Nasarawa Assembly passes N5.98bn 2021 supplementary budget into law

October 25, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

Nasarawa state House of Assembly Monday, passed N 5.98billion 2021 supplementary budget into law. Speaker of the House Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, announced the passage of the bill into law after Hon. Tanko Tunga, the majority leader of the house moved a motion to that effect during the house proceedings in Lafia. “The total size of the supplementary budget stand at N5, Read More

Diri presents N301.7bn 2022 budget

October 20, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state governor Senator Douye Diri, Wednesday, presented a 2022 Appropriation Bill of N310.7 billion to the state House Assembly. It is tagged: “Budget of Sustainable Growth” with the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure having the highest allocation of N51 billion to drive the critical infrastructure programme of his administration. The Ministry of Agriculture was allotted N12 billion followed by Read More

Oyetola presents N129.7bn budget for 2022 fiscal year

October 5, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Tuesday presented a total sum of N129,8bn budget to the Atate House of Assembly for the 2022 fiscal year. Presenting the budget tagged “Budget of Sustainable Development,” Oyetola said advancement of economy will be given priority. The budget presentation, which was the 30th since the creation of the state, was higher than the year 2021 budget of Read More

WCD – CSOs call for adequate funding, prioritization of family planning in Nigeria

September 28, 2021 Helen Oji 0

Civil Society Organisations rganizations (CSOs), have called for adequate funding and privatisation of family planning in Nigeria. Addressing journalist on Monday in Abuja during the inaugural meeting of champions and advocacy, the chairman management committee, Dr. Ejika Oji, urged the government to support family health in commemoration of World Contraception Day (WCD). He said: “Family planning investment is key to Read More

FG’s borrowings exceed budgeted amount by 28.3%

September 20, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

By the time the National Assembly approves the recent request by the federal government to borrow additional fund, external borrowings would exceed budgeted amount for 2021 by 28.3 per cent, analysts have warned. They said, external borrowings, which include the Eurobond and the fresh request will be much higher than what was agreed on in the budget. “Using the US Read More

We’re borrowing for the good of Nigerians, APC tells PDP

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has replied criticism by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its borrowing spree, saying the act “is for the good of the country.” In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party said unlike in the brazen looting days Read More

Applauding Kano state gov’t and private initiative on free eye surgery

August 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

It was excitement galore in Kano as some individuals who were at the verge of losing their sights got a relief after the state government and two private initiatives came to their aid. BASHIR MOHAMMED reports. Rendering humanitarian services by two reputable international organisations like Albasar Foundation and king Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre had been a laudable gesture Read More

Ogun assembly begins 2021 budget assessment

July 12, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Ogun state House of Assembly Monday commenced the monitoring of the year 2021 budget performance on the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as local government councils in the state to ascertain their level of compliance with the 2021 appropriation law. A release signed by the Clerk of the assembly and head of legislative services, Mr. Deji Adeyemo, Read More

Senate approves Buhari’s N2.343trn external borrowing request

July 7, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the authourisation of N2.343 trillions! ($6.183 billion USD) as External Borrowing in the 2021 Appropriation Act.  This was just as it directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, the Director General of the Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Read More

NCC surpasses revenue projection, posts N150bn in 5 months

July 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has exceeded its N36 billion projected revenue from spectrum license fees for 2021. The Commission said it had recorded over N150 billion from this revenue source within the five months of the year. Director, Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Adinde said that the figure represents Read More

Security of lives, property top priority in 9th Senate – Senator Musa

June 20, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As part of activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the ninth Senate, the chairman Senate Committee on Senate Services, Senator Sani Musa, in this interview with ROSEMARY MORIBIRIN delves into a range of topics including the insecurity and measures towards restoring peace. How has the 9th Senate been able to manage its differences in cooperating with the executive? Right Read More

Food security in Nigeria: Reality, challenges, and prospects

June 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The 1996 World Food Summit defined food security as a “situation when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle”. In another context, the World Health Organisation (WHO) maintains that “Food security means that all people at all Read More

I ‘ll prioritise rural infrastructure development in my remaining 2 years – Gov. Sule

