Recession: What Nigeria should do

November 28, 2020 BENJAMIN UMUTEME 0

When at the weekend the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released the third quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report on the country’s economic status, not many were surprised as the signs had always been there. In this report, BENJAMIN UMUTEME looks at the way out of the present predicament. When the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released its third quarter Read More

COVID-19: Ordeal of displaced women in Benue, Nasarawa

November 27, 2020 Ene Oshaba 0

In this piece, ENE OSHABA investigates the sexual abuses faced by female IDP’s residing in different camps in Benue and Nasarawa states, including how they fared during the lockdown period of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Life in camp Deborah Buan, a 35year old mother of six from Torkula village in Guma local government area of Benue state was Read More

60 years after; are youth still tomorrow’s leaders?

November 27, 2020 Blueprint 0

One of the popular sayings in Nigeria today is that youth are the leaders of tomorrow. But 60 years after the country’s independence, are they still the leaders of tomorrow considering the fact that the old brigade are seemingly not ready to leave the centre stage? TOPE SUNDAY asks in this report. On October 1, 2020, fifty-nine days ago, Nigeria Read More

Kidnapping: Concerns as no end in sight

November 27, 2020 Blueprint 0

Kidnap cases have risen in the past few weeks with hundreds of cases being reported, while many are not even reported. ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU takes a look at the trend and fears that the end is not in sight. Reported cases In the last four weeks, hundreds of Nigerians are still being abducted for ransom and many have been killed because Read More

Strange killer disease and NCDC’s challenge

November 27, 2020 Blueprint 0

A rather strange illness that has taken several lives in the country has been identified as yellow fever despite campaigns against the scourge in the past. ELEOJO IDACHABA, in this report, takes a look at the scale of the disease. At a time when Nigerians were struggling to put behind them the nuisance posed by coronavirus, like a bolt from Read More

Discrimination: What hope for people living with disabilities?

November 27, 2020 Blueprint 0

Discrimination: What hope for people living with disabilities? In Nigeria on a daily basis, people with disabilities (PWDS) are discriminated against – be they the deaf, crippled, blind or deformed. And with the world gearing up to celebrate the international day of PWDs, PAUL OKAH asks if this class of people can ever heave a sigh of relief. On Thursday Read More

Onyeka Ownenu, Amos Adamu: Where are they now?

November 27, 2020 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

These individuals were once prominent in the public service. Long after they left office, not much has been heard about them again. ELEOJO IDACHABA seeks to know where they could be at the moment. Onyeka Ownenu Dubbed as the elegant stallion, Aunty Onyeka, as she is fondly known in many quarters, was the former executive director/CEO of the National Centre Read More

ENDSARS: Level of carnage shows governance has failed – Erokoro

November 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

Barr Paul Erokoro is a lawyer. Just recently, he led a team of lawyers both from Akwa Ibom and Cross River states on a solidarity visit to Senator Victor Ndoma Egba whose house was vandalised by hoodlums in the wake of the last protest.. He spoke with Journalists on the sad scenario. JOSEPH OBUNG was there. What is your reaction Read More

Day stakeholders gathered for empowerment of Borno youths

November 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

It was a gathering of major stakeholders in Maiduguri recently to discuss ways of empowering youths whose means of livelihood have been destroyed by 11 years of insurgency. SADIQ ABUBAKAR reports.Youths and entrepreneurship stakeholders in Borno state have called on the federal government, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Industries, Zenith Bank, NACB, NDE, NPC and other federal government Read More

CLARION CALL: 3-year-old girl solicits 3.5m to regain sense organs

November 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The life of little Christabel Steve is at risk as she loses her sense organ to a strange illness at a tender age of three. EGWUAGHA AMARACHI reports that she needs 3.8 million naira to correct abnormalities, according to doctors advice.Three-year-old Christabel Steve is the only daughter of Pastor and Mrs  Steve Ucheghe Ulu who hails from Ohafia in Abia Read More

Dangote group and effort to avert food crisis

November 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

There is growing apprehensions over food security in Nigeria as a result of the devastating impacts of flooding of farmlands, climate change, activities of kidnappers, bandits and insurgences in most part of the country. SULAIMAN IDRIS writes that Dangote Fertiliser Limited is helping to avert the doomsday. The ominous predictions of looming food crisis in Nigeria has become the sing Read More

2O23: Gov Umahi’s defection and Igbo presidency

November 21, 2020 TOPE SUNDAY 0

The defection of the Ebonyi state governor, Dr. David Umahi, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has elicited a lot of reactions which point to his perceived 2023 presidency. TOPE SUNDAY writes. Before his official defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor of Ebonyi state, Dr. Dave Umahi, had not for Read More

Why garlands for Nigerian military?

