Breaking: Chelsea sack Lampard

January 25, 2021 AFP 0

Chelsea announced on Monday they had sacked manager Frank Lampard after a poor run in the Premier League. “This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” said owner Roman Abramovich. Chelsea are struggling in ninth place in the Premier League Read More

Healthy living: Approve fats and oils regulation bill, group begs NAFDAC

January 25, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has urged the Governing Council of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration (NAFDAC) to approve the Fats and Oils Regulations Bill, which regulates trans fats in foods as a new year gift to Nigerians. CAPPA also called on the agency to commence mass education on eating right and shunning foods containing Read More

Quit notice controversy: Group faults Northern Patriots’ claim against Tinubu

January 25, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Head of Media and Publicity of Tinubu Support Group (TSG), Oluwatosin Johnson, has debunked the statement credited to the National Coordinator of Northern Patriots Assembly, Alhaji Salihu Mohammed, that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the sponsor of the Fulani/ Yoruba crises in Oyo state In a statement on Monday, Oluwatosin said report against the National Leader of APC was Read More

As universities resume…

January 25, 2021 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

For almost one year, public universities in the country have not been active due to industrial actions embarked upon by the various staff unions over their conditions of service and lockdown directives following the coronavirus (COVID-19) that disrupted world affairs. As the staff unions are calling off strike and restrictions on academic activities are being lifted to encourage resumption, a Read More

FCMB extends financial support to over 15,000 women, continues promotion of SMEs

January 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

First City Monument Bank, a foremost financial services provider in Nigeria, has continue her aggressive drive and support for the Small and Medium Enterprises sector in the country. The bank, which was recently voted as the Best SME Bank in Africa, thereby consolidating its position as the dominant financial institution in the segment, has made more funds available to women Read More

Group demands Probe of Umahi, Ohaukwu council chair over death of 40 persons in Effium

January 25, 2021 Editorial II 0

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora, AESID, has called on the security agencies to probe Governor David Umahi and the chairman of the Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Clement Odah, over an alleged communal clash between the Effium and Effium indigenes of Ezza extraction, leading to the death of over 40 people. President of the association, Paschal Oluchkwu, in Read More

The degeneration of public reasoning and undue sectarianism

January 25, 2021 Fidelis 'DejiOlokunboro 0

A careful study of public reasoning in Nigeria shows that patience for engaged discussion is in short supply. Debate devolves into argumentum ad hominem in split seconds, and attention shifts quickly from the core of the original discourse to accidents. People’s endurance to tease out issues has waned, and attention span is more compromised. Also, the contemporary attraction for information on-the-go and Read More

Attacks in South West: Northern elders heap blame Service chiefs

January 25, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Northern elders, under the auspices of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development (CNEPD), have blamed failure of intelligence on the part of service chiefs for the rising spate of insecurity in the South West and other geo-political zones in the country. Reports of suspected terrorists taking over some forests in Oyo state have heightened tension, with many in Read More

Breaking: New Chelsea coach set to emerge as Lampard faces sack

January 25, 2021 Goal 0

Frank Lampard is set to be sacked from his role as Chelsea manager and replaced by former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, Goal reports. Lampard has guided the club for just over 18 months, but leaves following five defeats in the last eight games. It comes just 24 hours after his 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup, but the club’s Premier Read More

Suspect of simulated sex video involving Imo complaints commissioner jailed

January 25, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

The key suspect and mastermind of the simulated sex video allegedly involving Imo state Public Complaints Commissioner, Barrister Willie Amadi has been sentenced to one year imprisonment. Peter Nwoke, a 20-year-old school leaver, who was charged to the Magistrate Court Isu, holden at Umundugba, Imo state, pleaded guilty to the one count charge of defamation of character. In charge No: Read More

Kwara’s agric transformation plan reassuring, says French govt

January 25, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

French representative in West Africa, Dr. Sonia Darracq has described the recently launched Kwara State Agricultural Transformation Plan (2020-2030) as the best possible strategic plan in terms of agribusiness development. “It goes deeply through all sectors and value chains, including the education and training aspects. From it, any potential investor certainly feels reassured and comforted that Kwara is an agribusiness Read More

Oxfam/EU empower 90 Birnin Kebbi LG women

January 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

No fewer than 90 women in Birnin Kebbi local government area of Kebbi state have been empowered by Oxfam in collaboration with its development partners, European Union, through PROACT, to avail them productive assets that would guarantee sustainable income flow. Speaking at the flag-off distribution of economic assets to the beneficiaries at the Birnin Kebbi local government secretariat over the Read More

