Ondo to civil servants: No Covid-19 vaccination, no work

October 20, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ondo state government has directed all civil servants in the state to get Covid-19 vaccination or be ready to thrown out from the gate as from November 1, 2021. A statement issued by Abooluwa Famakinwa and made available to |Blueprint, Wednesday, the Permanent Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Chief Segun Odusanya, stated that the staste Read More

FG, World Bank to raise $30m for COVID-19 vaccine plant

October 20, 2021 Helen Oji 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Wednesday that Nigeria and the World Bank are collaborating to raise $30 million to finance a vaccine plant. He stated this during a conference tagged: “The Health Access and Socio-Economic Development Beyond COVID-19: The First Multisectoral Approach to Solution Finding” in Abuja. The conference was organised by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development Read More

Stemming the search for greener pastures by Nigerian healthcare professionals

October 20, 2021 Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu 0

On July 10, 2020, agents of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) prevented the departure of 58 Nigerian medical doctors from Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on a chartered aircraft bound for London, United Kingdom. This was at a time when the Nigerian airspace  was closed to international air travel as part of the public health measures put in place by the Government Read More

CSOs blame COVID -19, poor policy to inequality, poverty crisis in West Africa

October 20, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The Founding Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) Dr Otive Igbuzor, has observed that the COVID -19 pandemic and poor policy responses has worsened inequality and poverty crisis in West Africa. Dr Otive noted this at the just concluded Two-Day National Tax Summit Organised by the Tax Justice and Governance Platform (TJGP) in Abuja. Dr Read More

Buhari backing reforms in oil sector with actions – APC group

October 19, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A voluntary think-tank group of the All Progressives Congress, known as APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is backing long overdue efficiency and transparency to the management of Nigeria’s oil and gas resources with action. The group added that the President will not slow down or relent in his efforts to transform the Read More

COVID-19: Real estate worst hit, Nigerians not worried to own houses – Expert

October 18, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

A fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Mr Yemi Ejidiran, has disclosed that the Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected the real estate sector, lamenting that the development has forced some Nigerians to have lesser interest in owning homes. He said with poor disposable income, some Nigerians do not worry about buying homes but only interested in eating. Ejidiran, Read More

Ex-US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, is dead

October 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has died aged 84 of Covid-19 complications, his family has announced. He was a former top military officer who rose to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican George W Bush. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” a statement said. “We Read More

Population immunity behind vaccine mandate for civil servants

October 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

The quest for population immunity is the underlying reason for vaccine mandate Nigeria rolled out on October 13 for federal civil servants in order to increase the number of persons immunised against Covid-19. The secretary to government of the federation and chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced the requirement for federal employees to vaccinate or ensure they Read More

COVID-19, rumours and more rumours

October 17, 2021 Prince Charles Dickson 0

When the driver takes an unfamiliar road we all remove our earphones to see properly! Rumours They get started by certain people that run their mouths without the facts, they take a story they’ve overheard and begin to add to it or subtract, now the original story gets ‘twisted’ and the believers are agitated because the stories they’ve just been Read More

COVID-19 vaccination not compulsory for all civil servants – FG

October 15, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

The federal government Thursday clarified the position of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on the mandatory requirement for all civil servants to be vaccinated before December 1, saying the alternative is for workers to show proof of negative PCR test. The PCR test is prove that individuals are not carriers of COVID- 19 virus. Clarifying the position of the PSC Read More

U.S. donates over 3.5m COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria

October 15, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The United States has donated over 3.5 million dozes of COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria through the worldwide initiative ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, COVAX. A press statement by US embassy, Thursday, read in part: “The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce the arrival of 3,577,860 doses of Pfizer vaccine for the public health and benefit of the Read More

Covid-19 vaccination: FG hands deadline to civil servants

October 14, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government has directed all its employees to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as this will soon become a prerequisite for gaining access into the various offices. Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced the new directive at its briefing on Wednesday. Mustapha said beginning from December 1, 2021 all federal government employees Read More

When First Bank set the pace for thoughts on Open Banking

October 11, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

At FIntech Summit 5.0 organised by First Bank of Nigeria, experts brainstormed on how best to make the Open Banking initiative work in financial service delivery, even as the FBN speaks on reasons for its intervention and the bank’s plans to remain atop the nation’s banking industry. AMAKA IFEAKANDU reports First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial Read More

