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ICAO underscores pressing need for air cargo modernization

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Secretary of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr. Fang Liu has said that air freight volumes will grow at a healthy rate of 4.2 per cent annually through to 2032. Speaking at the organisation’s latest Air Cargo Development Forum held recently in Zhengzhou, China, Liu however said the feat would be achieved only if current air cargo modernisation continues Read More

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Aviation , maritime experts others to tackle deficit in industry

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Experts in Aviation, maritime and road transportation sectors will converge on Abuja to proffer solutions on the challenges of deficit in transportation industry in Nigeria. They are also expected to create avenue for stakeholders to discuss strategies towards repositioning the country’s transportation industry as a catalyst for sustainable economic development. The conference which is slated for today, Thursday 20th of Read More

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A push for women cross-border trade in West Africa

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria chapter of the New Faces New Voices (NFNV), an initiative of the Graca Machel Trust, in partnership with the United Parcel Service, the US-headquartered global logistics company, has commenced the implementation of the second of NFNV Nigeria’s “Raising Voices for Cross Border Traders in West Africa” project. ADAM ALQALI writes The implementation began with a two-day regional roundtable Read More

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2019: RATAWU mulls workshop to curb hate speech

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Union of Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) said it is organizing a workshop for members to curb hate and dangerous speeches amongst broadcasters in Nigeria. National president of the union, Comrade Kabir Garba Tsanni disclosed this in Ilorin while speaking with our correspondent at the just concluded 11th edition of RATTAFEST 2018 , Read More

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AIICO gets nod to cover Agric business

September 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has given its approval to AIICO Insurance Plc to underwrite agricultural business in the country. The company said it is taking strategic position to be a major player in offering Agriculture Insurance, in a bid to deliver the much-needed protection to the different players in the sector’s value chain. The company said it is uniquely Read More

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Kano provides land for gas pipeline

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Kano state government has provided land for the construction of mega gas pipeline from Ajakouta to Kano as well as provision of 135 megawatts of hydro power project, aimed at boosting socio-economic activities in the state. The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, made the disclosure while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Read More

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Nigeria, Benin Republic partner against smuggling

July 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hosted President Patrice Talon of  Republic of Benin at State House, Abuja during which the two leaders agreed on the imperative of a joint committee to combat smuggling. Also to be consulted in the workings of the committee is Niger Republic, which is believed to be a transit point in the concentric circle of smuggling of Read More

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SEC Dedicated to robust Market – Uduk

July 17, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC has restated its dedication to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to further develop and deepen the capital market. The Ag. Director General of the SEC, Ms Mary Uduk stated this when members of the association of Stockbroking Houses of Nigeria (ASHON) met with Management of the SEC in Abuja, weekend. Uduk noted that a well Read More

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NSIA invests in Nigeria infrastructure debt fund

December 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has said it will invest in the Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund (NIDF). The Fund is managed by Chapel Hill Denham Management Limited. This proposed investment is consistent with NSIA’s mandate as the Authority continues to develop and explore opportunities to play a leading role in driving sustained Read More

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FG set to assist artisanal miners with N5bn BOI fund

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The federal government has set aside N5 billion to empower artisan miners across the country as part of measures to ensure participation of all Nigerians in economic development. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said this at the weekend when he inspected the gold mining site at Garin Awal Fakai Local Government Area of Kebbi State. Read More

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Experts predict non- review of MPR at MPC meeting

November 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  Financial experts have projected that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), will retain the benchmark interest rate, Monetary Policy Rate at 14 per cent despite sustained moderations in inflation rate amid falling food prices, increase in global crude oil prices with attendant boost in external reserves. They said though there is convergence of multiple foreign exchange rates and the return Read More

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Be proactive, SEC DG tells capital market operators

November 17, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Gwarzo has urged capital market operators to constantly adapt to new and rapidly changing economic, regulatory and business environments. The Director General said this at the opening ceremony of 21st Annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers in Lagos added that it will aid them Read More

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Heritage Bank tutors kids on savings

November 9, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos In its efforts to expose the citizenry to financial literacy at very early age in life, Heritage Bank Plc, joined the world in celebrating the World Savings’ Day with the theme: Our Future Starts with Savings. The World Savings Day, stresses the ingenuity of savings to economic development, which is in line with the bank’s financial Read More

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‘Our journey out of recession revealing’

November 8, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  I am here to present 2018 Budget Proposals. Before presenting the Budget, let me thank all of you Distinguished and Honourable Members of the National Assembly, and indeed all Nigerians, for your support and prayers for my full recovery while I was on medical vacation. I am very pleased to address this Joint Session of the National Assembly, on Read More

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Again, Osun re-awards MKO Abiola airport at N69bn

October 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Lateef Dada Osogbo For the third time, a new company, AWOL International Company, has agreed to complete the MKO Abiola Airport, Ido-Osun, at a cost of N69 billion. The airport project had been awarded twice to different companies at different price, but all to no avail. The 2nd Chief Resident Architect of the company new company, Mr. Niyi Ogundiran, Read More

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Reps reject concession of Edo seaport

October 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja House of Representatives yesterday kicked against a motion urging the federal government to concession the Gele-Gele seaport to Edo state government as well as declare it an export and import free trade zone. Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma had in a motion seeking the intervention of the National Assembly in the concession of the seaport, said the seaport Read More

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Plateau Trade Fair opens, Lalong assures on conducive environment

October 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu   Jos   Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong, has re-assured the private sector of his administration’s continues provision of conducive business environment The governor gave the assurance yesterday while declaring open the state’s trade fair themed “Sustaining the Promotion of Entrepreneurship through MSMS’ for Economic Development,” holding at Polo Field in Jos, the state capital Represented Read More

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World Food Day: We may stop production in 2018 if. – AFAN

October 16, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By John Oba,   Abuja   As Nigeria joins the World to celebrate the 2017 World Day, farmers have threatened to stop production by 2018 as a result of the low prices they are currently experiencing and unbridled importation of agric produces. Th e President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Architect Kabiru Ibrahim, stated this while fi elding questions Read More