Valentine’s Day: Reflections, misconceptions

February 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Misconceptions and ignorance have trailed the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day on February 14, every year, with many doing everything possible for the day to be remembered for what it is not. PAUL OKAH reports. February 14 is regarded all over the world as St. Valentine’s Day, a day to show agape love to friends and families, loved ones, less Read More

Golden Eaglets may relocate to Ilorin

February 16, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Top NFF officials have disclosed that arrangements have reached advanced stage for the Golden Eaglets to relocate their training camp from Abuja to finalise their preparations for the U17 AFCON in Morocco next month. The U17s resumed training in Abuja since last week.“We have almost concluded with a state government for the Eaglets to train in that state before he Read More

Orlu: Group faults IPOB, ESN over killings

January 27, 2021 Editor 0

The Igbos in Nigeria Movement (INM) has condemned the killing of innocent citizens by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) on Monday in Orlu, Imo state.  The group, in a statement on Tuesday, said such lawlessness was unacceptable in the interest of peace and tranquillity in the South-East and South-South.  Fugitive leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Read More

NUPC disowns Mustapha Abubakar as Nigerian Peace Corps boss

January 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPC) has described Mustapha Abubakar who is claiming the position of Commandant General of Nigeria Peace Corps as an imposter. NUPC’s boss, Chinedu Nneji, revealed that Abubakar was his ADC at the NUPC but wondered how he became mischievous to the extent of claiming to be the the Commandant General of an organisation he Read More

Okorocha calls for new political alliance to rescue Nigeria

January 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has counselled members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to discard politics of bitterness that often make them to frustrate development projects attracted by others to their communities. Governor Wike gave the counsel during the inauguration of the Rumuche/Rumuakunde/Ohna Awuse Link Road in Emohua Local Government Area, performed by the former Governor Read More

Yuletide: Recurring excess budget and January pains

January 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Christmas and New Year festivities come with the usual demands and spending with most people over shooting their budgets in the spirit of the season and promising to be more careful next year, however, they end up repeating the same mistake, PAUL OKAH reports. How often do you see people selling their mobile phones or gadgets in the village to Read More

Baby factory, child trafficking: Whither NAPTIP?

December 12, 2020 Blueprint 0

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is a law enforcement agency of the federal government founded in 2003 to combat human trafficking and other similar human rights violations. However, with baby factories discovered in different parts of the country and the spike in child trafficking cases, PAUL OKAH wonders if the agency is delivering on Read More

As dry season returns with pains, agonies…

November 20, 2020 Blueprint 0

Fire disaster, which often times result fromfaulty electrical appliances, carelessness, arson, etc, has caused loss of jobs, lives and rendered many Nigerians homeless. It is particularly worse during the dry season as a result of bush burning which could lead to fire outbreaks, among others. PAUL OKAH reports. On a daily basis, as a result of negligence, carelessness or arson, Read More

Road accidents: Is FRSC delivering on mandate?

November 13, 2020 Blueprint 0

Avoidable road accidents occur in Nigeria on a daily basis due to many factors; ranging from bad roads, dangerous overtaking, over speeding, etc. With the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) mandated to ensure the safety of motorists, PAUL OKAH asks if the agency is delivering on its mandate. The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was established through Decree No. 45 Read More

#EndSARS: Group backs FG’s actions against sponsors, promoters of arson, killings

November 10, 2020 Editor 0

The Citizens Against Fake Activists (CAFA) has thrown its weight behind the move by the federal government to prosecute sponsors and promoters of violence during the EndSARS protests.  Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Executive Director, Bamidele Johnson, urged relevant authorities to resist blackmail and intimidation attempts by fake activists.  The CAFA also said it is appalled by the furore Read More

Alpha beta ‘fraud’: Group demands investigation of Tinubu’s investments in Lagos #EndSARS protests

November 6, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCC) has called for a probe over a possible sponsored attack on a Lagos court and properties belonging to All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Bola Tinubu during the EndSARS protest.  According to the group, it is likely that the ex-Lagos state governor may be behind the vandalism of the Igbosere High Court as well as his own Read More

Lekki shootings: Group passes vote of no confidence on Lagos panel

November 3, 2020 Editor 0

The Progressive Yoruba Youth (PYY) has passed a vote of no confidence in the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution instituted by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to investigate police brutality and high handedness.  According to the group, the panel has so far come short of high expectations of Lagosians, reduced to something of a “circus show”, especially as it concerns Read More

How trade drives revenue generation through local participation

October 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

Over the years, trade and commerce continue to play a strong role in foreign exchange earnings for countries globally. And this has been the driving force behind the federal government’s local content initiative that is aimed at positioning manufacturing, trade and commerce as revenue earners for the country; BENJAMIN UMUTEME writes. Trade and commerce remain an important aspect of human Read More

#EndSARS protests: Any gainers, losers?

