Nigeria’s mental health burden

January 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The recent disclosure that there are only 300 psychiatric doctors in Nigeria is a frightening proof of the utter neglect of the critical sector of our healthcare system by successive administrations. The ratio translates to one mental health doctor to more than 1m Nigerians. This is tantamount to criminal neglect. Indeed, the most disregarded people in Nigeria are the mentally Read More

Statistics that should worry us!

January 21, 2021 Editorial IV 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

Stem the naira slide

January 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The expectation expressed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, to the effect that if Nigeria is able to receive even $2 billion monthly Diaspora remittances the exchange rate of the naira will be boosted, albeit speculative. The minister’s permutation is probably borne out of the inability of the nation’s monetary authority, namely, the Central Read More

Nigeria’s deplorable roads

January 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the National Assembly that for the 35, 000-kilometre federal roads across the country to be motorable at all times, the sum of N400 billion is required on yearly basis for maintenance, indeed, raises some posers bordering on the deployment of the humongous amount of money, running into trillions of naira, claimed to have been expended on Read More

The recurring Kugbo Market infernos

January 15, 2021 Editorial III 0

Last Sunday, the sprawling Kugbo Furniture and Timber Market located at the Asokoro Extension, Abuja, again went up in flames for the second year running and within the same period. Properties and goods estimated at billions of naira were consumed in the conflagration that started at about 6 am. According to an eyewitness account, the fire raged for more than Read More

Nigeria’s frightening population boom

January 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

A new study suggesting that Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of China by 2100 should serve as a wake-up call on the nation’s policy formulators and managers of the ecomomy to be more pragmatic, proactive prudent in the execise of their onerous constitutional responsibilties. China, which is currently the most populous nation in the world, is expected to Read More

Implement the new minimum pension

January 12, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Recent media reports to the effect that the delay in the implementation of the new national minimum pension is a cause of worry for pensioners should jolt the relevant authorities, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari, to act swiftly to remedy the undesirable and despicable situation. In a communiqué at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja recently, Read More

Still on saving Nigerians from killer fruits

January 10, 2021 Editorial IV 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

Is the textile sector beyond redemption?

January 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

What has remained as the last of the Mohicans in the Nigerian textile industry, the United Textile Limited (UNTL), appeared to be going down again after its ceremonious revival in 2010. While other textile factories across the country, including the bubbling one based in Asaba, have breathed their last, the UNTL which was the flagship of the industry, employing more Read More

The $1.5bn Kaduna steel plant

January 5, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The disclosure by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, that the new $1.5 billion steel plant in Kaduna state may lead to Nigeria’s industrial breakthrough cannot be farther from the truth. When it comes on stream, the Kaduna steel plant, together with a revived Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi state, will, no doubt, accelerate Nigeria’s quest for Read More

Arms control centre, a necessity

January 4, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Recent report to the effect that the Council of State has approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons is, indeed, the right foot forward in the President Muhammadu Buhari government’s quest to curb insecurity in the country. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd), made the disclosure while briefing Read More

Ahmed Lemu: End of a glorious chapter

January 3, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Thursday, December 24, 2020, has gone down in history as the day a shining Northern Star was eclipsed with the passage of Sheikh Ahmed Lemu. His death, even at a ripe age of 91, has left many Nigerians in shock. He lived for so long that one would think he had assumed immortality. Born on December 21, 1929 at Lemu Read More

Buhari’s New Year message to Nigerians

January 1, 2021 Editorial III 0

Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari welcomed Nigerians to the New Year with a 34-paragraph message that encapsulated a mixed bag of high expectations and fresh starts. The president succinctly captured the frustrations, despair and anxiety that have been the menus of most Nigerians especially in the year 2020, which they would like to forget in a hurry, with a solemn pledge Read More

Save Nigerians from killer water

January 1, 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

The worrisome inflation rate

December 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released last week 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 Read More

The modular refineries option

December 29, 2020 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks to the effect that the establishment of modular refineries in the country will make petroleum products available in the country and eliminate importation are quite reassuring and soothing. Coming on the heels of the incessant increase in the pump price of petrol, otherwise called the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), the president’s statement could not have been Read More

The poor remuneration of judges

December 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Senate recently hit the bull’s eye when it lamented the poor remuneration packages given to Nigerian judges and justices as monthly salaries, making them to compromise or be vulnerable to corruption in the process of adjudication and dispensation of justice. Before commencement of the screening exercise of eight justices recently nominated by President Muhamnadu Buhari from the Court of Read More

Covid-19: Endangering lives of medical workers

December 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Enema Amodu, must have ruffled some feathers on Friday with his shocking disclosure that at least 20 Nigerian doctors have lost their lives from complications arising from the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic in the last one week. The deceased health workers included consultants, professors and some resident doctors. He said: “For those of us in the health sector, we Read More

Enough politics with National Sports Commission

December 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian sporting confraternity was thrown into shock four years ago when it received the news of the scrapping of the National Sports Commission (NSC). No cogent reasons were given for the decision of the Presidency to downgrade the commission to an ordinary department in the Ministry of Youth and Sports headed by a director. But it was deduced that Read More

The dearth of doctors in Adamawa

December 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The recent disclosure by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) that going by the statistics in Adamawa state, one doctor attends to more than 13,000 people is quite worrisome. The situation is not only undesirable and despicable but also an embarrassment to the state in particular and Nigeria as a whole because the case in Adamawa state is reflective of the Read More

The manufacturing sector initiative

December 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The October Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector released last week 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 Read More

CBN’s window to boost naira value

December 21, 2020 Blueprint 0

The expectation expressed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, to the effect that if Nigeria is able to receive even $2 billion monthly Diaspora remittances the exchange rate of the naira will be boosted is apt, albeit speculative. The minister’s permutation is probably borne out of the inability of the nation’s monetary authority, namely, Read More

Remembering international migrants

December 17, 2020 Blueprint 0

Today is being observed as the International Day for the Migrants. The Day was proclaimed on December 4, 2000, by the United Nations General Assembly, taking into account the huge and increasing number of migrants in the world. It is a day for the global community to spare a thought for the men, women and children exiled by wars, riots, Read More

The N600bn agriculture stimulus package

December 16, 2020 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

Sam Nda-Isaiah (1962 – 2020)

December 15, 2020 Blueprint 0

The demise last Friday night of the Chairman/Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, is no doubt a great loss to the media industry Nigeria at large. Nda-Isaiah, who held the titles of Kakaki Nupe (the spokesperson of the Nupe people) and the Aare Baaroyin of Akure Kingdom, died at the age of 58 in Abuja after a brief illness. Born Read More