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I’ll give priority to agriculture – Auyo

February 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Kano A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Danladi Auyo, has pledged to accord top priority to the agricultural sector if voted into power at the 2019 gubernatorial election. Speaking to newsmen at his residence in Kano yesterday, Auyo said he was ready to take the bull by the horns to introduce the concept Read More

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NASS, Executive to end rift in 2018 – Presidency

January 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, has said unlike in the previous times, the Executive and Legislature in the year 2018, would focus on building a strong relationship. This was just as Enang stated that the 2018 budget would not be padded and that Nigerians would experience the Read More

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Youths can fill gap in agriculture sector — Barr Nnaemego

December 16, 2017 Blueprint 0

Barrister Nkeiru Stella Nnaemego is the CEO/Founder, Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative, an NGO that promotes children and youth development in Africa. In this chat with ENE OSANG, she maintained that Nigerian youths can bridge the gap existing in the agriculture sector. What is your organisation about? It is an organisation I founded in 2008 to empower children and Read More

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BERWASA boss, 12 others get American varsity honours

November 28, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Josephine Ejeh Abuja General Manager, Benue state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (BERWASA), Engr. Ejembi Candidus Ella, and 12 other Nigerians have been awarded with Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration by the Janus University, California, U.S.A. Blueprint gathered that the award which was conferred on them at the just- concluded Afri World Conference, organised Read More

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Stunning images of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium design for 2022 Qatar World Cup

November 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Images of the World Cup’s first ever deconstructable stadium have been revealed. The design shows plans for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium which will host matches up until the quarter-final stage of the 2022 Qatar tournament. The innovative arena is to be built using modified shipping containers, a nod to it’s position adjacent to Doha’s shoreline, and every material used can Read More

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The Buhari effect on agriculture

November 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

  I recall that between January 1984 and August 1985, the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) of the President Muhammadu Buhari junta integrated an aspect that encouraged youths who drifted to urban centres due to the ever elusive lures of cities to return to their villages and engage in agriculture. At the time I was the Zone A Chief Correspondent of Read More

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AFAN commends Buhari on agriculture

November 23, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Auwal Ahmad Gombe All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for revitalising the agricultural sector through the various intervention programmes aimed at improving food security in the country. The body made this commendation in a communiqué at the end of its North east zonal meeting in Gombe. The communiqué, signed by its National Vice Chairman, Read More

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West African agriculture market in focus at Agra Innovate

November 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Nigerian and international agricultural policymakers, agribusiness leaders, farmers, technologists and investors will gather to discuss the latest in agriculture in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa. The exhibition which will be holding at the Landmark Centre in Lagos is the fourth edition of the Agra Innovate West Africa expo, taking place from 21 – 22 November 2017. The exhibition Read More

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Osun boasts of 563 hectares of cocoa plantation

November 9, 2017 Blueprint 0

As part of efforts to improve agricultural production, Osun State Investment Company Limited, OSICOL, has successfully planted 563 hectares of cocoa plantation. The state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji, disclosed this in Osogbo, the state capital, during an interaction with journalists on Thursday. According to Oyebamiji, the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, was dedicated to programmes that would improve Read More

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National Chairman, NAAJ Mr. Mr. Stanley Ihedigbo, representative of the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture during the NAAJ forum on the agriculture

October 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

From left: National Chairman, Nigerian Association of Agriculture Journalists (NAAJ), Mr. Mr. Stanley Ihedigbo, representative of the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture and Guest Speaker, Mr. Don Norman Obinna and NAAJ Vice President, Mr. Femi Orioye, during the NAAJ forum on the agriculture sector, in Lagos yesterday

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Staff shut down Agric Research Council over allegations against Executive Secretary

October 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

Staff of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) have shut down the national office complex in Abuja for over a week demanding the immediate vacation from office of its Acting Executive Secretary, Prof. Ambrose Voh Jnr over what they described as abuse of office, gross incompetence, completion of approved one year secondment from (1st April, 2016 to 31st March, 2017), and Read More

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2019: Stakeholder wants female Imo governor

October 9, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Agi Onda Abuja President, African Legacy International, Mr. Innocent Ogu, has said Cynthia Uwaganandu Opurum, a native of Ishi Ogwa Autonomous Community in Mbaitolu local government area of Imo state, is capable of becoming the governor of the state in 2019, if given the mandate. Speaking to newsmen at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, Ogu noted that it Read More

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Bello urges residents to shun quack veterinarians

