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I’m testimonial of triumph over sickle cell pains – Mohammed

July 23, 2021 PAUL OKAH 0

Shehu Olaitan Mohammed is a chartered accountant and a sickle cell patient. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he speaks on his recently published autobiography; life as a ‘warrior,’ how laboratory scientists contribute to sickle cell anaemia; the role of lovers; parents; doctors and society in combating sickle cell anaemia among other issues. What should people know about sickle cell Read More

2023: Our problem in Nigeria’s hinged on citizenship issue – Yerima

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Former Zamfara state governor Senator Ahmed Yerima, in this interview with journalists, speaks on zoning formulas ahead of the 2023 presidential election as well as recent political happenings in his state. ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU was there. What is your take on the recent defection of Gov Bello Matawalle from the PDP to the APC? It is a good development for us Read More

Gov’t should be blamed for various ethnic agitations – Chukwu

July 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Chief Celestine Chuckwu is the current cordinator of People’s Democratic Party Grassroots Support Foundation (PDPGSF) in the FCT. In this interview with SOLOMON AROWOLO, he speaks on electoral act, insecurity across Nigeria and other issues. You have been a crusader for societal justice, fairness and equity. What have you been up to lately? Well, I think I’m an advocate of Read More

Military presence has improved security at Veritas University – VC

July 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In this interview with Patrick Andrew, the vice chancellor of Veritas University, Prof Hyacinth Ichoku, says the presence of military and other armed guards in the university has given it the status of a security buffer which allows uninterrupted academic exercise to continue. You hold community mass for members of the community irrespective of their faith. What’s the essence? We Read More

Marginal oil field: Bid processes followed international standard – Dutchess Energy MD

June 27, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Dutchess Energy Limited just won the last marginal oil field bid organised by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). In this interview with some  journalists, its managing director/CEO, Ms Olatimbo Ayinde, speaks on the bidding processes and other topical issues. BENJAMIN UMUTEME was there.  Your company emerged the successful bidder of the last oil marginal field. What were your experiences Read More

Security of lives, property top priority in 9th Senate – Senator Musa

June 20, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As part of activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the ninth Senate, the chairman Senate Committee on Senate Services, Senator Sani Musa, in this interview with ROSEMARY MORIBIRIN delves into a range of topics including the insecurity and measures towards restoring peace. How has the 9th Senate been able to manage its differences in cooperating with the executive? Right Read More

Why I chose to be Catholic priest, by Rev. Fr. Ayangbola

June 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

Rev. Fr. Peter Ayangbola has clocked ten years in priesthood. He is the Parish Priest of Blessed Iwenetansi Catholic Church in Magbon, Lagos. In this interview, he tells SULEIMAN IDRIS about his journey so far, as well as other national issues. Could you take us through the journey of 10 years of priesthood? I will tell you it’s been just Read More

Six questions for Zainab Abdullahi

June 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

AWAAL GATA poses six questions to a budding poet, writer, motivator, matchmaker, chef and phone photographer, Zainab Abdullahi. She specializes in writing poems, essays, short stories and motivational quotes. She has featured in many anthologies and currently compiling her first. She hails from the northern part of Nigeria, a member of Hilltop creative arts foundation and a current dental student. Read More

We ‘ll resist any policy that is anti people – Comrade Anthony

June 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

National President of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) , Comrade Benjamin Anthony speaks with MOSES JOHN on sundry labour issues . Excerpts. Kaduna protest  Let me once again congratulate the Comrade President Ayuba Wabba and the whole officials, as well as comrades all over the country for the support giving to  our Read More

Nigeria is ready to change the narratives of aged citizens – Omokaro

June 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Dr Emem Omokaro would be inaugurated as the first director-general for the National Centre for Senior Citizens today. She tells AWAAL GATA how she would use the newly established centre, under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, to enhance the welfare of Nigerians who are 70 years and more through robust engagements with relevant stakeholders. How Read More

