Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 18 March, 2018.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
It’s always expected that, whenever elections approaches, desperate politicians surface with different foxy and crafty activities designed to either bamboozle their gullible supporters or achieve simple and cheap publicity or fake relevance within a particular political environment.
It’s on this note that, with the 2019 general elections getting much nearer, the good the bad and the noxious politicians would be occupying and saturating various media platforms with all sorts of interviews, write-ups to inundate people especially the gullible ones as well as the typical Nigerian politicians for selfish gain.
One of these jaundice and gadfly, was an interview granted by gatecrashed and self-imposed All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain and governorship aspirant in Gombe State, Jibrin Barde with the headline; There’s total collapse of infrastructure In Gombe appeared yesterday on the online platform of the Blueprint Newspaper and in its print version of the Saturday March 17, 2018.
It is worrisome and laughable that this kind of grossly misguided utterances which lacks objective and a clear misrepresentation of truth aimed as misleading the general populace for selfish political reason. Ordinarily, I shouldn’t have glorified such a wild short with a response but, my silence and those of other Gombe indigenes who are in the know about the political calculations in Gombe and the true transformation the state has witnessed under the purposeful leadership of His Excellency, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (Talban Gombe) may be misconstrued to mean acceptance of the Barde’s blind-dive into issues that are clearly aspersion and political hyperbole.
In his vilifying commentaries to trickily chart a course of his au courant and strange political agenda, Jibrin Barde has denied all the out of the open achievements of the Dankwambo administration which has undeniably turns the state as the beehive of state of the art infrastructures cutting across all the sectors of the economy.
Is it because he was a banker that he became obviously benighted and birdbrained to know what infrastructure means, how could someone whose family house is sandwiched by two different dual carriage asphalt roads constructed by Dankwambo denied that fact and accused same administration of collapsed infrastructure? Maybe it is because he hardly visits the state, because from wherever he may come from, he must drive on beautiful and smooth roads into the city built by a cosmopolitan accountant and it could be an irony for Barde to reject this fact.
According to him, he has reached the pinnacle of his career as a banker and it is time to give back to the society and the only way he can do that is to take the position of leadership and he has a clear vision of empowering youths. And I vehemently disagreed with his position because in Gombe State today, we have countless number of people have excelled in their careers and businesses who has helped either in building the state or getting jobs for our teeming youths without occupying any seat of power. As the former managing director and chief executive officer of the SunTrust Bank, can Barde tell us how many citizens of Gombe State he has employed in the services of the bank or what is contribution to the development of the state?
Let me remind Jibrin Barde that, the only branch his bank has in Gombe State has been closed denying our citizens benefits. Interestingly, we have sons and daughters of the state who provides scholarship, dug boreholes in the communities, provide transformers, provide medical care interventions, and lots more without having any elective position and what is your own contribution, if I may ask Jibrin?
It’s laughable enough that, Jibrin Barde as a banker he doesn’t have idea on the federal allocation to the states when he compares Gombe and other states in terms of the allocation. Let me imbue and edify Barde that, Gombe State is second to Bayelsa State in terms of lowest allocation even though, Bayelsa is collecting 13% oil derivation funds, Dankwambo has utilized the lean resources to developed Gombe State and pays regular worker’s salary in the state.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
I was in Gombe during the week on an official assignment along with two of my colleagues. The trip threw my schedule out of gear. So, I dived into the ‘morgue’ to reproduce the piece below for your reading pleasure. Enjoy:

I am no great shakes as a linguistic geographer but my expertise in interpreting Nigerian names and locations can hardly be faulted. It has, therefore, become my favourite pastime to update my readers on names and their interpretations in other Nigerian languages whenever the need arises.

As I have noted before in this space, the whole confusion started from the Biblical days when the inhabitants of a city called Babel decided to construct a tower that would link heaven and the earth. Before embarking on the unthinkable adventure, the entire earth was peopled by one race with one common language. To frustrate their ambition, God decided to put different languages on their lips, so that when, for instance, a mason asked his labourer to bring cement, he would instead produce a bowl of sand. That communication barrier frustrated the project, and all of them had to scatter abroad in a blah, blah, blah fashion.

Several of the Babelians “blahblah” their ways to a geographical expression called Nigeria. Can you imagine Nigeria without a lingua franca? Now, come with me again… that is if you have read this piece before.

There is a settlement along Ilorin- Jebba road called Biribiri. Biribiri is known to many Nigerians as 419, dishonesty, crookedness, etc. So, if a native of that settlement introduces himself/herself as a Biribiri person, how would you react?

The Nigerlites have never stopped amusing me. After Mokwa are a number of settlements whose names would shock an average Yoruba man. Nami means hit me. Gbamita means take me for sale, while Yanmigbe means roast me dry. Imagine Namians, Gbamitans or Yanmigbes living in a settlement named Wasimi (meaning come and rest) in Ogun state. Those Nigerlites would not be at home in that restful community at all!

There is a place in Ibadan named Mosafejo – I flee from litigation. Inhabitants of the area must be lovers of peace, I guess. Then we have Abuja, meaning shortcut in Yoruba. Little wonder, everyone here (excluding me) is cutting corners to opulence.

The meaning of the following Yoruba names will also leave you agape. So, ensure that you are not close to an abattoir because a battalion of green flies might turn your mouth into a refugee camp!

