Gov Bello has shown uncommon leadership capacity – CPS

May 29, 2020 Chamba Simeh 0

The chief press secretary to the Niger state governor, Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, has said the administration of Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello had set precedence and demonstrated “exemplary leadership traits” by delivering service and good governance according to the people’s needs. Mrs. Berje stated this in Minna in a chat with journalists, adding that the administration “now in its fifth Read More

Protest rocks Niger isolation centre, one escapes; doctor, 2 other returnees swell Covid-19 cases

May 6, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

There is disquiet in Niger state following the purported escape of a woman from government isolation centre same day the state government confirmed a record of three fresh Covid–19 positive cases. This is as those quarantined at the centre in Minna launched protest over ‘ill-treatment’. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Makusidi, said the new cases include a medical Read More

Breaking: Niger quarantines entire community day after recording first Covid-19 positive case

April 11, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has ordered the entire Limawa community to be quarantined day after Coronavirus positive case was recorded within the sprawling area. Limawa is a suburb in Minna, Niger state capital where the first COVID-19 was recorded on Friday. The community is less than 500 residents. Governor Bello gave the quarantine order on Saturday in Read More

Lockdown: Etsu Nupe sponsors online language training

April 3, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

Sponsored by the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, a one month “Nupe language e-class” was kick-started Friday to encourage compliance with the ongoing stay-at-home order over the rampaging covid-19. Director, Indigenous Languages Learning Centre (ILLEC), Adamu Idris Manarakis, said the class has been designed to keep participants busy in their homes as they Read More

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6 die in Niger auto crash

February 14, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Niger state has said six people had died in an accident on Thursday on the outskirts of Lambata – Lapai road of Gurara local government area of the state. The FRSC sector commander in the state, Mr. Joel Dagwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Minna that the accident Read More

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ASUU blames FG, states for insecurity as Police, vigilantes battle bandits in Niger

February 10, 2020 Editor 0

Barely five days after neutralising 250 suspected insurgents and related criminals in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna state, the police, supported by the vigilantes and local hunters engaged bandits believed to be insurgents, in fierce battles in Mashegu and Shiroro local government areas of  Niger state.  Blueprint learnt that the bandits, whom villagers said were members of the Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP), Read More

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Police to wipe out kidnappers, bandits from hideouts – IG

February 8, 2020 Editor 0

Following the successes recorded in the fight against Ansarul terrorists in Birnin Gwari area where 250 kidnappers and bandits were neutralised, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has assured that the police would tackle other kidnappers terrorising Nigeria.  Speaking when he visited the troops injured from last Wednesday’s attack, the IGP said police have woken up from its Read More

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Niger College of Education to include Kambari language in programmes

January 23, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Niger State College of Education, Minna has said it will soon include Kambari, one of the state’s local dialects, as a course in its programmes of study. Provost of the college, Professor  Mohammed Auna, made this known at a public lecture to mark this year’s Annual Kambari Day  Tuesday in New-Bussa, Borgu local government of the state.  Auna said Read More

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Police repel bandits’ attack on Malfa village – CP

January 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

 The Police in Niger Monday confirmed  the repel of attack by bandits on Malfa village in Shiroro local government area of the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adamu Usman, confirmed t N) he development in an interview in Minna. Usman said the armed bandits numbering about 100 attempted to invade Malfa from Dogon Gona Forest, but added that Read More

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Video: Muye stands still as Blueprint publisher bags chieftaincy title in Niger

January 5, 2020 Blueprint 0

Publisher of Blueprint Newspapers, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, on Sunday bagged Jagaba kakanda chieftaincy title in Muye, Lapai Local Government Coucil of Niger state. The title was conferred on him by the Amana of Kakanda in Muye. The ceremony witnessed mammoth crowd including politicians, civil servants, friends and well wishers. Among the dignitaries that witnessed the occasion was Blueprint Chief Operating Read More

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Grappling with the menace of bad roads in Minna

October 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

For two years now, no respite for residents and motorists in Minna after articulated vehicles seized the major roads in the heart of ancient city along Minna – Suleja–Abuja road. In this report AIDELOJE OJO writes on the pulse of the residents. At about 7am on Monday October 14, 2019, an articulated vehicle heavily loaded with goods attempted to overtake Read More

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Saka siblings: Litmus test for speaker Niger Assembly

