Wike signs N483.1bn Rivers 2022 budget into law

December 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has assured that his administration will mobilise resources towards achieving 80 percent implementation of the 2022 budget. The governor gave the assurance shortly after signing into law the Rivers State Appropriation Law No. 11, 2021 at the executive chamber of Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday. “By the grace of God, we’ll hit the Read More

Improved security roadmap in Rivers: The Eleme example

November 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

An improved security arrangement in Rivers state replicated in Eleme has given the area turn-around for businesses to thrive and also attract new investors into the state. Godwin Egba reports. Economic analysts acknowledge that among other parameters to determine a society’s socio-economic growth are anchored on adequate provision of effective security and infrastructural development in order to attract both local Read More

Rivers Police burst fake drink producers syndicate, arrests 2

November 19, 2021 Godwin Egba 0

The Rivers state Police command said it has burst a fake drink producing syndicate in the Eligbo-Rumuokoro part of port Harcourt. Two male suspects, named Akhayera Collins and one Christian John were arrested while others escaped. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent of Police (SP), Nnamdi Omoni, stated this in a press statement made available to Blueprint on Read More

Breaking: EFCC opens up as security operatives invade Mary Odili’s residence

October 29, 2021 Editor 0

The residence of a Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili, on Friday suffered invasion by suspected armed Police and Soldiers. This is as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has swiftly denied being involved in the reported raid. Reports earlier suggested that the security operatives arrived at Justice Odili’s Abuja residence and made immediate attempt to break in, but the wife Read More

Breaking: PDP National Convention to go on as party floors Secondus at Appeal Court

October 29, 2021 Editor 0

It has now been confirmed that the scheduled National convention by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will go ahead after the country’s main opposition party defeated it’s suspended national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus in court. Specifically, the court asked the party to carry on with its national convention unhindered. Secondus had approached the Court of Appeal, sitting in Port-Harcourt, the Read More

Tafa Balogun, Godwin Abbe: Where are they now?

October 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

These three individuals served the country at different times after their stewardship. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes on where they could be presently. Tafa Balogun He was the Inspector General of Police (IGP) between 2002 and 2005, before he was forced into submitting his letter of resignation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo because of widespread allegations of corruption against him.  Prior to Read More

Rivers ranks third largest in COVID – 19 infections- Dr Boyd

October 27, 2021 Godwin Egba 0

Country Director of the United States Centre for Disease Control (USDC), Dr. Mary Boyd, has said that Rivers state currently has the third largest COVID- 19 infections and the sixth on tuberculosis with 140,000 new infections in the country. Dr.Boyd stated this at a launch of an Integrated Screening, Tracking for TB, HIV and COVID- 19 Wednesday in Port-Harcourt, capital Read More

ERA/FoEN raises alarm over toxic waste dump in Rivers

October 9, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has said it had uncovered a toxic waste dump site in Kdere, Gokana local government area of Rivers state. In a statement, the group said a team of its Environmental Field Monitors visited Lot 13 and Lot 14 on September 28, 2021 and “unearthed Shell’s toxic waste dump site in Kdere Read More

2023: Wike not be a barrier to any aspirant – Nkor

October 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) South-East Senatorial District, Rivers state, Field Nkor, has distanced the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, as a barrier to any aspirant wishing to succeed him come 2023. Nkor in a telephone interview with our reporter on Monday in Port-Harcourt, stated that the Wike – led PDP, in the state has provided a Read More

Lagos, Rivers, Ebonyi others top states’ 2021 fiscal performance ranking

September 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

BudgIT, a civic-tech organisation leading the advocacy for transparency and accountability in Nigeria and three other African countries has ranked Lagos, Rivers, Anambra, Ebonyi and Kebbi states for growth in its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as recorded by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) The Communications Lead, Damilola Ogundipe in a statement issued on the 2020 edition of its annual Read More

How Rivers security architectures are working out

September 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

In Rivers state, the security arrangements put in place to secure the state are working as GODWIN EGBA reports on those strategies. Nigerians are overwhelmed by the activities of bandits and their deadly operations across the country who kill scores of innocent souls and destroy property worth millions of naira despite the efforts of security agencies. However, Rivers State Police Read More

