Afreximbank backs Vista Group acquisition of BICIGUI, BICIAB

July 22, 2021 David Agba 0

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has closed a EUR 59.2 million Intra Africa Investment Finance Facility to finance Vista Group Holdings SA’s acquisition of majority stakes in Banque Internationale pour le Commerce et l’Industrie de la Guinée (BICIGUI) and Banque Internationale pour le Commerce, l’Industrie et l’Agriculture du Burkina (BICIAB). The stakes in the two banks, which operate in Guinea and Read More

PAP to train ex-agitators on effective communications

July 21, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has assembled experts to train ex-agitators and members of its Strategic Communication Committee (SCC) on skills required to change negative public perception about the Niger Delta region. A certified consultant in human behaviour, Collins Nwosu, a business improvement and communication coach, Barbara Lawrence and a Public Relations expert and journalist, Muyiwa Akintunde, were on Monday Read More

Spiralling Inflation as bane of Nigeria’s economy

July 20, 2021 Adnan Abdullahi Adam 0

In the wake of 1930s Great Depression, which hit American economy, a massive orientation campaigns was popularized of “Waste not, Want not” cautioning American citizens against squandering their available possessions, so that they will not be in need of them. The slogan encourages citizens to recycle and reuse their old materials and turn every tiny space in their household into Read More

The bid to restore Kano’s commercial status

July 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The flagging off of the construction of the Kano-Kaduna railway project as well as the commissioning of a three-layer bridge in Kano City by President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano last week were ample demonstration of the commitment of the Buhari and Gnaduje governments to restore Kano to its glorious era as the centre of commerce in the West African sub-region. Read More

APRM, AUDA, NEPA urge politicians to address insecurity in Nigeria

July 16, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in collaboration with the African Union Development Agency (AUDA), and New Partnership African Development (NEPAD) have tasked the political stakeholders in the north central to be accountable, and address challenges faced by people on daily basis in the region. Chief Executives Officer AUDA -NEPAD Mrs. Gloria Akobundu made the call during stakeholders’ town hall meeting on Thursday, in Read More

SEC, MMSD hold webinar on commodities trading ecosystem

July 15, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

As part of its commitment to deepen the commodities trading ecosystem and attract more foreign exchange to the country, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to hold a webinar in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD). The Webinar with the theme, “Financing the Solid Minerals Sector through the Capital Market and the Critical Role Read More

Solve African problems with home-grown solutions, AUDA/NEPAD review mission urged

July 9, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Commandant, National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Alhaji A.S. Adeleke, has stressed the need for the African Union (AU) to focus more on Africa-oriented solutions in its bid to resolve socio-economic challenges within the continent, given peculiarities of the countries.  A statement by the Media Assistant to NC/CEO, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria Abolade Ogundimu, said Adeleke stated this during a Sectoral Read More

Sultan’s postulate on Nigeria’s major ill

July 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, hit the bull’s eyes recently when he blamed the lack of understanding among Nigerians, as the major challenge facing the country, saying that for Nigeria to achieve peace, “citizens must understand one another”. In apparent corroboration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s exposition on the nation’s major problem, the sultan pointed out that it Read More

Minister urges cooperatives to rebuild Nigerian economy

July 4, 2021 John Oba 0

As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the 2021 International Day of Cooperatives, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, has called on the Nigerian Cooperative Movements to assiduously “work the talk” by cooperating among themselves and with other organizations and people to develop and implement strategies and projects that will lead to Read More

Buhari’s vision, policies ensuring self-sufficiency in food production – APC group

June 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of All Progressives Congress (APC) known as APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) said President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was moving Nigeria steadily towards self-sufficiency in food production in a way that has never been witnessed since independence.  The group said the country’s steady progress in the administration’s efforts at positioning agriculture as the fulcrum of the country’s economic Read More

Chidinma/Ataga saga: Otive, Marwa, others warn on drug abuse

June 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Public health experts and anti-substance abuse campaigners, have warned of the dangers of drug abuse which is traceable to the tragedy that occurred between Usifo Ataga and Chidinma Ojukwu recently in Lagos . The anti- substance abuse campaigners who gave the warning on Saturday in Abuja in commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also cautioned Read More

FG approves revised National Climate Change policy

June 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government has approved the Revised National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and the National Climate Change Programmes for Nigeria. Speaking on the development, the Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Mohammed Abubakar explained that the new policy document captures updates of emerging issues in the sectors not reflected in the previous policy. According to him, include “the inclusion of the Read More

