Northeast insecurity: Group heaps blame on ex-Borno gov

April 30, 2021 Editor 0

The North East Peace Congress (NEPC) says ex-Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, should be blamed for the worsening insecurity in the region. According to the group, the Borno Central lawmaker championed the call for the removal of the immediate past Service Chiefs, a move it says has resulted in calamity. Since the retirement of the former military heads in January, Read More

Ekeji thumbs up dissolution of sports federation boards

April 30, 2021 Editor 0

Former Nigeria international and Director-General of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Patrick Ekeji, has hailed the dissolution of the National Sports Federation boards by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare. The sports federation boards were dissolved Friday by the Sports Minister and caretaker committees set up to oversee their affairs until after the Tokyo Read More

FG issues shoot-at-sight order against Prisons’ attackers, fleeing inmates

April 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has expressed great outrage at the recent wave of attacks on Custodial Centres of the Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS, ordering personnel of the Service’s armed squad to shoot-at-sight any internal and external aggressor. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the order at an emergency meeting with NCoS Squadron Commanders, Field Commanders and Heads of Armed Squads. Read More

Bala urges states, LGs to implement VAPP law

April 30, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has recommended the enactment and implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law in all the 36 states of the federation and local government areas of the country. He made the recommendation Friday during the launch of the cost model action plan and the inauguration of advisory and technical committees for the implementation Read More

FG begins Rivers to Borno rail line rehabilitation

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Rukayyat Saraki, has said the federal government had begun the rehabilitation of the rail line from Rivers state to Borno state. Saraki disclosed this Thursday during the commissioning of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Outreach Centre for the North-east at Kumo in Akko local government area of Gombe state. She said Read More

Bill seeking more 111 NASS seats for women passes second reading

April 30, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

A Bill seeking additional 111 special seats to be created for women in the National Assembly has passed second reading in the House of Representatives. This was contained in a statement by the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline K. Tallen, on Friday in Abuja. According to the statement, the Bill which is sponsored by the deputy chief whip, Nkiruka Read More

Nigeria: 4,556 violently killed, 2,860 kidnapped in 2020 – CISLAC

April 30, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) disclosed that at least 4,556 persons were violently killed and 2,860 kidnapped in 2020 in Nigeria. The figures, it said, represented an increase of 43 and 100 per cent to those of 2019. Speaking at a media engagement in Kaduna on Friday, the executive director of CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, said: “The Read More

Nigeria has 32% stunted kids, ranks second globally – el-Rufa’i

April 30, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children under-five in the world, with a national prevalence rate of 32%, the wife of the Kaduna state governor, Hajiya Aisha Ummi Garba el-Rufai, has said. Aisha, the chairperson of the Kaduna Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP), added that estimated two million Nigerian children suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Addressing a Read More

Excitement as 2 Airpeace aircrafs test-run Anambra Int’l passenger, cargo airport

April 30, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Two aircrafts belonging to Airpeace, Friday, landed at the Anambra State International Passengers and Cargo Airport in Umueri, Anambra East LGA, with wild jubilations. Airpeace 5N-BUJ landed at about 2.31pm while Airpeace 5N-BVD landed at 2.47 to test run the airport. A private jet, 5N-EZU owned by another illustrious son of Anambra landed at 3.27pm. Speaking at the occasion, Chief Read More

FG send 33 aid volunteers to African, Caribbean, Pacific nations

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Directorate of Technical Aid Corps has dispatched 33 volunteers to Uganda and is set to deploy another 33 to Tanzania by next week, the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC) has disclosed. The acting director-general of the Corps, Shehu Mohammed, said shortly before the departure in Abuja on Friday that the move was in response to humanitarian need to Read More

Labour leaders, workers task FG on good governance, welfare, others

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

Labour leaders and workers on Friday in Abuja appealed to the federal government to intensify efforts in providing good governance, improve workers’ welfare and address insecurity confronting the country. They made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to express their expectations from the federal government as Nigeria joins the world to mark the 2021 Read More