November 21, 2020 SAMSON BENJAMIN 0

One of the elements of national power projected by nation states is their armed forces. It is, therefore, expected that militaries of these nations are respected and celebrated. SAMSON BENJAMIN, in this report, examines the scenario. In Nigeria, like most countries of the world, the military is established for a significant cause; to protect its country from external belligerence; quell Read More

South-west crisis: Danger signals for PDP in 2023

November 20, 2020 ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU 0

For years, the South-west Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been divided, but the pace of the crisis between the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, and the governor of Oyo state, Engr. Seyi Makinde, shows that the calamity is getting more complex. ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU examines the brawl and what lies in-wait for the party in 2023. The strife for Read More

Is social media regulation justifiable?

November 20, 2020 Blueprint 0

The debate on whether or not the social media space and its operators should be checkmated using the instrumentality of law is yet to abate. While protagonists of the move have intensified their campaign, antagonists believe that such actions amount to gagging the press. In this report, KEHINDE OSASONA interacts with professionals and public commentators on the matter. The matter Read More

Echoes from Ilorin town hall meeting with Lai Mohammed

November 19, 2020 Blueprint 0

The call for a quick resolution of the lingering industrial disputes between the federal government and Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) topped discussion at a recent town hall meeting called by the minister for information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Ilorin, UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB reports. Like the recent #ENDSARS peaceful protest that eventually turned bloody across most parts Read More

Changing youths mindset on get-rich approach to life

November 19, 2020 Blueprint 0

Incontrovertibly, preference for material gains (wealth) to the pursuit of education among the youth is trending by which some of the youths consider learning as a waste of time. In recent times, there has been a continuous campaign on social media platforms by some youths who believe going to school to get western education as a waste of time because Read More

Untold story of how 21 pupils, others died in Enugu auto crash

November 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

It was indeed a black Wednesday in Enugu recently when 21 pupils of a private school lost their lives due to road accident. CHUKS NWEZE reports.Like a bolt from the blues, Presentation Nursery and Primary School Awgu in Awgu local government area of Enugu state was recently thrown into mourning and anguish as 21 pupils from the school met their Read More

Repositioning agriculture in Nasarawa

November 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nasarawa state government is doing everything possible to revitalise agriculture. MOHAMMED YANGIDA reports. Nasarawa state is reputed to be one of the leading agrarian states with at least 80 percent of its population engaged in one form of agricultural activities or the other.The state has all it takes for development, for instance, human resources, fertile soil and other resources.To this Read More

INVESTIGATION – Deadly quacks: How Benue healthcare workers endanger lives

November 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Many indigent residents of Benue State are dying at the hands of unqualified medical personnel due to shortage of qualified medical doctors in most rural communities in the state. AMEH EJEKWONYILO investigates Auxiliary nurses and laboratory scientists across the state posing as medical doctors maim and send hapless patients to their early graves. While Agbo John, a university undergraduate was Read More

Who occupies UI VC seat?

November 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The murky waters in the appointment of a new vice chancellor for the University of Ibadan is taking a new dimension as BAYO AGBOOLA reports.All eyes are now on the nation’s premier university, the University of Ibadan on who eventually emerges as the institution’s 13th indigenous vice chancellor with the tenure of the incumbent, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, coming to Read More

Boosting ethanol production through cassava farming in Kebbi

November 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Kebbi state government, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are collaborating to boost cassava farming for ethanol production. KABIRU DOGON DAJI reports on the stages of the programme so far.Global economy is drastically moving from oil and gas to ethanol that is widely believed to be more lucrative. It is not only that, Read More

#EndSARS protests: NOA still sleeping, snoring?

November 14, 2020 Blueprint 0

SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report looks at the seeming lack of visibility and poor performance of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) during the nationwide protests against police brutality and the destruction of property that followed the demonstrations. The agency The National Orientation Agency (NOA) is an organ of government vested with the responsibility of informing or enlightening Nigerians about the Read More

When legal, financial stakeholders met to revisit commercial deal

November 13, 2020 Blueprint 0

Before now, potentials of credit delivery had not been optimally realised in Nigeria. But in order to change the trend, legal luminaries and giants in the nation’s financial sector converged on Abuja via a virtual workshop to discuss prospect of movable assets and commercial transaction. KEHINDE OSASONA reports. Between financial sector and quick dispensation of justice Last week, stakeholders in both the Read More

Farouk Lawan, Chinwe Obaji: Where are they now?

November 13, 2020 Blueprint 0

Long after they left office years back, not much has been heard about them again; ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece asks where they could be now. Farouk Lawan Farouk Lawan is a former lawmaker who was popularly referred to as ‘Mr. Integrity’ while serving in the House of Representatives where he represented the people of Bagwa/Shanono Federal Constituency of Kano state between 1999 and 2015. That Read More