Titan Trust Bank partners IFC to train over 200 entrepreneurs on digital marketing

February 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Titan Trust Bank partners IFC to train over 200 entrepreneurs on digital marketing As part of its initiative to continuously support entrepreneurs in the country by providing financial and advisory services for the growth of their businesses, Titan Trust Bank Limited in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), last week, launched an online platform to empower business owners with Read More

NEPZA, NACCIMA partners to boost enabling business environment

February 24, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) in collaboration with the National President of The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA) in view of playing a role as the “Voice of Nigerian business” committed to leading organised private sector growth by providing an enabling business environment to promote and develop their business interests. The Managing Read More

Cryptocurrency Ban: SEC opens up

February 12, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said it’s stance on cryptocurrency does not contradict the position of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).  The Central Bank had earlier this week barred banks from engaging in crypto transactions. The regulation in a statement on Monday said it took the action as the digital currency was being used to not only Read More

How Buhari’s transportation development plans’ll unlock economic potentials – Amaechi

February 10, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

President Muhammadu Buhari transportation development plans will open the vitsa of opportunities to Nigerians and serve as the bedrock to unlocking the country’s economic potentials, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said. According to him, the administration’s idea of linking different transportation infrastructure such as rails to seaports and roads will no doubt speed up the economy of the citizens Read More

34th session of AU summit and matters arising

February 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The proceedings of the 34th summit of African Union (AU) leaders which held virtually between February 5 and 7, 2021 touched on major reforms. AWWAL GATA reports on the proceedings. For the first time since it started 34 years ago, the summit of African Union (AU) leaders was held virtually this year, apparently to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Read More

Destroying investments through auto tariff reduction?

February 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Just when local assembly plants were beginning to reap the rewards of their patience, the federal executive council (FEC) approved a reduction in tariff on imported vehicles, leaving them on the brink; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. Background The automobile industry in Nigeria dates back to the early 1960s, when private companies pioneered the establishment of local automobile assembly plants using completely/semi-knocked Read More

Discordant tunes at Trust dialogue: Restructuring alone can’t solve our problems – Jonathan, Jega

January 22, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Eminent Nigerians, including former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega and the immediate past President-General, Ohanaeze Nd’Igbo, Chief John Nwodo, converged on Abuja Thursday to discuss the much-agitated restructuring.  The duo of Jonathan and Jega were meeting for the first time at a public function some six years after the Jega-led INEC declared Read More

The AKK gas pipeline: Arewa in need of industrial reform

January 15, 2021 Abdulhaleem Ishaq Ringim 0

On July 13, 2020, the BusinessDay editorial titled “Nigeria’s AKK-Pipeline project lacks economic viability” examined the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, its host region (Northern Nigeria) and the country’s economic realities. It concluded that the project lacks economic viability, citing challenges such as lack of industrial capacity to offtake the gas and Insecurity, among others, as the reasons. Naturally, as Read More

CNN report organised falsehood against Nigeria – Professionals

November 22, 2020 Editor 0

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) has knocked Cable News Network (CNN) over its report on the Lekki shooting, describing it as “an organised falsehood against Nigeria.” In a communique released at the end of an emergency general meeting, ANPE said it discovered that CNN’s report was not only misleading but riddled with no fewer than nine errors.  The Read More

Broadband penetration hits 45.43%, aids economic growth—Pantami

November 12, 2020 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as regulators of Internet services, to ensure that quality of service improves. The minister noted that broadband penetration in the country which increased to 45.43% as at end of October 2020 was due to an Read More

BoI chairman, Dikko, SEC, others for ICSAN 2020 conference

November 8, 2020 Segun Odunewu 0

The Chairman of Bank of Industry, Mallam Aliyu AbdulRahman Dikko, Mrs. Braimoh Anastasia, Deputy Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission and many other leading voices in both private and public sector are expected to be key speakers at this year’s Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, ICSAN, scheduled for 19th and 20th of November, 2020. The conference Read More

9th ASAN/NIAS annual meeting’ll review challenges facing animal husbandry in Nigeria – Registrar

October 30, 2020 John Oba 0

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Prof. Eustace Ayamere Iyayi has revealed that the forthcoming 9th joint annual ASAN/NIAS meeting will seek to address issues and challenges facing animal husbandry in Nigeria. Iyayi while addressing the press on Thursday in Abuja said the growth of Nigeria animal husbandry industry has been stunted, aggravated by Read More

