When a governor identifies with his colleagues: Gov Bala’s example

June 1, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Gov Mohammed Bala is always proud to identify with his colleagues in the media having grown from the newsroom. In this report, NAJIB SANI writes on his relationship with the media in Bauchi state and beyond.Establishing and maintaining good media relationship is a huge and herculean task that cannot be done by anyone except those called. That is why anyone Read More

Highlights of NGE 2021 biennial conference in Kano

June 1, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The annual conference of editors just ended in Kano with a charge on the need to put national interest far above other considerations. Writes BASHIR MOHAMMED. It was indeed a gathering of ‘who is who’ in journalism when editors from all media establishments converged in Kano for the 2021 Biennial Conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE)  hosted by Read More

The worrisome inflation rate

June 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released recently by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stating that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose by 12.82% (year-on-year) in July, the highest rate recorded in 27 months since March 2018 when headline inflation was 13.34% is indeed alarming. The situation could worsen Nigeria’s poverty rate, thus negating the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIPs), Read More

How my father died, NECO registrar’s son opens up

June 1, 2021 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

Contrary to media reports that Professor Godswill Obioma, the late registrar of National Examinations Council (NECO) was murdered in his home in Minna, Niger state, the deceased’s son said that his father died as a result of brief illness.  Prince Godswill Obioma II, son of the late Professor said in a statement on Tuesday morning on behalf of the family Read More

The travails of Ahmad Isah

June 1, 2021 Mohammed Eibo Namiji 0

I want to start this feature with an adage of Agatu, Benue state, which says a needle that sews or stitches clothes that cover the nakedness of humans, its, bottom (acupuncture) is open and remains open until another needle covers its acupuncture by sewing or knitting a cover for it. This tends to illustrate the travails of the founder of Read More

Gulak: South-east governors take stand, tell security agents what to do

June 1, 2021 Paul Okah 0

South-east governors have condemned the murder of former aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, by gunmen on Sunday, calling on security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book. In a communique issued at the end of a virtual meeting of southeast governors forum held on Monday, signed by Chairman, South East Governors Forum and Governor, Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, Read More

Breaking: Gunmen ‘murder’ NECO registrar

June 1, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Chief  Registrar of the National Examinations  Council,  Professor Godshill Obioma has been reportedly killed by assassins on Monday night. The Registrar was said to have been attacked in his compound in Minna immediately  on arrival  from a trip in Abuja. Reports have it that the assasins struggled him to death in the presence of his wife and that they did not take Read More

Killers of Gulak will not go scot free, Uzodimma declares

June 1, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Imo state Governor Hope Uzodimma has said the murdered aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan and a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Gulak was in the state for a national assignment. Governor Uzodimma who addressed a press conference on Monday, said Gulak came to Owerri with the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendment. He said, “Being a humble man, Read More

Abduction of Niger Islammiya school kids callous, unfortunate – Sen Musa

June 1, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani Musa, has described the abduction of about 200 children by armed bandits from Islammiya school in Tegina, Rafi local government area, Sunday, as callous and unfortunate. Senator Musa, who condemned the attack that reportedly led to the death of an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), commiserated with victims of the attack and assured that Read More

Stakeholders hail Gov Sule over citing of industry

June 1, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa state has been commended for pursuing policies aimed at turning Toto local government area into an industrial hub. Reacting to last week’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the host community and Flour Mills Company in Abuja, in a statement issued by chairman, TPL Musa Usman, the Synergy and Alliance of Unions Read More

FG opens bid for highway development, management initiative

June 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing will today (Tuesday) officially open the bid for Value Added Concession under the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI). The bid will be witnessed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), other interested partners and stakeholders. The Director, Press and Public Relations Unit in the ministry, Ms Boade Akinola, disclosed this in a Read More

National social housing programme begins soon

June 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Managing Director, Family Homes Fund (FHF), Mr Femi Adewole, on Monday, said the company is perfecting the necessary agreement to kickstart the Federal Government National Social Housing Programme (NSHP). Adewole disclosed this in an interview in Lagos on the sidelines of the inaugural Technical Committee meeting on Real Estate Regulation in Lagos. The NSHP is the housing component of Read More

Social housing: N200bn facility ready for disbursement – FG

The presidency has disclosed that the N200 billion facility earmarked for the Federal Government’s Social Housing Scheme was ready to commence disbursement for the project. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja. The presidential aide said the National Social Housing Read More

OPEC oil output rises in May despite losses by Nigeria, Iran -Survey

June 1, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

OPEC oil output has risen in May as the group agreed to ease supply curbs under a pact with allies, a Reuters survey showed, although a drop in Iranian exports and involuntary reductions in African members limited the increase. The 13-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has pumped 25.52 million barrels per day (bpd) in May, the survey found, Read More

PVP act will lead to disease resistant, reduce food cost- NASC

June 1, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has said the new Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act 2021 signed into law will lead to disease resistant, reduced food cost, field superior yield, stress tolerant, climate smart and input efficient varieties which will be introduced by innovative breeders from private and public sector. Speaking at a press briefing on Monday in a Abuja, Read More

Fidson healthcare quotes first series CP programme on FMDQ Exchange

June 1, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Fidson Healthcare Plc has received approval from FMDQ Securities Limited for its quotation of N4.50 billion Series 1 Commercial Paper (CP) under its N10.00 billion Commercial Paper Issuance Programme on its platform. Fidson Healthcare is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company that engaged in manufacturing and sale of pharmaceutical and healthcare products in Nigeria. With over 35 registered pharmaceutical products, across Read More

ForeMedia bags best Afrocentric content devt ecosystem award

June 1, 2021 David Agba 0

Ahead of the fourth annual African Excellence Awards hosted by the Middle East and Africa, MEA Markets, ForeMedia Group has been awarded Best Afrocentric Media Content Development Ecosystem 2021. Awards Executive at MEA Markets, Kaven Oscar Cooper, conveyed the outcome of a continent-wide survey in an e-mail to the Founder/CEO of the company, Hareter B. Oralusi who described the feat Read More

FG seeks increased fertilizer production via stakeholders collaboration

June 1, 2021 John Oba 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has called for a more strategic partnership and collaboration with stakeholders in the fertilizer industry to boost production and development of the sector. The minister duirng a working visit at the weekend to the Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited (IEFCL) at Eleme, Port Harcourt, Rivers Stae said the Read More

Afreximbank, NEXIM announce $750,000 grant to improve inland waterways operations

June 1, 2021 David Agba 0

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) have announced a $750,000 grant to support the charting of the main channel of the Niger-Benue river, as part of the Regional Sealink Project, which aims to bridge the gap in maritime transport infrastructure and improve trade connectivity in West Africa. Afreximbank provided a grant of $350,000 to supplement the $450,000 Read More

Revenue generating agencies made N1.5trn Q1 2021- RMAFC

June 1, 2021 David Agba 0

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has disclosed that the revenue generating agencies in the country made a total remittance of over N1.5 trillion (N1, 538,021,801,518.37) naira into the federation account during the first quarter of 2021. The Chairman of the Commission, Engr. Elias Mbam disclosed this in Abuja while receiving a Revenue Performance report from the Post- Read More

Ecobank lures agency banking partners with rewards, benefits

June 1, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Head, Agency Banking, Ecobank Nigeria, Olanike Kolawole has said there are many inherent rewards and benefits of being an agency banking partner, also known as Xpress Point agent of the bank. Kolawole, who was speaking on the bank’s ongoing mouthwatering gifts presentation to its Xpress Point agents across the six geo-political zones of the country for their increased transactions Read More