South-south forum lauds Buhari, Sylva over plan to fix PH refinery

March 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group under the aegis of South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has expressed happiness over the approval of $1.5 billion (about N600 billion) by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery. The forum described as exciting even as it commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva. In a statement Read More

NDE, NILOWV partner on women empowerment

March 16, 2021 Moses John 0

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is set to collaborate with the League of Women Voters (NILOWV) in empowering Nigerian. This was disclosed by the acting Director-General of the NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, when officials of NILOWV, led by its vice president, Hon. Inna Ciroma paid him a courtesy call. The DG said both organisations can leverage the grassroots Read More

Nigeria lagging behind in $11trn digital economy – NITDA

March 13, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

As far as digital economy in the world is concerned, which is valued at $11trillion, Nigeria despite its huge population and potentials, is lagging behind, according to the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa. This is as the Senate has urged the agency to fast track the process of making the country an Read More

High level of poverty responsible for banditry, kidnapping – PGF boss

March 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh. Lukman, has called for immediate implementation of security strategies combine with a national initiative to lift Nigerians out of poverty. The APC chieftain said military and security strategy would remain a mirage and resource drainpipe so long it is not Read More

German govt’ll continue to support Plateau state – GIZ boss

February 19, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The German International Development Agency (GIZ) on Friday assured of its continued support to Plateau state in the area of capacity building to facilitate the creation of jobs and economic opportunities for indigenes. The new GIZ-SEDIN Head of the Programmes in Nigeria, Markus Wauschkulm, gave the assurance when he visited Governor Simon Lalong at the Government House, Rayfield, Jos, on Read More

Buni, SDGs and Yobe education emergency pay-off

February 2, 2021 Zanna Samaila 0

Education is the bedrock of development and the most powerful tool to transform the world, it creates a ladder out of poverty and gives children an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to improve their lives in order to build a promising future for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, education in Yobe State is bisected with myriads of problem Read More

Rehabilitate Kari-Misau-Gyade-Shira road

January 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Road infrastructure ensures easy movement of goods and services between urban and rural communities and vice-versa, thereby vehemently increasing the pace of social and economic growth in especially rural communities. Therefore, road infrastructure remains a key ingredient of development. And because it is grossly inadequate in Nigeria, the pace of development here is slow. For decades, even when the country Read More

Sustain development strides of Kundiri, Wukari residents task newly appointed FUW VC

January 23, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

Residents of Wukari local government area of Taraba state on Saturday charged the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Wukari (FUW), Professor Jude Rabo, to sustain the developmental strides recorded by the outgoing helmsman Professor Abubakar Kundiri. A Resident of Wukari, Yunus Akwana, who spoke to Blueprint during a telephone interview expressed happiness that Kundiri while serving as VC of the Read More

In Akwanga, Nasarawa gov commissions deputy speaker’s rural electrification project

January 16, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, Saturday,  commissioned rural electrification project initiated and sponsored by Hon Tsentse Nehemiah Dandaura, the deputy speaker of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly. Sule while commissioning the project in Ngare village, Ancho ward of Akwanga local government area commended the deputy speaker for the gesture. He said the importance of electricity to human and societal Read More

Kebbi communities task FG on border reopening

January 15, 2021 Kabiru Dogon Daji 0

An appeal has gone to the federal government to consider full reopening of borders as the recipe to unemployment and poverty reduction among Nigerian youth, especially those leaving around the border areas. An opinion poll conducted by Blueprint in Kamba and Lolo border areas in Dandi and Bagudo local government areas of Kebbi state, showed that majority of the youth Read More

How Capitol Hill exposed AI, others against Nigerian Military – Group

January 14, 2021 Editor 0

The invasion of the United States’ Capitol by pro-Trump protesters has exposed the hypocrisy of Amnesty International and others in the forefront of the #EndSARS movement against the Nigerian military.   This was the submission of the March4Nigeria Movement in reaction to the violent attack of December 6 at the U.S Congress aimed at overturning the presidential election. In a statement Read More

Wrestling food inflation in 2021

January 1, 2021 Abdullahi .M Gulloma 0

Indeed, the problems associated with soaring prices of foods are many and worrisome and the need to address them is appreciated by all meaningful Nigerians and their leaders. In fact, this week, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will keep a keen eye on food inflation in the New Year. As part of the measures designed to achieve Read More

