Breaking: At last, UK returns stolen Benin to Nigeria

October 27, 2021 Editor 0

A Benin bronze stolen from the country in 1897 has finally been returned by the Cambridge University. The British institution became the first to return the bronze to Nigerian authorities The bronze cockerel named Okukor was taken from the Benin Kingdom during a punitive expedition in 1897 when thousands of bronzes were looted by British forces. The bronze cockerel was Read More

Revenue generation: Transformation in lottery industry yielding results- Gbajabiamila

October 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Lanre Gbajabiamila has said the country would soon witness a boom in lottery business as the transformation process of the industry commenced in 2017 has started yielding positive results. Speaking with newsmen in his office, Wednesday in Abuja, Gbajabiamila said the boom would lead to significant rise in the nation’s Read More

Breaking: IPOB drops fresh sit-at-home, ‘no Nigerian flag’ Oct 1 declaration, threatens residents

September 25, 2021 Editor 0

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has again warned those in Southeastern part of the country to stay at home on October 1. The biafran group while also declaring operation “no Nigerian flag” in the region as from September 25, 2021, warned residents to adhere. A statement from the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, reads: Read More

Appraising FCT’s efforts to restore city’s master plan

September 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

In this report, ELEOJO IDACHABA writes that it appears that the days of a former minister of the federal capital territory (FCT) during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Malam Nasir el-Rufa’i, are here again as illegal structures are being targeted in order to restore the territory’s master plan. The recent renewed efforts by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Read More

N720bn swap: Importers still face challenges despite Nigeria, China agreement

September 6, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Bureaucracy and bottlenecks have been major challenges faced by Nigerian traders and importers carrying out business transactions from China despite the N720bn currency swap arrangement between both countries in 2018. The Bilateral Currency Swap (BCS) agreement was to allow importers of goods from China to conclude their transactions in Yuan instead of the greenback (US Dollar) and vice-versa. This was Read More

FG raises N669bn from Sukuk bonds

August 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said the Federal Government raised N669 billion from the Nigerian capital market through issuance of Sukuk Bonds. Ahmed said this at the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) 2021 national workshop on Thursday. The theme of the national workshop was: “Leveraging the Financial Markets to Achieve Double- Digit Economic Growth for Read More

IYD 2021: NYCN charges youth on commitment to national values

August 12, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo has urged Nigerian Youths to be resolute and committed to the country’s national values.  Recall that August 12th was set aside every year by the United Nations to celebrate young people, look at the challenges confronting them and profer sustainable solutions to solve them. The theme Read More

Covid-19 resurgence: Danger as citizens jettison protocols

August 6, 2021 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

‘…Wearing face masks uncomfortable’ …Third wave‘ll be more severe – Don ‘…Govt should raise awareness, enforce rules’ …More variants may come in future if … – Virologist …Nigeria expecting 41,282,770 vaccines – FG Nigeria is currently experiencing a spike in the Covd-19 pandemic with the discovery of the new deadlier Delta variant of the disease in some parts of the Read More

UNGA: Yoruba group petitions UN, others against pro-Igboho groups

August 2, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A coalition under the aegis of the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF) has petitioned the United Nations, its five permanent members, the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU) and other powerful countries across the world over a plan by the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, to present a petition against the Nigerian government at the 76th Read More

Navy hands over convicted pirates to correctional Services

July 28, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nigerian Navy has handed over the 10 pirates convicted by Federal High Court Ikoyi for the hijack of FV HAILUFENG II to the Nigeria Correctional Service, Kirikiri, Lagos. A statement by the spokesman of the Nigerian Navy, Commodore Suleman Dahun, said the convicts are, Frank Abaka, Jude Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adeola Read More

Deep Blue Project has improve security in Gulf of Guinea, IMB report

July 22, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

A 2021 second quarter report on global maritime security by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has acknowledged improvement of security in the Gulf of Guinea since the recent launch of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project by the Federal Government of Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday June 10th inaugurated Read More

Borrowing: Don’t mortgage future of unborn Nigerians, SSASGOC tells Buhari

July 13, 2021 Moses John 0

The Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASGOC) has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against heavy external borrowing in the country. At the end of its Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Abuja Monday, the association urged the president to ensure the government harnessed the country’s abandoned resources instead of mortgaging the future of Nigerians with external Read More

Kanu: Nigeria turning into a pariah state – Igbo group

July 10, 2021 Editor 0

The Igbo National Movement has alleged that the current leadership in Nigeria “is quickly turning the Federation into a pariah state, known only for lawlessness and corrupt purpose”.   In a statement jointly signed by the group’s Executive Director Anthony Olisa Okolo, Executive Secretary Onyemuche Mbachu, Director Media/Mobilisation, Chief Peter Agba Kalu, Legal Adviser Barr. Eze Eluchie and obtained by Read More

COVID-19 3rd wave: A/Ibom monarch urges FG to adopt alternative medicine

June 17, 2021 Editorial III 0

B0othered by the high cost of foreign vaccines, the Ntisong Ibibio III, Dr Essien Ekidem has urged the federal government to adopt alternative medicine to combat the impending Covid-19 pandemic third wave. Ekidem made the disclosure on Friday in Uyo, while briefing newsmen on the forthcoming African Leadership Icon Award to be held in Nigeria particularly, Akwa Ibom in August. Read More

Govs committed to autonomy of judiciary, legislature – Tambuwal

May 26, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Sokoto state governorHon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal says governors of the thirty-six states of the federation, under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, (NGF) are unequivocally committed to the autonomy of the judiciary and the legislature in the country. Tambuwal, who is also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governors’ forum, made the declaration recently at a special Attorney-General’s Read More

Obaseki, German officials strategise on Benin artefacts return

May 21, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

In order to get precious Benin artefacts returned to the state after several decades of losing them in the British expedition, the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has met with German officials in Benin City. The meeting was to finalise modalities for the return of the first piece of art works to be returned by Germany next year. Obaseki said Read More

NCPC and the footprints of a colossus

May 18, 2021 Best Agbese 0

The appointment of the Plateau-born famed minister of the gospel, Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam, as the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), on June 26th 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari attracted loud applauses within the Christian community in Nigeria. Rev. Pam emerged leader of the commission on the hills of the unceremonious exist of his predecessor, Rev. Tor Uja Read More

LCCI seeks better interface between regulatory agencies, SMEs

May 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is seeking direct and effective engagements between Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and regulatory agencies for enhanced transactions, communication and responsive feedback mechanism. Muda Yusuf, Director-General, LCCI, made this known in a press statement made available to the media following a study by the Chamber and the Center for International Private Enterprise Read More

Kwagh-hir inscription by UNESCO a landmark achievement – NICO

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Institute of Cultural Orientation (NICO) Thursday presented to the Benue state government Certificate of Inscription of Kwagh-hir theatre on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of humanity. NICO is a parastatal of Federal Ministry of Information and Culture with the primary mandate of promoting positive cultural values and harnessing culture for national development. Presenting the Read More

Minimum pension: FEPPPAN wades in, urges pensioners against protest

April 23, 2021 Moses John 0

The Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN), Thursday, urged her members not to protest against non- implementation of minimum pension. The association while reiterating its call for President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily intervene and ensure that pensions adjustment for pensioners be implemented without further delay in order to forestall imminent actions by the senior citizens, FEPPPAN 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

Effium massacre: Declare state of emergency in Ebonyi to save lives, AESID urges FG

March 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called on the federal government to immediately declare a state of emergency in Ebonyi state to put a stop to the ongoing killings defenceless citizens in Effium community, a suburb in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state. According to AESID, another group of hired militia yesterday (Tuesday) stormed Read More