Zamfara SUBEB chair calls on security agencies to safeguard all schools in the state

July 12, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Worried over the impact of lingering insecurity in the Northwest on the education sector , the reinstated chairman, Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Maradun (Dan-Madamin Maradun), has appealed to security agencies in the state to adopt holistic measures in securing all public schools. The SUBEB chairman made the call while addressing journalists shortly after the stakeholders Read More

FCT demolishes 137 illegal hostel blocks, hotels, others in Abuja

July 11, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory ( FCT ) has during the weekend demolished over 137 illegal hostel blocks, hotels and other buildings at Iddo Sarki, a community adjacent the main campus of the University of Abuja.  A combined team of FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Department of Development Control, Department of Security Services and other relevant agencies, carried out the Read More

Hunger, starvation imminent over security concerns

June 25, 2021 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

…Farmers unable to go to farms due to banditry – el-Rufa’i …Food calamity looms unless…- CAN …12.83m citizens in crisis levels – FOA, ActionAid …We’re finding it difficult to cope – Nigerians …Don’t worry, we’re combing bandits’ hideouts – Military The increasing security concerns in Nigeria especially in the North have made it difficult for farmers to go to their Read More

Again, NPA, Lagos brainstorm on ending perennial Apapa gridlock

June 7, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

For the umpteenth time, the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA have said they are determined to put an end to the intractable traffic gridlock on the access roads leading to the country’s two busiest ports in Apapa. Stakeholders in the maritime industry have in time blamed officials of NPA, the Lagos State agency deployed to collaborate with others Read More

Gov’ship poll: Why APC ‘ll defeat PDP, take over Anambra – Mogahlu

June 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A frontline governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the director general of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Chief George moghalu, has given reasons why his party will win the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state. Four major political parties, among others will contest the governorship seat which include the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Peoples Read More

Drug abuse: NPA Red Cross takes sensitisation to Cross River sec schools

June 4, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The Nigerian Red Cross Society Calabar Ports Open Detachment (NRC-NPAOD) has gone further in its campaigns against societal ills by organising a one-day sensitisation programme on drugs and substance abuse for senior secondary school students in Calabar. The NRC-NPAOD commandant, Dr Chijioke Ukadike, said the event became necessary in view of the devastating effect of drug abuse and illicit drugs Read More

Ayade wins Blueprint Newspapers Governor of the Year award on Agro-Industrialisation

June 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has been awarded the Blueprint Newspaper Governor of the Year award for 2021. The event took place Thursday at the prestigious Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Ayade clinched the award in recgonition of his giant strides in agro-industrialization. The Blueprint 10th anniversary/Impact Series and Award is one in a series of Read More

We ‘ve mandate to save lives, FFS sympathises with Ijero Ekiti students

May 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Federal Fire Service (FFS) has described as unfortunate the recent decontamination exercise at the School of Health Science and Technology, Ijero Ekiti where such affected the health of the students leading to hospitalization. The Service in a statement Friday in Abuja by its Public Relations Officer SF Ugo Huan, sympathised with the two students of the institution who were Read More

NPA commits to resolve electronic truck-call up system challenges

May 27, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

Following the complaints and challenges experienced by truckers, the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, has assured port users of the authority’s commitment to speedily resolve all teething challenges against the smooth implementation of the electronic call-up system for trucks doing business at the port. Bello-Koko made the pledge while interacting with truck owners and Read More

Nigerians lose hope over national grid collapse

May 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s electricity issue continues to defy solutions in spite of efforts by successive governments to fix the sector. Regrettably, it has continued to crawl after over six decades; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), formerly the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), is an organisation governing the use of electricity in Nigeria. The history of electricity development Read More

FG nabs black market airline operator, vows clampdown

May 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

Following recent complaints on activities of illegal operations by private jet owners in Nigeria, federal authority has disclosed that culprits have been nabbed just as it is also scaling up its oversight functions in order to eradicate such nefarious businesses that cost the country billions of naira in revenue. Describing the act whereby private jet owners use their aircraft for Read More

NEPZA boss calls for calm over alleged attempt to undermine status

May 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, has called for calm mounting agitation of the Authority’s workforce over alleged surreptitious attempt to undermine the legal status of the Authority by a report of a Technical Working Group constituted by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The outcome of the committee’s alleged investigation was Read More

