Russia misses deadline to pay doping fine to World Athletics

July 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Russia’s suspended athletics federation said on Thursday it had missed a July 1 deadline to pay $5 million (£3.99m) of a fine to World Athletics, jeopardising the chances of its track and field athletes being able to compete internationally as neutrals. World Athletics, the sport’s global governing body, in March handed the federation a $10 million fine for breaching anti-doping Read More

NDDC stinks – PDP

April 27, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for an immediate system-wide investigation into allegations of fraud, stealing and looting of funds at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). According to the PDP the NDDC, under the current management, has become an automated teller machine (ATM) for corrupt political leaders and their cronies. The party stated this in a statement Monday by Read More

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Bauchi govt prosecutes ex-govs Abubakar, Yuguda for ‘diverting N1trn’

March 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed has ordered the arrest and prosecution of his predecessors, Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar, for alleged diversion of government funds and assets worth over N1 trillion. The governor gave the order, Tuesday after receiving a report of the state’s asset recovery committee he set up to probe the former governors and recover government funds Read More

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Financial Autonomy: Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba LGs still operate joint account

March 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

LOCAL Government Councils in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states are still operating Joint Accounts in spite of the financial autonomy granted them by the Federal Government. A survey conducted by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in these states revealed that the local governments still draw their funds from their respective states’ joint accounts. The Benue chapter of the National Union Read More

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Nutrition: CS-SUNN tasks Nasarawa on prompt release of fund

January 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) Monday, called on the Nasarawa state government to prioritise nutrition and ensure timely releases of funds allocated to nutrition in order to scale up nutrition interventions in the state. The Abuja program manager, CS-SUNN Mrs Aji R Robinson, made the call at the one-day policy dialogue meeting for improve implementation of Read More

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FG set to disburse $200 million CVFF Ship owners

January 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that the two hundred million dollars Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) which was initially used to build faculties of maritime in different Nigerian Universities will now be applied to Ship owners directly.  Amaechi stated this after a meeting organised by NIMASA for Cabotage Stakeholders in Lagos said , a committee which is Read More

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Tension over minister’s appointments of 2 REA directors from Taraba

January 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

There is rising tension  in  the Rural Electrification Agency(REA) over the appointmemt of two directors from Taraba state on the agency by the Minister of Power, Engr.  Mamman Sale. Top government sources said the REA had specific directive that the appointees should be in charge of procurement and funds. The directors are, Mr. Bulus Maiyaki in charge of procurement and Dr. Lawal Ibrahim Read More

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PDP charges NASS to probe FG over corruption, insecurity

July 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the National Assembly to investigate the alleged widespread insecurity, economic depression, abuse of office and violations under the All Progressives Congress-led administration since May 2015. PDP in statement by its national publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Monday urged the federal legislature to protect the interest of millions of Nigerians by invoking its powers under sections Read More

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Jaiz banks’ balance sheet hits N109bn in 2018

June 27, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Jaiz Bank PLC  says its balance sheet size grew to N109 billion in 2918 representing a 25 per cent increase compared to the figures for 2017.  Speaking at its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, the Bank’s Chief Executive, Hassan Usman, said the Banks total customers’ deposit surged by 25 per cent to N85 billion in 2018 from N68 Read More

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LG autonomy: NFIU has no legal backing to direct on funds – AKSG

June 5, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Akwa Ibom State Government has declared that it is not against the autonomy of Local Government Councils but that the power to legislate local government affairs according to the constitution was vested on the State House of Assembly not a mere establishment like the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU). Reacting to the ruling of a Federal High Court which gave Read More

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Sexual Abuse: UN receives 37 allegations against personnel

June 3, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The United Nations received 37 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against its personnel in the first quarter of 2019, according to one of its spokespersons. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the organisation, disclosed this at a news conference in New York on Thursday. The alleged offenders, according to Mr Haq, include civilian and uniformed personnel from Read More

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Universities must explore alternative ways to fund staff

February 21, 2019 Editorial III 0

In a recent University World News article, Patrick Swanzy and Francis Ansah argued vehemently against the Ghanaian government’s cut-off policy for retired lecturers/professors from public universities. The policy required all public universities to remove the names of retired contract lecturers/professors who are 60 years or older from the government payroll. As public servants, public university lecturers/professors are paid through the Read More

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Kwara APC governorship candidate to review varsity fees

February 3, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kwara, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has promised to review tuition fees charged by the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, if elected. The APC governorship candidate made the promise on Sunday in Malete, Moro Local Government during a campaign tour of the university town. The candidate made the promise to students of the institution who Read More

