Immigration: FG laments non-collection of 250,000 passports by Nigerians

March 3, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has decried non-collection of at least, 250,000 passports by applicants nationwide, even it warned against racketeering among the officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). Speaking Thursday in Enugu, at the unveiling of the enhanced electronic passport facility and commissioning of the passport production centre, minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said the federal government was working Read More

Pictures: Africa Youth Day: FG vows commitment to youth development initiatives, upscaling for national growth

December 1, 2021 Editor 0

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to youth development-focused initiatives that would harness the potentials of the youth and upscale them towards achieving rapid socio-economic growth in the country. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, disclosed this on Tuesday during the commemoration of the 2021 Africa Youth Day, which held in Abuja with the theme ”Defining Read More

ARYA commends FCT minister over appointment of secretaries

November 29, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

An indigenous organisation under the auspices of Abuja Residents Youth Association (ARYA) has applauded the FCT minister for the appointment of mandate secretaries, executive secretary, heads of agencies and his personal assistants. President of the association, Ambassador Akoshile Mukhtar, who gave the commendation, stated that the appointment is a show of respect and commitment to the yearnings and aspirations of Read More

Ministry woos mining investors as Nigeria holds 5th Mining Week

November 16, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Minister of Mines and Steel Development Arc Olamilekan Adegbite has revealed several reasons why investors should invest in Nigeria Mining sector. He stated this at the 5th Annual Nigeria Mining Week, titled “Seven Compelling Reasons to Invest in Nigeria’s Mining Sector.” However, he said, “I can give you a hundred compelling reasons to invest in Nigeria’s mining sector. For starters, Read More

2022: Mines & Steel Devt Ministry targets N7.3bn revenue

November 11, 2021 Taiye Odewale, 0

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, has projected N7.3billion as internally generated revenue (IGR) for 2022 fiscal year. This is as the Minister of State for the Ministry,  Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah insisted that capital punishment against illegal miners , is the potent  way of stopping fleecing of Nation’s resources in the Mining and Solid Minerals Sector and invariably Read More

Insecurity: Sack FCT minister within 72hrs, Abuja group begs Buhari

November 2, 2021 Editorial II 0

An indigenous Civil Society Organisation under the auspices of Abuja Grassroots Advocacy Projects (AGAP) has called for the immediate sack of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Musa Bello over none implementation budgetary allocations. The CSO who made this call in a statement Tuesday in Abuja on the state of the capital city which the group Read More

STI policy to strengthen Nigeria’ economy – Onu

October 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Science Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that the effective implementation of Science Technology and Innovation (STI) policy, and other policies associated with the STI ecosystem will help strengthen the economy. Onu stated this during the Presentation of Evaluation of the Nigeria 2012 Science Technology and Innovation (STI) policy performance Report, recently in Abuja. Read More

Enugu APC chairman mocks PDP over pledge to rescue Nigeria

October 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The newly elected Enugu State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adolphus Udeh has mocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its pledge to rescue Nigeria. According to Udeh, before rescuing Nigeria, PDP should first account for the uncountable underdevelopment obstacles the party embedded in the system,   prior to their exit from power in 2015. In a press Read More

FG promises to implement 5% of jobs for persons with disabilities

October 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has expressed readiness to implement the law mandating Five per cent of jobs at both private and public sectors are allocated to people living with disabilities. Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, who made this disclosure weekend in Abuja said his ministry will issue circular to all the ministries and parastatals by next week.  Already, Read More

Happening now: Watch as Atiku, Tambuwal, Kwankwaso, other supporters turn convention to carnival, campaign (VIDEO)

October 30, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Barely two years to the 2023 presidential election, supporters of various aspirants turned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention ground to campaign and some sort of carnival display. Beautifully dressed in colourful attire, carrying posters of their preferred candidates for the 2023 Presidential election, various supporters were seen dancing to melodious sound around at the ongoing PDP 2021 National Read More

