Lamentations of ex-University of Uyo Teaching Hospital staff

July 28, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The management of University of Uyo Teaching Hospital has refused to reabsorb its sacked staff 13 years after their sack was reversed. UKO ETIM reports.Fresh facts have emerged to the fact that University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH)’s refusal to reabsorb sacked staff of the institution as directed by the Federal Ministry of Health Abuja in 2008 is not due Read More

Assessing Sokoto state and fiscal management

July 27, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Owing to the prudent management of resources and compliance to fiscal responsibility act, Sokoto state has been ranked the best in North-west by major rating agencies. SIDI UMAR reports.Before the current administration of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal came onboard in 2015, Sokoto state was among the states that totally depended on Abuja for allocation and paid least attention to internally generated Read More

Ponzi scheme: Rage as angry investors besiege EFCC over scam

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The last has not been heard about the various Ponzi schemes defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians with  fake financial returns. EMEKA NZE reports on one of such. Several Nigerians who unsuspectingly invested their money with a promise of huge Return On Investment (ROI) of 100% and above have petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently probe and prosecute the company, Read More

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Wilson Oruma, Okechukwu Uche: Where are they now?

July 23, 2021 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

Once upon a time they were newsmakers, but where are these individuals who once made headlines back then? This is the question ELEOJO IDACHABA asks in this piece. Wilson Oruma Wilson Oruma, an Nigerian professional footballer, was born in Warri, Delta state. His footballing career started at Bendel Insurance in 1994; thereafter, he went to Lens and played seven matches Read More

Why young ladies prefer older, married men

July 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

For time immemorial, the issue of fidelity has been a source of concern to married couples, with it leading to the collapse of marriages and relationships. In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other states across the federation, the growing trend appears to be young ladies ignoring willing young men to jostle over married men. PAUL OKAH in this report Read More

Global anxiety as UNESCO alerts on Nigeria’s education

July 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

According to many citizens, Nigeria’s education system is on a nosedive as a result of the consistent attacks on institutions of learning across the land. In this report, ELEOJO IDACHABA takes a look at this national concern. Global concerns are mounting over the falling standard of education in Nigeria particularly in the northern part. Of major concern is the one Read More

Eid el-Kabir: ‘Our experiences on Nigerian roads’

July 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

The 2021 Eid el-Kabir has come and gone, but it left some memories for some Nigerians who plied the nation’s roads in preparation for its celebration. TOPE SUNDAY speaks with some of them. According to available reports, this year’s Eid el-Kabir celebration recorded lesser road casualties when compared to those of 2019 and 2020. At least 10 persons died in Read More

Covid-19 pandemic: Is end in sight?

July 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last week, Nigeria recorded an additional 123 new Covid-19 cases with total infections rising to 169,329. As countries of the world continue to battle against the pandemic with the third wave taking its toll on many countries, Kehinde Osasona asks: Is end in sight? The dreaded coronavirus pandemic, which emanated from Wuhan in China, has now spread to over 200 Read More

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Cries, pains as Wike pulls down illegal structures

July 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Some residents of Rivers state are still counting their loses as the state government pulled down some illegal structures recently in a move the government said was aimed at smoking criminals out of their hidings. GODWIN EGBA reports. Rivers state governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike’s relentless commitment to transforming the geographical land space of the state through infrastructural development such as Read More

Why criminalities persist in Akwa Ibom’

July 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

Cult-related form of criminalities has in recent times been recorded in Akwa Ibom state. UKO ETIM reports that accusing fingers are pointed at some unnamed public officials. Reasons are currently being unearthed as efforts channeled by Akwa Ibom state government to eliminate cultism in the state seems to be somersaulting. This is even as activities of the criminal gangs are Read More

How Covid-19 threatened girl-child education in Northern Nigeria

July 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The girl-child education is faced with numerous challenges especially in northern Nigeria where economic barriers, social cultural norms and practices, among other factors, discourage parents/guardians from enrolling the girl-child in formal education. A recent report by UNICEF indicates that one in every five of the world’s out-of- school children is in Nigeria, of which many are girls. Another recent report Read More

Proposed Federal Teaching Hospital Lafia: To be or not

July 18, 2021 Editorial IV 0

A legal backing to establish the Federal Teaching Hospital in Lafia sponsored by Senator Tanko Al-Makura is progressing in the Senate as MOHAMMED YANGIDA writes on benefits of the hospital, if established.A bill seeking for the establishment of Federal University Teaching Hospital Lafia in Nasarawa state initiated and sponsored by Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has already scaled through first and Read More

Concerns as Nigeria swims deeper in debt waters

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

In the past couple of years, Nigerians from all walks of life have been shouting at the top of their voices over the country’s increasing debt profile. But with the recent approvals given to the Executive to borrow $1.5 billion and €995 million, once more, experts are beginning to wonder whether or not it is not one loan too many; Read More

Onyema Ugochukwu, Jeremiah Abalaka: Where are they now?

