Buhari appoints Prof. Adesoji Adesugba new NEPZA’s MD

June 30, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Adesoji Adesugba as the new Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority(NEPZA), a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment. The President’s approval was given in a letter addressed to the Minister, dated 26th June, 2020 and signed by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to the Read More

Jigawa: No new COVID-19 case in 15 days – Badaru

June 30, 2020 Bayo Muhammad Alabira 0

Jigawa state, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, has directed Shawarin weekly market to be closed down indefinitely for flaunting and refusing to observe social distancing order. The Governor also declared that the impressive development has been made, therefore the state government asked officers from grade level 12 upward to resume work from next Monday July 6th, 2020 according NCDC’s directive. The Read More

Poultry farmers raise the alarm over collapse of industry

June 30, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

Poultry farmers in Ogun state Tuesday raised the alarm of an imminent collapse of the poultry industry, following what they called an arbitrary increase in the price of maize and other essential ingredients used in poultry feed production. The chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Ogun state, Mrs. Alawode Blessing Isioma, who spoke to journalists at a press Read More

PDP never asked defected dep gov to resign – Official

June 30, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ondo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), through a release signed by the director of media and publicity, Zadok Akintoye, Tuesday, dissociated itself from a statement credited to former South-west PDP publicity secretary, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, calling on Ondo deputy governor to resign his position. Akintoye said “the party wishes to inform the general public that the position expressed by Mr.  Read More

Rivers attracting more investors – Wike

June 30, 2020 Godwin Egba 0

  Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said more companies are relocating to the state because of the attractive investment climate. He told journalists after an inspection tour of ongoing projects in the state Monday that a  deliberate implementation of strategic policies has brought the investments. The governor stated that the improvement in the state’s security architecture with the help of Read More

Reps’ hard stance on the demolished Nigerian High Commission in Ghana.

June 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Recently, a building within the premises of the Nigerian Embassy in Ghana was demolished leading to diplomatic hiccups between the two West African neighbours. Joshua Egbodo writes on the position of the House of Representatives.  General condemnation Beside the wide condemnation generated by the demolition of a segment of the Nigeria High Commission in Ghana, the House of Representatives appeared Read More

PHCN staff pension: Reps query accountant general on N54bn loan

June 30, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has asked Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, to provide it with details of how a loan of about N54 billion reportedly obtained in 2014 to pay pension of staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) was sourced and expended. The House’s committee on public accounts, which made the demand, Tuesday also Read More

Saudi crown prince, Buhari parley on oil market stability

June 30, 2020 Blessing Anaro 0

Saudi Arabia, de facto leader of the OPEC cartel, held a call with fellow member Nigeria as the organization strives to deliver production cuts aimed at bolstering global crude markets.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari discussed “ways of cooperation to enhance the stability” of the market during a phone call on Monday, the state-run Saudi Read More

AKK project delivery part of Next Level Agenda – Buhari

June 30, 2020 Benjamin UMUTEME 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that delivery of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline project is part of his Administration’s Next Level Agenda for sustainable development and Nigeria’s economic prosperity. The President, who stated this Tuesday while flagging off construction works on the AKK project via virtual link from the State House in Abuja to two locations in Ajaokuta in Kogi Read More

Nigeria to link small scale gold miners to markets

June 30, 2020 Ayoni M Agbabiaka 0

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, says the federal government is creating a gold ecosystem that will minimise the high rate of illegal gold mining in the country as well as link small scale miners to markets.The minister made this known at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group webinar, said the gold ecosystem would also bring about an Read More

NEPZA gets new MD

June 30, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

President Mohammadu Buhari has appointed Prof Adesoji Adesugba as the new Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA).According to a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment’s Media Assistant, Mr Julius Toba-Jegede, on Tuesday said the President’s approval was given in a letter addressed to the Minister, Read More

NEITI to rank oil, gas coys, MDAs on audit compliance

June 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

By Benjamin UMUTEMEAbujaThe Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has stated that it will undertake a compliance ranking of all companies and government agencies that are participating in its ongoing 2019 oil and gas industry audit. The ranking exercise which is instituted to examine levels of compliance to the data gathering component of the NEITI’s audit process among participating entities Read More

