Enugu residents and the pains of sit-at-home order

January 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Residents of Enugu state has sour stories to tell following the continued enforcement of the sit-at-home order in the state. CHUKS NWEZE reports. Nobody likes to suffer, not even the martyrs enjoy suffering. This however is not the case of the people of Enugu state and by extension entire South-east geopolitical zone that have been suffering economic and social stagnation Read More

Akin Mabogunje, Omotayo Omotosho: Where are they now?

January 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

They have served Nigeria meritoriously in many capacities, but many years after they exit public office, not much has been heard about them again. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Akin Mabogunje Professor Akin Mabogunje is known in public circles as the father of modern Social Sciences, especially in Nigeria, being the first Nigerian professor of Geography. This octogenarian is almost 90 years Read More

Planned merger of MDAs: One policy, many dramas

January 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

The planned merger of government apparatuses in order to reduce cost had been on the table of previous administrations. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes that it has become one policy laced with rhetoric. Times without number, the federal government had voiced its intention to prune down government ministries and departments (MDAs) in order to cut down the cost of governance, but since Read More

Still on vaccine hesitancy amidst Omicron surge

January 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigeria is currently witnessing a surge in cases of Covid-19 Omicron variant amidst vaccine hesitancy among the citizens. SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report examines the reasons for the hesitancy and the way out. Data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) recently showed that Nigeria missed the 40 percent vaccination target set by the World Health Assembly, the highest health Read More

Citizens’ concerns over rising expenditure, falling revenue

January 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

One thing that has continued to baffle Nigerians is that despite the well -documented issue of falling revenue, the government’s expenditure continues to rise; BENJAMIN UMUTEME examines the trend in this report. In mid-2014, when global price of crude crashed to less than $30 from an all-time high of $114 per barrel, market operators and watchers alike thought that it would be Read More

How royal war was aborted in Adamawa

January 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

After months of royal war that tore Mbula people apart, Bwaltum Bentley Biyapo of the Muzong royal clan finally ascended the throne of his ancestors as the 11th Murum Mbula. MUAZU ABARI reports. Mbula people are mainly found in Demsa, Gerei and Numan local government areas of Adamawa state. Historical sources added Yola-south as one of their homes but report Read More

What Nigerian passports seekers went through in 2021

January 19, 2022 Blueprint 0

It is a truism that many intending international travellers went through tough times in the year 2021 while trying to obtain passports from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). While some were lucky to get the international travel document, others remain on the waiting list after going through all the required processes. Report indicates that similar situations were obtainable in most Read More

2nd term: Ondo government, teachers/parents’ concerns on COVID-19

January 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Apprehension was the word used to describe the mood of parents and teachers over Covid-19 variations in Ondo state, just as schools resume for the second term. BARNABAS OLABISI reports. As schools reopened for the new year, the fear of how to protect the students and pupils against COVID-19 and its related scourge was of the uttermost concern to parents, Read More

Evaluating Nigeria’s preparedness for dry ports operation

January 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Unarguably, dry ports in Nigeria would improve the movement of imports and exports outside the congested seaports. This forms part of the reasons why the federal government gave approval for the development of six Inland Container Depots (ICDs) or dry ports across the country. The tasks before the federal government include provision of an impetus to revive and modernise the Read More

Oyo government, Ibadan tradition and the making of new Olubadan

January 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

What started as intrigue regarding the manner a new Olubadan of Ibadan land would emerge has finally been settled as the government of Oyo state has decided to go by the wish of the late Olubadan. BAYO AGBOOLA reports. Governor Seyi Makinde no doubt has come out frankly as to the position of Oyo state government on the approval of Read More

Anambra state and challenge of cult war

January 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The spate of insecurity especially cult war in Anambra state is a concern to stakeholders. OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU reports.​ Cult war is fast becoming the worst security challenge threatening the residents of Anambra state in recent times. As at the time of writing this, it was found that almost all parts of the state are experiencing it one way or another since Read More

Setting FCT satellite towns on path of cleanliness

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

At last, satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will begin to wear a new look if the current efforts of the administration to clean up the area are sustained; ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. The task of ensuring the cleanliness of FCT satellite towns is long overdue. Attempts were made to incorporate them into the mainstream regular sanitation monitoring exercise Read More

Abuja: Residents groan over area councils’ deplorable roads

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

Good road is one of the most important basic amenities any government – federal, state or local – should provide for its people. And this should not be a big deal for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration to do so. However, ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU in this report notes that contrary to the expectations, the residents still decry the deplorable state of Read More

Sani Zorro, Mike Umeh: Where are they now?

