Independence: States should complement each other, not compete – Bagudu

September 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

As the country marks her 61st independence anniversary, Kebbi state governor and Chairman, Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, has called on all states of the federation to complement each other instead of competing against each other. Bagudu also expressed satisfaction over the progress the country has made so far, especially under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Read More

Mahmood reels out plans as he takes over agric ministry

September 9, 2021 John Oba 0

The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Dr. Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, has officially taken over duty at the ministry. Signing the take over note, Abubakar said the priority of the Ministry under his leadership will be to ensure that the ministry have the necessary policy direction on ground that will truly position agriculture as the mainstay of Read More

PDP, NLC suffering from Stockholm syndrome

March 22, 2021 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

From the foregoing, it can safely be inferred that Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) might be suffering from Stockholm syndrome. They are inordinately getting used to taking comfort on the sideline and feigning ignorance of our corporate ordeals. The masses who hoped on them to lead a march against some Read More

As Buhari, IGP order probe, govs say: Attack on Ortom a rude awakening

 President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, saying the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable. The president also welcomed the dispatch of a high level team of crack investigators to the state from the police headquarters in Abuja, urging the Read More

Zulum’s vision and the people’s thought

March 18, 2021 Wadzani Apagu 0

Governor of Borno state, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, is recognized by the world as an active governor in Nigeria due to his approach to situations in the state – providing security and developing infrastructure. Governor Zulum unveiled quite a number of projects which include building of new schools, adequate health facilities, housing scheme, portable water supply, electricity supply, education, roads, Read More

$1bn missing arms fund: Northern professionals tell NSA to apologise to Nigerians

March 17, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Northern Nigerian Professionals Forum has advised the National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) to apologise and seek Nigerian’s forgiveness over his controversial statement about $1 billion arms deal or resign. Speaking after their emergency National Executive Council session No. 26 in Kaduna on Wednesday on the issue of national security as it affects survival of the North, they Read More

Improving rice production in Nigeria

March 14, 2021 Abachi Silas Ungbo 0

Rice – one of the most consumed staple crop, no doubt has a global appeal. It has found favour with many households. In fact, the food basket of many homes is never complete without rice. The rice sub-sector has been a springboard upon which the agricultural sector has assumed an active contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well Read More

IMF commends Nigeria for fuel subsidy removal, tariff increase in power

February 11, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded an Article IV consultation with the Nigerian government and has welcomed the notable reforms undertaken in the fiscal sector, including the removal of a fuel subsidy and steps to implement cost-reflective tariff increases in the power sector. The IMF states that Nigeria’s economy had been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Following a Read More

Nigeria’s inflation to top 16% in Q1 of 2021 – Eexperts

January 20, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

While Nigerians have continued to grapple with the effect of the Covid-19 induced lockdown, insecurity, amongst others, that has plummeted the economy into recession, analysts have predicted a higher inflationary pressure in 2021.Nigeria’s inflation climbed to its highest in 3 years in December 2020, jumping from 14.89 per cent in November to 15.75 per cent. According to Wale Okurinboye, CFA, Read More

Kebbi communities task FG on border reopening

January 15, 2021 Kabiru Dogon Daji 0

An appeal has gone to the federal government to consider full reopening of borders as the recipe to unemployment and poverty reduction among Nigerian youth, especially those leaving around the border areas. An opinion poll conducted by Blueprint in Kamba and Lolo border areas in Dandi and Bagudo local government areas of Kebbi state, showed that majority of the youth Read More

Border closure, effects and curbing smuggling

January 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari on December 16 ordered the immediate reopening of four critical land borders which have been shut since August 20, 2019. The land borders approved for immediate re-opening were Seme in the South-west, Ilela in the North-west, Maigatari in the North-west and North-central and Mfun in the South-south.Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government had in August Read More

Land border reopening: Has anything changed?

