Masari urges agitators for secession to rethink

June 14, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state weekend called on those agitating for the division of the country to have a rethink, as the unity of the country is sacrosanct. Masari made the call during an interactive session with the NUJ Correspondent Chapel members to mark the Democracy Day activities in his office. He described the agitators as senseless people Read More

Insecurity: Masari calls for unity among North-west govs

June 9, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, Wednesday said the lingering insecurity challenges facing the entire Northwestern states as a result of the activities of armed bandits can only be addressed if the governors of the region join hands together. Masari stated this when he formally commissioned Zamfara state House of Assembly Complex to be renovated by the Zamfara state Read More

Again, gunmen kidnap, kill Catholic priest

May 21, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Another Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Bello, has been killed while one other, Rev. Fr. Joe Keke, 73, is believed to be in custody of gunmen who attacked St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi, Katsina state. The clerics were said to have been kidnapped when gunmen stormed the church, Thursday night, and started shooting sporadically into the air, leaving some Read More

Troops kill 4 bandits’ commanders, 48 others in Zamfara, rescue 18 hostages, recover arms

The Nigerian Army Monday said troops deployed in the fight against bandits in the North-west region of the country, have killed 48 bandits and rescued 18 persons held hostage in the first phase of its newly launched Operation Tsare Mutane to flush out criminals. Among the bandits killed were four top commanders namely; Yellow Mai-Bille, Sani Meli, Dan-Katsina and Sama’ila Bakajin Read More


As NAHCON staff mourn Ashiru Sani Daura…

April 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Deaths occur every day, but some deaths shake the community more than others do. One cannot help but to salute the soul of one whose death throws the larger society into sober moods. Sheikh Dr Ashiru Sani Daura’s death only added to what almost everyone knew about him: that this is a rare and exceptional man of our times – Read More

Breaking: Panic as Kano govt shuts down school over security report

April 27, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Kano state government has directed immediate closure of Bagauda Technical College over security threats. The state commissioner of education Sanusi Sa’id Kiru disclosed this in a press release he issued to Blueprint early Tuesday morning.According to him, the decision to close the school became imperative following a disturbing security report and the need to  protect the lives of the students, teachers Read More

NLTF commissions, hands over medical equipment to primary healthcare clinic in Nasarawa community

April 23, 2021 Editor 0

The National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) has said it is working with the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Special Duties & Inter- Governmental Affairs Senator George Akume for timely delivery of good governance. The Executive Secretary of National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF), Dr. Bello Maigari disclosed this during the commissioning and handover of vital medical equipment Read More

RAMADAN: Katsina commissioner assists 3,104 constituents

April 19, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

Katsina state Commissioner of Environment, Alhaji Hamza Sule Faskari, has assisted 3,104 vulnerable persons in four local government areas of the state with N23 million. The assistance was specifically given to the beneficiaries to ease their financial hardship during the Ramadan period. Speaking during the occasion to hand over the support to the beneficiaries weekend in Faskari, Alhaji Hamza Sule Read More

Tackling North’s agric challenge

March 31, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Since the beginning of farmers and herders clashes, cattle rustling which also gradually turned into armed banditry, kidnapping and other criminalities in parts of Zamfara state and later other states in the Northwest and North Central, I keep why the Northwest zone is the main target. These crisis-torn states are the backbone of Nigeria’s development as it relates to foods Read More

Mannir Yakubu: One good turn deserves another

March 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

For his unalloyed commitment and loyalty to Governor Bello Masari, Katsina state deputy governor, Mannir Yakubu, has paid the price for higher appointments and responsibilities as HAMIDU SABO reports. It is generally believed that loyalty as a virtue is not a choice but a bond especially since leaders everywhere in the world are ordained by God and entails responding to Read More

Lulu Briggs, it was a royal burial

March 29, 2021 Simon Shango 0

In 1961, I sat for the Northern Nigeria Common Entrance Examination for admission into post primary institutions. One of the objective questions asked candidates was to name the town where the people of Kalabari live. The suggested options were: Calabar, Uyo, Eket, Abonnema and Warri. I had never heard of the word Kalabari but heard about Calabar; so without much Read More

