OGP, Plateau state, and some good things

October 24, 2021 Prince Charles Dickson 0

We cannot be mere consumers of good governance, we must be participants; we must be co-creators.As citizens, we have to co-create good governance, we cannot outsource it and hope to be passively happy consumers. Like everything worth its while, good governance must be earned. – Rohini Nilekani It’s more difficult, often than not, to see anything encouraging about government and governance in Read More

The North-east: Which way forward?

October 24, 2021 Hassan Gimba 0

Being a speech delivered by Hassan Gimba, publisher of Neptune Prime online newspaper and magazine, chairman Northeast Publishers’ Forum, as the Guest Speaker at the 6th Annual Awards and Recognition Night of the Northeast Star magazine, held on the 21st of October, 2021 at the Conference Hall of AUN, Yola, Adamawa State. All protocols observed. The North East came into Read More

Anambra guber: I’ll win, Ubah boasts

October 24, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

One of the contenders in the coming gubernatorial election in Anambra state, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, has boasted that he will win. Ubah who spoke after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from the Baze University said in terms of popularity and general good will from Anambarians across the three senatorial districts in the state, he is far ahead of Read More

FG, please fix some Nigerian highways

October 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

I write to bring to the notice of the federal government, which is saddled with the responsibility of rehabilitating and constructing the country’s federal roads, the frightening encounters of motorists, especially commercial ones, on the dumpy condition of some highways in some states of the federation.Let me begin with Niger state, where multiple reports suggest that kidnappers and bandits are Read More

CBN’s footprints in education sector

October 24, 2021 Kelvin Gilbert 0

  It goes without saying that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the leadership of Mr. Godwin Emefiele as governor, has impacted Nigeria’s developmental strides more than any other in recent history of the bank. The apex bank’s intervention programmes in various sectors of the economy including the creation of a N100 billion targeted credit facility; N100 billion health Read More

Audi’s giant strides in NSCDC

October 24, 2021 Sunday Attah 0

Our shared humanity and a sense of sympathy and empathy for others is fast diminishing. Man’s inhumanity to man is ruthlessly expressed in a way that makes animals in the jungle preying on each other for food a plaything. The descent into chaos and ill-feeling is difficult to understand, talk more of fathoming a way out. Leo Tolstoy said; “if you Read More

Bombers of Kaduna-Abuja rail track targeted driver, tank – Shehu Sani

Some persons believed to be terrorists operating in Kaduna state have opted for a new strategy in their activities by attacking the Abuja-Kaduna train, being used by many commuters to avoid the dangerous highway. A former lawmaker from the state, Senator Shehu Sani reported the double attacks Wednesday and Thursday on Facebook: “Yesternight (Wednesday), bandits attacked the Kaduna-Abuja train. “They planted Read More

Kano approves N55m for digital STB, N96m for 47 football clubs

October 22, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Kano state Executive Council has approved the release of N96, 000, 000.00 million as financial support for 47 football clubs representing Kano state in the National League nationwide to promote their activities and give additional value of engagement to their efforts. The Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting held Read More

EndSARS: Human rights commission panel resumes sitting

October 22, 2021 Binta Shama 0

  Contrary to insinuations that the independent investigation panel on allegations of human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (EndSARS) has fizzled out, the panel rather gathered more momentum preparatory to resumption of sitting on Monday, 18th October, 2021, more determined to do justice to the 295 petitions it received. The 11-member panel chaired by Justice Suleiman Galadima (rtd) Read More

Cholera: Jigawa targets 720,000 residents for vaccination

October 22, 2021 Bayo Muhammad Alabira 0

No fewer than 720,000 residents have been targeted in the ongoing cholera vaccination campaign which kicked off on Thursday by Jigawa state government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health.  Speaking to Blueprint, Executive Secretary Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (JSPHCDA), Dr Kabiru Ibrahim said the state had received about 1.4 million doses of the vaccines from the Federal Ministry Read More

Gana heads c’ttee as ex-CBN dep gov Mailafia goes home Nov 5

October 22, 2021 Agi Onda 0

  Following the demise of Dr Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which sad event occurred on September 19, 2021 at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has been appointed to head the Burial Steering Committee. A press statement by Rev. Dr. Gideon Para-Mallam, Read More

