‘Teachers, others brain-drain to Sierra Leone eminent’

June 1, 2018 Martin Paul. Abuja 0

Brain-drain of teachers, doctors and other professionals is eminent following Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Allie Kabba’s request for Nigeria’s assistance in areas of energy, education and health. Kabba, who made the call in Abuja when he visited his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, said that the new Sierra Leonean government came into power on the basis of its manifesto Read More

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Education vital to human development – Proprietor

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

David Ihieke is an educationist and school proprector in Nasarawa state. In this chat with UJI ABDULLAHI ILIYASU, he talks about the significance of Children’s Day and other issues. Significance of Children’s Day Children’s holiday is very important to us at Destiny Kings/Queens. There is a saying that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. We cannot Read More

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140,000 candidates register for JAMB direct entry

June 1, 2018 Martin Paul. Abuja 0

A total of 140,000 candidates have registered for the 2018 direct entry for admission into Nigerian universities, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has stated. A statement by the Board’s Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin, which stated that candidates yet to complete their registration should do so on or before Monday, June 4 as there would be no Read More

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Salary deductions: ASUP gives Bauchi govt 7-day ultimatum

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, has given the state government a seven-day ultimatum to refund deductions made from salaries and allowances of its members. A press statement signed by chairman of the union, Bala Yakubu, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi stated: The union observes with greatest dismay Read More

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TETFund mandate not for private varsities, teaching hospitals – Baffa

June 1, 2018 Martin Paul 0

B Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Executive Secretary, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, has reiterated that the mandate of the Fund does not include intervention to private universities and teaching hospitals. Baffa’s stance emerged from his position paper presented at the recent public hearing organised by House of Representative Committee on Education over a Bill seeking inclusion of private universities and allied Read More

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Political deception: Who is at risk?

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

During campaign rallies many promises are made by candidates contesting a particular position, but the question is, does the candidate fulfi l his campaign promises after being elected? Many people go into politics not because they want to be agents of development but to steal public funds. Political deception has led to the downfall of many political parties as well Read More

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Rep Bala Ikara, it’s time to take a bow

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The 2019 general election is around the corner and politicians have been making preparation, consultation, scheming or distortion of agreement to remain in power. In Ikara/ Kubau federal constituency of Kaduna state, crisis is brewing in the APC. The member, House of Representatives, Yusuf Bala Ikara, insisted to contest for the third term against a gentleman agreement reached between the Read More

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Niger state: Democracy at its best

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The state which housed the three hydro power stations is being positioned for greater developmental strides by the government of Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration. Democracy is working in Niger state, the state governor has spread development across the state, no zone or local government is left out. Abubakar Sani Bello, popularly call Lolo, is an Read More

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The organic evolution of Nigeria into a nation, by Majeed Dahiru

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

As Nigeria marks the milestone of nineteen uninterrupted years of successive civil democratic rule [the longest in its history], Nigerians are divided about the very relevance of politics in the economic lives of the citizens. However, all sides of the debate are unanimous in their conviction that democratic rule has not lived up to its promise of individual and collective Read More

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Bolt trains with Norwegian top-flight side

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is training with Norwegian top-fl ight football team Stromsgodset. The Jamaican sprinter, 31, is scheduled to play a training match against Norway Under19s in his week at the club. Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, has already trained with Borussia Dortmund and South African club Sundowns this year. “Maybe a club will see Read More

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Ekong wins ‘Big Bull Rice Man of the Match Award’

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

TGI Group, the official Food Sponsor of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, through its locally produced rice brand, Big Bull Rice, has rewarded William Troost-Ekong, the team’s defender, for putting up an outstanding performance at the farewell friendly between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ekong who scored Nigeria’s goal in a one-all draw Read More

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Rohr drops Agbo, Lokosa, two others

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has dropped four players from his World Cup-bound squad. However, Moses Simon is currently nursing a thigh injury and will be out of action for at least three weeks, will be travelling with the team, according to team sources. Dropped from the squad are Standard Liege defender Uche Agbo, Bulgaria-based Stephen Eze, Dele Ajiboye of Read More

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Saraki: These Eagles are role models, best-organized ever

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

President of the Senate of the Federal Republic, Distinguished Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday night described the present crop of Super Eagles as the best –organized ever, as he bade them farewell to the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. At a brief but gorgeous event inside the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria’s number three man and leading Read More

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2018 FIFA World 018 FIFA World Cup special: up special: Mikel Obi ikel Obi leads 25 eads 25 Eagles to agles to London