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‘Looters list’ arrant nonsense – Fani-Kayode

April 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Minister of Aviation, Chief Fani Kayode, has described the ‘looters list’ released by the federal government as arrant nonsense and utterly shameful. The former Director of Media and Publicity of Goodluck Jonathan/Nanamadi Sambo Campaign organization during the 2015 elections stated yesterday in a statement made available to the newsmen that he “is Read More

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Corps members offer scholarships to 30 students

March 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  President of Nigerian Corpers HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign Foundation Benjamin Onoja has said that the foundation, as part of its Community Development Service (CDS), has offered scholarship to 30 students to study in different secondary schools in Kaduna state. Onoja disclosed this at Government Secondary School, Sabo, where 10 students will study on the scholarship. Onoja said 12 students were Read More

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Nigerian leaders’ failure

February 16, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Year after year, Nigerians witness several empty promises from political parties and politicians. And when they are finally voted in, they forget their promises and instead sharpen their utensils in order to have a large share of the national cake. For how long shall we be deceived with this stomach infrastructure scheme? We don’t consider the credibility of the aspirants Read More

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2019: CSO begins tracking of campaign funds, others

February 15, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ahead of 2019 general elections, a Civil Society Organisation; Good Governance Team (GGT) has disclosed that it has concluded plans to launch a tracking project to monitor early money and third party spending, misuse of state and administrative resources. The group, in a statement signed Thursday in Abuja by its convener, Tunde Salman, said the project will run through the Read More

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Attack on clerics: Kogi gov recants, begs Catholic bishops

February 12, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Lokoja Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has apologised to Catholic Bishops over a statement credited to him in the media, stating that he had “tremendous respect for the Catholic Institution, and will not do anything to disparage any religious organisation.” Addressing State House Correspondents at the Villa after Juma’at service last Friday, the governor reportedly slammed the catholic bishops Read More

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Sen. Wakili empowers 353 Bauchi traders

January 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Najib Sani Bauchi The senator representing Bauchi South at the National Assembly, Senator Ahmed Wakili has empowered 353 traders in the state as part of his efforts to tackle poverty in the society. The traders which were selected from the 7 local government areas constituting his senatorial district were given N10, 000 each to support their business. In an Read More

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UBEC to reduce counterpart funds for states

December 15, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, has said that effort is being made to reduce the counterpart fund requirements to allow more states to access matching grants. Bobboyi disclosed this in the commission’s recent edition of its in-house news magazine. “Consequently, UBEC is currently exploring the possibility of the reduction of the counterpart Read More

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Nkurunzinza bid to rule until 2034

December 14, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a referendum campaign to prolong his stay in power until 2034, news agency AFP reports. The push is aimed at adopting a draft constitution that would allow him to serve another two seven-year terms from 2020. He told supporters on Tuesday at the central Gitenga village that those who oppose his bid “by speech Read More

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Ondo signs MoU with NSDFI on next Olympics medallists

December 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Ondo State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigeria Sports Development Funds Incorporated (NSDFI) on producing the next generation of Olympics medallists for the nation by taking youths of the streets. Ondo State Sports Commissioner, Hon.Saka Yusuf Ogunleye signed the MoU on behalf of the state while the director general of NSDFI, Olajide Fashikun and the Read More

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‘PHC failure caused high infant, maternal mortality rate’

November 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Pioneer Provost of the School of Medical Sciences, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Prof. Kabiru Sabitu, has decried the high rate of infant and maternal mortality in the country, attributing it to the failure of the Primary Health Care delivery system. Sabitu stated this at the weekend when he delivered the 3rd Annual Lecture of Newgate Read More

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Purple Capital relishes $12.5m Vantage Capital grant

November 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Purple Capital, a leading Nigerian property development company represents the 24th transaction executed by Vantage Capital across three generations of mezzanine funds with aggregate capital deployed to date of $277 million (R4 billion), DAVID AGBA reports Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced yesterday that it has provided $12.5 million of funding to Purple Capital, a prominent Nigerian real Read More

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Welfare, rehabilitation of inmates our priority – Danbazau

November 15, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Danbazau, has said that the appropriate welfare and rehabilitation of inmates in the country’s prisons was one of the top priority of the Federal Government. The Minister made the remarks at the official flag off of the distribution of assorted drugs recently procured by the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) at the Ministry’s secretariat in Abuja. Read More