FG’s laudable security initiative

November 22, 2022 Editorial IV 0

In a deft move to tackle the seemingly intractable insecurity across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari recently launched the National Crisis Management Doctrine (NCMD). The NCMD is aimed at bridging the gap created by extensive deployment of security services through fostering collaboration amongst Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The NCMD, which was developed by the Office of the National Security Read More

World Bank’s new poverty line

November 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Reports that the World Bank has raised the poverty line to $2.15 (N936.32) from $1.90 (N827.45), effective September 2022 should, everything being equal, be a cause to cheer, especially by the poor and vulnerable across the word, particularly Nigeria, where hyperinflation has eroded the purchasing power of the citizenry and worsened the poverty situation. The new poverty benchmark by the Read More

Intolerance of opposition

November 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

The February 2023 general elections are about three months away and politicians from all over the country are busy campaigning to win the votes of the electorate. This is the way it should be. But the sad news is that the level of intolerance by political actors and their followers is a bad augury for our fledgling democracy. The dangers Read More

The oil theft conundrum

November 16, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent call by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on President Muhammadu Buhari to treat the stealing of Nigeria’s crude oil as treasonable felony attracting death penalty could not have come at a better time. This is predicated on the fact that Nigeria’s socio-economic survival is almost wholly dependent on crude oil, which theft is adversely Read More

The Buhari legacy of credible elections

November 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

The reassurances by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, that the president will leave the legacies of free, fair and credible elections and for making significant investments in the nation’s infrastructure could not have come at a better time. This is even as he said that with Nigeria projected to be the third most populated Read More

The INEC huge litigation burden

November 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that with less than three months to the 2023 general elections, it has 600 legal hurdles to contend with across different courts is a cause for concern. The cases, the body said, were all around the outcome of party primaries and nomination of candidates, which had become a source of Read More

2023 polls and electoral prophecies

November 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

Even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sounded the whistle to kick-start the campaign activities for the 2023 general elections a few weeks ago, some clerics have been bombarding the media space with prophecies of those who would clinch elective positions across different political parties. Sadly, this practice has been part of our electoral processes in recent years …they Read More

The high death toll from 2022 floods

November 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

The disclosure by the federal government that 612 persons have been killed while 1.4 million Nigerians were displaced as a result floods in some parts of the country is mind boggling. This is especially so given the fact that the nation is still battling with insecurity that has left thousands of people dead, many displaced and millions of naira property Read More

CJN’s admonition to politicians, judges

November 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Honourable Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, hit the bull’s eye recently when he told politicians to leave the judiciary alone to function in Nigeria and in the same he urged the judiciary on their part to leave politics to politicians in and across the country to enable them function effectively. Justice Ariwoola said this while speaking Read More

Unfair attacks on Humanitarian Affairs Ministry

November 7, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The recent attacks on the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in relation to the widespread flooding in the country amount to unfairly putting the foremost intervention organ in the eye of the storm. In particular, the ministry, under the watch of Hajiya Umar Farouq, has been accused of regionalising the recent intervention efforts of the federal Read More

The scourge of kid cancer

November 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent revelation that about 40,000 Nigerian kids are diagnosed of different types of childhood cancers yearly, out which 80 per cent die due to poor detection and clinical treatment, should ruffle feathers in the medical circle. The disclosure was made by the founder of the Medicaid Cancer Foundation and First Lady of Kebbi state, Dr. Zainab-Shinkafi Bagudu, after a Read More

World Bank’s move against poverty

November 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

Reports that the World Bank has raised the poverty line to $2.15 (N936.32) from $1.90 (N827.45), starting from September 2022 should, everything being equal, be a cause to cheer, especially by the poor and vulnerable across the word, particularly Nigeria, where hyperinflation has eroded the purchasing power of the citizenry and worsened the poverty situation. The new poverty benchmark by Read More

