Nigerians’ quest for overseas studies

May 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

A new report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), a global foreign-policy think tank, to the effect that a significant percentage of the £30 million contributed annually to the United Kingdom’s education sector by politicians in West Africa come from Nigeria is a cause for concern by the managers of Nigeria’s economy. The situation is not only Read More

NCPC boss Pam thumbs up media for contributing to national devt

April 30, 2021 Adoyi M. Aba 0

The executive secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, has thumbed up the media over their invaluable contributions to national development. He gave the commendation Thursday while playing host to a delegation from The Nigeria News Group at the Commission’s corporate headquarters in Abuja, According to a press statement issued Friday by the Commission’s head of media and Read More

AfDB suspends Nigerian firm, Maxicare for 36 months over fraudulent practices

April 29, 2021 David Agba 0

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Thursday, announce the 36 month debarment of Maxicare Company (Nigeria) Limited with effect from 23 February 2021. Maxicare Company (Nigeria) Limited is a limited liability company registered in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that Maxicare Company (Nigeria) Limited engaged in collusive and Read More

Reps decry absence of MDAs, probe capital projects

April 27, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has expressed disappointment with Thursday’s absence of relevant heads of MDAs, as its ad hoc committee investigating alleged repetition of capital projects in budgets since 2015 to date.Expressing the position of the House, its majority leader, Hon. Alhassan Doguwa, who represented Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, to declare the event open, has directed the committee to deploy all Read More

Shippers’ council urges Port Health Services to shun corruption

April 27, 2021 Helen Oji 0

The Nigerian Shippers Council has urged the Port Health Services to be time conscious, efficient, orderly and shun corruption. The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Hassan Bello gave this charge during a courtesy visit to the Port Health Services Department for collaboration between the agencies, over the implementation of the Nigerian Ports Process Manual (NPPM), in the Read More

NIMASA, Shippers’ Council move to curb delay, corruption at ports

April 23, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) have agreed to implement joint measures to minimise delay and corrupt practices at the country’s ports. This emerged in Lagos during a working visit to the NIMASA headquarters by the Executive Secretary of NSC, Barr. Hassan Bello. Both agencies of the Federal Government noted that full Read More

EFCC, Police, DSS vow to intensify collaboration

April 21, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Service (DSS), Wednesday, pledged to intensify their collaboration in the fight against corruption. A press statement by the EFCC Spokesperson, Wilson Uwuajen, in Abuja, said: “This commitment was restated as Heads of EFCC Zonal Offices in Kaduna and Ilorin, visited the Director, Read More

180 CSOs defend FIRS 2021 refreshment budget, tackle HURIWA, others

April 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

An assemblage of over 180 Civil Society Organisations under the platform of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG), has justified the 2021 refreshment budget by the the management of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). The group, however, cautioned the HURIWA and the Transparent International (TI) to refrain from maligning the reputation of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, under the Read More

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The unwholesome effect of power

April 15, 2021 Abachi Silas Ungbo 0

Recently, Justice Danladi Umar of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), walked into the eye of the storm with reckless abandon; which in a saner society, he would have by now either jump or been pushed out of office. He has fallen deep into an ignoble depth which will surely remain an albatross round his neck. Aside acting as a Read More

Harassing the president: An apostrophe or an aside?

April 6, 2021 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

A classic public exhibition of bad leadership: A president that could not in 6 years upgrade our national hospital with equipment and expertise to the level of the ones he keeps visiting in London, but can approve billions of dollars to construct railroad into the desert of Niger Republic. We the electorate really blundered.” Nigerians in Diaspora UK, revolting against Read More

Military pension fund: Probe alleged diversion of N2.5bn, FG urged

March 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group, Opinion Pole Assembly (OPA) has called on the federal government to investigate the alleged looting of N2.5 Billion Military Pension Fund, recover the missing fund and sanction the culprits appropriately.  In a statement issued Wednesday in Abuja by the Publicity Secretary, Bashir Mohammad, the group specifically demanded that the Chairman of the Military Pension Board, Commodore Saburi Abayomi Read More

A female president will salvage Nigeria

March 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

Women can be successful presidents. Female leaders take responsibility, whether something is going perfectly or disaster strikes. Female leaders accept the consequences of their actions but there is no benchmark to articulate the best leaders Nigeria has ever had. Over the years, leadership has always been in the hands of men and we have experienced tremendous achievements, such as collaboration Read More

What is wrong with Nigeria?

