Why I can’t dump Buhari for Atiku – Bindow

The Adamawa state Governor, Senator Muhammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow, has explained that he has no reason to dump the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party which currently has former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in its fold. He made the clarifications following his rumoured plan in the media to defect to the opposition party. Bindow was reported Read More

Saudi cautions 2m pilgrims against harsh weather

About two million Muslim faithful, including 55,000 from Nigeria, will today converge on Mount Arafat ((the mount of Mercy), as the 2018 hajj climaxes in Saudi Arabia. Hajj is globally reputed as one of the largest annual gatherings of people from diverse races, status, ethnic groupings and tribes in a country undergoing unprecedented socio-economic and political reforms. The convergence at Read More

Agric produce need quarantine certification for export – NAQS boss

August 18, 2018 ELEOJO IDAHABA 0

This agency had remained relatively invisible due to its erstwhile status as a unit in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture until Nigeria began to export yams to Europe and America, last year. The Bill establishing the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), the agency responsible for certification of agricultural produce to meet international standards before they are exported, has been signed Read More

Minimum wage: We’re not elected to pay salaries only – NGF

August 17, 2018 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

-States owe FG N41bn tax -ASUU wants Aregbesola, Ajimobi to resign over salary arrears As workers’ agitation for new minimum wage deepens, the 36 state governors yesterday, declared that they were not elected to pay only salaries of civil servants in their various states. The governors said beside paying salaries, they have a responsibility to provide good roads, electricity, education Read More

Security challenges: FG okays decentralisation of police operations

August 17, 2018 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

-Names IGP as committee head The National Economic Council (NEC) has set up a committee headed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris to come up with recommendations on fresh moves to decentralise the Nigeria Police. The committee is to have six members drawn from six geopolitical zones of the country. The representatives are expected to come from Read More

The rising tide of ethno-regional populism in Northern Nigeria, by Majeed Dahiru

August 16, 2018 Majeed Dahiru 0

The entry of President Muhammadu Buhari into partisan politics in 2003 birthed a new political culture in northern Nigeria. Riding on a wave of intense ethno-geographic and religious sentiments, Buhari would emerge as a sectional hero in northern Nigeria when he championed its conservative elements’ clamour for a return to power barely four years after the military authorities brokered a Read More

SERAP sues NYSC over Adeosun’s ‘forged’ exemption certificate

August 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

A civic group has sued the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over the ‘exemption certificate’ being used by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had earlier made a freedom of information request to the NYSC seeking details of the certificate paraded by Mrs. Adeosun. The civic group has now sued the NYSC when Read More

NYSC disowns Adeosun’s ‘exemption certificate’

Adeosun appointed NBET board chair

August 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian government has reconstituted the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) with Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, as the new chairman. The Director of Information, Ministry of Finance, Hassan Dodo,announced the development in a statement. NBET invests in electricity from the generating companies through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and sells the same to the Read More

2019 POLLS: Why we need N189bn, INEC explains

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday explained why it wants the N189.207 billion (being part of the N242billion budget for the 2019 general elections), approved for its use, this year by the National Assembly. President Muhammadu Buhari had in a letter seeking for virement of N242 billion for the conduct of the elections, requested the National Assembly to appropriate Read More

2019: I may contest against Buhari – Saraki

August 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is ‘actively considering’ running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections. In an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday, Mr. Saraki said he is still making consultations on the ambition. “I am consulting and actively considering it,” Mr. Saraki said : “I believe I can make the change.” Early indications of Saraki’s ambition emerged in Read More

Lumumba to Presidency, NASS: Sanitise the polity

August 16, 2018 Abdulrahman Zakariyau Abuja 0

Former Director of Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission, Professor Patrick Lumumba, has described Nigeria’s leadership problem as the missing link in Africa’s greatness, warning that if not resolved, it could negatively affect the continent. He also asked both the executive and legislative arms of the Nigeria government to sit up, avoid bickering and sanitise the polity. Professor Lumumba stated this while addressing Read More

Osinbajo orders probe of SARS’ rights violations

August 15, 2018 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

-Wants squad overhauled -IGP complies, Nigerians hail Presidency Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has ordered an investigation into alleged human rights violations by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. He also directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, to immediately effect an overhaul of the management and activities of the squad. The directives were contained Read More

We ‘ll demystify Saraki – Lai

-Justifies impeachment plot -No date yet to consider INEC budget – Saraki, Dogara -APC alleges planned mob attack on own senators by PDP Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, yesterday hinted that the people of Kwara state are ready to demystify Senate President Bukola Saraki in the 2019 general elections. Until his defection a few weeks ago Read More

Video: Tension, as DSS Operatives lay siege on NASS

August 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

….Senators loyal to Saraki block Chamber Palpable tension currently envelopes the premises of the National Assembly particularly the Senate wing as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) lay siege at the lobby ostensibly to pave way for the forceful invasion of the Chamber by APC senators for possible impeachment of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. But a lot Read More

NAHCON cautions pilgrims against fraudsters, airlifts 14,160

August 6, 2018 Awaal Gata Madina 0

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, has said about 14,160 Nigerians, have so far arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj. According to situation reports from agency’s platform, ‘NAHCON’s Command and Control Centre’on Hajj 2018 update’ statistics yesterday, the pilgrims were flown into the Holy land in 35 flights from various states in either Medview, Read More

Taraba needs stronger voice in Senate – Agbu

August 5, 2018 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Senatorial aspirant in Taraba South Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mathias Luka Agbu, in this interview with Abdulrahman Zakariyau says Taraba State needs stronger voice to attract federal projects and transform constituencies. Why are you in politics? I have become dismayed with the direction our communities have been faring over the past decades.  I Read More

ANEEJ trains CSOs, journalists to track, expose illegal properties

August 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) recently in Abuja trained Civil Society Organisations and journalists on the usability of the Propati Tracka Platform to track and expose illegal properties. The meeting was aimed at walking participants through, on how to create an account with the platform, map and send reports of property suspected to have being acquired Read More

VP Yemi Osinbajo, Prof. Isaac  Adewole, Country Director, WHO, Mr. Ress Mpazi, others during the launch of the Patients’ Bill of Rights’

August 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

From left: Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, DirectorGeneral, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mr. Babatunde Irukera, CPC Chairman, Board of Directors, Mr. Emmanuel Nwankpa and Country Director, World Health Organisation, Mr. Ress Mpazi, during the launch of the ‘Patients’ Bill of Rights’, at the State House, in Abuja Read More

President Buhari, Idris Deby, Denis Sassou Nguesso and Christian Kabore, during the Joint ECOWAS-ECCAS Heads of State and Government Summit

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd left), Chadian President, Idris Deby (right), President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo (2ndright) and that of Burkina Faso, Christian Kabore, during the Joint ECOWAS-ECCAS Heads of State and Government Summit on Peace, Security, Stability and Fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism, in Lome, Togo yesterday Photo: State House  1Share1