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Kogi loses N240bn to illegal mining annually – Expert

December 8, 2018 Editor 0

An expert on mineral exploration, Engr. Abel Ozigi, has disclosed that the Kogi state government “loses over N240 billion annually through illegal mining activities” in the state, urging the government to take “proactive measures to curtail the monumental loss.” The expert made the disclosure this in Lokoja on Thursday during a maiden stakeholders’ meeting organised by Kogi state Mineral Resources Read More

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Senate to FG: Collapse N-Power under NDE

December 8, 2018 Editor 0

The Senate has urged the federal government to collapse the Need for Power Empowerment Programme, popularly known as N- Power, being separately run since 2015 under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment. This, it said, would make the empowerment and capacity building programme “more effective, impactful and reachable to Nigerians Read More

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Sports Festival: Security beefed up as Athletes, Officials troop into Abuja

December 5, 2018 Editor 0

All is now set for the official opening ceremony of much talked-about 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) slated for Abuja between December 6 and 16, 2018 with last minute rushes and preparations for organisers, Athletes and team Officials. As at last check, no fewer than 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have confirmed participation at the competition which Read More

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Extradition: ‘Why Diezani may not return for trial soon’

December 4, 2018 Editor 0

There are indications that the federal government may not get the required cooperation from the governments of United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada and others, where alleged looters of the nation’s wealth are currently taking refuge, Blueprint can authoritatively reveal. This is coming on the heel of moves by the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, Read More

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FG to disburse N25bn agribusiness loans – Wamakko

December 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum,  Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko says the federal government will soon disburse  N25 billion to Nigerians, under the National Directorate of Employment, and Central Bank of Nigeria agribusiness loans scheme. This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani and issued to newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday. He spoke at the Read More

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Students query invitation of Osinbajo to OAU convocation 

December 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have expressed indignation over the invitation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the forthcoming 43rd combined convocation of the university holding next week. According to a statement by Gbenga Ololoniran, the Protem Chairman of Great Ife Students’ Union Action Committee, it is condemnable to invite Osinbajo to a university that is a victim of government’s negligence of the education Read More

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Subsidy: Oil Marketers warn ‘fuel scarcity looms if…’

December 2, 2018 Editor 0

The Federal Government has been served a seven-day ultimatum by Oil marketers  to settle outstanding debts totaling N800 billion. The marketers, comprising Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) and Independent Petroleum Products Importers (IPPIs), said failure to meet the deadline would force its members to disengage workers from depots. Confirming the seven-day Read More

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El-Zakzaky: Conference report recommends prosecution of IMN leaders, members for terrorism

December 2, 2018 Editor 0

To curb the growing tide of extremists activities in the country, participants at a one day seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and other critical stakeholders held in Abuja have recommended prosecution of IMN Leaders and members for terrorism. A communique issued at the end of the seminar and signed by Jonathan Read More

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2019: Granting Atiku US visa means endorsement – FG

November 29, 2018 Editorial III 0

The federal government has warned the United States of America, and other ‘friendly’ nations not to take side with any presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections. The government spoke against the backdrop of the speculations that the US was planning to grant former Vice President Atiku Abubakar visa to visit the country. Atiku, who is the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate Read More

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Persons living with disabilities seek political appointments in Ekiti 

November 29, 2018 Editor 0

Joint National Association of  Persons  Living with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Ekiti chapter, has pleaded to  the  State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to appoint a member as either  commissioner or special adviser in  government. The association said such would propel  Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to work hard and contribute to the society, rather than being liabilities. JONAPWD also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to Read More

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Boko Haram: Human rights condemns use of manipulated videos, pictures

November 28, 2018 Editor 0

The Coalition of CSOs on Human Rights and Good Governance has released a preliminary report on the recent attacks by Boko Haram on military posts in Borno State. The coalition, however, faulted the use of manipulated videos, still images to depict the attack on the troops by the insurgents. According to a report released by the human rights groups on Read More

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Ezekwesili decries increasing violence against women

November 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, yesterday, decried the increasing rate of violence against women in Nigeria, describing it as alarming and  worrisome, has said. Ezekwesili in a statement she issued to commemorate the #ViolenceAgainstWomenDay, also regretted that despite the hardship confronted by women in Nigeria, they were still subjected to violence. According Read More

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NAPTIP arrests aunty of teenager raped to death 

