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Hajj 2018: Saudi Arabia moves to stop Nigerian pilgrims

April 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Saudi Arabian authorities are threatening to block Nigerian pilgrims from attending this year’s Hajj exercise. Nigeria has one of the largest contingents in the annual religious exercise with about 95,000 pilgrims. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) yesterday said Saudi Arabia “is taking the decision because of reports of Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria.” Outbreak of Lassa fever has Read More

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Five months on, 2018 budget still in legislative incubator

April 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

It’s been five months since the N8.612trillion 2018 budget estimates were presented to the National Assembly for approval by President Muhammadu Buhari, yet there is no concrete sign to that effect from the lawmakers. TAIYE ODEWALE examines the issues surrounding this. New fiscal calendar in the breach Part of the requests made by President Muhammadu Buhari to the members of Read More

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124m Nigerians suffer food insecurity – Report

March 23, 2018 Blueprint 0

A new global report on food crises for 2017 by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday sounded the alarm regarding surging levels of acute hunger. The report stated that some 124 million people in Nigeria and other 50 countries were affected by acute food insecurity during 2017, this Read More

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FG, States, LGAs share N635.5bn for January

February 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja The Federation Account Allocation Committee, (FAAC), has distributed the sum of N635.554bn to the three tiers of government as allocation for January 2018. The Meeting which was presided over by the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, said that the gross revenue of N538.908 billion received for the month was lower than the N540.446 billion received in the Read More

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FG, States, LGAs share N635.55bn for January

February 23, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Federation Account Allocation Committee, (FAAC), has distributed the sum of N635.554bn to the three tiers of government as allocation for January 2018. The Meeting which was presided over by the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, said that the gross revenue of N538.908 billion received for the month was lower than the N540.446 billion received in the previous Read More

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Apapa customs ambushes banned drugs, rakes N31bn

February 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Lagos Nigeria Customs Command (NCS), Apapa has confiscated 4×40 foot containers of banned drugs valued at N110,016,524. Blueprint gathered that one person was arrested in connection with the seized drugs but had been granted administrative. The Controller of the NCS Apapa Command, Jibrin Musa who gave the breakdown of the seizures said the drugs were imported by a company identified Read More

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EFCC recovers N473bn, $98.2m, £294,851 in 2017

February 6, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, yesterday, revealed that it recovered looted funds totalling N473billion in 2017. Also, the agency gave the recovered fund in foreign denominations to include; $98,258,124.97; £294,851.82; €7,247,363.75; 443,400 Dirham and 70,500 Rand. Similarly, the anti-graft body, during the period under review, secured final forfeiture of the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi cash of $43million as well as Read More

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16,387 Nigerians deported in 2017 – FG

January 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

By Awaal Gata Abuja About 16,387 Nigerians were deported back to the country at different times by different countries in 2017, the federal government has said. The figure was disclosed by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammadu Babandede, during a joint press conference with a committee set up by the federal government to secure the release of Read More

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2019: Is Buhari, Atiku face-off imminent?

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The defection of former Vice President Abubukar Atiku to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has set the tone for the 2019 presidential race in the country. TOPE SUNDAY writes on Atiku’s political odyssey and the imminent face-off between him and President Muhammadu Buhari. The official defection of the former Vice President, Alhaji Abubukar Read More

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2017: N222bn FCT budget scales second reading at Senate

November 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Taiye Odewale Abuja The N222 billion 2017 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Appropriation Bill scaled second reading in Senate yesterday . Presenting lead debate on the general principles of the bill, the leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan (APC Yobe North), said it was for the financial year January 1 – December 31, 2017. He said the bill would be funded Read More

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2017 budget: FG set to release N350bn for capital projects – Adeosun

June 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has disclosed the federal government’s readiness to release N350 billion, being the first tranche in the implementation of the 2017 budget. Mrs. Adeosun said this yesterday in Abuja at the public presentation of 2017 Appropriation Act. She said the federal government has sufficient fund to immediately begin the execution of key projects and initiatives Read More

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FIRS generates N778.19 billion in first quarter 2017

June 14, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said it generated N778.19 billion revenue in the first quarter of 2017. This is according to a progress report by the FIRS sent to the Federal Ministry of Finance and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday in Abuja. The report, which showed the revenue performance for the first quarter of 2017, gave Read More

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It‘ll be difficult implementing 2017 Budget – Osinbajo

June 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

Signs Appropriation Bill into law Signs Appropriation Bill into law By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday signed the N7.441 trillion 2017 Appropriation Bill into law, putting an end to months of speculations and uncertainty. Osinbajo signed the budget at 4.41pm in the presence of the Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Read More

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NNPC, PPMC sold N1.31trn petroleum products in 2016′

February 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Th e Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiary, the Products and Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC) sold petroleum products worth N1.309 trillion over a 12-month period, between January and December 2017. Th is was revealed in the NNPC’s Monthly Financial and Operations Report, which also indicated that the group almost doubled its earnings from the 2015 sales fi gures Read More

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‘Foreign investors bought Treasury Bills worth N557bn in 2016’

