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On SERAP’s call to resist powerful oil coys

A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has urged the federal government to stand up to the manipulations of powerful oil companies that have continued to abuse the rights of the people of the Niger Delta for decades and to resolve the crisis in the region, once and for all. DAVID AGBA […]

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Mass sack: NUBIFIE reads riot act to banks, others

Tope Musowo Lagos The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees has ordered all affected banks embarking on mass downsizing in the industry to halt action or risk being picketed. The union stressed that, incessant lay-offs in the industry is not a solution to the challenges engendered by government policies and other economic […]

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FG, Tuns farms sign N25bn egg production MoU

By John Oba Abuja The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development has signed a N25 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tuns Farms Nigeria Limited on the National Egg Production Scheme (NEGPRO). Speaking during the signing ceremony yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said […]

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Stakeholders seek probe of unremitted funds

By David Agba Abuja Stakeholders in the extractive industry have called on the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) to investigate the non remittance of monies by various companies into the federation account. These were the views of participants at the Stakeholders’ Dialogue on the 2013 NEITI  Report yesterday in Abuja. Some of the participants said […]

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Dangote flags off distribution of food items for Ramadan

By David Agba Abuja Determined to put smiles on the faces of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-eastern part of the country during the on-going Ramadan, the Dangote Foundation has commenced the distribution of food items and other relief materials in Borno state. Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, who flagged off the […]

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CBN releases flexible foreign exchange policy today

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will today release details of its flexible foreign exchange policy. According sources the details would be released by the Governor of the apex bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele. Further information has it that the CBN as part of the new policy will allow market forces determine the exchange rate between […]

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GMOs: Experts assessing decision – FG

By Muhammad  Aliyu Dutse The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Shehu Ahmed has said that the federal government would soon make a statement on the complaints made by Nigerians on introduction of genetically modified organisms into the country. “We are still looking at it; we have received some complaints from the […]

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MTN fine: Reps summon AGF, Shittu, others

The House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications has summoned the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Garba Danbata and other stakeholders over the sudden reduction of the fine against MTN Nigeria, over regulation breaches. The NCC had last year, […]

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Bizman tasks Nigerians in Diaspora to bring investment home

An Abuja based businessman, Chief  Charles Nzechi  has called on Nigerians in Diaspora to cultivate the attitude of bringing their wealth back home in order to deepen development in the country. He stated this recently  during his birthday  ceremony in his Isingwu Ohuhu, Umuahia North country home  while in an interview with Blueprint ,however advised […]

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China trains 40 desk officers on agric techniques

The Peoples Republic of China, through its Embassy in Nigeria is organising a five-day capacity training for 40 desk officers of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Chinese advanced agricultural techniques. Speaking during the opening ceremony of the first China-Aid Agricultural Technical Training Programme, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu […]

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No govt can operate without an economic blueprint – NANTS

Stories by David Agba Abuja Nigeria’s apex traders body, the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has insisted that the country’s economic will only have a direction when there is an economic blueprint. In a signed statement evaluating President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in government, NANTS National President, Ken Ukaoha, noted that without an economic […]

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GTBank wins African Banker Award

Guaranty Trust Bank has been adjudged the most innovative bank in Africa at the recently held African Banker Awards. The depository, which is the only one in Nigeria that was honoured at this year’s event, also has its Managing Director, Mr. Segun Agbaje, awarded African Banker of the Year. According to the Publisher of African […]

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States agree to new bailout conditions

A conditional Budget Support Facility to provide financial relief to state governments is being finalised by the federal government, the Ministry of Finance has said. A statement from the ministry of finance on Saturday, explained that the proposed facility, aimed at providing support to overcome the current financial challenges faced by several states, would be […]

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Price hike: Petrol sales drop by 40%

Following the recent adjustment of the price of petrol to N145 per litre by the federal government, sales of the product have drastically reduced by about as much as 40 per cent, according to the Chairman, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and Group Chief Executive Officer of Forte Oil Plc, Mr. Akin Akinfemiwa. […]

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Twists in CCB/CCT Act amendment

The House of Representatives recently approved certain amendments to the CCT/CCB Act. JOSHUA EGBODO takes a look at issues surrounding the proposal and expected outcome of the bill When the Senate earlier made attempt at altering the Act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the move was […]

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Edo primary: The hurdle before APC

The hurdle before the APC in Edo state as the Saturday governorship primary approaches is to allow a credible process, as PATRICK AHANOR X-rays the arrangements on ground and internal disagreements in the race to succeed Governor Adams Oshiomhole. Events leading to Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in the last few weeks […]

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Why we went beyond speed limiter — Abubakar

Engineer Inusa Ahmed Abubakar is representing Yamaltu Deba Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. He is Chairman House Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission. In an interview with some journalists in Gombe, Abubakar speaks on federal government’s approach to road safety and other national issues. JEDIDAH SILAS KIMAN was there for Blueprint. As Chairman […]

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NEITI convenes stakeholders dialogue on 2013 audit report

Stakeholders in the oil, gas and mining sectors will converge to dialogue on the recent audit reports released by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) tomorrow in Abuja . According to NEITI, its decision to convene the dialogue is to afford key players in the sector such as the government, companies, the civil society, the […]

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‘Completing Ajaokuta today is useless unless…’

By Musa Adamu Abuja The Chief Executive Officer of the African Iron and Steel Association (AISA), Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, has said any effort at completing the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) would amount to nothing, except condition precedents were met. Dr Mohammed who spoke in an interview with Blueprint newspapers in Abuja added that unless […]

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IITA-CWMP gets approval for 58 on-farm trials

By Raphael Ede Enugu The steering committee of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture-managing Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) has approved the establishment of 58 on-farm trials across Nigeria for the 2016 season. IITA Communication & Knowledge Exchange expert, Godwin Atser, disclosed this in a press statement yesterday. According to him, the plan is to […]

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Ecobank unfolds new growth strategy

By Amaka Ifeakandu, Lagos Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI) has set a  strategy  to build a stronger and profitable financial institution.  The Group Managing Director, ETI, Ade Ayeyemi, who  disclosed this in Lagos  during the Bank’s Facts Behind the Figures at the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), maintained that the pan African bank has put in place […]

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Road to 270: Will Republican dump Trump?

The general election begins with Democrat Hillary Clinton already ahead of Republican Donald Trump on the Road to 270,  the number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency. The presidential primaries are just about over and the nominees have emerged. And the general election begins with Democrat Hillary Clinton already ahead of Republican Donald […]

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2019: Issues in new electoral act

The Senate, last week, at an election summit unfolded a plan to enact a new electoral act before the end of this year that will guide the conduct of the 2019 general elections. EZREL TABIOWO and TAIYE ODEWALE report. A new electoral act, on which the conduct of the 2019 general elections would be based, […]

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Terrorists, sovereignty agitators can’t break Nigeria — Sule

Speaking recently on the state of the nation, elderstatesman, Alhaji Maitama Sule confidently declared that Nigeria will not break up despite the hostilities confronting it in the North-east, South South and South -east. ALIYU ASKIRA reports On state of the nation Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations and elder statesman Alhaji Maitama Sule […]

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Nigerian factor bane of power sector — Abdullahi

Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi ( APC Kebbi North), spoke on the power sector and other issues in the polity in a recent interview with select journalists. TAIYE ODEWALE was there. Excerpts: You are the Vice Chairman of the Privatisation Committee of the Senate. Nigerians are urging President Buhari to revoke […]