3 to die by hanging in Ekiti

October 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Justice Abiodun Adesodun of Ado Ekiti High Court has sentenced three men to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder. The convicts are Oluwole Edward 49, Kolawole Ojo, 39 and Kolawole Tope 20. Adesodun, in his judgment, pronounced “each of the defendants guilty as charged’’. On count one, the judge sentenced each of the defendants to five years imprisonment Read More

#FixPolitics tasks Nigerians on good governance

October 22, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

#FixPolitics, a political movement, has called on Nigerians to reaffirm their resolve to accentuate their demand for good governance and social justice in the country.  A statement by Executive Director of #FixPolitics Initiative, Anthony Ubani, and made available to Blueprint commemorating the one year anniversary of the bloody #EndSARS protest that left many dead and properties worth billions of naira Read More

APPA to FG: Declare emergency on printing industry

October 22, 2021 Paul Okah 0

  The Association of Professional Printers in Abuja (APPA) has called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency in the print industry, saying the industry is fast dying as a result of unfavourable government policies.  The association made the declaration in commemoration of the International Print Day, a day set aside by Read More

Okowa presents N469.4bn 2022 budget to Delta Assembly

October 22, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Thursday, presented a budget proposal of N469, 495, 968,075 to the state House of Assembly for the 2022 appropriation.  The budget titled, Budget of Inclusive Growth and Accelerated Development, is made up of N185,357,692,561 for recurrent expenditure and N284,138,275,514 capital expenditure, which shows an increase of N85,541,370,185 over the 2021 budget figure. According to Read More

FIRS proposes road taxes for motorists, others

October 22, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has proposed the introduction of road infrastructure tax in Nigeria, to make the informal sector contribute to building a modern society. Executive Chairman of FIRS, Muhammad Mamman Nami, disclosed this on Thursday while receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), led by its National President, Chris Isiguzo, to his office in Read More

Avoid recurring political deficits, Aisha Buhari tells Nigerians

October 22, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

  Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has urged political leaders to pay particular attention to the recurring development deficits in the country in order to guarantee the future of generations yet unborn. She made the call during an event to mark the 6th anniversary of Future Assured, her pet project, at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja on Thursday. Read More

Kanu’s appearance excites Ohanaeze, court adjourns till Nov. 10

October 22, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has expressed deep joy that through their intervention, the detained leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was eventually produced for trial in court. Federal government’s inability to produce Kanu in court earlier after his abduction and repatriation from Kenya generated anxiety that IPOB had to declare every Monday a ghost Monday, starting from August Read More

Ndume threatens to quit Nigeria over ‘ticking time bomb’ as Senate slams FG on employment embargo, salary increase

October 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

  Senator Ali Ndume (APC Borno South), Thursday,  threatened to quit Nigeria if relevant authorities refuse put things in order by diffusing what he called the ‘ticking time bomb’ . Ndume made the threat while reacting to submissions made by the Chairman of the National salaries, Income and wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr Ekpo Nta before the Senate Committee on Establishment Read More

EFCC docks ex-NSITF Chair, Olejeme, for N1bn ‘fraud’

October 22, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Thursday, arraigned a former Board Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, before Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Jabi Abuja, on a nine-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds and money laundering. A press statement by Read More

Do not restrict INEC on technology, Yakubu tells NASS

October 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has appealed to the National Assembly not to  restrict INEC on usage of technology in the 2023 general elections by way of provisions in the electoral Act being worked upon.Professor Yakubu made the appeal on Thursday in Abuja at the retreat held by the harmonization committees of Read More

SANship: Supreme Court releases 72 names as Ekiti AG, NHRC boss make list

October 21, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has elevated 72 legal practitioners to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). The LPPC took the decision at its 149th plenary session held Thursday October 21, 2021 in Abuja. The Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, (NHRC), Mr Tony Ojukwu, and the Attorney General of Ekiti State, Fapohunda Adekola Olawale, also made the Read More

1,850 Nigerians benefit from FG’s mobile money agents trainings

October 21, 2021 Paul Okah 0

As part of its effort in lifting Nigerians out of poverty, the federal government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, in partnership with the Shared Agency Network Expansion Facility (SANEF), has selected 1,850 Nigerians from the 36 states of the federation to benefit from mobile money agents.Speaking Thursday in Abuja during the flag-off of the Read More

Anambra guber: INEC publishes notice of polls

October 21, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday said it has published the notice of poll at its state and all the local government offices in Anambra state. According to INEC yesterday in a statement by National commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, this is in line with Section 46 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). Read More