LAPO mentors NGOs on operational, financial management

September 21, 2020 Baba Yusuf 0

  Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has organised an intensive capacity development training for 46 non-governmental, community based organisations undergoing its mentoring programme across the country. The 2-day training which was held in Benin City was facilitated by Professor  Omokhoa Adeleye, a Management Consultant and Community Physician at the University of Benin with Professor Andrew Tafamel of the Department of Read More

Lawmaker begs FG to complete abandoned Onitsha/Enugu road

August 23, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The member representing Dunukofia State Constituency at Anambra state House of Assembly, Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu, has appealed to the federal government to direct the contractor working on the abandoned Onitsha/Enugu expressway back to site as it was turning into a deathtrap.Blueprint reports that the contractor, RCC which had tiled the road from Umunya in Oyi LGA axis left the work at Read More

BUK centres test 27,831 COVID-19 samples

August 18, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

Outgoing Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Yahuza Bello, has said the three COVID-19 testing centres, established since the outbreak of the virus in the state in April, have tested no fewer than 27,831 samples so far. A press statement in Kano, Tuesday said  Bello stated this at the commissioning of International Conference Centre (ICC) at BUK College Read More

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FG assures collaboration with NGOs, others to develop localisation framework

August 13, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The federal government through the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has assured collaboration with development partners , NGOs others to facilitate the operationalising and developed localization framework in the Humanitarian sector. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Olusola Idowu at the presentation of localization framework, inauguration of the Localization Working group  and Agenda setting for Localization Working groups Read More

Don’t polarise national youth council, groups tell minister

August 11, 2020 Agi Onda 0

  A coalition of youth organisations has accused the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare of compromising his position in managing the affairs of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN). The group, in a statement signed by its convener, Comr. Adakole Ochai, and made available to journalists, Tuesday, accused the minister of hobnobbing with one Sukubo Sara-Igbe as Read More

Interrogating Ayade’s governance of Cross River

July 22, 2020 David Ugbong 0

Not many Nigerians would have failed to notice a string of highly significant events that happened in Cross River state in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria. As a proactive measure to contain the spread of the deadly virus, the state governor Professor Benedict Ayade, refused to embrace lockdown measures as announced by the federal government and some states. Instead, he opted for an ingenious Read More

Imo state should immortalize Henrietta -FCT Women Football boss

July 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In honour and memory of a late women football developer, the Chairperson of Women Football in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ezeh Ngozi has urged the Imo State government to preserve the name of the late Henrietta Ukaigwe who died after a brief illness at the Ikeja General Hospital, Lagos on Tuesday July 14, 2020. Ezeh who made this call Read More

World’s largest containership calls at east China harbor

July 9, 2020 David Agba 0

The world’s largest containership, HMM GDANSK, called at the port of Xiamen in east China’s Fujian Province on Tuesday. The 399.99-meter-long ship has a capacity of 24,000 TEUs, with a total carrying capacity of 224,900 tonnes. HMM GDANSK is a new ship to join the “Silk Road Shipping,” an alliance jointly initiated in late 2018 by dozens of ports, carriers Read More

PMB’s strategic initiatives to reposition Nigeria

July 5, 2020 Gidado Ibrahim 0

Lillian Gordy Carter, mother of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, scolded his son after he declared at the beginning of his campaign for the US presidential election of 1976 that “I will never lie to you.” Rebuking Jimmy Carter for making such a promise to American voters, his mother, “No one can stand up to the complete Read More

Borno drills 105 boreholes, rehabilitates 315 – Goni

June 23, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

The Borno state Ministry of Water Resources has said in the  last one year, it drilled 105 new boreholes, rehabilitated and maintained 315 existing others across  the state.   The Borno state Commissioner of Water Resources, Tijjani Goni, stated this Tuesday while speaking to journalists at a press conference to mark one year anniversary of Governor Babagana Zulum in office. He said, Read More

No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free – NCDC boss

June 22, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Director-General of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said Monday that no state in the country is COVID-19 free.The NCDC boss said this during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on the Control of COVID-19 in Abuja.He said states need to start testing now as the agency is working to develop its laboratory capacity Read More

Kogi remains COVID-19 free – Commissioner

May 28, 2020 Oyibo Salihu 0

    The Kogi state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu, Thursday said his ministry has developed full testing capacity and conducted hundreds of tests which all came back negative. He said the state still maintains its zero status of COVID-19. Speaking against the backdrop of claims by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that two new cases of Read More

