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NSCDC gets special squad to fight drug abuse in Jigawa

March 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Dutse The Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), yesterday, said it has set up a ‘Special Squad’ to fight drug abuse in Babura Local Government Area of the state. Corps Commandant, Mr Muhammad Durumin-Iya, made this known on in an interview with journalsist, stating that the decision to set up the squad followed series of Read More

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Chukwu assumes duty as army spokesperson

February 27, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja Brig.-Gen. Texas Jude Chukwu yesterday formerly took over the command of the Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR). Chukwu took over from Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman who has since proceeded to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPS) Kuru, Plateau state, as a member of Course 40. Speaking during the hand-over ceremonies at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, Read More

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US, Japan, Indonesia, others to attend Enugu trade fair

February 27, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Enugu Four foreign countries; the United States, Japan, Indonesia and Indonesia are nations which have indicated interest to participate in the forthcoming 29th edition of the annual Enugu international trade fair. Africa countries likely to also participate are Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. New president of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Pharm Emeka Udeze, gave the Read More

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$16bn Egina probe: Senate tasks multinational coys on transparency

February 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja The Chairman of Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) has warned foreign multinational companies to desist from activities that will shortchange the country. Making the call over the weekend when the Managing Director of SAIPEM Contracting Nigeria Limited, Mr. Guido D’ Aloisio appeared with the company’s legal counsel, Chief Henry Ajumogobia (SAN) at the Read More

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Boko Haram: Madagali elders express fears over food crisis

February 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Yola Elders in Madagali Boko Haram-recaptured local government area of Adamawa state have cried out over they described as the “high possibilities of hunger that will ravage the communities of the area as a result of the Boko Haram incessant attacks.” Appreciating the efforts of the federal and state governments, in recording significant successes in checking the activities of the Read More

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Kaduna FRSC command rewards officers on dedication

February 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Kaduna Kaduna Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has rewarded six outstanding officers for their diligence and dedication to duty in the efforts to reduce road crashes in the state. The Sector Commander, Umar Ibrahim, who disclosed during the command’s anniversary durbar, organised to wind up the week long activities marking the Corps’ 30th anniversary, said the Read More

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FG trains artisanal miners on safer techniques

February 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has trained hundreds of artisanal and small scale miners on personal safety and environmental protection. The training was part of a three-day tour of gold mines at Ibodi, Ilesha, Osun State on Friday. Participants were trained on several aspects of health and environmental issues in mining that could hamper mining activities and Read More

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NLC partners Venezuela on social dialogue, decent work

February 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared its preparedness to work with the government of Venezuela to advance social dialogue and decent work for workers. The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba disclosed this when the Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria, Miguelangel Della Veccinia and Foreign Affairs Minister, Jonge Anneaza, paid him a visit in Abuja, noting that both countries had Read More

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Not all herdsmen are killers – Obaseki

February 13, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Benin City Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state yesterday has admonished farmers and residents not to be deterred by activities of “some bad eggs among nomadic herdsmen,” declaring that not all herders were killers. He said: “Not all herdsmen are killers. Some of them are doing genuine business. We should not allow the bad herdsmen activities scare us from our Read More

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FCTA warns residents on buying lands in area councils

February 13, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello, has bemoaned the illegal activities of touts and advised the public to desist from transaction on plots of land allocated by the area councils until title regularisation process was concluded. The FCT Permanent Secretary and Chairman of the FCT Land Use & Allocation Committee (LUAC), Chinyeaka Ohaa, gave the warning Read More

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Foundation decries Nigeria’s gender equality ranking

February 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Ene Osang Abuja The World Affirmative Action Awards International has called for more commitment to gender equality even as it lamented the low global ranking of the country on gender equality. WAFAA is gender based non-governmental organisation (NGO). The founding President of WAFAA, Dr. Hephzibah Suobo, made the call in Abuja during its national meeting tha heralds the year’s Read More

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Scanners at port in bad condition – Dahiru

February 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs (ACG) Aminu Dahiru in this interview identifies lack of functional scanners, poor documentation and the perennial Apapa gridlock as factors impeding quick cargo clearance at the ports. Customs Zone A, based in Lagos, is expected to generate 75 percent of the N1.3trillion overall target of Read More

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Troops foil terrorists’ tricks of evading air raids

