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Ibadan varsity withdraws 408 students

April 25, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Four hundred and eight students of the University of Ibadan have been asked to withdraw from the institution for failure to meet the minimum academic requirements. It was learnt that the Senate of the university ratified the withdrawal at its meeting where results of graduating and non-graduating students were considered and approved. According to investigations, three-quarters of those asked to Read More

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Why we’re always at loggerheads withexecutive – Saraki

April 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has disclosed reasons behind the frequent frictions between the executive and the National Assembly, particularly on yearly budget presentation and consideration. Speaking in Jos, the capital of Plateau state on Saturday at a one-day retreat of the Senate Press Corps, Saraki said lack of constructive engagement and institutional collaboration between the two arms of Read More

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Leadway, AIICO, others cleared to bid for FG contracts

April 6, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has issued compliance certificates to 353 companies to bid federal government contracts this year. PenCom noted that as at March 23, 2018, the firms had complied with the Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2014 and were cleared to secure government contracts. Some of the firms are, Reynolds Construction Company Limited, which has 3643 employees and contributed Read More

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Don’t seek re-election- Pastor, who gave Buhari Bible in 2015 warns

April 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

The leadership of the United Christian Leaders Eagle Eyes Forum, a Christian body that endorsed that mobilised voters in Northern Nigeria for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 has warned him not to seek re-election in 2019. The body led by Pastor Habu Aminchi, who presented Buhari with a copy of the Holy Bible for him to be accepted by Christians Read More

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Anxiety as Nigerian doctors leave country in droves

April 4, 2018 Editorial IV 0

I accidentally met over 200 young male and female medical doctors, including consultants in Hawthorn Hotel, Abuja being interviewed by some Saudi Arabian officials to be employed to work in Saudi Arabia. ”At first, I thought it was a conference taking place in the hotel where I visited a guest. I saw an Arab gentleman addressing a mammoth crowd at Read More

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Gwarzo: Between Reps and Adeosun’s panel

February 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and the now suspended Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Director-General, Munir Gwarzo, are at loggerheads over some undisclosed issues, JOSHUA EGBODO writes. Secret behind tussle It all started like a tussle over protection of interests, and to a reasonable extent, a demonstration of a mark of supremacy. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Read More

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Jigawa VVF Centre treated 440 patients in 2016 – CMD

January 8, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse Four hundred and forty (440) vesico virginal fistula (VVF) patients were treated in Jigawa hospital in 2016, with 95 per cent of the patients successfully undergoing operations. Eleven (11) of the women were admitted between September and November last year at the Jahun VVF Centre, its medical director, Dr. Suleiman Ado has disclosed. speaking to newsmen Read More

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Have Prisons, Immigration accounted for alleged N12.6bn fraud?

January 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

News recently broke that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) could not account for N12.662 billion they spent in 2015, according to the report of the Auditor General of the Federation. BODE OLAGOKE reports Allegations The audit report obtained showed that Immigration has the largest share of N9.076 billion, and prisons has N3.586 billion. The Read More

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Ekiti monarch, 5 others remanded over alleged murder

December 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, and five others were yesterday remanded by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s court for alleged murder. They were arraigned in connection with the violence which erupted shortly after the traditional ruler formally opened his hotel located at Gbemisola area of the town last Friday. Thugs were said to have vandalised the Read More

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Senate begins oversight of Kaduna power plant

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Senate Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, and Gas, has began an on-the-spot assessment of Kaduna Power Plant. Kaduna Power Plant has an installed capacity of 215 megawatts (MW). According to the Co-Chairman, joint committee and Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, Sen. Bassey Akpan, said the Kaduna plant oversight was part of the committee’s investigation into alleged Read More

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Economy: We’ve fulfilled our campaign promise -APC

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

All Progressives Congress (APC) said by exiting recession as published by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), it has fulfilled promises made to Nigerians in 2015 to restore the economy of the country. The party, while rejoicing over the economic recession after five consecutive quarters of contraction, said the country’s foreign reserve has now Read More

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Anti-graft war: FG recovers N93bn in one week

February 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

 Yakubu seeks reversal of forfeiture Funds should be well spent – CISLAC By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Vivian Okejeme, Abuja The federal government, has within the last one week, raked in over N92.99 billion through recoveries by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and whistle-blower red flags that led to closure of some phony accounts, containing unclaimed monies, totalling some Read More

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Nasarawa: Politics of land mapping and matters arising

