Mixed reactions as Obiano marks 7th year in office

March 18, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Anambra state governor Willie Obiano, on March 17, 2021 marked seven years in office as the Chief Executive of the state. In this report, OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU gathered reactions from individuals and organisations on how the administration has fared. Mixed reactions have continued to trail Governor Willie Obiano’s seven years in office as the Chief Executive of Anambra state. The governor, Read More

Oto’ge: Can Kwarans trust Abdulrasaq for second term?

March 17, 2021 Editorial IV 0

BODE OLAGOKE, in this piece takes a look at the ongoing politics of wit at the Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) vis-a-vis the performance of the incumbent Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq in less than two years in office. Background  The 2019 effect of the ‘Oto’ge revolution’ in Kwara state which threw up Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of the Read More

Minister assures of gender parity in Covid-19 vaccine distribution

March 17, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has assured Nigerian women of gender parity in the administration of the limited COVID-19 vaccine in the country. Tallen, gave this assurance, while distributing palliatives, which include food items such as rice, vegetable oil, pasta, soghum flour and wrappers to 93 women groups in the FCT as part of activities by the Read More

COVID-19 vacine : Nasarawa NYSC takes first jab

March 16, 2021 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

 Nasarawa has scored another first as the administration of COVID-19 vaccines commenced Tuesday this morning in the state.The Nasarawa state National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Coordinator, Mr Stephen Gabriel Dewan, who took the first jab was full of praise of the executive governor of Nasarawa state, Engr Abdullahi Sule, for approving the vaccination of corps members and staff on camp. Read More

COVID-19: PTF warns of possible third wave, lack of bed space despite vaccines availability

March 15, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Monday warned of possible third wave of the pandemic as is currently being experienced in some countries.Speaking at a joint national briefing in Abuja, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of Presidential Task Force Mr Boss Mustapha, said Nigerians should be weary of home-based care as there may not Read More

COVID-19: AstraZeneca vaccines’ safety not compromised, PTF assures Nigerians

March 15, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Monday assured Nigerians that lives would not be endangered by the use of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines.This is coming on the heels of mass suspension of the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines by some countries due to safety concerns. The Executive Secretary of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said at a briefing Read More

Senate urges FG to establish cottage industries in 774 LGAs

February 17, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Tuesday urged the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs in conjunction with other relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to develop strategic framework to establish cottage industries in all the 774 LGAs of the country. The call was sequel to consideration of a motion sponsored to that effect by Senator Degi-Eremienyo, W. Biobarakuma (APC– Bayelsa East). Senator Biobarakuma Read More

Breakdown in social contract leading to increased crimes in Nigeria – Ihua

January 22, 2021 Binta Shama 0

Executive Director Africa Polling Institute (API) Professor Bell Ihua discusses with Blueprint reasons highly skilled Nigerians out-number the unemployed in the search for greener pasture abroad, as well the citizens’ perception of the COVID-19 pandemic among others. BINTA SHAMA reports. Let me congratulate you on your recent appointment as a professor sometime last year. What does this connote?   First, I want Read More

31 million global COVID-19 infections worrisome – PTF

September 21, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, has expressed concern over the rise in Coronavirus cases across the globe. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the SGF said within four days, the global cases of the virus hit the 31 million mark.He said complacency has set Read More

Nigeria at 60: Diamond in the rough

September 20, 2020 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

Way back in the late 80s and early 90s, when the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA’s) programme content was rich with educative and infotainment material, I was stuck to a particular theme song for a military parade that was aired regularly. I memorised it and still remember some of the very profound words and messages embedded in it. ….. “you laid Read More

The declining capital inflow into Nigeria

September 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The report released recently by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that the total value of inflow of foreign capital into the Nigerian economy in the second quarter of this year crumbled by 77.88 per cent relative to the first quarter is quite worrisome. This is more so considering the fact that the nation’s economy is facing another round of Read More

COVID-19: We’re tired of staying at home – BUK students

August 13, 2020 Clement Pius 0

Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, students of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), say they are tired of staying at home, so appeal to the federal government to open all schools. For many students in various tertiary institutions across the country, especially the undergraduates of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), their experience in the last six months are everything, but memorable, because Read More

As schools resume…

August 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  A statement issued last week by the Federal Ministry of Education to the effect that secondary schools across the country are to resume today, August 4, is indeed a welcome relief to parents and the affected students who have been bogged down since the nationwide lockdown in March following the index case of the coronavirus pandemic in Lagos. The Read More

