AKK pipeline project and Kano’s rebounding industries

June 17, 2021 Muhammad Garba 0

A ray of hope is coming for Kano’s dying industries with the initiation and implementation of various policies and programmes that aimed at rebounding manufacturing entities in Kano and northern Nigeria. When Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state received in his office on a courtesy call the management team of the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) at the Read More

Imo killing spreads, hoodlums behead 2, raze ex-AG’s home

The Imo State Police Command Wednesday confirmed an attack on the country home of a lawmaker representing Orsu constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr Ekene Nnodimele. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro, confirmed this to journalists in Owerri, the state capital. Yaro said during the attack which took place at about 1.00 am Wednesday, the hoodlums also beheaded a Read More

Premier League fixtures set to be released

June 15, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The 2021/22 Premier League fixtures will be released at 9am on Wednesday ahead of what promises to be another captivating campaign in England’s top flight football. Champions Manchester City will be looking to win the title for the sixth time but could face fierce competition from runners-up Manchester United and 2019/20 winners Liverpool. Chelsea’s resurgence under Thomas Tuchel is also Read More

Will Arapaja team reconcile South West PDP before 2023 elections?

June 10, 2021 Editorial IV 0

BAYO AGBOOLA in Ibadan writes on the various steps to restore peace in the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West zone, especially Oyo state as 2023 general elections draw near The peace moveRecently, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised a reconciliation committee led by the newly elected PDP National Vice Chairman, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja to appease aggrieved leaders and Read More

Constitution review: Multiple demands, challenging task

June 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Since inauguration of the House of Representatives’ special committee for a further review of the 1999 constitution, there have been inflow of demands by stakeholders on what should be added, altered or removed from the extant document. JOSHUA EGBODO writes on the issues, and the challenging task before the deputy speaker, Idris Wase-led panel Key issuesOn Monday March, 22, 2021, Read More

Kano: Your phone or your life, who is to blame?

June 3, 2021 Alhassan A. Bala 0

It is a well-known fact that cities all over the globe experience one kind of criminality or the other, this may not be unconnected with the cosmopolitan nature of those urban cities.Kano remains the centre of commerce, with its population ever on the increase due to the viability of of the environment and business activities going on.Kano right now is Read More

Blueprint set to honour Jonathan as ICON of Democracy, governors, 3 ministers, DGs also listed for awards

June 3, 2021 Editorial IV 0

It’s going to be roll call of who is who at Blueprint Newspapers’ tenth year anniversary and 2020 Impact Series/Awards holding Thursday at Transcorp Hilton Abuja where notable Nigerians, including former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and some serving governors would be conferred with awards in various categories for some accomplishments in different endeavours. Also listed for  honours by the newspapers are Governors Aminu Waziri Read More

General Ibrahim restates NYSC’s increasing relevance to national cohesion, development

May 30, 2021 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-General Shu’aibu Ibrahim,  has renewed the commitment of the Scheme to national unity and integration, as well as self-improvement through a well-designed Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SAED). General Ibrahim disclosed this in a special interview and interactive live programme on British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa service entitled, “Ra’ayi Riga”.The DG who Read More

Rich who cries for the poor

May 21, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

Title:  Rich Who Cries For The PoorAuthor:  Tony Chibuzo AdibeReviewer:  Chuks NwezePages:  68Publisher:  JOMAP Press, 21 Edinburgh Road, Enugu Not many read poems because not many understand the rhymes, but the author of the poems, Rich Man Who Cries For The Poor, Mr. Tony Adibe, wrote them in a prose like manner that any reader can easily read and understand.  Read More

Troops kill 4 bandits’ commanders, 48 others in Zamfara, rescue 18 hostages, recover arms

The Nigerian Army Monday said troops deployed in the fight against bandits in the North-west region of the country, have killed 48 bandits and rescued 18 persons held hostage in the first phase of its newly launched Operation Tsare Mutane to flush out criminals. Among the bandits killed were four top commanders namely; Yellow Mai-Bille, Sani Meli, Dan-Katsina and Sama’ila Bakajin Read More

Nigeria and Nigerians—but why?

