How Africa can benefit from Okonjo-Iweala led WTO

March 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said the organisation would work to deliver technical assistance and training for African countries to overcome their trade challenges. Okonjo-Iweala gave the assurance at a meeting with minister of industry, trade and investment Adeniyi Adebayo and minister of state, Mariam Katagum as part of her five-day working visit to Read More

For High Chief Lulu Briggs, it was a royal burial

March 28, 2021 Simon Shango 0

In 1961, I sat for the Northern Nigeria Common Entrance Examination for admission into post primary institutions.One of the objective questions asked candidates was to name the town where the people of Kalabari live. The suggested options were: Calabar, Uyo, Eket, Abonnema and Warri. I had never heard of the word Kalabari but heard about Calabar; so without much thinking, Read More

Two years of Gov Inuwa’s transformation in Gombe

March 28, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In less than two years, Gombe state is experiencing genuine transformation in what residents ascribe to Gov Yahaya Inuwa’s prudent management of resources. Writes AUWAL AHMAD. The people of Gombe state had always dreamt of having a governor who would look into the various ailing sectors in the state and address them without what they call mere media hype.  Healthcare Read More

Still on the raging controversy over $1.5bn refinery rehab

March 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The news that Nigeria plans to spend $1.5 billion to rehabilitate a refinery that is presently not working has continued to draw the ire of Nigerians. In this report, BENJAMIN UMUTEME looks at the issues around the proposed repairs. When the Minister of State for Petroleum announced the approval of $1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the moribund 210,000 barrels Read More

When indiscriminate siren abuse has come to stay

March 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Indiscriminate use of sirens has continued to defy ban despite repeated attempts. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece writes on how the abuse causes chaos in the country’s major cities. Indiscriminate use and abuse of sirens in Nigeria has for long been a concern to the citizens, particularly those living in the cities. Back in 2009, then Inspector General of Police, Read More

Anthony Manzo, Frank Olize: Where are they now?

March 26, 2021 ELEOJO IDACHABA. 0

For a very long time after their exit from public service at different times and for different reasons, no one has heard about them; where could they be at the moment; asks ELEOJO IDACHABA. Anthony Manzo His last known public responsibility was just before 2015, when he served as the chief of staff to former President of the Senate, David Read More

China: A cohesive stable and prosperous Xinjiang

March 25, 2021 Zhao Yong 0

China is a unified multi-ethnic country with various ethnic groups in Xinjiang that have long been part of the Chinese nation. Xinjiang was formally included in Chinese territory in the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD) and since then, it has always been a part of Chinese territory.  The history of XingJiang proves it is the indivisible part of China. Therefore, Read More

Dankwambo: The face of Nigeria’s next president

March 24, 2021 George Samuel 0

As the battle for the 2023 general elections gathers momentum, various interest groups, individuals, political parties are seemingly plotting the path to clinch power, especially the presidency. Going beyond any individual or party interest, what should have been the focus for Nigeria as a nation perpetually bedeviled by insecurity and unparalleled economic crisis, is to, even for the sake of Read More

Reflecting on Katsina state’s environmental friendliness

March 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Despite reported cases of banditry and criminalities in Katsina state, available record shows that in terms of eco system, the state has one of the best environment for habitation because of the deliberate effort of the state government. HAMIDU SABO reports. The environment plays an important role in healthy living among human beings. This matters because it is the only Read More

Governor Ishaku’s exceptional scorecard in education

March 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Every sector in Taraba state has experienced the magic touch of Gov Darius Ishaku’s administration, but education is exceptional as ANDREW OJIH reports.No doubt, education is the backbone of every society. To that extent, Governor Darius Ishaku since assuming office in 2015 has placed the state on a high pedestral leading to empirical achievements. Since May 29 2015 when he Read More

Why Fintiri won best governor award on education

March 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In this report, MUAZU ABARI writes on how Gov Fintiri succeeded in changing the face of education in Adamawa state in less than two years leading to an award. Adamawa state is home to so many educated elites, prominent sons and daughters of repute who have made their marks in  socio-economic and political arena of the country among other fields Read More

Diri: Like a cat with many lives.