Constitutional roles for VPs, deputy governors

November 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

For the umpteenth time, former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined other eminent Nigerians at the vanguard on the need for the National Assembly and the whole country to legislate specific roles for leaders who are deputies to their chief executives in political offices. The former president said unlike the office of the deputy governor, the deputy speaker or deputy senate Read More

Nigeria’s $2.3trn infrastructure deficit

October 31, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent revelation by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, that Nigeria would require a whopping $2.3 trillion to bridge its infrastructure deficits in the next 21 years is a cause for concern. Hajiya Ahmed said the revised National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan was meant to fund key sectors in the economy such as power, Read More

Nigeria’s malnutrition burden

October 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent report by Doctors Without Borders (DWB) that the North-west geo-political zone is reeling under the weight of kid malnutrition should be of a serious cause for concern in view of its socio-economic implications for the future generation. The DWB’s finding is also in tandem with a survey conducted WaterAid a couple of years back indicating that Nigeria is Read More

Rekindle hope in the economy

October 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

The statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari to the effect that despite the disruptions in global economy and internal troubles, the Nigerian economy has continued to be resilient and maintain an upward trajectory is quite soothing. Speaking at the inauguration of the Presidential Committee on the National Economy, in Abuja last week, the president pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic, Read More

Buhari’s 7-year self-appraisal

October 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

In what appeared to be his scorecard as a two-term President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari last week listed what he called high-impact projects implemented across the country by the administration towards meeting the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians. The areas include agriculture, economy, infrastructure, security, health and anti-corruption, among Read More

INEC’s timely warning to political parties

October 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

The warning issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to political parties, their candidates and supporters not to complicate the security situation of the country is not only timely but also germane to the successful conduct of peaceful, credible and acceptable general elections scheduled for February next year. INEC expressed worry that, even as it is working hard to Read More

Worrisome exodus of Nigerian doctors

October 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

During the week, the President of Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA), Dr. Ojinmah Uche, must have ruffled feathers once again in the healthcare circle with the frightening revelation that Nigeria is down to 24,000 doctors to cater for its over 200m population. The NMA boss was speaking during a policy dialogue on Nigeria’s health sector brain-drain and its implication for sustainable Read More

The toxic phase of 2023 polls

October 19, 2022 Blueprint 0

The 2023 general elections are impressively on course with the opening of an epoch stage today, September 28, 2022, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – the commencement of campaigns for national offices by political parties, 152 days to the elections. INEC, which has undertaken eight out of the 14 items on the calendar and Schedule of Activities for Read More

The oil theft conundrum

October 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent call by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on President Muhammadu Buhari to treat the stealing of Nigeria’s crude oil as treasonable felony attracting death penalty could not have come at a better time. This is predicated on the fact that Nigeria’s socio-economic survival is almost wholly dependent on crude oil, which theft is adversely Read More

Curb the rising inflation

October 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), recently, released a mind boggling report to the effect that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose to 19.64 percent in July, the highest since September 2005. This is quite worrisome as it requires the urgent intervention of the nation’s economic managers, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the National Economic Council (NEC), to halt Read More

The policemen we need

October 13, 2022 Blueprint 0

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari conferred the prestigious 2022 Public Service Integrity Award to Superintendent Daniel Itse Amah, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Nasarawa Division, Kano, for rejecting a $200,000 bribe from robbers. Amah was bestowed with the honour at the 4th edition of the annual National Anti-Corruption Summit organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Read More

Buhari’s valedictory at UNGA

October 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

In what appears to be a valedictory session for President Muhammadu Buhari at the just concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Nigerian leader called for more commitment to the resolution of conflicts being driven by non-state actors; proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons; terrorism; violent extremism; malignant use of technology; climate change; irregular migration, and Read More

The shortfall of Supreme Court justices

October 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, last week drew the nation’s attention to the sordid reality that the depletion in the number of Supreme Court Justices is a burden to Nigeria’s apex court. This development is worrisome considering the fact that the 2023 general elections are fast approaching. Justice Ariwoola spoke last week in Abuja at a Read More