Women’s Rugby World Cup to expand from 2025

November 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The women’s Rugby World Cup will expand from 12 to 16 teams from 2025.The news follows increasing calls for the event to be expanded, with women and girls now accounting for 28% of the global playing population. Since 2006 there have been 12 teams split into three pools, including the upcoming 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.World Rugby chairman Read More

Ripples over tenure elongation at NSIA, AMCON

The continued stay in office of Managing Director Nigeria Investment Authority (NSIA) Uchechi Orji is generating ripples within the agency, Blueprint has learnt.  Orji, who was first appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012, was reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari October 12, 2017. In line with the NSIA Act, his first tenure of four years ended 2016 but remained in Read More

Pep set to strike new deal at Manchester City

November 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Pep Guardiola is reportedly close to signing a new Manchester City contract. The Citizens sit tenth after a mixed start to the season, having lost their Premier League crown to Liverpool. The decision over whether Guardiola will continue at Etihad Stadium is thought to be down to the coach. The 49-year-old’s £20million-a-year contract is up at the end of the season and Read More

MRA, IPC condemn NBC’s sanctions over #ENDSARS coverage

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the International Press Centre (IPC) have condemned the sanctioning of three television stations by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over the coverage of the #ENDSARS protests, describing the Commission’s action as an outrageous violation of the Constitution and basic principles of fair hearing which cannot be allowed to stand. The two organizations accused the NBC Read More

Chelsea ready to loan out Arrizabalaga in January

October 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Chelsea are considering loaning out goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the January transfer window.Kepa has had a bad time of things at Stamford Bridge since joining in a record £71.6m deal from A thletic Bilbao in August 2018 and is now behind recent signing Edouard Mendy in the pecking order.The Blues are reluctant to sell the Spain international on the cheap Read More

Guinea cancel friendly with Gambia after positive Covid-19 tests

October 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Guinea have cancelled their friendly match against Gambia after several of their players tested positive for Covid-19, the country’s football federation has said. Media reports in Guinea said five players had tested positive. The federation said in a Facebook https://www.facebook.com/feguifoot224 post they were struggling to field a team against Gambia for the match in Portugal on Tuesday.“Indeed, with several players Read More

No objection to auditor-general’s tenure extension – Reps

October 11, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives has expressed a different opinion to a group of members over reported plans to extend the tenure of incumbent Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Anthony Ayine, saying the House has no objection to it.A group of members, last week kicked against the reported move, saying they were averse to Read More

Buhari, good governance and restructuring

October 11, 2020 Gidado Ibrahim 0

The ongoing call for restructuring the country is like a metaphor. Those who have filled the media space, recently, with such rhetoric are just the mask; the personification of the masquerade are the renegade politicians who are soaked in the inordinate 2023 political ambition. From the haphazard manner the proponents are executing this hatchet job smarks the biblical ‘Voice of Read More

FCT schools resume Sunday

October 8, 2020 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Thursday, directed the reopening of all schools in the Federal Capital Territory on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, for 2020/2021 Academic Session. Bello, who made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja, explained that boarding schools are to resume on Sunday, while Day schools would resume on Monday, Read More

Premier League want change in handball law

October 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Premier League planned to formally lobby for a change in the handball law, according to the PA news agency.This is as a result of the controversy over the penalty awarded against Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier’s last weekend. The law states that that handball must be awarded if the ball strikes the hand or arm when it is above shoulder Read More

More handball controversy as Newcastle earn draw at Spurs

September 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said the stoppage time penalty that allowed his side to snatch a 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Sunday was “nonsense” in another Premier League clash decided by the controversial interpretation of the handball rule. Spurs had just Lucas Moura’s goal to show for a dominant first-half display and were made to pay when Eric Dier was Read More

Woman who absconded with daughters over circumcision declared missing in Lagos

September 22, 2020 Suleiman Idris 0

A woman identified as Mrs. Oyeronke Adams who disappeared with her three daughters for refusing the eldest one, Miss Mariam Adams, to be circumcised in accordance to family traditions has been declared missing by the Dada Bakare and Alarape Aligbangba families of Ajah in Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos state. Mrs Oyeronke was said to have vehemently opposed the decision Read More

Youth group mobilises to lead, woos Sowore

September 6, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

A youth group under the aegis of Visionary Young Nigerian Leaders Initiative (VYNLI) has declared their readiness to over the affairs of the Nigeria from elders, saying that the future belongs to them. The youth, who expressed dissatisfaction with the way the current administration is running the country, said the elders have failed the country. The group said youths have the capacity Read More

