NOUN blazing the trail among Nigeria’s educational institutions

June 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

TOPE OLUSANYA in this report examines NOUN as one of the few in Africa blazing the trail of academic excellence. The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) was established in the year 1983 as a federal open and distance learning institution, the first of its kind in West Africa sub-region.Since its resuscitation in the year 2002, it has remained Nigeria Read More

Breaking Nigeria’s dependence on oil revenue

June 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

As authorities continually depend upon revenue from oil which over the years has been on a downward slide, experts say the federal government should focus more on the non-oil sector to loosen the noose; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. When oil was discovered in 1956 in Oloibiri in the present day Bayelsa state, after half a century of exploration, it was believed Read More

Salisu Buhari, Tom Adaba: Where are they now?

June 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

After they served their country meritoriously in various capacities, no one has heard anything about them anymore even though they are very much around; ELEOJO IDACHABA asks where they could be presently and what they’re doing. Salisu Buhari Salisu Buhari, a former lawmaker from Kano state, was also the first speaker in the House of Representatives when Nigeria fully returned Read More

Relief, kudos as Nigeria manufactures own vehicles

June 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

Everything seems to be looking up for Nigeria’s automotive industry with the recent inroads made in the production/assemblage of locally-manufactured vehicles. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this report examines benefits. In what looks like the era of Nigeria joining the league of developed countries, automobiles are now being manufactured, assembled and commissioned in the country. This is coming even as several companies Read More

Flour price hike: Anxiety heightens over looming bread scarcity

June 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

Bread is staple food in Nigeria, however, with the recent hike in the price of flour and other basic ingredients including sugar, its cost is fast getting out of reach of the common man, even as anxiety heightens over looming bread scarcity, KEHINDE OSASONA writes. Bread is a staple food in most Nigerian households, regardless of social status, just as Read More

2023 presidency: Much ado about Muslim-Muslim ticket

The search for who will fly the presidential flags of the political parties in the next year’s general elections has simmered. Another dust that has been raised is the issue of a Muslim-Muslim ticket;TOPE SUNDAY, BODE OLAGOKE andABDULRAHEEM AODU report. Like a four-year ritual, any year preceding an election is known for serious political engagements and the advent of social media has Read More

Adamawa 2023: A look at the clear coast for Fintiri’s re-election

June 23, 2022 Nasiru Musa 0

Adamawa state like the rest of Nigeria is gearing towards election in 2023. Many commentators have predicted that the battle in the state will be between APC and PDP. This is not surprising considering the sitting governor charged through an APC incumbent to emerge governor in 2019. However, stories of crisis within the APC will appear to be ending their Read More

Gwargwaje: Kaduna community where road crash reigns supreme

June 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Residents of a sleepy community sandwiched along a major highway on Kaduna-Kano road are crying out over loss of lives over frequent accidents because of the absence of a pedestrian bridge. MOHAMMED BELLO HABIB reports. Gwargwaje is a community in Zaria local government area of kaduna state. The community is located on the Trunk A Zaria-Kaduna and Zaria-Kano expressway that Read More

How triple-barreled gun is destroying African economies

June 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Today it is conclusive that Africa’s socialist experiments failed as did the state-led development approach. Not only was the heavily statist approach unable to develop African economies, but it made poverty worse. In this context of repressive state-driven economic systems, most African countries are trapped in a morass of high inflation, high debt, high taxation, high dependency, worsening poverty, food Read More

Ugwuanyi: Seven years of purposeful leadership in Enugu state

June 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

Enugu state is working under Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as his administration has touched virtually all sectors of the state. In this report, CHUKS NWEZE examines a few of such. Governor Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi of Enugu state is indeed a man that Enugu people or what is popularly known as NdiEnugu, as the governor fundly calls his people, would not forget Read More

Katsina: Pendung issues from APC primaries

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Although the last APC primary held in Katsina state has been won by those officially recognised by the party, HAMIDU SABO in this report writes that all is still not well. There is no doubt politics is essentially about political mandate, just as election is the process where politicians preoccupy themselves with the issue of political authority, either to possess Read More

