Still on business owners’ concerns over soaring prices of materials

October 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Over the years, businessmen have been lamenting the effects of poor infrastructure, multiple taxations, power on the cost of conducting business in Nigeria, but with the depreciation of the Naira against the Dollar, an already bad situation has been worsened; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. Over a week now, manufacturers of sachet water popularly referred to as ‘pure water’ in Jikwoyi, have Read More

Abuja rains a curse or blessing?

October 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Every year Nigeria, like its African counterparts, experiences the rainy season and for farmers, it is a blessing. However, in Abuja, the nation’s capital, it is with mixed-feelings. TOPE SUNDAY, ABUBAKAR IDRIS and IGIRAH ALVIN AONDONA take a look at the scenario. For some weeks now, major cities in Nigeria are experiencing rainfall which could be called an annual ‘ritual’ Read More

Foundation, UPF, RCCG distribute cash, food palliatives to Mpape residents

September 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

It was a cheerful moment for residents of Mpape, a surbub in the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) when Peter Orobor Foundation (POF), Universal Peace Federation (UPF)-Nigeria and the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Mpape branch gave out cash and food palliatives to residents. The Secretary General of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF)-Nigeria, Dr George Ikpot during the youth Read More

Breaking: Ex-FCT Minister kidnapped

September 29, 2021 Editor 0

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers has reportedly abducted former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Ewuga, who also served as a Senator was kidnapped in the late hours of Tuesday in Plateau State. The former Senator, who represented Nasarawa North Senatorial district from 2011-2015, was returning home when the gunmen waylaid and abducted him. His abduction happened same day the Read More

FG alerts on security ahead 61st independence anniversary

September 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government has alerted the general public to the heightened security activities preparatory to the events marking the country’s 61st Independence anniversary. The alert was contained in a statement issued in Abuja Friday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The minister, however, urged residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs not to Read More

The significance of Kagini road, park projects in Abuja

September 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

The flag off of the access road and park construction projects is quite significant to the socio-economic life of Abuja residents and indeed the Nigerians at large. The federal government of Nigeria led by our amiable President Muhammadu Buhari has once again demonstrated its determination to improve on the infrastructural development needs of ordinary Nigerians by the construction of this Read More

Breaking: Tonto Dikeh’s estranged lover, Kpokpogri, drags DSS, actress to court, demands N10bn

September 22, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Estranged lover of Tonto Dikeh, a nollywood actress, Prince Joseph Kpokpogri, has dragged the actress and the Department of State Services (DSS) before a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the enforcement of his fundamental rights. In the case dated 20th September, 2021 and filed today with Suit Number FHC/ABJ/CS/1092/2021, the Plaintiff prayed the court for a restraining order stopping Read More

Abuja monarch condoles with Tebboune over Bouteflika’s death

September 22, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The Etsu Kwali and chairman traditional council of chiefs, Kwali area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Alhaji Shaban Audu Nizazo lll, has condoled with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Algeria over the death of former Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The Etsu in a statement made available to Blueprint Wednesday by his spokesman, Godwin Nyitse, said he received with Read More

27th National Council on Works begins in Bauchi

September 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The 27th National Council on Works kicked off in Bauchi, Bauchi State capital on Monday with the theme: ‘Infrastructure delivery; the maintenance economy and national prosperity’. In his opening remarks at the technical session, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Jide Ode-Martins, described the theme for this year’s council meeting as timely, considering Read More

Foundation trains FCT teachers on ICT

September 16, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Ibrosoft International Development Foundation (IIDF) has held a three-day training workshop for teachers from primary and secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the use of ICT for effective impartation of knowledge. Addressing participants at the workshop Thursday in Abuja, the director general of Ibrosoft International Development Foundation, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, said gone are the days when Read More

HAJJ: FCT MPWB refunds N432m to 334 intending pilgrims

September 13, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has refunded N432 million to 334 intending pilgrims, who have indicated interest to collect their 2021 Hajj fare deposit due to cancellation of pilgrimage for international pilgrims. Director of the Board, Malam Muhammad Nasiru Dan Mallam, made the disclosure while speaking to newsmen in his office on the refund to intending pilgrims Read More

