Uneasy calm as gunmen attack, kill more Policemen

May 8, 2021 Uko Etim, Uyo 0

No fewer than six Policemen including a wife of an officer have been killed following an attack on aDivisional Police headquarters, Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom state by unknown gunmen on Saturday morning. The gunmen, according to reports and pictures made available to newsmen also destroyed facilities, vehicles and other valuables at the station.  Read More

FG issues shoot-at-sight order against Prisons’ attackers, fleeing inmates

April 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has expressed great outrage at the recent wave of attacks on Custodial Centres of the Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS, ordering personnel of the Service’s armed squad to shoot-at-sight any internal and external aggressor. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the order at an emergency meeting with NCoS Squadron Commanders, Field Commanders and Heads of Armed Squads. Read More

Senate seeks upgrade of Yaba Tech, Ilaro Poly to Universities

April 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its Commitee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund, intensified the move to upgrade the Yaba College of Technology and Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, to Universities of Technology. It also made similar move for upgrade of the Nigeria French Language Village in Ajara Badagry , Lagos State to an Inter – University Centre for French Language Studies . Planned legislations Read More

Invest $1.2bn on water, sanitation, WaterAid tasks FG

April 8, 2021 John Oba 0

As G20 finance ministers meet in Rome this week to discuss how they will build back from the pandemic, WaterAid has called on the federal government to spend at least $1.2 billion now on water and sanitation which will pay for itself in near future. WaterAid in a statement Wednesday urged global leaders at large to commit to new funding Read More

Group partners Enugu on COVID-19 funds, donations, interventions

April 7, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

In a bid to ensure transparency and accountability around government funds, donations and interventions towards combating COVID-19 in Enugu state, a non-governmental organisation, Connected Development (CODE) in partnership with OXFAM Nigeria has carried out a two-day advocacy visit to relevant MDAs in the state. The non-governmental organization, led by Dr Onyekachi Onuoha of CODE, had explained that the purpose of Read More

Stanbic IBTC introduces special account to empower women in business

April 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC has showcased determination to extend equal opportunity policy beyond its business with the introduction of the Blue Blossom account, dedicated specifically to empower women. At the launch at a virtual event, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, Mr. Wole Adeniyi said the new product is tailored to help women get better and easier access to business Read More

Owerri attack: 1,844 inmates escape, 35 refuse to go- NCoS

April 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has confirmed an attack on it custodial centre in Owerri in Imo state by unknown gunmen leading to escape of 1,844 inmates while 35 inmates refused to escape. In a statement made available to Blueprint Monday in Abuja, the Service spokesman, Francis Enobore, said the attackers stormed the facility at about 0215hrs Read More

Daily Trust Foundation trains journalists on multimedia journalism

March 30, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The chairman of Daily Trust Foundation, Alhaji Bilya Bala, has urged journalists to acquire multimedia skill sets that will keep them relevant in the industry in 21st century. Bala who was represented by Malam Umar Addullahi, a board member of the foundation, stated this o Monday during the opening session of a three-day workshop on multimedia journalism organised by the Read More

ASR-Africa Initiative begins $100m grant disbursement, donates N1bn to ABU

March 26, 2021 Agi Onda 0

ASR-Africa Initiative, the brainchild of Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder and Executive Chairman of BUA Group has provided a grant of N1billion to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria as part of its yearly $100 million ASR-Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal. A press statement issued to Blueprint Thursday said the grant will go towards the provision of a hostel and Read More

$1.5bn P/Harcourt refinery: Reps order probe of repair funds

The House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream)  to carry out an investigative hearing, as well as conduct a comprehensive audit of funds previously spent on the rehabilitation, and or repair of the Port Harcourt Refinery. While also mandating the committee to determine the performance indicators following the maintenance, the committee has further been directed to examine Read More

Insecurity: RIGAN moves 2020 games from Zaria to Abuja

March 19, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

National Executive Council (NEC), of Research Institutes Games Association of Nigeria (RIGAN) has mandated the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) Zaria to move the 17th edition its games earlier scheduled to hold in Zaria to Abuja due to insecurity in Kaduna state. RIGAN national president prof.Owolade Oluwaferonmi who stated this at NEC meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, said the Council Read More

Misinformation on Covid-19 vaccination taking religious undertone -Yiaga Africa laments

March 18, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Yiaga Africa has expressed concern that the misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccination is beginning to adopt a religious undertone, with some religious leaders projecting messages against the vaccine in a country where religion is a significant influence. According to Yiaga Africa’s policy brief on Covid-19 vaccine management signed by the Director of Programmes, Cynthia Mbamalu director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa Read More

