FG inaugurates committee for African researchers, innovators confab

June 24, 2022 Binta Shama Abuja 0

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Mrs Monilola Udoh Thursday, inaugurated the Local Organising Committee technology (LOC) for the hosting of the African Researchers and Innovation (FARI) forum scheduled to hold from 17th -21st October 2022 in Abuja. Mrs Udoh said that the hosting of the forum was due to the out – come of the Read More

FG budgets $550m for 20,000 solar hybrid mini grids, SHS

The federal government is planning about $550 million for the provision of 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS) and Solar Hybrid mini-grids in at least 250 locations across the country. President Muhammadu Buhari told Bloomberg in an interview that the Federal Government has commenced the decentralisation of the national grid to address the challenges of power supply across the country. He Read More

FG hands over completed livestock health centre to FCTA

June 22, 2022 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The federal government has handed over the livestock health centre it built and equipped for treatment of animals to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). During the inauguration of the centre located in Kuje area council Wednesday, the director and Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria, Dr. Maimuna Habib, stated that the project was executed to provide quality animal health care Read More

FG begins second phase review of obsolete occupational safety and health regulations

June 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government has commenced the second phase of the review of obsolete Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Regulations, aimed at addressing emerging workplace safety and health concerns. Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Ms Kachollom S. Daju said this while flagging off a technical retreat in Abuja. He stated that this phase of the exercise would review Read More

Coalition urges FG to implement sugar-sweetened beverages tax

June 20, 2022 Tope Sunday 0

A coalition of non-governmental organisations, the National Action on Sugar Reduction (NASR), has called on the Federal Government to ensure the implementation of the sugar-sweetened beverages tax (SSB Tax). Recall that the SSB tax was introduced in the Finance Act and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 31st of December, 2021. However, the coalition’s call was on Read More

FG pledges $550,000 to Great Green Wall secretariat construction

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the sum of $550,000 to the building of the Great Green Wall Secretariat. The president made the pledge during the Conference of Heads of STATES and governments of Pan-African Great Wall member states at the flag of the national tree planting campaign on the margin of the 8th ordinary session of the council of Ministers Read More

FG develops national plan to manage drought

June 20, 2022 Helen Oji With agency 0

Minister of Environment, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, said Nigeria has developed a national Action Plan for management of droughts. Proactively, a five-year strategic plan that will engender coordinated efforts of building resilience against climate change, desertification and other climate- driven environmental challenges have been developed with key components such as awareness creation and strategic partnership between government, communities, and development Partners. Read More

We’re committed to addressing out-of-school kids’ plight – FG

June 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to address the plight of out-of-school children and other vulnerable young people, using the platform of the At-Risk-Children Programme (ARC-P). The special adviser to the president on social investments, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, said this while speaking at the closing ceremony of a three-week capacity building programme for 649 ARC-P youth facilitators in Kaduna. Read More

FG says fuel subsidy hindering debt service, analysts says its high cost of governance

June 15, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed has resurrected the fuel subsidy issue, saying it is making debt service a herculean task. But analysts quickly disagreed with her, saying the huge cost of governance is grossly responsible for the financial mess the country found its self. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed has said the huge amount being spent Read More

Prioritise inclusive education for children with disabilities, ActionAid tells FG, states

June 15, 2022 Adeola Tukuru, Abuja 0

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) on Wednesday called on the Federal Government and other state Governments to prioritise inclusive education for children, especially girls and children with disabilities and addressing other barriers such as infrastructural gaps. The Country Director , End Obi who noted this in Abuja during the Learning and Close-out meeting of the Tax Justice and Gender Response public services Read More

Minimum Wage: Compel debtor-states to pay, NLC beckons FG

June 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has appealed to the federal government to compel state governors owing the National Minimum Wage to implement it without further delay. NLC President Ayuba Wabba made the appeal at the ongoing 110 Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday. Wabba was giving an update on issues that affected Nigerian workers to Read More