SGF commends NNPC on COVID-19 Intervention Initiatives

May 19, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has applauded the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for her unwavering support and several medical interventions, geared towards providing a lasting solution to the novel coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, saying the gesture showed the corporation as the hallmark of a National Oil Company.Mustapha, who also doubles as Chairman of the Presidential Read More

Like Kyari not like Gambari

May 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari to replace late Mallams Abba Kyari, who died of Covid-19 complications, has become a matter of discussion in the country. After intense lobbying and political hullabaloo among the various political groups, actors and cabals, Mr President finally settled for Ibrahim Gambari. The new chief of Read More

NiMet regional training center bags member WMO-CDP

April 13, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Regional Training Centre in  Oshodi, Lagos stated was elected as member of the World Meteorological Organization’s Executive Council Capacity Development Panel (WMO-CDP). The Director-General /CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi in a press statement signed by the General Manager,Corporate Communications, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim on Monday in Abuja explained that NiMet is the only one elected by WMO into the 12-member panel to represent all the Regional Training Centres Read More

Ebonyi and Covid-19 pandemic: Neccesity as mother of invention

April 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Following the outbreak of Corona virus in Nigeria, AMARACHUKWU EGWUAGHA writes on how the laboratory machine at the South-east Virology Centre in Ebonyi state was being upgraded for Corona virus test.The South-east Virology Centre situated at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA) capital of Ebonyi state was constructed in March 2016 by Governor David Umahi.The centre being Read More

Jigawa: 300-bed isolation centre ready – Badaru

April 8, 2020 Bayo Muhammad Alabira 0

Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has fortified border closure and check-point between Jigawa and Katsina states to avoid infection across the ordinary citizens.Fielding questions from reporters, Wednesday, while inspecting facilities at the Isolation centres in Dutse, Jigawa state capital, governor Badaru said he was satisfied with the pace of going on work.The governor inspected the 250-bed isolation centre at the National Read More

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Covid-19: NCDC preparing more beds at Abuja isolation centre

March 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has started preparing more beds at its isolation centre in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) in readiness for new cases of covid-19. When Blueprint visited the centre in the afternoon on Wednesday, two people were seen coupling six beds, while 12 mattresses were still unpacked.The centre, which is supposedly housing the eight Read More

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USAID establishes local organisations’ networks to fight TB

March 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the establishment of “local organizations networks” that will seek to drastically increase the level of tuberculosis (TB) cases detected and treated in Nigeria over the next five years. A press statement by the agency, Tuesday in Abuja, said: “The networks funded at $45 million are divided into three regions covering 18 Read More

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Kidnapped UCTH staff regains freedom in Calabar

March 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 A staff of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Mrs Christiana Ekanem, who was kidnapped in her home in Calabar on March 10, has regained freedom. State Security Adviser, Southern senatorial district to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr Ani Esin, confirmed her release in a telephone interview Sunday in Calabar. Esin said Ekanem was released Saturday night in Calabar, after Read More

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Uyo correctional centre, overshot capacity – Controller

March 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Controller of Correctional Service, Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Aleze Oditah, Tuesday disclosed that the Uyo Correctional Centre has overshoot its capacity. According to the controller, the Uyo Correctional Centre houses over 1,347 inmates thereby overshooting its capacity of 612 inmates with about 70% of them awaiting trial. In a press release made available by the Deputy Director, Media Federal Read More

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Constitution amendment: AAC backs LG autonomy, rejects bill on ban of importation of generating sets

March 16, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 The African Action Congress (AAC) has thrown its weight behind the Senate bill aimed at amending the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution to make provision the financial autonomy of Local Government Councils and for other matter, 2020 which has passed second reading and referred to the  Committee on Constitution Review. A statement on Monday by the National chairman, Leonard Nzenwa, Read More

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Democracy yet to take roots in Nigeria – Fayemi

March 6, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, has said democracy is yet to take deep roots in Nigeria as it means more than regular elections. Fayemi spoke in his capacity as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) during a visit to Czech Republic Ambassador to Nigeria, Marek Skolil, in Abuja on Tuesday. According to him, the democratic system is yet to take Read More

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Ayade swears in another acting Chief Judge, APC kicks

March 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Few hours after the Cross River House of Assembly (CRHA) voted against  confirming Justice Akon Ikpeme as Chief Judge, Governor Ben Ayade has sworn in Justice Maurice Eneji, as the acting Chief Judge. Eneji is the second acting Chief Judge to be appointed by the governor within the last four months. Justice Ikpeme’s appointment has been the subject of intrigues Read More