Rural Cash Grant as another humanitarian ministry’s poverty alleviation intervention

August 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) recently began the distribution of N20, 000 cash grants to 2,900 rural women in the Federal Capital Territory and other parts of the country under its National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP). PAUL OKAH takes a look at the ministry’s poverty alleviation programmes. For the majority of Nigerians, the Read More

NDDC flags off construction of 15km Imoga road in Edo

July 17, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has flagged off the construction of the 15 kilometre Aushan -Ilekpi-Imoga road in the Akoko-Edo area of Edo state. The project which is being executed by an indigenous company, Webster Global Ventures Limited would traverse the whole Imoga town and therefore increase economic activities in the area. Speaking on behalf of the company, one Read More

How GEIL is changing Ikuru town through meaningful community projects

June 17, 2022 Editor 0

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the idea that an organisation ought to play a positive role in the community and consider the environmental and social impact of business decisions. It is closely linked to sustainability, creating economic, social, and environmental value. All these focus on non-financial factors that companies, large and small, consider when making business decisions. In recent years, many forward-thinking Read More

How epileptic power supply heightens insecurity

June 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

The epileptic power supply being experienced across the country recently took a turn for the worse with the citizens and residents lamenting a downturn in businesses. This, according to analysts, has o criminality under the cover of darkness and frustrations. PAUL OKAH reports. In the creation story, as written in the book of Genesis, when God said “let there be Read More

N-Power: Another look at FG’s initiative against drug abuse, insecurity, others

June 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

In this piece, PAUL OKAH analyses how the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is intervening in the war against drug abuse and insecurity through the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), even as it’s in partnership with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for the enrollment of rehabilitated drug abuse ‘clients’ into N-Power and other programmes Read More

Humanitarian Affairs: How FG’s school feeding programme encourages pupil enrolments

March 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) was initiated by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2016. In 2019, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development was created with Sadiya Umar Farouq as the minister. She promptly initiated the supply of a meal per day to primary one to three pupils in public schools across the Read More

Child abuse: Should flogging be banned in schools?

February 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

Flogging and other forms of corporal punishment in primary and secondary schools by teachers and students are age-long traditions in Nigeria, especially in public schools. However, the unwarranted flogging of toddlers by school teachers, sometimes to death, has generated a lot of concern from parents, civil society organisations and other Nigerians. PAUL OKAH asks if flogging should be banned in Read More

Rape, teenage pregnancy: Myths, misconceptions of Valentine’s Day

February 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14, is to mark the remembrance of St Valentine, a 3rd-century Roman saint, by Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches. However, Nigerians, especially the youth, have turned the day into an occasion to engage in sexual activities as proof of love, with cases of rape often recorded, even as teenage pregnancies, traced to the Read More

Rising unemployment: Why tertiary education should be skills-based

February 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

After secondary school, many Nigerians seek tertiary education either in the university, polytechnic or college of education. With the ever-increasing unemployment rate it has become imperative for policy formulators to consider including skills acquisition in the nation’s school curriculums; PAUL OKAH writes. Nigerian graduates these days often regret ‘wasting’ their time in school after all since they often find it Read More

Buni receives APC reconciliation reports, predicts electoral victory in 2023

January 31, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Yobe state Governor and National Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mai Mala Buni has predicated the party’s envisaged electoral success in 2023 on the conduct of a successful national convention on February 26. Speaking Monday when he received an interim report of the Sen. Abdullahi Adamu-led APC National Reconciliation Committee, Buni who Read More

Insecurity in South-east: Ebubeagu to the rescue?

January 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

The South-east security network, popularly known as Ebubeagu, was formally inaugurated by the Ebonyi state governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, in December last year, to assist in tackling insecurity in the region. PAUL OKAH in this report wonders if the outfit is living up to expectations. In April last year, following rising cases of insecurity, especially unprovoked killings, armed robbery, Read More

5 cheap things to buy after Christmas

December 28, 2021 Administrator 0

Despite the fact that many Christmas displays are up when stores are still marking down fake fangs and pint-sized chocolate bars, the winter holidays come and go quickly. In their wake, they leave exhausted credit cards and some purchases that are regretted as soon as the post-Christmas sales—or Boxing Day sales in many countries—roll around. When shopping for so many people, it Read More

FCT COE to become varsity of Education – Official

December 16, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Wednesday, revealed plan to transform the FCT College of Education Zuba to University of Education. The Secretary for FCT Education Secretariat, Malam Sani El-katuzu, made the disclosure at a news conference, held at the FCT Education Resource Centre, in Abuja. El-katuzu said the secretariat would do everything humanly possible within the limit of resources Read More

GBV: CSO collates data, demands protection, education for girl-child

November 27, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), National Civil Society Action for Peace, Good Governance and Community Development, has declared their readiness to collate data of recent cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the country. Its National coordinator, Dr. Tunji John Asaolu, disclosed the CSO’s resolution during the kickoff of 16 days global week of action against GBV in Abuja. He said Read More

‘Missing’ military pension fund: Group knocks National Assembly silence

November 13, 2021 Editor 0

A group known as the Concerned Citizens of Nigeria which has persistently called for a probe into the alleged looting of about N2.5 billion military pension fund has frowned at the perceived silence of the National Assembly over the matter despite several petitions. A media organisation in Nigeria, Pointblank publication, had on March 6, 2021 reported how N2.5billion was looted Read More

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