Fashola justifies FG borrowing to expand infrastructure

June 20, 2021 Editorial III 0

The Minister Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has defended the Federal Government’s resort to loans to expand infrastructure in the country. Fashola, who spoke in Abuja at NANForum, the flagship interview programme of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the country would not make meaningful progress without taking loans to boost infrastructure. ” It is in our own Read More

Global economic crisis: Is Nigeria ready for renewable energy transition?

June 18, 2021 BENJAMIN UMUTEME 0

…Osinbajo advises a more equitable transition …Gas, our own renewable energy – Sylva ‘…Stakeholders’ collaboration needed’ … Nigeria ready, but…- Expert The world is moving from fossil fuel to renewable energy, but many have been left wondering whether or not Nigeria, with its dependence on oil as a major source of revenue, is ready for this global shift. BENJAMIN UMUTEME writes. Read More

Again, FCTA threatens to revoke undeveloped Abuja plots

June 16, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The FCT Administration has concluded arrangements to revoke undeveloped plots of land in serviced areas allocated to individuals and corporate organisations. Equally, the Administration will soon commence revocation of plots allocated to various developers under the Mass Housing Scheme but remains undeveloped since allocations were made. The Director of Information & Customer Service (AGIS/Lands), Muhammad Hazat Sule, made this disclosure Read More

N32.9trn debt, a necessary burden – Lawan

June 12, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Friday said “debt is a necessary burden for the country in bridging the infrastructure deficits.” Lawan, who stated this during a question and answer session at a media briefing to mark two years anniversary of the 9th Senate, also said the 9th National Assembly “is not a rubber stamp of the executive Read More

My govt ‘ll transform face of education in Yobe – Buni

June 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Yobe state governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has reiterated the political will of his administration to invest and transform education in the state. A statement released Wednesday in Abuja, by the director general media affairs to the governor, Mamman Mohammed, said Buni expressed the commitment when he received the management of Nigeria Read More

School fees hike: Kaduna varsity shut down

June 8, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 Kaduna State University has suspended undergraduate activities until further notice to restore law and order. The suspension did not however affect the postgraduate students from the various departments who are currently writing their examinations.  College of medicine, faculty of pharmaceutical sciences and part-time programmes are also exempted from the indefinite suspension. Students of the university recently engaged in protest march to the Read More

Nasarawa govt partners private firm to reduce unemployment, boost economy

June 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Nasarawa state governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule has taken step to reduce the level of unemployment in the state, therefore partnering a private firm even to boost state economy. Speaking Tuesday in Abuja during a visit to Halibiz industries, Idu industrial area, Abuja, the governor said his administration will do everything possible to ensure that the organisation set up additional facility Read More

Big data advances industrial upgrading in Guiyang

Big data technology is facilitating the upgrading and transformation of  several enterprises in Guiyang, southwest China’s Guizhou province. As the core region of China’s first national big data comprehensive pilot zone, Guiyang is taking smart manufacturing as a focal point to replace old growth drivers with new ones and promote high-quality development of its economy. Through big data, more and Read More

Ayade wins Blueprint Newspapers Governor of the Year award on Agro-Industrialisation

June 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has been awarded the Blueprint Newspaper Governor of the Year award for 2021. The event took place Thursday at the prestigious Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Ayade clinched the award in recgonition of his giant strides in agro-industrialization. The Blueprint 10th anniversary/Impact Series and Award is one in a series of Read More

Oyetola emerges Blueprint Newspaper’s Governor of the Year 2020

June 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governor of The State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, was on Thursday named the Blueprint Newspaper’s Governor of the Year 2020. The Governor was presented with the award by the Estu Nupe, who doubled as the Royal Father of Day on the occasion, Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, at the Blueprint Impact Series Awards, held in Abuja. This is coming barely seven days Read More

Jonathan, 14 governors, ministers, others bag Blueprint newspapers’ awards

May 30, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan would be conferred with ‘Blueprint Newspapers’ Icon of Democracy in Africa Award’ at the 2020 Impact Series/Awards ceremony scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 3, 2021 in Abuja.A statement issued by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Blueprint Newspapers Limited Malam Salisu Umar said the ex-president is considered worthy of the recognition because of his Read More

