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Zamfara, Yari and challenges of change

May 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in a bid to meet its constitutional mandate as stipulated in Chapter II, Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), recently commended its 2018 Dividends of Democracy Media Tour in Zamfara state. The union, led by its National President, Abdulwahid Odusile, inspected projects and made recommendation regarding areas of need. The coming of Read More

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10 die in Zamfara auto crash

April 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Zamfara state has confirmed the death of 10 persons in Sunday’s late evening auto crash in the state. Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Nasiru Ahmed, said the incident occurred on the Sokoto-Gusau road and involved a head-on collision between a Golf car and a truck. The accident, he said, Read More

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Stoppage of former governors’ pension By Ahmed Sani

April 17, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The passage of a bill by the Kwara State House of Assembly stopping the payment of pension to former governors and their deputies whenever they are holding political or public offices is a new order and in the overall best interests of Nigerians. The bill was said to have been influenced by Dr. Bukola Saraki, a former governor of the Read More

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APC NEC meeting: Power play and matters arising

March 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

BODE OLAGOKE takes a look at the issues surrounding tenure elongation for the All Progressives Congress (APC) executives at all levels which was decided at the third National Executive Committee meeting of the party. Background Contrary to its constitution that its National Executives Council meeting be held three times in a year, the All Progressives Congress (APC) held its third Read More

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…DPR seals 6 filling stations in Gombe

December 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Auwal Ahmad Gombe Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) Gombe state Field office has sealed six filling stations for their involvement in sharp practices, including selling above pump price and diversion of the product. The DPR operations controller in the state, Abdullahi Abawa, disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Gombe yesterday, saying one of the filling stations, Tukur Dahiru Read More

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We’ve never benefited from Anchor Borrowers Scheme – Village head

December 11, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Smallholders farmers are, according to statistics, the backbone of Nigerian agriculture. But findings show that these farmers achieved this feat through personal efforts, as most government programmes in the sector hardly get to the rural areas where majority of the smallholders farmers lives.JOHN OBA, who visited Igu village in Bwari area council of the FCT, writes GESS and ABP The Read More

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Biafra: ‘North on path to perdition if … – Coalition

August 4, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Chairman, Coalition of Northern Groups, Alhaji Nastura Ashir Sherif, has said the Coalition was looking at the issue of the muchpronounced Biafran agitation beyond quit notice, adding that the North was on the road to perdition “if certain crucial issues are not addressed in earnest.” Speaking at a meeting organised for members of the Coalition to Read More

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Quit Notice to Igbos Stand – Arewa Youths

August 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (ACF) says the quit notice given to Igbo people resident in the northern part of the country is still in force. At a meeting in Kaduna on June 6, ACF gave Igbo in the north up till October 1 to leave the region. But speaking with reporters in Kano on Thursday, Shettima Yarima, chairman of Read More

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SERAP wants Saraki, other exgovs sued over emoluments

July 17, 2017 Blueprint 0

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, urging him to use his “good offi ces as a defender of public interest, and exercise your powers under Section 174 (1) of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), to urgently institute appropriate legal actions to Read More

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Transfusion of unscreened blood caused Zamfara deaths – NMA

June 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

Zamfara state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has decried the administration of unscreened blood to patients in the state. Secretary of the association, Mannir Bature, made the condemnation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau yesterday. He said: “Th e association is disturbed over the increasing complaints of patients dying in hospitals and clinics Read More

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Zamfara, a leap amidst controversies

May 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

By SANUSI MUHAMMAD, GUSAU It is a common fact that, the APCled administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state has played a signifi cant role in all the sectors of the economy which include road construction, health care delivery, semi urban water supply scheme, education, security, youth empowerment and agriculture among others within his two years of running the Read More

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Hoodlums attack fire service officials in Gusau

May 15, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Sanusi Muhammad Gusau Suspected hoodlums numbering  over 30 known as Yansara Suka that terrorised Gusau and its environs, yesterday attacked Zamafara state fire service officials while trying to put out fire at Hayin Malam Sani area in Gusau metropolis. The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alh. Muazu Nalado, while briefing newsmen, described the incident as “madness and callous”, Read More

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Why we should support Buhari

April 27, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Yarima Habu Mohammed Before the 2015 Presidential elections, Nigerians generally hung on the cliff of despair and uncertainty as to the direction the country was headed. At the same time, we realized that, like it happened in other countries, it would take one person, just one person to show the light, lead, guide and serve honestly by providing inspiration Read More

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Why we should support Buhari to take back Nigeria

April 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Yarima Habu Mohammed Before the 2015 Presidential elections, Nigerians generally hung on the cliff of despair and uncertainty as to the direction the country was headed. At the same time we realized that, like it happened in other countries, it would take one person, just one person to show the light, lead, guide and serve honestly by providing inspiration Read More

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Civil war erupts in Rwanda

April 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

On this day in 1994, Rwandan armed forces kill 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers in a successful effort to discourage international intervention in the genocide that had begun only hours earlier. In approximately three months, the Hutu extremists who controlled Rwanda brutally murdered an estimated 500,000 to 1 million innocent civilian Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the worst episode of ethnic Read More

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Managing Director, Kaduna Electric, Engineer Garba Haruna, Chairman, House Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, Hon. Ahmed Yarima others during a visit by members of the Committee

March 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

From right: Managing Director, Kaduna Electric, Engineer Garba Haruna, Chairman, House Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, Hon. Ahmed Yarima and the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Mutiu Shodimu, during a visit by members of the Committee to Kaduna Electric head offi ce, in Kaduna yesterday Photo: Kaduna Electric

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Yarima vs IGP: Court orders AG to take over prosecution

April 9, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Zamfara state High Court IV sitting in Gusau yesterday granted an application filed before it seeking the state attorney-general to take over the prosecution of the criminal case filed against Sen. Ahmad Sani and 29 others. Blueprint reports that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) had filed a criminal case against Ahmad Sani and 29 others over an attack on Read More

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Yari, Yarima pick APC membership cards

February 6, 2014 Blueprint 0

…Task Jonathan on killings  As the All Progressives Congress (APC) commenced registration of party members nationwide, Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara state and Sen. Ahmad Sani Yarima have been registered in their respective polling units. Yari, who kick-started the registration exercise at Unguwar Malam Isa polling unit in Talata Mafara township, the headquarters of Talata Mafara local government area at Read More