Banditry: Edo senator escapes death

April 28, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP Edo Central), was on Monday, attacked twice by suspected bandits along Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads. Ordia who heads the Senate committee on Local and Foreign Debts, lamented to  newsmen on Wednesday on  how  escaped death by whiskers, when the daredevil suspected bandits opened fire on his convoy, while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo Read More

Strategic moves to end food insecurity in Nigeria

April 28, 2021 Musa Ilallah 0

Since becoming president on May 29, 2015, Muhammad Buhari has not left anyone in doubt as to what his government will be doing in the first tenure. Consequently, he rolled out his 3-pronged agenda of revamping the economy, fighting corruption and improving the security of the country. My main focus in this piece is to give an overview of the Read More

Time to revive Nigeria’s manufacturing sector

April 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector released recently by the Statistics Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which stood at 49.4 index points, indicating a reversal of five consecutive months of contraction from May, indeed, portends a good omen for the nation’s economy. The result of the PMI survey showed that the manufacturing PMI for Read More

Inherited debt causing Adamawa access to COVID-19 loans – Commissioner

April 27, 2021 Muazu Abari 0

Adamawa state government has said the huge debt left behind by the previous administrations has made it impossible for the state to access the N2billion COVID-19 loans granted to states. The loan would have assisted the state in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The state Commissioner for Finance, Dr Ishaya Dabari in an interview with journalists in his office Read More

Gov Sani Bello raises red alert: Boko Haram 2 hours from Abuja, hoists flag in Niger

Occupies 50 Shiroro, Munya villages, towns Gunmen abduct 5 Makurdi agric varsity students Kill 2 more Kaduna students, 9 in Anambra attack 2 women, children kidnapped in Zaria, 9 in Oyo Troops repel attack on Mainok, kill scores, lose officer, 6 others  Boko Haram terrorists have established territory in parts of Niger state and hoisted their flag in Kaure village Read More

FG laments huge gap in tourism sector

April 26, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The federal government has expressed concern over the huge gap in the tourism sector. Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, stated this when a delegation of Women in Business and Tourism Society Nigeria (WIBAT Nigeria) led by its National President paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja on Monday said that Tourism has an Read More

Imo: Ibezim receives Certificate of Return, assures Okigwe of impactful representation

April 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

After a long legal tussle, the Senator-elect representing Imo North senatorial, Chukwuma Frank Ibezim has received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), assuring the people of Okigwe of impactful representation that will bridge the void in development of the area. Speaking to journalists at a pre-inauguration dinner held in his honour weekend in Abuja, Ibezim Read More

Covid-19 supplies: FCTA denies bribe allegation, accuses contractors of blackmail

April 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has denied allegation that its officials demanded a bribe of N1m to facilitate payment to some contractors who supplied various items in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory. Sources told our correspondent Sunday in Abuja, that the allegation was a ploy by some contractors to blackmail the FCTA officials following the Read More

FNPH seeks FG’s intervention to manage autism patients

April 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Barnawa, Kaduna, has identified parental care and awareness as the best optimal management strategies for autism, while calling for assistance from the federal government in managing the disease. The hospital’s head of clinical services, Dr. David Ewoada, disclosed this Friday during the inauguration of the Autism Solution Centre in Kaduna. He said: “Funding of mental health Read More

FG needs N1.89trn to tackle malaria – Minister

April 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said “Nigeria needs over a trillion naira to effectively combat malaria.” Ehanire added that the country required more than N350 billion to fight the disease in 2021 alone. He disclosed this on Friday at a press conference to commemorate the 2021 World Malarial in Abuja, with the theme “Zero Malaria.” “The implementation Read More

Publishers appeal to govt on copyright law

April 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), Oyo state Chapter, has urged the federal government to accelerate efforts to make an amendment of the copyright law come into operation in the country. The executive secretary, NPA Oyo state, Mr. Emmanuel Abimbola, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to commemorate the World Book and Copyright Day. Read More

