2023: Ex-Cross River deputy governor withdraws from PDP governorship primary amidst tension

May 26, 2022 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

The immediate past deputy governor of Cross River State, Barr Efiok Cobham, has withdrawn from the governorship primary election of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), few hours to the contest. This is even as tension envelope Calabar, the Cross River state capital, over who would, among the party’s remaining eight aspirants, muster enough capacity to take over from the ruling Read More

Presidential primary: Don’t sell your votes, Timi Frank warns PDP delegates

May 26, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

Ahead of primary election for Presidential aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) slated for Saturday May 28, 2022 in Abuja, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has admonished adhoc delegates billed to vote at the convention not to sell their votes to the highest bidder. Frank in a statement in Abuja, Read More

COVID-19: In Kaduna, 52,456 poor, vulnerable citizens benefit from $20m special intervention programme

Not less than 52,456 poor and vulnerable residents of Kaduna state are currently benefiting from the $20 million COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (KAD-CARES) programme ongoing in the state. KAD-CARES is an initiative of the World Bank to mitigate economic and social challenges created by Covid-19 pandemic across the 36 Nigerian states and FCT in three thematic areas namely; Read More

Of Osinbajo, his presidential ambition and the rest of us

May 26, 2022 Gozie Irogboli 0

It is no longer news that Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is aspiring to succeed his boss President Muhammadu Buhari as president of the country. His intention to contest for the exalted office proclaimed on April 10, 2022, put paid to months of speculations on the subject. And since then, many of his supporters have gone to town singing his praises Read More

Ashiru floors ex-governor, Shehu Sani, picks PDP governorship ticket

Former member, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Isah Mohammed Ashiru, Thursday morning, defeated former Director-General National Emergency Management Agency, Hon. Mohammed Sani Sidi, to win the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial ticket for Kaduna state again. The Kaduna state PDP gubernatorial primary, which commenced Wednesday night after the accreditation of delegates, was concluded early Thursday morning at Ahmadu Bello Read More

2023 elections and the road less travelled

May 26, 2022 Chido Onumah 0

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost At the end of this month, other things being equal, Nigeria’s major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will select their presidential candidates for the February 2023 Read More

The gang-up between two presumed leaders of Kano state

May 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

Being one time governor does not mean one would always command the political scene of a state like Kano. History has it that there has never been a particular governor who was loved frankly like the late Dr Abubakar Rimi, the man that was historically elected with overwhelming votes cast by 85% population of Kano and the then Jigawa states. Read More

My account from the boiling cauldron of death

May 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

I would have been seven days dead, close to that, or more than, when this piece must have been published, if the ethnic militiamen have had their way. My corpse would have been lying in one of the forest of the moutainous terrains of Takum local government area, in Taraba state, Nigeria, having been abducted by ethnic warriors in Takum Read More

El-Rufa’i, fulfil your promise to primary teachers

May 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

Newly recruited primary school teachers and the old ones in Kaduna state were very happy in 2018 when the governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, promised them good packages such as improved welfare and building houses for the teachers who when transferred to rural areas would not want to because of the nature of such places. It is more than four years Read More

Guyaba celebrates in custody

May 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

It is over a week since the arrest and eventual detention of a students’ leader and government’s critic Comrade Aminu Harsanu Guyaba after being arraigned in court on a charge of allegedly critising the Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state. However, since then, several appeals and at some instances protest were carried out both virtually (on media platforms) and physically, Read More

2023 and Nigerian youths

May 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

Dear Nigerian youths, I sincerely appreciate all our efforts towards nation building. It’s no longer news that the 2023 general elections are just about nine months away. Over 60 million Nigerian electorate will be exercising their franchise by electing the leaders that to run the affairs of our great nation for four years. But permit me to draw our attention Read More

2023: We’re not mounting pressure on Utomi to contest presidency under Labour party – Youths

May 26, 2022 Tope Sunday Abuja 0

The Nigerian Youths under the auspices of All Nigerian youths for Sampson Uchenna Charles Thursday said they are not mounting any pressure on Professor Pat Utomi to contest presidency on the platform of the Labour Party in 2023. To this end, they declared their support for the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Sampson Uchenna Charles, saying that he remains the best Read More