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Katsina cotton, medical tourism parks for improved investment climate – NEPZA boss

March 24, 2021 Baba Yusuf 0

The managing director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, has said the establishment of a Cotton and Medical Tourism Parks in Katsina state would bring about the needed improved investment climate to the state. Adesugba stated this Tuesday in Katsina at a meeting between NEPZA team and members of the state’s working group for the establishment of Read More

Fire razes Katsina central market

March 22, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

Sections of the Katsina Central market were razed Monday with hundreds of shops burnt to ashes and goods worth millions of naira lost. Blueprint gathered that the inferno started around 8:30am at a shop and quickly spread to other parts at the centre of the market. The fire was still raging as at about 12:30pm, in spite of efforts of Read More

Katsina Assembly investigates alleged rape case

March 21, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

Katsina State House of Assembly has commenced investigations into an alleged rape that led to the impregnation of a teenager (name withheld) of Rijiyar Hamza village in the metropolitan council area by two custom officers. Rt. Hon. Tasiu Musa Maigari, the Speaker of the house disclosed this shortly after receiving a petition on the matter. Maigari, however, referred the matter Read More

Because of bandits

March 18, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

Of the 36 states in the country, we have 19 successor states to the Northern Region. That, if you do have some problems with simple arithmetic, translates into 19 state governors, also known as their excellencies, the keepers of the flame of democracy and the agents of development in their various states. With 19 state governors plus a president of Read More

The neglect of Burdugau G’ in Katsina state

March 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

I want to express my views on the impact of democracy on the rural communities in my state Katsina, specifically the zone where I and our current Governor Aminu Bello Masari hail from. I am the indigene of Malumfashi local government area of Katsina state. My ancestral village is Burdugau G’, ‘G’ means Galadima District while Kafur LGA where my Read More

Abductions: Education facing imminent threat, NAWOJ warns

March 12, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists  (NAWOJ ) had raised the alarm that Nigeria’s education sector was facing immediate threat following spate of kidnapping of large number of students from school by suspected bandits. NAWOJ, which the umbrella body of women journalists in Nigeria, raised the alarm in a press statement by the National President, Ladi Bala, Friday in Abuja. It read in part: Read More

Masari urges APC c’taker chairmen, to register all members

February 25, 2021 HAMIDU SABO 0

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has urged all APC council caretaker chairmen and committees responsible for registration and revalidation exercise to ensure all members of the party are captured during the exercise. Masari gave this charge during a stakeholders meeting of the party held at the Government House Katsina. The governor who observed that only by so doing Read More

Let’s stop it abductions together

February 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

It’s no longer interesting seeing screaming headlines of abduction on the national dailies. Abduction isn’t bizarre anymore to Nigerians as it happens day in day out. I have no idea when kidnapping became rampant in Nigeria. However, I blame our teeming populace, government, traditional rulers as well as stakeholders for not working together to put an end to the menace. Read More

Buhari condoles with ex-Customs’ family

February 20, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with family and friends, the government and people of Katsina state on the demise of Abdullahi Dikko Inde, the immediate past Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, conveyed the president’s condolence message in a statement in Abuja on Friday. The president Read More

2022 NSF: North West states back Kaduna to host

February 6, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

The North West zone comprising seven states have endorsed Kaduna state to host the 2022 National Sports Festival (NSF) even as they all vowed to support Kaduna in actualising the bid and hosting a successful Festival. Chairman Directors of Sports, North West states, and Katsina State Director of Sports, Nalado Iro Kankia, stated in Kaduna on Saturday after the sports Read More

Buratai: The General who led from the front

January 27, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

Change is inevitable. But whenever it occurs, what comes to mind is how those exiting would be remembered.For the outgoing Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd), the answer is very simple; he would be remembered as the Army General who led his troops from the front.  That simple description sums up the difference between the outgoing Read More