NITDA completes first stage of training for DT-TWGs

October 22, 2020 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has completed the training of 650 members of the Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DT-TWGs) of Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) in the phase 1 programme. The four weeks training which started on September 28. 2020, was to equip the working groups in order to coordinate the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Read More

Nigeria targets 1m vehicles to run on gas by 2021

October 13, 2020 David Agba 0

The federal government is moving fast to convert over one million vehicles to run on gas by 2021, in line with its ongoing policy on gas utilization and preference to clean automotive fuel. The government has also listed over 9000 stations for co-location of autogas nationwide this year as part of the process of promoting Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG and Read More

FG committed to NDC on climate change implementation – Official

October 11, 2020 Binta Shama 0

The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) recently held a two-day roundtable workshop in Keffi on climate change to assist the federal government and citizens to enhance the economy. Speaking at the third in the series for the north-central region in Keffi, the acting director, Department of Climate Change (DCC), Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Halima Bawa-Bwari, said  the workshop was aimed at Read More

NFF urges state govts to domesticate VAPP Act

October 6, 2020 Ameh Ejekwonyilo 0

The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF), has urged state governments in Nigeria that are yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act to do so in the of the society.Rising from a two-day workshop on the VAPP Act in Abuja on Tuesday, which drew participants from the 36 states of the federation, NFF’s Focal Person, Chinonso Okechukwu, said the Read More

Covid-19: Abia professionals set to commission isolation centre

October 6, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

A group, Concerned Abia Professionals, Tuesday, announced the commissioning of ‘Abia Care Centre’, a 50-bed ultra-modern isolation centre. The centre, which is equipped with a functional molecular laboratory fully built equipped by the group is to guarantee the state’s readiness for any eventuality from COVID-19 in the state. The statement issued by one of its Project Implementation Committee members, Mrs. Mary Read More

YiagaAfrica drills AMAC councillors on legislative practice

September 24, 2020 Baba Yusuf 0

In order to facilitate effective development and service delivery at the grassroots, YiagaAfrica Centre for Legislative Engagement (YACLE) has engaged councillors representing the 12 wards of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), on legislative practices and governance.The centre, in collaboration with AMAC Thursday organised a two-day workshop for the lawmakers with the aim of strengthening the ability of councillors to Read More

African free trade agreement must be backed by policies – Lawan

September 22, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement to yield intended results, it must be backed by requisite legal frameworks, right policies, and robust implementation.  Lawan stated this  when he received a visiting delegation from the African Continental Free Trade Area, led by its newly elected secretary general, Wamkele Keabetswe Mene, Tuesday in Abuja. Read More

School reopening: FG asks states to scrutinise safety measures

September 21, 2020 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has asked the state governments and other stakeholders to scrutinise the template devised by the federal government to reopen schools across the country.He disclosed this when he was speaking on the occasion of the zonal  stakeholders meeting holding simultaneously in the six geographical zones in Abuja, Monday.“It gives me great pleasure and honour Read More

Financial autonomy: PASAN visits Nasarawa, threatens to shut down states

September 18, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has threatened to shut down states of the federation if the implementation of the financial autonomy of the Houses of Assembly is not implemented.  National president of the association, Comrade Mohammed Usman, made this declaration Thursday, in Lafia, when he led other national officials of the association on a courtesy visit to the Speaker Nasarawa state House of Assembly. Read More

We’ll apply non-custodial measures to reduce 70% inmates awaiting trial – NCS boss

September 14, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) is set to address its facilities congestion and reduce 70% of Nigerian inmates awaiting trial by implementing the non-custodial measures, the Comptroller General, Ahmed Jafar, has said.  He lamented the high rate of inmates awaiting trial and noted that the implementation of the alternative options to imprisonment such as restoration service and community service will ensure that Read More

NNL to recommence 2020/2021 season soon

September 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

After the federal government gradual ease on restriction on sports through the presidential task force on COVID 19, the Nigeria National League board through its chief operating officer Emmanuel Adesanya has urge all clubs taking part in the league to start preparation for the 2020/2021 season . in a communique released to clubs, the chief operating officer advised clubs to Read More

New tariff not blanket increase – Kaduna Electric

September 2, 2020 Ahmid Lawal 0

Kaduna Electric has begun implementation of the new service based tariff approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). It said in a statement issued by its Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi,  that the new tariff regime is not a blanket increase but tied to improved hours of power supply and a more efficient service delivery. The company said it Read More