March 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria, the giant of Africa, with a population of approximately 200 millions of different diverse and ethnic composition, is facing an existential threat. Evidence abounds that is not well with the country. The country is at war with secessionists, bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram insurgents. These multi-faceted challenges are increasing in leaps and bounds with the government looking helpless. While Read More

Only justice ‘ll end insecurity in Nigeria – Archbishop

March 29, 2021 Amarachukwu Egwu-Agha 0

The Archbishop of Methodist Archdiocese of Enugu, Rev. Christopher Edeh has  called on President Muhammadu Buhari to enthrone justice in the country to end insecurity.  According to him, “once  there is justice there is peace.” He  enjoined Buhari’s government to correct injustices in the country which he said gave rise to insecurity. Edeh disclosed this in Abakaliki  while speaking with journalists during the consecration of Read More

No one can bring down Buhari’s administration – Presidency

March 26, 2021 Editorial III 0

The Presidency has lamented alleged exploitation of the security crisis of the country by opposition elements to ‘blackmail’ the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, saying the government would not be distracted. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, speaking Friday on the Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, suggested that opposition elements were using insecurity to Read More

NUJ FCT pledges support for procurement association

March 26, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, has pledged media support to members of National Association of Public Procurement Practitioners to enable them achieve their main objective of entrenching transparency in procurement system. Chairman of the Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, pledged the support in Abuja while receiving members of the association who were on a courtesy visit to council Read More

Transparency: CISLAC’s assessment of Buhari administration unfair, unacceptable – Minister

March 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has rejected the assessment of Bubari administration by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC). Reacting to the current rating by CISLAC, Mohammed described it as unfair and unacceptable. CISLAC, a non-governmental organisation, had on March 23 in Abuja addressed a press briefing where it allegedly accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration Read More

EFCC and Gen. Jafaru: Witch-hunting or fighting corruption?

March 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

 It appears that the last has not been heard of the interim forfeiture order obtained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in respect of the properties allegedly traced to one Brigadier General Jafaru Mohammed. It may be recalled that for days the public was greeted with screaming headlines seeking to force a connection between General Jaafaru and property Read More

The watchdog

March 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The principal role of a journalist is to watch over the interest of the people and to speak out when those interests are threatened. A journalist is indeed the crusader for social justice, public morality, civil liberties and human progress. The watchdog function of a journalist advances knowledge and spiritual enlightenment of the public, defeating ignorance and enabling them to Read More

Emulate Jakande’s life, Politics, Tambuwal tells leaders

March 24, 2021 Editor 0

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has called on leaders in the country to emulate the life and times of late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, former Minister and Governor of Lagos state, who passed on more than a month ago. A press statement by Muhammad Bello, the special adviser on media and publicity to the governor revealed that Tambuwal Read More

Fresh $2.5bn arms scandal: PDP berates APC, presidency

March 18, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the presidency over the revelation of another $2.5bn arms purchase alleged scandal. PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, Thursday, alerted that “with this fresh $2.5 billion arms scandal, reportedly involving the National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Monguno, who had earlier revealed Read More

Asset declaration as an anti-corruption tool

March 18, 2021 Martins Eke 0

Fighting corruption is one of the cardinal programmes of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Asset declaration which fortunately has national and international legal frameworks establishing it provides an opportunity for more institutional impact in the anticorruption war. Asset declaration serves as a powerful tool for preventing the accumulation of illicit wealth by making room for the oversight of the financial activities Read More

Biafra, Oduduwa Republic – ’liberation struggle’ as the new hustle, by Fredrick Nwabufo

March 17, 2021 Fredrick Nwabufo 0

In the tome of liberation struggles, a few names resonate infinitely. One name that rings trenchant to this day is Ernesto ‘’Che’’ Guevara. ‘’Che’’ envisioned a world as recreated in the dialectics of Karl Marx – where those is in the lowest rung of the social strata can command their destiny. Che fantasised about an ‘’international revolution’’ which would sweep Read More