February 13, 2017 Blueprint 1

MOHAMMED YANGIDA analyses the politics of land administration in Nasarawa state and the improved revenue generation strategy under Governor Umaru Al-Makura Land administration in states across the country is wrought with problems such as inability to meet the land requirements of the public, cumbersome process of getting the Right-of-Occupancy, frequent changing of public officers and government policies, poor record-keeping and Read More

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Buhari and 2017 prophecies

January 26, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Muhammad Ajah Prophecies, as normal, have been released by different people on the Nigerian state and President Muhammadu Buhari. These are speculations and intellectual foresights. Psychologically, some guesswork can actually manifest. But these days, the prophecies by many people claiming supernatural powers, lofty spirituality and divine connections have proved counterproductive and counterfeit. We can still recall the prophecy made Read More

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False assets declaration: Saraki received salaries as former gov – Witness

November 14, 2016 Blueprint 0

Michael Wetkas, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) first prosecution witness in the trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki over false assets declaration, insisted that Saraki continued to receive salary from Kwara state coffers even after he ceased to be governor of the state. He stated this while being cross examined by one of the counsel to Saraki, Read More

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Reps seek 6 months time frame for budget consideration

September 27, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ezrel Tabiowo and Taiye Odewale Abuja The Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu  and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal have called for amendment of the nation’s constitution to create a three to six months time frame within which the budget must be presented to the National Assembly. This, they said, would give the Read More

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2014 audit exposes N3.3trn fraud in MDAs, NASS

March 15, 2016 Blueprint 0

Legislature makes N9.5bn payment without vouchers By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja The 2014 audit report of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies submitted to the leadership of the National Assembly yesterday, exposed ‘massive fraud’ in government’s MDAs, including the lawmaking body, to the tune of over N3.3 trillion. The report which was submitted by the Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr. Samuel Ukura, Read More

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Supreme Court didn’t sack Uba, others – SAN

February 2, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja The battle to authenticate true lawmakers represented Anambra state is far from over as one of the lawyers to Senators Andy Uba, Stella Oduah, and other members representing Anambra state in the House of Representatives, Chief Arthur Okafor (SAN)  said ‎that the weekend’s ruling by the Supreme Court did not, in any way, affect the validity Read More

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Kebbi: APC, Bagudu, and the change mantra

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

While the federal government declared zero tolerance for corruption, past records of some individuals in the government make mockery of this stance. BELLO ADAMU x-rays the deluge of corruption allegations against the Kebbi state Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu. Judging from the legal fireworks currently going on in the Federal High Court, Abuja legal analysts could safely draw a conclusion that Read More

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Gulf of Guinea piracy drops by 29% in 2015

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea dropped by nearly a third in 2015 compared to the previous year, while Somali piracy remains contained, according to a new report, which notes that maritime crime in Southeast Asia continues to rise. DAVID AGBA reports Dryad Maritime has reported that offshore maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea saw a Read More

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Lagos seals 6 coys over tax evasion

October 23, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Tope Musowo Lagos Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) yesterday sealed up six companies for non remittance of taxes due to the state government totalling over N50 million. The defaulting companies are Nicon Town Management Company with a tax liability of N36,053,652.89, Marketing Mix and Company Limited with a liability of N10,712,914.15, Hope Valley International Clinic with a liability Read More

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Cisse held in sex tape investigation

October 14, 2015 Blueprint 0

Former Liverpool and France striker Djibril Cisse has been arrested over a sex tape extortion plot. Cisse is one of four people held by police over an alleged attempt to blackmail an international footballer. The ex-Sunderland and QPR forward, 34, was questioned because he knew the others involved, police said. French prosecutors said Cisse was not thought to be an Read More

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Buhari’s Anti – Corruption Regime: Saraki, A Misfit

May 4, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Ogah Simeon Since the results of the March 28th National Assembly and Presidential elections where the All Progressives Congress (APC),  took lead, there has been a saturation of the media waves with the issue of who occupies the number three position and is chairman of the National Assembly. With the APC in majority, it is evident that this position Read More

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NNPC set to remit $1.48bn to Federation Account

February 18, 2015 Blueprint 0

Following the submission of the audit report on the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which indicated that only $1.48 billion was yet to be remitted to the federation account as against $49 billion mentioned as missing, a Civil Society group, Move On Nigeria, has commended the Federal Government and the Minister of Petroleum Mrs. Allison Madueke for taking Read More