Yuletide: Recurring excess budget and January pains

January 1, 2021 PAUL OKAH 0

Christmas and New Year festivities come with the usual demands and spending with most people over shooting their budgets in the spirit of the season and promising to be more careful next year, however, they end up repeating the same mistake, PAUL OKAH reports. How often do you see people selling their mobile phones or gadgets in the village to Read More

Why I became a singer – Tijjani Gandu

January 1, 2021 ALIYU ASKIRA 0

Tijjani Gandu came into the Music Industry on a lucky note. His first album Yarmaye was a massive success when it was released because he hired a first class director Sadiq Mafia and it paid off. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, the artist, who is the official political singer for Kwankwasiyya Movement spoke on his career and plans for Read More

Insecurity in the North’ll get worse if…- Kano PDP chieftain

January 1, 2021 ALIYU ASKIRA, 0

Alhaji Adamu Yusuf Garko is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state. He is a close associate of former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and a retired Customs officer. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, he speaks on Kano politics, Kwankwaso’s presidential ambition, and Nigeria’s security challenges. What is your background and how Read More

Covid-19 won’t hinder our developmental strides in kogi – Bello

January 1, 2021 Editorial III 0

Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello has assured citizens that the ongoing developmental strides across the state will be sustained by his administration notwithstanding the much talked about second wave of COVID-19. Bello, who stated this on Friday in his New Year broadcast to people of the state, maintained that his administration has never and will never allow COVID-19 to be Read More

Buhari’s New Year message to Nigerians

January 1, 2021 Editorial III 0

Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari welcomed Nigerians to the New Year with a 34-paragraph message that encapsulated a mixed bag of high expectations and fresh starts. The president succinctly captured the frustrations, despair and anxiety that have been the menus of most Nigerians especially in the year 2020, which they would like to forget in a hurry, with a solemn pledge Read More

A farewell to 2020

January 1, 2021 Clem Oluwole 0

I have witnessed many decades in my lifetime… as a kid, teenager and now an adult. But no year was as unpredictable and horrible as the year 2020. I’m not in the habit of making New Year resolutions. In fact, I don’t wait for an old year to negotiate the final bend before resolving what to package for the coming Read More

Sokoto gets World Bank $22m grant for financial propriety

January 1, 2021 Samson Benjamin 0

The World Bank has granted Sokoto state government $22 million for its commitment to the implementation of the state’s Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme. A statement by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Governor Muhammad Bello, Friday, said the state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, stated this while receiving the report of the SFTAS Committee. According to Read More

2021: NYCN president urges youths to be productive

January 1, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo has urged Nigeria youths to be productive, adding that there is no shortcut to greatness. The President who also doubles as Secretary of NYCN Board of Trustees (BoT), felicitated with Nigerians on this New Year celebration in a statement he signed, Friday. Amb. Sukubo also commended Read More

When Abuja NGO empowered 2,000 women, youths

January 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

As part of its mentorship and capacity building programme the Non-Stop Empowerment (NSE) and Girls Education Initiative, recently, graduated over 2,000 women and youths trained on skills and supported to set up businesses, ENE OSHABA reports. The Non-Stop Empowerment and Girls Education Initiative has embarked on a massive training, mentorship and capacity building for mostly women and youths in a Read More

Akeredolu admonishes Nigerians on 2021, calls for greater hope

January 1, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has admonished Nigerians to be hopeful for a better country in all facets of life in Year 2021. Akeredolu, while playing host to the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Owo chapter in his office in Akure, said the prayers of Nigerians will definitely not go in vain on the nation. He used Read More

Diri signs N329bn Bayelsa 2021 appropriation bill into law

January 1, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri has signed the 2021 appropriation bill of N329.29 billion into law. Governor Diri had on November 26 presented an estimate of N290.295 billion tagged “Budget of Growth” to the state House of Assembly. While assenting to the bill on Wednesday evening in Government House, Yenagoa, the governor said the increase in the figure would Read More

Kogi CJ approves magistrate court at Itobe community

January 1, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Kogi state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Henry Olusiyi has assured the people of Ofu local government area that a Magistrate Court would be sited at Itobe community to enhance quick dispensation of justice in the area. Justice Olusiyi, disclosed this on Thursday while inspecting the structure donated by the community for the proposed magistrate court. The CJ said the court, Read More

