NNWS inaugurates strategic committee on drafting of blueprint

August 20, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

The Executive Council of the Northern Nigeria Writers’ Summit (NNWS) has approved the constitution of a strategic committee to draft the blueprint for literature in Northern Nigeria. A statement signed on Thursday by the NNWS Chairman, BM Dzukogi, said that the committee would be headed by Professor Yusuf M. Adamu and assisted by Prof. Asabe Kabir Usman while Richard Ali Read More

Nimrod pledges to sponsor Volleyball clinic annually

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

President of Nigerian Volleyball Federation, Engr. Musa Nimrod has expressed delight at the huge turnout of school children at the 2018 Volleyball For All Holiday Clinic, just as he pledged to continue sponsoring the clinic. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the clinic in its third edition in Kaduna , Engr. Nimrod, said with 130 participants from private and public Read More

2018 FIBA World Cup: D’Tigress hit Lagos camp on Monday

The Women’s Senior National Basketball team will arrive Lagos, Nigeria in the early hours of Monday for the next phase of their 2018 FIBA Women’s World cup in Spain. After weeks of training in Atlanta, the team led by Hughley Otis will have their last training in the United States of America on Saturday before their departure on Sunday. According Read More

Musa pays tribute to Moses on S/Eagles retirement

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, has wished his former teammate, Victor Moses, the best of luck in his future career following the latter’s decision to quit international football. Moses who plays for English Premier League club, Chelsea announced on Wednesday that he will no longer be available for selection at the international level again. The former Crystal Palace star said Read More

FG approves outstanding bonus

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Federal government has approved the payment of all camp allowances and match bonuses accruing to the National U-20 Women’s team, the Falconets. The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung made this known when he called the team’s camp in France ahead of yesterday’s quarter final match against Spain which the team eventually lost by 1-2. In a Read More

Spain send Falconets crashing out of the World Cup

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Spain have sent the Falconets crashing from the 2018 World Cup in France after they won 2-1 today to qualify for the semi-final. They will now face the winners of the quarterfinal between hosts France and defending champions North Korea for a place in the final. They thus avenged a 2-1 loss to the Africans two years in Papua New Read More

Animal sacrifice or settling debts: Which takes priority?

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Wa alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: If you find yourself unable to perform the sacrifice because of being burdened by debts, you need not worry about it. Allah does not burden Read More

What is the significance of Eid Al-Adha? Thank

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. The day of Eid al-Adha is known all over the world as “Al-Eid AlKabir“, or the Major Feast. It is distinguished from “Al-Eid AlSaghir“, which is the Minor Feast, known also as Eid al-Fitr. This is actually celebrated by Muslims two months and ten days before the Major Feast. The Read More

From Yemen to Makkah: Saudi Muslim walks 450 km for Hajj

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A Saudi Muslim has reportedly walked more than 450 kilometers to perform hajj in Muslims’ holiest city of Makkah, 10 days after setting off from Bisha in southern Saudi Arabia. “I took my journey to encourage people to walk, showing its health effects,” Othman Alshahin said, Saudi Arabic newspaper Sabq reported. Alshahin took pilgrims’ old route from Yemen to Makkah, Read More

54 pilgrims visited Saudi in 25 years – Report

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

According to the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) in Saudi Arabia, the total number of hajj pilgrims who visited Makkah, Islam’s holiest city, during the last 25 years reached 53,928,358, Saudi Gazette reported. “Counting of pilgrims started in 1970 (1390H) in order to obtain accurate information to help all governmental entities to plan and develop the services provided to the Read More

IPMAN wants DPR to clampdown on fake lubricants’ manufacturers

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to clampdown on producers and marketers of fake and adulterated lubricants nationwide. IPMAN, Chairman, Western zone, Alhaji Debo Ahmed, , made the appeal yesterday in Lagos, said the plea became necessary for the agency to eliminate fake and low quality lubricants and minimise their Read More

Sanction MDAs that flout financial regulations, CSOs tell Buhari

August 17, 2018 Benjamin Umuteme .Abuja 0

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sanction Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that been indicted of violating financial regulations. Briefing journalists on the “imperative of the return to good governance issues; the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa noted that despite the Auditor General of Read More

