Pains of telecom traders over suspension of SIM registration

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As the federal government seeks to address insecurity through linkage of mobile telecommunications lines with National Identity Number (NIN), ABDULRAHEEM AODU reports that another security challenge seems to be brewing in the form of massive unemployment.  The federal government had in the first week of December 2020 directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to embark on audit of Subscriber Registration Read More

Towards finding lasting peace in Plateau…

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The urgent desire for peaceful coexistence has moved Governor Simon Lalong to reconstitute inter- religious council to coordinate the peaceful transition as MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU writes. Reinvigorating the path of peace for sustainable development is the utmost priority of Plateau state governor, Mr Simon Lalong.This he does by putting in place the state inter- religious council where some selected religious Read More

Abuja school where girls are sexually harassed

February 23, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Often times, stories of sexually harassment by male lecturers in universities find their ways into public domain. However, when the same is recorded in a secondary school, it becomes a thing of worry to caring parents. PAUL OKAH reports on one of such in an Abuja school.It is no longer news that ladies are always victims of sexual abuse in Read More

Banditry: How stick and carrot approach is yielding results in Zamfara

February 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

 In Zamfara state, the state government in conjunction with the police hierarchy is doing everything possible to bring criminalities to an end through a two prong approach of discipline and dialogue. SANUSI MUHAMMAD reports. Zamfara state had been in the news for so many wrong reasons bothering on insecurity. Created in 1996, the area was part of Sokoto state with Read More

As kingship crisis continues to rock Anambra community…

February 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

A community in Orumba South local government area of Anambra state has become the latest to be torn-apart by traditional rulership tussle following recent controversial emergence of two candidates for the vacant position. OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU reports.When the traditional ruler of Ogbunka, Igwe Charles Esiobu joined his ancestors in August 2008, expectations were high that his successor would emerge through a Read More

Oyo and unending security challenges

February 21, 2021 Editorial IV 0

It is has been tales of insecurity in and across Oyo state in the last few weeks from Ibarapa land to Oke – Ogun with residents no longer sleeping with their two eyes closed in most parts of the state as a result of the unpredictable and fragile security situation in the state. BAYO AGBOOLA reports. Genesis of current problem Read More

Tapping from multilateral and bilateral pacts

February 19, 2021 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

The whole world is now like a global market especially with business, economic and social agreements among countries. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this report examines the benefits of such relationships. No man, they say, is an island. The saying equally applies to a country especially in modern day governments when collaboration in every form is sine qua non to progress and development.  Indeed, Read More

Social media as bane of modern journalism

February 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The advent of the social media, also known as the new media, has opened new vistas in journalism practice with some perceiving it as a blessing to the profession while other see it as the bane of modern journalism. In this report, KEHINDE OSASONA examines the arguments for and against as presented in recent media stakeholder’s forums. The emergence of Read More

Quit order, end to Yoruba, Fulani coexistence?

February 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The age-long relationship between Yoruba and Fulani in the western part of the country appears threatened over recent happenings. TOPE SUNDAY writes. In the last couple of months the relationship between Yoruba and Fulani in the South-west is frosty over the alleged killings being perpetrated by the unknown assailants, but suspected to have been carried by some criminal elements among Read More

Day Ijaw youths stormed NDDC headquarters over breach of contract

February 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

In what looks like a protest march, youths of the Niger Delta region recently stormed the headquarters of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over alleged renerge of agreement by the commission.GODWIN EGBA reports on the protest and accompanying issues. Against the backdrop of the appointment of a special assistant (SA) on youths and security by the Niger Delta Development Commission Read More

As 2 die in Anambra over N500 welfare levy…

February 18, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The crisis rocking tipper drivers union in Anambra state is assuming a worrisome dimension following the death of two persons as OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU reports.At least two persons have been reportedly killed with several others injured while more went into hiding as two factional groups laying claims to the leadership seat of tipper drivers union battled to control N500 welfare levies Read More

Al-makura: One good turn deserves another

February 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

For his unalloyed commitment and loyalty, there are calls by political watchers to reward Senator Tanko Al-Makura with the position of APC national chairman. MOHAMMED YANGIDA reports.Nasarawa state has been the political laboratory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) right from when it was Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) being the only state that nurtured the party to prominence in Read More

Proliferation of varsities: Whither education standard?

