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Why bread price has to go up – Bakers President

September 16, 2020 SULEIMAN IDRIS 0

The umbrella body of bread bakers in Nigeria, the Premium Breadmakers Association of Nigeria (PBAN) has increased the price of bread in the country. Tosan Jemide is Managing Director of Top Crust Classic White Bread base in Lagos and President of PBAN, he tells SULEIMAN IDRIS reasons behind the hike. Why the agitations for government intervention by your associations? The Read More

Buhari should look beyond party lines for successor —–Nweze

September 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Chief Chaka Nweze is an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in Ebonyi state having served at various levels of the party in the state. In this interview with IKENNA OKONKWO, he says  President Muhammadu Buhari should look beyond party lines for his successor. How do you rate the nation’s economy presently under Buhari? One may not objectively assess President Muhammadu Read More

Subsidy removal in Nigerians’ interest – Sylva

September 11, 2020 BODE OLAGOKE 0

Chief Timipre Sylva is the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. In this interview with journalists in Abuja, he speaks on the controversy trailing the removal of fuel subsidy, what Nigeria and Nigerians stand to gain and the steps being taking to fix four refineries across the country. BODE OLAGOKE was there. On the fuel subsidy removal I believe that Read More

Personal interests fuelled Oshiomhole/Obaseki fued – Hilliard Eta

September 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

At a recent parley with select journalists, the zonal chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) for South-south, Ntufam Hilliard Eta, shed more lights on developments in Edo state before Gov Obaseki decamped from APC. JOSEPH OBUNG was there.As the South-south zonal chairman, can you comment on the feud between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki before the latter decamped Read More

I’m on a mission to ensure blind-free Nigeria – Optometrist

September 4, 2020 SULEIMAN IDRIS 0

Menye Sandra Chukwufumnaya recently graduated as an optometrist from the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo state. The Delta state-born Chukwufumnaya tells SULEIMAN IDRIS in this interview about her desire to see Nigeria free from any disease that causes blindness. Have you always wanted to be an optometrist? I wanted to study medicine, but scored high in JAMB, I changed Read More

2023: For fairness, let South East give it a shot – Mustapha Kano

September 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Alhaji Shuaib Mustapha Kano, is a former political adviser to Malam Ibrahim Shekarau when the latter was governor.  Now, he is the national president, Association for Promoting Democracy and Good Governance. In this interview, he told MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU why next Nigeria’s President must come from the South-east in 2023. What are the mandates/aims of your association? The association has Read More

It’s joyful to put smiles on others – Industrialist

August 25, 2020 Editorial IV 0

He is one of the leading industrialists on textile productions in Nigeria and a foremost philanthropist. In this interview with MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU, Alhaji Mudassir Abubakar says there is joy in giving back to society whatever God gives anyone.Mudassir Idris Abubakar has become a householdname mustly in this part of the country. Who really is Alhaji Mudassir? In the name Read More

Gov Bello is turning Kogi into an economic hub – Commissioner

August 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Daniel Oneal Ejigbo is the commissioner for rural development in Kogi state. In a recent interview with ROSEMARY MIBIRIN, he reveals how the state government is transforming the rural areas through rural electrification across the state. Over the years, lack of electricity in rural areas has been the major problem in Kogi state. How do you intend to change the Read More

I’ll improve on late Braimoh’s achievements – Salami

August 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Assistant Publicity Secretary in Lagos State, Mr Abiodun Salami, one of those jostling to fill the vacant seat of Kosefe constituency 2 at the Lagos Assembly following the death of Hon Tunde Braimoh, few weeks back, has explained what he would better the achievements of the late lawmaker. Tope Musowu brings excerpt. Why are you Read More

5G, an integration of 4G – Pantami

August 14, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, in this chat with a delegation of Blueprint’s senior staff led by the chief operating officer, Malam Salisu Umar, which paid him a courtesy visit recently, speaks on the 5G controversy and other issues. What do you have to tell Nigerians about 5G? Hmmmm…this issue of 5G; the allegation Read More

