Parallex Bank begins operation, promises innovative services

January 17, 2022 Segun Odunewu 0

Nigerian banking space welcomed a new entrant, Parallex Bank after being granted licence by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to operate as a full commercial bank from its earlier status of a Microfinance bank. Presenting the bank to stakeholders at the unveiling of its corporate headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos at the weekend, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Read More

FBN restates commitment to Nigeria’s economic growth, sustainability

January 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

One of Nigeria’s biggest banks, First Bank of Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to supporting the overall economic growth and sustainability of different sectors and industries within the Nigerian economy through partnership with various businesses. Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Adesola Adeduntan who disclosed this at the Nigerian Economic Outlook 2022 webinar organised by the tier-1 lender recently in Read More

Stanbic IBTC, UBA, 4 others lead in FDI’s channels in Q3 2021

January 17, 2022 Segun Odunewu 0

Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited, Citi Bank Nigeria Limited, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Ecobank Nigeria Plc and Providus Bank are among Nigeria’s topmost investment channels in the third quarter of 2021. According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) entitled ‘Nigerian Capital Importation (Q3 2021), six Read More

FG to fund over N6trn deficit with bond issuance in Q1’2022 – DMO

January 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Federal Government has revealed how it it intends to fund its budget deficit this year. Patience Oniha, Debt Management Office (DMO) said, government intend to roll out an FGN Bond in the first quarter of 2022. FGN Bonds are debt securities (liabilities) of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) issued by the Debt Management Office (DMO) for and on Read More

2022: Nigeria to become Africa’s highest 5G subscriber

January 17, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

Hinged on the fact that Nigeria has highest number of mobile phones in Africa,and Internet subscribers, the Federal Government is convinced the country will emerge 5G highest subscribers in the continent. Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, announced that the Federal Government had adopted the national policy for the fifth-generation network, which will boost new technology and Read More

PenCom automates pre-retirement verification, enrolment exercise

January 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has announced it has automated the Pre-Retirement Verification Enrolment Exercise. This was disclosed by PenCom in an online statement published on Twitter on Friday. The statement said that the PenCom DG, Aisha Dahir-Umar has prioritized I.T as a key enabler of service delivery in the pension sector. The annual enrolment exercises by the Commission are Read More

Keita, ousted Mali President is dead

January 17, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The ousted President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, has died aged 76, family and former colleagues say. Two years ago he suffered a minor stroke but the cause of his death on Sunday was not immediately clear. He died at 09:00 GMT at his home in the capital Bamako, a member of his family told AFP news agency. Mr Keïta Read More

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Dearth of academic staff crippling polytechnics’ academic activities – NBTE

January 17, 2022 Ahmid Lawal 0

    The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has said most of the federal polytechnics in the country are facing serious challenge of dearth of requisite academic staff as a result of the debilitating effect of the embargo on employment. A statement by the Board’s Head of Media Unit, Hajiya Fatima Abubakar, said the NBTE Executive Secretary, Professor Idris Bugaje Read More

Electoral Act: Don’t override Buhari, Jega warns NASS

January 17, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

  A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, has cautioned the National Assembly against overriding President Muhammadu Buhari over Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill logjam. Jega gave this warning Sunday while speaking at the citizens’ town hall on the Electoral Bill 2021 organised by Yiaga Africa and partners.  In his words: “With the way Read More

Buhari set to unveil CBN’s rice pyramids

January 17, 2022 Ahmid Lawal 0

President Muhammadu Buhari will Tuesday unveil the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s huge Rice Pyramids in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the mega rice pyramids project is a collaboration of the CBN with Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN). Information obtained from the apex bank’s official website stated that the pyramids, which it described as the Read More

Nine days after Gazette on bandits: Buhari orders major military operations in Niger

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered major military operations in Niger state to ward off ceaseless attacks by terrorists on its communities. The state has continued to face attacks on its communities by bandits (now called terrorists) and remnants of Boko Haram terrorists fleeing theaters of war in both the North-west and North-east. The president’s reassurance followed the spate of killings in some parts of Read More

