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No alliance can defeat Buhari in 2019 –Tofa

May 11, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) 1993 presidential candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, says the ongoing alliance by prominent former leaders and political coalitions against the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari will not lead to the defeat of the incumbent president in 2019. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, the APC elder predicts Buhari will be ruthless after 2019. Failed Read More

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We’re loyal to authorities, Shi’ite faction tells Nigerians

May 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Members of Rasulul A’azam Foundation, a splinter faction of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shia, have pledged their loyalty to constituted authorities under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking to newsmen at this year’s annual celebration of the birthday of Imam El-Mahadi, held at Rasulul A’azam Mosque in Dawanau town of DawakinTofa local government area of Read More

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‘Ganduje, most peopleoriented governor’

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Kano state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has been described as the “most vibrant and peopleoriented governor” in the country, “whose leadership qualities manifest through the many infrastructure development initiatives of his administration.” The remark was contained in a letter of appreciation sent to the governor, for flagging-off of the Dangi Roundabout Interchange Flyover and Underpass, by an amalgamation of Read More

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Former INEC boss Jega gets new appointment

April 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has appointed a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, to chair a committee for the establishment of Yusuf Maitama Sule Centre for the Advancement of Politics and Democratic Governance in Kano. The state government said it is establishing the centre as a tribute to the contributions of late Maitama Sule, Read More

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Easter: Church doles out gift items to patients, inmates, others

April 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

For patients at the Kubwa General Hospital, King’s Care Hospital, Unity Clinic and Maternity, children at the Divine Wounds of Jesus Orphanage, Kubwa Divine Orphanage home, it was a moment to savour as Dunamis International Gospel Centre Phase 4, kubwa, Abuja, gave them bags of rice and cartons of indomie to mark the Easter celebration. Other items they got were Read More

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Strange disease: Kano dispatches team to affected area

March 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Kano state government said it had dispatched a Rapid Response Team to check the authenticity of a reported outbreak of a strange killer disease in Dawakin Tofa local government area of the state. The Commissioner for Health, Kabiru Getso, made this known through the Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Isma’il Gwammaja, yesterday in Kano. He said the story of Read More

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UNICEF selects 10 Kano LGs for 2018 intervention programme

March 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has selected 10 local government areas in Kano state for the implementation of its activities in 2018. UNICEF Chief, Katsina Field Offi ce, Mrs Padmauathi Yedla, disclosed this during a meeting with Kano state government officials yesterday. The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Murtala Sule-Garo and chairmen of the Read More

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Prisons to build 3,000 capacity ultra-modern custody in Kano

March 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has laid 3,000 capacity ultra-modern prison in Janguza – a satellite town in Tofa Local Government Area of Kano state. When completed it will be the largest prison facility to be built in Nigeria. The Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, in his welcome address during the ground-breaking ceremony expressed delight, adding that the problems facing Read More

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We’ve spent billions on 3 health projects – Ganduje

November 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state government has spent billions of Naira to construct three crucial projects in the health sector. They are the upgraded Dawakin Tofa General Hospital, Middle road Sabon Gari Maternal and Child Health Clinic as well as CT-Scan room and upgraded theatres, at Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Hospital, Nassarawa, which were commissioned by the Minister of Health, Read More

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Market fire: Dangote donates N.5bn to Kano traders

November 9, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By David Agba Abuja Succor came the way of the over a thousand hitherto dejected traders affected by the Kano Market fire disasters few months ago as the renowned business mogul, Aliko Dangote made good his promise and donated a whooping sum of N500 million to rehabilitate them. Aliko’s donation which came through the Aliko Dangote Foundation, was in response Read More

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A narrative of school life

July 27, 2017 Blueprint 0

School life is an important part of one’s life, because it provides opportunity for study and discipline. However, school life is a preparatory stage for entering public life. School plays an important role in widening the outlook of students. Virtues such as perseverance, sincerity, truthfulness, tolerance, discipline and obedience are developed in students. School is a meeting place for students Read More

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Stop depending solely on oil, bizman tells Nigerians

July 26, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano A Kano-based business magnate, Alhaji Isiyaku Umar Tofa, has called on Nigerians to de-emphasise the sole dependence on oil revenue accruing from the Federation Account, and concentrate on largescale farming for the survival of the country. Speaking to newsmen in Kano yesterday, Tofa said over dependence on the black gold was a ruse which would continue Read More