October 7, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Abdullahi Muhammad Abuja   Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has restated the readiness of the FCT Administration to combat rabies disease in the FCT. He made the disclosure at the flag off of the free anti rabies exercise that took place at the FCT Veterinary clinic. The event, which held in partnership with the Read More

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Embrace education, agriculture, Atiku charges kinsmen

October 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja– Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has advised the people of North-east faced with challenges of poverty and hunger due to destructions caused by Boko Haram insurgency to see education and agriculture as the way to open doors of opportunities for them. Adamawa as well as other states in the North-east zone has suff ered a setback Read More

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Economic growth: BCM to disburse N26 billion on Agriculture, SMEs

August 11, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Adeola Tukuru Abuja Th e Bankers Committee Meeting yesterday affi rmed that the sum of N26billion will be disbursed in the newly inaugurated board on Agriculture and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMES) to support the growth in the economy. Th e BCM comprising of all the banks across the country also said all the banks will set aside Read More

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FCT FADAMA trains 121 youth, women in agriculture

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja Th e FCT FADAMA three additional fi nancing project has promised to empower all the 121 youth and women trained in it enterprise development training of graduate unemployed support programme (GUYS) with a starter pack that would enable them take off in their venture. Addressing the trainees during the closing ceremony at the FCT College Read More

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Chairman, Tak Integrated Agriculture Solution Ltd., Barrister Ibrahim Birma chatting with the Chief Executive Officer, Golden Acres Farms, Malam Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, during the opening ceremony of the 1st IID Summit on Ginger

July 26, 2017 Blueprint 0

Chairman, Tak Integrated Agriculture Solution Ltd., Barrister Ibrahim Birma (left), chatting with the Chief Executive Offi cer, Golden Acres Farms, Malam Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, during the opening ceremony of the 1st International Investment Development Summit on Ginger, in Kaduna yesterday Photo Tunde Garba    

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Katsina amnesty programme: Revolutionising agriculture

July 17, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Hamidu Sabo Th e repentance recently of over 1,500 cattle rustlers and bandits that have for almost a decade been giving sleepless nights to Katsina state government and security operatives in the state is a positive development to Katsina people in particular and Nigerians in general. Th e cattle rustlers and bandits, who renounced banditry in all its facets, Read More

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FADAMA wins W/Bank award for promoting agriculture

July 10, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e FADAMA III Additional Financing (AF) project has been awarded the best on Africa VPU Team Award of the World Bank for achieving its objectives and promoting Nigeria’s agricultural development. A statement signed by World Bank Media Consultant on FADAMA, Tunde Oladujoyelo, recently said that the World Bank Vice-President for Africa, Makhtar Diop, announced the award. It would be Read More

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Managing Editor, Blueprint Newspaper, Mr. Clem Oluwole presenting a copy of the paper to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bukar Hassan

July 5, 2017 Blueprint 0

Managing Editor, Blueprint Newspaper, Mr. Clem Oluwole (right), presenting a copy of the paper to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bukar Hassan, during a visit to by the senior editors of the paper to the ministry, in Abuja yesterday Photo: Ayuba Raji    

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Agriculture no longer social service – Perm sec

July 5, 2017 Blueprint 0

By John Oba Abuja Th e Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bukar Hassan has restated the fact that agriculture is no more a social service programme, stressing the need for the government move it towards commercial agriculture. Hassan stated this yesterday when the editorial team of the Blueprint Newspapers paid him a courtesy visit in Read More

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CSO tasks Nigerians on agriculture

June 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ene Osang Abuja Th e New Initiative for Credible Leadership (NiCrel) has lamented Nigeria’s economic quandary following the fall in oil prices at the international market, and has subsequently called on all stakeholders to seriously consider ways of getting the country out of the quagmire. Th e Research and development based Civil Society Organization (CSO) said over dependency on Read More

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Agriculture as panacea to economic recession

May 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

With the persistent dwindling price of crude oil in the global market coupled with naira devaluation in 2016, economic experts opine that agriculture is the only option that can make Nigeria to stand on its feet. This has made the current administration to emphasise on domestic production of food in order to ensure food security in the country. During the Read More

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Making agriculture compulsory in schools

May 8, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Yusuf Ishaku Goje One positive outcome of the present excruciating recession is the realization by the government of the urgent need to move aware from our over dependence on revenue generated from exporting crude oil, to other more sustainable sectors with multiplier economic benefits such as agriculture and solid minerals. The present government at all levels has not failed Read More