Women can help one another to overcome challenges – Stella

June 4, 2021 PAUL OKAH, 0

Miss Stella Ogeri Dike is a model, humanitarian, entrepreneur, Law student and founder of the Stella Dike Foundation. She is also the immediate past Miss Diaspora Nigeria Universe. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, she speaks on the achievements and challenges of the Foundation, her reign as Miss Diaspora Nigeria Universe, menstrual hygiene, among others.  What should people know about Read More

Nigeria is looking at gas as a renewable energy — Sylva

June 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

With oil majors reducing investment in hydrocarbons and turning to renewables, minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, in an interview with BENJAMIN UMUTENE says the country sees its huge gas reserves as its own renewables. Shell and some IOCs have announced plans to shift from hydrocarbons, how is Nigeria positioning itself for this big shift? On the other Read More

We train over 50 youth on metal works each year – Absa’u MD

May 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Alhaji Umar Abubakar is the Managing Director of Absa’u Metal Works and Fabrication Limited, Gombe. In this interview with Chamba Simeh on the celebration of 11 11th anniversary of the company, the Madawakin Gombe explains how the welding company has fared over the years. He says that it manufactures water storage facilities of 2 million litres capacity. He also speaks Read More

Insecurity, ban on open grazing: It’s time to renegotiate Nigeria – Mogaji

May 21, 2021 PATRICK ANDREW 0

Dr. Muazu Magaji, a former commissioner for finance in Kano state, believes that the rising insecurity in the country as well as the calls for ban on open grazing are clear signals that Nigeria needs restructuring to harness its richly diverse potentials as an industrialised nation. PATRICK ANDREW monitored his interview with the African International Television (AIT) during the week. Mixed reactions Read More

History will remember Gov Wike – Ollormate

May 17, 2021 Editorial IV 0

A council chairman-elect for Eleme local government area of Rivers state, Chief Obarrilomate Lale Ollor, says history would remember Nyesom Wike for his track records in the state. He spoke in an interview with GODWIN EGBA. Can we meet you sir? I am chief Obarilormate Lale Ollor from Onne in Eleme local government area of Rivers State and a medical Read More

N-Power: Beneficiaries laud FG, give testimonial of achievements

May 17, 2021 PAUL OKAH 0

As part of efforts to curb unemployment and poverty in Nigeria, in 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari created the N-Power programme, under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), where beneficiaries are paid N30,000 every month for two years and overseen by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. PAUL OKAH interviewed beneficiaries of the scheme in different states Read More

NYSC: Workers, corps members bag DG’s awards

May 14, 2021 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has unveiled the maiden edition of the Director-General’s Community Development Service award, during which staff and corps members were rewarded for outstanding performances in the sphere of Community Development Service (CDS). A statement from DG’s office Friday revealed that the awardees included the overall best position, second and third best, taken by Oduma Fidelis Read More

Elitist conspiracy fuels insecurity – Chukwu

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Chief Celestine Chukwu is the secretary general of Igbo Community Assembly in the FCT. In this interview with ROSEMARY MORIBIRIN and SOLOMON AROWOLO, he speaks on ways out of current security situation ahead of 2023 general election. 2023 is around the corner. What do you expect from political parties? One thing that is very key is to ensure that there Read More

Why northern elite must support Blueprint as their own – Danbirni

May 2, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Alhaji Musa Danbirni, a notable and widely acclaimed social affairs analyst and politicians of note, tells BASHIR MOHAMMED that for attaining uninterrupted ten years in the newspaper industry, Blueprint deserves a standing ovation. He also makes a case for the need by northern elite to support the newspaper in the ever competitive media space, to further give the region a voice of Read More

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Why FCTA re-introduced park and pay – Emetu

May 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Mr. Kalu Emetu is the head of public relations and enlightenment, Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), also known as the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO). In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he speaks on the Park and Pay Policy in the FCT, the reasons for the past failure and the re-introduction of the Read More