2023: Don’t complain if you don’t vote, Archbishop Kaigama warns Nigerians, charges INEC on transparency, probity, fairness

September 23, 2022 Ene Oshaba Abuja 0

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, has called on Nigerians to participate actively in the upcoming elections by voting, warning that abstaining from voting was a disservice to the Christian faith. Kaigama made the call at the 3rd Abuja Catholic Archdiocesan General Assembly with the theme “Witness in Politics: The Role of the Catholic Faithful” which is being Read More

Young Nigerians world class innovators – Osinbajo

September 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says with the right platforms, young Nigerians will always rise up to national and global challenges, while finding solutions to them through innovation and technology. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said the vice president delivered a pre-recorded keynote remarks at the Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech) N50 billion Endowment Fund Launch in Read More

Suffering under the weight of brain drain

August 30, 2022 Blueprint 0

Many Nigerian professionals are leaving the shores of the nation for greener pastures abroad. BARNABAS OLABISI reports. The recent mass exodus of Nigerian professionals for greener pastures especially in education and health sectors is at alarming rate as it is taking a toll on critical sectors of the nation’s economy and future development of the nation.Professionals who spoke on these Read More

Nigerians as entertainers

A colleague of mine once said it is better to watch Nigerians as they entertain you. That, he said, gives you joy instead of the worries and potential heart failure you get when you take most of them serious. But are Nigerians entertainers? The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines an entertainer as “a person whose job is amusing or interesting Read More

Buying pre-foreclosure not illegal, expert tells Nigerians

August 3, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

An expert in the real estate sector, Patrick Aminu has appealed to Nigerians to always understand the history of the property they intend to buy. Aminu, who made this known in a chat with Blueprint further said people should not be afraid to buy a pre- foreclosed property as it is not illegal. He explained that first, anyone looking for Read More

The Dariye, Nyame presidential pardon

April 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Although, the pardon last week of former governors of Taraba state, Jolly Nyame, and Joshua Dariye of Plateau state, among 159 other convicts, by the Council of State, has drawn the ire of many Nigerians, including the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, human rights organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), and fiery lawyer Femi Falana, the underlying wisdom in Read More

Cypriot Mayor to Nigerians: We’re committed to accommodating foreigners

April 20, 2022 Ahmid Lawal 0

The Mayor of Girne, Cyprus, Engineer NiDai Gungordu, has pleddge that the citizens of the country will continue to accommodate foreigners without discrimination. He spoke in Girne, when leaders of African Nations in North Cyprus (ANNC) led by the founder, Oya Baspinarli, a Cypriot, paid him a courtesy visit. A statement issued in Cyprus over the weekend by the President Read More

Only 20% of Nigeria’s health centres have sanitation facilities – Adamu

April 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu has said that only 20% of hospitals have basic sanitation facilities, adding that this should raise concerns over the poor hygiene situations in the country. Adamu said this recently at the Inter-Ministerial Dialogue on Sanitation in Abuja, noting that these statistics were abysmally low and Nigerians should show more commitment to change the narrative. Read More

Russia to ensure Nigerians’ safety, well-being – Official

March 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Russia has given the assurance that it would continue to provide necessary assistance to ensure the safety and well-being of Nigerian citizens in the Russian Federation. This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow, Russia, on the sideline of the meeting between officials of the two countries. The meeting was between the Read More

2023 and Third Force: A new Nigeria in the offing?

March 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Politicians are gathering again to outdo one another through the formation of alternative platforms for elective offices. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes on the desirability or otherwise of a third force that can displace the two major political parties come 2023. As the 2023 general elections draw nearer, politicians in their usual gimmicks are devising every conceivable option to remain afloat since Read More

Stop patronising unlicensed finance houses, CBN warns

March 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned Nigerians to desist from patronising unlicensed finance houses. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele made the appeal Thursday in Yola at the 2022 Central Bank of Nigeria Fair. Speaking at the Fair which has as its theme “Promoting Financial stability and Economic development”, he noted that a lot of Nigeria were daily falling victims Read More

I’ll continue to defend our citizens’ interest worldwide – Buhari

March 4, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration would continue to defend the interest of Nigerians “wherever they may be” as the nation began the evacuation of citizens stranded following the Russia-Ukraine war. The president’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement on Friday that the president stated this Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, at a Town Hall Meeting with a Read More

We’ve evacuated over 200 Nigerians from Ukraine – FG

February 28, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said many Nigerians have been moved out of Ukraine amidst attacks by Russia. Onyeama, who disclosed this in a ‘Daily Update’ on Nigerians in Ukraine, assured that efforts were on top gear to ensure that all Nigerians were evacuated “in safety and dignity.” According to the update: “In the last 24 hours, Read More