Jos and the tale of abandoned road projects

December 8, 2020 Blueprint 0

Despite the fact that Nigeria is the supposed giant of Africa bestowed with enormous human and natural resources, many of its road projects still linger in severe abandonment both at the national and state levels. Consequently, these bad roads serve as an obstacle to development, severely hurting the social, economic and physical wellbeing of citizens. In Jos, the capital of Read More

Covid-19: FG advocates increased productivity to grow economy

December 1, 2020 Blueprint 0

In an effort to grow the nation’s economy due to the effect of covid-19 pandemic, the federal government on Monday called for increased productivity so as to deal with the age-long challenges of underdevelopment in the country. Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, made this known during the flag-off of the “Nigeria Public Sector Productivity and Innovation Summit”, Read More

PMB, recession and delusion of a dazed opposition

November 24, 2020 Gidado Ibrahim 0

The global standards for gauging a virile opposition are constructive criticisms and useful engagements. The voice of the opposition is respected when it sets aside sentiments, pettiness and propaganda in times of national emergencies to join hands with the government of the day to solve problems. After this order was the opposition in the First Republic. Alas, this is not Read More

Breaking: Economy worsens as Nigeria slips into another recession

November 21, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by –3.62 per cent (year-on-year) in the third quarter of 2020. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in its third quarter GDP report, released on Saturday, the economy contracted by -2.48 per cent, an indication that the country has recorded two consecutive quarters of negative growth in 2020.  According to economic analysis, Read More

Kogi govt connects Ife Olukotun community to national grid

November 13, 2020 Editor 0

The Kogi state government has connected a part of Ife Olukotun Community to the National Electricity Grid. This was disclosed to newsmen in Lokoja, Friday, by the state Commissioner for Rural Development, Hon. Daniel O’Neil Ejigbo, who said the need to boost the economic capacity of the area was the motivation behind the state government initiative. He said, “It is Read More

Lekki shooting: ICC announces investigation, begins probe

November 4, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has commenced an inquiry into alleged Lekki shooting occasioned by the #EndSARS protests which grounded both social and economic activities in Nigeria while it lasted. The protests it would be recalled led to destruction of public properties and alleged massacre of protesting youth. The week-long demonstration which turned to riots and arson in Lagos and Read More

Lekki: Human rights groups storm panel, want celebrities, Int’l NGOs punished over spread of fake news

November 4, 2020 Editor 0

Some human rights groups have approached the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution with pieces of evidence indicting several Nigerian celebrities and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for inciting violence through fake news.  According to the groups, these Nigerians and NGOs must be punished for their gross misinformation which triggered the near-breakdown of law and order that accompanied the Read More

KIFA commiserates with victims of Lekki massacre, calls for peaceful resolution

October 24, 2020 Akeem Busari 0

The recent massacre of the #EndSARS peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate, Lagos has continued to generate waves of emotional outpour from across the country and other parts of the world. In a message released by the Director-General of Kanu International Football Academy (KIFA), Prince Dapo Ajibade, it totally condemned the unfortunate incident which literally brought social and economic activities Read More

Security: Group scores Nigerian Army, Operation Sahel Sanity high on war against banditry

October 15, 2020 Editor 0

Following a three-month appraisal exercise, the Northern Patriots (NP) have passed a vote of confidence on the Nigerian Army, rating its Operation Sahel Sanity as a success.  The Northern Patriots gave this commendation at a media interactive session on Thursday in Abuja.  Presenting the report on behalf of the group, National President, Alhaji Nuruddeen Dodo, said sanity has been restored to the Sahel Read More

Onitsha port: Obi Achebe calls for improved infrastructure

The Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, has called for improved infrastructure in the Onitsha metropolis to accommodate the Onitsha River Port and growing economic activities in the city.  The traditional ruler made the call during the 2020 ofala festival in Anambra state. He said such infrastructural boost will help the state and the south-east in managing activities brought about by Read More

General Buratai and his phenomenal exploits

October 8, 2020 Best Agbese 0

According to the great general of war, Winston S Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts”. This is the reality of great leaders. Those who must excel in life must keep at whatever it is they want to achieve despite setbacks. Setbacks are a regular feature in the life of Read More

President Buhari and the northern Borno conundrum

October 4, 2020 Abba Alli 0

If there is anything that bothers the president today, it is the case of northern Borno state where our troops are still battling remnants of Boko Haram terrorists. This area remains the sore point of the seemingly dwindling war against terrorists in the North-East region of Nigeria. According to the words of Governor Babagana Zulum, when President Muhammadu Buhari visited Read More