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Many years after these three individuals made headlines in their various vocations, nothing has been heard about them again. ELEOJO IDACHABA asks where they could be at the moment. Onyema Ugochukwu Chief Onyema Ugochukwu is an economist, journalist, politician and the chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) at its creation in 2000 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Ugochukwu had Read More

Anxiety as cholera returns

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Cholera has returned with many unsuspecting persons as its victims. In this report, ELEOJO IDACHABA writes on what now appears like a wild fire ravaging many states. For nine-year-old Ibrahim, it started like a normal abdominal discomfort until this son of Danmagaji of Dutse in Jigawa state suddenly developed complications leading to death in the wee hours of May 16, Read More

2021 UTME mass failure: Who is to blame?

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report takes a look at the views of stakeholders on the mass failure in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and how to avoid re-occurrence. The controversy over the results of this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) still rages. Many students who sat for the examination Read More

Maltreatment of widows by family members

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Despite the existence of laws to protect Nigerians against human rights abuse, harmful widowhood practices have continued to thrive in states across the country as widows experience maltreatment by in-laws and family members; PAUL OKAH reports. Regardless of the state or ethic group, the death of a married man in Nigeria is often followed with concerns over how the widow Read More

Saving the children against pneumonia in Jigawa

July 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Pneumonia is silently killing people in Nigeria especially in Jigawa state. In this report, BAYO MUHAMMAD ALABIRA writes on efforts to address the scourge. Due to the dangerous nature of pneumonia and its negative impact on children in Nigeria and Jigawa state in particular, Save the Children International embarks on the first-ever National Integrated Pneumonia Control Strategy and Implementation Plan Read More

Issues arising from NASS’ amendment of NPC principal acts

July 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The media space is awash with protests against the proposed amendment to the practice of journalism in Nigeria. In this report, ELEOJO IDACHABA examines the various perspectives to the issue. It seems attempt by the National Assembly to amend what they referred to as the relevant aspect of the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) Act of 1992 in line with what Read More

Tears, sorrows as Benue laments humanitarian crisis over attacks

July 12, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Benue state is bleeding from the effect of herders/bandits attack in which lives and property are largely destroyed. JOHN SHIAONDO writes on this.Recently there have been increased attacks on communities in Benue state by suspected herdsmen.The herdsmen heavily armed who have employed guerilla style of warfare against their victims usually come stealthily in the night only to leave a trail Read More

Humanitarian ministry: Reaching the needy through people-focused programmes

July 9, 2021 AMSON BENJAMIN 0

In line with its mandate and in fulfillment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has continued to implement impactful programmes that have trickle down effects on the ordinary Nigerians. BENJAMIN SAMSON writes. One of the programmes of the Federal Read More

Chibudum Nwuche, Stella Omu: Where are they now?

July 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

They were at various times occupants of different public offices until they left the scene. Since then, nothing has been heard about them again. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes on where they could be now. Chibudum Nwuche Hon. Chibudum Nwuche was the deputy speaker, House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A lawyer Read More

Much Ado about Nigerian Press Council Bill

July 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The proposed Amendment of the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) by the National Assembly is facing stiff opposition from media stakeholders. BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report examines the controversy trailing the bill. The Nigerian Press Council (NPC) Amendment Bill is sponsored by the member representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere constituency in Oyo state, Olusegun Odebunmi. Odebunmi is also the chairman of the House Read More

How DHQ inspired synergy is boosting military operations

July 8, 2021 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

BENJAMIN SAMSON in this piece examines how synergy and cooperation in the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies is beginning to yield results in the fight against insecurity in the country President Muhammadu Buhari has once again commended the new found synergy in the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN). Speaking at the grand finale of the 2021 Read More

Fighting gender violence and harmful traditional practices

July 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In Bauchi state, a non-governmental organisation in conjunction with the state Ministry of Women and Child Development and United Nations are working round the clock to eradicate gender-based violence in all its ramifications. NAJOB SANI reports. For many years, there existed some traditions in Nigeria especially in rural areas that have continued to endanger the women-folk. Such traditions and cultures Read More