Titan Trust Bank: 2 years of service with power and pride

October 7, 2021 Opeyemi Dabiri 0

On October 4, 2021, one of the fastest growing financial service providers in Nigeria, Titan Trust Bank Limited, celebrated two years of its existence.  Established with a mission to take advantage of the identified gaps in the banking sector and address the unmet needs of the retail mass market, SMEs and corporates, Titan Trust Bank, has continued to provide seamless Read More

First Bank Fintech 5.0: Unveiling benefits, challenges and prospects of Open Banking

October 3, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Ahead of the First Bank Fintech Summit 5.0 coming up Thursday and  themed “Open Banking and Its Derivative Opportunity for the Financial Ecosystem,”  AMAKA IFEAKANDU looks at  some of the benefits, challenges and prospects of open banking in Nigeria.  The advancement in the technology has placed the Nigeria banking industry on the fast lane to adopt different innovation to provide excellent services, Read More

New academic session, more Covid-19, security concerns

October 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The new academic session has heralded anxiety amongst parents over the safety of their wards. Although the government and respective school authorities have assured of safety, the prevailing atmosphere is like peace in the graveyard. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. In the past, what used to be the worry of most parents and guardians whenever a new academic session was about to Read More

Nigerians have got to live ‘safely’ with COVID-19 – NCDC

September 28, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Director-General Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said the progression of COVID-19 has shown that “the pandemic is a disease, which we will have to learn to live safely with.” Ihekweazu said this Monday in Abuja at the national briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, while encouraging Nigerians to get vaccinated, if they Read More

Defraudment of Nigerian travelers: Senate investigates fake COVID-19 test

September 28, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate, Tuesday, resolved to investigate allegations of fake COVID-19 test results used to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians in Ghana and the use of fake vaccination cards in Nigeria. The decision to investigate the allegation against the Ghanaian authorities was sequel to a motion sponsored to that effect by Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC Kwara Central) . Oloriegbe in the motion Read More

Rivers Day: Ilorin basin authority takes ‘clean-ups’ campaign to Kwara communities

September 27, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Campaign against open defecation, pollution of rivers and illegal grabbing of cannals amongsts others, formed parts of the major trust of 2021 world rivers day celebration in Ilorin Monday. The event was organised by the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Ilorin to create awarness on the negative effects of pulluted rivers and need to protect and restore fresh water. Read More

Covid-19 augmentation: ‘ASCL’ll help reduce wastage’

September 24, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The federal government has been advised to reduce wastages on the proposed augmentation of Covid- 19 Oxygen Centres in all 36 states of the federation and allow Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) to produce the product. According to a statement by Wisdom Olisa of NGO Network, the advice was given by a procurement expert, Mohammed Bougei Attah, while reacting to Read More

African Peace Brand lists Obasanjo, Jonathan, Adesina among 33 peace ambassadors awardees

September 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The African Peace Brand at an elaborate event in Abuja slated for November 11, 2021 will hold this year edition of its Awards ceremony. For this event, 33 eminent personalities, among which are 21Nigerians  have been nominated for different categories of awards. Among those listed in the Special Award category include the President of Ghana, HE Nana Addo  Dankwa- Akufo Read More

CNPP, PDP youths disown party over call for Emefiele’s sack

September 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has disowned the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the resignation of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), from office. This is even as the PDP Youth Movement (PYM) support group, berated the leadership of the party for calling for the resignation of Emefiele. In a Read More

20% of Nigeria’s workforce lost their jobs to Covid-19 – NBS

September 22, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The coronavirus pandemic resulted in a fifth or 20 per cent of Nigeria’s workforce losing their jobs, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said. The cuts followed disruptions to supply chains, continuing supply and demand shocks, and a drop in consumer confidence, the agency said in a statement Tuesday, citing a study it conducted with the United Nations Development Programme. Read More

Move to salvage naira: Coalition hails CBN

September 21, 2021 Editor 0

The Coalition of Civil Society groups has hailed the move by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to salvage the Naira through the discouragement of illicit financial flow and stoppage of the sales of Forex to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators who exploit and artificially inflate dollar/naira exchange. The coalition in a statement signed by its President and Secretary Etuk Read More