Zik’s Annual Lecture: When stakeholders sought solutions to insecurity in Nigeria

November 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

As the nation passes through a tortuous moment of insecurity, everyone is putting heads together towards finding a solution. OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU reports about one of such efforts. The security of lives and property is outmost responsibility of every government given its importance to society. Evidences show that security promotes healthy living, peace and tranquility. This is however achieved when the Read More

As Lagos records 345 murder cases in 2022, highest in years…

November 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

The number of crimes committed in Lagos in the last one year far exceeds previous incidents, according to police authorities. IDACHABA SUNNY ELEOJO reports on this with additional reports from PM news. Lagos is everything to everyone depending on the angle anyone perceives it. To that extent, this former capital city of Nigeria christened ‘The Centre of Excellence’ is often Read More

Boosting confidence in insurance through prompt claims settlement

November 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s insurance industry has over the years failed to get the buy-in of most Nigerians due to what many say is their inability to pay claims as and when due; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. A lot of Nigerians would readily say that the country’s insurance industry is a no- go area for them due to their past experiences or stories. And Read More

Naira re-design: Nigerians remember 1984

November 25, 2022 Patrick Andrew 0

Not a few who were 15 years and above 38 years old would recollect perhaps with angst the harrowing experiences their parents, relatives and others were subjected to when the military regime headed by Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari directed a change of the country’s currency, the Naira. Some were direct victims of the new policy. The sudden change of the country’s Read More

Diabetes: Will sugar-sweetened beverages tax reduce cases?

November 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

There have been agitations for the federal government to increase the sugar- sweetened beverages tax from N10 to N30 per litre. But TOPE SUNDAY in this report wonders if the tax will reduce the rising cases of diabetes across the country. According to the document by the National Action on Sugar Reduction (NASR), the coalition, which advocates policy measures to Read More

133m Nigerians living in poverty: As analysts, experts suggest way out…

November 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

Last week, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed that the number of Nigerians living in poverty stands at over 133 million; a figure which represents 63 per cent of the nation’s population. ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU in this report, speaks to economic and financial experts on how Nigeria can get it right. The NBS figure was presented during the launch of Read More

Obi’s critics: Are Soludo, stalwarts working against Igbo interest?

November 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi, has come under attacks from Anambra state governor, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, opposition politicians and other prominent Nigerians, especially from the South-east region. PAUL OKAH asks a cross-section of Nigerians whether Soludo and other stalwarts are working against Igbo interest or not. Soludo, Obi’s critics Read More

Kwara 2023: Will Ó tó gẹ́ mantra fly?

November 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

As the 2023 general elections build up questions have been raised on possibility of sustaining the Ó tó gẹ́ political revolution in Kwara state given fracas and cracks in the APC coupled with its unpredictable political atmosphere, KEHINDE OSASONA writes. Ó tó gẹ́ meaning “enough is enough” was a slogan for the political revolution that took place in Kwara state Read More

Bayo Ojo, Parry Osayande: Where are they now?

November 25, 2022 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

The whereabouts of these three ex-public servants is not known since they left office; however, looking at the periods they were in office, their exploits cannot easily be forgotten; ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Bayo Ojo Chief Christopher Adebayo Ojo (SAN) was the Attorney General of the Federation in the last tail of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration. He was once the Read More

Getting rid of kidnappers, criminals on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

November 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Oyo state government and governments of adjoining states are flushing criminals out of the popular Lagos/Ibadan expressway. BAYO AGOOLA reports. In the past few weeks, the ever-busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway has turned to another dangerous route with kidnappers gradually making it their operational base especially the Ibadan axis of the expressway with kidnapping taking place daily. In some instances, killing innocent Read More

Saving girl-child from being endangered

November 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Again, the rights of the girl-child is being canvassed for at a time that the society and indeed many states do not regard that gender with dignity. IDACHABA SUNNY ELEOJO reports. In every home in this country, there is a female gender either in the form of a child, teenager, wife or a mother. Not only are they called the Read More

Grassroots sports development in Nigeria: Challenges and prospects

November 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Ask any Nigerian sports administrator what their priorities are. They would simply tell you that grassroots sports development and harvesting of talents rank high on their wish list. So desirable is the need for developing sports at the grassroot level that successive administrations make it a catchphrase when rolling out plans for youths and sports at every given opportunity. Officially Read More

Preventing anti-microbial resistance through awareness campaign

November 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

An awareness campaign towards educating Nigerians about what is known as anti-microbial resistance to drugs is underway in the country. IDACHABA SUNNY ELEOJO reports. What is known as antimicrobials are very essential in treating some diseases like pneumonia, sepsis and other life- threatening infections that may be found in man and animal. Microbes such as bacteria can develop resistance to Read More

