2023 polls: Challenges, chances of opposition parties… Finance, structure big problems – analyst… Lack of formidable coalition too – Ex chairman NDP… Our chances good, PDP, LP, NNPP insist

July 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

Apolitical parties gear up for the 2023 general elections ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU examines the challenges before the opposition political parties and their chances especially in the presidential election. There is so much excitement, especially among the Nigerian youths, about the 2023 general elections just like it was during the build-up to the 2015 general elections. The excitement has been attributed to Read More

Pam: North-west, North-east APC stakeholders concede Vice Presidency to North-central

July 1, 2022 Editorial III 0

All is now set for the All Progressives Congress to announce a substantive presidential running mate from the north-central zone. This was after 19 northern states APC youth groups and stakeholders, including north-west and north-east, nominated the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam as its preferred number 2 to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. The group, which Read More

ICWWA to FG: Integrate PWD’s, prioritise health needs

July 1, 2022 Ene Oshaba 0

The International Community of Women Living With HIV, West Africa (ICWWA) has called on the government to prioritise the integration of Inadequately Served Population (ISP) such as People With Disability (PWD’s) into the society. Its also stressed the need for the establishment of policies and training of healthcare providers that will prioritise their special needs into existing healthcare services. This Read More

Employment: Amazon opens Nigerian office, announces recruitment

July 1, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

American e-commerce giant Amazon has started hiring employees for its soon-to-be-opened Nigerian branch. Advertising various openings on LinkedIn, the U.S. e-commerce giant enlisted vacancies for enterprise account managers, start-up segment leader, senior partners sales manager, among others. American e-commerce company will begin operations in Nigeria in 2023 as part of its plans to expand to five more African, South American, Read More

Group petitions EFCC, demands probe into N482m ex-militant training contract

July 1, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

A group, Concerned Indigenes of Oil Mineral Producing States Forum, has called for the cancellation of a N482 million contract awarded by the Presidential Amnesty Programme to Express Concern International for training of 90 Niger Delta ex-militants. In a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which was also copied to the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Read More

Coalition hails military operations against oil ‘thieves’ in Niger Delta

July 1, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

A non- partisan advocacy group, the Niger-Delta Environment Restoration Coalition has commended the military for it effort against economic saboteurs and crude oil ‘thieves’ in the region. It hailed the military for recovering large quantities of stolen crude in the Niger Delta in 14 days. It said the anti-illegal bunkering operations did not only save the country huge amount of Read More

Reminiscence of Rwanda and the need for tolerance in Nigeria

July 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

Recently, after he visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda, President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to Nigerians to be tolerant of one another and embrace peace. It would be recalled that between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days. Most of the dead were Tutsis and most of those who perpetrated the Read More

Oil may hit $200pb under G7 plan – Analyst

July 1, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

Oil prices are likely to surge to above $200 if the G7 implements plans to cap the price of Russian crude and products, according to an analyst at Swedish bank SEB. Bjarne Schieldrop said Wednesday that the plans were a “recipe for disaster”, given the high levels of stress in the oil market, where prices have more than doubled to Read More

Fitch upgrades Fidelity Bank’s issuer default rating

July 1, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Fidelity Bank Plc’s long-term issuer default rating (IDR) from ‘B-’ to ‘B’, reflecting the bank’s increased creditworthiness. The rating agency also upgraded Fidelity’s National Long-Term Rating to ‘A(nga)’ from ‘BBB+(nga)’. According to the global rating agency, the upgrade is a result of the Bank’s improving business profile and resilient financial metrics. The agency added that the Read More

NGX,GRI & PRI to create awareness on ESG data metrics

July 1, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu, Lagos 0

Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Africa and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) organized a webinar tagged “Empowering Responsible Investing through Data Metrics and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Integration”. Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer, NGX, Mr. Popoola, said “As the sustainable Exchange championing Africa’s growth, Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) understands the pivotal role that ESG Read More

SERVICOM propels BPE’s service delivery initiative – Okoh

July 1, 2022 David Agba Abuja 0

The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh has said that the mandate of Service Compact (SERVICOM) propels the Bureau’s service delivery initiative and appealed to other government agencies in the country to do the same. Head, Public Communications, Ibeh, Uzoma Chidi in a statement said Okoh stated this at the second quarter Meeting of Read More

