National development: Women economic empowerment to the rescue?

April 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

It is a widely held belief that when more women are empowered and have equal chances to engage in economic life and governance the nation experiences rapid development, peace, and stability. Is this the solution Nigeria has been searching for? ENE OSHABA asks in this report. Empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity, authority, and responsibility of individuals or Read More

Aigbefoh tasks Nigerians on nation’s development

December 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Barrister David Aigbefoh of Lex Dominus Chambers, Solicitors/Arbitrators and vice chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Gwagwalada branch, has called on Nigerians to contribute positively to the socio-economic growth and development of the country. Aigbefoh made this assertion weekend at the launch and presentation of 1st unwavering commitment to Africa and success lady ambassador award 2021, organied by Salvage Read More

R&D, key to national development – DG NOTAP

December 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) Dr. Mohammed DanAzimi Ibrahim has called on Research Institutes and the educational sector to focus more on Research and Development (R&D), thereby shift away from the over-dependency of foreign technology. The Director-General, stated this when a delegation from the Federal Polytechnic Bida headed by the Rector Dr. Read More

NUJ press week: Makinde emerges Best Media-Friendly Governor

November 3, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde is to be honoured as the Best Media-Friendly Governor by the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Monday, November, 29. According to a statement jointly issued by Oyo NUJ chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola, press week committee chairman, Comrade Joseph Okwuofu and the committee secretary, Comrade Jeremiah Olalekan Oke, the honour Read More

ASUP faults establishment of new polytechnics in Nigeria

October 27, 2021 Moses John 0

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Tuesday faulted the establishment of new polytechnics in the country while the existing ones are regarded  as the last option. ASUP president, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, who said this at a workshop tagged: “Advocacy Roundtable on the Future of Nigerian Polytechnics” organised by his union, lamented government’s neglect for technological development in Nigeria. “We Read More

Nigeria and greatness: The missing link

October 26, 2021 Prof. M. K. Othman 0

This month of October 2021, Nigeria is 61 years old as an independent nation, free from colonialism, and 107 years as a nation called Nigeria. The amalgamation of British colonies; northern and southern protectorates as a single country, Nigeria in 1914 was made by fiat without any kind of consultation with the people. Under colonisation, the land, its contents, and Read More

Procurement practitioners partner anti- corruption agencies on transparency

October 21, 2021 Editor 0

A group, Association of Public Procurement Practitioners of Nigeria, has said it will partner the anti-corruption agencies and other institutions to boost the fight against corruption in the public sector. The association disclosed that it is poised to sanitise the procurement process by strict enforcement of the procurement Act of 2007 by promoting due process, accountability, transparency and value for Read More

Group protests ‘blackmail’ of Buhari’s appointees, demand arrest

October 20, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A pressure group based in the Federal Capital Territory, Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative (CGGCI) has staged protest against some persons allegedly trying to blackmail President Muhammad Buhari through his appointees. According to the group, those making the attempts were targeting key appointees of the president using fake news. Staging a protest Wednesday in Abuja, the group urged Read More

FJDP tasks Nigerians on peace building

October 13, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Foundation for Justice, Development and Peace (FJDP) of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, in collaboration with the Misereor has called on Nigerians to understand the importance of peace and development in their various communities. The foundation’s call was made Wednesday, during a stakeholders forum, community engagement towards peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians. Programme manager of the foundation, Mr. Valentine Kwaghchimin, Read More

Foundation tasks Nigerians on peace building

October 13, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Foundation for Justice, Development and Peace (FJDP) of the Catholic diocese of Makudi, in collaboration with the Misereor has called on Nigerians to understand the importance of peace and development in their various communities. The called was made Wednesday during a stakeholders forum, community engagement towards peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians. Programme manager of the foundation Mr. Valentine Kwaghchimin, said Read More

Doctors said I won’t live beyond 35, but here I am healthy at 70 – Dokpesi

October 12, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Dr. Raymond Anthony Aleogho Dokpesi is  a Nigerian media entrepreneur and Founder/Chairman Emeritus  Ray Power/ Daar Communications. Ahead of his 70-year anniversary October 25, the trained marine engineer shares the touching story of his life with ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF and a few other journalists recently in Abuja.  The media owner who couldn’t speak in the early years of his life was already  ‘sentenced’ to death by Read More