Mepaiyeda – I did not change life. But life is already undergoing a change under Buhari! Ajanlekoko – dog is pursuing hyena. What kind of hyena would that be, anyway? Arapaja – a possessor of quarrelsome arms. If you have an Arapaja living in your neighbourhood, then say farewell to peaceful co-existence.

Mabogunje – don’t spoil medicine. This protector of medicine must be a NAFDAC material. NAFDAC boss should please take note! Okebiorun – mountain like heaven. He must be a descendant of the builders of the aborted Tower of Babel. Alasoadura – owner of prayer garment. This person should go into the ministry. He will be extremely wealthy especially in a Pentecostal environment! 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Dr. Bilkisu Magoro is the Founder, MagoroFoundation and Bilmor Technical and Vocational Centre, which caters for the needs of women, girls and children. She also has passion for the education of children with special needs. She speaks to ENE OSANG on her passion and the Foundation among other issues.

What is Magoro Foundation and Bilmor Technical and Vocational Centre all about?
Basically, the Foundation was set up in 2008 and we focus mainly on women, youths and children empowerment. For the past three years we have been working towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) and now the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

We have done lots of work towards rural women empowerment and how they can get access to finance. We deal with children education especially those with learning disability through Bilmor Vocational Centre; the Foundation and Vocational Centre work together towards harnessing education and skills for children with disability.

What motivated you to start the Foundation?
To start with; I am into politics and I realised there was a need for lots of women to be empowered to enable them take care themselves. If we look at statistics a lot of women are voters and just by giving them little amount of money politicians win them over to get their votes.

So, I believe if they are empowered they won’t be enticed by little amounts rather they will be involved in decision making by asking questions and decide who they want to vote for themselves.

Again, when rural women get some education they will value it and allow their children to have access to education and won’t send them out hawking while their mates are in the classrooms, or get them married at an early age, so it’s a vicious cycle. If we work on rural women the issues of migration would be tackled

How do you select the women you empower?
I don’t select, I just go to the rural where there is a demand and empower women. I have been doing some work with shea butter, I gone to areas where it is found and train the women though to be honest most of the work I have done is in north, I believe there is a greater need for it here especially the issues of insurgents IDP’s leaves a lot to be done here. Those who have gone through our empowerment programmes are doing well, some women have been able to do things for themselves. We get women on communities so it is mostly group empowerment.

Do you give start-up funds to the women?
What we do is in the Kebbi Centre located at Samia, for example it is not like we give them funds, we have centres, equipped with machines, where the women process the shea butter and after sales they sales, there is a minimal amount they give just to maintain the centre.

Sometimes, when there are orders for such products we buy the products, give to the women to process, we sell them and then give them the profits.
So, we don’t give them direct funds; yes, giving them funds is good but it doesn’t go too far.

Some of the women go to pluck the shea and we pay them, some process it while others package them, then we sell. So, it’s a long chain reaction within the women. When you empower them and they are earning something, they won’t be deceived by little money from politicians rather the ask them questions. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Sulubawa Football Club of Lapai in Niger State emerged winner of maiden edition of Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umar Bago []The post Etsu Lapai soccer tourney: Sulubawa are Champions appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Taekwondo Maestro, Blessing Nwakanma, is a 2nd Dan Kukkiwon & 4th Dan National Black Belt Holder who represented Nigeria at []The post Allowances alone can't sustain athletes 'Nwakanma appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Head Coach of Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), Tony Konyegwachi has boasted that the country's boxers will win more than two []The post Dearth of medals: Nigerian boxers seek redemption at Gold Coast appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The choice of veteran athletics coach, Tobias Igwe for the National Sports Development Funds Incorporated cannot be overemphasised. Toblow as []The post Why we chose Toblow for NSDFI project 'Fashikun appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
President, Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), Engr. Habu Gumel has again harped on the need for various sporting federations to []The post Get constitution ready before next election, NOC boss tells Federations appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
There is palpable fear in the camp of former board members of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), led then []The post $150, 000 IAAF cash: Ogba, others jittery as AFN launches probe appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
In Nigeria, less than 10 per cent of the population get water suitable for drinking, only two third has access []The post Why Nigeria should invest in water, sanitation, hygiene Jurji appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Senator representing Bauchi South senatorial district Malam Ali Wakili has been reported dead. Sen. Wakili who is chairman of []The post BREAKING: Senator Ali Wakili is dead appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Last December, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held its national convention where members of the National Executive Committee were []The post PDP's decline and emerging political structures appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Borno state government has confirmed the death of three persons as a result of cholera outbreak in the state. []The post Cholera kills 3 in Borno appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said God had instructed him []The post God instructed me not to visit Benue before Buhari ' Adebayo appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Recently, photos of university admission seekers protesting the closure of registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) examines Bariga, []The post Protesting university admission seekers appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
I wish to use this medium to congratulate Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state for successfully hosting President Muhammadu []The post Dualization of Abuja-Jos Road appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Permit me to commend member representing Zaria Federal Constituency, Kaduna state, in the House of representatives, Hon Abbas Tajudeen, for []The post On conversion of KadPoly to university appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Culture is a people's way of life. People living within a geographical area are characterised by the same culture; having []The post Dressing in Nigerian varsities appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
There are not enough women occupying Board or top exec level positions in African business; it's as simple as []The post Mainstreaming African womens voices appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
After so much public outcry, President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, succumbed to the demand that he should visit parts of []The post A contest of evils appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 
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