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Nigeria Air suspension: What happened?

October 19, 2018 Editorial III 0

In the middle 80s, the then military president, Ibrahim Babangida, faced with the challenge of communicating and convincing the Nigerian public of the benefits of his economic policies which were tied to the IMF dictates, appointed an acquitted journalist, Prince Tony Momoh, his Information Minister. Momoh had the uphill task of defending naira devaluation with its devastating impacts; increase in Read More

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Don urges FG to regulate social media use

October 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

A fellow of Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning (NAEAP), Prof. Maicibi Alhasan Nok of Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK), has called on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, regulate the use of social media in Nigeria in order to halt the spread of false information. Maicibi made this appeal at the 37th Annual National Conference Read More

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Minister pledges support to ECOWAS labour programmes

October 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

The federal government has pledged to support the Economic Community of West African States Commission in the implementation of its labour and employment programmes and policies in the region. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, stated this in Abuja when he received the ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender Matters, Dr Siga Fatima Jagni, on a courtesy Read More

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Delta ALGON gives FG seven days ultimatum to release Paris fund

October 10, 2018 Editorial III 0

Delta State chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigerian (ALGON) has charged the Federal Government to release the State share of the Paris club refunds it withheld some weeks ago without further delay. The state Chairman of ALGON, Mr. Itiako Ikpokpo in a statement said the local government council chairmen in the state were running out of patience. Read More

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NAMA calls for local refining of aviation fuel

October 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

The production of aviation fuel, known as Jet A1 locally would help to regularise supply and eliminate scarcity according to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Capt. Fola Akinkuotu. Akinkuotu also charged the oil and gas sector in Nigeria to consider critically the production of the commodity in the country in line with the Nigerian Content Read More

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Breaking: PDP alleges plot by FG, APC to disrupt convention

October 4, 2018 Editorial III 0

  With less than 48 hours to its national elective convention, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it has uncovered plot by the federal government in sync with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to disrupt the exercise. This disclosure was made a few minutes ago by the party’s spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan. Details shortly…

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SON commences Techno Gas LPG cylinders certification

October 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has commenced the certification phase of Techno Gas LPG cylinders, a crucial process in the anticipated roll out of cylinders from Nigeria’s flagship indigenous LPG manufacturing plant. The certification process is part of the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme of SON, the high point of processes required for Techno Oil Ltd., to roll out 3kg, Read More

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Equity market rebounds, gains N82bn

October 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

Investment in the nation equity market last week took positive trend, gaining N82 billion in five days. Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities increased by 0.70 per cent to N11.962 trillion from N11.880 trillion reported in the preceding week. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All Share Index also appreciated by 226.20 basis points to 32766.37 points from 32540.17 traded two Read More

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NAIC pledges prompt settlement of farmers’claims

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

In view of the recent flood ravaging farmlands in various parts of the country, the Board and management of Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) has pledged prompt payment of compensation to the victims. The corporation, over the weekend, made the promise in a statement on the ongoing flood damages to agricultural farms across. “The board and management of NAIC wish Read More

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Manufacturers seeks end to Nigeria’s energy crises

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has urged the federal government to urgently address the lingering energy crises in the country so as to help reposition the manufacturing sector and put the economy on path of growth. The Director-General of MAN,Mr Ajayi-Kadri, who made this call at the 46th Annual General Meeting of the association tagged: “Mainstreaming. Policies to Catalyse Read More

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Revenue automation: NCAA gives foreign airlines December deadline

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given Dec. 31 deadline to all the foreign airlines that have yet to automate their remittance of its five percent Ticket Sales Charge/Cargo Sales Charge (TSC/CSC). The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, who confirmed the development yesterday in Lagos warned that defaulting airlines would face severe sanctions. Adurogboye said a Read More

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FG doles out N800m for ABU eco project

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG) Boss Mustapha has on announced that the federal government had prepared N800 million for the execution of ecological projects in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Mustapha said this at the 13th Annual General Assembly public lecture held at the ABU main campus, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna state. “Mr Vice Chancellor, I have Read More

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NSE: Market capitalisation declines by N2bn