FCT minister lauds judiciary on democracy

September 13, 2021 Abudullahi Muhammad 0

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has said the Nigerian judiciary, since the return to democratic rule, has lived up to its responsibilities and adjudicated many landmark cases that have further enriched our jurisprudence, entrenched the rule of law and deepened the democratic ideals of our country. He gave this commendation in his goodwill Read More

APC moves to reclaim chairmanship seats in FCT

September 10, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

All Progressives Congress (APC) has initiated fence-mending strategies to enable it to reclaim chairmanship positions of area councils lost to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The immediate past chairman of Kuje area council, Alhaji Abdullahi Danladi Galadima, confirmed that there had been moves for the reconciliation within the APC, adding that the party Read More

Rains: Abuja residents at mercy of taxi drivers, Okada riders

September 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

Like many other Nigerian cities, Abuja, the seat of power, is currently experiencing rainfall. TOPE SUNDAY in this report writes about the experiences of some FCT residents. In the last few weeks, Abuja has been experiencing persistent rainfall and residents, who are not mobile, are not finding it easy to catch up with their appointments or to go to work Read More

We’re committed to developing FCT rural communities – Minister

September 10, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

FCT Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has restated the commitment of her presebt administration to develop rural communities in line with the presidential deliverables. The minister stated this at the official inauguration of landmark projects executed by the Abuja Municipal Area Council. She also said in line with the current administration’s philosophy of continuity, Read More

Mpape: FCTA continues war against illegal structures, remove markets

September 8, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has Wednesday, continued with its ongoing war against criminalities at Mpape community, where several illegal markets, warehouses and scrap dumps were removed. Chairman , FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah, while fielding questions from journalists in Mpape, in Abuja, said the demolition in Mpape will enter the 2nd quarter of next year or untill when Read More

FCTA moves against criminals, nabs 14 in city centre

September 7, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

As a swift response to public outcry over incessant criminal activities and attacks on residents, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Tuesday stormed some of the dreaded flash points within the City Centre, arresting 14 suspects, recovered dangerous weapons and destroying their shanties.  The worst hit by the manhunt operations were the areas around Bolingo hotels, Church Gate Towers, Read More

The menace of street trading

September 5, 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

Why North dictates Nigerian politics

September 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

It’s no news that Nigeria as a country has different competitors including within its shores.As it is said by the masses, the Northern Nigeria has taken over the nation. They say that all the sensitive political positions, economy, security positions, etc, are controlled by Northern Nigeria. It is widely believed that it is a strategy by the current government to Read More

FCT Police files intimidation, defamation charges against ex-Ogun Milad

September 2, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command on Wednesday filed a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and defamation of character against the former Military Administrator of Ogun state, Commodore Kayode Olofinmoyin (retd.) In the case which was filed before a Gbagwalada Upper Area Court, Olofinmoyin was charged alongside one Naval Seaman K.I. Shaibu for allegedly directing Shaibu to shoot one Read More

Igbo group rejects exclusion in FCT politics, demands equity

September 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

A group, Ikenga Ndi Igbo Progressive Union Worldwide has rejected the exclusion of other Nigerians, especially people of Igbo extraction from holding elective positions in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In a release jointly signed on Wednesday by its President, Hon. (Chief) Alfred Ozoemena, and the Secretary General, High Chief Victor Uche Okei, the association said it has painfully observed Read More

Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu and colours of service

September 1, 2021 Abdul Jelil Adebayo 0

In 2019, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu shook hands again with destiny with her appointment as Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where she has slowly but steadily blazed the trail with remarkable achievements. As a minister of state, Dr Ramatu Tijjani has shown rare promise, indicating penetrating vision and a clear grasp of issues which are enabling her to Read More

FCT mass demolition and eviction without scruples

September 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Grippingly, Abuja was originally designed to be better organised than the commercial capital, Lagos, which is regarded as one of the world’s most chaotic cities and described by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a “jungle”. Although majority of us from Lagos disagree with him. Unfortunately, the plans for orderly development were deserted by preceding administrations, leading to the expansion of Read More

FCT: Partners commit $520m to develop SAPZs in Nigeria

September 1, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Four development partners have committed a total sum of $520 million for the development of the first phase of Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs) in some selected states across Nigeria. Specifically, the Senior Special Advisor to the President of the Africa Development Bank on industrialisation, Prof. Banji Oyeyinka, revealed that the AfDB has committed the sum of $160 million; Africa Read More