2023: Going to the polls amidst rising insecurity

November 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Africa’s biggest election would be held in February 2023 in Nigeria. It is the seventh successive general election in Nigeria’s 23 years of unbroken democratic experiment after the end of military rule in 1999.That election would be massive with an estimated 95 million registered voters who would go to the polls in 176,846 polling units across 774 local government areas.A Read More

Mai Mala Buni CON: A gentleman governor and quintessential democrat at 55

November 18, 2022 Mamman Mohammed 0

Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them – William Shakespeare  For those who have been close to, or interacted closely with the Yobe state Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, it is very convincing to assume that the famous 17th century English playwright, William Shakespeare, had Buni in mind while writing the play, Twelfth Night. Buni, adequately fits Read More

As Nigerians groan under flood-engineered inflation…

November 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

The October inflation rate of 21.09 per cent did not come to many Nigerians as a surprise considering the flooding which affected many farming communities and disrupted economic activities in 30 states. This further drove up the prices of goods and services; JAMIN UMUTEME writes. In its consumer price index (CPI) report for the month of October released on Tuesday, Read More

Tackling the monster called homelessness

November 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Many Nigerians are homeless, not because they sleep in the streets, but they do so in places where they find shelters which are not compared to an ideal human habitation. ELEOJO IDACHABA examines this in this report. Thirty-five year-old Nora, a hair stylist from Nasarawa state, has been residing in Kado Biko village inside Gwarinpa, Abuja, since 2009. She, according Read More

Negligence by parents: Children as endangered species?

November 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

News of avoidable deaths of children in different parts of the country abound these days, especially as parents appear to neglect their duties of protecting their children from harm’s way. PAUL OKAH asks a cross-section of Nigerians if children are now endangered species. Yes, they are Children are an endangered species. They don’t have a mind of their own and Read More

Ember months: Time for relationship hiccups, divorces

November 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Ember months have some special features, and one of them is the annual marriage consummation, and relationships that break up; TOPE SUNDAY writes. Ember months are the last four months that end the year. The season starts from September, and ends in December. It is a season that is believed in Nigeria to be associated with disasters. However, it is Read More

Displaced original Abuja inhabitants and ceaseless lamentations

November 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Over the years, alleged neglect and a myriad of challenges have continued to plague the indigenous people of Abuja, otherwise known as the Original Inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In this report, KEHINDE OSASONA gives more insight. UN standpoint and the law Globally, there are an estimated 476 million indigenous peoples living in over 90 countries. According to Read More

Mohammed Magoro, Uche Okechukwu: Where are they now?

November 18, 2022 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

The whereabouts of these gentlemen who played different roles in respective public offices is not known even though they are still around; ELEOJO IDACHABA wonders in this piece. Mohammed Magoro Mohammed Magoro is a retired General of the Nigerian Army who was twice a minister under Generals Obasanjo and Buhari’s military regimes, having joined the military in 1963. A member Read More

AbdulRasaq brings succour to Kwara communities 50 years after.

November 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

After waiting for 50 years, the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is bringing succour to Osi-Obbo-Aiyegunle communities in Kwara state. UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHB reports on the construction of a road linking the two communities long abandoned by previous administration. Access roads, no doubt, remain one of the major catalysts to development in any community; hence, the desire of every community Read More

Kogi and Yahaya Bello’s giant strides in education

November 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The education sector in Kogi under Gov Yahaya Bello is working despite criticisms due to misinformation. OYIBO SALIHU reports. His Excellency Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello took the mantle of leadership of Kogi state on January 27, 2016.The governor being a product of a quality educational institution, the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, knew that education is the bed rock of Read More

When Emir of Ilorin marked 27 years on the throne

November 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Emir of Ilorin Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari just clocked 27 years on the throne. In this report, UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHB writes on the celebration that also saw the state NUJ organising a colloquium in his honour, just as the ancient Islamic city of Ilorin also aid homage by coming to a standstill. At a recent colloquium on the Emir Read More

David Jemibewon, Leo Maeba: Where are they now?

November 11, 2022 LEOJO IDACHABA 0

Where could these eminent Nigerians be long after their stewardships in the government circles ELEOJO IDACHABA asks in this piece? David Jemibewon General David Jemibewon (retd.) is not a stranger in Nigeria, but not many people, especially of the younger generation, would be able to put a face to that name even though he is one of those who made Read More