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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

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Commence payment of N2bn compensation to Zungeru dam communities, FG told

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

The senator representing Niger East, David Umaru has urged the state government to commence the disbursement of the N2billion compensation to the 10 host communities of Zungeru dam project. The amount was released by the federal government to resettle those affected by the dam project months ago without any sign of compensation and resettlement. The senator made this call at Read More

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We‘re repackaging Electoral Bill for Buhari’s assent – NASS

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

After failing in three different attempts made in the year to get the Electoral Bill signed into law (as 2018 Electoral Act) for the conduct of the 2019 general elections, the National Assembly has set machinery in motion for repackaging of a new one. Announcing the move at a joint sitting of the National Assembly Committees on the Independent National Read More

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Kadpoly to protect students from lecturers’ excesses

September 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Kaduna has put measures in place to protect the institution’s undergraduates from lecturers’ excesses. The rector of the polytechnic, Prof. Idris Bugaje during a recent rector to students’ interaction held in the campus announced that the school management was ready to punish lecturers found guilty of any form of misconduct. Bugaje also assured the Read More

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4000 applicants scramble for 200 NDDC scholarship slots

September 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

Over 4000 candidates have reportedly applied for the Niger Delta Development Commission’s post-graduate scholarship scheme, out of which only 200 would be selected. The commission’s director, Education, Health and Social Services, Mr Goshua Okejoto said 2,835 candidates out of the over 4,000 have been taken through electronic examination to enable NDDC shortlist the right candidates for the scholarship scheme. Okejoto, Read More

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Why Nigerian ports remain uncompetitive – Russo

September 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Managing Director of PTML Terminal, Tin Can Island Port, Lagos, Ascanio Russo, has identified infrastructural deficit and unfavourable trade policies as some of the challenges facing Nigerian ports and placing the ports at a disadvantage compared to the ports of neighbouring countries. Russo, who spoke in Lagos recently, said that the level of infrastructure around the ports are poor Read More

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Are loans from China necessary for Nigeria’s economic development?-voxpop

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

On Wednesday last week, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a concessional loan agreement of $382m with Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase II (NICTIB II) project. President Buhari also requested for China’s financial and technological support to build the 3050 Megawatts Mambilla hydroelectric power project in Taraba state, among other things. PAUL OKAH speaks to Read More

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Terror scare: How train/cattle collision caused panic on board

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

The death of about 52 cows last Sunday, in Kagarko LGA of Kaduna state, was initially shrouded in controversy, until the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna state said it was an Abuja- bound Kaduna train that crushed the cattle on a bridge at Kasarami along Jere, in Kaduna. ABDULRAHEEM AODU reports how the passengers went into panic fearing that terrorists had Read More

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Gombe: APC’s many gubernatorial aspirants and Goje’s dilemma

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Though likely Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants have remained calm and calculative, there is obvious tension in the camp of the main and other opposition parties as aspirants struggle to edge out one another ahead of the governorship primaries and election proper in Gombe state. Ishaya Umar x-rays the situation and contending elements. Between APC and Goje’s nPDP There Read More

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Indigenous operators berate low govt patronage

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Lack of patronage for local products and services, especially in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), has drawn the ire of stakeholders in the sector. The stakeholders are also miffed at the Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT (ONC), and urged it to do more to protect and support indigenous companies’ survival. Read More

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Egina FPSO: LADOL terminates pact with Samsung heavy industries

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Barely two weeks after deploying the Egina Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) unit for operations, LADOL, one of the builders of the vessel, has terminated its agreements with the foreign partner, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), over allegations of untoward activities, including contractual and ethical breaches. Specifically, LADOL, a logistics company and operator of the Free Zone within the Apapa Port, Read More

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Mpape earth tremor: Abuja is safe – NGSA

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Following the alert of an earth tremor within some parts in Abuja the Director-General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) Alex Nwegbu has said that the inhabitants in the Federal Capital Territory needs not worry. The DG assures the residents especially inhabitants of Mpape and it’s neighboring settlements that there is no possible threat of earthquake. Therefore, there is no cause Read More

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FG appeals to bank on funding sector

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Abubakar Bwari, has challenged the banking sector to play a greater role in the nation’s mining industry. He also disclosed that the world average percentage production of Zinc globally is 6%, while 42% of the mineral resource has been found in Bauchi state. This, according to him, shows the huge Read More

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FG rakes in N1.4trn from FRA in 10 years

August 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Acting Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) Mr. Victor Muruako yesterday disclosed that over N1.4 trillion accrued into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the Federal Government between 2007 and 2017. Mr. Muruako, who made rthis known a workshop on the implementation of the operating surplus template for scheduled corporations in Abuja said the act placed the responsibility of monitoring Read More

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MWUN insists offshore company must pay FG in foreign currency

August 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has tasked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman to mandate offshore company to pay all forms of dues in foreign denominations to the federal government as required by the law. President of the NPA branch of MWUN Comrade Ifeanyi Mazeli, in a chat with journalists in Lagos, on Read More

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Governance has lost value under Buhari – Lamido

August 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

Jalingo Presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ahaji Sule Lamido has declared that governance has lost value and purpose in Nigeria under the present federal government of President Muhamadu Buhari. He stated this in Jalingo the Taraba state capital, while addressing party supporters while on the campaign tour of the the country in his bid to Read More

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YouWin: Participants protest non-release of funds

July 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Participants of the YouWin programme yesterday staged a protest at the Ministry of Finance over the delay of the Minister to release funds for their projects. The protesters who gathered at the gate of the Ministry with different banners and placards called on the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun to urgently release the funds to them. Some of the placards Read More

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AfCFTA signing will integrate SMEs in Africa-NACCIMA

July 27, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has said the signing the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) would serve as a platform to integrate small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) into the regional economy. The pact would also accelerate women’s trade and economic empowerment. Addressing a press conference in Lagos yesterday, the President Read More

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FG not doing enough on herders, farmers’ clashes – ASUU

July 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has blamed the herders, farmers’ clashes across the country on what it called “inactions by the federal government.” The union, which said it had watched the development with “heavy hearts” like millions of others, urged government to act swiftly with a view to ending the crises. National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, Read More

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Plateau violence: Troops parade 17 suspected killers

June 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Seventeen persons suspected to be involved in the recent carnage that occurred in some parts of Plateau state, were yesterday paraded by Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) of the Nigerian Army. Violence broke out in some parts of the state on Saturday, leading to the death of about 100 persons, believed to have been killed by suspected herdsmen. The arrests came Read More

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Atiku, Turaki slam FG over Plateau killings

June 27, 2018 Blueprint 0

Two frontline presidential aspirants on the Peoples Democratic Party platform, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and a former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki,SAN, have berated the federal government over the mass killing of some Plateau residents. They faulted the security approach adopted by the All Progressives Congress -led government in the management of the crisis. They spoke in Read More

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Use appropriate taxes to finance 2018 budget, Labour tells FG

June 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

Labour and its civil society allies have urged the federal government to ensure all individuals and multinationals are made to pay appropriate taxes to finance the budget deficit. Speaking at a two day meeting organised by Public Service International on increasing Trade Union and Civil Society participation in the fight against Illicit financial flows in Nigeria, Deputy President of NLC, Read More

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$2.1bn arms fund: Secondus, Anenih, Obaigbena, others beneficiaries – FG

May 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The federal government filed 32-count amended charge against former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd.), who is standing trial in the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion arms funds. The amended charge, dated April 30, 2018, was signed by Director of Legal Services with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Chile Okoroma. The latest development comes Read More