Ruth Benamaisia Opia, Yakubu Mohammed: Where are they now?

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

They once served the country at different times and in different capacities, but since they left office, not much has been heard about them again. ELEOJO IDACHABA wonders where they could be at the moment. Ruth Benamaisia Opia Before 2000, Ruth Benamaisia Opia was a household name in many homes every evening because of her appearance on the network news Read More

Nigerian girl-child as endangered species

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child recently, there have been calls for stakeholders to remember that all human beings come from that species of human that many backward societies tend to look down on. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Recently, October 11 to be precise, Nigeria joined the rest of Read More

Mosquito and malaria

Malaria ‘in tears’ over vaccine breakthrough

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

After decades of clinical trials, the world has potentially found a new silver bullet against malaria, one of the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases. BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report examines how the vaccine will contribute to the fight against malaria. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria kills about half a million people yearly, nearly all of them in Read More

Insecurity, bad roads: Why Nigerians still prefer night journeys

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Amidst daunting security challenges and deplorable roads across the country, some Nigerians still prefer night journeys. TOPE SUNDAY writes. Nigeria is currently bedevilled by internal security challenges, which according to the military authorities, are being addressed. However, the reported cases of armed robbery and accidents on the nation’s roads are not yet reduced due to the activities of the men Read More

Extolling the leadership style of Gov Masari

October 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

It has been six years of his stewardship in Katsina state despite the herculean challenges of governance posed by insecurity. HAMIDO SABO writes on the style of Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state whose tenure would expire in less than two years. In life, it is said that motive determines the value of one’s conduct. Also, it is believed that Read More

Help me to live again, patient with kidney problem cries out

October 21, 2021 Editorial IV 0

A former private school teacher down with kidney problem is calling for help in order to live a normal life again. IDACHABA SUNNY ELEOJO reports. Health, they say is wealth. That is why there are calls on everyone to guard their health jealously against any disease especially terminal ones. While some persons contact deadly or terminal sicknesses due to reckless Read More

When truck drivers ‘confronted’ FRSC

October 20, 2021 Tajudeen Kareem 0

For every service organisation, feedback from the receiving public is germane. It helps in fine-tuning policies, programmes and operational modalities. This was the tthrust of a recent parley between road users and FRSC. Writes …… Drivers of petrol tankers and trucks, who have often resisted penalties for sundry offences, had an opportunity to confront officials of Federal Road Safety Commission Read More

How Gov Bagudu sustains people’s confidence in Kebbi

October 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

In Kebbi state, Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu ensures that he maintains the people’s confidence by making every member of his party to remain focused as he provides democracy dividends, KABIRU DOGON DAJI reports. Since assuming office in 2015, Senator Abubakar Bagudu has been able to return to the fold some politicians from the opposition side who admire his style of Read More

Population immunity behind vaccine mandate for civil servants

October 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

The quest for population immunity is the underlying reason for vaccine mandate Nigeria rolled out on October 13 for federal civil servants in order to increase the number of persons immunised against Covid-19. The secretary to government of the federation and chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced the requirement for federal employees to vaccinate or ensure they Read More

Now that WHO has approved malaria vaccine: Which way Nigeria?

October 18, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, October 6, recommended the use of the first-ever produced malaria vaccine, the RTS, S/AS01. The vaccine is an immunological approach against the plasmodium parasite. This vaccine, which showed great results in the phase III trials carried out in 2014 in about 11 African countries, has the potential of reducing global malaria deaths to a Read More

NYSC on path of unity and nation-building

October 17, 2021 Editorial IV 0

 The National Youth Service Corps scheme has come to stay in contributing to national development. AYONI AGBABIAKA reports. The one-year compulsory programme for university graduates tagged: ‘National Youth Service Corps’ set up on May 22, 1973 by General Yakubu Gowon is to foster national unity and cohesion.  The NYSC therefore is the most enduring institution that has stood the test of time Read More

Philip Asiodu, Mansur Muktar: Where are they now?

