The challenge of chemical weapons

December 21, 2022 Rufai Ibrahim 0

Chemical weapons are chemical agents whether gaseous, liquid, or solid, that are employed because of their direct toxic effects on humans, animals and plants. They inflict damage when inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested in food or drink. Some of them are chlorine, lewisite, mustard, phosgene, sarin, soman, and tabun. They fall into four major classes: nerve, blister, choking Read More

Alkali and the NEDC challenge

December 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

The ardent belief in the axiom that being called a great leader, means excellent leadership or an approval of a stream of success which falls prostrate before facts, transparency, and a magnanimous expression of humanity, can be juxtaposed with the exemplary life of the current managing director of the North-east Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali Goni. Away from the positive Read More

On Poland and Nigeria: Issues and prospects

December 21, 2022 Hillary Odoh 0

Last September, Polish president, Mr. Andezej Duda visited Abuja, the first in the 60 years of diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Poland. He told his host, president Muhammadu Buhari that “we have vast experiences in the field of agriculture, biotechnology, ecology, climate protection, and production of eco – friendly food. We believe that the cooperation and the visit will contribute Read More

Good old days of our local league will return soon – Dareu

December 21, 2022 Benjamin Samson, Abuja 0

A glorious return of the Nigerian football league to the good old days has been assured by Minister of Sports and Youth Development Sunday Dare. According to him, plans were under way to achieve this and ultimately produce players that would form the nucleus of the nation’s Super Eagles. The minister stated this Tuesday in Abuja at the PMB Scorecard(2015-2023) Read More

2022: Insurance industry assets rises to N2.3trn in third quarter – NAICOM

December 21, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme Abuja 0

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) says the insurance industry has recorded total assets of N2.3 trillion, indicating 9.0 per cent increase, Year-On-Year (YoY) at the end of the third quarter. This is contained in a bulletin of the performance of the insurance market released on Tuesday in Lagos by Mr Rasaaq Salami, spokesperson for NAICOM. The commission said the industry’s Read More

Christmas: Soludo approves N15,000 stipends for Anambra workers

December 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has approved the distribution of Christmas stipends to the state workforce. The governor stated this during this year’s Public Service Day Celebration at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat Complex, Awka. With the pronouncement, each worker in the state would be entitled to N15,000 for Christmas celebration. He assured that wages would be increased across board Read More

Nigerian Exchange receives SEC’s approval to list technology startups

December 21, 2022 Segun Odunewu Lagos 0

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the regulations for listing on the Nigerian Exchange’s Technology Board. The rules for listing on the board contain crucial details about admissions, listing criteria, disclosure requirements, and notification obligations for Issuers, sponsors, investors, and their advisors. Temi Popoola, CEO of NGX, remarked on the approval, “This is a significant achievement that will Read More

Volume of transactions at NSE rises by 30.42%

December 21, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos 0

Volume of transactions on the floor of Nigerian Exchanged on Tuesday increased by 30.42 per cent as sell off in shares of GTCO Plc, United Bank for Africa, AccessCorp, FTNCocoa and others lifted market activities. Investors traded 100.093 million shares valued at N1.295 billion in 3186 deals against 76.748 million shares cost N1.325 billion exchanged hands the previous day in Read More

Currency volatility, inflationary pressures to determine investments Nigeria – FBNQuest

December 21, 2022 Segun Odunewu Lagos 0

Managing Director of FBNQuest Funds Limited, Ijeoma Agboti-Obatoyinbo, has said currency volatility and inflationary pressures will be critical factors that will influence investors to come or stay away from the Nigerian market. Agboti-Obatoyinbo who disclosed this in an interview said bearish investors may choose to hold onto cash whilst they watch the economic landscape in the lead-up to the 2023 Read More

In Cross River, Police arrest 3 suspected IPOB members

December 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Police operatives in Cross River state have arrested three suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The Commissioner of Police, Sule Balarabe, who paraded the suspects at the command headquarters in Calabar Monday, said they were arrested at their camp in the Bebe III community of Obanliku local government area between August and November. He listed the suspects Read More

COVID-19: 646,623 vaccinated in Kogi – CPI

December 21, 2022 Oyibo Salihu Lokoja 0

The Challenge Parenthood Initiative (CPI) Tuesday said out of 2,788,335 population of Kogi state, 646,623 have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic as at November 2022. The executive director CPI, Eunice Abimbola Agbogu, said this Tuesday in Lokoja at a press conference on enhancing demand creation and uptake of COVID-19 vaccine project in Kogi state. It is being executed executed Read More