October 19, 2019 Editorial III 0

In my today’s write up I choose to direct it to the Honourable Speaker Niger State House Of Assembly because of some obvious reasons. You are a lawyer whose professional callings is mainly justice for all. You are also from Suleja Emirate Council and know very well the political settings sir and you are an uncle to the Saka siblings Read More

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APC states’ SSGs meeting will be successful – Matane

October 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Secretary to the Niger state Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, has expressed confidence that the ongoing quarterly meeting ofSecretaries to the Governments of All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled states holding in Dutse, Jigawa, will be a success. Matane, who said the meeting was focusing on developing common policy framework for APC states in the country, made the remark in a Read More

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LG polls: Niger PDP rejects SIEC’s administrative charges

September 26, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Niger state chapter has taken  a swipe at the imposition of administrative charges on candidates contesting the November 30, 2019, local government election by the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC). The party accordingly rejected the charges saying it is not only illegal but unconstitutional. Further, the party said it will not oblige them the charges Read More

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1500 players, officials storm Minna for basketball tourney

May 12, 2019 Editor 0

About 1500 players and officials are expected to participate in the Central Conference Playoffs of the Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship expected to be staged in Minna, Niger state. Niger State Director of Schools Sports, Alhaji Kudu B. Umar made this disclosure while briefing Journalists on the preparation towards hosting the championship slated between May 10 and 16, 2019. Read More

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Breaking: After declaring presidential election results from 12 states, more collation underway with Niger on Tuesday

February 26, 2019 Editor 0

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Muhammadu Buhari has taken the lead in the early results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in seven states His Peoples Democratic Party counterpart, Atiku Abubakar also put up a good show in the Abuja, the nation’s capital city, Abia and Ondo states. The states, whose results were announced Monday, were Read More

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Rep raises alarm over opponents’ plot to smear him

February 8, 2019 Editor 0

A member of the House of Representatives from Niger State, Hon. Abdulahi Garba, has denied statement credited to him on the 2019 elections by a group, saying it was an attempt by opponents to discredit him. A group under the aegis of Niger Against Corruption, reportedly accused the lawmaker representing Kontagora/Mariga/Wushishi/Mashegu Federal Constituency of the state, of openly boasting to Read More

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Niger appoints consultant on FCT benefits

September 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello has said that his government has appointed a consultant to put all the necessary documents together in other to recover all the benefits his state deserve from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The governor also assured that his leadership will continue to push until the state gets the last dime of what is meant Read More

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INEC registers 381, 051 new voters in Niger

September 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered 381, 051 new voters in Niger state, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor Sam Egwu has said. He made this declaration in a press statement issued by the commission’s head of voter’s education and publicity, Arthur Adzape. The REC said a total number of 14.5 million new voters have been registered Read More

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Police arrest 10 suspected kidnappers, robbers in Niger

September 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Police in Niger state have arrested 10 suspects over kidnapping and armed robbery incidents in parts of the state. Parading the suspects in Minna yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, DSP Mohammed Abubakar, stated that a syndicate of the kidnappers was smashed after collecting about N700,000 as ransom from victims. He listed the syndicate Read More

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I warned Tambuwal against dumping APC – Niger gov

August 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Governor of Niger state, Sani Bello has said that he traveled to Sokoto state to advice his colleague, the Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal against his defection to the People Democratic Party (PDP). The governor also dismissed speculations that he was planning to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking yesterday in Abuja through his Political Adviser on strategy, Read More

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Why we’re sponsoring 16th Niger Trade Fair – Dangote

August 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has insisted that lending to the real sector would still be difficult except the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reduces its Monetary Policy Rate (MPR). The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the CBN, retained the MPR at 14 per cent while also retaining the Cash Reserve Ratio at 22.5 per cent, Liquidity Ratio Read More

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Why we’ve not paraded Lapai bank robbery suspects – AIG

June 29, 2018 Blueprint 0

Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Fredrick Taiwo Lakanu, has explained that the police made breakthrough in the arrest of armed robbers that attacked two banks in Lapai area of Niger state few months ago but were yet to be paraded for security and strategic reasons. Lakanu stated this yesterday in Minna after addressing officers of the Niger state police Read More

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Niger, pace-setter in e-governance – Ebbo

June 23, 2018 Blueprint 0

Abdullberqy Usman Ebbo was the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state between 2015 and 2017. He is now the Director-General in-charge of Strategic Operations Unit, ICT and Public Enlightenment. AWAAL GATA recently engaged him, and he spoke on the contributions of his office, as well as the current Read More