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Skipper Mikel John Obi was joined on the chartered fl ight from Abuja to London on Wednesday afternoon by deputy skipper Ogenyi Onazi, defender Kenneth Omeruo, pacy winger Ahmed Musa and 21 other players as the Super Eagles headed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. There will be stop-overs in London and Austria. Mikel, Onazi, Omeruo and Musa all Read More

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Company tackles Osun over N1.3bn debt

May 31, 2018 Lateef Dada. Osogbo 0

A construction firm, Sammya Nig. Ltd., has tackled Osun state government for allegedly refusing to pay a debt of N1.3 billion owed the company. The company which is piqued by the attitude of the state government over the debt described the sealing of its company by Osun State Internal Revenue Task Force as “persecution and embarrassment.” The company, in a Read More

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Zaria monarch commends FG on NITT board appointment

May 31, 2018 Moh Bello Habib. Zaria 0

Emir of Zazzau and Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Alhaji Shehu Idris, has lauded the federal government on the appointment of Mr Olorogu John Onojeharho as Chairman, Governing Council of the Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria. The Emir made the commendation when management of the Institute led by the chairman paid him a courtesy visit Read More

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Group congratulates Nigerians, extols Buhari

May 31, 2018 Baba Yusuf .Abuja 0

The Grassroots Mobilisers for Buhari (GMB) has commended Nigerians and the presidency for the modest achievements recorded in the last three years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration under the leadership of Maigaskiya Muhammadu Buhari. The commendation was given in a congratulatory message made available to newsmen by the National Matron of the group, Hajiya Fatima Mohammed Goni (Mama Read More

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Ortom’s aide resigns, may join Benue gov’ship race

May 31, 2018 Daniel Agbo .Makurdi 0

Senior Special Assistant to Benue state Governor on Politics, Mr. Boniface Ortese, yesterday resigned his position to join the Benue governorship race. Governor Samuel Ortom had recently asked his appointees wishing to contest for political positions in the 2019 general election to resign on or before May 29 or be sacked. Ortese served in Ortom’s administration as Executive Secretary, State Read More

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Taking our democracy to the next level, by VICTORIA NGOZI IKEANO

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigeria on Tuesday celebrated Democracy Day which started in 1999 when the military junta handed over power to a civilian regime after decades of jackboot military regimes. This is the 4th Republic, so called to designate the intervening periods when we had interruptions from the military in our political system. The first republic – a political system withelected representatives – Read More

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Establish peace institute in states, activist urges FG

May 31, 2018 Oyibo Salihu .Lokoja 0

A human rights activist and Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Mr Abdul Miliki, has called on states to replicate the federal government’s Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution to promote peace and mediate in conflict situations. Miliki, who made the call while interacting with newsmen in Lokoja yesterday, said the institute would also be mandated Read More

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Senate replies Jega: Name names or shut up

May 31, 2018 Taiye Odewale .Abuja 0

The Senate yesterday fi red back at the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, over his allegation that some members of the National Assembly were notorious bribe-seekers, asking him to “name names or shut up.” Specifically, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the allegation from the former INEC boss was an embarrassment to Read More

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N1.64BN DIVERSION: 11 years after, court jails exTaraba Gov Nyame 14 years

May 31, 2018 Kehinde Osasona .Abuja 0

N1.64BN DIVERSION: 11 years after, court jails exTaraba Gov Nyame 14 years By Kehinde Osasona Abuja Eleven years after the commencement of his trial, former Taraba state Governor, Rev. Jolly Nyame, was yesterday handed 14 years in prison without an option of fi ne. Also, the trial judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja, ordered the Read More

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Youth kill pastor’s son for pulling down monarch’s statue

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Youth in Ifu-Ogo Nguzu community in Afi kpo-South local government area of Ebonyi state have allegedly killed an 18-year-old boy, Ezekiel Ikwor, for allegedly pulling down the statue of the community’s late traditional ruler, Ezeogo Onu. Premium Times gathered that the victim accidentally pulled down the statue while preaching in the community. Ezekiel was the son of the Pastor of Read More

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Benue Assembly outlaws same sex marriage

May 31, 2018 Daniel Agbo. Makurdi 0

Benue state House of Assembly yesterday passed a bill to prohibit a marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex in the state. Cited as Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Law, 2018, the Bill was passed after a Clause by Clause consideration in the Committee of the whole chaired by the Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange. According to Read More

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