Skills acquisition: Senate indicts Labour Ministry on ‘N208million scam’

November 27, 2022 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its Committee on Public Accounts (SPAC) has indicted the Ministry of Labour and Employment on alleged N208million scam from N2.3billion collected for payment of beneficiaries of Skills Acquisition at zonal level. The scam as discovered by the committee during an interface with Permanent Secretary of Labour Ministry, Ms Kachollom S. Dajua, on Friday, was carried out through Read More

Mumsbooth: I’m proud of impact we’re making on women, children – Tawiyah

November 24, 2022 Chamba Simeh 0

Convener of Project START, Mrs Martha Tawiyah, has expressed delight over the successes recorded in the empowerment programme by Mumsbooth, a non-government organisation which focuses on entrepreneurship and vocational training for women and children.  The programme which started in October 2017 has offered free training to 1,246 women and 514 children across Nigeria and Africa in the past five years. Read More

NDE engages 1,900 graduates from 36 States, FCT

November 22, 2022 Editorial IV 0

One Thousand Nine Hundred graduates from 35 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) have been provided job opportunities by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) through its Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP). NDE’s Head Information and Public Relations Israel Adekitan said this I a statement Tuesday in Abuja. It said the proportion of the whole figure is fifty Read More

2022: Elumelu Foundation to dole out $5,000 grant to entrepreneurs in Africa

December 30, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries, has opened applications for the 2022 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme on  African entrepreneurs with business ideas or existing businesses under 5 years are encouraged to apply now for $5000 seed capital, mentorship, business management training and more on the 2022 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Read More

Reps query BOA over N91bn agaric borrowers’ scheme

December 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The of Representatives Committee on Agricultural Production and Services, has commenced investigation into the Agricultural Borrowers Programme, demanding details from the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) on how about N91 billion reported to have been disbursed was applied. Information made available to the committee suggested that since the commencement of the programme in November 2015, the said amount has been disbursed Read More

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

NPower batch C employment: All you need to know about monthly stipend of beneficiaries after verification

September 15, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

The federal government of Nigeria pays all beneficiaries of Npower a certain amount of money as stipends at the end of every month for upkeep depending on the category they fall into. The scheme, however, is yet to make an official statement on when batch C Beneficiaries will begin to receive their monthly stipend, but rumour has it that payment 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

NPower batch C employment: Here are all physical verification documents, requirements

September 4, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

All Npower batch c stream 1 beneficiaries will begin physical verification on Friday September 10, 2021, Plateau state Focal Person, Dr Sumaye Hamza, has announced. According to her, “All deployed Npower Batch C Beneficiaries who should note the following documents to carry along when going for thier physical verification. “Accordingly, you are advised to proceed to your designated verification centre Read More