Court adjourns trial as Nnamdi Kanu declines fresh plea

January 18, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The detained leader of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday declined to take fresh plea in his ongoing trial bordering on alleged terrorism and treason charges levelled against him. Kanu, it will be had a seven-count charge slammed at him at the inception. But at Tuesday January 18, 2022 proceedings, eight more charges were been added Read More

FG to fund over N6trn deficit with bond issuance in Q1’2022 – DMO

January 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Federal Government has revealed how it it intends to fund its budget deficit this year. Patience Oniha, Debt Management Office (DMO) said, government intend to roll out an FGN Bond in the first quarter of 2022. FGN Bonds are debt securities (liabilities) of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) issued by the Debt Management Office (DMO) for and on Read More

2022: Nigeria to become Africa’s highest 5G subscriber

January 17, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

Hinged on the fact that Nigeria has highest number of mobile phones in Africa,and Internet subscribers, the Federal Government is convinced the country will emerge 5G highest subscribers in the continent. Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, announced that the Federal Government had adopted the national policy for the fifth-generation network, which will boost new technology and Read More

Sterling Bank partners LASG, FG on free Wi-Fi at MMIA

January 16, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

As part of its continuous support to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the country, Sterling Bank Plc has collaborated with the Lagos State Port Health Authority and the Federal Ministry of Aviation to upgrade the facilities at the the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) arrival terminals D & E with the installation of free Wi-Fi connection and additional air Read More

FG reiterates determination to reduce dairy importation

January 12, 2022 John Oba 0

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, has said the government is working with stakeholders to reduce importation of dairy products, increase local production of Nigeria’s diary product. The Permanent Secretary made this known at the Validation workshop on the National Dairy Policy on Tuesday, in Abuja. Dr. Umakhihe pointed out that the ministry Read More

Food security: FG commissions Okuta dam in Kwara

January 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government has commissioned a 1.8 million cubic metres storage capacity Okuta Dam in Baruten local government area of Kwara state to feed at least 100 hectares of irrigation farm lands. The Minister of Agriculture, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this at the commissioning of the dam, a project office and some other completed projects in Ilorin, which ran from Read More

Nigeria’s forex inflow surges amidst FG fresh loans

January 6, 2022 Segun Odunewu 0

The amount of foreign exchange that came into Nigeria in Q3 2021, skyrocketed by 64 percent to $30.18 billion compared to $18.4 billion recorded in the previous quarter, a surge attributed to newly acquired federal government loans. According to data from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) statistical bulletin for Q3 2021, Dollar inflow of $30.18 billion in the third Read More

Curb insecurity, drugs abuse before 2023 polls, CNG wants FG

January 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), has noted that for the 2023 general elections to hold successfully, the federal government must intensify efforts to curb the pervasive insecurity across the country as well as the rampant intake of drugs and dangerous substances. CNG spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman in a press statement issued in Abuja said the general expectations is that government Read More

NITDA moves to attain FG’s 95% digital literacy target by 2030

January 5, 2022 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that the federal government 95 per cent digital literacy target by 2030 is achievable just as it trained children on digital skills using Hausa language. The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa, stated this on Sunday at the graduation ceremony of 50 children, including 10 Almajiris at the Engausa Global Tech Read More

Ekweremadu tasks FG on security, state police…Mark harps on unity 

December 31, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

A former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has urged the federal government to rescue Nigerians from the worsening security situation in the country by prioritising the decentralisation of policing, starting with state police in the New Year. Also, a former President of the Senate, David Mark, in his New Year message, harped on unity among Nigerians. Ekweremadu regretted Read More

Muslim group advises FG against fuel price hike in 2022

December 31, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Ahead of plans by the federal government to remove fuel subsidy in 2022, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria ( MMWG), has advised against any such action. The group in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, in Abuja Friday, warned that any increase in fuel-price and electricity cost would aggravate the untold hardships on Nigerians Read More

3 months after, Memud family begs FG to secure relations’ release

December 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

The family of Akanbi Memud and a son in-law, Tunde Kotun, suspected to have been abducted by bandits during a raid on their community in Kaduna state has appealed to the federal government to help secure their release. Addressing newsmen, Sunday, Tawakalitu Ajoke Kotun said the news about the abduction of the two men has thrown the family and community Read More