CAN’s rejection of amended CAMA

September 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The rejection of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) seemingly flows from certain misconceptions and/or apprehension of the legal instrument, especially as it touches and concerns religious organisations in the country. The body described the Act as unacceptable, ungodly, reprehensible and an ill-wind that would blow Read More

FG inaugurates digital transformation technical working groups

August 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 To drive the implementation of its National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the federal government has inaugurated Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DT-TWGS) of Federal Public Institutions (FPIS)- phase 1, Thursday. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami at the inauguration stated that, “In today’s digital economy era, governments must treat digital as an integral part Read More

Alkali, NEDC and footprints of a patriot

August 27, 2020 Murtala Abubakar 0

The Boko Haram crisis in North-East Nigeria has indeed set the economy of the region several years back. The North East, comprising Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states, has been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009. Estimates of the negative impacts of the crisis include approximately 14.8 million people adversely affected, about 2.3 million Internally Displaced Read More

CAN on CAMA Act: Government can’t control churches

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has rejected the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari. The body described the act as unacceptable, ungodly, reprehensible and an ill-wind that would blow no one any good. It therefore called on the federal government to stop the implementation of the law until the religious institutions were exempted from Read More

Peak season surcharge by liners’ll lead to job looses, inflation – NSC boss

August 20, 2020 David Agba 0

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barr. Hassan Bello, has described the new charge by liners as against the growth of the Nigerian economy, insisting that its implementation would lead to job looses and inflation. He stated this while addressing representatives of the organised private sector in Lagos at a meeting to protest the implementation of the Read More

Assent to CAMA II bill excites Centre LSD

August 17, 2020 Binta Shama 0

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the amended Companies and Other Allied Matters (CAMA II) bill, 30 years after the Act was enacted. A statement signed recently, by the Programme Coordinator of the Centre, Mr. Uchenna Arisukwu, said among the highlights of the new law is the Read More

Residents task government on substance abuse in Kaduna

August 16, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Residents of Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna state, have called on all tiers of government to improve implementation of the ban on prohibited substance and drug use across the country to eliminate abuse among women and girls.The call came during a one day sensitisation campaign on “The involvement and effect of substance abuse among women, held Read More

Faculty wins grant for indigenous language research

August 13, 2020 Abdulsalam Mahmud 0

The Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), has received a grant to research into the state of “Language Education and Translation” in Niger state. The research grant was awarded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). Leader of the research team, Professor Amos Iheanacho, said the study would enhance the study of Read More

RMRDC’s 33 years and perception challenge

July 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Recently, the management of  the Raw Materials Research and Development Council ( RMRDC) led by its director general, Prof Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, had interaction with the Senate Committee on Science and Technology where issues of perception about the institute came up. TAIYE ODEWALE reports on this and other issues. At the interface with the committee chaired by Senator Uche Lilian Read More

Buhari names Asiwaju in Ajaokuta presidential project implementation team

July 23, 2020 Rosemary Moribirin 0

President Muhsmmadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Hon. Asiwaju Asiru Idris, FCA, as member of Ajaokuta Presidential Project Implementation Team (APPIT). The Minister of Mine and Solid Minerals Development, Arc.  Olamilekan Adegbite, confirmed the approval when he paid a courtesy visit to the Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, at Government House Lokoja on Thursday. Adegbite, who was accompanied by Read More

Operators call for assessment of capital market master plan implementations

July 12, 2020 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Financial operators have urged the new management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to assess the implementation of the capital market master plan to know the outstanding issues and update the roadmap.Operators said that assessment of the implementation of the master plan became necessary at this time to enable the new  Director-General of the SEC, Lamido Yuguda and other Read More

FCT security: Interrogating Ciroma’s 2 years in office

July 9, 2020 Emeka Oraetoka 0

On July 19, 2020, it will be exactly two years since Bala Ciroma became Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police (CP). Since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power in 2015, the incessant bombing that characterised FCT has stopped. This can be attributed in part, to the tighter security measures taken by the current government that rode to power mostly on account Read More

Gov Abiodun’s drive in Ogun

July 9, 2020 Momodu Kazeem 0

Let me say here that the intent of this piece is not to keep scores or undertake appraisal per se. On a normal day I see such an exercise as tainted with credibility lacuna as well as fraught with accusation of subjectivity. That can only be so, far as any development expert would freely tell you, all government policies, no matter Read More