JOSHUA EGBODO points out some of the pending legislative interventions before the House. “Let us begin this new year with a renewed commitment to legislative action that brings us closer to achieving our highest aspirations for our nation. And we remain dedicated to the lofty yet clear ambitions we articulated in our legislative agenda when we resumed in the 9th Assembly. However, there have been legislative instruments which many felt should be conclusively addressed before the current House winds down. The National Assembly raised the alarm that states were frustrating the effort, to which about One billion naira had been committed.
The recent conferment of national award on Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, the immediate past Executive Secretary of TETFUND, a great apostle of research & development, by President Muhammed Buhari is a welcome development. Bogoro’s tenure placed high premium on research and development and it is not a surprise that since he left, his imprints have remained on the sands of time. The key research areas of Bogoro’s TETfund included but not limited to capacity building, peace studies, agriculture, food security, power and energy information and communication technology, telecommunication, entrepreneurship, environmental issues and wealth creation. So, the OON award bestowed on this great Nigerian by the president is as a result of Bogoro’s tenacity and commitment in deepening research geared towards knowledge-based economy and technology innovation. His legacies can also be seen in the academic staff training and development.3 months ago Blueprint Newspapers
Six people have been reportedly killed in an auto crash that occurred on Christmas day at Sabuwar Miya along Kafin Madaki-Ningi road in Ganjuwa local government area of Bauchi state. The sector commander, however, advised road users to always be conscious of traffic rules and regulations while plying the roads. Lagos-Ibadan ExpresswayIn a related development, three persons also died while six others sustained varying degrees of injuries in an accident that occurred on Christmas day along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Chindo said the real reason for the coming of Jesus Christ was to salvage humanity from the bondage of sin. He rejoiced with the Christian faithful, urging them to celebrate moderately in line with the teachings of the Jesus Christ.1 month ago Blueprint Newspapers
Rory McIlroy admitted his return to the top of the world rankings came quicker than expected after he secured world No 1 spot with a successful title defence at the CJ Cup. McIlroy registered a 23rd PGA Tour victory and third of the year with a one-shot win over Kurt Kitayama at Congaree Golf Club, with the Northern Irishman posting a four-under 67 despite finishing his final round with back-to-back bogeys. I figured a few things out with my game and I’ve just been on a really good run. I think I was outside the top-10 in the world and it’s not a position that I’m used to being in. “All of that stuff combined is just as important as what I do out there trying to get these wins.3 months ago Blueprint Newspapers
The central bank, which started as the Bank of British West Africa in 1880, can only change currency with the approval of the president. Countries redesign or change their currencies for various reasons. Up to 1984, for instance, the naira was a legal tender in Saudi Arabia. In Borno State, for instance, only three local governments out of 27, namely Biu, Jere and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, have banks. For Yobe, a state with 17 local governments, only four towns – Damaturu, Potiskum, Gashua and Nguru (in four local governments) have banks.2 months ago Blueprint Newspapers
The recent attacks on the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in relation to the widespread flooding in the country amount to unfairly putting the foremost intervention organ in the eye of the storm. Other relief materials delivered on October 25, 2022 included 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets, 600 cartons of bath soap, 2,500 pieces of Guinea Brocade, 1,000 pieces of children’s wears, 1,000 pieces of women’s wears, 1,000 pieces of men’s wears, 8,000 pieces of nylon mats. They included 1,000 bags (10kg) of rice, 1,000 bags (10kg) of beans, 1,000 bags (10kg) of garri, 300 bags (20kg) of iodized salt, 200 cartons of seasoning cubes, 100 kegs (20L) of vegetable oil, 1,000 pieces of foam mattresses, 1,500 pieces of nylon mats, 1,000 pieces of blankets, 2,000 pieces of mosquito treated nets, 800 pieces of Guinea Brocade, 1,500 pieces of children’s wears and500 pieces of wax prints. At the end of the 2-day meeting, the group of experts came up with the 2022 Disaster Early Warning Message highlighting the implications and recommendations across climate sensitive socio-economic sectors. Subsequently, flood early warning jingles were aired through selected radio and TV stations in both English and local languages to sensitise the public on flood disaster preparedness, mitigation and response.2 months ago Blueprint Newspapers
Campaigns have not started, at least not officially, but with social media, there can be no control. Any politician who wants to get into office, by all means, is as desperate as the politician who intends to remain in office by all means. Nigerians must be made to know, understand and accept the fact that everyone has the right to choice in a democracy. Leaders must speak to their followers the way President Goodluck Jonathan called on his followers to eschew violence in the run-up to the 2015 elections. We should all endeavour to stem the ugly tide; nobody invites ingredients known as catalysts to apocalypse to their homes.25 days ago Blueprint Newspapers
Soft-spoken, easy-to-admit his human frailties, and not given to noisemaking, Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq speaks only to give a message or deliver a blow of maximum impacts to the target. The Governor speaks with facts, verifiable and relatable facts. The Governor said the former administration embezzled billions of naira of UBEC funds meant for school development. Beyond grandstanding, no man born of a woman would stand to deny these hard facts. These are things that cannot sink with the average person in Kwara, which is the theatre of play.1 month ago Blueprint Newspapers