Breaking: Court frees popular US Comedian, Bill Cosby, from prison

June 30, 2021 Editor 0

US comedian Bill Cosby was freed from prison on Wednesday, in a blow to the #MeToo movement, after a US court overturned his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago. The 83-year-old left SCI Phoenix, a state jail 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Cosby had been denied Read More

Matawalle’s desperation for re-election led him to APC, Rep member blasts governor

June 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A serving House of Representatives member, Hon. Teejay Yusuf, has said that Zamfara state governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in desperation for reelection in 2023. Governor Matawalle dumped the PDP for APC on Tuesday. But reacting to the development on Wednesday through a statement he personally signed, Hon. Yusuf said Mutawalle’s secret alliance with the Read More

Gunmen kidnap 6 ceramic workers in Kogi

June 30, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Unknown gunmen Wednesday morning kidnapped six staff of West African Ceramic Company in Ajaokuta local government area of Kogi state. Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened at the early hours of Wednesday in Emiworo community. The workers were said to be abducted while loading stones expected to be delivered in the ceramic site located at Itobe in the same Read More

Senate approves N74.773bn budget for PTF

June 30, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Tuesday approved the sum of N74, 773,601,916 billion as 2021 budget for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund. The approval followed the consideration of a report by the Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Police Affairs. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Dauda Halliru Jika (APC, Bauchi Central), in his presentation, observed that Read More

NAWE wants FG to unveil policies on female business operators

June 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Association of Women Entrepreneurs (NAWE) has urged the federal government to roll out policies and programmes that will particularly empower female business operators in the country. The new National President of NAWE, Chief Vera Ndanusa, who made the call on Tuesday in Abuja during her inauguration, also called on government to always consider the interest of women in Read More

Onaiyekan tasks religious leaders on good relationship between Christians, Muslims 

June 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Archbishop emeritus of Abuja and Cardinal, John Onaiyekan has tasked religious leaders across the country to preach good relationships between the Christian and Muslim communities so as to ensure peaceful co-existence. Bishop Onaiyekan said religious leaders have to work together to achieve some amount of religious harmony, as a condition for peaceful co-existence .  Bishop Onaiyekan noted this in Abuja Read More

DRAC supports youths to address SGBV

June 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) has supported youths to proffer innovative solutions to address Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria especially among Persons With Disabilities(PWDs). The Executive Director DRAC, Dr Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, who noted this at the just concluded Disability Innovation Lab organised by DRAC in Abuja explained the lab was an avenue where young innovators, software developers, Read More

Yiaga Africa alerts Nigerians on INEC’s Continuous Voters Registration

June 30, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Yiaga Africa has called on Nigerians and first time voters to register as the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) resumes the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) .The Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise is resuming on Monday, 28th June 2021, with the online pre-registration process.  The Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu in a press statement issued in Abuja commended INEC for improving the Read More

Stanbic IBTC enables single sign-on capability on mobile App

June 30, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

In order to have a unified customers’ experience while using its Mobile App, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, is set to introduce the Single Sign-on authentication feature that will allow customers access all their active profiles across the group. The Single Sign-on is an innovative capability from the end-to-end financial services institution. It was birthed to simplify customers’ access to the Read More

NCDMB, NEXIM Bank empower women in oil & gas with $40m

June 30, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in partnership with the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) have set aside $40 million for the empowerment of women in the oil and gas industry. Qualified women entrepreneurs in the Nigerian oil and gas industry can now benefit from the $40 million Women in Oil and Gas Intervention Fund deployed by the Nigerian Read More

We empower SMEs to grow Nigeria’s economy – FCMB

June 30, 2021 David Agba 0

First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has explained that its increased and consistent support to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) is aimed at further empowering them to take the lead in the growth and development of Nigeria’s economy. According to the Bank, this is because SMEs are one of the key drivers of the country’s push for economic prosperity due Read More

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NNPC to award rehabilitation contract for Warri, Kaduna refineries July

June 30, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has concluded plans to award rehabilitation contracts for the 110,000 barrels a day, b/d Kaduna and the 125,000 b/d Warri refineries by the end of July. Group Managing Director of the Corporation,Mele Kyari said that NNPC aims to sign engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the facilities within the next three weeks. The Read More

