FG flags off grant disbursement for vulnerable in Nasarawa

December 9, 2022 Mohammed Yangida, Lafia 0

The federal government, Friday, flagged off disbursement of cash grant for the vulnerable groups in Nasarawa state. Speaking at the official flag off of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) Nasarawa state chapter, at the City Hall Lafia, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, said the intervention was to uplift the vulnerable Read More

Poverty: The FG/governors blame game

December 8, 2022 Mustspha Baba 0

My attention has been drawn to the recent blame game between Nigerian government and state governors with regards to exacerbating artificial multidimensional abject poverty dragging pauperised Nigerians, especially rural communities, deeper into tough row to hoe. Baba writes from Azare, Bauchi state via [email protected] 08149712150

FG announces date for opening of Second Niger Bridge

December 7, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Ahead of 2022 yuletide season, the Federal Government has announced a date for the opening of the Second Niger Bridge. The Federal Controller of Works in Delta, Mr Jimoh Olawale, on Wednesday said the new Second Niger Bridge will be opened to traffic on December 15. He however, said that the bridge would be opened for only 30 days. According to Read More

End fuel scarcity, price hike now, Labour tells FG

December 6, 2022 Blueprint 0

The organised labour in Nigeria has called on the federal government to urgently end the current fuel shortage as well as hike witnessing across the country. A press statement jointly signed by Comrade Ayuba Wabba and Festus Osifo as NLC President and TUC President respectively, said government must fix the challenges rather than giving excuses. The movement lamented that despite Read More

FG’s successes in MSMEs sector now template for others – Osinbajo

December 5, 2022 Segun Odunewu Lagos 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government has been able to address key challenges faced by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria while recording significant gains for socioeconomic development. According to the Osinbajo, it also provides a template for supporting the sector as could be used by governments and other stakeholders globally. Osinbajo stated this while speaking Read More

Energy sector to provide 1m jobs by 2060 – FG

November 30, 2022 Binta Shama Abuja 0

The Statistician General, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Prince Semiu Adeyemi Adeniran, has said the energy transition programme that cut across all area of the economy would secure job opportunities for almost a million out of job applicants by 2060. He stated this Tuesday when giving his keynote speech during a two- day national workshop on Energy Statistics with theme: Read More

Pension assets hit N14.9trn as government borrows N8trn

November 30, 2022 Blueprint 0

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has said that ñbbjnjvalue of pension fund assets has increased to N14.59 trillion as at the end of October, 2022. This is a 7.20 per cent or N909 billion increase when compared to N13.6 trillion, as at January 2022. PenCom stated this in the monthly pension report that captured the assets under management by Pension Read More

Why FG keyed into Sukuk bond – DMO

November 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has disclosed that its Sukuk bond offerings are designed to improve the road infrastructure, develop the financial market and also promote financial inclusion. The Director-General of the DMO, Patience Oniha, who spoke in Abuja recently, said the bond provides the opportunity to raise that quantum of funds just for roads and bridges. She spoke against Read More

Peace, security: FG’s commitment to build youth’s capacity unprecedented – Official

November 18, 2022 Bashir Mohammed Kano 0

The federal government has expressed determination to sustain the tempo of building the capacity of the youth so that they could be included in the search for peace. It disclosed this at the opening of a two-day Capacity Development Workshop on National Action Plan on Youth Peace and Security, organised by Actionaid in conjunction with Disputes Resolution and Development Initiative Read More

Power supply: FG secures $170m loan from French agency

November 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government has said it secured a loan of $170 million from the French Development Agency to be used to facilitate the transmission of transformers from Siemens under the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. This was stated by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, during the inspection of transmission projects in the FCT Read More

Half salaries: Varsity lecturers not casual workers – ASUU

November 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the response of the Nigerian government to the demands of the union since its suspension of an eight-month strike in October. Members of the union were paid half salaries for the month of October. The Ministry of Labour and Employment, while defending the payment, stated that the payment Read More

