FG flags off training for unskilled persons

July 19, 2022 Moses John 0

The federal government has flagged off the training programme for unskilled persons aimed at equipping them with employable skills that would boost their socio-economic wellbeing. Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige said this while inaugurating the programme in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital (North-Central zone). He said the training was for creating safety-net jobs for unskilled persons in Read More

Lessen financial burden on SMEs, expert tells FG

July 17, 2022 Segun Odunewu, Lagos 0

An expert with PwC, Taiwo Oyedele, has urged the government to explore an inclusive economic growth that would concentrate on taxes, lessen the financial burden on SMEs, and raise the tax base of upper middle-class institutions, particularly MDAs. Oyedele, a Fiscal Policy Partner and Africa Tax leader at PwC who disclosed this at the weekend, said more people are falling Read More

FG, EU present report on maize value-chain

July 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government and the European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS on Friday presented a report on the value-chain analysis study on maize. This was contained in a statement by the bloc released in Abuja. The statement indicated that the collaboration was done between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the bloc through an organised stakeholders’ Read More

Strike: FG washes hands off agreement with ASUU

July 14, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

The federal government has denied that there was Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which currently awaits signing by the President Muhammadu Buhari. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said even when such agreement is produced between unions and the federal government, it is not the President that signs but Read More

DisCos restructuring temporary – FG

July 13, 2022 Blueprint 0

The government has said that the restructuring of five of the nation’s energy distribution companies is temporary. The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, said this in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Isa Sanusi. The government announced that the Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna, Ibadan and Benin distribution companies were the affected electricity companies. The statement said that qualified private sector Read More

Ogoni youth hail FG on environmental restoration

July 11, 2022 Helen Oji 0

The Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF) an umbrella body of all Ogoni Youths and youths organisations operating in Ogoniland has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the approval of the consultancy service for the establishment and design of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Restoration (CEER) and the Integrated Contaminated Soil Management Centre (ICSMC) in Ogoniland. The President-General of OYF, Comrade Legborsi Read More

NOGASA to FG, banks: Support Dangote with funding on refinery

July 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA) have called on the federal government and the banking sector to support Dangote Group with the needed funds to complete the refinery. According to global credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings, the management of the Group is said to be searching for about $1.1 billion to complete the facility. In a Read More

FG targets reduction of GHG emission, net-zero by 2060

July 7, 2022 Helen Oji Abuja 0

In other to brace up the activities of the energy sector in Nigeria, Minister of Environment, Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi, said, Nigeria has target to reduce its GHG emission by 20% unconditionally and 47% conditionally by 2030 and to net-zero by 2060. He made this known while speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Edition of the National Energy Summit Read More

FG to fast track development healthtech ecosystem for emerging economies

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has assured key industry players and Nigerians of the federal government’s commitment to create and enforce regulations that will Fast-track effective utilisation of Blockchain technology for the development of the Nigerian digital economy. Pantami said this while delivering a keynote address on the Applications of Blockchain Technology for Intellectual Property Read More

FG welcomes more private sector investments in infrastructure — Official

July 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government will welcome more public private investments in infrastructure development, an official of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH), Engr. Folorunsho Esan, has said. Esan, who is the Director, Highway Construction and Rehabilitation in the ministry, spoke over the weekend in Kaduna during a two-day inspection of rehabilitation of 64.600 kilometre Zaria-Gusau-Sokoto-Birnin-Kebbi road, Funtua-Zaria Section. According Read More

FG pledges commitment to reduce plastic pollution

July 4, 2022 Helen Oji With agency 0

The federal government has pledged commitment to reducing marine plastic pollution from land-based sources and activities. President Muhammadu Buhari stated this at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, in Lisbon, Portugal. The president who was represented by the Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, highlighted Nigeria’s effort at ensuring the health and sustainability of oceans, seas and marine resources. Buhari Read More

ACF canvasses support for FG’s war against insurgency, others

July 4, 2022 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) in Kwara state, Dr Alimi AbdulRazaq, has called on all Nigerians to join hands with the federal government to urgently halt insecurity in the North in particular and Nigeria in general. Dr AbdulRazaq noted that government needs the support of all Nigerians in tackling the hydra-headed security challenges facing the Read More

FG donates 360mt assorted foodstuff to poor, vulnerable in Yobe

July 1, 2022 Yusuf A. Yusuf 0

The federal government Friday handed over 360 metric tonnes of assorted food commodities to the Yobe state government for distribution to the poor and vulnerable persons in the state. The Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, while speaking at the launch of the food items, said he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state and hand Read More

FG begins construction of 2x30MVA power sub-station in Akwa Ibom

July 1, 2022 Uko Etim Uyo 0

The federal government has begun the construction of a 2x30MVA sub-station worth N4.32 billion in Ibiono Ibom in Akwa Ibom state to improve power generation and supply to the people. The Assistant Director (Transmission), Federal Ministry of Power, Mr. Philip Okpanefe, disclosed this in Ididep, Ibiono Ibom near Uyo, on Friday during the official take-over of the site to begin Read More

Niger attacks: Sani Musa urges FG to tackle security challenges

July 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District, Muhammad Sani Musa, has condemned the killing of 40 soldiers and other security operatives in Ajata Aboki mining site in Shiroro local government area of Niger state on Wednesday. Sani Musa also called on the government to rise to the security challenges facing this country, adding that the development had “deprived our people Read More

PIA: FG unveils template for host communities’ development fund

June 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government in a bid to implement Section 235 of the Petroleum Industry Act on Tuesday unveiled the template for the Host Communities Development Trust. The unveiling, which was done during the issuance of Petroleum Prospecting Licence for the 2020 marginal field bid round held in Abuja, will attract dividends of the PIA to the host communities. The PIA Read More

Local investors’ lending to FG rises 21% to N4.2trn in H1’22

June 28, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

The federal government has increased borrowing from local investors by 21 per cent in the first half of2022 to N4.2 trillion from the N3.89 trillion it borrowed in the previous quarter. Te implication is that the Federal Government spends N1.4 trillion of money borrowed from private investors. This is outside other money from other sources it spends. Investors are comfortable Read More

FG pledges to reposition capital market

June 28, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The federal government has said it would strengthen the Securities and Exchange Commission to reposition the Nigeria’s capital market to be at par with its peers globally. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed made the commitment in Abuja Monday, when she received the Revised Nigerian Capital Market Master Plan (2021-2025). The Plan was submitted to Read More

FG inaugurates LOC to organise FARI

June 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

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

FG set to flag-off National Pasture Development Programme

June 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

As the search for free or low-cost pasture and livestock feed has remained the reason advanced for movement of animals from one location to another, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is set to flag off the National Pasture Development Programme. The programme which will be flag off at Paikon Kore Grazing Reserve, Gwagwalada, FCT Read More

FG to issue marginal oilfield licensees tomorrow – upstream authority

Nigeria will issue prospecting licences tomorrow to companies that won rights to develop marginal oilfields, the petroleum industry regulator said on Saturday, some two years after authorities sought bids for the oil blocks. Marginal fields are smaller oil blocks located onshore and in shallow waters and are typically developed by local companies. Gbenga Komolafe, head of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Read More

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