Terrorism: PDP berates presidency for blaming slain farmers

November 30, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that it is alarmed by a statement attributed to the presidency on the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state. Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu while responding to questions from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the killing said the murdered Read More

Factional IPAC leadership vows to probe INEC’s spending

November 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

Worried by what it described depressing quality of elections conducted thus far, a faction of the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), has resolved to conduct comprehensive investigations into the affairs of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The faction of IPAC led by Okey Nwosu made up of deregisterd political parties said it wiould concentrate the probe on Read More

PDP promises more political positions to women come 2023

November 30, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The National Woman Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hajiya Mariya Waziri, has called for a strategic plan for women to take up more political positions in 2023 general elections. Waziri made the call at the opening of the two-days strategic workshop for women organised by the Office of the PDP National Woman Leader, in partnership with the International Read More

NASS committed to women, youth involvement in governance – Omo-Agege

November 30, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege has assured that the National Assembly is committed to greater women and youth involvement in governance in Nigeria through creative legislative interventions. This comes as he decried the low level of women participation in governance in Sub-Saharan Africa which is presently below 24.7 percent. Senator Omo-Agege stated this on Monday while making Read More

FC4SL, PwC holds training on building SDGs into Nigeria’s path forward

November 30, 2020 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The Financial Centre for Sustainability, Lagos (“FC4SL”), in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) Nigeria, jointly organized webinar session as part of the Market Education and Sensitisation Campaign Initiative of the Research, Education and Engagements Thematic Area of FC4SL. The session, through expert discussions and deliberations, sought to promote the consideration, adoption and integration of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Read More

NAMB to conduct MFBs’ audit to deepen financial inclusion

November 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

The National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) is set to conduct a nationwide audit of all licensed Microfinance Banks in the country with a view to identifying their operational challenges and providing necessary support to the ailing ones as part of its renewed efforts to sanitize the sector and deepen financial inclusion in the country. The National President of the Read More

Dangote Fertiliser empowers 150 beneficiaries impacted by pipeline construction

November 30, 2020 David Agba 0

As a means of supporting livelihood to host communities impacted by the 54km gas pipeline to the Fertiliser plant, Dangote Fertiliser limited (DFL) embarked on a programme to empower 150 Project Affected Persons(PAPs) through a cassava enterprises programme. The programme was geared towards mitigating the negative impact of the land acquired for the pipeline construction, whilst also supporting impacted farmers Read More

‘Implement home-grown interventions, use Africa’s resources to recover from Covid-19’

November 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

Africa’s ability to finance the 2063 agenda and also manage the Post COVID-19 recovery process largely depends on the implementation of home-grown interventions and utilization of Africa’s resources. This is part of the recommendations at the end of the second edition of the annual three-day African Economic Congress (AEC), organised by the African Economic and Investment held virtually from the Read More

Local raw materials investors assured of forex allocation

November 30, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The federal government through the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has assured investors using local raw materials that they will be given priority in foreign exchange allocation for the procurement of machines and other equipment that are not readily available in the country. The minister gave the assurance while hosting the Greece Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Read More

COVID-19: Nigeria far from vaccines’ mass production – PTF

November 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19 said Monday that there’s the need for Nigerians to avoid unnecessary travels and continue to observe the non-pharmaceutical interventions. Director General of National Centre for Disease (NCDC), Mr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja, said notwithstanding the announcement of the discovery of vaccines to tackle the virus, mass Read More

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Local raw materials investors assured of foreign exchange allocation

November 30, 2020 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The federal government through the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has assured investors using local raw materials that they will be given priority in foreign exchange allocation for the procurement of machines and other equipment that are not readily available in the country. The minister gave the assurance while playing host to Greece Ambassador to Nigeria, Read More

CG clears air over misappropriation of funds in VGN

November 30, 2020 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The Commandant General of Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, Doctor Mohammed Usman Jahun has described as false an alleged misappropriation of funds leveled against him by one Umar Abubakar Bakori. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja at the weekend, Doctor Usma Jahun explained that the activities of the organization has been voluntary without anyone sponsoring the financial engagements of VGN since Read More

