2021 HAJJ: FCT MPWB ends COVID- 19 vaccination exercise

April 9, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT MPWB) has concluded first round of vaccination COVID-19 exercise for its 2021 intending pilgrims. A statement from the board said that 90 percent of those who made deposit to partake in the religious journey to Saudi Arabia through the FCT have successfully taken the first dose of the vaccine in preparation Read More

2023: Drop your presidential ambition, APC group tells Yahaya Bello

April 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of North-central Council of APC, has asked the Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello, to drop his presidential ambition for the zone to produce the next national chairman of the ruling party. The group led by its leader, Dr. Kassim Muhammad, told newsmen at the APC national secretariat, Thursday in Read More

Breaking: Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, is dead

April 3, 2021 Editor 0

Spokesman for pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere,  Mr Yinka Odumakin, is dead. Reports say Odumakin died after COVID-19 complications at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital isolation centre. His wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, who is heartbroken has already confirmed her husband’s demise. Details loading…

COVID-19 vaccine: NIFROP faults Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

April 1, 2021 Editor 0

The National Inter-Faith Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP) is appalled by the anti-vaccine stance of the founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, who has issued messages to discourage people from taking the COVID-19 vaccines. NIFROP is concerned that “Oyakhilome has taken his showmanship too far without regard for how his campaign of misinformation impacts the lives of people who Read More

Bauchi expresses commitment to ending Tuberculosis by 2030

March 29, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state government has expressed commitment to ending Tuberculosis (TB) by the year 2030 in line with the federal government’s recommendation of ensuring TB free Nigeria in the stipulated time. The state commissioner of health Dr Aliyu Maigoro expressed the commitment Monday during the opening ceremony of the 2021 world TB day commemoration with the slogan ‘Check am o!’ organized Read More

’51 people in Makurdi out of 609 screened tested positive for TB’

March 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Dr Chubby Eze, Senior Programme Officer, KNCV Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has confirmed that 51 out of 609 people screened in Makurdi had symptoms of Tuberculosis (TB). Eze, who fielded questions from journalists on Friday, in Makurdi, said that samples of the people were moved to gene expert sites, across the Local Government Areas (LGAs), in Benue, for testing. Read More

‘Nigeria has highest burden of tuberculosis, HIV in Africa’

March 24, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Nigeria has been described as a country with the highest burden for tuberculosis (TB), Human Immuno Defiency Virus (HIV) in Africa and third among the high burden nations for TB in the world. Bauchi state commissioner of health Dr Aliyu Maigoro revealed this Wednesday during a press conference on the occasion of 2021 world tuberculosis day commemoration in the state Read More

3 beggars die of Cholera, another 3 hospitalized in Osun

March 23, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Police Command Tuesday disclosed that three persons died of Cholera while another three hospitalized in Ede, Osun state. The incident happened at Oke-Gada, Ede North local government area of the state on Monday evening.  The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Yemisi Opalola, who spoke on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, dispelled the rumour Read More

Kogi Assembly passes VAPP Bill, prescribes life sentence for offenders

March 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

Kogi State House of Assembly has passed the state’s Violence Against Persons Prohibitions (VAPP) Bill to provide for the elimination of violence in private and public life, as well as life imprisonment for rapists. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the passage followed the adoption of the report of the joint Committees on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Read More

Stop consuming honey, zero sugar drinks, expert cautions diabetics

March 21, 2021 Najib Sani 0

A diabetes expert and consultant endocrinologist Dr Sule Bathnna has cautioned diabetics against the consumption of honey or zero sugar soft drinks saying they are all harmful to the persons living with the ailments. Bathnna made the admonition over the weekend while delivering a lecture on how to prevent and manage diabetes at the palace of the emir of Misau Read More

We won’t force anyone to take AstraZeneca vaccine – FG

March 19, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, on Friday said the federal government “will not force Nigerians to take the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine,” but would only appeal to people for their interest. Mamora, who stated this in Asaba, Delta state, during the commissioning of capital projects at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, added that it “takes responsibility of the Read More

