Improving access to potable water through community participation

December 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

In Banche community, Joda local government area of Adamawa state, it is not unusual for children to suddenly fall ill. After several investigations, it was discovered that the situation is not unconnected with the water that they drink. Halilu Abubakar a resident of the area said his son was a victim. “My son was always sick after drinking from uncovered Read More

NNPC/CNL JV secures $1.4bn financing for infill drilling programme

December 3, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme Abuja 0

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) and CNL announced it has secured a $1.4 billion financing to fund the NNPC/CNL JV infill drilling programme between 2022 to 2026. The financing arrangement was executed on Wednesday November 30, 2022. General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs, E.O. Brikinn, in a Read More

WBC: Tyson Fury, Derek Chisora gear up for big clash in London

December 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

Big name fighter Tyson Fury will put his WBC world heavyweight championship on the line on Saturday December 3, 2022 as he fights fellow Briton Derek Chisora in a 60,000 capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. After defeating Dillian Whyte with a stunning sixth-round stoppage in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in the spring, Fury said: “This might be the Read More

Netherlands in ‘panic mood’ ahead USA last 16 World Cup clash

December 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

Netherlands are facing a major World Cup panic ahead of their last-16 clash against the USA. That’s after Louis van Gaal revealed his concern at a potential virus tearing its way through his squad. The former Manchester United boss delivered the grim news just a day before his side’s crunch clash against Christian Pulisic and Co. Dutch media claim many Read More

2023: INEC reveals dates for collection of PVCs

December 2, 2022 Emeka Nze Abuja 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday announced that it has fixed Monday 12 December 2022 to Sunday 22 January 2023 as the dates for the collection of PVCs in all the 774 Local Government Offices throughout the country. A statement by the national commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee Barrister Festus Okoye said it finalised the Read More

PDP urges Buhari to call Zamfara gov Matawalle to order

December 2, 2022 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, to order over his alleged role in the on-going clampdown on its leaders. The party also charged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to investigate the Zamfara state government. Addressing a press conference Friday in Abuja, the party’s national Read More

Gunmen kidnap Ondo monarch

December 2, 2022 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Suspected gun-wielding kidnappers have abducted Oba Clement Jimoh Olukotun, the Oloso of Oso, at Ajowa- Akoko, in Akoko North-west local government area of Ondo state. Blueprint gathered that the abductors besieged the monarch’s residence around 10.15pm Thursday night, and whisked the traditional ruler away to an unknown destination. A family source said via a telephone conversation that the gunmen shot Read More

2023: Kaduna security chiefs tasks political parties, candidates on peace, order

December 2, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna 0

The Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Yekini Ayoku, and other security chiefs have urged political parties, candidates and supporters to avoid violence and breakdown of law and order during political campaigns and elections. Addressing a meeting of security chiefs with political parties and their candidates ahead of the 2023 general elections, CP Ayoku said “the Electoral Act 2022 especially in Read More

We don’t owe salary arrears – Oyetola’s aide

December 2, 2022 Paul Okah Abuja 0

The media aide to former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun state, Ismail Omipidan, has said it’s not true that his principal’s administration owed salary arrears. This was contained in a statement Omipidan issued and copied to Blueprint. It read: “The claim by the government of Osun state that the Adegboyega Oyetola administration owed salary arrears and pensions to the tune Read More

UK group confers award on ITF boss

December 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

A United Kingdom-based organisation, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSH Association UK), has bestowed an Honorary Fellowship Award of the Association on the Director-General/Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph N. Ari. According to the Association, the award was in appreciation of the DG’s “invaluable contributions to entrenching occupational health and safety in the Fund and Read More

AUDA-NEPAD: Benue to benefit from programme on smallholder farmers

December 2, 2022 Benjamin Samson Abuja 0

The Benue state government is to benefit from an agricultural programme on Innovative Strengthening of Smallholder Farmers and Productive Land Restoration. The programme is to be implemented by the African Union Development Agency’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) in collaboration with the state government and other private investors. According to a statement issued Friday by the governor’s chief press Read More

Gunmen abduct 3, 11 injured in Delta mosque attack

December 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

At least three worshippers have been reportedly kidnapped and 11 others injured following a suspected gunmen’s attack on a mosque in Ughelli, Delta state. A resident stated that the attack occurred at about 6:47 a.m. on Friday, when some Muslim faithful were holding their morning prayers at the Central Mosque, located along Okoroda street in Ughelli. “My name is Larry; Read More

