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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

Ahead FCT council poll: Expectations as curtains fall on PDP primaries

April 28, 2021 Emmanuel Ologun, Abuja 0

Federal Capital Territory Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sunday Zakka Dogo, has expressed delight and satisfaction over the outcome of the party’s primary election concluded in the six area councils last Thursday under the supervision of INEC officials. Zakka Dogo in an interview with Blueprint said: “As we are speaking, there are no hitches and no disruptions or Read More

Kwali chairman pledges increased youth empowerment, picks APC ticket ahead FCT council poll

April 28, 2021 Emmanuel Ologun, Abuja 0

The Chairman of Kwali Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory [FCT], Hon. Danladi Bomboyei Chiya, has promised increased youth empowerment and rapid development of the area council during his second tenure in office. Danladi Bomboyei Chiya said he used the first tenure to thoroughly understand the technicalities of government especially local administration and would put to effective practice and Read More

Nigeria’s unity not negotiable – Nasarawa monarch

April 10, 2021 Editor 0

The traditional ruler of Gaate in Kokona local government area of Nasarawa state, Alhaji Ibrahim Labaran Adamu, has explained why Nigerians must strive to live in unity notwithstanding their diversity in culture, religion and ethnic backgrounds. Alhaji Adamu in company of his palace chiefs spoke to Journalists at the weekend at Agbarho in Delta state during the internment of late Read More

FG to construct 4 new rail projects&nbsp

April 10, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaech, has assured Nigerians that the federation government would soon begin construction of four new rail projects across the country. The minister gave the assurance on Friday in Abuja at the 2020 edition of Annual Ministerial Press Briefing on landmark programmes, projects and activities of the ministry and agencies in Abuja, adding that the contracts Read More

Anambra community coronates new traditional ruler despite court process

April 4, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu, Awka 0

Nawfia community in Njikoka local government area, Anambra state has coroneted a new Traditional Ruler, Dr Shadrach Moguluwa. Moguluwa was coroneted after his election reportedly held on March 26, 2021, following suspension and subsequent withdrawal of Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo’s certificate of recognition by Anambra state government. Blueprint learnt that Nwankwo who was among the 11 monarchs that travelled to Abuja Read More

Any end in sight to fire disasters?

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Fire disasters have rendered many Nigerians homeless, jobless even as they have caused citizens to commit suicide in states across the federation particularly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). PAUL OKAH writes on the situation. Almost on a daily basis, fire outbreaks are reported in states across the federation. There include the burning down of markets, shops, homes, vehicles, among Read More

Yobe: EU, AFRYDEV support youths on conflict recovery in 3 LGs

April 2, 2021 Editor 0

As part of peace dialogue and reintegration, African Youth for Peace Development and Empowerment Foundation (AFRYDEV) with support from International Alert under European Union (EU) has supported early recovery from conflict and resilience building project in Yobe state to forestall further conflicts in the state. AFRYDEV Senior Programme Officer, Abdullahi Edoka, explained this during a capacity building for youths to Read More

Dala, Shatima, Tambuwal, others for northern Nigeria peace award

April 2, 2021 Editor 0

The Peace Achievers Global Award is set to honour men and women who have contributed exceptionally to the growth and development of the northern region. This was made known in Abuja by a representative of the organisation Amb. Kingsley Amafibe at a press conference held at his office at Wuse 2. According to him, the event which is slated for Read More

Declining Covid-19 cases: Nigeria out of the woods?

March 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, Nigeria recorded a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases daily as announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). PAUL OKAH, in this report, asks if the coast is now clear for Nigerians to soft-pedal on safety protocols. When the Covid-19 virus berthed in Nigeria in February last year, national and international health authorities fell over themselves Read More

FCT Police nab 5 ‘cultists, one chance robbers’

March 14, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

 The FCT Police Command has arrested five suspects for cultism and one chance robbery along Gwagwa and Lugbe axis.A press statement by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Yusuf Mariam, Sunday in Abuja, said three of the suspects: Peter Ajari, 24; Gideon John, 28; and Emmanuel Agwu, 26; were arrested by Police operatives from Gwagwa Division during routine patrol on Friday, March 12, Read More

Wassa: Another Abuja IDPs camp suffering neglect

March 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Wassa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is another tale of displaced Nigerians suffering from different forms of neglect, including lack of potable water, toilet, and schools. PAUL OKAH visited the camp recently and files in this report. The common complaint of IDPs in different states across the country is that they have Read More

NSIPs: Can EFCC, ICPC ensure transparency of independent monitors?

February 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs) of the federal government is presently witnessing the training of Independent Monitors across the states. However, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has threatened to unleash the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Department of Read More

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