NDPHC, Eko discos sign MoU on 300MW delivery in Lagos

May 29, 2021 Tope Sunday, Abuja 0

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has signed an agreement with Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) to deliver 300 mega watts of power to Ibeju-Lekki and other franchise area in Lagos state. The agreement, which was sealed in the presence of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will see NDPHC supply electricity directly to Eko DisCo from existing Read More

Kwara mulls N14bn for school infrastructure

May 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Kwara state government is to inject N14 billion into the state economy through execution of infrastructure projects in the education sector. The governor’s special adviser on strategy, Alhaji Sa’adu Salahu, disclosed this Friday at a media parley organised by the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to mark the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration’s two years’ anniversary. Read More

Breaking: In Ebonyi, Umahi fires Commissioners, others

May 28, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Friday, dissolved the State Executive Council (SEC). Out of 109 of them, 83 were relived of their duties. Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Kenneth Ugbala, during a joint exco briefing in Abakaliki, said the dissolution was in two phases. He however pointed out that some key officers were not affected by the Read More

Anambra 2021: The preparedness of APC

May 24, 2021 Editor 0

From about 30 aspirants who initially joined the governorship race in Anambra State, less than 10 have shown a capacity to walk the political turf of the state by purchasing the expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress. A peep into the list indicates that clearly, it fits a description of the best, the worst and Read More

Blue economy: Wike applauds NIMASA’s strategy

May 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has commended the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for designing and pursuing a Blue Economy strategy purposed to replace the current oil economy in about 10 years. Wike stated this in Port Harcourt, when he received the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, who was on a courtesy visit. The governor said Read More

Edo to access $250m investment in oil palm, cassava value chain

May 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated his commitment to provide a conducive environment for investors in the state, as part of concerted efforts to diversify the state’s economy and provide jobs for its teeming youths. This is as the government is set to benefit from a United States Government’s financing to the tune of $250m for oil Read More

Breaking: El-Rufai sacks nurses, lecturers, orders fresh recruitment

  As Nigeria Labour Congress strike in Kaduna state enters day two, Governor Nasir el-Rufai has ordered the sack of nurses below Grade Level 14 and Kaduna State University (KASU) lecturers who joined the strike. Governor el-Rufai also declared the labour leaders as bandits whose actions are equivalent to the actions of the bandits kidnapping and menacing its citizens.  Speaking Read More

Harith launches multi-billion naira infrastructure top up fund

May 6, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

Africa infrastructure investors, Harith General Partners, has announced the launch of $200 million (about N76.1 billion naira) capital raise in a follow-up fund to its Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) 2, which it said is open to existing and new investors. The PAIDF 2 Infrastructure Top Up Fund is a shorter term vehicle (5-to-6 years) that is being established Read More

Group demands Ortom’s resignation as Benue governor

May 6, 2021 Editor 0

Group asks Ortom to resign over poor governance in Benue State The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to resign over “poor performance and gross ineptitude.” In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Hwande Titus Akase, on Wednesday, the group said the governor has failed to provide credible leadership since assuming Read More

NERC approves N215.68bn for Ikeja, Eko DisCos upgrades

May 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has given approval to Ikeja Electric Plc to invest the sum of N121.92 billion for infrastructure upgrade across its network within a period of five years. NERC, which is the regulator of Nigeria’s electricity sector, also approved N93.76 billion for Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) to upgrade infrastructure across its network within the same Read More

Bagudu, Kebbi’s go-getter

May 3, 2021 Umar Hayatudeen 0

In Nigeria’s political history some political office holders have tried to ensure that what they were elected to do are done to the best of their ability, leaving no cause for regrets especially for those who have invested their time and  resources to get into their various offices.One of those who are leaving no stone unturned by providing good governance Read More

Why FG won’t hike electricity tariff – Minister

May 1, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, Friday,  disclosed that it is not planning to hike the electricity tariff. Rather, he said, Nigerians should expect an increased efficiency in the power sector. The clarification came amidst reports of possible major increase in the price of electricity by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)  that has dominated the public space. The minister Read More