NNPC spends N109bn on refineries rehabilitation, pipelines in 9 months

November 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that from January to September a total of N109.85 billion was spent on refineries rehabilitation and pipelines in the first nine months of 2021. NNPC gave the figures in its latest operations report for October obtained by Ripples Nigeria on Monday. Over the years, there have been public outcry concerning the expenditure Read More

PGF boss to Ayu: Investigate mismanagement of N30bn mobilised for PDP secretariat

November 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has challenged the new leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to investigate the mismanagement of N30 billions mobilised for the construction of its national secretariat. The APC chieftain also commended the opposition party for organising a successful Read More

FIRS proposes road infrastructure funding scheme

October 26, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) says it is proposing the introduction of Road Infrastructure Tax in Nigeria, to make the informal sector contribute to building a modern society. Executive Chairman of FIRS, Muhammad Mamman Nami, disclosed this recently while receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its National President, Chris Isiguzo, in his office, Read More

DWOPA harps on empowering, rehabilitating survivors of GBV

October 25, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

An Abuja based nongovernmental organisation , Divine Women of Purpose Association (DWOPA), has unveiled plans to strategically tackle the challenges of Gender Based Violence survivors, through empowerment, rehabilitation and reintegration into the mainstream of the society. This move is coming against the backdrop of the marking of the 2021 Day of the Girl-Child, and ahead of the Day Against Gender-Based Read More

Senate calls for commissioning of completed projects

October 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Members of the Senate Committee on Works have commended the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and his team for the progress so far made on the on-going construction, rehabilitation, and expansion of roads across the country. The committee members, who made the commendation when they paid an oversight visit to the ministry, also called for the commissioning 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

Buni urges humanitarian partners to patronize local contractors

October 5, 2021 Yusuf A. Yusuf 0

Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC caretaker Extraordinary conversation planning committee, Mai Mala Buni, has charged humanitarian and development partners working in the state to patronize indigenous contractors in award of contracts. Governor Buni made the appeal Monday when he received in audience the country Director of Qatar charity organization, Shiek Hamda El-Sayyad.  A statement signed by the Buni’s media Read More

We didn’t demand FG’s pardon for Dariye – Fulani group

September 29, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Fulani cultural group known as ‘Coalition of Fulani Youths Groups’ (CFYG) has dissociated themselves from the statement credited to its interim president suggesting that they demanded the federal government to grant pardon to a former governor of plateau state Joshua Dariye who is currently facing trial over allegations of corruption. Recall that the group’s president in a letter addressed to Read More

Afghanistan: Fall of the giants and accentuated lessons II

September 22, 2021 Professor MK Othman 0

Archaeologically, Afghanistan is reputed to be the graveyard of some powerful empires for 770 years from 1219 to 1989. Those formidable countries/empires were Mongolian Empire (1219-1221), Mughal Empire (1383-1385), the British first attempt (1839-1842), British second attempt (1878-1880), British third attempt 1919, and Soviet Union (1979-1989). They all manufactured excuses justifying their invasion of Afghanistan at different times but they Read More

Voice Nigeria: Oxfam advises NGOs, CSOs on utilising funds from donors

September 21, 2021 Paul Okah 0

An international organisation, Oxfam, has advised non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisation (CSOs) and other volunteer groups to be transparent and accountable in utilising funds gotten from donor agencies. Addressing participants Tuesday in Abuja during the Voice grantees inception, the Project Coordinator, Voice in Nigeria, Ijeoma Okwor, said that the project, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Read More

Afghanistan: Fall of the giants and accentuated lessons

September 15, 2021 Professor MK Othman 0

The Afghans born forty years ago to date have seen all kinds of wars, experienced all kinds of war-induced turmoil, sadness, and hopelessness in their war-ravaging country. This reminds me of my interaction with a Lebanese colleague as an undergraduate student of ABU Zaria in the Faculty of Engineering in the 1980s. That Lebanese told me that all his life Read More

Group facilitates release of 21 prisoners in Kuje, Suleja

September 7, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

A Joint Professional Training Support (JPTS) International, an NGO based in Abuja has facilitated the release of 21 prisoners from Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja and Suleja. General Manager of the group, Pastor Adaeze Gift-Lemuels, said Tuesday in Abuja, during an orientation programme held to celebrate the release of the prisoners that the gesture was part of the organisation’s “Global Read More