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday returned to negative trend, shedding N2 billion . Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities depreciated by N0.16 basis points to N11.819 trillion from N11.821 trillion reported the previous day. The NSE All Share Index declined by 5.88 basis points to 32375.12 points from 32381.00 recorded the previous day. Investors traded Read More

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Keystone Bank sued for alleged non-remittance of $17m to TSA

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

An Abuja-based lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, has sued Keystone Bank for alleged violation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy. The bank was accused of not remitting $17 million to the TSA. The bank is among the seven banks the federal government alleged to have connived with CBNsome government agencies to illegally conceal $793.2 million meant to have been transferred to Read More

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Earth tremor: Support FG to investigate, foundation asks stakeholders

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Coalition of non-Governmental Organisations(NGOs), Urban Rural Environmental Defenders (U-RED) and Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) have called on stakeholders to support the federal government’s ministerial committee to investigate the earth tremor in Abuja. It would be recalled that earth tremor recently occurred in some parts of Abuja. Consequently, the FCT minister, Mohammed Bello banned rock blasting and other related Read More

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FG concessions 20 silos for N6bn

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved the concessioning of 20 out of its 33 silos to private sector operators at the cost of N6 billion. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja, saying the silos, built at different parts of Read More

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The WHO’s alarm over TB increase

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

JOHN NWOKOCHA, in this analysis evaluates the recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the alarm over rising cases of Tuberculosis, TB epidemic in the country, as well as challenges to end the killer disease Grim report Tuesday September 18, the World Health Organisation, (WHO), gave a grim picture of the state of Tuberculosis, commonly called TB in Read More

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Minimum wage: Labour to begin indefinite strike Wednesday

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will on Wednesday, September 26, commence industrial action for should the federal government fail to reconvene the minimum wage tripartite committee. It would be recalled that the organised labour on September12, 2018 issued the federal government a 14-day ultimatum, following the decision of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige to adjourn indefinitely, Read More

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Gombe stakeholders seek passage of child rights act

September 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Stakeholders in Gombe state have urged government to speed up passage of the Child Right Act into law with the view to enhancing the right of children in the state. The call was made during a one day consultative meeting organized by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with Gombe state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare Read More

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2019: I’ll correct Taraba chieftaincy imbalance, uphold justice – Aspirant

September 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

A Taraba state governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progress, Barr Kabiru Umar Dodo has promised to correct the injustices that characterised the creation and upgrading of chiefdoms in the state. According to him, the essence of the creation of chiefdoms was defeated as “there is clear injustice in the exercise aimed at creating confusion and rancour among communities Read More

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Mpape earth tremor

September 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

A tremor, according to the experts, is like a tiger’s gamboling that grows stealthily over the course of time to become man’s eaters. Taming the gamboling at this embryonic stage is an urgent call for the Federal Government. We appreciate the fact that what we have witnessed in certain parts of Abuja recently was a minor tremor. Some responses from Read More

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Boko Haram threatening to harm Leah Sharibu – Presidency

September 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday condemned as heinous and despicable, the killing of Saifura Khorsa an aid worker, kidnapped about six months ago at the Rann camp for internally displaced persons by Boko Haram terrorists. The terrorists have equally threatened to harm others, including the lone Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu still in their custody, President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said Read More

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Osun gov’ship candidates vow to scrap school uniforms

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

Four governorship candidates in Osun state have resolved to scrap the school uniform in the state, if elected governor in the Saturday poll. The four candidates that appeared at a debate organised by Channels Television are “Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Moshood Adeoti of the Action Democratic Party, ADP, Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Read More

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Buhari orders installation of rail facilities at ports

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that ports in the country must have the complement of rail infrastructure to boost socioeconomic activities. The President gave the directive yesterday while speaking at the International Association of Ports and Harbour’s Africa Regional Conference in Abuja. “We understand that this interconnectivity will improve the country’s economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Read More

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Bello briefs Buhari on Kogi flood, calls for more relief materials

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

Governor Yahaha Bello of Kogi state yesterday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the flood disaster that hit 10 local government areas of the state. Addressing State House correspondents after the close-door meeting with the President, Bello commended the federal government for the intervention. He said the level of disaster was much that required more relief materials from the federal government, Read More