Local government autonomy: Is the wait over?

March 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

With 774 local governments, slightly more than 8800 wards, the third and arguably most important tier of government in Nigeria, the local governments, the very ponder of this tier of government chiefly existing on papers: make every considerate Nigerian hackles rise. How could the system be effective? When the tripartite tiers enshrined in our constitution have been ruined to the Read More

Desertification: Zamfara to plant 1m trees

November 7, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

In an attempt to fight desertification and soil erosion in the state, Zamfara state governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle said his administration in collaboration with Nigeria’s Great Green Wall will soon plant one million arable trees. The director general public enlightenment media and communications Yusuf Idris has said in a statement Sunday. He explained that the governor made the pronouncement on Read More

Thanksgiving Day: Diri appreciates Bayelsans for support

November 5, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state governor Douye Diri, has expressed appreciation to Bayelsans for their support for his administration. Governor Diri spoke Tuesday during the state’s 10th annual Thanksgiving Day, which was the second under his administration.  The governor, who was full of joy for the prevailing peace, stability and unity being enjoyed by the people, said he had not much to say Read More

Troops foil 100-man bandit attack on Niger community

October 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

Troops over the weekend foiled a coordinated attack by bandits on Pandogari town in Rafi local government area of Niger state. Blueprint learnt that not less than 100 heavily armed men riding on motorcycles stormed the town from Zamfara state with the intention of killing and kidnapping members of the community, in addition to rustling their cattle. Witness accounts said Read More

Zamfara commissioner urges journalists to shun sensational reportage

October 27, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad, Gusau 0

The Zamfara state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Sarkin Fawa Dambo, has admonished Journalists working in the state to be fair in their reportage, saying Journalism is like working between hell and paradise. The commissioner made the pronouncement while receiving members of the correspondent’s chapel who were in company with the newly elected National Secretary Zone Read More

Kwara APC stakeholders hail Hajiya Falilat’s choice as woman leader

October 22, 2021 Umar Bayo 0

Stakeholders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ilorin East local government area of Kwara state, have hailed the election of Hajiya Falilat Muhammed Odegbangba as the party’s state woman leader. Also, women under the aegis of Ibagun Educated Women Elite have described Hajiya Falilat’s election as well deserved. The stakeholders in a statement by APC’s secretary in Read More

APC congresses: Why reconciliation may fail ahead national convention – Concerned stakeholders

October 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Concerned Stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have described as embarrassing, the wave of crisis trailing Saturday’s conduct of state congresses of the party, asking the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to ensure there is rectitude in party administration before any reconciliation of aggrieved forces. They said despite feeble attempts at troubleshooting by the Sen. Abdullahi Adamu-led Read More

Breaking: Bandits strike, abduct 30 passengers in Niger

October 20, 2021 Aideloje Ojo, Minna 0

Bandits have struck again, and the abduction of 30 passengers at Garun Gabas in Rafi local government area of Niger state. The passengers were reportedly abducted on Wednesday by the gunmen from three separate vehicles comprising of 18 seater bus and two other vehicles. It was learnt that the bandits in their large number with dangerous weapons stormed Zungeru Garun Read More

Prioritise members’ welfare, minister tells NULGE

October 20, 2021 Moses John 0

Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory Administration( FCTA) Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has charged the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to always prioritise the welfare of their members as part of their struggles. The minister spoke in Abuja during the 7th Quadrennial delegates Conference of NULGE FCT council. Represented by her Special Assistant on Area Council Read More

Again, gunmen set police division ablaze, kill sergeant in Ebonyi

October 18, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Unidentified gunmen at about 12 midnight Sunday invaded Ohaukwu Police Division at 135, Ezzamgbo, Ohaukwu local government area, Ebonyi state and set the station ablaze. The gunmen were also said to have killed a police Sergeant and burnt vehicles at the station. Confirming the incident,the state Police Public Spokesperson, DSP. Loveth Odah, said policemen on duty repelled the attack but regretted that Read More

BASEPA begins fumigation of Bauchi towns against malaria

October 17, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Following the outbreak of malaria in Bauchi state in recent time, the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) has begun fumigation of six local governments in the state against mosquitos. The Director General of the agency Dr Ibrahim Kabir who flagged off the exercise Saturday at government house Bauchi explained that the fumigation was part of efforts to kill mosquitos Read More

