APC laments insecurity nationwide, demands urgent action

July 28, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has lamented the spate of insecurity in the country, asking all the security agencies to live up to the expectations. The North-west leadership of the APC made this demand at end of its fact-finding tour of the zone which began in Kebbi state on Monday 4th July 2022. The country has witnessed rise in Read More

2023: CAN’s rejection of APC Muslim-Muslim ticket Godly – Dogara

July 27, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has supported the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) which rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Dogara said the position of CAN is the position of God, adding that adopting a Muslim-Muslim ticket in a diverse country like Nigeria is a Read More

Oil slides on strong dollar, weaker demand outlook

July 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

Oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday on a strong dollar, demand-sapping COVID-19 curbs in top crude importer China and fears of a global economic slowdown. Brent crude futures were down by $4.78, or 4.5%, at $102.32 a barrel by 1112 GMT, having earlier sunk as low as $101.48. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was down $4.91, or 4.7%, at $99.18 Read More

Covid-19: NCDC issues public health advisory

July 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued a public health advisory on its website to members of the public to prevent further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic during the Eid el-Kabir celebration. Its director-general, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, issued the guidelines in view of the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in the country and globally. “In addition to the Read More

Anxiety as COVID-19 returns to Wuhan

July 2, 2022 TheSun 0

The first confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the Chinese city where the virus first emerged as President Xi Jinping reestablished his commitment to the country’s draconian ‘Zero Covid’ policy. A pair of port workers in Wuhan have been reported as showing signs of asymptomatic infection in the first confirmed cases there in a month. China is now expected to undergo its fourth Read More

COVID-19 drives global digital payment surge – World Bank

June 29, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred financial inclusion–driving a large increase in digital payments amid the global expansion of formal financial services, the World Bank has said. This expansion, the global lender stated, created new economic opportunities, narrowing the gender gap in account ownership, and building resilience at the household level to better manage financial shocks. According to the Bank, the Read More

Presidency: ADP unveils Pastor Okey Udo as Yabagi’s running mate

June 23, 2022 Editorial II 0

Opposition Action Democratic Party (ADP) has named Pastor Okey Udo, as its vice presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 presidential election. Unveiling his running mate, Thursday in Abuja, the ADP presidential candidate, Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani, said the reality and facts pointing to the imminent political ascendency of his party in 2023 are crystal clear to everyone, “who is not Read More

Owo attack: Tinubu donates N75m to support victims

June 6, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

All Progressives Congress National Leader and frontline presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday promised to work with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to bring succour to the victims of Owo Massacre. Speaking at the Palace of Olowo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin  Ogunoye during a condolence visit in company of Arakunrin Akeredolu, Tinubu condemned the violent attack on innocent worshippers and described the Read More

Breaking: APC ‘ll punish Tinubu over utterances against Buhari – Adamu

June 4, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Lagos state governor and the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will be punished for his utterances against President Muhammadu Buhari recently, national chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has said. Tinubu was seen in a video Tuesday revealing how he help the President and other APC leaders winning elections in Read More

Presidency: South-east APC leaders back Lawan, ask Buhari to endorse him as party’s candidate

June 1, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Chieftains of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the South-east geopolitical zone on the platform of APC South-east Front has asked President  Muhammadu Buhari and other party leaders to endorse the Senate President Ahmad Lawan as presidential flagbearer of the party. Rising from an emergency meeting held in Abuja, the South-east APC leaders said it would be fair and just Read More

Revisiting USAID’s Covid-19 food security challenge intervention

May 30, 2022 Ibrahim Aboki 0

As part of USAID’s $4 million intervention on its COVID-19 food security challenge, where 32 Nigerian grantees get funding to assist in the improving of the country’s agricultural system to a better and modern system. Energy Assured as one of the sub-grantees in partnership with USAID empowers more than 2100 smallholder farmers with subscription based rental services of mobile solar Read More

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