Ministry seeks Bauchi state collaboration to harness mining gains

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in its bid to ensure the sector achieve its mandate of driving economic diversification is seeking deeper partnership with Bauchi state for efficient and effective mining in Nigeria. The Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Bauchi Read More

FG seeks partnership with C/River on 33 minerals

September 22, 2020 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has sought the collaboration of Cross River State Government in accelerating revenue generation from the mining sector. Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah stated this when he paid a visit to Cross River state Governor,  Prof Benedict Ayade. Ogah disclosed that with 33 mineral deposits, the state can Read More

ICRC lauds NNPC on transparent bid opening process as 78 coys jostle for rehab of critical pipelines, downstream infrastructure

September 22, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Engr. Chidi Izuwah, has commended the leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for totally driving a transparent bid opening processes for the rehabilitation of NNPC pipelines and its critical downstream infrastructure noting that NNPC is showing to the world that things could be  done correctly such that would yield Read More

Multilateralism matters

September 22, 2020 Jiang Li 0

Seventy-five years ago, tormented by the scourge of war that twice brought untold miseries to mankind, countries around the world joined hands and built up an international order and system with the United Nations at the core.As the most universal, representative and authoritative international organisation, the United Nations has now become the most important multilateral arena to promote peace, and Read More

Flood: Nasarawa govt distributes food, other relief materials to 45 communities in Awe, Nasarawa LGs

September 22, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

Nasarawa state government has distributed food and non food relief materials to over 45 communities ravaged by flood in Awe and Nasarawa local government areas of the state.Executive secretary, Nasarawa state Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA), Mr. Zakari Allumaga, disclosed this at a news briefing in Lafia while monitoring the distribution of the items. He said the distribution was in compliance Read More

Obaseki receives Certificate of Return, declares ‘fight’ with Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu over

September 22, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

  Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and his deputy Philip Shaibu have been issued their Certificates of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following their reelection victory at the September 19, 2020 governorship poll in state.Speaking at the brief ceremony in Benin City, Obaseki said: “I want to use this occasion to call on the former National chairman Read More

Abdulrazaq seeks federal govt’s support for 15,000 displaced flood victims in Kwara

September 22, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state has appealed to the federal government to assist the over 15,000 people displaced by flood which has also resulted in the loss of about N10 billion. The governor made the appeal on Tuesday at a meeting with President Muhammadi Buhari at the State House in Abuja. Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting, Read More

Suarez accused of cheating in an Italian passport scam

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Luis Suarez is facing accusations of agreeing topics in an Italian citizenship exam before taking the test, with authorities investigating events which occurred during Juventus’ pursuit of the Barcelona striker.The Bianconeri were quick to move to the front of a transfer queue once Ronald Koeman made it clear that the experienced Uruguayan frontman no longer figured in his plans at Camp Nou. A switch Read More

Man United in talks to sign Dembele

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Manchester United have reportedly opened discussions with Barcelona to secure a season-long loan deal for France international Ousmane Dembele. Borussia Dortmund appear to have ruled out a move for United’s first-choice attacking target, Jadon Sancho, 20, this summer. And United have been forced to scour the market for alternatives despite agreeing personal terms with the England winger.And the Red Devils have Read More

Fans fume online as Rome title winners split in prize money

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Organisers of the Italian Open and the tennis Tours came under fire on social media after it emerged that Rome men’s champion Novak Djokovic was paid €10 more than women’s winner Simona Halep.Djokovic, who beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 for a record 36th ATP Masters 1000 crown, received €205 200 for his triumph while Halep won €10 less for sealing Read More

Plans for fans to return to sport events in October called off

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans for fans to return to watch live sport events in England from 1 October will not go ahead.The plans were placed under review after a rise in coronavirus cases.The UK’s Covid-19 alert level has moved to 4, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially”. “We have to acknowledge the spread of the virus is now Read More

Barca’s Vidal signs for Inter Milan

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has joined Inter Milan from Barcelona in a 1m euro (£900,000) deal.The signing reunites the 33-year-old with manager Antonio Conte after the pair won three successive Serie A titles together at Juventus. Inter make a belated start to their league campaign on Saturday when they entertain Fiorentina.Vidal had been at Barcelona since 2018, having previously played Read More

Let Oshiomhole be

September 22, 2020 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Ever since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced results of the much awaited Edo state governorship election, former chairman of APC and immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole, has been the butt of mockery and ridicule, ranging from the hilarious to the wicked. Social media, where anything goes, has gone gaga over it, being in Read More

