Akwa Ibom adopts technology, EES as tools for job creation

November 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Akwa Ibom state government has adopted technology as well as Empowering Entrepreneurship Skills as most viable move to create more jobs for teaming youth of the state. Commissioner for Ministry of Labour and Manpower Planning, Dr. Sunday Ekanem Ibuot told newsmen in Abuja that the state was also partnering with private sector as well as federal government to reduce Read More

We trained 42,000 Nigerian entrepreneurs in 6 years- UNIDO

October 27, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO) has said it trained 42,000 Nigerian entrepreneurs between 2016 and 2021. The National Project Coordinator, UNIDO HP LIFE, Mr.Francis Ukoh, stated this during a-5 day training programme for SMEDAN officials in Uyo Tuesday. Ukoh said the organisation has so far empowered about 418 trainers and 10 master trainers in Nigeria to support the training Read More

How Dangote is driving African economy – DG ACCI

October 4, 2021 David Agba 0

The Director-General of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Ms Victoria Akai has described the Dangote Group as the flagship and the epicenter for Africa’s industrialization. Speaking on the sideline of the Abuja International Trade Fair that was declared open Monday, the DG said the conglomerate has placed Nigeria on the continental and global map. “As a reputable Read More

AfCFTA: FG tasks Kano traders on export, job creation

September 28, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

The federal government has challenged micro, small and medium enterprises operating in Kano state to leverage on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) market in order to enhance their revenue and create jobs through active export of manufactured goods and services to other African countries. In a press statement in Kano, secretary National Action Committee on AfCFTA, Francis Anatogu, Read More

Move to salvage naira: Coalition hails CBN

September 21, 2021 Editor 0

The Coalition of Civil Society groups has hailed the move by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to salvage the Naira through the discouragement of illicit financial flow and stoppage of the sales of Forex to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators who exploit and artificially inflate dollar/naira exchange. The coalition in a statement signed by its President and Secretary Etuk Read More

SMEs growth as panacea to Nigeria’s economic recovery- Heritage Bank

September 20, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Managing Director/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo, says there’s the need to support Small and Medium Enterprises through providing infrastructure, loans to farmers and ensuring interest rate loans are single digit. Sekibo who gave this submission on the sidelines of the 14th Annual Banking and Finance Conference of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) with a Read More

Ailing economy, CBN’s interventions

September 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

With the federal government’s finances not enough to meet its ever increasing obligations, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been saddled with the responsibility of intervening in various sectors of the economy; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. Established in 1958 through an Act of Parliament, which was amended in 1991, 1993,1997,1998,1999 and 2007, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), charges the Bank Read More

IFC approves $30m loan to boost manufacturing, job creation in Nigeria, others

September 8, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has approved a $30 million loan to support Baalbaki Chemical Industries (BCI) Holding South Africa’s expansion of its existing production facility in Egypt and the commissioning of new factories in Algeria and Nigeria to boost manufacturing capacity and job creation. The facility, which is given to Baalbaki Chemical Read More

Job creation: NDE engages 2,572 unemployed graduates under GAP scheme

September 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has recruited and deployed a total of 2,572 unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions across the country with various corporate oganisations under its transient job creation scheme. NDE’s Head of Information and Public Relations Edmund Onwuliri disclosed this in a statement Monday in Abuja. He said the scheme known as Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP) is Read More

Jamoh seeks synergy as key against maritime crimes

September 6, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has restated the need for enhanced stakeholder collaboration in tackling maritime security challenges in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea. Dr. Jamoh made this call in a paper presentation titled, “Enhancing Collaboration amongst Stakeholders for Improved Maritime Security in Nigeria,” at the recently held Chief of the Read More

Medugu: A youth suitable for 2023 Adamawa North

September 2, 2021 Tom Garba 0

The assertion that Adamawa state is a land of beauty is a fact beyond a mere slogan. It’s a land endowed with many beautiful scenes that nature has endowed in many parts of the state. The state is endowed with the beauty of humanity. It’s a blessed land with many ethnic groups (tribes). The people are uniquely different with enormous Read More

