Anti-open grazing laws and the hurdles

September 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Media report yesterday to the effect that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has cautioned against politicising the open grazing controversy, saying the new law banning the activity in the southern states of Nigeria is not implementable, is, indeed, a well thought out. As a matter of fact, El-Rufa’i’s admonition is rooted in law, as one of the ingredients of a Read More

Embrace entrepreneurial programmes, NYSC tells corps members

September 21, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Tuesday, adviced corps members to embrace various government and privately sponsored entrepreneurial programmes to develop skills and multiply their sources of income. The Anambra State Coordinator, NYSC, Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, gave the advice at Nnamdi Azikiwe Unity NYSC Permanent Orientation camp, Umuawulu/Mbaukwu, in Awka South local government area, during the inter platoon SAED competition Read More

The proposed death penalty for gold smugglers

September 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Apparently, worried over the nation’s loss of over $9 billion to illegal mining, the federal government last week proposed capital punishment for private jet owners who aid and abet gold smuggling in Nigeria. This, certainly, is the panacea for the criminal act. Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development Dr. Uche Ogah, made this known at an investigative hearing Read More

Gbajabiamila’s patriotic counsel

September 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, stirred the hornet’s nest when he said recently that the refusal of “miscreants and criminals masquerading as separationist activists” in the South-east and South-west to come forward for debate and accommodate dissenting views simply gives them away as Boko Haram and ISWAP elements. Although the speaker, who made the statement last week in his address Read More

The ghost of tollgates

September 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The ghost of tollgates demolished by the Obasanjo administration about 18 years ago appears to be warming its way back to the highways. Indeed, it has haunted successive administrations in power. Just recently, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) came up with a resolution to restore the collection points. Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, who announced the reintroduction of the Read More

DEM’s Covid-19 prevention initiative laudable

September 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The global community was still smarting under the weight of the first and second waves of COVID-19 when a deadlier scourge, referred to as the Delta variant, crept in. This variant, believed to kill faster without its victims exhibiting notable symptoms has sucked mankind into a state of despair. The frustration currently faced by researchers all over the world is Read More

Celebrating 2021 World Literacy Day

September 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today, Nigeria joins the global community in celebrating this year’s International Literacy Day (ILD). The Day is set aside annually to draw the attention of the various countries to the importance of literacy not only as a sine qua non for socio-economic and political development but also a potent weapon to fight poverty, ignorance, disease, joblessness, oppression among others. The Read More

The menace of street trading

September 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) issued a stern warning to traders who are in the habit of turning road shoulders and corridors to platforms to market their wares to desist from the illegal activities. The Ministerial Taskforce on Traffic Management (MTTM) led by Mr. Ikharo Attah, issued the warning on behalf the FCTA while on inspections at the Read More

Avoidable childbirth deaths

August 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) ruffled feathers in the healthcare sector with the disclosure that in every 10 minutes of the day, one Nigerian woman loses her life as a result of pregnancy-related complications. On the average, about 52, 560 women die annually during pregnancy or at childbirth. About50 per cent of pregnant women and children Read More

The bid to restore Kano’s commercial status

August 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

The flagging off of the construction of the Kano-Kaduna railway project as well as the commissioning of a three-layer bridge in Kano City by President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano recently were ample demonstration of the commitment of the Buhari and Ganduje governments to restore Kano to its glorious era as the centre of commerce in the West African sub-region. The rail project Read More

The N60bn spent annually on vandalised pipelines

August 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to the effect that the federal government spends not less than N60 billion every year on repairing vandalised oil pipelines in the Niger Delta sub-region is not only worrisome but also quite deplorable and reprehensive. The minister made the revelation in Abuja at a recent town hall meeting Read More

Sultan’s postulate on Nigeria’s major ill

August 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, hit the bull’s eyes recently when he blamed the lack of understanding among Nigerians, as the major challenge facing the country, saying that for Nigeria to achieve peace, “citizens must understand one another”. In apparent corroboration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s exposition on the nation’s major problem, the sultan pointed out that it Read More

The blueprint for Nigeria’s economy

August 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

The disclosure by the Director General of World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that the organisation is worried about Nigeria’s multiple exchange rate regime and how it will affect trade should serve as a wake-up call on Nigeria’s economic managers, particularly the fiscal and monetary policy makers (the Central Bank of Nigeria). Okonjo-Iweala, who expressed the concern while fielding Read More

The 2.1m poorest Kaduna citizens

August 3, 2021 Blueprint 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

Address the huge infrastructure deficit

August 2, 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

Need to expedite action on Food Hygiene Bill

August 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

About two or so years ago, two eminent Nigerians expressed serious concerns over the delay in passing the Bill for an Act for the establishment of Nigerian Food Hygiene Inspection Council (NFHIC) now before the National Assembly. The former Provost of the Nigeria Civil Defence Academy (NCDA), Sauka, Abuja, Prof. Ilyas Sarkin Duns, and the Director-General of Food Hygiene Initiative of Read More

Time to prioritise agriculture

July 29, 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

Nigeria’s $3trn infrastructure deficit

July 28, 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

2021 World Hepatitis Day

July 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today, Nigeria joins the rest of the global community to mark the World Hepatitis Day. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Hepatitis Can’t Wait”. The theme is quite apt, considering the fact that one person dies globally in every 30 seconds from hepatitis-related ailment. In view of the fact that COVID-19 pandemic has come to compound the situation, it Read More

Nigerians’ quest for overseas studies

July 26, 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

Nigerians in foreign jail houses

July 26, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The recent disclosure that about 1,500Nigerians are languishing in various prisons having been convicted for a variety of offences in his country ought to disturb the Nigerian government. Data published by Patriotic Citizens Initiative (PCI) – a civil society group – indicated that 170,000 Nigerians were currently serving terms for drugs/human trafficking and other related immigration offences, across the world. Read More

The ominous signs on North’s education

July 22, 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 N60bn spent annually on vandalised pipelines

July 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to the effect that the federal government spends not less than N60 billion every year on repairing vandalised oil pipelines in the Niger Delta sub-region is not only worrisome but also quite deplorable and reprehensive. The minister made the revelation in Abuja at a recent town hall meeting Read More

The bid to restore Kano’s commercial status

July 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The flagging off of the construction of the Kano-Kaduna railway project as well as the commissioning of a three-layer bridge in Kano City by President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano last week were ample demonstration of the commitment of the Buhari and Gnaduje governments to restore Kano to its glorious era as the centre of commerce in the West African sub-region. Read More

A reflection on 2021 Mandela Day

July 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Yesterday, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day, also known as Mandela Day. The theme of this year’s celebration is “One Hand Can Feed Another”. The theme prioritises action against hunger and continuing fight against poverty. The Nelson Mandela Foundation calls on all Nelson Mandela Day Global Network to help alleviate hunger Read More