Insecurity: FG begins inter-agencies training on public safety, internal security

May 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

As part of efforts to improve security agencies’ response to various threats to public peace and safety across the country, the federal government has flagged-off an inter-agencies training on Nigeria Internal Security and Public Safety Alert System (NISPSAS). Declaring open the training Thursday in Abuja, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said the ministry charged with responsibility of ensuring internal Read More

Insecurity: Between Ortom’s crocodile tears and the Presidency

May 6, 2021 Simon Wayo 0

Governor of Benue state, Mr. Samuel Ortom is a disingenuous thespian. He seeks to recreate the absurdist theatre of ancient Greek, but replicates it very poorly. But in his die-hard posture of dramatizing the bizarre, the Governor competes for fame, which sophistry has outclassed Sophocles, the great Greek playwright. Governor Ortom is recognized nationally and even globally, as the master Read More

Lalong represents shining light of APC politics – Governors

May 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has described Chairman, Northern Governors Forum (NGF) and the governor of Plateau state, Simon Bako Lalong, as a shining light of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) politics. The APC governors said they acknowledged and commended the leadership, vision and commitment to a united prosperous Nigeria by the Plateau governor. In a statement signed Wednesday Read More

Breaking: Confusion over whereabouts of Mbaka… He’s not in our custody – DSS

May 5, 2021 Editor 0

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, on Wednesday, are currently asking of where the spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka. Already, protest is presently ongoing in front of the Catholic Bishop’s court in Enugu where his supporters gathered, chatting and asking where the fiery father Mbaka. President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, alleged that Mbaka was last seen on Read More

Senate urges Buhari to provide 5 – year Post-COVID intervention for disabled Nigerians

May 5, 2021 Taiye Odewale, 0

The Senate  Tuesday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to provide a five-year post COVID-19 special intervention programme for Nigerians living with various types of disabilities.  This was just as it urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), through the NIRSAL Micro Finance Bank, to provide  Special Loan facilities to Persons with Disabilities through the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. The Chamber Read More

We over funded operation Lafiya Dole – FG

May 5, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The federal government declared Tuesday that it has over funded Operation Lafiya Dole fighting insurgency in the North-east. Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, who stated this while appearing before the Senate Committee on Army, said apart from the usual budgetary provisions for the operation, additional requests were made by the military through the president which were approved and cash-backed. There Read More

‘Startup ecosystem critical to Africa’s future’

May 4, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The federal government has revealed its engagement with the African Development Bank to setup a 500million US dollar innovation fund, which will provide support for startup ecosystem in the country. The support will cut across infrastructure support, finance, skills development and technical assistance. Vice President of Nigeria Professor Yemi Osibanjo represented by director-general National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mallam Read More

PTAD to pay consequential pension adjustment to existing pensioners

May 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has assured that all pensioners of federal parastatals are entitled to the Consequential Pension Adjustment. The Agency therefore dismissed a statement issued by the Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria (FEPPAN) published in the Vanguard Newspaper (online edition) of 1st May 2021 in which the Association alleged that it had been Read More

Work with FG on Benue security challenges, Tiv youth tell Ortom

May 3, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Following the buck passing and trading of blame on the failing security situation in Benue state, the Tiv Youth Advancement Vanguard (TYAV), a pressure group, has called on Governor Samuel Ortom to collaborate with the federal government to find lasting solution to the challenges in the state. Addressing newsmen on Monday in Abuja, President of the group, Barr Tyohemba Denen, Read More

May Day: Fresh strike looms over minimum wage

May 2, 2021 Editor 0

Organised Labour has asked workers in the states where governors were yet to implement the new minimum wage to immediately begin an indefinite strike. In a joint address to Nigerian workers to mark this year’s celebration, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, at the Eagle Square, Abuja, directed workers in the state where governors were Read More

May Day: Prioritise security, workers welfare, NAAT tells FG

May 1, 2021 Moses John 0

The National President of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has urged the federal government to give priority to welfare of workers as well as the rising security situation in the country. President of NAAT, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, in his May Day message to the workers said this year’s celebration was very important to Nigeria workers as it reflect on Read More

Labour leaders, workers task FG on good governance, welfare, others

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

Labour leaders and workers on Friday in Abuja appealed to the federal government to intensify efforts in providing good governance, improve workers’ welfare and address insecurity confronting the country. They made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to express their expectations from the federal government as Nigeria joins the world to mark the 2021 Read More

