No Image

Suspend anti-grazing law, FG tells Taraba, Benue, Ekiti

June 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The federal government yesterday called for the suspension of anti-grazing law currently being enforced in Taraba, Ekiti and Benue states. The position was made known by the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali (retd), in a presentation at a security meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He said, the states should employ other channels Read More

No Image

Will restructuring heal the wounds?

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

  At the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) town hall meeting held at Hamdala Hotel in Kaduna on 4th November 2017, organized by the SOKAPU’s committee on restructuring, the theme was tagged: ‘The future of Nigeria’, “Restructuring and Southern Kaduna”! I was fortunate to meet with one of the executives of the union during the event, Mr Reuben Buhari, who Read More

No Image

2019: Middle Belt female aspirants defect to SDP

April 25, 2018 Editorial IV 0

More than a hundred female aspirants from the Middle Belt zone aspiring for various elective offices in the forthcoming 2019 general elections have defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). A statement yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammed, quoted the president of the group, Mrs. Larai Ishaya, as saying that “the decision to defect in the SDP was Read More

No Image

Gombe records 2 rape cases daily – Dankwambo

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Gombe state Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has decried the rising cases of rape in the state, and called for concerted efforts to tackle the menace. “Cases of rape are on the rise in Gombe; in the last three weeks, an average of two cases is recorded every day,” he said on Tuesday in Gombe, when he received the state’s chapter of Read More

No Image

Malnutrition killed 150 Gombe kids in 2017 — Official

March 28, 2018 Editorial IV 0

At least 150 children were killed by malnutrition in Gombe state in 2017. This happened while they were on treatment at Community Management for Acute Malnutrition Centres across the four operational local government areas in the state from. The state’s Nutrition Officer, Suleiman Mamman, disclosed this in an interview with the Premium Times in Gombe yesterday. Mamman said in 2017, Read More

No Image

Abuja: A city swamped by a sea of posters

November 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

In the absence of an enabling law, the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has resorted to threats and sensitization in order to reduce the menace of indiscriminate pasting of posters in the nation’s capital city. The strategy is not effective as JOSEPHINE ELLA-EJE’s report indicates. Politicians, churches worst culprits Politicians, pastors and recruiting agencies Read More

No Image

Ex-FCT minister’s son spent over N1bn to acquire property –Witness

November 10, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Shamsudeen, Sen. Bala Mohammed’s son, Ishaya Daudu, yesterday, gave details of how the defendant spent over N1billion to acquire properties in Abuja. Shamsudeen was re-arraigned on a 15-count charge on May 30, 2017, alongside four companies, Bird Trust Agro Allied Ltd, Intertrans Global Logistics Ltd, Diakin Telecommunications Ltd, Read More

No Image

Gombe tasks religious leaders on monkey pox sensitisation

November 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Auwal Ahmad Gombe Gombe state Ministry of Health has sensitised religious and opinion leaders in the state on the deadly monkey pox disease, following the reported case of the virus in Kano. State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, disclosed this while speaking with journalists yesterday, explaining that it had become necessary to use religious and community leaders in Read More

No Image

Gombe targets 600,000 children for measles immunization

October 5, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Auwal Ahmad Gombe– Gombe State have targeted about 600,000 under fi ve children, for this year’s round of measles vaccination exercise, scheduled for November 2017. Th e State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, revealed this during a press briefi ng on the fourth coming measles campaign in the country. Th e Commissioner said adequate preparations towards a Read More

No Image

NGO sensitises Gombe community on maternal, child mortality

August 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mamaye E4 Action, has begun a sensitisation campaign in Kaltungo local government area in an effort to reduce maternal and child death rural areas in Gombe state.   Its Country Director, Mr. Tunde Segun, who was represented by the campaign’s Lead Advocate, Fola Richie Adewusi, disclosed this yesterday in Kaltungo town, saying the campaign organised by Mamaye “is Read More

No Image

Kebbi commissions breastfeeding rooms for working mothers

August 8, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin Kebbi Kebbi state government has established breastfeeding rooms and day care for working mothers as part of eff ort to secure mother, full attention to their onerous responsibilities in their respective ministries and parastatal. Commissioning the project at the Gwadangaji Secretariat, Birnin Kebbi, the wife of the President who was represented by her Senior Special Read More

No Image

Group trains 39 health care personnel in Gombe

August 1, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Auwal Ahmad Gombe In order to strengthen the Primary health care service delivery, the Save the Children International is to train 39 key players in the health sector in Gombe state on Change Management and the importance of Primary Health Care Under one Roof. Save Th e Children Field Manager, Altine Lawi, disclosed this while speaking Blueprint shortly after Read More

No Image

Chief of Civil Military Aff airs, Army Head Quarters, Major-General Nuhu Angbazo, former Chief of Naval Staff , Vice Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim (retd), President, Naval Offi cers Wives’ Association (NOWA), others

