FG to set up science centres in 6 political zones

April 7, 2018 Binta Sharma 0

  The federal government is to establish science centres in the six geo political zones of the country to stimulate the interest of young people in science related disciplines. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who disclosed this while commissioning the chemistry pavilion block of the Assumpta Science Centre recently in Ofekata, Owerri, Imo state, said the centre Read More

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$1bn for security equipment good, but.

April 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In an action that ideally should be described as commendable, but it is apparently not so in the views of some pessimists, President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, approved the sum of $1 billion for the procurement of security equipment. Specifically, the money was approved for the purchase of military equipment for use in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in Read More

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‘Safe, sustainable cities would enable socio-economic development’

April 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Lot Kaduma is the founder of Urban Future Project, a youth-led advocacy initiative focused on achieving inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Cities in Nigeria, in accordance with Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He speaks to ADAM ALQALI You are a trained architect, how did you become an advocate for sustainable cities? As a trained architect, my work Read More

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The economic benefits of Lekki Free Zone By Bolaji Odumade

April 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

  Lagos derived its name from a Portuguese explorer, Rui de Sequeira, as a result of its many lagoons. Until the abolition of slave trade, Lagos played host to the exportation of millions of slaves, thus making it a beehive of trading activities. With the abolition of slave trade by the British government, Lagos eventually became a massive economic centre Read More

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Plight of FCT’s border communities

April 3, 2018 Aideloje Ojo. Minna 0

In this report, AIDELOJE OJO examines the plight of border communities and efforts by the National Assembly, through enactment of an Act that will change the condition of the affected communities Politics, development issues surrounding FCT borderline communities The United Nations statistic shows that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, grew between 2000 and 2015 by 139. 7 percent and Read More

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Customs intercepts N1.2bn Illegal wildlife tusks

April 3, 2018 Helen Oji 0

Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Jibril has said that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) intercepted illegal wildlife pangolin and tusks worth about N1.2 billion between Feb.15 and March 22 this year. Jibril spoke at a one-day workshop on combating illegal wildlife trade and sensitization on convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora. The workshop was organised Read More

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Buhari commissions Ikeja bus terminal

March 30, 2018 Tope Musowo. Lagos 0

  President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday began a two-day official visit to Lagos with the unveiling of ultra-modern Ikeja Bus Terminal, designed to redefine public transportation in line with the bus reform initiative of the state government. The President, accompanied to the facility by the state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and other government functionaries, lauded the state government for various initiatives Read More

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Aremu commends Buhari on AFCTA

March 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

General Secretary, Nigeria Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers, Comrade Isa Aremu, has hailed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to allow for more consultations and deliberations on the controversial African Union Continental Free Trade (ACFTA) Area expected to be ratified on Wednesday in Kigali, Rwanda. They also acknowledged and commended “the vigilance of all stakeholders”, namely manufacturers, the Read More

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Commercial Satellite Communications: NCC to ensure global best practice- EVC

March 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that it would review the results of the Public Inquiry on the draft Amended Consumer Code of Practice Regulations as well as Commercial Satellite Communications Guidelines to meet international practices. Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta disclosed this recently in his address at the public inquiry session on the draft Amended Read More

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NESF set to broaden scope of export financing instruments – CBN

March 26, 2018 Amaka Ifeakandu. Lagos 0

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that the introduction of Non-oil Exports Stimulation Facility (NESF) was designed to broaden the scope of export financing instruments. The apex bank said the facility was introduce to diversify the revenue base of the economy and to expedite the growth and development of the non oil export sector. The guideline on NESF released Read More

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No issues with airlines unless they default in debts payment – Dunoma

March 21, 2018 Ime Akpan 0

In this interview, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma, speaks on diversification of revenue sources from aeronautical to non-aeronautical, debts owed the agency and steps taken to recover them; incurs ion into airport restricted areas and measures taken to stop the trend, among other issues. Excerpts by IME AKPAN Debt overhang As Read More

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Take over HIV/AIDS fight, US tells Nigeria

March 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

  The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDs (UNAIDS) have urged the federal government to “own the HIV response programme” by assisting in reducing cost of placing people living with HIV/AIDs on treatment. Speaking at the 4th National Council of AIDs, in Abuja yesterday, the country coordinator of PEPFAR, Shirley Dady, Read More

