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Why FCT needs new meat haulage policy – Hon Ifeanyichukwu

June 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

Decades after Abuja became Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the city is yet to have a befitting meat haulage system as obtains in modern cities across the globe. The implication is unhygienic meat handling and transportation. In this interview with JOSEPHINE ELLA-EJEH, the Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Hon. Nzekwe Stanley Ifeanyichukwu, speaks on state of the city’s Read More

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Mohammed Bello’s infrastructure drive in FCT

May 29, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was created on December 12, 1991 and the core mandate of the administration is to build a first class capital. Since its relocation from Lagos to Abuja, successive administrations had started many projects and abandoned them along the line mainly due to paucity of funds. But Mallam Mohammed Bello who assumed duty as FCT Minister Read More

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A new deal for FCT

May 10, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has seen tremendous changes and infrastructural development in conformity with the change mantra of this administration. The dream of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in building a virile and modern capital with an inclusive infrastructural needs of all its citizens, irrespective of culture, religion, strata and zonal consideration, is being helped by the know how Read More

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APC congress: FCT stakeholders beg incumbent exco

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

  All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has asked members of the party to support continuity in office of all the ward executives ahead of today’s nationwide ward congress of the party. The party leaders also reaffirmed total support for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari. Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Chairman of the Read More

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FCT Primary Health Centres in Intensive Care Unit

April 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The combined effects of inadequate facilities, lack of the required and skilled personnel as well as funding the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has increased the infant and maternal mortalities of residents as JOSEPHINE ELLA-EJEH finds out in this report. Recently, the Director-General of World Health Organisation(WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus stated the obvious, when he Read More

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Night of tribute for ex-Daily Trust staff Umoh holds today

April 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  Friends of Mr Henry Uwem-Umoh, popularly called Great Soul, in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abuja Council, will today hold a special ‘Night of Songs and Tributes’ for the late journalist. The committee of friends and the union, in a press statement signed by the FCT Council Secretary, Hajiya Rafat Salami, said Mr Umoh, a seasoned Read More

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2018 farming season: FADAMA empowers FCT farmers with inputs

April 4, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The recent rains in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) seem to have kickstarted the 2018 farming season. Many farmers had been at a loss on how to get imputs; however, with the prompt intervention of the FCT FADAMA III Additional Financing Project, the farmers are now confident that this year’s farming season will be a bumper one. JOHN OBA writes Read More

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Plight of FCT’s border communities

April 3, 2018 Editorial IV 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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Secret Cults: Secondary schools as new theatre of war

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

The recent clash between rival secret cults which left a student of Government Secondary School, Karu dead, has resurrected the fear that secret cults are now shifting base from tertiary institutions to secondary schools as SAMSON BENJAMIN examines in this report. Before now, the delinquent behavior was confined to tertiary institutions and when it even started, secret cults were like Read More

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Bello hails women’s role in Abuja Project

March 13, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has paid glowing tributes to women for their role towards the realisation of the Nigeria’s dream for a new capital. The minister stated this last week during the International Women’s Day celebrations. Bello, while acknowledging the pivotal role that women had played in the realisation of the Abuja Project, Read More

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Workers yet to resume work in FCT

December 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Workers were entangled by the ongoing fuel crisis and the general hardship in town and virtually abstained from offi ce yesterday in the Federal Capital Territory, as visit to the Federal Secretariat showed low turnout. The federal government had declared December 25 and 26 as public holidays to mark the Christmas and Boxing Day celebrations. Our Read More

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NERC, stakeholders discuss electricity tariff, other matters today

September 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), will today begin zonal deliberations with critical stakeholders on review of the drafts of the Multi Year Tariff Methodology (MYTO), Business Continuity regulation for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and Eligible Customer declaration regulations. The first leg of the deliberations scheduled for the six geo-political divides begins with the engagements of the people Read More

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FCT Fadama trains 3,300 farmers

August 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja As part of eff orts to enhance the federal government’s zero reject programme, the FCT FADAMA III addition fi nancing project has commenced another capacity building training for over 3300 farmers in rice, cassava and sorghum in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the 2017 rain fed farming season in FCT. Th e training which Read More

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Kaduna/Abuja kidnapping: Generals, NASS members, govt officials now travel by rail

July 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna National Assembly members, top military offi cials, permanent secretaries, directors and other senior government offi cials, have abandoned road transportation on Abuja-Kaduna highway for the mass transit railway to avoid being kidnapping and armed robbery victims. Th e Abuja-Kaduna highway used to be one of the busiest highways in Nigeria, as it serves as gateway from Read More

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Day New Faces New Voices was formally launched in Nigeria

May 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

The formal launch of the Nigeria chapter of New Faces New Voices (NFNV) under the theme: “The Role of Women in Recession and Economic Development in Nigeria” had in attendance eminent Nigerian women from across government, the business community, banking and financial institutions and international organisations.  ADAM ALQALI reports. The New Faces New Voices (NFNV) is a pan-African advocacy network Read More

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Bala Mohammed, EFCC and the rule of law

May 12, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ifeanyi Mbakogu What could be the motive behind the ordeal of former minister of the federal Capital territory Senator Bala Mohammed? Th at is the zillion naira question concerned Nigerians are pondering at the moment. Th ose who ask the question should not be misunderstood. Apart from former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode and former minister of Niger Delta Aff Read More

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FCT Minister and abandoned projects

May 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

Recent efforts by the FCT Administration to complete all abandoned projects in the territory is another demonstration that governance is about setting priorities right. It shows that the current FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, fully understands the dangers that the hydra-headed monster of abandoned projects portends to the country’s economy. Since independence, the problem of abandoned projects has been Read More

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Apo 6: Killer cops know fate today

February 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

The five police officers found culpable in the alleged extra-judicial killings of six Apo traders in 2005, will today know their fate as Justice Ishaq Bello of the FCT High Court will deliver judgement. Danjuma Ibrahim, Othman Abdulsalami, now at large; Nicholas Zakaria, Ezekiel Acheneje, Baba Emmanuel, and Sadiq Salami, were alleged to have murdered the victims. The office of Read More

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FG posts 47 new ambassadors

December 22, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Martin Paul Abuja The federal government has released the postings of the 47 ambassadors recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Ambassadors are currently undergoing a four-day induction expected to end today. Those posted are Abia: Obinna Agbugba (Togo), Adamawa: Salisu Umaru (Senegal), Paragalda Audu (Turkey), Akwa Ibom: Inyan Udo-Inyang (Gabon), Anambra: Okeke Nwunaku (Spain), Nonye Udo (Austria). Bauchi: Read More

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Bello demands FCT-Niger Commission

December 16, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has demanded for the  establishment of FCT-Niger Development Commission to address infrastructure and social challenges occasioned by the movement of the nation’s seat of power to Abuja, 40 years ago. He made the demand yesterday when he received the report on the settlement and compensation matters of land ceded Read More

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FG rolls out free surgeries in FCT

December 1, 2016 Blueprint 0

Ajuma Edwina Ogiri Abuja Federal Government has rolled out free surgical operations for residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),  through the Federal Ministry of Health. The free health package came through the recently-launched ‎Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) by the Federal Government. Government uses RRI to assist Nigerians who need medical care such as surgery, but cannot afford the costs. Read More

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F/Eagles battle FC Abuja today

April 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Flying Eagles will continue their preparations for the AYC qualifier this morning when they take on Nigeria National League (NNL) side FC Abuja. According to Flying Eagles’ coordinator Sulaiman Abubakar, the match will kick off at 7 am at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja. The Nigeria U-20s have maintained a clean sheet in all the local test matches Read More