Congress: Babayo Misau emerges new Bauchi APC chairman

October 17, 2021 Najib Sani 0

A new chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state in the person of Alhaji Babayo Aliyu Misau has emerged after the state congress that held Saturday. Chairman of the state congress committee sent by the national headquarters Mr Jibrin Sam announced the newly elected chairman and other officials early Sunday morning. He explained that Misau emerged the Read More

Internal democracy: PGF boss calls for new orientation in management of political parties

October 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, has called for a new orientation in the management of political parties to address issues of membership recruitment and management, party funding and administration. Lukman, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said unless these issues are addressed Nigerians will continue to experience all the familiar Read More

Foundation tasks Nigerians on peace building

October 13, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Foundation for Justice, Development and Peace (FJDP) of the Catholic diocese of Makudi, in collaboration with the Misereor has called on Nigerians to understand the importance of peace and development in their various communities. The called was made Wednesday during a stakeholders forum, community engagement towards peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians. Programme manager of the foundation Mr. Valentine Kwaghchimin, said Read More

International Alert trains Bauchi, Yobe youth on conflict management, peace building

October 13, 2021 Najib Sani 0

As part of efforts to build sustainable peace in the north east, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called ‘International Alert’ has organized a three days training to selected youth from Bauchi and Yobe states on conflicts management, peace building and civic responsibilities. The workshop which was opened Wednesday at Custodian Hotels in Gombe state was meant to train the youth Read More

Niger: Court stops appointment of Sarkin Sudan Kontagora, restrains govt from issuing staff of office

October 12, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

A Minna High Court has ordered Mohammed Barau Kontagora to stop parading himself as the 7th Sarkin Sudan Kontagora by virtue of the selection purportedly held on 19th day of September 2021. The court gave the order Tuesday after hearing the motion ex-parte moved by Barrister W. Y Mamman on behalf of 15 plaintiffs. Presided over by Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, Read More

APC congress: Drug test mandatory for contestants in Kano

October 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the All Progressive Congress (APC) state congress scheduled for October 16, all contestants into executive offices are to be subjected to mandatory drug test. The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, revealed this in a statement made available to Blueprint, Monday in Abuja, that all contestants are to visit the state office of the National Drug Law Read More

APC crisis: Our com’tt ‘ll do better than Tinubu, Akande’s – Adamu

October 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former governor of Nasarawa state and Senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu, has assured that his committee will perform better than previous National Reconciliation Committees headed by former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and that of former governor of Osun state, Chief Bisi Akande. Both Tinubu and Akande were appointed at different times to reconcile various groups and Read More

Police arrest 3 with 4 rifles, 567 ammunition in Niger

October 10, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Niger State Police have arrested three suspected gun runners and recovered four rifles 567 ammunition from the suspects. The state Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas, stated this at the weekend in Minna He said, “two of the gun runners, 32 years Muhammadu Bello and 30 years Nura Umar were arrested by the Police Safer Highway patrol team who were Read More

Nasarawa LG polls: PDP accuses NASIEC of bias

October 8, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa state, Mr. Francis Orogu, has accused the Nasarawa state Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) of  bias. The PDP chairman raised the alarm at a press briefing in his office Thursday, in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital. He alleged that  NASIEC has collaborated with the state government and the APC in the state Read More

Why we demolished lawmaker’s house in Bauchi – Govt

October 5, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state government has given reason why it demolished the house of the member of the house of representatives representing Bauchi local government Honourable Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi located at the Government Reserved Area (GRA). Special Adviser media to Governor Bala Mohammed of the state Mukhtar Gidado gave the reason while addressing journalists on the matter. Recall that the lawmaker condemned Read More

LG polls: APC accuses PDP of fueling violence in Plateau

October 5, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau state has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of instigating violence over its exclusion from the forthcoming local government council polls in the state. State Secretary of the caretaker extraordinary committee of the APC, Malam Bashir Musa Sati, made the accusation in a press release in Jos. The APC was responding to the Read More

Breaking: Hoodlums invade Enugu community, kill 2, injure others, burn security patrol vehicles, office (PICTURES)

October 5, 2021 Editor 0

Gunmen on Tuesday morning invaded a vigilante office of a central security outfit in Ogrute, Enugu-Ezike, Igbo–Eze North local government area of Enugu State and two security operatives. The gunmen whose identities were yet to be ascertained also injured others just as they burnt security patrol vehicles and office. Police authorities are yet to confirm the incident as at the Read More