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

In this edition, a former lawmaker/practising journalist and two former football administrators who had served Nigeria meritoriously come under focus; ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Sani Zorro Sani Zorro once represented Gumel, Gagarawa, Maigatari and Sule Tankarkar constituency of Jigawa state in the House of Representatives between 2015 and 2019, in addition to being a national president of the Nigerian Union of Read More

Despite Omicron surge, Nigerians jettison Covid protocols

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

As Nigerians battle the effects of the deadly coronavirus, co-named Covid-19, its new variant Omicron is said to be far more contagious. Despite this, some Nigerians have jettisoned the Covid protocols; TOPE SUNDAY reports. Nigeria, like other parts of the world, is challenged by the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 and this has resulted in 3,087 deaths out of the 249,422 recorded Read More

Post mortem: Christmas expenses versus New Year realities

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The euphoria of excessive spending during Christmas always lands people in trouble during the new year as many people are forced to face the reality of paying school fees for their children, renewing house/shop rents or paying for new apartments, among other expenses. PAUL OKAH in this report takes a look at the development. The greatest problem many Nigerians face Read More

5 Years after, wither our hope? Benue IDPs cry out

January 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

The cry of Internally Displaced Persons in Benue state presently is when the state can be safe for them to return to their ancestral homes. JOHN SHIAONDO reports. Over five years after the attacks by herdsmen on various communities in Benue state, the future of the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs have remained bleak. While the state government seems to be Read More

Identifying with community development service

January 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

A non-governmental organisation has identified the needs of a rural community and provided relief for the residents as BAYO MUHAMMAD ALABIRA reports. The role of any non governmental organisation/non profit organisation in community service and development is principally to transform societies from the grassroot level in order to achieve a goal which policy makers in government cycle had failed to Read More

Victor Oyofo, Ebele Okeke: Where are they now?

January 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

 Once upon a time, they were very powerful in the various positions they occupied in the government, but many years after, there is no more news about them. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece asks where they are now. Victor Oyofo A former lawmaker, Senator Victor Oyofo once represented the people of Edo North Senatorial District in the Senate between 1999 Read More

Scary figures, failing technology: Nigeria in doldrums over SGBV

January 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is gradually becoming a culture in Nigeria considering the figures being churned by relevant authorities; KEHINDE OSASONA notes in this analysis. The Istanbul Convention Despite the advent of technology and collective efforts aimed at tackling the menace of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) against women and girls in the country, the scourge has continued Read More

2022 budget: Hope on the horizon for Nigeria’s economy

January 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

The past two years have been demoralising for many Nigerians, especially with the Covid-19 impact and the recession that followed. However, with the improvement in the economy, analysts say despair is gradually giving way to hope; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports.  When the President Muhammedu Buhari-led All Progressive Congress (APC) assumed power, it promised Nigerians a change from the norm that characterised the close to Read More

Returnee IDPs from Maiduguri relieve experiences

January 6, 2022 Blueprint 0

It is no longer news that Borno state government has shut down all IDP camps in Maiduguri. Many of the IDPs bare their minds in an exclusive interview with SADIQ ABUBAKAR. Borno state government started returning people to their villages in 2020 and announced in October 2021 that it plans to close all internally displaced camps within Maiduguri by 31 Read More

Kaduna’s budget of sustainability and people’s hope

January 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

As Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state signed the 2022 budget into law amidst high expectations from residents, the state government explains that the ‘Budget of Sustainable Growth’ is targeted at completing the urban renewal projects and addressing poverty among the citizens at the grassroots level. ABDULRAHEEM AODU takes a look at the budget’s targets and expectations of Kaduna people.  Read More

When Zulum thrilled Borno people with his New Year message

January 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

In a New Year message that has kept everyone, especially Borno state residents in awe, many are commending the state governor for his down-to-earth sincerity. SADIQ ABUBAKAR reports. Borno state governor, Prof Babagana Zulum has shown the people of the state that his administration cares for them, not only in security, but in other aspects of their live. In a Read More