Medical report confirms Keren-Happuch was raped – GBVR coalition

July 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Coalition of Gender Based Violence Responders (GBVR) has condemned what it described as deliberate attempts by the management of Premiere Academy, Lugbe to allegedly distort facts leading to the death of a – 14 year old student, Keren-Happuch Akpagher who died following infections caused her by the condom left inside her by her rapist. According to the coalition, the Read More

Decongestion: FG urges state govts to build holding centres for awaiting trial suspects

July 23, 2021 Editorial II 0

The federal government has asked the state governments to put in places holding centres for the awaiting trial suspects as part of efforts to dicongest the custodial centres nationwide. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, said this at the commissioning of the Osun state command office complex of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Osogbo. In a statement issued in Read More

Keren- Happuch: Mother of dead rape victim breaks down, demands justice

July 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Keren- Happuch: Mother of dead rape victim breaks down, demands justiceBy Bode OlagokeAbujaThe mother of Keren-Happuch, Mrs. Vivien Akpagher has broken her silence and spoke for the first time since her daughter died following medical complications arising from condom, which was left inside daughter by the rapist, infecting the daughter with sepsis and resulting in her death on 22nd of Read More

Standard Chartered Bank gets new regional head for Africa, Middle East

July 16, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Standard Chartered has appointed Lina Osman as Regional Head of Sustainable Finance for Africa and the Middle East, as part of the Bank’s ongoing efforts to provide sustainable financing solutions across its regional footprint. Lina has over 14 years of banking experience in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During that period, Lina has been a successful Corporate Finance banker Read More

Osun 2022: Hunters association endorses Oyetola for second term

June 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The leadership and members of Hunters Group of Nigeria Wednesday declared their unalloyed support for the Administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in the State of Osun. The hunters also endorsed the governor for second term, saying they were ready to do everything possible to ensure his re-election in the forthcoming governorship election. This is even as the governor inaugurated the Read More

Buhari’s vision, policies ensuring self-sufficiency in food production – APC group

June 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of All Progressives Congress (APC) known as APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) said President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was moving Nigeria steadily towards self-sufficiency in food production in a way that has never been witnessed since independence.  The group said the country’s steady progress in the administration’s efforts at positioning agriculture as the fulcrum of the country’s economic Read More

Keystone Bank educates MSMEs on opportunities in AfCFTA window

June 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

In its unflinching efforts to continue to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria with knowledge to manage and grow their businesses, Keystone Bank Limited recently trained start-ups with the requisite knowledge about the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) window and the opportunities it presents to their businesses. The 3-day MSME Masterclass Webinar series tagged “TAKING YOUR Read More

45-yr after, Oyetola inaugurates 8.1km Moro-Asipa road

June 24, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, inaugurated 8.1km newly constructed Moro junction-Yakooyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa-Ife/Ibadan expreasway road after 45 years of its construction.  This is just as the Governor promised to complete all the ongoing projects he started and do more within the limited period of leas than two years.   He said the project was inaugurated in fulfilment of his administration’s goal to deliver Read More

FG paid $642.43m foreign debt in 1Q 2021 — DMO

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has disclosed that Nigeria paid part of its multilateral ($81.05 million), bilateral ($61.38 million) and commercial loans ($500 million) which amounted to $642 million or N243.48 billion at N379.50/$1. Hence, external debt service payments fell to N126.02 billion (or $332.07 million) in the first quarter (Q1) 2021 from N170.60 billion (or $472.57 million) printed in Read More

Democracy Day: My administration ‘ll change Bayelsa development narrative – Gov Diri

June 13, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

…Says no grazing routes in state The Bayelsa state Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed his administration’s determination to change the developmental narrative of the state. Governor Diri spoke on Saturday in Government House, Yenagoa, during his maiden media chat that was broadcast live on all Yenagoa-based radio stations. The media interaction was part of activities to commemorate this year’s Read More

ITF boss explains how mobile phone material was locally sourced

June 11, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The director-general/CEO of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph N. Ari, has explained that the ITF Mobile  Android GSM smart phone which was formally presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja recently was produced with 100 percent locally sourced material.  In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, Ari said in terms of quality and performance, Read More

Oyetola emerges Blueprint Newspaper’s Governor of the Year 2020

June 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governor of The State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, was on Thursday named the Blueprint Newspaper’s Governor of the Year 2020. The Governor was presented with the award by the Estu Nupe, who doubled as the Royal Father of Day on the occasion, Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, at the Blueprint Impact Series Awards, held in Abuja. This is coming barely seven days Read More