May 22, 2021 Mohammed Yangida, Lafia 0

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, Saturday, said he will pay more attention to rural infrastructure and tackle insecurity in the remaining two years of his administration to attract more investors to the state. He stated this at the flag off ceremony of about N2 billion Gudi – Moroa road project in Gudi, Akwanga local government area of the state. Read More

Osun lecturer in trouble for standing surety for unknown person

March 23, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Justice Peter Lifu of a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state, has ordered the remand of a lecturer, Engr. Emmanuel Tayo Owolabi, for failure to produce the defendant he stood surety for.  Owolabi stood surety for one Oladele Ezekiel who has allegedly refused to stand his trial after securing bail.  The prosecutor, a principal state counsel, Bankole Awoyemi, Read More

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APC plans to rule Nigeria for 8 terms – Gov Buni

March 23, 2021 Editorial II 0

Yobe state state governor and the chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed plans by the party to govern country for 8th term consecutively. APC came to power at center in 2015 and got reelected in 2019 but said it has plan to govern Nigeria for another 32 years. To this end, a strategic Read More

SERAP sues NASS over ‘missing N4.4bn funds’, Senate probes N2.8bn unaccounted service wide vote

  The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker  House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila to urgently probe and recover a purported missing N4.4billion public fund appropriated to the National Assembly. The organisation, in the mandamus application lodged at the registry of the Federal High Court Abuja, said it Read More

2021 budget gets boost as FG auctions bitumen fields

March 21, 2021 Agi Onda 0

Nigeria’s N13.58 trillion 2021 budget may have received the desired boost as the federal government has announced plans to commence a bid licensing round for bitumen fields across the country. A press statement, Sunday, said the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, made the revelation during the first quarter webinar series organised by the Institute of Change Read More

Fuel price hike: Not again!

…Pump price increase inevitable – FG,…Reasons given for price rise not new – NLC, …It’s negative impact’ll be huge, immediate – Expert,‘…Ruling class insensitive to masses’ feelings’ There have always been controversies whenever plans to hike the price of fuel are announced, and the latest confusion has not been different. In this report, BENJAMIN UMUTEME and BENJAMIN SAMSON take a look Read More

States varsities are better off with IGR – VC

March 16, 2021 Editorial IV 0

 In this interview by EMMANUEL OLOGUN, the vice chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed, states that state universities can become less dependent on monthly allocations by exploring its IGR. What are the challenges your university has been facing lately? We faced a lot of challenges especially with the corona virus pandemic which halted academic activities leading to the Read More

2023: It’s time for Igbo to lead Nigeria – Alex Otti

March 6, 2021 Editor 0

Dr. Alex Otti is an accomplished entrepreneur, philanthropist and economic guru. In this interview, Dr. Otti who was twice the governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia state, speaks on 2023 presidential moves, his political interest, among other issues. Excerpts: What’s your reaction to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ’s order to banks and other financial institutions Read More

Imo 2021 budget’ll take care of projects, Osuala assures

February 8, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Imo state Commissioner for Budget, Economic Planning and Statistics, C. C. Osuala, has assured that the 2021 budget recently signed by Governor Hope Uzodinna will take care of many projects capable of bringing development to all facets of the state. He gave this assurance while having a chat with our correspondent in his office. The commissioner said such projects as Read More

Candido submits N10bn 2021 budget to AMAC legislative council

February 2, 2021 Baba Yusuf 0

The Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Abdullahi Adamu Candido, Thursday, presented the 2021 budget proposal in the tune of N10, 087, 228, 268.00 to the legislative arm for consideration and approval. Our correspondent reports that the proposed estimates for the 2021 fiscal year tagged ‘Budget of Resilience’ represents a nominal increase of 10.4% above the previous year’s estimate of Read More

COVID-19: NSIA donates 126 monitors, 53 oxygen concentrators to 21 healthcare institutions

January 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) in a bid to assist the Federal Government scale up its Covid-19 response has formally handed over 126 units of Patient Monitors and 63 units of Oxygen Concentrators to 21 healthcare institutions across the six geopolitical zones of the country. The move is part of the Authority’s Covid-19 relief programme as the country battles Read More