2023: PDP governors set to meet in Port Harcourt

January 16, 2022 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have scheduled a meeting on Monday in Rivers, Port Harcourt to discuss “the state of the nation”.Director of the PDP Governors Forum, Hon CID Maduabum, who stated this in a statement, Sunday explained that the meeting will review the state of the states, the state of the nation and Read More

COVID-19: 660m people to face hunger in 2030 – FAO

January 16, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World released recently has revealed that the lasting effects of COVID-19 pandemic on global food security will still be felt for a long time as around 660 million people may still face hunger in 2030, 30 million more people than in a scenario in which the pandemic Read More

FG, IOGLAD set to groom 1m organic farmers

January 16, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The federal government and the International Organisation for Good Leadership and Agricultural Development (IOGLAD) is set to groom one million Nigerian farmers as Organic Agriculture Developers for the production of healthy organic food crops to boost Nigerian food security. The National Co-ordinator, Organic Agricultural Development Culture and Practice Plan for Nigeria, and National BOT Chairman, Organic Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Read More

Ministry calls for National Control Strategies for animal disease

January 16, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe has stated that the development of National Control Strategies for the control of the diseases is long overdue. This is even as he attributed the stunt growth of Nigeria’s livestock sector to a wide range of animal diseases. Umakhihe made this known in Abuja at the Stakeholders’ Read More

FG commences training on livestock import, export certification

January 16, 2022 John Oba 0

The federal government has commenced training on certification protocols for import and export of animals and animal products in line with international standards. The Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health and Clinical Services, Dr, Maimuna Habib at the programme in Abuja said the essence was to sensitize the veterinarians involved in attesting to the health status of animals and animals products Read More

2023: VP gets boost with unveiling of Osinbajo, If Empowered…

January 16, 2022 Tope Sunday 0

The speculated ambition of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s presidential ambition Sunday received further boost with the unveiling of Osinbajo, If Empowered… by the Identify the Right Leader (ITRL), is to be unveiled Monday. ITRL National Coordinator Temi Okesanjo  announced this in a statement, a copy of which was made available to Blueprint in Abuja. Osinbajo, If Empowered…, is a chronicle and impact assessment report Read More

Why we’re committed to Bayelsa senatorial road projects – Gov Diri

January 16, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri, has restated his administration commitment to construct and complete federal road projects in the state like the Central, East and West senatorial roads. Speaking in Ekeremor at the weekend shortly after inspecting the progress of work on the Bayelsa West senatorial road from Sagbama to Ekeremor, Governor Diri said the determination to construct the Read More

2023: Tinubu plays politics without bitterness- Makinde

January 16, 2022 Bayo Agboola 0

Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has declared that only the best is good enough at this particular time for Nigeria as a nation. Gov Makinde stated this in Ibadan on Saturday while receiving the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) National leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, into the Oyo State Government House, Agodi. The former governor of Lagos was on condolence visit Read More

Updated: Everton sack manager Benitez

January 16, 2022 Editorial IV 0

 Rafael Benitez was sacked as Everton manager on Sunday after just eight months in charge of the struggling Premier League club. Benitez was an unpopular appointment in June last year after his long spell with Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool. The Spaniard paid the price for a dismal run of nine defeats in Everton’s last 13 league matches, culminating in a Read More

Court denies Petro Union’s application to enforce $15bn judgment

January 16, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed an application by Petro Union Oil and Gas Company to enforce a £2.550 billion judgement delivered on the 11th of March 2014 against the Central Bank of Nigeria, Union Bank, the Ministry of Finance, and the Attorney-General of the Federation jointly and severally. This application by Petro Union and its officials sought Read More

NOC sports administrators course begin Wednesday

January 16, 2022 Lekan Olaseinde 0

The Nigeria Olympic Committee, under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, will be holding a-3-day seminar on sports administration for sports administrators/officers of Nigeria Association of Physical & Health Education and other sports organisations from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st January 2022 in Lagos.  The sports administration course will equip sports administrators with the knowledge and tools that will Read More