Wrong religious teachings responsible for woes in society – Archbishop Irefin

December 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Archbishop David Irefin, university professor is a disciple of Leader Olumba Olumba Obu and the international chairman, Christ Universal Missionary Crusade Fellowship for the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. In this interview with OYIBO SALIHU, this renowned Economist spoke extensively on reasons the society is currently facing challenges. Why is the whole world like it is presently? I acknowledge Read More

UFUK Dialogue hosts Halima Factor Community Initiative

December 20, 2022 Binta Shama Abuja 0

UFUK Dialogue, a non-profit organisation with special interest in the promotion of dialogue and a culture of peaceful co-existence, recently played host to HalimaFactor Community Initiative, also a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the enhancement of education, health and environment in Abuja. At the visit led by the founder of HalimaFactor Community Initiative, Halima Usman, the President of UFUK Dialogue, Mr. Read More

ACF mourns ‘extraordinary leader’, Malami

December 20, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna 0

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has expressed sadness at the death of its chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Ambassador Shehu Malami (Sarkin Sudan Wurno), describing him as a man with extraordinary leadership skills. A statement signed by the secretary general of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Murtala Aliyu, Tuesday said the late BoT chairman will be greatly missed by Read More

Reject increase in petrol price, coalition tells NLC, TUC

December 20, 2022 Bayo Agboola Ibadan 0

The national coordinator of All Workers Convergence (AWC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze, Tuesday asked all the worker’s unions in Nigeria to resist the systematic increase in the pump price of petrol. Comrade Emelieze made the call during a protest tagged; “Operation Resist Hardship” by workers, students and civil society coalition, Nigerians Arise Movement to the Oyo state secretariat of the Nigeria Read More

Lagos: New LUTH facilities heralds vista for cancer, other treatments-Minister

December 20, 2022 Suleiman Idris Lagos 0

The federal government said three new multi-billion Naira health facilities commissioned at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) are set to deliver essential services and improve the wellbeing of not only Nigerians but also those in Sub-Saharan Africa. The facilities include a newly constructed 60-beds, wards, four floors Alima Atta Oncology, built and equipped for LUTH at a cost of Read More

Gov Bala, reshuffle your cabinet

December 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

As a loyalist of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bauchi state, I can’t continue paving the path for the destruction of our great party both at the state and national levels. It is therefore necessary to draw the attention of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state to urgently reshuffle his cabinet in order to have an inclusive government in Read More

On N348.59bn Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe road project

December 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

It’s yet another milestone development in Nigeria as the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, commissioned the second Niger bridge. This is part of the federal government’s effort to link the South-east with the South-south in order to boost the economic activities in the nation through road transportation. Besides, the government announced the completion of 553 projects and programmes Read More

NEMSA certifies 33 indigenous meter manufacturers, assemblers

December 19, 2022 Blessing Anaro Lagos 0

The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), has said that since the Federal Government has embarked on accelerated metering programme more meter manufacturers have established production plants across the country. Following the ongoing expansion, NEMSA had so far certified 33 electricity meters manufacturers and assemblers. Managing Director, NEMSA, Aliyu Tahir, speaking on Sunday in Abuja, stated that the National Mass Read More

Domestic Equity sustains growth, gains N53bn

December 19, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos 0

Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Exchange on Monday opened in a positive trend, appreciating by N53 billion. Market capitalisation of listed equities increased by 0.19 per cent to N26.914 trillion from N26.861 trillion it closed on Friday. The NGX All Share Index also appreciated by 98.67 basis points to 49414.96 points from 49316.29 points traded the previous day. Read More

2022: First Bank, Zenith, 11 other banks rake in N298.84bn as profits in third quarter

December 19, 2022 Segun Odunewu Lagos 0

Analysis of the financial and equity performances thirteen quoted banks in Nigeria showed that they raked in a sum of N298.84 billion as post-tax profit between July and September 2022, representing an increase of 29.9 per cent compared to N228.54 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2021. In terms of profit after tax, Zenith, GTCo, and Access Bank led Read More

MMA2 braces up for yuletide surge, launches newly improved website

December 19, 2022 Suleiman Idris Lagos 0

The management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the domestic wing of the Lagos Airport, the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), said it has put in place all necessary facilities and trained personnel to enable the terminal facilitate the huge number of air passengers that will pass through the facility to catch their flight during the Christmas Read More

EFCC and Kogi state: Cherry picking and poke nosing

December 19, 2022 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, having been created as a special purpose vehicle to fight corruption, especially financial/economic crimes, due to pressure from the international community, with Nigeria blacklisted back then, as un-cooperative in the fight against money laundering; has come under intense scrutiny over the years, as a special purpose vehicle for the persecution of a select Read More