In Nasarawa, Sule wants support for security agencies

October 23, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, Friday, tasked stakeholders to strengthen support for security agencies in their efforts towards securing the state for socio-economic development to thrive.  Sule gave the charge in Lafia, while declaring the one-day stakeholders dialogue on the five points demands presented by EndSARS protesters. He said peace, security and harmonious co-existence was a collective responsibility of Read More

At last, Buhari speaks on disbandment of #FSARS

October 12, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja declared that disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration. Speaking at the launch of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES), aimed at creating 774,000 jobs across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country, the president also directed that all those responsible for Read More

On merit as an antidote for economic development…

October 8, 2020 Abdullahi. M. Gulloma 0

 Economic growth means an increase in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This represents an increase in the value of national output, income and expenditure.Essentially, the benefit of economic growth is higher living standards, higher real incomes and the ability to devote more resources to areas like healthcare and education, two crucial areas in need of development in Nigeria.With higher output Read More

FG lauds Anambra govt on cargo airport project

October 7, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Government through the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has commended the  Anambra State government for embarking on a cargo airport project that will positively impact on the economic development of the state and the South East region as a whole.  The Minister who made the commendation when he received the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano Read More

How Nigeria can overcome economic challenges with nat’l urban devt policy @60 – Bauchi Commissioner

October 5, 2020 Editor 0

The World Bank’s diagnostic survey of Nigeria’s prospects for economic growth published in 2016, has recommended a shift from dependence on oil to a new urban-based model of economic growth, as the best shot Nigeria has at addressing its development challenges. Bauchi state Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Professor Adamu Ahmed, made the submission on Monday while fielding questions from Read More

Xinhua Headlines: Xiplomacy echoes call of the times at UN meetings

October 4, 2020 Editor 0

With the world beset with such grave challenges as a raging pandemic, continuing recession, surging isolationism and rising hegemonism, the recent series of UN high-level meetings represent the world’s latest bid to find humanity’s way forward. In multiple speeches delivered at the most important international platform, Chinese President Xi Jinping expounded his approach to addressing the fundamental questions of the Read More

Amnesty Int’l, IPOB leading campaign against Nigeria’s image, centre raises alarm

September 28, 2020 Editor 0

 Some ‘discredited’ groups, including Amnesty International (AI) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), are steering a campaign to dent Nigeria’s image abroad, Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has revealed. Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Executive Director, Abubakar Gana, brought the attention of the Commonwealth and United Kingdom (UK )to the deliberate attempt Read More

Counting the gains in Nigeria’s drive for digital economy

September 16, 2020 Mohammed Modu 0

By all accounts and estimation, the recent news from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry in Nigeria is heartwarming. The sector is steadily but more aggressively this time around, taking its rightful position as a front-liner in Nigeria’s drive for economic prosperity and the welfare of the citizenry. The world is currently one large IT-driven entity, it is on Read More

Appoint coordinator for amnesty programme, group urges Buhari

September 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A youth group, Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a substantive coordinator from the Niger Delta region to lead the Presidential Amnesty Programme. He said it will ensure that all beneficiaries are adequately trained and effectively reintegrated into society. Secretary General of NYO, Comrade Duke Alamboye, in a statement Wednesday in Abuja extolled President Read More

Experts urge reversal of biodiversity losses in West Africa

August 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Experts have called for the reversal of human-induced threats and unsustainable management practices across Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region. The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, who spoke at ECOWAS Consultation Forum on Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in Abuja, regretted the uncontrolled farmland expansion and illegal wildlife trade. Abubakar also said the livelihood of West Africans is Read More

Nwajiuba emerges grand patron as farmers group targets members in 774 LGAs

August 15, 2020 Editor 0

A farmers group known as FAGWOD Triple F, has said that it would ensure that their membership is spread across the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria. Director General/Visioneer of the group, Bishop Eberechris Agbakaizu, who stated this recently, at the organisation’s second National Conference in Abuja, expressed the believe that the target is achievable ‘‘before the end of 2020.’’ Giving rationale for the Read More

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FG okays Ernst & Young as transaction advisory for SEZs

August 14, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The federal government through the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment , Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum has revealed that Ernst & Young emerged as the best qualified firm with a total score of 83.85% for the provision of transaction advisory services for the reform of the two Special Economic Zones (SEZs). At the Contract Execution ceremony and kick-off Read More

The dance of the inebriated

August 13, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

With 20 years of democracy, warts and all, under our belt, why should the democratic ethos and temperament still be such scarce commodities among our politicians, the movers and shakers of the polity? Why should our politicians still distance themselves from decent and civilised conduct? Why should they, at every election, major or minor, beat the drums of war and Read More