FG assures Nigerians on completion of rail projects

November 4, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Federal Government Thursday assured Nigerians that it will complete all the on-going rail projects across the country. The assurance was given by the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, during 2023 budget defence session, the Ministry had with the National Assembly joint committee on Land and Marine Transportation. Completion of the projects according to him, was premised on collection Read More

Multiple taxation to end as FG harmonises jetty operators’ taxes

November 3, 2022 Suleiman Idris Lagos 0

Multiple taxes paid to regulatory agencies by jetty operators in the Nigerian maritime sector will soon be phases out as the federal government said plans are at an advanced stage to harmonize taxes paid by jetty operators in order to eliminate double taxation and promote the administration’s Ease of Doing Business policy. Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo made Read More

Abuja terror alert: Why government should not downplay the threat

November 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

Terrorism is one of the world’s greatest security challenges. Trying to predict it is an important part of the effort to counter terrorism. Intelligence and security agencies around the world occasionally issue warnings about the likelihood of terrorist attacks in certain places. For instance, on 23 October 2022, the US Embassy in Nigeria released an advisory to alert its citizens Read More

Nigeria pioneers a billion-dollar voluntary carbon market

November 2, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

The federal government of Nigeria is pioneering a billion-dollar worth of voluntary carbon market on the African continent. This was made known in a statement by the Office of the Vice President. “It is an innovative climate change solution which will create, over the period of energy transition, millions of new jobs in Nigeria alone, according to estimates of the Read More

Varsity don tasks FG on ICT, digital technology

October 31, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna 0

A university don, Professor Muhammed Kabir Isah, Monday, urged Nigeria to embark on education based on Information Communication and Digital Technology, noting that the future of education will not be internet but metaverse. Delivering a lecture at the 2022 National Convention of the Government College Kaduna Old Boys Association (Kadoba), with the theme “Education: The Pathway of Development in Nigeria”, Read More

Where are the 500,000 housing units?

October 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

Efforts by the federal government to ensure that housing deficit in the country and the spate of unemployment among young Nigerians and other myriad of problems faced in the country are addressed have been mired in controversy. Often, Nigerians have bemoaned the high economic and social instability pervading the polity which are patent proofs that all is not well, as Read More

FG urges use of STI to boost African economies

October 26, 2022 Binta Shama Abuja 0

The Federal Government has tasked the African regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) to develop Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the benefit of economic growth in the continent. The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Adeleke Mamora, gave the charge at the closing ceremony of the maiden edition of the African Research and Innovation Read More

FG to revolutionalise mining sector – minister

October 26, 2022 David Agba with agencies 0

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Gbemisola Saraki, has said the ministry’s vision is to revolutionise the mining sector to attract more foreign investors. She said the expectation of President Muhammadu Buhari for the ministry, included diversification of the economy with a target of a five per cent contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and creating an Read More

FG should assist Kogi flood victims

October 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

In Kogi state, it’s apparent that the devastating effects of flooding have left hundreds of people homeless, many dead while billions of naira properties were eroded. Unfortunately, most of the victims are less privileged living from hand to mouth. This implies that the situation has added to their sufferings and as such many lost their lives due to hunger and Read More

FG targets multi-billion naira revenues from helicopters landing platforms

October 19, 2022 Suleiman Idris Lagos 0

To boost revenue into the federal government coffer from the aviation sector, the FG has engaged a service company to collect helicopter landing and take-off charges from over 250 landing platforms across Nigeria. The firm, NAEBI Dynamic Concepts Limited, according to it Managing Director, Mr. Stanley Chike will carry out the service in collaboration with Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Read More

FG laments conflicts in land management, seeks stakeholders’ collaboration

October 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has noted that there are conflicts in the administration and management of lands between the Federal and State Government, and called for collaboration in the land administration in the country. Fashola, who spoke in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 27th Conference of Directors of Lands in the Federal, States, Departments Read More

Has FGN lost to SPTCL again?

October 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

It seems the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, has lost to Sunrise Power Transmission yet again at the International Court of Arbitration, ICC, and exposed to over $500m in damages. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubarkar Malami SAN CON had on November 11, 2021, celebrated on national television confirming that Sunrise Power Transmission Company of Read More