2023: PDP has nothing to offer – Gov Sule

December 2, 2022 Mohammed Yangida Lafia 0

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has said the opposition in the state had resorted to blackmailing him, stressing that they lacked ideas of what to say on his administration. He stated this Friday in Wamba LGA while speaking to the people in continuation of his state-wide campaign ahead of the 2023 general elections. He stated that “they can only Read More

AbdulRazaq has discarded Ote’oge manifestos – Kwara Kwara SDP

December 2, 2022 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin 0

Kwara state chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Friday declared that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has discarded his Ote’oge manifestoes with which he canvassed for people’s votes in 2019. The SDP was reacting to a statement attributed to the governor during the swearing in of new Commissioners and Special Adviser Wednesday where he said his opponents were loud on propaganda. Read More

10 kidnap victims escape as troops attack bandits hideouts in Kaduna communities

December 2, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna 0

Air strikes on identified bandit hideouts across Giwa, Igabi and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna state have enabled 10 kidnapped citizens to escape, while troops dislodge a camp and recovered motorcycles and weapons in Birnin Gwari. The Kaduna state government said in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, that the Read More

Derivation, subsidy, Sure-P refunds: 9 oil-producing states got N625.43bn in 2 years – Presidency…Says N1.1trn outstanding

December 2, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

The presidency has disclosed that nine oil-producing states have received a total of N625.43 billion 13 per cent oil derivation, subsidy and SURE-P refunds from the federation account in the last two years. The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, who made the disclosure friday in a statement in Abuja, said the states that received Read More

5,000 graduates mobilised for 2022 NYSC – UniCal VC

December 2, 2022 Joseph Obung Calabar 0

The vice-chancellor of the University of Calabar (UniCal), Prof. Florence Obi, has disclosed that the institution had mobilised over 5,000 graduates between 2020 and now for the 2022 NYSC. Prof Obi, who said this in Calabar while presenting her scorecard within the past two years of her administration, noted that despite the eight months strike, her administration was focused on Read More

Attack on Atiku’s supporters: You’re seeking attention, Ortom replies Asawa

December 2, 2022 Abdulrahman Zakariyau Abuja 0

Benue state governor Samuel Ortom has said the immediate past chairman of Ushongo local government, Joseph Asawa, was “seeking attention and cheap sympathy with lies.” Asawa, in a now-viral statement on social media and a press conference said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s supporters were targeted for assault by youths allegedly sponsored by the governor. Ortom, Read More

AATF appoints ex-president Jonathan Africa’s agric technology ambassador

December 2, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna 0

Former Nigeria President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has accepted the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) appointment as Africa’s Ambassador for Agricultural Technology. Making the announcement Friday after meeting with the former president in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, during the week, the AATF executive director, Dr. Canisius Kanangire, said the appointment was informed by the ex-president’s track record of championing agricultural transformation on Read More

World AIDS Day: 43,373 living with HIV in Kogi – Commissioner

December 2, 2022 Oyibo Salihu Lokoja 0

The Kogi state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Zakari Usman, has revealed that 43,373 people “are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the state.” Usman disclosed this Friday at a press conference to mark this year’s World AIDS Day celebration. He charged the people to avail themselves of the preventive and curative measures provided by the government to tackle the Read More

Non-implementation of CDAs: Mining host communities loss

December 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

Wherever any company operates, there is always a community development agreement between the host community and the company. But over the years, mining host communities have not ceased to decry their neglect by mining companies; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. The British colonial government created the Mineral Survey of the Northern Protectorates in 1903 with the Southern Protectorates following soon after. Nigeria Read More

Lingering fuel scarcity: Bleak yuletide imminent as transporters hike fares

December 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

Ahead of this year’s Christmas celebration, there is the possibility that transport fares would be hiked owing to the soaring price of petrol; TOPE SUNDAY writes. In September this year, floods ravaged Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state, and the development was attributed to the fuel scarcity that was experienced then. But almost two months after the incident, there are Read More

Education standard: Issues as TRCN goes tough on teachers

December 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

In a bid to shore up the standard of education in the country the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has taken a hard stance on registration and issuance of license to teachers, KEHINDE OSASONA writes. For a job to be described as a profession, it must have its professional ethics, codes, and regulatory authority that monitor its activities. Over Read More

I don’t have any mentor in Kannywood — Zulai Bebeji

December 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

Hajiya Zulai Bebeji, a burgeoning Nollywood star, in this interview with IBRAHIM HAMISU, she talks about her background, lifestyle and achievements so far. Background I am Zulaihat Aliyu Abdullahi Bebeji and I am mostly known and called Hajiya Zulai Bebeji or Attajira. You have spent many years in the film industry now; what are your major achievements? Let me first Read More