Building collapse: Who’s to blame?

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The issue of building collapse in Nigeria is increasingly becoming imminent. Several articles have been published with regards to the causes of these collapses as well their effects. In most cases, the causes are somewhat obvious and similar so to speak, with engagement of non-professionals (quacks) and sharp practices (use of substandard materials, etc.) leading the pack. The issue here Read More

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Cholera: Niger approves N25m for surveillance

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Niger Government, has approved N25 million for its Ministry of Health to continue with the ongoing surveillance on the outbreak of cholera and other related diseases. Dr Jibrin Mustapha, the Commissioner for Health and Hospital Management, made this disclosure at a press conference in Minna yesterday. The commissioner said that the money would be used to curtail the disease Read More

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Bindow seeks extension of medical outreach

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Governor Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa on Wednesday appealed to the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative to extend days for the free medical outreach in Yola. Bindow made the call while assessing the ongoing seven days free medical service at the Specialist Hospital, Yola. The governor noted that the outreach was to assist indigent citizens who ordinarily could not get Read More

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National Library: Coping with ramshackle facilities, outdated books

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

QUEEN ESTHER IROANUSI of PREMIUMTIMES, in this piece, observes that the national Library, Abuja, wallowing in worn-out facilities, over killed data, is an irony of what a library is. At the mention of the words, “National Library”, one pictures a serene environment, with a well furnished, serene environment and all kinds of books ranging from some of the oldest to Read More

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Windstorms: Is Armageddon sweeping through Bauchi?

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

For most part of last week, before residents of Bauchi state could wake up from their sleep, their possession had been destroyed and they became instant refugees, having been displaced from their homes when rainstorms hit them like a tsunami. Our Correspondent, NAJIB SANI, reports Excessive heat For the past couple of weeks, residents of Bauchi state experienced excessive heat Read More

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Where Buratai got it wrong By Zakari Emmanuel

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is now clear that the Nigerian Army has never really perceived and wished to treat the killings in several parts of the country by militia groups as anything serious. So it was wrong, in the first place, for anyone to have expected its soldiers to take any serious steps to stop the killings. They simply showed no commitment to Read More

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Nigeria Police and historic motivation strategy By Ramoni Salami

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigeria Police had, as institution, suffered un-imaginable historical neglect. As a colonial organization, it had attracted monumental insensitivities from successive post-colonial administrations in the country. In Nigeria Police, motivation in terms of promotion and salary increases had been an exception instead of being the rule of the game. In most cases before now, police officers and men knew the Read More

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NERC suspends IBEDC mgt over N5.7bn loan default

June 21, 2018 Tope Sunday. Abuja 0

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has suspended the Board of Directors and key management staff of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over N5.7 billion loan balance d default. The Commission had earlier fined IBEDC a sum of N50million on the 18th September 2017 for non-compliance with Order No NERC/173/2017 directing the company to fully recover the outstanding sum of Read More

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OPEC’s ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ has benefited Nigeria – Kachikwu

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said the oil and gas sector in Nigeria had witnessed positive transformation since the “Declaration of Cooperation” by OPEC and non-OPEC members. Mr. Kachikwu said this in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the 7th OPEC International Seminar taking place in Vienna, Austria, with the theme “Petroleum: Cooperation for Read More

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Dangote pays 90% net profits as dividend

June 21, 2018 David Agba. Abuja 0

Shareholders of Dangote Cement on yesterday at the company’s 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in Lagos were full of praise for the Board, Management and staff after approving the dividend payout of N10.50 per 50k share, representing 90 per cent of net profit and an increase of 23.5 per cent on the N8.5 per share paid last year. The Read More

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Making Ajaokuta Steel Company valid hope of nation’s industrial development

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In 2015, former Minister of Solid Minerals Kayode Fayemi paid a day official visit to Ajaokuta Steel Company Ltd. to take a holistic view of the company and ensure it worked for the development of Nigeria’s industrial sector. According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is very passionate about the completion and effective operation of the company which is located in Read More

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Rail line to cover 10 states – Minster

