Power Batch C registration ends…

August 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The N-Power is a scheme set up by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, since June 8, 2016, to address the issues of youth unemployment and help increase social development. The scheme was created as a component of National Social Investment Programme, to provide a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development and to ensure that Read More

Breaking: Oil and gas union protest non-payment of 3 months salaries

August 12, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Oil and gas union protest Wednesday morning paralysed business activities at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in Abuja. Blueprint correspondent reports that the protesters were made up all the agencies under the petroleum ministry.  The protesters who carried placards like: ‘pay is our money’s IPPIS cannot work in the oil and gas union’, IPPIS should consider Read More

Governor Bala, champion of women

August 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In every setting in life, there exists a category of people who see nothing good in any positive efforts, made out of goodwill to improve the lives of the people. Handling this group of people is, without doubt, the most distressing and hectic aspect of government business, as they myopically tend to lead the good citizens astray and give them Read More

Zoning: The game of distrust

August 12, 2020 Ukasha Rabiu 0

Politics of zoning has been the major problem bedeviling democracy in Nigeria right from 1999 to date. This is happening considering agitations of various regions fighting the presidential race.Nigeria being a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, our political system shouldn’t be divided in such a way. The case is that, no matter how clean the conduct, antecedent and pedigree of a Read More

NAHCON: Managing Hajj amidst Covid-19

August 12, 2020 Fatima Sanda Usara 0

2020 will be remembered as the year Covid-19 upturned global economic, social and customary routines. Though certain modes of religious worship were also affected by the coronavirus pandemic, timing of religious events remained constant. So was the case with 2020 Hajj, which nevertheless took place at the appointed time despite all odds. Apprehension from the lethality of the virus was Read More

NULGE’s panacea for poverty

August 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The recent statement by the President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Ibrahim Khalil, attributing the increase in poverty among the average Nigerians to lack of absolute autonomy of local government administration, once again brings to the fore the vexed issue of the autonomy of the third third tier of government. Khalil stated this penultimate Sunday while briefing journalists Read More

SOKAPU as metaphor for Southern Kaduna crisis

August 12, 2020 Desmond Bala 0

Kaduna state and other North-west and central states like Katsina, Zamfara and Niger have progressively become a playground for terrorists, who strike with such unpredictability that makes anticipation a herculean task. The spatial nature of settlements of most Northern communities makes them easy targets of isolated attacks. Their plight is compounded by the rough terrain that makes access difficult for security agencies, that’s when Read More

CSOs decry SaharaReporters over negative reportage against military

August 12, 2020 Agi Onda 0

A rights group, Conference of Civil Society for Peace, Security and National Development, has taken a swipe at an online news platform, SaharaReporters, describing it as having penchant for publishing unverifiable stories against the Nigeria military. The group in a statement reacting to a publication by the platform that several soldiers were reportedly killed in an ambush by suspected Boko Read More

Why Buhari should review social schemes

August 12, 2020 Hakeem Adesina Folarin 0

President Muhammadu Buhari made a strong promise in his inaugural address for his second term in office on June 12, 2019. He promised to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. He said his administration would henceforth begin to lay the foundation for accomplishing the poverty redemption goal by offering leadership with a sense of purpose. “With leadership and Read More

Covid-19: Julius Berger donates more palliative to Abuja-Kano project community, hospital

August 12, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

In continuation of its  Covid-19 palliatives donations the Juluis Berger Nigeria  Plc as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility  has donated large quantities of clinical beds to more health care facilities, communities along the Abuja-Kano project.The company had made donations of food supplies, personal protective equipments, clinical beds and mattresses as well as ambulances  amongst others to local councils, communities, hospitals; and Covid-19 isolation   centres  Read More

Police arrest 56-year-old woman over sale of day old baby

August 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The sale of a day old baby was aborted after a 56-year-old woman identified as Florence Jonah was arrested by the Rivers state police command. Rivers state police spokesperson, SP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed this said operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) stopped the illegal baby sale at Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local government area of the state. It was Read More

Ebonyi indigenes criticise gov Umahi over 2023 succession comments

August 12, 2020 Editorial II 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has condemned in totality statement credited to the Ebonyi state governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi in which he reportedly vowed to sponsor crisis in opposition parties to make room for a fight while he sips champagne in the comfort of his bedroom.  The governor was said to have reportedly made the Read More

Anxiety as COVID-19 kills another council boss in Lagos

August 12, 2020 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos state, Mr Babatunde Oke, has reportedly died of Coronavirus complications. He passed on at early hours of Wednesday. It was gathered that Oke, a second-term council boss, who had been sick for a while and recuperating, was suddenly rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment before he died. According Read More