March 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Just as the Biblical David that fought several battles and won all, Gov Diri of Bayelsa state scaled over 31 court cases to defeat his detractors, amidst good governance. Writes JOY EMMANUEL. His magic wand Governor Duoye Diri is seen by many political watchers as God-sent to Bayelsa state. Although the state is grossly bedevilled by infrastructural deficits and lots Read More

Afenifere: Oduyoye expresses confidence in Adebanjo’s leadership

March 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent emergence of foremost Awoist and lawyer, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, as the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has been applauded as a positive development for the Yoruba race. Former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives and Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, stated this on Read More

Bauchi under Bala Mohammed: Beyond mere rhetorics

March 21, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Within the last two years that Governor Bala Mohammed assumed power, the electorates have every  cause to be grateful that  transformation has come. NAJIB SANI reports.Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state would be marking his two years anniversary in office on May 29 2021. Recall that the electorates in the state made  history in the last 2019 polls when they Read More

Drug war: As new Sheriff berths at NDLEA…

March 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The appointment of Brig. Gen Buba Marwa (retd.) as the helmsman at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) may have brought renewed vigour to the campaign against drugs cartel and trafficking, KEHINDE OSASONA writes. “Brace up or move out, as tackling the drug war under my leadership will be like a moving train which will crush anyone who stands Read More

Food blockade: Implications and lessons learnt

March 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

t may have come and gone, but there were lessons learnt. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this report chronicles the implications and lessons learnt from the recent food blockade from the northern part of the country to the south. For nearly two weeks, states in the southern part of the country went through what analysts call artificial hunger brought about by a Read More

James Ogebe, Nenadi Usman: Where are they now?

March 19, 2021 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

After many years of service to their fatherland, it is not certain where they could be at the moment; ELEOJO IDACHABA wonders in this report.  James Ogebe Justice James Ogebe, a retired Supreme Court judge, was also a Chief Justice of Benue state. He was born on March 22, 1940, and went through primary school in Igumale and Katsina-Ala all Read More

How Akwa Ibom is working under Udom Emmanuel

March 18, 2021 Editorial IV 0

There is no doubt that Akwa Ibom state under Gov Emmanuel Udom is  singing a new song following some remarkable achievements while in office. UKO ETIM reports of how the administration has touched almost every sector in the state. Education Education remains a critical sector in any given society. That is why it demands massive investment for human capital development Read More

Monitoring and evaluation: Gov Bala’s public engagement at curbing corruption

March 17, 2021 Mukhtar Gidado 0

Many experts are unanimous that corruption in government remains a global challenge. To some, it is a malaise to economic and social development; to others, it hinders the delivery of valuable projects and distorts government abilities to transfer resources to the people.No longer business as usualIn Bauchi state, hitherto the assumption of Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir in office, it was Read More

For Adamawa, its breath of fresh air under Fintiri

March 17, 2021 Editorial IV 0

MUAZU ABARI reports on how Gov Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has consolidated on his earlier achievements to return the glory of the state lost to bad governance of past administrations.Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the governor of Adamawa state came into Dougerei Government House Yola with a promise of fresh air and commitment to make Adamawa work again, not only for the present Read More

GBV: As stakeholders unite to fight culture of silence in Plateau…

March 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

As cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) become more rampant in the country, stakeholders have continued to emphasise the need to fight the culture of silence that allows the perpetrators to go free while the victim is left to suffer in painful silence. The stakeholders have continued to emphasise the need for victims to cry out so as to get justice Read More

As Kogi group shows example of giving back to society…

March 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

It is obvious that the provision of  basic social amenities to the citizenry especially at the grassroots lay on the shoulders of government at all levels, but paucity of funds and competing demands more often than not hinder the government. However, a non governmental organisation took up the challenge. OYIBO SALIHU reports.     How the journey started As part of effort Read More

Al-Makura and need to reward excellence

March 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Modern day Nasarawa state owes its success story to its immediate past governor, Tanko Al-Makura, for his invaluable contributions to the state. No wonder he is branded as the architect of modern day Nasarawa. MOHAMMED YANGIDA reports.As if the legend Reggae star, Jimmy Cliff had Nasarawa state and Senator Umaru Al-makura in mind when he sang, ‘’I have got a Read More

Improving rice production in Nigeria

March 14, 2021 Abachi Silas Ungbo 0

Rice – one of the most consumed staple crop, no doubt has a global appeal. It has found favour with many households. In fact, the food basket of many homes is never complete without rice. The rice sub-sector has been a springboard upon which the agricultural sector has assumed an active contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well Read More

2023: Will Saraki bounce back?

March 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

As countdown to the 2023 general elections begins, the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has returned to the Kwara political scene. Will he bounce back? TOPE SUNDAY asks in this report. In 2019, the over 40 years of political dominance of the Saraki dynasty in Kwara state was upstaged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in sweeping revolution, Read More