Agric produce need quarantine certification for export – NAQS boss

August 18, 2018 ELEOJO IDAHABA 0

This agency had remained relatively invisible due to its erstwhile status as a unit in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture until Nigeria began to export yams to Europe and America, last year. The Bill establishing the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), the agency responsible for certification of agricultural produce to meet international standards before they are exported, has been signed Read More

Atiku’s desperation to govern need for quality leadership – Ibe

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In this interview with ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU, Mazi Paul Ibe, Media Adviser to former President Atiku Abubakar, and one of the aspirants in the 2019 presidential election, claims that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed in the change it promised Nigerians. He also says his boss represents the hope Nigerians have yearned for Having served as the Vice President for Read More

Nigerian leaders must be counselled to touch masses positively – Prof Egbochukwu

August 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In this interview with DONALD IORCHIR, in Abuja, National President of the Counselling Practitioners Association of Nigeria [CASSON], Professor Elizabeth Omotunde Omoyeme Egbochuku, discusses how the leadership of the union has been working to reposition the counselling practice for national development, impact counselling on leaders of the country to perform well, among others. Excerpts Your members have gathered in Abuja Read More

Why I parted ways with Oshiomhole – Afegbua

August 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

National Publicity Secretary of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), Prince Kassim Afegbua, in this interview with TOPE SUNDAY, bares his mind on the gale of defections hitting the All Progressives Congress (APC), his faction’s unsettled scores with APC and other national issues. Afegbua Recently, at least 51 members of the National Assembly who were elected on the platform of Read More

Kogi needs visionary leaders – Hussein

August 7, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Hon Idris Hussein, popularly called Idrisima by friends and associates, is an aspirant for the House of Representatives (Idah/Ibaji/ Igalamela/Ofu Federal Constituency of Kogi state) in the general elections scheduled for February next year. In this interview with BILAL MOHAMMED, the PDP aspirant dwells on the nature and scope of his stewardship if he eventually wins the seat. Politics in Read More

Buhari’s wife saved me – Ango Abdullahi

August 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Recently, the Chairman of Northern Elders’ Forum(NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, has been fraternising with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere in what analysts regard as an alliance of strange bedfellows. In this interview with IBRAHEEM MUSA, the former vicechancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, told Blueprint Weekend what they have been discussing at the meeting and why NEF Read More

PDP must not fail to manage defection properly – Olafemi

August 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Chief Clarence Olafemi is the former Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly and ex- Ag Governor of Kogi state. In this interview with OYIBO SALIHU, the chieftain of the People Democratic Party (PDP) speaks on the gale of defections from the ruling APC and its implications for the 2019 general elections among other issues in the nation’s polity Recently some Read More

Nigerian youth daily losing jobs – PDP Ebonyi chair

August 2, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In this interview with EGWUAGHA AMARACHUKWU, Barr Onyekachi Nwebonyi, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi state chapter, believes the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 was an error Sir how would you describes the act exhibited by security personnel on Tuesday, at the residences of Senate leadership? It is a terrible situation; it is a rape on our democracy. Read More

Kebbi, difficult state to produce rice – Bagudu

July 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Argungu Fishing Festival used to be a major tourist destination and a source for revenue to the state; why was it suspended? Argungu Fishing Festival was suspended in 2010/2011, when Boko Haram insurgency made it almost impossible to have the confidence. So, the then government thought it was important to suspend it until things get better. But since last year Read More

I’ll give effective representation to my constituents – Oguwike

July 26, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Barr. Nathan Oguwike, is a legal practitioner based in Abuja and works as an External Advocate and Solicitor for the Nigerian Army. In this interview with CHIDIEBERE IWUOHA in Owerri, Oguwike who is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Association of Christian Lawyers Against Corruption and Human Rights Abuses, speaks on his strategies for the effective representation of his people Read More

There are forces behind killings in the country – CISLAC

July 19, 2018 Adeola Tukur 0

Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) is the Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC). In this interview with ADEOLA TUKURU, he bares his mind on the spate of killings in the country, among other issues. What is CISLAC position on the recent crisis in Jos and other parts of the country? The main responsibility of government at all Read More

Negative outcome of fight against Saraki

Saraki’s acquittal: The tortuous journey to freedom

July 12, 2018 Kehinde Osasona . Abuja 0

In this report, KEHINDE OSASONA examines the turn of events in the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the conclusive judgment by the Supreme Court. For Saraki, it’s a long walk to victory After three years of legal brawl with the federal government, like a cat with nine lives, the Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has emerged victorious at Read More

Saraki has never won overwhelmingly in Kwara – Suleiman

Professor Abubakar Olarenwaju Suleiman is a former Minister of National Planning and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with TOPE SUNDAY and KEHINDE OSASONA, he speaks about his governorship ambition in Kwara state and the PDP chances in the 2019 general elections, among other national issues. Why seeking to be governor? The political class in my Read More