Zenith Bank still number one bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital

June 30, 2021 David Agba 0

Zenith Bank Plc has been ranked as the Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital in the 2021 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking published by The Banker Magazine. For the third consecutive year, the bank retained its position as the number one Tier-1 bank in Nigeria with a Tier-1 Capital of $2.64 billion, emerging as the 454th bank globally Read More

NITDA introduces the Nigerian National Public Key Infrastructure

June 30, 2021 Ayoni M Agbabiaka 0

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced operations of the National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI). The commencement of the national PKI operations was unveiled by NITDA director-general Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi in Abuja on Tuesday, at a Key Generation and Handover Ceremony for Root Certification Authority (RCA) for Country Signing Certification Authority (CSCA) and Country Verification Certification Authority (CVCA) Read More

NIGCOMSAT aiding digital economy – Alale

June 30, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The Managing-Director, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Dr Abimbola Alale has said that the organisation is leveraging NigComSAT-1R to provide complimentary solutions for an effective digital economy. Speaking at the 2021 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series on Internet Governance for Development (NDSF) held in Lagos recently, she said NigComSAT is leveraging the NigComSAT-1R I by linking stakeholders, especially ones in the hinterland. Read More

Motorcyclists accuses Customs of extortion in Apapa

June 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

Commercial motorcycle riders popularly known as okada have accused Customs officials manning the gate of Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) of extortion. The okada riders lamented the incessant collection of “tolls” by the Apapa Area Command Customs operatives whenever they drop passengers in front of its gate. One of the okada riders, who identified himself as Read More

Minister calls for synergy in pharmaceutical industry

June 30, 2021 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has called for a synergy and closer working relationship between the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) so that new pharmaceutical firms can be established. The Minister made the call on Friday in Abuja at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development Read More

Equity market closes high, gains N139bn

June 30, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Equity market sustained growth trend yesterday, gaining N139 billion. Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities increased by 0.71 per cent to N19.760 trillion from N19.621 trillion reported the previous day. The NSE All Share Index also appreciated by 266.53 basis points to 37907.28 points from 37640.75 points reported on Tuesday. Investors traded 213.704 million shares valued at N3.231 billion in Read More

First Bank harps on importance of SMEConnect to SMEs growth.

June 30, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

In a demonstration of its continuous commitment to National development, First Bank, says its digital platform, SMEConnect, platform through which SMEs can access the bank’s plethora of services, has continued to create an atmosphere for SMEs to build, grow and scale. The portal is designed to help SMEs access the Bank’s unique propositions and identify various gaps that hinder their Read More

2023: Ex-Kogi governor backs Bala Mohammed’s presidential bid

June 30, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

A former governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, has said that the Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, has the qualities to become Nigeria’s next president in 2023, declaring his support for the governor’s presidential ambition. Idris, a two-term governor, made the assertion when members of Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed Vanguard (BAM-V), a group canvassing support for Governor Mohammed, to Read More

Zamfara senators, Nwaoboshi deplete PDP in Senate to 38

June 30, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The membership of senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the senate, got depleted from 42 to 38 in plenary on Wednesday. Those who officially defected as stated in separate letters written to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and read to senators are the Deputy Minority Whip , Senator Sahabi Ya’u ( Zamfara North), Senator Read More

China: An inspiration in building Africa’s R&D capacity

June 30, 2021 Abachi Silas Ungbo 0

The social media (majorly WhatsApp and Facebook) largely sustained the relationship between I and my friend for almost a decade just when the phone calls became few and far between. However, one of his rare visits to Nigeria finally set the stage for an ‘offline meeting’ and the rendezvous was the capital city. As expected, there were a lot of Read More

Banditry, kidnapping serious threat to Anambra, 2023 elections, INEC warns

June 30, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented that the ongoing security challenges of banditry and kidnapping posed a threat to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country.National Commissioner and Chairman Board of Electoral Institute (BEI), Mallam Mohammed Kudu Haruna, Wednesday, in Abuja  raised the alarm in his opening remarks at the Annual Prof Abubakar Momoh Read More