Let me start my admonition this week with a usual unusual, an unexplained norm within our political space and leadership sphere. Who amongst us has understood the idea, principle or workings of office holders going to functions late, and then blaring away sirens, racing in breakneck speed, which in not just one case, in that mad rush, their convoys have been responsible for Read More

Femi Osofisan speaks on ANA’s 40th anniversary

AWAAL GATA talks to Femi Osofisan, an internationally acclaimed playwright, scholar, poet, novelist, actor, director, songwriter and activist, on the 40th anniversary of the Association of Nigerian Authors  (ANA)  It is the 40th years of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). Has creative arts relaxed their powers as tools for securing social justice and equity for the helpless? Are writers doing enough Read More

The great sacrifice of love

April 1, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Christendom is commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, an envoy of God sent forth by Him over two thousand years ago, to save mankind on earth from spiritual death through His teachings which is no more than to make mankind understand God and His Creations of which the earth and human beings are a small part, so that Read More

Unemployment: Nigeria’s exploding time-bomb

March 29, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and the world’s 27th largest economy, is something of an enigma. Don King, the late American broadcasting icon, once lamented that Nigeria imports what it has and exports what it lacks. King was derisively alluding to Nigeria’s dependence on imported refined petroleum products which it should have abundantly as a leading crude oil exporter, and its Read More

AWF finally returns

March 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

In a statement on Friday, the forum announced that Nnorom Azuonye, James Murua and Michal Musiałowski will be on the debut edition of AWFLinkUp via Zoom, on March 28, 2021 from 4-6pm Nigerian time. Azuonye is a dramatic artist, poet, interviewer, literary editor and publisher based in London. He is also founding administrator, Sentinel Writing & Publishing Company, editor of Read More

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Nigerian writer lands book deals with Amazon

March 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigerian writer and filmmaker Umar Turaki’s debut novel, “Such a Beautiful Thing to Behold” will be published by Little A, an imprint of Amazon Publishing.The novel was pitched to Selena James at Little A in a two-book deal by Turaki’s agent, Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger. The Nigerian rights to the novel was acquired by Farafina Kachifo. Turaki has a Read More

FG earmarks N1trn for cottage industries in 774 LGs

The federal government has proposed to spend one trillion naira on establishment of one cottage industry in each of the 774 local government areas of the country. Similarly, the private sector is planning a N19 trillion intervention for the project over the next 10 years. Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, disclosed this Wednesday at an interactive session with the Senate Committee Read More

Nwelue, Okeh unveil children book

March 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Maverick author, producer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue and prolific poet and writer, IkennaChinedu Okeh, teamed up to write a children’s book. Entitled “Saving Mungo Park” , the book subverts the axiomatic belief that Mungo Park, aColonial-era Scottish explorer of West Africa, discovered River Niger. It stirs up questions inthe minds of the young by teasing possibilities that it was Africans Read More

Troops rescue 307 students, repel bandits’ attack on another Kaduna school

March 14, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  As many await the rescue of 39 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka Kaduna who are still in captivity, bandits in the early hours of Sunday stormed Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Ikara local government, Kaduna state to kidnap the students.Bandits in a related development attempted to attack a senior staff quarters around the Kaduna International Airport, Read More

Too late for anything

March 12, 2021 Babatunde Odubanwo 0

The story seemed initially to be an easily predictable one. It tells of a condemned prisoner who was convicted of gruesomely killing Chief Benson Osifo alongside his personal secretary. This earned him all the ill-treatments meted on me by the prison warders. Wittingly, the writer introduces Mr. Akpan, a middle-aged prison warder of over 32 years’ experience became friendly to Read More

HIASFEST: A convergence of budding artistic talents

February 26, 2021 AWAAL GATA 0

AWAAL GATA reports on the just concluded Hajiya Aliyu Schools Festival (HIAFEST) With the third edition just concluded, the Hadiza Ibrahim Aliyu Schools Festival (HIASFEST) has continued to soar as the most comprehensive and rewarding schools festival in Africa, even without the contribution of the government. It instituted in 2019 by Alhaji Abdullahi Bala Kwatu to immortalise  Hajiya Hadiza Ibrahim Read More

Service chiefs: Better late than never

February 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the retirement of his service chiefs and appointed new ones. Although, their retirement was long over due, Mr President’s action has elicited applause from Nigerians and security experts who blame the rise of insecurity to the inability of the erstwhile service chiefs to change their tactics against the dreaded Boko Haram and armed bandits who Read More