December 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

After more than one year of closing Nigeria’s land borders with neighbouring countries the federal government ordered the reopening of some of the borders. However, analysts have continued to ask whether much has changed; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. In August 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered that Nigeria’s land borders should be closed to all movement of goods. In making the announcement, Read More

Now that some land borders were reopened…

December 17, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

After a year’s long debate between those who agreed and disagreed with the decision of the government to close the country’s borders with its neighbours, this week, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reopening of four of the land borders. The federal government, last year, announced borders closure as part of an effort to curb smuggling of rice and other goods, Read More

Updated: FG orders reopening of 4 land borders

December 17, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reopening of four land borders with immediate effect while others would be reopened in due course. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said this at the end of 28th virtual meeting Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which the president participated from his hometown Daura, Katsina state. The minister said the Read More

Border closure: In whose interest?

December 15, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigeria has not sufficiently improved its capacity towards attaining food self-sufficiency. It is now almost two years since the Muhammadu Buhari administration shut Nigeria’s land borders. The aim of shutting the borders was to achieve food security, curtail importation of drugs and proliferation of small arms that threatens the country’s security. As the controversy raged over the closure of land Read More

FG may reopen land border soon

November 26, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, said Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari would soon receive a report of the presidential committee on the reopening of the country’s borders. The minister said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja. She said the committee had Read More

Why inflation went up again – NBS

November 17, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has stated that the composite food index rose by 17.38 per cent in October 2020 compared to 16.66 per cent in September 2020.  The rise in the food index, the NBS noted in its Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of October was caused by increases in prices of Bread and cereals, Potatoes, Read More

Border Closure: Bloomberg report on sole export exemption misleading

November 11, 2020 Blessing Anaro 0

Contrary to reports by Bloomberg that Dangote Cement was granted sole approval to export cement through the land borders, information has emerged that other companies also got approval to export through the land borders. Nigerian Customs Service has reportedly revealed that BUA Group and a gas company have also received presidential approval to move goods across the land borders. The Read More

‘Corpses, travelers invade Anambra despite border closure’

May 9, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Anambra Civil Society Network has expressed concern over alleged infiltration of the state with corpses and travelers from all parts of the country despite the border closure and presence of heavy security personnel during lockdown.  The network, in statement signed by is Chairman, Prince Chris Azor; Secretary, Barr. Chisom Chude; and Head, Media and Publicity, Deacon Alfred Ajayi, lamented that Read More

Northern govs mull mobile testing, decry inadequate centres

May 1, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Northern Governors Forum (NGF), Friday, said the region will soon have mobile testing vans for novel coronavirus, just as the forum decried inadequate number of testing centers in the region. The forum’s chairman and Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, stated this at the end of their meeting held via teleconferencing. He said, “The Forum reviewed some of the issues Read More

Breaking: First Coronavirus patient in Ekiti is dead

April 22, 2020 Raphael Adeyanju 0

Ekiti state government has announced the death of the  29-year-old woman, who was the third index case of Covid 19 in Ekiti state.  According to the state government, the woman died at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI), Wednesday. The woman, who was in Lagos sneaked into Ekiti last week before she fell into prolonged Read More

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Infrastructural deficit, border closure constraints to growth in 1Q-Rewane

March 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Managing Director Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Bismarck Rewane said the infrastructural deficit and border closure stands as major constraints on the nation’s economic growth in the first quarter of this year. Rewane who stated this in Lagos at LBS breakfast session said first quarter growth typically slows down owing to lull in economic activities and lower consumer spending in January. Read More

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Why our borders should remain close-

February 27, 2020 Editorial III 0

In this interview, Hon Ahmed Dayyabu Safana APC member representing Safana/Batsari/ Danmusa federal constituency of Kastina state, says the closure of Nigerian borders has been beneficial and should be sustained.  Joshua Egbodo brings excerpt. Is the call for the president to sack Service Chiefs justified? Generally speaking whenever you are assigned with a responsibility you need to do it perfectly Read More

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Nigeria almost self-sufficient in food production says Buhari

February 22, 2020 Editorial III 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, explained that he stopped the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from giving out foreign exchange (forex) to importers of food products to make Nigeria self sufficient in food production. President Buhari said that the policy has yielded good results as the country has saved millions of dollars that would have been expended on food importation. Speaking Read More