Why SMEs experiencing stunted growth

June 26, 2020 BENJAMIN UMUTEME 0

It is a fact that small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) are drivers of any economy growth, but with the lack of access to the much-needed finance and poor infrastructure, economic growth can only be a mirage; BENJAMIN UMUTEME. SMEs are critical to Nigeria’s economic development. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), SMEs in Nigeria contributed about 48 Read More

ICPC discover 3 moribund water constituency projects in Niger

June 26, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Constituency Projects Tracking Group (CPTG) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has discovered moribund three motorised boreholes in Tafa local government of Niger state under the constituency project of the lawmaker representing the area. Blueprint gathered that the three projects awarded at the contract sum of N28 million, located in Babban Tunga, Tunga Makama Read More

Ex-Oyo gov Ajimobi for burial Saturday

June 26, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

The final burial and internment of the late immediate past governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has been rescheduled to hold Saturday (today). Sources said the burial programme was rescheduled for Saturday, June 27, at a meeting held early Friday by the governor’s family and associates. According to the sources, the rescheduling of the burial was arrived at to Read More

Crimes: In search of natural/traditional remedy

June 26, 2020 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

Many people are clamouring for the employment of natural/traditional remedy to tackle kidnapping, banditry, others that have plagued the society. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes on past efforts by some Nigerians. Just as the saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention, so also strategies are being devised in many forms to counter insecurity which appeared to have defied every conceivable Read More

One dead, 5 injured, houses vandalised as community chieftaincy tussle worsens in Anambra

June 25, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

At least one person was confirmed dead on Thursday following a clash between supporters of two persons allegedly laying claims over the traditional stool or Igwe of Ogwuaniocha, Ogbaru local government area in Anambra state.Blueprint learnt that the clash which was allegedly between some youths of the community loyal to HRH Igwe Oliver Nnaji and Chief Okwudili Oganah respectively, also resulted Read More

How I escaped kidnappers along Abuja – Kaduna highway – Media house driver

June 25, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Sun Newspaper driver, Malam Ibrahim, on Thursday narrowly escaped from kidnappers after he was abducted alongside several other travelers in the early hours of the same day, along Kaduna-Abuja highway.Recounting his ordeal, Ibrahim said he escaped from the kidnappers’ hands, having slumped in the bush, making his abductors believe that he was sick and would not be fit to Read More

Troops kill 2 bandits in Benue

June 25, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

  Troops of the Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), Thursday trailed a group of bandits to their camp close to the boundary between Benue and Nasarawa states, killing two of them. The troops also recovered two AK47 riffles and other weapons from the armed militia camp. The armed herdsmen were said to have earlier  Wednesday, invaded Tse- Torkula community in Guma Read More

APC crisis: Ex-Reps write Buhari, proffer solution

June 25, 2020 Solomon Arowolo 0

Erstwhile lawmakers under the aegis of former House of Representatives members All Progressives (APC) Forum have expressed concern of lingering crisis bedeviling the ruling party in Nigeria. In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari dated Wednesday June 24, 2020 which was scooped by Blueprint in Abuja, the Forum felicitated with the number one Nigeria’s citizen, but observed that the current Read More

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COVID-19: The decline of global remittances puts rural families at risk

June 24, 2020 Pedro de Vasconcelos 0

Economic impact The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the loss of millions of jobs in the developed and developing world. Migrant workers are among the most directly affected. They work in economic sectors adversely impacted by the economic slowdown such as construction, the hospitality industry, tourism, food, agribusinesses, transport and domestic work. This loss of income Read More

Sa’adiya Farouq and 100m out-of-poverty scheme

June 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The statement credited to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sa’adiya Umar Farouq, that her ministry will ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within 10 years is achieved is quite reassuring. This is more so considering the despondency of the mass of the people, no thanks Read More

Obaseki an ingrate, will lose at Sept 19 poll – APC group

June 23, 2020 Agi Onda 0

The people of Edo will surprise Governor Godwin Obaseki at the September 19 governorship election for his lack of political courage and impunity in the state, All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Mr. Ihechukwu Dallas Chima has said. Mr. Ihechukwu, who is the national coordinator of All Progressives Congress Concerned Technocrats (APC-CT), while speaking with Blueprint Tuesday, said “the latest face-up between Obaseki Read More

