The Niger Delta question and 2030 sustainable agenda , by JEROMEMARIO UTOMI

April 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

For the 2030 sustainable agenda to succeed, says the United Nations, partnership and collaboration must be given a disciplined attention. This world body further stated that the scale and ambition of this agenda call for smart partnerships, collaborations, ecosystem thinking, co-creation and alignment of various intervention efforts by the public and private sectors and civil society. While this ideology which Read More

CACU’s statement on looters’ list

April 21, 2018 Clement Oluwole 0

The Nigerian Study Centre of Corruption and Allied Crimes University (CACU) wishes to state categorically that all the corrupt elements that have so far made the looters’ list are not products of this unique institution. It is absolutely necessary to make this clarification in order to preserve the reputation (you may call it notoriety) of the university because our products Read More

Of homosexuals, the west and cultural imperialism

April 21, 2018 Eric Omazu 0

A little incidence that demonstrated the all-encompassing nature of colonial powers took place in Brazzaville, Congo, in 1936. The European administrators of Congo had made a law banning all Africans from playing football with boots. If you are interested in playing football as an African, no matter your social status, you must do so with your bare feet. The spirit Read More

London gang killings and community-based solutions (I)

April 21, 2018 Musa Aliyu 0

  London’s gang-related violence has claimed yet another victim. On this occasion Sami Sidhom, described as an 18-year-old A-star History and Lawstudent of Queen Mary University, was the victim. He had been ambushed and stabbed by a gang of youth in two cars, and left lying in a pool of blood. Within seconds the assailants fled the crime scene before Read More

The future of conventional media, by Zainab Suleiman Okino

April 18, 2018 Zainab Suleiman Okino 0

The Mobile Age According to internet world statistics, there are over 100 million Nigerians on the internet. About 20 million are active users of the internet which means no day passes without them being on the internet. And with a mobile penetration of almost 80 per cent and nearly 145 million mobile subscribers in Nigeria, I need not emphasise that Read More

An impending demographic disaster, by Jerry Uwah

April 17, 2018 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria’s population time-bomb is ticking away leisurely with the rulers of the land showing little or no concern. However, the whole world is worried about the brewing demographic disaster and the warnings are really tumbling in. The closest the federal government has come to acknowledging the impending disaster is a recent passive remark by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Last week, the Read More

An agenda for Yobe after the Cargo Airport, by Hassan Gimba

April 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Of recent, a lot of dust has been raised over the decision of the Yobe State Government of Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam to construct an N11 billion cargo airport for the state. Many commentators are of the opinion that it is akin to putting the horse before the cart, because there are numerous areas, notably education, health, agriculture and infrastructure provision Read More

That Ekweremadu’s call for a partisan civil service

April 14, 2018 Eric Omazu 0

Just recently, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, called on the Nigerian civil servants to register as members of political parties of their choice. Ekweremadu hinged his call on the 2003 ruling of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in which the learned justices held that preventing civil servants from belonging to political parties Read More

Will tension over Syria escalate to another world war?

April 14, 2018 Musa Aliyu 0

Rival blocs, reminiscent of the cold war era, are massively pilling up forces and weapons around Syria. On the one hand are Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s strongest ally and backer in the civil war that engulfed the Middle Eastern country since 2011, and Iran. On the other are the US and its prominent NATO allies, Britain and France. Before Russia Read More

Gombe, where education matters most

April 14, 2018 Clement Oluwole 0

One month ago, I was in Gombe in company of two other colleagues on the invitation of the state Governor, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo. I did a piece here on the transformation of the Jewel on the Savannah in many areas, especially the road infrastructure which was massive enough to earn him the “Governor Good Roads” moniker. One other aspect Read More

On Buhari’s 2019 declaration, by Majeed Dahiru

April 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The open secret declaration of interest for a second term in office by President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t come as a surprise but a shock to many. Buhari’s declaration before the National Executive Council of his party was made open by members and spokesperson of the party. The public does not know in what exact words Buhari made his intentions known. Read More

Saraki and frustrations in our brand of democracy, by Zainab Suleiman Okino

April 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki appears unhappy over constant feud and friction between the arm of government he leads and the presidency. Under the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, the executive and the National Assembly have disagreed over almost everything. If it is not budget padding today, it is about screening of nominees by the legislature. If those the Read More

