Nigeria’s $2.3trn infrastructure deficit

October 31, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent revelation by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, that Nigeria would require a whopping $2.3 trillion to bridge its infrastructure deficits in the next 21 years is a cause for concern. Hajiya Ahmed said the revised National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan was meant to fund key sectors in the economy such as power, Read More

Nigeria’s malnutrition burden

October 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent report by Doctors Without Borders (DWB) that the North-west geo-political zone is reeling under the weight of kid malnutrition should be of a serious cause for concern in view of its socio-economic implications for the future generation. The DWB’s finding is also in tandem with a survey conducted WaterAid a couple of years back indicating that Nigeria is Read More

Rekindle hope in the economy

October 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

The statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari to the effect that despite the disruptions in global economy and internal troubles, the Nigerian economy has continued to be resilient and maintain an upward trajectory is quite soothing. Speaking at the inauguration of the Presidential Committee on the National Economy, in Abuja last week, the president pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic, Read More

Buhari’s 7-year self-appraisal

October 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

In what appeared to be his scorecard as a two-term President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari last week listed what he called high-impact projects implemented across the country by the administration towards meeting the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians. The areas include agriculture, economy, infrastructure, security, health and anti-corruption, among Read More

INEC’s timely warning to political parties

October 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

The warning issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to political parties, their candidates and supporters not to complicate the security situation of the country is not only timely but also germane to the successful conduct of peaceful, credible and acceptable general elections scheduled for February next year. INEC expressed worry that, even as it is working hard to Read More

Worrisome exodus of Nigerian doctors

October 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

During the week, the President of Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA), Dr. Ojinmah Uche, must have ruffled feathers once again in the healthcare circle with the frightening revelation that Nigeria is down to 24,000 doctors to cater for its over 200m population. The NMA boss was speaking during a policy dialogue on Nigeria’s health sector brain-drain and its implication for sustainable Read More

The toxic phase of 2023 polls

October 19, 2022 Blueprint 0

The 2023 general elections are impressively on course with the opening of an epoch stage today, September 28, 2022, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – the commencement of campaigns for national offices by political parties, 152 days to the elections. INEC, which has undertaken eight out of the 14 items on the calendar and Schedule of Activities for Read More

The oil theft conundrum

October 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent call by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on President Muhammadu Buhari to treat the stealing of Nigeria’s crude oil as treasonable felony attracting death penalty could not have come at a better time. This is predicated on the fact that Nigeria’s socio-economic survival is almost wholly dependent on crude oil, which theft is adversely Read More

Curb the rising inflation

October 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), recently, released a mind boggling report to the effect that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose to 19.64 percent in July, the highest since September 2005. This is quite worrisome as it requires the urgent intervention of the nation’s economic managers, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the National Economic Council (NEC), to halt Read More

The policemen we need

October 13, 2022 Blueprint 0

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari conferred the prestigious 2022 Public Service Integrity Award to Superintendent Daniel Itse Amah, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Nasarawa Division, Kano, for rejecting a $200,000 bribe from robbers. Amah was bestowed with the honour at the 4th edition of the annual National Anti-Corruption Summit organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Read More

Buhari’s valedictory at UNGA

October 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

In what appears to be a valedictory session for President Muhammadu Buhari at the just concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Nigerian leader called for more commitment to the resolution of conflicts being driven by non-state actors; proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons; terrorism; violent extremism; malignant use of technology; climate change; irregular migration, and Read More

The shortfall of Supreme Court justices

October 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, last week drew the nation’s attention to the sordid reality that the depletion in the number of Supreme Court Justices is a burden to Nigeria’s apex court. This development is worrisome considering the fact that the 2023 general elections are fast approaching. Justice Ariwoola spoke last week in Abuja at a Read More

