As resident doctors suspend strike: FG splashes N13.6bn on 55,031 health workers’ insurance, allowances

The federal government Sunday said it has paid N13.642, 485,146.00 billion as premium for Group Life Insurance and hazard allowance to 55,031 health workers health workers at 35 COVID-19 designated hospitals and medical centres across the country. A breakdown of this showed the sum of N9billion was expended on insurance, while the balance of N4, 642,485billion was used to settle the Read More

Gunmen attack FCT community, kill 3

June 21, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Officers of the FCT Police Command are on the heels of gunmen who attacked Yambabu Community in Kwali area council on Saturday.A press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Anjugiri Manzah, Sunday in Abuja, said: “The FCT Police Command has launched on operation to rescue so.e person s who were abducted by unknown gunmen from Yambabu Community Read More

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Group faults campaign against NSCDC

June 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

A civil society group under the auspices of Peace and Anti Corruption Advocacy has faulted what it called “campaign of calumny” against the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), led by Muhammadu Gana. The group made the remarks in reaction to an open letter to the editor by one Israel Abiodun titled “NSCDC officers are dying in silence,” published Read More

Sickle Cell: Group urges increased awareness, free treatment scheme

June 21, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

As Nigeria takes the lead in sickle cell prevalence globally, Sickle Cell Patients Health Promotion Center (SCPHPC) Kaduna has urged governments at all levels to increase awareness on the disease to curb its spread in the country.Founder of the Center, Hajiya Badiya Magaji Inuwa, who made the call during the 2020 World Sickle Cell Day celebration in Kaduna equally urged Read More

Nigeria: Finance Minister advocates local saving culture

June 21, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed has canvased the need to mobilise local savings which she stated is capable of reflating the economy post COVID-19.Ahmed who spoke during the inauguration of the National Savings Strategy Working Group in Abuja, weekend, urged members of the Group to develop easy instruments that are safe to be able to Read More

Bello transforming Kogi’s economy

June 21, 2020 Augustine Aminu 0

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state is making concerted efforts to transform the economic landscape of the state and make it one of the most viable in the country. Being a true leader who wants to register his name with a legacy that stands the sands of time, the White Lion, as fondly called by his admirers, has since his Read More

Federation account to experience increased capital inflow on exchange rates unification — Uwaleke

June 21, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Professor of Finance  and Capital market at the Nasarawa State University Keffi Uche Uwaleke says the plan by the Central.Bank of Nigeria to unify the exchange rates would lead to increased capital inflow for the three tiers of government. Uwaleke, who spoke to Blueprint on the backdrop of plans by the Apex Bank to adjust the official Exchange rate to align Read More

Breaking: Obaseki faces PDP screening Saturday, party postpones primary election again in Edo

June 19, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to screen Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who joined the party, and was granted waiver on Friday by the National Working Committee (NWC) to contest the party’s governorship primary election. Obaseki before joining the PDP was last week disqualified from contesting the governorship primary election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress Read More

Covid-19: Students, parents, proprietors, experts in limbo

June 19, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

PAUL OKAH takes a look at the continued schools closure amidst the gradual easing of lockdown in the light of the concerns of proprietors and students, even as he aggregates the opinions of experts on the development. All things being equal, schools in Nigeria may be re-opened anytime soon, following the gradual easing of lockdown and re-opening of the economy. Read More

Breaking: FG announces Batch C N-Power enrollment plans

June 19, 2020 Paul Okah 0

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has announced the commencement of enrollment for a new batch of N-Power beneficiaries effective July 26, 2020.  In a statement made available to Blueprint Friday, which was signed by the Deputy Director, Information, Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, Read More

Why North’s security woes persist

June 19, 2020 ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU 0

In the last six years activities of the Boko Haram sect in most states in the North have continued to cripple growth and development even as the onslaught of criminal gangs dubbed bandits has further complicated the situation. In this report ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU examines the factors that fuel insecurity in the region against the background of the recent protest by Read More

New dawn at NBA Abuja as Hauwa Shekarau takes over

June 19, 2020 CHIZOBA OGBECHE 0

The election of Barrister Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau as the first female chairperson of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Abuja, after 36 years of existence, marks a new dawn in the association CHIZOBA OGBECHE writes. The quest for more women to occupy positions of authority thereby champion the cause for the protection of rights of women in Nigeria received a huge Read More

As resident doctors strike amidst Covid-19…

June 19, 2020 Editorial III 0

SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report looks at the impact of the nationwide strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) as the nation continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.  The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) on Monday this week commenced a nationwide strike after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum it issued Read More

2 Ebonyi minors held for gang-raping 15-yr-old girl

June 19, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Two minors, Chidiogu Okonkwo and Chidubem Onwe, were Friday nabbed by the police in Ebonyi state for gang-raping another minor, Mmesoma, 15. The suspects, who were said to be 15 and 14 years old, respectively, were alleged to have raped the victim in her father’s house at Ishieke. Blueprint gathered that the girl’s father left her at home for his Read More

PDP set to welcome Obaseki ahead Edo guber

June 19, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

Embattled Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, will on Friday officially declare his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership after days of politicking and consultations. Blueprint gathered that the governor who will be received by key officers of the party at the PDP secretariat in Benin City, is expected to contest for the party governorship ticket ahead of the September guber poll.  Read More

Rufai urges Rohr to find solution to Super Eagles keepers’ errors

June 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has told the senior national team handler Gernot Rohr what he requires to find a permanent soultion to the goalkeeping department of his team. Rohr is battling to find a number one goaltender among Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi, and Ikechukwu Ezenwa who he has been rotating since the departure of Carl Ikeme due to Read More

In Anambra, 32-year old admits defiling minor

June 18, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

A 32-year- old, Chigbo Akpoluobi, has allegedly defiled a seven-year-old girl in his residence at Ubodukwu road Nkitaku, Okpoko, near Onitsha, Anambra state. The suspect, a native of Ohaji Egbema local government area of Imo state, reportedly lured his victim to his rented apartment and defiled her. Blueprint learnt that the suspect confessed to the crime, blaming it on the Read More

Probe Amosun’s administration, Ogun students urge Abiodun

June 18, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

The student community in Ogun state, Thursday called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to probe both completed and abandoned projects executed between 2011 and 2019 by the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun. The students, under the aegis of the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), renewed the call for Amosun’s probe in a communiqué made available to Blueprint after a Read More

Foundation doles out 2,000 sanitary towels to girls in Lugbe, Gwagwalada

June 18, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

In commemoration of the just concluded  2020 World Menstrul Hygiene Day, the Accountability Commitment for Innovative Optimistic & Excellence Foundation (ACIOE) has distributed 2,000 sanitary towels to women and girls in Lugbe and Gwagwalada, FCT. The team leader of the foundation, Jennifer Omale during the distribution in Gwagwalada, Abuja told Blueprint that the good gesture was in sponsorship of Procter Read More

Buhari to security chiefs: No more excuses

June 18, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday talked tough over the security situation in the country, saying the best by the service chiefs and heads of security agencies was not good enough.The president said this at a meeting with heads of the country’s security agencies at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.He said even though the service chiefs were doing Read More

Anambra: Don’t bother me about Anambra airport project, Obiano’s commissioner lashes journalist

June 17, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Barely seven months of boasting that the Anambra state International Cargo Airport project would be completed in less than 18 months, there is indication that work has not started at the site after the state commissioner for Works, Mr Marcel Ifejiofor, told journalists they won’t access it.A team of investigative journalists including Blueprint reporter had gone to find out the pace of Read More