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

World Insights: Int’l community praises CPC’s people-oriented philosophy as secret to success in decades of governance

April 27, 2021 Editorial III 0

The Communist Party of China (CPC)’s secret to success in governance over the past decades lies in its people-oriented development philosophy and its walking the talk in a relentless pursuit of happiness for the Chinese people, foreign party leaders and officials said ahead of the 100th anniversary of the CPC’s establishment. Such a philosophy has been specially reflected in remarks Read More

The eternal war against malaria

April 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

Yesterday was observed by the global community as World Malaria Day (WMD). The theme for this year’s commemoration is:“Zero Malaria Starts with Me”. It is a rollover from last year’s theme. The WMD was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the cardinal objective Read More

Nigeria mining sector will drive industrialisation, national development— Ogah

April 22, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah has reiterated that the nation’s solid minerals would trigger industrialisation and national development. Ogah stated this in his welcome address on the occasion of the study visit by SG7 of the senior executive course 43 participants of National Institute For Policy And Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, at the Ministry’s Read More

Livestock industry critical to economy – Senate President

April 21, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said the development of the livestock industry in Nigeria is critical to the diversification and growth of economy. Lawan made this known on Tuesday in his remark after a Bill for an Act to Establish the National Livestock Identification and Management Bureau scaled second reading on the floor. According to Lawan, the livestock Read More

Chinese economy maintains stable recovery

April 20, 2021 Editor 0

China’s GDP grew 18.3 percent year on year in the first quarter, hitting 24.93 trillion yuan (about $3.82 trillion), according to statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on April 16. The figure registered an increase of 0.6 percent from that in Q4 of 2020, or 10.3 percent from that in the first three months of 2019. This Read More

NOA boss to youth: Ignore selfish politicians preaching ethno-religious sentiments

April 16, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The director-general, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, has urged Nigerian youth to avoid being used by “selfish leaders to further their political ambitions in the run-up to the 2023 elections.” Abari gave the advice in his remarks at a one-day campaign on youth participation in national development tagged, “National Youth Summit 2021” in Uyo on Friday. The director-general, Read More

Establish industries, investments in Nupe land, Etsu challenges wealthy indigenes

April 12, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has challenged wealthy sons of the emirate, especially those in the Diaspora, to return home and establish industries in kingdom.He said such would facilitate the socio-economic development of Kin Nupe. The traditional ruler has also admonished them to make meaningful investments  in Nupe kingdom with the view to boosting the development of the area, Read More

DBN’s disbursed loans rise by 89% from N101.5bn to N191.7bn

April 1, 2021 David Agba 0

Development Bank of Nigeria Plc (DBN), which recently released its 2020 financial report, witnessed a surge in the volume of loans disbursed by 89 per cent (N90.2 billion) from N101.5 billion in 2019 to N191.7 billion in 2020. This growth is in line with the agency’s core mandate of facilitating sustainable socio-economic development by improving financial access for MSMEs in Read More

Breaking: DBN disburses N191.7bn as loans to SMEs in 2020

April 1, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

A total of N191.7 billion was disbursed as loans by the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In its 2020 financial report released Thursday, the amount represents a 89% rise from N101.5 billion disbursed by the Bank in 2019.  This growth is in line with its core mandate of facilitating sustainable socio-economic development by improving Read More

Bobboi and his exploits at PEF(M)B

March 30, 2021 Toby Prince 0

One of the thriving industries in Nigeria today is hypocrisy, and leaders who walk on that path are seen as heroes. In this clime, refusal to compromise standard and firm embrace of tenets of integrity by being brutal with the truth, firm in honesty and courageous in justice always attract opposition and in some cases violent attack by the ill Read More

FG appoints 5 principal officers as coordinating directors for NASENI

March 30, 2021 Binta Shama 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed five principal officers as Coordinating Directors of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), in furtherance of ongoing restructuring by the federal government to reposition the agency for better performance. President Buhari’s approval was conveyed in a letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, in a Read More

Youth forum, stakeholders proffer solutions to insecurity

March 25, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Unified Nigeria Youth Forum (UNYF) has described as crucial period in the nation’s history spate of insecurity plaguing the nation. According to the Forum, the current situation called for a moment of national reflection on the core virtues needed in reshaping the country’s future. UNYF made the observation Thursday at the maiden edition of its Nigeria Youth Forum Annual Read More

Bauchi under Bala Mohammed: Beyond mere rhetorics

March 21, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Within the last two years that Governor Bala Mohammed assumed power, the electorates have every  cause to be grateful that  transformation has come. NAJIB SANI reports.Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state would be marking his two years anniversary in office on May 29 2021. Recall that the electorates in the state made  history in the last 2019 polls when they Read More

Shippers Council to revamp export trade in Niger

March 19, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has disclosed that measures towards revamping export trade in Niger state were already at an advanced stage. Its zonal director, North-central, Mrs. Ify Okolue, made the disclosure Friday while inaugurating the new leadership of the Niger state chapter of the Shippers’ association in Minna. According to her, contacts have already made with relevant the government Read More

Wukari residents in fear, lament increasing rate of kidnapping

March 19, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

Residents of Wukari local government area of Taraba state on Friday expressed worry over the increasing rate of kidnapping in area. The president of the Jukun Youth Cultural Development Association, Mr. Nafinji Danjuma, while briefing newsmen in Jalingo lamented that the issue of kidnapping in Wukari is getting worse. He said that on the 5th February, 2021 at precisely 7:30pm, Read More

$1.5bn P/Harcourt refinery rehabilitation suspicious – Atiku

March 19, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the $1.5 billion approved by the federal government towards the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery as suspicious. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the $1.5 billion to put the Port Harcourt refinery back to full capacity production and utilisation. Reacting to this, Atiku in a statement, Thursday said “Nigeria’s economy Read More

As EFCC forces bankers to declare assets…

March 18, 2021 Abdullahi M. Guloma 0

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, has ordered bankers to declare their assets. He said the order is in accordance with the provisions of the Bank Employees Declaration of Asset Act. Speaking in Abuja, recently, the EFCC chairman said: “Going forward, we are going on to do our best to ensure that this Read More

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NDI advocates law reforms for women to participate in politics

March 18, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) Lead, SAGE programme, Annabel Ugwoke has called on the need  to address barriers for women’s political participation by advocating for reforms of Nigeria’s laws and political parties procedures and policies. She made the call at a news conference in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), with support from U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) Read More

NDI advocates law reforms for women to participate in politics

March 17, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) Lead, SAGE programme, Annabel Ugwoke, has called on the need to address barriers for women’s political participation by advocating for reforms of Nigeria’s laws and political parties procedures and policies. She made the call at a news conference in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), with support from U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) Read More

Oto’ge: Can Kwarans trust Abdulrasaq for second term?

March 17, 2021 Editorial IV 0

BODE OLAGOKE, in this piece takes a look at the ongoing politics of wit at the Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) vis-a-vis the performance of the incumbent Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq in less than two years in office. Background  The 2019 effect of the ‘Oto’ge revolution’ in Kwara state which threw up Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of the Read More