COVID-19: In Kaduna, 52,456 poor, vulnerable citizens benefit from $20m special intervention programme

Not less than 52,456 poor and vulnerable residents of Kaduna state are currently benefiting from the $20 million COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (KAD-CARES) programme ongoing in the state. KAD-CARES is an initiative of the World Bank to mitigate economic and social challenges created by Covid-19 pandemic across the 36 Nigerian states and FCT in three thematic areas namely; Read More

COVID-19: There’s no quick-fix cure, get vaccinated, NPHCDA tells Nigerians

May 24, 2022 Duro Joseph 0

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Tuesday said there are no quick-fix ‘cures’ except to get vaccinated against COVID-19. NPHCDA Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, stated this at the handover of 4,400,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the government of Spain. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Long COVID is a condition characterised by Read More

AHF engages religious leaders on mass COVID-19 vaccination

April 27, 2022 Paul Okah 0

Following reported cases of vaccine hesitancy, international organisations, including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Nigeria Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV/AIDS (NINERELA+) have tasked religious leaders on convincing adherents of the Christian and Muslim faith to go for COVID-19 vaccination to combat the menace. Speaking Wednesday in Abuja during a Vaccinate Our World (VOW) Read More

Chinese lending to Africa down to 16-year low due to Covid-19

Chinese lending to African governments fell to a 16-year low in 2020 as the impact of the coronavirus deterred countries on the continent from borrowing. Lending in 2020 fell 78% from a year earlier to $1.9 billion, the lowest since 2004, according to a report by Boston University Global Development Policy Center. “The Covid-19 pandemic significantly constrained the fiscal discretion Read More

Ukraine war, COVID-19, inflation pushing global growth rates lower, poverty rates higher – Malpass

April 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

World Bank President David Malpass has said “I’m deeply concerned about developing countries. They’re facing sudden price increases for energy, fertiliser, and food, and the likelihood of interest rate increases. Each one hits them hard”. He said this in a curtain raiser speech delivered at the opening of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington. Read More

Covid-19: Face masks rules not abolished yet, NCDC insists

April 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared that Nigeria’s rules on face masks have not been completely abolished. Its director-general, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. Adetifa said the use of face masks indoors or in other high-risk settings such as in public transport was Read More

Learning from the TB Pandemic

March 28, 2022 Morounfolu Olugbosi 0

As countries around the world—from Kenya to Canada, South Africa to Sweden—relish the prospect of an unofficial transition of COVID-19 from pandemic to endemic and start to ease pandemic-related restrictions, many of us in the tuberculosis (TB) community find it hard to relate. In TB, we know what can happen when a pandemic becomes an accepted fact. Understandably, people everywhere Read More

Cure: Redeem Covid-19 promise to scientists, lecturer tells FG

March 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

A lecturer at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia state, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, on Friday in Aba called on the federal government to redeem its promise to scientists on finding a cure for Covid-19. The federal government had, in February 2020, promised a reward of N36 million for any scientist or group of scientists who could find a cure Read More

Ex-PGF boss calls for vigilance ahead of APC national convention

March 11, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

A former Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all the members of the party to be vigilant ahead of the national convention slated for March 26. Lukman said whether APC will produce both party leaders and candidates for the 2023 elections who can justify the trust Read More

‘Remote’ work will define post-COVID-19 business landscape – Expert

March 10, 2022 Segun Odunewu Lagos 0

The remote work adopted by business organisations at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak which was said to have evolved with blended, hybrid environments, now taking centre stage has been predicted to be the determinant of the post-pandemic business landscape. Country Manager for Microsoft Nigeria, Ola Williams, quoted Microsoft’s latest Work Trend Index (WTI) as saying: “The best of both Read More

Breaking: Akpanudoedehe resigns as APC scribe, confirms Blueprint report

March 8, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

As exclusively reported on the front page of the Blueprint Newspapers on Tuesday, the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, has resigned. Blueprint further gathered that the former acting APC scribe has moved out all his belongings from Buhari House located at Blantyre street Wuse 2, Abuja. Details later…

