Safety concerns and Nigeria’s agric products export potential

October 14, 2021 Abachi Silas Ungbo 0

Growing Nigeria’s non-oil export is critical to the much-sought economic growth, employment and poverty reduction. Not least, in light of the reality of hydrocarbon resources losing its reliability and honoured position as a revenue source. Over the years, this realisation has spawned myriad of non-export campaigns, commentaries as well as other initiatives aimed at creating export opportunities for developing countries Read More

Why Niger Delta youths must be engaged in agriculture

October 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

        The world is currently changing drastically in the wake of the forecasted consequences of climate change coercing patriotic and far-sighted leaders around the world into thinking outside the box and keeping their minds on setting up an array of long-term strategic plans of prosperous future for even their unborn generations since the current bragging money-spinning days of crude oil Read More

FG, please fix some Nigerian highways

October 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

I write to bring to the notice of the federal government, which is saddled with the responsibility of rehabilitating and constructing the country’s federal roads, the frightening encounters of motorists, especially commercial ones, on the dumpy condition of some highways in some states of the federation.Let me begin with Niger state, where multiple reports suggest that kidnappers and bandits are Read More

Between Twitter ban, fake news and Dele Giwa’s murder

October 14, 2021 Abdullahi Suleiman Otiwe 0

Tuesday, 19th October, 2021 will mark the 35th year of the squalid murder of the Nigerian finest investigative journalist, Dele Giwa. He was coldly murdered through a venom letter bomb he opened to his face.  Because Giwa’s murder was of conscience, for the media and in this epoch month of October that our country attained her Independence in 1960 after Read More

Oddities of Big brother naija as curtain falls

October 14, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Finally, the curtain has been drawn on the Big Brother Naija reality show, season six, tagged, ‘Shine ya eye’. As I said some months ago, like some other persons, I did not subscribe to the BB dedicated channel on DSTV. Yet, one is still confronted with stories about the show and its participants, online and offline by both social and Read More

Internet fraudsters and EFCC’s redemptive mission

October 14, 2021 Dele Oyewale 0

Every arrest of a suspected internet fraudster by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is headline-grabbing. For the truly patriotic Nigerian, who desires a better identity and image for the nation, such arrests are healthy and commendable. Nigeria is a nation of hard-working, decent and resourceful individuals and every enterprise of deception and impersonation must be smashed Read More

2023: Should PDP zone presidency to South?

October 14, 2021 Sani Danaudi Mohammed 0

Chapter VI, Part I, Section 131 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, states that a person may be qualified for election of the office of the president if he or she is a citizen of Nigeria by birth, and has attained the age of 35, and a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party, has Read More

2021 World Teachers’ Day: Setting legacies for the future

October 14, 2021 Kayode Ojewale 0

If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased – Maya Angelou (1928-2014), Poet and civil rights activist.What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others – Pericles (495-429 BC), Greek Statesman. Recovery from a breakdown, setback, illness, heartbreak, Read More

Happening now: Protest rocks Abuja as basketball players demand Musa Kida’s removal over ‘non-payment of D’Tigresses allowances, poor leadership’ (VIDEO)

October 14, 2021 Editor 0

Thousands of basketball players (both male and female) are currently protesting alleged poor leadership of Musa Kida-led Nigeria Basketball (NBBF). Players of victorious Nigeria’s D’Tigresses had few days ago revealed that NBBF under Kida had owed them backlog of allowances since 2018. D’Tigresses few weeks ago won 2021 FIBA Afrobasket women tournament in Cameroon. They had won same competition in Read More

Anambra poll: Police committed to securing public space, IGP assures

October 14, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

​ The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has assured of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to securing the public space and upholding democratic values ahead of the November 6, 2021, governorship election in  Anambra state. The IGP gave the assurance, Wednesday, during a strategic meeting with Commanders of  Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadrons at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. Force Read More

Covid-19 vaccination: FG hands deadline to civil servants

October 14, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government has directed all its employees to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as this will soon become a prerequisite for gaining access into the various offices. Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced the new directive at its briefing on Wednesday. Mustapha said beginning from December 1, 2021 all federal government employees Read More

Owo Prince docked over N35.5m fraud

October 14, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned one Toluwalade John Olateru Olagbegi before Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court One sitting in Ibadan on one count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune N35,500m. A press statement by EFCC Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, Wednesday in Abuja, said the Owo Prince, who resides at Read More