CBN, financial institutions to introduce savings account for financial inclusion – SANEF

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and some other financial institutions have designed a government savings account to capture financially excluded Nigerians into the banking system. The Shared Agent Network Expansion Facility (SANEF) report, disclosed that the savings account would have features of insurance, pension and micro credit. SANEF is a project powered by the CBN, commercial banks, Nigeria Interbank Read More

NPC approves advisers for privatised firms

August 17, 2018 Benjamin Umuteme .Abuja 0

The National Council on Privatisation (NCP) has approved the appointment of Advisers for three transactions undertaken by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) for the current year (2018) as part of the reform strategy of the Federal Government. They are the partial commercialisation of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs), partial commercialisation of the National Parks Service and the seven Read More

Container falls off truck, crushes 2

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A 40-foot container fell off the truck conveying it, crushing two unidentified men in Mowe close to a car park of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. According to eyewitnesses, the crash occurred around 1.30pm on Wednesday. It was reportedly caused by excessive speeding, which led to a loss of control of the truck by Read More

Sifax Group, Gambia strike deal on multimillion dollars dry port

August 17, 2018 Ajibola Abayomi. Lagos 0

Gambian government and Nigeria’s foremost port concessionaire, Sifax Group has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the operation of a multimillion dollars dry port facility in the country. The dry port is to be in the capital, Banjul. According to a statement signed by Sifax Group Spokesman, Muyiwa Akande, the multi-national company with interests in maritime, aviation, haulage Read More

Eko Atlantic: NPA accuses Lagos of encroaching on its land

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Wednesday engaged Lagos State Government officials in a heated debate at the National Assembly, Abuja over the ownership of 11 hectares of land in the upscale Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, Lagos. The NPA officials, led by the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Professor Idris Abubakar, while speaking at an investigative Read More

FG reinstates controversial $195m maritime security contract

August 17, 2018 David Agba .Abuja 0

The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dakuku Peterside, says the federal government has reinstated the controversial maritime security contract, three months after it announced terminating it. The security contract being championed by the Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, was awarded to an Isreali firm, HLSL Security Systems and Technologies at the cost of $195 million (about N60 billion) Read More

Insurer unveils new service to industry offerings

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

AXA Mansard Plc has launched the First Responder Service, which aims to support customers whose vehicles are insured with the company whenever they are involved in road accident. The service is an initiative, meant to provide immediate assistance to customers on AXA Mansard’s retail motor insurance plan at the scene of an accident. The service also aims to reduce turnaround Read More

Firm boosts sector’s growth with N12.8bn profit

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Royal Exchange Plc has reported a gross written premium of N12.8 billion from its business activities in the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to N12.5 billion in 2016. The company said its net premium income for the 2017 financial year amounted to N7.1 billion, while underwriting profit amounted to N7.6 billion in the financial year under review. The total Read More

FG appeals for adoption of life insurance

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

With various development initiatives in the country, Nigerians need to build up a solid financial plan for future through life insurance planning, the federal government has appealed. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, disclosed this at the third NAIPCO conference, with the theme: “The Role of Stake Holders in Developing Insurance and Pension Sectors. The minister, who was represented by Read More

Linkage Assurance gets nod to underwrite agric insurance

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Underwriting firm, Linkage Assurance Plc has secured the approval of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to underwrite agric insurance in the industry. The ‘no objection’ nod would enable the firm support the farmers and service providers in the agricultural value chain for greater sustainability and economic growth. Among the products approved include Linkage Assurance Crop Insurance Solutions; Linkage Assurance Farm Read More

Kwara COE students protest lecturers’ salary arrears

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Students of the Kwara State College of Education, reportedly took to the street in Ilorin to protest the sixmonth salaries the state government is owing their lecturers. The protesting students, according to reports, started the protest from their campus to Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Unity area and to Government House. Accompanied by men of the Department of State Security, the students Read More

Nasarawa varsity don bags diplomacy fellowship

August 17, 2018 Dominic Akpensuen .Keffi 0

Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) lecturer, and Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Abdullahi Liman, has been bestowed with award of excellence and induction as Fellow of Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management (CIPDM) during the 2018 training and induction lecture at the university. Delivering his induction lecture on the topic: “Diplomacy and Effective Leadership in Academic Institutions in Read More