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El-Rufa’i and ‘Akida Group’: Who laughs last?’

July 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Yusuf Ayoka For those of us who have been following the political events in Kaduna State in the last two years, the current Government of Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has made positive impact in the running of the aff airs of government business and activities that may not be seen now by his detractors. Many would agree that under Read More

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Bagudu’s reality governance

July 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Muhammed Yunusa Saleh In its vital and flourishing principle, democracy as a system of governance vests virtually all the powers of decision making on the people for the betterment and development of their living standards. Here, the people and their welfare are the nerve centers of every democratic leader’s exploits and escapades in office. In advanced democracies, elites are Read More

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Jigawa: Towards effective health care delivery

July 3, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Sunusi Usaini Madobi Health is wealth, is a common adage and it is on this note that the present administration in Jigawa State introduced numerous programmes aimed at enhancing effective, functional and qualitative health care delivery. The Jigawa State Ministry of Health, under the charismatic leadership of Dr. Abba Zakari as the honourable commissioner for health has recorded significant Read More

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2017 Budget: In defence of Osinbajo

June 23, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Abdulmumin Jibrin Acting President Yemi Osinbajo made what, in my opinion, was a harmless remark when he observed that the National Assembly has no powers to introduce new projects in the budget. In the same statement, however, he admitted the powers of NASS to allocate resources as that is its core powers of appropriation. I consider his statement very Read More

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Nigeria Police, so far, so good

June 23, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ayuba Ahmad No one else but the most nefarious and most wanted criminal in the recent history of crime, the cold-blooded Chukwueubem Onwuamadike, alias, Evans, admitted that indeed, “The Nigeria Police is no longer like before”. In apparent reference to his own sophistication in planning and gadgetry, the infamous kidnapper in captivity told journalists: “If the Nigeria Police can Read More

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Dousing ethnic agitations

June 22, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Sufuyan Ojeifo Recent political developments in the country have further accentuated our diverse faultlines and confirmed even to the outside world that the chord of our so-called national unity is yet fragile, very fragile. Regionalism, ethnicity, tribalism, nepotism, favouritism, religious bigotry and the provincial character of leadership have continued to conspire to exert pressure on the nation’s fragile unity Read More

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Why the North’s always at the receiving end?

June 22, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Jirgi The story of Northern Nigeria is indeed a sad one. The region, though with vast geographical landmass, enormous natural resource potential and immense human population, yet remains the most backward by every standard of development. It becomes more saddening when one considers this endemic backwardness against the fact that leaders from the North have had the most Read More

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Ogbadu: An impression at NABDA

June 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Esther Okpabi A few Nigerians manning leadership positions are striving extremely hard to prove that Nigeria can indeed work again. Professor (Mrs) Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu, Director General/Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO), National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), is one among the few Nigerians who believes the nation has enough human and material resources to develop itself. When this professor of microbiology Read More

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El-Rufai and 77 districts: Matters arising

June 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Muhammadu Shehu Tijjani After a careful consideration and inputs by various stakeholders, the Kaduna State Government has upheld the recommendations of its Committee on the Restructuring of Districts and Village unit Heads across its 23 local government councils. Before 2001, the entire state had only 77 districts and 1,429 villages, before it was increased with 313 additional districts for Read More

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Kebbi: The quest for democracy’s dividend

June 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Mukthar Bala In Nigeria, the relationship between the electorate and the elected is dangerously skewed in favour of the latter. Since 1999, successive governments have been consistent in raping the nation and the masses of their shared patrimony. Cronies and apologists control the narrative around leaders while the masses are left high and dry. The impunity at the corridors Read More

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Tackling Nigeria’s falling standard of education

June 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Grace Kubai Yatai Education is a fundamental right which every child must acquire in any decent society. It is important to the development of individuals and societies. Education which is of great value in our society can be seen as the art or science of transmitting culture, norms, traditions, values and ethics of a society from one generation to Read More

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Complexity of internal security operations in Nigeria

June 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Sagir Musa Between May 27 and 30, 2017, there seemed to have been a dramatic increase in the number of phone calls the 82 Division Army Public Relations Department received from all manners of journalists – conventional reporters, freelancers, the online and social media activists. Though dogged and inquisitive, yet, the traditional reporters appeared, as usual, more refined and Read More

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Anti-corruption war: Role of media as change agent