Kwara must do away with stereotyped politicians – Oniyangi

July 5, 2018 Patrick Andrew 0

Abdulazeez Yinka Oniyangi is the Chief Executive Officer, Swift Air Ambulances Services Limited, and a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the New Progressive Movement in Kwara State. In this interview, Oniyangi says unless the state does away with stereotyped politics and politicians, it will continue to miss out from both the dividends of democracy and the evolving democratic processes Read More

‘Gombe too important to be left in the hands of unserious persons’

July 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Dahiru Hassan Kera is an Abuja-based communications expert and was the chairman of the media/publicity committee of the Dankwambo campaign organization in the 2015 general election. In this interview with MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR, he expresses concern on the upcoming election in Gombe state, his experience from the last election and other sundry issues. Sir, you were the chairman of the media Read More

Nigerian youth need proper mentoring – Presidential aspirant

June 28, 2018 JOHN OBA 0

Comrade Oladele Nihi Olaniyi, one of the presidential aspirants in the forthcoming National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) elections in this interview with JOHN OBA, says Nigerian youths need proper mentoring to assume leadership What prompts you to contest for the youth Council presidency? Over the years, I am bothered by the docility of many Nigerian youths. I feel that Read More

Unhealthy activities causing severe damage to environment – Anuforom

June 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Immediate past Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Dr. Anthony C. Anuforom, was recently conferred with the Fellowship of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria (FRAES), in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. This erudite environmentalist in a chat with DONALD IORCHIR , talks on the nation’s environmental problems, climate change, effect on food security of uncontrolled displacement Read More

Why Gombe is not hit by insurgency – Jauro

June 26, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Dr. Sani Jauro is a seasoned administrator, a civil servant of impeccable integrity, rising through the ranks to the highest position of Permanent Secretary in the Gombe state civil service. He also doubles as the Principal Private Secretary to the state Governor, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo. He speaks to ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYYAU on reasons the state has been ‘spared’ of insurgency Read More

Niger, pace-setter in e-governance – Ebbo

June 23, 2018 Awaal Gata 0

Abdullberqy Usman Ebbo was the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state between 2015 and 2017. He is now the Director-General in-charge of Strategic Operations Unit, ICT and Public Enlightenment. AWAAL GATA recently engaged him, and he spoke on the contributions of his office, as well as the current Read More

Insurgency: ‘Buhari has achieved more than most developed countries’

June 23, 2018 AbdulRahman Zakariyau 0

  North East Zonal Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Mustapha Salihu, in this interview with ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU, says President Muhammadu Buhari has achieved more than most developedcountries that have been fighting insurgency for years. Excerpts Your take on the recent ward and state congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the country Well, the exercise Read More

‘My Foundation’ll provide succour to the displaced’

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Yadomah Mandara is the founder of the Bukar Mandara Foundation (BMF) whose mission is to move the internally displaced persons in north-eastern Nigeria out of the cycle of poverty and make them self-reliant. She spoke to ADAM ALQALI Local and international NGOs working in northeastern Nigeria are accused of living large off the plight of the millions of internally displaced Read More

I’ve been divinely inspired to serve my people –Akanle

June 20, 2018 Oyinbo Salihu 0

Dr Toyin Akanle is an aspirant to the Kogi West Senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress Party (APC). Akanle, a former Director of Department of State Services and philanthropist, in this interview with OYIBO SALIHU, speaks on his senatorial ambition, the zoning arrangement in Kogi West senatorial seat and the chances of APC in 2019 general Read More

Our successful congresses quit notice to Ikpeazu – Anyim

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nyerere Chinenye Anyim is a member of Merger Committee of APC and Zonal Chairman of the party in the South-east; the South-east Zonal Coordinator of Buhari Campaign Organisation and member of its BoT. He is also the executive commissioner representing the South-east at PenCom. Anyim, in this interview with CHIDIEBERE IWUOHA, talks about the peaceful and successful Ward, LGA and Read More

I can rebuild Nigeria – Turaki

June 9, 2018 AbdulRahman Zakariyau 0

A Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was once a Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabir Tanimu Turaki, in this interview with ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU scored the President Muhammadu Buhari government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) zero on security. He also said the party has destroyed all they built in the 16 years they Read More

Governors responsible for hardship, not Buhari – Asuquo

June 6, 2018 Kingston Obung. Calabar 0

Nigerian Ambassador to Uganda, Etubom Nya Asuquo, is a former House of Representatives member for Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency of Cross River state. In this interview with KINGSTON OBUNG, the diplomat says, among other things that Nigerian governors should be held liable for the hardship Nigerians are passing through In his assessment of 19 years of democratic government in Nigeria, Read More