Misinformation on Covid-19 vaccination taking religious undertone -Yiaga Africa laments

March 18, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Yiaga Africa has expressed concern that the misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccination is beginning to adopt a religious undertone, with some religious leaders projecting messages against the vaccine in a country where religion is a significant influence. According to Yiaga Africa’s policy brief on Covid-19 vaccine management signed by the Director of Programmes, Cynthia Mbamalu director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa Read More

NEPC insists on ‘one state, one product’ for economic stability

March 16, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has said the country’s economy would do better with a ‘One State, One Product (OSOP),’ initiative, which could bring about the diversification vision of the federal government from oil to non oil sectors. NEPC’s regional head, Joe Ita, who spoke in Calabar, Tuesday, at a one day South-South stakeholders consultative forum for export clusters Read More

Meter bypass: PHED to embark on disconnection, April 1

March 16, 2021 Sunday Tope 0

The Acting Manager, Corporate Communications, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), Ms. Chioma Aninwe, has disclosed that from April 1st, 2021 the DisCo will embark on aggressive disconnections of customers who failed to adhere to standards. Aninwe, who was referring to the rising cases of illegal meter bypass by the Disco’s customers, warned that anyone caught with such illegal practice Read More

Breaking: 88 COVID-19 vaccination centres open in Lagos… see full list

March 16, 2021 Editor 0

A total of 88 health facilities have been selected as centres for vaccination across the 20 local government areas of Lagos state.  The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who revealed this via a press statement said vaccination can only be obtained at any of the 88 accredited facilities listed including military and police hospitals. The commissioner said the vaccination would Read More

FG disburses N20,000 each to 2,900 women in Benue

March 14, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq,  has reiterated Federal government commitment  towards addressing the plight of poor and vulnerable in the country. The Minister said about 2,900 women are empowered with N20,000 each through the Federal Government Special Cash Grant for Rural Women Project in Benue State. In a Saturday by the Deputy Read More

NERC: Discos to replace faulty, obsolete meters under Mass Metering Programme

March 11, 2021 Administrator 0

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has said the electricity distribution companies (Discos) may replace faulty and obsolete meters for their customers under the National Mass Metering Programme. The commission’s directive was contained in its Order No. NERC/246/2021 and signed by its Chairman , Mr Sanusi Garba and Commissioner for Legal, Licensing and Compliance, Mr Dafe Akpeneye. NERC said the Read More

Digital banking: Access Bank, UBA, others jostle for market share

March 9, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Only recently, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) announced plans to change the face of digital banking services with a new mobile app. According to UBA’s Group Head, Digital Banking, Kayode Ishola, the new mobile app will not only able to decide where customers want their cards to operate and block, view, or request new cards straight from the app Read More

Power sector gets $500m World Bank boost

February 8, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The World Bank approved a $500 million loan to improve access to electricity in Nigeria and expand the metered network of power distributors. The money will help distribution companies “make necessary investments to rehabilitate networks, install electric meters for more accurate customer billing and to improve quality of service for those already connected to the grid,” the Washington-based lender said Read More

FG empowers 578 needy in Bauchi

January 24, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The federal government through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Saturday empowered 578 needy in Shira local government area of Bauchi state. The federal commissioner of the commission in charge of north east Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed while distributing the empowerment materials said the donation was meant for people tagged ‘Persons of Concern’ under the Read More

Kwara govt gives N80m worth of relief materials to 1,800 households

January 18, 2021 John Oba 0

Kwara State government has donated relief materials worth over N80 million to about 1,800 households affected by the 2020 flooding. The three benefitting local government areas are; Moro, Edu and Patigi. Speaking during distribution of the materials in Jebba, Moro LGA on Wednesday, the chairman, implementation committee, Architect Aliyu Mohammed, advised residents to avoid erecting structures against water flow and Read More

Coalition calls for regulation of herbicides

December 1, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

A coalition of leading experts in the areas of agriculture, environments and toxins have called on the federal government to strengthen the way it regulates the use of herbicides in the country.The call was against the backdrop of a research conducted on paraquat,  a widely used herbicide in Nigeria, which revealed that its toxicity is injurious to human and environmental Read More

Mali’s auditor general recommends review of mining contracts

November 3, 2020 Administrator 0

Mali’s transitional government aims to review mining conventions signed with companies by the previous administrations, interim President Bah N’daw, said late on Friday following recommendations from the country’s auditor general. Mali is one of Africa’s largest gold producers. Companies operating in the country include Barrick Gold and AngloGold Ashanti and Resolute Mining. “The conventions establishing mining companies include clauses which Read More