FG to increase cocoa production to 500,000 tons by 2024

June 13, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to increase Nigeria Cocoa Production from the present 340,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes by 2024. Speaking during a courtesy call led by the Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), Mr. Arrion Michel, to his office recently, the Minister said that Nigeria Read More

FG moves to checkmate quack journalists

June 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government has solicited the support of media practitioners in checkmating the activities of quacks, who are tarnishing the journalism profession. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the request on Friday in Abuja at the Institutional Interaction Workshop to celebrate the 2022 World Press Freedom Day. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the theme Read More

FG moves to checkmate quack journalists

June 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government has solicited the support of media practitioners in checkmating the activities of quacks, who are tarnishing the journalism profession. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the request on Friday in Abuja at the Institutional Interaction Workshop to celebrate the 2022 World Press Freedom Day. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the theme Read More

FG commissions NiMet Pilots briefing room for accurate weather

June 8, 2022 Adeola Tukuru, Abuja 0

The Federal Government through the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has commissioned the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Pilot briefing room at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja . The minister during the commissioning on Tuesday explained the briefing room which is cut across all other Airports in the country is a convenient place for Pilots to get their briefing Read More

Rural electrification’ll cost FG up to N50bn – Expert

June 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

A Sustainable Energy Expert, Mr. Kerry Ebi Nanakumo, had disclosed that over 80 million Nigerians are without electricity, and said it would cost the Federal Government about N50 billion to cover the cost of rural electrification. Nanakumo spoke in Abuja recently at a two-day stakeholder engagement organised by Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) to deliberate on many challenges around Read More

World Environment Day – FG, EU clean-up Jabi lake to ensure healthy, safe environment

June 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government in collaboration with the European Union (EU) have undertaken an effective cl[pean-up at Jabi Lake, to ensure a healthy and safe environment in FCT. Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, supervised the walk and exercise, in collaboration with some EU in Abuja. Abdullahi said that the exercise was to commemorate World Environment Day (WED), with a theme: “Only Read More

FG empowers smallholder farmers with inputs, equipment

June 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

As part of its empowerment programme, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has flagged-off the Roll out/Distribution of Agricultural inputs to Smallholder Farmers in Kaduna State, Handing over the inputs to the farmers, the Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar said the gesture open up investment opportunities, create jobs for stakeholders and facilitate increased Read More

FG inaugurates 14-man board for TCN

June 3, 2022 Tope Sunday 0

The federal government has commissioned a 14-man board of directors (BoD) for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with Mr. Bukar Bulama Buni as its chairman. The new board was constituted seven years after the last TCN board led by Ibrahim Dahiru Waziri, was dissolved in July 2015 shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office. Other members of the board Read More

N-Power: Another look at FG’s initiative against drug abuse, insecurity, others

June 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

In this piece, PAUL OKAH analyses how the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is intervening in the war against drug abuse and insecurity through the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), even as it’s in partnership with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for the enrollment of rehabilitated drug abuse ‘clients’ into N-Power and other programmes Read More

Extradition suit: Court set judgment day for Abba Kyari

June 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

A Federal High Court in Abuja, will on August 29, 2022 delivered judgment in the extradition suit filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) against the suspended DCP Abba Kyari, over his alleged link with Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, an alleged internet fraudster held United States. Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel for the parties in the Read More

FG has agreed to address renegotiated 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement – ASUU

June 3, 2022 Bayo Agboola 0

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Thursday hinted that the federal government has agreed to sit with the union to collectively address the content of the draft renegotiated 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement which government team started with the union in 2007 and was concluded in May, 2021. This was disclosed by the chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Professor Read More

FG woos investors, says investment in FGN securities profitable, risk-free – DMO

June 1, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

The Debt Management Office (DMO) says it is advisable for Nigerians to invest in the various Federal Government Securities, as they are profitable and risk-free. The Director-General of the DMO, Patience Oniha, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja. Oniha said the various Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Securities, apart from raising Read More