Tukur assumes office as executive secretary Zamfara PHCB

November 30, 2020 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Dr. Isma’ila Tukur Gusau has been appointed as the Executive Secretary, Zamfara State Primary Health Care Board by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun. Speaking to newsmen shortly after assuming his office Monday, Dr. Tukur Ismail Gusau re-iterated his commitment to justify the confidence reposed in him by the State Governor Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawallen Maradun. He said he will do Read More

#16-Days Against GBV: NCWD boss tasks Nigerians on survivors’ support

November 30, 2020 Ene Oshaba 0

Director-Generalof the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Barr. Mary Ekpere-Eta, has called for family, institutional and community support for survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). Ekpere-Eta in a statement she signed in Abuja said #16-Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 2020, was a time to genuinely support women and girls who survived acts of violence. According Read More

How UniCal lost N1.3bn property to #EndSARS protest – Pro Chancellor

November 30, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

The pro-Chancellor of the University of Calabar (UniCal), Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, has said about N1.3 billion worth of the school property were destroyed on October 24, 2020 when hoodlums hijacked the endSARS protest. Sen Nwaogu who said this in Calabar, Monday, during a press conference, lamented that adequate attention had not been given to the destructions in UniCal by authorities Read More

Use your pen to build Nigeria – Makinde tells Journalists

November 30, 2020 Bayo Agboola, 0

Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday asked Nigerian journalists to use their pen to build and not to destroy the country. The governor said this in Ibadan while declaring open this year’s Oyo state NUJ Press Week at the union’s Press centre, Iyaganku. He stressed that there is the need for the journalists as the mirror of the society to discharge Read More

Reps query agric research institute over flawed audit report

November 30, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), an arm of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has been placed on status inquiry by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts.Chairman of the committee, Hon. Wole Oke, dropped the verdict at the end of an investigative hearing into the audit query issued by the office of the Auditor General of Read More

Edo Prison break: Police re-arrest 4 escaped convicts

November 30, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Police, Monday, paraded four escaped inmates of the Oko Prison in Edo state, who escaped during the jail break following the #EndSARS protests. Parading the suspects in Abuja the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said the fugitives including a death row convict and an ex-soldier were arrested in Kaduna, where they had resorted to armed robbery Read More

Killings of Borno rice farmers: Insecurity beyond sacking of Service Chiefs – SPN

November 30, 2020 Bayo Agboola, 0

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) on Monday condemned the killing of Rice farmers by Boko Haram terrorists at their farms in Koshobe, Borno state, saying the insecurity problem in Nigeria is beyond sacking Service Chiefs. SPN  in a statement jointly signed by its acting National Chairperson, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye and  the National Secretary, Comrade Chinedu Bosah attributed the killings Read More

Delivery of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft not in jeopardy – NAF

November 30, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said the delivery of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is on course and never in jeopardy as insinuated in some quarters. NAF spokesperson,  Air Vice Marshall Ibikunle Daramola said this in a statement Monday. The statement on the heel of a media report insinuating that the subsisting contractual agreement between the Nigerian government and the United Read More

Nigeria is stagnant — Nted

November 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Comrade Anthony Nted is the immediate past President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) and Chairman of the union’s Advisory Council. Nted in this interview speaks on leadership challenges and dockworkers reform, among other issues. Tell us about your background and growing up? I was born and brought up in Forcados, Warri in Delta State. My father was Read More

PTF reveals when batch B NYSC corps members ‘ll resume camp

November 30, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19 said Monday that the second stream of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) would resume on December 3, 2020. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja. He said the date was chosen at the Read More

Zabarmari killings: Group heaps blame on opposition, demands probe

November 30, 2020 Editor 0

The North East Patriots Forum (NEPF) has alleged political undertone in the killing of farmers at Zarbamari community located at Jere local lovernment area of Borno state.   Contrary to reports, the group said the dastardly act may not have been committed by Boko Haram terrorists, rather aggrieved opposition politicians in Borno state.  The forum, which made this known at a press Read More

FG unveils YPP

November 30, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment has launched the Young Professional Programme (YPP) to encourage skills acquisition among young officers in the Ministry.The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Otunba Adebayo, while speaking at the launch of YPP explained that skill acquisition among the youths was a guarantee measure of creating Micro and small enterprises that can grow Read More