Women should be bold for more challenging roles

March 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Kate Pam is the Founder and Lead Director, Stalwart Communities Africa, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) with core values for educational and leadership development and empowerment for the less privilege, especially women and children. In this interview with ENE OSHABA she speaks on the International Women’s Month and other development issues in the society. How is Stalwart Communities Africa’s core Read More

All political leaders must take Covid-19 vaccine – Sultan …We’re taking it, SGF replies

March 19, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

The Sultan of Sokoto and president-general, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, said Friday that all political leaders in the country must first take Covid-19 vaccine before “common men can take it.” He stated this at the second NSCIA Covid-19 vaccine sensitisation programme for Muslim scholars and Imams at the Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Abuja. Read More

Bandits kill one, injure others, set market ablaze in Zamfara

March 18, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Suspected armed bandits numbering over 100 stormed Yartashar Sahabi market square during market day under Dansadau Emirate in Maru local government council of Zamfara state, Thursday, opened fire on traders killing as many other injured and set the market on fire. In a Telephone interview with Blueprint in Gusau, a resident of the village said the bandits took positions and Read More

Medical tourism to end soon – House Committee Chair

March 18, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Chairman House Committee on Health Institutions at the 9th National Assembly and Member Representing Ideato North and Ideato South federal constituency, Hon. Dr. Paschal Chigozie Obi, has assured that medical tourism will soon be a thing of the past  in the country.  Hon. Obi gave the assurance in Abuja when he led the committee members on an oversight visit Read More

Why I am promoting fishing as a sport, Colby Blackwell

March 17, 2021 Suleiman Idris, 0

Fishing enthusiast and promoter of fishing as a relaxing sport,Colby Blackwell said people should take to fishing as a means of relaxation in order to be physically fit. The 18 years old, who currently has over 1.7 million and over 30, 000 followers on YouTube and Instagram respectively learning how to engage in the sport said fishing can either be a Read More

AfDB president calls for debt relief for African countries

March 16, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina has called for debt relief for African countries as the continent suffers from the coronavirus pandemic: Adesina who spoke in an interview on CNN’s first Move with Julia Chatterley said “Africa is not looking for a free pass. We’re just looking for a way in which Africa’s fiscal space gets dealt with.”The Read More

Breaking: 88 COVID-19 vaccination centres open in Lagos… see full list

March 16, 2021 Editor 0

A total of 88 health facilities have been selected as centres for vaccination across the 20 local government areas of Lagos state.  The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who revealed this via a press statement said vaccination can only be obtained at any of the 88 accredited facilities listed including military and police hospitals. The commissioner said the vaccination would Read More

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FIAN disown new interim executive body, insists Thomas still chairman

March 16, 2021 Akeem Busari 0

The national executive of Football Intermediaries Association of Nigeria (FIAN), has disclaimed the purported formation of an interim executive body, to replace the present executives of the body, led by Ayodele Thomas, whose tenure is expected to expire in April, 2021. On Monday, a publication in a national newspaper revealed that some members of FIAN led by ex-chairman, Sodeke held Read More

WTO worried about Nigeria’s multiple exchange rate policy – Okonjo-Iweala

March 16, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Director General of World Trade Organization, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said Monday that the organisation is worried about Nigeria’s multiple exchange rate regime and how it will affect trade.Okonjo-Iweala said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. She said some WTO member states have complained about Nigeria’s invoking the balance Read More

NHRC signs MOP with NACA to fight Aids

March 15, 2021 Binta Shama 0

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) have signed a Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) that will enable the two organisations to pull their unique mandates and resources together to fight HIV/AIDS. The executive secretary of the commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq. who stated this in Abuja recently when he signed the MOP on behalf Read More

CBN’s naira-for-dollar gamble on diaspora remittances

March 15, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigerians in the Diaspora are a huge relief to Africa’s largest economy. Because of unbridled corruption and gross mismanagement of the exchange rate of the naira, Nigeria has never had a pleasant time in the forex market. The naira has depreciated shamefully even when oil price is at the highest. In 2008 the naira depreciated from N116 to N150 to Read More