchi state citizens have high expectations from the administration that came with a lot of good will. However, there is the need to move quickly away from outdated methods of Read More

LG autonomy, accountability and the media in governance

June 14, 2021 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

Over the years, many issues have remained dominant in national discourse in the media. These include local government autonomy, accountability in governance, resource control, devolution of powers, constitutional amendment, and restructuring. The reason is that these matters deserve urgent attention to get things right for the nation and for all citizens to contribute their own quota, partake and benefit from Read More

Depreciation: Between the naira and cedi

June 14, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

The naira took an ignominious and reprehensible pounding in the parallel market last week. It cowered and traded at a record N502 to the dollar before staging a counter attack that took it to N495. The forces against the Nigerian currency are too numerous and treacherous to allow it any breathing space. CBN is the primary enemy of the naira. Read More

AFN board dissolved

June 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has been dissolved upon the expiration of its term. Announcing the dissolution on Monday June 14, 2021, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said the tenure of the board has expired. “Pursuant to Article 10.4 of the 2017 Constitution of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the Ministry hereby dissolve Read More

No rift between Wike and I – Secondus

June 14, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has denied the existence of a rift between him and Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike over control of affairs of the part in the state. Secondus, in a statement by his special adviser on media, Ike Abonyi, Sunday, said the media reports “insinuating a non-existent issue” within the main Read More

Buhari salutes Gen Abdulsalami at 79

June 14, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), on his 79th birthday. In a statement issued Sunday, the President joined family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader, whose legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace continues to yield results. Read More

2023: I’m in Benue guber contest on rescue mission – Dr Ubwa

June 14, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Benue state governorshipaspirant under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Dr Ubwa Sunday said he will improve on agriculture and open rural roads to enable farmers transport their goods to the market if elected in 2023. Ubwa also said he is not contesting for governor of the state to improve his fortunes but to contribute his quota to Read More

Chekene emerges Kuje APC caretaker c’ttee chair, pledges unity

June 14, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The All Progressives Congress, FCT chapter has appointed Hon Usman Abubakar Chekene (Dan-baba) as the new caretaker committee chairman of the party in Kuje area council. Hon Chikene’s appointment followed the suspension of Hon Godwin Z. Poyi as the APC chairman in Kuje area council. Speaking to Blueprint in Kuje over the weekend, Hon. Chekene pledged to reunite the party Read More

Govt must confront poverty, inequality – Amaechi

June 14, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Amechi, weekend said no meaningful progress could be made in Nigeria unless government addresses inequality and extreme poverty bedeviling the nation. Amechi stated this while delivering the 49th Convocation lecture of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN. He lamented that in spite of government’s poverty alleviation programmes such as OFN, NEEDS, KEKE NAPEP, Nigerian Read More

June 12: Bala empowers 1, 200 women, youth with N150m materials

June 14, 2021 Najib Sani 0

To celebrate the June 12 Democracy Day, Governor Bala Mohammed Saturday empowered 1, 200 women and youth in Zaki and Gamawa local government areas with materials worth N150 million. The programme tagged Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP),according to the governor, was to ensure the welfare of the citizens. He noted that his government has in the past two years embarked Read More

Anambra 2021: Al-Makura commends patriots for raising APC members’ consciousness

June 14, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

A former governor of Nasarawa state, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has commended All Progressives Congress (APC) Patriots Anambra for raising the consciousness of the party on credible primary election. He is impressed that the Patriots are leading the charge to win the state in the November 6, 2021 elections. Speaking during an engagement with the group weekend, Al-Makura praised the group Read More

FCT council poll: APC reads riot act to members

June 14, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

As political parties intensify plans for the forthcoming February 2022 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area councils’ elections, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has read the riot act to aggrieved members and party executives. They were warned not to jeopardise the party’s chances in the election.In particular, the party warned that anyone bent on taking measures against its Read More

Masari urges agitators for secession to rethink

June 14, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state weekend called on those agitating for the division of the country to have a rethink, as the unity of the country is sacrosanct. Masari made the call during an interactive session with the NUJ Correspondent Chapel members to mark the Democracy Day activities in his office. He described the agitators as senseless people Read More

Ogun: Woman who sold 2 daughters for N300, 000 arrested

June 14, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

A 35- year- old housewife, Blessing Ebuneku Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun state police command for selling her two biological daughters, Semilore Agoro, 4, and Deborah Agoro, 2. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi stated this in a statement made available to Blueprint Sunday. Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested, following a report lodged Read More

Gombe lawmaker empowers constituents

June 14, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

A member of the House of Representatives from Gombe state representing Balanga-Billiri federal constituency, Mr Victor Mela, has distributed empowerment items to his constituents in two local government areas with the aim of alleviating poverty and improving their well-being. Addressing the beneficiaries in Billiri town weekend, Mela said the items were to be distributed to support the youth, women and Read More

Talent discovery: Foundation begins hunt in Bauchi June 26

June 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The second edition of the African Children’s Talent Discovery Foundation’s (ACTDF) talent hunt and mentoring programme would hold between 26th and 27th in Bauchi state, the organiser has said. Tagged Engr. Noah Dallaji Legacy Project, this year’s edition would feature football where talents between ages 16 and 18 would be discovered and mentored by big names in Nigeria’s soccer history. Read More