Ganduje’s Covid-19 response strategy and the challenges

August 27, 2020 Muhammad Garba 0

While one is filled with hope that it is relatively safe now to say that the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is tenaciously fighting the war against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, given the numerous measures adopted to cushion the impact of the ravaging disease, the response strategy, right from the beginning, is faced with many unnerving challenges.This is in Read More

NFF Football Committee endorses NPFL 2019/20 final table

August 25, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Football Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has endorsed the final table of the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2019/2020 season as prepared and released by the League Management Company. At its virtual meeting, held at the instance of the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to deliberate on all the issues arising from the forced ending Read More

NAHCON: Managing Hajj amidst Covid-19

August 12, 2020 Fatima Sanda Usara 0

2020 will be remembered as the year Covid-19 upturned global economic, social and customary routines. Though certain modes of religious worship were also affected by the coronavirus pandemic, timing of religious events remained constant. So was the case with 2020 Hajj, which nevertheless took place at the appointed time despite all odds. Apprehension from the lethality of the virus was Read More

CAF Election: Ahmad undecided on second term

July 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad has is yet to take decision whether he will run for second term in office or not.Ahmad dethroned former president Issa Hayatou in 2017 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to the surprise of every football followers over the world and another election is billed for 2021. While speaking to BBC Africa, former Madagascar Read More

LMC: PPG is a child of necessity – Zira

July 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Adamawa United Chairman, Emmanuel Zira, has described the Points Per Game (PPG) as the only option available for the LMC in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic that evolved the world. Zira, who spoke at the weekly Personality Interview segment of the FCT Football Update WhatsApp program said the PPG decision, was a necessity of event where football authorities in Read More

MPC’s perspicacity on MPR movement

July 27, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

The monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) last week voted to maintain the status quo on Nigeria’s monetary policy rate (MPR), the rate at which CBN lends money to commercial banks. Many with opposing views on MPR movements were disappointed by the decision of the MPC. In May 2020, MPC dropped MPR by one percentage point Read More

Airbus eyes hydrogen power for airliner in next decade

July 22, 2020 David Agba 0

Airbus hopes to bring a zero-emissions commercial airliner to market in the early 2030s and says key technology decisions must be made in the next five years. (Photo: Airbus) Airbus sees hydrogen as the pathway toward its goal of bringing a zero-emissions commercial airliner to market in the next decade, a key executive said Tuesday.But that executive, Glenn Llewellyn, v-p Read More

Rising inflation determined MPC’s decision – Uwaleke

July 21, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Reactions continue to trail the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to leave its key policy rates unchanged.  In a chat with Blueprint on Tuesday in Abuja, Capital Market Professor at Nasarawa State University, Uche Uwaleke said the country’s elevated inflation played a key role in the MPC decision.  The Monetary Policy Read More

Promotion exercise: Labour disagrees with Kwara govt over postponement

July 20, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

The organised labour under the aegis of Joint State Public Service Negotiating Council (NJC), Kwara state chapter has disagreed with the state government over the indefinite postponement of 2020 promotion exercise as announced by the state’s Head of Service, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole. The state government had fixed July 13, 2020 for promotion meetings for all staff of all ministries, Read More

WASSCE: Minister to meet Buhari, govs – Reps

July 16, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives Committee on  Basic Education and Services, the Ministry of Education and West African Examination Council, Nigeria Headquarters has met to take a deeper look at options for the WASSCE.The stakeholders however agreed that if they were to make the September date for the Examination a reality, there is a need to get President Muhammadu Buhari and Read More

CAF gives August 31 deadline for FAs to submit Inter-Club teams

July 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given an August 31 deadline for its federations to submit their representatives for the inter-club competitions – the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup. According to information obtained from CAF website, the decision was in line with CAF’s decision to start both competitions in October. So far, only 27 African nations have Read More

NNPC staff remanded in Kaduna prison over child torture

July 13, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The female staff of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mrs. Yemi Awolola, who was arrested last week for alleged child torture and sexual abuse in Kaduna, has been remanded in Kaduna Correctional Center.Mrs Awolola was on Monday charged to Senior Magistrate Court 3 for child torture in a suit with court registration number: KMD/204XB/2020. Chief Magistrate Bashir Shittu Yusuf, who presided over the case, Read More