June 21, 2018 Adeola Tukuru. Abuja 0

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi yesterday, says Nigeria’s rail line will cover the Western corridor of the country cutting across nine states and the Federal Capital Territory. The rail line is expected to cover a total of 1,402 Kilometres. Amaechi at the Forum of China-Africa Transportation Convention in Beijing, China titled, ‘Better Transportation, Better World’ yesterday, said the project Read More

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NSE compensates 17 investors for losses in 2017

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) says it compensated 17 investors who suffered pecuniary losses in the course of transactions with N6.39 million in 2017 under its Investors Protection Fund (IPF) initiative. In a data posted on its website yesterday, NSE said fewer number of claimants were compensated in 2017 compared to 59 investors compensated with a total of N18.92 million in Read More

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CBN pumps $210m into FX market

June 21, 2018 Benjamin Umuteme.Abuja 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has made available the sum of $210million, to meet customers’ requests in various segments of the foreign exchange market. In its desire to meet customers’ needs in the various segments of the market, the CBN offered $100million to authorized dealers in the wholesale segment of the market, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Read More

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Buhari’s June 12 proclamation and the vilification of Obasanjo (2), by Majeed Dahiru

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Like Abiola who didn’t compromise his June 12 mandate while in detention, Obasanjo similarly didn’t compromise his hard line stands against the oppressive regime of Abacha by going back on his advocacy for democratic rule in Nigeria. While Obasanjo was in prison for his pro-democracy advocacy, Buhari was seated pretty comfortably on the seat of the chair of a well-funded Read More

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…Experts fault SGF’s exposure of anti-terror tactics

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Aviation security consultant and scribe of the Aviation Round Table (ART), Group Captain John Ojikutu (Retd) has flayed recent information put out by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) directing agencies in the aviation industry to beef up security, stating that the situation was supposed to be handled on a need to know basis instead of tipping the Read More

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ISIS threat: FAAN increases surveillance at airports

June 21, 2018 Ime Akpan 0

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) adopted some measures to strengthen surveillance at the major airports in the country following a recent report that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been sneaking battle-hardened jihadist from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists for possible attacks in Britain. It was reported that fanatics from Nigeria were also being Read More

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Airlines resolve to support anti-human trafficking initiatives

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has unanimously approved a resolution denouncing trafficking in persons, and committing to a number of actions related to anti-trafficking initiatives. IATA which made the resolution at its 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held recently in Sidney, Australia said estimated 24.9 million people are illegally trafficked and live in conditions of modern slavery. It stated Read More

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Airline resolve to support anti-human trafficking initiatives

June 21, 2018 Ime Akpan 0

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that there are plans to review the provision of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation (Nig. CARS) 2015 which prescribes at least two serviceable aircraft as condition for granting of Air Operator Certificate (AOCs) to commercial airlines. Speaking at the second Quarterly Business Breakfast Meeting 2018, organised by the Aviation Round Table (ART) Read More

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Akbar Al Baker chairs IATA board

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the appointment of the group chief executive of Qatar Airways group chief executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker as chairman of the IATA board of governors (BoG) for a one-year term effective from the conclusion of the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting in Sydney, Australia. Al Baker is the 77th chair of the Read More

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Davis Cup: Akindoju ecstatic as Team

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigeria get off to winning start President of Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) Ifedayo Akindoju was full of joy and further expectations following Team Nigeria’s great start at the ongoing Davis Cup tournament in Kenya. The Nigeria team won all three matches against Rwanda yesterday. They will also face Benin Republic and Cameroon in Pool A of the Africa Zone Group Read More

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Eagles go for maximum points ahead Iceland clash in Russia’

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The First Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi reiterated yesterday that the Super Eagles have put behind them the disappointment of defeat by Croatia and now ready to go for the maximum points in their remaining encounters in Group D at the FIFA World Cup. Akinwunmi, also Chairman of the NFF Organizing Committee and Chairman of the Read More

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Will pre-national convention hiccups break APC?

June 20, 2018 Patrick Andrew. Abuja 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) from the onset was a child of necessity, a kind of special project packaged by strange bed fellows specifically to wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whose reign of 16 years had been largely marked by recurrent impunity, arrogance and absence of the rule of law. Our Politics Editor, PATRICK ANDREW, x-rays thorny Read More

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