Pantami: DSS disowns ex-director, Amachree

April 23, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Department of State Service (DSS), has dissociated itself from the statement accredited to a former DSS Director, Dennis Amachree, on plans by the United States to place the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on no-fly list. DSS, Director of Public Relations, Dr Peter Afunanya, told journalists in Abuja, that Amachree’s statement does not reflect the Read More

FG tightens security over Chad’s political instability

April 23, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government Thursday promised to strengthen its border security following the death of President Idriss Deby and the seeming political instability in the country. Minister of Defence Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd) stated this while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja at the special weekly briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team. The minister said the absence of Chad’s Read More

NIMASA, Shippers’ Council move to curb delay, corruption at ports

April 23, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) have agreed to implement joint measures to minimise delay and corrupt practices at the country’s ports. This emerged in Lagos during a working visit to the NIMASA headquarters by the Executive Secretary of NSC, Barr. Hassan Bello. Both agencies of the Federal Government noted that full Read More

Senate seeks upgrade of Yaba Tech, Ilaro Poly to Universities

April 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its Commitee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund, intensified the move to upgrade the Yaba College of Technology and Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, to Universities of Technology. It also made similar move for upgrade of the Nigeria French Language Village in Ajara Badagry , Lagos State to an Inter – University Centre for French Language Studies . Planned legislations Read More

Participants want FG to take urgent steps on safety of Journalists

April 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Participants rising from a Litigation workshop for Lawyers on the Safety of Journalists organized by Media Right Agenda (MRA) have called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to domesticate relevant regional and international instruments and standards on the safety of journalists in order to give impetus to compliance and enforcement processes at the national level as a way Read More

Pension schemes in Nigeria: Albatross of retirees

April 21, 2021 Prof MK Othman 0

As elucidated in the first part of this piece, the defined pension scheme in Nigeria failed to serve the basic objective of making retirees enjoy the fruit of their labour. The failure was attributed to poor pension fund administration, outright corruption; embezzlement of the pension fund; inadequate build-up of funds, and poor supervision. Has the new scheme, the contributory pension Read More

Wike calls for action on Ajaokuta, says it will give financial autonomy to Nigeria

April 20, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Rivers state Governor Nyesome Wike have advocated for concerted action on the part of the federal government to revive the Ajaokuta Steel Company saying it would not only create employment for Nigerian youths but also make the nation financially strong. The governor stated this when he received Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah on Monday Read More

Nsukka journalists task NASS on creation of Adada state

April 19, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

Practicing journalists from Nsukka socio-cultural zone of Enugu state under the aegis of Nsukka Journalists Foundation (NJF), has called on the National Assembly to create the proposed Adada state out of the existing Enugu state. The foundation made the call in a communiqué issued at a summit held at Jerry Marriott Hotel and Suits, Nsukka weekend where issues of interest Read More

Don’t deploy military to South-east, Ohaneze warns FG

April 18, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Ohaneze Nigbo Worldwide Sunday warned the federal government against deploying Military to South-east region, saying it may lead to the braking up of the country. This was contained in a statement signed and made available to Blueprint by the Secretary General of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro. Isiguzoro noted that the southeast had  remained the safest place for foreign and local investments Read More

APC governors disown Obaseki over currency printing claim

April 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021, saying that the claims did not reflect the true position of things. The Forum, in Read More

N60bn controversy: It’s our job to print money – CBN

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has said printing money “is a cardinal job of the lenders.” Emefiele, on the official twitter handle of the CBN @cenbank on Friday, said printing money “is about lending money.” He was probably responding to the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, who alleged that the federal government printed N60 Read More

Train 7 gas project: We’ll sanction erring expatriates – FG

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government on Friday warned that it would sanction expatriates that failed to open operational bases in Bonny Island, Rivers state, for the Train 7 Gas Project. The executive secretary, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Wabote, gave the warning at the formal opening of The Promise Fast Food and Restaurant in Bonny, Rivers state. The Read More