Inclusion of men in the vulnerable group

August 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

The cheering news from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is the inclusion of men in the Grant for Vulnerable Groups (GVG) programme. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, unfurled the development at a recent parley with Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, stakeholders and the media to herald Read More

The FCT toilet revolution

July 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

Recently, the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, flagged off the construction of 10,000 public toilets to be scattered all of the six area councils. At the groundbreaking ceremony, the minister disclosed that the development was in tandem with the federal government’s agenda to end open defecation by building millions of toilets all Read More

The plight of Nigerian widows

June 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Yesterday was marked as the International Widows Day. It is an annual commemoration aimed at drawing the global attention to the plight of widows who account for over 260m of the world’s population. They are also saddled with more than 585m kids who are fatherless. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Sustainable Solutions for Widows Financial Independence”. At the Read More

Taming the tobacco monster

June 1, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Yesterday, the global community marked this year’s World No-Tobacco Day. It is a day set aside not only to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption but also to rescue smokers from the deadly habit which mankind has cultivated from primordial times. The Day was first commemorated on April 7, 1988 Read More

Dangote: Tackling Nigeria’s fertiliser conundrum

May 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

The issue of fertiliser has been a knotty matter for farmers in Nigeria over the years. Very often, it is either in short supply or just too expensive and well beyond reach. The supply of the commodity, so cardinal to bountiful farming output, has, over the years, defied all logics, with the activities of middlemen, who hoard the product, and Read More

Happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration

May 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

Muslims worldwide are celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr today, marking the end of a month-long fasting during the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan. The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Saturday urged the Muslim Ummah to look out for the new moon of Shawwal yesterday. The federal government had Read More

The propriety for an electoral offences commission

April 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The proposition, for the umpteenth time, by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, his predecessor, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) last Thursday for the establishment of a national electoral offences commission to tackle impunity in the nation’s electoral process, deserves urgent attention. They said INEC must work with relevant stakeholders Read More

2023 and the absence of governance

April 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

Media report, to the effect that the presidency and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation passed the buck over the refusal of ministers, ambassadors and aides to the president to resign ahead of the governorship and presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which commence on May 25, is quite worrisome. A senior official Read More

Nigeria’s excessive monetisation of politics

April 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

Not a few, including those who are apolitical, were outraged when Nigeria’s two leading political parties, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), announced a staggering N100 million and N45 million, respectively, as cost of their presidential nomination forms for the 2023 general elections. A simple mathematics shows that the APC, which started Read More

Buhari’s marching order to security agencies

April 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive last week to the military and security agencies to immediately rescue all those held hostage by kidnappers and terrorists is not only a welcome development but also underscores the fact that the president is as concerned about the rising security challenges in the country as critics of his government. National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno(retd), Read More

Curbing the scourge of diabetes

April 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure that about 5.5 per cent of the country’s population is sickened by diabetes ordinarily may not ruffle feathers outside the medical circle. Translating into a little over nine million Nigerians out of the 180m, the figure can be easily brushed aside as insignificant compared to other prevalent diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, etc. Speaking at a 3-day Read More

Mosquito and malaria

The eternal war against malaria

April 25, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Today is being observed by the global community as World Malaria Day (WMD). The theme for this year’s commemoration is: “Harness Innovation to Reduce the Malaria Disease Burden and Save Lives”. The WMD was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the cardinal objective of Read More

The Dariye, Nyame presidential pardon

April 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Although, the pardon last week of former governors of Taraba state, Jolly Nyame, and Joshua Dariye of Plateau state, among 159 other convicts, by the Council of State, has drawn the ire of many Nigerians, including the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, human rights organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), and fiery lawyer Femi Falana, the underlying wisdom in Read More

Babalola’s interim government advocacy

April 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Legal icon and founder, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola(SAN), stirred the hornet’s nest when he advocated that the federal government should suspend the 2023 general elections and allow a six-month interim goverment after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure that would give a new constitution that would tackle insecurity, economic, political and other ills bedeviling the nation. At Read More

The APC largesse for women

April 19, 2022 Blueprint 0

Apparently, acceding to the demand of the Aisha Buhari women team for greater participation of women in elective positions, the All Progressives Congress (APC) declared free nomination forms for female aspirants who intend to contest in the 2023 general elections. The National Women Leader of the party, Ms. Betty Edu, made the disclosure during a media briefing held at the Read More

The APC largesse for women

April 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Apparently, acceding to the demand of the Aisha Buhari women team for greater participation of women in elective positions, the All Progressives Congress (APC) declared free nomination forms for female aspirants who intend to contest in the 2023 general elections. The National Women Leader of the party, Ms. Betty Edu, made the disclosure during a media briefing held at the Read More

NEF’s ‘unholy’ call for Buhari to resign

April 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The call by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), for the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, over killings across the country, especially in the North, is not only preposterous, ill timed and premeditated but it also smacks of a political subterfuge and gerrymandering. In a press statement on Wedneday, the Director, Publicity and Advocacy of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said: Read More

The spirit of Easter

April 14, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Christians all over the world are in the Easter mood, beginning from last Friday which was Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross of Calvary where He shed His blood over 2,000 years ago for the atonement of the sins of mankind. The death, resurrection on the third day and ascension of Jesus usually mark the Read More

Agenda for the Adamu APC-NWC

April 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to have set the stage for a successful outing in the forthcoming general elections in 2023 following its seamless and hitch-free national convention in Abuja a fortnight ago. The successful handling of the intrigues and horse trading that trailed the emergence of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, a former governor of Nasawara state, as the Read More

Marking Global Sports Day

April 5, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Today is being observed as International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The day is set aside to draw the attention of the international community to the important roles sport has historically played in all societies, be it in form of competitive sport, physical activities or play. The United Nations (UN) recognised sport as a veritable tool for international Read More

Abuja-Kaduna train attack, not again!

April 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

Monday, March 28, 2022, marked a very sad day for Nigerians, who had adopted train service as the best, safest and more affordable means of transportation, following the rising cases of banditry and kidnapping that have made the nation’s roads unsafe. On this tragic day, a train, AK9, which departed Abuja at 6.10pm en route Kaduna, with 970 passengers on-board, Read More

The menace of counterfeit products

April 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

Recently, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) raised an alarm that over 70 per cent of medical drugs being dispensed in the country are substandard. The startling disclosure was made by the agency on its official website ahead of the recent national summit tagged held in Abuja “Re-imaging Primary Healthcare in Nigeria.” It stated that majority of Nigerians do Read More

Significance of World Water Day

March 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

Last Tuesday was observed across the globe as World Water Day. It was a day to celebrate water and make a difference for members of the global population that suffer from water-related issues. It was also a day set aside to draw awareness of the international community to the importance of the natural resource and how to manage it now Read More

Caring for hearing health

March 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

On March 3, this year, the global community marked the World Hearing Day. The World Health Organisation (WHO) set aside the day to focus on the importance of safe listening as a means of maintaining good hearing health across the course of life. The theme for this year’s commemoration is: “To Hear for Life, Listen with Care.” According to experts, Read More

Still talking about pedestrians’ madness

March 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

Recently, a tragedy occurred along the Airport Expressway, near Federal Housing, Lugbe, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, when a pedestrian was killed after being hit by three vehicles in quick succession. According to eyewitnesses, the victim and his three friends, visibly drunk from a birthday party, chose to sprint across the ever busy expressway instead of using the Read More