February 8, 2017 Blueprint 0

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said that foreign investors bought N557 billion worth of Treasury Bills (TBs), in 2016, due to the high-interest regime in the money market. DAVID AGBA reports. Investors looking for passive investment in the country can sit back and make their money work for them by investing in Treasury Bills. Treasury Bills (TBs) are Read More

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2014 audit exposes N3.3trn fraud in MDAs, NASS

March 15, 2016 Blueprint 0

Legislature makes N9.5bn payment without vouchers By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja The 2014 audit report of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies submitted to the leadership of the National Assembly yesterday, exposed ‘massive fraud’ in government’s MDAs, including the lawmaking body, to the tune of over N3.3 trillion. The report which was submitted by the Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr. Samuel Ukura, Read More

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Certainly, Nigerians have image problem abroad but –Buhari

February 9, 2016 Blueprint 0

Below is a detailed question and answer  session President Muhammadu Buhari had with the UK, Daily Telegraph Are you willing to talk to Boko Haram about the missing Chibok schoolgirls? As long as we can establish the bona fides of the leadership of Boko Haram, we are prepared as a government to discuss with them how to get the girls Read More

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Gulf of Guinea piracy drops by 29% in 2015

January 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea dropped by nearly a third in 2015 compared to the previous year, while Somali piracy remains contained, according to a new report, which notes that maritime crime in Southeast Asia continues to rise. DAVID AGBA reports Dryad Maritime has reported that offshore maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea saw a Read More

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For Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 28, 2016 Blueprint 1

Company Name     No. of Deals        Quote (N)    Quantity Traded             Value of Shares (N) BOND NAME 15.10% FGN APR 2017    1    106.50    100    110,378.14 SUB-SECTOR TOTALS    1        100    110,378.14 SECTOR TOTALS    1        100    110,378.14 GRANT TOTALS    1        100    110,378.14 CROP PRODUCTION OKOMU OIL PALM PLC.    13    30.60    51,100    1,602,110.00 PRESCO PLC    9    33.00    46,045    1,520,260.00 SUB-SECTOR TOTALS   Read More

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For Monday, January 18, 2016

January 19, 2016 Blueprint 0

Company Name No. Of Deals Quote (N) Quantity Traded Value Of Shares (N) BOND NAME 15.10% FGN APR 2017 1 108.00 300 334,520.49 16.39% FGN JAN 2022 1 115.50 250 308,458.33 SUB-SECTOR TOTALS 2 550 642,978.82 SECTOR TOTALS 2 550 642,978.82 TYPE TOTALS 2 550 642,978.82 CROP PRODUCTION FTN COCOA PROCESSORS PLC 1 0.50 35,000 17,500.00 OKOMU OIL PALM PLC. Read More

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For Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January 14, 2016 Blueprint 0

Company Name     No. of Deals        Quote (N)    Quantity Traded             Value of Shares (N) CROP PRODUCTION OKOMU OIL PALM PLC.    18    32.64    90,094    2,944,204.02 PRESCO PLC    13    33.00    115,624    3,819,020.10 SUB-SECTOR TOTALS    31        205,718    6,763,224.12 LIVESTOCK/ANIMAL SPECIALTIES LIVESTOCK FEEDS PLC.    12    1.16    248,625    288,729.00 SUB-SECTOR TOTALS    12        248,625    288,729.00 SECTOR TOTALS    43        454,343    7,051,953.12 DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIES A.G. Read More

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For Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January 13, 2016 Blueprint 0

Company Name No. of Deals Quote (N) Quantity Traded Value of Shares (N) BOND NAME 14.20% FGN MAR 2024 1 111.70 23 26,785.65 15.10% FGN APR 2017 1 108.00 100 111,259.29 SUB-SECTOR TOTALS 2 123 138,044.94 SECTOR TOTALS 2 123 138,044.94 TYPE TOTALS 2 123 138,044.94 CROP PRODUCTION OKOMU OIL PALM PLC. 35 36.15 191,727 6,651,588.15 PRESCO PLC 9 33.00 Read More

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2016: FG, States, LGs to share N5.7tn

January 12, 2016 Blueprint 0

Figures obtained from the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) have shown that a total sum of N5.7 trillion is being planned to be distributed among the three tiers of government as allocations for the 2016 fiscal year, DAVID AGBA writes The framework, according to the MTEF covers the period 2016 to 2018 and was sent to the National Assembly by Read More

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For Monday, January 11, 2016

January 12, 2016 Blueprint 0

Company Name                                          No. Of Deals        Quote (N)       Quantity Traded        Value Of Shares (N) BOND NAME 14.20% FGN MAR 2024    1    113.30    152    179,390.90 SUB-SECTOR TOTALS    1        152    179,390.90 SECTOR TOTALS    1        152    179,390.90 TYPE TOTALS    1        152    179,390.90 CROP PRODUCTION OKOMU OIL PALM PLC.    63    36.15    1,575,374    54,938,921.53 PRESCO PLC    5    33.00    35,202    1,164,815.20 SUB-SECTOR TOTALS    68   Read More