Tribute to Dr Saleh Abubakar

May 26, 2022 Ismail Musbahu 0

He’s everything to me. I acclimatise the climate of his thoughts/ideas and actions. His intrepidity in me is immeasurable. Allahu Akbar, Bappa breathed his last on May 21, 2022. I have never seen a university lecturer more contented with times of Salaat, who couldn’t be distracted by the dare punctuated academic schedules, a man with ever-extending readiness to fulfill obligations, Read More

Sir Ahmadu Bello’s dreams and our current nightmare

May 26, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

In his autobiography, My Life, published in 1962, the late premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardaunan Sokoto, wrote: “They say that I am proud and impatient. I am certainly proud, for I have much to be proud of, and not the least the trust that God has given me to lift up our people from their primitive Read More

Party primaries dim president’s, governors’ anniversaries

May 26, 2022 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Ordinarily, this weekend would have been one of celebration in the Villa and government houses, celebration of their anniversaries of ascension to the throne as president and governors. Usually, it is a week-long affair replete with various activities and culminating with a banquet dinner splashed with cultural entertainment on the D-Day, May 29. The ambience would have been one of Read More

“In God’s name”By Nick Dazang

May 26, 2022 Nick Dazang 0

Human beings do hideous things. And they visit these horrible things to their kind under the pretext that they are doing so on God’s behalf. Or that they are fighting for Him. In 1984, the stellar investigative writer, David Yallop, made literary waves. He published an explosive book entitled: IN GOD’S NAME. In the said book, Yallop alleged, among others, Read More

Missing politician found inside mistress house

May 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

A 43-year-old Tanzanian politician, Mutta Rwakatare, who was reported missing has been found relaxing in a woman’s house, according to Citizens Tanzania. The family of Rwakatare, the Kawe ward councillor reported to Police he had not been seen since February this year. In a statement released by the Dar es Salaam Special Zone RPC ACP Jumanne Muliro, said the politician was Read More

Taraba PDP chair Agbo Kefas wins gubernatorial ticket

May 26, 2022 Andrew Ojih 0

The current chairman Taraba state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Col. Agbu Kefas (rtd) has emerged the party’s governorship candidate in the state. Agbu won the ticket to represent the party in the 2023 polls in a keenly-contested election held at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo. He won 15 out of the 16 LGAs in the state. His Read More

Ari upbeat as ITF gets ISO 9001:2015 recertification

May 26, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), the international body responsible for the certification of Quality Management Systems, has recertified the Industrial Training Fund (ITF’s) ISO 9001:2015 quality management system certification. A press statement by the Director, Public Affairs Department of ITF, Suleyol Fred Chagu, Wednesday, quoted the Director-General of the Fund, Sir Joseph N. Ari, as announcing this during Read More

Killings: Presidency warns against hasty response to cruel viral videos

The Presidency Wednesday cautioned against what it referred to as “any knee-jerk reactions, the creation of panic, disruption of lives and livelihoods, or even retaliatory violence” following the viral videos of the alleged killings of non-indigenes by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and its mother group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). This was contained in a statement issued by Read More

Malagi to APC delegates: I’m your right choice, vote me for greater Niger

May 26, 2022 Aideloje Ojo 0

Blueprint newspapers Publisher and leading governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, has appealed to delegates of the party to give him the mandate as the governorship candidate of the party at its primaries scheduled to hold today in Minna. Malagi stated this, Wednesday, during an interaction with journalists Read More

ICRC trains MDAs on risk mgt

May 26, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has commenced training for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the management of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) related risk. According to a statement by Ag. Head, Media & Publicity of ICRC, Manji Yarling Thursday in Abuja, the Acting Director General of the Commission, Michael Ohiani said the training was part of efforts to ensure Read More

FG inaugurates insurance industry committee on AfCFTA

May 26, 2022 David Agba 0

To ensure that the Nigerian insurance industry not only respond appropriately to developments in the larger society, the federal government Wednesday inaugurated the Nigerian Insurance Industry Committee on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). In his remarks at the inauguration in Abuja the Commissioner for Insurance and Chief Executive Officer of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) Mr. Sunday Thomas recalled Read More