Banditry: Lawyer hails court decision

November 29, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

A legal practitioner, Oshile Ayo Martins, has hailed the recent court pronouncement which held that any form or act of banditry has now become a criminal offence before the law. Blueprint reports that a High Court sitting in Abuja recently gave the verdict criminalising banditry in the country. The court held further by declaring bandits terrorists. While fielding questions over Read More

SERAP moves to halt FG’s plans to monitor Nigerians’ WhatsApp messages

October 17, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has requested a Federal high court sitting in Abuja to stop the Federal Government from going ahead with its plans to track, intercept and monitor WhatsApp messages, phone calls, and text messages of Nigerians and other people. The group, in a statement, said it approached the court for its pronouncement on the constitutionality Read More

FG declares Tuesday public holiday to mark Eidul-Mawlid

October 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has declared Tuesday October 19th, 2021 as public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made this declaration on behalf of the federal government, congratulates all Muslim faithful both at home and in the Diaspora for Read More

APC chairmanship: All eyes on Al-Makura to set the pace

October 10, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Again, because of his track records, beginning from the private sector up till when he governed Nasarawa state, there are repeated calls on Senator Tanko Al-Makura to call the shots in his party’s highest national leadership. MOHAMMED YANGIDA reports. Al-Makura as a hurricaneSenator Tanko Al-Makura is likened to a silent hurricane. His experience, antecedents, credibility, patience, sacrifices, tolerance and charisma are Read More

APC states to allocate, release 15% annual budget for healthcare delivery

August 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The states controlled by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have all agreed to henceforth allocate and release 15 percent of their annual budget for the healthcare delivery in their states. The APC states also agreed to henceforth undertake establishment of sustainable health care financing system such as health insurance and health emergency trust fund in their states. In a Read More

Dickson, ex-Bayelsa governor in EFCC net

August 10, 2021 The Nation 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has quizzed a former Bayelsa Governor and senator representing Bayesla West Seriake Dickson. According to a source, Dickson presented himself to the EFCC following an invitation by the agency. The source said the ex-Governor was grilled over allegations bordering on abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds during his eight-year administration in Read More

Niger-delta coalition urges gov Yayaha Bello to declare for presidency

June 29, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Niger Delta Youth under the ageis of 36 Youths Coalition for Yahaya Bello 2023 Presidency has said that those waiting for the break up Nigeria will certainly be disappointed, saying “Nigeria will remain strong and more united in the eyes of those praying for the evil to break up.”Speaking today in Delta, head of coalition, Ambassador Timiseleipre Job Desmond said Read More

Shipment: FG loses N5bn revenue to importers through wrong declaration

June 28, 2021 David Agba 0

The federal government has been advised to return the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to the ports in a bid to ascertain the difference between raw materials and finished goods imported into the country as the country is said to be losing about N5 billion monthly to sharp practices. A non-governmental organisation (NGO) the Transparency Network Group (TANGO) in a Read More

Asset Declaration: CBN extends deadline to Bank CEOs, top executives

June 21, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has extended the deadline giving to Bank CEOs, and top executives to submit their asset declaration form to June ending from the earlier June 14 deadline that has passed. The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, had initially in March given top bankers, among others, till June 1, 2021, to declare their assets in line with Read More

2023: North-east youth coalition endorses Yahaya Bello for president

May 31, 2021 Najib Sani 0

 North East Youths Coalition  have called on the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello to run for 2023 presidential election.  The coalition which comprises groups of youths from the six states of the region that includes Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe State made the call at a press conference at Zaranda hotel Bauchi. This is coming on the Read More

Entire criminal justice system faulty, Bauchi chief registrar laments

May 17, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The chief registrar of the Bauchi state high court Barrister Emmanuel Danjuma has declared that the entire criminal justice system in Nigeria is faulty. He made the declaration Monday during the inauguration of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) in the state created by a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called’Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative and inaugurated by Read More

Breaking: FG declares Wednesday, Thursday public holidays to mark Eidul-Fitr

May 10, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May, 2021 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while making the declaration on behalf of the federal government Monday in Abuja, congratulated the Muslim faithful on this occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the Read More

