The third commemoration of June 12

June 11, 2021 Editorial III 0

Today, June 12, 2020, is being observed all over the country as Democracy Day. It is the third commemoration of the day, declared by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018. The day has supplanted May 29 as the Democracy Day to mark the handing over of the reins of power to a democratically elected government on May 29, 1999. In the Read More

The ominous signs on North’s education

June 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

An exclusive report published by this newspaper recently to the effect that in about three months, bandits have serially attacked not less than five schools in both the North-west and North-central states of Nigeria, paints a gloomy picture for education not just in these geo-political zones but also in the entire North in particular and the country in general. The Read More

Fayemi’s antidote to underdevelopment

June 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state hit the bull’s eye recently when he said Nigeria remained underdeveloped and an infant at 60 because of foundational errors and concentration of power in the center, while calling for devolution of power and fiscal federalism to allow Nigeria attain greatness. Addressing a lecture at the Arewa House at 50 anniversary in Kaduna recently Read More

Save Nigerians from killer water

June 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

Although there have been conflicting statistics about the percentage of Nigerians that have access to potable water, the bottom line, however, is that the situation does not portray the country as being committed to the provision of this basic necessity of life. Yet, Nigeria joins the rest of the world yearly in celebrating the World Water Day which is set Read More

Time to revive Nigeria’s manufacturing sector

June 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector released recently by the Statistics Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which stood at 49.4 index points, indicating a reversal of five consecutive months of contraction from May, indeed, portends a good omen for the nation’s economy. The result of the PMI survey showed that the manufacturing PMI for Read More

The worrisome inflation rate

June 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released recently by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stating that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose by 12.82% (year-on-year) in July, the highest rate recorded in 27 months since March 2018 when headline inflation was 13.34% is indeed alarming. The situation could worsen Nigeria’s poverty rate, thus negating the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIPs), Read More

Nigerians’ quest for overseas studies

May 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

A new report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), a global foreign-policy think tank, to the effect that a significant percentage of the £30 million contributed annually to the United Kingdom’s education sector by politicians in West Africa come from Nigeria is a cause for concern by the managers of Nigeria’s economy. The situation is not only Read More

The N600bn agriculture stimulus package

May 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Media report that the federal government is set to inject over N600 billion as stimulus response into the agriculture sector is a welcome development. It is, indeed, an inevitable move towards the much touted diversification of the nation’s economy which has been largely dependent on crude oil for over five decades. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, Read More

The $1bn expended on medical tourism

May 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zone (NEPZA), Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, that the proposed world class medical enclave in Nigerian is aimed at ending the about $1 billion expended on medical tourism annually by Nigerians is a welcome development. This is more so, bearing the fact that the novel Covid-19 pandemic and the consequential Read More

Nigeria’s $3trn infrastructure deficit

May 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s oft-reiteration that the only way to effectively address the massive infrastructure deficit that the country faces is by Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement in one form or the other could be the panacea for Nigeria’s socio-economic development. Citing statistics from Nigerian Integrated Infrastructure Masterplan (NIIMP) and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020 to buttress his point, Read More

Check the VVF onslaught!

May 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

Yesterday was observed worldwide as International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. In 2003, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners launched the global campaign to end the malady and restore the health of those sickened by the condition. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly through resolution A/RES/67/147 proclaimed May 23 every year, starting from 2013,as a day Read More

Statistics that should worry us!

