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FG okays 6-month jail term for tabacco smokers

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved a bill which seeks to ban tobacco advertisements in the country and imposes a six-month jail term and/or a N50,000 fine for people who smoke cigarettes outside designated smoking areas. The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, told State House correspondents after the FEC meeting in Abuja that the bill was approved by Read More

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Kalu advocates 2-party system

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Former governor of Abia state, Dr Orji Uzo Kalu, has advocated a two-party system, saying that this would further strengthen democracy and give it more meaning. Kalu added that a two-party system would encourage healthy competition for political office, as the opposition party would always see itself as the government in waiting, while those in government would want to perform Read More

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Nigerian leaders fuel division with ethnicity, religion

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Lady Yemi Mahmud-Fasominu is the Ondo state Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, and a delegate at the ongoing national conference. In this interview with ENE OSANG she blamed leaders for promoting division in the country, and called for states to be strengthened in order to tackle pressing needs of its citizens. What is your take on President Goodluck Read More

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Military, paramilitary strategise against insurgents

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian military yesterday met with its paramilitary counterparts and the media to device more techniques of overcoming the threats of insurgents in North in its bid to return the country back to its state of peace. Commandant, Armed Forces College and Studies Command (AFCSC), Air vice Marshal John Chris Ifemeji, disclosed this yesterday while declaring open an exercise tagged Read More

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Zamfara killings: Dansadau wants Jonathan to sack IGP

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

A delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to, as a matter of urgency, sack the Inspector General of police, Mohammed Abubakar, over the killings of 100 defenceless people at Unguwar Galadima in Dansadau Emirate of Maru local government of Zamfara state. Senator Dansadau made the call while briefing journalists on Read More

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NCAA commends FG’s support for CAT 1 re-assessment

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The acting director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Engr. Benedict Adeyileka has applauded the federal government for support to the aviation industry during the recently concluded United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category I re-assessment of Nigeria. In a press statement issued in Lagos, Adeyileka also expressed appreciation to the supervising minister of aviation, Dr. Samuel Ortom, the Read More

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Nahco aviance endows professorial chair in Aviation Economics

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nahco aviance has endowed a professorial chair in Aviation Economics at the Bayero University, Kano. Speaking at the event in Kano, the chairman of the company, Alhaji Suleman Yahyah pointed out that Kano deserved such honour being the first city to receive an aircraft in Nigeria as far back as 1930s. He further said that Kano was chosen for “it Read More

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Miyetti-Allah demands compensation over killings

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen known as Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association has demanded, amongst others, for compensation for families of those allegedly killed by men of the Nigerian Army in Keana, Nasarawa state, recently. The association made the demands at a press conference in Abuja. According to its General Secretary in Nasarawa state, Alhaji Mohammed Husseini, “we demand adequate Read More

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Delegates raise alarm over secretariat’s negligence

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dame Virgy Etiaba has blamed the conference’s secretariat for not providing basic conveniences such as tissue paper at the toilets. Etiaba, who told the conference that lack of basic conveniences like can spark off health problems for the delegates, lamented that she went to conveniences and could not get tissue papers. The former deputy Read More

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Ekiti govt organises breast cancer examination in Olayinka’s memory

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Ekiti state government distributed thousands of breast self examination kits for cancer screening as part of activities organised in memory of the late deputy governor of the state, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka. Wife of the governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, mobilised thousands of women for the two-day rally, which was joined by the Governor Kayode Fayemi; his deputy, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; and Read More

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Youth representative insists on abolition of indigeneship

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

One of the delegates representing youth at the ongoing national conference, Hassan Rilwan, has urged delegates to insist on the abolition of indigeneship from all policies of government. Rilwan made the call while contributing to the debate on the direction of the inauguration speech delivered by President Goodluck Jonathan. He said until the issue of indigeneship is resolved, wealth creation Read More

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Market women representative wants abuse of female bankers checked

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The President of Market Women Association and delegate at the ongoing national conference, Chief Felicia Sani has called on federal government to, as a matter of urgency, probe the way famale bankers are being used by banks in the country in the name of marketing. The delegate raised the concern yesterday at the plenary when she took her turn to Read More

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Former minister wants states abolished to reduce cost of governance