ACGSF: 973,646 beneficiaries repaid N98.91 billion -Chairman

July 1, 2022 David Agba 0

The Chairman, Board of the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (ACGSF) Mr. Stephen Okon, has revealed that a total of 1,232,326 loans valued N130.903 billion were guaranteed from inception in 1977 to May 2022 out of which 973,646 beneficiaries had repaid a total of N98.91 billion. In terms of loan recovery, he said a total of 11,726 loans valued at Read More

Bulls stage comeback as equities gain N8bn

July 1, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu, Lagos 0

The nation’s domestic equity returned to bullish trend at the close of trading on Thursday, appreciating by N8 billion. Market capitalisation of listed equities increased by 0.3 per cent to N27.935:trillion from N27.927 trillion reported the previous day. The NGX All Share Index also appreciated by 15.11 basis points to 51817.59 points from 51802.48 points reported the previous day. Investors Read More

Global central bank chiefs say better cage inflation than grow economy

July 1, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

Bringing down high inflation around the world will be painful and could even crash growth but must be done quickly to prevent rapid price growth from becoming entrenched, the world’s top central bank chiefs said on Wednesday. Inflation is breaking multi-decade highs around the world as soaring energy prices, post-pandemic supply chain bottlenecks and in some cases red-hot labour markets Read More

ICPC docks NSCDC deputy commandant over N26.7m fraud 

July 1, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has docked a Deputy Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Edike Mboutidem Akpan, for defrauding prospective home owners of N26,655,000. A statement by ICPC spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, Thursday, said Mr. Akpan was charged before Justice V. S. Gaba of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Read More

CVR: INEC directs RECs, EOs to continue registration exercise 

July 1, 2022 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed all Resident Electoral Commissioners and Electoral Officers to continue with the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) pending further directives from the commission.  A statement on Thursday by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, said “the commission has yet again deployed additional machines to areas of pressure and Read More

VP slot: North-west, North-east APC stakeholders root for NCPC boss Pam 

July 1, 2022 Adoyi M. Aba 0

All is now set for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to announce a substantive presidential running mate from the North-central zone. This is as 19 northern states’ APC youth groups and stakeholders, including North-west and North-east, have nominated the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev Yakubu Pam as its preferred number 2 to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.  Read More

West Africa must resume path of proper democratisation – Buhari 

July 1, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

In continuation of his on-going State Visit to Portugal, President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday told the Portuguese Parliament Speaker that Nigeria will continue to seek consensus on the full resumption of democratic governance throughout the West African sub-region. Reacting to profuse commendations by President of the Portuguese Parliament, Augusto Santos Silva on the role Nigeria is playing under the present administration, Read More

Hajj 2022: NAHCON assures complete airlift of pilgrims by July 4 

The Chairman National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, has assured that all pilgrims will be airlifted to Saudi Arabia latest by 4th July 2022. The NAHCON chairman, who stated this Thursday while interacting with journalists in Abuja, hinted that most airlines have injected additional air craft with large capacity to meet up with the deadline. Recall that the Saudi authorities had Read More

D-8 Organisation to establish youth council 

July 1, 2022 John Oba 0

The Secretary-General of D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Ambassador Isiaka Abdulqadir Imam, has disclosed plans to establish D-8 Youth Council to tap into the potentials of the youth population of member countries. Isiaka, who is on his maiden visit to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, at the Presidential Palace in Tehran, Tuesday, briefed Read More

Stakeholders see aggressive voter mobilisation for 2023 elections 

July 1, 2022 Donald Iorchir 0

Principal stakeholders of the two major political parties in the country have called for aggressive mobilisation, sensitisation and education of citizens to enable eligible voting age Nigerians obtain their permanent voter cards as a major step to help reduce voter apathy in the 2023 general elections. The stakeholders, who spoke in separate interviews with Blueprint in Abuja, blamed voter apathy in Read More

2023: From Turkey, Wike met Tinubu in France – Igbokwe

July 1, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s crisis deepens, a former presidential aspirant on the party’s platform and governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has reportedly met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Paris, France.  Special Assistant to Lagos state Governor on Sewage and Drainage, Joe Igbokwe, revealed this Thursday on his Facebook account. Read More