Still on illegal use of sirens

January 7, 2022 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 perennial market infernos

December 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

Were Nigerian entrepreneurs used to insuring their goods against fire, many insurance companies would have been bleeding profusely by now, given the frequency with which infernos have razed down market places nationwide in recent years. There is hardly any major business destination or market across the country that has not experienced fire disaster especially in recent years. Kano state led Read More

The Buhari legacy projects

December 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

For the umpteenth time, President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration would keep giving its best for the development of the country until May, 2023, reiterating that he would handover as stipulated by the constitution. The president spoke in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital,last week after the inauguration of Oriental Energies Resource Ltd Hanger, Muhammadu Indimi Distance Learning Centre and an Read More

The El-Rufa’i remedy against banditry

December 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The statement credited to Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state to the effect that there is nothing like repentant bandits and that his administration’s policy is to dispatch the terrorists attacking innocent people to their creator to answer for their crimes against humanity, appears to many discernible minds as brutally frank and audacious. The governor made the statement last Read More

Desmond Tutu (1931 – 2021)

December 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

The international community on Sunday received the sad news of the death of the South African anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu, described as the country’s moral compass, at the age of 90 years, In a statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa said, “The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a Read More

CAF’s continued rejection of Nigeria’s referees

December 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

A couple of days ago, the continent’s apex football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), released the list of referees that will participate in the forthcoming 33rd edition of the AfricaCup of Nations (AFCON) billed to hold in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022. Atotal of 63 match officials have been picked to feature at the tournament.  Read More

Need to expedite action on Food Hygiene Bill

December 23, 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 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

Disturbing forced kid labour trend

December 19, 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

Alumni set to donate 6 classrooms, ICT facility to alma mater

December 19, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The Old Students Association in Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has vowed to donate six classroom blocks and ICT facility to their Alma mata, Ikono People Comprehensive High School (IPCOHS),  by January 2022. This was just as they donated text books worth N1.1 million to upgrade the school library, aid research and boost learning in the institution. Read More

The anti-graftwar must be sustained

December 10, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Yesterday observed by the global community as the World Anti-Corruption Day.The United Nations General Assembly by Resolution 58/4 of October 31, 2003 designated December 9 every year as the day to raise people’s awareness about the crime that impedes development and impoverishes the masses. It is also a day for political leaders, governments, legal bodies, lobby groups and civil society Read More

The perennial attacks on jailhouses

December 5, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Penultimate Sunday, a gang of gunmen stormed the Jos Medium CustodialCentre in a commando-style operation at about 5.20 pm and engaged the security personnel on duty in a vicious gun duel. By the time the last shot was fired, 10 inmates including a worker of the centre were killed and 252 inmates escaped from custody. Initial report about the attack indicated that all Read More

Putting AIDS on the back foot

December 1, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Yesterday was observed globally as World AIDS Day. The Day provides an opportunity for the international community to unite and fight against HIV, show support for people living with the disease as well as commemorate those who have died. The theme for this year’s commemoration is: “End Inequalities, End AIDS”. The World AIDS Day was first held in 1988, four years Read More

That ominous World Bank report

December 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent warning by the World Bank to the effect that additional six million Nigerians may be pushed into poverty due to the increase in food prices, calling on the government’s attention for short-term policies to support welfare, deserves urgent attention by managers of the nation’s economy. The Washington-based institution stated this in its latest report titled ‘COVID-19 in Nigeria: Read More

The US gesture to Nigeria

November 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent news of the United States’ removal of Nigeria from its religious freedom blacklist is quite cheering, particularly for the President Muhammadu Buhari government, which has the misfortune of inheriting a polity that was deeply divided along ethno-religious fault-lines that had heightened the insecurity, including the Boko Haram insurgency, across the country. The United States Secretary of State Anthony Read More

Secure Abuja – Kaduna highway

November 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The appeal by the House of Representatives that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, should address the rising spate of attacks by bandits and kidnappers on travellers along the Abuja-Kaduna highway and other roads in the country, although, belated, is quite appropriate and commendable. The House also directed all its committees Read More

The Mushin gas explosion

November 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent gas disaster that occurred in Ladipo in the Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos state is one tragedy too many. The tragedy occurred at the popular Ladipo Spare Parts Market located along Ojekunle Street. By the time the last explosion was heard, about five people, including a 10-year-old boy, had lost their lives. Several others were seriously injured Read More

The rampage of market infernos

November 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The fire disaster that struck the bustling Nyanya market located along Abuja-Keffi highway on Tuesday has once again brought to the fore the need to urgently secure our markets all over the country to stem huge economic losses by traders. According to an eyewitness account, the conflagration began around 7 pm after most of the traders had closed for the Read More

Towards achieving good toilet habit

November 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today, the global community is marking this year’sWorld Toilet Day (WTD). The day is set aside to draw the attention of humanity to the need to promote healthy toilet habit within and around their environment. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Valuing Toilets”. The theme should be a wake-up for various governments the world over to work towards mitigating Read More

The high death toll from building collapse

November 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

A report from a survey published last week indicating that at least 305 people have died while no fewer than 449 people got injured in 83 cases of building collapse in Nigeria since 2013 is not only worrisome but it is also deplorable. The survey carried out by a national daily stated that the figures only reflected reported cases by Read More

The alarming rate of jail-breaks

November 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

An investigative report published by this newspaper last week to the effect that close to 4,000 inmates that escaped from Nigerian correctional centres between 2013 and this year are yet to be rearrested is a cause for concern as poses grave danger to the peace, harmony and egalitarianism of the larger society. It also underscores the need for prison decongestion Read More

As Inec beats the odds in Anambra…

November 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last week’s declaration and the subsequent issuance of the certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Professor Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of the November 6, governorship election in Anambra state has put to rest the hyped apprehension of bloodshed in the hotbed of the South-east politics.   Soludo Read More

Unacceptable wheat importation

November 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerian wheat farmers to embrace wheat farming as a way of stopping importation of the commodity is a welcome step in the right direction. Nigeria spends about $2.2bn to meet local demand of the products annually. President Buhari made the appeal at the flag-off of the first-ever rain-fed commercial wheat cultivation at Read More

The 5% jobs for PLWDs

October 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

The readiness of the federal government to implement the policy of allocating five per cent jobs to people living with disabilities (PLWDs) in both public and private sectors is a welcome development though long overdue. Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, made the disclosure in Abuja last week while addressing a large crowd of PLWDs at the 16thanniversary Read More

Abandoned dam projects

October 29, 2021 Editorial III 0

For a nation that desires to make agriculture a cornerstone of its economy, the revelation that about 400 water projects or dams are lying fallow or wrongly sited is a worrisome development. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Water Resources, Sen. Bello Mandiya, made the disclosure on Tuesday while briefing newsmen after the budget defence session it had with Read More

The scary security report on Kaduna

October 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent revelation that at least 888 people have been killed and 2,553 others kidnapped in Kaduna state between January and September 2021 is not only frightening but it is also alarming and deplorable. The Kaduna state report also disclosed thar 720 people were injured within the period.   The third quarter security report presented by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Read More