Kachikwu’s fuel subsidy figures, by Jerry Uwah

April 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A tenuous calm in the nation’s petrol supply chain in the last three weeks has momentarily punctuated the long, winding queues at retail outlets. Motorists could once again drive into fuel retail outlet, top up and head out within 10 minutes. The supply situation is so buoyant that some retail outlets now sell as low as N143 per litre even Read More

2019 Election Timetable, TY Danjuma and Other Matters, by Hassan Gimba

April 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nigeria finds itself in its current sorry pass because truth and sincerity have been thrown to the dogs. People you expect to be calm and view things dispassionately are busy blowing the embers of confusion and disunity. Just like our governments, we have turned away from truth, justice and fairness. Historically, the second, third and fourth republics were born through Read More

On the looters’ list

April 7, 2018 Majeed Dahiru 0

  Whenever the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration appears to be gaining sustained attention leading to murmuring within the rank and file of his supporters, a tale of humungous looting by opposition elements is usually spun and thrown into the public space to distract people from the core issues of governance failure. Like a fit of de javu, the Read More

The alleged looters’ lists: Matters arising

April 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Not long after he assumed office as minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave us some indication of what happened to our public treasuries during the Jonathan administration. The evidence he released with some glee, was his computation of amounts of money in the charge sheets in court documents allegedly stolen by a number of former public officers Read More

Is Nigeria’s widespread use of petrol sustainable? By Samuel Akinyele Caulcrick

April 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In 1909, the Italian sociologist, Vilfredo Pareto, published his “Manuel D’ Economie Politique.” It was an attempt to separate equity from efficiency in an economy. Economics, being a branch of social sciences, tries to answer the questions of what, how, and for whom to produce in society. This task begs for allocation of often scarce state resources; the role of Read More

Bad news from NIBSS, BY Jerry Uwah

April 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Recent data from Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) website should give the generals in the financial inclusion war room of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) some sleepless nights. The good news from NIBSS is that the number of accountholders captured in the Bank Verification Number (BVN) platform has climbed from 26 million in 2016 to a record 41.3 million Read More

What kim Jon Un is up to

March 31, 2018 Eric Omazu 0

In the course of the week, the media was awash with the visit to China, of the North Korean Supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, his first ever visit outside North Korea since taking over the reins of government in 2011 following the death of his father. The China visit came in the wake of the announcement of a possible meet Read More

Zamfara killings that won’t just stop

March 31, 2018 Musa Aliyu 0

With the death, early in March, 2018, of the notorious armed bandit, Buharin Daji, terrorising villages in Zamfara State it was thought the orgy of violence imposed on the communities was over. But the palpable peace lasted only a couple of weeks, before the killings resumed with total mindlessness. On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 local vigilante members in the village Read More

Our senators and the Tanimola mentality

March 31, 2018 Clement Oluwole 0

As recently as three or so weeks ago, the fiery civil rights activist and first-term Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Shehu Sani, stirred the hornet’s nest with the revelation that was not quite new. Comrade Sani representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) told a bemused populace that each of Read More

What did Secondus apologise for? Dan Agbese

March 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

I am intrigued by the apology the national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, tendered to Nigerians March 27. He said the party made mistakes during its 16 years in power at federal, state and local government levels. He asked for forgiveness and promised, like an errant child, it would not sin against the nation and the people again if the Read More

Obaseki and the dialectics of oppositional politics

March 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The political developments in Edo state, presently, are akin to a game of football in which two teams are determined to run away with victory. The match has been intense and energy-sapping. Controversial goals have been scored. And just now, due to massive pressure, an attempt to deflect a goal-bound shot has resulted in an own goal by one of Read More

Bill Gates’ grisly warning,  by Jerry Uwah

March 27, 2018 Blueprint 0

Bill Gates painted a grim picture of Nigeria’s healthcare and education sectors last week. The world’s richest man and co-founder of the Bill/ Melinda Gates Foundation listed Nigeria as one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth, adding that one in every three children in Nigeria is chronically malnourished. He noted that Nigeria has the world’s Read More