First Bank: Lending support for nation’s infrastructure development

May 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

First Bank of Nigeria Limited is at the frontline in developing products that support power and infrastructure sector in the country. AMAKA IFEAKANDU looks at the bank’s efforts at supporting power/infrastructure sectors through products development. Across the world, infrastructure development is a critical enabler for productivity and sustainable economic growth. It contributes significantly to human development, poverty reduction, and the Read More

Don advocates alternative infrastructure financing options

April 11, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

A Professor of Economics at the National Open University Nigeria (NOUN) Abuja, Ganiyat Adejoke Adesina has advised the federal government to engage alternative financing models to develop its infrastructure. Prof. Adesina, who made the call at the what has finance got to do with it inaugural lecture at the weekend in Abuja, noted that FGs present financing model is not Read More

WCRD 2022: NCC assures of robust digital infrastructure for improved financial services

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed its commitment to accelerate deployment of robust broadband infrastructure accessible to all Nigerians to enhance their access to the required resources to carry out seamless digital financial services, irrespective of their locations and circumstances. The Commission gave the assurance at a programme organised to commemorate Year 2022 World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). At Read More

Leverage capital market to fund infrastructure, Uwaleke tells FG

February 25, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

A Professor of the Capital Market, Uche Uwaleke has urged the federal government to leverage the capital market to fund its capital projects. Uwaleke gave the advice at the Colloquium and Book Launch Wednesday in Abuja. Available data states Nigeria needs about $3 trillion to bridge its infrastructure gap. The first professor of the capital market in Nigeria said it Read More

Modernisation of port infrastructure guarantees Nigeria’s economic future – NPA

February 14, 2022 Suleiman Idris 0

Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko has said that building a modern and resilient port infrastructure would fast track the country’s economic development, facilitate good paying jobs and enable sustained peace across the country. Speaking at a meeting with port service providers shortly after a facility assessment tour of the Onne and Rivers Ports on Read More

2021 Sovereign Sukuk Issue: 3 ministries get N250bn for roads infrastructure

February 3, 2022 David Agba 0

The ministries of Works and Housing, Federal Capital Territory Administration and that of Niger Delta Affairs Thursday get cheques totaling N250 billion for roads infrastructure. The three ministries shared the amount which was successfully issued by the Debt Management Office (DMO) last year. Based on the amounts on the respective cheques, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing got N210,565,000,000; FCTA-N29,000,000,000; Read More

Aregbesola’s alma mater plans N250m fund on school infrastructure

January 25, 2022 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola would join other old students of Akoko Anglican Grammar School, Arigidi-Akoko, Ondo state to raise N250 million for complete renovation and development of the school. This was disclosed by the national president of the old students association, Adewale Saba, while speaking on the institution’s 60th anniversary programme in Akure, the Ondo state capital. Read More

Increased infrastructure spending to boost economic growth – Rewane

January 16, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Chief Executive Officer, Financial Derivative Company Limited, Bismarck Rewane has said that increased infrastructure spending in rails, roads will boost the growth of the economy. Rewane who made this statement in its presentations on the Nigeria’s Economic Outlook webinar organised by First Bank of Nigeria Limited also said that cost reflective electricity tariffs will boost power supply & productivity. Read More

2023 Presidency: Buhari keeps Osinbajo, Tinubu, Bello, Fayemi in suspense

As the electioneering gathers momentum ahead of the February 2023 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he was not ready to name his likely successor to guard against him (the successor) against being eliminated. President Buhari also accused the National Assembly for being undemocratic over its choice of direct primaries for political parties in the vetoed Electoral Act Read More

Abuja: FCTA to provide infrastructure in all abattoirs

December 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development (ARDS), Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, has reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration to providing quality infrastructure in the various abattoirs of the FCT. Mallam Abubakar gave this assurance during a visit to the Karu Abattoir in continuation of his familiarisation tour of projects under the secretariat. He said: “Abuja is the face of Read More

Osun and Gov Oyetola’s strides in infrastructure

November 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

One of the reasons Osun state governor Gboyega Oyetola has remained in the good books of Osun people is the massive infrastructural developments that the state has witnessed since the governor assumed office in November 2018. At the twilight of his administration, he commissioned four projects.These were the upgraded Technical College Oba, Sir Adesoji Aderemi East Bypass, Obafemi Awolowo Motorway Read More

Breaking: Man dies as telecom mast collapses in Kogi community (VIDEO)

November 6, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

An unidentified man has died after a telecomm mast on Saturday afternoon collapsed in Ihima community of Okehi local government area of Kogi state. Blueprint gathered that the collapsed mast belongs to the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (Nitel) At the time of filling this story, it is unconfirmed if the affected family will be pressing any charges against the telecom company Read More

