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National Sport Festival: Lagos, FCT, 34 States yet to approve funds 

November 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

With barely a week to the kickoff of the 19th National Sports Festival virtually all the thirty-Six states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory are yet to approve funds for athletes to participate in the festival as several of the States are busy with the 2019 elections. The 19th edition of the National Sports Festival is scheduled to hold from Read More

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Has Obasanjo rejoined PDP?

November 28, 2018 Editorial III 0

Three and half years after publicly tearing his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) membership card in a dramatic fashion, former President Olusegun Obasanjo seems to have returned to the party. In this article Patrick Andrew looks at likely reasons. February 15, 2015 The former leader, who spearheaded the emergence of the former Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan as president, explained that being Read More

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Dei-dei property owners groan over FCTA ‘injustice’

November 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

The members of property owners in Zaudan Pasil and Filing Dabo layout of the Dei-dei district (a suburb within the nation’s capital) have lamented their plight in the hands of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) over superimposition of lands. Justice A. I Banjoko sitting at the  FCT High Court (Court 6), Daki-Bui, Thursday, November 22 fixed March 4 for Read More

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Abducted Zamfara twins regain freedom

November 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The twin sisters abducted in Dauran town in Zamfara state have been released by their kidnappers. Hassana and Hussaina were kidnapped last month as they distributed invitation cards for their upcoming wedding. The abductors threatened to kill them after the girls’ family said they could not raise the N15 million ransom the criminals demanded. An audio clip of one of the twins went Read More

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PS tasks staff on environmental laws

November 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

Mines Environmental Compliance Department (MEC) of Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) have been charged to boost their efficiency in enforcing mining laws that will safeguard the environment in line with the global best practices. Permanent Secretary MMND, Barrister Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, who stated this at the opening ceremony of the Retreat on Mines Pollution Control (MPC) held at New Keffi Read More

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The butcher in Riyadh

November 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

In breaking with the tradition of succession by agnatic seniority among the descendants of Ibn Saud to throne of Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud deposed his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef and appointed his own son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince in June 2017. The successful replacing of the agnatic seniority of succession with agnatic primogeniture in 2017 Read More

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Dubai sues China’s merchants port

November 6, 2018 Blueprint 0

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) DP World Limited and its subsidiaries has taken legal action against China for building an international free zone on a terminal being disputed with Djibouti. The lawsuit was filed in the High Court of Hong Kong for unlawfully procuring and inducing the Republic of Djibouti to breach various agreements between the African country and DP World. Read More

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IPAC mourns Agom Adara, urges residents to eschew bitterness

October 29, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) Kaduna state chapter has mourned the death of Agom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Galadima, while urging residents of Kaduna state to embrace peaceful coexistence and eschew bitterness. This is just as Kaduna state government yesterday gave residents few hours window on Sunday to move around, while further relaxing the curfew from 6am to Read More

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NYSC deploys 1,413 corps members to Gombe

October 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed 1,413 Batch C corps members to Gombe state. State coordinator, Mr. David Pwanidi Marson, disclosed this while speaking during the swearing in ceremony of the corps members deployed to the state at Amada Orientation Camp in Akko local government area of the state. He said that the time has passed for dependence Read More

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One out 4 workers faces harassment in France – ILO survey

October 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

Almost one in four people in France say they have been the target of workplace harassment because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or health status. This is one of the conclusions set out in the annual Barometer on workplace discrimination published on Thursday by the Defender of Rights Office of the Government of France and the ILO Read More

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I’ll work for APC’s success in 2019 – Agara

October 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Silas Ali Agara, has expressed readiness to work for the success of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections at all levels. The Deputy Governor, who was one of the governorship aspirants on the platform of the APC, said he has put behind him the disappointment of the exercise and would cooperate Read More

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Mamora resumes as NIWA MD

October 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora has formally resumed duty as the new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) at the agency’s headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi state, pledging to work as a team player in moving the authority to greater heights. Mamora, in his address shortly after taking over from the former Acting Managing Director, Danladi Ibrahim, described NIWA as Read More

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Air Peace lost billions in 6 months on West Coast – Onyema

October 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

The chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Onyema, has called on government to support Nigerian airlines by helping them play the international aero politics. Speaking at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos recently, Onyema stated that that due to lack of government support, the airline lost over a billion naira to charges in six months while flying the West coast Read More

