Looking back on 2020 with sense of optimism toward 2021

December 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

I was proud to arrive in Nigeria and begin my third ambassadorial posting last November. 2020 will long be remembered as the year of the pandemic COVID-19, and we will look back and honor the lives of the more than 1.5 million people worldwide who lost their lives to this vicious pandemic. 2020 also marked 60 years of bilateral diplomatic Read More

Echoes of 16 Days Activism: When the men ‘walked in her shoes’

December 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence for (GBV) 2020 may have come and gone but echoes of the advocacy campaign tagged: ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ by the Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI), in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, continues to resonate, CHIZOBA OGBECHE reports. The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Read More

Fortune dwindles as equity market sheds N2bn

December 25, 2020 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange Thursday declined marginally by N2 billion, after hitting historic peak of N20 trillion mark the previous day. Market capitalisation of listed equities declined marginally by 0.01 per cent to N20.279 trillion from N20.281 trillion reported on Wednesday. The NSE All Share Index also depreciated by 3.73 basis points to 38,800.01 points Read More

Yuletide: Nigerians enjoy as prices of imported rice, others drops

December 25, 2020 Segun Odunewu 0

Following the decision of the federal government to reopen the country’s land borders, prices of foreign rice, beans and onions have dropped in major markets in Lagos as Christians across the country celebrate Christmas. The reduction in the price of foreign rice may be partly attributable to the directive by the federal government to reopen closed land borders in Nigeria. Read More

Revocation of distressed MFBs’ licenses healthy for economy – NAMB

December 25, 2020 David Agba 0

The National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) has described the recent revocation of 42 ailing microfinance banks (MFBs) licenses by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as desirable for the nation’s financial system stability, customers interest protection and overall growth of the economy. The National President of the Association, the umbrella body of all licensed MFBs in the country, Alhaji Read More

PDP urges hope, prayers for Nigeria

December 25, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to use the Christmas and yuletide celebrations to rekindle hope and trust in God’s divine intervention in the affairs of the nation. PDP in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Thursday, stressed that “though the manifest failures of the current administration have led to an excruciating widespread economic hardship Read More

Lalong, Bello, Ishaku task Christians on love, kindness

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu, Jos, Oyibo Salihu, Lokoja and Andrew Ojih, Jalingo. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has called for the demonstration of love, compassion and sacrifice as key attributes of Jesus Christ during this Christmas festivity. The governor made the call, Thursday, in a statement signed by his director of press, Dr. Makut Macham, saying this year’s Christmas Read More

Christmas: Gbajabiamila, Wase urge prayer for Nigeria

December 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and his deputy, Idris Wase have called on Christians to use this Christmas celebration to pray for continuous peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, and for the country to overcome its current challenges. In his message for the season, Gbajabiamila said Nigerians should also use the period to pray for their leaders for God’s Read More

Gov Yahaya signs N120bn Gombe 2021 budget into law

December 25, 2020 Auwal Ahmad 0

Gombe state governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has signed into law the 2021 appropriation bill of over N120 billion passed by the State House of Assembly. The appropriation Act has a total size of N120, 346,536,626.00 with an increase of N682, 680,000.00 over the initial sum of N119,663,856,626.00 proposed by the executive. Speaking shortly after signing the budget at the Government Read More

FCTA prosecutes 20 over COVID-19 protocols

December 25, 2020 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

No fewer than 20 offenders of COVID-19 protocols may have to spend their Christmas behind bars as they were Thursday afternoon arrested and charged to court on the Christmas eve in Abuja. The 20 lawbreakers made up of 18 male and two female, were dragged before Chief Magistrate Raphael Egbe of the FCT Mobile Court, sitting at the Eagle Square Read More

Berger wins multiple excellence awards to round 2020 business year

December 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s foremost construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has been inundated with multiple awards for excellent performance across all sectors of its business operations in Nigeria. A press statement by the media unit of the construction giant released Thursday said the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) gave Julius Berger the “Best in Training Contribution for 2020” award in recognition and appreciation Read More

Gunmen attack Katsina-Ala LG chair, kill 3 policemen, 2 civilians

December 25, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

Gunmen Thursday attacked the residence of the CHAIRMAN of the Katsina-Ala local government area of Benue state, Mr. Alfred Atera, killing three policemen and two civilians. The gunmen, who were said to be heavily armed, invaded the house around 11 a.m. in an attempt to assassinate the council boss but met stiff resistance from the security men, a situation which Read More

