COVID-19: HEWAN tasks FG on public safety

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

As the world confronts the second wave and the new variant of COVID- 19 pandemic, the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) has called on the federal government to urgently put measures in place to ensure public safety. HEWAN made the call Wednesday in a statement jointly signed by its president and secretary, Chioma Obinna and Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu, respectively and Read More

FG, Innoson, NASENI partner on auto research, finished products

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) company, Nigeria’s only indigenous auto-manufacturer, has agreed to take-up all automobile research and development results at the National Agency for Science & Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and convert them to automobile products for the markets, including getting some of them ready for exports. Before now, NASENI had designed and produced prototypes of first made-in-Nigeria motorcycle since Read More

Forces behind Zulum’s outburst on Nigerian military

December 23, 2020 Reuben Dodo 0

In the first week of December, when 43 rice farmers were killed in the little town of Zabarmari, Borno State; the state governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum betrayed his rare side when he acknowledged that the attack is only a setback that should not be used to asses the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s efforts on security. Records Read More

Kankara schoolboys: Elders forum hails Buhari

December 22, 2020 Editor 0

The Patriotic Elders Council of Nigeria (PECN) has said the safe return of schoolboys abducted in Kankara, Katsina state has evoked memories of President Muhammadu Buhari they used to know.  In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Bishop Pinot Ogbaji, Monday, the PECN said President Buhari rolled back the years with his display of poise, celerity and focus.  Having risen Read More

FG approves 10 more national parks

December 21, 2020 Blueprint 0

The federal government has approved 10 additional National Parks bringing the total number in the Country to 17. The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubabak, who made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja named them as- Allawa Game Reserve, Allawa National Park 310 km2 Niger, Apoi Forest Reserve Apoi National Park, 64.77 km2 Bayelsa, Edumenum Forest Reserve Edumenum Read More

NPFL 2020/21: Winners to earn N75m as LMC confirms kick off date

December 19, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The winners of Nigeria Professional Football League 2020/2021 season will earn N75 million, runners-up will be paid N50 million, as third place winners go home with N35 million, League Management Company (LMC) has said. LMC while confirming December 27, 2020 as commencement date for the season, said this was arrived at after consultations with Federal Government, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Read More

‘Nigerian activists at loss over rescue of Kankara schoolboys’

December 19, 2020 Editor 0

There are indications that a some prominent Nigerian activists have missed out on as much as $10 million bumper deal meant to come their way from global rights monitoring group, Amnesty International, following prompt rescue of the 344 schoolboys, who were abducted by gunmen from their school in Kankara, Katsina state. The abduction of the schoolboys by gunmen initially thought Read More

Bodejo thumbs up Buhari on re-opened borders

December 18, 2020 Blueprint 0

National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, on Friday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for re-opening the nation’s borders. Bodejo, who made the commendation while speaking with newsmen at the association’s headquarters in Tudun-Wada, Karu local government area of Nasarawa state, said the re-opened borders would re-boost the nation’s economy and end the recession. He said: “As Read More

ANA holds 2020 Convention, calls on FG, ASUU to end strike

December 18, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

The Ahmed Maiwada-led faction of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has called on the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to ensure that they reach and truce and end the ongoing strike action soonest. The ANA faction made the call during its 39th International Convention which was held in Awka, Anambra state. “This is not Read More

What release of abducted Kankara students on Buhari’s birthday means – Anti-terrorism group

December 18, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has described the release of the abducted students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara Katsina State as heartwarming and cheering.    CATE noted that the freedom of the schoolboys showed President Muhammadu Buhari’s versatility in leadership, expertise in security matters and seriousness in achieving his promise of securing the lives and property Read More

#ASUUStrike: Who will stand for education?

