FG urges women entrepreneurs to apply for MSMEs grant

November 25, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The federal government has urged women entrepreneurs to apply for its intervention grant for Micro, Small and  Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to enable them overcome challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum, made the call at a news conference on the implementation process of the survival fund on Tuesday in Abuja. Read More

How citizens can benefit from FG’s affordable housing units – Fashola

November 18, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government has put in place various interventions in the housing sector aimed at making the process of owning houses easy for the citizens, Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said on Wednesday.The minister said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari Read More

CNPP to INEC Chair: Use your 2nd term to ensure e-voting, results transmission

October 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has urged the reappointed Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to ensure that the rare opportunity provided by his second tenure did not end in disappointment after 2023 general elections. The CNPP in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu also advised Yakubu to use his Read More

Our palliatives not among the looted – VSF

October 26, 2020 Binta Shama 0

The Victims Support Fund COVID-19 Emergency Task Force has said none of its pallaitives was among those looted by hoodlums across the country. The group also said all palliatives handed to states under its Phases one and two were completely distributed among those targeted.Spokesperson of the group, Alkasim Abdulkadir made the clarifications Monday in a statement in Abuja.  He said the Read More

Re-election: South Uneme PDP leaders laud Obaseki, Shuaibu, Orbih

October 14, 2020 Suleiman Idris 0

 Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South Uneme clan of Etsako Central local government area of Edo state have described the re-election of the Governor of the state Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Mr. Phillip Shuaibu as the testament to the confidence reposed in their administration in the last four years. They also commended the Vice Chairman Read More

Reps vows to make CSOs, NGOs accountable

October 4, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives Committee on Civil Societies and Development Partners has insisted on making civil society organisations in the country accountable the the citizens.Chairman of the panel, Hon. Kabir Idris, reiterated the resolve of the parliament to ensure Organisations, Civil Society Organizations, Donor Agencies and Development Partners operating accountable to the citizens. Hon. Idris who stated this during an Read More

Niger gov’s dilemma of invaded roads

September 21, 2020 Mary Noel Berje 0

Niger state is like a hinge that connects the South-west and the Northern parts of Nigeria. Hence, it is home to critical federal roads like the Mokwa-Tegina-Brinin Gwari road. Again, of the 32,182.80 kilometers federal roads across the country, Niger state has the largest share traversing the length and breadth of the state with 2,374, the highest in Nigeria. However, Read More

Ondo residents go spiritual for rainfall

August 26, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

  Residents of Ondo state are presently seeking spiritual intervention through interdenominational prayers as rainy season changed to dry season in the state. Most of the towns and communities last witnessed rain about two and half months ago  and nearly all farm produce have withered. The development  in all the towns, villages and communities across the state  made many wells Read More

AWDROP declares war on unlicensed, indiscriminate drilling in Ekiti

August 26, 2020 Raphael Adeyanju 0

National President of the Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), Mr. Michael Ale, has urged the federal and state governments to renew the fight against indiscriminate drilling by self-acclaimed drillers who fail to get license from relevant government agencies. Speaking to journalist in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Ale who expressed shock at the alarming rate at which Read More

Uncertainty as massive resignation hits IBB varsity

August 15, 2020 Abdulsalam Mahmud 0

It seems the mass resignation of about seven lecturers at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), in Niger state, was not a novel incident. But another lecturer at the institution, who did not want to be named, told Blueprint that many academic staff have discreetly resigned their appointments in recent times. “That four professors in our university tendered their Read More

Kano Assembly starts campaign against hunger, malnutrition

August 14, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

Kano state House of Assembly has flagged off the process to confront the threat caused by hunger and malnutrition across the state. The speaker of the House of Assembly, Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa, said malnutrition “constitutes a challenge that should be squarely and urgently addressed,” adding that the role of nutritionists in the development of the state “cannot be overemphasised.” This Read More

When a guard becomes a thief

August 13, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In government business, whenever political party affiliation and/or distinction becomes the parameter that defines competence, when it becomes the basis that forms corruption and misconduct allegations, hope for a better society by the citizens and claims for a better nation by the government in power seem to be a mirage. Despite the ascendancy of the APC led administration under President Muhammadu Read More

Nasarawa gov’t distributes N300m worth hospital equipment to PHCs

July 29, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state Wednesday, flagged off the distribution of hospital equipment to Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and General hospitals worth over N300 million.The equipment was procured through the 2020 intervention from the Save One Million Lives (SOML) programme of the World Bank. Distributing the equipment in Lafia, Sule said the government has renovated 67 PHCs and 11 general hospitals across Read More

CBN’s body of experts for health sector’ll bridge funding gaps – SGF

July 21, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has inaugurated the Body of Experts (BoE) for the Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme (HSRDIS). The HSRDIS was established by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to address the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Experts chaired by the Director-General, National Agency for Food Read More

94 children die of malnutrition in Kaduna

July 16, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state has lost 94 children below the age of five to malnutrition out of 15, 842 new cases of malnutrition recorded in the state between January and June 2020, the assistant state nutrition officer has said.Addressing a meeting organised by Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), in Kaduna to review its 2020 work plan in response to COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Adams George, in his Read More

Negative Image: Make peace with media, ICPC boss tells NASS lawmakers

July 8, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Bolaji Owasanoye, has advised members of the National Assembly to “make peace with the media”, as a way to reduce the lingering negative public perception. Owasanoye, who noted that bad news usually sells, stated this during a budget performance session with the House of Representatives Committee on Procurement Read More

CS_SUNN urges Kaduna to implement multi sectoral nutrition action plan

July 2, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria has urged Kaduna and other pilot states to approve and implement their State Multi sectoral Plan of Action for Nutrition (SMPAN) to save women and children dying daily of malnutrition. CS_SUNN wants pilot states like Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Nasarawa and Niger to swiftly approve and commence implementation of SMPAN to effectively address malnutrition, diabetes, Read More

Recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians: NASS summons Ngige, suspends process

July 1, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

The National Assembly has summoned the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, to provide it with details of modalities for the implementation of the federal government’s planned 774,000 public work intervention programme. The same subject matter on Tuesday, generated discord between the Minister of State (Labour), Festus Keyamo, and members of the committees of labour of both chambers of the Read More

APC crisis deepens: Only NEC, not Buhari can resolve face-off – Giadom

 There are conflicting signs over effort at resolving the dispute within the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC), even as President Muhammadu Buhari Monday  summoned the governors elected on the party’s platform to a meeting on possible resolution of the feud. While the governors said they had the president’s words on his readiness to bring the warring parties together, a claimant to Read More

Gbajabiamila hails resident doctors for calling off strike

June 21, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has commended members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) for calling off their nationwide strike following his interventions and those of others. Gbajabiamila said by their action, the resident doctors have once again proved that they truly have Nigerians at heart.The Speaker in a statement by his Special Adviser Read More

Anguish, grief as erosion sacks Anambra community

June 16, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Over hundred households are at verge of loosing their properties to erosion menace at Umudim village in Ekwulumili community, Nnewi South local government, Anambra state.The agrarian community, Blueprint learnt, had been experiencing ecological challenges which for years had rendered many homeless, with houses, farmlands, economic trees and others gone without government intervention. An aged woman, Mrs Victoria Ezeifedikwa, while narrating how the Read More

Sallah: Pray, heal the world of COVID-19, Ishaku urges Taraba Muslims

May 25, 2020 Andrew Ojih 0

Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku, Sunday urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for Allah’s intervention to heal the world of the coronavirus pandemic. Ishaku in a press statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity,  Mr. Bala Dan Abu to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration and a copy made available to Blueprint, said his  administration was ready and Read More