May 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The newly appointed Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa, upon assuming office on Monday greeted the nation with a worrisome revelation that about 15m Nigerians of all ages are hooked to hard drugs. These statistics, disturbing as they seem, may not ruffle feathers in many quarters because the disclosure is no longer news. The Read More

Time for stiffer penalties for rapists

May 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent revelation by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen that during the relaxed lock-down in the country to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, a total of 3,600 cases of rape were recorded is not only alarming but quite despicable and reprehensive. The undesirable situation tends to lend credence to the call for stiffer punishment for rapists Read More

Kaduna strike: Kudos to NLC, clarion call to TUC

May 19, 2021 Auwal Ahmed Ibrahim 0

Freedom of expression is stipulated in Section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. However, Section 40 of the constitution provides: Every person shall be entitled to assembly freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any association for the protection of his interests. It is Read More

The ominous signs on North’s education

May 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

An exclusive report published by this newspaper recently to the effect that in about three months, bandits have serially attacked not less than five schools in both the North-west and North-central states of Nigeria, paints a gloomy picture for education not just in these geo-political zones but also in the entire North in particular and the country in general. The Read More

The $1bn expended on medical tourism

May 17, 2021 Editorial III 0

The recent disclosure by the Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zone (NEPZA), Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, that the proposed world class medical enclave in Nigerian is aimed at ending the about $1 billion expended on medical tourism annually by Nigerians is a welcome development. This is more so, bearing the fact that the novel Covid-19 pandemic and the consequential Read More

Still on illegal use of sirens

May 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

It is public knowledge that successive Inspectors-General of Police have come raving with anger over the arbitrary use of sirens by every Tom, Dick and Harry but no sanctions are meted out to violators to the extent that such orders are laughed off as the barking of a toothless bulldog. Consequently, the practice has continued unabated to the chagrin of Read More

The 2.1m poorest Kaduna citizens

May 12, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Kaduna State Social Register and Rapid Response Register (RRR) released recently, indicated that rural dwellers, subsistence farmers, and illiterates top 2,051,972 poorest and most vulnerable Kaduna state citizens from 524,424 families captured in the State Social Register (SSR) for the Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs). This is, indeed, a sad narrative of the nation’s state of affairs. The undesirable Read More

Governance roles for monarchs as panacea for insecurity

May 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent call by the Northern governors for formal governance roles for traditional rulers, while urging for government’s control and censorship of social media to address insecurity and forestall recurrence of recent breakdown of law and order is quite germane. This is more so considering the fact that traditional rulers are the custodians of cultural heritage which is critical to Read More

Fayemi’s antidote to underdevelopment

May 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state hit the bull’s eye recently when he said Nigeria remained underdeveloped and an infant at 60 because of foundational errors and concentration of power in the centre, while calling for devolution of power and fiscal federalism to allow Nigeria attain greatness. Addressing a lecture at the Arewa House at 50 anniversary in Kaduna recently Read More

Still on saving Nigerians from killer fruits

May 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

Following an investigation carried out by a national daily on the health hazards associated with the eating of artificially ripened fruits not too long ago, the federal government through its appropriate agency, the National Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), swiftly reacted by warning unscrupulous fruit sellers against the dangerous practice. Indeed, the investigation was intended to achieve two Read More

Disturbing forced kid labour trend

May 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) that more than 152m children or nearly one in 10 children globally are victims of forced labour is not only heart rendering but also inhuman. Though the ILO research conducted in conjunction with the Walk Free Foundation showed some progressive decline by 94m in the statistics of child labour Read More

Nigerians’ quest for overseas studies

May 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

A new report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), a global foreign-policy think tank, to the effect that a significant percentage of the £30 million contributed annually to the United Kingdom’s education sector by politicians in West Africa come from Nigeria is a cause for concern by the managers of Nigeria’s economy. The situation is not only Read More

Senate’s move to legalise constituency projects

May 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

Obviously, flowing from the controversy surrounding the constitutionality and/or legality of the constituency projects of given to members of the National Assembly as well as the corruption to which the funds have been enmeshed, the senate recently passed for second reading a bill seeking to legalise constituency projects and dedicate 20 per cent of annual national budgets to such zonal Read More

Time for stiffer penalties for rapists

May 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent revelation by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, that during the relaxed lock-down in the country to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, a total of 3,600 cases of rape were recorded is not only alarming but quite despicable and reprehensive. The undesirable situation tends to lend credence to the call for stiffer punishment for rapists Read More