November 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested the aunty of the late Ochanya Ogbaje. In a statement NAPTIP alleged the accused, identified as  Ogbuja, had knowledge of the repeated rape of the minor but refused to report or speak out. According to NAPTIP, the arrest of  Ogbuja, a staff of the Catering Department of Benue State Read More

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Don’t play politics with fallen Heroes, group tells Atiku, PDP

November 24, 2018 Editor 0

A civil society group, the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism in Nigeria (CATE) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s presidential candidate Atiku  Abubakar to quit playing politics with fallen national heroes. Ahead of the 2019 elections, the opposition appears hell bent on dragging the ruling party to the mud – despite a recent pre-dusk raid on 157 Read More

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Be your brother’s keeper, Osinbajo beckons Nigerians

November 24, 2018 Editor 0

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof  Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has admonished Nigerians, particularly the ruling class to lead a selfless life and live for others, especially the less privileged ones Osinbajo gave this admonition in Iyin Ekiti during the burial ceremony of Pa Stephen Ogunjuyigbe Bamidele,  father of an All Progressives Congress(APC) Senatorial Candidate in Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, who died Read More

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Boko Haram: Buhari summons Security Chiefs as Army confirms 44 Soldiers dead

November 23, 2018 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned Service Chiefs to an emergency security meeting over the reported killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram sect along the Nigeria-Chad border on Sunday. It was gathered that the urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security developments across the battle fields in the North East region of the country. A reliable source, who Read More

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Projects: South-East Govs set for showdown with FG

November 23, 2018 Editor 0

Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi has commended the Federal government for capturing Southeast in their railway projects but insisted that South-East Governors are working for the project to be pushed to the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Umahi who said that one of the risen southeast governors visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday was to talk about the much adorned second Read More

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MCO revokes over 1000 mineral titles

November 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Over one thousand mineral titles has been revoked by the Mining Cadastre office in line with the provisions of section 155 of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007 and the Regulations made pursuant to it.   According to a statement by the office, prior to the revocation of mineral titles, “the cadastre office had issued a notification to all mineral title holders Read More

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Will PDP benefit from APC’s travails in Zamfara?

November 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

MUHAMMADU SABIU looks into the crisis rocking the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wondering perhaps whether the PDP could profit from the unfolding political battle. In 1999, a little unknown, Ahmed Sani of the then All Peoples Party (APP) stormed the political landscape of Zamfara State to challenge the likes of Ambassador MZ Anka, Ambassador Jabbi Maradun, Read More

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Why Obi as Atiku’s running mate won’t hurt APC’s vote in South-east – Madueke

November 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

Chief Cassidy Madueke is a founding member of the ruling All Prigressives Congress and currently the National Secretary of Buhari Media Organisation. In this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, he speaks on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari and why the South-east will prefer Buhari’s re-election.   As a member of Buhari Media Organisation, how sellable is President Muhammadu Buhari, the Read More

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Group tasks Buhari, Atiku, others on peace accord

October 29, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ahead of next year’s presidential election, an advocacy group, the Pro-Nigeria, has called on all presidential candidates participating in next year’s election to sign and commit to a peace accord to guarantee violence-free polls and national stability. The group also stated that its one million members will only vote for a candidate who best represents the ideals of the group Read More

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We ‘ve paid 33% arrears to pensioners -PTAD

October 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), says it commenced payment of the 33 per cent pension increase in October 2014 and ensured that all arrears for the year were paid. PTAD in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said the clarification became necessary following calls by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) and Federal Universities Pensioners Association (FUPA) over non Read More

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How NESG impacts on Nigerian economy – Chairman

October 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

After two days of discussions and interactions between private and public sector players on economic development issues, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) said its impact can be felt through its contributions to government policies in the last 24 years of its existence. Chairman of the NESG, Asue Ighodalo, told reporters at the end of the 24th Nigeria Economic Summit Read More

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34,000 petty traders benefit from FG Trader Moni in Gombe

October 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

The federal government through the Trader Moni Government Enterprises and Empowerment programme has commenced the payment of 10,000 loans to 34,000 petty traders in Gombe state. Speaking to news men in Gombe yesterday, malam Ishaya Usman, supervisor of the programme in Gombe, said the loan which is without collateral, beneficiaries were expected to pay within the period of six months. Read More