Breaking: Plateau govt reacts as thugs cart away palliatives from warehouses

October 24, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Plateau state government has condemned the burglary of warehouses and subsequent looting of palliatives in Jos and Bukubu by some hoodlums, Saturday morning. The state commissioner of information and communications, Hon. Dan Majang, who spoke in a statement, said it wasn’t true that the items were hoarded by the state government. Commissioner Manjang, said, “It has become expedient for Read More

Nanono flags off farm inputs, extension materials in Kuje

October 11, 2020 Donald Iorchir 0

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammed Sabo Nanono, has flagged off distribution of farm inputs and presentation of extension materials to Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), and Agricultural Research Outreach Centre (AROC) to farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at Kiyi village, a suburb of kuje area council, Abuja. The minister, while flagging off the distribution Read More

NANFACOS harnesses 90,000 cooperatives to boost agriculture

October 5, 2020 John Oba 0

The National Apex of Nigeria Farmers Cooperative Societies Limited (NANFACOS) has said it would harness the 90,000 organised cooperative bodies with about 8,750,000 cooperators to boost agriculture in Nigeria.  The National President of NANFACOS, Chief Nwogwugwu Uzoma stated during the Federal Government distribution of 2000 buses for farmers in Nigeria recently in Abuja.  He emphasized that the farmers finds it Read More

Nasarawa commences payment of gratuity to 600 pensioners

September 23, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

Nasarawa state government Wednesday, commenced the disbursement of over N300 million as gratuities to 600 retired civil servants. Director General of Nasarawa state Pension Bureau, Abdullahi Osaze stated this in Lafia at the flag-off of the distribution of cheques to the beneficiaries. Oseze said the state government had concluded compilation of names of all retirees in the state and their Read More

How Banana business thrives in Abuja

September 21, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Banana selling is a lucrative business in Nigeria today either through packaging or reselling them direct to consumers. Apart from the nutritional benefits and its availability in the market, it is very easy to set up the business depending on location and how one wants to operate it. ADEOLA TUKURU reports  For its smallness, sellers are often found at street corners Read More

Edo guber: Sensitive materials now in 18 LGAs – INEC

September 17, 2020 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that “all sensitive materials for Edo governorship election have left the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Benin City to the various local government areas in the state. According to INEC, in a statement on Thursday by the National Commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education Barrister Festus Okoye, “Agents of Read More

COVID-19: Over 700, 000 Abuja households are vulnerable – Report

September 17, 2020 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Minister of State for Federal Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has disclosed that with the validation of the social register, the administration has identified over 700, 000 vulnerable households in the territory, just as civil society organisations (CSOs) have scored the administration high on palliatives distribution to vulnerable members.  The minister, who made this revelation during the presentation Read More

Scale up malnutrition programme to 11 LGAs, CSO tells Gombe

September 6, 2020 Auwal Ahmad 0

   A Civil Society Coalition on malnutrition has appealed to the Gombe state government to scale up Community-  Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) sites across the eleven LGA’s of the state. Assistant  Programme Officer, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Mohammed Muritala, said the remaining five  sites should be considered for effective distribution of ready to use therapeutic food and treatment Read More

Pinnick is setting good standard – Ogunjimi

August 13, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The national president of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club (ANFSC), Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi has described the Nigeria Football Federation led by Amaju Melvin Pinnick as pace setters. Reacting to the distribution of  FIFA palliative by the national football federation, Prince  Ogunjimi expressed happiness over how everyone was carried along in the distribution of palliative necessitated by the novel COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More

Kwara distributes face masks ahead school resumption

August 4, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara state government Monday gave out 65,000 face masks for distribution across schools ahead of Wednesday’s resumption of students preparing for the secondary school certificate examinations. The face masks are to be distributed to senior secondary class three (exit) students as part of the government’s efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission in Kwara state. “On behalf of the Read More

Mudatext new factory’ll curb unemployment, says proprietor

August 3, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The proprietor of Mudatex, one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of varieties oftextiles products, Alhaji Mudassir Idris Abubakar, has said that the firm is mulling another textile factory, soon in Kano to curb the menace of unemployment. He said Mudatex was an evolution of Mudassir and Brothers is one of the multinational corporations that has already carved its niche in Read More