75 companies bid for 12 federal highways’ concession

June 1, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

No fewer than 75 construction companies Tuesday bidded for the concession of the 12 federal highways under the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI). The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had in December 2020, received the Certificate of Compliance for the Outline Business Case for the HDMI. Julius Berger, Dantata and Sawoe construction companies were among other notable companies Read More

Breaking: Bandits Kill 2, Kidnap 200 islamic school children in Niger

May 30, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Two people have been confirmed killed when bandits raided Tegina town in the Rafi local government of Niger state on Sunday afternoon and kidnapped 200  children in an Islamic School in the town . The bandits according to an eyewitness stormed the town riding on many motorcycles and shot sporadically into the air to create fears in the people. Blueprint learnt Read More

Osun APC chieftains at war over formation of splinter group

May 26, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The former acting Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Osun state, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi and the Acting Secretary of ‘Igbimo Agba’ (APC Elders Caucus), Hon Akinremi Omolaoye, have disagreed over the legality of a splinter group formed within the party, The Osun Progressives (TOP).  The TOP, a political group believed to be loyal to former Governor Rauf Aregbesola, was Read More

FFS proposes arms bearing unit to protect firefighters

May 26, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Following insisant attacks and harassment of firefighters at fire scenes by mob action, the Federal Fire Service (FFS) has proposed to have an Arms Bearing Unit known as fire police to protect firefighters. The agency is also demanding an upward review of hazard allowance considering the nature of hazards faced by its personnel. Addressing a press conference Wednesday in Abuja Read More

Kida, others appointed into board of HHOG

May 9, 2021 Akeem Busari 0

Africa’s leading integrated energy company Heirs Holdings Oil and Gas (HHOG) has announced the appointment of its management board to be headed by Mr. Osayande Igiehon as chief executive officer. The company in a statement also announced the appointments of other members to serve on the board.  Prominent amongst the appointees is Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida, who recently retired as Read More

Taraba agog as Blueprint nominates Ishaku for award

May 6, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

Taraba state capital and other major towns in the state Thursday was agog as news broke that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has been nominated for an award by the management of Blueprint newspaper. The jubilation which started from ATC area in Jalingo had students of the Taraba State University, politicians and market women shouting “Daram! Dam Dam.” Some students that Read More

Insecurity: There’s coordinated approach to thwart threat on Airports nationwide – NSCDC

April 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ahmed Audi, has assured Nigerians that a highly coordinated approach has been put in place to avert the looming threat of attack on Airport facilities across the country. The NSCDC boss who in a swift reaction to an intelligence report directed Commandants of states with Airports to immediately liaise Read More

Addax: Senator Magnus Abe Affronted Buhari, Goofed, By Yamai John

April 28, 2021 Yamai John 0

By curiously questioning the wisdom of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources, in canceling the revocation by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) of four oil mining leases belonging to Addax Petroleum Exploration Nigeria Ltd., Senator Magnus Abe goofed and exceeded his brief. Here is why. In a position which can only be interpreted Read More

PDP, other hired contractors can’t blackmail Pantami to resign – Forum

April 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the platform of Progressives Professionals’ Forum (PPF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians at large to ignore the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other “hired contractors” calling for the sack of Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Ibrahim Isa Ali Pantami. The forum said the opposition party and Read More

Bauchi govt grants N1bn loan to fertilizer company

April 27, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has granted a loan of One billion to the state fertilizer company to boost its production. The governor announced the grant Tuesday when he paid a visit to the company in continuation of his projects inspection tour across the state.  According to him, the government has also settled the backlog of debts amounting to Read More

2023: CTA lauds INEC for creating gender and inclusive department

April 26, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has welcomed the re-organisation carried out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) especially with the creation of the new Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID) that hitherto operated as a Unit in the Commission.  In a statement signed Monday in Abuja by CTA’s Executive Director, Faith Ossai Nwadishi, said her organisation was poised to Read More

Illegal parking: FCT Task team impounds 30 motorcycles, 20 vehicles, 5 tricycles

April 25, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

No fewer than thirty motorcycles, twenty vehicles and five tricycles were impounded at the weekend, during the second wave of FCT Administration’s intensive raid on illegal motor parks and garages in the nation’s capital city. Also, three drivers were arrested for allegedly attempting to obstruct the officials drawn from various traffic management and security agencies during the exercise that started Read More