Schools resumption: Anxiety mounts over student’s safety

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

As Nigeria continues to record increased cases of Covid-19 anxiety is mounting over safety of students as schools resume despite the second wave of the pandemic, ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU reports. The federal government on December 22, 2020, ordered the closure of all schools in the country until January 18, 2021. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, Boss Read More

Sale of property: FG towing unclear path?

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Not a few Nigerians have been questioning the move by the federal government to sell some of its property to fund the 2021 budget. In this piece, BENJAMIN UMUTEME examines the rationale behind the move. When the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, first made public the plans by the federal government to sell some of Read More

COVID-19: NSIA donates 126 monitors, 53 oxygen concentrators to 21 healthcare institutions

January 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) in a bid to assist the Federal Government scale up its Covid-19 response has formally handed over 126 units of Patient Monitors and 63 units of Oxygen Concentrators to 21 healthcare institutions across the six geopolitical zones of the country. The move is part of the Authority’s Covid-19 relief programme as the country battles Read More

Sharia council warns against aggravating herdsmen issue

January 28, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria has said the issue of herdsmen is not peculiar to Nigeria alone and people should avoid aggravating it.  The council urged the federal government to immediately swing into action and find a lasting solution to the issue before it advance to reprisal attack.  Led by its Vice President of the council, Sheik Abdur’Rasheed Read More

How COVID-19 impacts on Kano economy

January 28, 2021 Muhammad Garba 0

In my last piece on this column, I reckoned how COVID-19 pandemic impacted negatively on the economy of Kano state due to the sharp fall in statutory allocation from the federation account. However, I come to terms with the reality of the situation when Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje painted a gloomier picture of the state of affairs during his interaction Read More

On NIN registration

January 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The corollary of invalidating registered SIM cards without National Identification Number (NIN) is something meaningful. I mean this is a good decision taken by the government of the federation through the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy. People have in possession many voters cards than National Identification cards. However, it has some side effects because there many people rural dwellers, Read More

Ibarapa: Don’t arrest Sunday Igboho, get violence, DSM tells FG

January 28, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) Wednesday cautioned the federal government against arresting the Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho over the Ibarapa, herders’ crisis. DSM in a statement in Ibadan signed by its Organising Secretary , Comrade Peluola Adewale said the threat of arrest of Chief Sunday Igboho won’t solve the insecurity situation in Ibarapaland as well as end the Read More

Honour Buratai, Olonisakin, others with GCON award, Coalition tells Buhari

January 27, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to honour the immediate past Services Chiefs with national awards for meritorious duty while in service. The Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance and Transparency said Buhari should honour the immediate past Service Chiefs with the award of the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON). Conveners of the coalition, Dr Read More

Ondo, Oyo: FG won’t tolerate lawlessness, Aregbesola threatens

January 26, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has warned that it will not tolerate any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order as well as security of lives and property in any part of the country. The central government, however, called on the citizens to put unity and peace above all, especially in light of the simmering tension in Ondo and Oyo Read More

Fighting high infant, maternal mortality rates with TBAs

January 25, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system is deep in distress. The federal, state and local governments are now groping for a way out of the distress. That explains why Nigeria now musters one of the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world. Child mortality rate stands menacingly at 117.2 deaths per 1,000 live births. Maternal mortality rate is equally frightening. Read More

Allow Nigerian armed forces to remain focused, human rights groups beg ICC, AI

January 25, 2021 Editor 0

Congress for Human Rights in Nigeria (CHRN) has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Amnesty International (AI) to steer clear of the Armed Forces of Nigeria for allegedly taking side with Boko Haram terrorists.  The human rights group, which made this known at a world press conference on Monday in Lagos, noted that the groups aim to destroy the country Read More

True federalism: PGF boss calls for implementation of El-Rufai c’mtt’s recommendations

January 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Lukman, has called on the National Caretaker Committee of the party to initiate processes of consultations with the executive and legislative arms of government in order to commence the implementation of the recommendations of Nasir el-Rufai-led committee on true federalism. Lukman believe Read More