The Gbajabiamila antidote to oil theft

October 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

The call last week by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on President Muhammadu Buhari to treat the stealing of Nigeria’s crude oil as treasonable felony attracting death penalty could not have come at a better time. This is predicated on the fact that Nigeria’s socio-economic survival is almost wholly dependent on crude oil, which theft is Read More

Nigeria’s mental health challenge

October 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

The global community is commemorating today as the World Mental Health Day (WMHD). The day is set aside annually by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to draw the attention of governments and healthcare givers to the need to seriously address the challenges faced by the mentally ill populace and the dangers they pose to the communities they live Read More

The N16tn tax waivers

October 6, 2022 Blueprint 0

Recent media report to the effect that the federal government has foregone N16.76tn in revenue to tax reliefs and concessions given to large companies between 2019 and 2021, is a welcome development, with a proviso that the gesture will enhance local production. As of the end of 2021, 46 companies had benefitted from various tax incentives and duty waiver schemes Read More

The threat to food security

October 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

This newspaper at the weekend published a disturbing exclusive report on the quantum damage wrecked by floods across the country. The report, which is based on thorough nationwide survey, indicated that as a result of torrential rainfall in recent weeks, with no signs of slowing down, some states, especially those along the courses of Rivers Niger and Benue, are currently Read More

The threat to food security

October 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

This newspaper at the weekend published a disturbing exclusive report on the quantum damage wrecked by floods across the country. The report, which is based on thorough nationwide survey, indicated that as a result of torrential rainfall in recent weeks, with no signs of slowing down, some states, especially those along the courses of Rivers Niger and Benue, are currently Read More

The 28 bearish economic sectors

October 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicating that 28 sectors of Nigerias economy declined in the second quarter of 2022 as real Gross Domestic Product shrunk by N63.49bn quarter-on-quarter is quite disturbing. The report portends a gloomy picture for an economy that has relapsed into two recessions within four years. According to the NBS data, while real GDP Read More

Buhari’s charge to world leaders

September 30, 2022 Blueprint 0

In what appears to be a valedictory session for President Muhammadu Buhari at the just concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Nigerian leader reeled out some faced by Nigeria and strategies adopted by his government to tackle them. President Buhari called for more commitment by world leaders to the resolution of conflicts being driven by non-state Read More

Political campaigns: A call for decorum

September 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

The 2023 general elections are impressively on course with the opening of an epoch stage today, September 28, 2022, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – the commencement of campaigns for national offices by political parties, 152 days to the elections. INEC, which has undertaken eight out of the 14 items on the calendar and Schedule of Activities for Read More

Ending the phenomenon of building collapse

September 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

Last Tuesday, the President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr. Ali A. Rabiu, laid the blame for the perennial building collapses in the country at the doorsteps of development control officers. Rabiu noted that from January till date, a total of 17 buildings had crumbled across the states of the federation. He spoke at Read More

Nigeria and the World Tourism Day

September 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

Today is being observed by the global community as the World Tourism Day. The day was set aside by the United Nations Tourism Organisation in 1980. The cardinal objective of the celebration is to sensitise the entire world to long-term planning and development, as well as harnessing the multiple benefits from tourism. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Tourism Read More

WHO’s disturbing statistics on suicide

September 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent statistics of people engaging in self-murder released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) should be a cause for worry to the living. According to the global body, close to 700,000 people commit suicide annually induced by various conditions ranging from depression, frustration, and poverty to despair. About 77 per cent of the cases occur in low and middle Read More

INEC’s cost justification

September 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

For the umpteenth time, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained that the cost of conducting elections in Nigeria is relatively high because of the country’s own peculiarities. Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, cited the web of security that is usually thrown around the election process as an example. He spoke during an interactive session with editors last Read More

Time to appoint new Supreme Court justices

September 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, last week drew the nation’s attention to the sordid reality that the depletion in the number of Supreme Court Justices is a burden to Nigeria’s apex court. This development is worrisome, considering the fact that the 2023 general elections are fast approaching. Justice Ariwoola spoke last week in Abuja at Read More