Enugu cleric charges Nigerians on protocols

December 25, 2020 Chuks Nweze 0

The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev Callistus Onaga, has called on Nigerians to ensure strict observance of COVID-19 protocols put in place to contain the spread of the virus as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year. Onaga, who spoke in Enugu while presenting his Christmas message to journalists, said it would not take any extra thing to Read More

COVID-19: Lalong turns negative

December 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, has tested negative to coronavisus, his director of press, Dr. Makut Macham, has confirmed. Dr Macham in a press statement, issued Thursday said one week after the Plateau state governor tested positive to COVID-19, “the Governor is now free of the disease after his latest test returned negative. He said “The Governor’s negative status was Read More

Plateau Assembly passes law to set up anti-corruption commission, others

December 24, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Plateau State House of Assembly, has passed into law, for the establishment of public complaints and anti corruption commission. They passed the law after considering the report of its committee on judiciary, ethics, privileges, public account and petitions, as presented by its Chairman Hon. Henry Longs. He said the committee recommended that federal Civil servants are excluded from the Read More

Reps minority caucus urges unity, selflessness

December 24, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Christmas to reawaken their collective sense of unity, love, selflessness and tolerance with one another. In a statement by the Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, the caucus also urged Nigerians to use the yuletide period to intensify prayers for divine Read More

Sam Nda-Isaiah: The Friday appointment that never was

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

Death does not diminish its strangeness any time it comes knocking at our door. So was Sam Nda-Isaiah’s, simply known as Sam or chairman. The media community in Nigeria was stunned at the abruptness of Sam’s passing on December 11, 2020, which threw members into mourning, and that includes me. I was particularly hard hit, because of our conversations and Read More

Why making INEC strong matters

December 24, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

Professor Mahmoud Yakubu is back at his duty post as INEC chairman after he stepped aside briefly for the senate to confirm him for a second term. He has promptly served notice that he is bent on pursuing some amendments in both the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act to strengthen the commission and commit it being fair to all Read More

Sanwo-Olu, stop this madness

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

I was assailed by the gory sight that confronted me as I drove from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on Sunday. As I descended from the international wing of the airport on my way to Isolo, the newly constructed now 10-lane expressway was a delight until I approached the Ajao Estate gate to connect Osolo Way opposite the popular 7/8 Read More

Arewa: now the graveyard

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

Oh God! return back our peace not because of our deeds, we’re nothing but sinners. “Arewa” (literally “north”) is the home of peace and hospitality whose motto is “aiki da ibada”, meaning work and worship. Part of the works “aiki” Arewa specialises in are fishing, smithery, crafting, and preservation of skins for the production of shoes, mats, clothes, among others. Read More

Governor Ortom is confused

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

Before Ortom’s election as governor of Benue state, Fulani herders had been killed in Benue and Ortom was aware. He came in as the governor and declared amnesty. The youth in the state including the late Terwase Agwaza, honoured the amnesty programme and surrendered their arms. The killings by herders were still going on in the state at the time Read More

Godday, an architect of peace

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

One thing men of clout have in common is their taciturnity. Most goal getters do their thing without blowing the rooftop with praise singing. No sector in Nigeria suffers the syndrome of ‘empty drums making the loudest noise’ more than the public sector. By sheer bad luck, Nigeria’s public sector is inexplicably under the full control of what could be Read More

Insecurity: Need for government, citizens synergy

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

The lingering insecurity in Nigeria has continued to create a public discourse around the globe. This has been observed both in mainstream and social media. It is not unusual to see people criticising Nigerian government and its officials over the development. It’s sad that most of the comments are bitterly written, full of diatribe without complimenting the government’s efforts in Read More

Mr President, the hawks are all over you

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

When weighing critical choices, every president hears two distinct voices. One voice describes the president as a strong man surrounded, confronted and in fact being insulted by weak people who truly have to be dealt with through strong-arm tactics. This voice sees politics in everything: every action, word or silence that does not praise the president is described as originating Read More

Gloomy Christmas: How COVID-19 dealt us deadly bow – Nigerians

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

The federal government has declared Friday 25, Monday 28 December 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021 as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations respectively amid a gloomy Christmas celebration. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government Wednesday in Abuja, felicitated with Christians and all Read More