Stakeholders canvass tax automation at FIRS’ dialogue

January 24, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The federal government has been advised to explore data and intelligence in order to ease tax collection and improve its revenue base. Tax experts, speakers, panelists and government functionaries gave the advice at the recently held First Annual National Tax Dialogue in Abuja, organized by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), with the theme “Taxation in a Post-Covid Economy”. In Read More

PDP laments disasters in Sokoto, Delta, Abuja, Rivers, others

January 24, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented the alleged spate of disasters across the states of the federation in the recent time, even as it called for the concern of all. PDP in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Sunday said it “particularly grieves over the recent devastating fire disaster at the Sokoto Central Market, the Kugbo, Read More

Police arrest LG boss, lawmaker, others in Ebonyi over crisis

January 24, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Ebonyi Police Commissioner, Aliyu Garba, Sunday arrested Chairman of Ohaukwu Local government area, Clement Odah, lawmaker representing Ohaukwu North Constituency, Chinedu Awo over the killings of seven persons and destruction of properties in Effium community, Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state.  About 30 other major stakeholders from the community were also arrested, they include Coordinator of Effium Development Centre, Sunday Agbo and his Read More

FG empowers 578 needy in Bauchi

January 24, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The federal government through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Saturday empowered 578 needy in Shira local government area of Bauchi state. The federal commissioner of the commission in charge of north east Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed while distributing the empowerment materials said the donation was meant for people tagged ‘Persons of Concern’ under the Read More

ACF raises alarm over attacks on Fulani communities

January 23, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has tasked governors of the South West states and Federal Government, to stop the ongoing attacks on Fulani communities in the region, for Nigeria to avoid another civil war. According to ACF, the attacks on Fulani in the South West if not stopped immediately, may lead to counter attacks in the North and even a Read More

FG’s social programmes: So far, how well?

January 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government’s National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs) is aimed at lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years. In this report, PAUL OKAH writes on the implementation of the programmes amidst rising unemployment, poverty, others. In 2019, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released the Poverty and inequality in Nigeria report, which highlighted that 40 Read More

Nigerian professionals fault call for NiDCOM restructuring

January 22, 2021 Editor 0

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in the Americas (ANPA) has faulted the Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants, a group that recently called for the restructuring of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM). A statement signed by Engr. Gbenga Omoniya, for the group on Thursday said, “NiDcom is a veritable vehicle for Nigeria’s economic growth and national unity. “The call by a so-called Read More

Sad return to broken chains

January 22, 2021 Eric Teniola 0

In June 2005 we were so ecstatic in celebrating the debt relief offered us, a relief of over $20billion, which was beyond the total revenue of Nigeria for one year. So happy were we that President Olusegun Obasanjo had to make a broadcast to the nation on June 30, 2005. He followed the broadcast by appearing before the joint sitting Read More

FCE Odugbo: Buhari’s magnanimity and Echono’s place of pride

January 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Dolly Parton, the famous singer and songwriter says, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, domore and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” The siting of one of the newly established Federal Colleges of Education (FCE) inOdugbo, Benue state, confirms the high consideration factor of the Government ofPresident Muhammadu Buhari that Read More

Elite criticisms and the sound of chest beating

January 21, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

We are not strangers to hyperbolic self-adulation by political leaders. It matters in human management because of the applause factor in political leadership. A current political administration measures its success by how negatively it portrays its predecessor. The less positively we remember the past, the more positively we appreciate the present. He said: “Those criticising the administration should be fair Read More

Some Nigerians in diaspora in malicious campaign abroad, group alleges

January 21, 2021 Editor 0

Some Nigerians in the Diaspora have indulged in malicious campaigns to radicalise their compatriots and promote destabilisation back home.  This was revealed by the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) in a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja.   According to the group, these subversive elements intend to tarnish the image of leaders, while ultimately activating insecurity and economic crisis that would lead to anarchy. Read More

Group warns on consequences of undermining war against terrorism

January 20, 2021 Editor 0

The National Democratic Front (NDF) has asked some international organisations to be wary of their actions or “be prepared to meet the masses, whose lives they are jeopardizing with their subversive activities.” The NDF made this known on Tuesday in reaction to allegations that some international organisations are colluding to undermine Nigeria’s war on terrorism. In a statement signed by its Director of Read More