2023 presidency: Group to mobilise 37m supporters for Yahaya Bello

April 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A political support group known as Project One Nigeria Movement for Governor Yahaya Bello, has declared that it will mobilise about 37 million supporters for the actualization of the Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello’s presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections. A statement by it’s National Coordinator, Olujuwon Obasanjo, Thursday in Abuja, said it has perfected plans to get Read More

AGIS: Restoring confidence among property owners

April 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Abuja Geographical Information systems (AGIS) deserves commendation under the current management for its efforts aimed at restoring property owners’ confidence in the department and ensuring corrupt free processes in land allocation in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). AGIS is the computerized land registry of the FCT, Abuja, established in 2003. The department provides a comprehensive, All-Inclusive, state-of-the-art, computerised, geospatial Read More

Tension in Tunga Maje as lawyer foils kidnap attempt

April 7, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

There was tension in Tunga Maje village, a suburb of Gwagwalada Area Council of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Tuesday, following an attack on a legal practitioner, Barrister David Aigbefoh, and his household by suspected kidnappers. Barrister Aigbefoh told Blueprint that about 1.30am Tuesday he heard a loud noise at the gate of his house and realised that the kidnappers Read More

Still on pedestrians’ madness

April 2, 2021 Editorial III 0

In less than 24 hours, two pedestrians were crushed to death along the NnamdiAzikiwe Expressway, Abuja, recently. According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, the first tragedy occurred at about 6 pm on Monday, June 15, 2020. An elderly man mistimed the speed of a tipper and zoomed across the expressway. The vehiclethen picked him up and hurled his body into the mid Read More

Any end in sight to fire disasters?

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Fire disasters have rendered many Nigerians homeless, jobless even as they have caused citizens to commit suicide in states across the federation particularly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). PAUL OKAH writes on the situation. Almost on a daily basis, fire outbreaks are reported in states across the federation. There include the burning down of markets, shops, homes, vehicles, among Read More

Towards addressing Nigeria’s water crisis

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Despite the abundant underground water in almost every part of the country, it is still difficult for the citizens to have clean water in line with the SDGs recommendations. In this report, ELEOJO IDACHABA examines the nation’s recent water crisis amidst several others in the past and what must be done. For over two weeks running, residents of the Federal Read More

Anxiety as Nigerians await fuel price increase

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the federal government that subsidy may finally go has got many Nigerian worried. In this report, BENJAMIN UMUTEME looks at the implications of such a decision on the citizenry. When the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, first flew the kite of a probable hike in the pump price of fuel, many Nigerians were Read More

COVID-19: FCTA vaccinates journalists to enhance public confidence

April 2, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday begun the vaccination of members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Chapter, with a view to enhancing public confidence on the vaccine. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, who inaugurated the exercise, at the NUJ Secretariat in Utako, said the administration considered it necessary to vaccinate journalists because they are Read More

FCT- IRS under fire in Senate over N1bn remittance to FIRS

April 2, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The management of the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT – IRS) came under fire in the Senate Thursday over alleged planned remittance of N1 billion to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as commission from projected N100 billion revenue collection. The N1billion remittance came to the fore when the agency led by its executive chairman, Mallam Abdullahi Attah, appeared Read More

‘N544m fraud’: Ex-SGF Babachir asks court to reject EFCC documents

April 2, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, Thursday, asked a high court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to reject a document from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Lawal said the computer generated documents sought by the agency were to be tendered as exhibits against him in the N544 million contract fraud trial. The Read More

The menace of street trading

April 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) issued a stern warning to traders who are in the habit of turning road shoulders and corridors to platforms to market their wares to desist from the illegal activities. The Ministerial Taskforce on Traffic Management (MTTM) led by Mr. Ikharo Attah, issued the warning on behalf the FCTA while on inspections at the Read More

COVID-19: 2 dead as Nigeria records fresh 101 infections

March 28, 2021 NAN 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recorded 101 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 162,489. The health agency disclosed this on its official Twitter handle Sunday morning. It said two COVID-19-related deaths were recorded within the period, bringing the number of lives lost to the disease to 2,041. The NCDC Read More

