TEF entrepreneurship: 5,000 beneficiaries to receive $5,000 each

November 8, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs, will announce the beneficiaries of the 2021 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme at the official Selection Announcement event holding in Lagos, and streaming live online, on November 12, 2021. The ground-breaking hybrid event will unveil 4,800 African entrepreneurs chosen from all 54 African countries who will be joining the 2021 Read More

11,800 Bayelsa households benefit from FG’s cash transfer

November 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

More than 11,800 households have benefited from the federal government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) scheme in Bayelsa state. The Household Uplifting Programme-Conditional Cash Transfer (HUP-CCT) is managed by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, led by the Minister, Hajia Sadiya Farouq. The focal person, National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Benson, told Read More

Kwara disburses interest-free loan to 30,000 more beneficiaries

November 3, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Wednesday flagged off the disbursement of non-interest loans to another round of 30,000 beneficiaries of its social investment programme. With Wednesday’s disbursement, the number of beneficiaries has increased to 60,000 since the scheme kicked off last year. “Between 2020 and now, we have disbursed soft loans to 30,000 beneficiaries. Today’s event marks the commencement of Read More

N7.3bn public works funds yet to be disbursed – FG

November 2, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The federal government declared Monday that about N7.3 billion was yet to be disbursed to the remaining beneficiaries of its 774, 000 Special Public Works programme. Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, made the disclosure during budget defence session before the Senate Committee on Labour. The programme, domiciled in the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), engaged 774,000 Read More

Of Wachakal Airport, wastage and the bandits in government

October 31, 2021 Hassan Gimba 0

When the news hit the airwaves that the federal government had budgeted N6.3 billion to build an airport at Wachakal, in Yobe state, 130 kilometres from Damaturu, the state capital, not a few people were taken by surprise. This is because there is already an international cargo airport, which can serve as a normal airport as well, being built in Read More

Senate tackles SMEDAN on project executions

October 28, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its committee on Industry, took up the Director General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Dr Dikko Umaru, on criteria used for execution of its projects across the federation and beneficiaries of its programmes. SMEDAN boss had in his presentation before the Commitee during 2022 budget defence session , chronicled series of projects executed by Read More

Osun monarch threatens to expose colleague for refusal to refund loan

October 13, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

A traditional ruler in Osun state, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, has threatened to expose a monarch for his refusal to refund the loan he took for him. Speaking at the Freedom Park, Osogbo, during the disbursement of N6.5bn Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. The monarch said, “I want to advise the beneficiaries not Read More

61st Anniversary: FCT minister flags-off 4,104 housing units

October 3, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced the provisions of 4,104 affordable houses for staff of the administration as part of activities to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary. FCT Minister of State Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, performed the official site handover/ground breaking ceremony of Muhammadu Buhari Staff Affordable Housing Estate in Karshi, to signpost the commencement of the project.  Read More

Billiri crisis: Gombe pays victims N59m compensation

September 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

Gombe state government has paid N59m as compensation to some victims of crisis that rocked Billiri local government area in February over Mai Tangle tussle. Recall that Billiri was thrown into mayhem over emergence of the new Mai in Tangle kingdom after the demise of the 15th Mai Tangle, Abdul Buba Maisheru. The violent protest occurred because of reports that Read More

Npower batch C employment: What you need to know about payment

September 16, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

As N-Power Batch C physical verification ends on the September 24, 2021, beneficiaries of the scheme to receive their monthly stipend after successfully being verified. An official in Sokoto south local government who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said, “The payment will commence as soon as Nigerian Inter Bank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS) completely validates the BVN of 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

APC group lauds Buhari’s strategic responses to Covid-19 pandemic

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the aiges of APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) has commended the firm responses of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administratiom to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group, which is a voluntary think-tank group of the governing party, particularly lauded President Buhari’s setting up of an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by the Vice Read More

Bauchi gov empowers 1, 000 youth, women in Bogoro, T/Balewa LGs

September 13, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state Monday empowered 1, 000 youth and women in Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa local governments of Bauchi state with occupational equipment and cash to boost their businesses. The governor assisted 500 beneficiaries in each of the local governments where 250 people were given items including grinding machines, sewing machines and motorcycles while 250 others were Read More

Foundation awards scholarship to 21 Kwara indigent students

September 12, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

The Tajudeen Ibrahim Olesin foundation has announced scholarship awards to 21 indigent secondary school students in Ilorin, Kwara state. The foundation will also pay the West African School Certificate Examinations (WASCE) fees for 21 students. The beneficiaries of these gestures would be picked from the brightest of the students that partook in the summer school organised by the foundation. The Read More

N-Power batch C employment: Here are things to know on physical verification, PPA enrollment

September 7, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

As Npower batch C Beneficiaries begin physical verification and deployment processes on Friday, here are things to note so as to avoid disqualification and late payment of stipends. Late PPA enrollment simply means a situation whereby a deployed Npower beneficiaries refused to complete his or her deployment process on time. The deployment process of an Npower beneficiary starts from physical Read More

As non governmental organisation embarks on aforestation in Adamawa…

September 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Disturbed by the increasing risk of environmental degradation occasioned by human activities amidst climatic change, a non- governmental organisation has taken tree planting campaign to Adamawa rural communities mostly affected by Boko Haram insurgency. Muazu Abari writes. The devastating effect of environmental degradation caused mostly by indiscriminate falling of trees and other human factors leading to deforestation, flooding, drought and Read More

Sen. Goje distributes fertiliser for free in Gombe

September 4, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

As part of his efforts to boost food production in his constituency, the Senator, representing Gombe Central Senatorial District, Muhammad Danjuma Goje, has distributed thousands of bags of fertiliser to farmers for free.  Senator Goje, who was represented by member, representing Yamaltu West in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Sadik Ibrahim Kurba, said the gesture was in line with Read More

NEDC, group distribute palliatives to 5 Yobe, Borno LGs

September 3, 2021 Yusuf A. Yusuf 0

The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has partnered a group, ‘Yala Bornoye’ to deliver food and non-food items to remote and hard-to-reach communities in Yobe and Borno states. The benefitting local government councils are Damaturu, Gujba, Geidam and Yunusari in Yobe state while Kaga, Damboa and Magumeri local government councils in Borno state. Flagging-off the distribution, the Director Administration of Read More

EFCC harps on intelligence gathering to curb cybercrime, others

September 2, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa has said that fighting cybercrime requires a lot of intelligence gathering which entails the collaboration of everybody including the youth. Bawa who was a guest mentor at the just concluded 2021, Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation (SABF) scholars mentorship forum in Abuja on Thursday explained that intelligence gathering Read More

Ministry unveils revamped N-Power, GEEP schemes

August 26, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

 The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has  expanded and restructured two of its flagship poverty alleviation and youth empowerment schemes –Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and N-POWER- under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), which have been flagged off at major events in Abuja. Highlights of the repackaged schemes include raising the number of N-Power beneficiaries Read More