Aero Contractor’s aircraft return, Pilot acted professionally, NCAA declares

May 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

The pilot of the Aero Contractors aircraft that made an air return on Monday while airborne enroute Abuja from the Port Harcourt International Airport acted professionally when he noticed an engine of the plane was faulty, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA Capt. Musa Nuhu declared on Tuesday. The Aero Contractor Flight NIG382 encountered bird strike on Read More

Investors threaten divestment over FG’s Free Trade Zones reform plans

May 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Leading investors in Nigerian Free Trade Zones have threatened to commence divestment from the zones following what they called an attempt by the federal ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment to transfer supervision of the Zones from Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) to the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zones (OGFZA). In a statement signed by Director, Snake Island Read More

NPA MD suspension: Northern forum alleges witch-hunt

May 14, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The suspension of the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, was politically motivated by desperate politicians seeking to run for president in 2023, a northern group has alleged. The group, Concerned Northern Forum (CNF), stated that the NPA boss was suspended “because she blocked all financial loopholes which such politicians have been using to milk the Read More

Corruption in NPA, NDDC: APC dismisses PDP’s call for Ameachi’s sack

May 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the call by the call to sack the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Ameachi by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the alleged corruption in the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). The ruling party, however described as a “routine administrative probe” the scandal rocking the NPA. In a statement signed Tuesday in Abuja by Read More

Coastline terminals: Dangote Group denies affiliation with ICTSI

May 10, 2021 David Agba 0

Dangote Group has denied owning or having any affiliation with the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) or its proxy. Group Chief, Branding & Communications, Dangote Group, Anthony Chiejina in a statement Monday, “ Our attention has been drawn to an online publication by Sahara Reporters titled ‘EXCLUSIVE: How Suspended NPA Boss, Hadiza Usman Awarded Coastline Terminals To Dangote’s Proxy Read More

Abuja schools remains safe, FCTA assures residents

May 6, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Acting secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) Education Secretary Leramoh Abdulrazak has again reiterated the safety of it’s teeming school age students in the various schools in the Federal Capital Territory. The secretary who gave this assurance during a Press conference by the management of the Education Secretariat, said, it is imperative to again allayed the fears of Parents, Guardians Read More

Bad roads to ports, COVID-19 lower exports, imports by 10.92%

May 6, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Difficulty in export products accessing the ports as a result of bad roads and the impact of the Covid-19 reduced total exports and imports by 10.92 per cent from 16,458,088mt in 2019 to 14,661,651mt in 2020, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said. In it recent publication made available to Blueprint when a team from the Lagos office visited NPA Read More

Impeachment: We ‘ll expose you to Vatican, Nabena warns Mbaka

April 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, has cautioned the spiritual director of Adoration Ministry, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, against making statements that could cause instability in the country. The APC chieftain, however, threatened to expose Father Mbaka to the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope Read More

Nigeria, UAE soon to close differences – NCAA assures

April 29, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Musa Nuhu, has assured Nigerians that the federal government was sorting out concerns with Emirates Airlines, as it had engaged the United Arab Emirates and would soon close the differences between the two countries. Speaking on behalf of the aviation industry at the COVID-19 Presidential Steering Committee meeting, Nuhu said, the Presidential Steering Read More

Apapa gridlock worsens as NPA’s electronic call up continues to falter

April 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

Port users, commuters and other motorists are currently groaning over the worsening gridlock on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and along the Marine Bridge, Ijora, as trailers and tanker drivers have taken over these routes despite the implementation of the electronic call up system by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Lagos State Government. The e-call up system, which is being Read More

Sugar war: NPA sides with Dangote against BUA, bans sugar importation from FTZ

April 27, 2021 David Agba with agencies 0

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has banned the importation of sugar from free trade zones, thus taking sides with Dangote Industries Limited and Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc in their turf war against BUA Group over control of the refined sugar market. Recall that the Chairman of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, and his counterpart at Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Read More

My relationship with Buhari cordial, frank, honest – Tinubu

April 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has dispelled insinuation of crisis between him and President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that his relationship with the President “cordial, frank and honest.” Tinubu, however, asked Nigerians to support for the President’s efforts at addressing the increasing security challenges facing the country. Asiwaju made the appeal shortly Read More