Oyo guber: 3-horse-race as Makinde, Adelabu, Folarin tango

August 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

Oyo state, in the last few months, has witnessed a flurry of the activities as preparation for the governorship election in the state goes into full gear. In this report, KEHINDE OSASONA looks at the three-horse-race towards the Agodi Government House. The commencement of electioneering campaigns in Oyo state, few months back, practically turned politicians to ‘nomads’ apparently in a Read More

Another recession looms as economy dips

August 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

Forex scarcity, galloping inflation, low oil production, burgeoning debt service, and worsening insecurity seem to be pushing Nigeria into another recession; BENJAMIN UMUTEME writes. In what many have come to regard as recession bells tolling when Nigeria’s inflation figures rose to a five-year high of 18.60 per cent, added to a negative Gross Domestic Product (GDP), ballooning debt service and Read More

Ernest Ndukwe, Shem Zagbanyi Nuhu: Where are they now?

August 12, 2022 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

This week, our searchlights fall on these respectable ex-public servants whose track-records while in office cannot be forgotten easily; ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Ernest Ndukwe Dr. Ernest Ndukwe was once the executive vice chairman of Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) and a telecommunications engineer with over 38 years experience in business management and in the telecommunications industry. He is a fellow of Read More

University of Cambridge to return 116 stolen Benin artefacts

August 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

The University of Cambridge has said it is supporting a claim for the return of 116 stolen Benin artefacts to Nigeria. The artefacts were looted by the British armed forces during the Benin punitive expedition of 1897. They are currently held in the university’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA). According to a statement on the university’s website, “Physical transfer Read More

3000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Shiroro and Munya local government areas taking refuge in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Primary School Minna

Borno IDP relocation: Different strokes for different folks

August 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

Many of the internally displaced persons recently relocated to settlement areas by Borno state government relieve their experinces in this report by SADIQ ABUBAKAR. Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri are being resettled in their ancestral homes despite the selective attacks from Boko Haram insurgents.A cross-section of the returnees have expressed fears that their relocation may be threatened Read More

Need to integrate RMAFC into PIA implementation programmes

August 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

As the implementation of Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 gathers momentum, some institutions of government have started what is generally known as a critique of the law with a view to exploring how best to implement it for the overall benefit of the nation.One of the institutions, the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), recently organised a retreat with Read More

Rains: Abuja residents and mobility challenges

August 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

The rainy season comes with a lot of goodies, however, it bring a big challenge for some people, especially regarding their mobility. In this report TOPE SUNDAY examines how some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who fall within this category are coping. Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), especially those who live in the suburbs, are faced Read More

Nigerians thumb down govt over N30bn for NASS renovation

August 5, 2022 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

In this report, BENJAMIN SAMSON engages a cross section of informed Nigerians on the sum of N30.222 billion earmarked for the on-going rehabilitation of the National Assembly Complex amidst dwindling revenues. The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello recently said that the ongoing rehabilitation of the National Assembly Complex would cost the sum of N30.222 Read More

Borstal homes: Will Nigeria get it right?

August 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

The need to review the Borstal Act for Children in Conflict with the law has taken centre stage in recent times following abuse of Borstal Homes in Nigeria, KEHINDE OSASONA writes. Borstal to some people is a mere coinage usually associated with correctional homes for juveniles, but it was actually a name of a town near Rochester, Kent, in England. Read More

Re-inventing tourism amidst dwindling incomes

August 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

If Nigeria intends to recover the lost grounds occasioned by the consequences of the drop in oil prices globally, this is the time to pay attention to tourism. ELEOJO IDACHABA gathers the views expressed by experts in the industry. Nigeria, like other countries of the world whose economies are driven largely by petroleum, may in the coming years find it Read More

Development aids: Who are the real beneficiaries?

August 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

With development aids to developing countries continue to rise, many are beginning to question ask if all these really benefit recipient nations; BENJAMIN UMUTEME writes. Aid for development or what is called Official Development Assistance (ODA) continues to mean many things to many depending on the side one is; to some, it has helped many developing countries to get by Read More

Clemens Westerhof, Yakubu Mohammed: Where are they now?

