IPOB’s sit-at-home order as drawback for South-east school kids

September 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

In this edition, PAUL OKAH takes a look at the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South-east and how its sit-at-home order, in protest against the arrest and trial of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is affecting businesses, especially the education of the region’s school childre. On Metro (Sept 25,2021)9, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Read More

Humanitarian affairs ministry: Two years after, how well so far?

September 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development marked its two years of creation by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 21. PAUL OKAH takes a look at the performance of the ministry under Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq. On August 21, 2019, history was made when President Muhammadu Buhari announced the creation of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Read More

How social media fuels divorce

September 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nowadays, the news of divorce cases is no longer surprising as many people often set countdown clocks with the celebration of every marriage. And the advent of the internet has not in itself helped matters as couples, especially celebrities, often rush to the social media to post marital issues. PAUL OKAH reports. “So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, Read More

Insecurity: POS agents as engendered species

September 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

The introduction of cashless policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has led to a boom in Point Of Sale (POS) businesses, especially in remote areas, however, these POS agents are becoming easy targets for miscreants, who rob and sometimes kill them. PAUL OKAH reports. Standing in queues in banking halls or at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) is something Read More

Efungwu launches Remedy Portal into the Nigeria market as Regina Daniels emerges brand ambassador

August 31, 2021 Editor 0

Opata Efungwu, a popular media entrepreneur based in Lagos, earlier this week took to his instagram to announce the launch of his latest tech solution called Remedy Portal in collaboration with Regina Daniels as a brand ambassador. Remedy Portal is an ecosystem of mobile apps for everyday use offering seamless, integrated and contextualized experience. The app aggregates multiple functions and Read More

Migration, trafficking: When grass isn’t greener on the other side

August 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The average Nigerian wants to travel out of the country to seek greener pastures, a situation that has been made worse with growing unemployment and economic recession in Nigeria. PAUL OKAH reports that the grass isn’t greener on the other side with more Nigerians falling victims of human trafficking and irregular migration. There is a growing fad for Nigerians to Read More

Kanu, Igboho: End to agitations in sight?

July 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), MaziNnamdi Kanu and Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, are presently facingprosecution from the federal government over various offencesbordering on treason, incitement, among others. With both standingtrial in different courts, PAUL OKAH wonders if their prosecution willput an end to agitations by various groups for secession. Since independence, Nigeria has faced agitations Read More

Breaking: Appeal court sacks Odey, declares Jarigbe as Senator

July 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Court of Appeal in Calabar has declared Hon. Jerigbe Agom Jerigbe the duly elected Senator for Cross River North. It declared him the lawful candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) in the December 5, 2020 By-election for the seat. The three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu also invalidated the certificate of return earlier issued to Read More

Insecurity: FCT monarch calls for collaboration among traditional rulers

July 27, 2021 Emmanuel Ologun 0

Chairman, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council of Traditional Rulers and Onah of Abaji, HRH Adamu Baba Yunusa, has called for closer cooperation between community leaders across the six geopolitical zones in the effort to find solutions to the spate of insecurity in the country.He made the remarks on Tuesday while delivering his Sallah message during an interaction with newsmen at Read More

Tiv group backs Buhari over move against secessionists

July 9, 2021 Editor 0

Tiv Youth Council Worldwide (TYC) has said any attempt to treat secessionist individuals and groups with kid gloves could throw the country into deeper crises beyond anyone’s imagination. Consequently, the group has thrown it’s weight behind the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the re-arrest of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, and the Read More

Marwa’s offensive against drug peddlers, users

July 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is the body empowered by the federal government to regulate hard drugs in the country. With daily reports of seizure of drugs and arrest of culprits across the states, PAUL OKAH takes a look at the onslaught on drug peddlers and users under the chairman, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.). The National Drug Law Read More

Polygamy as panacea to infidelity?