Planned airports concession: Unions set for showdown, accuse Sirika of pursuing self interest

June 30, 2020 Suleiman Idris 0

Just as the Nigerian aviation sector is about to come alive from the shackles of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, indications emerged on Tuesday that the industry may soon witness another major disruptions over the planned concession of four major airports in the country.The concession project has been a single project of the Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika since he Read More

FG moves to recover 5-year stamp duty backlog

June 30, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The federal government has moved to recover a backlog of unremitted revenues accruing to it through the Stamp Duty Tax in the last six years.The government disclosed this on Tuesday at the official inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Audit and Recovery of Back Years Stamp Duties and the Launch of the FIRS Adhesive Stamp held at the Transcorp Hilton Read More

Why Buhari-led govt must subsidise electricity for Nigerians – Senate

June 30, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate, Tuesday stated why President Muhammadu Buhari-led government should subsidise electricity for Nigerians.The electricity distribution companies of Nigeria had on Monday told the National Assembly leadership that the only condition to halt tariff hike was for the federal government to bear the difference between the current tariff and the proposed one. Addressing journalists on behalf of the red chamber Read More

Buhari, Osinbajo, NASS leadership concur on suspension of electricity tariff hike

June 30, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Tuesday met separately with the leadership of the National Assembly, and agreed on the deferment of electricity tariff hike meant to kickoff Wednesday, July 1, 2020.The National Assembly leadership had on Monday intervened in the planned hike of electricity tariff by the service providers, saying the timing was wrong in the wake of Read More

APC crisis and 2023 elections

June 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The lingering crisis that engulfed the ruling APC ahead of 2023 elections will serve as a litmus test whether the party will cross the political rubicon or not. It will also prepare the party to put its house in order. The leadership tussle will also expose the party’s weakness. The crisis is believed to have started as the result of fall Read More

Taraba LG polls peaceful, transparent – Ishaku

June 30, 2020 Andrew Ojih 0

Taraba state Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku Tuesday said that the local government elections conducted in the state was peaceful and transparent. Ishaku, who stated this in Takum while casting his vote, said that voters turnout was impressive. “Before coming to my polling unit, I  have gone to observe other polling units and I can tell you that the process was  Read More

COVID-19: Anambra women empower traders, vow to reach less privileged across South East

June 30, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

United Traders Association, a non-governmental organisation, Tuesday, said it has empowered over 150 market women in Anambra state with some palliatives aimed at cushioning the effects of coronavirus on them. The President and founder of the association, Mrs Nkiru Duru, who disclosed this in an interview with Blueprint, said the NGO which would in the next two months visit destitute and Read More

Group to DisCos: Implement cap on estimated billing alongside tariff review

June 30, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

   A group, the All Electricity Consumers Protection Forum, has urged the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to implement the cap on estimated billing alongside the upward review of their tariffs. The group made the demand in a statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer, Mr Gideon Balogun, in Lagos. DisCos had earlier announced plans to increase electricity tariffs for all Read More

DisCos lament gas price hike, seeks FG’s intervention

June 30, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) have lamented the hike in the price of gas and called for the Federal Government’s intervention in order to ensure effective service delivery in the power sector. They said the cost of gas remained one of the key determinants of the electricity tariff in Nigeria, adding that it is high time the government found a way to Read More

Herdmen allegedly rape woman to death in Anambra community

June 30, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 1

The people of Ebenebe, Awka North Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra state, Tuesday, confirmed the death of a middle-aged woman who was allegedly raped to a coma in a farmland in the community by suspected herdsmen some months ago. According to the President-general of Ebenebe, Mr Paul Nnatuanya, the woman whose name was given as Agnes Okekpe died in Read More

CSOs want increased funding for N-Power, hails skill acquisition inclusion

June 30, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations have called for increased funding for the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development and N-Power to further cushion the impact of Covid-19 on Nigerian youths, vulnerable and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The Coalition, while hailing the ministry for including skill acquisition in the N-Power programme, noted that the Ministry has touched so Read More