August 5, 2022 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

These individuals served the country in different capacities, but long after, not much has been heard about them again; writes ELEOJO IDACHABA. Clemens Westerhof The name Clemens Westerhof is synonymous with football in Nigeria. A Dutch man whose towering influence on international football, especially in Africa, knows no bounds having coached many football teams in Zimbabwe and South Africa aside Read More

Strengthening ADP for sustainable food security in Nigeria

August 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

Globally, food security has become an issue that raises concern especially in recent times with its attendant consequences in the form of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, inflation. Disturbing report Recently, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said about 19. 4 million people would face food insecurity across Nigeria between June and August, Read More

Fact-Check: Oshiomole goofs, Osinbajo not head economic team, lack of synergy reason for economic woes

August 5, 2022 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

  The recent comment by former Edo state Governor Adams Oshiohomole that the economy collapsed on the watch of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been fact-checked, with the result showing the contrary. Featuring recently on an Arise Television programme, the former labour leader who is now the deputy director general of Tinubu Campaign Organisation, was asked by one of the Read More

EndASUUStrike: Case of biased conciliator, embarrassed negotiators and disappointed Nigerians

August 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

Except for insecurity, the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is the most burning issue of the moment. From 1999, when the Fourth Republic and the current democratic dispensation commenced, to date ASUU has gone on strike 15 times, amounting to 52 months with 34 months during the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government while the ruling Read More

Near Foundation: Bringing succour near 70,000 families 

August 2, 2022 Editorial IV 0

This year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration has come and gone, but those who received benevolence during the period will not forget in a hurry, TOPE SUNDAY writes. The 2022 eid-el-kabir was celebrated with fun, and amidst gratitude to God all over the world, and Nigerian Muslims also joined other faithful across the globe to mark the festival. However, there were reports that Read More

How content creators are creating jobs for themselves, others

August 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

Since becoming accessible to the general populace in the early 90s, the internet has connected people in ways that were previously thought of as impossible. The more people started using the internet, the more digital entrepreneurship became a thing. Contributions to economic growth In a study done by Forbes in 2021, digital entrepreneurs were valued at $20 billion with estimations Read More

Will Nigeria attain sustainable development goals by 2030?

July 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

In this piece, ABDULLAHI M. GULLOMA wonders if Nigeria is capable of attaining the provisions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 amidst current global challenges. The biggest African economy and the most populous black nation in the world has been keen on improving the lifestyles of people despite the raging global challenges. The United Nations directive for poverty Read More

2023 and the Igbo presidency

July 29, 2022 TOPE SUNDAY 0

Against the background of agitations for a president of Igbo extraction the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is seen in some quarters as the face for the actualisation of the agitation for the Igbo presidency. How far can he go? TOPE SUNDAY asks in this report. Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the atmosphere is tense and Read More

Joy Ogwu, Laraba Gambo Abdullahi: Where are they now?

July 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

In the recent past, not much has been heard about these individuals that once made news headlines. In this piece, ELEOJO IDACHABA asks where they could be and what they are doing presently. Joy Ogwu Prof. Joy Uche Ogwu is someone that can aptly be described as “a core foreign affairs technocrat.” She has held several positions on international affairs Read More

Still on open defaecation and UNICEF’s alarm

July 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

This is not the first time that global bodies and concerned stakeholders would task the federal government on taking drastic action against open defaecation. ELEOJO IDACHABA takes a look at another call, just as the target year of 2025 to eradicate the menace is around the corner. The menace of open defaecation is a major concern in almost every city Read More

Prostitution: FCTA fighting a lost battle?

July 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

Despite promulgation of laws and efforts to clampdown on prostitutes in the FCT they have simply refused to go away. Is the authority fighting a lost battle? KEHINDE OSASONA asks in this report. In 2013 the FCTA launched war against prostitution following the promulgation of a law making it unlawful for anyone to engage in or patronise commercial sex workers. Read More

A peep into humanitarian ministry’s succour for PWDs

July 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development recently developed a four-year national roadmap on local production of standard assistive technologies for persons with disabilities (PWDs). The move is regarded by many as the succour for PWDs who had complained of discomfort with foreign devices; PAUL OKAH reports. World over, an estimated one billion people are said to Read More

The quest for accelerated development in Oyo state

July 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

In this piece, BAYO AGBOOLA takes a look at Oyo state government’s effort towards accelerated development in the last three years. From all indications, the Oyo state governor Engineer Seyi Makinde would not leave any stone unturned towards changing the fortunes of ‘The Pacesetter State’ within his first term in office. This is coming ahead the forthcoming general elections in Read More