Reaping the benefits of a digitised economy

February 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

The world and its economies are going digital and Nigeria cannot be an exception as efforts are being made in that direction. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes what Nigeria stands to get from a digitised economy. At last, what seemed like eternity is becoming a reality as the federal government is finally working towards an integrated digital economy. At a public forum Read More

Envoy flags off novel passports for Nigerians in Germany

February 18, 2022 Mohammed Lawal 0

Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Friday flagged off a novel issuance and re-issuance of Nigerian passports’ intervention programme in a move to ease the stress Nigerians residing in Germany faced in accessing passports. This was contained in a statement issued in Bauchi. According to the statement, the initiative came on the heels of the immense difficulties faced by Read More

Nigeria scores first as Senate passes act establishing multimodal accident investigation agency

February 17, 2022 Suleiman Idris 0

Nigeria will score a first in inter modal accident investigation on the African continent if President Muhammadu Buhari assent to a bill for the Act to provide for the establishment of Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), a multimodal accident investigation agency. The Senate on Tuesday passed the bill barely a month after the House of Representatives did same. When assented Read More

NAFDAC’s warning on indiscriminate use of pesticides

February 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

The admonition by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to Nigerians on the indiscriminate use of pesticides to eliminate insects in their homes is very necessary. The agency’s Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja, recently. The NAFDAC boss particularly mentioned a chemical known as Toptoxin fumigation tablets which Read More

Vulnerable Nigerians’ll continue to enjoy social safety nets – Buhari

February 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the nation’s poor and vulnerable “remain top priority for protection and lifting from the poverty cycle.” The president stated this at the virtual official presentation of the Country Review Report of Nigeria. He stated this at the 31st Africa Peer Review Forum of the African Union leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday. President Read More

Nigerians want government to prioritise security, economy – Poll

January 13, 2022 Idachaba Sunny Eleojo 0

A new public opinion poll released by NOIPolls has revealed that the top key areas Nigerians want the government to focus its attention in 2022 are security, inflation and economy. Others are electricity, health, agriculture, education, water and roads. While result shows that 50 percent Nigerians want government to focus on security, 44 percent of Nigerians want attention focused on Read More

IPAC tasks Nigerians on sustenance of democratic values, culture

January 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has called on all Nigerians to reiterate the significance of collective and honest commitment in order to deepen the culture, values and practice of democracy as a framework for the development and progress of the country. The National Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council of IPAC, Engineer Yabagi Yusuf Sani, in a press statement said it is Read More

2022: Akeredolu tasks Nigerians be focused, dedicated

January 2, 2022 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has congratulated the people of the state and Nigeria on the grace to witness the New Year, 2022. Governor Akeredolu, who rejoiced with the people of the state, said despite the hurdles and the challenges experienced in the out gone year, God’s grace sustained the state, her people and the country at large. Read More

NCPF felicitates with Nigerians, urges peace, unity in 2022

January 2, 2022 Ahmid Lawal 0

The North Central Peoples’ Forum (NCPF) has congratulated all Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora for a successful end of the year 2021 and wishes them all a happy and prosperous year 2022. In a congratulatory message signed by NCPF Executive Chairman, Architect Gabriel Yakubu Aduku on behalf of the Chairman, Board of Trustees, General Jeremiah Timbut Useni Read More

Let’s continue to be hopeful in 2022, Sylva tells Nigerians

December 31, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has predicted that 2022 “will be better than 2021” in the nation’s socio-political environment, urging Nigerians to “keep hope of a better Nigeria alive in 2022.” In his New Year message to Nigerians, Sylva said the citizens needed to continue to think positively of a better Nigeria, adding that President Muhammadu Read More

Nigerians live in fear over arms proliferation

December 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

Human lives matter: That is why the recent arrest of individuals and non-state actors with large cache of arms in the country poses serious concerns; ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Concerns are being expressed in many quarters about the mounting incidents of arms and high-calibre weapons being purloined into the country by unscrupulous Nigerians. Recent incidents Recently, in a space of two Read More

Kukah to Nigerians: Focus on citizenship, not religious, tribal sentiments

December 31, 2021 Sidi A. Umar 0

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hasan Kukah, has posited that Nigerians would continue to have problems until they agree to focus on their common citizenship rather than tribal or religious sentiments. Hassan Kukah, who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Sokoto on state affairs of the nation said he is more concerned about fixing Nigeria Read More