COVID-19: FG flags off second wave of rapid response register, targets PWDs, in Anambra

December 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government of Nigeria, Friday, said it would from next week, commence registration for the second wave of Rapid Response Register (RRR), a programme designed to provide emergency assistance to urban and semi-urban dwellers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Anambra state . The Anambra state coordinator, State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Engr. Bede Okoli, who disclosed this at Read More

Yuletide: FG declares free train ride for Nigerians, urges caution

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government through the Ministry of Transportation on Friday disclosed that it would in the spirit of Christmas offer free passenger trains service to Nigerians across the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) narrow and standard gauge rail networks across the country. According to an electronic statement by NRC’s deputy director, Public Relations, Mr. Yakub Mahmood, the magnanimity is to enable Read More

Covid-19: FG flags off second wave registration in Anambra

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government Friday disclosed that it would from next week begin registration for the second wave of Rapid Response Register (RRR), a programme designed to provide emergency assistance to urban and semi-urban dwellers impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in Anambra state. The Anambra state coordinator, State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Engr. Bede Okoli, made the disclosure in Awka during Read More

Yuletide: FG declares December 27, 28, January 3 public holidays

December 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government has declared Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th December 2021 and Monday, 3rd January 2022 as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations, respectively. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on this Read More

Nigeria, UAE debacle: FG reinstates suspended Emirates

December 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

A Nigerian Ministerial approval granting United Arab Emirates flag carrier Emirates Airlines winter schedule flights into Nigeria that was earlier suspended has been reinstated by the federal government. At the height of the imbroglio between the Nigerian government and the government of the UAE, the Nigerian authorities had found the actions against the country’s flag carrier to the Middle East Read More

Government needs to prioritise agriculture – Dorodola

December 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s agricultural sector needs to be revisited. In this interview with SALIHU OYIBO, the founder of Optimal Akeshinjo Farms, an indigenous agricultural company, Azeez Oluwanifemi Durodola, speaks extensively on the need for federal and state governments to prioritise agriculture as a sustainable means rejuvenating the nation’s economy. You are the team leader for Agricultural Transformation Support Programme, Phase One (ATASP-1). Read More

Avoid patronising touts, pay online for passport application – FG

December 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government has said it has digitalised payments for the Nigerian passports, advising citizens to avoid patronising touts and unscrupulous officials when applying for the documents. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, stated this Monday in Ibadan, the Oyo state Capital, during the Rollout of the Enhanced e-Passport with Polycarbonate Data Page and other security features. “Part of the Read More

FG calls for establishment of Nigeria/Namibia bi-national commission

December 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume, has called for the establishment of a Nigeria/Namibia Bi-National Commission to explore economic potentials of both nations to further consolidate the bilateral ties existing between both nations. He made this call during the courtesy call on him by the High Commissioner of Namibia to Nigeria Humphrey D. Gieseb, in Read More

Make anteretroviral drugs accessible, ICWWA begs FG

December 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

The International Community of Women With HIV West Africa (ICWWA) has called on the federal government to provide treatment, anteretroviral drugs and opportunities for people to go for voluntary testing, stressing that for Nigeria to end AIDS by 2030, gender inequalities must be eradicated. Program Manager for ICW West Africa Edward Ogenyi, made the call in Abuja during a sensitisation Read More

Paris Club Funds: Appeal Court okays forfeiture of $500,000, N500m to FG

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, Wednesday, set aside the judgment of Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court Abuja refusing the final forfeiture application of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in respect of the sums of $500,000 and N500m allegedly looted from the Zamfara state’s share of the Paris Club refunds made by the Read More

COVID-19: We won’t accept short-shelf life vaccines – FG

December 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government said Monday that the expiration of one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines makes it imperative not to accept vaccines that have short-shelf life. The Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuiab, said this at an emergency media briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja. He said over one million Read More

Review activities of commercial banks, ActionAid Nigeria tells FG

December 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

To advance the anti-corruption fight, there is need to review the activities of commercial banks and implement proper sanctions for erring banks who act or transact businesses in manners contrary to their professional ethics, the ActionAid Nigeria Board of Trustee has said. A statement issued weekend after a meeting to review the state of the laws of the land said Read More