Estimated bills as necessary evil, by Jerry Uwah

July 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In the last three years, Babatunde Fashola has battled Nigeria’s eternal darkness with the doggedness that pushed back infrastructure decay in Lagos during his tenure as governor of Nigeria’s richest state. But the forces behind Nigeria’s eternal darkness are seemingly invincible. Power supply remains fitful and dubiously expensive. The minister of power, works and housing has not relented. Last week, Read More

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Sizzling fashion, artless in pitch, by Oliver Ejike Uja

July 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigerians love football. The passion for the game is such that each time the Super Eagles play the atmosphere is always electrified and Nigeria supporters are one of the most adorable fans in the world. They drum, sing, dance and display such mien and flamboyance that even draw the opposing fans’ admiration. Whenever the national team plays, all the differences Read More

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Nigeria as global poverty headquarters, by Jerry Uwah

July 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Once again Nigeria has broken world record for the wrong reasons. Africa’s largest economy has entered the Brookings Book of Poverty as the country with the highest number of extremely poor people. India had all along kept the record. And the reason is obvious. With a population of 1.299 billion and a jumbo growth rate, India is second only to Read More

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The organic restructuring of Nigeria, by Majeed Dahiru

July 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The unity, social cohesion and structural stability of the Nigerian federation are conditions precedent for its economic growth and development. There has to be a Nigerian nation before any form of progress can be achieved. Currently, Nigeria is a country of a collection of multi-ethnic micro nations whose localized interests are placed above that of the collective. The Nigerian populace Read More

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Time to outsource Nigeria? By Zainab Suleiman Okino

July 4, 2018 Zainab Suleiman Okino 0

Within a span of six months—between November last year and April this year, I travelled to Jos twice. First, I was a participant at the Policy Strategy and Leadership course (PSLC) of the Nigeria Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies at the instance of the Nigerian Guild of Editors. Apart from the rigorous academic endeavours, I savoured the nature-endowed beautiful Read More

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NNPC Vs FAAC, by Jerry Uwah

July 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have a penchant for running Nigeria’s mega oil business like a small family business. No one outside the small cabal knows how much the business brings in daily. There was a time when the corporation would share the proceeds of crude oil sales among its cronies and chip whatever is left Read More

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Sorrows, Tears, and blood, and Nigeria, by Prince Charles Dickson

July 2, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Curtains Raised… Girls with skimpy skirts dancing with the mammalians dangling to the rhythm but their faces bore no radiance. It was vintage Fela… Eh-ya! Everybody run run run Eh-ya! Everybody scatter scatter Eh-ya! Some people lost some bread Eh-ya! Someone nearly die Eh-ya! Someone just die Eh-ya! Police they come, army they come Eh-ya! Confusion everywhere Eh-ya! Seven minutes Read More

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Memoranda for Oshiomhole, by Muhammad Ajah

June 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

“May this mighty broom that we have become sweep aside that which needs to be swept aside so that all Nigerians may enter into their finest destiny with national pride and utmost dignity. We are ready. We are the APC. We are Nigeria”, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, while addressing delegates at the Read More

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Is June 12 more important than October 1?

June 23, 2018 Eric Omazu 0

President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter that conveyed the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria contained an offensive line which surprisingly many Nigerians have chosen to ignore. Without any provocation, the President had undertaken a comparison of June 12 and October 1, and came up with the verdict that June 12 is a more important date than October 1, Read More

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Gains from the Obasanjo/Buhari roforofo fight, by Zainab Suleiman Okino

June 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

In the last few months, I have had to defend/explain our editorial decisions to someone in the industry that I respect tremendously; explanation engendered by what he called harsh headlines in Blueprint to castigate the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, his hero and idol. For man not used to questioning our editorial decisions/judgment, including casting of headlines, you’d wonder what Read More

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Danger with government’s domination of rice production, by Jerry Uwah

June 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigeria may gradually be returning to the days when agriculture was the fulcrum of the economy. Considerable strides are being made in key areas especially rice production. Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria’s minister of agriculture insists that rice imports have been reduced by 90 per cent. Ogbeh is so elated by increase in rice production that some months ago he talked his Read More

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The ‘NEPA’ rampage

June 9, 2018 Clement Oluwole 0

Originally known as the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN), the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) assumed its metamorphosis shortly after we gained our independence in 1960. The grandfather of electricity generation in Nigeria (ECN) served a population of a little over 50m to the best of its ability until it gave birth to NEPA in the 70s. However, its presence Read More

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2019: The shape of things to come, Zainab Suleiman Okino

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Unlike in 2015, no crystal ball gazers can say with precision how the next one year will be and what the next few months will unravel in Nigeria’s political space. By this time four year ago, things were already shaping up: the rebellion leading to the dumping of PDP by five governors, their friends in the Senate including the current Read More

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The making of a consumption budget, by Jerry Uwah

June 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Six months after it was submitted to the National Assembly, the 2018 Appropriation Bill finally lumbered out of the legislature with the expenditure raised by N508 billion. That raises the proposal from N8.612 trillion to N9.12 trillion. The Appropriation Bill holds the notorious record of spending the longest time in the legislature. With the bill now back to the presidency, Read More

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Movements of Nigeria’s ruling class, by Edwin Madunagu

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

To appreciate, more fully, the current wave of political realignments in Nigeria and be able to make informed projections, we may need to go back to the Nigerian Civil War of (1967- 1970) and the long preparation for the Second Republic (1979- 1983). When the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo finally, in August 1978, lifted the ban on political Read More

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My aversion to pests

June 2, 2018 Clement Oluwole 0

My aversion to pests nearly cost me my sight several years ago. It all happened one Saturday evening at Alheri, a settlement located along Zaria Road, Jos. I had returned from my normal evening workout at the St. Murumba College, Jos, which was a shouting distance from my residence. After taking my shower, I set the table for my dinner Read More

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The missing $16bn and the missing power, by Dan Agbese

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

We thought it was a dirty rumour. Apparently not. On May 22, President Muhammadu Buhari received the Buhari Support Organisation in Aso Rock. In the course of his address, the rumour became an unsettling fact. The president said that past administrations spent or wasted $16 billion on power between 1999 and 2014. Just like you and me, the president too Read More

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The organic evolution of Nigeria into a nation, by Majeed Dahiru

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

As Nigeria marks the milestone of nineteen uninterrupted years of successive civil democratic rule [the longest in its history], Nigerians are divided about the very relevance of politics in the economic lives of the citizens. However, all sides of the debate are unanimous in their conviction that democratic rule has not lived up to its promise of individual and collective Read More

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JOHESU strike: Impartial negotiators wanted, by Jerry Uwah

May 29, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

At the best of times, Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system is decrepit. The hospitals are far-flung, under-staffed and poorly equipped. In some rural communities the nearest hospital is 40 kilometres away. Nigeria is not investing in its human resources. Bill Gates, the world’s richest man and co-founder of the Bill/ Melinda Gates Foundation which has fl ushed billions of dollars down Read More

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Nigeria’s 2019 election: Background and setting, by Edwin Madunagu

May 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

I would like to preface this piece with the following four declarations: One: My dominant interest in Election 2019 is the strengthening of the Nigerian Left in the country’s electoral and non-electoral politics. That is the only real change that can take place and that Nigerian masses deserve. Two: By the Left I mean the aggregate of socialism and popular Read More

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