December 17, 2020 Blueprint 0

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”- Benjamin Franklin. Lawmakers are elected to represent the interest of a particular society, and bring dividend of democracy to them. Recently, a lawmaker who happens to be the chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education, in his Read More

The road not taken

December 17, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

Concerned Nigerians is a civic group of eminent compatriots some of whom have been in the trenches for many years in the frustrating and dispiriting struggle to rejig our nation and make it a fair and just society for all its citizens. The group boasts of some 43 eminent Nigerians among whom are such well-known men as Bishop Hassan Kukah, Read More

Coalition accuses Shettima of plot to ‘overthrow Buhari’

December 17, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition of Buhari Supporters and Friends (CBSF) has called on “security operatives to investigate, arrest and prosecute Senator Kashim Shettima over plots to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari.”  According to the group, the Borno Central Senator has crossed into treasonable territory with his latest utterances on national security and must be immediately brought to book.  In a statement signed by its Read More

#Bring back our boys

December 15, 2020 Blueprint 0

The spate of insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the North-west, is no longer news, but the rate at which the so-called bandits carry out their dastardly act undeterred is amazing. Nigeria is sliding into anarchy with disturbing news emerging from the polity every day. While the controversy of 16 Kano indigenes has not subsided whether they were killed, in a Read More

Rights activist calls for credible council polls

December 15, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), based in Lokoja, Kogi state, Comrade Idris Miliki has called on the states, federal government and the National Assembly to guarantee fair, free and acceptable council election in future. Idris Miliki stated this Monday in Lokoja, while presenting the report on the just concluded council election held in the Read More

Pension fund: The threat from state governors

December 14, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s 36 state governors have finally woken from their devious slumber. It has now dawned on them that they are sitting on a mountain of decaying infrastructure where roads have become death traps and the rural communities that produce 70 per cent of Nigeria’s food items, are practically inaccessible. They now know that Nigeria has one of the highest infant Read More

Review hasty decision, remove Nigeria from religious blacklist, Northern christain leaders tell US

December 14, 2020 Editor 0

Some Christian leaders have expressed disappointment with the United States over the inclusion of Nigeria among countries violating religious freedom in the world. The group, under the auspices of Northern Christian Leaders of Nigeria (NCLN), urged the Donald Trump-led administration to review and reaccess its earlier position which it believes inferred support for terrorist sympathisers in the country.  Speaking at a Read More

SEC clarifies position on unclaimed dividends trust fund

December 12, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stated that it is not against the proposal by the federal government to set up unclaimed dividends and balances trust fund. This was disclosed by the Head, Securities and Investments Services (SIS) Department Mr. Abdulkadir Abbas while making clarifications on the Commission’s presentation at the one day Public Hearing on the Finance Bill, Read More

Baby factory, child trafficking: Whither NAPTIP?

December 12, 2020 Blueprint 0

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is a law enforcement agency of the federal government founded in 2003 to combat human trafficking and other similar human rights violations. However, with baby factories discovered in different parts of the country and the spike in child trafficking cases, PAUL OKAH wonders if the agency is delivering on Read More

Assist 200,000 Borno refugees to return, begs FG

December 11, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has pleaded with the federal government to help the no fewer than 200,000 Nigerian refugees of Borno state origin in Niger, Cameroon and Chad republics to return home. Zulum made the appeal in Abuja on Friday in his goodwill message at a stakeholders’ meeting on the Implementation of Global Compact on Refugees. He Read More

We’ve not suspended strike – ASUU

December 11, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied that it had suspended its on-going nine-month-old strike. Chairman of the University of Jos chapter Dr. Lazarus Maigoro disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Jos. According to him, the union has not signed any agreement with the federal government to call off Read More

FG crashes data price by 50%

December 10, 2020 David Agba 0

The federal government said Thursday that the price of data has been reduced by more than 50 per cent following a directive that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), should put in place measures to that effect. Accordingly, the price of data of 1GB has been reduced from 1000 naira to 487 naira beginning from last November. The Minister of Communications Read More

End extortion on port roads- Reps tells FG

December 10, 2020 Blueprint 0

Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to disband the Presidential Task Team on port access roads, saying it has outlived its usefulness, participating in extortion and contributing to the congestion of the ports. The lawmakers also urged government and other relevant security agencies to immediately put an end to extortion of truck drivers by Read More

Nigeria’s agric framework

December 10, 2020 Blueprint 0

The rate at which some governors are implementing the different agricultural programmes and activities without getting approval from the federal government calls for serious concern. Each and the different agricultural programmes and activities must be common across each geographical location, in order to have a standard and the implementation of the agricultural economy blueprint across the country. And the best Read More

Why delay the new minimum pension?

December 10, 2020 Blueprint 0

Recent media report to the effect that the delay in the implementation of the new national minimum pension worries pensioners should jolt the relevant authorities, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari, to act swiftly to remedy the undesirable and despicable situation. In a communiqué at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja last week, the Nigeria Union of Read More