Global voices and the criminalisation of Chinese entrepreneurs

October 11, 2021 Dr. Austin Maho 0

In the August 31, 2021, article in the “Global Voices” an online publication. there was a piece by one Nwachukwu Egbunike title: “Chinese firms in Nigeria face widespread labour abuse allegations, tainting bilateral relationship” This piece is a response to the article, because it falls within the growing spat of misinformation about China and the Chinese which is fuelled mostly Read More

Focus on national development, Omisore tells automotive experts

October 11, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Former deputy governor of Osun state and board member of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Sen Iyiola Omisore, has urged NADDC trained automotive experts to focus on national development with their skills. Senator Omisore stated this in Ibadan Saturday at the closing ceremony of a two-week boot camp on Solid Works Design and Simulation Software for Automotive Design Read More

Nigeria will continue to borrow, unless…

October 7, 2021 Mon-Charles Egbo 0

Every economic index is a pointer that Nigeria is on the brink, ignobly sliding into the class of nations where self-sufficiency has become a mirage. Yet and despite the hues and cries over the steady rise in her public debt profile, there is no sign that the borrowing tendencies of the federal government will abate anytime soon.  Even the grim Read More

NITDA DG urges youth to leverage on digital economy for national devt

October 1, 2021 Editorial III 0

The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, has urged Nigerian youth to leverage on the opportunities provided by a digital economy for national development. He stated this at the 2021 National ICT and Social Media Summit, organized by the National Youth Council of Nigeria, (NYCN), with the theme: “ICT: Use of Social Media for Read More

What would Tafawa Balewa say?

September 30, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

Saturday, October 1, 1960. The Union Jack came down from the flag pole and yielded a permanent place to a new national flag – green-white-green. Nigeria became an independent, sovereign nation. Few things could be more momentous for a colonised country now set free. There are not many of those who witnessed that day who are still alive today. Many 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

Breaking: Buhari goes to US

September 18, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Sunday for New York, United States of America, to participate in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76). The session opened on Tuesday, September 14. The theme for this year’s UNGA is, “Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights Read More

Governance, security central to Nigeria’s survival as water is to river – Folarin

September 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

BAYO AGBOOLA from Ibadan writes that Senator Teslim Folarin’s 2021 University of Ibadan alumni lecture got the rapt attention of the audience while saying that governance and Security are very critical to the growth and development of every society As expected of the citadels of learning worldwide, the nation’s premier university, the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Oyo state branch in its Read More

Sector performance: We’ve developed coherent transportation policy- Ganduje

September 12, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has said that his administration developed a transport policy which after implementation will improve sector performance and attract private investment. “In a press statement in Kano Sunday, the governor stated that under the reform, a new transport authority will soon be established to regulate and manage the transport system in the state.” He Read More

Rising insecurity having negative effects on Nigeria – Folarin

September 12, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Folarin, has alerted that the statistics of insecurity in Nigeria is rising in ‘great geometric proportions’. Senator Folarin said this inIbadan while delivering the 2021 University of Ibadan Alumni Association Oyo state branch lecture entitled: “The Challenges of Governance and Security in Nigeria,” held at the University of Ibadan. According to Read More

Banditry: Gumi’s position self serving, threat to national security- PGF boss

September 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman, has faulted the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, for calling on the authorities to grant amnesty to bandits in the country. The APC chieftain said Gumi’s position was not only self serving but clearly a threat to national security. Lukman also applauded the role played by Chief Executive Read More

UniAbuja leture series: NDDC repositioned to better develop Niger Delta – Offi

September 2, 2021 Emmanuel Ologun 0

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commenced thorough internal reforms that will reposition the agency and properly empower it to implement its mandate as the foremost driving force in the development of the region. Acting Administrator and Executive Secretary of the NDDC, Barrister Effiong Okon Akwa, who made this known in Abuja Tuesday, stated that the endless agitations in Read More

On Yobe Spelling Bee competition

September 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

It gladdened my heart when I heard the story of how public school pupils thrashed private school students in a Spelling Bee Competition for Junior Secondary School Students across the 17 local government areas, organised by IPI in collaboration with State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Interestingly, it’s found out that the two schools that emerged as the winners of first Read More