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Donald Trump: Time to work more constructively with Russia

July 10, 2017 Blueprint 0

US President Donald Trump says it is time to work “constructively” with Russia after his meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. He tweeted that Mr Putin “vehemently denied” interfering in the US election at their fi rst face-toface encounter at the G20 on Friday. But Mr Trump’s position contrasts with some of his own senior offi cials. Th e US Read More

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Biodiversity to aid natural heritage development – FG

June 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Conservator-General, Nigeria National Parks Services (NPS), Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, has said his agency is collaborating with the Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, on biodiversity research to help develop and preserve the nation’s natural heritage. Goni, who made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, says the service will soon embark Read More

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Empowerment: Adult education centre graduates 25 women

May 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Ummu Atiyyah Women Centre, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), that voluntarily focus on the education of adult Muslim women in Dawaki Suleja, a community in Niger state graduated its 4th set of pupils last week. ENE OSANG was there and reports. It was a beehive of activities during the fourth graduation ceremony of the all women adult education school Read More

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Kwankwaso, Kano’s second best gov – Ganduje

May 23, 2017 Blueprint 0

Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has described his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as “the best civilian governor the state has had” since the late Abubakar Rimi. Ganduje was Kwankwaso’s deputy until he succeeded him in 2015, but both men have since been on different sides of a deep fissure in their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state. Speaking Read More

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Kano approves N300m for ecological projects

May 22, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state government has released N300 million as counterpart funds for the first phase of projects, under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) NEWMAP, according to report in Kano, intends to rehabilitate five erosion sites in Kiru, Ungoggo, Dwakin Tofa, Nassarawa and Tarauni local government areas. In addition, it will provide four water conservation Read More

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What manner of love for Buhari

May 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

Muhammad Ajah While speaking recently at the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Usman, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, reaffirmed his love for President Muhammadu Buhari and cherished his relationship with him. He declared: “The president has been treating me as a brother. In fact, the president has taken me as a son in the way he treats Read More

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Giving adolescent girls ‘second chance’ for education

May 11, 2017 Blueprint 0

The second chance education programme is an informal system of education targeting adolescent girls aged between 13 and 17, who never had the opportunity to attend school or dropped out of school. ADAM ALQALI reports Northern Nigeria has one of the most frightful statistics of out-of-school girls in the world, which is evident in the wide disparity between the region Read More

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Kano earmarks N337m for Bichi township road, water reticulation

March 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has flagged off the construction of two-kilometre Bichi township road in Bichi local government area, at the cost of N200 million, as well as water reticulation system in the town at the cost N137 million. The first project entails renovation and asphalting of the road, provision of streetlights and Read More

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Repentant bandits, rustlers surrender weapons to Army in Zamfara

March 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

Repentant armed bandits and livestock rustlers have continued to surrender their weapons troops of Nigerian Army in Zamfara State. This followed last peace initiative instituted last year the state government in collaboration with 1 Division Nigerian Army. The weapons were surrendered to 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army in the presence of state government officials and representatives of the various Read More

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Face of infrastructure in Kano

February 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Hassan Musa K/Mata Taking over the mantle of leadership of Kano state about two years ago, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje declared that huge liabilities, lean federal allocations, dwindling Internally Generated Revenue and slim state’s treasury, will affect adequate development and distribution of democratic dividends. The governor kept enlisting the support and understanding of the good people of Kano state, Read More

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8th National Assembly disservice to Nigeria – Tofa

April 22, 2016 Blueprint 0

Alhaji Bashir Tofa was the presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention in the 1993 presidential election.  He recently hosted journalists at his Kano residence during which the elder statesman speaks on some major issues within the polity. For instance, he expresses shock at  the National Assembly’s handling of the 2016 Appropriation Bill, accusing the lawmakers of ‘sabotaging’ the Read More

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Tofa to judiciary: Don’t abort our nascent democracy

April 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

A former presidential candidate under the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) and Kano-based businessman, Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, has warned the judiciary not to do anything that would abort “our nascent democracy, because it was the same judiciary that created the basis for the annulment of June 12, 1993.” Speaking to Blueprint in Kano, Tofa urged the Nigerian Bar Association Read More