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N24bn missing police pension

March 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Police Pension Fund is in the news again. In the past few years reports of stolen or diverted money for personal enrichment by people in charge of police pension have become sizzling topics in the public domain.The latest case is a confirmation by the internal auditor of the Pension Office, Mr Adeyemo Julius Adebolu, who was around when the Read More

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Provide security, not transfer of students

March 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

In a panic response to the gruesome murder of over 50 students of Federal Government College, BuniYadi, Yobe state on February 24, this year, the Federal Government on March 6, shut downfive unity schools in the troubled North-east of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. They include Federal Government Girls College, Munguno; College of Science and Technology, Lassa; Federal Government College, Read More

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Death for the jobless

March 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

The cancellation of the ill-fated recruitment of various cadres for the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, by President Goodluck Jonathan can only alleviate the injury inflicted on the nation’s psyche by the Ministry of Interior. The President, as usual, has failed to read the mood of the nation correctly. Just like he prevaricated in dealing with the ‘Oduahgate’ scandal, he has Read More

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FCT minister’s self-indictment

March 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

The recent statement by Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Senator Bala Mohammed, that all information being filed to him by his directors and heads of agencies in the FCTA about the state of the nation’s capital were lies,is as embarrassing as it is a personal indictment of the minister. The minister’smade the comment after an inspection tour Read More

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Jonathan’s lamentationon medical tourism

March 19, 2014 Blueprint 0

Recently, at a conference on health, President Goodluck Jonathan raised alarm at the huge capital flight from the country through the upsurge in medical tourism among Nigerians. The President’s lamentation smacks of insincerity as medical tourism is just one area where the shortcomings in our national life have caused the nation a lot. Does the President not know of education Read More

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The US corruption verdict on Nigeria

March 18, 2014 Blueprint 0

The increasing rate of corruption in Nigeria has drawn theflakof the United States. In its Report on Human Rights Practice for 2013, the US State Department saysthe Nigerian government has been frustrating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from prosecuting those involved in financial crimes. The report titled, “Corruption and lack of Transparency in Government, says EFCC faced several Read More

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Abdulsalami’s worry over 2015

March 17, 2014 Blueprint 0

Thestatement by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, that the February2015 elections will make or mar Nigeria gives cause for concern. It is a call for vigilance by all Nigerians to shun anything that could result in the polls becoming a tragedy for the nation. Abdulsalami is no ordinary Nigerian. He played the unique and important role of hand Read More

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The delicensing of 83 microfinance banks

March 14, 2014 Blueprint 0

The desire of the federal government to see effective microfinance banks is encountering some challenges. Already, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has sanctioned a total of 83of the 900 licensed microfinance banks in Nigeria. Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, managing director of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), who made the disclosure when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking Read More

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Boko Haram: Challenge before Gusau

March 13, 2014 Blueprint 0

Last week, President Jonathan swore in 11 new ministers into his cabinet promising that more will soon be appointed. Considering that there are more than 40 ministers in the government, 11 ministers is not a significantly large number expected to deliver much that is different from what the Jonathan government has done so far. However, we advise the ministers to Read More

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Retirement of judges

March 12, 2014 Blueprint 0

The approval by President Goodluck Jonathan for the retirement of Justice Gladys Olotu of the Federal High Court, Abuja and Justice U.A. Inyang of the Federal Capital Territory High Court recently is bound to cause ripples in some quarters. The president’s action is based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Read More

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MDGs, Vision 2020 as mere slogans

March 11, 2014 Blueprint 0

As 2015 draws near, the attention of government officials and indeed all Nigerians would be on that year’sgeneral elections. However, 2015 means more than elections. 2015 has been set aside by the United Nations for developing countries to achieve set goals or targets towards promoting all round development and improvement in the life of the people of these countries. The Read More

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Decreasing Police budget and 2015 elections

March 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The cut in the budgetary allocation to the Nigeria Police in 2014 budget proposal is a potential threat to the forthcoming general elections scheduled for 2015.The allocation for personnel cost fell from N292billion in 2013 to N279 billion in 2014, i.e. N13billion decrease. While in 2013 Police formation and command received N7.6 billion as overhead cost, in 2014 budget N1.2billion Read More

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Nigerian students in fake Ghanaian universities

