Oyegun to Buhari, APC: Address agitations for restructuring, secession

June 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Oyegun, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the ruling party to quickly address the agitations for restructuring and even those calling for separation. The former Edo state governor said APC as the government of the federation, “must not give the impression that only military governments can Read More

Insecurity: In justification for establishing NUPEC

May 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

In this piece, BODE OLAGOKE, takes a look at the recent presentation to the Senate Committee on Interior on the need for the establishment of the National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC) by Dr. Chinedu S. Nneji. The challenges facing Nigeria as a nation call for all hands to be on deck, most especially the challenge of insecurity, peaceful co-existence Read More

Electricity

BEDC woos customers with discounts, longer repayment period

May 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc (BEDC) has said it has developed a debt restructuring scheme for customers to enjoy discounts in a bid to address growing outstanding electricity consumption debts. The company also announced an extension period of debt contract up to a maximum of 60 months, depending on customers’ debt profile in combination with the down payment. BEDC said Read More

EFCC recovers over N1bn cash from civil servant

May 20, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, Thursday disclosed that the Anti-graft agency last week recovered over N1 billion cash sitting in one bank account from a Civil Servant. Bawa made the disclosure while appearing before the Senate Committee on Finance, investiating the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)  and payment of 1 % stamp duty by contractors  Read More

FCTA vows to demolish all illegal structures, warns against infractions

May 19, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has vowed that it would demolish all illegal structures in the nation’s capital no matter how highly placed. Acting director, FCTA department of Development Control, Tpl Garba Kwamkur who disclosed this Wednesday, during weekly inspection of on-going developments across the territory, warned developers to desist from violating the Abuja Master Plan with all sorts Read More

Eko DisCo embarks on capital projects

May 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says it has begun the execution of its capital projects for the 2021 business year for improved service delivery to its customers. The General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos State on Monday. Recall that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently approved the sum of N93.76 Read More

Corruption in NPA, NDDC: APC dismisses PDP’s call for Ameachi’s sack

May 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the call by the call to sack the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Ameachi by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the alleged corruption in the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). The ruling party, however described as a “routine administrative probe” the scandal rocking the NPA. In a statement signed Tuesday in Abuja by Read More

Breaking: After 27 years, Bill, Melinda Gates divorce

May 3, 2021 BBC 0

Bill and Melinda Gates say they are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage, saying “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the pair wrote on Twitter. The two met in the late Read More

Dangote Cement to pay N40.39bn in corporate tax

May 3, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Nigeria’s Dangote Cement Plc is expected to pay a total of N40.39 billion in taxation to the nation’s treasury from its operational result in the first quarter of 2021. According to the financial result published by the country’s largest cement manufacturer on Friday, April 30, 2021, the amount is due from corporate tax for the period ended March 31, 2021. Read More

Bill seeking more 111 NASS seats for women passes second reading

April 30, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

A Bill seeking additional 111 special seats to be created for women in the National Assembly has passed second reading in the House of Representatives. This was contained in a statement by the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline K. Tallen, on Friday in Abuja. According to the statement, the Bill which is sponsored by the deputy chief whip, Nkiruka Read More

PDP NEC passes vote of confidence on Secondus, others

April 29, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on the Prince Uche Secondus led National Working Committee (NWC). In recent times, there have been calls for the resignation of the embattled PDP Chairman. Only last Monday, the former Edo State Commissioner of Information, Prince Kauaim Afegbau petitioned the Economic Financial Crime Read More

FCTA distributes N4bn to area councils

April 29, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed a total of N4,180,797,272.22 billion to the six area councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of March, 2021. Minister of State for FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the 152nd Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee (JAAC), stated that there was Read More

Fidelity Bank grows profit by 53% in 3 months

April 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Under the new leadership of Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe as MD/CEO, Fidelity Bank Plc profits before tax in the first 3 months of 2021 grew by 53.9 per cent from N6.6 billion in 2020 to N10.1 billion for the corresponding period of March 31, 2021. Onyeali-Ikpe assumed the leadership of the bank in January 2021 following the retirement of Nnamdi Okonkwo in Read More

Addax: Senator Magnus Abe Affronted Buhari, Goofed, By Yamai John

April 28, 2021 Yamai John 0

By curiously questioning the wisdom of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources, in canceling the revocation by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) of four oil mining leases belonging to Addax Petroleum Exploration Nigeria Ltd., Senator Magnus Abe goofed and exceeded his brief. Here is why. In a position which can only be interpreted Read More

Again, NERC set to increase electricity tariff

April 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

There are strong indications of possible hike in electricity bills as the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), said it is concluding the Extraordinary Tariff Review process for the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs). This is likely to be implemented in July 2021. The Commission made the announcement in a document titled: ‘Notice of Minor and Extraordinary Review of Tariffs for Read More

Reps probe delay of review, renewal of seaport concession agreements

April 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The House of Representatives is probing the delay in the conclusion of the review and renewal of the agreements for concession of seaports. To this end, the House mandated its committees on Ports and Harbour as well as Privatisation and Commercialisation to interface with parties to the concession agreement. The committees are to report within four weeks. This followed a Read More

Senate seeks upgrade of Yaba Tech, Ilaro Poly to Universities

April 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its Commitee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund, intensified the move to upgrade the Yaba College of Technology and Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, to Universities of Technology. It also made similar move for upgrade of the Nigeria French Language Village in Ajara Badagry , Lagos State to an Inter – University Centre for French Language Studies . Planned legislations Read More

Surrender power to young ones, AMAC Chairmanship aspirant tells older politicians

April 20, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former President, National Youth Council of Nigeria and chairmanship aspirant of Abuja Municipal Area Council ?AMAC) under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) Comerade Bello Shagari, has asked older politicians to surrender power to the younger ones. Speaking with newsmen Tuesday at the national secretariat of APC in Abuja, Shagari said the Nigerian youths, backed by the “Not too Read More

PDP lacks credentials to govern Nigeria again- APC

April 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lacks the needed credentials that it takes to be considered as a governance option. Reacting to PDP statement that APC led administration “misrule” was responsible for Twitter’s decision to cite its African operations in Ghana, the Secretary of the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Read More

DMO lists N150bn Nigerian government bonds for auction

April 14, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Debt Management Office (DMO) announced the auctioning of three federal government bonds of N150 billion at N1,000 per unit. This was announced on Wednesday. Details obtained from DMO’s website showed that the three bonds were valued at N50 billion each, with interest rates of 16.29 per cent; 12.50 per cent, and 9.80 per cent, respectively. It listed the auction Read More

N2.4bn Minna roads ready soon, Governor Bello assures

April 2, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello, has assured that works on six township roads in Minna Metropolis would soon be completed in order to add value to the development and enhance road networks for ease of movement of residents of the city The governor stated this, Friday, while inspecting works on some of the road which have been Read More

Reps and move for fresh police reforms

April 1, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Insecurity has remained a dangerous threat to Nigeria’s existence over the years, with efforts at addressing the same seemingly defying all manner of possible solutions. Will the new moves by the House of Representatives to inject fresh reforms into the police yield the needed results? JOSHUA EGBODO writes The Bills The fresh reform proposals were “A Bill for an Act to Repeal Read More