Earned allowances: SSANU, NASU give FG 2 weeks to reverse sharing formula

October 28, 2021 Moses John 0

The two non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian Universities have given federal government a two-week ultimatum to reverse the sharing formula of the just approved N22.127 billion for payment of earned allowances for the university staff. Blueprint can authoritatively report that out of the approved amount, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ( ASUU) is to take a lion share of 75 Read More

Yar’Adua’s minister, Abba Ruma, dies in London

October 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

Former Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources in late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua’s government, Dr Abba Sayyadi Ruma, is dead. Reliable sources said Ruma died in a London hospital. His uncle and Danwairen Katsina, Alhaji Sada Salisu Ruma, confirmed his demise. He said late Sayyadi battled diabetes for a long time before he eventually passed away Wednesday morning. He was Read More

FG to begin made in Nigeria barite, Thursday—Minister

October 26, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The federal government through the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development is set to launch its made in Nigeria Barite as part of plans set to develop the downstream policy of the mining sector. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite stated this Monday, while briefing press on the launch of the made in Nigeria barite scheduled Read More

Abolongo prisonbreak: 446 of 907 escapees recaptured – FG

October 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has said that 446 out of 907 escapees from the Abolongo custodial centre in Oyo state have been recaptured, whilst 69 never left the facility. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, revealed this Sunday while making an inspection visit to the facility in Oyo, Oyo state. In a statement made available to Blueprint in Abuja, the Minister vowed Read More

Govs swearing in LGC chairs unconstitutional – Ex-minister

October 22, 2021 Muhammad Tanko 0

A former Minister of Information and Communications, Dasuki Salihu Nakande, has said that governors are swearing in elected local government councils’ chairmen “is unconstitutional.” According to him, the local governments as an independent tie of the government are not supposed to be under the control of a governor. Nakande stated this while featuring on a Unity FM Jos local radio Read More

FG set to revamp rubber industry- Minister

October 22, 2021 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of State, Science, Technology and Innovation, Barrister Abdullahi Mohammed, said the Federal Government has made a lot of profitable efforts to revive the Rubber Industry in the country. The Minister made this known when he gave a keynote address at the National Conference For the Industrialization of Rubber Sector, on Thursday, in Abuja. In the keynote address titled; Read More

Amaechi urges professionalism in ports control, ship inspection

October 20, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday stressed the need for Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) to display a high level of professionalism in carrying out their duties of inspecting foreign ships at national ports. Amaechi spoke at the 11th Port State Control Committee (PSC) Meeting of the Memorandum of Understanding on PSC for West and Central Read More

FG says LPG market robust despite soaring cooking gas prices

Despite soaring cooking gas prices, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), said the market has continued to grow beyond expectations. The Federal Government has officially scrapped the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF). In a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Services, PPPRA, Kimchi Apollo, the organisation Read More

Prioritise members’ welfare, minister tells NULGE

October 20, 2021 Moses John 0

Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory Administration( FCTA) Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has charged the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to always prioritise the welfare of their members as part of their struggles. The minister spoke in Abuja during the 7th Quadrennial delegates Conference of NULGE FCT council. Represented by her Special Assistant on Area Council Read More

2022 budget: Analysts reply finance minister on exploitation of electricity consumers

October 18, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Association for Public Policy Analysis (APPA) has tackled the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, and Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, over the exploitation of electricity consumers, demanding urgent intervention. In an interview with our reporter in Abuja, the National President of APPA, Comrade Princewill Okorie, said that electricity consumers are Read More

I never accused Akume of interfering in lottery operations – Board chair

October 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The chairman, Board of Lottery Regulatory Commission, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle has debunked media reports in some section that he accused Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume of interfering in the operations of the commission. Alhaji Ibikunle said that there was no iota of truth in the publication as there was never a time the Governing Board Read More

Revenue generation: Transformation in lottery industry yielding results- Gbajabiamila

October 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Lanre Gbajabiamila has said the country would soon witness a boom in lottery business as the transformation process of the industry commenced in 2017 has started yielding positive results. Speaking with newsmen in his office, Wednesday in Abuja, Gbajabiamila said the boom would lead to significant rise in the nation’s Read More