APC chieftain chides Wike for attacking Umahi over Buhari’s 2023 comment

September 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state Chief James Aroh Nweke, has blasted Governor Nyesome Wike of River state and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee Chairman, Elder Fred Udeogu over their reactions on Umahi’s statement on the type of President Nigeria needs in 2023. The Rivers state governor had verbally attacked  Umahi, asking Read More

PGF boss attacks Wike, says Buhari responsible for increased VAT collection

September 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh Lukman, has condemned the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike, for “shamelessly talk about Value Added Tax (VAT) which President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration responsible for its increasing collection. The APC chieftain reminded governor Wike that the current increased record of VAT Read More

Oil bunkering: EFCC arrests 27 in Rivers

September 13, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives of the Port Harcourt zonal command have arrested 27 suspects for illegal oil bunkering. A statement by the commission’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, Monday, said the suspects were arrested at the weekend in Ahoada local government area in Rivers state. The statement named the suspects as Mohammad Bello, Abubarkar Umar, Abdulkarim Read More

Ogoni Community leaders pledge to support NPDC Oil exploration activities

September 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Leaders of Ogoniland, Rivers State, southern Nigeria, under the auspices of the Ogoni Liberation Initiative (OLI), have pledged to cooperate with the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in the exploration and production of oil and gas resources in its territory. This comes after an initial disagreement on resumption of exploration and production in the community, OLI convener Revd. Douglas Fabeke Read More

Breaking: Ex-Rivers state governor is dead

September 6, 2021 Editor 0

Former military Administrator of Rivers State, Brigadier General Anthony Ukpo, is dead. Brigadier General Anthony Ukpo, a former information minister during General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida’s regime died Monday morning. Close ally, Leonard Anyogu, who is the secretary of the Ogoja State Creation Committee which was chaired by Ukpo, confirmed the former military administrator’s death. Details loading…

BASL hands over $20,000, others found at Lagos Airport to owner

September 2, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Terminal has returned a bag containing the sum of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) in two bundles, the sum of five hundred thousand naira (#500,000.00) in five bundles and other valuables found at the Airside of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos Terminal Two (MMA2). Other items found in the bag was nine wristwatches in Read More

Salamatu Suleiman, Godwin Abbe: Where are they now?

August 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman; Sullivan Iheanacho Chime; and Major General Godwin Osagie Abbe (retd.) held public positions at various time. They have been off the public space for in recent time hence Blueprint Weekend asks: where are they now? Salamatu Suleiman Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, is a lawyer by profession, with a Read More

Breaking: As Secondus steps aside, PDP deputy chairman takes over, postpones NWC meeting indefinitely

August 24, 2021 Editor 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Chairman (South), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, has taken charge of the party’s affairs, day after the National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus was restrained by the High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. The court had with suit number PHC/2183/ CS/ 2021 dated August 23, 2021, Honourable Justice (Dr), O. Gbasam “granted restraining order on Read More

NGE mourns Juliet Njiowhor

August 24, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has expressed shock over the death of the editor of the Port Harcourt-based, The Tide newspaper, Mrs. Juliet Ejiowhor.  A statement by the NGE President, Mustapha Isah, said Mrs Njiowhor died on Saturday after a brief illness.  Isah said the death of Mrs. Njiowhor has robbed the Guild of a committed member who never missed any Read More

PDP needs robust, determined NWC to win elections- Wike

August 18, 2021 Godwin Egba 0

Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said that the present National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot lead the party to victory in the 2023 general elections, hence the quest for its replacement. Wike maintained his position while speaking on a national television in Port Harcourt Tuesday, saying that, the internal rumbling that was recently Read More

Aviation: Patronise new Bayelsa route, IYC tells oil companies

August 14, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

 The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has appealed to oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region to patronise the new aviation route to the Bayelsa International Cargo Airport. The IYC President, Peter Timothy Igbifa, in a statement in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, on Friday described as historic and commendable the Wednesday’s inaugural commercial flight at the airport. Igbifa, Read More