May 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

From left: Chief of Civil Military Aff airs, Army Head Quarters, Major-General Nuhu Angbazo, former Chief of Naval Staff , Vice Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim (retd), President, Naval Offi cers Wives’ Association (NOWA), Mrs. Theresa Ibas and Chief of Naval Staff , Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, during the 61st Navy Week Inter-Denominational Church Service at the All Saints Military Protestant Church, Read More

No Image

Dynamics of Dogara, Abubakar’s unending rivalry

April 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

The reconciliation moves to bring the Bauchi state governor, Muhammed Abubakar and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to a peace table, seems to have collapsed as both parties launch offensives, deepening the face-off.   NAJIB SANI reports the irreconcilable undercurrents Since the coming of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into power after the 2015 general elections, the elected National Assembly Read More

No Image

Abubakar and industrial revival in Bauchi

April 12, 2017 Blueprint 0

Ishaya K. Joshua Certainly, any seasoned administrator understands the importance of industrialization and the provision of an enabling environment for the growth of private and public sector driven investment for the overall economic growth of a society. Therefore, it has always been the primary aim of any responsible government be it state or federal to ensure that investors are given Read More

No Image

Abacha didn’t loot treasury – Bamaiyi

March 31, 2017 Blueprint 2

 Describes it as media creation By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Despite the widespread recovery of looted funds from the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, his former Chief of Army Staff, General Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd), defended his erstwhile boss, saying he never stole state funds. According to him, what Nigerians refer to as “Abacha loot” is a media creation. The Read More

No Image

Why are you writing: To impress or wear a dress?

March 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Su’eddie Vershima Agema These days it is very easy to find anyone and perhaps, everyone, say they are writers. It gets really yuckish… You go like ‘I am a writer’ and discover, you could easily have said ‘I am a human’. But that isn’t our talk for today. Question is simple: Why are you writing? The question has been Read More

No Image

2,351 whistleblowers tip finance ministry

March 24, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Racheal Ishaya The Ministry of Finance, says it has so far received 2,351 tips from whistleblowers bordering on cases of embezzlement of government funds, looting of assets and contract inflation, among others. In a statement signed by Mr Festus Akanbi, the Special Adviser, Media to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun said the tips came via text messages, Read More

No Image

Deputy Director Communication and Public Aff airs Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC Malam Hadi Sule Birchi, District Head Kawo, Alhaji Jibril Magaji District Head during the on-going 38th Kaduna International Trade Fair

March 8, 2017 Blueprint 0

From left: Deputy Director, Communication and Public Aff airs, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Malam Hadi Sule Birchi, District Head, Kawo, Alhaji Jibril Magaji, District Head, Kakuri, Alhaji Shehu Tijjani and member, Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KCCIMA), Mr. Ishaya Idi, during the NDIC Special Day at the on-going 38th Kaduna International Trade Fair, in Kaduna yesterday Read More

No Image

Adamawa CJ pardons 85, grants bail to 33 inmates

October 14, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz Yola Adamawa state Chief Judge, Justice Ishaya Banu, yesterday released 85 awaiting trial inmates in Jimeta Prison in Yola. Banu, who released the suspects during a jail delivery at the prison, also granted conditional bail to 33 others. The chief judge said the measure was part of efforts to decongest prisons across the state, adding that the Read More

No Image

APGA, PPA, UPP’s plot for 2019

September 1, 2016 Blueprint 0

RAPHAEL EDE reports the renewed quests for political power by Ndigbo in Nigeria, using the platforms of three political parties; All Progressives Grand Alliances (APGA), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and United Peoples Party (UPP). The marginalisation of Ndigbo in Nigeria and a call for synergy among Igbo groups for development of the South East Nigeria is the hallmark of the Read More

No Image

A chat with one of the finest Nigerian poets, David Ishaya Osu

May 24, 2016 Blueprint 1

David Ishaya Osu is the  assistant poetry editor at the UK-based travel magazine, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. He is a fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, and was selected for the 2016 USA Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University. In this chat with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, this finest Nigerian poet bares his mind on his poetry. Who Read More

No Image

AWF guest writer session spotlights Udenwe, Bako and Oroko

April 26, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Ramalan The Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) has turned its spotlight on three diverse artistes to be featured at its flagship monthly Guest Writer Session that is coming up on the 30th of this month at Nanet Suit, Abuja. According to a statement signed by the forum’s Secretary, Ladi Opaluwa, this month’s reading promises to be eventful as Obinna Read More

No Image

Paris attacks: Hollande drops plans to strip nationality

March 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

French President Francois Hollande has dropped plans to change the constitution to strip militants convicted of terror attacks of their French nationality. “A compromise appears out of reach,” Mr Hollande said after the two houses of parliament failed to agree the reforms. The proposal followed November’s Paris attacks which killed 130 people. But it ran into huge opposition and led Read More

No Image

NTA confers amnesty award on Ortom

January 21, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Adoyi M. Aba Abuja Benue state Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, yesterday received an award from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for the amnesty programme initiated by his administration. Outgoing Zonal Director of the Authority, Mr. Ishaya Adamu, presented the award to the Governor at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi. Adamu said with enhanced peace which the amnesty programme Read More