Kano LG polls: We’ve reported positive drug cases to govt – NDLEA

January 1, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

Kano state Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Dr. Ibrahim Abdul, has confirmed that his command had established genuine cases of drug addiction among the contestants who had indicated their interest in joining the race for various posts, during the forthcoming local government elections in the state. Speaking to newsmen on the giant strides effected under his Read More

APC govs to Nigerians: Resist attempts to politicise insecurity, economy issues

January 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have asked Nigerians to resist attempts by the opposition political parties to politicise issues of insecurity and bad economy the country is witnessing currently. The governors on the platform of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) said ending insecurity will require strong national unity, even they acknowledged and commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for providing Read More

Pray for Buhari, work for coexistence, Ortom urges Nigerians

January 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Governor Ortom of Benue state Thursday called on Nigerians to work for peaceful coexistence and pray for Nigeria’s leadership under President Muhammadu Buhari to enable it surmount the current security and economic challenges. Governor Ortom in a New Year message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said though year 2020 came with numerous challenges such as COVID-19 and Read More

Still on the darkening shadows of insecurity

January 1, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

It could not get more desperate or more pathetic than this – the deepening national insecurity casting a lengthening and darkening shadow on the nation, that is. On December 29, Borno State government resorted to its own self-help measure to contain the worsening insecurity in the state. It turned to hunters and a vigilante group in Hawul Local government area Read More

Nasarawa assembly passes revenue harmonisation bill

January 1, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

Nasarawa state House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law to provide for the harmonisation and collection of all revenuesb(taxes, duties, levies, rates, fees charges) due to the state and local governments  in state. Speaker of the House, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, announced this after the House adopted the report of the Standing Committee on Finance and Appropriation Read More

Save Nigerians from killer water

January 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Although there have been conflicting statistics about the percentage of Nigerians that have access to potable water, the bottom line, however, is that the situation does not portray the country as being committed to the provision of this basic necessity of life. Yet, Nigeria joins the rest of the world yearly in celebrating the World Water Day which is set Read More

Wrestling food inflation in 2021

January 1, 2021 Abdullahi .M Gulloma 0

Indeed, the problems associated with soaring prices of foods are many and worrisome and the need to address them is appreciated by all meaningful Nigerians and their leaders. In fact, this week, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will keep a keen eye on food inflation in the New Year. As part of the measures designed to achieve Read More

Stay off our affairs, PDP Chairmen Forum warns SW c’taker c’ttee- Adagunodo

January 1, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Fresh crisis is again rocking the South West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the purported announcement of the Ogun state PDP Chairman, Alhaji Sikirulai Ogundele, as new chairman South West PDP Chairmen Forum by some members of PDP Southwest Caretaker Committee. Already, the incumbent South West PDP Chairmen Forum in a statement signed by its Chairman, Hon. Olasoji Adagunodo, the Read More

New Year 2021: Keep hope alive, Gbajabiamila, Wase urge Nigerians

January 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and his deputy, Idris Wase have called on Nigerians to keep hope alive, congratulating them for witnessing the year 2021 despite the challenges of the past year. In a New Year message through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila said Nigerians should use the experiences of the preceding Read More

Little good makes some difference in empowerment – Sr. Falola

January 1, 2021 ENE OSHABA 0

Reverend Sister Ann Falola of the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles Congregation is the initiator of Maria Centre, an empowerment project for vulnerable girls and indigent women. In this chat with ENE OSHABA she expresses disappointment over the commercialisation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, supports ban on importation, and makes case for Nigerians to buy made in Nigeria Read More

Breaking: Osimhen tests positive for Coronavirus

January 1, 2021 Goal 0

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has returned positive for coronavirus, his Italian club confirmed on Friday evening. The Nigeria international returned to Naples on Thursday having been away to Lagos for the yuletide break. On arrival, the former Lille and Royal Charleroi star was subjected to the compulsory Covid-19 PCR test and his Serie A outfit disclosed that Osimhen posted a positive result. Fortunately, he had not met with Read More

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Sen. Binos carries out free medical outreach in Adamawa South

January 1, 2021 Muazu Abari 0

The senator representing Adamawa South, Sen. Binos Dauda Yaroe,  has carried out another free medical outreach to over 3000 constituents. This is coming few months after two similar outreaches in Demsa and Numan local government areas of his constituency where over 8,000 people from the two local governments benefited, bringing the total number of those who benefited from the innervations Read More