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Researchers deploy app to combat pest in farming

March 21, 2018 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Researchers are already working on deploying a mobile app to address the effect of armyworm that has infested millions of hectares of crops- especially maize (a staple food) in Africa over the past two years. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the pest which is native to the Americas and now present in all but 10 Read More

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2019: The governor Kwara needs, BY Tajudeen Habeeb

March 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

As the 2019 general elections draw near, the tempo of political activities will no doubt increase. The secret meetings, the subtle campaigns, and the rash of newspaper articles promoting various aspirants are few of the activities that will certainly form part of the pre-election politicking. In my home state of Kwara, the knives are out. Many of the gubernatorial aspirants Read More

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Election sequence: Overriding PMB’s veto BY SUFUYAN OJIEFO

March 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

By writing to both chambers of the National Assembly to express his reservations about the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill, President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld his assent and cast doubt on the rationality of the lawmakers to review or amend the contentious provisions of the Act. What this means, in legislative parlance, is that the president has vetoed the bill. Read More

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2019: APC can’t toy with South West – Shehu Sani

March 20, 2018 Patrick Andrew . Abuja 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot afford to toy with the South west region in the forthcoming general elections if it hopes to retain power at the centre and other states of the federation. Senator Shehu Sani Senator representing Kaduna Central on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated this over the weekend at the Fifth Olalekan Olomide Read More

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Uniben admits 10,909 of 34,497 candidates for 2017/2018 session

  Only 10, 909 of the 34,497 candidates, who applied for admission into the University of Benin (Uniben), Edo state, have been admitted for the 2017/2018 academic session. Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, stated this during the matriculation ceremony for the successful applicants. Orumwense, who administered the matriculation oath on the students, said “the ceremony is an Read More

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PDP Jigawa rally a sham – APC chieftain

March 15, 2018 Muhammad Aliyu Dutse 0

  A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Sani Yusuf Babura, has described the rally conducted by the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Dutse as a sham, stating that the party’s hope of voting the APC was a mirage. The chieftain, who is also the executive secretary, Jigawa state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), was reacting to the statement Read More

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Etsu Nupe blasts Niger on infrastructure decay

March 15, 2018 Aideloje Ojo. Minna 0

Etsu Nupe and chairman of the Niger state Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has lambasted government for the underdevelopment of the state. According to him, almost all infrastructure, including roads, have collapsed to the detriment of the people. The monarch stated this yesterday at his Wadata Palace when he received in audience a new sociopolitical group of indigenous Read More

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I remain grateful to Akwe Doma – Al-Makura

March 15, 2018 Mohammed Yangida Lafia 0

Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has said that he would continue to remain grateful to the state’s former Governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, even after his death for “his fatherly advice, support and loyalty” to him as a Governor and his government. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Lafi a by the Chief Press Secretary to the Read More

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Women, youths charged to register with parties

March 15, 2018 Najib Sani. Bauchi 0

    Nigerian youths and women have been charged to register as members of political parties of their choice to enable them vie for elective offices in the next polls. Student leader of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, Mohammed Nasir Umar, and women group leader, Hannatu Ephraim, who spoke yesterday at a conference tagged “Bauchi Youths political Hot spots” Read More

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2019: Benue guber aspirant storms Kaduna, Kano

March 15, 2018 Usman Ibn A. Lapai. Kaduna 0

  Governorship aspirant in the 2019 election, Dr. Stephen Terungwa Hwande, has decried the poor state of infrastructural development in Benue State, stating that 42 years after its creation there is nothing to show for its existence. He also expressed dismay over the backlog of salary arrears to civil servants in Benue state, noting that it requires fresh ideas and Read More

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Reducing cost of governance

March 15, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Reducing the cost of governance will not affect the quality of government services to the citizens. It is synchronised to curb our national wastage areas and optimise our national assets and human capital contributions to national growth and development. All tiers of government’s recurrent expenditure profile has taken its toll on the various capital projects as evident in the dearth Read More

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270 applications await NUC approval for private varsities

March 14, 2018 Martin Paul. Abuja 0

  Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, has disclosed that 270 applications were awaiting approval for the establishment of private universities in the country. Rasheed also lamented that 161 universities were not sufficient for the teeming Nigerian populace seeking university education through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) each year. Receiving the Zamfara state Governor, Abdul Read More

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