Yobe: NDE trains 34 indigenes on environmental beautification

April 30, 2021 Editor 0

In its quest to create jobs for graduates and non-graduates as well as a recovery process for victims of Boko Haram insurgency, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has flagged-off Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS) for 34 Yobe indigenes across the 17 Local government councils. Flagging off the training in Damaturu the state capital, the Director General of the NDE Read More

Unacceptable infant mortality rate

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The ranking of Nigeria as 11th country with the highest number of newborn deaths in the world ought to give government at all levels and healthcare givers a serious cause for concern. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released the damning statistics in Lagos not quite long ago. According to the report, eight of the 10 most dangerous Read More

Nigeria’s worsening security situation scaring investors- NCRIB

April 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB, has warned that Nigeria is losing significant investment as aspiring investors are overwhelmingly scared. The Council condemned rising killings, kidnapping and other forms of violent attacks in the country, stating that, the development is not only bringing the image of the country into disrepute but also scaring investors away from the country. Read More

Legal challenges delaying Mambilla hydro power project take off – FG

April 29, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, has identified the ongoing legal challenges with the Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited (SPTCL, a former contractor that handled the Mambilla Hydro Electric Power Project as the major hindrance to the take off of the project. Despite the challenges experienced in the implementation, Mamman assured stakeholders that the federal government will not Read More

FG begins rehabilitation P/Harcourt – Borno rail line

April 29, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Rukayyat Saraki has said the federal government has commenced the rehabilitation of the rail line from Rivers to Borno state. Senator Rukayyat Saraki stated this during the commissioning ceremony of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Outreach Centre for the North-east at Kumo in Akko local government area of Gombe state. According to Read More

Nigeria, UAE soon to close differences – NCAA assures

April 29, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Musa Nuhu, has assured Nigerians that the federal government was sorting out concerns with Emirates Airlines, as it had engaged the United Arab Emirates and would soon close the differences between the two countries. Speaking on behalf of the aviation industry at the COVID-19 Presidential Steering Committee meeting, Nuhu said, the Presidential Steering Read More

Banditry: Edo senator escapes death

April 28, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP Edo Central), was on Monday, attacked twice by suspected bandits along Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads. Ordia who heads the Senate committee on Local and Foreign Debts, lamented to  newsmen on Wednesday on  how  escaped death by whiskers, when the daredevil suspected bandits opened fire on his convoy, while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo Read More

Strategic moves to end food insecurity in Nigeria

April 28, 2021 Musa Ilallah 0

Since becoming president on May 29, 2015, Muhammad Buhari has not left anyone in doubt as to what his government will be doing in the first tenure. Consequently, he rolled out his 3-pronged agenda of revamping the economy, fighting corruption and improving the security of the country. My main focus in this piece is to give an overview of the Read More

Time to revive Nigeria’s manufacturing sector

April 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector released recently by the Statistics Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which stood at 49.4 index points, indicating a reversal of five consecutive months of contraction from May, indeed, portends a good omen for the nation’s economy. The result of the PMI survey showed that the manufacturing PMI for Read More

Inherited debt causing Adamawa access to COVID-19 loans – Commissioner

April 27, 2021 Muazu Abari 0

Adamawa state government has said the huge debt left behind by the previous administrations has made it impossible for the state to access the N2billion COVID-19 loans granted to states. The loan would have assisted the state in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The state Commissioner for Finance, Dr Ishaya Dabari in an interview with journalists in his office Read More

Gov Sani Bello raises red alert: Boko Haram 2 hours from Abuja, hoists flag in Niger

Occupies 50 Shiroro, Munya villages, towns Gunmen abduct 5 Makurdi agric varsity students Kill 2 more Kaduna students, 9 in Anambra attack 2 women, children kidnapped in Zaria, 9 in Oyo Troops repel attack on Mainok, kill scores, lose officer, 6 others  Boko Haram terrorists have established territory in parts of Niger state and hoisted their flag in Kaure village Read More

FG laments huge gap in tourism sector

April 26, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The federal government has expressed concern over the huge gap in the tourism sector. Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, stated this when a delegation of Women in Business and Tourism Society Nigeria (WIBAT Nigeria) led by its National President paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja on Monday said that Tourism has an Read More