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

Anniversary: APC governors celebrate Okorocha, Remi Tinubu for sustaining democracy

September 22, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

The governors of All Progressives Congress (APC) on the platform of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have applauded the sterling contributions of former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha and Senator Remi Tinubu over the formation and sustainance of democracy in the country. The forum led by Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state described Senator Oluremi who marked her 60th birthday Read More

Breaking – Electricity tariff/fuel price hike: Proposed nationwide strike ‘ll go on if… – NLC

September 22, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting attended by the 36 state chairmen and that of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday has concluded arrangement to proceed on planned nationwide strike. The proposed strike action followed hike in electricity tariff and fuel price recently by the federal government. Details loading…

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

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

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Group gives N385, 000 grants to technical college in Akwa Ibom

September 22, 2020 Uko Etim 0

A Civil Society Organisation, Development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) in collaboration with Open Society Foundations has given a grant of N385,000 to the Government Technical College, Abak, Akwa Ibom state. The CSO said the grant was aimed at supporting technical schools across Nigeria to prepare final year students for NABTEB examinations. The Coordinator of dRPC, Dr. Judith-Ann Walker, represented Read More

NOSDRA urges oil coy to embrace dis-aggregated reporting on oil spills

September 22, 2020 Uko Etim 0

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Tuesday urged oil companies to embrace the standard of disaggregated reporting on oil spills at project and community levels to ensure that oil spill data is directly linked to the projects from which they occur. This was contained in a Communiqué issued at the end of the stakeholder’s parley tagged “accountability Read More

EU – UN, UNESCO enroll over 22,000 Ebonyians for adult education

September 22, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

European Union Monday said they enrolled over 22,000 Ebonyi women girls, and young men into adult education. They disclosed this during an official unveiling of Educational (IEC) materials produced for the implementation of spotlight initiative in Ebonyi state. The programme was done by UNESCO under the spotlight Initiatives programmes of EU -UN in Ebonyi state. Senior Programme Specialist and OIC Read More

NAF graduates 435 personnel on special military training

September 22, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has trained 435 personnel of Initial Officers’ and Basic Airmen/Airwomen Sundry Military Courses, comprising 75 officers and 360 airmen/airwomen, at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna. Speaking at the graduation ceremony,  the Chief of the Air Staff,  Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar  said the current leadership of the NAF was determine to ensure human Read More

FinCEN: My family not under surveillance – Atiku

September 22, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has denied report that him and his family are not under surveillance, adding that they have not breached any laws. An online news platform had on Monday claimed Atiku and his family were under the radar of international financial surveillance of FINCEN, a US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.In Read More

Uduaghan, ex-Delta gov bows to pressure, may return to PDP

September 22, 2020 Editorial II 0

Bearing last minute change in political calculation, the Former governor of Delta state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has concluded plans to defect from All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People Democratic Party (PDP). Uduaghan governed the state from 2007 to 2015 under the PDP platform before leaving for the APC in August 2018. According to sources, Dr Uduaghan’s decision to return Read More

Tackle indiscriminate dumping of refuse to stop flooding, expert tells FG, states

September 22, 2020 Editor 0

Founder of Sustain Recycle, Olatorera Dickson-Amusa, has identified indiscriminate dumping of refuse as a major cause of flood, urging governments at all levels to tackle the ugly act. She said the best way authorities can tackle indiscriminate dumping of refuse to manage flooding in the country is by educating the people on its implication. Miss Dickson-Amusa who applauded the federal Read More

Sokoto govt tasked on child/early marriage, teenage pregnancy

September 22, 2020 David Agba 0

Participants at a recent workshop has tasked the Sokoto state government to tackle the challenges of child/early marriage, teenage pregnancy and VVF through the enforcement of the universal basic education requirement for all girls to be in school until 18. They also called for sensitisation and engagement of religious leaders and traditional rulers on the provisions of the Penal Code Read More

Director, wife, 2 kids die in Jigawa auto crash

September 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

At least four members of the same family died on Sunday in a road accident along Gaya-Dutse road, Jigawa state. The accident, a head-on-collision, occurred on the busy highway connecting Kano and Maiduguri. The victims included Abubakar Isah, a deputy director for the Jigawa state Ministry of Land, who died alongside his wife and two kids. The police spokesperson for Read More

Army confirms death of a colonel in Damboa B/Haram ambush

September 22, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

  The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of a colonel in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists. The army described Colonel D.C. Bako as “one of our gallant and finest war heroes.” Spokesman of the Nigeria Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, Ado Isa, in a press statement, confirmed the death. He said Colonel Bako was until his death the commander of 25 Read More

31 million global COVID-19 infections worrisome – PTF

September 21, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, has expressed concern over the rise in Coronavirus cases across the globe. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the SGF said within four days, the global cases of the virus hit the 31 million mark.He said complacency has set Read More

At 75, UN has remained true to aspirations of its founders – Buhari

September 21, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday hailed the United Nations for remaining true to the aspirations of its founders, saying the international organisation has continued to play the crucial role of fostering global peace and security.The president joined world leaders at a virtual event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the UN for the Read More

Edo: APC ignores Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu, congratulates Obaseki

September 21, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

Despite suffering a defeat at the poll, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Monday evening described the outcome of the September 19 Edo State Governorship election as a victory for democracy. The party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki in a keenly contested election. The party in a statement signed by Read More

Yarima, 2 others Princes jostle to succeed late Emir of Zazzau

September 21, 2020 Moh Bello Habib 0

Plans on who will succeed the late Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna state, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday have begun among the princes of the Emirate. In fact, the race has become intense as Prince Muhammad Munir Jafar top the list prepared by the Emirate king makers.Investigation by Blueprint correspondent revealed that others on the list are Aminu Shehu Idris, the Read More

Kaduna attracted $800m investment, expects $2.1bn pledges since 2015 – El-Rufai

September 21, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

As President Muhammadu Buhari urged Kaduna state government to surpass its laudable investment drive, Governor Nasir el-Rufai said the state has attracted $800 million foreign and local investments, with investors pledging $1.2 billion more. President Buhari, who was the Special Guest at the fifth Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KADInvest 5.0) held virtually, commended Kaduna state government for its efforts to Read More