Buhari set to unveil CBN’s rice pyramids

January 17, 2022 Ahmid Lawal 0

President Muhammadu Buhari will Tuesday unveil the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s huge Rice Pyramids in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the mega rice pyramids project is a collaboration of the CBN with Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN). Information obtained from the apex bank’s official website stated that the pyramids, which it described as the Read More

As FCT state minister moves against impending epidemic…

January 11, 2022 Kingsley Madaki 0

There is a popular saying that ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’, that is why people must maintain good hygiene, for their environment to depict godly nature of a clean environment. Abuja, designed to be the most beautiful city in West Africa, has been characterised by extreme dirty environments, mostly in the hinterlands and satellite towns, where refuse are dumped indiscriminately Read More

Deep de-cabrbonisation as a carbon emission reduction tool

December 27, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Just recently the federal government launched the Deep De-carbonization Project as a means of reducing carbon emission thus helping to mitigate the adverse effect of climate change; HELEN OJI reports The Deep De-cabrbonization Project is a national research and capacity building project for the implementation of a Deep De-carbonization Pathway Programme, (DDPP) in Nigeria. It is a collaboration project between the Federal Read More

Direct Primaries as albatross of Electoral Amendment Bill 2021

December 20, 2021 Editorial IV 0

  With the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021, TAIYE ODEWALE examines the issue at stake  Meaning of Electoral Act Electoral Act is the law put in place by an Act of Parliament to guide the conduct of elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).While there were no such laws in place for Read More

Intra-Africa trade: AfCFTA to eliminate 90% of tariff, reduce non-tariff barriers

November 22, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

All plans are on by the National Action Committee – African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), to eliminate 90% of tariffs and reduce non-tariff barriers to enhance Intra-African trade across the continent. The Secretary of the National Action Committee – African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Francis Anatogu while briefing newsmen on the Nigeria AfCFTA Subnational strategy workshop in conjunction with the Read More

FG should involve clerics in governance to curb insecurity- Prophet

October 31, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The founder of Garden of Love and Deliverance Ministry in Masaka, Nasarawa state, Prophet Sunday Balogun, has called on the federal government to involve religious leaders in governance; in order to tackle the issue of insecurity through prayers. Speaking on Sunday during a service to mark his 56th birthday, Prophet Balogun, who distributed food to about 5,000 members of the Read More

UN trains women on gender equality bill

October 31, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The United Nations Women under an intervention known as the EU-UN joint Spotlight initiative, has conducted a training for women in Film and Television international and Nigerian film/ TV industry professionals on ending violence against women, girls and gender equal opportunities bill. Spotlight Initiative is a multi-year program to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and to Read More

NSIP: FG trains 350 mobile money agents in North West

October 25, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Federal government has begun training of 350 agents for Mobile Money transactions in the North West zone of the country.According to a statement made available to Blueprint in Abuja Monday, signed by the Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who flagged off the training programme Read More

How I stood strong, killed Obasanjo’s third term agenda – Ken Nnamani

October 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Senate President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Ken Nnamani, has revealed how he aborted the planned to amend constitution to allow for third term in office during former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Nnamani said his model of legislating was shaped by the debate about whether the legislator is an agent or a trustee. Speaking Thursday in Read More

Osun monarch threatens to expose colleague for refusal to refund loan

October 13, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

A traditional ruler in Osun state, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, has threatened to expose a monarch for his refusal to refund the loan he took for him. Speaking at the Freedom Park, Osogbo, during the disbursement of N6.5bn Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. The monarch said, “I want to advise the beneficiaries not Read More

10 years of October 11th.

