On the nation’s water resources

September 23, 2020 Abdurrahman Bello 0

Going by Nigeria’s federalism it is not the responsibility of the federal government to provide water in households or for industrial use, but to strategically provide support to states on needs basis, up to 30% for urban and 50% for rural water supply schemes, respectively. Yet because of ignorance of this fact many blame the federal government for inadequate water Read More

Water: We’ve employed strategies to boost production – KNSG

September 22, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

The Kano state government Tuesday said it employed modern modalities of boosting the production of clean portable drinking water to the general populace of the state. The managing director, Kano state water board Dr. Garba Ahmad Kofar Wambai, stated this while briefing journalists in Kano on the activities of the agency. He  said the present administration in Kano had provided all necessary logistics Read More

Edo Guber: Why power must change hands

September 10, 2020 Gabriel Edeoghon 0

There are 24 hours in a day but Benin-City/Edo state appears to defy this basic, universal principle of time. The time cycle in the state appears to have shrunk. All social, economic and cultural activities are squeezed into a 12 to 15 hour time duration. By 9pm, the City enveloped in darkness recoils into a self -imposed exile, the silence Read More

CBN replies NESG, claims it protected economy from extraordinary shock

September 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a rejoinder to a recent press release by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), attacking some of the policy measures taken by the regulator in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement posted on the apex bank’s website on Tuesday, titled ‘Re: Matters of Urgent Attention,’ and signed by its Director Read More

Why agencies should collaborate with AIB in accident investigations-Olateru

September 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Engineer Akin Olateru is the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB-N). He spoke to aviation correspondents on the activities, challenges and plans to expand the agency’s operations. SULEIMAN IDRIS reports. Effects of Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry? We are one of the industries that this Covid-19 has affected a lot in terms of revenue Read More

El-Rufai reiterates commitment to nurture future leaders

September 2, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Kaduna state government initiated the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship to help widen the pool of young persons whose leadership ability it can help develop and nurture, Governor Nasir el-Rufai has said. Speaking in Kaduna on Wednesday, while welcoming 16 new fellows, el-Rufai challenged the third cohort of the Fellows to give their best in every facet of the programme. He said Read More

Activists petition IGP over killings in Delta community, call for independent investigation

September 1, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Worried by killings and maiming of youths in the Evwreni Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta state, by vigilante group, Bakassi Boys, allegedly armed by the community’s monarch, HRM Oghenekevwe Kumane, some civil rights activists have petitioned the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, to order an independent and impartial investigation into the activities of the group. Read More

Stock market gains N46bn

September 1, 2020 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE yesterday sustained the upward trend, gaining N46 billion. Market capitalisation of listed equities increased by 0.35 per cent to N13.258 trillion from N13.212 trillion reported on Monday. The NSE All Share Index also appreciated by 86.82 basis points to 25413.95 points from 25327.13 points. Investors traded 1.073 billion shares valued at N2.104 billion in 3221 deals against 302.009 million shares worth N2.627 billion in 3854 deals. A review of the transactions showed that Nigerian Breweries led gainers table during gaining N2.00 to close at N39.00_ Stanbic IBTC followed with a gain of N0.45 kobo to close at N36.50 kobo, United Bank for Africa gained N0.30 kobo to close at N6.55 kobo, Ecobank Transactional Incorporated added N0.25 kobo to close at N4.15 kobo while Wapco gained N0.25 kobo to close at N12.20 kobo.

Suspension of legislative activities: Save yourself of another bad press, CSOs tell NASS

A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria has condemned the leadership of the National Assembly over the suspension of legislative activities.  The CSOs said even if the decision was taken with good intentions, it was ill-advised, ill-timed and unhelpful, and therefore urged the lawmakers to save themselves another bad press. They made the position known in a statement Read More

Senate backs NYC

August 30, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege , Sunday , pledged  the support of the Senate to the leadership of the Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC) and commended the body for its youth-related activities. Omo-Agege, who spoke in Abuja at a meeting with the Chairman Governing Board of the Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), Dr. Yakubu Shendam,promised to also brief the Senate Read More

Guidelines for Kaduna sports associations’ elections out Tuesday – Ministry

August 30, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  The guidelines for Kaduna state sports associations elections will be released on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to enable Kaduna state Ministry of Sports Development conduct smooth elections into the 36 sports associations.Leadership of the 36 sports associations in Kaduna state were dissolved on Thursday August 27, 2020, by the Commissioner for Sports Development, Prof. Kabir Mato, to pave way for Read More

