Army to develop own helicopter – Buratai

April 19, 2018 Musa Umar Bologi. Abuja 0

  The Nigerian Army, in collaboration with some of its partners, is working on a prototype helicopter that will aid its operation in the North-east and other internal security tasks. Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, disclosed this during exhibition of hard and soft ware at the Nigerian Army 2nd Transformation and Innovative Summit, Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja. Read More

Mixed reactions trail Buhari’s statement to Theresa May

April 19, 2018 Martin Paul. Abuja 0

During a visit to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari told her that he is more interested in the economic emancipation and security of Nigerians than in the 2019 general elections. PAUL OKAH seeks the views of Nigerians on this assertion. There are lack of jobs in Nigeria I view N-power, which is called “youth Read More

Okpotu, Olatunbosun back in NPFL after Euro trials

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Anthony Okpotu and Sikiru Olatunbosun have rejoined their respective NPFL clubs after trials in Europe. Last season’s hotshot Okpotu tried out with Brondby IF of Denmark for a week after he was scouted at the CHAN in Morocco. He is now in line for league leaders Lobi Stars next game against Kano Pillars. Olatunbosun was at Swiss club FC Zurich Read More

Rangers sign ex-Super Eagles players Nwofor, Uzochukwu

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions Enugu Rangers have signed former Super Eagles forward Uche Nwofor till the rest of the season. The Flying Antelopes have also announced the acquisition of midfielder Ugonna Uzochukwu on a short-term deal. Nwofor and Uzochukwu are back for their second stints at the Enugu club following impressive spells in the past. “We have signed Read More

NFF wants FIFA to advance $2m to pay Eagles bonus

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

SCORENigeria can exclusively reveal that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has requested from world football governing body FIFA to advance them $2 million (more than 720 million Naira) so as to pay the Super Eagles qualification bonus before the first ball is kicked at the World Cup in Russia. In yet another scoop by SCORENigeria, NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi Read More

CAF declares Bayelsa stadium unfit for international games

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says the Samson Siasia stadium in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital, is not fit for international football matches. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CAF Medical Committee member, Dr Peter Singabele, said CAF came up with decision after the stadium failed rain flood control test on Wednesday. He said during the Restoration Cup Draws Read More

Fayemi deceiving himself – Olusola, Crossfire

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Deputy Governor of Ekiti state, Prof Kolapo Olusola has described the comment attributed to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, as empty boasts. Speaking through the Director General of Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation, Mr Bisi Kolawole, Olusola said the PDP would prefer the emergence of Fayemi as APC flag bearer for a fair contest. For us Read More

Ekiti 2018: APC’ll defeat, jail Fayose – Fayemi, Crossfire

April 19, 2018 Patrick Andrew . Abuja 0

Former Governor of Ekiti state, who is the curent Minister of Steel and Solid Minerals Development, and gubernatorial aspirant, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has boasted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will defeat Governor Ayodele Fayose-led PDP in the July 14 poll and ensure that he goes to jail afterwards. PATRICK ANDREW brings excerpts: “They said the June 21 governorship poll Read More

How we’ll restructure Nigeria – Adoba

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Onwe Jacob Jackson Gezy (aka Angel Agila Adoba) is a 1988 Language and Linguistics 1988 graduate of the University of Calabar. Adoba, an English language teacher of many years standing, plans to rule Nigeria in 2019. He speaks with AGI ONDA and PATRICK ANDREW. Excerpts: The push to rule Nigeria I really want to run for the highest office of Read More

The role of education in countering violent extremism , by Alhaji Mallam Umar

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Nigeria is a relatively new paradigm in Peace and Conflict Studies. While violent extremism refers to the activities and beliefs of individuals and groups who employ violence and terror-related acts to achieve political, religious, social, cultural and economic aims, CVE describes all the proactive measures put in place to combat/neutralize violence by extremists. In recent Read More

CSOs lament members’ harassment in Niger Republic

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Civil society leaders in Nigeria have expressed worry at the way their members have been constantly harassed and detained on the orders of Niger Republic. According to the CSOs, civil society activists in Niger in the past three years have come under a renewed crackdown from state actors leading to series of convictions, arrests and detentions. In a press statement Read More

Support Buhari to curb insecurity, Group tells Nigerians

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A non- governmental volunteer group, under the umbrella of the Atmosphere of Love Chaplaincy ALC, has asked Nigerians to rally round President Muhammadu Buhari in order to tackle the myriads of security challenges currently bedeviling the country. Speaking at the commissioning of its Suleja office in Niger State, Commandant General of ALC, Dr. Desmond Ononuju, said, for the country to Read More

CSJ, partners FES on subnational Fiscal Responsibility Report

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Centre for Social Justice in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung yesterday launched the Subnational Fiscal Responsibility Plan. The SFRP hopes to translate democratic practices into Nigeria’s fiscal space. Speaking at the public launch in Abuja, the Lead Director of CSJ, Barr. Eze Onyekpere, said the report will not only ensure that resources are managed to meet the needs of Read More

AICL crisis deepens, as staff drag mgt to NASS, EFCC

April 19, 2018 Chizoba Ogbeche. Abuja 0

  The industrial crisis rocking the Abuja Investment Company Limited (AICL) may have taken a turn for the worse as some top staff of the company have dragged the Interim Management Team (IMT) and board members before the National Assembly and some anti-corruption agencies. This is as security presence at the agency has increased with armed policemen manning the office, Read More

We’re set to complete Idu Industrial Park – FCTA

April 19, 2018 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

  Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disclosed that the Administration had assured investors of its determination on the speedy completion of the Industrial Park Phase 2 at Idu and ready for use for local and foreign investors. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during the FCT Day of Read More

Police, vigilantes collaborate against crime in Wuye

April 19, 2018 Donald Iorchir. Abuja 0

  The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Wuye, CSP Patrick Okwarandu, has met with members of vigilance groups and Eminent Persons Forum (EPF) with a view to working together to combat crime in the area. Okwarandu, who disclosed this yesterday, stated that his leadership would work hand-in-hand with the residents in order to achieve peace in Wuye and its Read More

Residents demand health insurance scheme

April 19, 2018 Taiye Odewale. Abuja 0

  Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly to demand for health insurance scheme through required legislation. The residents led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat, Barrister Iyabo Amanda Pam, also requested for similar legislation for establishment of FCT Primary Health Care Board. Making the requests during a courtesy visit on Senator Read More

Letter to the intelligentsia

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Men of letters wield tremendous influence in the society. They are in the classroom as teachers, lecturers and professors teaching the younger generation. They are in the media as writers, journalists, producers, presenters and anchors setting public agenda. They stand on the pulpit and the mimbars as imams, sheikhs, bishops, pastors and general overseers preaching godliness with scriptural exhortations. They Read More

Child trafficking: The conspiracy, hypocrisy of major actors

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The trafficking of children for the purpose of domestic service (House help), and other forms of exploitative labour is a widespread phenomenon in Nigeria. Children and many girl child are recruited with promises of well-paid jobs in urban centres, more especially the houses of well to do families within the country. The news of 26 girls that died on their Read More