Only qualified company should engage in public procurement- CAC RG

August 12, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Garba Abubakar, has said only companies that are qualified should engage in public procurement in the country. The concern was raised when the Chairman Board of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Ademola Seriki, the RG of the CAC and other team met with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Read More

Kebbi govt to rehabilitate boy chained by foster parents

August 12, 2020 Editorial III 0

Kebbi state Government Monday, pledged to rehabilitate the teenage boy, Jibril Aliyu chained for two years by his foster parents in the Badariya area of Birnin Kebbi. According to a statement by the Special Adviser on media to Kebbi State Governor Yahaya Sarki on Tuesday, Special Adviser to Governor Atiku Bagudu on Women and Social Development, Hajiya Zara’u Wali stated Read More

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IPAC urges INEC not to postpone Edo, Ondo elections

August 12, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has said that for the growth and development of our democracy, all elections in Edo and Ondo should hold as scheduled because millions of tax payers’ funds have been spent in preparing for them. The national chairman of IPAC, Dr Leonard Nzenwa, while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday said the election is scheduled Read More

Group laments lack of facilities for disabled in FCT

August 12, 2020 Binta Shama 0

An audit report has exposed lack of basic infrastructure in public offices for people living with disabilities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The report titled, “Accessibility Audit Report of Public Infrastructure in Federal Capital Territory,” showed the level of exclusion persons with disabilities face in accessing public infrastructure on an equal basis with others. The accessibility audit which was Read More

Jigawa flags off distribution of palliatives to 49, 000 beneficiaries

August 12, 2020 Bayo Muhammad Alabira 0

Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar said there will be no discrimination in the sharing Covid19 palliatives currently stored at Tahir Guest Palace Dutse. Badaru stated this Tuesday while flagging off the distribution to all the deserving beneficiaries across the 27 local government areas of the state. According to the governor, the palliatives distribution was timely, considering that people were in dire Read More

NYSC, NCRI partner on modern farming training for corps members

August 12, 2020 John Oba 0

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is to strengthen the existing partnership with the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) Badeggi Niger state with a view to training more corps members in modern farming towards boosting agricultural production. A statement by the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi said Service is keying into the federal government agenda on diversification Read More

We generate N3bn weekly from stamp duties – FIRS

August 12, 2020 David Agba 0

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has been generating N3billion revenue weekly from stamp duty collections, FIRS Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami stated this Tuesday at a meeting with House of Representatives Committee on Finance. The stamp duty revenue is generated from May 2020 to date from Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Nami disclosed The meeting with the legislators was to resolve Read More

Customs resumes electronic auction of seized goods

August 12, 2020 David Agba 0

Almost two years after the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) suspended its electronic auction exercise over technical hitches, the service on Monday announced that the electronic portal is now open for interested persons with valid Tax Identification Number (TIN) to bid for items of their choice. Public Relations Officer of NCS, Joseph Attah, in a statement said the bidding period for Read More

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NAQS charges cowpea association on weak link in beans value chain

August 12, 2020 John Oba 0

The Director-General, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr. Vincent Isegbe, has called on stakeholders in the Cowpea Value chain to work together to address the weak link in the chains in order to establish continuity of market access for Nigerian beans. A statement by the Head Media, Communications and Strategies, Dr. Gozie Nwodo, said Dr. Isegbe during a strategic engagement Read More

Adamawa MDAs to improve awareness on gender-based violence, others

August 12, 2020 David Agba 0

Participants at the capacity building workshop for strategic Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Adamawa state have resolved to raise awareness and disseminate information on national and international standards as well as strengthen relationships, cooperation and collaboration among Adamawa MDAs.  They also resolved to bridge the gap between laws and policies and their implementation and to use empirical evidence for policy Read More

Updated: Putin, Russian leader declares COVID-19 vaccine ready for use

August 12, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

Russian President Vladimir Putin’ Tuesday said his country has become the first country in the world to clear a COVID-19 vaccine and declared it ready for use. He said in a statement that one of his daughters has already been inoculated with the vaccine, despite international skepticism. He stated further that the vaccine underwent necessary tests and has proven efficient, Read More

EFCC arrests 32 suspected ‘Yahoo boys’ in Ogbomoso

August 12, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday arrested 32 Yahoo boys for alleged involvement in internet fraud. According to the anti-graft commission, the suspects including three serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), were apprehended during a raid on their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo state. EFCC in a statement by its Head, Read More