Unemployment: FG begins training of youths nationwide on vocational skills

September 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government has commenced a national training programme for youths on vocational skills acquisition/emerging trades as a way of reducing the scourge of unemployment in the country. Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN , who flagged off the programme in Warri, Delta state, said the training was part of government’s commitment to provide solutions to Read More

Gombe: Assessing Hashidu, Goje, Dankwambo, Inuwa govts

August 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

Gombe state leadership needs a thunderous applause and to be praised considering how it works effectively to see the betterment of the state despite the troublesome social evils and the threatening economic stability of the country in the past and now. Leadership under these selfless leaders whose leadership can be hardly compared with other Northeastern governors despite their different political Read More

Estimated billings: FG moves to roll out 4m additional meters

August 21, 2021 Tope Sunday, Abuja 0

The federal government said it has concluded plans to roll out additional four million meters to drastically reduce estimated billing by the Electriticity Distribution Companies (Discos). It said the four million meters would be deployed under the 2nd phase of its metering programme tagged: “National Mass Metering Programme” . A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Read More

Complete Magama Cattle market

August 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

I appeal to Governor Bala Muhammad of Bauchi state to please resume work on the abandoned Magama Cattle market project. The market will create more than 10,000 menial obs when completed apart from those that will be engaged in buying and selling of the cattle. It’s nearly eight years since former governor Isa Yuguda constructed Magama Gumau cattle market but Read More

FCTA to partner construction federation on skills acquisition

August 11, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Minister of State Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has expressed the commitment of the FCT Administration to partner the Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) in various construction skills. The minister gave this commitment when the leadership of the Federation of Construction Industry paid her a courtesy call to brief the minister on the outcome of its 65th Read More

Industrial development: From Sahara Desert to Oasis – the Kaduna state story

August 10, 2021 Emmanuel Ado 0

countries don’t create economies. It is entrepreneurs and companies that create and revitalise economies. The role of the governments should be to create a nourishing environment for entrepreneurs and companies to flourish, not to get in the way of economic development”-John Naisbitt. By 2014, the Kaduna state industrial landscape was a Sahara Desert, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), the Kaduna Refinery Read More

Number of empty houses in Nigeria overwhelming – Fashola

July 8, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola Thursday described the numbers of empty houses in the country as overwhelming just as he disclosed that the claim that the country has over 17 million housing deficits is not realistic. Fashola spoke in Abuja shortly after he inaugurated the newly reconstituted Board of Directors of the Federal Housing Authority, (FHA) under the Read More

Sterling Bank pledges support for Lagos Tourism Master plan

July 8, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Sterling Bank Plc has pledged support for the 20-year Lagos State Tourism Masterplan and Policy crafted to transform the State of Aquatic Splendour into one of the top five tourism destinations on the African continent. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, In a goodwill message at the public presentation of the tourism masterplan and policy, said, Read More

Re: A wake up call to Bauchi youths

June 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

My attention has been drawn to the above titled piece written by the one Ukasha Rabiu Magama, published in the Blueprint. The piece galvanised youths of Bauchi state to fully participate in politics so as to turn over a new leaf of their state’s economic growth and build a brighter future full of prosperity for even their generations to come. Read More

Buhari unveils 7 of Zulum’s 556 projects

June 18, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar 0

President Muhammadu Buhari could not hide his joy in Maiduguri, Thursday, after commissioning seven out of the 556 capital projects delivered by Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum in just two years in office. “I am highly impressed by the very dynamic leadership that His Excellency Governor Babagana Umaru Zulum has been providing in Borno State in the last Read More

MRO facility to save aviation industry N400bn

June 17, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

An estimated $1 billion (N412,497,554,000.00) spent annually by airlines in Nigeria and the West African region by virtue of ferrying aircraft offshore for different types of aircraft checks is due to reduce drastically as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) grant an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) certificate to 7Star Global Hangar Ltd to operate an all-inclusive Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Read More