Off-spec fuel: Arewa youths berate PDP, CSOs, laud NNPC for transparency

March 7, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA), have berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some civil society groups for sponsoring baseless conspiracy theories and underhand tactics for political gain and discrediting the leadership of the of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC Ltd), the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), following the discovery of Read More

Good character lacking in Nigeria politics – Pat Utomi

March 3, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

A political economist and former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Prof. Pat Utomi, has identified lack of character as the bane of Nigeria politics. Utomi, who said he is coordinating a coalition of like minds for the formation of the National Consultative Forum (NCF), said there is a huge disconnect between people in government and the masses. Read More

Two years of Covid-19: Experiences, responses and lessons

March 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

It has been two years since what is today known as Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Nigeria. IDACHABA SUNNY ELEOJO monitors the updates from NCDC in this report. Sunday, February 27 2022 marked exactly two years since the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first detected in Nigeria. This is according to a recent statement by the Nigeria Centre Read More

Xtra Brides Lagos home of creative detailing, says CEO

February 28, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The brain behind one of Nigeria’s fashion labels, Oyetomiwa Elizabeth Daniel of Xtra Brides Lagos has highlighted what stands her brand out among the hordes of fashion designers which abound in Nigeria. She asserted that her brand, Xtra Brides Lagos is the best in Nigeria and that, her competition is beyond the borders of Africa “My competition isn’t within my Read More

43rd Int’l Trade Fair: We’ll enforce Covid-19 protocols – KADCIMMA

February 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (KADCIMA), said it would enforce the Covid-19 protocols during the 43rd International Trade Fair. The Head of Public Relation Committee, Hajiya Fatima Usman, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Friday in Kaduna. Usman said the Committee was working closely with the Covid-19 Committee of Kaduna Read More

Reps probe sharp practices in COVID-19 vaccine certificate issuance

February 25, 2022 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives is set to commence investigation into alleged sharp practices involved in the issuance of certificates for COVID-19 vaccination, and the perceived lack of coordinated data base for such vaccinations. The House also asked the federal government to immediately overhaul the operations of the Port Health Service and equip the facility to a world-class standard in view Read More

VIDEO: Watch how NCDC, airport officials frustrated victorious Super Falcons on arrival in Abuja

February 24, 2022 Editor 0

Upon return from Abidjan after conquering the Lady Elephants of Cote d’ivoire to book their place at 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Falcons were left stranded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport Abuja in the early hours of Thursday. Reports and available video clips showed that the players and officials where held back because of COVID issues. Read More

FG committed to harnessing homegrown solution to combat COVID-19 – Onu

February 23, 2022 Ayoni Agbabiaka 0

The federal government has again reiterated its readiness to harness available resources to fast-track homegrown vaccine to combat coronavirus scourge in the country. The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, gave the hint Wednesday while giving a speech at a workshop organised by the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) in Abuja. The workshop which is themed; Read More

FG launches COVID-19 vaccination for 18 years, children-zero – 2

February 23, 2022 Helen Oji 0

The federal government has launch the Scales 2.0 strategy, which entails the integration of COVID-19 vaccination with childhood routine immunisation for eligible adults, 18 years and children -zero to two years, respectively. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said this during the “Launch of the Scales 2.0 Strategy with the use of Johnson and Johnson single dose vaccine and Read More

National economy sees significant improvement in reforms – NESG

January 28, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) said Nigeria is rapidly consolidating its recovery from the pandemic-induced recession, but the pre-COVID-19 narrative of poor inclusiveness and macroeconomic instability still persists. Despite a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 3.2 per cent in the first three quarters of 2021, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that average prices of Read More

COVID-19: NPHCDA introduces childhood immunisation at vaccination sites

January 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

In furtherance of its effort to combat different diseases affecting children and adults in Nigeria, the National Primary Health-Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has introduced the immunisation of children and other primary health care (PHC) services at COVID-19 vaccination sites. Addressing journalists Tuesday in Abuja, the Executive Director/CEO of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, urged parents or guardians with children aged zero Read More