CBN’s body of experts for health sector’ll bridge funding gaps – SGF

July 21, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has inaugurated the Body of Experts (BoE) for the Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme (HSRDIS). The HSRDIS was established by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to address the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Experts chaired by the Director-General, National Agency for Food Read More

140 medical workers die of COVID-19 in Iran

July 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

At least 140 doctors and other health workers have died of COVID-19 in Iran since the start of the pandemic, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Lari said on Wednesday. “Our country has been fighting against the coronavirus pandemic for about five months. The medical staff made continuous efforts to take control of this disease, continuing to treat patients. “About 5,000 our Read More

COVID-19: Aremu condoles Kwara govt, Ilorin Emir over CoS death

July 9, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 Former Labour Party governorship candidate in Kwara state, Comrade Issa Aremu, has condoled with Governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman of Keara state over the death of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Aminu Adisa Logun.Comrade Aremu, a member of National Institute, in a statement on Thursday also condoled with the Ilorin Emirate Council and the people of Kwara state over the irredeemable loss, noting that the late CoS Read More

The Lagos govt’s stride on Covid-19

July 7, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The disclosure last week by the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that plans are in top gear by the state government to construct a purpose built International Infectious Disease Research Centre at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba is quite laudable. It is, indeed, a good initiative at tackling the ravaging coronavirus pandemic as well as other infectious diseases Read More

FG’s N2.3trn economic stimulus plan

June 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The approval of N2.3 trillion by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) as recommended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo committee is a welcome development. The fund, if religiously applied, will, to a large extent, mitigate the adverse effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s economy as well as possibly save the economy from another Read More

The strength of China-Africa solidarity in defeating Covid-19

June 23, 2020 Zhou Pingjian 0

The Covid-19 pandemic is a major challenge to humankind, and is the most serious global public health emergency since the end of World War II.  “In the face of Covid-19, China and Africa have withstood the test of a severe challenge.” said President Xi Jinping in his keynote speech, Defeating COVID-19 with Solidarity and Cooperation, at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Read More

Covid-19: Impact of FCT minister

June 22, 2020 Jamila Musa 0

In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), we will remember 2020 as a year when we were hit like many other global cities by the novel Covid-19 pandemic. Like the rest of the world, we have paid a huge price. As of May 15, 2020, many people have lost their lives having tested positive to Covid-19.Any of those deaths is a Read More

Ikah hails Enugu tricycle operators on compliance to COVID-19 protocols

June 21, 2020 Chuks Nweze 0

Chairman, Enugu state Association of Tricycle Riders Transport Union (ATRTU), Comrade Benjamin Ikah, has commended members of the union for their strict compliance to the federal and state governments’ COVID-19 containment orders. Ikah told newsmen in Enugu Sunday that the union’s taskforce in the state had been up-and-doing to ensure near 100 percent compliance of all commercial tricycle operators to Read More

Genk charter flight to get stranded Onuachu back from Nigeria

June 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Genk have teamed up with fellow Belgian clubs Gent and Club Brugge to charter a flight that will ferry back players like Paul Onuachu from Nigeria. Onuachu recently accompanied Victor Osimhen back to Nigeria after the Lille striker lost his father. Ban on regular international flights to and from Nigeria has yet to be lifted no thanks to the Coronavirus Read More

Kyrgios blasts ‘selfish’ ATP for US Open drive

June 11, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nick Kyrgios slammed the ATP as “selfish” Thursday for pressing ahead with plans for the US Open despite the country dealing with a coronavirus pandemic and widespread anti-racism protests. The temperamental Australian suggested it was too early for the Flushing Meadow Grand Slam, joining other players in expressing reservations, including world No 1 Novak Djokovic. “The ATP is trying to Read More

Brazil withdraws 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

June 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Brazil has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said the government did not consider it wise to offer financial guarantees in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil will now support Colombia’s proposal, which is up against Japan and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 32-team Read More

Covid-19: The litmus test for leaders

June 7, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

09029880064, [email protected] In the beginning, it was like a sad but amusing story from a land at the other end of the world. People were dying in China due to an unknown ailment. It was not even known as coronavirus. Symptoms ranged from cold, nasty cough from itching throats, fever, severe headache to breathlessness. As with everything us – Nigerians, that Read More