The worrisome inflation rate

June 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released recently by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stating that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose by 12.82% (year-on-year) in July, the highest rate recorded in 27 months since March 2018 when headline inflation was 13.34% is indeed alarming. The situation could worsen Nigeria’s poverty rate, thus negating the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIPs), Read More

Restructuring ‘ll not address insecurity, other challenges – El-Rufai

May 26, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Restructuring is not the solution to insecurity and other challenges facing Nigeria, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has said.The governor rather said devolution of power will address governance imbalance and help Nigeria achieve it’s potentials. Addressing the Northwest zonal public hearing on the proposed alterations to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 on Wednesday in Kaduna, Read More

NYSC at 48: Giant and commendable feats of an institution

May 24, 2021 Atim Atedze 0

The National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC) has come of age so much so that the institution’s gains cannot be quantified in the country’s socio-economic life. So much has been written and said about the scheme regarding its contribution to the country’s socio-economic development. And this is where it stands in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the existence of Read More

Expert tasks women on dangers of Ponzi schemes, non-essential purchases

May 23, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

Nigerian women have been charged to beware of investing their monies into Ponzi schemes promising financial independence and high returns, stressing the need for adherence to the 30-day rule of savings instead. Mrs Titilola Oladejo, a Financial and Investment Expert, gave the charge Saturday, at a webinar on Skills and Tools on Practical Financial Advice, organised by Mothers United and Read More

Abuja inhabitants restate call for mayoral status in FCT

May 18, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Abuja Original Inhabitant Youths Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO) has intensified the agitation for the nation’s capital to be given mayoral status in order to ensure inclusive governance. The youth organisation decried what it observed as the lack of community participation in the decision making process by the indigenes in the FCT, a case which puts them at a disadvantage in Read More

Invest Africa, Absa group in strategic collaboration for business development

May 18, 2021 David Agba 0

Invest Africa, the leading business and investment platform for African markets, and Absa Group, one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups, have announce a strategic collaboration, aimed at supporting the development of business and investment on the continent, and the growth of Absa Group as a leading African retail, corporate and investment bank. The new alliance combines Absa Group’s Read More

Ecobank remains critical bridge for Nigerians abroad – Akinwuntan

May 11, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has stated that the bank remains a critical bridge for Nigerians abroad, as it has made huge investments in the necessary platforms to enable them to connect with home seamlessly. He stated this at the maiden edition of the Diaspora Quarterly Lecture Series with Ecobank as the sole banking partner with the Read More

Tackling corruption the soft way

May 11, 2021 Abbas Abubakar Umar 0

Nigeria is at war, and the war is mostly within, from all corners, north, west, east and south; from the Boko Haram insurgency, banditry and kidnapping giving the northern part of the country sleepless nights to secessionist agitations in the South-west and South-east. At the center, youth are angry with the government for not providing jobs for them. Also, those Read More

The things we don’t understand

May 6, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

Senator Bola Tinubu recently told the ethnic champions beating the drums of separatism that we are better off being together. He echoed President Buhari who said something similar. Bishop Hassan Kukah also chipped in. Taken together they sought to persuade those who want to put an end to Nigeria as we know it, to have a rethink, moderate their rhetoric Read More

GBB and Nigeria’s digital transformation

A combination of factors played out in the last two years to enhance the success of Nigeria’s journey in digital transformation. These factors include natural occurrences and the vision and industry of a number of people.While the COVID-19 pandemic has traumatized the world’s population and ravaged economics at all levels, it has had its silver lining in the ways it Read More

Challenges of girl-child education in Nigeria

May 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

Girl-child education in Nigeria has many challenges. They include gender discrimination, cultural and religious limitations, poverty, illiteracy, among others. Education is a basic human right and has been recognised as such since the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A positive correlation exists between the enrolment of girls in primary school and the gross national product and Read More

Air Peace set for Abuja to Gombe, Yola flight services

April 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Air Peace has announced it will be launching scheduled commercial flights into Gombe from Abuja. Similarly, the airline has also revealed plans to resume its Yola flight services. The Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Oluwatoyin Olajide, disclosed this in a news release shared with journalists stating that the decision to commence the Abuja-Gombe-Abuja route is a reflection of Air Read More