Kudos to Governor Bala Mohammed

August 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state said the state is ranked eighth poorest state in Nigeria in terms of poor social amenities, lack of job opportunities, high number of out of school children, among others. It’s obvious given how Bauchi state is being affected by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents and the consequential high number of Internally Read More

Buhari completes 12 dams, 3 hydropower projects, 7 irrigation projects – APC group

August 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC), has said out of 116 inherited projects for priority completion in 2016, a total of twelve dams, three hydropower projects and seven irrigation projects among many others have been completed by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The APC think-tank group also disclosed that Buhari administration signed Executive Order 9 Read More

Over 900 road projects ongoing nationwide under Buhari – APC group

August 4, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Over 900 active road contracts, covering the construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of more than 13,000km of federal roads and highways were currently ongoing nationwide under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. A think-tank of the All Progressives Congress (APC) known as Legacy and Awareness Campaign (APC-LAC) has revealed further that stretch of roads coverage is out of a total Read More

Contextualising the unholy parable of the Fika school video

July 29, 2021 Abubakar Aliyu Bawa 0

James Thurber, an American author, sums it up when he said, quite rightly so that, “nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation”. And in the midst of rising tide of such desperation such men get blind to the obvious, and hence blind also to their blindness, apologies to Daniel Kahneman a world famous psychologist. These are some of the thoughts Read More

Yobe gov. donates textbooks, lab equipment, others to schools

July 28, 2021 Editorial III 0

Yobe state governor Mai Mala Buni, has distributed textbooks, laboratory equipments and chemicals worth over N1billion.Director General press and Media affairs to the governor Mamman Mohammed stated this on Tuesday in a statement made available to journalist in Damaturu. He said classroom and office furniture worth over 1billion were procured and distributed to schools across the state,as over 10,000 teachers Read More

Zulum inaugurates c’ttee on Abadam IDP/refugees’ resettlement

July 27, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state Monday inaugurated a committee for the resettlement of internally displaced persons and refugees that are indigenes of Abadam local government to Malam Fatori, the LGA’s headquarters. In his inaugural speech, Governor Zulum expressed concern over the plight of several persons living across different IDP camps in the state.The governor also noted that Borno Read More

Rehabilitated Oman returnee begs Nigerians to help start new life

July 14, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

An Oman returnee, Funmilayo Victoria Fehintola, has appealed to well meaning Nigerians to come to her aid to enable her start a new life after what she described as her harrowing ordeal in the Middle East country where she sojourned in search of greener pasture before her deportation in March 2021. Blueprint had reported that the 31-year-old indigene of Ondo Read More

FG expends US $245m for dredging River Hadejia – Badaru

July 12, 2021 Muhammad Aliyu 0

To enhance agricultural policy and boost food security in Nigeria, the federal government has spent over US295 million on the dredging of Hadejia River, Jigawa state. Jigawa state governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, stated this during the official commissioning of N7.7 billion Kazaure water supply scheme constructed by the government of President Buhari through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources 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

Halt the carnage on Zaria-Kano road

June 9, 2021 Editorial IV 0

It is no longer news that the federal road from Kano to Kaduna has bred multitude of fatal accidents that have consumed many lives of Nigerians, especially children and women. This crucial road should be completed immediately so as to stop these incessant accidents.  No few than 17 young men from Kano died in a fatal motor accident along the Read More

Insurgency: Zulum orders immediate reconstruction of Ajiri community

June 3, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state has ordered for immediate rehabilitation of all buildings destroyed when the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents attacked Ajiri on 5th of May, 2021. The insurgents launched an attack on the famous commercial community of Ajiri, killing eight residents of the town and setting ablaze several houses and other buildings in the community. Many of Read More

NNPC to acquire stakes in private refineries

June 1, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has revealed that it is currently considering equity participation in a number of private refineries in the country in line with a Federal Government policy directive which stipulates the mandatory participation of the Corporation in any privately-owned refinery that exceeds 50,000 barrels per day capacity in keeping with its statutory role of safeguarding national energy Read More