Buhari re-appoints NCAC, NTDC, NFVCB bosses

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Otunba Segun Runsewe as the director-general, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), for another term of four years. The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday. He said the president also re-appointed Mr. Folorunso Coker, as the director-general, Read More

Buhari endorses national minimum wage in pension payment

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has granted approval indicating an increase in payment of pension to pensioners under the pension scheme arising from increment in the minimum wage. The acting chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, confirmed this on Friday in Calabar while briefing newsmen on the development. Nta said the increment in the payment of the pension, Read More

Omo-Agege mourns Olu of Warri, congratulates successor-designate

April 30, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has regreted the passing of the Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli Emiko. He also felicitated with the Olu of Warri-designate, His Royal Majesty Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, on his selection as successor to the throne. In a message, Omo-Agege commiserated with the Itsekiri people and urged them to rally support Read More

FRSC mulls partnership with special marshals in Akwa Ibom

April 30, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Akwa Ibom state Command, Friday, renewed its commitment to partner with the Special Marshals in the state to ensure safety and reduce road crashes. The sector commander, Mr. Oga Ochi, said during a workshop for special marshals in Uyo that the special marshals were a component of the Corps in ensuring safety on the Read More

Corruption killing Nigeria – Ganduje

April 30, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

The Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, has noted that corruption “is killing Nigeria, and the country will not attain development with the level of corruption gaining ground in low and high places.” Ganduje stated this Friday at the inauguration the state Anti Corruption Strategy Steering Committee members. The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Read More

Insecurity: Buhari must take responsibility now – Sen. Gyang

April 30, 2021 Baba Yusuf 0

The senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang, has called on President Muhammad Buhari to rise up to his responsibility as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and bring the challenge of insecurity under his control. According to the lawmaker, failure to take the bold step now would allow those who want to overrun the country to succeed in their mission. Read More

Yobe: NDE trains 34 indigenes on environmental beautification

April 30, 2021 Editor 0

In its quest to create jobs for graduates and non-graduates as well as a recovery process for victims of Boko Haram insurgency, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has flagged-off Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS) for 34 Yobe indigenes across the 17 Local government councils. Flagging off the training in Damaturu the state capital, the Director General of the NDE Read More

Breaking: NAFDAC certifies Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine

April 30, 2021 Editor 0

Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for emergency use in Nigeria. NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye who made the announcement in Lagos said the approval given was not a full one but it would be in effect within the period of getting people vaccinated and gathering data about Read More

Oyo govt committed to zero tuition fees policy – SUBEB chair

April 30, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OSUBEB), Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, on Friday declared that the state government was committed to its zero tuition/fees policy. Adeniran, who stated this when he received in audiences the members of National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) at the Oyo SUBEB board’s headquarters in Ibadan, adding that “the present administration in Read More

Police clamp down on tinted vehicles, covered number plates

April 30, 2021 chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Joint Security Team has launched an operation to clamp down on the use of unauthorised covered number plates and tinted vehicles. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the territory, ASP Mariam Yusuf, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja. Yusuf said the team, chaired by the Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Read More

Kano deserves kudos over pollution control – FG

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Federal Ministry of Environment has expressed satisfaction with the equipment provided at the State Environmental Pollution Control Laboratory of the Kano state Ministry of Environment. A delegation from the Federal Ministry of Environment who paid a visit to the laboratory to assess it for accreditation gave the commendation. According to the team leader, Malam Ibrahim Barau Danbatta, “we were Read More

NCPC boss Pam thumbs up media for contributing to national devt

April 30, 2021 Adoyi M. Aba 0

The executive secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, has thumbed up the media over their invaluable contributions to national development. He gave the commendation Thursday while playing host to a delegation from The Nigeria News Group at the Commission’s corporate headquarters in Abuja, According to a press statement issued Friday by the Commission’s head of media and Read More