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

Unacceptable infant mortality rate

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The ranking of Nigeria as 11th country with the highest number of newborn deaths in the world ought to give government at all levels and healthcare givers a serious cause for concern. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released the damning statistics in Lagos not quite long ago. According to the report, eight of the 10 most dangerous Read More

Time to revive Nigeria’s manufacturing sector

April 28, 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

CBN’s window to boost naira value

April 27, 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 is apt albeit speculative. The minister’s permutation is probably borne out of the inability of the nation’s monetary authority, namely, Read More

Nigeria’s $3trn infrastructure deficit

April 26, 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

The eternal war against malaria

April 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

Yesterday was observed by the global community as World Malaria Day (WMD). The theme for this year’s commemoration is:“Zero Malaria Starts with Me”. It is a rollover from last year’s theme. 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 Read More

The 2.1m poorest Kaduna citizens

April 20, 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

Norway’s $1bn aid to North-east

April 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recent report to the effect that the immediate past Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud, had listed the organisation of two donor conferences that raised $1bn for the development of the North-east as one of his achievements in office, is quite remarkable. The gesture is an ample demonstration of good friendliness and mutual diplomatic relationship between the two countries. Read More

The ominous signs on North’s education

April 14, 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 blueprint for Nigeria’s economy

April 13, 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 N600bn agriculture stimulus package 

April 12, 2021 Editorial IV 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

It’s not a healthy world

April 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

Yesterday, April 7, 2021 was observed by the global community as the World Health Day (WHD) even as the Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped its ravage humanity. The WHD is the flagship on the calendar of the World Health Organisation (WHO). In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly and decided to celebrate April 7 of each year, Read More

Senate’s move to legalise constituency projects

April 7, 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 percent of annual national budgets to such zonal intervention Read More

The MultiChoice, CNG dispute

April 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

The tug of war between the MultiChoice (Nigeria) Limited and the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) ought not to have gone unnoticed. The CNG is a potent pressure group that is committed to ensuring justice and equity in the nation’s broadcast space, particularly in the North. The group is accusing the MultiChoice, operators of the DSTV and the GOtv, of Read More

Revive Nigeria’s manufacturing sector

April 5, 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 spirit of Easter

April 4, 2021 Blueprint 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

Still on pedestrians’ madness

April 2, 2021 Editorial III 0

In less than 24 hours, two pedestrians were crushed to death along the NnamdiAzikiwe Expressway, Abuja, recently. According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, the first tragedy occurred at about 6 pm on Monday, June 15, 2020. An elderly man mistimed the speed of a tipper and zoomed across the expressway. The vehiclethen picked him up and hurled his body into the mid Read More