January 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The Boko Haram terrorists’ tricks of evading air raids have been unravelled by the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole combating insurgency in the North East. The Boko Haram terrorists group has always perfected survival tricks to continue their nefarious activities through enticement, deceit, concealment and outright propaganda. A statement issued in Maiduguri yesterday by the Read More

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We warned Ortom

January 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

    By Baba Yusuf Abuja National coordinator of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo has blamed the Benue state governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom over “his inability to protect the Fulani pastoralist and the residents of the state.” Gololo, who made this known in a statement issued in Abuja at the weekend, said the activities of government Read More

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JAMB generated N12 billion in 2017 – Oloyede

January 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Martin Paul Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it generated N12 billion as income in 2017. The Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, made the disclosure at a press conference in Ilorin on Monday. The registrar said the board remitted N7.8 billion to the federal government after deducting its expenses, saying the board was able Read More

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Fuel Scarcity: Presidency summons Baru, DSS, others

January 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja The Presidency, yesterday in Abuja, summoned critical stakeholders in the nation’s oil sector and the leadership of security agencies to end the scarcity of petrol in the country. The meeting, presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, was attended by the Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu; Director-General of the State Read More

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Fix health sector, electricity, Okoh urges Buhari

December 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Ajuma Edwina Ogiri Abuja Bishop of Abuja and Primate of all Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to solve the issue of inadequate health facilities in the country and shortage supply of electricity. Okoh made this appeal during the Christmas Service at the Cathedral Church of Advent, Life camp, Abuja. The cleric believes tackling Read More

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Anti-graft: No sacred cows, Muslim youth tell Buhari

December 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna The Ansar-ud-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow sacred cows in the war against corruption. The Muslim youth association who threw its weight behind the anti corruption crusade of the President, said the steps taken so far in the fight against corruption is in the right direction. The Read More

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Peace Corps Commandants get Jacksonville University’s doctorate awards

December 18, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Agi Onda Abuja The Jacksonville State University, Alabama, United States of America, at the weekend, conferred on four outstanding commandants of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) with the doctorate degrees (honoris causa) in Public Administration. The commandants; Bala Joshua, Aliyu Ibrahim, Caleb Enejo, and Ekweche Dominic Odey for Nasarawa, Niger, Kogi and Cross River states commands, respectively were Read More

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UTME: Beware of fake question papers, JAMB warns

December 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu Abuja Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned prospective candidates for the 2018 unified tertiary matriculation examinations (UTME) to steer clear of fake past questions that were being circulated with the intention to dupe unsuspecting candidates. JAMB’s head of media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, gave the warning yesterday in Abuja in a chat with Blueprint. Benjamin Read More

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Abuja Industrial Park and the ministerial life-line

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Ayuba Ahmad The concept of the Abuja Industrial Park (AIP), elicited quite a wide range of interest when the news broke out in 2010, initiated and promoted by Zeberced Nigeria Limited, a Turkish Business interest that has been operating in the construction and infrastructural development sectors in Abuja since 2007 The Industrial Park promised to be a phenomenal development Read More

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Exercise Dogon-Dutse: Army advises residents not to panic

December 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Moh Bello Habib Zaria Authorities of Nigerian Military School (NMS), Zaria, have advised residents of Karau-Karau and Tohu villages in Giwa and Sabon Gari local government areas of Kaduna state not to panic as final year students (SSS 3) will be out on military training codenamed “Exercise Dogon-Dutse” that will last for one week. This was contained in a Read More

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Principal urges students on discipline

November 30, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Donald Iorchir Principal of Junior Secondary School (JSS), Zuba, in Gwagwalada area council, has charged the students to be discipline. He gave the charge recently at an orientation lecture organised by the school Authority for the newly admitted JSS 1 students of the school aimed grooming them to be good citizens to enable them contribute their quota to the Read More

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Physically challenged barricade NNPC over alleged marginalisation

November 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja Work was paralyzed at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Headquarters in Abuja when persons with disabilities from the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta yesterday barricaded the entrance of the Corporation over alleged marginalisation. The grouse of the protesters, who also blocked one of the lanes of Herbert Macaulay Way in the Central Business Read More

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240m West Africans rely on imported rice – Sierra Leonean minister

November 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Agboola Bayo Ibadan Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food Security in Sierra Leone, Prof. Monty Jones, at the weekend alerted that no fewer than 240 million peoples in West Africa “now rely on imported rice as their primary source of food energy and protein.” Jones raised the alarm in Ibadan while speaking on the theme “Conference on Food and Read More