Still on vandalism of critical assets

November 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Critical national assets are under threat of vandalism from criminals who are bent on running the government aground. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece takes a probing look at the scenario. Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari, worried by the activities of vandals especially in the Niger Delta region, expressed concerns over the attacks on national assets like pipelines and other oil installations; a Read More

Northern Christian Elders slam Buhari over ‘lopsided appointments’, preach unity

October 31, 2021 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

  Christian Elders Forum of Northern States (NOSCEF) has tasked the President Muhammdu Buhari-led federal government to match words with actions by doing away with every nepotic tendency in his administration, to enhance the country’s unity. The Forum had joined the rest of Nigerians to thank God for the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary,  NOSCEF in a statement signed by its Read More

Breaking: Dele Momodu back to politics, joins PDP

October 29, 2021 Editor 0

Renowned Nigerian Journalist, Dele Momodu, has decided rejoin politics and that he’s teaming up Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Momodu, a former presidential candidate announced his move to the PDP in a statement, explaining that his decision was based on the need to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country. According to him, “I have Read More

Global voices and the criminalisation of Chinese entrepreneurs

October 11, 2021 Dr. Austin Maho 0

In the August 31, 2021, article in the “Global Voices” an online publication. there was a piece by one Nwachukwu Egbunike title: “Chinese firms in Nigeria face widespread labour abuse allegations, tainting bilateral relationship” This piece is a response to the article, because it falls within the growing spat of misinformation about China and the Chinese which is fuelled mostly Read More

How Abiodun’s aides hijacked governance in Ogun

October 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

“Waiting for an incompetent government to fix things is much like waiting for Godot.”— C.A.A. Savastano.  The Cambridge Dictionary defines incompetence as: “lack of ability to do something successfully or as it should be done”. I am a lover of this dictionary. I prefer it to Oxford and Longman’s dictionaries, among others. However, for the first time, I would have Read More

Buni thumbs up Ahmed Kida on projects execution in Yobe

October 7, 2021 Yusuf A. Yusuf 0

Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni, Wednesday, commended philanthropist, Engineer Ahmed Musa Kida, for constructing and furnishing a diagnostic, maternal and child health centre at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, Damaturu Specialist Hospital as well as toilets at the State Polytechnic Geidam. Represented by his Director General Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, Governor Buni said the support by Read More

Titan Trust Bank: 2 years of service with power and pride

October 7, 2021 Opeyemi Dabiri 0

On October 4, 2021, one of the fastest growing financial service providers in Nigeria, Titan Trust Bank Limited, celebrated two years of its existence.  Established with a mission to take advantage of the identified gaps in the banking sector and address the unmet needs of the retail mass market, SMEs and corporates, Titan Trust Bank, has continued to provide seamless Read More

Edo 2024: I ‘ve no gov’shp ambition, Senator Ordia warns rumour mongers

October 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Senator representing Edo Central senatorial district, Clifford Ordia, has denied reports that he is nursing plans to contest for the governorship election of Edo state in 2024, barely one year into the second term four-year tenure of Governor Godwin Obaseki.  An online newspaper, had erronously reported that Ordia had been tipped to replace Obaseki. The media report had also claimed Read More

Oyetola presents N129.7bn budget for 2022 fiscal year

October 5, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Tuesday presented a total sum of N129,8bn budget to the Atate House of Assembly for the 2022 fiscal year. Presenting the budget tagged “Budget of Sustainable Development,” Oyetola said advancement of economy will be given priority. The budget presentation, which was the 30th since the creation of the state, was higher than the year 2021 budget of Read More

Nigeria @ 61: Battling with the enemies within

October 4, 2021 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

A visit to the tomb of late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first prime minister, would definitely enlighten one about the struggles of our forefathers, in the quest for the independence of our beloved country Nigeria. The monument was designed to reflect his simplistic lifestyle, and his struggle for the independence of his motherland. The first light at the entrance Read More

(Breaking) 61st Independence anniversary: Buhari exposes those sponsoring agitations, violence, preaches unity

Pesident Muhammadu Buhari has said  Nigeria must remain a strong and united country despite the current challenges.In a nationwide broadcast to mark the 61st independence anniversary, the president reiterated that the country’s unity is not negotiable. “Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a Read More

We need infrastructure not structures

September 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

I passed through a street in Lagos and it was as though I was in a pool of mackerel geisha fish- It was full of people choked together. At my side I saw wasted oranges and banana heeled over themselves as a woman sat besides roasting corn, I salivated for corn but it quenched because of the sight of refuse. Read More