‘Seed sector can raise N2.2trn in 3 years if…’

June 7, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Director-General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) Dr. Philip Olusegun Ojo has revealed that the seed sector can generate N2.2227 trillion in three years if the available potentials are properly harnessed. JOHN OBA reports. 2018 seed expo The maiden edition of the Seed Connect Africa Conference and Expo 2018, held yesterday in Abuja, with the Director-General of the National Agricultural Read More

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‘Access Bank CEO awards reward for exceptional performance’

June 7, 2018 Amaka Ifeakandu. Lagos 0

Access Bank held its annual Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Awards at the weekend to celebrate the achievement and commitment of its staff members. The Afro-infused black tie event which held at the Landmark Event Center in Lagos showcased great performances from the staff themselves, fun set pieces with palm wine cocktails, Pan-African Cuisines and traditional performers with talking drums and Read More

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Lagos’ll be key in our strategy branding –UNWTO scribe

June 7, 2018 Tope Musowo. Lagos 0

Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili yesterday said that Lagos would play a pivotal role in the organisation’s quest to promote new tourism destinations across the world. Pololikashvili, who made this known when he led a high powered delegation, consisting eight Ministers of Tourism and representatives from 44 countries across Africa on a Read More

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FIRS taking over our job, RMAFC alleges

June 7, 2018 Benjamin Umuteme. Abuja 0

Workers at the Revenue Mobilsation Allocation and Fiscal Commission under the aegis of the Nigerian Civil Service Union (SCSN) and the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) have accused the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) of taking over their job. The NCSU Chairman, Comrade Josiah Amanabi, who made the accusation when he addressed protesting workers of the Commission Read More

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FG, airline operators clash over VAT remittance

June 7, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Indigenous airlines operating in the Nigerian aviation industry have threatened to from June 14, 2018 stop remittance of Value Added Tax (VAT) to the coffers of the federal government, saying that the continuous collection of such tax negated the principle of the Federal Government and international best practices in the industry. The airlines also castigated the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Read More

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‘Amaechi’s wife never assaulted FAAN officials ‘

June 7, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has refuted claims that wife of the Minister of Transportation, Judith Amaechi, supervised the assault and manhandling of some airport officials on May 26. The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made the denial recently in Lagos. Some online media had claimed that Amaechi and her aides assaulted the officials Read More

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Ethiopia to accept foreign investment in aviation, telecom sectors

June 7, 2018 David Agba. Abuja 0

Ethiopia is opening the state-owned telecommunications company and airline to foreign investors for the first time, a move that indicates new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is more receptive to outside interests in Africa’s second-most populous nation. Ethiopia will sell minority stakes to foreign and domestic investors in state monopolies such as Ethio Telecom and Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise, the continent’s biggest Read More

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FG signs MoU with East China metallurgical institute

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with East China Metallurgical Institute of Geology and Exploration in its quest to provide the requisite data for big time investors interested in mining. Speaking at the signing ceremony of the MoU between the East China Metallurgical Institute of Geology and Exploration and the Nigeria Geological Read More

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Economic root, cause of child labour – ILO

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The International Labour Organisation, has described economy as the root cause of child labour, calling for urgent action to tackle such menace in the society. ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, made the observation while speaking on the importance of addressing the root causes of child labour, including an unpaid family work in agriculture. He spoke as a panellist on child labour Read More

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Plastic recycling, others can generate 6m additional jobs – ILO

June 6, 2018 Moses John .Abuja 0

Geneva The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said that more than 32 percent of plastic packaging escapes collection system. Director General of ILO, Guy Ryder, who disclosed this yesterday to mark World Environment Day, said most of the plastics end up in landfills, dumps or simply in the environment – in cities, in the oceans or farmlands. Quoting a report, Read More

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MTN begins 21-day Y’ello Care

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Local staff of MTN, also called ‘MTNers’, are volunteering in various goodwill projects around Nigeria. The telecommunications outfit will until June 21 join other subsidiaries of the South African-headquartered firm in the prominent annual volunteerism initiative with focus on ensuring a better quality of life for Nigerians. The annual campaign launched in 2007 tagged 21 Days of Y’ello Care began Read More

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NNPC announces new environmental policy

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a new environment policy to enhance its waste management practice and reduce pollution across its areas of operation. This was disclosed yesterday by the Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, at the 2018 World Environment Day celebration held in Abuja. In a keynote address delivered on his behalf by Read More