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TCN to energise 150MVA, 330/132Kv Transformers, 75MX reactor in Maiduguri

October 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it would in the next two weeks energize another 150MVA 330/132Kv power transformer NS 75MX reactor in Maiduguri Transmission Substation. Also, it denied the social media reports that there was a serious explosion of one of its 150MVA 330/132kV power transformers, and described it as totally false and malicious. In a statement signed Read More

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Customs charges FTZ operators to comply with its processes

October 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Customs Service has tasked operators in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) to comply with government directives in the clearance procedures and processes in the zones to enhance the Service revenue drive. Controller, Tin Can 2 command, Comptroller Lami Wushishi, who stated this during a working visit to Lekki and Dangote Free Trade Zones in Lagos last week, assured Read More

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Plateau crisis: Minister condemns, tasks security agencies to end killings

October 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, condemned the resurgence of violent crisis in Plateau state, even as he directed the Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to urgently map out strategies to curtail the situation and maintain adequate security visibility in the rural communities to re-assure residents of their safety, and deter criminally minded persons. Read More

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Housing deficit: Operators urge FG to overhaul NHF, mortgage system

October 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Real estate operators on Friday called for complete overhaul of the National Housings Fund (NHF) and the mortgage system to impact positively on the nation’s housing development. The operators in the real estate industry, described the recent review of NHF as a good development and in right direction. NAN reports that under the new conditions of the Federal Mortgage Bank Read More

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EFCC arraigns Senator Kumo over money laundering

October 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Saidu Umar Kumo, a former Senator from Gombe State and Nuhu Poloma, a northern actor, on a five-count charge bothering on conspiracy and money laundering. They were arraigned before Justice Nehizena Apolabi of the Federal High Court Gombe, on Wednesday. According to the EFCC, the defendant allegedly collected the sum of Read More

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GITEX 2018: 6 Nigerian start-ups to showcase technological innovation

October 1, 2018 Blueprint 1

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said six outstanding start-ups have been selected to showcase their technological innovation at the Gulf Information Technology Innovation(GITEX). Mrs Hadiza Umar, Head Corporate Affairs and External Relations of the agency, who made this known in at the weekend in Abuja, said the event is aimed at showcasing the global technological advancements and innovations Read More

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Mining fuelling Zamfara security crisis – Jaye

October 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

President aspirant, Jaye Gaskia, says artisanal mining have further fueled the level of insecurity in Zamfara state. Mr. Jaye, who said this in a chat with Blueprint in Abuja, said that the peculiar nature of artisanal mining in the state makes many of them vulnerable to attacks by rural bandits. The meeting hosted by Global Rights has as its theme: Read More

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Nigeria: 58 years of profligacy

October 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nigeria celebrates its 58th anniversary as an independent nation today. October 1, 1960 saw the exit of British rulers after close to a century of colonialism, followed by wild jubilations across the length and breadth of the country. The day held high hopes for Nigerians as their collective destiny was thrust into their hands. Despite the fact that there was Read More

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Shipowners raise alarm over ‘missing’ cabotage fund

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigeran Shipowners Association (NISA) has called for investigation into the more than $300 million it said accrued into the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) between 2008 and 2015, part of which it claimed is missing. The CVFF, which is derived from two percent of the contracts awarded under the cabotage regime, was designed to enable indigenous shipping companies acquire Read More

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Hijab controversy: Erring Lagos principal reassigned

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Lagos school principal who suspended five female students for wear- ing hijab to school has been posted to another school Lagos state government said Mrs Shadare had been reassigned to another school following the hijab row. On September 19, 2018, Mrs Sha- dare sent five Muslim girls home, including the assistant senior prefect girl of the school. The principal Read More

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Hijab: Lagos seeks stakeholders’ understanding

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Lagos state government has, on Saturday, appealed to all stakeholders in the contentious issue of wearing Hijab in public schools to maintain peace, law and order while awaiting Supreme Court ruling on the matter. Speaking with journalists on the refusal of entry for five students of Isolo Senior Secondary School on Wednesday, the state deputy governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule Read More

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I’ll dance to Government House – Adeleke

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has said he will dance to the State Government House after winning the September 22 Osun governorship election. Adeleke said this during a town hall meeting organised by Oduduwa Youth Development Initiative in Osun State, midweek “I will surely dance to the government house by Read More