For Adamawa, its breath of fresh air under Fintiri

March 17, 2021 Editorial IV 0

MUAZU ABARI reports on how Gov Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has consolidated on his earlier achievements to return the glory of the state lost to bad governance of past administrations.Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the governor of Adamawa state came into Dougerei Government House Yola with a promise of fresh air and commitment to make Adamawa work again, not only for the present Read More

COVID-19 vacine : Nasarawa NYSC takes first jab

March 16, 2021 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

 Nasarawa has scored another first as the administration of COVID-19 vaccines commenced Tuesday this morning in the state.The Nasarawa state National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Coordinator, Mr Stephen Gabriel Dewan, who took the first jab was full of praise of the executive governor of Nasarawa state, Engr Abdullahi Sule, for approving the vaccination of corps members and staff on camp. Read More

Anambra: Legal Aid Council to offer free services to PWDs

March 15, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The Anambra state branch of the Legal Aid Council has expressed its readiness to provide free legal services to People With Disabilities (PWDs) in the state in line with the provisions of Anambra Disability Rights Law, 2018. The state coordinator, Mrs Amaka Maduabuchi, stated this at a one-day programme jointly organised in Awka by the state chapter of Joint National Read More

Taraba gets 56,250 AstraZenecavaccines

March 11, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

The Taraba state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai Thursday stated that the state has received 56,250 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Vakkai, who stated this in Jalingo said the vaccine is primarily at the moment targeted to front line workers and those at the isolation centers. The permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr Ebenezer Apakhe, spoke on behalf of his commissioner Read More

Sports Minister inspects Liberty stadium, wows fans with basketball display

March 6, 2021 Editor 0

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, visited the liberty stadium, Ibadan, on Saturday March 6, 2021, in continuation of his tour of sporting facilities and visit to team Nigeria athletes, preparing for the Olympic games. On a visit to the Sports hostel, the Minister promised that all illegal structures in the building will be taken off while Read More

Buhari orders improved funding of Maiduguri varsity teaching hospital

November 19, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday directed the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Budget Office to consider an increase in the personnel and overhead allocation of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH). The lresident issued the directive at the virtual inauguration of capital projects executed at UMTH, in response to a specific request by the Board and Read More

The making of Kano Economic City a reality

October 8, 2020 Muhammed Garba 0

A new chapter will soon be opened in the commercial development of Kano, a city boasting of 1,000 years of continuous existence as a centre of commerce and in a great way transform the economy of the ancient city and restore it to its enviable position as strategic sub-Saharan African trade hub and linking Central Africa.The Kano Economic City (KEC), Read More

Asiwaju commends Captain for improving facilities at Ibadan Golf Club

September 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 The lush-green and improved facilities of the prestigious Ibadan Golf Club (IGC), in spite of the pandemic that hampered sporting activities for the past 5 months has been attributed to the club Captain’s proactive approach.A prominent member of the traditional club, Asiwaju Oladimeji Olatilewa Ayinla disclosed this in Ibadan while sharing his golfing experience at IGC that spanned almost a Read More

Aminu Kano COE’ll meet NCCE accreditation, says official

August 27, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

A deputy director with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Alhaji Yusuf Shehu Aliyu, has said the proposed Aminu Kano College of Education is on the road to securing final accreditation from the Commission as it had prepared the much needed ground for the exercise. Speaking to news Thursday shortly after inspecting all the much needed academic facilities for the institution Read More

COVID-19: Prisons lift embargo on inmates

August 26, 2020 Amaechi Okwara 0

The Delta state command, Nigerian Correctional Service, Wednesday announced the lifting of embargo earlier placed in admitting new inmates into its correctional facilities across the state, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Controller of Corrections, Mr. Ovie Friday Esezobor, announced the lifting of the embargo at the office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice during a courtesy visit on him.  Mr. Esezobor who Read More

Air force kills ISWAP commanders, fighters in Lake Chad area, southern Borno

August 19, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

As the military continue its onslaught against terrorists in North east Nigeria, the Nigerian Air Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole,  under a subsidiary Operation HAIL STORM, have killed some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders during air strike at Bukar Mean along the fringes of Lake Chad area of Borno state. The strikes also destroyed several logistic Read More

‘11% Kaduna residents abuse drugs’

July 31, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Not less than 10.9 percent of Kaduna residents are involved in drug and substance abuse, the Director General, Kaduna State Bureau for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (KADBUSA), Dr Joseph Maigari, has said.The Director General told Correspondents on Thursday in Kaduna that a survey conducted recently in 2020 across the country indicated that in the 23 local government areas of Kaduna Read More