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN) yesterday stressed the need for state governments to be abolished and replaced with strong geo-political zones and local governments. Chief Ojo, who disclosed this in an interview with Blueprint, said devolution of powers where the zones and the federating units would be strong while the centre Read More

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NAF marks low-key 50th anniversary

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has lined up activities for its forthcoming 50th anniversary which is organised low-key due to the security challenges facing the country. Briefing the media on the event the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal A Amosu, said even though the golden jubilee would be low-key due to unprecedented security challenges confronting the country, the Read More

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Delegates disagree on ‘fraudulent’ constitution

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Some delegates yesterday expressed divergent views over the status of the 1999 constitution.  First to fire the salvo was Kinse Okoko, a professor of political science, who described the constitution as “fraudulent.” He said the country’s myriad of problems were not due to attitude but due to structural defects laden in the constitution. He stated that it was the system Read More

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Killings: Foundation tasks politicians on proactive measures

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Gaskiya Youths and Elders’ International Foundation has lambasted politicians who only criticise wanton killings and attacks in parts of the North for their selfish reasons, but has failed to take proactive measures in finding lasting solution to the incessant killings. Coordinator of the Foundation, Mr Danladi William Makoshi, expressed concern over “the selfish and insincere criticisms of the incessant Read More

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Disabled persons’ rights: Physically challenged lawyer files address

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

A Physically challenged lawyer, Daniel Onwe, on Tuesday, filed a written address before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, affirming his competence to personally represent himself in a suit seeking the enactment of a law to protect rights of persons living with disabilities in Nigeria. The applicant had filed a suit in December 2013, seeking a court order directing Read More

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Oyo NUJ annuls Correspondents’ Chapel’s factional election

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Oyo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) yesterday disowned “the purported” factional election of the Correspondents’ Chapel in the state. The Council in a release jointly issued by its vice-chairman, Prince Segun Adeyemo, and Secretary Comrade Rotimi Babalola, said the purported election was stage-managed “by a faction in the chapel thereby rendering it illegal, null, void and Read More

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Governing Councils appeal to COEASU, NASU, SSUCOEN to call off strike

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Committee of Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Colleges of Education has appealed to Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education (SSUCOEN) to call off their strike in the interest of students and the nation. Chairman of Committee of Chairmen Governing Councils of Colleges of Education, Senator Read More

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Almajirai and other challenges of the North

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Ahmed Joda The article by Anthony Ada Abraham in Leadership of April 1, 2014 titled “Continued Plight of the Almajirai” caught my attention and I feel compelled to once again address this serious social problem in Northern Nigerian. The actual meaning of the word almajiri (singular); almajirai (plural) is student and students. However, because of the way the system has Read More

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Conference or charade?

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Hawwah Abdullahi Gambo A lot of hoopla had been said even before the onset of the sham, and then the constitution of the delegates made it all worse. Ifthe conference were really a national one, the people should have beenallowed to choose their delegates, and also be allowed to give suchdelegates the agenda he or she would present. But what Read More

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Expert urges FG to create employment opportunities

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

A senior researcher at the Economic Policy Research Department of the Institute, Dr. Foluso Adeyinka, has advised federal government to create employment opportunities in the country. Adeyinka stated this in a paper at its monthly seminar entitled “Job Creation in Nigeria: Short and Long Term Options” of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan. According to Adesina, Read More

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Katsina lawyers boycott court over police brutality

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Katsina state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has resolved to boycott courts today across the state following the alleged physical brutality on their members by the police. The state chairman of the association, Barrister Murtala Kassim, said this yesterday at a press conference in Katsina, saying that the association would not tolerate any act of brutality against Read More

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Nuhu Bamalli poly rewards 25 workers

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, in Kaduna state, has rewarded 25 of its workers for long and meritorious service to the school. Speaking at the Long Service Award ceremony, the Rector, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Shika, said the occasion was aimed at taking stock of the Institution activities within one year with view to making correction on lapses. “We will strive Read More

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Hoodlums set Edo APC chieftain’s house ablaze

April 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

Crisis is looming in Edo state  chapter of the All Peoples Congress (APC) following the dissatisfaction of some members with the party’s ward congress election on Tuesday. As a result, suspected thugs invaded and razed down the residential home of a former Senatorial aspirant, Mr. Theophilus Okoh, in Ibori, Esan Central council area. This was even as a faction of Read More