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NECA blames overstretched infrastructure for Apapa gridlock

August 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Director- General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Olusegun Oshinowo, has blamed the perennial gridlock in Apapa on overstretched infrastructure. Oshinowo who spoke in Lagos, said that growth rate was not factored early enough to keep up with growth and development. “Population is going up and investors are coming into the country to take advantage of opportunities, so Read More

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Etsu Nupe blasts Niger on infrastructure decay

March 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Etsu Nupe and chairman of the Niger state Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has lambasted government for the underdevelopment of the state. According to him, almost all infrastructure, including roads, have collapsed to the detriment of the people. The monarch stated this yesterday at his Wadata Palace when he received in audience a new sociopolitical group of indigenous Read More

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Port operators lampoon FG over roads

February 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  Port operators and commuters have bemoaned what they tagged the federal government lip service to end the deplorable state of infrastructure at Nigerian ports. Recently, maritime workers threatened to down tool over the gridlock on Apapa ports road caused by poor road network and excesses of trailer drivers that have turned the road to their parking arena. The concerned Read More

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FG won’t fund elections with capital budget – Osinbajo

February 12, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The federal government’s has insisted that it would not divert funds meant for capital project to prosecute for the 2019 general elections. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who gave the assurance when he delivered a lecture at the National Defence College (NDC) Course 26 participants on Friday in Abuja added that capital budget would be strictly deployed to fund infrastructural Read More

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Nigeria should deepen economic ties with China – Kayode

February 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Donald Iorchir Abuja The President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode has described the economic and diplomatic ties with China and Nigeria as one that has impacted positively on both nations emphasizing that it must be maintained. The ACCI president who spoke during the week at the Annual Reception held by the Chinese Economic Read More

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We’ll revoke undeveloped plots – AMMC boss

January 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Abdullahi Muhammad Abuja Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuiabu has stated that the administration has resolved to revoke plots that have not been developed two years after provision of infrastructure has been carried out. He disclosed this while responding to journalists during removal of illegal structures around Zuba interchange, he specifically gave the owner of an empty Read More

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Buhari’s broadcast not diversionary – APC

January 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has decried criticism that have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year broadcast, saying it was not diversionary. Okechukwu, who expressed shock over the harsh criticisms of the New Year speech by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Read More

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Corruption: A monster we must all fight, By Uzoma Ezenwa

December 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

In Nigeria, corruption is worse than cancer. It is a monster that has been consuming all that crosses its part. Jose Uqaz, chair of Transparency International, while presenting the 2016 Corruption Perception Index said: “In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and Read More

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NSIA partners PFAs, Insurance coys on NIDF

December 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Raphael Ede Enugu The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has disclosed that it would participate with pension funds managers and life insurance companies to participate in the Series II round of capital raising for CHD NIDF that closes in December 2017. An initial capital investment of N500 billion was made by NSIA in partnership with 15 other investors. The Read More

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PFAs investment in infrastructure hits N5.38bn

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By David Agba Abuja Investments by Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) in infrastructure in the country has reached N5.38 billion, the Chairman, Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria, Mr. Eguarehide Longe has said. This is just as the National Pension Commission (PenCom), disclosed that the total assets under the management of the Contributory Pension Scheme rose to N7.09tn at the end Read More

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NASFAT lauds Ambode on religious tolerance

December 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Tope Musowo Lagos Nasrul-lahi-li Fathi Society (NASFAT) yesterday, commended Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for displaying high level of religious tolerance since assuming office two and half years ago, saying the development has brought about peace and harmony among the religious groups in the state. National President of NASFAT, Alhaji Kamil Abayomi Abolarinwa, who stated this when he led Read More

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ECOWAS seeks devt partners’ support on infrastructure gaps

November 11, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Benjamin Umuteme ECOWAS Commission is seeking the cooperation of her development partners to address the infrastructural deficits confronting the region. President of the Commission, Marcel de Souza‎, who said this at the 12th annual ECOWAS-Development Partners Coordination meeting in Abuja, also added that the Community expected the cooperation with Development Partners to enhance the regional integration process “in a Read More

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Africa’s total infrastructure investment needs $150bn yearly – Minister

November 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Adeola Tukuru Abuja Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, yesterday revealed that World Bank estimates that Africa’s total infrastructure investment requirements at $120-150 billion per annum. He further explained that the World Bank estimates the gap between infrastructure investment requirements and available financial resources at about $60-80 billion per annum Enelamah, while briefing newsmen in Abuja Read More

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Niger seeks UNICEF intervention on education infrastructure

October 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has appealed to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to “quickly intervene in the infrastructure development of education in the state.” Bello stated this yesterday while signing the last trench of four-year work plan of N646.4 million memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UNICEF in Minna. He expressed concern over Read More

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Ministers poorly marketing Buhari in South-east – Anyanwu

October 26, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Chief Nduka Anyanwu, an Ex-officio member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is one of the core Buharists in the South east. In this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, he speaks of the agitation in the region, and the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle his cabinet, among other issues. Agitations in the South-east The agitation is not necessarily Read More

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Nigeria ‘ll return to true federalism under APC — Oyegun-Odigie

October 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bode Olagoke Chief John Oyegun-Odigie is the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview, he reveals how the party is building a new foundation for a progressive Nigeria and his fond memories of Nigeria’s independence. BODE OLAGOKE brings excerpts. hat was it like on October 1, 1960? How did you feel? Well, I was Read More

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Invest in road infrastructure, get tax relief– Fashola

October 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  To grant tax relief to individuals and corporate organisations who invest in Nigeria’s road infrastructure. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made the offer yesterday while speaking with journalists in Abuja. He said the idea was to attract the private sector to road maintenance. According to Fashola, the initiative will be implemented under a tax recovery Read More