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

Receiving a team of National Universities Commission (NUC) officials who recently visited Ghana to understudy the country’s university system, Deputy Head of Mission, Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, Mr. Mohammed Abdul Kurmawa, said a large number of private universities have sprung up in that country with the sole aim of defrauding unsuspecting Nigerian students and parents in desperate need of Read More

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Enough of bloodbath in North-east

March 6, 2014 Blueprint 0

The past few days have witnessed the deadliest attacks by gunmen in the North-eastern part of Nigeria. The attacks, attributed to Boko Haram, have claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent people, mostly woman and children. Just as the world received with shock the massacre of dozens of students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Read More

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Another round of fuel scarcity

March 5, 2014 Blueprint 0

For the past couple of days, in many parts of the country including Abuja, the nation’s capital, the ugly sights of fuel queues have once again resurfaced, creating fear and panic about the cause and its long- term effects.While the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has maintained that it has enough supplies and that the public should not panic, the Read More

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The big threat of vaccines stock-out

March 4, 2014 Blueprint 0

The news that Nigeria has run out of vaccines for four child-killer diseases calls for concern. These child-killer diseases are yellow fever, measles, hepatitis B and Chalmette-Guerin. These diseases contribute greatly to the death of children under the age of five in Nigeria. It is interesting to note that Nigeria and India top the list of countries with the highest Read More

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The Nigeria Army and Boko Haram threat

March 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

The recent face-off between the embattled Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, the Nigeria Army and some aides of President Goodluck Jonathan over whether the nation can win the war against Boko Haram is a healthy one. The face-off is healthy because the insurgents have held one of Africa’s largest armies, the Nigeria Army, hostage for more than two years, Read More

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A case for election offences tribunal

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The call for free and fair elections in Nigeria in 2015 is growing by the day. The desire of these concerned people is that Nigeria must endeavour to get it right.The latest voice in this regard is coming from the United States’ Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Thomas-Greenfield, who spoke in Abuja at the opening Read More

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Jonathan’s romance with corruption

February 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

The actions and body language of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidency indicate that he is in an enduring romance with corruption. The perception that the President is very much at home and in sync with corruption is reflected in the comments of some leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, had stated Read More

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Egypt: Release Aljazeera journalists

February 26, 2014 Blueprint 0

On February 20, 2014, the interim government in Egypt made good its resolve to put on trial a number of journalists working for the satellite television, Aljazeera. That the trial was held despite international appeals to the Egyptian authorities to free the journalists shows an unfriendly attitude of the present government towards the press.While it is understandable that freedoms can Read More

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Sanusi: Is Jonathan now ready to fight corruption?

February 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

President Goodluck Jonathan is a very patient man.  Everyone expected him to sack Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) some months ago.  But the president, in the words of James Hadley Chase, has the patience of a vulture.  He can wait on his target for 20 years until it enters the trap. Sanusi in Read More

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Plight of disengaged workers

February 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian system is notorious for its poor treatment of pensioners and disengaged workers. The government is notorious on reneging on agreements it reaches with the working people or even with Labour unions. This has often led to strikes, sit-ins and mass action by workers or pensioners. In a recent display of the poor treatment of disengaged workers and its Read More

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As ASUU considers another strike action

February 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

The dream of a smooth academic activity in Nigerian universities seems to be hanging in the balance following athreat by lecturers recently that they might go on strike once again. Their position is anchored in what the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), their umbrella body, says is the failure of the federal government to release the sum of N270 Read More

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National conference or pro-government gathering?

February 19, 2014 Blueprint 0

Last week, the National Council of State endorsed the forthcoming national conference proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan. It is not surprising that the body has endorsed what many patriotic and critically-minded Nigerians have dubbed a jamboree or pro-government gathering that will gulp a whopping N7 billion of tax payers’ money. If the Nigerian people really matter and their views taken Read More

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Nigeria’s N520bn steel importation

February 18, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s $3.3 billion (N520 billion) spent yearly on importation of steel despite the abundance of iron ore in the country is one of the shocking pictures of the nation’s profligacy. Besides huge capital flight, the implication of steel importation is manifold. With $3.3 billion, more than the budget of many a country, Nigeria can provide jobs for her teeming youths Read More