As Police seal secretariat… Eta raises alarm as defiant Giadom slates APC NEC for Thursday

June 23, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

The face-off in the All Progressives Congress (APC) continued Tuesday with the police sealing off the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. The development caused some moments of panic among journalists as well as the National Working Committee (NWC) members who were denied entrance into the premises. The security personnel said they were detailed to protect the lives and property within Read More

Salary deduction: Kano NLC suspends planned strike

June 23, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

The joint labour unions in Kano state Tuesday suspended its planned one week warning strike to protest the deduction of worker’s salary by the state government. This was contained in a statement made available to Blueprint   Tuesday  by the chairman, Kano state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Kabir Minjibir. The state government had deducted some amount from the May Read More

Breaking: Despite calamitous display, David Luiz bags fresh Arsenal contract

June 23, 2020 Editor 0

Blueprint understands that defender Brazilian David Luiz has secured a fresh two-year deal with Arsenal despite his calamitous display verses Brighton, a performance that contributed to the Gunners defeat some days ago. Luiz left Chelsea and joined Arsenal last year after falling out of Blues perking order. A veteran football Journalist in England Mark Mann-Bryans earlier wrote via his Twitter Read More

In Ondo, Akeredolu moves to impeach deputy gov, sacks all his aides

June 23, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The plot to impeach the deputy governor of Ondo state, Hon. Agboola Ajayi,  gathered momentum after all aides attached to his office were sacked by governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. The aides affected includes Olomu Bayo special assistant, special duties, Olawale Abolade Mukaila special assistant on photography, Babatope Okeowo deputy chief press secretary,  Samuel Ogunmusi personal assistant deputy governor, Omotunmise Tokunbo special assistant Read More

Kano: 70 days of the fight against coronavirus

June 23, 2020 Abdulyassar Abdulhamid 0

Kano’s 70 days of a fierce and unrelenting fight against the novel coronavirus is a sweet-bitter tale of struggles and successes – true to that famous mantra “man jadda wa jadda” (whosoever strives shall succeed). Until recently when the intensity of the virus assumed a gradual decrease, coronavirus has taken the world hostage and disrupted the global economy leaving behind Read More

Edo PDP primary: Disquiet as court bars Obaseki

June 23, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

The Federal High court in Port-Hacourt, Rivers State, has granted an interim order, restraining governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in Edo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries billed for June 25, 2020. An aspirant, Hon. Omoregie Ogbede-Ihama, had dragged the party to court to challenge the adjustment of the PDP timeline for its primaries which subsequently allowed Obaseki to Read More

Why we exited 500,000 N-power beneficiaries – FG

June 22, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, Monday, explained the exit of 500, 000 beneficiaries from the N-Power scheme. The minister, who said the programme was created to develop human capital in the country, noted that the scheme from the onset was temporary. Hajia Farouq told Blueprint that 500,000 beneficiaries comprising batches A and Read More

COREN moves to investigate collapsed Enugu, Kwara bridges

June 22, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Monday, said it would undertake full scale investigations into the root causes of the collapsed bridges in Enugu and Kwara states. Blueprint recalls that a section of a pedestrian bridge near Garki market on Agbani road dual carriage, Enugu South local government area in Enugu state collapsed on June 12, 2020. A Read More

COVID-19: Zamfara begins e-learning in primary, Qur’anic schools

June 22, 2020 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Zamfara state government has commenced e-learning programmes for primary and Qur’anic schools across the state.  A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Zamfara state Universal Basic Education Board, Malam Ismail Labaran Dashi, and made available to Blueprint Monday, said the e-learning programme was being organised by the Zamfara state Universal Basic Education Board in order to assist children to continue their education Read More

Osinowo: Senate’s one death too many

June 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

For the fourth time in six months, the Nigeria’s Ninth Senate had cause, last week, to mourn yet again another of its own, Senator Adebayo Osinowo, a first time senator from Lagos state. The upper legislative chamber had earlier lost Senators Benjamin Uwajunogu (Imo North), Ignatius Longjan (Plateau South) and Rose Oko (Cross River North) to the cold hands of Read More