Kaduna govt strategising to ensure food security – Commissioner

July 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

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

We’re prioritising security, infrastructure, health amidst Covid-19 – Niger gov

June 19, 2020 ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU 0

Niger state governor Abubakar Sani-Bello in this interview with journalists said his administration has impacted positively on the wellbeing of the people, even though he admits that a lot still needs to done. ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU brings excerpts. We’ve just marked the end of the first year in your second term in office.  What are your achievements? Most of the road Read More

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Being in NASS complete new experience – Usman

June 14, 2020 AHMID LAWAL 0

Hon Ahmed Usman Jaha represents Chibok/Dambo/Gwoza federal constituency on the platform of APC. In this interview with AHMID LAWAL, he gives account of his one year stewardship, among others. Your one year experience in the NASS? Though I had been a state legislator for eight years, I know the culture of my people and their way of life, but at Read More

Security remains my main priority – Zannah

June 14, 2020 Editorial III 0

Honorable Usman Zannah, an APC member Representing Kaga / Gubio / Magumeri federal constituency of Borno state speaks to AHMID LAWAL on security situation in the state and many other issues. What has been your experience in the National Assembly? Well I have been in the executive all my life, I served as a commissioner  for almost eight years, so Read More

Only 22 so far convicted of rape in Nigeria – Barrister Madujibe

June 12, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

Barrister Chukwu Emmanuel Madujibe is an Abuja-based human rights and constitutional lawyer. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he says only 22 convictions of rape have been recorded in the history of Nigerian judiciary. He also explains why many rape cases are not prosecuted or pursued to logical conclusions, even as he offers advice to rape victims. Gender inequality is Read More

Clerics’ comments, threats to managing Covid-19 – Abasiediuwem

June 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

If care is not taken, the fight against Covid-19 may be jeopardised. In an interview with AGI ONDA, president of Global Peace Mission Abuja, Prince Abasiediuwem, believes that Christian and Muslim clerics need to tone down their messages about the pandemic. What are your views about some misinformation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria? Indeed, the biggest danger faced in Read More

We’ve delivered dividends of democracy -HonLonggap

June 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Honourable Komsol Alphonsus Longgap, a member representing Mikang/Quaan-Pan/Shendam federal constituency, Plateau state, in this interview with AHMID LAWAL, spoke on his one year achievements in office, the state governor’s efforts in tackling insecurity, among other issues. Looking back, what are your experiences and achievements as a NASS member in the last one year? I have been asked this question many Read More

I pity Nigerians who doubt Covid-19- Ex-Ebonyi commissioner

May 29, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

Chief Donatus Ezeogo Aja, popularly known as Zentus, is a business mogul; a former governorship candidate in old Abia state; a former Commissioner for Border Peace and Conflict Resolution and former Commissioner for Environment in Ebonyi state. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he gives an assessment of the administration of Governor David Nweze Umahi, the recent crisis in his Read More

2023 presidency: No zoning in APC’s constitution —Ibediro

May 21, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Barrister Emmanuel Ibediro is the National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview, he speaks on the recent APC crisis and how it was resolved, how the party will survive post President Muhammad Buhari’s tenure and the 2023 presidential ticket of the party, among other issues. BODE OLAGOKE, reports. How much do you think the current COVID-19 Read More

Why we demolished markets in Yenagoa – Bayelsa sanitation authority boss

May 21, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The permanent secretary Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority, Mr Christopher Ewhrudjakpo, in this interview with JOY EMMANUEL explains reasons behind recent demolition of the illegal structures of markets in the state. Why did the government demolish illegal structures at the Swali Ultra-modern Market at this time? The initiative of the government to carry out this demolition exercise was not Read More

Another deadlier pandemic on the way – Cleric

May 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The founder and president of Christ’s Grace and Mercy City Healing Church of All Nations based in Ankpa Kogi state, Prophet Angel Miracle Tony, in this interview with SALIHU OYIBO says by divine revelation, a deadlier pandemic is ahead even as he reveals that God gave him the key out of the current pandemic. When did you receive this divine Read More

9 years on, I feel significantly accomplished – Blueprint’s publisher

On May 2, 2011, the chairman Bifocal Group and Publisher, Blueprint Newspapers, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, turned 45 years and that also marked the birth of Blueprint Newspapers Limited, publishers of Blueprint (Daily) and Blueprint (Weekend). Today, Alhaji Idris is 54 and Blueprint Newspapers is nine. In this interview with ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF, Alhaji Idris speaks on the journey so far. Read More

Doctors treating Covid-19 patients without protection on suicide mission – Eze

May 1, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

Doctor Laz Ude Eze is an Abuja-based public health specialist, a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consultant and media practitioner. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he talks about his efforts in health awareness campaign, treatment of cancer patients, and why many doctors treating Covid-19 patients are on a suicide mission, among others. How have you championed health awareness campaign? I Read More

As perm sec, I ensured prompt payment of salaries, others – Dikwa

May 1, 2020 ABDULLAHI M. GULLOMA 0

Dr. Mohammed Kyari Dikwa is the immediate past permanent secretary (special duties), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning. In this interview with a cross-section of journalists, he talks on a wide range of issues. ABDULLAHI M. GULLOMA was there. Excerpts Background  My name is Mohammed Kyari Dikwa. My father’s name is Alhaji Kyari Dikwa, and my mother’s name Read More

Nasarawa varsity operates global standard – VC

April 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 The vice chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Professor Suleiman Bala Muhammed, in an interview with ADEMOLA DAMILOLA says the university, among other things, is operating in line with accepted global practices.  Tell us how you run the universityThese days, we hold a weekly management meeting to review the state of affairs in the university and committee reports so that we can get Read More

COVID-19: Churches must sacrifice in solidarity with the infected, affected – Kaigama

April 10, 2020 CHIZOBA OGBECHE 0

The Catholic Bishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, last week held a Palm Sunday Mass at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Catherdal, Area 3, Garki, Abuja, followed by an interaction with media practitioners. He spoke on a wide-range of issues including the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; stay-at-home order by the federal government; the role of the church and the Read More

We should use our crises to reform Nigeria – Gaskia

April 3, 2020 BENJAMIN UMUTEME 0

Jaye Gaskia is the co-convener of protest to power movement. In this interview with BENJAMIN UMUTEME, he speaks on the need for political re-orientation to take back leadership from the hands of those he calls political entrepreneurs. What do you think should be done to stop the killings across the country? This is one of the questions I have always Read More

Why Boko Haram attacks persist in Adamawa communities – Lawmaker

April 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In this interview with Muazu Abari, the Deputy Majority Leader and member representing Gombi state constituency, Adamawa state House of Assembly, Hon Japhet Kefas, speaks on the recent Boko Haram attacks on Garkida community of his constituency, and how they are strengthening security in the area. What losses were incurred by your constituency during the recent Boko Haram attacks? It Read More

Lagos needs more response mechanism in moments of emergency- CDC chairman

April 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In an interview with TEMITOPE MUSOWO, a community development chairman in Ifako Ijaye, Pastor Samuel Olu Opajobi, calls on the state government to dedicate more funds in emergency management and engage community leaders on security issues, among others. How did you emerge as the CDC chairman of a well populated local government like Ifako-Ijaiye?  Well, in Ifako-Ijaiye, we have four Read More

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COVID 19: How govt should approach lockdown – APC chieftain

March 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Mrs Kafilat Ogbara is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos state. In this interview with TEMITOPE MUSOWO, she bares her mind on the ravaging global pandemic, the need for the government to make the lock-down comfortable for the people  New cases of COVID 19 are being recorded daily. Where do we go from here? We Read More