Shortage of oil refineries haunts Africa as fuel prices skyrocket

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

A shortage of oil refineries across sub-Saharan Africa coupled with soaring crude prices because of the war in Ukraine has left countries dangerously short of fuel supplies, disrupting airlines and causing queues at filling stations. The surge in prices comes in tandem with a spike in the cost of food after Russia sent troops into Ukraine, hitting tens of millions Read More

An assessment of Ortom’s 7 year-old administration in Benue

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Benue state governor Samuel Ortom on Sunday 29th May, 2022 clocked seven years in office. He is the fifth civilian governor of the state after Aper Aku, Rev Father Moses Adasu, Senator George Akume and Senator Gabriel Suswam. JOHN SHIAONDO reports on his scorecard. In the build up to the 2015 governorship election in the state, Gov Ortom was unarguably Read More

As Fintiri bags Blueprint best governor of the year award…

June 19, 2022 Editorial IV 0

On Thursday June 23,  Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state would join former vice president Atiku Abubakar among other notable Nigerians to receive Blueprint Newspapers best governor award in Abuja. In this special report, MUAZU ABARI writes on how the governor succeeded in turning the state into a model of good governance. The English writer, William Shakespeare, once asserted that Read More

Stella Omu, Dalhatu Sarki Tafida: Where are they now?

June 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

Many years after they exited office, no one has heard anything about them again. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece asks where they could be now. Stella Omu Mrs. Stella Omu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees, was once a senator on the party’s platform between 1999 and 2003 where she represented Delta-south constituency in the Read More

Economic diversification: Time to walk the talk

June 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

As Nigeria’s main revenue provider continues to dwindle, it has become obvious that the country needs to seek other sources of funding for its ever increasing needs; BENJAMIN UMUTEME writes. A review of the federal government revenue profile in the last 10 years has shown that oil and gas earnings accounts for over 80 per cent of the foreign exchange Read More

APC, PDP presidential primaries: Are youth still relevant?

June 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The emergence of the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the party’s presidential candidate, and former Vice President Abubakar Atiku as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential standard bearer appears to have put a stop to the aspiration of some youth to govern the country. TOPE SUNDAY takes a look at the Read More

‘Why Tinubu should pick Pauline Tallen as running mate’

June 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigerians are clamouring for a female vice president to change the status quo of an all male leadership. ENE OSHABA looks at why Pauline Tallen best suits the APC flag bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a vice presidential candidate. Since the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the All Progressive Party (APC) Presidential flag bearer after a much Read More

Towards robust cyber security for Nigeria

June 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government recently announced that it had developed cyber security toolkits for more than 41 million Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria to protect their online activities. National Security Adviser, retired Maj Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd) gave the information at the 9th Meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council, held recently in Abuja.A pilot launch of the cyber Read More

N-Build: When pregnant women, girls, PWDs, take to carpentry, mechanic, others

June 14, 2022 Editorial IV 0

 Pregnant women, young girls, people living with disabilities (PWDs) have been breaking boundaries by doing works hitherto regarded to be the exclusive preserve of men. PAUL OKAH writes on the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development under N-Build programme. The world is fast changing, not with men being given a run for their money by women breaking Read More

When media thumped up Umahi

June 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

The developmental stride of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has attracted so much recommendations. The latest is from the media after a recent media tour of some projects just before the APC special national convention to elect its presidential flagbearer. AMARA CHUKWU EGWUAGHA reports. Just as human beings fall in love with the opposite sex, in the same way Read More

Hassan Adamu, Olusola Obada: Where are they now?

June 10, 2022 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

They were public servants who are no longer seen or heard of; ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece asks where they could be now. Hassan Adamu Known as the Wakilin Adamawa, Ambassador Hassan Adamu is also a man of many parts. He is a politician, diplomat, business man, technocrat and administrator who spent the bulk of his time in the boardroom Read More

Nwanyi Rubber: How I rose from mending plastics to become Professor

June 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

Professor Ifeyinwa Nsude is the immediate past Head of Department (HOD), Mass Communication, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. She is the Vice President, Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), South-east Zone, and a member of UNESCO Scientific Committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bordeaux, France. In this interview with ENE OSHABA, she speaks on her journey to the top Read More