October 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

OCTOBER 11TH has been marked as the Girl child since the sitting of the UN general assembly of 19th December 2011.This resolve to mark this day came about because of the apparent challenges, struggles, violence, and discrimination the Girl child faces around the world with the intent to preferring solutions and implementing them. However, billions of Girls all over the Read More

How Ajulo rescued teenager sentenced to death for stealing phone

October 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

An Abuja based lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, has confirmed that a Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti Judicial Division has discharged and acquitted a teenager Adeolu Bamiteko, who was sentenced to death by a High Court for stealing phone. Bamiteko with one Ayobami Ojo were arraigned in Charge No. HAD/15C/2014 before the High Court presided over by Justice J.O Read More

In Borno, Zulum orders 100 cars, 500 keke NAPEP for 2,200 operators

October 4, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has hosted operators of ‘Keke NAPEP’ during which he directed the procurement of 500 tricycles and 100 Toyota cars (Corolla LE) for subsidised allocations.   Addressing the meeting held at Government House Maiduguri, Governor Zulum explained that about 2000 Keke NAPEP operators, who currently do not have their own tricycles, would benefit from the intervention in Read More

Reps probe sharp practices in FCT public health institutions

September 30, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives, has mandated its Committee on the Federal Capital Territory to investigate alleged sharp practices in the operational activities of public health Institutions in the FCT. This was fallout of a motion presented on Thursday, by Hon. Mohammed Jatau, who noted that the health institutions were established to control, manage and remedy healthcarechallenges of Nigerians who have Read More

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FG, NIPSS to bridge women economic empowerment gap in Nigeria

September 23, 2021 John Oba, 0

The National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Development Research Project Center (DRPC) and the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning, is set to bridge empowerment gaps especially among women in Nigeria. Consultant, Women Economic Empowerment Intervention, Dr. Plangsat Bitrus while speaking in Abuja on Tuesday at the inauguration of the technical working group for the pilot monitoring Read More

Voice Nigeria: Oxfam advises NGOs, CSOs on utilising funds from donors

September 21, 2021 Paul Okah 0

An international organisation, Oxfam, has advised non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisation (CSOs) and other volunteer groups to be transparent and accountable in utilising funds gotten from donor agencies. Addressing participants Tuesday in Abuja during the Voice grantees inception, the Project Coordinator, Voice in Nigeria, Ijeoma Okwor, said that the project, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Read More

APC group lauds Buhari’s strategic responses to Covid-19 pandemic

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the aiges of APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) has commended the firm responses of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administratiom to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group, which is a voluntary think-tank group of the governing party, particularly lauded President Buhari’s setting up of an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by the Vice Read More

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AfCFTA: Don’t make Nigeria a dumping ground, CICAN tasks FG

September 13, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CICAN) has called on the federal government against making Nigeria a dumping ground as a result of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). CICAN also called for the support of all stakeholders towards repositioning the nation’s economy. CICAN which gave the charge through it General Secretary, Mathew Ayoola in a press Read More

58th meeting: Agba lauds radiologists over role in health sector

September 9, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, has eulogised the Association of Radiologists in Nigeria (ARIN) over the protective role it is playing in the health sector. Speaking Thursday in Abuja during the 58th annual general meeting of Association of Radiologist in West Africa (ARAWA), Agba said the association was able to put its best Read More

ITUC-Africa lampoons UAE for brutalising, deporting migrant workers

September 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUCAfrica) has condemned the acts of dehumanization meted out by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against over 700 African migrants legally working in the UAE. A statement by the general secretary, Kwasi Adu-Amankwah, said using excessive force, including stun guns, beatings, and also sexually exploited and harassed women, by among Read More

Ministry unveils revamped N-Power, GEEP schemes

August 26, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

 The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has  expanded and restructured two of its flagship poverty alleviation and youth empowerment schemes –Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and N-POWER- under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), which have been flagged off at major events in Abuja. Highlights of the repackaged schemes include raising the number of N-Power beneficiaries Read More

Lessons from 2020 Olympics/Paralympics outings

August 26, 2021 Felicia O. Nwokorie 0

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness (Prov. 15:2). The mouths of our elites have rather become an abomination in the world of distinguished instead of legends with legacies.All their eyes are seeing and have seen in the just concluded Olympic Games are extraordinary weapons that will further expose the weakness Read More

Covid-19: UNFPA trains 120 health workers on SRH, GBV

August 25, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has trained 120 health workers in Kaduna on Sexual Reproductive Health, Gender Based Violence and Covid-19 mitigation and care.The health workers drawn from Chikun and Kaduna North local governments of Kaduna state, were training as part of a Civil Society Organisation Engagement (CSOE) funded by UNFPA in seven states with Planned Parenthood Federation of Read More