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Shell laments attacks on facilities

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Shell has lamented continued attacks on its facilities saying the attacks put a brake on output. The warning underlines the enduring threat of attacks even as production recovers from a major militant campaign in 2016. Shell declared force majeure on Bonny Light crude shipments last month following pipeline leaks, while loadings of Forcados exports were also delayed According to general Read More

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Petrol import in 2018 Q1 hits 5.67bn litres

June 6, 2018 Benjamin Umuteme .Abuja 0

A new report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that 5.67 billion litres of premium motor spirits (PMS), 954.47 million litres of automotive gas oil (AGO), 66.914 million litres of household kerosene (HHK) and 5122.067 million litres of aviation turbine kerosene (ATK) were imported into the country in Q1 2018. The NBS in its petroleum products importation statistics Read More

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Era of substandard electrical equipment over– NEMSA

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Managing Director, Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA), Mr. Peter Ewesor, has vowed that the era of importation of substandard electrical equipment into the country is over. To this end, Ewesor warned promoters of fake and sub-standard electrical equipment to desist from the act or risk losing their investments. Ewesor said the warning became necessary to curb the influx Read More

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Every home will have digitalised addressing system soon – NIPOST

June 6, 2018 David Agba. Abuja 0

The Postmaster General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Barr Bisi Adegbuyi, yesterday revealed that plans are on for every home to have a digital addressing system. He made the disclosure at the launch of the Last Mile Delivery System (LMDS) at the General Post Office, Garki, Abuja. According to him, the organisation, Read More

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World Ocean Day 2018: HOMEF, Fishnet Alliance, caution against plastic pollution

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Environment Day and World Ocean Day, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and the Fishnet Alliance has cautioned Nigerians on the use of plastics. In a joint press statement signed by the Project Officer, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Stephen Oduware, yesterday in Abuja said the theme Read More

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Extortion: Businessman petitions Buhari, AGF over Magu’s aide

June 6, 2018 David Agba. Abuja 0

A businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Abdulhamid Mahmud Zari has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to compel the investigation of Abubakar Madaki, a Personal Assistant to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu over alleged acts of extortion and abuse of office. Read More

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Oil prices gain even with US growing productions

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Oil prices edged higher yesterday after falling nearly two per cent in the previous session, but growing US production and expectations of higher Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), supplies continue to weigh on sentiment. Brent crude futures added 15 cents, or 0.2 per cent, to $75.44 a barrel after settling down 2 per cent at $75.29 a barrel on Read More

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Active mobile lines increase by 11,226,713m – NCC

June 6, 2018 David Agba . Abuja 0

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) says active mobile telephone lines in Nigeria rose from the 149 million in March to 160 million in April, indicating an increase of 11, 226, 713 million. The figures showed that the total number of mobile telephone lines in April stood at 160,081,051, compared to 148, 854, 338 in March. The NCC revealed this in Read More

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NIESV advocates legislation against unoccupied houses

June 5, 2018 Tope Sunday .Abuja 0

The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has advocated legislation against unoccupied houses in Nigeria. The association, which argued that a lot of capital is being tied with the unoccupied houses, explained that the law if enacted would ensure that the completed houses are occupied. NIESV made this position known in a paper delivered by its Faculty of Read More

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NEED for FG, states to partner on plastic waste recycling plants

June 5, 2018 Helen Oji 0

In a bid to curb the menace of plastic pollution, the Federal Ministry of Environment has commemorated the 2018 World Environment Day with the Theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.” HELEN OJI reports. The Environment Ministry has been empowering people, taking climate action and protecting environment, as well as aligning sectorial intervention with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and collective Read More

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PIB: NNPC calls for simplified fiscal terms

June 5, 2018 Benjamin Umuteme .Abuja 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has urged the Senate to simplify the fiscal provisions in the Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill (PIFB) to ensure easy implementation of the law. Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this submission during the Senate Joint Committee Public Hearing on the Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill (PIFB), Petroleum Host and Impacted Communities Read More

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CBN okays wider margin for BDCs

June 5, 2018 David Agba .Abuja 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved an upward review of the trading margin available to operators of Bureau De Change (BDC) in the country. Consequently, BDC operators are now to buy the United States dollar from the CBN at the rate of N357/$1 and sell at N360, thereby leaving them with a positive margin of N3.00 per dollar Read More

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