2022 budget: Coalition lauds Buhari over proposed tax on soft drinks

October 14, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The National Action on Sugar Reduction (NASR), a coalition of public health organizations has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the proposed “pro-health” tax increase on soft drinks in the 2022 budget. A statement Wednesday in Abuja, jointly signed by the coalition co-chair, and secretary-general of the Diabetes Association, Bernard Enyia and co-chair and managing director of Nigeria Health Watch, Vivianne Read More

64-year-old man defiles minor in Ondo

October 14, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

A -64- year old man, Ajayi Awe, has been arrested by the Ondo state Police command for defiling a six -year -old girl. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Funmi Odunlami, in a statement made available said, “On 17th of September, 2021, at about 2000hrs, one Mrs. Obademi Fatimah of B11Daja, Ajowa-Akoko, came to Okeagbe-Akoko Divisional Read More

2023: Nigeria needs virile, visionary leadership – Bala

October 13, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Bauchi state Governor Bala Mohammed has said the country needed a honest, virile, visionary and capable leadership  to tackle the myriad of challenges bedevilling the nation.   Governor Mohammed spoke Tuesday during the public presentation of  “Scents of Power,” written by a celebrated columnist,  Dr. Amanze Obi, at the Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Centre Abuja. The governor, who lauded the Read More

Searching for a suitable vepee candidate from the North

October 13, 2021 Salihu Isa Nataro 0

A consensus is steadily building among the progressive members of the political class who are fair, just, equitable and who continue to believe in one united and strong Nigeriain favour of Vice president YemiOsinbajo becoming the presidential candidate of the ruling APC in 2023 and he eventually becoming the president of the country itself. This is especially so among the Read More

2023: Agitation for power rotation ‘ll kill democracy – Hon. Jaji

October 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji, is the immediate past Chairman, House Committee on Internal Security in the 8th Assembly. He also contested the APC governorship ticket in Zamfara during 2019 general elections. In this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, he speaks on the agitation for Southern Presidency, insecurity in the and the economy. What is your take on insecurity affecting the nation Read More

NASC: Senate confirms Nwoha as South East Commissioner

October 13, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

 The Senate has confirmed Hon. Amaechi Nwoha as Commissioner representing South East in the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC)  Nwoha’s confirmation followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Establishment and Public Service. Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi West) presented the report on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (APC Kano Central). . Adeyemi in his presentation, said the Read More

Zulum flags off disbursement of N850m to 4,250 SMEs

October 13, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state Wednesday in Maiduguri flagged off the third phase of Borno state government credit and grant disbursement to 4250 SMEs totaling N850 million. The governor also commissioned Alpha Mechanic village for 416 mechanics comprising of technicians of automobile tricycle and generator with the following sub sectors or units of auto mechanics, diesel engine mechanics, Read More

Doctors may resume nationwide strike if… – UCH NARD president

October 13, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) may after the expiration of six weeks suspension of its nationwide strike resume another industrial action if the federal government fails to meet all its demands. NARD president, University College Hospital (UCH) chapter, Dr Temitope Hussein, gave this indication Tuesday in Ibadan at a press conference to commemorate the 2021 Physicians’ Week. Dr Read More

2022 budget: Reps seek upward review of Doctors’ hazard allowance, may reduce N6trn deficit, borrowings

October 13, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

As members of the House of Representatives began debate on the 2022 budget on Wednesday, there have been calls for  the need to increase hazard allowance of medical doctors, prudent utilization of funds, as well as caution on the borrowing plans for the 2022 fiscal year. Lawmakers including Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Hon. Luke Onofiok, and Minority Read More

In Benue, Ortom encourages youth to acquire skills to create wealth

October 13, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Wednesday encouraged the youth to undertake various artisanship training in order to create employment and wealth for themselves. Ortom gave the advice during an interactive forum organised by Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for stakeholders at the Makurdi area office.The governor said acquisition of skills in artisanship was the most certain way that could help Read More

First Bank stresses need for open banking in Nigeria

October 13, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Chief Executive Officer of First Bank Nigeria limited, Dr, Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, has reiterated the bank’s commitment to supporting start-ups and innovators in Nigeria’s fintech space, noting that the need for open banking in the country cannot be overemphasised. Dr. Adeduntan disclosed this recently at the just concluded Fintech 5.0 summit organised by a bank in Lagos that brought Read More

Seaports repositioned to take advantage of AfCFTA trade benefits – NPA

October 13, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is investing massively in the upgrade and modernisation of the country’s seaports in order to reposition as efficient and reliable gateways to optimise Nigeria’s trade interconnectivity with other countries under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, the NPA has disclosed. Acting Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko told stakeholders at a forum in Read More