Sprawling Abuja-based media outfit, the Blueprint Newspapers Limited is set to begin an annual impact series and awards event, after operating for over seven years.
Tagged Blueprint Impact Series/Awards, the maiden event, scheduled to hold on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Rockview (Royale) Hotel in Abuja, promises to bring some of the finest Nigerians in administration, politics and the media on the honours map.
The event will be chaired by Alh.
Samaila Isa Funtua, Patron of the Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and a fellow of the International Press Institute (IPI), with the theme of the debut event entitled; Tolerance, Unity and Security: Building a Legacy for National Development, with a lecture to be delivered by the Servant of Allah, Mal.
Zubairu Jibrin Maigari II, the Emir of Birnin Gwari.
According to the Chairman of Blueprint Newspapers, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the choice of the topic is informed by the prevailing circumstances in the country where national unity and cohesion are gradually being eroded, adding that the effort is the company’s modest contribution to national discourse with the aim of proffering solutions to the myriad of challenges faced by the nation.
Alhaji Idris said Blueprint has grown steadily and has remained an authoritative platform for truth and justice in national discourse and celebrating distinguished individuals and corporate organisations that have made remarkable impact in the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria and will go a long way to solidify the place of the paper in the Nigerian media space.
Along with the topic for discussion is an awards ceremony for some deserving Nigerians in the public and private sectors.
Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele is being honoured with Distinguished Financial Policy Strategist of the Year, while Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state will be honoured as Most Outstanding Governor of the Year.
Similarly, the Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, will receive a Distinguished Education Champion award and Plateau state Governor, Rt.
Simon Lalong, will get the Distinguished Human Capital Development Champion award.
Besides, the Minister of Transport, Rt.
Rotimi Amaechi will be honoured with the Most Distinguished Achiever in Transport Infrastructure as Chief of Army Staff, Lt.
Tukur Yusuf Buratai, is to be honoured with the Distinguished Security Icon award.
Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Alhaji Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, is to receive the Distinguished Infrastructure Safety award, while the chairman of National Hajj Commission (NAHCOM), Alhaji Abdullahi Muktar will receive the Distinguished Public Service Champion Award.
The National President of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alh Najeem Usman Yasin is to be honoured as Distinguished Champion of Transport Workers.
Others are Distinguished Agriculture and Environment Champion award for the Governor of Katsina state, Rt.
Hon Aminu Masari, Director General of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) is to receive the Distinguished Skills Acquisition Strategist award while the Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture, Umudike, Professor Francis Otunta and Senator Shehu Sani will receive awards of Excellence in Education and Distinguished Public Advocacy Champion, respectively.
Former governor of Kogi state, Capt.
Idris Ichala Wada will also be honoured with the Distinguished Award in Patriotism.
Buhari signs NFIU Bill into law
By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed into law the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill, effectively removing it under the supervision of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
NFIU is the Nigerian arm of the global Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs).
Establishment of the NFIU is based on the requirements of Recommendation 29 of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Standards and Article 14 of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Mr.
Ita Solomon Enang, while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja.
He said the NFIU complies with international standards on combating money laundering, financing of terrorism and proliferations and checking of suspicious transactions.
“The Act creates NFIU to be domiciled in the Central Bank but to work autonomously and independently.
The Act is intended to allow this agency to collate and disseminate financial intelligence to security agencies, intelligent agencies and other agencies which are entitled to receive it.
“And what they collate is for instance transfers of money where money comes from, where it goes and other suspicious transactions including transaction relating to terrorism financing