2023: Idoma elders should reach out to stakeholders – Suswam

August 7, 2020 Editorial III 0

Recently, the lawmaker representing Benue North Senatorial District, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Torwua Suswam, was quoted as having protested against the siting of federal institutions in Zone C Senatorial zone of the state. He was also quoted as opposing the choice of an ambassador from the same zone, much to the chagrin of the Idoma-speaking of the state. However, when journalists Read More

Nigerian elites playing the Ostrich over restructuring – Senator Bamidele

July 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central), says political elites are obstructing efforts to restructure Nigeria. He also spoke on other burning national issues. Taiye Odewale. Excerpts. As a strong advocate of true federalism, what do you think about bills before the NASS seeking to establish federal institutions in Read More

I support gov’t on schools closure – Lagos lawmaker

July 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Hon Victor Olusegun Akande is a member of Lagos state House of Assembly representing Ojo Constituency I. In this interview withTEMITOPE MUSOWO, he says saving lives is better than reopening schools. You were into education before becoming a lawmaker. Where do you stand students not writing  SSCE this year due to COVID-19 pandemic?  We are faced with a delicate situation Read More

Wike has shamed his critics in terms of performance – Ex-caretaker committee chairman

July 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Honourable Obarilomate Ollor is a former caretaker committee chairman of Eleme local government area of Rivers state. In this interview with GODWIN EGBA, he minced no words in scoring the Wike-led administration high. You were appointed care-taker-chairman of Eleme LGA by Governor Nyesom Wike. Can you give your assessment of his administration? My appraisal of the governor is without fear Read More

I thank God Tolulope achieved her dreams before she died – Father

July 17, 2020 OYIBO SALIHU 0

Engineer Akintude Arotile is the father of the late first female combatant pilot in Nigeria, Miss Tolulope Arotile, who passed away in a road accident on Tuesday in Kaduna. Mr. Arotile, who retired from the Transition Company of Nigeria (TCN) last year as a power engineer, spoke with OYIBO SALIHU at his GRA residence in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, Read More

Kaduna govt strategising to ensure food security – Commissioner

July 5, 2020 Editorial IV 1

In this interview with Chamba Simeh, the Kaduna state Commissioner for Agriculture, Hajia Halima Lawal, talks about the threats to food security due to the banditry on farming communities in the state, the impact of Covid-19 on farming and the efforts of the government in tackling these challenges. Before we go into the issue of food security, can you share Read More

I’ll reshape Ondo governance – Dr. Olafeso

June 26, 2020 ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national vice-chairman (South-west), who is also an aspirant in the forthcoming Ondo state governorship election, Dr. Eddy Eniola Olafeso, in an interview with journalists, said his in the race to restructure governance in the state. ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU was there for Blueprint Weekend. Why are you in the race for Ondo state governorship? Today marks a Read More

N-Power Batch C enrolment exercise is for all except…. – Nyako

June 25, 2020 Editorial IV 0

As the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management plans a new leaf on N-Power programme, Aminu Nyako, the special assistant to the minister in this Interview with AHMID LAWAL throws more light on the planned disengagement of Batches A and B as well as the enrolment of Batch C. The N-Power programme recommences this Friday who qualifies for the Read More

N-Power largest post-tertiary engagement of human resources in Africa – Umar Farouq

June 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In this interview with TOPE SUNDAY, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar-Farouq provides further insights into what the N-Power, a poverty alleviating programme of the federal government seeks to achieve and how such could be realised.     Honourable minister, it is not a surprise that some Nigerians don’t know this programme beyond its name. So, what Read More

Bala’s impact spreading wide in Bauchi – Mai Poster

June 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has clocked a year in office. In this interview with NAJIB SANI,  Honourable Suleiman Mai Posta, chairman of a Bauchi based socio-political organisation ‘Democracy and Good Governance Forum’ takes a look at projects within the period under review. You have been monitoring the activities of this government since it came to power. How would you Read More