Hope rises as EEDC begins free metre distribution in South East

January 25, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

The era of estimated billing will soon be over for electricity consumers in the South-east as Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has commenced free mass metre roll-out under the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP).Head, Corporate Communications of EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu on Sunday. The National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) Read More

Sen Gaya mourns Abdullahi Ibrahim, condoles with North, Kogi

January 25, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

The senator representing APC Kano South, Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya has sent strongly worded message of condolences to Northern Nigeria, Kogi state and legal profession over the death of a legal luminary, Abdullahi Ibrahim (SAN) who passed on, Sunday in Abuja. Senator Gaya in his condolence message said the legal icon will be greatly missed, especially at this trying time in Read More

FCT-ARDS to enforce meat handling protocols in abattoirs

January 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

The FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) has declared its resolve to promote and enforce hygienic meat handling practices in abattoirs across the FCT. The Acting Secretary of the Secretariat, Mr. Ibe Prospect Chwukuemeka, made this declaration during an early morning unscheduled inspection visit to some abattoirs, in order to assess the level of compliance to established safety standards.Ibe Read More

Ondo: AAUA postpones exams over students’ death

January 25, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Following a fatal accident in Akungba Akoko on Saturday which claimed students’ lives, the management of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) has postponed the examination scheduled to begin today, January 25. Acting Registrar of the university Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, in a statement on Saturday night disclosed that the school’s main gate would be shut indefinitely to guide against incessant accidents. Read More

Ebonyi community crisis: Umahi summons security meeting

January 25, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Just few hours after imposing curfew on Effium Community in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state, following days of civil unrest that culminated into the loss of lives and property of citizens, the state Governor Engr . David Nweze Umahi, has summoned a meeting of security agencies and stakeholders. In a statement made available to Blueprint on Sunday, signed by Read More

As Akeredolu’s quit notice expires… Miyetti Allah members now live in fear, fleeing Oyo – MACBAN

Oyo state Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Ibrahim Abubakar Jiji has alerted that its members now live in fears following the alleged assault on the Seriki Fulani Saliu Abdulkadir by some unidentified youths in Igangan Friday. The outcry came as the 7-day ultimatum on quit notice to unregistered Fulani herdsmen in Ondo forest reserves expires today (Monday) amidst Read More

Consolidated Insurance bill backs NAICOM’s new capital regime

January 25, 2021 Edet Udoh 0

The Consolidated Insurance Industry Bill currently undergoing processes for passage into law empowers the industry’s primary regulator, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) amongst other things to determine the industry’s risk-based requirements from time to time. The Bill also maintained that operators will still need to raise their capital to N8 billion for Life business; N10 billion for those in the Read More

FAO, IRENA partner to boost renewables in food, agriculture

January 24, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have reiterated their commitment to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technologies in agri-food, fisheries and forestry chains through the signature of a collaboration agreement. Signed by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu and IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera in a virtual meeting, the new Read More

NIMASA, Amnesty office partner to curb maritime crimes

January 24, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have declared its intention to work in partnership with the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) in the fight against piracy and other crimes in the country’s maritime domain. Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this in Abuja during a working visit to the interim Sole Administrator of PAP, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio Read More

500m people living on less than $5 – Oxfam

January 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

A new Oxfam report has stated that between 200 to 500 people lived on less than $5.50 per day in 2020. The report titled ‘The Inequality Virus’ will be released Monday at the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. The report also stated that income of the poorest people globally further fell due to the pandemic. Read More

AFAN sets up 7-member electoral committee

January 24, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Leadership of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on Thursday announced the constitution of a 7-man committee to be chaired by Muazu Ashaku to conduct the National election of the Association before the end of March 2021. Speaking during a press briefing on the side line of Association’s National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, AFAN the President, Kabiru Read More

Farming season: Seeds coys’ve 100,000 tons of certified seeds available for farmers – NASC

January 24, 2021 John Oba 0

As farmers across Nigeria await the commencement of the farming season, the Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) Dr. Philip Olusegun Ojo, has noted that in spite of the coronavirus pandemic disrupted 2020, the Council was still able to sustain production of certified seeds. Dr. Ojo said that seeds companies under the agency’s supervision have 100,023.53 metric tons of Read More