February 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

In this report, PAUL OKAH takes a look at the recent creation of 20 private universities by the federal government against the backdrop of the perennial strikes by university workers and decaying infrastructure in the education sector. Over the years, the standard of education has been a major concern to authorities in the education sector. The nation’s graduates are said Read More

APC members at daggers-drawn over registration

February 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

The on-going revalidation of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which started penultimate week across the country has continued to generate controversy in some quarters setting some members of the party on war path, KEHINDE OSASONA reports. Revalidation of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and registration exercise has seen many big wigs of the party revalidate Read More

2023: As agitations continue…

February 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

There have been growing agitations among the major tribes in Nigeria ahead of the 2023 elections and zoning of the presidency. TOPE SUNDAY writes. Almost every two years before an election year in Nigeria, stakeholders and political leaders would renew their calls for the zoning of the presidency to their zones. The South-west, South-south and South-east geo-political zones as usual Read More

John Kennedy Opara, Alloma Mukhtar: Where are they now?

February 12, 2021 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

They served their father land meritoriously in various capacities, but since they left office, they have not been seen or heard in public space. In this piece, ELEOJO IDACHABA wonders where they are now. John Kennedy Opara, JP, OFR John Kennedy Opara is the pioneer executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC). The Commission was inaugurated in 2008, Read More

Day journalists were trained to combat Covid-19

February 11, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc nationwide, the Nigerian Press Council in collaboration with the EME’GS limited, have assembled a team of  journalists from the South-east geopolitical zones on how best to protect selves while discharging their primary responsibilities. OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU reports the outcome of the workshop. Early January this year, Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), a Geneva Read More

A look at the new sheriff in ZAMFARA

February 11, 2021 Editorial IV 0

On December 23 2020, IGP Muhammad Idris approved the appointment of CP Abutu Yaro and deployed him as the new Zamfara Police Commissioner. SANUSI MUHAMMAD GUSAU takes a look at his  approaches to making Zamfara peaceful and crime-free. The Commissioner of Police Zamfara State Command (CP) Abutu Yaro took over from CP Usman Nagogo on  December 23, 2020 while Usman Nagogo Read More

34th session of AU summit and matters arising

February 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The proceedings of the 34th summit of African Union (AU) leaders which held virtually between February 5 and 7, 2021 touched on major reforms. AWWAL GATA reports on the proceedings. For the first time since it started 34 years ago, the summit of African Union (AU) leaders was held virtually this year, apparently to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Read More

Assessing Nigeria’s readiness for COVID-19 vaccination

February 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As Nigeria prepares to take delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, there are lots to be put in place to ensure the safe landing and judicious administration of the vaccines. EDET UDOH reports.As Nigeria expects to obtain its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in few weeks, a committee has been set up with the responsibility to, among other things, choose the most Read More

Ripples over Ebonyi gov’s aide’s resignation to save her marriage

February 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The resignation of the immediate past special assistant to the Governor of Ebonyi state on business development, Deaconess Emerald Udeakaji, to save her marriage has continued to generate ripples in some quarters; TOPE SUNDAY writes. The administration of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state has witnessed mass resignations of his aides following his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress Read More

Olusegun Aganga, Abubakar Yar’Adua: Where are they now?

February 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Many years after these former public servants left office in their various capacities, not much has been heard about them again. In this report, ELEOJO IDACHABA asks where they could be at the moment. Olusegun Aganga Olusegun Aganga was a minister of Industry, Trade and Investment as well as that of Finance at different times. He was appointed in those Read More

Covid-19: Still on Buhari’s order and enforceability

February 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an Executive Order specifying various degrees of punishment for Nigerians who flout Covid-19 protocols. In this report, PAUL OKAH takes a look at the Order and challenges of enforcement. Nigeria has never had problems with regards to lack of laws, but enforcement of the too many laws governing the country since its independence. Observing Read More

Harvesting the benefits of digitisation

February 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria is bracing up to join the trend of global digitisation in all her national infrastructure. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this report takes a look at the trend in the light of its associated benefits. In what appears as a conscious effort towards globalisation in digital technology, the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) is set to roll out digital driver’s licences Read More

Tension in Anambra community over chieftaincy stool

February 4, 2021 Editorial IV 0

It has been a peaceful agrarian community now filled with tension as two individuals are laying claim to the traditional throne of the community. OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU writes on the mood of the community.In Ogbunka, Orumba South local government area of Anambra state, two persons are laying claims to the traditional stool. The duo, Blueprint gathered are Igwe JohnMark Anyaoha and Read More