July 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Monogamy, which is the state of being married to one person at a time, has been the system of marriage commonly practised by many Christians in Nigeria and other African countries. However, it has continued to be cited as one of the reasons wives and husbands engage in infidelity. PAUL OKAH asks if a return to polygamy can curb the Read More

Buni charges Nigeria’s envoy to US on beneficial relationship

June 26, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has charged Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr Uzoma Emenike on beneficial relationship between the two countries. Buni stated this Saturday when he led a delegation to Umuahia, Abia state to condole with the family of the Ambassador Read More

Tax defaulters to pay 50% of disputed amount into court account

June 14, 2021 David Agba 0

Tax defaulters who plan to institute legal cases against the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) now have to pay 50% of the assessed amount in dispute into an interest-yielding account of the Federal High Court before the court can hear such matters. Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr Muhammad Nami, disclosed this during a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Read More

Infertility: When menstrual hygiene becomes a concern

June 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

Biologically, menstruation is a particular time of the month women of child-bearing age always look forward to as it is a sign of fertility. However, over the years, menstrual hygiene has attracted the attention of health experts as many women have brought infections and fertility concerns upon themselves majorly for neglecting their menstrual health. PAUL OKAH reports. Menstruation or menstrual Read More

Gov. Buni mourns Ahmed Gulak

May 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Yobe state governor and Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has mourned the assassination of Ahmed Gulak. He said the death of Gulak has created a vaccun in the development of politics and democracy in Nigeria. In a statement signed Monday in Abuja by his director general press and media Read More

FCT Monarch demands concerted action against insecurity

May 28, 2021 Emmanuel Ologun 0

The Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in the Federal Capital Territory [FCT], HRH Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa, has called for more coordinated and concerted efforts on the part of security agencies and the various tiers of government to reduce insecurity in the territory. Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa, who is also the Onah [Ruler] of Abaji Area Council, observed in an Read More

Nation building: FCT monarch preaches peace, love

May 28, 2021 Emmanuel Ologun 0

The traditional ruler of Kwali, HRH (Etsu) Alhaji Sha’aban Audu Nizazo, has called on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace as a precondition for the development of the nation. Dr. Audu Nizazo made the call in his palace while speaking with newsmen on the security challenges facing the nation. The monarch drew attention to the growing spate Read More

PrEP: Danger as HIV discourse takes the back seat

May 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

PAUL OKAH writes on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) as innovations in Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention and treatment and tries to find out why discourses on HIV and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) seem to be taking the back burner. Years ago, news on HIV and AIDS made headlines and dominate the pages of newspapers, TV stations and radio Read More

In Sokoto, Police rescue girl locked inside room

May 15, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Sokoto state Police command has rescued 12-year-old girl identified as Joy, who was allegedly locked up in a room by her parents for eight months in Dadin Kowa area of Sokoto. Joy who was said to have been locked up and deprived of food due to her unstable mental condition, was rescued after the police were alerted by neighbors. Read More

Pension, gratuity: Are the retired jinxed?

May 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

Once upon a time, retired civil servants always had cause to smile as their pensions, gratuities and other entitlements were paid in time by the federal, state and local governments. The reverse appears to be the case now as many civil servants complain of neglect by the same governments. PAUL OKAH reports. Retired civil servants in Nigeria are often not Read More

Super Falcons to face Ghana in 2022 AWCON qualifiers

May 10, 2021 Lekan Olaseinde 0

The Confederation of African Football on Monday in Cairo, Egypt conducted  an expanded 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations draws which  produced an intriguing tie in the opening round with defending champions Nigeria set to face neighbours and traditional rivals Ghana. It is one of 22 ties that saw the 44 teams seeded based on geography rather than a ranking Read More

Insecurity: Are security agents now endangered species?

May 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Years ago, the sight of a policeman, army officer and security agent would instill fears in the citizens, especially criminals. But with insecurity ravaging the land, security agents appear to have become soft targets by gunmen. PAUL OKAH asks if security operatives are now endangered species. Presently, army officers, policemen, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Read More

Group demands Ortom’s resignation as Benue governor

May 6, 2021 Editor 0

Group asks Ortom to resign over poor governance in Benue State The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to resign over “poor performance and gross ineptitude.” In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Hwande Titus Akase, on Wednesday, the group said the governor has failed to provide credible leadership since assuming Read More