Who’s frustrating Jibiya/Itakpe railway projects in BPP? By Kadiri Usman

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Those of us around Jibiya in Kastina State and Itakpe in Kogi State interested in seeing the completion of the construction of National Freight Office Building at Jibiya and construction/Provision of Relevant Facilities along the Railway Stations Buildings in the case of Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri railways stations are unhappy. The reason is simple; vested interests in the Bureau Read More

Eddie Ajon: Rescuing Abuja mass transit By Jamila Musa

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

This aptly describes the appointment of Eddie Ajon as the Acting Managing Director of the Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company (AUMTCO). A careful perusal of his résumé will convince all and sundry that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, in his avowed determination to better the lots of the inhabitants of Abuja through the provision of Read More

Jewel of the grand master and political cannon fodder, by AbdulRahman Agboola

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Majority of influential personalities that supported the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 acted simply to gain prominence over President Goodluck Jonathan, which explains their antics at hijacking the control of APC and attempt to place President Buhari under their whims and caprices. The failure of the handlers of Mr President to permit the aberration, made their team leader Read More

On incessant deaths of corps members By Tunde Ajibike

August 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is saddening to hear about the sudden and untimely death of nine corps members currently serving in Taraba State of Nigeria. It was reported in the media that nine out of twenty two corps members got drowned while picnicking at River Mayo – Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State. It is unfortunate that the upsurge in Read More

Make WIPO work for Nigeria By KC Olumayowa

August 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In 2016, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that it will open one of two African regional offices in Nigeria. While Nigeria has been a member of WIPO since 1995, WIPO does not yet have a physical presence in the African region. Mr. Afam Ezekude, Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has praised the decision as a landmark Read More

Saraki’s steeplechase, BY Tahir Ibrahim Tahir

August 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Senator Bukola Saraki is the second longest serving senate president or amongst the second longest serving senate presidents; Sen. David Mark, being the longest serving in Nigeria’s history having served for 8 years. Sen. Mark was quite mature, diplomatic, politically savvy and superbly democratic, most times playing either the father figure, or the head mediator, even on behalf of the Read More

Wamakko, the political master strategist, BY Sharafadeen Mohammed

August 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

If anyone still doubts who controls the politics of the seat of the Caliphate, Sokoto, the recent rally held for Magatakarda in Sokoto must have completely removed that doubt. Political watchers have come to the conclusion that Senator Magatakarda Wamakko, popularly called “ALU”, is the indefatigable champion of Sokoto politics, for he not only controls the party structure, but also Read More

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Sustainable healthcare financing in Nigeria By Martins Eke

August 15, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is the duty of the government to make healthcare services available and affordable to those who truly need them. Denying citizens healthcare services to the point of abrogation is as good as denying them their right to life. Nigeria’s statistics for maternal mortality ratio, infant mortality ratio and life expectancy are very scary. The pattern of financing healthcare in Read More

Bravo to APC defectors By Muhammad Ajah

August 15, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

I want to begin this piece by amply congratulating all the three executive governors, members of the national and state assemblies, as well as other politicians who dumped the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) to seek “greener pastures” in other political parties especially the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, where many Nigeria citizens Read More

Much ado about Oshiomhole’s epiphany, by Sufuyan Ojeifo

August 15, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

On July 23, 2018, National Chair of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was at the Presidential Villa where he met minds with the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari, perhaps, as part of the initial engagements on how to build and sustain synergy between the party and the government. After the meeting, Oshiomhole gave Read More

New permutations, calculus and apple cart in PDP, by Victoria Ngozi Ikeano

August 15, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The defections and return of some big masquerades a.k.a. political ‘heavyweights’ to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is altering its power compass with new power brokers emerging. Soon after losing the 2015 general election, the PDP which had prided itself as the largest political party in Africa and had boasted of retaining its ruling status for 60 years sought Read More

Why Buhari should sack Obla By James Ade

August 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is increasingly interesting why President Muhammadu Buhari has kept some undeserving men in his cabinet despite the President’s strong commitment to fight corruption. As a matter of urgency and national interest, President Buhari should review the membership of his cabinet and let go of some with questionable character and credentials before they further drag the administration’s image into disrepute. Read More

Ex-Gov Idris’ new template for Kogi By Musa Wada

August 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Today in Nigeria not many political parties are crisis-free. But to the credit of one man and his political sagacity peace has reigned in the PDP in Kogi state when other parties including the ruling APC are crisis-ridden. That man is former Governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris. This feat is possible because of the life of this political Read More

2019: Dankwambo, PDP’s goldmine, by Yasir Musa Bala

August 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The person of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has no doubt remained a goldmine to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Many watchers of the country’s political landscape will attest to the fact that Dankwambo commands great bias from the Nigerian voting population across party lines. Without any iota of doubt, Dankwambo has earned for himself and his political party Read More

Nigeria: Our pikin, children, and issues of the future, by Prince Charles Dickson

August 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

“It is 9 o’clock, do you know where your children are?” Frank Olizeh, popular retired NTA anchorman My admonition this week is a rehearse of one I had written some five years ago to beloved Nigerians about ‘The Nigerian Child’, sadly as I reflected I found it difficult to even define the term anymore, just like the ‘Nigerian Dream’, a Read More

National Assembly siege and conspiracy theories By Benjamin Sampson

August 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The siege at the gate of the National Assembly complex by hood-wearing and fierce looking operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in which they shut out lawmakers for hours may have come and gone, but it has continued to dominate news headlines with competing narratives and conspiracy theories. The first version is Read More

Ortom’s defection: The facts, by Tahav Agerzua

August 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Emmanuel Oladesu’s piece, Ortom’s defection: what next, on page seven of The Nation newspaper of Thursday, July 26, 2018, must have been lifted from the Benue state All Progressives Congress (APC) statement on Governor Ortom’s disclosure on the red card issued him. It was lifted from that statement without any attempt to balance with fair hearing from Governor Ortom. The Read More

What is life worth in Nigeria?, by Eric Omazu

August 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The shooting and subsequent death of Angela Igwetu, the corps member felled by a police officer on the eve of her passing out brought to the public consciousness the worthlessness of life in our country. Miss Igwetu’s death in which two most prominent institutions in the service of our lives were implicated is a sad testimony on the true worth Read More

Akpabio as Jagaba of Niger Delta By Tahir Tahir

August 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigerian political weather has been torrential with downpours of defections and counter defections, and then witnessing re-defections at about the same time. A very eventful season of political intrigues that stands out to be the most melodramatic and rancorous one, that Nigeria has ever witnessed, especially in the last sixteen years since the beginning of the 4th Republic democracy. Read More