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

They served the country at various times, but have been away from public space. Where could they be at the moment? ELEOJO IDACHABA asks. Philip Asiodu Chief Philip Asiodu is a man of many parts. He is a former diplomat, minister and special adviser at different times. Although he is described as someone of the ‘old order’, yet from every Read More

On WHO’s antidote to heart-related diseases

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

As a result of the prevalence of heart-related diseases all over the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with a new concept aimed at bringing down the pandemic rather than the pandemic bringing down people. ELEOJO IDACHABA takes a look at the initiative. Nigerians in uncountable numbers have been brought down by heart diseases otherwise known as Read More

Unease as Nigerians resort to firewood, kerosene for cooking

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

PAUL OKAH writes that despite the health hazards Nigerians, particularly residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have resorted to the use of firewood, kerosene, and other sources of energy for cooking.   In the olden days, the choice of firewood as source of energy was never a concern as Nigerians and indeed Africans relied on wood for cooking their Read More

Open grazing law: Where South South governors, others got it wrong – Rivers MACBAN chairman

October 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent enactment of anti-grazing laws by some state governors has elicited a mountain of mixed reactions and condemnation across the country. Joining in the reaction is the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Rivers state chapter under its chairman, Alhaji Musa Yah. GODWIN EGBA reports. The signing into law of anti-grazing bill by some state governors to Read More

How NEDC is reconstructing devastated communities/infrastructure in Adamawa

October 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The North-east Development Commission is helping to rebuild many communities and infrastructure devastated by insurgency especially in Adamawa state. MUAZU ABARI reports. As the people of the North-east geo-political zone continue to grappled with the devastating effect of insurgency that has made live nasty with its devastating effects and wanton destructions of lives, infrastructures, one thing however that gives them hope Read More

[email protected]: Celebration amidst pomp and pageantry

October 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

From left: Maj. Gen. Temidayo Olukoju (rtd) representative of first Osun MILAD, Maj. Gen. Leo Ajiborisha (rtd); former Osun MILAD, Navy Capt. Anthony Udofia (rtd); former Osun MILAD, Col. Theophilus Bamigboye (rtd); former Governor Bisi Akande; former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola during the event. Photo: Govt House Osogbo

It’s rat race for VC Unibadan position

October 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

At last, a new vice chanchelor for the University of Ibadan is expected to emerge shortly, but BAYO AGBOOLA reports that race to this level was herculean for all stakeholders. As the race for the appointment of a substantive vice chancellor for the nation’s premier university, the University of Ibadan hots up and somehow volatile on a daily basis, all Read More

Recounting gains of liberalising broadcasting in Nigeria

October 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

One of the legacies of then President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida was the liberalisation of the broadcast industry. Before the promulgation of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Decree 38 of 1992 (now an Act of Parliament), all legal and constitutional instruments made broadcasting the exclusive preserve of federal and state governments. The decree promulgated on August 24 established the NBC and empowered it to issue licences to individuals. NBC granted the first set of licences in Read More

Shem Zagbanyi Nuhu, Isah Mohammed: Where are they now?

October 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

They once occupied public offices and served meritoriously to the admiration of many, but long after that, even though they are still alive, not much has been heard about them again. ELEOJO IDACHABA asks where they could be at the moment. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu Dr. Shem Zagbanyi Nuhu was the deputy governor of Niger state between 1999 and 2007, during the administration of late Abdulkadir Kure. During their time, this Read More

Residents lament over hiked sachet water price in FCT, others

October 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

PAUL OKAH reports that last week water scarcity hit the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and surrounding states as a result of a strike embarked upon by manufacturers of treated table water, otherwise known as ‘pure water’, as a prelude to the hike in its price. “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink,” is a popular quotation from Samuel Read More

Driving national growth through tourism by the NIHOTOUR initiative

October 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

Again, there are calls for a total diversification of the country’s economy from oil to non-oil sectors. This is even as stakeholders applaud the initiatives of NIHOTOUR towards tourism as a veritable tool for revenue drive for the country. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. In view of uncertainties about the prices of petroleum products in the international markets which inadvertently affect the Read More

Sit-at-home: Pains, losses

October 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

It has been tales of woes from residents of Enugu state over the compulsory sit-at-home order. CHUKS NWEZE chronicles what this order currently in force has caused to the state. The saying that whatever goes up must eventually come down is not a reality in Enugu state and indeed the entire Igbo land as far as the sit-at-home order by the Read More

How Bauchi NUJ celebrated 2020 press week

October 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

A week-long activity marking Bauchi NUJ press week was celebrated recently. NAJIB SANI writes on what makes this one so unique. Press week is an annual celebration being marked by working journalists under their trade union, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). It is a week-long festivity that brings journalists who carry out series of activities on daily basis together. Read More