NAHCON commends Hajj Reporters for ‘exceptional coverage of commission’s activities’

August 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has commended the Independent Hajj Reporters for its exceptional coverage of the commission’s activities within and outside Nigeria. Independent Hajj Reporters is a registered not-for-profit civil society organization that reports Hajj activities in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. NAHCON, in a letter of appreciation dated August 18 2020 and signed by its Chairman/Chief Executive Read More

BOSIEC assures on fair, hitch free Borno council election

August 25, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC) has resumed political activities to entrench full democratically elected leaders at the grassroots with assurance to hold free, fair and credible elections. BOSIEC executive chairman, Alhaji Abdu Usman, at a press briefing held at the conference hall of BOSIEC Tuesday said the commission was set to resume the political process which was suspended due Read More

AGC: Don’t allow El-Rufa’I dis-invitation take religious, ethnic connotation – Sanusi cautions NBA

August 23, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll has condemned the reversal of invitation to Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference (AGC), describing it as sad for freedom of speech.  The former Emir, who arrived Kaduna on an official visit around 10:30am on Sunday, cautioned the NBA not to allow the Read More

Air force kills ISWAP commanders, fighters in Lake Chad area, southern Borno

August 19, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

As the military continue its onslaught against terrorists in North east Nigeria, the Nigerian Air Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole,  under a subsidiary Operation HAIL STORM, have killed some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders during air strike at Bukar Mean along the fringes of Lake Chad area of Borno state. The strikes also destroyed several logistic Read More

Kaduna assembly suspends former deputy speaker, 2 others

August 11, 2020 AbdulRahman Aodu 0

The Kaduna state House of Assembly has suspended three of its members from all activities of the house for nine months. The assembly also reprimanded five other members and directed them to apologise to it in writing and publish the apology in a national daily within a week. The assembly took the decision at plenary Tuesday after adoption of the Read More

Niger RAMP links 395 communities with 580km access roads

July 12, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) in Niger has constructed and rehabilitated access roads of over 580km to link over 395 communities the state, the state coordinator of the project, Hassan Baba Etsu, has said. Etsu disclosed this in an interview with Blueprint in Minna at the weekend, adding that the rural access roads have opened up economic and Read More

Like FG, Nasarawa places embargo on school resumption for graduating classes

July 10, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Nasarawa state commissioner for education, science and Technology, Hajiya Fatu Sabo, Thursday, said that there was no date for school reopening yet for graduating classes in the state amidst COVID-19.Hajiya Sabo made this known when she led other management staff of the ministry on the 2020 budget performance before the state House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Read More

Ondo 2020: INEC pastes notice of elections

July 2, 2020 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s final phase of preparations for the Ondo governorship election scheduled for October 10 began Thursday with the pasting of the “Notice of Election” in Akure and all the 18 local government areas. The action is in compliance with Section 30 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and in adherence with the Timetable and Schedule Read More

SEC disclaims iBSmartify Nigeria

June 28, 2020 David Agba 0

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has disclaimed the activities of iBSmartify Nigeria as neither the entity nor the illegal products they offer are registered or regulated by the Commission. According to the SEC, “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to the activities of iBSmartify Nigeria the promoters of a Blockchain known as iBledger (iBcashcryptocurrency) and InksNation. “The Read More

Niger: NNPC discovers oil in 8 LGs

June 17, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 1

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has commenced oil exploration activities in the Bida Basin involving eight local government areas in Niger state. The corporation assured that the progress being recorded in the ongoing exploration of inland basins was capable of growing the nation’s reserve to 40 billion barrels by year 2023. The NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD) Mallam Read More

How NSCDC nabbed Boko Haram logistics supplier in Borno

June 16, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Command in Borno said it has arrested a suspected Boko Haram logistics supplier with a car filled with fuel and other commodities. The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the disclosure on Friday in Maiduguri while parading the suspect.  Abdullahi said that the suspect, Bakura Ibrahim, 35, was arrested on June 6, Read More

Obaseki: PDP on red alert – Ologbondiyan

June 15, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is keenly watching and monitoring what is going on between the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. The party said it is therefore on red alert as a stakeholder in the affairs of the state. According to the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan , Read More

INEC keys into COVID-19 protocol, creates e-platforms for submission of nomination forms

May 26, 2020 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Monday keyed into the COVID-19 by  creating e-platforms for election and party monitoring among other activities.. To this end, the commission said such platforms would cover activities like accreditation of observer groups and deployment of their field observers. In its policy document on elections in the context of COVID-19 released in Abuja, the commission also Read More