FG has shortchanged Nigerians – Etiaba

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Barr. Emeka Etiaba, SAN, is among the gubernatorial aspirants of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Anambra state. Even when his party, insists that it’s not planning to zone its ticket to either of the three senatorial zones in Anambra, the Nnewi-born lawyer whose zone, Anambra South is clamouring for an opportunity to govern the state is still optimistic that Read More

Road closure: APC stakeholders back Niger govt, charges FG on Lambata-Lapai-Bida highway

September 22, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders of Bida/Gbako/Katcha federal constituency are supporting Niger state government’s closure of Bida-Minna road to articulated vehicles for easy rehabilitation, while tasking federal government to hasten completion of the Lambata-Lapai-Bida road.  Secretary of the APC stakeholders of the constituency, Malam Yahaya Mustapha, said Niger state government preempted the youth of the communities with its decision, as they Read More

2020 International Peace Day: Education panacea to peace, women pathway to sustainable dev’t – Foundation

September 22, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

As the world celebrates the International Peace Day 2020, a non-governmental organisation, AID Foundation has identified education as a panacea to peace in the society.To this end, the foundation is calling for special support for women in a bid to drive the peace building process.  AID Foundation Programme Officer, Oluwafisayo Olorunfemi, told Blueprint in Kaduna that, “education both formal and informal can help Read More

Revealed! How Arsenal lured, failed to capture Messi – Manager

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Lionel Messi was “tempted to go to Arsenal” back in 2003, claims the Barcelona star’s former agent Fabian Soldini, with the Gunners expressing interest when luring Cesc Fabregas away from Catalunya. One product of the famed La Masia academy system was welcomed onto the books in north London. Fabregas went on to spend eight years with the Gunners, becoming club captain along Read More

Electricity tariff hike: CATEIN wants FG to revoke license of inefficient operators

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Citizens Access to Electricity Initiatives (CATEIN) has called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency revoke the license of inefficient operators in the power sector without further delay. While rejecting the hike in electricity tariff, the group in a statement jointly signed by the president and general secretary, Abdulsalam  F. Aliyu and Emmanuel Joseph, said “it’s unthinkable and worrisome Read More

ILO urges Belarus president to respect workers’ right

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Director-General of the International Labour Organization(ILO) Guy Ryder has called on  President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to prevent human rights violations and “ensure full respect for workers’ rights and freedoms” in view  of the protests that  swept the country in recent weeks.  In his letter, Ryder urged President Lukashenko to release and drop charges against six trade unionists detained by the Read More

Invest $1.2 trn for access to health care, ILO tells developing countries

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has urged developing countries to invest approximately US$1.2 trillion on average 3.8 per cent of their GDP to guarantee at least basic income security and access to essential health care for all in 2020. The organisation in a new policy brief said since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the social protection financing gap increased by approximately Read More

NUP tasks NSIWC on approved pension review implementation

September 22, 2020 Moses John 0

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has asked the acting chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Ekpo Nta to hurriedly act on the review of pension in line with  the new national minimum wage agreed and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari  April last year NUP General Secretary Comrade Actor Zal in a statement Monday also revealed that Read More

Ismaila Isa House: Why not?

September 22, 2020 Abdulhamid Babatunde 0

The death of Malam Ismaila Isa Funtua has thrown the spotlight on an old cankerworm in the practice of journalism in Nigeria that has been haunting the profession like a hideous ghost. The posthumous honour and tributes and the pretentious palaver about the propriety of the Nigerian Press Organisation’s authoritative acknowledgement of his “untiring contributions to the development of journalism Read More

Edo people proved self-acclaimed master wrong

September 22, 2020 Abba Dukawa 0

Many Nigerians were anxious to get a glimpse on how September 19, 2020,  Edo governorship election would  look like. It is no longer news that the long awaited Edo state governorship election has come and gone and the winner announced by INEC. But the  APC former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was the greatest loser as a self-acclaimed Edo state political Read More

Southern Kaduna crisis, El-Rufai and his traducers: What next?

September 22, 2020 Danjuma Musa 0

For those that continue to wonder why the Southern Kaduna crisis seems irresolvable, the simple reason is the hard-line of some tribal associations and their umbrella body, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), to the issue of Hausa/Fulani, though long settled in the region, are denied recognition as bona fide indigenes and often derogatorily referred to as “settlers”. That position is Read More

Why should public schools reopen?

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

I have being searching and trying to find a logical reason why should these long neglected and unimportant places (public primary and secondary schools) full of poorly paid and hungry people (teachers) that no one cares about should open? Why should a reasonable parent wish for his children to return to such dreaded places (public primary and secondary schools)? No drinking water, Read More