June 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Nuhu Ribadu There is consensus on the position of corruption as our major impediment to greatness in Nigeria. It is a malady that has unfortunately gone deep into our national fabric. Corruption is the major reason why we are where we are today as a country. It is also the reason why we are unable to address a lot Read More

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Nigeria at crossroads

June 16, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Chiedu Uche Okoye Is Nigeria not in a pit of national underdevelopment? Nigeria is a backward country, technologically, industrially, and economically. That Nigeria is the giant of Africa is a hyperbolic expression. The truth is, Nigeria is a potentially great country. Are crude-oil deposits, gold, bauxite, tin-ore, coal, and limestone not found beneath our soil? And Nigeria has a Read More

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Paradox of education and graduate unemployment

June 16, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim M. Hadejia Individuals’ credentials galore are the main obstacle confronting Nigeria’s education and learning outcomes. I had the privilege, in 2010, to work with a team of freelance researchers to launch empirical investigation into post-secondary school education ‘outcomes’ in Nigeria using multivariate regression model, with key controllable input variables. It is part of the issues, findings and recommendations Read More

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Muslims’ unique responsibility to fight terror

June 15, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Fethullah Gulen The brutal, deadly attacks in London and Manchester on innocent civilians are the latest in a series of senseless violent acts carried out by the so-called Islamic State, a group that deserves no designation other than the world’s most inhuman criminal network. In response to this threat, the world’s Muslims can and should help intelligence and security Read More

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Why Nigeria will not welcome a coup d’état

June 15, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Idayat Hassan Recently, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, issued a stern warning to soldiers to stay out of politics, raising alarm about a potential coup plot. Talk of a coup plot is the latest conspiracy theory doing the rounds in Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari’s health took a turn for the worse earlier this year. Buhari spent Read More

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Army varsity: Novel initiative, striking location

June 14, 2017 Blueprint 2

By Jessica Angula Fifty-seven years after independence and three months to go, Nigeria would celebrate its first Nigerian Army University (NAU). Located in Biu local government area of Borno state, NAU is the first conventional, but uniquely specialized military university ever established in Nigeria by any of the arms of the Nigerian Military. Appropriately named the Nigerian Army University of Read More

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The case for LG autonomy

June 14, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Seun Folaranmi Granting the local government autonomy has been an agitation received with mixed feelings in the polity. Many are wondering why the 774 local government councils in the country should be managed by the state governments. Indeed, the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, recently claimed that the existence of local governments is a fraud. He might be right Read More

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Emefiele: 3 years of impressive scorecard

June 13, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Oyetunji Isiaka Mr. Godwin Emefiele marked three years in office on June 3, 2017, as the helmsman of the nation’s apex bank. Prior to his appointment, there were squabbles between the bank and the fiscal authority, which led to the suspension his predecessor. It was thus a troubled time to be appointed as governor of the bank, more so Read More

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How has Bello’s FCT fared?

June 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

By JamilaMusa As the Muhammadu Buhari administration marks its second year in office one of its shining stars is Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Bello. Although, the FCT has developed over the years as a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious city, the territory today can be proud that it has a minister that represents that categorization both in Read More

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Between unemployment and crime

June 12, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abubakar Abdulmusawwir A United Nations, UN, report on Nigeria’s Common Country Analysis, CCA, in 2016 revealed that Nigeria is one of the poorest countries in the world with over 80 million or 64% of her population living below poverty line. The situation remains so for decades and is increasing by the day. Youth unemployment, which is 42% is creating Read More

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New blood in Nigeria Police Force

June 12, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Oladimeji Amuda There exist plethora of factors which act as clog in the wheels of Nigeria Police’s effective performance. Although, members of the public seldom perceive these factors as inimical to the emergence of a dynamic police force, they are nevertheless largely responsible for the poor outing of the organization which had attracted public cries. A critical analysis of Read More

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Ibrahim Idris: Father of modern Kogi

June 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Musa Wada State building is not accidental but is products of visionary men and women. State building is therefore the product of conscious statecrafts, not happenstance. State building is always work in progress; a dynamic process in constant need of nurturing and re-invention. State building never stops because all states are constantly facing new challenges. This is true about Read More

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Dogara and religious scare mongering

June 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Comrade David T.  Jonathan History while defining people’s common societal position also measures and reserves the foregoing actions and inactions for posterity. It’s an axiological yardstick adopted to calibrate the activities of politicians essentially to avoid being decieved by their selfish and political maneuvers to actualize parsimonious and narcissistic desires. Therefore, it is replete with instances where political leaders Read More