We’re oppose to fuel increase, APC tells Buhari

April 20, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All progressive Congress (APC) has declared  that it is oppose to any further increase in the price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as fuel. APC’s Caretaker Committee Secretary, Sen. James Akpanudoedehe, made this declaration Tuesday in Abuja, at a media interface organised by the APC Professional Forum explained that the party’s position had been accepted by Read More

Breaking: FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays to celebrate Easter

March 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has declared Friday 2nd and Monday 5th April 2021, public holidays to mark this year’s Easter celebration. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, Tuesday in Abuja, urged Christians to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace and patience, which were demonstrated by Jesus Read More

FGM: UNICEF, NOA train 24 community surveillance team in Ebonyi

March 23, 2021 Amarachukwu Egwu-Agha, 0

National Orientation Agency, NOA Ebonyi state chapter with the support from the United nations children’s fund (UNICEF) Monday , trained 24  surveillance  team to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) i in Onicha local government area of the state. All the 12 communities that made up the local government had made denounced of FGM on Saturday March 13, 2021.  However, in Read More

Tackling FGM: How Ebonyi’s new political will is yielding results

November 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The practice of female genital mutilationp (FGM) in Nigeria has caused so much harm on women and the girl child. But when custodians of culture in Ebonyi communities came to understand its devious effects, they openly made a declaration against it and now there’s a new political will to finally stamp it out. AMARACHUKWU EGWUAGHA in Abakaliki reports Female Genital Read More

A/Ibom communities sue govt for non-gazetting as oil-producing areas

October 16, 2020 Uko Etim 0

  The Oro nation comprising Oron, Mbo Udong Uko, Urue Offong Oruko and Okobo local government areas of Akwa Ibom state have dragged the state government before a Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, challenging the non gazetting of the region as an oil producing area even after the National Assembly passed a resolution on the matter eight years ago. According to Read More

On Bauchi LGs poll

October 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Although local government election in Bauchi state has not been conducted in the past 11 years, it is not something new to the electorate. This forthcoming one being the fourth to be conducted since the return to democracy in 1999 will take the state by surprise, looking at the formidable and awe-inspiring political parties and candidates that have since joined Read More

‘We’ve not endorsed Arthur Eze as life patron’

September 6, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

The Association of Ndieze Igbo N’Uzoije (Diaspora) has declared that it had not endorsed Prince Arthur Eze as its Life Patron. It made the declaration via a statement issued by the senior special assistant on media to Eze Uche Egenti, Oguchukwu Achizea in Abuja Saturday. It read in part, “The attention of the Association of Ndieze Igbo N’Uzoije (Diaspora) has Read More

LGs polls: Blueprint Correspondent joins race in Bauchi

August 11, 2020 Auwal Ahmad 0

Ahead of the forthcoming local governments elections in Bauchi state slated for October 2020, a Bauchi-based journalist Najib Sani has declared interest to vie for chairman of Bauchi local government.Najib who is a correspondent of Blueprint Newspaper and financial secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state made the declaration Tuesday in a statement issued to reporters. Read More

Schools’ reopening: Will ASUU resume?

August 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

I believe that without adequate preventive measures, provision of safety facilities that will protect children from contracting coronavirus, it may not be totally safe for children to resume back to their respective schools. Accordingly, I share the same opinion with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in this regard.With listing of all conditions and guidelines for schools’ resumption, government Read More

Kwara gets additional COVID-19 testing centre

July 9, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara state now has a second COVID-19 testing centre, which will be fully operational soon, the state government announced Thursday in a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye. The government also clarified that the disparity in figures from COVID -19 cases was due to the delayed declaration on the part of the Nigeria Centre for Read More

Polio: Senate wants immunisation of children sustained

July 2, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Wednesday called on the government at the federal and state levels, as well as relevant ministries and agencies to sustain the immunisation of infants and children in the country.  The call was made against the backdrop of a motion considered to commemorate the declaration of Nigeria as a polio virus free nation by the World Health Organization (WHO), Thursday, Read More