Niger partners private sector on 279 Suleja housing estate

March 25, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has laid the foundation for the construction of 279 units housing scheme in Suleja town as part of government’s efforts to provide affordable housing accommodation to citizens in the state. Performing the brief ceremony on Tuesday, the governor explained that the housing scheme is in partnership with Bamhill Properties, initiated to solve the Read More

Can Nigeria survive the storm

March 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

On October 1, 2021, Nigeria will be 61 years old as an independent nation; the journey has been very tough. Nigeria transformed from a centralized and regionally structured country to a 36-state and the Federal Capital Territory nation with advances in politics, economic, social coexistence and all other sectors. Nigeria’s current population is estimated at 210 million that is diverse, Read More

Covid-19: Developers should restrategise, embrace direct labour – Osilama

March 22, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Chairman, Federal Capital Territory(FCT),chapter of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Osilama Emmanuel Osilama, has called on the real estate developers to re-strategise and embrace direct labour for them to survive the effect of the Covid-19 on their business. Osilama, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nuel Osilama Global Investment Limited, spoke in an Read More

Why property debt suffers set back in FCT – Expert

March 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

An Estate Surveyor and Valuer (ESV), Anthony Akhidenor, said property development by individuals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has suffered set backs in the last 10 years due to failure of government to respond appropriately to the increasing population of the FCT residents. Speaking with Journalists in Abuja, recently, Akhidenor said, infrastructural development such as provision of motorable roads, Read More

Area councils not agencies, parastatals under FCTA – Candido

March 18, 2021 Baba Yusuf 0

Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has refuted the claims by some individuals that area councils of the FCT are agencies and parastatals under FCTA. The AMAC chairman gave the clarification in Keffi, Nasarawa state, North Central Nigeria during a retreat organised for journalists covering activities of the councils. He Read More

Rising cost of living alarms Abuja residents

March 17, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

Abuja residents have expressed worry over the astronomical rise in the cost of living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at a time they expect a drop in the price of goods and services. Although some people blamed the rising cost of living on the recent minimum wage and fuel pump increase, others think it is as a result of Read More

FCT: Effective information dissemination priceless – Minister

March 17, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has declared that effective information dissemination and every opportunity for feedback are priceless in the relationship between the government and the governed. The minister, who stated this at the official presentation of the FCT Citizens’ Engagement Platform, also identified transparency, accountability, and the provision of adequate and timely information to Read More

FCTA urges eligible Nigerian to take COVID-19 vaccine

March 15, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Health and Human Services Secretariat has advised every eligible Nigerian to take the COVID-19 vaccine to curtail further spread of the virus in the country.Acting secretary of the secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu, gave the advice Weekend in Abuja during an interview with journalists. He said the country would not be considered safe until 70 Read More

President Yahaya Bello?

March 14, 2021 Zayyad I. Muhammad 0

It seems Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state is serious about his rumored interest to contest in the 2023 presidential elections. On March 3, 2021, he convinced the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) and Northern Consensus Movement with their Chairmen from all the 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to reach Read More

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Nigeria among 14 African countries to develop online investment guide – Adebayo

March 12, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has confirmed that Nigeria has been ranked among one of 14 African countries to develop an online investment guide: “iGuide Nigeria”, to help investors make better-informed decisions about investing in the country. According to him, the iGuide Nigeria is an easy-to-use online platform which provides investors with up-to-date and pertinent information Read More

Wassa: Another Abuja IDPs camp suffering neglect

March 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Wassa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is another tale of displaced Nigerians suffering from different forms of neglect, including lack of potable water, toilet, and schools. PAUL OKAH visited the camp recently and files in this report. The common complaint of IDPs in different states across the country is that they have Read More

Digital Item Registry: Opening new vistas in crime-fighting

March 12, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in November last year, launched the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Digital Item Registry, a lost and found database, developed in partnership with Primly Premium Solutions Limited, to assist the police in recording stolen/missing items in all Divisions. In this report, Chizoba Ogbeche, examines the implication of the registry on fighting. It’s been argued that Read More