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

Fake wine factory uncovered in Delta, suspect arrested

April 29, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

The Delta state Police Command on Thursday said it has uncovered a fake wine factory in Amadaga community in Udu local government area of the state. The state police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe who revealed this in Asaba, said the suspected sole manufacturer has been arrested for thorough investigation and prosecution. DSP Edafe said operatives of the Read More

We have transformed FPI through prudent management – Rector

April 28, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Dr David Danjuma Baba is the rector of the Federal Polytechnic Idah (FPI) in Kogi state. In this interview with OYIBO SALIHU, he bares his mind on efforts to reposition the institution amidst scarce resources. For three years now you have been in the saddle as rector of Federal Polytechnic Idah. So far, how has it been? The achievements I Read More

Anambra has mechanism to contain ecological issues — NEWMAP coordinator

April 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Anambra state has many ecological challenges demanding attention. In this interview with OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU, the state project coordinator of Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Project (NEWMAP) Mr Michael Ivenso, speaks on how the agency has been able to tackle the menace. What has been some impact of erosion in Anambra state lately? We are talking about fatalities, loss of lives, critical Read More

Female gender most vulnerable to trafficking – NAPTIP DG

April 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Imaam Sulaiman – Ibrahim is the director general,  National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) . In this interview with ENE OSHABA, she says women especially young girls are most vulnerable to trafficking. How has it been piloting the affairs of NAPTIP? I’m sure you will agree with me that it’s very challenging but more importantly it’s Read More

It’s time to decentralise Nigeria – Sen Adeyeye

April 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Former minister of state for works, Senator Dayo Adeyeye in a no-hold bared interview with UKO ETIM while on a working visit to Uyo recently says for the country to move forward, now is the time for so many things being managed presently by the federal government to be decentralised. You have been at the forefront campaigning for Bola Ahmed Read More

Anambra burial law would attract revenue if… —Bishop Ezeokafor

April 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Rather than enforcing taxes on the people, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra state, in this interview with OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU says the state government would earn higher income if the state burial law is fully implemented.  What is the place of Easter celebration in Christendom? Generally, people are thinking that Christmas is the highest celebration in the church, but Read More

Construction of Agbara-Lusada road begins in 2 weeks – Gov. Abiodun

April 7, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

The Ogun state government has said it will, in two weeks’ time, flag off the construction of the Agbara-Kusada road, to ease vehicular and pedestrian movement in the axis. Governor Abiodun, who stated this at the opening ceremony of the 10th Gateway International Trade Fair, tagged, “Transforming Agriculture and Commerce in a Highly Competitive Global Market” held at the Trade Read More

There was no council election in Kogi last year – Activist

April 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In a no-hold bared interview with SALIHU OYIBO, Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul,  the executive director Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution based in Lokoja said contrary to claims by the state government that it conducted the best council elections last year, no election was held in the state, among other issues. What is your assesement of the November 2020 Read More

Amnesty for Boko Haram, herders’ll end insurgency – Prophet Nwachukwu

April 2, 2021 SEGUN ODUNEWU 0

The Senior Pastor of Rhema Deliverance Mission International, Lagos, Dr. Anene Nwachukwu, a political scientist, in this interview with SEGUN ODUNEWU, speaks on the significance of Easter; the focus on ‘deliverance’ in Rhema and many other national issues. What is the Rhema Deliverance Mission all about? I am Dr. Anene Nwachukwu, the Senior Pastor of Rhema Deliverance Mission International, Lagos. Read More