October 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

With the address of President Muhammadu Buhari to the nation on Thursday, October 22, #EndSARS protests gradually ebbed, with protesters leaving the streets after more than two weeks and hoodlums taking to looting Covid-19 palliatives warehoused in different states. PAUL OKAH takes a look at the possible gainers and losers of the protests. If there is any lesson to be Read More

Letter to Gov Buni on LG poll

September 13, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Let me once again commend you on a giant strides you’re making in uniting the good people of Yobe state and also the entire members of your party (APC) within few months of your appointment as the caretaker national chairman. Indeed, you already hit the ground running. Verily, this cannot be achieved without embracing indifferences and being tolerant in running Read More

Incredible! After 8 years pregnancy, lady welcomes baby boy

July 19, 2020 Solomon Arowolo 0

A Nigerian lady has taken to Facebook to testify on behalf of a new mother who recently welcomed a baby boy after being pregnant for eight years. According to the lady identified as Ngozi Stephen, God proved himself as the miracle worker by allowing her family member deliver her child successfully after carrying the baby for eight years. Sharing the Read More

How I slept with 10 men after cult initiation – 19-year-old girl

July 17, 2020 Editor 0

A 19-year-old girl, Blessing David, Thursday confessed that slept with 10 men after cult initiation. She is a member of Marine girls cult group in Edo state, David, who was initiated into the cult group in 2019, also disclosed that sleeping with men was part of the initiation rituals. The teenager made the disclosure at the Edo police headquarters, while Read More

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Natives commend Buhari for appointing Abuja indigene ambassador

July 6, 2020 Donald Iorchir 0

Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the auspices of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youths Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO) weekend commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing an indigene of Abuja, Suleiman Sani, as ambassador nominee. President of the organisation, Commandant Isaac David, in a chat with Blueprint in Abuja described the appointment as a square peg in a square hole. He Read More

FCT mobile court seals up hotel, nightclub in Maitama

July 1, 2020 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

…11 defaulters to pay fine, perform community service An FCT Mobile Court has sealed up Missouri Hotel, located in Maitama District of Abuja, for allegedly operating a nightclub within curfew hours in contravention of COVID-19 regulation. In particular, the court presided over by Magistrate Idayat Akanni, which sat Monday at the Eagles Square, ordered that the hotel be sealed up Read More

Covid-19: Akwa Ibom YDP guber candidate ‘rescue’ Daki Biu residents

April 14, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

In a bid to alleviate the suffering of some rural dwellers during the COVID-19 lock down, the Akwa-Ibom state governorship candidate of the Youth Democratic Party (YDP) in the 2019 general elections, Architect Ezekiel Nya-Etok, has presented food stuff to residents of Daki Biu, a suburb of Abuja.Presenting the items including rice, beans, noodles and sachet water among others, he Read More

Coronavirus scare shuts Abuja bubbling community

April 10, 2020 KEHINDE OSASONA 0

The movement restrictions order by President Muhammadu Buharihich aimed at curtailing the spread of coronavirus in Abuja, the nation’s capital is already taken a toll on Jahi 2, an FCT community reputed for beehive of activities. KEHINDE OSASONA was there. The reality of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit Nigeria with the report of the index case on                     . The Presidency through Read More

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Abuja commuters lament collapse of public transportation

March 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

These days, commuting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) comes with unbearable agony; writes AMEH EJEKWONYILO For the vast majority of low-income earners who reside in satellite towns and suburbs of the FCT, commuting to the city centre on a daily basis brings unspeakable physical and mental suffering. From either standing under the scorching sun or in the cold rain, Read More

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FCT schools adopt preventive measures against COVID-19, Lassa fever

March 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

Schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have embraced measures to safeguard students from COVID-19 and Lassa fever. COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing global outbreak of Coronavirus disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 with symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness Some of the schools in FCT embarked on sensitisation exercise in order to educate and protect Read More

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Doctor’s strike unhealthy for Abuja residents – Minister

March 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has described the recent strike embarked upon by resident doctors as unhealthy for residents of the territory in view of the present global health challenge. The minister, who stated this during a dialogue with the leadership of FCT resident doctors called on the striking doctors to Read More